Blues star comes through scare on eve of Champions League clash

first_imgDavid Luiz is expected to be passed fit for tonight’s Champions League clash with his former club Benfica despite an injury scare on the eve of the game.The Chelsea defender was a doubt for the quarter-final second leg but trained on Tuesday evening with his knee heavily strapped.And there was a tense moment for the Blues camp when Luiz took a heavy knock in a challenge from team-mate Fernando Torres during the session at Stamford Bridge.But Luiz played on and is tipped to be available this evening along with Branislav Ivanovic, Didier Drogba and Raul Meireles, who have also been nursing injuries.See also:Huge fitness boost for Chelsea ahead of Benfica clashDi Matteo wary of Benfica’s away recordFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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49ers pregame: Goodwin returns; Garçon, Breida, Williams out

first_imgSANTA CLARA — Marquise Goodwin indeed will return from a two-game hiatus today to bolster the 49ers’ upset hopes against the visiting Denver Broncos.Goodwin had missed the past two games, as well as a week of practice, while excused to deal with a family matter, an issue he declined to reveal Friday in speaking with the media. Goodwin was in good spirits in warmups, dancing with fellow receiver Dante Pettis and then heading into the locker room 1 1/2 hours before kickoff while pointing to the …last_img read more

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This Bacterium Moves Like a Tank

first_imgMark McBride (U of Wisconsin) has been trying for a decade to figure out how a gliding bacterium glides.  His conclusion: the microbe has tire treads like a conveyor belt that make it roll over a variety of surfaces, like an all-terrain vehicle.    According to a U of Wisconsin press release, the Department of Energy (DOE) is interested in this bacterium, Cytophaga hutchinsonii, because it can digest paper and other forest by-products.  This is the first step in converting biomaterial into ethanol, to use as fuel.    Of the cell’s “parts list,” McBride identified 24 genes involved in its gliding motility.  He attached tiny latex spheres to the cell surface and then watched them move in all directions.  “The cell wall appears to have a series of moving conveyer belts,” he said.  He described these nearly invisible filaments as like tire treads, “designed to help the organism move over a variety of surfaces, like an all-terrain vehicle.”  He believes these structures also convey cellulose into the interior of the cell, toward specialized organelles that digest it.    Figuring out how this cell digests cellulose is still a work in progress.  Unlike other bacteria that know the trick, this one “may use either a novel strategy or novel enzymes.”  The Department of Energy is interested in this research.  It may help our energy-hungry civilization “find other renewable materials that will be cost-effective alternatives, such as paper pulp, sawdust, straw and grain hulls.”    What really intrigues McBride about his research on C. hutchinsonii, though, is what makes it go.  He and his students have been comparing it with another gliding bug, Flavobacterium johnsoniae, that although “not closely related,” may “use the same basic machinery to move.”  How different are these two?  McBride claimed, “You are more closely related to a fruit fly than these two organisms are to each other.”Question: how much did evolutionary theory contribute to this decade-long science project?  Apparently, none.  The press release said nothing about evolution, but quoted the professor using a forbidden word to describe the structures he found: “They are designed to help the organism move over a variety of surfaces, like an all-terrain vehicle.”  Have you ever seen an ATV that emerged by evolution?  How about two that arrived at the same engineering solution independently, with nothing but mutations for information input?    A mousetrap only takes 5 parts to be considered irreducibly complex; here is one system in one cell that requires 24 parts.  When any one of them was missing, the bacterium was stuck at a standstill.  From one of his comments, McBride apparently believes in evolution, but his research method assumes intelligent design and proceeds without Charlie’s superfluous counsel.  As a benefit of this team’s persistent efforts for more than ten years to understand how these microscopic ATVs work, we may some day be able to fill our car gas tanks with the output of microbial tanks.    Could we see the world at the bacterial level, we would be astonished at the engineering.  Animators could have fun depicting these microscopic tanks appearing over the horizon, consuming all the cellulose in their path.  What kind of sound track would go with such a scene?  Imagine the crescendo to a climax when each machine divides into two working copies.  Let’s see military engineers try to duplicate that feat with just wood chips for fuel.(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Paddy fields of dreams: the Myanmar teen making way in women’s football

first_imgView comments Although her parents wanted her to go to university she had other ideas, with her grandfather, an ex-player, the only family member to support her ambitions.Five years ago San Thaw Thaw left the muddy rice fields to take up a place on the U14 national side in Yangon and in 2016 was spotted and recruited by former Myanmar player Than Than Htwe, now coaching Zwe Ka Pin United. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“Most of my friends from my village have got married and are working in the paddy fields,” San Thaw Thaw told AFP. “But I’m playing football in Yangon and I’m meeting lots of new people.”However, San Thaw Thaw is only too aware of the challenges for girls wanting to follow their footballing aspirations in Myanmar.  MOST READ Her dream is to play in Europe and she devotes all her free time to extra training, admitting she can be a little too competitive at times — something she shares with her hero Rooney. “We’re both aggressive. We give everything to beat our rivals,” she says.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Thai court upholds death sentence for Myanmar men over Brit killings PLAY LIST 01:22Thai court upholds death sentence for Myanmar men over Brit killings02:37Myanmar battles rising floodwaters after dozens killed in landslide00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess “It’s difficult for us to compete with other countries,” she says of women’s football in Myanmar, though the country punches above its weight and is ranked 44th — above Ghana, Cameroon and Slovakia. “They’ve been training since they were seven or eight years old. We start at age 14 or 15.” In April the side reached the third round of the AFC Olympic qualifiers.But this success did little to excite Myanmar’s public, which follows the action in England’s Premier League far more closely than any matches at home — particularly women’s football. San Thaw Thaw says she does not get disheartened even though only “one or two” fans come to cheer on the team.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Horse death toll rises at Santa Anita Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP LATEST STORIES This photo taken on May 3, 2019 shows Myanmar’s U-19 football player San Thaw Thaw taking part in a training session in Yangon. – Myanmar U19 striker San Thaw Thaw fled from her family’s paddy fields to follow her footballing dreams, inspired by her girlhood hero Wayne Rooney. (Photo by Ye Aung THU / AFP)Myanmar U19 striker San Thaw Thaw fled from her family’s paddy fields to follow her footballing dreams, inspired by her girlhood hero Wayne Rooney.One of five daughters, the 18-year-old grew up in Nyaung Tone township in Ayeyarwaddy division obsessed with football in a country that often frowns on women playing sport. ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Barcelona name Abidal new sporting director

first_imgBarcelona Abidal stepping up from ambassador role to sporting director post at Barcelona Jamie Smith 00:00 6/8/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Eric Abidal Getty Images Barcelona Primera División Barcelona sporting director Robert Fernandez will not have his contract renewed, with Eric Abidal instead taking over in the role. Eric Abidal will take over as Barcelona’s sporting director for the 2018-19 season, the club have confirmed, replacing Robert Fernandez in the role. Fernandez’s contract is due to expire at the end of June and will not be renewed, Barcelona said in a statement released on Thursday. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now The outgoing sporting director faced criticism over the departure of Neymar last year in a world-record transfer to Paris Saint-Germain, while some of his signings during his tenure failed to have the expected impact at Camp Nou.Abidal played for Barca between 2007 and 2013, though serious illness and a subsequent liver transplant curtailed his involvement towards the end of his spell.The former France international became a Barcelona ambassador in 2017 and will now take over from Fernandez.”Barcelona announces that Robert Fernandez will not extend his contract as the football first team technical secretary which runs out on June 30 of this year,” the La Liga champions said in a statement.”The club would like to thank Robert Fernandez publicly for his commitment and dedication to Barcelona over the years and wishes him success in the future.”Abidal will be presented as the new Barcelona sporting director on July 18, the club added.last_img read more

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a month agoAston Villa boss Dean Smith happy to stick with system

first_imgAston Villa boss Dean Smith happy to stick with systemby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveAston Villa boss Dean Smith is happy to stick with his current system.Smith has continued to play a 4-1-4-1 formation in the Premier League, with stand-out stars Jack Grealish and John McGinn operating alongside each other with a midfield anchorman in behind them.”In midfield we’re playing a one and a two at the moment,” Smith told BirminghamLive. “With a one and a two you get two midfielders closer to Wesley [McGinn and Grealish]. If I played a two and a one [in a 4-2-3-1, for example] you get one less closer to him!”I’m quite happy with the system at the moment and, more importantly, the players are. The system’s worked well and we’ll continue with that.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Tyquan Lewis having outstanding spring for Ohio State as defensive line depth

Redshirt-sophomore defensive lineman Tyquan Lewis (59) performs a drill during a March 26 practice at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorUrban Meyer’s call might have been answered this spring after the Ohio State coach spent most of the 2014 season preaching the need for depth at defensive line.Despite losing starters Michael Bennett and Steve Miller to graduation, OSU defensive line coach Larry Johnson said redshirt-sophomore Tyquan Lewis, sophomore Jalyn Holmes and redshirt-freshman Sam Hubbard have stood out through the first 10 practices this spring.“Tyquan is having a great spring, really great spring,” Johnson said Thursday. “Jalyn is starting to be the player we think he can be. Sam’s kinda out of nowhere, but really got a chance to be really dynamic also.”Lewis and Holmes combined for a total of 20 tackles last season, with Hubbard sitting out as a redshirt. Holmes totaled 11 tackles, one for loss, and Lewis added nine tackles with half a sack.Of the three, Johnson said Lewis has made the biggest strides since OSU’s victory in the College Football Playoff National Championship in January.“It’s clicked in his mind, the kind of player he has to be,” Johnson said. “He’s playing much faster than he played last year. And I think he understands the defensive concept much more than he did last year. But he’s had a really outstanding spring.”While Lewis played in 13 of the Buckeyes’ 15 games last season, he never cracked the regular rotation. Now with the goal of defending its national title, OSU is looking to replace the production of Bennett and Miller, who combined for 75 total tackles and eight sacks as seniors.The Buckeyes’ most productive defensive lineman, junior Joey Bosa, is set to return after totaling 55 tackles, 21 tackles for loss and 13.5 sacks on his way to being named a unanimous All-American. Bosa acknowledged that there wasn’t much depth on the line last year, but added the confidence he has in his backups has changed this spring.“Last year, we didn’t feel too comfortable with putting some backups in,” Bosa said Thursday. “But this year is a completely different feeling, we have a bunch of guys ready to go.”Like his coach, Bosa said Lewis has been the standout player of the bunch. He said Lewis has earned the starting spot opposite himself at defensive end, and added that he’s done “an unbelievable job” in practice.“He’s out there killing it, going hard every day,” Bosa said. “We’re all so happily surprised to see him do that, and I’m excited to have another end doing that.”Bosa said Lewis has speed and physicality, calling him a “freak” on the field.But while one player has stood out, Bosa added that Holmes and Hubbard have come out strong as well.“Jalyn Holmes and Sam Hubbard, my little protégés,” Bosa said. “They’re doing great, too. They’re out there working, Sam’s gotten so unbelievably better.”Overall, Johnson said he likes where OSU’s defensive line is going as spring practice winds down.The Buckeyes are scheduled to take the field for their annual Spring Game on April 18 before taking on Virginia Tech on Sept. 7 in Blacksburg, Va., to open the regular season. read more

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