The Pac-10 led the way with six teams in the preseason poll. The Big 12 and Big East both had four teams, while the Atlantic Coast Conference and Southeastern Conference had three each. ETC.: Oklahoma claims the NCAA infractions committee unfairly took previous violations by the men’s basketball team into consideration when it stripped the Sooners’ football team of eight wins from the 2005 season. In an 11-page rebuttal to the infractions committee, the university claims an NCAA subcommittee came up with new “aggravating factors” that didn’t exist at the time of Oklahoma’s violations and used them to erase all eight of the Sooners’ wins from their Holiday Bowl season two years ago. It was the latest development in Oklahoma’s ongoing appeal to regain its 2005 victories and get a “failure to monitor” finding overturned in the case involving extra payments to former quarterback Rhett Bomar and former lineman J.D. Quinn by a Norman car dealership. … Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Curlin is up for sale, with a new group of more than 400 owners interested in a payday for the top thoroughbred in the nation. Details haven’t been worked out about where and when the likely Horse of the Year will go on the block, but lawyers involved with the horse’s owners said it could be soon. That’s good news for 418 people awarded the rights to a 20 percent stake in Curlin as part of a lawsuit against two of the colt’s original owners. A state judge awarded the ownership stake to the 418 plaintiffs to help settle a $42 million judgment against attorneys Shirley Cunningham Jr. and William Gallion, who own a minority stake in Curlin. The money from the sale could help many of the plaintiffs pay off medical bills stemming from problems with the diet drug fen-phen. Judge William Wehr on Thursday awarded the stake in Curlin to the group that successfully sued Cunningham, Gallion and another attorney, Melbourne Mills Jr., who doesn’t have a stake in the horse. The plaintiffs accused the three lawyers of bilking them of funds from a $200 million settlement involving the diet drug fen-phen. Lisa Leslie scored 19 points in her second game back with the U.S. national team after the birth of her first child, leading the squad to a 90-74 exhibition victory at Connecticut. Horse racing Boxing Rau’shee Warren reached the flyweight semifinals of the World Boxing Championships in Chicago with a 26-13 win over Azerbaijan’s Samir Mammadov. Warren was joined in the finals by teammate Demetrius Andrade, who defeated Turkey’s Adem Kilicci, 22-6, in a welterweight semifinal. Lindsay Davenport (Chadwick School) advanced to the Bell Challenge semifinals in Quebec City, beating France’s Stephanie Foretz, 6-4, 6-0. Davenport will face second-seeded Vera Zvonareva of Russia in the semifinals today. American qualifier Julie Ditty beat Long Beach teenager Vania King, 6-4, 3-6, 6-4, and Julia Vakulenko of Ukraine also advanced. ETC.: Rafael Nadal beat Mikhail Youzhny, 6-4, 6-2, to reach a Paris Masters semifinal against Marcos Baghdatis, who advanced by beating Tommy Robredo, 6-4, 6-4. David Nalbandian and Richard Gasquet will meet in the other semifinal. Two doctors who doled out illegal steroids and human growth hormone prescriptions to perhaps thousands of people were sentenced. Ana Maria Santi, 69, and Victor Mariani, 73, both of New York, pleaded guilty in federal court earlier this year to charges they were paid by New Jersey businessman Daniel McGlone to write medically unnecessary prescriptions for customers they had never met or examined. Santi received one to two years in prison and a year of home confinement. Mariani received a year of home confinement. Finland’s Laura Lepisto won the women’s short program in Skate Canada, finishing with 59.18 points in Quebec City. American Emily Hughes, ninth in the 2007 world championships, was second at 58.72, and 17-year-old Japanese skater Mao Asada was third at 58.08. The free skate is today. In the men’s short program, France’s Brian Joubert topped the leaderboard at 78.05, and countryman Yannick Ponsero was second at 67.09. American Scott Smith was eighth at 56.09. Brian Ching and Brad Davis led host Houston to the MLS Western Conference final, scoring in overtime after the Dynamo beat FC Dallas, 2-1, in regulation to tie the two-game, total-goals series. ETC.: Logan Tom scored a team-high 13 points, including three blocks, as the United States defeated Peru, 25-23, 25-14, 25-19, on the opening day of the Women’s World Cup in Hamamatsu, Japan. Tennis Jurisprudence Figure skating Miscellany 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Three starters, including junior center Tyler Hansbrough, are among eight contributors back from that team. North Carolina received 29 first-place votes and 1,728 points from the national media panel. UCLA, which has four starters back from its Final Four team, was No. 1 on 24 ballots and had 1,710 points. Memphis got 18 first-place votes and 1,680 points. Kansas was fourth and Georgetown, which drew the only other first-place vote, was fifth, followed by Louisville, Tennessee, Michigan State, Indiana and Washington State. Marquette was 11th followed by Oregon, Duke, Gonzaga, Texas, Texas A&M, Arizona, USC, Arkansas and Kentucky. The last five ranked teams were North Carolina State, Pittsburgh, Stanford, Southern Illinois and Kansas State. From news services North Carolina is back in its familiar preseason spot – No. 1. For the sixth time since The Associated Press started a preseason college basketball poll in 1961, the Tar Heels were ranked No. 1 Friday. They beat out UCLA and Memphis in a three-way race for the top spot. The Tar Heels ended last season with a 96-84 overtime loss to Georgetown in the regional final.
Joshua was knocked down four time by Ruiz Jr. (PHOTOS/AGENCY)BBC SPORT – Andy Ruiz Jr produced one of the biggest shocks in the history of heavyweight boxing to rip Anthony Joshua’s IBF, WBO and WBA world heavyweight titles from him and tear up the division’s proposed plot lines.In a truly remarkable fight at New York’s Madison Square Garden, Ruiz floored Joshua four times en route to a seventh-round stoppage which stunned this famous arena and handed the Briton his first defeat.Joshua was a 1-25 favourite with bookmakers and will now join the likes of Lennox Lewis and Mike Tyson as dominant champions to suffer losses which brought the sport to a standstill.“I got beaten by a good fighter,” said Joshua on Sky Sports. “It will be interesting to see how far he goes, but this is all part of the journey.“He’s a champion for now, I shall return.”This was no fluke, no punch from the ages, it was the breakdown of a fighter who looked shattered from an early stage.After flooring Ruiz with a left hook in the third round, Joshua hit the canvas when a right crashed against his temple. By the time a sensational three minutes was up he had been down again thanks to a flurry when cornered.It created an electric buzz amongst the 19,000 or so in the arena. Just what was happening? Were they going to see the unthinkable?Ruiz was not even supposed to be here. He took the bout at six weeks’ notice and tickets were being collected by fans 24 hours before the bout which still had the name of Jarrell Miller – Joshua’s original opponent – printed on them.By the seventh round, when Joshua touched down under a flurry of shots again, the game looked up. Seconds later he was down on all fours again and spat his gum shield out, perhaps to buy time.He simply did not have it. The bout was waved off and all that was planned for the glamour division was ripped up thanks to a man who had been dubbed unglamorous because of his rounded physique.Ruiz, from appearance to pedigree, was an underdog in every sense of the word.When Britons wake up on Sunday morning, they will read of a truly iconic upset.Not the Joshua Britain knowsRuiz, American born but with Mexican parents, becomes Mexico’s first heavyweight world champion, just as he said he would.When Joshua sat down with the media on Wednesday, virtually every question directed at him was about his future, not this bout.He said he was “seeing the bigger picture” and maybe therein lies the problem.After six fairly tentative minutes from both men he scored his knockdown from a crisp left hook as the pair boxed up close. Normal order appeared set to play out.Moments later when he himself hit the deck, we were taken back to his titanic struggle with Waldimir Klitschko. The night was on a cliff edge, simply do not blink.And from that first knock down, he never appeared comfortable. Whether it be stamina, a lack of focus or a lack of preparation for his late stand-in, this was not the Joshua the travelling 8,000 strong army of British fans had grown to know.In the sixth round there were warning signs. After a smart left hook and right hand combination from Ruiz early on, he went on to take pot shots at Joshua’s head, with the champion seemingly too fatigued to even muster a guard while his legs appeared confused below him.And then came the finish, mainly built from punch volume as Ruiz overwhelmed his vulnerable opponent with two knock downs in quick succession. The crowd seemed frozen. Surely not? Yes, it was over.There will be questions because Joshua is his own biggest analyst. For now, there is only disbelief.Rematch before the year is overJoshua was down on two cards and up on one when the stoppage came but, according to promoter Eddie Hearn, he will get his chance to rectify things in a rematch in London, in November or December.“This will devastate him,” said Hearn. “He will come back. It’s now down to the rematch and winning that fight.“To get back to the heights he has been, he must win that rematch.”For now, all talk of facing Tyson Fury or WBC champion Deontay Wilder can stop.Ruiz, who now has 33 wins and one loss can temporarily bask in the glory of his glorious night. He joins James ‘Buster’ Douglas – who humbled Tyson in 1990 – and Hasim Rahman who beat Lewis in 2001 as men to land colossal upsets.Lewis of course responded by winning a rematch. Ruiz though showed plenty here to suggest Joshua will have to find plenty to do the same.Ruiz was calm and calculated in staying away from Joshua’s obvious power early on. When he stepped forward he did so with conviction and threw plenty, ensuring he got shots off to justify the risk of making himself vulnerable.When he did take shots after being floored, he took them and ploughed on gamely.This bout changed his and his five children’s lives financially. The rematch will do so even more.“This is what I have been dreaming about and I cannot believe I made my dreams come true,” he said.“That was my first time getting dropped on the floor but it made me want it even more.”From starting boxing aged six, to being taunted and doubted because of his weight, he has now come up trumps to deliver the ultimate ‘I told you so’ moment.He rightly said “the sky is the limit now”, while Joshua will look back on a US bow which was wrecked.Comments Tags: Andy RuizAnthony JosuaIBFIBOtop
Norwich manager Neil Adams hailed striker Cameron Jerome after his two goals helped them beat Brentford 3-0 at Griffin Park.Jerome added to Alex Tettey’s second-half opener by finishing off a swift counter attack with a diving header before smashing home a brilliant goal late on.“He came on on Saturday and scored the fourth goal at Cardiff and his performance got him into the team – this was his first start,” Adams said.“And he’s scored two fabulous goals. The second was an excellent strike. I don’t know how fast it was, but it was unsaveable.“He’s done well but Alex Tettey’s goal was a team goal, so we’ve had a variety tonight. W need to share them [goals] around the team as well, which we have.“We scored three goals which is probably a bit unfair on Brentford – they played well. People will probably think Brentford have been battered but that wasn’t the case.“But I always felt we would go on and win the game and we’ve been delighted with how we’ve started the season.”The victory moved Norwich to the top of the Championship, if only for 24 hours ahead of Nottingham Forest’s clash with Fulham on Wednesday.Adams added: “It’s fantastic for us. I wouldn’t try to play it down.“It might be just 24 hours. Of course you don’t get anything for being top in September, but if you’d asked me where I wanted it to be at this stage then it would be top of the league.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Scientists are finding that it’s not just having the right parts that makes a body go; it’s having those parts controlled by the right regulators. Recent stories make the case with their headlines: “‘Guardian of the Genome’: Protein Helps Prevent Damaged DNA in Yeast,” announced Science Daily. “Scientists find gas pedal – and brake – for uncontrolled cell growth,” reported PhysOrg. Another PhysOrg article about stem cells gave “New insights into how stem cells determine what tissue to become.” Still another on PhysOrg said that “Researchers find key step in body’s ability to make red blood cells.” Finally, also on PhysOrg, another use was found for large pieces of RNA transcribed from the big stretches of code between genes. In “‘Linc-ing’ a noncoding RNA to a central cellular pathway,” the opening paragraph announced, “The recent discovery of more than a thousand genes known as large intergenic non-coding RNAs (or ‘lincRNAs’) opened up a new approach to understanding the function and organization of the genome. That surprising breakthrough is now made even more compelling with the finding that dozens of these lincRNAs are induced by p53 (the most commonly mutated gene in cancer), suggesting that this class of genes plays a critical role in cell development and regulation.” All that was announced in just 3 days of science news, suggesting this is a hot area of research. Without precise regulation of the parts of a cell and its genes, bad things happen.This brief entry today is a teaser to go and read the articles, look for mentions of evolution or design, and think about which point of view found these discoveries surprising or not. Of course, don’t expect to see the words “intelligent design” anywhere, since that phrase is effectively banned from secular science journalism. Look instead for indirect inferences that design is the best explanation. Or, look for the lack of attempts to explain the regulation by evolution.(Visited 11 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
As the smart city movement grows around the world, a new study sees Asia emerging as the global smart city leader of the future.A recent Government Technology white paper “Evolution of Smart Cities and Connected Communities.” The study was co-sponsored by the Consumer Technology Association and the United Parcel Service (UPS).The paper focused on rise in worldwide smart city projects, which rose 38% to more than 235 initiatives in 2016 from 170 at the end of 2013. In terms of market value, smart cities jumped from $14.85 billion in 2015 to a predicted value of $34.35 billion by 2020, representing a compound annual growth rate of over 18%.The paper found that a key driver of smart cities growth was the ongoing trend of global urbanization.“With 70% of the world’s population forecast to live in cities by 2050, the need for sustainable, livable world cities is essential for a prosperous future,” said the report.One of the more interesting findings of the research was that Asia, not America, is most likely to emerge as the region leading global smart city development.Asia’s rosy smart city outlook is largely due to the three factors: pressing urban needs of its population centers; the tech readiness of these cities; and strong government support.The paper noted that Asia is moving quickly into a leadership position with smart cities due to a steady stream of government investments.India has a lot of actionIndia is developing an astonishing 100 new smart cities, while converting 500 other urban areas into smart cities. And China is well on the bandwagon as well, having launched 285 smart city related projects.David Roegge, UPS’ director of high-tech segment marketing, said that he was not surprised that the report found smart cities were growing strongly in Asia.He said that many Asian cities are building smart cities from scratch, compared to U.S. cities that are saddled with the costly chore of upgrading legacy infrastructure.“In some of the Asian areas, India for example, they don’t necessarily need to overhaul their infrastructure, so that gives them an advantage on the speed side,” said Roegge. For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In… Surveillance at the Heart of Smart Cities How Connected Communities Can Bolster Your Busi… Donal Power Related Posts Tags:#Asia#IoT#Smart Cities#smart city#UPS How IoT Will Play an Important Role in Traffic …
This week, the inaugural Blue Jacket Fashion Show took place at Pier59 Studios as part of New York Men’s Fashion Week.In partnership with Johnson & Johnson, the Blue Jacket Fashion Show benefited the Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF), founded by philanthropist and financier Michael Milken.The Blue Jacket Fashion Show brought together the fashion, entertainment, sports, healthcare and media worlds around a national platform to openly discuss men’s cancer issues, with an emphasis on prostate cancer. Coinciding with February’s Cancer Prevention Month and New York Men’s Fashion Week, the Blue Jacket Fashion Show included designers such as John Varvatos, Nick Graham, Joseph Abboud, Nicole Miller, Proper Cloth, Stephen F, Maggie Norris, Theory, Gustavo Moscoso, Craft Atlantic, Rag and Bone, Thom Browne and Haspel who used their creative talents to “reinvent” the traditional blue blazer.Those walking the runway wearing one-of-a-kind blue jackets included models, actors, athletes, members of the media and business titans. Among those who walked are: actor Mario Cantone, musician and model Ian Mellencamp, New York Giants Wide Receiver Victor Cruz, TV personality Carson Kressley, science educator and host of the forthcoming Netflix series Bill Nye Saves the World Bill Nye, New York Yankees Pitcher CC Sabathia, New York Post’s Richard Johnson, model Alex Lundqvist, and CNN Anchor Don Lemon. Following the show, all of the specially designed jackets modeled were included in a live auction, with proceeds going to the Prostate Cancer Foundation.According to the Prostate Cancer Foundation, statistics show that prostate cancer is the most common non-skin cancer in America. It affects every one out of eight men at some point in their lifetimes. Every 3.3 minutes a man is diagnosed with prostate cancer, and millions of men and their families are fighting this disease on any given day across the globe.As the world’s largest healthcare company, Johnson & Johnson is committed to creating and bringing to market life-changing cancer therapies for the people who need them most. In addition to partnering with the Blue Jacket campaign to help raise awareness of prostate cancer prevention and treatment options, Johnson & Johnson has also committed to donating $1 to the Prostate Cancer Foundation for every photo shared using the free Johnson & Johnson Donate a Photo app. For every 30 photos that are shared, one hour of research and development for breakthrough cancer treatments will be funded.“Today, our work being done in precision oncology research is unprecedented with new discoveries happening daily,” said Jonathan W. Simons, MD, president and chief executive officer of PCF. “Our continually expanding global research enterprise brings together the brightest minds in prostate cancer research and other scientific areas to collaborate across borders and institutional lines. This team approach has sparked and accelerated innovative projects that deliver life-saving results and are bringing us closer than ever to a cure. We are very pleased to team with the Blue Jacket Fashion Show to help raise awareness and additional funding for prostate cancer research. Curing together, we can change the future for all cancer patients.”“As partners of the Blue Jacket Fashion Show, we have an important opportunity to continue our efforts to raise awareness of prostate cancer symptoms, prevention and treatment options,” said Joaquin Duato, Executive Vice President and Worldwide Chairman, Pharmaceuticals, Johnson & Johnson. “Johnson & Johnson and our Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies have a strong history of innovation in prostate cancer, including investigational new medicines in our pipeline. We are also proud of our commitment of collaborating closely with healthcare systems, policymakers and advocates to ensure access to our medicines. Together, we can transform how cancer is treated so patients can experience more of life’s meaningful moments.”
Kolkata: The British Council Summer School has come back to the city once again. The school has a lot to offer to children aged between 7-14 years, enhancing communication, creativity and confidence.After coaching 650 students in Kolkata in 2017 through engaging methodologies, the Summer School aims to make learning a fun process for children this year as well.Children aged between 7-14 years can spend their summer holidays discovering their inner creativity in fun and engaging ways, through a mixture of games, projects, drama and communicative activities at the British Council Summer School. The programme also encourages students to interact in pairs, small groups and whole class situations, improving their English fluency and confidence. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThis year will see British Council run two themes during the Summer School: Explorers (through a virtual trip around the world, children will travel to one country each day, learn about different cultures, develop language skills and build confidence) and Media Magic (children will explore communication channels such as the radio, television and the internet. They will learn how to write blogs, create an advertisement and newspaper report).Debanjan Chakrabarti, Director, East and Northeast, British Council, said, “Our English language teaching centre in Kolkata is an exciting hub of activity all summer. The year 2018 marks the 70th anniversary of the British Council’s presence in India.”
The Right to Information Act allows for a public authority to disclose records which are otherwise exempt from disclosure if public interest outweighs the harm protected.Activist Subhash Agrawal had sought from the Prime Minister’s Office the records related to the freedom fighter and leader of the Indian National Army to clarify the mystery surrounding his alleged death in a plane crash 70 years back.Agrawal had also asked for information of the steps taken by the top office to make such records public and the action taken on requests seeking such documents. Also Read – Need to understand why law graduate’s natural choice is not legal profession: CJIBut toeing the line of the UPA government, the PMO had cited an exemption clause in the RTI Act which allows withholdnig of information that could prejudicially affect relations with a foreign country. The PMO, however, did not even give the names of the countries with which the relations may get affected once the said information is made public.When the first appeal was filed before a higher officer in the top office, the Appellate Authority, Krishan Kumar, had rejected the argument that public interest would be served through the disclosure of the documents related to Bose’s death.Home Minister Rajnath Singh, while campaigning for polls, had claimed that there was a larger public interest involved in the disclosure of the documents, but the PMO under Modi does not seem to be in agreement.