Kwan withdraws from nationals

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson Kwan, 25, won a silver medal at the 1998 Olympics and a bronze in 2002. Suspended U.S. skeleton coach Tim Nardiello will not be allowed to travel with the team for World Cup races in Germany while sexual harassment allegations against him are investigated. Nardiello’s lawyer said that his client’s quest to be immediately reinstated is headed to court. The U.S. Bobsled and Skeleton Federation’s board of directors met by telephone and voted against a motion – brought by the federation’s president, Jim Shea Sr. – that would have allowed Nardiello to travel with the team today. COLLEGE FOOTBALL: UCLA safety Jarrad Page has accepted an invitation to play in the All American Classic in Las Vegas and offensive tackle Ed Blanton will play in the Hula Bowl. They join linebacker Spencer Havner (Senior Bowl), tight end Marcedes Lewis (Senior Bowl) and quarterback Drew Olson (East-West Shrine Game) in senior bowl games. – Jill Painter COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Former Baylor University basketball player Carlton Dotson, who pleaded guilty last year to murder in the shooting of teammate Patrick Dennehy, is seeking permission to appeal his 35-year prison sentence. “It is sort of ironic that the last person bumped off the team was me, in ’94,” Kwan said. “But they do have a rule for special circumstances. I want to petition, because I feel I will be 100 percent by the time the Olympics rolls around.” The nine-time national champion and five-time world gold medalist missed nearly all of this season with injuries, but was expected to skate in St. Louis next week. Instead, she will seek one of the three U.S. berths at the Olympics by petitioning U.S. Skating – and will almost certainly be added, if healthy. Dotson, 23, pleaded guilty in June for the 2003 death of Dennehy. In a letter dated Dec. 9 and received by a Texas judge last week, Dotson sought permission to appeal his conviction and asked for copies of court transcripts and other records, a state District Court clerk said. He did not have a sentencing deal with prosecutors, and waived his right to appeal. He also missed a 30-day deadline after sentencing last June to ask for a new trial or permission to appeal. MOTOR SPORTS: Two-time Daytona 500 champion Bill Elliott will enter the race this year in a car fielded by MB2 Motorsports. The 1988 NASCAR Cup champion has run a limited schedule the past two seasons. His last Daytona 500 appearance was in 2003, when he finished 34th. He won the event in 1985 and 1987. TENNIS: Martina Hingis won her second straight match since returning after a three-year absence, beating seventh-seeded Klara Koukalova of the Czech Republic 6-3, 6-2 at the Australian women’s hardcourt championships at Gold Coast, Australia. Serena Williams won only four games in a 6-3, 6-1 loss to Elena Dementieva at the Champions Challenge exhibition tournament in Hong Kong. Dementieva earned her first career win against the seven-time Grand Slam singles champion. Top-ranked Lindsay Davenport relied on a strong serve to beat Nicole Vaidisova of the Czech Republic 6-2, 6-2. Rafael Nadal has pulled out of next week’s Sydney International at Sydney, Australia, due to a persistent foot injury, and his status is uncertain for the Australian Open beginning on Jan. 16. Archer Mark Hainline was suspended for two years after refusing to take a doping test last year, the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency announced. Andre Agassi pulled out of the Australian Open because of a lingering ankle injury. Agassi, 35, sprained his left ankle playing racquetball on Oct. 12, and aggravated the injury during the season-ending Tennis Masters Cup in Shanghai, where he was upset in the first round. – Daily News Staff and Wire Services 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img After withdrawing from the U.S. Figure Skating Championships on Wednesday with a groin injury, Michelle Kwan said she will petition the U.S. federation for a spot at the Turin Olympics. The last time a top women’s skater did so, Kwan wound up getting bumped from the 1994 team by Nancy Kerrigan. last_img read more

Transfer gossip: Chelsea linked with Chilwell and QPR are linked with Cousins

first_imgA round-up of the latest transfer speculation involving the area’s clubs…Chelsea are interested in Leicester’s teenage left-back Ben Chilwell, according to the Daily Mirror.The newspaper claims that Arsenal are looking to sign the 19-year-old and that Chelsea and Liverpool are also monitoring developments.Arsenal and Liverpool are also reported to be interested in Fulham’s 15-year-old full-back Ryan Sessegnon.Meanwhile, Eden Hazard has again been tipped to stay at Chelsea, this time by The Sun.Hazard was outstanding last season but has been criticised this termThe Daily Mail recently reported that incoming Blues boss Antonio Conte left a meeting with the Belgian believing Hazard would stay despite speculation linking him with Real Madrid and Paris St-Germain.The Sun say Hazard is set to remain at Stamford Bridge following a ‘successful’ meeting with Conte.And The Daily Star claim Charlton midfielder Jordan Cousins, 22, could join QPR this summer.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

What we learned about the Raiders at the combine

first_imgINDIANAPOLIS — The Raiders never fail to stay relevant, regardless of their standing in the NFL hierarchy, and this week at the combine was no different.From Antonio Brown rumors to owning the most first-round picks in the league, the Raiders have plenty circulating this time of the offseason.With free agency less than two weeks away and the draft less than two months in the distance, here are five things we learned about Jon Gruden’s team in Indianapolis entering his second year back at the …last_img

Questioning the Dino-Bird Hypothesis

first_imgThe scientific consensus has pretty much declared it a fact of natural history that birds evolved from dinosaurs.  One evolutionary professor remains a gadfly, though.  He contests the evidence on which the hypothesis is based, and also believes his maverick position is growing.Alan Feduccia, a distinguished professor emeritus at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, wrote an essay for New Scientist (subscription required).  His position does not deny an evolutionary origin of birds, but places the “feathered dinosaurs” so often portrayed as ancestors of modern birds on a dead-end branch.  He claims his position is more in line with 19th century paleontologist Richard Owen and 20th century evolutionist Gavin de Beer.  These men viewed flightless birds as degenerate products of variation, not stages toward flight; for instance, de Beer in 1956 “showed conclusively that flightless birds descended from flying ancestors and have never re-evolved flight.”Similarly, Feduccia holds that the “feathered dinosaurs” attracting so much attention in the media were either pure scaly dinosaurs with whose decayed collagen has been misinterpreted as “proto-feathers,” or were degenerate flightless birds.  His own view is that the birds evolved from archosaurs, the predecessors in evolutionary history of the true dinosaurs.  He thinks some of the archosaurs lived in trees and developed flight as they jumped (the arboreal hypothesis).Critics of Darwinism will, therefore, find Feduccia’s own evolutionary view to be just as implausible as the consensus view.  What he says in his essay, however, is illuminating about the habits of a scientific consensus.  Here are some salient points:Sinosauropteryx, a fossil with alleged proto-feathers, caused a sensation when it was announced in Nature in 1998.  But “no evidence then or now has emerged showing that these structures are anything other than collagen fibres supporting a typical reptilian frill,” Feduccia said.  “The fact that the filaments are located within a clearly demarcated body outline – indicating the fibres were not external, as they would be if they were feather-like structures – was completely ignored.”“Additional fibres of varying forms and lengths classified as various stages of protofeathers have subsequently been described in myriad dinosaurs, including in a recent Nature paper on tyrannosaurids,”1 Feduccia continued, aware of the latest claims.  “Other fibres have been described in herbivorous ornithischians and pterosaurs, which have no connection with birds, but there is still little evidence to connect any of these structures with feathers.”  The tyrannosaurid’s fibers, whatever they were, cannot possibly have been used for flight; see Science Daily: “The large size of Yutyrannus and the downy structure of its feathers would have made flight an impossibility,” the article stated April 5.Feduccia described some of the other alleged feathered dinosaurs, like Caudipteryx and Protarchaeopteryx, but considered them secondarily flightless birds.He sees the consensus view as a dangerous return to dogma over scientific caution:Birds as “living dinosaurs” is now a cornerstone of modern palaeontological thought. But a consensus is always in danger of turning into dogma. Indeed, given the cult-like belief in the field’s orthodoxy, it seems that every fossil pulled from the Chinese deposits is accompanied by hyperbolic pronouncements of it having filled a major evolutionary gap. Yet many of these discoveries lack normal scientific stringency, and we see a transition from normal scientific falsificationism to simply confirming what is already thought to be known.Feduccia described his opinion as “a minority one, but growing in popularity”.He rejects the “fantastical proposals” about “dinosaurs with protofeathers, dinosaurs with bird wings and modern feathers, four-winged gliding dinosaurs, and tiny supposed theropods from the Jurassic period with avian wings.”The birds-from-dinosaurs controversy has a long history, Feduccia explained.  Richard Owen in 1875 “set the record straight” when Thomas Huxley first advanced the view that birds evolved from dinosaurs.  “Owen predicted that ‘science will accept the view of the Dodo as a degenerate Dove rather than as an advanced Dinothere,’ thus stating the crux of the current controversy.”Feduccia believes the “feathered dinosaurs” adorning covers of Nature were flightless birds.  He calls them “Mesozoic kiwis.”He believes it “biophysically improbable” that birds evolved from the ground up in theropod dinosaurs.  “No flightless bird ever gave rise to a flying one; the same is surely true in the dinosaur fossil record.“It’s even more improbable, he thinks, that dinosaurs gave rise to all the special features of birds.  “Most disturbingly, current orthodoxy dictates that the entire suite of sophisticated avian flight architecture, including aerodynamic wings and specialised brain structures, evolved in earthbound dinosaurs in a non-flight context, a proposal that is practically non-Darwinian.”Feduccia’s latest book, Riddle of the Feathered Dragons (Yale University Press, 2012) describes his view in more detail.  His essay for New Scientist closes,My central idea, that Chinese fossils bearing modern feathers are early birds, seems new and revolutionary yet it is new only as a fresh application of de Beerian thinking to a new set of problematic fossils. Paraphrased, de Beer’s axiom still holds: if it has feathers and avian flight wings, it’s a bird!So are you better off with Feduccia, de Beer and Owen than you were with Thomas Huxley and Xing Xu?  Feduccia still believes that non-flying archosaurs evolved into birds.  He just feels it is less biophysically improbable that the “sophisticated avian flight architecture, including aerodynamic wings and specialised brain structures” came from animals jumping in trees rather than running along the ground.  Look, Dr. Feduccia, if it is “practically non-Darwinian” to imagine theropods generating these sophisticated structures from the ground up, it is just as “non-Darwinian” and “biophysically improbable” to imagine archosaurs generating them while jumping out of the trees.Actually, both Feduccia’s and Xu’s positions are 100% Darwinian.  That’s because the essence of Darwinism is the Stuff Happens Law.  If an animal develops flight, it’s because stuff happens.  If an animal doesn’t develop flight, it’s because stuff happens.  Darwinians don’t need evidence; they need imagination.  The play is the thing.  The scattered fossils from China, Germany and wherever don’t tell one story; they are scattered pieces of evidence that can be interpreted multiple ways. In Darwinism, data are mere props for imaginary scenarios.Darwinism allows for opposite outcomes from the same laws of nature.  Feduccia’s story, for instance, employs gravity (a law of nature) as the creator of flight: “Flight originated from the trees down, with small size and gravity providing the impetus, as is the case for all animals that developed flight.”  But the same law (gravity) produced opposite outcomes, according to evolution.  Bats developed flight by jumping out of trees, but lemurs didn’t.  Pterosaurs developed flight by falling off cliffs, but apatosaurs didn’t (even though some pterosaurs were large as giraffes and were able to take off from the ground).  Birds developed powered flight by jumping out of trees, but lizards didn’t.  Don’t even ask about insects.  According to Feduccia’s imagination, gravity gave the “impetus” for caterpillars to invent a chrysalis and emerge as butterflies (watch the documentary Metamorphosis to understand how silly such an idea is).If gravity had such law-like powers of creation, everything would fly, even pigs and humans.  (Humans do fly, but that’s using aircraft built by intelligent design.)  This should be a testable scientific hypothesis.  Shove a billion lizards out of trees, and see which ones become birds under the impetus of gravity (remember, half a wing doesn’t count).  Come now.  External influences like gravity cannot command unguided variations, including chance mutations, to produce an ordered result.  It’s crazy (and non-Darwinian) to expect environmental influences to act as an “impetus” for coordinated design.Feduccia’s usefulness for thinking people, therefore, is merely to point out the anti-scientific power of dogmatic paradigms.  He is a maverick within the Darwinian camp.  Those outside the camp can use him like the hero in the fairy tale Seven at One Blow, a logically thinking tailor, who slew the giants by getting them to finish each other off.1.  Xing Xu et al., “A gigantic feathered dinosaur from the Lower Cretaceous of China,” Nature 484 (05 April 2012), pp. 92–95, doi:10.1038/nature10906.(Visited 40 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Lyceum routs St. Benilde to stretch unbeaten run to 11

first_imgView comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Edward Dixon made the most of the extended garbage time and poured 19 of his 27 points in the second half, to go with five rebounds, while Clement Leutcheu got 13 markers and 20 boards in the defeat.The Blazers suffered their fifth straight loss to go down to 2-9.The Scores:LYCEUM 83 – Perez 14, Ayaay 12, Nzeusseu 10, Caduyac 9, Pretta 9, Jc. Marcelino 7, Baltazar 7, Jv. Marcelino 6, Tansingco 5, Ibanez 2, Marata 2, Cinco 0, Liwag 0, Serrano 0.ST. BENILDE 69 – Dixon 27, Leutcheu 13, Belgica 10, Domingo 6, Johnson 5, Sta. Maria 4, Castor 2, Naboa 2, Pili 0, San Juan 0.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Read Next LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnessescenter_img E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  LATEST STORIES MOST READ Quarters: 23-10, 46-30, 66-53, 83-69. CJ Perez. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netLyceum ran roughshod of St. Benilde for an 83-69 victory Friday in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.CJ Perez commandeered the fight for the Pirates as he scattered 14 points, nine rebounds, three assists, and two steals, while MJ Ayaay got 12 markers, four boards, and two assists.ADVERTISEMENT Cameroonian big man Mike Nzeusseu also chimed in a double-double of 10 points, 11 rebounds, and two blocks in the win, as Lyceum remained unbeaten after 11 games.“Every game, our mindset is we don’t look at the standings because we’re already battling our own race. It’s already about us at this point,” said deputy coach Jeff Perlas, who came in the press room for coach Topex Robinson.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThough the Pirates led by as high as 21, their 23 turnovers helped the Blazers catch up and trim the lead to just 14 to finish the game, something which Perlas raised as a remaining concern for the team.“We’re far from being satisfied because of our turnovers. We have to take care of the ball. The effort of the team is always there, but we have to acknowledge that teams have started to catch up on us. We have to find a way to adjust to their adjustments,” he said. Deaf personalities everyone should know PLAY LIST 04:26Deaf personalities everyone should know05:01What the Deaf want the hearing to know02:12San Beda, Lyceum early favorites ahead of NCAA Season 9301:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Super letdown: Patriots routed in 2nd half, Chiefs win 42-27 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Vine: Hampton Coach Edward Joyner Pretended To Call Jesus To Ask About Team’s Odds Against Kentucky

first_imgHampton head coach Edward Joyner on his phone.Vine/CMTomlinYou can’t accuse Hampton head coach Edward Joyner of not having a sense of humor about his team’s chances against undefeated Kentucky. During today’s post-game press conference following the Pirates’ win against Manhattan, Joyner pretended to call Jesus to ask about his team’s odds against the Wildcats. Apparently, Jesus went chalk in his bracket.Hampton’s coach just pretended to call Jesus about their odds against Kentucky and Jesus hung up on him.— C.M. Tomlin (@CM_Tomlin) March 18, 2015During a media session earlier in the week, when asked about a possible match-up with Kentucky, Joyner said “you’ve got to hope you’ve got Jesus on speed dial”. This is your second installment of “Hampton is your new favorite 16 seed.”last_img read more

Supreme Court agrees to hear Indian residential school document case

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe Supreme Court of Canada on Thursday announced it would hear a case that could decide the fate of Indian residential school documents produced during compensation hearings.At stake are thousands of documents produced during the Independent Assessment Process (IAP), which was created by the Indian residential school settlement agreement, to set compensation amounts for claims filed by survivors.The IAP Secretariat wanted to destroy the documents, but it ran into the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which was also created by the settlement agreement, which wanted to preserve them as part of the historical record.The legal battle for the documents is now led by Ottawa and the Centre for Truth and Reconciliation which was created to hold all the archival documentation from the residential school area that was gathered during the TRC’s work.In 2014, Ontario Superior Court Justice Paul Perell ruled the documents should be destroyed after 15 years and that survivors would be given a chance to allow for the files’ preservation within that time frame.The ruling was upheld by the Ontario Court of Appeal.Ottawa launched the appeal to the Supreme Court to determine whether the lower courts incorrectly concluded that the IAP records were not government records. Ottawa argues that those records are government files covered by the Privacy Act, the Access to Information Act and the Library and Archives Canada [email protected]@APTNNewslast_img read more

Treadwell Miami faces tremendous challenge against Ohio State

As the first opponent of Ohio State football in Urban Meyer’s tenure as head coach, the Miami (Ohio) RedHawks football team could soon be the answer to a trivia question. Miami coaches, however, say they have been preparing for the trip to Ohio Stadium like any other game. “The first thing you do is you take care of yourself,” said offensive coordinator John Klacik. “You take care of your base, your fundamental things that you’re going to do no matter who you’re playing. We don’t know what they’re going to come out and do, so we’ve got to be ready for everything. I think if you have a base package that can handle everything they can throw at you, then you’ll be much better off.” The RedHawks are looking to improve upon a regular season record of 4-8 from last season, which was coach Don Treadwell’s first season at Miami after four years as Michigan State’s offensive coordinator. Treadwell said the focus of Saturday’s game is on what he can control within his own team rather than on its opponent. “Obviously we just have a tremendous challenge in front of us on this first game,” Treadwell said. “We just lock in to us playing and performing at a level that we believe is our best. We’ve just got to keep playing every play and then continue to do that from play one to whenever the last play is.” Still, Treadwell said his team is “aware of the tremendous team that Ohio State is.” “We see (OSU) in our mind as a top-five program,” Treadwell said. “We do have familiarity of knowing and appreciating and respecting the great Ohio State.” The RedHawks ranked 14th nationally with 299.1 passing yards per game last season. That offense was led by two returning players ­- senior quarterback Zac Dysert, who had 3,513 passing yards in 2011, and junior wide receiver Nick Harwell, who ranked fifth nationally with 1,425 receiving yards. Klacik said the play of the offensive line will have a major effect on Dysert’s ability to pass against the OSU defense. “The first thing you’ve got to do when we get any quarterback like Zac (Dysert) is you’ve got to protect him,” Klacik said. “If we give him some time, I think he can make some plays for us. If we have trouble protecting then it doesn’t matter who we’ve got playing quarterback for us, it’s going to be a tough day.” Another concern for the Miami offense is its ability to run the football. With only 886 rushing yards for the entire season last year, the RedHawks were the only team in the NCAA’s Football Bowl Subdivision, which was 120 teams, to have less than 1,000 total rushing yards for the season. Klacik said he expects the rushing offense to be better this year as a result of a more experienced offensive line. “If you looked at our first game last year, when we had our (offensive) line going into the season, we were actually pretty good against Missouri, and then we got some injuries,” Klacik said. “We’re hoping that we’ve got a solid front of guys that are ready to play, they’re more veteran, they’ve played in some games.” Klacik added that he thinks OSU is “solid from top to bottom” on defense. “I think the whole defensive front stands out,” Klacik said. “I like (OSU’s) front four guys, and then their linebackers are so quick, very impressive. They’re a total team because they’ve got some secondary guys that can run and cover, and aren’t afraid to come up and hit you either.” Harwell said he and his teammates are not setting specific goals for the season opener. “It’s a privilege to play against Ohio State,” Harwell said. “We’ll just go out and play hard. We really don’t have any expectations, we’re just going to go out and play as hard as we can, and if we take care of business then the score will take care of itself.” Opening kickoff at Ohio Stadium is scheduled for noon on Saturday. read more

Nuno Espirito Santo dismisses Man Utd link

first_imgWolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo has rubbished speculation linking him with Manchester United to replace Jose Mourinho when he leaves.Last week, reports from Germany suggested that Manchester United have lined up Nuno Espirito Santo as a potential successor to Jose Mourinho.In the press conference ahead of Wolves match with Burnley, he was asked of the reports.“You know me. I don’t talk about that. It does not make sense.” Santo told Sky Sports.Cristiano Ronaldo, Nemanja Vidic, Manchester UnitedVidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.“This is not the moment to even think about it. I don’t think about it, I totally ignore that, I totally ignore it.”Reporters asked him if he aspires to one day manage a big club like Manchester United. He said: “I don’t do like that. I go on a daily basis.“I know what I have to do tomorrow – to prepare the boys well and prepare the team for a tough game against Burnley. This is the way I look at the future I take it day-by-day.”last_img read more