Aston Villa v QPR: Kranjcar and Hill start

first_imgNiko Kranjcar and Clint Hill start for QPR in the vital game against fellow strugglers Aston Villa.Hill comes in at left-back for Yun Suk-Young, who picked up a head injury during Saturday’s 4-1 win at West Brom.And Kranjcar starts in place of Eduardo Vargas, who will miss the rest of the season after suffering a knee ligament injury against the Baggies.Aston Villa v QPR: five key battlesAaron Mitchell is in Rangers’ matchday squad for the first time. Mitchell is named on the substitutes’ bench along with fellow youngsters Michael Doughty and Reece Grego-Cox.Villa are without Alan Hutton, Scott Sinclair, Ashley Westwood and Aly Cissokho, but former Fulham man Kieran Richardson has been passed fit to play. Aston Villa: Guzan, Bacuna, Vlaar, Clark, Richardson, Cleverley, Delph, Sanchez, Grealish, Agbonlahor, Benteke Subs: Given, Baker, Okore, Weimann, Cole, N’Zogbia, Lowton. QPR: Green, Isla, Onuoha, Caulker, Hill, Phillips, Barton, Sandro, Kranjcar, Zamora, Austin. Subs: McCarthy, Traore, Hoilett, Henry Mitchell, Doughty, Grego-Cox.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Homo erectus were good pitchers

first_img(Visited 40 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Science news sites are talking about the evolution of human throwing, but it’s mostly speculation based on prior faith in Darwinism.  The real story is good design in the human shoulder.Nature News, in a review entitled “Baseball players reveal how humans evolved to throw so well,” states, “A catapult-like mechanism allows energy to be stored in shoulder and torso, a video study of pitchers reveals.”  That study, published in Nature, tries to draw an evolutionary interpretation:Compared with other carnivores, hominins are slow, weak and lack natural weapons such as fangs and claws. However, hominins were eating meat at least 2.6 million years (Myr) ago, and were probably hunting large prey 1.9 Myr ago….  Although contemporary hunter-gatherers rarely rely on throwing to kill prey, earlier hominins probably needed to throw projectiles frequently to acquire and defend carcasses before the relatively recent inventions of the atlatl and bow. We can therefore surmise that the ability to throw well would confer a strong selective benefit to early hunters. However, to test when and how hominins evolved the ability to throw projectiles effectively, it is necessary to understand both throwing biomechanics and how changes in hominin anatomy affect throwing performance.Actually, understanding throwing biomechanics doesn’t require evolutionary theory at all.  It is the prior belief in human evolution that is propelling these scientists to “surmise” that throwing was beneficial somehow to human ancestors long ago.  Notice that the authors, by comparing contemporary hunter-gatherers (modern humans) to “earlier hominins” are saying we are all hominins.  The usefulness of the term “hominin” seems, therefore, moot.The science news sites all leapt upon the evolutionary angle:PhysOrg: “Researchers say ability to throw played a key role in human evolution.”BBC News: “Origins of Human Throwing Unlocked.”Live Science: “Homo erectus was the original starting pitcher.”The authors of the Nature  paper, though, only compared modern humans (and Homo erectus, already a good thrower), with chimpanzees and australopiths.  Since chimpanzees cannot throw a good baseball game, this illustrates a gap, not a transition.  By the assumed time of Homo erectus 2.6 million years ago, “low, wide shoulders, long legs, and hyperextendable wrists” were “all present,” the paper says.From this evolution-contradicting data, the authors nevertheless concocted an evolutionary story without evidence, saying, “Although some of these features were probably selected for functions other than throwing, their combined configuration, first present in H. erectus, would have benefited throwing performance by enabling elastic energy storage in the shoulder, providing a selective advantage during hunting.”The popular news sites liked the story and repeated it with gusto.  “Early humans evolved to throw about two millions years ago, according to new research,” the BBC article stated confidently.   Then, with flagrant misunderstanding of Darwinism’s purposeless, aimless process, it continued, “Anatomy changes found in the extinct species Homo erectus allowed this ability to evolve.”  Explaining how those anatomy changes arrived in the first place is the issue.  And merely allowing an ability “to evolve” does not mean that it will, no more than “allowing” a helicopter to evolve from a junkyard means you can book your ticket in advance.Live Science shows how high school biology teachers take these evolutionary stories and run the bases with them:While the paper’s information about throwing mechanics is generally well-known to professional baseball players, the link to evolution is particularly interesting, said Tim Layden, head baseball coach and evolutionary biology teacher at Florida’s Montverde Academy….“I’m probably going to use this next semester in my primate course, for sure,” said Layden. “It makes perfect sense from an evolutionary standpoint that there would be a selective force for high velocity throwing and the buildup of energy within the shoulder joint.”Mr. Layden, sadly, misrepresents evolutionary theory.  Selection is no more a force than a hurdle on a track or a bumper in a pinball game.  While praising the mechanics observed by the scientists in the shoulder and torso of modern humans that allow professional pitchers to accurately toss baseballs 90 miles per hour repeatedly in a baseball game, and allow Olympic athletes to throw a javelin hundreds of feet, nothing in the paper explains what mutations could have added to a throwing-challenged Chimpanzee all the attributes that make human throwing so effective – changes to stance, shoulder width and position, wrist extension, and leg length, to name a few.Don’t you get angry at the storytellers?  Think of what this DODO-headed, Darwine-drinking, baloney-barfing high school teacher is going to say to impressionable high school students next semester to make it appear Darwinism is scientific (and, by implication, intelligent design is not).  He is basically going to lie to them.  He doesn’t understand evolutionary theory well enough to throw it, but you can be sure his job is absolutely secure, compared to many better-educated biology teachers skeptical of Darwin, who, if they dared speak what they know, would be under threat of losing their jobs.The scientists, the reporters, and the high school teacher have all taken a pro-ID finding and mangled it into a pot of mush to offer to their idol. We should marvel at the design in our bodies and praise God who gave us what we need to serve Him, but no— every day in the media, we are asked to believe “it evolved because it evolved.”  Why do we put up with this?  Did you catch, also, that Homo erectus is (for all practical purposes), our brother?  He ate meat, built fire, cooked, played baseball, he was a better hunter than most of us.  We insult these people by demoting them to artificial pre-human categories.  If they were alive today it would be denounced as racism.Time to play hardball.  We must keep up the fight to get the storytellers out of science and return it to observational, repeatable, testable evidence.  No more “surmising” about what “selective forces” could have created.  Darwinism would be disqualified if all its surmisals, probably’s, could have’s and maybes were banned.  Teaching Darwinism honestly would make it honestly strike out.Exercise: Why is this sentence self-refuting: “It makes perfect sense from an evolutionary standpoint.”  Play umpire and call foul if you see it.TAKE ME OUT TO THE CON GAMETake me out to the con game,Take me out to the crowd,Tell me some stories by crackpot quacksI don’t care if they never have facts,Oh it’s toot, toot toot for some Dar-wine,If they run out it’s a shame,For it’s D – O – D O D OAt the Darwin game!last_img read more

Cotto punishes Kamegai to win sixth world title

first_imgOnyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending Articles05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games CARSON, CA – AUGUST 26: Miguel Cotto punches Yoshihiro Kamegai, as Cotto goes on to win in a 12 round unanimous decision during the WBO Junior Middleweight title fight at StubHub Center on August 26, 2017 in Carson, California. Harry How/Getty Images/AFPPuerto Rican great Miguel Cotto battered back the determined challenge of Japan’s Yoshihiro Kamegai on Saturday to claim the vacant World Boxing organization junior middleweight world title.In an action-packed bout in an outdoor ring at the StubHub Center in suburban Los Angeles, Cotto emerged with a unanimous decision, winning it by scores of 120-108, 119-109, and 118-110.ADVERTISEMENT Abatayo adds to PH’s haul in lawn bowls with bronze Read Next Cotto hadn’t fought since November 2015, when he lost the middleweight title to Canelo Alvarez, who later vacated the title to take on Gennady Golovkin on September 16.But the 36-year-old, who says he’ll retire after one more fight in December, was dominant as he improved to 45-1 with 33 wins inside the distance.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutKamegai came right at Cotto from the opening bell, backing him into the ropes and sneaking in rights.But Cotto landed the harder punches, nailing him with a big left hook to end the first round. UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension It was just one of many punishing blows Kamegai would absorb on the night.Cotto landed a huge right hand to start the fifth that snapped Kamegai’s head back — even then the Japanese kept coming.“He’s a tough fighter, tough opponent,” Cotto said. Since round number five, six, I already knew I’m not going to stop him.”Despite his heart, Kamegai didn’t have the power to hurt Cotto, who insisted he would stick to his plan to retire after one more fight this year.“I’m 36 already. I’m going to be 37 on october 29 and I think it’s enough. It’s enough boxing for me,” Cotto said. “One more in December and that will be all.”ADVERTISEMENT Asked who he’d pick for an opponent in his final bout, Cotto deferred to trainer Freddy Roach.Roach mentioned the possibility of getting the winner of the Golovkin-Alvarez bout.“We’re not going to duck anybody,” Roach said. “We’re going to go out with a bang.” LATEST STORIES Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games View comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s weddinglast_img read more

Swiss Timing denies CWG OC charges

first_imgSwitzerland-based timing and data handling company Swiss Timing has denied allegations of non-performance levelled against it by the Organising Committee of the Commonwealth Games 2010 Delhi.In a press release issued on Friday, spokesperson Beatrice Howald said Swiss Timing denies the allegations of “non-performance of the contract” and will take legal action against such groundless accusations.The spokesperson added, “Swiss Timing has entirely fulfilled its contract according to the stipulations and conditions set and agreed on by both parties. 95 per cent of the invoiced amount has been paid to Swiss Timing so far by the Committee.”The only non-performant actor was the organizing committee of the Commonwealth Games 2010 Delhi.”Before, during and after the Games, the Swiss Timing experts had to work under disastrous, chaos-like conditions. Despite this situation, Swiss Timing delivered an impeccable service to the athletes.”last_img read more

Madrid defender Odriozola to miss Super Cup

first_imgReal Madrid have confirmed Alvaro Odriozola has a minor groin injury, likely ruling the new signing out of the UEFA Super Cup.Los Blancos take on city rivals Atletico Madrid in Tallinn on Wednesday in Julen Lopetegui’s first competitive game in charge, but the former Spain coach is expected to be without right-back Odriozola.The 22-year-old, who has joined from Real Sociedad, has been “diagnosed with a grade one injury in the abductor of the right leg” according to a Madrid statement. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Atletico’s squad for the Super Cup was named on Monday, with new signings Thomas Lemar, Rodrigo, Nikola Kalinic, Gelson Martins and Santiago Arias all included.Real are the current holders of the title, having beaten Manchester United 2-1 back in the 2017 edition of the competition.Casemiro and Isco were on target in that game in Skopje, with Romelu Lukaku grabbing United’s only goal of the game.Lopetegui’s side warmed up for the meeting with Atletico with a 3-1 win over AC Milan at the Bernabeu, a game that saw Karim Benzema, Gareth Bale and Borja Mayoral on the scoresheet.last_img read more

10 months agoHazard insists Chelsea still in the title race

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Hazard insists Chelsea still in the title raceby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea ace Eden Hazard insists they’re still in the title race.Hazard struck in victory at Brighton yesterday.He said, “I like scoring, but it’s not important to me, the most important thing is winning the games. “That’s why I’m on the field, we knew before the match that we had to score a third goal, when you’re 3-0 it’s harder for the teams to come back, but we did not concede the goal and the pressure came up. “We managed the game well. We want to be at the top of the standings at the end of the season, we know that Man City and Liverpool are good teams but we do not want the gap to be big.” last_img read more

Cops probe of Indigenous mans death in Thunder Bay shoddy review

first_imgTORONTO – A decision by police officers in Thunder Bay, Ont., to rule out foul play just hours after the body of an Indigenous man was found floating in a river was the result of a grossly inadequate investigation tainted by racism, an independent review has determined.In a scathing report released Monday, the Office of the Independent Police Review Director concluded that several officers involved in investigating the 2015 death of Stacy DeBungee failed to live up to their professional obligations.“The evidence is clear that an evidence-based, proper investigation never took place,” the report states. “The real issue should have been whether anything pointed to foul play or suspicious circumstances after a proper investigation, not before.”A passerby spotted DeBungee, 41, in the McIntyre River on the morning of Oct. 19, 2015, and called police. Within a few hours — well before any autopsy — the service put out a statement calling the death non-suspicious. A second statement the following morning called the death “non-criminal.”Police chalked up DeBungee’s death, which occurred during a coroner’s inquest into how police had responded to the mostly river-related deaths of seven young Indigenous people, to accidental drowning while drunk.“The available evidence did not support the conclusion that foul play had been excluded,” the director’s report said. “This infected the entire approach to the minimal investigation.”Among other things, the report notes, police took no video, photographs or measurements of the scene, and gave no thought to securing the area until an autopsy had been done. Apart from those initial deficiencies, the report finds the problems were compounded and exacerbated as time went on.For example, investigators made no effort for five months to contact the last person known to have been alone with DeBungee even though the witness’ name had been “red-flagged.” Detectives ignored a woman’s confession that she had been in a shoving match with DeBungee before he ended up in the river.Officers were also unaware that DeBungee’s debit card was used after his death. They took no formal statements from anyone who was with DeBungee before his death, the report said.DeBungee, of the Rainy River First Nation, was a “happy-go-lucky” and friendly guy who made people laugh, according to his brother. In an effort to get at what happened, the family hired a private investigator, the report said. He was able to piece together what the victim had done the day before his death and who he had been with.Police interviewed none of those people and refused to meet the investigator, the report said.While officers involved denied race played any part in their investigation, the report concludes otherwise.“It can reasonably be inferred that the investigating officers failed to treat or protect the deceased and his family equally and without discrimination based on the deceased’s Indigenous status,” the report concludes.“The deficiencies in the investigation were so substantial — and deviated so significantly from what was required — as to provide reasonable and probable grounds to support an allegation of neglect of duty.”The report upholds allegations of neglect of duty and discreditable conduct against lead Det. Shawn Harrison and Det. Const. Shawn Whipple. Additionally, it substantiates a complaint of neglect of duty against acting Insp. Susan Kaucharik. The OIPRD has ordered a hearing into the allegations.Robin McGinnis, chief of the Rainy River First Nation, said police Chief J.P. Levesque “needs to go.”“The degree of incompetence and indifference to the lives of First Nations is mind-boggling,” McGinnis said in a statement. “Chief Levesque needs to step down to protect any chance for credible change in the Thunder Bay police service.”Neither Levesque nor any of the officers involved would comment. However, Insp. Don Lewis issued a statement on Monday that said confidentiality rules prevented any public discussion of the issues at hand.“The Police Services Act is structured in this way to ensure that the integrity of the process is maintained and to protect the privacy interests of all those who have participated in or are touched by the (review director’s) investigation,” Lewis said.last_img read more

Football 2017 Threestar wide receiver Elijah Gardiner commits to Ohio State

Ohio State added its 20th member of the 2017 recruiting class with the commitment from three-star wide receiver Elijah Gardiner. He joins four-star Trevon Grimes and four-star Jaylen Harris as the wide receiver commits in OSU’s 2017 class.Gardiner, who hails from Kemp, Texas, visited Columbus this weekend on an official visit and received an offer from OSU. He was committed to Missouri until he flipped to the Buckeyes on Monday. The 6-foot-5, 185-pound Gardiner will be one of OSU’s tallest receivers on the roster in 2017.National Signing Day is on Wednesday.Thanks to all the schools that have recruited me but my family and I have decided to further my career at The Ohio State University.— Ellijah (@ellijahgardiner) January 30, 2017

Dybala thrilled with fantastic Juventus win

first_imgPaulo Dybala was naturally thrilled with his “dream” match-winner as Juventus sealed an impressive 1-0 win at Manchester United in the Champions LeagueThe Argentine forward scored the game’s only goal on Tuesday night as Juventus maintained their winning start in Group H.Speaking afterwards, Dybala described the sensation of playing and scoring at places like Old Trafford to that of those you dream of as a kid.“It was a fantastic night and I’m really happy. Playing at stadiums like this and Wembley, where I scored last year, is the stuff you dream of as a kid,” Dybala told the club website.“We played brilliantly in the first half, partly because United left us some space. They sorted themselves out in the second half, as we expected them to, but we played a really good defensive game.”Despite a difficult start to the season, Dybala has now found the net five times in 10 appearances for Juventus.“I thought that he [Dybala] put in a great performance, I have to say,” said manager Massimiliano Allegri.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…“He was playing well beforehand in previous games. He didn’t play on Saturday [against Genoa] because he picked up a bit of a knock to his knee on international duty.“So he didn’t play, came back and did ever so well I thought.”Juventus will next travel to Empoli on Saturday for another Serie A fixture.💎⚽️ When @PauDybala_JR scored I __________________.#MUFCJuve #UCL #ForzaJuve— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) October 23, 2018last_img read more

Callejon I think it was a fair result

first_imgJose Callejon said Napoli are proving bookmakers wrong by climbing to the summit of their Champions League group ahead of Liverpool and Paris Saint-Germain.Napoli went joint top with Liverpool after securing a 1-1 draw against PSG, but with a superior head-to-head record.“I think it was a fair result. They had a very good first half, while we pushed forward in the second looking for the equaliser,” the Spaniard told Football Italia.“It was important not to lose and we wanted more, but the group remains open and we’re still up there.”It was Callejon who won the decisive penalty, converted by Lorenzo Insigne when he was sandwiched between Thiago Silva and Gigi Buffon.Top 5 Serie A players to watch for next weekend’s activity Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 With the international activity cooling down for the next month, we go back to the Top 5 players to watch in Serie A next…“I saw Lorenzo had the shot and Thiago Silva made an error, so I went for it.”Liverpool suffered a shocking 2-0 loss away to Red Star Belgrade and it’s now incredibly tight, as the Reds and Napoli have six points, PSG five and Red Star four.“It’s open now, there are three very important points up for grabs against Red Star Belgrade and we’ve got to give our all.“As the Coach told us, people thought we’d be dead the moment the draw was made, but we are still up there and can play our football.”last_img read more