Moyes: Essien my biggest transfer regret

first_img Loading… During his coaching stint at Everton, Moyes followed the 37-year-old midfield star when he was playing in Ligue 1 with Bastia and Lyon. The Goodison Park outfit was unable to complete a move for him, with Essien joining Chelsea for a then club-record fee of £24.4 million in August 2005. When quizzed about the players he regretted missing out on signing, Moyes named the two-time Premier League winner alongside Toni Kroos, Gareth Bale and Cesc Fabregas. “One of them would be Michael Essien [to Everton],” he told beIN Sports.Advertisement West Ham United manager, David Moyes, has named former Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien as one of his biggest transfer regrets. “Toni Kroos would certainly be the one [to Manchester United]. “At that time we [Manchester United] were very much after Gareth Bale and Cesc Fabregas but I’ve got to say prior to that, at Everton, we were really close to a lot of good players. “We just couldn’t quite get them over the line on several occasions.” Essien spent nine years at Chelsea, winning two Premier League titles, four FA Cups and a Uefa Champions League trophy during his spell in England, before moving to AC Milan. read also:Enyeama makes Michael Essien’s African Team of The Decade List The former Ghana international is currently on the books of Azerbaijan Premier League outfit Sabail where he has played 10 league matches this campaign. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?7 Theories About The Death Of Our UniversePortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D Graffiti14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Now6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesWhy Go Veg? 7 Reasons To Do This8 Addictive And Fun Coffee Facts10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime7 Mind-Boggling Facts About Black Holes6 Natural History Museums That Are Really, Really Goodlast_img read more

Syracuse’s improved power play leads to goals and victories

first_imgSyracuse assistant head coach Alison Domenico had a goal coming back from Winter Break. Head coach Paul Flanagan assigned her the power-play unit, and she needed to fix a group ranking last in the conference with seven goals. The team arrived back to Tennity Ice Pavilion without the stress of schoolwork and reciprocated Domenico’s focus to fix the broken specialty unit.Before practice one day, Domenico called her group to the ice and told them they would be changing their usual setup, hoping that the goals would soon follow. Before the break the Orange record was 5-8-5, and the power play appeared lifeless.Twelve games, nine power-play goals and eight wins later, Syracuse (13-12-5, 12-4-2 College Hockey America) has reaped the benefits from the strategical shift and secured a first-round bye in the CHA tournament.“Now we are doing more reading and reacting,” Flanagan said. “A little more spontaneity.”The change in the power play’s success came when the Orange adjusted the positioning of its skaters. Forward Emily Costales, whose strength is one of her greatest assets, now sits near the crease causing traffic in front of the net. Fellow forward Savannah Rennie, joins Costales near the net.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“We want to see where you pass it when you get the puck,” Costales said. “Before we wouldn’t go over situations, now we actually could.”Defenders Allie Munroe and Larissa Martyniuk used to control the puck at the top of the zone, but now they are outlets for the forwards passes. Stephanie Grossi, the team-leader in points, has seen her production increase now that she has more room to operate along the boards.Once the players were in their new positions, Domenico preached puck movement. She made the players repeatedly pass the puck to each other. Munroe passed it down to Grossi who sent it to Costales, who then practiced sending it along the crease to Rennie, and so on.“That early practice formed muscle memory,” Grossi said.The new power play’s mission is to create as much puck movement and in turn, generate more shots. To do this, each player has to read a defense like a quarterback in football does. Find the passing lanes, execute, and get ready to receive a pass back.To further implant these ideals into the minds of her players, Domenico gave them hand-written notes with personalized instructions as to what each skater has to focus on. Grossi’s note that still hangs in her locker instructs her to “look down low to Em (Costales) and look up high to move the puck to Marty (Martyniuk). Don’t hold onto it.”On Jan. 20, the players saw the goals began to pour in. During a 5-0 victory against Lindenwood, SU’s new unit scored four power-play goals. The team will look to continue its power-play surge the last weekend of the regular season when the Orange take on Penn State.“We were kind of like, ‘holy sh*t,’” Costales said of the improved power play. “If we keep it rolling we can do a lot of damage.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 22, 2017 at 1:03 pm Contact Nick: [email protected] | @nick_a_alvarezlast_img read more

Oisin Merritt to feature for Ireland at Cerebral Palsy World Cup

first_imgOISIN MERRITT and the Republic of Ireland Cerebral Palsy team open their 2019 IFCPF World Cup campaign in Seville tomorrow.Ballybofey United man Merritt has been selected as part of the 14-man Irish squad by manager Paul Breen.The team will be looking to build on last year’s success when they collected a bronze medal at the European Championships by beating host nation, The Netherlands, in a third-place play off. “We have prepared well for the World Cup and are going to Seville confident and excited by the challenge ahead of us,” Breen said ahead of the opening game on Monday evening against Finland.“We were training once a month and this included a camp at Johnstown where we faced The Netherlands in two friendlies and on both occasions we won. “As we got closer to the World Cup we’ve trained once-a-week at Abbotstown and that has prepared us well for what is a tough group. Finland will present a challenge, Iran are considered one of the strongest in the World Cup as are the USA but we have no reason to fear any team.”Merritt was part of the Irish CP squad that won bronze last August and scored twice in a 5-1 group stage win over Germany. Merritt had to have part of his skull replaced after a fall from a balcony in Spain in June, 2014, but in April 2017 he was given the go-ahead to return to competitive sport.Merritt was dubbed ‘The Miracle Man’ by doctors at Son Espases Hospital in Palma after a fall that saw him suffer a broken skull, a broken bone at the top of his neck, five breaks in his jaw, a broken cheekbone, a ruptured spleen and permanent deafness in his left ear.Fixtures:08/07/2019: Ireland v Finland ( 6pm Irish time), Seville10/07/2019: Iran v Ireland (10am Irish time), Seville12/07/2019: Ireland v USA (6.10pm Irish time), Seville Advertisement 13 – 14/07/2019: Quarter Final, Seville16/07/2019: Semi Final, Seville18/07/2019: 16th – 10thplace play-offs, Seville19/07/2019: Final/3rd to 8thplace play off, Seville Advertisement  Oisin Merritt to feature for Ireland at Cerebral Palsy World Cup was last modified: July 7th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:2019 IFCPF World CupBallybofey UnitedOisin MerrittPaul BreenRepublic of Ireland Cerebral Palsylast_img read more

Corsairs impressing despite injuries

first_imgThe Corsairs have been battling more than just opposing teams on the softball diamond this season. They’ve also had to overcome several injuries, some of them to key players.That, however, hasn’t slowed the offense much, with the Redwoods women batting an impressive .318 as a team, including a trio of players averaging better than .400.“That’s always a team goal,” head coach Maggie White said. “Our hitting has been kind of our strength. Offensively, I feel like we can play with anyone.”Leadin …last_img read more

Evolutionists Say Parasites Made Humans Successful

first_img“If cooperation has been the secret to our evolutionary success, we may have our parasites to thank for that.”  That’s a pretty big If, but that’s what two evolutionary biologists claimed this month Current Biology.1  The cooperative behaviors naturally selected in evolutionary host-parasite wars, by implication, are what gave human beings the ability to build cities, governments and scientific laboratories – like the Institute of Evolutionary Biology at the University of Edinburgh, where Andy Gardner and Stuart A. West work.    Surprisingly, their claim came at the end of an article that discussed primarily the downfall of one of the leading theories for social cooperation: the kin selection theory of W. D. Hamilton.  Their first paragraph explained why this theory fails:Cooperation abounds in the natural world, and biologists are faced with the difficulty of reconciling this fact with the principle of the ‘survival of the fittest’.  A fundamental step in our understanding of cooperation was provided by W. D. Hamilton’s theory of inclusive fitness.  This reveals that altruistic behaviour, where an individual pays a direct fitness cost in order to enhance the fitness of others, can be favoured by selection if individuals tend to promote the reproductive success of their genetic relatives.  This raises the question of how altruists ensure that their selfless behaviour is directed primarily towards their kin.  One possibility is genetic kin recognition, where individuals identify close kin on the basis of physical similarity because relatives look more similar than unrelated individuals.  Despite the apparent incentive for such kin recognition, however, there is relatively poor empirical support for this mechanism in nature.  A new theoretical study of genetic kin recognition by Francois Rousset and Denis Roze reveals that, left to its own evolutionary devices, this mechanism will drive itself to ruin.They proceeded to demonstrate that theoretical and observational evidence for Hamilton’s celebrated theory for the origin of cooperation is rare in nature, if it works at all.  There was only one example they could provide: parasitism.But all is not lost for genetic kin recognition.  As Crozier suggested, the mechanism could be stabilised by extrinsic processes that maintain marker diversity.  Rousset and Roze have confirmed this by incorporating an ad hoc advantage to rare markers into their model and found that, provided this was sufficiently strong relative to the fitness consequences of altruism, genetic kin recognition is maintained and selflessness prevails.  This could explain why, when genetic kin recognition does occur, it often involves genes that are implicated in host-parasite interactions, a potent source of strong balancing selection.  The paragon of genetic kin recognition is the detection of major histocompatibility (MHC) genes, involved in immune function, upon which rodents and humans appear to decide their social and sexual relationships.And that was the context for their ending sentence quoted earlier: “If cooperation has been the secret to our evolutionary success, we may have our parasites to thank for that.”    This statement clearly implies far more than a desire to uncover a mechanism for evolutionary behavior.  It is implying that our deepest relationships and longings, even to the point of self-sacrifice for one we love, is rooted in blind, uncaring processes of evolution at the genetic level.  Ultimately, it is a claim that selflessness is an illusion, arising from Darwinian selfishness.    With the downfall of Hamilton’s popular theory, there may be no current working model for the origin of human love, cooperation and reasoning.  Of one thing Gardner and West are sure, however: they came about by Darwinian survival of the fittest.1Andy Gardner and Stuart A. West, “Social Evolution: The Decline and Fall of Genetic Kin Recognition,” Current Biology, Volume 17, Issue 18, 18 September 2007, pages R810-R812, doi:10.1016/j.cub.2007.07.030.Scene: a university science lab.  Excuse me, sir.  May I help you, officers?  We’re looking for a Dr. Darwinlover.  That’s me; what is this about?  I’m afraid we’ll have to take you into custody.  You’re under arrest.  Wha…? On what grounds?  What’s going on here?  According to our warrant, you are being charged with impersonating a scientist, violating established laws, and using academic resources to promote a narrow religious agenda.  What are you talking about?  Who are you?  The CEH Police.  I’ve never heard of you.  We are a non-governmental agency of trained volunteers authorized by the court to conduct citizen’s arrests.  What court?  The court of public opinion.    You can’t do this to me.  I’m a scientist.  So you say.  We hear that one all the time.  Please don’t cause a disturbance, sir.  We’re just doing our job.  And violating the laws… what laws?  The laws of logic, sir. What are you talking about?  I told you I’m a scientist.  According to the warrant, you claimed, in writing, that human behavior evolved by a material process of evolution, but then reasoned as if this represented a true account of human origins.  So?  Truth cannot evolve, sir.  According to the prosecutor, this represents a contradiction.  According to the law of non-contradiction, this is punishable by demotion to the realm of the irrational – in other words, losing your license to practice science.    And I’m not promoting any religious agenda!  I’m an atheist!  According to the federal courts, atheistic humanism is a religion.  The prosecutor said you went far beyond the empirical evidence and taught your own personal beliefs using academic resources.  But lots of scientists are atheists!  What you believe in your private life is protected free speech, sir, but scientists are not supposed to use their academic positions to promote a narrow religious agenda, according to your own writings.  This is another one of the counts of violating the laws of logic being charged against you.  In fact, the count alleges that you yourself used this very argument to convince the dean to deprive a colleague of tenure because of his private religious beliefs.    This is outrageous.  Nobody has ever accused me of such things.  Ignorance of the law is no excuse, sir.  Scientists have a position of high trust in our culture.  Presumably, when you took this position, you committed to abide by the laws of logic and should have received the proper instruction in the law.  But I’ve written things like that paper all my professional life.  And so have all my colleagues!  Are you confessing to collusion, sir?    For crying out loud, I haven’t done anything that isn’t common practice among all my peers.  I realize that, sir.  The chief recognizes this is a widespread problem.  He has decided it’s time to start cracking down.  The only way to make progress is by tackling one case at a time.  Why me?  He decided to make you an example, so that others would hear, and fear, and commit no more such abomination in the land.    What will they do to me?  Most likely, you will be given an opportunity to confess your crimes, then cease and desist.  For a probationary period, your speaking and writing will be under surveillance.  However, if you persist in irrational behavior, repeat offenses will lead to your being stripped of your credibility.  Hardened criminals might even be pilloried in public.    And if I fail to cooperate?  You have the right to remain silent.  But remember, anything you speak or write can and will be used against you in the court of public opinion.  What’s with the dog?  That’s our K9 unit; Apollos here is trained to sniff out contraband.  [Barking and a brief scuffle ensues.]Tune in tomorrow for the next exciting episode of: Creation-Evolution Headlines, the top-rated science investigative reporting show, featuring Apollos, the wonder dog.  Brought to you by Master Plan, the universal leader in information management design technology, and by Moral Support, a global network of encouragement.(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Ohio’s Crop Progress — September 11, 2017

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Conditions have been mostly dry with the exception of some scattered rain in some counties thorough out the week, according to Cheryl Turner, Ohio State Statistician for the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. There were 5.5 days available for fieldwork for the week ending September 10, 2017. Crops that haven’t reached maturity could still benefit from rain, and the lower temperatures conditions have slowed down crop maturity. The effects of a dry turn after a relatively wet season continue to be evident. Some corn appears to be dying prematurely, most likely from nitrogen loss and shallow roots that were consequences of the extremely wet spring and early summer. Late season weed escapes presented problems in some soybean fields. Hay fields and pastures seem to be doing well considering the lack of rain and lower temperatures. Other activities for the week included apple harvest, hay cutting, manure application on wheat stubble, mowing, and preparation for fall wheat seedings.The full reportlast_img read more

Quick Look: The Premiere Pro CS6 Workspace

first_imgTake a peek at the new Premiere Pro CS6 workspace and discover how the streamlined designed puts your media front and center!Premiere Pro CS6 updates to a new darker interface with less clutter.  This more streamlined layout makes for a much cleaner and media-centric workspace.  The whole Premiere CS6 user interface has been set up to give you maximum access to what really matters – the media you need to review, assess and edit! Default CS6 WorkspaceYou may find find yourself opening projects created in earlier versions only to discover that the Premiere Pro user interface (UI) has reverted to the layout of the earlier version of PP – which can be either a good thing or rather frustrating depending on how you like to work.CS5.5 LayoutYou’ll want to keep in mind two options for resetting your workspace: how to make sure the default Premiere Pro CS6 layout is (or isn’t) respected when you import your older projects and how to get rid of one element which won’t reset!First, how do you make sure that the CS6 workspace isn’t changed when importing an older project?  All you need to do is open Premiere Pro and go to Windows>Workspace and then un-check the last option which says ‘Import Workspace from Projects’. Then, when you open a new project the present workspace you are using will be respected (if you leave it checked the old workspace of the project will be imported).But what if you have already opened up a project and want to get back to the Premiere Pro CS6 layout? Again the answer (in most part) lies in the Windows>Workspace menu where you will see an option saying ‘Reset Current Workspace…’  This will reset all but one little option, the Preview Area.Preview AreaTo reset this you need to go to click on the Panel Menu …Panel Menu… and then deselect the ‘Preview Area’ option.  Now, you will have the default Premiere Pro CS6 layout.Lastly, do bear in mind that you have other workspaces to play with including the default CS5.5 layout if you want to get back to it. Simply go to Windows>Workspaces and choose the one you want!  Customize your workspace in Premiere Pro CS6 to work best for your workflow and editing needs!last_img read more

Ohio State basketball avenges loss trounces Hoosiers

Ohio State sophomore forward Jared Sullinger said he was out for revenge against Indiana. In front of new football coach Urban Meyer and his staff, Sullinger and his team got just that. Meyer introduced his coaching staff to the crowd at the Schottenstein Center at halftime, but the basketball team kept the focus squarely on themselves. The Buckeyes attacked the Hoosiers on both ends of the floor and avenged their Dec. 31 road loss, beating Indiana, 80-63. “This is exactly what we wanted,” Sullinger said. “We just wanted to come out and play our game and give the crowd a good show.” Sullinger may have pledged revenge, but it was Lenzelle Smith Jr.  who got the Buckeyes started. The sophomore guard, who said he was coming off a case of strep throat, connected on his first five shots from the field. Smith Jr. hit his fourth 3-pointer of the game just before the first half buzzer sounded and walked into the locker room with 18 points, four more than the entire Indiana team. “Throughout the game, I just saw my man leave me every single time,” Smith Jr. said. “This game we capitalized off that and we were able to get some easy buckets.” Along with Smith Jr., OSU’s recipe for success was its defense. The Buckeyes forced 12 first-half turnovers and held Indiana to 27.3 percent shooting while holding the Hoosiers to 14 points. “Pressure, pressure, pressure,” Sullinger said. “We just wanted to get up in their jock strap according to coach Matta and just stop them from turning the ball from side to side.” OSU head coach Thad Matta said he was pleased with his team’s defensive effort. “The defense today is what I dream about,” Matta said. “We’ve shown signs of five players coming together and playing defense, but today we did a good job of playing total team defense.” Sullinger was held to just two points in the first half, but got things rolling after intermission. Sullinger said in the first half Indiana was double teaming him, but after Smith Jr. caught fire, he found more open space. Sullinger found position inside and tallied six quick points in under five minutes for OSU in the second half. With over 15 minutes remaining, the Buckeye big man grabbed a rebound and lost his balance, but as he was falling backward, threw a long pass to senior guard William Buford, who caught the ball in stride streaking down the sideline. Buford dumped it off to a trailing Smith Jr. who finished with a two-handed dunk. The duo of Sullinger and Smith Jr. kept Indiana at bay for rest of the game as the Hoosiers never cut the Buckeye lead below 16 points. “They stopped leaving Lenzelle,” Sullinger said. “It works both ways with me and Lenzelle. If I kick it out to Lenzelle, Lenzelle is wide open in the first half. Then all the sudden they start sticking to Lenzelle … It was a two-way street which worked perfectly for our game plan.” Indiana coach Tom Crean said Sullinger’s ability to move the ball out of the post was essential to Smith Jr.’s success and that skill played a big role for the Buckeyes. “If you don’t take the ball from Sullinger, he is so good at not having to score it for his team to score,” Crean said. Sullinger finished with 16 points and 9 rebounds. Smith Jr. finished with a career-high 28 points and added 7 rebounds. Buford and sophomore forward Deshaun Thomas also finished in double figures with 12 and 11 points respectively. The Buckeye victory brings their record to 16-3 on the season and 4-2 in Big Ten play. OSU will have five days off before traveling to Nebraska for the team’s second matchup with the Cornhuskers. OSU won the first contest, 71-40. Tip for the rematch will be Saturday at 8 p.m. read more

Lacazette reveals how long it took him to adapt to PL

first_imgAlexandre Lacazette has admitted how long it took him to adapt to the Premier League while stating how confident he is about improving his performance in his second season in England.Lacazette scored 17 goals in 39 appearances in all competitions in his first season at Arsenal which by far lesser than his performance in Lyon where he scored 36 goals in 39 appearances in the final season.“Arsene [Wenger] talked to me a lot, I watched videos, and I trained more. Sometimes you can do everything but it’s only about a little bit of luck,” Lacazette said via Sky Sports.“I know it was my first season so I can’t be too hard on myself, even if I wanted to score more.”Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“Now I know all of my team-mates, I know the club, I know how English football is, it’s totally different, but now I’m more ready,” Lacazette added.“Power is the main difference, it’s more powerful in England.“Referees are less strict than in France, teams like to play low and in counter-attack and defenders in general are stronger than in France.”last_img read more

Puel expects Kasper to stay back with Maguire at Leicester

first_imgLeicester star Kasper Schmeichel has been heavily linked with a move out of the club.Speculative reports suggest Chelsea are in search of a replacement for outgoing goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois and Puel believes Kasper should stay back at Leicester along with Maguire even if Chelsea wants to his services.‘We cannot lose players just a few days before the beginning of the season,’ he said as quoted Metro Uk.‘We would not be able to find a solution and we cannot be behind.Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.‘Kasper and Maguire are so valuable for us. It is important to maintain our structure, our squad and all our valuable players for the team.‘We know all the difficulties after the World Cup, to work in this condition to prepare all of the squad, to keep good mentality and spirit and to find a good level for every player.‘If we have another surprise before the end of the pre-season, it will be tough.’last_img read more