Madrid draws, loses chance to move closer to Barcelona

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sevilla moved to within eight points of the lead after defeating Deportivo La Coruna 2-0 at home.INNEFECTIVE MADRIDMadrid controlled possession and had most of the significant scoring chances at San Mames Stadium, but it was not able to get past Athletic goalkeeper Kepa.Also, Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema were denied by the woodwork.It was the first time Zidane fielded the same 11 Madrid used when it defeated Juventus in the Champions League final this year.ADVERTISEMENT It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Madrid defender Sergio Ramos was sent off for a second yellow card in the 86th minute. Ramos was wearing a protective mask as he returned to action after breaking his nose two weeks ago.Midfielder Casemiro and right back Dani Carvajal will also miss next weekend’s match against Sevilla after being shown yellow cards.Athletic, 15th in the 20-team standings, was coming off elimination to third-division club Formentera inthe Copa del Rey.GRIEZMANN’S WINNERGriezmann scored an 88th-minute winner as Atletico Madrid defeated Real Sociedad 2-1 to move closer to Barcelona.“There is still a lot of league left,” Atletico coach Diego Simeone said.Griezmann’s winner was a tap-in after Saul Niguez’s header went across the goalmouth toward the far post, where the France striker waited to score his fourth goal in his last three games.“We know that we didn’t play a great match, but the victory will give us confidence,” Griezmann said.It was the fourth straight win for Atletico, which dominated at Wanda Metropolitano Stadium.Sociedad scored first with a penalty kick by striker Willian Jose.Atletico kept pressing and missing. It finally equalized in the 63rd when left back Felipe Luis cleared a defender inside the area and fired into the far corner. Clippers’ Austin Rivers fined $25,000 for outburst at fan Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo laments after missing a goal during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between Athletic Bilbao and Real Madrid at San Mames stadium, in Bilbao, northern Spain, Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)MADRID — Barcelona stumbled again, and Real Madrid wasn’t able to capitalize.Madrid missed a chance to move closer to the top of the Spanish league standings after being held by Athletic Bilbao to 1-1 on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene View comments MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Deportivo is just outside the relegation zone.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set It could have moved within six points of the lead after Barcelona drew at home against Celta Vigo 2-2 for its second consecutive setback, but Zinedine Zidane’s team struggled in Bilbao and remained eight points behind the Catalan rival after 14 matches.“We are disappointed,” Zidane said. “We are eight points behind because we haven’t been able to score more goals. It would have been great to have reduced the gap now, but we will have other opportunities.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkMadrid is three points behind second-place Valencia, which plays at Getafe on Sunday.Madrid also lost ground to third-place Atletico Madrid, which defeated Real Sociedad 2-1 at home with alate winner by Antoine Griezmann. BARCELONA SETBACKBarcelona stumbled for the second consecutive week, losing points at home for the first time after 18 straight league victories at Camp Nou in a streak almost a year old.Barcelona had won 11 of its 13 league matches entering the weekend. Its other setbacks were draws at Atletico Madrid and, last week, at Valencia.Celta, which lost only two of its last five games against Barcelona, opened the scoring with Iago Aspas’ close-range shot 20 minutes in.Lionel Messi equalized two minutes later from inside the area after an assist by Paulinho, taking his league-leading tally to 13.Luis Suarez put Barcelona ahead after a low cross by Jordi Alba in the 61st, becoming Barcelona’s 10th all-time top scorer with 127 in 165 games.Celta evened the match less than 10 minutes later thanks to Maxi Gomez being set up by Aspas in a breakaway. Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti hurt his right hamstring in the play, and could be out until February.Barcelona captain Andre Iniesta also had to be substituted because of an apparent injury early in the second half.SEVILLA STAYS CLOSESevilla moved to within eight points of Barcelona by defeating Deportivo La Coruna 2-0.Wissam Ben Yedder has scored five in his last three matches. 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‘It means everything’: DeRozan eager to work with Popovich

first_img‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins This time, it became a turnover. They were on different teams during this particular scrimmage, which seems fitting.USA Basketball’s first minicamp of this Olympic cycle started Thursday in Las Vegas, with DeRozan and Lowry — longtime teammates in Toronto — both wearing the same uniform again. DeRozan is now with the San Antonio Spurs and set to be coached by Gregg Popovich, who just happened to be running his first national team practice Thursday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’DeRozan has made no secret: He wasn’t happy getting traded out of Toronto. But if there’s a consolation prize to be had, it’s that he now gets Popovich.“It means everything,” DeRozan said. “I could have ended up in the middle of nowhere with Joe Blow. I ended up in a great place that wanted me that strives for greatness. You can’t ask for nothing better than that.” Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Popovich is taking over the national team reins from Mike Krzyzewski, the Duke coach who led the U.S. to Olympic gold in 2008, 2012 and 2016. Krzyzewski was in the gym to watch Thursday.“He’s been great,” Popovich said. “I would be remiss if I didn’t bug him to death, ask him millions of questions and try to learn from him.”DeRozan got some 1-on-1 interaction with his new coach toward the end of practice. Popovich chatted with him for a couple of minutes, and then Houston guard Eric Gordon joined in and the three of them went over some post strategy for guards.It was consistent with the theme of the day for Popovich, who bounced around conversations all day long — harassing Russell Westbrook during a free throw, chatting with James Harden after one drill, then moving on for a word with Kevin Durant and finally heading over to where Kevin Love was sitting and feigning exasperation as they spoke.“All these guys have a different story, right? Just like all of you,” Popovich said. “We all have families or kids or situations in life. It’s fun to find out who they really are over and above basketball players. It helps me coach them. It makes them feel a bigger part of the program. And they know we’re genuinely interested in them off the court.”But as far as whether Popovich got a little something extra out of working with DeRozan, that was kept secret. Popovich wanted to keep his answers specific to USA Basketball, not the Spurs.“That was a good try,” Popovich said to one reporter who asked about coaching DeRozan.DeRozan spoke plenty, though. There are many tough parts to him leaving Toronto, and not having Lowry at his side anymore will be one of the very hardest for him to deal with. They were inseparable at times together Thursday, even wrapping up their end-of-practice shooting at the same time before retiring to a row of chairs to get icepacks strapped to their legs.Lowry declined to talk Thursday, saying he would address reporters on Friday. DeRozan said some of his new teammates have reached out, and expects to talk to more Spurs in the coming weeks.“I’m easy, man. I’m not difficult at all,” DeRozan said. “When it comes to basketball, if it’s about winning, we’re already on the same page and everything else will be easy. It’s nothing complicated. I’ve been in the league. I’ve established myself, who I am. Everything else is simple.” He seems like a perfect fit for the Spurs, or at least The Spurs Way. DeRozan is an outstanding player who has tended to let his game do the talking — an approach that Popovich and San Antonio standouts like Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili, even Leonard, seem to prefer as well.“You make me sound like I fit perfectly,” DeRozan said. “Without a doubt.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 LATEST STORIES Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MMA star Conor McGregor pleads guilty in melee case MOST READcenter_img In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced DeRozan was sent to the Spurs on July 18, along with center Jakob Poeltl and a protected 2019 first round pick, for Kawhi Leonard and wing Danny Green. Leonard was one of the 35 players invited to attend this minicamp; he was one of roughly a dozen who didn’t show, a list that also includes LeBron James, Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson.Popovich didn’t seem bothered that there were no-shows.“People have lives,” Popovich said. “We had a good number of people here and the people who were invited that aren’t here have reasons, whether it’s injury or personal things going on in their lives. And we understand that.”This two-day camp that ends Friday is little more than a get-to-know-you-better event for the players and Popovich. There are no games to play, and technically there aren’t even future tournaments to prepare for — under the new qualifying rules, the U.S. isn’t yet assured of having a spot in either the 2019 FIBA World Cup in China or the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.The task of making sure the Americans get to China next year has fallen to G League players, who are being coached by Jeff Van Gundy and went 5-1 in the first round of qualifying. The second round of qualifying starts in September.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? United States men’s national team basketball coach Gregg Popovich left, speaks with Eric Gordon (46) and DeMar DeRozan during a training camp for USA basketball, Thursday, July 26, 2018, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)LAS VEGAS — Kyle Lowry had the ball in the right corner. He was well-defended and not able to shoot or drive, so he fired a crosscourt diagonal pass to DeMar DeRozan.For years, that was a fine idea.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View commentslast_img read more

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Upset! Generika-Ayala whips powerhouse F2 Logistics

first_imgJapeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Crucial match for Pocari Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Another title contender, Foton, restored order in the day when it crushed Smart, 26-24, 25-15, 25-19, in the other match.Mina Aganon and Maika Ortiz conspired for 24 points for the Tornadoes, who join Petron on top of the team standings with a 4-0 win-loss card.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 ChrissOrendain tallied 18 points and 10 receptions while skipper Angeli Araneta added 15 markers to hand Generika-Ayala its first win in four matches.“Our hard work really paid off,” said Generika-Ayala head coach Sherwin Meneses, who drew impressive performance from Mika Lopez, Fiola Ceballos and Marivic Meneses. “After three losses, we still kept going. I told the team to just be patient and continue working hard.” Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES “We’re happy that we stuck to our game plan.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Generika-Ayala scored a major upset when it defeated F2 Logistics, 19-25, 25-22, 25-16, 28-26, to notch its first win in the Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference Tuesday at the Filoil Flying V Centre.Patty Orendain spearheaded the attack for the Lifesavers, who turned a 21-24 disadvantage in the fourth set into a stunning victory.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal 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 Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title View commentslast_img read more

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Consultation to ban plastic bottles taken to Essequibo

first_imgOfficers of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently held their first consultation on the banning of “Single Use Plastic” in Region Two, Pomeroon/Supenaam, at the Regional Board Room at Anna Regina.Following a presentation by Candacie Brower-Thompson, Senior Environmental Officer of EPA, and viewing the effects caused by dumping plastic in the environment, residents were satisfied with the presentation and gave their full support in favour of the ban.Odessa Duncan, another Senior Environmental Officer of the agency, in her presentation, stated that plastic is very dangerous to the environment, and especially to marine life.Plastic is not biodegradable, and remains in the environment for as long as between thirty-five and forty years.The results of a survey done in Georgetown showed that an average of 7000 tons of plastic products are dumped yearly.President of the Essequibo Chamber of Commerce, Suean Seunarayan, has advised that the EPA should work along with the Education Ministry to introduce environmental teaching programmes in schools, especially at the secondary level.Wilfred Jagnarine, proprietor of Lake Mainstay Resort, was in agreement with enforcement of the ban. He said it should be done as soon as possible, and not wait for another three years.He noted that littering has become a norm, and revealed that the shoulders of the main access road to the resort are inundated with garbage, which he deems an eyesore to tourists visiting his resort.Residents are calling for a full time EPA office to be set up in Region Two, so as to deal with the many environmental issues facing the people on a daily basis.They also objected to the location for the prosed garbage site, claiming that it would be unhealthy for farmers in the area.Those in attendance were representatives of the Public Health Ministry, Education Ministry, Guyana Police Force, farmers, Anna Regina Town Council, executives of the Tourism Ministry, officials from the Essequibo Chamber of Commerce, and businessmen and women, among others.last_img read more

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Not yet Uhuru, says Nakumatt boss Medo

first_img“No, no, no; it is not yet done (on relegation fight). We are coming along well but still have a long way to go. We have to live one game at a time,” the tactician said after his side’s crushing 6-1 result against Kakamega Homeboyz at Camp Toyoyo on Sunday.He added; “We have a very ambitious owner, a very ambitious chairman and so am I. I would want us to go as far as we can go. Definitely we have to consider factors such as injuries and fitness but our ambition is to keep going, keep winning.”The victory was Nakumatt’s biggest win in top flight and further laid bare their statement of intent.“We prepared very well for this game. It was a match we played at home and we had to change a few details like the style of play. The key was to keep the ball on the ground because it is a good surface. Just keep it simple; simplicity is the key,” the tactician who has had stints in Qatar said.Nakumatt FC’s Cornelius Juma is joined by teammate Kevin Thairu in celebrating his brace during their Kenyan Premier League match against Kakamega Homeboyz at the Camp Toyoyo Ground on June 17, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluThe Nakumatt victory was a good rebound for the side having travelled to Awendo last weekend only to lose 3-1 to Sony Sugar. This was their only loss in seven games having picked up five wins and a draw.The match against AFC Leopards was Medo’s first on the touchline before he was confirmed on a permanent two weeks ago.He has brought in a change of attitude and playing style in the team and even former head coach Anthony Mwangi admitted as much that the new boss has made the team tick again.“We have not done many changes in the team. Coaching is about understanding your players and their abilities and making it simple. It is not good to complicate football. We have managed to get these results with the same players we had except two who we have just brought in,” the coach noted.The club has made two additions in the June mini-transfer window, midfielder Harun Nyakha and winger Joe Waithira joining from Wazito FC. Medo has hinted he might be going for more additions before the window shuts.“I am open to adding in more players but the difference with me is that I don’t go for the big names. There are very many players down here who are very good and they just need the right instructions and they will be stars,” the coach added.Nakumatt’s resurgence leaves the relegation battle tightened between Vihiga United, Chemelil Sugar, Zoo Kericho, Thika United, Sony Sugar and Wazito FC.Thika United players hurdle together in prayer during their Kenyan Premier League 1-0 win over Wazito FC at Camp Toyoyo on May 6, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluVihiga, Zoo, Sony and Wazito all picked up draws this weekend while Chemelil and Thika were on the losing end to AFC Leopards and Sofapaka respectively.Thika merely survived relegation last season beating Ushuru FC 1-0 on aggregate in the promotion and relegation play-off and they seem headed to another dog fight this season if they don’t change their tide.Head coach John Njogu however bears a brave face that the club will disentangle itself from the snare of relegation.“We have been making small mistakes that have come to cost us but I am hopeful that we will address them before the season goes in too far. I am optimistic that we can change and get good results,” Njogu said after his side’s 3-0 loss to Sofapaka in Narok on Sunday.KPL Weekend results:Saturday: Mathare United 1 Vihiga United 1 (Camp Toyoyo), Zoo Kericho 1 Sony Sugar 1 (Kericho Stadium), AFC Leopards 2 Chemelil Sugar 0 (Kenyatta Stadium, Machakos).Sunday: Nakumatt 6 Kakamega Homeboyz 1 (Camp Toyoyo), Nzoia Sugar 1 Gor Mahia 3 (Moi Stadium, Kisumu), Sofapaka 3 Thika United 0 (Narok Stadium), Kariobangi Sharks 1 Posta Rangers 0 (Camp Toyoyo), Tusker FC 1 Wazito FC 1(Ruaraka), Ulinzi Stars 0 Bandari 0 (Afraha Stadium, Nakuru).0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Nakumatt FC head coach Melis Medo gestures on the touchline during their Kenyan premier League match against Kakamega Homeboyz at the Camp Toyoyo Ground on June 17, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 18- Despite a positive run that has seen his side pick four wins in six matches and revive their hopes of avoiding the chop in their second year in top flight, Nakumatt FC head coach Melis Medo has warned that the job is not yet done.Nakumatt’s run has seen them rise to 12th in the Kenyan premier league standings with 23 points, four away from the bottom three relegation slots thus giving the side a new lease of life after a disastrous start to the new campaign.last_img read more

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Early Liverpool team news ahead of Palace match – a glimmer of hope?

first_img1 Jordan Henderson is a doubt for the match against Palace While not quite as bad as their north west neighbours, Man United, Liverpool still have concerns over injuries to key men.The Reds face Crystal Palace on Sunday and will once again make do without Daniel Sturridge, who faces an extended period on the sidelines, while midfielder Jordan Henderson is also a doubt.England manager Roy Hodgson left him out of the match against Scotland because he has a “slight hamstring problem,” adding it was “very minor”.Anfield supremo Brendan Rodgers’ medical staff will assess him ahead of the trip to Selhurst Park, which is live on talkSPORT.There is good/bad news depending on which side of the fence you sit regarding Mario Balotelli, with the striker expected to be fit to play, while there is a chance Mamadou Sakho will be available.The centre-back has not played since the Capital One Cup win against Boro in September and many fans believe he is the man to shore up the defence.For live commentary of Crystal Palace v Liverpool keep it talkSPORT on Sunday 23 November at 1pmlast_img read more

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Champions League winner and £11m 20-year-old to fix Liverpool’s defence?

first_img 6 6 6 In an effort to challenge for a place in the Champions League again, as well as mount some sort of assault on the Premier League title, there is likely to be changes at Liverpool in the summer.A need for strikers has been mentioned, but what about the defence?Dejan Lovren has been poor, Kolo Toure and Glen Johnson are likely to leave in the summer when their contracts expire and Javier Manquillo will probably return to Atletico Madrid who he is on loan from. Martin Skrtel, though, claims he is not leaving the club.Clearly there is a need for reinforcements, so click the arrow to see six possible players who could shore up the back. Matteo Darmian: Torino full-back earning plaudits in Italy – click the yellow arrow to see more defenders for Liverpool – There is likely to be a clear out of Liverpool’s defence in the summer. Kolo Toure and Glen Johnson are likely to leave in the summer when their contracts expire and Javier Manquillo will probably return to Atletico Madrid who loaned him to the Reds. Meanwhile, Dejan Lovren has been poor, but is unlikely to be sold and Martin Skrtel dismissed reports he will leave. Here, talkSPORT looks at possible new arrivals beginning with Italy’s Matteo Darmian, an energetic attacking full-back, who has been linked to Inter and Roma. He’s a better wing-back than Lazar Markovic… Dani Alves: Quality full-back a real coup for anyone – click the yellow arrow to see more defenders for Liverpool – Where he ends up is anyone’s guess and Alves has not ruled out remaining at Barcelona when his contract expires in the summer. He may be the wrong side of 30, but his talent and experience must be a huge attraction. With Man United and PSG also said to be interested, capturing the 31-year-old may prove tricky. Daniele Rugani: Young Empoli stopper set for the Premier League? Click the yellow arrow to see more defenders for Liverpool – The 20-year-old (above, left) is on loan from Juventus and with Arsenal also said to be interested in the centre-back, the price for one of Italy’s hottest prospect could be £11m. Rugani has been likened to former Azzurri stoppers, Alessandro Nesta and Fabio Cannavaro. 6 Nicolas Nkoulou: Marseille ace perfect for Rodgers? – Marseille are fourth in Ligue 1 and Nkoulou, the Cameroon international, has won praise for his displays under Marcelo Bielsa. His tackling and anticipation have been impressive and could fit in nicely with Brendan Rodgers’ system. 6 Toby Alderweireld: Saints ace keen to stay in England when loan ends – click the yellow arrow to see more defenders for Liverpool – Liverpool and Tottenham as well as Southampton where the defender is on loan from Atletico Madrid are options for 26-year-old Alderweireld. He has enjoyed his debut season in the Premier League, replacing Dejan Lovren in the Saints back line and has even been deployed in the defensive midfield role. 6 Fabian Schar: Basel man ready to leave Switzerland – click the yellow arrow to see more defenders for Liverpool – Schar has a year left on his Basel contract and it does not appear like he will remain in Switzerland beyond 2016. His employers could wait until his deal expires or sell him when the transfer window opens for a smaller fee, but he will not be short of suitors. The 23-year-old is calm on the ball and has formed part of a defence that has frustrated Spurs, Man United and Liverpool in recent seasons. last_img read more

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RETIRE? Knee surgeon insists Zlatan Ibrahimovic will return to action

first_img1 The Swedish star tore an anterior cruciate ligament against Anderlecht Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been backed to play for many more years by the surgeon who operated on his injured knee.The 35-year-old Manchester United striker tore an anterior cruciate ligament in last month’s Europa League victory over Anderlecht, leading to speculation that his professional career may be over.But doctor Freddie Fu Ho-keung believes Ibrahimovic is in fantastic condition and should recover.“I can tell you he’s in superb shape in all things,” the surgeon told the South China Morning Post. “Healthy morphology, the quality of the bone and muscle, everything is as good as you can possibly see.“He’s one of the top athletes I’ve ever touched, he is in superb shape.“He can still play for many years, he’s so healthy, so strong.”Ibrahimovic has been in fine form during his debut season at Old Trafford, hitting 28 goals in 46 appearances since arriving from Paris St Germain.Dr Fu Ho-keung, who is based in the United States, also suggested that Ibrahimovic’s physical condition was so impressive that he would like to carry out research on the Swede when he finally does hang up his boots.“Sure, in the future absolutely, when he’s retired,” he added.last_img read more

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Public urged to have their say on Dunlewey post office before Friday deadline

first_imgDeputy Pearse Doherty has urged the local community in Dunlewey to get their submissions as part of the public consultation in relation to Dunlewey Post Office into An Post before the deadline for submissions closes this Friday.Deputy Doherty has also welcomed correspondence from An Post in response to a Sinn Féin request in which the company has confirmed that it is willing to meet with the local community as part of the consultation process to discuss the future of the branch.Deputy Doherty said “As everyone is well aware, An Post last month initiated a process of public consultation into post office services in Dunlewey following the decision by the current Post Mistress to step down from the role after having given more than two decades of service to the community. “Immediately following An Post’s decision not to automatically place the branch contract out to tender, Cllr John Sheamais Ó Fearraigh and I called a public meeting where public representatives, local residents and business owners met to discuss the decision and to agree a co-ordinated community response.“The local community have been fantastic in their actions to date and they have fully engaged in this process and have put forward a real and genuine argument as to why they believe that it’s important that the post office in Dunlewey remains open for business.”He added that he understands that many local residents have already made their personal submissions to An Post in relation to the branch.“As we approach the final few days of this process I want to take this opportunity to encourage everyone who has yet to do so to complete their submissions and send them off to An Post for consideration before this Friday’s deadline. “Submissions are to be made in writing, can be in either English or Irish, and should be posted and addressed to the Retail Operations Manager, An Post offices, Wine Street, Sligo.“I am also happy to have it confirmed today that An Post has accepted a request made by Sinn Féin for the company to meet with the local community to discuss the fate of the branch prior to it making a final decision in respect of Dunlewey post office.“I understand that An Post will shortly revert back to me in order to confirm a time and date for this meeting and I very much look forward to continue working with the local community to put forward a strong argument as to why this vital service ought to remain in Dunlewey.”Public urged to have their say on Dunlewey post office before Friday deadline was last modified: November 8th, 2016 by StephenShare 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)last_img read more

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More Examples of Exceptional Preservation in Fossil Reptiles

first_imgHow could structures this delicate survive the ravages of tens or hundreds of millions of years?Tired BloodA video posted by Reuters shows the “‘oldest in world’ fossilized blood vessels.” Found by Polish scientists, this fossil reptile appears to have original traces of proteins—including the amino acids of collagen—in rock said to be 240 million years old. It clearly shows traces of blood vessels and their “molecular remnants” in bones found during an excavation. “Researchers were soon able to show that there was organic matter from prehistoric animals present in the bone,” including “fragments of amino acids that are typical components of collagen.” This was apparently “among other proteins” detected. This new claim is much older in the evolutionary time scale than the previous record, which they cite as 80 million years. “The latest discovery goes back 3 times further,” the video concludes.Snake BlingImpressions of chromatophores in fossil snake skin have allowed paleontologists to infer the color of a snake found fossilized in Spain. The particular chromatophores have the shape of carotenoids that would have endowed the snake, said to be 10 million years old, with a pale green color. “The findings suggest that the animal had a pale belly and a green back and sides, with brown–black and yellow–green blotches — possibly a form of camouflage,” Nature News says. The chromatophores are apparently mineralized, not original tissue. Still, the preservation is so exceptional, the researchers say in their paper in Current Biology that they cannot rule out some original material present:Certain pigments, including melanins, pteridines, and carotenoids, are known to have an affinity for metal cations. Elevated levels of sulfur in the dermal chromatophores and collagen fibers may reflect the presence of sulfur-bearing moieties in the original tissue structures or the incorporation of sulfur (in the form of sulfate) into the replacement phosphate during mineralization. There is no evidence, however, for partitioning of trace elements among the various chromatophores in the fossil snake skin (Figure 3). This may reflect concentrations below detection limits (<100 ppm) or overprinting of the original trace element chemistry during the mineralization process. The fossil chromatophores are therefore interpreted on the basis of their size, geometry, and, in some examples, internal structure compared with those in extant reptiles.Before this, colors were inferred from the presence of melanosomes that contain the dark pigment melanin. This was the first time that chromatophores containing carotenoids have been detected in a fossil. The search should accelerate for more, the scientists say:Our discovery confirms that direct evidence for diverse coloration mechanisms can be preserved in fossils via an alternative taphonomic pathway, namely replication of tissues in authigenic minerals, and that the high fidelity of preservation allows original coloration to be reconstructed. The various factors that control phosphatization of soft tissues are known, and fossil examples of phosphatized skin are not uncommon; importantly, they have been reported from various taxa and fossil localities, suggesting that our discovery has broad applications in the fossil record. Our discovery should prompt a search for other examples and is likely to be the first example of a recurrent phenomenon. Integuments replicated in calcium phosphate are obvious targets for further attempts to reconstruct color patterns derived from melanin and, critically, other pigments and structural coloration mechanisms across diverse vertebrate groups.The discovery raises a question. After decades and centuries of looking at fossils, why was this not found before now? Were paleontologists not looking?Modern MythologyIronically, Current Biology simultaneously published a book review written by Rick Shine, lamenting the fact that most human beings only know about reptiles and amphibians through mythology. The book by Marty Crump recounts various myths about these animals. Science is so much better, Shine thinks, as he lobs some sarcastic aspersions at those he considers anti-science:Most human beings in the world ‘know’ about reptiles and amphibians through myth, not science. Even in developed countries, the general public is woefully ignorant of reptiles and amphibians (and of evolution, and ecology, and physics, and chemistry, and…). Indeed, many of Crump’s fables come from Louisiana or Essex, not Islamabad or Palembang. Of the teeming millions of humans on the planet, few have access to a scientific education. And even of those that do, folk beliefs often trump schoolbooks as a source of trusted information (and I use the word ‘trump’ advisedly).How ironic it would be, indeed, if future scientists look back on the Darwinian explanation for reptiles, and the long ages of their emergence by unguided processes, as a regrettable myth.He who laughs last laughs best. If you think that complex specified information in reptile and amphibian genes and body types show evidence of intelligent causes instead of “stuff happens,” you should be having some roaring guffaws right now.(Visited 113 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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