Rivals Petron, Foton face off; Cocolife tries to stretch upset run vs F2

first_imgPetron had already netted American smasher Lindsay Stalzer, who helped steer Foton to the Grand Prix title last year.“There’s no truth to it, no plans for it,” Chua told the Inquirer. “The league might get upset with me.”Before the denial, there were reports that Petron was also reportedly eyeing F2 Logistics vital cogs Kim Fajardo and Dawn Macandili for next season.“We just got [our] buildup completed, that’s why we won a championship right away,” said Chua, referring to the team’s All-Filipino Cup triumph this season.Petron and Foton could have hogged the spotlight in the knockout semifinals that kick off at 4 p.m., but Cocolife managed to steal some of the thunder with a huge quarterfinal upset over heavily-favored Cignal, 25-23, 25-23, 25-20, late Thursday.ADVERTISEMENT Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Thompson hopes to build legacy in Ginebra LATEST STORIES Saturday’s winners advance to the best-of-three championship series while the losers slug it out for third place.And the oft-overlooked Asset Managers, armed with a low-key squad and a solid coaching staff led by Kungfu Reyes, will attempt to trigger a major tectonic shift against the F2 Logistics Cargo Movers, who won their first six matches here.“Making it to the semifinals is a big achievement to our team,” said Reyes. “But we will not settle for fourth place.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Under the glare of a roster-raiding controversy and in the shadow of a major tournament upset, Petron and Foton take their budding rivalry to the next stage as they slug it out in the knockout semifinals of the Philippine Superliga Grand Prix Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena.Foton coach Moro Branislav said Petron brings out the best in his team, having dealt its only loss in the eliminations (25-21, 25-22, 12-25, 25-20).ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? “Foton likes playing contra Petron,” said the Serbian mentor. “It’s going to be an interesting match.”The feeling, it turns out, is mutual.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBrian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defensePetron coach Shaq Delos Santos echoed Branislav’s sentiments, citing the “little rivalry” between the squads—a rivalry heightened because of the issue of roster pirating.But that has been quelled for now as San Miguel sports chief Alfrancis Chua denied reports that Petron is looking to dip its fingers into other teams’ rosters, telling the Inquirer that the Blaze Boosters have no plans of acquiring the Tornadoes’ Sara Klisura for the next Grand Prix. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours View comments Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funnylast_img read more

CONFIRMED! Michail Antonio signs new West ham contract until 2020

first_imgWest Ham have been boosted by news that Michail Antonio has signed a new contract to commit his future to the Hammers until 2020.The promising winger arrived last summer from Nottingham Forest for £7million and, after initially being little more than a squad player, featured regularly for Slaven Bilic’s first team.The 26-year-old had originally signed until 2019, but his new terms are expected to reflect his increased importance to the Premier League club.“I am delighted to have signed a new contract,” Antonio told West Ham’s official website.“I am happy that the manager and the chairman have showed their belief in me to give me a new deal.“I have always believed in my own ability and when I am given the opportunity I will take it and hopefully I have showed that.“I had to be patient when I first arrived, but once I got the chance I never looked back and hopefully I can now push on and do even better than what I did last season.”Antonio’s new contract comes after those signed by Hammers team-mates Dmitri Payet, Adrian and Cheikhou Kouyate.‘The Insider’ column on the club’s website also claims a further first-team player will follow the quartet in penning a new deal. 1 Michail Antonio impressed with nine goals for West Ham last season last_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