Second-half latest: Norwich 0 Chelsea 2 – Canaries rally but miss chances

first_imgKenedy put Chelsea ahead after just 39 seconds at Carrow Road and Diego Costa netted a controversial second on the stroke of half-time.Kenedy burst in from the left, dodged two challenges and fired into the far corner – his first Premier League goal.The 20-year-old Brazilian replaced the axed Baba Rahman at left-back, while Bertrand Traore was brought in by boss Guus Hiddink for his first league start for the Blues.There were also recalls for Oscar and Nemanja Matic, with Willian and John Mikel Obi dropping to the substitutes’ bench, where they are joined by Alexandre Pato, who was included in the matchday squad for the first time since his loan move.Traore might have made it 2-0 had he managed to control Eden Hazard’s pass, but his heavy touch simply nudged the ball into the arms of Norwich keeper John Ruddy, who was also able to tip over Cesc Fabregas’ free-kick.But the exciting Traore made amends by setting up Costa, who was in an offside position.The goal was allowed to stand after the Chelsea striker lifted the ball over Ruddy – his 10th goal in his last 14 matches.Chelsea, unbeaten in the league since Hiddink took over, have been well on top but were given a scare when Cameron Jerome headed over from Wes Hoolahan’s cross.And Jerome missed two glorious chances for the Canaries early in the second half.He volleyed wide from eight yards out after being found by Gary O’Neil’s cross and then contrived to volley against the top of the bar after Russell Martin had headed the ball back into the box.Chelsea: Courtois, Azpilicueta, Cahill, Ivanovic, Kenedy, Fabregas, Matic, Hazard, Oscar (Mikel 60), Traore (Willian 60), Costa.Subs: Begovic, Baba, Loftus-Cheek, Pato, Remy.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

So long and good riddance? One Black Hole fan’s final game at the Coliseum

first_img Raiders Straight Talk: Derek Carr speculation won’t stop any time soon Fittingly, the Raiders came to a crashing halt in their farewell game in Oakland — much to the bitter disappointment of the Black Hole denizens.That’s the place Jackson had invested 14 years of her life.Hundreds of face-painted, costume-wearing fans crammed into one of the most notorious and colorful seating sections in American sports for a gathering that was part family reunion, part wake.Mostly it was a teary-eyed, beer-soaked going-away party for this small segment of the 52,788 fans in attendance Sunday.As they’ve done so many times before, the Raiders left fans reeling in a second-half collapse that led to a 20-16 defeat. Soon they depart for Las Vegas and a modern, glitzy $1.9 billion stadium expected to open next summer. A more accurate reply, she admits, would’ve been “Maybe.”“I’ll have to see how I feel,” she said later. “I’ll always follow the Raiders.”Standing by her car hours later in the December twilight, Jackson kept repeating that she thinks the Raiders will play a few games in Oakland next year because the Las Vegas Stadium will not be ready for the 2020 season.Then she stopped herself.“It’s the last time I’ll be here,” Jackson said. “I head home and that’s a wrap.”It was true. This time goodbye felt like the real thing. How 6-8 Raiders can still make NFL playoffs after 4-game losing streak CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos or video on a mobile deviceOAKLAND — Sad. Mad. Cheated.Veronica Jackson, aka Mz Feisty Raider, summarized what many fans near and far felt Sunday as the sun finally set on the NFL at the Oakland Coliseum. Raiders Hudson, Brown make Pro Bowl; Waller, Jacobs do not Raiders’ Trent Brown goes to I.R., Jacobs won’t play against Chargers Boy gets caught in Black Hole frenzy, leaves with Derek Carr’s towel Jackson, 43 from Salinas, stood on a seat, reacting with outstretched middle fingers as the Jacksonville Jaguars scored with 31 seconds left to somehow overcome a 16-3 deficit in a matter of 15 minutes.She did not get the moniker Mz Feisty for nothing.SEASON PASS DIGITAL OFFERIf you have not already, we strongly encourage you to sign up for a digital subscription, which gives you access to all content on the Mercury News and East Bay Times websites. With your support, we can continue bringing these stories — and much more — to your screens. Here’s where to sign up for the season pass: Mercury News, East Bay Times.But Jackson mostly remained stoic while Black Hole mates nearby screamed obscenities in a section where “F-bombs” are as commonplace as hellos.The south end zone section of the Coliseum became home to a community of devotees like Jackson who turned Sundays into a semi-weekly Halloween festival. It began organically when the team returned from Los Angeles to Oakland in 1995.Cleveland has its “Dog Pound” and Green Bay its Cheese Heads. But those fans cannot match the passion and grittiness of the Black Hole where the participants share the duality of love and hate, sometimes in the same breath.Jackson has been coming for the love of it since 2005, as she developed lasting friendships through fanbase charity golf tournaments and other events. If misery loves company, then Jackson came to the right place.No one in the raucous section could find a Silver-and-Black-lining on this day even as thousands of fans lingered in the place they had felt so at home in for 25 years. The fraying threads of the Coliseum appealed to deep-rooted fans who took pride in an underdog mentality as Oakland lived in the shadow of glittery San Francisco.“It’s nice to have a new stadium, but I love our little craphole here,” Jackson said. “I love our broken seats, broken cup holders. We don’t need fancy.”While many said they would make the trek to Las Vegas when possible, the afternoon felt like the end of a piece of the NFL’s past. None of the Oakland contingent thinks Las Vegas fans can re-create the aura they had cultivated and nourished. Firstly, the Las Vegas parking is not conducive to the Coliseum’s massive tailgate parties.“It’s like getting the Grateful Dead together without Jerry Garcia,” said Black Hole fan Albert Diaz of San Diego. “It won’t be the same.”Jackson, a mother of two adult children, knew something precious had come to an end Sunday as much as she kept denying it.  She has never been the Black Hole’s most flamboyant character. But Jackson was part of the fabric that challenged the conventions of fandom.“The feeling once you go in there is so just alive and so vibrant,” she said. “Other sections are so boring. It’s so somber. They’re just sitting down.”Throughout the dismal second half, Jackson either stood quietly, screamed encouragement, or, as she had promised in the morning, sent a torrent of salty language toward those on the field.She contributed to the deafening din,  screaming every time the defense needed a stop in the woeful fourth quarter.Jackson also was not exactly surprised by the crushing outcome after witnessing only one winning season — in 2016 — since first going to a game in 2005. Jackson recalled meeting star receiver Jerry Rice in Las Vegas one time during an autograph promotion.“You’re a Raiders fan, huh?” Rice asked.“Through the good and the bad and the bad and the bad,” Jackson said she told him.The bad did not discourage her from continuing to return to the Coliseum. She was not about to miss Sunday’s finale.Jackson got a room by the Oakland International Airport so she could hang with friends on the eve of the game. They congregated Saturday night at the 991 Club in San Leandro. Jackson said she returned to her room at 4 a.m.Yet gameday preparations started just after 7 o’clock. Jackson chugged Dr. Pepper — her coffee — while applying makeup. Jackson is known for wearing a fedora hat over her long, chocolate brown hair and costume contact lens.She was dressed Sunday head to toe in Raider gear, including an Oakland shield chain necklace and dangling team-style earrings.Jackson became a Raiders fan while watching football with her grandfather, Arthur Jackson. Her grandfather loved the 49ers. But she loved the Raiders and their pirate image. Jackson said he looked as if he could have been former Raiders owner Al Davis’ brother.“He hated that,” she added.Although Jackson wanted to watch parades and cartoons on television, she also wanted to spend time with her grandfather. She was a bona fide fan by the time Jackson entered middle school.But she never imagined it would come to this.After triple checking that her makeup was in place, Jackson put a box of tissues into her purse. “I’ll be using these all day,” she said.Jackson then brought her luggage to her blue Lincoln with the license plate: FYZTR8R for Feisty Raider.Once inside the parking lot, Jackson was in her element. She bounced about thousands of other black-clad fans stopping at her friends’ tailgate tents as if on a pub crawl. “Tell Me When to Go” by Bay Area rapper E-40 blared across the parking lot.Jackson was stopped by an Oakland police officer who gave her a hug. “Come down and see me later,” he told her.Later, she bumped into former Los Angeles Raiders linebacker Jerry Robinson. More hugs and selfies for posterity.Jackson kept making the rounds. She dropped off a tequila bottle she had decorated in Raiders motif at the Darth Raider tent for an auction.A little later, Jackson, a personal assistant and creative artist, encountered Raiders fan Hector Marquez of Seattle. After they hugged, Marquez asked, “See you in Vegas?”“Yeah,” Jackson said.Related Articleslast_img read more

Elephants and Mammoths Were All One Kind

first_img(Visited 969 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 A new study of elephants, mammoths and mastodons show they were all interfertile or capable of hybridization.Our present world is impoverished of elephants, or “elephantids” as scientists dub the family. Mammoths and mastodons roamed throughout America and Asia, evidenced by the massive fossil beds, where millions of mammoth bones can be found in permafrost. Some in the frozen tundra from Alaska to Siberia still retain soft tissue, organs and hair. These days, the two remaining species of elephants are primarily restricted to Africa and India.Art of mammoth and mastodon types found at La Brea Tar Pits, California. Photo by David Coppedge.How different are the extant types of elephants from the extinct types, such as mammoths and mastodons? With genomics, scientists can begin to answer the question. “A comprehensive genomic history of extinct and living elephants” with no less than 37 co-authors has been published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). The findings show a surprising amount of gene flow (i.e., sex) has taken place between the different branches on the elephant tree.Elephantids were once among the most widespread megafaunal families. However, only three species of this family exist today. To reconstruct their evolutionary history, we generated 14 genomes from living and extinct elephantids and from the American mastodon. While previous studies examined only simple bifurcating relationships, we found that gene flow between elephantid species was common in the past. Straight-tusked elephants descend from a mixture of three ancestral populations related to the ancestor of African elephants, woolly mammoths, and present-day forest elephants. We detected interbreeding between North American woolly and Columbian mammoths but found no evidence of recent gene flow between forest and savanna elephants, demonstrating that both gene flow and isolation have been central in the evolution of elephantids.This is the first comprehensive genomic assessment of the relationships between elephants, the iconic symbol of megafauna (large animals). Evolutionists have assumed a Darwinian branching tree, with species diverging and going off on their own. What the genomes show, however, is that “interspecies hybridization has been a recurrent feature of elephantid evolution.” That’s not the kind of evolution Darwin promoted. Some cases were contrary to what evolutionists used to believe:Model of Columbian mammoth displayed at Hot Springs Mammoth Site, South Dakota. Photo by David Coppedge.We found that the genetic makeup of the straight-tusked elephant, previously placed as a sister group to African forest elephants based on lower coverage data, in fact comprises three major components. Most of the straight-tusked elephant’s ancestry derives from a lineage related to the ancestor of African elephants while its remaining ancestry consists of a large contribution from a lineage related to forest elephants and another related to mammoths. Columbian and woolly mammoths also showed evidence of interbreeding, likely following a latitudinal cline across North America.What they have found is more of a network of genetic relationships rather than a branching tree. Isolation, however, can lead to genetic distance, to the point where hybridization or infertility results.While hybridization events have shaped elephantid history in profound ways, isolation also appears to have played an important role. Our data reveal nearly complete isolation between the ancestors of the African forest and savanna elephants for ∼500,000 y, providing compelling justification for the conservation of forest and savanna elephants as separate species.Hybridization is causing reassessment of what constitutes speciation. Evolution News & Science Today reported on a remarkable case of finches from New Guinea, where several indigenous species that look more different from each other than the famous Galapagos finch species are still capable of interbreeding or hybridization. A more general article on Evolution News discusses how hybridization is “weaving Darwin’s tree into a web” and making Ernst Mayr turn over in his grave. In his mission to advance Darwinism, the eminent evolutionist saw hybridization as a dead end, because he expected to see Darwin’s tree leading to reproductive isolation. Now, however, biologists are finding that some hybrids are able to produce fertile offspring. These, in turn, can “introgress” back into the ancestral species. Science Magazine says we may be on the cusp of a “third wave of a scientific revolution in biology.” New findings about hybridization, as in the case of elephantids reported above, are “shaking up the tree of life” and “challenging evolutionary theory.”Traditionally, individuals that can interbreed are considered one species. What, then, should be said of all the diverse elephant species, if gene flow occurred between them? When you think of the morphological differences between dogs, which are all one species (Canis familiaris) artificially selected for traits desirable to humans, it becomes evident that potential for variability in a single parent species can be enormous. And yet we never see a dog becoming a non-dog, or an elephant becoming a non-elephantid.A similar situation is coming to light in our own species, Homo sapiens. Where evolutionists have long split species of Homo into Neanderthals, erectus, Denisovans and a few others, new genomic studies are showing them all to be one interfertile type. Just a few days ago, for instance, it was reported that “Modern humans interbred with Denisovans twice in history” (Science Daily). Welcome to the family! As Live Science puts it, “Neanderthals Weren’t Humans’ Only Mating Partners. Meet the Denisovans.”Modern genomics is revealing networks of interfertile varieties within types that can become isolated, change, and then back-cross into their same type. It’s a very different picture from the tree metaphor of Darwin, who envisioned species branching off and going their separate ways, becoming reproductively isolated.Sign about “island dwarfism” in mammoths at Hot Springs Mammoth Site, South Dakota. Dates are disputable. Photo by David Coppedge.The picture fits the creation science called baraminology, which seeks to identify the basic types of organisms that correspond to what Genesis calls “kinds” that reproduce true to their kind. Modern creationists do not subscribe to the idea of “fixity of species” which is clearly unsupportable. Even ardent Biblical creationist Ken Ham thinks that the animals that went onto Noah’s Ark would have looked very different from living representatives of their kind. Dr Randy Guliuzza of ICR proposes that the Creator programmed variability into each type so that it could thrive as it spread into new environments. That’s programming, not “natural selection” (the “Stuff Happens” Law). Creationists also believe that substantial changes can occur rapidly. Look how quickly all the human varieties (not “races”) became accentuated since the Tower of Babel, and yet all humans remain interfertile. In extreme cases, we know that Europeans easily married native Americans in both North and South America, and had healthy children, even though they came from families that had migrated in opposite directions around the globe thousands of years ago. As creationists have loosened up on their ideas of allowable variability within kinds, evolutionists are facing contradictions to their long-held views about speciation. Genomic evidence is tangling up their beloved tree of life, weaving it into a bush with interconnected branches. Genetic evidence (including epigenetic processes the early evolutionists knew nothing about) appears consistent with rapid variation within created kinds, with programmed variability that allows for adjusting to new environments. That’s design, not evolution as Darwin viewed it. There’s no upward progress from bacteria to man (or elephant), just variations on themes set during the Creation week of Genesis.last_img read more

South African rugby photographer honoured in NZ

first_imgRay Maota This picture of the first test betweenSouth Africa and New Zealand in 1970won Wessel Oosthuizen the SA SportsPicture of the Year at that time. Oosthuizen released his career chroniclingcoffee-table book, Portrait of Rugby,in 2010.(Images: SA Sport Picture Agency)MEDIA CONTACTS• Wessel OosthuizenSA Sports Picture Agency+27 83 443 7111RELATED ARTICLES• SA shines at Precision Flying Champs• Afrika takes top sevens accolade• Rugby sewing initiative kicks off • Rugby World Cup: back the BoksSouth African veteran sports photographer Wessel Oosthuizen has been honoured at an exhibition in New Zealand, where his image was rated second out of 120 submissions.Oosthuizen’s photo was part of the Union: The Heart of Rugby exhibition at Auckland City Hall, which took place during the recent Rugby World Cup. The display was viewed by more than 6 000 people.A coffee table book of the same name will be published in November 2011.Oosthuizen’s image, which shows an off-duty Western Cape police officer playing rugby and ready to make a line-out throw, was rated by exhibition viewers as the second most iconic shot that captures the essence of the sport.This image is one of six that were published in Oosthuizen’s book, Portrait of Rugby, in 2010.Oosthuizen said: “It is a great honour for me and the picture was published on the back page of the New Zealand Herald this week together with Ross Land’s winning picture of Richie McCaw, of the All Blacks, bleeding after a game against the Springboks.”Included in the exhibition were audio-visual interviews from outstanding World Cup players over the years like John Kirwan, Nick Farr-Jones, Joel Stransky, Martin Johnson and Philippe Sella.Kelsen Butler of Sports Inc said at the time of the event: “Union: The Heart of Rugby is a unique exhibition. The Auckland Town Hall is one of the city’s most iconic and historic buildings and is an ideal venue to showcase a world-class event to a large number of people.”Butler added that the two most photographed players featured in the exhibition were former New Zealand player Jonah Lomu and Sebastien Chabal of France.For New Zealanders onlyDuring the exhibition New Zealanders were invited to submit images from amateur rugby settings, which were entered into a competition.The images had to show one of the characteristic rugby values: heroism, pride, glory, passion, teamwork, courage and friendship.There were two categories: “College” for high school pupils and tertiary education students, and “Open” for all other amateur photographers.Laura Leach won the College category for an image of muddied youngsters playing rugby, while Wayne Dowd took the Open section for his image of two youngsters walking hand-in-hand after a match.Hall of FameOosthuizen was inducted as a member of the South African Sport and Arts Hall of Fame in 2009 and has over 50 years of experience as a sports photographer.He has covered a variety of sporting codes, including football, rugby, golf, gymnastics, boxing and tennis.He was named the SA Hockey Photographer of the Year in 2005 and 2010, and the Sasol Springbok Photographer of the Year in 2007 and 2008.In 1970 he took the SA Sports Picture of the Year, which showed Frik du Preez and the All Blacks’ Chris Laidlaw in action during the first test between South Africa and New Zealand of that same year.Oosthuizen said about the photo: “I had captured two other dramatic pictures in the same game. People seem to have forgotten about it.”Although he has covered most types of sport, rugby is his first love.It is believed that his only rival as a rugby photographer is New Zealand’s Peter Bush.A portrait of rugbyOosthuizen’s photographic career is well documented in the limited-edition Portrait of Rugby, an A3 landscape-size book of which only 1 000 copies were printed.Oosthuizen said: “When I page through the book I am still astounded that I have actually been to all those venues: from Twickenham in London to Westpac Stadium in Wellington, from Beervlei Dam in the Karoo to Stewart Island, the southern-most rugby field in the world, below New Zealand’s South Island.“I have worked with the best rugby photographers in the world and the last chapter, ‘Friends and Colleagues’ was dedicated to them and to our friendship. They are kindly allowing me to use some of their greatest pictures.”The book, a collector’s item, is priced at R4 500 (US$ 576).last_img read more

Maharashtra plans to build Formula 1 racing track

first_imgMaharashtra government has invited bids from consultants for setting up a ‘Formula 1 Racing Track’ in the state.Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation which has been entrusted with the job of putting up the track has invited bids from consultancy firms in this regard.Bids are to be submitted by December 23 and may be opened on the same day, according to the tender document on the website of the corporation.The consultants should be able to complete the work in six months, it said.As per the tender, the consultant submitting the bid should have completed an assignment of giving consultancy services for at least one racing track, should have experience in designing race circuits or other sporting facility on a similar scale and should have knowledge of F1 Racing and other forms of Formula racing around the world.The tender does not indicate the possible location of the racing track but according to reports it is expected to come up along the Mumbai-Pune expressway.last_img read more