Cricket News Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan eclipse Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag’s special record in Bay Oval ODI

first_imgDhawan and Rohit started opening during 2013 Champions Trophy.Dhawan and Rohit have hit five 150+ stands in ODIs.The highest for Dhawan and Rohit is 210 which was against Pakistan. New Delhi: Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan gave India a blazing start in the second ODI against New Zealand at the Bay Oval as Virat Kohli won the toss and chose to bat. Rohit survived an outside edge the first ball but Dhawan continued his magnificent form in the series, getting off to a confident start after scoring a fifty after nine innings during the Napier ODI. Rohit and Dhawan grew in confidence, with the Mumbai right-hander taking on the short ball from Lockie Ferguson and employing the pull on a regular basis. Rohit notched up his 38th fifty and Dhawan slammed his 27th half century as New Zealand continued to toil.However, both batsmen registered a century stand to boost India. This was the 14th century stand between Rohit and Dhawan, going past the record of 13 set by Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag. Rohit also shares 15 century stands with Kohli, which is the second-most by the Indian duo. Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly hold the record for the most century stands with 26. The 154-run stand, their fifth 150-plus stand, was broken when Dhawan cut a short ball from Trent Boult to be caught by Tom Latham for 66. highlights For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. The first instance of Rohit and Dhawan opening the partnership in ODIs came in the 2013 Champions Trophy during the game against South Africa in Cardiff. Dhawan blasted a century and the partnership of 127 gave India a vital win over the Proteas. The duo has one double century opening partnership and that was against Pakistan in the 2018 Asia Cup encounter in Dubai. Rohit (111) and Dhawan (114) hit tons as India thrashed their arch-rivals by nine wickets. Even in the 2015 World Cup, they stitched a 174-run stand against Ireland in Hamilton.The dup have two stands of 178 and 176 against Australia during the 2013 ODI series. The stand of 178 came during the Nagpur chase in which Dhawan hit a century and India chased down 350. The partnership of 176 came in Jaipur when Dhawan was out for 95 but Rohit and Kohli blasted centuries to help India chase down 360 for the loss of just one wicket.last_img read more

Olympics: Kenya to investigate missing Rio kits

first_imgThe inquiry will also look into the management of accreditations and usage of expenses, with Kenyan athletics hit by further troubles after team manager Michael Rotich was sent home from the Olympic village in a doping bribe scandal.In light of the recent turmoil, some politicians have called for the resignation of sports minister Hassan Wario.“The continued mismanagement of sports at the Ministry of Sports, Culture and Arts has brought shame and dishonor to the nation as demonstrated in the current fiasco at the country’s Olympic camp in Rio,” said one official.Over the past three years some 40 Kenyan athletes have failed doping tests, shredding their reputation for probity and laying bare the reality behind their reputation as the most dominant middle to long distance running nation in the world.The government only this month passed anti-doping legislation so that the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) could take Kenya off its non-compliant list. Nairobi, Kenya | AFP | The Kenyan government announced on Thursday it had opened an investigation over the alleged disappearance of Olympic kits worn by athletes at the Rio Games.Each Kenyan athlete was supposed to receive three different kits from the country’s equipment supplier, with one for training, another for competition as well as a leisure outfit.However some athletes claimed to have received only part of their kits, while others said they had received nothing at all.On Sunday, Nike complained to the Kenyan government about the misuse of the sportswear giant’s equipment, a repeat of a problem that surfaced at London 2012.“We are aware of the concerns that Kenyans have raised on the matter of Olympic kits, accreditation and overall mismanagement of our Olympic team,” said government spokesperson Eric Kiraithe. Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Day will defend his Logan Trophy title

first_img Tags: English Men’s Open Mid Amateur, Logan Trophy, The Leicestershire 26 Jun 2019 Day will defend his Logan Trophy title Gloucestershire’s Nick Day will defend his title when the Logan Trophy is played next week at The Leicestershire Golf Club.The English Men’s Open Mid-Amateur, to give its full name, has attracted a full field of players and promises plenty of great golf when is played from Friday to Sunday, 5-7 July.Last year Day, from Henbury, produced a command performance, winning by nine-shots at Long Ashton in Gloucestershire. He has recently won his fifth county championship, warning his rivals that he’s on good form.But he can expect plenty of competition in an event which frequently produces a grandstand finish.  The field includes past winners Stephen Jensen (Woburn) and Tom Burley (Burnham & Berrow) as well as Matt Wilcox (North Hants), a past British mid-am winner.There’s lots of interest for the host club, which is fielding four players: Mark Birkenshaw, Mark Scarrett, Alan Martinez and Philip Thomason.They will have the benefit of local knowledge over the parkland course, with its many trees and fine quality greens. Until last year, the course had no par fives, but the 6th and 9th holes have now been extended with new tees to challenge the players.The championship is played over 54 holes. All competitors play 36 holes before the field is cut to the top 45 players and ties who qualify for the third day’s play.For more information, including tee times, click here.Image copyright Leaderboard Photographylast_img read more

SPSCC Choir To Perform Holiday Concert On December 5

first_imgThe South Puget Sound Community College Concert Choir is ready to once again usher in holiday cheer. The choir will join the Puget Sound Community Choir for “Season of Peace.”The concert, which will feature several holiday classics, takes place on Wednesday, Dec. 5 at the Kenneth J. Minnaert Center for the Arts main stage. The concert will begin at 7 p.m. The choir is directed by Molly McNamara and Jennifer Hermann will be the piano accompanist.Tickets are $10.50 for adults, $8 for seniors and students with ID, and $5.50 for children 12 and under. Tickets will be available at OlyTix.org or by calling (360) 756-8586. Facebook3Tweet0Pin0last_img

Up, Up And Away: Kites of All Kinds Fly High

first_imgAdmission to the festival is free. The event includes face painting, giant bubbles, inflatable bounce houses, slides and obstacle courses. 94.3 The Point will provide music, games, prizes and giveaways. Attendees can visit the many restaurants and shops at Pier Village or check out the vendors selling sea glass jewelry, homemade soaps, skin care items, dream catchers, home décor, handmade tote bags and more. There will also be kites for sale that can be launched in a separate public flying area. “It’s really difficult torun against the wind,” saidPelton. “There’s no prize;it’s just for bragging rights.It’s hilarious to watch.” Of course, the success of the event depends on Mother Nature. Since there is no rain date, organizers are hoping for a sunny day with wind blowing east, north or south at about 12 to 15 mph. Certain conditions may affect the ability of the kites to fly and for certain activities to occur. Kite flyers from area kite clubs will attend, including the South Jersey Kite Flyers, Kites Over New England, Wings Over Washington, Richmond Air Force, Connectikiters and Keystone Kiters. Kite experts include the Dallmer family, Mike Pignolet and Don Petty, Jeff Burka, Paul and Tina Keeler and the Klopp family. All of the kites are anchored in the sand. Some of the bigger ones can take up to four people to launch. Story by Mary Ann Bourbeau • Photos courtesy Kites at the Pier LONG BRANCH – Let’s go fly a kite! Bring one down to Pier Village and join in the fun at the 4th Annual Kites at the Pier event 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 13 and 14. But you don’t need a kite to be a spectator at this wondrous event, where kites of every shape and size will float high along the shore between Avenue and McLoone’s Pier House. Kite experts from all along the eastern seaboard will fly every kind of kite imaginable – from mermaids, sharks, squid and crabs to ducks, dolphins and dragons – and they’ll be high enough to be seen from miles away. “Kites at the Pier is a one-of-a-kind experience and provides an opportunity to celebrate the kickoff to the many events we host all summer long,” said Nicole Guilford, director of leasing and marketing at Pier Village. Other upcoming events at Pier Village include Easter at the Pier, Sidewalk Sale, Fresh Markets, Family Fun Nights, Summer Music Concert Series and Movies at the Pier. For details, visit piervillage.com. “You’ll be amazed,” saidBeatrix Pelton, CEO ofSky Festival Productions.“It’s like nothing you’veever seen before. Peoplethink of kites as the smalldiamond-shaped ones theyhad as kids, but some of ourlarge inflatable kites are sobig people think they’re hotair balloons!” Visitors will also be treated to an array of vertical wind feathers and ground displays and the annual Running of the Bols competition at about 11 a.m., in which each competitor latches onto an 8-foot circular parachute-kite and runs head first into the wind from a starting line to a finish line. There will be separate races for adults and children. Arts and entertainment reporter Mary Ann Bourbeau can be reached at [email protected]last_img read more

Pirates rout B-Sens to remain alive in AHL playoff series

first_imgThe Portland Pirates scored the first five goals of the game en route to a 6-2 victory over the Sens in AHL Calder Cup Playoffs action Tuesday in Binghamton.The Pirates, trailing 3-1 in the best-of-seven series before Tuesday’s contest, force a game six Friday in Portland. Mark Mancari, once on the power play and the second short handed and Luke Adam, on the power play, gave Portland a 3-0 lead before the game was 10 minutes old. Mark Parrish made it 4-0 before the period ended.The goal by Parrish sent Binghamton starting goalie Robin Lehner to the showers in favour of Barry Brust.Portland out shot the Sens 41-37 in the game.In the first round of the playoffs Binghamton rallied from a 3-1 deficit to defeat Manchester Monarchs.Game seven, if necessary, is scheduled for Saturday in Portland.Former Nelson Leaf rearguard Geoff Kinrade, who plays defence for the B-Sens, finished the game a with an even plus-minus.last_img read more

AWESOME AGAIN STAKES QUOTES – Saturday September 26, 2015

first_imgVICTOR GARCIA, SMOOTH ROLLER, WINNER: “I expected him to run big. He had a lot of trouble in his last race. He was washed out, stumbled from the gate, was four or five wide both turns and only got beat a length and one-quarter. I worked the horse twice and he worked real good. Tyler was real happy with it. We’ll go to the Breeders’ Cup (Classic), absolutely. This will be my second Breeders’ Cup. I ran a filly named Approved to Fly in 1988 (fourth in the Juvenile Fillies).“I’ve been training since late 1985. It feels great (to beat the Breeders’ Cup Classic winner from last year, Bayern). I thought we had a good shot in the race, but the only way to find out is to run with the big boys, and the horse ran like I expected.”                  TYLER BAZE, SMOOTH ROLLER, WINNER: “This is his fourth race and from the very beginning Victor told me he could really run and he proved it. I worked him last week and ever since I’ve been on him down at Del Mar he’s turned into a monster work horse in the morning; he really wants to do it. Last week, Victor wasn’t here, he was at the Keeneland Sale. He called and told me to go seven eighths in 1:28. I literally breezed him in 1:25. I called him and told him ‘that’s as easy as he wants to go and he did it the right way.’“I told him to dress up for Saturday because I’m expecting him to run big and he did.“He’s a good-feeling horse. He goes out there and there’s nothing wrong with a horse that’s feelin’ good. He’s ready to do it and he’s changed and he’s really matured.” MIKE SMITH, HOPPERTUNITY, SECOND: “We ran a good race, but I just couldn’t catch the winner. He ran great. The game plan going in was pretty much what happened. I thought I’d be laying third and he was. He was laying a comfortable third. Hard Aces was coming a little early on the backside, so it turned it into a long run. But he was able to gather himself up and secure second anyway. That’s pretty much it.” JOCKEY QUOTES TRAINER QUOTES MARTIN GARCIA, BAYERN, THIRD: “He looked like he was going nice and easy but he didn’t want to run.”IS HE THE SAME HORSE AS HE USED TO BE? “Not at all. If he was the same, he would have won. Too quiet; he didn’t show anything.” NOTES: The winning owner is Miguel Rubio of Rancho Santa Fe who races as Lucky Charm Stable.last_img read more

Matthews looks forward to knowing his neighbors

first_imgTo make such a play in an Angels uniform, Matthews isn’t worried so much about getting used to the dimensions of Angel Stadium. There are other more pressing concerns. “It’s important to know the places you play in but it’s probably more important to know your own pitching staff and to know your two corner outfielders,” Matthews said about being a Gold Glove caliber center fielder. “We have scouting reports on all the hitters that come up but I have to have an idea of the velocity our pitcher has and the scouting report on a specific hitter. “The field comes into play but not as much as knowing your pitchers and the scouting reports of the different hitters and knowing your corner outfielders.” That would mean that playing with Garret Anderson and Vladimir Guerrero this spring will be paramount, but manager Mike Scioscia isn’t going to overwork his veteran corner outfielders. In his third year as an outfielder for the Texas Rangers, it certainly helped Matthews that he knew his own ballpark well. Matthews raced back to the center field wall and leaped against the padding while putting his right hand on top of the wall for support. While propping his body well above the yellow stripe, Matthews made the catch with his back to home plate. He then spun around, landing on the warning track with the ball held aloft. TEMPE, Ariz. – “The Catch” will no doubt follow Gary Matthews Jr. forever. But what nobody saw was the preparation it took to create a mere 10 seconds of highlight material. Matthews said there was much more that went into his July 1 catch of drive off the bat of the Houston Astros’ Mike Lamb than just a guy who got a good jump. center_img “They’ve already acclimated themselves in some drills and what they’ve done with defensive work,” Scioscia said. “The amount of playing time they’ll get during the spring will be fine for understanding range and positioning. Those guys will integrate pretty quickly.” Said Matthews: “Every spring training is big in order to get your timing down but there will be a little bit more to this spring and playing with Garret and Vlady. They have their own thing. I heard they don’t like to play a whole lot during spring training but we’ll go out and make plays. That’s what we do.” Matthews’ presence is expected to help the Angels cut down on the 23 outfield errors they made last season. “There were some breakdowns and part of it was getting an understanding of range in center with (Chone Figgins) really being inexperienced to Vlad’s knees starting to bother him a little bit toward the latter portion of the year, which affected his range,” Scioscia said. PITCHING ROTATION John Lackey and Kelvim Escobar each will pitch Tuesday when the Angels conduct an intrasquad game. Ervin Santana is in line to start the Cactus League opener Thursday against the Kansas City Royals. The schedule gives an inside peek at the regular-season rotation, something Scioscia has refused to disclose. If Lackey starts on Opening Day, as expected, it appears as if he will be followed by Escobar and then Santana. Joe Saunders and Jered Weaver would assume the final two spots of the rotation. With Weaver behind schedule because of biceps tendinitis, it is likely he would take the No. 5 spot in the rotation to give him more recovery time. COLON UPDATE Bartolo Colon’s progress on flat ground would put him on schedule for throwing at least live batting practice or pitching in a simulated game before spring training ends. His return, though, still would be some time in May at the earliest and more likely June. “I think it’s unlikely that he pitches in a Cactus League game but it wouldn’t surprise me; there is a possibility,” Scioscia said. “He might be at the early end of his stepping up where he leaves the rehab scene and now he’s getting ready for the season.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Fine for woman ‘frothing at the mouth’ when apprehended by Gardaí

first_imgA woman found ’frothing at the mouth’ became aggressive to Gardaí after being arrested.Corrina Murray (32), of 10 Glenabbey Heights, Derry, had to be restrained by Gardaí at O’Donnell Park, Letterkenny, on 17 June, 2017. Murray was arrested for a breach of the public order act and conveyed to Letterkenny Garda station.“She was very intoxicated, had slurred speech and was frothing at the mouth,” Garda Monaghan told Letterkenny District Court.Murray was subsequently taken by paramedics to Letterkenny University Hospital.Judge Paul Kelly issued a €150 fine, giving two months to pay.Fine for woman ‘frothing at the mouth’ when apprehended by Gardaí was last modified: June 22nd, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare 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:Judge Paul KellyletterkennyLetterkenny District Courtlast_img read more

Evidences for Evolution Examined

first_img(Visited 27 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Recent news stories have claimed evidence for evolution.  But has evolution been observed or assumed?Snake transitional form:  In Nature last week, Longrich et al. claimed fossil evidence for a transitional form between lizards and snakes.  The fossil, named Coniophus, was known since 1892 from fragments, but the authors claim newly-discovered skull and vertebral parts establish its ancestral position.  The authors call it, however, a “mosaic” of features with “synapomorphies,” which, in cladistics, refers to traits shared by two taxa and their most recent common ancestor.  Their diagrams show a lizard head, a snake head and the Coniophus reconstructed head, each looking distinctive.  If this is a transitional form, furthermore, it is rare: “Snakes are the most diverse group of lizards, but their origins and early evolution remain poorly understood owing to a lack of transitional forms,” they said.  Owing primarily to its small size and non-motile jaw, they believe, “Coniophis therefore represents a transitional snake, combining a snake-like body and a lizard-like head.” (Longrich et al., “A transitional snake from the Late Cretaceous period of North America,” Nature 488, 09 August 2012, pp. 205–208, doi:10.1038/nature11227).There has been a long-standing debate between evolutionists whether snakes evolved in the ocean or on land.  The authors feel Coniophus suggests a land origin: “its small size and reduced neural spines indicate fossorial habits, suggesting that snakes evolved from burrowing lizards.”  It would seem, however, that one oddball does not justify the assumed evolutionary story that follows: “Subsequent to the evolution of a serpentine body and carnivory, snakes evolved a highly specialized, kinetic skull, which was followed by a major adaptive radiation in the Early Cretaceous period. This pattern suggests that the kinetic skull was a key innovation that permitted the diversification of snakes.”  Coniophus, however, lacked the kinetic skull.  The Editors’ Summary is tentative, saying that the study “has come up with some facts that favour a land-based genesis for snakes,” and “suggests that early snakes were burrowers that achieved their elongate form before evolving the characteristic highly mobile skull of modern snakes.”  There are, however, legless lizards; it is not clear why the authors did not comment on that possible interpretation of this fossil.Moth pheromones:  Male moths have a remarkable ability to detect female sex pheromones at long distances, even though the molecules weigh billionths of a gram.  In a recent open-access PNAS paper, evolutionists admitted that “little is known about the molecular mechanisms that underlie the evolution of new sex pheromone blends between closely related species.”  They succeeded in mutating a male moth’s antenna to increase its long-range sensitivity to a mutated female’s hormone.   The mutation they studied appeared to increase the sensitivity to a particular pheromone molecule in the female’s blend of exuded pheromones while narrowing its sensitivity to the blend, “altering the tuning profile of this broadly responsive neuron.”  Tuning an existing system says nothing about the origin of the system.  A summary on Science Daily did not clarify if this was alleged to be an example of Neo-Darwinian evolution.Changes such as this could represent designed adaptability, therefore, analogous to the adaptive immune system, rather than neo-Darwinian processes at work.  The authors said as much: “variability in the breadth of male response required to track new pheromones exists in the population.”  The authors noted that researchers in this area are not sure what evolutionary processes are at work in moth pheromone tracking.  It could be stabilizing selection, asymmetric tracking, reinforcement, communication interference, or some combination of the above.   All in all, in spite of their minuscule finding of one mutation that appeared to increase sensitivity amplitude while narrowing sensitivity breadth, they confessed, “The molecular mechanisms that enable male moths to respond to new female pheromones during the evolution of the sexual communication channel remains a long-standing question.”  (Leary et al., “Single mutation to a sex pheromone receptor provides adaptive specificity between closely related moth species,” PNAS, August 13, 2012, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1204661109).Fireflies:  New Scientist presented an article about the evolution of cold light (bioluminescence), claiming that marine animals invented it in the Devonian (at least 400 million Darwin years ago), but land insects invented it far more recently – in the Cretaceous, no more than 65 million years ago.  This “unexpected” “discrepancy” left Slavic paleobiologist Peter Vršanský scrambling for explanations.  Maybe “luminescent species appeared on land only when night life began to diversify,” the article claimed; or, perhaps, “terrestrial species have only recently cracked the problem of disposing of the toxic by-products of bioluminescence.”  If evolution cannot solve a simple problem like that, however, it casts doubt on the ability of the “tinkerer” to produce giraffes and eagles in far less time.  The explanation further suggests the absurdity that land insects were trying to evolve bioluminescence, but couldn’t because of toxic waste.Plant sex:  An article on PhysOrg claims, “Researchers solve plant sex cell mystery,” adding, “plant sex cells have stubbornly guarded the secret of their origin” till researchers at Stanford figured out the secret: low oxygen levels.  That hypothesis, however, if a natural law, would bring sex cells out of any somatic cell, or out of rocks, for that matter.  According to the report, “the researchers demonstrated that low oxygen levels deep inside the developing flowers are all that is needed to trigger the formation of sex cells.”  This finding, however, says nothing about the origin of sex cells in the first place – only what triggers their development.  As such, the article has nothing to say about evolution.  It might just as well be about epigenetic regulation of existing design.Human height:  Live Science claims in bold headlines, “Evolutionary Battle of the Sexes Drives Human Height.”  Careful reading, though, shows a convoluted suggestion that cannot be tested.  Reporter Stephanie Pappas began, “For women looking to pass on their genes, it pays to be short. For men, tall is the ideal.”  No evidence was offered for why this should be so, instead of the opposite.  But it was the basis for a claim, “The result? An evolutionary tug-of-war in which neither gender reaches their perfect height.”  Gert Stulp, the expert in the Netherlands who stated this hypothesis, spoke of “evolutionary pressure” that kept human heights varying incessantly in an “evolutionary back-and-forth” with no direction or conclusion.  From this inconclusive explanation, Stulp leapt into a whole mess of other possible non-converging evolutionary tug-of-wars: hip width, facial masculinity, and mate choice, for instance.  These appear to be post-hoc rationalizations for evolutionary theory, though, instead of evidences.  Undoubtedly this kind of thinking could rationalize any observation into an evolutionary explanation.  It also ignores the fact that men and women might make their mate choices by intelligent design.  Consequently, it seems a stretch for Stulp to conclude, “I think it is important to recognize that evolutionary processes occur in contemporary human populations.  Evolution did not stop at the industrial revolution.”Using evolution to fight cancer:  A scientific theory is bolstered if it can make predictions that lead to practical applications.  This might be the case with a Science Daily story with the promising headline, “Using Millions of Years of Cell Evolution in Fight Against Cancer.”  Below the headline, though, a reader will look in vain for anything beyond a mere assumption of evolution and millions of years.  John McDonald (Georgia Institute of Technology) inserted micro-RNAs (miRNA) into cells by design, to study their downstream effects on gene regulation.  He also witnessed design: “McDonald noticed that most of what changed downstream was functionally coordinated.”  He then wrongly linked evolution to a coordinated purpose: “miRNAs have evolved for millions of years in order to coordinately regulate hundreds to thousands of genes together on the cellular level.”  The story, therefore, has nothing to do with aimless, purposeless processes of neo-Darwinism, but everything to do with intelligent design:  “If we can understand which miRNAs affect which suites of genes and their coordinated functions, it could allow clinicians to attack cancer cells on a systems level, rather than going after genes individually.”We always like to give the Darwin Team the best possible racing conditions before watching their contestants stumble and fall on the starting line.last_img read more