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McGill close to ending Selby reign

first_img “But I’ve been really impressed with the way he’s held himself together and he’s outplayed Mark Selby so far.” In the afternoon session, four-time world champion John Higgins found himself trailing 9-7 in his last-16 clash with world number three Ding Junhui, having been 5-1 up at one stage on Thursday. Scot Higgins, who last won here in 2011, took a 5-3 lead into Friday’s session after winning five of the first six frames the previous day, but struggled to find form against the Chinese as Ding took the first two frames to move level. The 39-year-old struck back to regain his two-frame advantage with a score of 68 in the 11th – his highest score of the day – before Ding came back and clinched the next three to go ahead for the first time in the match. Former world number one Ding then sealed the last frame of the session as he fought back from a 57-0 deficit to see off his Scottish opponent 69-58 to take a two-frame lead into their Saturday morning session. Meanwhile, Northern Ireland’s Mark Allen holds a 5-3 lead over Barry Hawkins after they got their second-round match under way in Sheffield. The Hawk from Kent lost the first two before bouncing back to level matters with a score of 82-0 in the fourth, but 2009 semi-finalist Allan clinched the fifth. Hawkins, who reached the last-four here last season, made it 3-3 soon after but his Northern Irish opponent hit back to seal the final two frames of the day to hold the advantage ahead of Saturday’s second session. Press Association McGill, tipped by Ronnie O’Sullivan as a future winner of the tournament at Sheffield’s Crucible Theatre, rattled off three winning frames to lead the second-round match 10-6 after the rivals had started the day locked on 4-4. All the momentum heading into the evening session will be with the 24-year-old Glaswegian after he seized the last frame 72-3 as breaks of 54 and 18 swept him out of sight. Betfred World Championship debutant Anthony McGill moved within three frames of dispatching reigning champion Mark Selby following a strong end to the opening session of Friday’s action. He was at his most impressive in frame 14, however, when he pieced together a break of 125 to close in on the biggest victory of his career. Selby is in danger of surrendering the title he won for the first time last year in only the second round and enters the evening session knowing he must win all seven remaining frames to progress further at the Crucible. McGill, whose shock of red hair makes him instantly recognisable, was forced to qualify for the World Championship but now stands on the cusp of a famous upset at Selby’s expense. Indications of Selby’s vulnerability were apparent in the opening round when he had to scrap his way to a 10-9 win over Kurt Maflin, battling back after losing five successive frames. He now faces becoming the latest victim of the ‘Curse of the Crucible’, whereby no first-time champion has ever returned to Sheffield to make a successful title defence. Seven-time world champion Stephen Hendry has been impressed by the performance of McGill. “The biggest thing is that he is showing tremendous temperament. He looks like he’s been here for years when it’s his debut at the Crucible. Nothing seems to faze him,” Hendry said. “Although he’s had a nice 125, I’d like to see him win more frames from his first scoring visit. If he wants to win the World Championship, he has to do that more often as the tournament progresses. last_img read more

MDI Girls Down Snow Bears to Take Top Honors

first_imgThe Mount Desert Island Magic is the first team to win the Great Harbor Shootout at the junior high level and at the high school level. Members include (front, from left) Brailee Black, Sara Carroll, Jessica Swanson, Jocelyn Brown, and (back, from left) Shootout organizer Scott Phelps, coach Mike Swanson, Holly Benson, India Ross, Megan Phelps, Brigitte Pratt, Elizabeth Sargent and coach Robert Hall.—JEFF WALLSMOUNT DESERT — Basketball junkies should have their addiction sated for at least a week after the 17th annual Great Harbor Shootout (GHSO) wrapped up on March 22. Ryan Petros of Ellsworth beats a pair of Mount Desert Island Acadians to a rebound during competition last weekend at the Great Harbor Shootout. Ellsworth was one of more than a dozen Hancock County teams that helped make up the 69-team tournament field.—JEFF WALLSSixty-nine teams from across the state played in 131 games over the three-day tournament. Two teams from Mount Desert Island made it to the final dance and one ended up atop the heap. In Division 2 (high school girls), MDI’s Island Magic beat all rivals by over twice their score until the final game. The Snow Bears also had a relatively dominant ascension through the brackets. This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textThe Magic whittled away at a Snow Bears’ lead until tying the game with 3:16 left to play. A foul shot battle ensued that ended with the Snow Bears at the line and MDI holding a two-point lead. Both foul shots missed and it looked like the Snow Bears had the rebound, but somehow the ball ended up in the hands of birthday girl Megan Phelps’ hands as time ran out, giving MDI the 47-45 win and the championship. The Acadia Trojans also went to the championship round in Division 3 (junior high boys), facing last week’s Hancock County Sheriff’s Cup winner, Hampden. Hampden won 52-47. For complete story, pick up a copy of The Ellsworth American. House fire in Winter Harbor – October 27, 2014 Bio admin State budget vs. job creation – January 22, 2015center_img Latest posts by admin (see all) Latest Posts Hancock County Court News Nov. 3 thorugh Dec. 11 – January 22, 2015last_img read more

2017 AITEO Cup: National Preliminary Matches Get August 2nd Date

first_imgThe national preliminary matches for this year’s edition of the AITEO Cup (formerly known as Federation Cup) will take place on August 2 at various designated centres (10)This was contained in the following letter sent to all state football federations by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) big spenders FC IfeanyiUbah are the defending champions after they defeated Nasarawa United 5-4 on penalties to win the 2016 edition following a goalless affair in regulation time.RelatedEverton Reiterates Continental Target For Akwa United (AUDIO)April 16, 2019In “NPFl”AUDIO: Only Top Referees Would Handle AITEO Cup Games — NFF 1st Vice PresidentAugust 15, 2017In “Nigeria”Aiteo Cup: NPFL, NNL Weekend Fixtures Experience StandstillApril 24, 2019In “Federation Cup”last_img read more

Donate a toy and the City will forgive your parking tickets this holiday season

first_imgIt’s Toys for fines time. Until the end of December, parking fines can be paid for with new, unwrapped toys. At yesterday’s council meeting, mayor Bruce Lantz joked that the parking ticket exchange program was a “favorite” of his.During the election Lantz came under fire for his more than $700 worth of unpaid parking tickets, which would be the equivalent of two XBox 360s and a copy of Guitar Hero 3, if he hadn’t already paid the fines off.- Advertisement -Toys must be unwrapped and be of equal or greater value to the fines. The items will be given to the Salvation Army for distribution to needy families.In the past, this program has brought in between $1,500 and $2,000 in toy donations.last_img read more

Chelsea win at Bristol in WSL opener

first_imgJapan international Yuki Ogimi scored twice as Chelsea Ladies opened their Women’s Super League season with a 2-0 away win against Bristol Academy.Ogimi netted both her goals in the first half, giving the Blues their second victory over Bristol in four days, having enjoyed an FA Cup win against them at the weekend.They are next in action on Sunday when they face Liverpool at Staines Town’s Wheatsheaf Park in their first home match of the WSL campaign.See also:After such a busy pre-season I just can’t wait to get startedChelsea Ladies start with FA Cup winFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Space Aliens Still AWOL

first_img(Visited 357 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Aliens should be everywhere, but the heavens remain eerily silent. The faith goes on.In the 1980s, Carl Sagan predicted that there could be a million advanced civilizations in the Milky Way galaxy alone. In 2015, Russian billionaire Yuri Milner gave SETI $100 million to find them. The latest results have found nothing. Live Science writes about astronomers’ reactions to the no-shows,“There’s certainly nothing out there glaringly obvious,” Danny Price, an astrophysicist at the University of California, Berkeley, and lead author of a paper about the results, which were published in The Astrophysical Journal, told Live Science. “There’s no amazingly advanced civilizations trying to contact us with incredibly powerful transmitters.”Four years into Milner’s decade-planned Breakthrough Listen initiative, astronomers have garnered a petabyte (a million gigabytes) of data from 1,327 stars within 160 light-years of Earth. The project has made the data publicly available in an Open Archive on their website, “making it the largest publication of SETI data in the history of the field.” Citizen scientists can wade through the pile to see if the experts missed anything.SETI believers have plenty of excuses they can make. The sample size is a tiny percentage of stars in the Milky Way. Astronomer Jason Wright of the University of Pennsylvania compares it to a hot tub’s worth of water compared to Earth’s oceans. And the project assumes that space aliens would choose the particular radio and optical frequencies the project selected in order to communicate. Given the nanoscopic odds of success, it seems hopeless to try. What drives them to do it?One motivation was expressed by Danny Price of UC Berkeley, lead author of the paper about the negative results. “I think it would be one of the most important discoveries humankind would ever make,” he said, if evidence of intelligent life were found beyond Earth. While the existence of space aliens does not require the assumptions of spontaneous generation and evolution, the fact is that most SETI enthusiasts are staunch atheists and Darwinists. They believe that life popped into existence on the Earth without design or purpose. Since it happened here, it must happen elsewhere, they figure, and evidence of other civilizations would bolster their case that the emergence and evolution of advanced life is not as difficult as some skeptics insist. In science, though, it is risky to build a case on a sample size of one. And even if aliens were found, it would not prove evolution. Creationists could still argue that they were created.UFOs: Have the Aliens Come Here?Sign in New Mexico.Some may think it odd that the very people who believe the universe is filled with space aliens do not think UFOs give evidence of them. That’s because, being trained more rigorously in physics than many UFO enthusiasts, they understand the difficulty of physical space travel across stellar distances. “UFOs Are Real, But Don’t Assume They’re Alien Spaceships,” says Mike Wall in Space.com. He means that pilots, like US Navy pilots who reported UFOs in 2014 and 2015 really did see something flying that was unidentified, but it does not follow that they were visitors from outer space. Seth Shostak is skeptical of the space alien claim because if beings from distant planets were visiting Earth, they never do anything. “They just buzz around,” he quips. “They don’t address climate change; they don’t steal our molybdenum.” But who can say what aliens are thinking?Lower Sights, Harder SearchesAstrobiologists make similar assumptions as SETI advocates, but they would be happy to just find microbes. The problem with microbes is that they typically do not broadcast their presence with radio telescopes. We have to go and find them. As with SETI, results to date are negative, despite millions of dollars spent by NASA’s astrobiology programs. The search continues, nevertheless, due to strong beliefs about spontaneous generation and evolution.Life on Jupiter’s moon Europa? Discovery of table salt on the surface boosts hopes  (The Conversation). If life spontaneously appeared in your salt shaker, Chris Arridge might have a point, but what does possible NaCl on Europa have to do with life? The paper in Science Advances that announced the moon’s sodium chloride doesn’t speculate that life arose because of it. Salt is actually bad for creating cell membranes, but Arridge, a lecturer at Lancaster University, argues that it’s not as bad as some other salts. He says that NaCl lowers the freezing temperature of water, and that might keep the moon’s oceans habitable. Such reasoning should be taken with a dose of salt.How Mercury and Venus can guide our hunt for alien life on exoplanets (New Scientist). Leah Crane spends most of her article describing how hellish and inhospitable Venus and Mercury are, but then argues that studying them can help our search for life on exoplanets. Actually, it helps by reducing false positives. Astronomers might find worlds around other stars that look promising, but they could be “sizzling coals” like Mercury or Venus.Supernovas May Seed the Universe with More Stardust Than Predicted (Space.com). Analysis of meteorites led some at the Max Planck Institute to conclude that supernovas give off more stardust than thought. The article surmises, “this study reinforces the notion that we are all made of stardust, or rather our atoms all came from materials in stars.” Dust, however, is what happens to things that are dying and disintegrating. It does not follow that dust bunnies turn into real bunnies.If space aliens are ever found, they will need the gospel. Beware the fake aliens who try to bring us a false gospel. Paul warned, “But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed” (Galatians 1:8).last_img read more

Commodity Classic registration opening soon

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Commodity Classic registration and housing reservations will open online at 10 a.m. CST on Wednesday morning, December 7, 2016. Rooms are expected to book quickly, so those interested should register and make reservations as soon as possible once registration is open.The 2017 Commodity Classic will be held in San Antonio, Texas March 2-4, 2017, at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center.  The convention center will house all Commodity Classic events, including the Welcome Reception, General Session, Evening of Entertainment, Trade Show, Learning Center Sessions and What’s New Sessions.All registration and housing reservations should be made online at www.commodityclassic.com.  Experient is the official registration and housing provider for Commodity Classic.  In order to stay at an official Commodity Classic hotel, reservations must be made only through Experient to ensure favorable rates, reasonable terms and confirmed hotel rooms.Established in 1996, Commodity Classic is America’s largest farmer-led, farmer-focused convention and trade show, produced by the National Corn Growers Association, American Soybean Association, National Association of Wheat Growers, National Sorghum Producers, and Association of Equipment Manufacturers.last_img read more

From Plaintiff to Partner: PicApp’s Photographers Embrace WordPress

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Early this morning PicApp announced a partnership with Automattic and integration with WordPress. More than 7.5 million publishers on WordPress’ hosted service will gain access to 20 million stock images from services like Getty, Corbis and Jupiter Images. The one caveat with these images is that there is advertising embedded in them. While the blogosphere continues to debate the depth of image content, the true significance of the announcement is rooted in the fact that a new era of collaboration is upon us. In the past, photography sites have looked to PicApp’s Israeli parent company PicScout to monitor the web for copyright infringements. Once infringers were identified, rights owners would serve DMCA takedown notices to bloggers and small publishers. Today’s partnership with one of the world’s top blogging platform casts aside this adversarial approach and gives bloggers the respect they deserve as legitimate publishers, influencers and even partners.As covered by ReadWriteWeb in the past, PicApp has made efforts to differentiate itself from its parent copyright monitoring company. The company continues to collaborate with bloggers through its image sharing platform in exchange for links back to photography sites and advertisements. Since 2007, the company has signed a slew of new publishers and significantly increased its content. While some bloggers may grumble that the advertising is unsightly, there’s no denying that these simple embed codes shave precious minutes off a post. PicApp offers great quality photographs and automatic attribution and legal clearance. For professional bloggers this service can be a lifesaver for breaking news. Tags:#start#startups dana oshiro A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Beermen stay motivated, aim for Grand Slam

first_imgEthel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera San Miguel Beermen. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netWinning championships is one thing and making history is another.And after San Miguel claimed the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup, Arwind Santos knows that this group of Beermen have a golden chance to join en elite company by completing a rare Grand Slam.ADVERTISEMENT Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena LATEST STORIES Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games San Beda, Lyceum early favorites ahead of NCAA Season 93 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend “That’s one thing in history that our batch hasn’t gotten yet,” Santos said in Filipino.The 2013 PBA Most Valuable Player acknowledges the huge historical implications if indeed San Miguel collects the Triple Crown. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“If we get it, we’ll be compared to the likes of Ramon Fernandez and Hector Calma,” he said, alluding to the 1989 San Miguel squad which pulled off the feat under the tutelage of coach Norman Black.“It’s a motivation for our group that as much as possible, we could get that. And next conference, I think we can and I wish we can.” Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next What ‘missteps’? Santos knows that making an imprint in the history books is no doubt career-defining, one that will put this San Miguel batch together with legendary PBA teams.“If you have your place in history, even if you’re already old or already dead, that’s one of the things basketball fans will always remember,” he said.It’s not like Santos and the rest of the Beermen haven’t achieved anything extraordinary yet.In fact, this version of San Miguel has already won five titles in eight conferences including the 2016 Philippine Cup where it became the only team in the rich history of the PBA to come back from a 0-3 series deficit. They have also ruled the last three editions of the Philippine Cup.Santos, however, said that San Miguel remains hungry as it seeks to extend its dynasty with another title romp in the season-ending Governors’ Cup.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ “When we become champions, we become stronger together. This becomes our bread-and-butter, and we want to continue that this coming conference. We’re thankful that we’re winning the championship, but that doesn’t mean that we’ll stop dreaming,” he said.“The feeling of being a champion is so sweet, so why not do it continually? We’re not getting tired and we’re keeping our feet on the ground. We want to continue dreaming because it’s rare to have a group like this.” View commentslast_img read more

Thrilling Matches Kick-off State of Origin

first_imgBy BEN HARRISA touchdown to New South Wales’ Nathan Martin with three seconds left on the clock gave the Blues a heart-stopping 11-10 victory in the opening game of the Men’s 30’s division of the 2012 State of Origin series.The first game to be played on the stadium field at Port Macquarie had the hundreds of spectators on the edge of their seats for the full 40 minutes.Queensland scored the first three touchdowns of the match but New South Wales fought back and bagged the next three.Queensland then stepped it up a gear and took a 6-4 lead into the main break before making it 7-4 soon after.But the rest of the second half went back and forth like a tennis final at Wimbledon.Dean McKechnie scored four touchdowns in the second stanza for New South Wales while Gavin Shuker also bagged four for the Maroons.With 30 seconds to go, Queensland equalled the score at 10-all.With the last play of the game New South Wales drove hard towards Queensland’s scoreline and with a beautiful ball from Daniel Rushworth, Martin scored the winning touchdown.NSW Men’s 30s coach Milad Almaoui said it was a win based on character and determination.“We expected that. We always said the first game was a bit of a lottery,” Almaoui said.“We showed character and courage to come back from 3-nil down then 7-4 to win the match.“For a 30’s game, you could not have asked for anything more.”Queensland got one back in the Women’s 30s with a drop-off win in the division’s first game.With scores levelled at 4-4 at the final siren, extra-time was needed to separate the two teams.Queensland’s Lana Curry was the hero, streaking the length of the field to score the winning touchdown and give her team a 5-4 victory.New South Wales won the two other matches in the first time slot with the Blues taking out the Men’s 45’s and the Women’s 40’s.A 3-0 lead was enough for the Blues to hold Queensland off for a 4-2 win in the Men’s 45s.While a second half scoring blitz of five touchdowns helped NSW to win 6-3 in the Women’s 40s. Make sure you stay up to date with these websites for all the State of Origin action: State of Origin – www.soo.mytouchfooty.comTouch Football Australia – www.austouch.com.auTouch Football Australia’s YouTube channel – www.youtube.com/touchfootballausTwitter: www.twitter.com/touchfootyausFacebook: www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaRelated LinksNSW begin welllast_img read more

11 days agoRedknapp says West Ham midfielder Rice can fix England woes

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Redknapp says West Ham midfielder Rice can fix England woesby Paul Vegas11 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveJamie Redknapp believes West Ham midfielder Declan Rice can fix England’s defensive woes.Michael Keane’s poor form at international level continued in Friday’s loss to Czech Republic.And Redknapp thinks Rice, who operates in midfield for club and country, can do a job alongside Harry Maguire at centre-back.In his column for the Daily Mail, former Three Lions midfielder Redknapp wrote: “Is Declan Rice the answer to England’s problems in defence? I suspect he could be.”I see a centre back in the 20-year-old and that is where his future could lie for club and country, rather than being used solely in midfield.”In the modern game, players are being told to pass it out from the back, and Rice is capable of executing that.”He’d be more than happy to get on the ball and has the intelligence needed to form an effective centre back partnership.”Watch West Ham and you’ll see this young man is excellent at what he does. In the Premier League this season, only two midfielders have made more tackles than Rice.”He also ranks fourth for interceptions and seventh for ball recoveries. I believe he could apply those talents to central defence, too, while being the proficient passer Gareth Southgate wants.” last_img read more