Stephen Appiah calls for massive patronage ahead of Vodafone Unity match

first_imgElection 2016 Peace Ambassador and former captain of Black Stars Stephen Appiah has called on football fans to patronize the 2016 Vodafone Unity Games, slated for June this year.The games, which form part of Appiah’s plans to promote Peace and Unity before, during and after the 2016 General election would be played on June 8 in Kumasi and on June 11 in Accra.The first match of the Vodafone Unity Games will see the former inspirational skipper lead a team of former and current international football stars against Ghana Premier League Giants Asante Kotoko at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium before squaring off against the Black Stars in Accra three days later.Speaking at a press Soiree organized by Primeval Medi, the Organizers of the Vodafone Unity Games, the former Ghanaian International appealed to football fans to not to be left out of the historic event.“Some colleagues and friends from Africa and the other continents will join me to use football which is obviously the passion for this nation to clamor for peace”, he said. “I wish to invite you all to the two games that will be played in June at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium against Kotoko and Accra Sports Stadium against the Black Stars”, Appiah added.The election 2016 Peace Ambassador also thanked the headline sponsor of the games for partnering in promoting peace.Football icons such as William Gallas, Dwight Yorke, Patrick Kluyvert, Jay Jay Okocha, Nwako Kanu, Sol Campbell, George Boateng, Jermain Defoe, Simao and Emile Heskey will all play in the 2016 Vodafone Unity Games.  – Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

Trout, Pujols power Angels past Dodgers in final tune-up

first_imgThe Angels’ Nick Tropeano allowed one run on five hits in four innings of his final start of the spring. After making seven starts in the majors last season, Tropeano’s hope to begin the season in the Angels rotation may depend more on Jered Weaver’s health than Tropeano’s uninspiring performance this spring that produced a 7.84 ERA.Dodgers No. 4 starter Alex Wood gave up four runs on eight hits in 3 2/3 innings. Shortstop Corey Seager scored the Dodgers’ lone run after leading off the fourth inning with a double.The Angels’ Ji-Man Choi, whose roster spot was seemingly solidified when the team optioned Rey Navarro, Jefry Marte and Rafael Ortega to Triple-A on Saturday, helped justify the decision with a solo home run in his only at bat.Tyler Skaggs pitched three scoreless innings for the Angels, giving up one hit in his second outing since Tommy John surgery in August 2014. The 24-year-old hit the low 90s on the radar gun, an encouraging sign he could play a significant role for the Angels this season. – Clay Fowler It’s safe to say Mike Trout is over his stomach virus.The Angels center fielder returned from a two-game absence with a vengeance, going 2 for 2 with a pair of doubles in an 8-1 win over the Dodgers in the Freeway Series finale at Angel Stadium on Saturday night.Trout walked and scored the game’s first run in the third inning before dropping a three-run double in front of the left fielder in the fourth inning. Albert Pujols added a three-run homer in the sixth inning to cap a 2-for-4 performance and balloon the Angels’ lead to 7-1. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

African-American goalie cornerstone of U.S. soccer team—and envy of others

first_imgAt home and abroad, Howard’s athleticism, unshakable confidence and leadership have won the Everton goalkeeper rave reviews. And despite being “in agony” from bruised—maybe broken—ribs, he made six saves to seal the Americans’ 1-1 draw with England on Saturday night at the World Cup.“He did a great job of taking a tough hit, and staying in it and playing really well,” U.S. coach Bob Bradley said Sunday. “… When you see the way Timmy handled himself after the collision last night, you’d certainly expect he’ll be on the field again.”Howard is expected to play Friday against Slovenia after U.S. team medical staff examined him Monday and decided no further tests were needed on his bruised ribs.Goalkeeper has been a source of strength during the U.S. team’s resurgence in the last 25 years. The hand-eye coordination American kids develop playing baseball, football and basketball make them naturals in goal, where cat-quick reflexes and sure hands are a must.But there’s a certain steeliness that sets great keepers apart from merely very good ones, and few are stronger than Howard, clearly the cornerstone of the U.S. team.Howard was born in North Brunswick, N.J., to Matthew Howard, an African-American, and Esther Howard, a native of Hungary. His parents divorced when he was three years old, and Howard lived with his mother, a project manager for a cosmetics distributor. His father, a long-distance truck driver for a health care firm, nonetheless maintained a presence in his life. It was his father, in fact, who was determined to get Howard and his brother, Chris, involved in sports. Before the two could walk, he bought them equipment for various sports to see which games they preferred. Tim showed a preference for basketball and soccer.He was still in grade school when he was diagnosed with Tourette’s syndrome, a neurological disorder that causes tics and abrupt, involuntary sounds and utterances.It was in sports that Howard found his comfort zone. He played basketball and soccer growing up, and excelled at both. His high school basketball team made the state finals, and he was later pursued by the Harlem Globetrotters.But it was soccer where he really shined.He was playing on U.S. youth teams before he could drive, and was 19 when he made his debut with Major League Soccer. In his third full season, he was voted MLS goalkeeper of the year, still the youngest player to win the honor.Two years later, Howard was on his way to England to play for Manchester United.“There’s challenges flying in everywhere. It’s nonstop action,” Howard said. “It’s end to end, and that’s what makes it different than other leagues. For me, it’s hardened me. I think I was criticized a lot when I was over there and I bounced back. I feel like I was able to take my lumps and get better, so I’ve definitely become hardened and more resolute.”He had little choice.After a spectacular debut season with the Red Devils—he was the Premier League’s goalkeeper of the year—he found himself stuck behind Edwin van der Sar at Manchester. He was loaned to Everton in 2006 and has blossomed there, developing into one of the league’s top goalkeepers.“To go to Everton and see how everybody loves Tim Howard and how they show him so much respect, it was pretty amazing,” said U.S. teammate Jozy Altidore.Howard is a commanding presence in goal, and not simply because of his size (listed at 6-3 and 210 pounds). With his shaved head and a ferocity that is palpable, the sight of him charging forward is enough to make any opponent hesitate.His teammates aren’t immune to his intensity, either. Howard is constantly shouting instructions at fellow Americans or screaming at them to make corrections. There is little time—or room—for niceties in the chaos of a game, and time and again Saturday night the cameras caught him in full-throated roar.Asked about Steven Gerrard’s goal just four minutes into the game, Howard was unsparing.“I was pretty annoyed because the marking was a little too lax,” he said. “Particularly for the beginning of a game when you’re supposed to be really up for it.”Such bluntness is easily forgiven by his teammates. Unlike some countries—England, this means you—the Americans know they’re in good hands whenever Howard is around. He doesn’t have bad games—“Tim’s just Mr. Consistent,” Clint Dempsey said—and has bailed them out more times than they can count.The Americans have won 31 of his 52 appearances, including last year’s upset of top-ranked Spain in the Confederations Cup, and advanced to their first final at a FIFA event. Howard was so stellar that he was awarded the Golden Glove as the cup’s best keeper.And he is as tough as any athlete, in any sport.In the 29th minute Saturday, the sprinting Heskey slammed into Howard, the studs of his shoes catching the American squarely in the chest. Simply watching the collision produced cringes, and Howard writhed in pain on the ground for several minutes. He grimaced several times when play finally resumed and needed a painkiller at halftime, yet time and again he saved the Americans in the second half, at one point leaping to punch a shot by Frank Lampard back and over the crossbar.“I’ll be even more sore the next couple days, but maybe it’ll get me out of training,” Howard said after the game. BIG SAVE—United States goalkeeper Tim Howard makes a save during the World Cup group C soccer match between England and the United States at Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg, South Africa, June 12. by Nancy ArmourJOHANNESBURG (AP)—The lone fan in the blue U.S. Soccer T-shirt looked woefully out of place surrounded by dozens of England supporters—until he turned around.Of course. Tim Howard’s name was emblazoned across his shoulders.last_img read more

Red Bank’s Holiday Tree To Remain on Monmouth Street

first_imgBy John BurtonRED BANK — The tree isn’t going anywhere.A Red Bank RiverCenter proposal to relocate the borough’s holiday tree to Riverside Gardens Park hit a brick wall at the borough council meeting last week.Representatives for RiverCenter, the borough’s downtown business alliance, appeared before the mayor and council last Wednesday to discuss moving the tree from 30 Monmouth Street, where it has stood in the courtyard in front of the Dublin House Restaurant for the last few holiday seasons.The organization sponsors the annual tree lighting and concert that takes place each year on the day after Thanksgiving.RiverCenter’s Executive Director Nancy Adams said the park offered a more family friendly location for the tree and would be more visible there.Adams said she has received complaints from the public about the tree’s location “next to a bar” and the organization had been looking for an alternative site.Adams had attended a recent borough Special Events Committee, where she is a member, where the matter was broached, with Adams under the impression there was no opposition to it.But Borough Administrator Stanley Sickels disagreed. “There are a lot of issues that haven’t been discussed that have to be discussed,” about relocating the tree to the park, said Sickels, who also sits on the events committee.“It may not be an inexpensive proposition,” said Mayor Pasquale Menna.In order to move the tree to Riverside Gardens Park, West Front Street, the borough would have to install some infrastructure to secure it that could be kept covered the rest of the year, and would also need to be sure there is sufficient electrical power there to keep the tree lit, Menna noted, inquiring as to how that would be paid for and whether or not the logistics of moving the tree had been thoroughly considered.“What we really want to do is make the residents happy,” with an appropriate home for the decorated tree, Adams told the council.“You just can’t make a decision on limited facts,” Menna told Adams. “We may not have enough time.”“To be fair it was brought up a month ago,” at the last committee meeting, Adams responded.But the council seemed steadfast, with Council member Michael DuPont adding, “If you ask me my opinion, I think (Riverside Gardens Park) is a bad location.”Menna suggested RiverCenter consider putting the tree in front of 51 Monmouth Street, the former borough police headquarters and one time borough hall. The Community YMCA now owns it, but the borough maintains a volunteer fire company and the veterans’ memorial at the site.But for this year, at least, the tree will remain in its usual location on Monmouth Street.The tree lighting and concert are conducted each year, for about the approximately 20, on the Friday after Thanksgiving—“Black Friday” for retail merchants—to promote the downtown business district as a shopping location.Borough workers install the 2010 holiday tree outside the Dublin House on Monmouth Street.last_img read more

Locks lock up medals at B.C. Cross Country Championships

first_imgBy The Nelson Daily SportsDespite fatigued from a heavy week of training, the Locke boys managed to capture bragging rights in the Junior Boy’s Division at the B.C. Cross Country Championships Saturday in Kamloops.The race was held at the Overlander Ski Club at Stake Lakes. Julien and Peter Locke of Nelson finished with gold and silver, respectively, in the 10-kilometer Junior Boy’s Individual Start Skate race.“We (Peter and I) are currently training for Nationals and we raced after a heavy week of intense training with no rest,” Julien Locke explained. “As expected, I felt a bit flat but I was still able to race quite well.”“I had a good race in Kamloops but I am quite tired now from training for Nationals and I was not able to keep up with Julien’s pace during the 10-kilometre race,” said Peter Locke.Both Peter and Julien Locke ski out of the Black Jack Ski Club in Rossland.The Locke boy’s sister, Robyn took fifth overall in the Juvenile Girl’s Individual Start Skate five-km race.  Sunday in the 3 X 3.5 km Junior Men Classic Relay, the Nelson team of Peter and Julien Locke combined with Shawn DeGroot of the Nelson Nordic Ski club to claim the top prize.Robyn Locke finished eighth overall in the Junior Women’s event.All racers are preparing for the Canadian Cross Country Championships March 12-19 in Canmore, Alta. [email protected]last_img read more

Phantom ends Cats season by sweeping Kootenay out of the playoffs

first_imgThe playoff run of the Kootenay Wildcats came to an end Saturday as Fraser Valley Phantom completed a two-game sweep in B.C. Hockey Female Midget AAA Hockey semi final series.The Phantom, regular season champs, finished off the Cats with a 4-3 win at the Langley Sportsplex.Fraser Valley won the opener of the best-of-three series 2-0.Two third-period goals by Madison Sands and Simran Sidhu late in the game allowed the Phantom to escape with the narrow win.Sarah Doll of Cranbrook was in goal for Kootenay.Kootenay, finishing fourth in regular season standings, qualified for the semis with a 2-1 series win over Prince George Cougars. The Wildcats had affiliate and West Kootenay Bantam player Merissa Dawson in the lineup for the weekend.Fraser Valley now advances to the Female Final against the Okanagan Rockets.The Rockets ousted Vancouver Fusion in straight games in the other league semi final series.This is the first time in four years Kootenay Wildcats have not played in the championship final.The Female Midget AAA League was established in the 2007-2008 season to provide an opportunity for elite female hockey players to play against elite Female players in the [email protected]last_img read more

Rare Fossils: Dead Animals Decay Rapidly

first_imgWhy do some fossils leave soft tissue remains? It takes guts, some scientists propose.Given that bacteria are the enemies of fossilization, could they actually play a role in preserving them? A new study thinks so. Science Magazine says,The overwhelming majority of organisms will never fossilize. Preservation of an animal’s anatomy in rocks is a rare event requiring a strict set of geologic and chemical conditions. Fossilized soft tissues like skin or muscle are even rarer, as they decay very quickly beyond recognition before mineralization occurs. It would be tempting to assume that microbes—the great mediators of rot and recycling—would be a natural enemy to high-quality fossils, but [Philip] Donoghue’s time spent watching shrimp waste away seems to hint at exactly the opposite.Donoghue’s team at University of Bristol, with others from Uppsala University, tested the rapidity of decay with brine shrimp. As expected, microbes quickly rendered them unrecognizable. If deprived of oxygen, though, the microbes could act as preservatives, the team thinks. PhysOrg explains:In watching the process of decomposition, the team noted that bacteria in the gut set to work right away, multiplying massively as they engaged in eating the dead tissue around them, so much so that they completely filled the cavity and eventually caused it to burst, which gave them access to other internal organs. If the shrimp was in a low oxygen environment when it died, such as being buried in sand, then most of the decomposition occurred from the inside, and then stopped as the bacteria ran out of air. But, because gut bacteria carry a lot of calcium and/or phosphates and because they form biofilms, after they died, they left behind a mold of sorts that showed the form of the gut organs of their dead host.This explanation predicts that exceptional fossils form in low-oxygen environments. It also predicts that the best preservation will be in the gut. For this reason, Donoghue’s team thinks that the evolution of a through-gut (mouth and anus) made exceptional preservation possible. Science Magazine explains:The researchers also point out that animals with true “through-guts”—ones that contain both a mouth and an anus—are much more likely to leave behind high-quality fossils than animals like corals and jellyfish, which eat and excrete through the same hole and are home to far fewer bacteria. The evolution of the anus appears to have given rise to a more complex microbiome and, thus, that “definitely increases your chances” of leaving behind an exceptional fossil, Donoghue says.And yet jellyfish fossils have been found in mass graveyards. Other soft-tissue remains, like the famous dinosaur red blood cells and osteocytes, were found in bone. The ink-sac of a squid still contained the carbon remains, enough to write words with it. Original material from feathers has been seen in Archaeopteryx fossils. These have nothing to do with gut bacteria. The explanation, therefore, seems inadequate:For many years scientists have debated whether the “Cambrian Explosion” was the result of more species suddenly developing or whether it was just the result of more remains being fossilized and found. In this new effort, the researchers suggest it might have had to do with the development of the anus and a through-gut.This cannot be true, since Ediacaran fauna have no guts, but are found around the world. These precede the Cambrian animals in the fossil record.The original paper on the Proceedings of the Royal Society B is open access. Here’s its gutsy explanation for the Cambrian explosion:The key role of gut-derived microbes in decay and, by inference, preservation means that the evolution of a through gut is likely to have important implications for preservation potential. Organisms that have blind guts, such as cnidarians, evert their guts such that they cannot maintain a gut flora. As a result, one might expect that such organisms would have little chance of preserving internal anatomy. Preservation must depend on the formation of favourable external biofilms that invade inwards, similar to the process observed in embryos, to stabilize their internal anatomical structure post-mortem, allowing a much longer window for internal autolytic processes to take effect and thus resulting in a much lower preservation potential for internal anatomy. This prediction is largely borne out by the fossil record. The overall quality of preservation is also often of a lower fidelity in described soft-bodied diploblast grade and blind-gut bearing organisms relative to groups possessing through-guts. For example, arthropods, annelids, priapulids and hyoliths can in many cases preserve aspects of gut, musculature and, in rare cases, neural tissues. On the other hand, diploblastic organisms, such as cnidarians, are typically found as impressions or outlines only (with the notable exception of very rare specimens of the probable cnidarian Olivooides [37,38]). This may go some way to explain the mismatch between phylogenetic and molecular clock expectations that diploblasts existed long before diploblast bilaterians, yet the fossil records of diploblast and triploblast eumetazoans is approximately coincident [39,40].Under almost all circumstances, pseudomorphing of biological anatomy by biofilm-forming microbes [5,13] may be limited to small structures. This process can provide a good explanation for the preservation of microfossils such as fossilized embryos as well as internal microenvironments, such as guts, within larger fossils. However, it is only in the most exceptional examples of exceptional fossil preservation that microbes replicate and preserve internal anatomy more generally. Bacterial biofilm pseudomorphing of anatomical structure may not be an important mechanism in preserving macroscale animal remains, even though endogenous microbes are important vectors of the decay of visceral tissues that leaves cuticle articulated and intact in Burgess Shale-type preservation. Thus, endogenous microbes exert a fundamental control on the amount of soft tissue morphology, and therefore the amount of anatomical information, that is preserved in Konservat-Lagerstätten [exceptionally preserved fossils]. Hence, the evolution of a through gut is an important factor in both the ecology of metazoan diversification and its fossil record. This finding also suggests the bauplan of an animal may act as a strong control on the processes of subsequent taphonomic transformation into an exceptionally preserved fossil, when the basic conditions required for the genesis of Konservat-Lagerstätten are met.The authors provide almost no reference to actual fossils when they state that “this prediction is largely borne out by the fossil record.” Brian Thomas at ICR has a list of 42 documented cases of soft tissue preservation (original tissue, not biofilms) found in fossils dating as far back as 360 million years in the evolutionary timescale. Most of them are not related to gut bacteria. They mention cnidarians (jellyfish) as unlikely to be preserved, but what about ctenophores (comb jellies) that are found in Cambrian strata? Soft tissue preservation is rampant in Burgess Shale fossils. Evolution News & Views reported fossils of modern-looking jellyfish dated by evolutionists at 580 million years old.So either Donoghue’s team did not do a thorough literature search, or is ignoring this evidence. Having made a prediction, though, that animals with anuses are the most likely to preserve biofilms that create “pseudomorphs” of soft tissues in low-oxygen conditions, they have opened the door to falsification in future studies. On the face of it, their lab work on shrimp is unlikely to capture the variety of circumstances that preserve animal tissues.Someone should call this the anal-retention theory of taphonomy.Why is nobody asking hard questions of the Donoghue team? Aren’t they aware that many exceptional fossils have nothing to do with gut bacteria? Aren’t they concerned that soft-tissue fossilization raises serious questions about the dating of fossils into millions of years?What is being ignored in this paper is far more important than what is being stated. Maybe they can’t stomach the notion that soft tissue challenges long ages. See Real Science Radio’s list of published papers on dinosaur soft tissue remains. (Visited 41 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

ESPN Announces College Football Broadcast Teams For Fall, Kaylee Hartung To Be Featured More Prominently

first_imgESPN's logo in red and white.ESPN has announced its college football broadcast teams for the fall. Most of the teams are similar to last year – Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit and Heather Cox are still the network’s top team and will call the primetime Saturday night game on ABC; Brad Nessler, Todd Blackledge and Holly Rowe will have the prime Saturday night contest on ESPN. There are some changes, though. Among them: Kaylee Hartung, everyone’s favorite sideline reporter, has been promoted to ESPN’s Thursday night team with Joe Tessitore, Jesse Palmer and David Pollack. Maria Taylor will take Hartung’s sideline spot for the SEC Network’s top Saturday game. Beyond thrilled to join ESPN’s Thursday night crew and keep rolling with SEC Nation on Saturdays. Let’s go!! https://t.co/K6yfxwBT0J— Kaylee Hartung (@KayleeHartung) August 6, 2015Only Kaylee Hartung can make Nick Saban smile. pic.twitter.com/PqwP4JBktB— Curtis (@Curtos07) February 4, 2015Here are the full pairings, from ESPN.    Screen Shot 2015-08-06 at 12.11.34 PMESPN. Screen Shot 2015-08-06 at 12.11.42 PMESPN ESPNESPNThe season can’t get here soon enough.Related: Kaylee Hartung Commits Cardinal Sin Of Baseball >>>last_img read more