A Theory in Crisis: Darwinian Anomalies Accumulate

first_imgEvolution A Theory in Crisis: Darwinian Anomalies AccumulateEvolution News @DiscoveryCSCFebruary 4, 2019, 4:08 AM Origin of Life: Brian Miller Distills a Debate Between Dave Farina and James Tour Congratulations to Science Magazine for an Honest Portrayal of Darwin’s Descent of Man Evolution NewsEvolution News & Science Today (EN) provides original reporting and analysis about evolution, neuroscience, bioethics, intelligent design and other science-related issues, including breaking news about scientific research. It also covers the impact of science on culture and conflicts over free speech and academic freedom in science. Finally, it fact-checks and critiques media coverage of scientific issues. Share A Physician Describes How Behe Changed His MindLife’s Origin — A “Mystery” Made AccessibleCodes Are Not Products of PhysicsIxnay on the Ambriancay PlosionexhayDesign Triangulation: My Thanksgiving Gift to All Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share “A Summary of the Evidence for Intelligent Design”: The Study Guide Jane Goodall Meets the God Hypothesis Darwin Day, February 12, is just a week from today! To help celebrate, here are a few recent findings that contradict Darwinism. The key word is recent. Listing all of them for the last 160 years would require a large book. A theory can only survive as many anomalies as Darwinism has if it is supported by a highly desired foundational ideology.Bird BeaksThe rotund, colorful beak of the puffin accompanies this headline from the University of Bristol: “Bird beaks did not adapt to food types as previously thought.”  Haven’t we all been taught that bird beaks adapt to the food source by natural selection? Aren’t Darwin’s finches the classic example?The observation that Galapagos finch species possessed different beak shapes to obtain different foods was central to the theory of evolution by natural selection, and it has been assumed that this form-function relationship holds true across all species of bird. However, a new study published in the journal Evolution suggests the beaks of birds are not as adapted to the food types they feed on as it is generally believed. [Emphasis added.]It’s not that there is no linkage, but “The connection between beak shapes and feeding ecology in birds was much weaker and more complex than we expected,” one of the researchers confessed. Truth is, birds use their beaks for many functions besides just picking food — essentially, everything. Linking beak shape solely to feeding behavior is simplistic. How could such a myth survive for so long? Answer: by assumption, without empirical rigor. Another on the team says, “This is, to our knowledge, the first approach to test a long-standing principle in biology: that the beak shape and function of birds is tightly linked to their feeding ecologies.” What took them so long?Genome PeriodicityNeo-Darwinism places most of the credit for all genetic change on mutations acted on by natural selection. But scientists at Barcelona’s Institute for Research in Biomedicine found the “mysterious periodicity of the genome” is actually a trail left by DNA repair processes. Contrary to assumptions, natural selection had nothing to do with it. “The explanation given has been that natural selection would favor the appearance of A/T bases as these bases would provide the DNA structure with a greater degree of flexibility, thus allowing it to wind around histones to form nucleosomes.” Scientists at the Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB Barcelona) have found an explanation for a periodicity in the sequence of the genomes of all eukaryotes, from yeast to humans. The results published in the journal Cell offer an alternative explanation to the one based on natural selection, which has been accepted by the scientific community to date.The researchers demonstrate that DNA damage and repair processes can play a role in the generation of sequence periodicity in the genomes of eukaryotic organisms. These processes are influenced by the orientation of the DNA structure when this molecule is packaged inside the cell nucleus, thus favoring a certain composition with a periodic nature in eukaryotic genomes.This sounds more like design, because DNA repair is a highly efficient and intricate system for maintaining genome integrity, and because “the structure of the DNA packaged inside the nucleosome favours the appearance of regions that are prone to damage and to repair.” Thus, mutations converting C/G into A/T pairs tend to occur at 10-base-pair intervals.Functional JunkMany neo-Darwinists expected junk to pile up in the genome over time. Here’s another case where that assumption led scientists astray, where they failed until recently to see a reason for “non-coding” transcripts of DNA in open reading frames (ORFs), which had been falsely classed as junk (without function). This is from Nature, “The translation of non-canonical open reading frames controls mucosal immunity.”Although the idea that such non-canonical ORFs can encode functional proteins is controversial, we identify a range of short and non-ATG-initiated ORFs that can generate stable and spatially distinct proteins. Notably, we show that the translation of a new ORF ‘hidden’ within the long non-coding RNA Aw112010 is essential for the orchestration of mucosal immunity during both bacterial infection and colitis. This work expands our interpretation of the protein-coding genome and demonstrates that proteinaceous products generated from non-canonical ORFs are crucial for the immune response in vivo. We therefore propose that the misannotation of non-canonical ORF-containing genes as non-coding RNAs may obscure the essential role of a multitude of previously undiscovered protein-coding genes in immunity and disease.A summary of this paper on Phys.org warns that by mistakenly classing stretches of DNA as non-coding, scientists are missing out on important functions that could lead to cures for disease:The findings suggest many more protein-coding genes and functions may be discovered. “A large portion of important protein-coding genes have been missed by virtue of their annotation,” said first author Ruaidhri Jackson. Without vetting and identifying these genes, “we can’t fully understand the protein-coding genome or adequately screen genes for health and disease purposes.”Sharing GenesHybrids should be sterile. New functions should evolve through speciation by natural selection. Tell that to researchers at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln who, according to Phys.org, were surprised to find that a gene jumped between two species of fruit fly. While they call it a “selfish gene” seeking to propagate itself, this process has the potential to share genetic information through hybridization, bypassing the neo-Darwinism mechanism.“What this suggests is that, sometime in the past, there was a hybridization event,” said [Colin] Meiklejohn, assistant professor of biological sciences at Nebraska. “And (the gene) jumped in, like, yesterday, in terms of evolutionary time. It was super-recent. So that was a surprise. We didn’t know that this thing had … moved between species.”Extreme ConvergenceParrots are birds; humans are mammals. Any similarities should be distant and simple, but New Scientist says, without overturning Darwinian belief, that “Parrots are clever because their brains evolved the same way as ours.” Among the astonishing facts that stretch neo-Darwinism to the breaking point are striking genetic similarities that, to attribute to evolution, would require independent emergence by chance. Not only that, they never evolved after that. This is not following the evidence; it is jamming the conclusion into contrary evidence.“It’s a surprise in the sense that these animals are so different from humans, but it’s also satisfying in that you might predict that since they evolved similar traits, they have some similar mechanisms,” says Claudio Mello at the Oregon Health & Science University. Parrots can produce complex vocalisations and they’re highly social, a lot like humans.To learn more how these birds’ brains develop, Mello and his team compared the genome of the blue-fronted Amazon parrot with that of 30 other birds. They found that regions of the parrot genome that regulate when and how genes for brain development are turned on are the same as those found in humans. These so-called ultra-conserved elements evolved in both species at different times, but with similar results.Early Emergence and StasisThe age of a marine organism just tripled. According to news from Friedrich–Alexander University, German and Australian paleontologists found a kind of red algae far earlier in the fossil record than expected:Coralline red algae have existed for 130 million years, in other words since the Cretaceous Period, the time of the dinosaurs. At least this was the established view of palaeontologists all over the world until now. However, this classification will now have to be revised after fossils discovered by researchers at GeoZentrum Nordbayern at FAU in conjunction with researchers at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia, prove that coralline red algae existed as far back as 430 million years ago.The discovery made by FAU palaeontologists Dr. Sebastian Teichert, Prof. Dr. Axel Munnecke and their Australian colleague Dr. William Woelkerling has far-reaching consequences. ‘Our finds mean that we must now look at the fossil record in a completely new way’, explains Dr. Sebastian Teichert. Up to now, a higher age for coralline red algae was thought to be so unlikely that fossils found in layers of rock older than the Cretaceous Period were not even considered as coralline red algae simply due to their age. As these few samples show, Darwinism led science astray by assumption, not by observation. Repeatedly, evolutionists impose their view of the world and how complex traits emerge and progress over time onto biology as a dogma. But when they actually look in detail at organisms, they are surprised. Enough anomalies can kill a paradigm, even if it survives for over a century by the willful belief of an entrenched ideology.Photo: Atlantic puffin (Fratercula arctica), by Sergio Martínez-Nebreda and Paula Medina-García/University of Bristol, via EurekAlert! Recommended Requesting a (Partial) Retraction from Darrel Falk and BioLogos Tags“selfish gene”anomaliesAtlantic puffinAxel Munneckebacterial infectionbird beaksClaudio MelloColin Meiklejohncoralline red algaeCretaceous PeriodDarwin DayDarwinismDNA repairEvolution (journal)finchesFratercula arcticaFriedrich–Alexander Universitygenome periodicityhumanshybridsInstitute for Research in Biomedicinemucosal immunityNature (journal)open reading framesOregon Health & Science UniversitypaleontologyparrotsRuaidhri JacksonSebastian TeichertUniversity of Nebraska-LincolnWilliam Woelkerling,Trending Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Sharelast_img read more

Watching This Hummingbird Mama With Her Newborns is Just What We Needed on Mother’s Day

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreJust as the quarantine was starting to drag down Angela Elsey, she noticed a hummingbird nest right outside her kitchen window and was able to watch the babies grow from eggs to hatchlings—being fed by their mom—and then leave the nest as fledglings.Normally, the San Jose, California woman enjoys interacting with human newborns—as a volunteer in the neo-natal intensive care unit at Good Samaritan hospital. Her “cuddlers group” has not been able to volunteer for a couple of months now, so Angela began eagerly sending periodic video updates of the cute and teeny baby hummingbirds so they could get their “tiny baby fix”.“We were all missing the preemies—and a lot of the cuddlers wrote to say how much they enjoyed seeing the hummingbird babies. One woman wrote, ‘Can we come to your house to cuddle your baby birds?’ and it was hard to resist the temptation!”In this video, the mama is feeding hatchlings that are a few weeks old. The nest opening is about the size of a quarter.– Angela ElseyAngela referred to the hatchlings as “the twins”—and even named them.“I named the babies after the characters Anne Elliot and Frederick Wentworth in the Jane Austen novel Persuasion.”“Watching them was a break from worrying about the current situation, since they were oblivious to the pandemic raging around them. And it was such a joy to see those little eggs, then those tiny babies and watch them grow.”(WATCH the video below…)SEND These Hummingbirds to Fly From One Social Media Friend to Another…AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

How does Ole Miss move on without Laquon Treadwell?

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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.OXFORD — Laquon Treadwell ended his season being the very best version of himself.Third-and-three screen passes from the 20 are supposed to get a first down, not result in touchdowns. Third-and-three screen passes are supposed to be for 5-foot-10 slot receivers, not 6-foot-2, 229-pound weapons of mass destruction.But that’s very nearly what happened on Saturday when Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze called for a short pass out of trips formation to Treadwell with 99 seconds remaining and Ole Miss down 35-31 to Auburn. Treadwell caught the pass from quarterback Bo Wallace, bulled his way through a pair way of arm tackles and …Everyone in college football knows by now what happened next. The strength of Auburn linebacker Kris Frost pulling back on Treadwell from the midsection was in direct conflict with Treadwell’s strength pushing himself forward, and Treadwell’s left leg was trapped underneath him. In the rush of panic that had to have gone through his body at that moment, the ball came out at the 1. Auburn recovered, and won the game.Ole Miss’ Laquon Treadwell suffers leg fractureTreadwell, Ole Miss’ sophomore wide receiver, had surgery early Sunday morning to repair a fractured tibia and dislocated ankle on his left leg. His season is over with 48 catches for 632 yards and five touchdowns. Ten of those catches for 103 yards and a touchdown came against Auburn.“Not everything in life is set out to be easy, & not every plan we have for ourselves work out in our favor,” Treadwell posted on Instagram, along with a photo of him fighting back tears as he was carted off the field. “Even the greatest & most powerful people we praise or look up to have huge downfalls, but it takes a strong person & an even stronger mindset to prepare for that major come back. It didn’t kill me, so watch as I become stronger. Thanks for the prayers everyone, God bless.”Not everything in life is set out to be easy, & not every plan we have for ourselves work out in our favor. Even the greatest & most powerful people we praise or look up to have huge downfalls, but it takes a strong person & an even stronger mindset to prepare for that major come back. It didn’t kill me, so watch as I become stronger. Thanks for the prayers everyone, God bless.It was a devastating injury, one that shook Ole Miss in ways that the loss could not. Wallace fought back tears when discussing Treadwell with the media postgame, and coach Hugh Freeze was similarly down.“He took the game over,” co-offensive coordinator Dan Werner said. “That was why we were calling those type of plays, knowing he’s hard to tackle. That one he could have been tackled three times and just got rolled up.“… I told him he’s a warrior and played probably the best game I’ve seen him play yet.”Kellenberger: Egg Bowl now biggest game left for Ole MissDespite his late fumble, Wallace stars vs. AuburnThere are still four games left in this season for Ole Miss (three regular season, one bowl), and while Ole Miss still prays for a speedy and full recovery for Treadwell those games are not going to go away. And just how do you go on without a player who meant so much more than the simple designation of “No. 1 receiver” could explain?It’ll take a Moneyball-like approach, because there simply is not another player like Treadwell on this roster. The most obvious answer is that slot receiver Cody Core will move to the outside, and that sophomore Quincy Adeboyejo and freshman Markell Pack will have to be the primary slot receivers moving forward. With those three and more from Vince Sanders (33 catches, 536 yards, four TDS) and Evan Engram (27, 415, two), Wallace said he’ll make it work.“We still have playmakers,” Wallace said. “Vince, Quincy, Cody. Pack. He’s a freshman, but he’s going to have to step up. He’ll be ready. By this time he’s played in nine games, he’s not a freshman anymore.”Said Engram: “That’s a huge loss on the offensive side. We recruit well and we’re going to need guys to step up. We’re going to figure out how to work around it, and guys are going to have to step in and make plays.”But that’s just how the team will line up. There’ll also have to be a shift in play-calling to account for Treadwell’s absence. He is the team’s only threat on screens, which became a bigger part of the offense in recent weeks (Ole Miss’ first touchdown Saturday was on such a play). Treadwell’s back-shoulder catches against Alabama were a big part of that comeback, and every Saturday he remained a threat even if he was being thrown the ball (his 69 targets are 20 more than the next-best receiver) or not. No one left on the roster will demand the same kind of attention from opposing defenses, and they all benefited from the extra coverage on Treadwell all season.And his impact more than just catching passes. He was more than a willing blocker (how many receivers pursue pancake blocks?). Treadwell blocked two separate Auburn players on Ole Miss’ first touchdown, an I’Tavius Mathers run at the goal line, and also Bo Wallace’s 59-yard run in the second quarter.“Anytime you lose a player like him and him also being somewhat a leader, it’s going to be tough,” Werner said. “But someone has to step up.” Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 0:00Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%0:00 Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1ChaptersChaptersdescriptions off, selectedDescriptionssubtitles off, selectedSubtitlescaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedCaptionsAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window. The Video Cloud video was not found. Error Code: VIDEO_CLOUD_ERR_VIDEO_NOT_FOUNDlast_img read more

The Latvian women’s soccer team in Estonia is experiencing a minimal…

first_imgThe Latvian national team lost to Estonia with 0: 1 (0: 0).The only goal of the game was scored in the 55th minute, when Kristīna Bannikova was disturbed in front of the goalkeeper Sofia Nesterova. A pass to the side pulled the defense out of position which let Nesterova slip through on goal.In this duel, several leaders could not help the Latvian national team – Sandra Voitāne, Karlīne Miksone, Marija Ibragimova and also Olga Ševcova.In August, the Latvian national team held a short training camp, to which 17 footballers were invited. Six of them represent “Riga Football School”, three – “Metta”, but also “Super Nova”. Changes have also taken place in the coaching corps, as Roman Kvačovs, an assistant to specialist Didža Matīss, has become the head coach of the U-15 girls’ national team. His duties in Estonia were performed by Jurijs Ševļakovs.The two national teams had met 29 times before this match, of which 17 were won by Estonians. In nine doubles, Latvians were superior, but three more matches ended in a draw.The last meeting was last year in Latvia in the Baltic Cup, when the Latvians were superior with 3: 0 and later also won the tournament.It has already been reported that due to the pandemic caused by Covid-19, the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) had to cancel the games for the European Championship qualifiers for women in the spring and early June.The Latvian women’s team led by Matiss was scheduled to play a match in Slovakia on April 10. The initial game schedule also included a June 4 match in Iceland and a June 9 match in Liepaja against Hungary.At the end of May, UEFA published an updated calendar, according to which the qualifying game of the European Championship against Iceland will be played on September 17, but three days later Latvia will meet with Hungary.The guests will have to meet with Sweden on October 22 and with Slovakia on October 27.In the four games played so far, the Latvian national team has not reached the overall points, but is pleased with its competitive performance, especially in the first two home games against Sweden (1: 4) and Slovakia (1: 2).Also, this summer, the previously planned Baltic Cup did not take place, where, in addition to Latvia, the Estonian and Lithuanian national teams also start.Others are currently reading Disaster 20 years ago that shook the whole of Russia: a look back at the Kursk submarine tragedy “I can’t be white, and that’s not possible,” – Ralph Ruben, the leader of the group “Transit” – 50! What’s going on in Belarus out of control: OMON brutally captures a minor child, police kick journalistslast_img read more

Riot Games hosts The Nexus event in the Middle East

first_imgRiot Games is hosting The Nexus, the first official League of Legends event to take place in the Middle East.As part of Riyadh Season – an initiative created by the Saudi General Entertainment Authority – the event includes six competitions with a total prize pool of $2 million (£1,545,988). Image credit: Riot GamesRELATED: Splyce rebrands to MAD Lions in Riot Games’ LECThe Nexus kicked things off on December 5th and will wrap up on December 7th.Onur Tamer, METAI General Manager at Riot Games commented on the event in a release: “We opened our offices in the region over a year ago. Since then, we have been working on ways to deliver local experiences to our communities and players across the MENA region. The Nexus is our first step in solidifying our presence in the region to support and celebrate our players.“The launch of the Nexus festival is just one part of our plan to increase our presence in the MENA region. We are also looking at rolling out Arabic language support for all our products starting next year along with a localized version of League of Legends for all our players.”RELATED: Cloud9 fined by Riot Games for violating LCS rulesThe Nexus includes a five-versus-five tournament, a tournament for influencers, a one-on-one tournament, a Teamfight Tactics tournament, and a cosplay competition. Riot Games is expecting to see over 30,000 people attending The Nexus and will continue its tradition of including musical performances. DJ Mao, Crystal Method, and Jason Derulo are scheduled to perform over December 6-7th.Esports Insider says: The Middle East certainly doesn’t have the same level of support as other regions but, depending on how The Nexus is received, it could see more events head its way next year.Sign up to our newsletter!last_img read more

Republicans push back against proposed dietary guidelines

first_imgWASHINGTON | Congressional Republicans are pushing back against proposed dietary guidelines that urge Americans to consider the environment when deciding what foods to eat.House and Senate spending bills say the guidelines must focus only on nutrition and diet. That’s a clear effort to thwart a recommendation by the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee that eating a diet higher in vegetables and other plant-based foods is better for the environment than eating a diet based more on foods from animals.The advice from a government advisory panel of independent doctors and nutrition experts has raised the ire of the meat industry.The dietary guidelines come out every five years, and the government advice informs everything from school lunches and food package labels to advice from your doctor. The departments of Agriculture and Health and Human Services are expected to issue a final version by year’s end based on the advisory committee’s February recommendations.While the guidelines always have been subject to intense lobbying by food industries, this year’s version has set off unprecedented political debate, fueled by Republicans’ claims the Obama administration has gone too far in telling people what to eat.FILE – In this Jan. 18, 2010 file photo, steaks and other beef products are displayed for sale at a grocery store in McLean, Va. Congressional Republicans are pushing back on proposed dietary guidelines that urge Americans to consider the environment when deciding what foods to eat. House and Senate spending bills approved by subcommittees in each chamber says the guidelines must focus only on nutrition and diet _ a clear effort to thwart a recommendation by the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee that eating a diet higher in vegetables and other plant-based foods is better for the environment than eating a diet based on foods from animals. That advice has raised the ire of the meat industry. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, file)The advisory panel also suggested a tax on sugary drinks and snacks as one way people could be coaxed into eating better. That idea angered beverage companies and conservatives in Congress.Two spending bills in the House would set a new threshold for the science that can be used in setting the guidelines, saying the government only can make recommendations based on the strongest science. One of the bills was approved by a spending subcommittee last week, while the other was approved by the House Appropriations Committee Wednesday. Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., offered an amendment to strike the dietary guidelines language from the bill but it was rejected.The guidelines panel had used three grades to determine the strength of the science supporting its recommendations: Grade 1 is strong, Grade 2 is moderate and Grade 3 is limited.The advisory committee sent a letter to lawmakers Tuesday strongly opposing the legislation.“I don’t think public policy should be driven by the economic interests or the lobbyists,” panel chairman Barbara Millen said in an interview. “It needs to be driven by science, and good science.”Millen said “strong” recommendations are unlikely to change over the years and are much harder to come by with limited research dollars.The recommendation that a more plant-based diet is better for the environment is based on science rated “moderate” in the report. The moderate threshold means there’s a strong body of scientific evidence to support the recommendation, but it’s not as conclusive.“Research evolves and we expect it to change,” Millen said. “That doesn’t negate the importance of a large body of consistent data that may have limitations of a certain kind.”Rep. Robert Aderholt, the author of one of the House bills, said the goal “should not be to ‘dumb down’ the standards but instead increase the science certainty of each guideline.” Aderholt, R-Ala., also has pushed back against healthier school lunch rules, and his bill tries to delay federal menu labeling requirements.Republican Rep. Tom Cole of Oklahoma, the author of the other House spending bill, said the advisory committee had “enormously expanded” the scope of the guidelines.The bill has frustrated groups such as the American Cancer Society, which says the legislation could strip the dietary guidelines of a recommendation that reducing consumption of red meat and processed meats can lower the risk of colon cancer. The cancer society’s own guidelines have long urged people to take the same step.“We wouldn’t make that recommendation in our own guidelines if we didn’t feel that the evidence was convincing,” said Gregg Haifley of the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network.Based on the Grade 1 parameters, the guidelines also may be prevented from making recommendations on physical activity, including advising increased exercise based on its benefits for heart health and other disease prevention. It could also prevent the panel’s recommendations on package labeling and health and wellness in the workplace.A Senate bill overseeing spending for the Health and Human Services Department is vaguer, saying the guidelines must be “based only on a preponderance of nutritional and scientific evidence and not extraneous information.”The advisory committee should have made “recommendations based on sound nutritional science and not issues they don’t have the authority or expertise to consider,” said Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt, the panel’s Republican chairman, after it approved the legislation Tuesday.Follow Mary Clare Jalonick on Twitter https://twitter.com/mcjalonicklast_img read more

Espanyol’s shock signing could be Madrid’s Jese Rodriguez

first_img 15/06/2016 CEST Espanyol have also asked for Kiko Casilla, but everything suggests he will not leave Los Blancos. However, the Barcelona-based club are well positioned in the race for Diego Llorente, who spent this season on loan at Rayo Vallecano, while they’re also waiting to see how Asensio’s future develops. The midfielder would be open to a return to Cornella, but Madrid may want to keep him, although it’s a matter which will be decided in August. Jese’s future may be defined before then. There could also be an option to buy in the future, while the loan deal could be for two years, as long as the player accepts. His name came up in a meeting held a couple of months ago between the club’s new president Chen Yansheng and Florentino Perez, but things have accelerated in recent weeks. Jese’s representatives have advised him to accept Espanyol’s offer so that his career can progress.  Lluis Miguelsanzcenter_img The operation is brewing in Madrid. Jese’s agent, Gines Carvajal, who also represents Quique Sanchez Flores, is in the process of closing a new deal at the Bernabeu, with the intention of extending the player’s terms until 20121. After that, Madrid feel it would be good for the forward to play regular minutes at another club. Jese was seriously injured in 2014 and has not, since then, had continuity. There are no doubts about his quality at Madrid, but they can’t give him the desired minutes. Therefore, Espanyol are seen as a good option. The cases of Jose Callejon, Lucas Vazquez and Marco Asensio are proof that players progress at the Pericos and Jese could continue that path.  Espanyol’s new project is serious and the club want to surround new manager Quique Sanchez Flores with players capable of moving them up the table. There are talks underway to sign many players, but the big target, the club’s priority, is no other than Real Madrid’s Jese Rodriguez. Espanyol have asked for a loan deal for one or two seasons, the player himself likes the option and Madrid could give the green light to a deal if they manage to renew him in the coming days. It’s close.  Upd. at 17:48 last_img read more

Little, Clarkson top Balfour Golf Tournaments

first_imgJackie Little and Reg Clarkson were recently crowned champions during a pair of golf tournament at the Balfour Golf Course north of Nelson.Little took home the top prize at the Balfour Ladies Open last Thursday while Clarkson won the Balfour Senior Men’s Open in late August.Jennifer Green took home the Low Net Title during the Ladies Open Tournament. Little is not done with her season as the Balfour Champ is now off to compete in the Senior Women’s Amateur Irish Open and Senior Women’s Amateur British Open across the Big Pond.Little won the Super Senior title at the Canadian Women’s Mid-Amateur & Senior held  in Osoyoos during August.Clarkson fired a near-record round during the Balfour Senior Men’s tournament, finishing with a three-under score of 69.Both tournaments attracted players from throughout the West Kootenay region.Reg Clarkson receives the Balfour Senior Men’s Open Trophy from club professional Craig Wilkinson. — Submitted photolast_img read more

Challenge Galway takes place this weekend

first_img 更多 Galway Bay FM Sport Challenge Galway takes place this weekend Back 15 seconds Challenge Galway takes place around the City and County this weekend with the feature events being held on Sunday. Currently Playing Forward 60 seconds Challenge Galway takes place this weekend print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emailcenter_img Challenge Galway takes place this weekend Forward 60 seconds CEO of Challenge Galway Liam Heavin joined John on Over The Line to look forward to the weekendAudio Playerhttps://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/sports.podcast/LIAM+HEAVEN+CHALLENGE+GALWAY.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Galway Bay FM Sport Back 15 seconds Galway Bay FM Sportlast_img

Stephen F. Austin’s Payne Named to Bowerman Trophy Watch List

first_imgBill Bowerman served the sport of track and field in numerous ways. His leadership in the USTFCCCA’spredecessor organization, the National Collegiate Track Coaches Association, and his contributions to NCAA track and field and the running community as a whole are among his many lasting legacies. The Bowerman, which debuted in 2009, is presented annually by the USTFCCCA to the most outstanding male and female collegiatetrack & field athletes in the nation. In total, the winners from the award’s first four years have won two Olympic Medals, two World Championships and six World Championships medals. When considering finalists for the award, 13 individuals have earned a combined six Olympic medals, four World Championships and 17 World Championships medals. Payne joins nine other women on the 2015 Watch List for collegiate track & field’s highest individual honor as selected by The Bowerman Watch List Committee. She is one of four newcomers from the preseason list that was released on Jan. 8. Overall, Payne has been the top collegiate performer at each of her four meets in January to start the 2015 indoor season and has brought home three consecutive individual titles (Texas A&M, New Mexico, Houston). She currently owns four of the top five jumps all-time in the NCAA and the best leap in the world this year. NEW ORLEANS, La. – Stephen F. Austin’s Demi Payne has been added to The Bowerman Trophy Women’s Watch List, the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced on Thursday afternoon. She is the first athlete from the Southland Conference to make the Watch List for either gender. In her first year at SFA after transferring from Kansas, Payne has exploded onto the national scene in just four meets as a Ladyjack. She broke the NCAA women’s pole vault record in just her second week of the season at the Texas A&M Team Invitational on Jan. 17, soaring over 15-2.25 (4.63m).The next weekend at the New Mexico Lobo Collegiate Open, Payne broke her own record not once, but twice. She surpassed 15-3 (4.65m) without a miss and then cleared 15-7 (4.75m) on her first run to extend herNCAA mark and move to No. 3 on the all-time U.S. women’s indoor list.Payne also currently ranks No. 11 on the all-time world indoor list with her 15-7 bound. No other American in women’s indoor pole vault history has ever jumped higher in January. For more information on The Bowerman, the award, the trophy and Bill Bowerman himself, visit TheBowerman.org.last_img read more