MIAMI, Florida, (CMC): Nine Caribbean Football Union teams taking part in the CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship to be staged in Nassau, Bahamas, from February 20 to 26 next year, now know their schedule. The regional governing body and Beach Soccer Worldwide disclosed the full schedule of matches recently, which also includes Barbados, a late replacement for Guatemala, which is currently prohibited by FIFA, football’s world governing body, from taking part in international competition. All but three of the CFU teams will take to the sand on the opening day of the tournament with the hosts bringing the curtain down against Guyana in the night cap match. Earlier in the day, Barbados get things rolling, when they face Canada, followed by an all-CFU contest between Trinidad & Tobago and Antigua & Barbuda, then Jamaica vs Belize, Mexico vs Guadeloupe and the United States vs United States Virgin Islands. The Championship will include a field of 16 teams. During the first four days, teams will contest a round-robin format in four groups of four teams each, as selected at the official draw for the competition held last October in Miami. Group A consists of Bahamas, Jamaica, Belize and Guyana, with Group B comprising Mexico, Barbados, Canada and Guadeloupe. Group C includes the United States, Trinidad & Tobago, Antigua and Barbuda and the United Virgin Islands, with Group D formed by El Salvador, Costa Rica, Panama and Turks & Caicos Islands. The winner and runner-up from each group will advance to the quarterfinals, while the third- and fourth-placed teams from each group will also participate in positioning matches over the final three match dates. The champion and the runner-up of the competition will join host Bahamas as the three CONCACAF representatives at the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup to be staged two months later in the same venue. MATCH SCHEDULE Monday, February 20, 2017 Barbados vs Canada Trinidad & Tobago vs Antigua & Barbuda Jamaica vs Belize Mexico vs Guadeloupe United States vs United States Virgin Islands Bahamas vs Guyana Tuesday, February 21, 2017 Costa Rica vs Panama El Salvador vs Turks & Caicos Islands Guadeloupe vs Barbados Canada vs Mexico Guyana vs Jamaica Belize vs Bahamas Wednesday, February 22, 2017 United States Virgin Islands vs Trinidad & Tobago Turks & Caicos Islands vs Costa Rica Panama vs El Salvador Belize vs Guyana Antigua & Barbuda vs United States Bahamas vs Jamaica Thursday, February 23, 2017 Canada vs Guadeloupe Antigua & Barbuda vs United States Virgin Islands Panama vs Turks & Caicos Islands Mexico vs Barbados El Salvador vs Costa Rica United States vs Trinidad & Tobago Friday, February 24, 2017 Minor Quarter-finals 4B vs 4D 4A vs 4C 3B vs 3D 3A vs 3C Major Quarter-finals TBD vs TBD Quarterfinal 1 TBD vs TBD Quarterfinal 2 TBD vs TBD Quarterfinal 3 TBD vs TBD Quarterfinal 4 Saturday, February 25, 2017 Minor Semi-finals Loser Minor quarter-final 2 vs Loser Minor quarter-finals 1 Winner Minor quarter-final 2 vs Winner Minor quarter-finals 1 Loser Minor quarter-final 4 vs Loser Minor quarter-finals 3 Winner Minor quarter-final 4 vs Winner Minor quarter-finals 3 Major Semi-finals Loser Major quarter-final 2 vs Loser Major quarter-finals 1 Loser Major quarter-final 4 vs Loser Major quarter-finals 3 Winner Major quarter-final 2 vs Winner Major quarter-finals 1 Winner Major quarter-final 4 vs Winner Major quarter-finals 3 Sunday, February 26, 2017 – Final Playoffs Minor Playoff Loser Minor semi-final 2 vs Loser Minor semi-finals 1 Major Playoff Winner Minor semi-final 2 vs Winner Minor semi-finals 1 Minor Consolation Playoff Loser Minor semi-final 4 vs Loser Minor semi-finals 3 Major Consolation Playoff Winner Minor semi-final 4 vs Winner Minor semi-finals 3 Minor Consolation Final Loser Major semi-final 2 vs Loser Major semi-finals 1 Major Consolation Final Winner Major semi-final 2 vs Winner Major semi-finals 1 Consolation Final Loser Major semi-final 4 vs Loser Major semi-finals 3 Grand Final Winner Major semi-final 4 vs Winner Major semi-finals 3
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Alongside Jimmy Butler with 25 points and Andrew Wiggins with 21, Towns kept the Wolves from another bad loss, this one against a Phoenix team missing top scorer Devin Booker.“Whatever the game plan is offensively, I try to go out there and execute as best as possible,” Towns said. “Whether it is shoot 30-plus shots, or shoot five shots.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throneThe Wolves probably prefer the former, as long as he shoots the way he did Sunday. Towns went 12 of 26 from the floor, including two 3-pointers, and hit all six of his free-throw attempts.Coach Tom Thibodeau criticized Towns for not moving without the ball on Friday night, when his star big man got rolling too late. On Sunday, he scored 30 points for the third time this season and recorded his league-leading 16th double-double. Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Suns: At Chicago on Tuesday night.Timberwolves: Host Washington on Tuesday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set View comments Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set T.J. Warren — who also had 35 points in the first meeting with the Timberwolves — had 18 points for the Suns, and Phoenix started its six-game trip with its third straight loss.Minnesota built an early 14-point lead before Phoenix’s bench pulled the Suns back into it. James had eight second-quarter points to help spark a 25-15 run that gave the Suns a brief four-point lead before Wiggins got hot with three straight buckets to put the Wolves back in front.BOOKER’S STATUSTriano said he hoped Booker’s status would be day-to-day, but that he still needed to speak with the trainers. “They said if he sat out today it would give him a chance to rest a couple more days, so I’m hoping that means he gets to play.” Before the game, Triano said Booker’s injury occurred Friday night in a home loss to New Orleans.TAJ’S TALLYTaj Gibson had 16 points and a season-high 14 rebounds for his seventh double-double of the season. He finished 8 of 12 from the floor, matching a career high for made field goals. While most of the attention on Minnesota’s revamped roster has focused on Jimmy Butler, Gibson has emerged as a reliable inside presence. “He adds a lot to the team, the way he plays,” Thibodeau said. “He’s got great quickness, he’s got great feet, but there’s a toughness to him that makes him what we need, too.”TIP-INSSuns: Josh Jackson started in Booker’s place and finished with five points. … The Suns’ bench scored 61 points. The unit entered the game averaging 45.4 points over its previous five games. … Phoenix lost for the first time in four games when shooting 50 percent from the floor. … The Suns went 13 of 26 from 3-point range, one off the team’s season high for 3-pointers made.Timberwolves: The Wolves improved to 12-8 to equal their best 20-game start since the 2005-06 season. … Starting point guard Jeff Teague (sore right Achilles) and reserve forward Nemanja Bjelica (sprained left foot) missed their second-consecutive games. Before the game, Thibodeau said both players were “getting closer, but I’m not sure that they’re there yet.” Bjelica’s injury is the same foot that required surgery to repair a fracture last season, and Thibodeau said the team has consulted with the surgeon. “I think he’s good but we just want to make sure.”UP NEXT It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ MOST READ 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 Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ LATEST STORIES Carroll’s 24 points lead Nets over struggling Grizzlies “I thought Karl had great activity today, so that was good,” Thibodeau said. “We need that from him.”The Suns announced shortly before the game that Booker — who scored 35 points in Phoenix’s home victory over Minnesota on Nov. 11 — would sit out because of an injured big right toe.With Booker out, the Suns got another big game from their bench, led by Mike James with a career-high 26 points. But Minnesota started the third quarter with a 22-11 run, and Phoenix couldn’t find an offensive spark to seriously threaten the rest of the way.“He’s one of our best scorers, so it’s a big chunk offensively,” Suns interim coach Jay Triano said about Booker. “But at the same time we shot 50 percent. I thought our movement was pretty good. We shared the basketball, so I’m not disappointed with how we played at the offensive end without him. We weren’t very good defensively.”The Wolves outscored the Suns 66-50 in the paint, and had 32 second-chance points to Phoenix’s 12.ADVERTISEMENT Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Phoenix Suns’ Mike James (55) guards against Minnesota Timberwolves’ Andrew Wiggins (22) during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game on Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Hannah Foslien)MINNEAPOLIS — Karl-Anthony Towns’ scoring actually meant something this time.Two days after his coach characterized his late points as “meaningless” in a listless loss to Miami, Towns led a balanced offensive attack for Minnesota with 32 points and 12 rebounds and the Timberwolves beat Phoenix 119-108 on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. – For 13,000 Chrysler workers, Feb. 14 will now be known as the Valentine’s Day massacre. On Wednesday, Chrysler announced its long-awaited restructuring, which included a 16 percent reduction in its work force, shift reductions, a plant closing and a surprise hint that the plan could lead to a DaimlerChrysler divorce. The Chrysler plan calls for closing the company’s Newark, Del., assembly plant, and reducing shifts at plants in Warren, Mich., and St. Louis. A parts distribution center near Cleveland also will be closed, and reductions could occur at other plants that make components for those facilities. “We believe that this represents a solid plan to return to profitability and lay the groundwork for a solid future,” Chrysler CEO Tom LaSorda said at a news conference. Under the Chrysler plan, 11,000 production workers – 9,000 in the U.S. and 2,000 in Canada – will lose their jobs over the next three years, and 2,000 salaried jobs also will be cut – 1,000 this year and 1,000 in 2008. “Today’s action by DaimlerChrysler is devastating news for thousands of workers, their families and their communities,” United Auto Workers President Ron Gettelfinger and Vice President General Holiefield said in a joint statement. DaimlerChrysler Chairman Dieter Zetsche, asked repeatedly about a potential sale or partners for Chrysler, refused to comment. “I cannot and will not go into any further detail about the announcement we made today,” he said during a news conference. “In this regard we do not exclude any option in order to find the best solution for both the Chrysler Group and DaimlerChrysler,” Zetsche said. Gerald Meyers, a former auto executive who teaches at the University of Michigan, said DaimlerChrysler’s work to develop and integrate common vehicle platforms and components suggests the divorce would be unlikely. “Once you’ve scrambled those eggs, it’s really murder trying to separate them. I think Zetsche’s decided to tough it out and try to make his plan work,” Meyers said. Bank of America analyst Ronald Tadross said he “would not be surprised if there is good interest in Chrysler. We see Chrysler as a decent business, at least relative to the other U.S. domestic manufacturers.” Chrysler said Wednesday that its fourth-quarter earnings plunged on weaker demand at the Chrysler unit, where sales fell 7 percent. DaimlerChrysler’s profit fell to $761 million, or 74 cents per share, as revenue slipped to $53.7 billion. DaimlerChrysler earned $4.26 billion, or $4.17 per share, in 2006 compared with 2005 earnings of $3.76 billion, or $3.70 per share. LaSorda said the company expects to lose money again in 2007, but less on an operating basis than in 2006. He also said the company expects to take a $1.3 billion charge this year for restructuring expenses. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Chrysler blamed the wrenching restructuring on poor sales after a shift in consumer taste from SUVs and trucks to more fuel-efficient vehicles. Workers blamed management. “It’s a shame that Chrysler didn’t give us something better. That’s not our fault,” said Victor Harris, 56, who works in the paint shop at the Newark plant and has been employed there for 35 years. Aside from the job cuts, Chrysler’s German parent, DaimlerChrysler AG, said it is looking at all options to revive its fortunes, including partners for the troubled Chrysler. Its chairman wouldn’t rule out a possible sale of the U.S. operation. With Chrysler’s job losses, the domestic auto industry has eliminated or proposed cutting 132,000 manufacturing jobs at 64 U.S. plants since May 2005, said Sean McAlinden, chief economist and vice president of research at the nonprofit Center for Automotive Research in Ann Arbor, Mich. The devastation was partially offset by foreign brands expanding their manufacturing operations in the U.S. During that same period, foreign brands, such as Japan’s Toyota Motor Corp., and their suppliers have created 30,000 to 40,000 factory jobs in the U.S. That should rise to 50,000 to 60,000 by 2009, McAlinden said.
But the Blues switched off at the back, allowing Arsenal to equalise through goals from Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Alex Iwobi.Shrugging off that collapse, Chelsea secured their second successive victory under new boss Sarri thanks to a controlled second-half display capped by Marcos Alonso’s 81st-minute winner.“We did very well for 75 minutes but inside that, 15 minutes were horrible,” Sarri said.“It was very, very difficult because we lost the distances between the players and we were unable to cover the lost balls and press like a team, so we were really in trouble.“But I think the players were really very good because at 2-2 it was not easy with Arsenal.“In the second half we did very well also mentally.”Alonso’s late intervention was a hammer blow for Arsenal, who have lost both matches under their new boss Unai Emery.The Spaniard conceded Arsenal paid the price for failing to keep Chelsea under pressure in the second half, but he took heart from their initial fightback.“Our reaction was good. We had chances to go 2-2 and we deserved to score more by half-time,” he said.“In the second half we needed to continue this control, but I think we don’t push and keep possession like we did in the first half.“In our moments, our chances, we didn’t do it, and they did.“That is why the result is 3-2. But it is one process. In the second half we played with two midfielders, 19 and 21 years old.“They improve and are continuing. I am happy despite the result.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri gets his point across in the win over Arsenal © AFP / Daniel LEAL-OLIVASLONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 18 – Maurizio Sarri praised Chelsea’s mental strength as they snatched a 3-2 win over Arsenal on Saturday despite squandering a two-goal lead in a “horrible” period that left the Blues boss squirming on the touchline.Chelsea looked on course for an easy win over their London rivals after Pedro and Alvaro Morata put them 2-0 up after just 20 minutes at Stamford Bridge.
Darren Fletcher has warned Scotland: The hard work starts now.Gordon’s Strachan’s side are third in their Euro 2016 qualifying group, level on points with Poland and just one behind leaders Germany.And with two countries qualifying automatically, and the third placed team going into a play-off, the Scots have an excellent chance of reaching the European Championship finals for the first time in 20 years.But West Bromwich Albion midfielder Fletcher insists he and his team-mates can take nothing for granted.He told the Sports Bar: “It’s gone well so far and at the halfway stage we’re really happy with the position we’re in.“We’re right in contention for automatic qualification but the hard works starts now because we’ve got to do it all again in the second half of the campaign.“It’s a very tough group but it will be a big disappointment if we don’t qualify.”
MENLO PARK, Calif. – They may sport love handles and Ivy League pedigrees, but every two weeks some Silicon Valley techies become vicious street brawlers in a real-life underground fight club. Kicking, punching and swinging every household object imaginable – from frying pans and tennis rackets to pillowcases stuffed with soda cans – they beat each other mercilessly in a private garage in a bedroom community south of San Francisco. Then, bloodied and bruised, they limp back to their desks in the morning. “When you get beat down enough, it becomes a very un-macho thing,” said Shiyin Siou, 34, a Santa Clara software engineer and three-year veteran of the clandestine fights. “But I don’t need this to prove I’m macho; I’m macho enough as it is.” Adult groups appear more capable of flying under the radar of authorities. Participants asked that the address not be published for their invitation-only Gentlemen’s Fight Club bouts in a Menlo Park garage. Gints Klimanis, a 37-year-old software engineer and martial arts instructor, started the club in 2000 after more than a dozen people began showing up for his no-holds-barred sparring sessions with a training partner. Most participants are men who work in the high-tech industry, and the only protective equipment available are fencing and hockey masks for fights with weapons. Injuries do happen. Several fighters have suffered broken noses, ribs and fingers. “You get to be a superhero for a night,” Klimanis said. “We have to go to work every day. We’re constantly told to buy things we don’t need, and just for a couple hours we have the freedom to do what we want to do.” Men involved in fight clubs often carry bottled-up violent impulses learned from video games, cartoons and movies during childhood, said Michael Messner, a University of Southern California sociology and gender-studies professor. “Boys have these warrior fantasies picked up from popular culture, and schools sort of force that out of them,” he said. “The good guys always resort to violence, and they always get the glory and the women. Sometimes men carry that fantasy into their adult lives.” There is often a sadomasochistic thread running through underground fight clubs, said Michael Kimmel, a sociology professor at Stony Brook University in New York. “Real-life fight clubs are the male version of the girls who cut themselves,” he said. “All day long these guys think they’re the captains of the universe, technical wizards. They’re brilliant but empty. “They want to feel different. They want to get hit. They want to feel something real.” Menlo Park police hadn’t heard about the club and said they wouldn’t be likely to take action because the fights are on private property between consenting adults. But that could change if someone complains or is sent to the hospital, police said. Five-year fight-club veteran Dinesh Prasad, 32, a heavily tattooed Santa Clara engineer, said he once suffered a broken rib in a match but never told his fellow combatants. He also recently skipped his first wedding anniversary celebration to attend a fight rather than travel to be with his wife, who is finishing law school in Los Angeles. “I came here to get over my fear of fighting, and it’s working,” he said. “I’m much tougher than I was five years ago. I’m not at the level of these other guys, but if things were to get tough, I can get tough, too.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Inspired by the 1999 film “Fight Club,” starring Brad Pitt and Ed Norton, underground bare-knuckle brawling clubs have sprung up across the country as a way for desk jockeys and disgruntled youths to vent their frustrations and, in some cases, seek glory on the Internet. “This is as close as you can get to a real fight, even though I’ve never been in one,” the soft-spoken Siou said. Despite his reserved demeanor he daydreams about inflicting pain on an attacker. “I have fantasies about it,” he said. In recent months, police in New Jersey and Pennsylvania have broken up fight clubs involving teens and preteens who were caught after posting videos of their bloody battles online. Earlier this month in Arlington, Texas, a high school student who didn’t want to participate was beaten so badly that he suffered a brain hemorrhage and broken vertebrae. Six teenagers were arrested after DVDs of the fight appeared for sale online.
The 57-year-old guided the Andalucian club to a fourth-place finish in LaLiga 1 Sevilla have confirmed coach Jorge Sampaoli has departed to take charge of Argentina after compensation to trigger the release clause in his contract was received.The LaLiga club announced last week they had reached an agreement in principle with the Argentinian Football Association but set them a deadline of June 1 to complete all the necessary paperwork.With that received on Thursday Sampaoli was released from his contract and allowed to be formally announced as the new Argentina coach in a presentation at their training complex just outside Buenos Aires.“Jorge Sampaoli has left Sevilla FC definitively today after the documentation by which Sevilla is guaranteed the collection of the fixed amount in the termination clause of the Argentine coach was initiated,” said the Spanish club in a statement.“Sevilla FC wishes luck and success to Jorge Sampaoli in his new professional career and appreciates the services provided in the 16/17 season, in which the team met the objectives of the campaign: earning fourth place in the league – with the second best total of its history – and surpassing the group phase of the Champions League.”
Whether they’re cutting, topical or just plain funny, there’s nothing better than a well-timed football chant spreading across the terrace to make a supporter’s spine tingle.It’s one of the purest joys of the beautiful game. But where do these melodic sing-alongs stem from, what makes a good one and what does it feel like to hear the whole end chiming a ditty you created? Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won REPLY 3 3 REVEALED Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Arsenal fans in full voice ahead of a game against Chelsea Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions What most football people really want to know is where chants come from, who starts them and how do they know they’re gonna fly.“When I first started going the game you had no idea where these outbursts came from,” agrees John. “The ether? Some terrace muse, maybe? But most likely they were concocted in the pubs around the ground, perhaps inspired by a new song seen on Top of the Pops a few days earlier. Quite often, though, songs miraculously and spontaneously appeared in response to an event on the pitch: unusual but magical moments of wit and creativity that can often cause 50,000 to burst out laughing in unison.”So how do you know when you’re onto a winner? “You just know,” reckons John. “There’s no blueprint or recipe. When it happens, you just know you’ve got a good one. You can’t wait to try it out on people knowing full well they’ll like it. The best way is to hone it, making it lean and unforgettable. Try it on a coach journey at an away game. The approval of your peers strengthens your belief in the idea. It is now ready to be unleashed. The temptation these days is to immediately post it on social media where it’ll be appropriated and twisted out of shape and reposted within minutes. You’ll have lost the essence of the original and end up disowning it, hoping no-one takes it up at the match.” Like this article? It’s just like the stuff you’ll find in MEL, the free monthly magazine by Dollar Shave Club you get with your monthly razor delivery. Every month MEL unravels life’s little nuances, including finding the perfect conker, dealing with “the meat sweats” and attaining “outside man’s hands” without doing any of the outside stuff. It’s rather good. Get your copy by joining Dollar Shave Club today.Follow John Mackin @Mackin_John on Twitter and visit The Rattle here. Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade “The ingredients of a top-drawer football chant are like the ingredients of a brilliant pop song,” says Liverpool supporter John Mackin. “And by that I mean no-one really knows. If there was a recipe they’d be everywhere. This is why you hear the same tired half-dozen chants bellowed by fans at most matches. I mean, is “Is this a library?” or “Shall we sing a song for you?” the epitome of terrace wit these days?”John has sat on The Kop for over 40 years, runs LFC forum The Rattle and is something of an authority on the subject. “A top-drawer chant or song is like ‘Penny Lane’”, he continues. “Yes it’s got a verse-chorus-verse, catchy melody etc. but then so many pop songs aspire to this and come nowhere close. The moment you hear it you know it’s perfect. They are moments of creative zeitgeist when the only time that chant could ever have appeared in that form was just then, when it did. And everyone who witnessed it knew it.” REVEALED Liverpool fans hold banners, scarves and flags on the Kop prior to a clash with neighbours Everton 3 So are you ready to try out one of your efforts on the next away day or in the local boozer? When you strike gold and a whole terrace is singing your chant, John Mackin says there’s nothing quite like it.“It’s a heart-warming moment of intense pride,” he says. “I concocted one simple name chant for Liverpool’s Israeli international Ronnie Rosenthal whilst standing on the old Clock End at Highbury during a midweek League Cup game. I was wracking my brain to recall a tune—anything that might be appropriate. I wanted something suitable for Ronny, but didn’t want to repeat a tired old ‘There’s only one …” version.“Eventually I dredged up the only Jewish tune I knew, Hava Naglia which I knew from the soundtrack to Monty Python’s Life of Brian. Ronnie’s name fitted perfectly – a marriage of tune and name and identity that worked like a dream. It soon became a staple on The Kop and having the entire terrace singing it loud whilst dancing a mock 20,000 strong Bar Mitzvah after Ronnie scored a late winner against Everton was unbelievable.” Liverpool fans in full voice ADVICE Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Most Read In Football RANKED Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? huge blow no dice Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ BEST OF Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars shining Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade MONEY
Damage to the meniscus cartilage in his left knee will force Minnesota Vikings defensive end Kenechi Udeze, a starter in his second NFL season out of USC, to miss the remainder of the season, the team said Thursday. Udeze, hurt in Minnesota’s game against New Orleans on Sept. 25, didn’t play last week at Atlanta. He had arthroscopic surgery Tuesday that revealed a problem more serious than the team originally believed. Seymour appeared to be hurt while playing goal-line fullback during last Sunday’s loss against San Diego. He was the lead blocker on Corey Dillon’s 1-yard touchdown run in the first quarter, and Dillon landed on top of him in the end zone. The Patriots’ medical staff attended to Seymour on the sideline. He missed the next defensive series before returning to the game. Murphy finished: Green Bay rookie receiver Terrence Murphy, who hurt his neck and was taken off the field on a stretcher Monday night, was placed on injured reserve to end his season. Murphy, a second-round draft choice out of Texas A&M, suffered a bruised spinal cord on Thomas Davis’ helmet-to-helmet hit in the second quarter of Green Bay’s 32-29 loss at Carolina. Looking ahead: Miami was awarded the 2010 Super Bowl, a record 10th time the city will host the title game and record 15th time it will be in Florida. Miami, Atlanta and Houston made a final pitch for the marquee event at an NFL owners meeting about 25 miles from Detroit’s Ford Field, where the next Super Bowl will be played. After 2010, Miami will top New Orleans’ record of nine for hosting the most Super Bowl games. Three off the first five Super Bowls – in 1968, 1969 and 1971 – were in Miami and the last one there was in 1999. In other league decisions, the NFL owners voted to extend their commitment to NFL Europe for five more years. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 “Oh, gosh, here we go again,” defensive coordinator Ted Cottrell said. “You lose one of your starting players – that’s a big blow to us, because he was also playing very well.” Spencer Johnson, who became a starter at tackle in the second half of last season as an undrafted rookie, would be the starter at left end if he’s healthy. Johnson (knee) didn’t practice Thursday, and coach Mike Tice said he wasn’t optimistic about him playing on Oct. 16 at Chicago. That leaves rookie Erasmus James, the first-round draft pick from Wisconsin, as the only other player at the position, with Darrion Scott and veteran Lance Johnstone continuing to share time on the right side. Seeing less of Seymour: New England might be without three-time Pro Bowl defensive end Richard Seymour for Sunday’s game in Atlanta. Seymour was not on the field Wednesday or Thursday during the time the media was allowed to view practice. He was listed as questionable on Thursday’s injury report, which said he missed part of practice. The 1-3 Vikings, who don’t play this week, took the news as just another blow to their season. “Just a little bit more adversity,” cornerback Fred Smoot said. “We’ve just got to get through it.”
You have a code in your nose. Scientists working on fruit fly olfactory systems have found that a mapping mechanism between components maximizes the fly’s ability to discriminate smells. The coding system provides a non-linear response that appears finely tuned to maximize the information content of odor inputs. The components of this system (antennal lobe, olfactory bulb, glomeruli, projection neurons, Kenyon cells) were described in more detail in our 06/27/2005 entry. Why is the input information passed through several stages that combine, sort and distribute their respective inputs? It turns out that a kind of computational algorithm is being performed on the input that translates a highly-variable chemical code into a discrete neural code. This is analogous to analog-to-digital conversion. In the process, one part can average away uncorrelated variability, but amplify correlated signals. The outputs are amplified in a non-linear fashion, providing the maximum discrimination between input smells, some of which might be very similar. The system also allows the teasing out of information from very weak inputs. Baranidharan Ramana and Mark Stopfer, writing in Current Biology,1 commented on a recent study by Bhandawat et al. who “used the relatively simple olfactory system of the fruitfly Drosophila to show how noisy, variable peripheral signals are transformed by early neural circuits into consistent, efficient and distinguishable odor representations. In their review, they described how the coding is finely balanced:…Bhandawat et al. found that the responses of projection neurons were highly correlated with each other, as were responses within groups of ORNs [olfactory receptor neurons]. The existence of inhibitory and excitatory local neurons in the antennal lobe suggests that both competitive and associative interactions are possible. Purely inhibitory interactions between projection neurons would tend to decorrelate their responses; in an extreme case – a fully connected network – such interactions would lead to a ‘winner-take-all’ competition, resulting in a coding capacity greatly reduced to the number of available output channels. Purely excitatory interactions, on the other hand, would decrease the independence of channels to lower than what is available in their inputs. Thus, the results of Bhandawat et al. suggest that the network connectivity of the antennal lobe is delicately balanced to optimize its coding capacity.By optimizing its coding capacity, they mean that the system is sensitive, consistent, efficient, and reliable – despite the “chaotic structures of odor plumes” that are the inputs. They said that the system also includes a “‘high-pass’ filtering function [that] may allow flies to alter behaviors rapidly when stimulated by odors.” In addition, the time variability of the input signals gives the system additional real-time information. What’s the usefulness of studying a fruit fly antenna? In short, the elegant solution seen here can inspire human engineers faced with similar information-processing problems:The work by Bhandawat et al. provides insights into the logic behind olfactory circuit design. It will be interesting to analyze how these results generalize to a larger set of odorants, and to other species. It will also be interesting to see whether these peripheral circuits play a role in insulating the neural signal-processing engine from the constant changes in the population of ORNs that occur throughout the lifetime of the animal. These fundamental olfactory processing principles are not only important for understanding how the brain interprets odor signals, but are also necessary for engineering solutions inspired by biological computations for addressing high dimensional and non-linear problems.The authors noted that the coding system found in the fruit fly is similar to that used by many animals. This prompted an evolutionary speculation: “This peripheral reorganization scheme is remarkably similar across species and phyla, suggesting a design optimized over evolutionary time to solve a common information processing problem.”1. Baranidharan Ramana and Mark Stopfer, “Olfactory Coding: Non-Linear Amplification Separates Smells,” Current Biology, Volume 18, Issue 1, 8 January 2008, pages R29-R32; doi:10.1016/j.cub.2007.10.063.Scratch that last lame, useless, dull, insipid, witless remark about evolutionary time optimizing design. Can anyone conceive of how many lucky mutations would be required for this multi-part system to evolve? The inputs are correlated and decorrelated, converged and distributed, filtered and amplified through a remarkable series of stages that results in a non-linear fashion to gain the maximum amount of information from the input. If any one of these stages failed, the whole system wouldn’t work. This is more elaborate than the famous Honda Accord commercial in which a rolling lug nut as input moved a half-ton automobile as output by passing through a finely-tuned chain reaction of alternating strong and weak energetic events. Don’t accept balderdash about miracles in evolutionary time brought about by random, mindless mutations that yield optimized designs by accident. This story was about intelligent design from start to finish. It should make us stand in awe of creation while we employ our creativity to imitate and apply the engineering for the improvement of human life. 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