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Syracuse heads into NCAA tournament looking to keep turnaround season going with win against Cornell

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Ted Cribley knew there was a chance Syracuse would qualify for the NCAA tournament, but he said he really didn’t think it was likely.The Syracuse players anxiously waited as 27 teams were selected.“We were looking at each other like, ‘What the hell is going on?’” SU forward Louis Clark said. “We feared the worst.”Then, Syracuse finally popped up on the screen for a matchup against Cornell. The Orange’s berth in the NCAA tournament marks the second appearance in program history and the first since 1984. Syracuse (12-6) will square off against the Ivy League champion Big Red (15-1) in the first round on Thursday at 7 p.m. at Berman Field in Ithaca, N.Y. A win would propel SU to a second-round matchup against No. 14 Virginia Commonwealth on Sunday, Nov. 18 in Richmond, Va.Cribley said the room blew up after the team came up on the screen. The players screamed and celebrated. But Clark just sat there in complete shock, glued to his seat and shaking his head.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I wasn’t even looking,” Clark said. “I was just so stunned. Oh my God, I was so happy. It was one of the best moments ever.”Head coach Ian McIntyre is thrilled that his team will have an opportunity to keep playing after all the hard work the players have put in to this point. After what he called a long week, McIntyre said his team was both ecstatic and relieved that it was on the right side of the bubble on Monday night.“I think over the whole season they’ve been magnificent,” McIntyre said. “To give them an opportunity to keep playing is just fantastic. There was that jubilation from the guys. The room exploded and then there was a big sigh of relief.”Despite the immediate buzz and the long-term implications of the season-validating news, Clark knows Syracuse has a tough task ahead against Ivy League powerhouse Cornell.“I think they’re the favorite going into the game,” Clark said. “We’re fine with that. We’re more than happy for them to think that.”Syracuse is accustomed to being the underdog at this point. The Orange was picked 14th in the Big East preseason coaches’ poll. Wins against Rutgers, South Florida and Villanova helped establish SU as a team to be reckoned with in the Big East.After bursting out to a 2-0 lead over Notre Dame, the top-seeded team in the NCAA tournament, Cribley said the Orange feels prepared to face Cornell.“They’ll pose different challenges than Notre Dame did,” Cribley said. “But we’ll be able to adapt to that. We’ve played teams like that this year and have come out on top.”Cornell leads the overall series 34-25-7, yet Syracuse has won seven of its last nine meetings against the Big Red. Those stats are out the window come Thursday night, though, as this year’s teams are the strongest both schools have had in decades.Cribley remembers two years ago when McIntyre was recruiting him. The optimistic coach said Cribley could be part of the team that turned around SU soccer for years to come. He told the up-and-coming star he could help lead the team to the NCAA tournament.The midfielder was excited by the possibility, but he believed obtaining a tournament bid during his two years at SU was a long shot.“I figured it might happen years down the line after some rebuilding, but I didn’t expect it in the second year,” Cribley said. “I don’t think any of the boys did.“Even so, we’ve played this year as if we could make it, and I think it’s reflective of our ability and the hard work we’ve put in. It’s been a great year for us.” Comments Published on November 15, 2012 at 2:54 am Contact Trevor: [email protected] | @TrevorHasslast_img read more

Xavi Hernández refuses to train Barcelona right now

first_imgXavi Hernández has opted to continue as coach of Al Sadd until next June, which is when he ends his relationship with the Qatari team. The former midfielder rejects the offer of Barcelona at the moment, although everything indicates that he will take the reins of the club in June. Image: Getty As they report Sports world Y Sport, Xavi is inclined to occupy the position of coach of Barcelona next season. The meetings between Óscar Grau, CEO of the club, and Eric Abidal, technical secretary, have served to approach positions and analyze future projects.The idea of ​​the club was to sign him immediately, but Xavi’s commitments to Al Sadd, together with the fact that it is not yet the most appropriate time to try to implement his method of work, have ended up postponing this decision.All this leaves Ernesto Valverde in a compromised situation, knowing about Barcelona’s interest in signing Xavi Hernández. The defeat of last Thursday in the Super Cup against Atlético has ended with the patience of Barcelona and right now his future as a coach is hanging by a thread.“It’s my dream” The former FC Barcelona player Xavi Hernández has refused to lead the culé team immediately because he is “focused” on Al Sadd, with whom he will play the Crown Prince Cup final after winning Al-Rayyan this Saturday, and confirmed the talks with Eric Abidal, technical secretary of the Blaugranas.“I have talked about many things with Abidal, he is my friend,” Xavi justified after rejecting Barça’s bench. “I cannot hide that it is my dream to train Barcelona, ​​I have said it in many interviews and everyone knows it, but I am focused on Al Sadd,” the Catalan told a news conference.center_img With almost total security, Xavi will head to Barcelona next summerAll this leaves Ernesto Valverde in a very committed situationlast_img read more

Alien life could thrive in the clouds of failed stars

first_imgThere’s an abundant new swath of cosmic real estate that life could call home—and the views would be spectacular. Floating out by themselves in the Milky Way galaxy are perhaps a billion cold brown dwarfs, objects many times as massive as Jupiter but not big enough to ignite as a star. According to a new study, layers of their upper atmospheres sit at temperatures and pressures resembling those on Earth, and could host microbes that surf on thermal updrafts.The idea expands the concept of a habitable zone to include a vast population of worlds that had previously gone unconsidered. “You don’t necessarily need to have a terrestrial planet with a surface,” says Jack Yates, a planetary scientist at the University of Edinburgh in the United Kingdom, who led the study.Atmospheric life isn’t just for the birds. For decades, biologists have known about microbes that drift in the winds high above Earth’s surface. And in 1976, Carl Sagan envisioned the kind of ecosystem that could evolve in the upper layers of Jupiter, fueled by sunlight. You could have sky plankton: small organisms he called “sinkers.” Other organisms could be balloonlike “floaters,” which would rise and fall in the atmosphere by manipulating their body pressure. In the years since, astronomers have also considered the prospects of microbes in the carbon dioxide atmosphere above Venus’s inhospitable surface. Sign up for our daily newsletter Get more great content like this delivered right to you! Country Country * Afghanistan Aland Islands Albania Algeria Andorra Angola Anguilla Antarctica Antigua and Barbuda Argentina Armenia Aruba Australia Austria Azerbaijan Bahamas Bahrain Bangladesh Barbados Belarus Belgium Belize Benin Bermuda Bhutan Bolivia, Plurinational State of Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba Bosnia and Herzegovina Botswana Bouvet Island Brazil British Indian Ocean Territory Brunei Darussalam Bulgaria Burkina Faso Burundi Cambodia Cameroon Canada Cape Verde Cayman Islands Central African Republic Chad Chile China Christmas Island Cocos (Keeling) Islands Colombia Comoros Congo Congo, the Democratic Republic of the Cook Islands Costa Rica Cote d’Ivoire Croatia Cuba Curaçao Cyprus Czech Republic Denmark Djibouti Dominica Dominican Republic Ecuador Egypt El Salvador Equatorial Guinea Eritrea Estonia Ethiopia Falkland Islands (Malvinas) Faroe Islands Fiji Finland France French Guiana French Polynesia French Southern Territories Gabon Gambia Georgia Germany Ghana Gibraltar Greece Greenland Grenada Guadeloupe Guatemala Guernsey Guinea Guinea-Bissau Guyana Haiti Heard Island and McDonald Islands Holy See (Vatican City State) Honduras Hungary Iceland India Indonesia Iran, Islamic Republic of Iraq Ireland Isle of Man Israel Italy Jamaica Japan Jersey Jordan Kazakhstan Kenya Kiribati Korea, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Republic of Kuwait Kyrgyzstan Lao People’s Democratic Republic Latvia Lebanon Lesotho Liberia Libyan Arab Jamahiriya Liechtenstein Lithuania Luxembourg Macao Macedonia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Madagascar Malawi Malaysia Maldives Mali Malta Martinique Mauritania Mauritius Mayotte Mexico Moldova, Republic of Monaco Mongolia Montenegro Montserrat Morocco Mozambique Myanmar Namibia Nauru Nepal Netherlands New Caledonia New Zealand Nicaragua Niger Nigeria Niue Norfolk Island Norway Oman Pakistan Palestine Panama Papua New Guinea Paraguay Peru Philippines Pitcairn Poland Portugal Qatar Reunion Romania Russian Federation Rwanda Saint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha Saint Kitts and Nevis Saint Lucia Saint Martin (French part) Saint Pierre and Miquelon Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Samoa San Marino Sao Tome and Principe Saudi Arabia Senegal Serbia Seychelles Sierra Leone Singapore Sint Maarten (Dutch part) Slovakia Slovenia Solomon Islands Somalia South Africa South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands South Sudan Spain Sri Lanka Sudan Suriname Svalbard and Jan Mayen Swaziland Sweden Switzerland Syrian Arab Republic Taiwan Tajikistan Tanzania, United Republic of Thailand Timor-Leste Togo Tokelau Tonga Trinidad and Tobago Tunisia Turkey Turkmenistan Turks and Caicos Islands Tuvalu Uganda Ukraine United Arab Emirates United Kingdom United States Uruguay Uzbekistan Vanuatu Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of Vietnam Virgin Islands, British Wallis and Futuna Western Sahara Yemen Zambia Zimbabwe Yates and his colleagues applied the same thinking to a kind of world Sagan didn’t know about. Discovered in 2011, some cold brown dwarfs have surfaces roughly at room temperature or below; lower layers would be downright comfortable. In March 2013, astronomers discovered WISE 0855-0714, a brown dwarf only 7 light-years away that seems to have water clouds in its atmosphere. Yates and his colleagues set out to update Sagan’s calculations and to identify the sizes, densities, and life strategies of microbes that could manage to stay aloft in the habitable region of an enormous atmosphere of predominantly hydrogen gas. Sink too low and you are cooked or crushed. Rise too high and you might freeze.On such a world, small sinkers like the microbes in Earth’s atmosphere or even smaller would have a better chance than Sagan’s floaters, the researchers will report in an upcoming issue of The Astrophysical Journal. But a lot depends on the weather: If upwelling winds are powerful on free-floating brown dwarfs, as seems to be true in the bands of gas giants like Jupiter and Saturn, heavier creatures can carve out a niche. In the absence of sunlight, they could feed on chemical nutrients. Observations of cold brown dwarf atmospheres reveal most of the ingredients Earth life depends on: carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, and oxygen, though perhaps not phosphorous.The idea is speculative but worth considering, says Duncan Forgan, an astrobiologist at the University of St. Andrews in the United Kingdom, who did not participate in the study but says he is close to the team. “It really opens up the field in terms of the number of objects that we might then think, well, these are habitable regions.”So far, only a few dozen cold brown dwarfs have been discovered, though statistics suggest there should be about 10 within 30 light-years of Earth. These should be ripe targets for the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), which is sensitive in the infrared where brown dwarfs shine brightest. After it launches in 2018, the JWST should reveal the weather and the composition of their atmospheres, says Jackie Faherty, an astronomer at the Carnegie Institution for Science in Washington, D.C. “We’re going to start getting gorgeous spectra of these objects,” she says. “This is making me think about it.”Testing for life would require anticipating a strong spectral signature of microbe byproducts like methane or oxygen, and then differentiating it from other processes, Faherty says. Another issue would be explaining how life could arise in an environment that lacks the water-rock interfaces, like hydrothermal vents, where life is thought to have begun on Earth. Perhaps life could develop through chemical reactions on the surfaces of dust grains in the brown dwarf’s atmosphere, or perhaps it gained a foothold after arriving as a hitchhiker on an asteroid. “Having little microbes that float in and out of a brown dwarf atmosphere is great,” Forgan says. “But you’ve got to get them there first.”center_img Click to view the privacy policy. Required fields are indicated by an asterisk (*) Emaillast_img read more