Warriors respond to injuries and defections with a zone defense

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — Saddled with the league’s worst defense, Warriors coach Steve Kerr has been experimenting as he searches for solutions.Without long, savvy defenders like Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston, the Warriors have responded to a relative shortage of length and experience by scrapping their aggressive switching scheme and implementing more basic defensive principles. That includes a zone defense.“We’ve played more zone this year than we’ve played in the past,” Kerr said. “Some of …last_img read more

DNA Performs the Linking Rings Trick

first_imgThose who love a good magic show should be aware of a world-famous trick going on inside their own bodies.  The “Chinese linking rings” trick is done by a team of protein magicians in the cell – but it’s not for entertainment, it’s to repair damage that could lead to cancer.    PhysOrg echoed a press release from UC Davis about a team of proteins named Sgs1, Top3 and Rmi1.  This magic team makes DNA strands pass through one another when repairing double-stranded breaks (see 10/07/2010).  The team has to get the information from the matching chromosome, so “a sophisticated repair process is activated that uses the same DNA sequence on the matching chromosome,” the article explained.  “One of the strands is stripped back, leaving an exposed single strand.  The matching chromosome is brought alongside and partly unwound, and acts as a template to repair the broken piece.”     Aside from the wonder at how protein machines can find a matching strand on another chromosome, when the chromosomes separate at points called Holliday junctions, the real magic happens.  “To finish the process, the chromosomes have to separate – like the magician’s interlocking rings, one has to pass through the other.”  Stephen Kowalczykowski, microbiology professor at UC Davis, remarked, “This protein complex does what magicians do.”Natural selection was Darwin’s little magician that was advertised to create wonders on stage that seemed like natural theology.  The rest of us know that magicians really act with purpose and intent.  When they are really good, magicians make what they do seem miraculous.  But Darwin hyped his magic show without delivering the show.  He not only promised to pull a rabbit out of the hat; he promised to pull the magician out of the rabbit – and the hat out of nothing!  We came to watch this miracle, but the hat, the rabbit, and the magician were already on display.  Darwin came out and said, “The magician exists; therefore, he evolved from the rabbit.  It all happened long ago without anyone watching.  It must be so, because God wouldn’t have made things this way.”  All together, now: booooo…. give us our money back.(Visited 5 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

From South Africa to space on Virgin

first_img3 May 2012Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic has appointed its first accredited agent to sell space flights in South Africa.Vanessa Rothery, based in the offices of sister company Virgin Atlantic in Johannesburg, joined the team of 140 international accredited space agents after completing an intensive training programme, commercial director Stephen Attenborough said in a statement on Wednesday.“It’s important that people can find out about Virgin Galactic and book with a local expert, so we are delighted that South Africans now have that option,” said head of travel development Carolyn Wincer.Virgin Galactic’s commercial operations are based in New Mexico in the US, where the test flight programme is under way, according to the company.The spaceships used, VSS Enterprise and VMS Eve, will carry six passengers at a time on sub-orbital space flights reaching altitudes of more than 100 kilometres above the earth.During the flights, the passengers will experience zero gravity and views of earth from space, at a cost of around US$200 000 (about R1.5-million) per ticket.Passengers will undergo astronaut training and G-force acclimatisation before their flights.“Virgin Galactic aims to make space travel more attainable to the general public, and uses technology that overcomes the fundamental safety, cost and environmental issues currently associated with space access,” the company says.Sapalast_img read more

Staying alive

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Mr. McTavish begs for citizenship Clement Leutcheu finished with 24 points while Ed Dixon had 19 for the Blazers who turned their game up a notch in the extra period while the Generals faded.Sidney Onwubere sent the game to overtime with a triple with 19 seconds left in regulation, but the Generals were made to bleed for their points in overtime, leading to their 11th loss in 17 games. View comments BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLervin Flores provided a strong and steady presence inside the paint as Arellano survived a flat start to subdue Perpetual Help, 62-52, and keep its Final Four hopes alive last Thursday in NCAA Season 93 basketball tournament at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Missing the injured Kent Salado, the Chiefs found a savior in the bull-strong Flores, who scored 16 of his 19 points in the first half as Arellano moved up to with an 8-9 record behind Letran in the race for the last Final Four berth.ADVERTISEMENT Flores’ stellar first half gave the Chiefs a lift when they needed it the most after Arellano went scoreless for almost seven minutes to start the game.Salado, the Chiefs’ leading scorer with 18 points a game this season, has been ruled out for the remainder of the tournament due to a knee injury (medial collateral ligament) he sustained in the victory over San Sebastian last Tuesday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“There is newfound confidence within the team, knowing that we can win without him (Salado),” said Arellano coach Jerry Codiñera. “We started bad. But when Flores made his first basket, things tapered off especially our doubts and apprehensions in the game.”Later, St. Benilde dragged Emilio Aguinaldo College out of Final Four contention with a 94-84 overtime victory.center_img Read Next MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:33Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch00:59Archeologists find remains of 227 sacrificed children in Peru01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary LATEST STORIES Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMClast_img read more

Vidal aims for three Champions League titles in three years at Barcelona

first_imgNew Barcelona signing Arturo Vidal is dreaming big after “stepping up a level” in his career.Vidal, who signed a three-year deal with Barcelona on Monday, said that he wants to win three Champions League titles in three years with his new club.Barcelona last won the Champions League in 2015, beating Juventus in the final. Incidentally, Vidal was a part of the Juve team that lost that night. Following that, Real Madrid have won it in each of the three seasons since, twice knocking out the Chilean while at Bayern.”I don’t have accounts to settle with anybody, just my objective, which is to win the Champions League, not settle scores with Real Madrid,” said Vidal.”I hope to win three Champions Leagues in the three years I will be here.”@kingarturo23: “I am really happy to be at Barça” #EnjoyVidal pic.twitter.com/5SdNl8HjjhFC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) August 6, 2018Barcelona signed Vidal from Bayern Munich for a reported fee which could rise to 21 million Euros and was officially presented on Monday at the Nou Camp.”To arrive at Barcelona is a much bigger step than Bayern,” Vidal told reporters.”I hope to be an addition who can help to win all the titles. With the confidence that the people have given me, I want to win it all. At 15 I promised my mother I would be one of the best. I’ve played for a lot of teams and now I’m arriving at the best in the world.”Dear @kingarturo23, welcome to your new home!#EnjoyVidal pic.twitter.com/CQtLBK54PHadvertisementFC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) August 6, 2018Vidal, who won Serie A with Juventus four times between 2012 and 2015, and the Bundesliga in each of his three seasons at Bayern, has never lifted the European Cup.last_img read more

Courtois: Chelsea must beat Man United

first_imgThibaut Courtois Manchester United game is a must win for inconsistent Chelsea, says Courtois Nizaar Kinsella Click here to see more stories from this author Chelsea correspondent Last updated 2 years ago 10:41 11/1/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) Thibaut Courtois Getty Images Chelsea Manchester United UEFA Champions League Premier League The Blues stopper is keen to see his side win all three points on Sunday as the Blues look to bounce back from defeat with a win in the league Thibaut Courtois thinks that Chelsea need to win at Stamford Bridge against Manchester United on Sunday to give them a chance of retaining their Premier League title. Blues 6/4 for victoryChelsea sit in fourth place after 10 games with a nine-point gap between them and Manchester City, who sit at the top of the table. Ex-Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is now leading Man United and his side are four points above the champions ahead of Sunday’s clash in west London.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Courtois conceded three goals as Roma comfortably beat the Blues in the Champions League on Tuesday and the Belgium international is hoping to see his side return to winning ways to stay in contention for the title. “If we want to remain near the top of the Premier League then it is a must win game for us,” Courtois said at the Stadio Olympico. “I think City is at nine points [ahead of us], United is at four. Tottenham is just one in front but this game is a must win if you want to remain near the top and near the other teams.”We will try to get three points and give our lives for it on Sunday. Thibaut Courtois ChelseaChelsea won the title last term without having to play any European football after a rough 2015-16 campaign. Courtois was asked if the Blues were having trouble coping with the Champions League and the Premier League this season.”I don’t think so,” the goalkeeper replied. “We try to do our best and we want to be in the Champions League. A few years ago, we won the league while playing in the Champions League.”Obviously it is a change so it is harder. We are tired quicker than last year but I don’t think it affects us. I think we just need to keep training well and be ready for Sunday. I think after the Palace game and I think Roma after, we showed some good character against Watford and Bournemouth.”We could have won 4-0 vs Bournemouth so I think we will have to meet tomorrow, see the images and see what we could have done better and then give 150 per cent of ourselves on Sunday.”last_img read more