On a golf course where Stephen Leaney said there were no easy holes, he had a simple explanation for how he wound up atop the leaderboard Friday at the PODS Championship. “I’ve probably holed more putts than anyone,” Leaney said. Staring into a bright sun that toyed with his depth perception, Leaney watched a 40-foot birdie putt on the last hole tumble in for birdie and a 4-under 67, giving him a one-shot lead over Heath Slocum on an Innisbrook course that won’t let anyone get too far ahead. Defending champion K.J. Choi and Chris DiMarco were among those another shot behind, but the true measure of this tournament was found further down the leaderboard. Only 37 players remained under par and 27 of them were within four shots of the lead. Brad Faxon was only four shots behind until he struggled down the stretch and made the cut on the number. Even so, he and the others in last place were only eight shots behind. “When you shoot under par on this golf course, you’ve got to feel pretty good,” said Slocum, who felt great after a 69. Putting is imperative at any tournament, but it has been key for Leaney. He can’t remember the last time he made more than a few putts longer than 10 feet, he shouldn’t have a problem now. The shortest of his six birdie putts was 12 feet, the 40-footer on the 18th hole gave him the lead and he even picked up what he called a miracle birdie along the way. Leaney had 250 yards for his third shot on the par-5 fifth, hit it into the rough, then chipped in. “This golf course just wears you out,” said the 37-year-old Australian, who was at 6-under 136. Vaughn Taylor (68), rookie Doug LaBelle (71), Pat Perez (70), Daniel Chopra (71) and Jonathan Byrd (69) were in the group at 138. Another shot behind was a group that included Billy Andrade, Arron Oberholser and first-round Cliff Kresge, who was nine shots worse with a 74. Singapore MastersIndia’s Jyoti Randhawa fired seven birdies on his way to a 4-under-par 68 and a one-stroke lead after the second round of the Singapore Masters on Friday. Randhawa, last year’s Indian Open champion, had a two-round total of 11-under 133 despite three bogeys amid windy conditions at the co-sanctioned Asian and European Tour. Scotland’s Barry Hume (69) made five birdies but conceded a double-bogey to sit in second place with a 10-under 134. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
John Barnes has told talkSPORT Marcus Rashford’s late call-up to England’s pre-Euro 2016 training squad exposes the lack of options available to manager Roy Hodgson.Manchester United youngster Rashford has enjoyed a brilliant Premier League breakthrough in the second half of this season.Stepping up from the youth ranks, the 18-year-old scored two braces in his first two senior appearances, against FC Midtjylland in the Europa League and Arsenal in the Premier League, and went on to net seven goals in 16 United appearances.His stunning rise has impressed Hodgson enough to warrant an invitation to his provisional 26-man squad, before he decides his final 23 for the summer’s tournament.But Barnes believes his selection displays a lack of depth in the England ranks.“With a player like Rashford getting in the squad after only a handful of games, it shows that Roy doesn’t really have a lot to choose from,” the Thee Lions legend, who made his international debut aged 19, told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“That would never have happened ten years ago.”However, Barnes admits that, by picking Rashford over a number of older and more experienced players, Hodgson is right to begin thinking about the England side of the future.The former Liverpool midfielder added: “It has to come to the time when you have to look to the future.“Someone like Jermain Defore has done very well this season, but he isn’t going to be a part of England’s future, whereas Rashford is.“So to give him some experience in the initial squad, it’s a good decision moving forward. Wayne Rooney isn’t going to be there for much longer either, so therefore you’d think Rashford would probably get into the squad full time in the next year or so.“Roy has a responsibility to look to the future, that’s what he’s doing.”
You can listen to live commentary of Ajax v Manchester United in the Europa League final on Wednesday, May 24 from 7pm, live on talkSPORT.Clarence Seedorf, a Champions League winner with Ajax, joined the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast ahead of the big game to share his thoughts.The Dutch legend claimed the exciting young Eredivisie side will provide United with plenty of problems, but says he expects Jose Mourinho to have his team expertly prepared for the challenge they will be up against in Stockholm.“Ajax have been a surprise this season,” said Seedorf. “They have shown more than one face in this Europa League. It is a talented group, unpredictable, and the coach has also shown to be capable and to adapt and change strategies.“When you have such a young team with players who are not on the world map yet, it is always harder to prepare for. But Mourinho is a maestro in making analysis of the opponents and coming out with a good strategy.”Seedorf also told talkSPORT he would ‘LOVE’ to work in England. Listen to the interview in full above.You can listen to live commentary of Ajax v Manchester United in the Europa League final on Wednesday, May 24 from 7pm, live on talkSPORT.
DEKALB, Ill. – Following a week long break for final exams, the Drake University women’s basketball returns to the court this Saturday at Northern Illinois. Tipoff is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. and the contest will be broadcast online on ESPN3. Drake (7-2) cruised past William Penn, 100-61, in its “Pack The Knapp” game back on Dec. 11. Junior Lizzy Wendell (Blue Springs, Mo.) led the Bulldogs in scoring with 17 points as five others joined her in double figures. Drake finished with 34 field goals, 27 assists and 12 three-pointers against the Statesmen. The 100 points in the William Penn victory are a season-high for Drake, who leads the Missouri Valley Conference and ranks No. 17 in all of NCAA Division I in scoring at 81.3 points per game. The Bulldogs have topped the 80-point mark five times already in just nine games this season. Wendell is the top scorer in the MVC at 18.9 points a game, and already has four 20-plus scoring performances. Northern Illinois (4-4) lost at Wisconsin Wednesday night as the Badgers used a big second half scoring run to secure the win. Ally Lehman leads the Huskies in scoring at 11.9 points per game and rebounding at 10.5 rebounds per game. NIU is led by first-year head coach Lisa Carlsen, who came to DeKalb after eight seasons as head coach at Division II Lewis University (Ill.). Saturday’s game renews a rivalry between Drake and Northern Illinois as the two teams last played in the 1980’s with Drake winning all four games from 1982-85. The last meeting was Dec. 30, 1985, also in DeKalb, as the Bulldogs won by a score of 87-79. Drake wraps up its non-conference schedule at Iowa on Dec. 22 with tipoff set for 5 p.m.Print Friendly Version
ESPN3 DES MOINES, Iowa – One of the Missouri Valley Conference’s top offenses and the league’s top defense will meet Tuesday night in the Knapp Center. Drake takes to its home floor, where it is averaging 82.8 points per game against MVC opponents to host Illinois State. The Redbirds own the sixth best field goal percentage defense in the nation and are holding conference foes to just 60.2 points per game. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. at the Knapp Center with the contest broadcast on Mediacom MC22 and The Valley on ESPN3. In addition to their staunch defense, Illinois State is 11-1 in the MVC standings to sit in a tie for first place in the conference standings after suffering an 86-45 loss at Wichita State on Saturday evening. In the first meeting between the two teams this season, Illinois State defeated Drake, 72-58, despite it being just a two-point game with eight minutes remaining in the contest before ISU pulled away. Buy Tickets Following Tuesday’s game, the Bulldogs return to the road for two games beginning with a Feb. 11 contest at Indiana State followed by a Feb. 14 date at Evansville. Print Friendly Version Drake Game Notes Live Audio Tuesday’s game will also be Drake’s annual 3.0 Recognition as the athletic department recognizes its student-athletes and teams that have recorded a 3.0 GPA during the fall semester. Live Stats T.J. Thomas (Stone Mountain, Ga.) led Drake in that loss with 10 points and a career-high 13 rebounds for his first double-double as a Bulldog. The junior has had nine or more rebounds in three of the last four games and 22 total boards in his last two outings. In the first meeting with Illinois State, he had seven points and eight rebounds including five offensive boards. Story Links Drake returns to its home court where it is 4-2 in conference games after falling at Bradley on Saturday, 79-72, to drop to 5-7 in the MVC to sit in seventh place.
Two people are due to appear before court this morning following a drugs raid in Letterkenny last night.The pair, a man and a woman, were arrested following the bust at a house in Glenoughty Close.Gardai say that around €7,500 worth of cannabis herb was found. A Garda source described the raid as ’substantial’.The two were detained and questioned by Gardai and will be brought before Letterkenny District Court this morning charged with drugs offences.Two to appear at Letterkenny court following ‘substantial’ drugs raid was last modified: July 21st, 2017 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:cannabisletterkennyLetterkenny District Court
Branislav Ivanovic missed a good chance to give Chelsea the lead in the west London derby at Stamford Bridge.The Serbian defender, unmarked at the near post, fired into the side netting from close range after being found by Willian’s cross.Willian was involved in creating an earlier chance for Oscar, who scuffed a shot wide after Diego Costa had cleverly flicked the ball into his path.At the other end, Charlie Austin headed over from Junior Hoilett’s cross.Costa is back in the Chelsea side following a hamstring problem, while Hoilett came in for Bobby Zamora, who is among the QPR substitutes. Chelsea: Courtois; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Filipe Luis; Matic, Fabregas; Willian, Oscar, Hazard; Costa.Subs: Cech, Zouma, Ake, Ramires, Salah, Schurrle, Drogba. QPR: Green, Isla, Caulker, Dunne, Yun, Hoilett, Sandro, Fer, Vargas, Austin.Subs: Murphy, Traore, Hill, Phillips, Wright-Phillips, Kranjcar, Zamora.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Dan Conners, the first draft pick Al Davis ever signed for the Oakland Raiders, died April 28 in San Luis Obispo, according to an obituary submitted to this newspaper. He was 78.Conners, who was born in Clearfield, Pennsylvania, earned a scholarship to the University of Miami in Florida. There, he started for three seasons and was voted All-American as a senior in 1963.At a time when the established NFL and the upstart AFL were battling to sign college seniors, Conners was drafted by both …
How did bats evolve the ability to fly? Evolution helped them out by providing them with higher energy. After all, “Flight is among the most energy-consuming activities” in the animal kingdom, said a team of Chinese and Canadian scientists reporting in PNAS,1 so it’s obvious that evolution must have provided the genes to get the job done. So they looked at the genes of bats compared to other mammals, and sure enough, they found evidence of natural selection at work. “Both mitochondrial and nuclear-encoded OXPHOS [oxidative phosphorylation, a process of metabolism] genes display evidence of adaptive evolution along the common ancestral branch of bats, supporting our hypothesis that genes involved in energy metabolism were targets of natural selection and allowed adaptation to the huge change in energy demand that were required during the origin of flight.” The team looked into the mitochondrial genes and nuclear genes of the two bats whose draft genomes have been published, and compared the genes for metabolism with several other mammals. They came up with statistics that indicated a 25% signature of “positive selection” in the mitochondrial genes and close to 5% for the nuclear genes (they claimed that “Positive selection and gene duplication are two major mechanisms of adaptive evolution”). They acknowledged, though, that identifying positive selection is tricky business:2 Typically, positive selection will act on only a few sites and for a short period of evolutionary time; thus the signal for positive selection usually is swamped by the continuous negative selection that occurs on most sites in a gene sequence. Even after a short period of positive selection, this is commonly followed by a long period of purifying selection, which would obscure the selective processes. These processes explain why it has been so difficult to detect positive selection in mtDNA, despite extensive studies.Nevertheless, they defended several independent tests, such as branch-site models, to try to weed out and distinguish other signals, and thus support their identification of positive selection. Now surely, they must realize there has to be more to it than that, right? Well, but of course. Their paper ends with this paragraph:Bats are unique in being the only mammals capable of powered flapping flight. As in birds, bat flight is a highly energetically expensive form of locomotion. However, it is also a very efficient mode of transport and assists flyers in feeding and breeding as well as avoidance of predators. The evolution of flight in bats was a major factor leading to the success of this amazing group of mammals, although the evolution of this ability has required complex changes in the anatomy of these animals. In addition to other important factors, such as changes in bone density and development of the wings, bat flight also requires a significantly higher metabolic rate, a rate well above the maximum capable by other similar-sized terrestrial mammals during exercise. Aerobic metabolism by mitochondria plays a vital role as the energy production centers of cells The OXPHOS pathway of mitochondria has adaptively evolved to meet the demands of changing environmental and physiological conditions. Because the mitochondrial respiratory chain has a dual genetic foundation (mitochondria and nuclear genomes), here we examined both genomes to obtain insights into the evolution of flight by mammals. Both mitochondrial genes and nuclear-encoded OXPHOS genes showed greater evidence for adaptive evolution; this result supports our hypothesis that energy metabolism genes were targets of natural selection that included a balancing cytonuclear coevolutionary constraint, which allowed adaptive changes in energy demands and thus played a crucial role in attainment of flight by bats.1. Yong-Yi Shen, Lu Liang, Zhou-Hai Zhu, Wei-Ping Zhou, David M. Irwin, and Ya-Ping Zhang, “Adaptive evolution of energy metabolism genes and the origin of flight in bats,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences published online before print April 26, 2010, doi: 10.1073/pnas.0912613107.2. For more on the pitfalls of measuring positive selection, or tying it to adaptive fitness, see 09/05/2008, 01/13/2010 bullet 6, and 02/17/2010 bullet 4.We will have to call this the Mighty Mouse theory of bat evolution. It’s about as credible as the character who always managed to fly in for the rescue at the last moment (Wikipedia), and about as cartoony, too. Papers like this are another reason we really, really need to end the one-party rule in science. The Darwin Party is so corrupt, its members have convinced themselves that this kind of research constitutes evidence for evolution. Undoubtedly, the leaders of the regime will stack this paper on top of their growing pile of propaganda to intimidate doubters by showing them the mounds of scientific evidence supporting Darwin’s theory. But this paper makes no sense at all unless one already is a member of the Darwin Party, has pledged allegiance to Darwin, and already vowed to interpret everything in the light of common descent by random mutations and natural selection. Then the reasoning is deductive: since we already know as axiomatic truth that bats evolved from rodents, then “this result supports our hypothesis that energy metabolism genes were targets of natural selection that included a balancing cytonuclear coevolutionary constraint, which allowed adaptive changes in energy demands and thus played a crucial role in attainment of flight by bats.” The fogma is so thick they can’t see it. Only those outside of it can see what is going on. Simply put, adding energy to a mouse will not make it fly. Adding piecemeal goals to a Darwinian story will not make Darwinian theory fly, either. Darwinians need to think consistently with their theory. They cannot look in retrospect and say, Because bat flight evolved, this or that modification must have contributed to the overall complex trait. Bat flight is a package deal. As fossils have shown, bats appear abruptly in the record fully capable of flight and probably capable of sonar. More importantly, there is no “target of selection” in terms of an overall complex trait. Think of a cow. What will it take to help Bessie evolve flight? Well, a high metabolism will surely be among the requirements. So let’s say that Tinker Bell comes along with her mutation wand and starts zapping poor Bessie in the gonads. Among the calves that don’t die as embryos, maybe there will be one some day that survives with a slightly higher metabolic rate. Are we getting warmer? Are we on the way to evolving flight in Bessie’s descendents? It’s not necessary to press the point to see how absurd this tale is already, and we haven’t even tried to talk Bessie into the advantages of how nice it will be for her descendents with wings some golden day, millions of years from now, to be able to efficiently escape their human predators that are trying to hunt them down for hamburger. (Don’t tell her that the human predators by then will have co-evolved into fearsome fighters flying at Mach 2.) Darwin’s theory demands that every beneficial mutation confer survival advantage right now, not millions of years in the future. It has no goals, no targets, no visions, no plans. A mouse in its hole has no desire to sprout wings and become a bat, no matter how nice it might be for feeding, breeding, and avoidance of predators. Once again, we see how the Darwin supernaturalists conceal their miracles with misdirection and euphemisms. Everyone believes in miracles, you realize; and everyone is a supernaturalist. Darwinists only pretend to be naturalists. Their slip is showing every time they use logic and reason, which are not made of particles and forces. Look for the miracle-talk in this sentence: “The evolution of flight in bats was a major factor leading to the success of this amazing group of mammals, although the evolution of this ability has required complex changes in the anatomy of these animals.” OK, students, barrage the teacher with your questions. But teacher, how did this evolution occur? How can a Darwinian process be factored? – that sounds like algebra, a form of intelligent design. What do you mean by success – survival? The mice seemed to be pretty successful, because they still survive today and are more numerous than bats. How did the complex changes in the anatomy of bats occur simultaneously with the metabolic changes? How were they coordinated and tuned? You talked about changes in bone density and “the development of wings” – Wow! Isn’t that a giant leap for batkind? Didn’t Darwin say that nature takes no giant leaps, but only slight, successive modifications? What were the modifications, and how did they confer survival value? What do you mean by a “target” of natural selection? That sounds like anthropomorphism. Who will ask these and other questions, if not creationists, the intelligent design movement, or at least critics of neo-Darwinism? Scientists need critics to keep them in line. When it comes to Darwinism, though, the whole regime is corrupt. Don’t look for critical thinking from the NAS, the NIH, NASA, the NSF, or the major secular journals. The news media aren’t holding them accountable, either (02/18/2010), except for independent sources like CEH. Many individual scientists have their heads on straight but those who try to buck the establishment risk marginalization or expulsion. Totalitarian regimes typically become so corrupt that they become caricatures of themselves – fodder for political cartoons. That is certainly the case with the Darwin Party today. The rank and file largely ignore the ideology. They go along with it and repeat the party line on cue to stay out of trouble. No one dares speak out against it, even though an elementary course in baloney detecting could expose its nonsensical fables. The folly of theory-incestuous papers like this one shows that a thorough housecleaning is long overdue. Open the castle doors, DODO* bigots, and answer the challenge! Your mental health depends on lively and open debate. Listen to your founder: “A fair result can be obtained only by fully stating and balancing the facts and arguments on both sides of each question” – Charles Darwin.(Visited 65 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Luis Moraes joined the Department of Animal Sciences at The Ohio State University on December 15, 2016. He grew up in Brazil where his family owns and manages a beef cattle operation.Moraes has been always involved with agriculture through his family business and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Agronomic Engineering from the University of Sao Paulo at the ESALQ campus. Following his graduation, heLuis Moraesmoved to California where he received two Master of Science degrees, one in Animal Biology and one in Statistics, and a PhD in Animal Biology, all from the University of California-Davis. He worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the UC Davis in the Department of Animal Science until he joined the faculty at Ohio State as an Assistant Professor.His research focuses on the application of statistics, mathematics, and economics to the animal sciences. He is particularly interested in the use of economic optimization models for dairy management. While at UC Davis, he developed linear and goal programming models that simultaneously minimized diet costs and methane emissions.He has also worked on the application of statistical methods for describing nutrient utilization in cattle. For instance, multivariate mixed models, nonparametric growth curves, and Bayesian methods are examples of techniques that he has used to better understand energy and protein metabolism in growing and lactating cattle. At OSU, his research plans are to develop mathematical models that incorporate nutrient management information into diet optimization. Further, he will continue to develop and apply statistical modeling techniques for the extraction of meaningful information from animal science data and for the improved understanding of biological processes.