A MacArthur for math professor

first_imgProfessor of Mathematics Jacob Lurie, whose work has focused on derived algebraic geometry and who has made it applicable to related fields in new ways, has been named a MacArthur Fellow.The MacArthur awards, often called “genius” grants, are given annually to about two dozen recipients from a variety of fields in recognition of their originality and dedication. The fellowships come with no-strings-attached grants of $625,000, which recipients may use to pursue their own creative, intellectual, and professional inclinations. Recipients are nominated anonymously, and don’t know they are under consideration until they are notified by the foundation that they have won.“Of course it’s an honor, but I was surprised,” Lurie said in an interview today. “I didn’t even know mathematicians got them, because mathematics isn’t the kind of work in which you need money — or to travel somewhere and be there to do mathematics.”Lurie embraces an extraordinary breadth of vision, rewriting large swaths of mathematics from a fresh point of view, while also working to apply his foundational ideas to prove important new theorems in other areas. One of Lurie’s chief areas of investigation has been the relationship between algebraic geometry and derived algebraic geometry.“Algebraic geometry is the study of polynomial equations, and derived algebraic geometry is a variant which involves paying close attention to potential redundancy in those equations,” Lurie explained. “To take a simple example, if I told you that x equals zero, that y equals zero, and that x equals y, then traditionally you’d be happy to ignore that last piece of information. Knowing that x and y are both zero already tells you that x equals y. In the setting of derived algebraic geometry, you’d say instead that x is equal to y for two different reasons and hope to make use of that observation later on.”In addition to his work on derived algebraic geometry, Lurie has made significant contributions to higher-category theory, topology, and geometry, and has influenced more distant fields such as representation theory and number theory. His work has redefined the foundations of homotopy theory and topological aspects of algebraic geometry, showing how many known concepts and results can be recast and improved in the framework of infinity categories.Lurie’s work is more than just a philosophical endeavor; he includes hard theorems in his foundations, developing theory to the point that deep new results become the corollary of a general and powerful framework.Illustrative of this is his proof of the cobordism hypothesis, a result that links purely categorical concepts of duality with the topology of manifolds and also supplies a classification of topological quantum field theories.Lurie, who was also among the winners of the inaugural Breakthrough Prize earlier this year, said he plans to donate at least part of the prize to charity.“One thing I would like to do is use some of the money to support the Ross Young Scholars program, which is a math summer camp for high school students,” he said. “I attended when I was a high school student, and I got a great deal out of it, so it would be nice to help them, and make sure the program stays running. The other winners of the Breakthrough Prize and I are also collaborating on an initiative to support mathematics in the developing world.”Jacob Lurie received a B.S. (2000) from Harvard College and a Ph.D. (2004) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He held a postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard University (2004­–2007) and was affiliated with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2007–2009) before joining the faculty of Harvard University. His work has been published in two books, “Higher Topos Theory” and “Higher Algebra,” along with subsequent papers.last_img read more

Africa to be declared polio-free

first_imgIt was endemic around the world until a vaccine was found in the 1950s, though this remained out of reach for many poorer countries in Asia and Africa. As late as 1988, the WHO counted 350,000 cases globally, and in 1996 said there were more than 70,000 cases in Africa alone. Thanks to a rare instance of collective global effort and financial backing — some $19 billion over 30 years — only Afghanistan and Pakistan have recorded cases this year: 87 in total.  The World Health Organization (WHO) is set to certify on Tuesday that the African continent is free from wild polio, four years after the last cases appeared in northeastern Nigeria.”Thanks to the relentless efforts by governments, donors, frontline health workers and communities, up to 1.8 million children have been saved from the crippling life-long paralysis,” the WHO said in a statement.The official announcement is due at 1500 GMT in a videoconference with WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and key figures including philanthropist and Microsoft founder Bill Gates.  Inaccessible children The security situation remains highly volatile in the region, with the jihadists of Boko Haram and a local Islamic State affiliate controlling vast areas around Lake Chad and the border with Niger. “International agencies, local governments, donors — all partners took the bull by the horns to find new strategies to manage to reach these children,” said Dr Musa Idowu Audu, coordinator for the WHO in Borno. In these “partially accessible” areas, vaccination teams worked under the protection of the Nigerian army and local self-defense militias. For areas fully controlled by the jihadists, the WHO and its partners sought to intercept people coming in and out along market and transport routes in a bid to spread medical information and recruit “health informants” who could tell them about any polio cases.”We built a pact of trust with these populations, for instance by giving them free medical supplies,” said Dr Audu. Today, it is estimated that only 30,000 children are still “inaccessible”: a number considered too low by scientists to allow for an epidemic to break out.Despite the “extreme happiness and pride” felt by Dr Audu, he never fails to remember the 20 or more medical staff and volunteers killed for the cause in northeast Nigeria in recent years. The challenge now is to ensure that no new polio cases arrive from Afghanistan or Pakistan and that vaccinations continue to ensure that children across the continent are protected from this vicious disease. “Before we couldn’t sleep at all. Now we will sleep with one eye open,” said Dr Funsho. Trust Nigeria, a country with 200 million inhabitants, was still among the trouble-spots in the early 2000s. In its northern Muslim-majority areas, authorities were forced to stop vaccination campaigns in 2003 and 2004 by Islamic extremists who claimed it was a vast conspiracy to sterilise young Muslims.It took a huge effort in tandem with traditional chiefs and religious leaders to convince populations that the vaccine was safe.  “People trust their local traditional leaders who live with them more than the political leaders,” said Grema Mundube, a community leader in the town of Monguno, in the far north of Nigeria. “Once we spoke to them and they saw us immunizing our children they gradually accepted the vaccine,” he told AFP. However, the emergence of violent Islamist group Boko Haram in 2009 caused another rupture in the program. In 2016, four new cases were discovered in Borno state in the northeast in the heart of the conflict. “At the time, we couldn’t reach two-thirds of the children of Borno state — 400,000 children couldn’t access the vaccine,” said Dr Funsho. center_img Topics : “Happiness is an understatement. We’ve been on this marathon for over 30 years,” said Tunji Funsho, a Nigerian doctor and local anti-polio coordinator for Rotary International. He said it marked a crucial step in the total eradication of the illness at the global level.”It’s a real achievement, I feel joy and relief at the same time,” he added. Poliomyelitis, or “wild polio” is an acutely infectious and contagious disease which attacks the spinal cord and causes irreversible paralysis in children. last_img read more

2 men nabbed in Jaro buy-bust

first_imgAnuring and Asuncion were detained inthe lockup cell of the Jaro police station. ILOILO City – Two men were arrested in adrug buy-bust operation in Barangay Balabago, Jaro district. When frisked, the suspects yielded twomore sachets of suspected illegal drugs. They were 30-year-old John Rey Deocadezof Barangay Anuring, Sara, Iloilo and 28-year-old Mark Anthony Asuncion ofBarangay Macalbang, Concepcion, Iloilo, a police report showed.  center_img Anuring and Asuncion were nabbed afterthey allegedly sold a sachet suspected shabu to an undercover officer for P800around 8 p.m. on Nov. 2, the report added. Charges for violation of Republic Act9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 will be filed againstthem./PNlast_img read more

Kenya Appeals E’Guinea’s Reinstatement

first_imgEquatorial Guinea had been excluded by CAF in October for fielding an ineligible player.On Wednesday CAF reversed that decision following an appeal from Equatorial Guinea, who were restored to the finals in place of Kenya.Kenya were awarded a place in the finals in October when CAF ruled Equatorial Guinea had fielded an ineligible player in qualifying.CAF’s Appeal Board announced on Wednesday that: “The player Annette Jacky Messomo is eligible to play for the national team of Equatorial Guinea.”In the original ruling CAF upheld a protest from the Football Kenya Federation over the eligibility of Messomo.The decision at the time was that: “The player in question was allegedly of Cameroonian nationality and had played for several European based clubs.”In response FKF released a statement saying: “It is our belief that both CAF and CAS will treat the matter with the seriousness that it deserves, this even as Harambee Starlets remain in camp in preparation for” the tournament.The letter added that FKF stands by its assertion that Messomo is ineligible to play for Equatorial Guinea.The news of the successful appeal came just as Kenya drew 1-1 with Ghana in a friendly on Wednesday.As it stands two-time winners Equatorial Guinea will be in Group B for the finals that are due to begin on 17 November.They would open their campaign against Zambia on 18 November before facing South Africa and defending champions Nigeria.Should Equatorial Guinea finish in the top three at the Nations Cup in Ghana they would not qualify for next year’s World Cup in France after a ruling by Fifa in 2017.Football’s world governing body expelled Equatorial Guinea from the 2019 Women’s World Cup in France for fielding 10 ineligible players and using forged documents.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram AWCON 2018Kenya’s Football Federation (FKF) has condemned a Confederation of African Football (CAF) decision to reinstate Equatorial Guinea to the Women’s Africa Cup of Nations.They say they are “profoundly astonished” by the move, which represents “a great injustice” and plan an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).last_img read more

DeAndre Jordan, Clippers use a third-quarter surge to rout Knicks

first_imgFinal📊Lou: 21p/3r/8aDJ: 19p/20r/3a/1s/2bTrezz: 19p/4r/2a/1s/1bAustin: 19p/5r/2a/1sTobias: 15p/4r/6a/1s/1bMiloš: 7p/2r/5a/2sSam: 10p/6rC.J.: 6p/2r/5a/4sBoban: 6p/3rSin: 4p/1r/2a/3sWes: 2p/1r/1a/1s/2b📸 https://t.co/hywvHhlvgY🎥 https://t.co/32ZpR20RUF#DTLAC pic.twitter.com/IugwRangav— LA Clippers (@LAClippers) March 3, 2018 Jordan put the Clippers in a position to win, but it took an electric third-quarter surge from his teammates to put them in front of the Knicks to stay. The Clippers started the second half with a 10-0 run that grew to 30-10 and eventually 35-18 entering the fourth quarter.It was too much for New York to handle.Defense was the difference, Clippers coach Doc Rivers said.“The first half, you could see it, we were going to try to outscore them,” he said. “We were just going back and forth. I asked them if it was an all-star game. It felt like an all-star game in the first half. There was just no defense. Then in the second half we played really hard defensively.”The Clippers’ victory enabled them to stay within a half-game of the Denver Nuggets in the battle for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. The Nuggets defeated the Memphis Grizzlies earlier in the evening. Every game is must-win at this point. Clippers’ Danilo Gallinari has a fractured hand, adding to his injury-plagued season Clippers center Boban Marjanovic proving value after trade from Pistons PreviousNew York Knicks guard Emmanuel Mudiay, left, goes to the basket while while defended by Los Angeles Clippers forward Tobias Harris during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 2, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)Los Angeles Clippers forward Tobias Harris, right, shoots as New York Knicks center Enes Kanter defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 2, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsNew York Knicks center Enes Kanter, right, shoots as Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan watches during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 2, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)Los Angeles Clippers guard Lou Williams, right, drives past New York Knicks forward Tim Hardaway Jr. during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 2, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 128-105. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)New York Knicks center Enes Kanter, right, goes to the basket while defended by Los Angeles Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 2, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan, middle, goes to the basket while defended by New York Knicks forward Michael Beasley, right, and center Enes Kanter during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 2, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)New York Knicks guard Trey Burke, right, goes to the basket while defended by Los Angeles Clippers forward Wesley Johnson during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 2, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)Los Angeles Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell dunks against New York Knicks during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 2, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 128-105. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)New York Knicks forward Michael Beasley, left, goes to the basket while defended by Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 2, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)Los Angeles Clippers guard Austin Rivers, left, goes to the basket while defended by New York Knicks guard Trey Burke during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 2, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 128-105. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)New York Knicks forward Michael Beasley, front, goes to the basket while defended by Los Angeles Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 2, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 128-105. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)Los Angeles Clippers forward Sam Dekker, left, shoots under pressure from New York Knicks forward Luke Kornet during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 2, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 128-105. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)Los Angeles Clippers guard Austin Rivers, right, goes to the basket while defended by New York Knicks center Kyle O’Quinn, left, and forward Tim Hardaway Jr. during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 2, 2018, in Los Angeles. Los Angeles Clippers won 128-105. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)Los Angeles Clippers guard Lou Williams, left, is fouled by New York Knicks center Kyle O’Quinn during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 2, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 128-105. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)Clippers center DeAndre Jordan dunks during the first half of Friday’s game against the Knicks at Staples Center. Jordan finished with 19 points, 20 rebounds and two blocked shots in a 128-105 victory. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)New York Knicks guard Emmanuel Mudiay, left, goes to the basket while while defended by Los Angeles Clippers forward Tobias Harris during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 2, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)NextShow Caption1 of 15New York Knicks guard Emmanuel Mudiay, left, goes to the basket while while defended by Los Angeles Clippers forward Tobias Harris during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 2, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)ExpandLOS ANGELES — DeAndre Jordan played above the rim Friday at Staples Center.Way above it.Everyone else seemed earth-bound by comparison.The Clippers lobbed passes to Jordan and he slammed them through the basket with authority. The New York Knicks missed shots and the 6-foot-11 center grabbed them before anyone could react. It happened again and again during the Clippers’ 128-105 victory.center_img Jordan got the Clippers pointed in the right direction with a 14-point first quarter en route to 19 points on 9-for-11 shooting by game’s end. He also grabbed 20 rebounds and had two blocked shots.Do not pass GO, do not collect $200 🚫 📺 #PrimeTicket pic.twitter.com/4ERlO1gnLr— LA Clippers (@LAClippers) March 3, 2018Austin Rivers scored 14 of his 19 points in the pivotal third quarter and Lou Williams led the Clippers with 21 in a reserve role.“We’re really hard to stop when he rolls and posts and seals and runs the floor like he did today,” Doc Rivers said of Jordan’s offensive aggression. “There’s a reason why Austin and Lou and those guys were wide open behind the 3. When D.J. rolls, somebody has to go with him.“They (the Clippers’ guards) are standing there wide open.”Jordan was one point shy of his ninth career game of 20 points and 20 rebounds.“I just needed to come out with more intensity,” Jordan said. “That’s the type of player I am. Energy. A lot of emotion. I feel like I was that today. I’ve got to be more of that for our team.”New York’s Enes Kanter scored 14 of his his 18 points in the first half.The Clippers turned a 60-57 halftime deficit into a 92-78 lead entering the fourth quarter by shooting 63.2 percent in the third (12 for 19). Austin Rivers got hot and his teammates followed right along behind him. He made five of six shots, including all four from beyond the 3-point line.New York shot only 33.3 percent in the third (7 for 21) and reached the breaking point.The Clippers kept rolling in the fourth, building a 110-85 lead after Montrezl Harrell’s layup with 6:38 to go. The only reason to stick around at that point was to wait for Boban Marjanovic’s entrance. The 7-3 Serbian has become a Clippers fan favorite since being acquired in the Jan. 29 Blake Griffin trade with Detroit.Marjanovic had six crowd-pleasing points plus three rebounds in the game’s final 5:14.“It was incredible,” Austin Rivers said of the Clippers’ third-quarter surge. “I mean, they scored 18 points. Any time you hold a team to 18 points in a quarter, and we play the way we do offensively, it’s going to be tough to beat us.”Jordan had a monster game in the making in the first half, scoring 16 points on 8-for-10 shooting and taking 12 rebounds. Kanter, Jordan’s 6-11 Knicks counterpart, scored 14 points on 7-for-10 shooting and grabbed seven rebounds, however.Related Articles The Clippers scored easily and often in the opening minutes, but so did the Knicks. The Clippers led by as many as 10 in the first half, but trailed New York 60-57 by halftime because their defense wasn’t as sound as it should have been.Unlike their loss to the league-leading Houston Rockets on Wednesday, the Clippers played Friday with an energy and efficiency that was lacking two nights earlier. Well, at least they were energetic and efficient when they had the ball in their hands.New York played freely, as if it had nothing to lose, after arriving at Staples Center with losses in nine of its past 10 games. The Knicks tossed the ball inside to Kanter and let him go to work. The Clippers did the same with Jordan at the other end.Jordan tied a career high by scoring 14 points in the first quarter.Advantage, Clippers. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Resurgent Cameroon stand in Ghana’s path

first_imgCameroon team at AFCONGhana vs Cameroon 10pmFranceville, Gabon | AFP | The nearly men of African football in recent years, Ghana go into a sixth consecutive semi-final at the Cup of Nations when they face Cameroon in Franceville on Thursday.The Black Stars have not won the trophy since 1982, instead gaining a reputation for coming up just short all too often over the last decade.Avram Grant’s side lost on penalties to the Ivory Coast in the final two years ago, while their current run of near misses began with a 1-0 last-four defeat to Cameroon at home in Accra in 2008.But in Gabon they have seemed like a side on a mission to end their long title drought and a 2-1 quarter-final win over DR Congo in Oyem on Sunday, secured thanks to a goal each from the Ayew brothers, took them through to the last four.“It’s not just by chance but by the hard work the team has put in,” Ghana’s assistant coach Maxwell Konadu told reporters on Wednesday when asked about the Black Stars’ consistency at the tournament.“The players are always willing to do something for their nation. One thing we all dream to achieve is to win the cup this time around.”Konadu confirmed that Ghana are hopeful of having skipper Asamoah Gyan — a survivor of the 2008 squad — back fit from the adductor injury suffered in their last group game against Egypt and that kept him out of the DR Congo win.Meanwhile, Razak Brimah will hope to keep his place in goal despite being fined $2,500 by the Ghanaian FA after upsetting supporters with an outburst on Facebook.Razak said he was responding to insults directed at his mother but nevertheless issued an official apology.“I accept that as an ambassador for my country Ghana and a role model for many across the globe, I should not have reacted this way,” said the 29-year-old.Exceeding expectations The sedate town of Franceville, set amidst lush green rolling hills around the Mpassa river, was the venue for Cameroon’s penalty shoot-out win over Senegal in the last round. So while Ghana had to travel to the south-east of Gabon from Oyem, Cameroon were able to stay at their base in the nearby town of Moanda, one of the biggest manganese producers in the world.There Hugo Broos’s side have been preparing in the knowledge they have already exceeded expectations in making it this far.Their build-up has been slightly tarnished over a disagreement relating to bonuses, with Broos saying the country’s federation has shown the team “a lack of respect”.But the coach insisted that the issue will not be held up as an excuse if their run ends here.“We have not been happy since the start of the tournament but you have never seen that on the field,” he said.“If we lose it will not be because the money is not good, it will be because Ghana are better than us.”Cameroon progressed from their group at the expense of hosts Gabon and then edged out a much-fancied Senegal thanks to a Sadio Mane miss in a penalty shoot-out that followed a goalless draw.They have put behind them the withdrawals of key players before the competition, including Joel Matip and Eric Choupo-Moting, and are flourishing under their Belgian coach.“The players who didn’t come have their own personal reasons why they didn’t come and we are not looking back,” said the defender Fai Collins.Collins remembers well the win against Ghana at the same stage nine years ago when the Indomitable Lions side featured stars like Samuel Eto’o and Rigobert Song.“I remember I was at home, watching the game with my parents,” he said.“It was an extraordinary feeling for us beating Ghana knowing they had a very good squad. Now I am here and I hope I can have the same feeling as I did back then.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Bayern, Barca set up Champions League quarterfinal clash

first_imgParis, France | XINHUA | Robert Lewandowski scored a brace as Bayern Munich hammered Chelsea 4-1 at home on Saturday to progress to the Champions League last eight 7-1 on aggregate.The German champions, who have won 18 straight games since February and haven’t lost since December, will face Spanish giants Barcelona, who defeated Napoli 3-1 in Saturday’s other game to advance 4-2 on aggregate.Bayern went into the game with a 3-0 lead from the first leg at Stamford Bridge back in February. The Polish striker quickly made it 5-0 as he converted a penalty in the 10th minute and then set up Ivan Perisic’s second in the 24th.It was Lewandowski’s 12th goal in the Champions League in this disrupted season, and he didn’t wait too long for his 13th. The goal machine headed home in the closing period of the game to finalize it 4-1.The 31-year-old lethal striker, who has scored 53 goals in 44 appearances in all competitions this season, now has a good chance to challenge Cristiano Ronaldo’s Champions League record of 17 goals in a single season.“We wanted to win the game and show we were picking up where we left off,” Bayern coach Hansi Flick told Sky after the match.“As with any opponent, we have the requisite respect, and we’re going to prepare well,” the German coach said when talking about quarterfinals rivals Barcelona.Chelsea pulled a goal back before the half-time through Tammy Abraham after Bayern’s goalkeeper Manuel Neuer made a mistake.“It’s a good exercise for us to go up against Bayern and their Champions League experience, with a lot of our players having debut seasons,” said Chelsea manager Frank Lampard.“I can see where I want us to go and I know we’ll be back,” the former Blues legend added.In the other duel on Saturday, Barcelona cruised past Serie A side Napoli 3-1 in a game in which Lionel Messi fired a brilliant solo goal and won a penalty which was converted by Luis Suarez.Five-time Champions Barcelona took an early lead when Clement Lenglet headed in Ivan Rakitic’s corner after 10 minutes, which also put the Spanish side 2-1 ahead on aggregate. Then it was Messi’s showtime. The all-time leading scorer for Barcelona wriggled past three defenders, before bending a shot between another two Napoli players and into the far side of David Ospina’s goal.The Barcelona captain could have scored another just seven minutes later, but his goal was canceled by VAR for handling the ball in controlling Frenkie de Jong’s pass.Another VAR review then awarded Barca a penalty in first-half injury time after Messi was brought down by Kalidou Koulibaly, and Suarez stepped up to score his 25th Champions League goal.Lorenzo Insigne pulled one back from the penalty spot just before the break, after Ivan Rakitic fouled Mertens.After finishing second in the domestic La Liga with five points off archrivals Real Madrid, Barcelona are now putting all their efforts on the Champions League as they try to win their sixth title in the continental elite competition.Barca and Bayern’s quarterfinal showdown is scheduled for next Friday in Lisbon, Portugal and will be played as single-leg format.“Everyone has a chance in a single game, it’s 50-50,” Suaraz told Movistar.“Bayern are a great opponent, they are a contender for the title, like all eight teams in Lisbon, but it is 11 against 11 in 90 minutes,” the Uruguayan striker said.The two teams’ last encounter in the event was in 2014-2015 season’s semifinals when Barcelona won 5-3 on aggregate including a 3-0 win at home.******XINHUAShare on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Jenny pulls off a six-shot win

first_img Tags: English Senior Women’s Open Stroke Play, St Enodoc Staffordshire’s Jenny Smale pulled off a six-shot win in the handicap competition at the English Senior Women’s Stroke Play Championship at St Enodoc, Cornwall.Smale, who celebrated her birthday yesterday, had a net score of one-over par for the 36 holes on the stunning seaside course“It was a case of holding on today,” said Smale, from Whittington Heath, who had opened with a five-under round of net 68. “It was never going to be a round like yesterday, but I decided that as long as I didn’t do anything too silly I would be all right!”This is the first time a handicap competition has been combined with the championship and it proved a popular draw.Smale, a retired PE teacher, said: “I have played in the English seniors for more years than I care to remember and had almost given up coming. But the handicap event brought me and I’m very pleased.”Her next big event is the RAF Golf Society’s championship.Smale, third from the left, is pictured with England Golf President Jenny Clink and other handicap prize winners.Click here for full scores 19 Jun 2019 Jenny pulls off a six-shot win last_img read more

5 things to know as the Pirates head to camp

first_imgPittsburgh Pirates pitchers Gerrit Cole, left center, and Charlie Morton, right center, greet each other before participating in an informal workout at Pirates City in Bradenton Fla., Feb. 12. The first official day of baseball spring training for Pirates pitchers and catchers is Feb. 13. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)The Pittsburgh Pirates ended two decades of losing in 2013, winning 94 games and taking the St. Louis Cardinals to the limit in the NL division series. Now the club gets to deal with something that has been foreign to them since 1992: heightened expectations. Five things to know as reigning MVP Andrew McCutchen and the rest of the Pirates start spring training:PLUGGING AWAY: The Pirates’ needs as they begin camp look an awful lot like the needs they had after Game 5 loss to St. Louis that ended their season. First base and right field remain a question mark after the team opted to not dive too deep into its pockets. Travis Snider and Jose Tabata will likely get a chance to grab the starting job in right, likely placeholders until highly touted prospect Gregor Polanco is ready for the majors. Gaby Sanchez and Andrew Lambo could platoon at first, though Huntington cautioned the team is not “settling” at those positions and the quest for smart upgrades remains in play.ENIGMATIC EDINSON: The Pirates pulled off one of the biggest coups in free agency a year ago with left-handed Francisco Liriano, who revived his career with a sterling 16-8 record, earning some Cy Young votes in the process. They’re hoping pitching coach Ray Searage can find the same magic with Edinson Volquez, a former All-Star turned journeyman who posted an ugly 6.01 ERA with the Padres last year before getting released.REPLACING A.J.:  A.J. Burnett excelled last season despite a 10-11 record, posting a 3.30 ERA in 30 starts and ranking fifth in the NL with 209 strikeouts. At one point late last year, he said he planned to either return to the Pirates or retire. This week, the 37-year-old righty instead joined the Phillies. Filling his spot at the top of the rotation won’t be easy, and now Pittsburgh needs another starter — Jeff Locke and Brandon Cumpton will compete for the extra spot, among others.CUTCH’S ENCORE: Andrew McCutchen solidified himself as a superstar and one of the best players in the game in 2013, when he won the first MVP by a Pirate since Barry Bonds was patrolling the outfield at Three Rivers Stadium. The 27-year-old remains one of the better bargains in baseball, with a salary of just $7.25 million this season. He began embracing his role as a leader in the clubhouse and his daily excellence seemed to rub off on teammates like left fielder Starling Marte. The spotlight will be white-hot on McCutchen this season. How he responds to the added pressure of being the face of a franchise that has finally shed its status of a loser will go a long way to determining how the Pirates adjust to move forward in 2014.COLE TRAIN: Maybe the biggest reason the Pirates declined to offer A.J. Burnett a qualifying offer of $14.1 million over the winter is because they don’t necessarily feel they needed Burnett to be the team’s No. 1 starter. Second-year pitcher Gerrit Cole appears ready to inherit that mantle at the age of 23. It was Cole, not Burnett, who started Game 5 against St. Louis. It was Cole, not Burnett who adjusted on the fly. Cole went a perfect 4-0 with a 1.69 ERA in September and October as he learned to pair a changeup with a fastball that tops out in the high-90s.last_img read more