Warriors, Steel forge huge upsets

first_imgGeneral Santos City and Basilan, two teams from the Mindanao region, pulled off shocking victories over their more fancied rivals to boost their playoff aspirations in the MPBL Datu Cup.The GenSan Warriors overcame a sloppy first half to turn back the Bulacan Kuyas-Mighty Sports, 56-43, at JRU Gym in Mandaluyong.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Held to an all-time low 12 points at the half, the Warriors, who are supported by Golden State College, worked double time on the defensive end and limited the Kuyas to only 20 points in the second half.General Santos forged a four-way tie for fourth to seventh spots along with Zamboanga, Bacoor and Laguna in the Southern Division at 4-4.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissBasilan completed the night of upsets with a 70-68 squeaker over Mandaluyong, which lost at home for the first time in the tournament.It was the fourth win in nine games for the Steel, who dealt the El Tigre their second loss in eight matches. Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazilcenter_img Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Journeyman Lee Gwan Hee says PBA stint helped his career Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments LATEST STORIES MOST READlast_img read more

Gomba, Buddu held as Ssingo lose at home on day two of Masaza cup

first_img Tags: Airtel Masaza Cup 2018 Buddu drew 1-1 with Kooki on day two of the Airtel Masaza cup (Photo by Agencies)Airtel Buganda Masaza Cup 2018Match Day Two Results:*(Saturday Games)Group A:-Kyadondo 0-0 GombaGroup B:-Kooki 1-1 Buddu-Buleemezi 2-0 SseseGroup C:-Butambala 0-1 BugerereGroup D:–Busiro 0-0 Mawokota(Sunday Games)-Buluuli 0-1 Buvuma-Buwekula 2-1 Kabula -Ssingo 1-2 Mawogola Gomba Football club the record winners of the Airtel Buganda Masaza Cup  were held to a goal-less draw by 2008 winners Kyadondo at the Gayaza High school play ground on Saturday.In the other matches played on Saturday, Kooki held Buddu to a one all draw at the Lwanda play ground in Rakai district in group B. Frank Ssebufu gave the visiting side the lead at the onset of the second half of the game then Francis Mugema netted the equalizer for the home side.Buleemezi optimally put home advantage to full use with a 2-0 win against visiting Ssese at the Kasana play ground in Luweero.Butambala lost 1-0 at home to Bugerere at the Kibibi S.S play ground in Butambala District during a group C game while islanders Buvuma edged Bululi 1-0 at the Migyera UMEA Play ground in Nakasongola district.Meanwhile, on Sunday 1st July 2018, three games were played.Mawogola registered a 2-1 away win over 2015 champions Ssingo at the Ssaza grounds in Mityana in a game that was climaxed with ugly scenes of crowd trouble.A section of Ssingo fans confronted the coach George Lutalo and his players in expression of their discontentment in the team’s performance only to be dispersed by tear gas from Police.Paul Nvuni and Tavin  Kyeyune Kevin ensured  Mawogola’s victory while John Musasizi scored Ssingo’s only goal on the evening.Having played to a goalless draw against Bugerere in the opening game, Ssingo seat 4th on the 5-team table in group C with 1 point garnered from 2 games.At Kasenyi grounds, Buwekula shook off their opening day defeat with a 2-1 win over Kabula.Captain Nvule  Jamir  Kisitu opened the scoring in the 20th minute before Ivan Bogere doubled the lead. Joseph Vuni scored a consolation for Kabula later in the game.The tournament will return on Sunday 8th July 2018 with 8 fixtures on card.Airtel Buganda Masaza Cup Past Winners:2017 – Gomba2016 – Buddu2015 – Singo2014 – Gomba2013 – Mawokota2012 – Bulemeezi2011 – Buluri2010 – Not Held2009 – Gomba2008 – Kyadondo2007 – Mawokota2006 – Kooki2005 – Mawokota2004 – GombaComments last_img read more

Plan to extend cycle lane from Letterkenny to Kilmacrennan moves step closer

first_imgOptions are being explored to extend a potential 20km (round-trip) cycle and walkway lane from Mountain Top, Letterkenny to Kilmacrennan, it was confirmed on Monday.The roads body overseeing the €19.3M Blue Banks project confirmed over the weekend it was reviewing options to extend the cycle and walkway lane.The current contractor has already been tasked with extending the cycle path from Coolboy to Illistrin but Transport Infrastructure Ireland confirmed the possibility of a further extended route is currently being examined. “Anyone who has travelled the new road from Kilmacrennan to Coolboy in the past couple of weeks will have seen the incredible result of this scheme delivered by Minister Joe McHugh,” said Eimer Friel, a Fine Gael council election candidate in the Milford Electoral Area on May 24th.“It was Joe who pulled together TII and Irish Water, knowing that the new supply from Lough Salt to Letterkenny – which benefits so many communities along the route – should be done at the same time as a new road.“Millions of euro were saved and the third benefit of this joined-up thinking was the cycle/walkway from Kilmacrennan to Coolboy. I am delighted to confirm that the current contractor has been tasked with extending this cycle path from Coolboy to Illistrin with options being examined to extend it to Mountain Top in Letterkenny.“I have no doubt that this will be an economic driver for Kilmacrennan with families and tourists taking advantage of this new 10km route. It also makes access to Termon and Glenveagh much easier for those wanting to undertake a longer cycling route.” Letterkenny Fine Gael candidate Bernie Moran says TII is moving ahead with the plans for the Illistrin to Mountain Top route.“The gradient on the route is an issue so the National Roads Office team in Donegal Town – who do incredible work for our county – are examining alternative ways of linking Illistrin and Mountain Top and routes are being examined at the moment,” said Moran.“I am delighted with this progress. Once completed, the route will be a 20km round-trip for cyclists and walkers to Kilmacrennan and back to Letterkenny – or the other way around. This is real progress being delivered by Fine Gael.”Friel praised contractors and sub-contractors for their work on removing the notorious Blue Banks bends and thanked local people and motorists for their patience.“There was a lot of disruption locally during construction of the new road but I think that has already been forgotten. The new route is simply stunning. Adding the cycle way extension is the cherry on the cake,” added Friel. Plan to extend cycle lane from Letterkenny to Kilmacrennan moves step closer was last modified: May 7th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:kilmacrennanletterkennyMountain Toplast_img read more

Scientists Divine Deep Time in Dead Fish

first_imgScientific experiments can certainly take on a wide variety of methods, from recreating the atmosphere of Titan to testing a drug on a genetic disease.  But if educators want to encourage students to become scientists, they had best keep silent about “some very unpleasant experiments” at the University of Leicester reported by the BBC News.  The team decided to watch fish heads rot.  What they were looking for in this “very smelly” study raises questions about what kind of knowledge can be deduced from experiments.    The researchers had an ostensibly noble purpose.  They were interested in knowing what happens to dying fish before they become fossilized, in order to interpret more accurately what is found in the fossil record.  Do skeletons and soft tissues undergo dramatic transformations as they rot?  If so, it could skew the interpretation of ancient marine fossils.  Inquiring minds what to know.    The experiments had a grander evolutionary backdrop.  Dr. Mark Purnell said, “We need to understand how they decayed if we’re going to put them in the right place in the tree of life.”  Researcher Rob Sansom realized, according to Science Daily, that “spending hundreds of hours studying the stinking carcasses of rotting fish is not something that appeals to everyone.”Update  Jan 31:  What this study implies for evolution will not be good news for evolutionary paleontologists.  Nature News said the fact that parts can rot away can lead to misinterpretations.  “In a series of experiments published online today in Nature, Purnell and his colleagues Robert Sansom and Sarah Gabbott found that the features that are most important in deciding where to place an animal on the tree of life are lost first,” Daniel Cressey’s synopsis explained.  The results can be counterintuitive:  “In practical terms, this means that as something decays it seems to retreat through its own phylogeny and descend the tree.”  Philippe Janvier at the Museum of Natural History in Paris agreed: “Some fossils have clearly been over-interpreted.”  Has this happened?  Yes, according to Purnell; “decay bias” could be widespread.  Interpreting the origin of chordates is particularly fraught with decay bias.  Philipp Donoghue at the University of Bristol cautioned, “It’s certainly going to annoy a lot of palaeontologists who have rather blithely interpreted fossils,” he said.  “A bunch of fossils we thought were primitive vertebrates actually now fall into a dustbin and tell us nothing about the evolution of vertebrate characters.”Experimenting on taphonomy (studying the processes under which remains become fossilized) is a worthwhile activity, but the interpretations and assumptions in this article stink worse than the fish heads.  Would their experiments help them understand created fish that perished in a great flood?  They could not possibly understand all the conditions that might have differed from dying fish in a lab to those who perished in the fossil record.  Maybe they need to do some further experiments on what happens to fish who fossilize while giving birth (see National Geographic) or that are preserved in rock instantly while having lunch (see FossilMuseum.net).    These guys cannot possibly interpret their lab experiments correctly.  They had the moyboy disease* infecting their brains from the get-go.  “Unlike forensics, however,” the team lead said, ”we are dealing with life from millions of years ago.”  At least he got one thing right.  It’s sure unlike forensics – trying to follow the evidence where it leads, free of bias.  It is one of the clearest examples of divination we have seen yet (see commentaries from 07/26/2008, 01/25/2008).  If Nebuchadnezzar had been told you had to smell rotting fish heads to see the tree of life, some other heads would have rotted.*Moyboy: millions of years, billions of years.(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

South African trio in Wisden’s top five

first_img11 April 2013After a very successful tour of England in 2012, three of South Africa’s star performers were among the five players named Cricketers of the Year in the 150th edition of the “Cricketer’s Bible”, Wisden, on Wednesday.Hashim Amla, Dale Steyn and Jacques Kallis were joined on the list by South African-born England batsman Nick Compton, who attended Hilton College in KwaZulu-Natal, and the West Indies’ Marlon Samuels.According to the guidelines set down by Wisden, no player may be selected more than once for the award, which dates back to 1889, making it the oldest individual award in cricket. Excellence in the previous English summer is the major criterion for inclusion as a Cricketer of the Year.Triple-centuryAmla was hugely influential in South Africa’s 2-0 series victory over England in the battle for the number one ranking in test cricket. He shared the Player of the Series award with England’s Matt Prior (another South African-born player) and became the first South African to score a triple-century in a test match.His unbeaten 311 at The Oval, which included an unbeaten partnership of 377 with Jacques Kallis and a 259-run stand with Graeme Smith, helped the Proteas to victory by an innings and 12 runs.He added a crucial century in the series-clinching win by 51 runs at Lords in the thrid and final test.Amla has since gone on to number one in the test batting rankings, having surpassed the elite 900-point mark, and he currently shares the number one ranking in one-day international batting with AB de Villiers.PartnershipKallis, already a legend of the game even though his career is far from over, contributed 182 not out, his highest score against England, to the 377-run stand, which was the third highest partnership in Proteas’ history.Together, Amla and Kallis have shared six 200-run stands. That is a world record, which they share with the outstanding former Australian opening pair of Matthew Hayden and Justin Langer.Kallis has been involved in 20 200-run partnership during his career, a feat that is unmatched in the history of test cricket.“The only surprise about the selection of Jacques Kallis was that he hadn’t been chosen earlier,” commented Wisden Editor Lawrence Booth.Number oneDale Steyn has been at the top of the test cricket bowling rankings for so long one could be forgiven for thinking he has taken residence in that position. He, like Amla, boasts a rating of over 900 points.In England, he put the knife into the home team in the Proteas’ massive victory at The Oval. While England’s much-vaunted bowlers looked toothless as South Africa compiled 637 for 2 declared, Steyn was excellent in their second innings, capturing 5 for 56 as England were bowled out for 240, to secure the win for the tourists.He finished the series as the leading wicket taker on either side, with four more victims than his new ball partner Vernon Philander.‘Most frightening’Booth described him “the world’s most frightening fast bowler”. That description, though, is not about all-out pace. Steyn can turn on the heat if he chooses to do so, but his bowling is about so much more than speed; it’s about swing, seam, change of pace, about thinking a batsman out and right now there is no one to match him.South Africa previously produced three of the five cricketers of the year: in 1966 after a winning tour of England in 1965, when Graeme and Peter Pollock and Colin Bland were honoured, and in 2009, when, after a 2-1 series win in 2008, Mark Boucher and Neil McKenzie were honoured along with Dale Benkenstein, who led Durham to their first ever county championship title.Cricket South Africa Acting CEO Naasei Appiah commented: “What a wonderful way for a South African celebration of the 150th edition of this famous publication, known affectionately as the ‘Cricketer’s Bible’.‘Richly deserved’“This recognition is richly deserved as has been clearly outlined by Editor Lawrence Booth in his comments. This is a proudly South African moment that all South Africans can enjoy.“It has truly been a phenomenal year for our Proteas and they have been and will continue to be an inspiration to the nation.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Banyana down Namibia in Van Wyk’s 100th

first_img11 August 2014In South African captain Janine van Wyk’s 100th international, Banyana Banyana defeated Namibia 2-0 at the Dobsonville Stadium in Soweto on Sunday.South Africa had recorded another win over Namibia early in July, triumphing 2-1 in Namibia.Early leadOn Sunday, Banyana Banyana took the lead through Amanda Dlamini, who intercepted a pass just outside the visitors’ box before beating the goalkeeper to make it 1-0 after only three minutes.South Africa enjoyed most of the ball possession in the first half and came close to doubling their lead in the 39th minute when a shot from Nothando Vilakazi struck the crossbar.Second goalAfter the break, the contest slowed down, but Banyana found a second goal through Leandra Smeda, who was played in by Portia Modise after Modise had beaten the goalkeeper before finding Smeda unmarked inside the box.Coach Vera Pauw’s charges pushed hard to extend their lead, but were unable to add any more goals.100th capThe match was notable for being the milestone 100th international for defender and captain Janine van Wyk. She trails only Portia Modise, who has turned out for Sasol Banyana 110 times.“It absolutely is a phenomenal feeling,” Van Wyk said before the game.“I really am astonished that I have reached this milestone in my career. I have always dreamed of playing for the national team and here I am reaching 100 caps.”DebutNicknamed “Booth”, Van Wyk made her debut for Banyana Banyana in the African Women’s Championship against Nigeria in 2005. She said it had not been an easy journey to her milestone 100th appearance for her country.“If it wasn’t for my family who supported me along the way I would not be here,” she explained. “I have had some tough experiences in the team, coming in and having to deal with different cultures.”Van Wyk then praised her team-mates for making her feel welcome in the side and for the respect they have showed her.Most memorable momentShe said her most memorable moment in the green and gold strip was when Sasol Banyana recorded their first-ever win over Nigeria in the semi-finals of the 2012 African Women’s Championship, with Van Wyk scoring the only goal in South Africa’s 1-0 win.“Janine has played a vital role in the team set-up. She carries great leadership qualities as the captain. On behalf of Sasol, we congratulate her on reaching this milestone,” said Sasol Sponsorship Specialist Dumisani Mbokane.Banyana Banyana are preparing for the African Women’s Championship, which takes place in Namibia from 11 to 25 October. They have been seeded in a group that includes Cameroon, Ghana and Algeria.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

South Africa 232/4 at close on Day 1

first_imgSouth Africa were 232/4 with Jacques Kallis (81) and Ashwell Prince (28) at the crease when stumps were drawn on Day 1 of the third Test at Newlands in Cape Town on Sunday. SCOREPlaying cautiously, the two were trying hard to negate the India bowling that had assumed lethal proportions under the prevailing weather conditions.The rain-marred match saw the pacemen utilise the other-wise batsmen-friendly wicket to their advantage. This was after India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni won the toss and put the hosts in to bat.S Sreesanth, who claimed two important wickets in the day, bowled with variety to get the desired result. Being his usual self he did display his on-field antics. Luckily for him and his skipper they were not of the nature to attract the umpire’s wrath.First Sreesanth accounted for Hashim Amla just when he was looking set and then got the better of AB de Villiers, who clearly wasn’t his usual self.While it was an out-swinger that foxed de Villiers (26) into edging an away moving ball to the keeper, it was a short ball that cost Hashim Amla (59) his wicket on 106/3.Amla along with Jacques Kallis had put on a 72-run partnership for the third wicket.The highlight for the day, however, was the intermittent rains. The first session’s proceedings were suspended when the hosts were batting on 21/1. The second session too started late owing to bad light and when it did start, it happened under floodlights. And even that was marred by drizzle.In the second session, Ishant Sharma claimed opener Alviro Petersen on 21. He pitched the ball on the off and it clipped Petersen’s bat to land in the safe gloves of Dhoni. South Africa score at this juncture was 34/2.advertisementIn the morning India pace spearhead Zaheer Khan got the man he was looking for. A fuller length ball entered the bat-pad gate of an out-of-form opposition skipper Graeme Smith to hit his back pad. He fell on six with LBW written against his initials and the Proteas scorecard read 17/1.last_img read more

Alapag seeks quick turnaround as SMB-Alab eyes sweep of Wolf Warriors

first_imgLATEST STORIES ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes View comments Foton rips UVC; Sta. Lucia triumphs in PSL opener Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Photo from ASEAN Basketball LeagueSan Miguel Alab Pilipinas seeks a season sweep of the Wolf Warriors on Sunday night when the Filipino club hosts the Chinese squad in Asean Basketball League Season 9 at Santa Rosa Multi-Purpose Sports Complex in Santa Rosa, Laguna.With 7-foot-3 center PJ Ramos returning from sick bay and delivering a triple-double, Alab walloped Wolf Warriors, 105-79, on Friday night at Doumen Gymnasium in Zhuhai, China, for their 14th win of the season.ADVERTISEMENT Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Renaldo Balkman had 19 points, seven rebounds and five assists, while Brandon Rosser chipped in 10 points for Alab.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Krauss MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town “It’s a quick turnaround and we just have to make sure the team has enough legs for battle on Sunday after this road trip,” said Alab coach Jimmy Alapag, who went 1-1 in their latest road trip that included an 83-88 loss to Hong Kong Eastern.With Ramos back after missing the game against Hong Kong due to food poisoning, Alab outscored the Warriors, 69-40, in the middle quarters to take the fight away from the home team.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesIt was Alab’s third win in as many games against the Warriors, who remain as the league’s worst team with a 2-16 record.Ramos finished with 15 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists as the Warriors couldn’t find an answer to his strong play on both ends of the floor. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusationslast_img read more

Greece’s Final Roster for Friendlies in Australia

first_imgGreek coach, Michael Skibbe, announced the final 23 man roster for Greece’s upcoming friendlies in Australia. There are a few new faces to the team but also some troubling absences!Bakasetas and Boukouvalis were called up for the first time to the national team while Maniatis, Christodoulopoulos, and Gianniotas will make a return to the Galanolefki. On the other hand, Manolas (getting married), Papastathopoulos, Fortounis, and Mitroglou were all left out of the roster for personal reasons. Mitroglou announced that he was dealing with a slight injury and could not join the team in Australia.Greece will play Australia in two friendly matches on June 4th and 7th in Sydney and Melbourne, respectively. Greece, who did not qualify for Euro 2016, is preparing for FIFA World Cup Qualifying, which begins in October. The Greek team will leave for Australia on May 31st and the players that are taking part in the SuperLeague Playoffs will join the rest of the team at the conclusion of the playoffs. The full roster below…Goalkeepers: Karnezis, KapinoDefenders: Moras, Boukouvalas, Oikonomou, Siovas, Stafylidis, Tzavellas, Torosidis, CholebasMidfielders: Gianniotas, Maniatis, Mantalos, Samaris, Bakasetas, Christodoulopoulos, Tachtsidis, TziolisForwards: Aravidis, Vellios, Diamantakos, Karelis, Papazoglou,Source: www.agonasport.comTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more