How Apemen Learned to Give Christmas Presents

first_imgFor your Christmas amusement, some scientists think they have solved the evolution of gift giving.  In an announcement on EurekAlert called “Why we give: New study finds evidence of generosity among our early human ancestors,” the introduction states, “A groundbreaking new study examines the origins of holiday giving and finds that our early human ancestors were frequently altruistic.”  How could Michael Gurvin (UC Santa Barbara) figure this out, without human ancestors to observe or ask?  For his paper in the upcoming Feb. 2006 edition of Current Anthropology, he studied “food exchanges in two small-scale, non-market societies – a classic context for understanding the evolution of conditional cooperation in humans.”  He found that altruism is costly without some kind of payback, but he also found that close kin and neighbors unable to produce much food sometimes receive more than they give.    On the media front, the Science Channel has been airing a series called “The Rise of Man” during Christmas week.  Producers seem to be getting more bold with skin.  One episode showed tribes of completely nude Homo erectus humans in various stages of increasing enlightenment (these are played by actors, you know, with some creative facial makeup, but otherwise anatomically correct human bodies).  Another showed a newly-evolved Homo sapiens tribe watching the effects of lightning in fear and awe.  A delirious female falls to the ground in some kind of trance, jerking and babbling uncontrollably as the others look on with stupefied expressions.  The narrator explains: and thus begins a new chapter in the rise of human consciousness: religion.Cavorting in the wilderness with incomprehensible grunts – how did it come to this.  (We’re not talking about the actors in The Rise of Man; we’re describing figuratively the evolutionary anthropologists.)    It’s superfluous to have to describe how dumb Gurvin’s theory is, but for those imprisoned in the mental concentration camps known as public schools, here are some suggested cerebral exercises to awaken one’s atrophied sensibilities.  What are the empirical observations?  Gurvin observed modern humans acting like human beings: understanding trade, and knowing how to give and care for the helpless.  Do the observations connect at all with a story of the evolution of generosity?  No.  (Chimpanzees don’t act this way; see 10/28/2005 story).  Did he establish any transitions from primate precursors to modern man?  No.  Did he explain the origin of true, unselfish giving?  No.  Did he tie altruism to a lucky random mutation?  No.  Does he have any way of proving that these non-market societies did not degenerate from advanced associations of highly-capable, intelligent human beings who were created with all their moral attributes?  No.  Does his theory destroy Christmas?  Yes.    Gurvin approaches science like all Darwinists do: since evolution is already a fact in their own imaginations, research is just a metaphysical program for stuffing all data into their predetermined belief system.  If he had to prove his speculation against criticism, like a true scientist, he would come up as naked as the actors in The Rise of Man.  The Science Channel doesn’t debate the origin of humans; it just states as a matter of fact that this is the way it happened.  Any disagreement is only between Darwinists about the details.  That’s why we need to get the Darwin Party out of its cushy comfort zone of presumed authority and demand accountability.  (By the way, did you notice how the title The Rise of Man assumes the myth of progress?  Michael Ruse and Stephen Jay Gould would be appalled.)    Darwinians have had free reign for too long, and this is the result: naked grunting actors, and scientists grunting with intellectually naked theories.  They need to be confronted with alternative scientific theories not woven out of materialistic cloth (the kind found in The Emperor’s New Clothes).  They need to be confronted with the soundest criticisms of philosophers and theologians who have not been contaminated with Darwinian LSD, that universal acid that dissolves sound reasoning into hallucinations.  Evolutionary storytelling in the journals and on TV only survives by being insulated from debate.  The Darwin Party faithful cannot tolerate confrontation, because they fear the survival of the fittest ideas.  The Science Channel doesn’t want confrontation, because it might jeopardize their agenda of pushing the envelope of prime-time prurience.  The actors don’t want confrontation or they might have to put their clothes back on and get a real job.  Isn’t it fun to slap on mud, make funny faces and grunt?  Only on The Science Channel.    Tip: watch Survivorman instead; at least you’ll learn something that might come in handy on the next camping trip.  Here’s a suggestion for an episode that might prove too much even for tough guy Les Stroud – surviving as a creationist at the university.(Visited 11 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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How Old Are Sand Dunes?

first_imgThe Namib Desert has some of the largest sand dunes in the world.  How old are they?  Three scientists from the University of London decided to find out.  They took cores out of some dunes in Namibia and analyzed the sand, using multiple high-tech methods.  Their conclusion, just published in Geology: the dunes are much younger than previously thought – only about 5,700 years old.1  That means this huge field of dunes, some over 380 meters high, could have formed from the base up within recorded history.    Previously, geologists were convinced that these dunes were far older:It has been argued that large linear dunes are relics of a cooler, drier, and windier climate during the Last Glacial Maximum, a hypothesis supported by luminescence dating of linear dunes in many areas (Lancaster, 2007) and by the considerable inertia of large dunes, which require thousands of years to respond to changes in wind regime (Warren and Allison, 1998).  In addition, the large number of endemic species within the Namib Sand Sea has been given as evidence for a long and continuous period of hyperarid conditions within Namibia (Ward et al., 1983) and therefore potentially very old dunes.  These ideas gave rise to the hypothesis that, although the linear dunes of the Namib Sand Sea are currently active, they should have some older, Pleistocene core.The Pleistocene epoch dates at 1.8 million to 11,5000 years in the standard geologic column.  The Last Glacial Maximum is thought to be 20,000 years ago.    The team used ground-penetrating radar on a study dune 70m high and 600m wide, and surveyed a 4km area.  They also used a drilling rig to dig out a core, and dated it with optically stimulated luminescence (this gives an indication of the last time sand grains were exposed to sunlight).  They identified three domains within the core, which they said indicates three phases of dune construction with pauses in between.  The first hiatus lasted 2,830 years, they said, due to a prolonged period of increased rainfall.  In their revised model, the last hiatus was very short, occurring between 100 and 50 years ago.  It was due to “reworking of the western flank of the dune by superimposed transverse dunes migrating north along the dune flank within the past 50 yr.”  What does all this mean?    Our studies show that large, complex, linear dunes in the northern Namib Sand Sea are younger than expected and are Holocene in age.  The relative youth of the dune indicates complete turnover of sand during the Holocene, leaving no relic of older Pleistocene dunes, if indeed they existed in this area.  It is possible that there are older dune deposits preserved within the Namib Sand Sea farther to the south, but we have no evidence for this.    The lack of a preserved late Pleistocene core to the dune shows that large linear dunes can be entirely reworked during the Holocene in hyper-arid environments such as the Namib Desert. (The Holocene is charted from 11,500 years ago to the present.)  In their introduction, they stated that “Linear dunes are the most widespread type of desert sand dune, but they are rarely recognized in the geologic record.”  This study of a classic sand dune in the present, therefore, has further implications for interpreting the past as seen in the rocks:Our studies therefore provide firm evidence for lateral migration of linear dunes and indicate that the deposits of many dunes preserved in the rock record previously interpreted to be transverse to the mean transport direction may in fact be those of dunes of linear form that combine the deposits of flow-parallel and flow-transverse elements.  This has important implications for interpretation of ancient eolian sandstones, past wind regimes, and resulting paleoclimatic and paleogeographic reconstructions.It’s timely this study of the Namib dunes came out just when planetary scientists are trying to figure out the dunes on Saturn’s moon Titan (cf. 05/04/2006).  A new set of scientific papers about Titan was just reported in a series of press releases from Jet Propulsion Lab (see also Science Daily).  The series of articles announces the latest results from ongoing analysis of data from the Cassini and Huygens spacecraft by the European Space Agency and NASA.  The article on Titan’s surface says, “Most of Titan’s dunes are giants, each one stretching for up to 100 kilometres in length across the dark plains and separated by 10 kilometres.”  Instead of silica sand, these dunes are made up of “sugar-size hydrocarbon grains between 100 and 300 microns in diameter.”  Still, the dynamics of dune formation should share some commonalities on the two worlds, once the factors of grain size, wind speed and gravity are taken into account.  Perhaps the vast dune fields on Titan were formed in short order as well compared to the billions of years the moon is assumed to have existed.1Bristow, Duller and Lancaster, “Age and dynamics of linear dunes in the Namib Desert,” Geology, June 2007, pp. 555-558, DOI: 10.1130/G23369A.1.Let’s add this interesting discovery to our growing list of geological processes being revised drastically downward in age (e.g., 05/07/2007, 01/12/2007).  The questions they are not asking are as interesting as the ones they are answering.  We can think of three: (1) Why are there so few linear sand dunes in the rock record?  (cf. 06/27/2003, 07/11/2001).  (2) Will geologists now be willing to drastically revise downward the formation times for alleged fossilized dunes, like the Coconino Sandstone?  (3) If a wetter period lasted almost 3000 years between earlier stages of Namib dune formation, long before civilization began using oil and gas, how can we be sure humans today are causing significant climate change?  Try your hand.  What other questions does this paper raise in your perceptive, logical mind?  Tip: you can include Titan.(Visited 328 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Indo-Pakistan foreign secretary talks on June 23-24

first_imgMarking their second meeting in four months, foreign secretaries of India and Pakistan will hold two-day talks in Islamabad from June 23 during which the Indian side is expected to press for effective action against those behind the 26/11 attacks, including elements in the ISI.In the talks on Jammu and Kashmir, Peace and Security and confidence building measures, the Indian side is expected to voice its concern over the nexus between ISI and 26/11 attackers as highlighted during the trial of Pakistani-Canadian Tahawwur Rana in Chicago.”Foreign secretaries of India and Pakistan will meet in Islamabad on June 23-24 to discuss peace and security, including CBMs; Jammu and Kashmir, and promotion of friendly exchanges,” external affairs ministry said in a statement in Delhi on Friday.Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao will be meeting her Pakistani counterpart Salman Bashir for the second time since February when they held talks in Thimphu in Bhutan on the sidelines of SAARC Ministerial conference.During that meeting, the two sides had agreed to resume their comprehensive dialogue on all bilateral issues to resolve outstanding issues in a constructive and forward-looking manner, two years after India put on hold the Composite Dialogue process with Pakistan in the aftermath of the 2008 Mumbai attacks.On Monday, External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna said the two foreign secretaries will discuss all bilateral issues and that Rana’s confessions will also be one of the important issues that will be taken up by India.The foreign secretaries will also take “stock of the progress made by India and Pakistan during the series of parleys held at official levels on various issues such as terrorism, water, trade and commerce.advertisementIn February, it was decided that meetings at the level of respective Secretaries will be convened on counter-terrorism (including progress on Mumbai attack trial), humanitarian issues, peace and security, including CBMs, Jammu and Kashmir, promotion of friendly exchanges, Siachen, economic issues, Wullar Barrage/Tulbul Navigation Project and Sir Creek (at the level of Additional Secretaries/Surveyors General).For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more

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Ajkal set to challenge Ananda Bazar Patrika

first_imgRoy (left) and Ghosh: New challengeNo one understands the mind of the argumentative, cynical and emotionally high-strung Bengali reader as well as Ananda Bazar Patrika (circulation: 4,25,000) does. Six out of 10 Bengali papers sold every morning carry its masthead. One out of every two papers sold in the state,Roy (left) and Ghosh: New challengeNo one understands the mind of the argumentative, cynical and emotionally high-strung Bengali reader as well as Ananda Bazar Patrika (circulation: 4,25,000) does. Six out of 10 Bengali papers sold every morning carry its masthead. One out of every two papers sold in the state is Ananda Bazar.No newspaper organisation in the past could beard this lion in its own den. In the ’50s, Bennett Coleman Ltd, the publishers of The Times of India, brought out a Bengali daily, Satyajng, which flopped. Last year, The Statesman reportedly folded up its decade-long plan to bring out a Bengali daily.Where angels fear to tread, rushes in a bespectacled, tubby, idealist Bengali, Gour Kishore Ghosh. In 1979, he resigned his comfortable job as feature editor of Ananda Bazar, and conceptualised the “‘other paper” that he had long wanted to edit. The result is Ajkal, the region’s first new-look daily with modern photo-typesetting, the first issue of which will roll out next fortnight.Ghosh, 55, is a very determined man. In 1975, when Mrs Gandhi imposed press censorship, he had his head shaved clean and expected his employers to publish his defiant stuff, and be damned. But they refused to oblige him, and he went to jail for venting his anger through a little known Bengali magazine.Better Journalism: Ghosh got his mane back, but not his respect for Bengali newspaper establishments. “They are superficial, flat, ill-informed, badly written, and just sickening,” says Ghosh, and promises to edit Ajkal into something quite the opposite of all that.advertisementHe asserts that there is great demand in Bengal for a “fuller and smarter” brand of journalism, and quotes the figures arrived at by an opinion poll survey conducted by the Indian Market Research Bureau on its behalf. According to it, nearly 90 per cent of the readers who were sampled said they were unhappy with their newspapers and were looking for an alternative.The managerial back-up for Ghosh’s effort comes from Pratap Kumar Roy, 58, a grey-haired newspaper executive who resigned as publisher of the Amrita Bazar Patrika group to enter the boardroom of Ajkal. Roy had earlier served as general manager of Bennett Coleman, and is currently chairman of the country’s top news agency, Press Trust of India.Between the paper’s conception, and its creation, entered the tycoon, Aveek Kumar Ghosh, who exports electronic goods, metal forgings, leather and hide worth Rs 15 crore to the United States, and also owns a chain of highly lucrative fisheries around Calcutta.He imported an Addressograph Multigraph photo-typesetter for Rs 15 lakh, got two indigenous Orient offset printers installed at Rs 10 lakh a piece, and rented an old villa in north Calcutta as an office. With its logo designed by Satyajit Ray, and a staff of 120 people, Ajkal was born.Sketchy Effort: The charge of “incompleteness” against the existing Bengali dailies, particularly Ananda Bazar, is widely acknowledged amongst Bengali journalistic circles. Blessed with a loyal readership, the paper sells at 50 paise a copy but seldom fills more than a third of its eight pages with editorial matter. And, with its advertisement department grossing over Rs 1.5 lakh from each morning’s edition, the news items suffocate for lack of space.The result is a sketchy, over-condensed journalism which often tries to make up for its vagueness with unseemly stridency. The political columns pontificate instead of analysing. The cultural beats are tucked to a tiny corner of the grey mass. National issues get just two-paragraph summaries.Ananda Bazar’s present bane is largely the economics of its advertisement editorial ratio, which cannot be relaxed from its present 67:33. To do so, it would have to shed a lot of extra fat by way of surplus staff and overcome union opposition to modernise its works.Ajkal has an initial advantage over Ananda Bazar, which the beginner always has in a market battle involving quick-changing technology. However, as Ghosh says, “We want to stress the human factor, not the technology.” He spent 14 months handpicking the 20 reporters and sub-editors, for whom the only requisite qualification was “an ability to think and write. As the paper gets going, they have to fill up a minimum of 34 of the paper’s 64 columns with in-depth reports, surveys and analyses, not to speak of spot reports.The other features promised by Ghosh are: crisp writing style, detailed economic reporting, and a broad cosmopolitan outlook. The paper will cost 50 paise a copy, and the employees will be paid at the going rates in class one dailies.Challenge: Obviously, Ajkal is aiming at the high-buying upper and upper-middle class readers, who form the thin icing on the social cake. And, since advertisers scramble to reach only this class through Ananda Bazar, Ajkal will no doubt tread on its corns.advertisementEvidently, the newcomer is not aiming at a mass circulation. Its two light-weight printing machines cannot possibly roll out more than 18,000 copies each in an hour’s run. But, as Roy puts it, “We shall be happy with a circulation of 1,00,000 or even less. We don’t hope to sell among the lower and the lower-middle classes. Ours can’t be a paper for all pockets and all tastes.”Does Ananda Bazar smell a challenge? Says Aveek Sarkar, the suave co-proprietor who sports a goatee, smokes Dunhill pipes, and brings out a new publication almost every year: “We wish Ajkal good luck, but there is no challenge for sure.” Still, he does not intend to rest on his oar.His 11-publication empire (corporate turnover: Rs 13 crore) has lately imported sophisticated electronic typesetting machines and has hired a whole battery of new managers to fortify itself against all challenges. Sarkar hopes that in a few months Ananda Bazar will change over to the sleek, offset look of modern times.However, all that Ghosh wants at this stage is to excel his rival in content, not books. Senior journalists of Calcutta concede, some of them grudgingly, that Ghosh has both the talent and the determination to make this possible. “Till then,” pipes in an Ananda Bazar loyalist, “why doesn’t Ghosh shave his head again?”last_img read more

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Initiatives Being Implemented for Digital Society

first_imgStory Highlights Chief Executive Officer at eGov Jamaica Limited, Maurice Barnes, has highlighted various initiatives being implemented towards Jamaica’s thrust of becoming a digital society.He informed that a major development to be undertaken is the merger of eGov Jamaica Limited and the Office of the Chief Information Officer (CIO) Jamaica to form the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Authority, with primary responsibility for the ICT governance framework.Addressing a plenary session at the just-concluded Jamaica Investment Forum (JIF) 2018 held at the Montego Bay Convention Centre, Mr. Barnes explained that the idea is to have an Authority to guide operations, with the establishment of a centralised ICT funding model and GovNet.“GovNet is a secure, wide area network infrastructure that will interconnect government ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) to facilitate shared services,” the CEO noted, adding that the centralised data centre will include a consolidated voice communication system (Gov-Talk), a consolidated email system (Gov-Email); and Gov-Internet.He informed that infrastructure is being put in place for a government data exchange platform, which will facilitate secure and seamless transfer of data and information between government entities and also for the private sector.“There will also be the national identification system (NIDS), which will uniquely identify every citizen and resident and allow for them to utilise this facility in the form of an electronic ID or electronic signature to be able to access services online,” Mr. Barnes pointed out.He noted that with the emergence of the various facilities and services, citizens will then be able to benefit from other offerings, such as e-taxes, e-trade, online company registration and e-voting.“In terms of bridging the digital divide and building on the human capital, the Government offers free data access to all government-owned websites and has made available over 300 community access points throughout the country,” he highlighted.eGov is the entity responsible for implementing ICT projects across MDAs of the Government. “In terms of bridging the digital divide and building on the human capital, the Government offers free data access to all government-owned websites and has made available over 300 community access points throughout the country,” he highlighted. He informed that infrastructure is being put in place for a government data exchange platform, which will facilitate secure and seamless transfer of data and information between government entities and also for the private sector. Chief Executive Officer at eGov Jamaica Limited, Maurice Barnes, has highlighted various initiatives being implemented towards Jamaica’s thrust of becoming a digital society.last_img read more

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Opinion Cleveland Browns lack consistency to win games

Cleveland quarterback Josh McCown hangs his head as he walks off the field after throwing an interception to Oakland safety Charles Woodson to end the Browns’ late fourth quarter drive on Sept. 27 at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland. Credit: Courtesy of TNSThe Cleveland Browns’ 2-6 record ranks them second to last in the AFC North. Recently, on Sunday, the Browns faced the Arizona Cardinals which resulted in a 34-20 loss. The game revealed a key factor that hinders the Browns from having success: the lack of consistency in team performance.The lack of consistency stems from the injuries the Browns have sustained on offense and defense. Quarterback Josh McCown has had multiple injuries that have led to him sitting out for short periods of time on multiple occasions.Then there is Joe Haden, a Pro Bowl cornerback, who has been inactive for four of the nine games due to various injuries. Haden is an important player for the Browns’ defensive secondary. The former Florida Gator brings experience and leadership that the other cornerbacks can follow.However, Haden’s season has been a tumultuous trainwreck. He’s been torched by opposing receivers often — most recently Arizona’s Michael Floyd, who dusted Haden for a 60-yard score.The Browns started the game strong forcing two fumbles, which they used to rack up two scores. The Cardinals receiving corps had only one touchdown in the first half, as the Browns secondary kept scores to a minimum. Until after halftime, that is, when the Browns defense lost two important players due to concussions, Haden and safety Donte Whitner.Shortly after their departures, the Cardinals found offensive matchups that led to 27 unanswered points. The Cardinals offense was successful in large because of the two injured Browns players. The result of the game would have been different if it weren’t for the Browns’ sudden injuries and inconsistency on both sides of the ball.Offensively, McCown is too inconsistent for the Browns to win. The Cardinal defense shut Cleveland’s offense down completely. The Browns didn’t score at all during the second half, leaving the defense to struggle further. The inconsistent play has been the deciding factor in the previous losses, as well. Haden’s and Whitner’s presences are essential for the Browns to have long-term success. Those two players bring consistency to the Browns defense. Red-hot starts followed by ice-cold finishes are filled the Browns season. Unfortunately, that won’t get the job done in the AFC North. Until Cleveland finds its missing consistency, losing seasons will remain the norm. read more

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Commentary What OSU football must do against Nebraska

After losing to Michigan State last weekend, Ohio State will likely have to win each of their remaining Big Ten games to have a shot at their sixth conference title in seven years. Winning out is a tall order for the Buckeyes, given their matchup with No.14 Cornhuskers in Nebraska on Saturday. The team certainly can’t accomplish that playing as they did in their abysmal showing against the Spartans. To win, OSU must improve every facet of their game. Offense The offense was, well, offensive against the Spartans. They didn’t reach 100 total yards until there was less than five minutes remaining in the game, and had fewer offensive yards than penalty yards through most of the fourth quarter. The team finished with 178 yards, but 62 of them came on its final drive of the game and only 35 yards came on the ground on 39 rushing attempts. Turning those numbers around starts with the offensive line. Three of the five starters on the line had false start penalties, and that was in the friendly confines of Ohio Stadium. That doesn’t include the holding and illegal block penalties. Penalties wreck drives by killing momentum and setting the team up for long second- and third-down conversions. OSU converted only 4-of-16 third-down attempts. For better or for worse, the offensive line has been shuffled this week to accommodate senior Mike Adams coming back from suspension to play left tackle. The line has to protect freshman quarterback Braxton Miller and give him time to see the field before sending him scrambling for his life. The wide receivers have to step up and become better targets for Miller as well. One of Miller’s few good throws, a deep pass to fellow freshman Devin Smith, was stripped for an interception. The receivers, without DeVier Posey again this week, have to make those big plays to give the Buckeyes a chance. Defense The defense needs to build off of its impressive performance against MSU in which it forced two interceptions and one fumble recovery. Sophomore defensive back Christian Bryant broke on a ball late in the second quarter that should have been an easy interception. Bryant could’ve walked into the end zone if he had picked off the pass, but instead the ball fell harmlessly to the turf. A winning defense will pick up the slack during a poor offensive showing by making those plays. The pass rush was largely nonexistent as well, as the team registered zero quarterback sacks. Senior defensive end Nathan Williams is out again this week, so the team has to find another impact rusher to pressure Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez. Without pressure, Martinez will tear the Buckeyes apart on the back end. Besides putting pressure on Martinez, the defense also faces the task of containing the dual-threat sophomore. And if that’s not hard enough, they will have to stop a rushing attack behind an offensive line that averages 303-pounds apiece. Special Teams When a team struggles with scoring, the special teams become increasingly important. Redshirt junior punter Ben Buchanan has been an asset for the Buckeyes in the field position battle this season, downing 13-of-29 punts inside the 20-yard line. Field position will be important again Saturday if the offense is slow out of the gates. Junior running back Jordan Hall needs to return to form in the return game to set the offense up with solid field position. Coaching The coaches, namely first-year head coach Luke Fickell and offensive coordinator Jim Bollman, need to mix up the play calls Saturday. If they become predictable and allow Nebraska’s defense to pin their ears back and rush Miller, they may see another nine-sack performance. Miller is extremely raw as a college quarterback, but there is nothing to be gained by closing the playbook to him. Give Miller a little trust and see how he responds. And please, stick with one quarterback. The team is better off in the hands of its future quarterback sooner rather than later. The two-quarterback system has its history of failures. A quarterback needs to know their coach trusts them; just ask Todd Boeckman and Justin Zwick. read more

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Baseball Pouelsen and Lopez lift Hawaii over Ohio State in 153 win

After a ground ball up the middle resulted in a force out at second, runners were on the corners with one out in the fourth inning for the Rainbow Warriors. Redshirt sophomore first baseman Alex Baeza was able to knock in Hawaii’s seventh run of the game with a single ripped to centerfield. Lopez was able to clear the bases on a three-run home run lifted over the left field wall. The second four-run inning of the game for the Rainbow Warriors made the score 10-1. With runners on second and third with one down in the fifth, a ground out followed by an infield single allowed Hawaii to scratch across two more runs. This marked the fourth straight inning of two or more runs scored by the Rainbow Warriors. Singles from freshman third baseman Nick Erwin and Canzone began the bottom of the sixth inning for Ohio State. With one out, senior left fielder Brady Cherry’s RBI by way of a sacrifice fly to right field was able to end Hawaii’s unanswered run streak of 12. After a leadoff single by Duarte opened the seventh inning, Yamazaki recorded his third hit of the game and put runners on first and third with no outs. A sacrifice fly from Best and a wild pitch would bring across a pair of runs for Hawaii. Ohio State showed its most life on offense all day when the team loaded the bases with one down in the bottom of the ninth inning. Senior catcher Andrew Fishel was able to lift a flyball to left field to bring in Ohio State’s third and final run of the contest. “We need to bounce back and have a good, quality game on Wednesday and roll that into conference play,” Beals said. The Buckeyes will return to the field at 6:35 p.m. Wednesday against Toledo. Ohio State junior infielder Conner Pohl (39) dives to third base during the game against Hawaii on March 23. Ohio State won 7-5. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorHawaii did something on Sunday that it was unable to do in the previous three games of the series: limit Ohio State’s potent offense. The Buckeyes had scored six or more runs in every game of its five-game win streak, but a season-best performance from Hawaii junior pitcher Logan Pouelsen brought the scoring streak and win streak to an end. Ohio State (13-11) was overwhelmed 15-3 by Hawaii (10-14). Behind 19 hits, including a three-RBI game from senior third baseman Ethan Lopez, the Rainbow Warriors were able to support the team’s best pitching of the series. “The backside hits they got seemed to find holes,” head coach Greg Beals said. “I think it was just their day.” Pouelsen came into the game with a season-long outing of three innings in his only start of the season.He eclipsed that performance in his seven-inning start against Ohio State. The junior allowed only four hits and two earned runs against an Ohio State offense that had excelled at home. Ohio State freshman pitcher Will Pfennig’s first collegiate start was spoiled by Hawaii’s hitting barrage. Lopez earned all three of his RBIs on a three-run home run in the top of the fourth inning, blasing an 0-1 pitch over the left field wall to make the score 10-1. Ohio State shuffled through three freshman pitchers throughout the course of the game. Pfennig was followed by freshman pitcher Mitch Milheim, who allowed six runs in two innings. The final freshman to visit the mound was freshman pitcher TJ Brock, who surrendered four runs in 2.2 innings.Within their struggles, lessons were learned, according to Beals. “I think they learned that pitch quality is got to be better,” Beals said. After falling behind 0-2 in the count, junior right fielder Dominic Canzone fought back to earn a walk to start off the first inning for the Buckeyes. This extended Canzone’s on-base streak to 20 games, the longest of his career.Canzone was able to successfully steal second base, and a throwing error on the throw down to second allowed him to advance to third. Redshirt junior second baseman Matt Carpenter was able to hit an RBI single up the middle to open up the scoring. After a double off the wall and a successful bunt, the Rainbow Warriors had runners on the corners with no outs in the second inning. A hard grounder by freshman second baseman Dallas Duarte to second base resulted in a double play, but Hawaii was able to bring home the tying run. A pair of two-out walks allowed Hawaii to threaten again, and freshman right fielder Tyler Best was able to provide an RBI single on the first pitch from Pfennig. A throwing error on a pickoff attempt allowed another run to score and a runner to advance to third. Hawaii would score their fourth run of the inning after a hard hit to freshman shortstop Zach Dezenzo could not be fielded to end the inning. Pfennig would end his first collegiate start after just two innings. The freshman allowed four runs and struck out one batter. After a fielding error put the leadoff man on, a two-out double by Duarte pushed the score to 5-1. Senior shortstop Maaki Yamazaki ripped a single up the middle to bring in Duarte and extend Hawaii’s lead to five runs going into the home half of the third inning. read more

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Lewandowski wants Bayern exit confirms agent

first_imgRobert Lewandowski’s agent has confirmed reports that his client has told Bayern Munich that he wishes to leave the clubThe Poland international has been strongly linked with a move to Real Madrid over the course of this season with Chelsea and Manchester United also believed to be monitoring his situation in Munich.Lewandowski appointed Pini Zahavi as his agent earlier this year, which only intensified the rumours surrounding his future.Zahavi is known throughout the world of football for having famously brokered the €222m world record deal that saw Neymar leave Barcelona for Paris Saint-Germain last summer and it is believed that Lewandowski hired him in order to negotiate the terms for a deal with Real.The 29-year-old became the Bundesliga’s top scorer for the third consecutive season as Bayern won their sixth successive league title, but he has yet to win the Champions League in his career.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…Zahavi feels that Lewandowski has achieved everything that is possible at Bayern and revealed that the Pole wants a new challenge.“Robert feels he needs a change and a new challenge in his career,” Zahavi told Bild, via Bavarianfootballworks.“The managers of Bayern know about it.”In his four years at Bayern, Lewandowski has scored 151 goals in 195 games in all competitions.last_img read more

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David Silva returns to training

first_imgManchester City midfielder David Silva is back in training after two weeks out with a hamstring problem.The Spaniard hasn’t played since Manchester City lost away to Chelsea on 8 December but returned to first-team training at the CFA this week and could be back on time to face Leicester City on boxing day.Silva, 32, has played 20 games this season, scoring eight goals.“He’s one of the best players I’ve trained,” Pep Guardiola told the club’s official website about Silva.“I’ve had a lot at Barca and Bayern but he’s on that list.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“I love players who make a step forward in the bad moments and say: ‘OK I’m here guys’.”City head to the King Power Stadium second in the Premier League table, four points adrift of leaders Liverpool.Manchester will be hoping to win the match and earn all three points before the next match at home.last_img read more

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