Rummenigge wants Alaba to finish career at Bayern Munich

first_imgBayern Munich chairman, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, is a firm believer that David Alaba should stay at the club for the rest of his career. The versatile Austrian is being linked with a move to Manchester City, as he stalls over a new contract at Bayern. But Rummenigge is a huge fan of the ability and personality of Alaba, and he feels the player still has a lot to offer Bayern in the coming years. “First of all, I have to say about David that he had a great season,” Rummenigge told Sky Germany. “It was born out of necessity that he had to play at centre-back because we had several injuries, and then Hansi [Flick, Bayern coach] put him in this position. “He did it with flying colours. We haven’t had a ‘chief’ in defence for some time now, one who really takes the reins in hand and sets the tone there and simply acts as the head of the defensive unit – he did that.Advertisement Loading… “This has been seen especially in these coronavirus times. In these empty stadiums, his instructions showed how well he organised it at the back. Even with his style of play he is a very, very important player for us, we don’t need to talk about that. read also:Man City plan mega summer spend for Torres, Alaba, Lautaro “I am nevertheless optimistic that at the end of the day we will find a solution that David will even end his career here. “I have always said that, for me, David is actually something like Franz Beckenbauer. He is the first player to play again at this level like Franz back then. “I think David knows what he has at Bayern, and we know what we have in David.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Promoted ContentCare To Try A Glow-In-The-Dark Doughnut?5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayTop 10 Disney Male Role ModelsWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?13 kids at weddings who just don’t give a hoot7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better7 Train Stations In The World You Wish To Stay At LongerWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?7 Things That Actually Ruin Your Phone6 Extreme Facts About Hurricaneslast_img read more

NHL All-Star Game 2019: Results, best moments as Metropolitan wins 3-on-3 tournament

first_imgThe first game pitted the Central Division, without captain Nathan MacKinnon, who instead served as an assistant coach, against Connor McDavid’s Pacific Division. McDavid’s squad was looking for its third championship in four years but could not hold off Gabriel Landeskog, who netted a hat trick, and the Central in its lopsided 10-4 win.The second game was initially a back-and-forth affair until the Metropolitan Division took over and defeated the Atlantic 7-4. Metropolitan captain Sidney Crosby had two goals in the win, but the highlight goal belonged to Steven Stamkos.Those games set the stage for the championship game, with the Metropolitan looking for its second victory in three years and the Central looking for its first title. Henrik Lundqvist, the oldest All-Star at the age of 36, shut out the Central in the first period as the Metropolitan led by five after the first 10 minutes. The Central tried to come back in the second period but the Metropolitan stars netted another five goals and came away victorious, 10-5. The players will split the $1 million prize.The festivities were highlighted by 11 NHL players under age 23, including 19-year-old Miro Heiskanen of the Dallas Stars and 21-year-old Mathew Barzal of the New York Islanders, who was one of four to qualify for the MVP award. Crosby earned his first MVP award in the voting.San Jose last held the All-Star game in 1997. In that game, the Sharks’ Owen Nolan famously called his shot and scored against Dominik Hasek to complete a hat trick.Lauren Jauregui, previously of Fifth Harmony, sang the U.S. national anthem and country music star Chad Brownlee voiced the Canadian anthem. Bebe Rexha performed during the second intermission.Here were the rosters for each team :Central Division —  Forwards:  Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks; Nathan MacKinnon, Colorado Avalanche; Ryan O’Reilly, St. Louis Blues; Mikko Rantanen, Colorado Avalanche; Mark Scheifele, Winnipeg Jets; Blake Wheeler, Winnipeg Jets; Gabriel Landeskog, Colorado Avalanche;  Defensemen:  Miro Heiskanen, Dallas Stars; Roman Josi, Nashville Predators; Goaltenders:  Devan Dubnyk, Minnesota Wild; Pekka Rinne, Nashville PredatorsPacific Division —  Forwards:  Johnny Gaudreau, Calgary Flames; Clayton Keller, Arizona Coyotes; Connor McDavid, Edmonton Oilers; Joe Pavelski, San Jose Sharks; Elias Pettersson, Vancouver Canucks; Leon Draisaitl, Edmonton Oilers; Defensemen:  Brent Burns, San Jose Sharks; Drew Doughty, Los Angeles Kings; Erik Karlsson, San Jose Sharks; Goaltenders: Marc-Andre Fleury, Vegas Golden Knights; John Gibson, Anaheim DucksAtlantic Division — Forwards:  Jack Eichel, Buffalo Sabres; Nikita Kucherov, Tampa Bay Lightning; Auston Matthews, Toronto Maple Leafs; Jeff Skinner, Buffalo Sabres; David Pastrnak, Boston Bruins; Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay Lightning; John Tavares, Toronto Maple Leafs; Defensemen:  Thomas Chabot, Ottawa Senators; Keith Yandle, Florida Panthers;  Goaltenders:  Jimmy Howard, Detroit Red Wings; Andrei Vasilevskiy, Tampa Bay LightningMetropolitan Division —  Forwards:  Sebastian Aho, Carolina Hurricanes; Cam Atkinson, Columbus Blue Jackets; Mathew Barzal, New York Islanders; Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins; Claude Giroux, Philadelphia Flyers; Kyle Palmieri, New Jersey Devils;  Defensemen:  John Carlson, Washington Capitals; Seth Jones, Columbus Blue Jackets; Kris Letang, Pittsburgh Penguins;  Goaltenders:  Braden Holtby, Washington Capitals; Henrik Lundqvist, New York RangersSporting News had live scoring updates and highlights from the best of the tournament. Check out the complete results below.NHL All-Star Game 2018 scores, updates10:56 p.m. — Sidney Crosby is your MVP. MVP.— NHL GIFs (@NHLGIFs) January 27, 2019Despite an illness, and some passionate fans, Sid took home MVP honors and one great #NHLAllStar experience.— NHL (@NHL) January 27, 2019Metropolitan 10, Central 510:54 p.m. — We have a winner! Metropolitan, 10-5, as Henrik Lundqvist cellys.The handshake line has made it’s way to #NHLAllStar weekend!— NHL on NBC (@NHLonNBCSports) January 27, 201910:53 p.m. — GOAL. Bad bench management by assistant coach Nathan MacKinnon. Pekka Rinne is pulled but no one goes for him and Cam Atkinson scores the empty-netter.  Metropolitan leads 10-5.Not bad for an empty net goal.— NHL GIFs (@NHLGIFs) January 27, 201910:52 p.m. — GOAL. Central creeping closer as Blake Wheeler scores.  Metropolitan leads 9-5.10:51 p.m. — GOAL.  Landeskog to Rantanen to Landeskog to Rantanen and in.  Metropolitan leads 9-4.Coach Nate is PUMPED. #NHLAllStar #GoAvsGo— Colorado Avalanche (@Avalanche) January 27, 201910:49 p.m. — GOAL With the net empty, Mathew Barzal scores again. Will he be the MVP? Needless to say, Rinne is back into the net.  Metropolitan leads 9-3.10:49 p.m. — With three minutes left, Pekka Rinne is pulled.10:47 p.m. — GOAL. Off the faceoff, Cam Atkinson skates in and also beats Rinne. Henrik Lundqvist looked very excited on the bench after that one.  Metropolitan leads 8-3.Extremely strong Proud Dad vibes coming off this GIF. @HLundqvist30— NHL GIFs (@NHLGIFs) January 27, 201910:46 p.m. — GOAL. Sebastian Aho in all alone and beats Pekka Rinne top shelf.  Metropolitan leads 7-3.A @SebastianAho goal from the best seat in the house. #NHLAllStar— NHL (@NHL) January 27, 201910:45 p.m. — GOAL. Braden Holtby makes the save but the rebound bounces right to Ryan O’Reilly, who scores.  Metropolitan leads 6-3.10:44 p.m. — GOAL. The Penguins connect as Kris Letang feeds Sidney Crosby all alone in front for the easy redirect.  Metropolitan leads 6-2.Same ol’ Sid, different #NHLAllStar Game.— NHL (@NHL) January 27, 201910:43 p.m. — Four choices for MVP: Gabriel Landeskog, Sidney Crosby, Ryan O’Reilly and Mathew Barzal. 10:40 p.m. — GOAL. Roman Josi sets up in Wayne Gretzky’s office and finds Mikko Rantanen crashing the net.  Metropolitan leads 5-2.. @rjosi90 ➡️ Rantanen.— NHL GIFs (@NHLGIFs) January 27, 201910:38 p.m. — GOAL. Off a 2-on-1, Gabriel Landeskog shows some patience and beats Braden Holtby stick side.  Metropolitan leads 5-1.No chance @GabeLandeskog92 was done for the night. #NHLAllStar— NHL (@NHL) January 27, 201910:33 p.m. — After the first period, the Metropolitan leads 5-0. Henrik Lundqvist with the shutout; however, let’s remember how quickly these games can change. Braden Holtby (Metropolitan) and Pekka Rinne (Central) are now in net.10:32 p.m. — GOAL. With under five seconds left, Sidney Crosby beats Devan Dubnyk.  Metropolitan leads 5-0.10:29 p.m. — GOAL. Seth Jones is putting on a  show as he spins on the doorstep. He is denied but Kyle Palmieri scores on the rebound.  Metropolitan leads 4-0.Gotta love that work from @seth_jones3 . 👏 #NHLAllStar— NHL (@NHL) January 27, 201910:25 p.m. — Kris Letang rips one off the crossbar. Referees initially call it a goal but then correctly change their minds.10:25 p.m. — Just like all the other penalty shots in previous All-Star Games, he does not score.10:25 p.m. — Seth Jones is pulled down and goes hard into the net. Ladies and gentlemen, we have a penalty shot!10:19 p.m. — GOAL. Kris Letang fakes the pass and instead buries it past Dubnyk. This game is all Metro so far.  Metropolitan leads 3-0.10:17 p.m. — GOAL. Claude Giroux, who couldn’t buy a goal in the first game, knocks in his own rebound.  Metropolitan leads 2-0.There he is! @28CGiroux scores his first goal of the night and gives the Metropolitan a 2-0 lead! #NHLAllStar— Philadelphia Flyers (@NHLFlyers) January 27, 2019just a pic of me cheering on my champ— Gritty (@GrittyNHL) January 27, 201910:16 p.m. — Henrik Lundqvist showing why he’s the king as he robs Mikko Rantanen.Henrik #NYR— Shayna (@hayyyshayyy) January 27, 201910:15 p.m. — GOAL. Mathew Barzal, Kris Letang and Sidney Crosby is quite a line. Barzal gets the first goal of the game as he rips it over the glove of Dubnyk. Metropolitan leads 1-0.Target acquired. #NHLAllStar— NHL (@NHL) January 27, 201910:13 p.m. — Devan Dubnyk and Henrik Lundqvist to start in the championship game. One million dollars on the line. Will the Central win its first or will the Metropolitan earn its second title in three years?10:05 p.m. — Brianna Decker, Kendall Coyne-Schofield, Renata Fast and Rebecca Johnston are honored at the gameHistory and memories made.Thank you, ladies, for everything this weekend! #NHLAllStar— NHL (@NHL) January 27, 2019Metropolitan 7, Atlantic 49:46 p.m. — We have a winner. The Metropolitan will face the Central for all the marbles.9:45 p.m. — GOAL. Jimmy Howard pulled and Cam Atkinson blasts the puck for an easy empty-net goal.  Metropolitan leads 7-4. . @CamAtkinson13 puts it away.— NHL GIFs (@NHLGIFs) January 27, 20199:43 p.m. — GOAL. Claude Giroux is getting chances but just can’t score; however, he recovers and feeds Sebastian Aho for the easy goal.  Metropolitan leads 6-4.9:41 p.m. — GOAL. Kris Letang with the deke and goes up and over the pad of Jimmy Howard.  Metropolitan leads 5-4.. @Letang_58 with the go-ahead goal.— NHL GIFs (@NHLGIFs) January 27, 20199:39 p.m. — We have our first offside of the night! And Jon Cooper can’t help but laugh.9:37 p.m. — GOAL. Sidney Crosby heads down the right wing and beats Jimmy Howard with a shot that finds daylight short side.  Game tied at 4.9:33 p.m. — Mathew Barzal not having luck as he gets robbed by Jimmy Howard. He was stoned by Andrei Vasilevskiy at the buzzer in the first period.9:33 p.m. — Braden Holtby comes up big and stops Auston Matthews on a breakaway and then on the doorstep.9:31 p.m. — GOAL. John Tavares streaks in all alone and scores with a pretty backhand up and over Holtby.  Atlantic leads 4-3.9:30 p.m. — GOAL. Jeff Skinner with a sweet toe drag atop the crease and then flips it over Holtby.  Game tied at 3.It wouldn’t be an #NHLAllStar Game without a little sauce.— NHL (@NHL) January 27, 20199:30 p.m. — Braden Holtby (Washington) and Jimmy Howard (Detroit) in net now.9:24 p.m. — GOAL. Seth Jones steals the puck from Nikita Kucherov and rips the puck top shelf over Kucherov’s teammate Vasilevskiy.  Metropolitan leads 3-2.. @seth_jones3 has his second of the game.— NHL GIFs (@NHLGIFs) January 27, 20199:17 p.m. — This game definitely has more fancy moves as Claude Giroux tries the ol’ “I’ll turn my back and hide the puck” trick. Andrei Vasilevskiy doesn’t fall for it and makes the pad save.9:14 p.m. — GOAL. Steven Stamkos, oh my. Stamkos puts his stick between his legs and somehow beats Lundqvist as he’s falling; probably helped that Lundqvist tried a pokecheck.  Game tied at 2.👀👀👀— NHL GIFs (@NHLGIFs) January 27, 20199:13 p.m. — GOAL. Jack Eichel finds his way behind the Metropolitan’s defense and scores. Metropolitan leads 2-1.9:12 p.m. — GOAL. Seth Jones crashes the net and finishes with the soft hands.  Metropolitan leads 2-0.Defensemen can crash the net TOOOOO! @seth_jones3 joins the party!Stream the #NHLAllStar game here:— NHL on NBC (@NHLonNBCSports) January 27, 20199:12 p.m. — The game has it’s first post as Claude Giroux rattles one off the pipe.9:10 p.m. — GOAL. Fifteen seconds in and it’s Sidney Crosby beating Andrei Vasilevskiy stick side. . @Letang_58 with the go-ahead goal.— NHL GIFs (@NHLGIFs) January 27, 20199:08 p.m. — Starting netminders are Tampa Bay’s Andrei Vasilevskiy and New York’s Henrik Lundqvist. Lundqvist is the oldest participant at the ripe old age of 36.9:07 p.m. — Jon Cooper basically not coaching in this one. Had the players sign a board to determine line combinations.9:06 p.m. — Sidney Crosby, who didn’t participate in the skills competition, is ready to go for the All-Star Game — and gets loudly booed along with Kris Letang. Friendly reminder, the Penguins beat the Sharks in the 2016 Stanley Cup Final.”Sorry Ovi couldn’t make it.”Sidney Crosby, probably.— NHL on NBC (@NHLonNBCSports) January 27, 20199:04 p.m. — Once again John Tavares gets booed. 9:03 p.m. — Time for players to be introduced. The band is not as loud this time as Auston Matthews gets a nice cheer.Central 10, Pacific  4Another #NHLAllStar Game in the books for @dewyy8 ✨— LA Kings (@LAKings) January 27, 20198:50 p.m. — Dubnyk with some big saves too that aren’t entirely needed as the Central wins easily 10-4.8:48 p.m. — Marc-Andre Fleury coming up big to keep this a, um, six-goal game.8:46 p.m. — GOAL. Here comes the Pacific as Brent Burns scores 10 seconds later. Central leads 10-4.8:46 p.m. — GOAL. Off a fantastic toe save by Marc-Andre Fleury, the San Jose Sharks go to work and it’s Erik Karlsson with the easy goal. Central leads 10-3.8:44 p.m. — GOAL. Finally! Johnny Gaudreau gets the Pacific a goal with his proud papa looking on from the bench.  Central leads 10-2.8:41 p.m. — GOAL. Gabriel Landeskog with the one-handed tuck behind Fleury for the hat trick. Is there a mercy rule? Looks like the Pacific will not be defending their title this year.  Central leads 10-1.That’s what we call a solid 🔟, @GabeLandeskog92 . #NHLAllStar— NHL (@NHL) January 27, 20198:40 p.m. — WOW. I mean, WOW. Big-time glove save by Devan Dubnyk on Connor McDavid.Dubnyk robs @cmcdavid97 !— NHL GIFs (@NHLGIFs) January 27, 2019Gotta respect a good save.— NHL GIFs (@NHLGIFs) January 27, 20198:38 p.m. — GOAL.  Marc-Andre Fleury charges Ryan O’Reilly and flat out misses. Easy goal for the St. Louis Blue.  Central leads 9-1.Fleury really went for it there.— NHL GIFs (@NHLGIFs) January 27, 20198:38 p.m. — Then Joe Pavelski, all alone, is stoned by Dubnyk’s glove.8:37 p.m. — Joe Pavelski rattles one off the pipe as Dubnyk does a windmill.8:37 p.m. — These fans are rough as they also cheer when Fleury makes a save.8:36 p.m. — GOAL. Gabe Landeskog going against the grain welcomes Fleury to the game as he picks the corner.  Central leads 8-1.. @GabeLandeskog92 has his second of the game. That’s four total for the @Avalanche reps.— NHL GIFs (@NHLGIFs) January 27, 20198:35 p.m. — Goalie switch as Marc-Andre Fleury (Pacific) and Devan Dubnyk (Central) are now in net.8:31 p.m. — As time is about to expire Elias Pettersson shows off his stickhandling but runs out of room and can’t stuff the puck in.8:31 p.m. — Awkward. Fans cheer John Gibson when he makes a save.8:30 p.m. — Johnny Gaudreau robbed by the glove of Pekka Rinne and Doc Emrick calls him by his proper name, Johnny Hockey.8:29 p.m. — GOAL.  Patrick Kane again as he takes the Blake Wheeler pass on a 2-on-1.  Central leads 7-1.We have a good, nay, GREAT goal! #NHLAllStar— Chicago Blackhawks (@NHLBlackhawks) January 27, 20198:28 p.m. — GOAL.  Wow, what a top-shelf shot by Mikko Rantanen. Probably doesn’t help the fans that John Gibson is a goaltender for the Sharks’ rival.  Central leads 6-1.Rantanen’s second of the game.— NHL GIFs (@NHLGIFs) January 27, 20198:26 p.m. — GOAL.  Pekka Rinne takes a Drew Doughty shot off the helmet and then Mark Scheifele heads the other way and beats Gibson. The crowd, obviously heavily favoring the Pacific, boos loudly. Pekks with the noggin pass. @markscheifele55 with nothing but cheese. #NHLAllStar— NHL (@NHL) January 27, 20198:26 p.m. — Clayton Keller beats Pekka Rinne but his shot goes off the pipe.8:24 p.m. — GOAL. And it’s Kane again, this time with the goal as he goes five-hole. Kane early favorite for MVP?  Central leads 4-1.Ya know what? We’ll take it! #NHLAllStar— Chicago Blackhawks (@NHLBlackhawks) January 27, 20198:23 p.m. — GOAL.  Patrick Kane with the pass through the wickets of Brent Burns and right on the tape for Roman Josi. Central leads 3-1.The ref’s view of Kane’s slick dish: #NHLAllStar— Chicago Blackhawks (@NHLBlackhawks) January 27, 20198:20 p.m. — GOAL.  And the home crowd goes wild. Erik Karlsson on a breakaway puts the Pacific on the board as he beats Rinne through the five-hole. Central leads 2-1.Regardless, the hometown crowd loved this from @ErikKarlsson65 . #NHLAllStar— NHL (@NHL) January 27, 20198:19 p.m. — John Gibson robs Patrick Kane and the Pacific go the other way 2-on-1 but Leon Draisaitl lifts one off the pipe.8:17 p.m. —  Good start for the Central which is down a player as Nathan MacKinnon could not go; he’s helping to coach instead. On the Pacific bench, Johnny Gaudreau’s dad Guy is helping out Bill Peters.Also shout-out to Coach MacKinnon! #NHLAllStar #GoAvsGo— Colorado Avalanche (@Avalanche) January 27, 20198:16 p.m. — Gabe Landeskog finishes off the Ryan O’Reilly feed. 2-0 Avalanche. 2-0 Central.8:15 p.m. — GOAL Mikko Rantanen gives the Central a 1-0 lead as Ryan O’Reilly forces a turnover against Connor McDavid. 1-0 Central.Goal No. 1 of the #NHLAllStar Game goes to Mikko Rantanen.— NHL (@NHL) January 27, 20198:14 p.m. — In net for the Pacific is Anaheim’s John Gibson and Nashville’s Pekka Rinne gets the start for the Central. Pacific starts with an all-Sharks line of Joe Pavelski, Brent Burns and Erik Karlsson. Pregame8:08 p.m. —  Lauren Jauregui with a strong rendition of the US national anthem.8:07 p.m. — Chad Brownlee singing the Canadian national anthem in a Vancouver Canucks jersey. Brownlee hails from British Columbia.8:06 p.m. — And can hear the cheers for the Sharks players.Sharks players introduced.— Dan Rosen (@drosennhl) January 27, 20198:05 p.m. — The band is playing super loud but you can clearly make out the boos for Drew Doughty.MVP so far #NHLAllStar #ALLCAPS— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) January 27, 20198:02 p.m. — It’s showtime!7:27 p.m. — Warmups are going on. Will the Pacific win their third title?”Just you wait, I’m going to win the Art Ross again.”— NHL GIFs (@NHLGIFs) January 27, 2019Bust out the happy dance. @AM34 is sending this Leafs fan home with a special souvenir from #NHLAllStar . #LeafsForever— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) January 27, 20196:50 p.m. — The players arrived in style.When in San Jose, you take a scooter to the #NHLAllStar Game🌸— Vegas Golden Knights (@GoldenKnights) January 26, 2019. @Letang_58 arriving in style.— NHL GIFs (@NHLGIFs) January 27, 20196:43 p.m. — Let’s be honest, these jersey’s are lit.Tonight’s threads. #NHLAllStar #LeafsForever— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) January 26, 2019#TeamPacific 🌊— Arizona Coyotes (@ArizonaCoyotes) January 26, 2019#adidasParley x #NHLAllStar 🖤 #LetsGoOilers— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) January 26, 2019🌟 Howie’s #NHLAllStar Sweater 🌟— Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) January 26, 2019Beasts of the East.— New Jersey Devils (@NJDevils) January 26, 2019Relevant LinksKendall Coyne Schofield reflects on ‘surreal’ skills competitionNHL All-Star skills competition 2019: Best moments and winners, event by eventUSWNT player Kendall Coyne will be first woman to compete in fastest skater eventSidney Crosby out of skills competition with illnessToronto Maple Leafs’ John Tavares booed at NHL All-Star Media DayDevils’ Kyle Palmieri replaces Taylor Hall on 2019 NHL All-Star Game rosterKris Letang, Jeff Skinner, Gabriel Landeskog, Leon Draisaitl voted inLightning’s Andrei Vasilevskiy replaces Canadiens’ Carey PriceCanadiens’ goaltender Carey Price to miss NHL All-Star GameNHL announces head coaches for 2019 All-Star GamePatrick Kane makes eighth appearance; 10 players make game for first timeAlex Ovechkin to skip NHL All-Star Game Connor McDavid tops captains chosen by fansBlues to host 2020 NHL All-Star GameNHL’s welcome gifts to Seattle: Draft, All-Star Game … soon Less than 24 hours after showcasing their individual skills at the NHL’s All-Star skills competition, the stars united and hit the ice for the All-Star Game at the SAP Center in San Jose, Calif.In a three-on-three tournament, each division faced off against their conference foe with the winners competing for the championship. Games began at 8 p.m. ET and were televised on NBC in the United States and Sportsnet, CBC and TVA Sports in Canada.  It was also viewed live and on-demand with fuboTV .last_img read more

SA’s Van Niekerk the man to watch in 400m

first_imgBOTH LaShawn Merritt of the United States and Grenada’s Kirani James have been dominating the men’s 400 metres for the past three years but Beijing 2015 could see a changing of the guard as South Africa’s Wayde Van Niekerk is a strong contender and could give that country its first major 400 metres title.Coming into the season all eyes were on the Merritt-James rivalry. James had won two global titles in a row, the Daegu World Championships in 2011 and the Olympic Games in 2012 and Merritt, the defending World champion, looked a cut above their rivals. However, things have changed significantly as this season there is more depth in the event.It is Botswana’s Isaac Makwala who is going into the championships as the number one athlete after his world leading 43.72 seconds at high altitude. Since then he has found the going very tough and it is unlikely he can trouble the top three.Merritt has not looked his usual self his season and has been beaten on a regular basis and if he hopes to retain his title he will have to improve on his season form and run much faster than his season’s best 44.36. He is a big occasion man, however, and could be waiting for the World Championships to show his class.destroying a strong fieldAfter winning his first major senior title four years ago, many experts thought then that the young James would have dominated for a long time to come and he underlined that a year later when he won at the London Olympic Games where an injured Merritt was absent. He started this season in fine style dominating the event with ease before running into Van Niekerk at the Paris Diamond League . The South African had shown at the New York meet earlier that he was on a mission after destroying a strong field to win impressively. Blessed also with good 200 metres speed the South African tracked James for the first 350 metres before running past him easily to win in an impressive personal and season best of 43.96 as James had to settle for second in 44.17.James who has a season best of 43.95 could have taken the South African a bit lightly and will know now that he could be his biggest danger and not Merritt and will want to set matters straight in Beijing. Despite being defeated by Niekerk he will still be the one to beat at the World Championships as, like Merritt, he has the experience of going the rounds at a big meet.While it looks like the medals will be shared among Niekerk, James and Merritt there are several athletes who are knocking on the door and these include the likes of young Stevon Gardener of the Bahamas who has been very consistent in the low 44 seconds, Olympic silver medallist Luguelin Santos of Dominica Republic who is peaking at the right time, Trinidad and Tobago’s Machel Cedenio and Javon Francis who will carry Jamaica’s hopes in the event.MY TOP THREE: 1. Wade Van Niekerk (RSA), 2. Kirani James (Grenada), 3.Lashawn Meritt (USA).last_img read more

Ellen Grants ‘Full Amnesty’ for Surrender of Small Arms

first_imgThe Liberian Leader has proclaimed that all who will surrender small arms and light weapons in Maryland, Grand Gedeh and River Gee Counties are going to be “unconditionally and without reservation” granted full amnesty. In her proclamation on the ECOWAS-EU Weapons Collection program taking place in those three counties within a stipulated timeframe, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf said those who hand-over their arms will be given full amnesty for the offence of illegal possession, supply of fire arms and objects for lethal use against Liberia, with the restoration of all rights, privileges, and immunities under the Constitution.The three counties lie along the borders with La Côte d’Ivoire, which until few years ago was very unstable as armed men allegedly crossed over from forested regions of Liberia and staged an insurgency in that country. Other than what happened in Grand Bassam, La Cote d’Ivoire last March, neighboring country has remained largely stable.According to the Foreign Ministry, President Sirleaf recognizes that the proliferation and illegal possession of small arms and light weapons pose a grave threat to the peace and stability of Liberia and the sub-region, and constitutes a major tool of fueling armed conflicts and perpetrating crimes.“As such, President Sirleaf has formulated policies and laws, and has established national structures by law to effectively control the illegitimate flow and possession of small arms and light weapons in Liberia, the sub-region, and the global community including the transfer of arms by suppliers and arms brokers through Liberia,” the Ministry said.The President also said that progressive efforts are also being made by ECOWAS to control the proliferation of small arms and light weapons, including its disastrous consequences, through the “ECOWAS Convention on Small Arms and Light Weapons, their Ammunition and other Related Materials” and implementation of the “Convention” via the 3-year ECOWAS-EU Small Arms Project within the broader context of “Disarmament and Community Development” or “Weapons for Development” in the Sahel Region and the Mano River Basin.The project component covering Liberia, specifically Grand Gedeh, River Gee, and Maryland Counties, will significantly contribute to the development of the Community and its inhabitants, the maintenance of peace and peace-building, and the safety and security and of Liberia and the sub-region.The ECOWAS-EU Small Arms Project entails voluntary weapons surrender by civilians in the targeted communities which, by so doing, constitutes a violation of the laws of the Republic of Liberia – for which the Liberia National Commission on Small Arms (LiNCSA) requests a form of dispensation for members of the targeted communities to be exempted from any security and legal scrutiny or actions – and to also ensure the confidentiality of identity for persons reporting weapons under the project.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Richard Sherman was right on no national-anthem policy

first_img(CLICK HERE, if you are unable to view this photo gallery on your mobile device.)Get 49ers news in your inbox. Sign up now for the free 49ers HQ newsletter.MINNEAPOLIS — Cornerback Richard Sherman predicted there would be no NFL policy regarding how players observe the national anthem, and he’s apparently correct.The league, according to ESPN on Sunday, will not enforce a rule set in May that mandated players stay in the locker room to protest during the anthem rather than kneel on the …last_img

Why Astronomers Hammer Planets

first_img(Visited 60 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Secular planetary scientists have a skeleton key that unlocks any planetary mystery: the BFH.A “BFH” (big freaking hammer) is the jocular acronym for the most useful tool in a repairman’s toolkit. When something won’t budge, hit it with the BFH. If it breaks, it needed fixing anyway. That’s the thinking of the less nuanced problem-solver. The problem with a BFH is that when it’s your only tool, you tend to see everything as a nail.The BFH for the astrobiologist or secular planetologist is the “impact hypothesis.” Since design is ruled out by the so-called rules of science (a.k.a. methodological naturalism), unusual features that may appear designed must be explained only by appealing to unguided physical processes. Here are some recent examples of the impact hypothesis in use.Phos for us: One essential element for life on earth is phosphorus. Unfortunately, it tends to be locked up in rocks. NASA’s Astrobiology Magazine sets up the problem in order to justify wielding the BFH:Phosphorus is one of life’s most vital components, but often goes unheralded. It helps form the backbone of the long chains of nucleotides that create RNA and DNA; it is part of the phospholipids in cell membranes; and is a building block of the coenzyme used as an energy carrier in cells, adenosine triphosphate (ATP).Yet the majority of phosphorus on Earth is found in the form of inert phosphates that are insoluble in water and are generally unable to react with organic molecules. This appears at odds with phosphorus’ ubiquity in biochemistry, so how did phosphorus end up being critical to life?That’s why Keith Cooper teased with his headline, “Did meteorites bring life’s phosphorus to Earth?” He brings in a new theory about how meteorites bearing a mineral called shreibersite may have seeded the earth with a form of phosphorus that was available for the RNA World. So here comes the hammer blow: “Meteorites that crashed onto Earth billions of years ago may have provided the phosphorous [sic] essential to the biological systems of terrestrial life.”Another hypothesis stated on PhysOrg tries to make phosphorus available via Miller-type spark-discharge processes that “could” have produced urea as an intermediate. This article resurrects the Darwin “warm little pond” meme. The scenario relies on special concentrations of salts and ions in specific locales without intelligent lab researchers adding them as needed. Nothing was said about keeping the phosphate ions from getting locked up in rocks again, once conditions change.Carbon for us: Another essential element for life is carbon. Once again, Astrobiology Magazine appeals to the BFH for special delivery of this vital ingredient; only this time, the hammer is really big: “Earth’s carbon points to planetary smashup.” The impactor delivering carbon was as big as the planet Mercury, astrobiologists at Rice University are claiming. “Research by Rice University Earth scientists suggests that virtually all of Earth’s life-giving carbon could have come from a collision about 4.4 billion years ago between Earth and an embryonic planet similar to Mercury.” This must have been after the Mars-sized BFH that formed Earth’s moon. Or maybe the Rice guys didn’t think about that. Anyway, here is the setup:“One popular idea has been that volatile elements like carbon, sulfur, nitrogen and hydrogen were added after Earth’s core finished forming,” said Li, who is now a staff scientist at Guangzhou Institute of Geochemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences. “Any of those elements that fell to Earth in meteorites and comets more than about 100 million years after the solar system formed could have avoided the intense heat of the magma ocean that covered Earth up to that point.“The problem with that idea is that while it can account for the abundance of many of these elements, there are no known meteorites that would produce the ratio of volatile elements in the silicate portion of our planet,” Li said.The BBC News promoted this story, too. A Mercury-sized impactor solves the sulfur abundance puzzle at the same time, they claim. But does the proposed solution explain where the impactor got its carbon and sulfur?“One scenario that explains the carbon-to-sulfur ratio and carbon abundance is that an embryonic planet like Mercury, which had already formed a silicon-rich core, collided with and was absorbed by Earth,” Dasgupta said. “Because it’s a massive body, the dynamics could work in a way that the core of that planet would go directly to the core of our planet, and the carbon-rich mantle would mix with Earth’s mantle.While focused on the dynamics, it seems they just moved the source of those two elements to another location. But why would another planetesimal have lots of carbon and sulfur? Why would meteorites be enriched in available phosphorus? Where did they get it? One thing is clear: life needs lots of carbon, sulfur and phosphorus, and Earth has just the right amounts.Vesta luck: The BFH “scenario” works all over the solar system, not just at Earth. The asteroid Vesta, for instance (visited by the Dawn Spacecraft, 2/09/15) has unusual amounts of the mineral olivine. Where did it come from? At Icarus, planetary scientists wielded the BFH once again: “Olivine on Vesta as exogenous contaminants brought by impacts: Constraints from modeling Vesta’s collisional history and from impact simulations.” Here’s the justification for the scenario:The survival of asteroid Vesta during the violent early history of the Solar System is a pivotal constraint on theories of planetary formation. Particularly important from this perspective is the amount of olivine excavated from the vestan mantle by impacts, as this constrains both the interior structure of Vesta and the number of major impacts the asteroid suffered during its life. The NASA Dawn mission revealed that olivine is present on Vesta’s surface in limited quantities, concentrated in small patches at a handful of sites not associated with the two large impact basins Rheasilvia and Veneneia. The first detections were interpreted as the result of the excavation of endogenous olivine, even if the depth at which the detected olivine originated was a matter of debate. Later works raised instead the possibility that the olivine had an exogenous origin, based on the geologic and spectral features of the deposits. In this work, we quantitatively explore the proposed scenario of a exogenous origin for the detected vestan olivine to investigate whether its presence on Vesta can be explained as a natural outcome of the collisional history of the asteroid over the last one or more billion years.Once again, though, the theory has to explain how the A-type and S-type asteroids got their olivine. Presumably most of the asteroids in the asteroid belt would be expected to have the same olivine proportions. There doesn’t seem to be much talk about olivine at Dawn’s current target, the largest asteroid Ceres. We’ll examine the latest suite of papers about Ceres in a future post.Impacts have certainly occurred on most bodies of the solar system, as evident from the numerous craters everywhere. When impacts need to be finely tuned to produce a desired result, however, the impact “scenario” begins looking suspicious.To work effectively, the BFH requires use of another tool in the planetary scientist’s toolkit. That’s the Magic Wand that speaks, in a Sagan-like tone, saying “billions and billions of years.”If you haven’t yet seen Spike Psarris’s classic DVD about the solar system, What You Aren’t Being Told About Astronomy: Volume I, Our Created Solar System, you’ll enjoy the fun he makes of the impact hypothesis and how secular astronomers use it to explain anything and everything.last_img read more

South Africa 6th best to live in: expats

first_img6 January 2010 South Africa is the sixth best country in the world to live in, according to expatriates based here. This was revealed in a massive global survey commissioned by global finance house HSBC Bank International. The study was conducted by UK-based research company FreshMinds. Results were released in late November 2009. Over 3 100 expats, from more than 30 industries and living in 50 countries on four continents, took part in the study earlier in the year. MediaClubSouthAfrica Free high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service. Titled Expat Experience, it sought to determine the challenges people encountered when living and working away from home, and also aimed to differentiate between the expat experience in various countries and on various continents, in comparison with home. In the end, 26 countries made the rankings. South Africa came in behind the top five of Canada, Australia, Thailand, Singapore and Bahrain. As an expat favourite, the country eclipsed highly developed nations such as the US, France, Hong Kong, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium and the UK, as well as other emerging nations including Brazil, Mexico, China and India.Quality of life The survey is one of three reports released under HSBC’s annual Expat Explorer series of studies. The other two studies are the Expat Economics and Offshore Offspring reports. South Africa was the only African country surveyed for the economics report, where it came 13th out of 26. The results of the Offshore Offspring report, which reveals the best place to raise a family away from home, are due out in early 2010. The latest survey focused on the expat experience of mingling with local culture and society, and the increase or decrease in quality of life compared to the home country. Expats rated their current locations according to 23 day-to-day criteria, including food, accommodation, entertainment, transport, banking, utilities, healthcare, working hours, family and social life, hobbies, and more. They were also asked to rate the ease with which they were able to perform a variety of tasks, including finding accommodation for their families and schools for their children, learning the local language, making friends among local and expat communities, and arranging their finances, vehicles, utilities, and other essentials.Friendly country In addition to making the top 10 overall, South Africa scored highly in the categories of making local friends (2), organising schools (3), finding somewhere to live (3), social life (3), quality of life (3), and accommodation (4). South Africa was the top-ranked country for hobbyists, as well as the top country for settling down, beating Thailand and Canada which took 2nd and 3rd place respectively. More than half of those questioned – 55% – have lived in South Africa for more than five years. South Africa was rated among the top nations in terms of the ease with which expats integrated into local society, which covered factors such as setting up their bank accounts, learning the language, and arranging healthcare. According to the report, in most countries new arrivals gravitate towards the expat community when seeking new friends. Notable exceptions are Brazil, where 94% of people easily made local friends; followed by South Africa and Canada (both 91%); and India and Russia (both 90%). South Africa’s worst score was 22 out of 26, in the transport category.Most affordable A global survey earlier last year named Johannesburg as the most affordable city in the world for foreigners. Results of the Cost of Living survey, regarded as the world’s most comprehensive study of this type, were released in March 2009. Out of 143 cities on six continents, Johannesburg was found to be the cheapest, almost three times cheaper than the most expensive city, Tokyo. The weakening of South Africa’s currency, the rand, against the dollar is said to be responsible for Johannesburg replacing Asuncion in Paraguay as the least expensive location in 2009.First published on 3 December 2009 by – get free high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service.last_img read more

Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast, August 15, 2018

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest No significant changes to our forecast this morning. We have a dry day today in most of the state, with only southwest and a bit of west central Ohio seeing a few scattered showers moving later this afternoon and closer to this evening. Then overnight and tomorrow we see rains really start to ramp up, and the rain will linger through a good chunk of Friday. We are increasing the upper end of our rain range for the next 2 days, and are not looking for .25″-1″ over 90% of Ohio. We have a brief break Friday night, but then have additional rains back in over a good chunk of Ohio for Saturday. The rains mostly stay south of US 30, and those areas we can see anywhere from .25″-1.5″, with thunderstorms being the key to 1″+ rains. The heaviest rains will be in SW Ohio as a cluster of strong thunderstorms has potential to kick off there, and we expect 60% coverage of rains south of US 30 for the event.Sunday should be dry, and we keep that dryness around into the first part of Monday as well. However, we have another potentially strong system arriving Monday afternoon and lasting through Tuesday. We are making no changes to our thoughts on this system this morning, although some models are really showing a significant threat of strong to severe thunderstorms and a strong circulation. We are leaving rain totals at half to 1.5” rains over 80% of the state. A bit of a change this morning revolves around how quickly the system leaves. A stronger pull to the northeast means we should see precipitation done by late afternoon and evening on Tuesday, and less wrap around potential for Wednesday. We are going to shift Wednesday back to a mostly dry solution. The map at right is an updated look at combined rain totals through next Wednesday morning.From there, we get a nice 4-day dry stretch as we finish the 10-day period and move into the extended window. We are offering no changes to our extended forecast period. Sunshine and blue sky dominate from next Thursday through the weekend. This should be a time of excellent evaporation and good dry down in nearly all areas. Then for the balance of the 11-16 day period, we have 2 threats of rain. Scattered showers bringing a half an inch or less for Monday the 27th, and then a stronger, slow moving front sweeping from NW to SE on the 29th and 30th, triggering some .25”-1” rains. Both systems should have 70% coverage.last_img read more

The Hustler’s Playbook: Planes and Trains

first_imgBoth a plane and a train can transport you from point A to point B. But there are differences in how they get you there.Planes and FlyingA plane is always “off course.” The pilots have to make constant adjustments as they fly. They have to change the speed as they climb and descend. They also have to change the pitch and the altitude to stay at the proper elevation for the direction in which they are traveling. The wind is always shifting the plane’s direction.Pilots need dozens of instruments to help them know where they are, what’s around them, and where their destination is.When you are flying, you are moving fast and mostly out of control. You have to make constant decisions and adjustments between the place you left and the place you land.Trains and Well-Worn TracksTrains are different. They are never “off course.” Trains don’t have to make any adjustments, other than the occasional change in speed. A train conductor, unlike a pilot, doesn’t need many instruments.The path between point A and point B is well-traveled. The tracks were laid down long ago, and trains have made countless journeys along those tracks. There are stations that serve as milestones along the track because people are jumping on and off the train all along its route.The only thing a train has to worry about is an unexpected obstacle.The Difference in Flying and Traveling by TrainSometimes success is more like flying. You are out of control, moving fast, finding your way, and making dozens of adjustments as you go. You don’t know how to get where you are going, but the most important thing is that you take off.But much of the time, the results you want are more like traveling by train. The tracks have been in place for centuries. All you need to do is hop on the tracks and turn up the speed. You know what you need to do, and you know how to do it. You just need to do more of it.Hustling is a lot of times more like traveling by train than plane. Make sure you are on track and turning up the steam.last_img read more

Nunes keeps belt, defeats Shevchenko at UFC 215

first_imgNonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president NCAA Season 93’s Best 7: Week 9 “I know the crowd wants to see a knockout … but tonight, this fight was for me, to go five rounds and prove I’m the best. I’m here to stay. I’m here for a reason,” she said.Shevchenko, a Kyrgyzstan fighter nicknamed ‘Bullet,’ is 14-3.The 29-year-old walked to the side of the octagon, shaking her head in disbelief.“I don’t agree with the decision at all,” Shevchenko said afterward, adding: “I won this fight.”She said she believed she won three rounds, and while Nunes took her down in the fifth, “I was landing more punches from being on the ground (than Nunes from above).”ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:25Manny Pacquiao signs deal with Japan MMA promotion Rizin but won’t fight01:37Protesters 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 WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding It was the second time Nunes had beaten Shevchenko in 18 months. The 29-year-old Nunez took a unanimous decision over Shevchenko at UFC 196 in March 2016.The two were set to fight in July at UFC 213, but Nunes pulled out the day of the fight with sinus issues.Nunes has smashed her way to the top of her class over the past 14 months. She bloodied and submitted Miesha Tate in July 2016 to take the belt, and then defended it successfully in December with a 48-second dismantling of star Ronda Rousey.Also on the main card, in a bout with a potential title shot on the line, former lightweight champion Rafael Dos Anjos submitted sixth-ranked Neil Magny with an arm-triangle choke at 3:43 of the first round of their welterweight battle. The 10th-ranked Brazilian is now 27-9-0.No. 2-ranked flyweight Henry “The Messenger” Cejudo, looking for another title shot against Demetrious Johnson, nailed Wilson Reis of Brazil square in the jaw, dropping him to the mat, then pounded him into a knockout 25 seconds into the second round.Swedish veteran Ilir Latifi lived up to his Sledgehammer nickname, lifting up and pile-driving Australian upstart Tyson Pedro head first to the mat in a light heavyweight tilt. Latifi won by unanimous decision.Gilbert Melendez, dropping down to make his debut in featherweight, was cheered as he staggered up repeatedly from the canvas while taking a hellacious flurry of kicks and punches from eighth-ranked Jeremy Stephens. Stephens won by unanimous decision. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Amanda Nunes, top, of Brazil, and Valentina Shevchenko, of Kyrgzystan, battle during their mixed martial arts bout at UFC 215 in Edmonton, Alberta, Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)EDMONTON, Alberta — Brazilian brawler Amanda Nunes played a tactical game Saturday night to beat challenger Valentina Shevchenko by split decision and retain her bantamweight title at UFC 215.“I wanted to show the world I’m here to stay,” Nunes said.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Read Next The judges scored it 47-48, 48-47, 48-47 to run Nunes’ record to 15-4.It was a careful fight with few extended skirmishes until Nunes took Shevchenko to the canvas in the fifth round. The fans often booed and chanted “Fight, fight, fight!”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 shutoutNunes, nicknamed the Lioness, raised her arms as the decision was announced while many of the fans booed the verdict.She later told reporters her strategy was to go the full five rounds to wear Shevchenko down and then strike — and hush detractors who said Nunes was an early-round knockout artist and would fade in the long game. LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary MOST READ E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  View comments LATEST STORIES Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients last_img read more