Mane hits hat-trick as Liverpool crush Porto

first_img0Shares0000Sadio Mane scored a hat-trick as the Liverpool attack tormented Porto 5-0 © AFP / Francisco LEONGPORTO, Portugal, Feb 15 – Sadio Mane scored a brilliant treble as Liverpool romped to a 5-0 thrashing of Porto at the Estadio do Dragao on Wednesday to march towards the Champions League quarter-finals.Mane fired the away side ahead in the first leg of the last-16 clash, before Mohamed Salah’s audacious finish for his 30th goal of the season quickly made it two. The Senegalese forward slotted in his second as Liverpool completely outclassed their opponents, with Roberto Firmino adding his name to the scoresheet with 20 minutes to play, before Mane’s searing strike completed his first European hat-trick.“It was important to play as a team and we did, we played great football from the beginning,” Mane told BT Sport.“We created so many chances and we scored five. It was well deserved.”Playing in the last 16 of the competition for the first time in nine years, Liverpool are now all but certain to reach the quarter-finals ahead of the second leg at Anfield on March 6.Jurgen Klopp’s men had scored 23 goals in the group stage and continued that scintillating form in Portugal to become the top-scorers in this season’s competition, while the defensive frailties that have plagued them at times this season never resurfaced as Dejan Lovren and Virgil van Dijk put in accomplished displays at the back.“I saw a lot of fantastic performances tonight. The result is only possible if they are all spot on,” said Klopp.“Of course, Sadio is man of the match, three fantastic goals, but they all did well and that is the only way to be successful.”Sergio Conceicao’s deflated Porto will now turn their attentions back to domestic matters, where they hold a two-point lead in the league and are in the Cup semi-finals.Roared on by the home fans, Porto started brightly and Brazilian midfielder Otavio was denied an early goal by a last-ditch tackle from Lovren.But it didn’t take Liverpool long to grow into the game, as left-back Andrew Robertson fired over on his Champions League debut and Ivan Marcano’s brave block prevented Firmino from heading in.But the five-time European champions were gifted the lead in the 25th minute as Porto goalkeeper Jose Sa, who has replaced former Real Madrid great Iker Casillas this season, allowed Mane’s tame strike to squirm underneath his body and into the net.Mane has been overshadowed so far this term by the blistering performances of Firmino and Salah, but the Senegalese forward’s first goal in six games was his fourth in the Champions League.– Salah’s delightful skill –Liverpool forward Salah slots in his side’s second goal at Porto © AFP / MIGUEL RIOPALiverpool took total control of the tie just four minutes later as Salah scored in style.James Milner’s strike crashed into the post, but the Egyptian star was on hand to flick the ball over the onrushing Sa with a magnificent piece of skill and slot into the net.The visitors were utterly dominant, but Tiquinho Soares, playing in place of the injured Vincent Aboubakar, fired narrowly wide for Porto on the stroke of half-time.Porto had plenty of the ball but were always vulnerable to Liverpool’s waves of rapid counter-attacks, and Mane made it three shortly after the restart.The away side cut the Portuguese league leaders to shreds with a series of first-time flicks and passes, and after Firmino was denied by Sa, Mane was on hand to tap in the rebound.The visitors’ relentless pressure meant another goal was almost inevitable, and it arrived when Milner picked out Firmino from a posse of unmarked Liverpool shirts in the centre to slot home his seventh Champions League goal of the campaign.The English outfit still weren’t finished, though, as Mane’s long-range effort flew past Sa with five minutes remaining to round off the procession in fine fashion.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Rental return hike sparks interest in buy-to-let across Donegal

first_imgIncreased rental returns have sparked a surge of interest by investors in buy-to-let property in Donegal, according to leading Letterkenny estate agent.The growing imbalance in supply versus demand has caused rental returns for landlords to rise by almost 7% in the third quarter of this year.According the latest report from, the average rental rate advertised in Donegal is now €561 – a hike of 15% from their lowest point in recent years. Kiara Rainey, of Sherry FitzGerald Rainey, said: “First time buyers are in competition with investors for a limited number of properties and the lack of stock is driving rental returns through the roof in Letterkenny.“Letting agents are reporting that four-bed semi-detached homes in good condition are renting for around €750-800 per month. That’s compared to rental returns of between €390-€400 per month for similar properties just a couple of years ago.“Three bedroom semi-detached houses in need of some capital expenditure are currently selling in Letterkenny for €90,000 to €100,000 and an increasing number of buy-to-let investors are now seeing great opportunity for high rental returns.“The low supply versus high demand situation is having an impact on prices already. Adding high rental returns – which are attractive to investors – into the mix will inevitably drive house prices up in Letterkenny. “Over the last 18 months property prices in the town have been creeping up. It is very difficult to predict just how much the rising rental incomes will accelerate that but they will certainly fuel the process.”Rental return hike sparks interest in buy-to-let across Donegal was last modified: November 10th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Crabs let late lead slip in loss

first_imgKokko Figueiredo connected on a two-run home run to give the Crabs their first lead of the night and landed a well-placed fly ball in left field to score one and give the home team the lead once again in the seventh inning, but it wouldn’t be enough as a pair of ninth inning runs on the part of the Solano Mudcats elevated the visitors to a late-game 7-6 win over the Humboldt Crabs, Tuesday night at the Arcata Ball Park.The loss snaps what was a seven-game winning streak for the Crabs and drops …last_img

Bug-Eye Camera, Fly Robot and other Bio-Inspired Tech

first_imgIncredible advancements in technology are coming from the imitation of nature, but engineers cannot yet attain animal performance.Look like a bug:  “New Camera Inspired by Insect Eyes,” announced Science Now.  If you thought insects with their compound eyes had inferior vision to ours, think that no more:An insect’s compound eye is an engineering marvel: high resolution, wide field of view, and incredible sensitivity to motion, all in a compact package. Now, a new digital camera provides the best-ever imitation of a bug’s vision, using new optical materials and techniques. This technology could someday give patrolling surveillance drones the same exquisite vision as a dragonfly on the hunt.In the Illustra film Metamorphosis, Dr. Thomas Emmel notes that butterflies have better color vision than humans.  They can see from infrared to ultraviolet.  And in the Illustra film Darwin’s Dilemma, we see that compound eyes existed in the Cambrian multicellular animals, including trilobites and anomalocaridids.According to PhysOrg, the new camera has an “unmatched field of view.”  Part of the challenge for engineers at the University of Illinois was to develop flexible electronics and optics that could accommodate curved surfaces.  Even so, their “low-end insect eye” mimic does not reach the performance of the design that inspired it:Eyes in arthropods use compound designs, in which arrays of smaller eyes act together to provide image perception. Each small eye, known as an ommatidium, consists of a corneal lens, a crystalline cone and a light-sensitive organ at the base. The entire system is configured to provide exceptional properties in imaging, many of which lie beyond the reach of existing man-made cameras.It would appear difficult to rephrase that paragraph in Darwinian terms, since it depends on the use of concepts like design, configuration, and exceptional properties.  The project caught the attention of Nature, and Science Daily twice.  The engineer’s paper was published in Nature, which noted that arthropods differ in the number of facets or ommatidia.  Some ants have about 100 facets; praying mantises have about 15,000, while some dragonflies have up to 28,000.  They ended by saying, “Biologically inspired schemes for adapting to different light levels are also of interest.”Fly like a fly:  A biomimetic robot that flies like a fly was reported in Science this week.  It caught the attention of Nature and Science Daily.  “RoboBee” doesn’t look anywhere near as sophisticated as an actual fly (and lacks digestive, neural, and reproductive systems), but Nature called it a “manufacturing marvel.”  One of its designers said, “This is a major engineering breakthrough, 15 years in the making.”  The little robot, weighing only 80 milligrams, has thin membranes for wings that it can flap 120 times a second, similar to a fly’s flapping rate (the engineers admitted it is only “modeled loosely on the morphology of flies”). Building a lightweight battery was one of the biggest challenges, so they had to tether it to a power source and computer with thin wire.  Still, it’s “pretty fantastically cool,” an observer said for Science Now.The engineering team faced many challenges.  For instance, if the wings weren’t exactly symmetrical, it failed to fly.  It “took many rounds of tweaking the design before it finally worked,” but when the team had their “Kitty Hawk moment,” they were really proud.  RoboBee can only fly for 20 seconds, and wears out after 15 minutes of use.  But it’s “the smallest flapping wing aircraft that has ever been built and made fully functional,” they said.  The goal is to get the power supply, flight control computer and everything else on board.  They envision making swarms of these robots for search and rescue.  “When you scale things down, smaller is better,” they said.  That speaks volumes about the actual living fly, which not only has everything on board, but also contains digestive, neural, and reproductive systems.  A fly or bee is comparatively large for insects, too (consider gnats and mosquitoes, for instance).  Recently, a microscopic fairyfly dubbed Tinkerbella nana was discovered with a body length of 155 micrometers (see Science Daily for picture).  That’s packing a lot of systems into a very tiny space.Sea horse armor:  In other biomimetics news, scientists at UC San Diego have their eyes on seahorses for ideas.  According to Science Daily, “Sea horses get their exceptional flexibility from the structure of their bony plates, which form its armor.”  The plates slide past each other.  The plates can be compressed to half their size without damage.   The principle behind the UCSD project is broader than one particular animal:“The study of natural materials can lead to the creation of new and unique materials and structures inspired by nature that are stronger, tougher, lighter and more flexible,” said [Joanna] McKittrick, a professor of materials science at the Jacobs School of Engineering at UC San Diego.McKittrick and Meyers had sought bioinsipiration [sic] by examining the armor of many other animals, including armadillo, alligators and the scales of various fish. This time, they were specifically looking for an animal that was flexible enough to develop a design for a robotic arm.Mr. Clean cicada:  The 17-year locusts are emerging from hibernation in some parts of the south this year.  Live Science reported on work to understand how the bugs can stay so clean.  They don’t need to stand in the rain; the structure of their exoskeleton allows the bugs to be self-cleaning, researchers at Duke University have found.  “Apparently, grime can simply leap right off them, given dew.”  When dewdrops merge together, they literally leap off the bugs, carrying grime with them.  This also happens on lotus leaves and other “super-hydrophobic” surfaces.These findings not only can help explain the mystery of how cicada wings keep clean, but could also lead to improved artificial self-cleaning materials. Jumping droplets could also help remove heat from power plants, Chen said.Protein origami:  Science Magazine published a paper about the use of proteins for self-assembling materials.  A “Perspective” piece in the same issue about the project said that synthetic biology “aims to push natural biological systems in novel directions or to generate biomimetic systems with new properties.”  The team from University of Bristol learned how to control the self-assembly of proteins to generate simple “cages” and patterns out of coiled-coil elements of proteins.  “The assembly properties of the peptides are governed by how their folding results in the projection of chemical functional groups into space.”Short bows:  Nature mentioned the “worm-inspired adhesive” that came from following how a spiny-headed worm embeds itself in the tissues of its host.  A bandage built on the principle is “more than three times as adhesive as surgical staples for affixing skin grafts.”  Live Science posted “Seven Clever Technologies Inspired by Animals.”  Entrants include butterflies, sharks, worms, cockleburs, beetles, geckos, and spiders.As usual, evolution was useless in all these stories.  It was only mentioned occasionally as an ideologically-driven afterthought, such as “Nature has developed and refined these concepts over the course of billions of years of evolution” (PhysOrg).  Nature is not a developer!  Nature is not a refiner.  Nature knows nothing of concepts.  Those are terms from intelligent design.  The Nature paper on the compound eye begins, “In arthropods, evolution has created a remarkably sophisticated class of imaging systems, with a wide-angle field of view, low aberrations, high acuity to motion and an infinite depth of field,” but then says nothing further about evolution.  Evolution is not a creator!  Evolution does not design sophisticated imaging systems with desirable properties!  Tanya Lewis at Live Science dreamed, “Over time, evolution has led to some incredible developments, from the photosynthetic machinery in plants to the human eye.”  She needs to awake from her dogmatic Darwinian slumbers.The lingo that predominates in biomimetics is design, inspiration, exceptional performance.  Darwinians, pack up your snake oil wagons and get out of the way of this new, popular I.D. parade.(Visited 42 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

SA shines at World Press Photo

first_img17 February 2006Five South African photographers have walked away with top honours at this year’s World Press Photo awards, the most prestigious annual international competition in press photography.The five – Pieter Hugo, Shayne Robinson, Sydney Seshibedi, Joao Silva and Halden Krog – were up against 4 448 professional photographers from 122 countries, with a total of 83 044 images entered. Judging took place in Amsterdam in January and February 2006, with prizes awarded in 10 categories to 63 photographers of 25 nationalities.Hugo won first place in the portraits category, as did Robinson for arts and entertainment. Seshibedi and Silva both came second, in the sports action and contemporary issues categories respectively, and Krog won third place for nature photography.Founded in 1955, World Press Photo is an independent non-profit organisation based in the Netherlands. Its aim is to encourage high professional standards in photojournalism and to promote a free and unrestricted exchange of information.Pieter Hugo (Corbis)First prize, portrait singles: Mallam Gahadima Ahamadu with the hyena Jamis, Abuja, NigeriaPieter Hugo’s winning photo was taken during his 10-day journey with a group of travelling Nigerian minstrels and their entourage of animals: three hyenas, two pythons and four monkeys. The somewhat menacing image – produced for photo agency Corbis – shows the minstrel Mallam Gahadima Ahamadu with a muzzled hyena on a road in Abuja, Nigeria.Born in Johannesburg in 1976, Hugo’s work focuses on social issues with an emphasis on developing countries in Africa and elsewhere. He has worked for many print publications, including Adbusters, Colors, Dazed & Confused, the New Yorker and the London Sunday Times, producing visual essays on issues ranging from tuberculosis in Malawi to slavery in Sudan, slums in Brazil to old age communities in South Africa.In 2002/3 he participated in a residency at Fabrica, Benetton’s Research and Communications Centre in Italy. His work has been exhibited widely, including solo exhibitions at Cape Town’s Michael Stevenson Contemporary, the Museum of Modern Art in Rome, and Lisbon’s Fabrica Features. Pieter Hugo websiteCorbis websiteShayne Robinson (PhotoWire Africa, Globe and Mail) First prize, arts and entertainment singles: Ballet class, Alexandra TownshipA relative newcomer to professional photography, Shayne Robinson nonetheless managed to win first place in the single photo category for arts and entertainment. The image, of a ballet class in Johannesburg’s impoverished Alexandra township, was produced for PhotoWire Africa and published in Canada’s Globe and Mail.Previously the editor of online IT publication ICT World, Robinson decided to try his hand at professional photography after reading The Bang Bang Club, the story of a group of veteran photographers who chronicled the violent dying days of apartheid – which is co-authored by Joao Silva, another World Press 2006 winner.“With no formal qualifications or any photographic knowledge,” Robinson says, “I managed to somehow find my way into the South African Press Association.” He credits his success to the mentoring he received from experienced South African photographers Kim Ludbrook, Halden Krog – yet another World Press winner – and Jon Hrusa.Shayne Robinson websitePhotoWire Africa websiteGlobe and Mail websiteSydney Seshibedi (Sunday Times)Second prize, sports action singles: Sidney Maluleke fights with Sello Hawong in JohannesburgYoung Sunday Times photographer Sydney Seshibedi, Premier Soccer League photographer of the year for 2004, won second prize in the single sports action category for a remarkable boxing photo. The image shows South African featherweight boxer Sidney Maluleke, left, taking a blow from super featherweight Sello Hanong Hawong at Nasrec in Johannesburg in September 2005.Seshibedi is a prolific photographer, with his work for the Sunday Times taking him from Mozambique, to photograph former President Joaquim Chissano, to war-torn Sudan to document life in refugee camps.Sunday Times websiteJoao Silva (New York Times) Second prize, contemporary issues singles:Malawi prisonOne of South Africa’s most respected photographers, Joao Silva was a member of the elite Bang Bang Club, a group of what were essentially war photographers who – at great personal risk – documented township violence during the last days of apartheid in the late 1980s.Although the membership of this club sometimes changed, there were four consistent members: Silva, Greg Marinovich, Kevin Carter and Ken Oosterbroek. Two of them lost their lives in events directly or indirectly related to their work. Oosterbroek was killed in bloody fighting in Thokoza township just days before South Africa’s first democratic election, and Carter committed suicide months after winning the Pulitzer Prize for a haunting Sudan famine picture.Born in Portugal in 1966, Silva is a photographer contracted to the New York Times and lives in Johannesburg. He has travelled widely in Africa, the Balkans, Central Asia, Russia and the Middle East. His photograph of grossly overcrowded conditions in a Malawi prison won him second place for single photos of contemporary issues in this year’s World Press.He has produced two books: The Bang-Bang Club with Greg Marinovich, and In the Company of God, which portrays Iraqi Shi’a Muslims in a period of occupation and transition.Joao Silva websiteNew York Times websiteHalden Krog (Beeld)Third prize, nature singles: Stranded fishing boat after tsunami, Banda Aceh, Indonesia, January 2005The chief photographer at Afrikaans daily newspaper Beeld, Halden Krog has twice claimed the MTN Fujifilm Photographer of the Year award. His remarkable image of a fishing boat lying incongruously on green croplands earned him third prize in the nature category at the World Press awards.“Krog’s success has a lot to do with his artistic eye for composition, his technical advancement and people skills,” says Dawid Roux, Beeld’s picture editor. “His intolerance for mediocrity can sometimes drive his colleagues insane, but by the same token, they have the utmost respect for it.”Krog has also mentored another World Press winner, Shayne Robinson.Beeld websiteSee all the winners on the World Press Photo reporterlast_img read more

South African agriculture ‘creating jobs again’

first_imgEconomic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel said between 2009 and 2013 the government had supported 700 000 smallholder producers through various initiatives, including access to finance and mentoring.Between December 2009 and December 2013 a total of 1 740 555 hectares of land had been acquired and redistributed or restituted. (Image: Brand South Africa)Brand South Africa reporterSouth Africa’s agriculture sector created 65 000 new jobs between December 2009 and December 2013, reversing a trend of farming job losses in the country that stretched back to the 1970s, Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel said on Tuesday.Speaking at a post-State of the Nation Address media briefing in Cape Town, Patel said that the government had spent about R20-billion on land restitution and redistribution between 2009 and 2013, during which period a total of 1 740 555 hectares of land had been acquired and redistributed or restituted.To ensure sustainable production on productive land, he said, 700 000 smallholder producers had been supported through various initiatives, including access to finance and mentoring.Fetsa Tlala (end hunger) programmeRegarding the Fetsa Tlala programme, which was launched by President Jacob Zuma in October last year, Patel said that planting was taking place on 230 000 hectares of land in six provinces, with half of this land set aside for smallholders.“A total of 10 271 resource-poor, historically disadvantaged producers were supported to access water for agricultural purposes, and over 18 000 hectares were irrigated during this period. From 1 April 2009 until 31 December 2013, a total 2 400 000 hectares of land has been added to the area of land under rehabilitation and restoration.”According to the minister, a total of 3 486 000 hectares was cleared as part of follow-up treatment.“A further 33 341 smallholder producers were assisted to access markets, and 1 284 producer cooperatives and marketing depots were established in order to increase their competitiveness and take advantage of market opportunities.”Patel said an additional 22 cooperatives had been linked to the Department of Social Development’s Food for All programmes as the government moved to procure produce for its social programmes from the smallholders it was supporting.Primary animal healthcare“Furthermore, we have committed to extending the primary animal healthcare programme to smallholders in all provinces,” Patel said. “In the past year, 23 mobile animal clinics were procured and delivered to remote rural areas.”The scientific committee of the World Animal Health Organization has confirmed the restoration of South Africa’s foot and mouth disease (FMD) free status, enabling the country to negotiate with its trade partners to lift their ban on its red meat exports.Patel said the confirmation of South Africa’s restored FMD free-status was a positive step for trade and markets access for the industry.Work opportunities in rural areasRegarding work opportunities in rural areas, Patel said a total of 3 384 small rural enterprises had been established in different sectors between 2010 and 2013.“We were also able to link 170 196 poor and vulnerable South Africans, including recipients of social grants, to economic opportunities,” he said.In rural areas, a total of 3 422 110 work opportunities had created through the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP), including the Community Work Programme, since 2010.Most of these jobs were created under the infrastructure sector of the EPWP. An additional 798 586 full-time equivalent jobs had been created in different sectors from 2010 to date.Source: South African Government News AgencyWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Legal with Leah: CAUV Update

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest  Leave a CommentNew, lower CAUV valuations will be applied this year in 24 Ohio counties. Farm Bureau Policy Counsel Leah Curtis talks about what this means and how it came to be.Listen to Legal with Leah, a podcast featuring Ohio Farm Bureau’s Policy Counsel Leah Curtis discussing topics impacting farmers and landowners.  Leave a Commentlast_img

More Nicks in Net Neutrality’s Death By A Thousand Cuts

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts Tags:#Analysis#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img This week, at long last, the Federal Communications Commission explained in court why telco criticisms of its Net neutrality regulations are “baseless.” Nonetheless, it has become crystal clear that the FCC’s rules against online discrimination – perhaps the signature technology policy move of Barack Obama’s presidency – are in the industry’s crosshairs.The Net neutrality regulations adopted by the FCC on a party-line vote just before Christmas 2010 represented the administration’s attempt to find middle ground. Chairman Julius Genachowski had floated an idea variously called “The Third Way” or “Title II Lite.” His plan proposed a historic, black-and-white reclassification of broadband Internet service as a telecommunications service under the Communications Act of 1934, but with caveats: the FCC would “forebear” on using all the regulatory muscle that it generally holds over common carriers, like the ability to impose sharing requirements. But Genachowski, facing a tsunami of industry disapproval, retreated to a far more modest jurisdiction over broadband. That’s what Verizon now dismisses in court as the FCC’s attempt to “conjure a role for itself.”Genachowski’s Net neutrality rules were a tenuous play from the start, considering the Comcast v. FCC decision on BitTorrent throttling some months earlier, which challenged the commission’s “ancillary authority” to regulate broadband. Verizon said it would go to court. It has.Meanwhile, AT&T responded in public with a what’s done is done air. In a hearing last March, a company executive quietly seconded a member of Congress who suggested the rules would “require no change in the business plans of AT&T.” We’re beginning to see why. In the run up to this week’s expected release of iOS 6, AT&T has said that it will disable FaceTime, the iPhone’s video chat feature, over its cellular networks except for subscribers to its pricey Mobile Share plans. Why? An uncertainty about data load, the company said. And if the FCC can make up the rules as it goes along, AT&T seems to be arguing, then so can we.Blocking FaceTime doesn’t violate Net neutrality regs, a company rep wrote, because the app is “preloaded.” That’s a distinction not found within the four corners of the FCC’s neutrality rules. But it buys the company a little wiggle room.Genachowski’s Christmas surprise earned him the ire of critics, some of whom see an inevitability to today’s challenges. “This is a mess of the commission’s own making,” said Derek Turner, research director of Free Press, a vociferous proponent of net neutrality regulations. Congress, it’s worth noting, wasn’t able to craft the FCC any clearer authority. But rather than establishing that the Internet is both the digital bits that make up its content and the (highly regulable) pipes that those bits travel along, Genachowski tried to make do with a far less coherent jurisdiction. And prodded by industry, he carved out exemptions for mobile Internet, which is exactly how more and more Americans are going online. Companies can’t block competitive applications, and they have to be transparent about what they do do. But that leaves gaps big enough for AT&T to drive its FaceTime policy through.That the FCC would claim jurisdiction over broadband, today’s dominant communications medium, scares the bejeebus out of some people. Same goes for the idea that it wouldn’t. The agency tried to calm roiling waters with a tempered approach to Net neutrality. But that produced only a momentary peace. Verizon is challenging it in court. AT&T is challenging it in the marketplace. What is the government’s role in regulating broadband networks? More unsettled than ever. And that doesn’t benefit much of anyone. nancy scola A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

Ambulodto sinks game-winner as Wangs snaps skid vs Gamboa

first_imgLacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ “Even if he was in foul trouble, he had the patience to take the shot,” said coach Pablo Lucas of Ambulodto, who finished with four points and five rebounds.Robbie Herndon captained the Couriers with 27 markers on a 3-of-5 shooting from threes, to go with five boards and two assists, while Michael Juico added 22 points, four dimes, and three rebounds.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutWangs squandered a nine-point lead, 70-61, early in the fourth quarter and stumbled to a 79-76 deficit thanks to a Leo Avenido-led 12-1 run for the Coffee Lovers.But the Couriers regained their footing late, with Herndon drilling a huge three from the top of the arc with 1:08 to play while capitalizing on Gamboa’s four straight misses from the charity stripe to survive the thrilling affair. “Breaks of the game,” said  Lucas. “Good thing that our players did not give up and showed their never say die attitude. Leading or not, they were just focused on the game.”The loss spoiled Avenido’s 38-point, 9-rebound outing as Gamboa suffered its third straight defeat to fall to 1-3.Ken Acibar chimed in 15 markers and eight boards, while Mike Parala got 11 points and six rebounds in the loss.The Scores:WANGS BASKETBALL 88 – Herndon 27. Juico 22, Arambulo 10, Habelito 5, Tayongtong 5, Ambulodto 4, Riley 4, Sorela 4, De Chavez 3, Asuncion 2, Montemayor 2, Bitoon 0, King 0.ADVERTISEMENT GAMBOA COFFEE MIX 86 – Avenido 38, Acibar 15, Parala 11, Acuña 8, Dadjilul 4, Jumao-as 4, Padilla 3, Riva 2, Knuttel 1, Arellano 0, Montuano 0, Vidal 0.Quarters: 26-19, 44-40, 63-59, 88-86.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Durant to stay with Warriors but West joins Clippers 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 MOST READ LATEST STORIES 1 dead in Cavite blast, firecenter_img Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide What ‘missteps’? Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJohn Ambulodto sank the game-winning basket at the buzzer to lift Wangs Basketball to a gutsy 88-86 victory over Gamboa Coffee Mix Tuesday in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.The St. Clare big man received a pass from the driving Tim Habelito and had no second thoughts on hoisting the shot with the clock dwindling down as the Couriers snapped their two-game losing slump and improved to an even 2-2 slate.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Film Review: OSU’s Linebackers Continue to Overwhelm Simple Offenses

first_imgWhat KSU was doingAnyone who has followed Big 8/Big 12 football over the years knows a KSU offense when they see it—quarterback under center, fullbacks, one or two tight ends, etc.We see KSU employ a couple of these things for this play. The QB is lined up in a shotgun formation instead of being under center, but we can see a FB (Glenn Gronkowski), TE and three WRs lined up on this play.The ball is snapped and we can see the play is a QB run. With it being 1st-and-10 and KSU experiencing minimal success passing the ball in this game, a QB run of some sort was to be expected.AdChoices广告The WRs, TE and FB are all blocking on this play.You’ve probably heard the phrase “pulling guard” before and KSU has one on this play. A pulling guard is an offensive guard that leaves his side of the line when the ball is snapped and runs to the other to provide the offense with a size and numbers advantage in blocking. On this play, it is the right guard that pulls and comes over to the left side.What OSU was doingAfter a couple weeks of seeing OSU in its 3-3-5 package, we’re back to a play where the Pokes are in the base 4-3 defense.It looks like there’s only three linemen but Jimmy Bean is in a stand-up 5-technique on the left side of the line. The reason Bean is the only lineman standing up is because he is playing spy/contain. KSU was having some success running with the QB so Spencer made the adjustment of having Bean stand-up and play spy on the QB to keep him from getting around that edge.Seth Jacobs, Chad Whitener and Burton are the three LBs, with Burton playing up on the line-of-scrimmage outside of Ogbah.Ashton Lampkin and Michael Hunter look to be the two CBs on the play. If you notice, both are two yards across from the WR’s they’re lined up on. This lets us know that they will be playing man-to-man coverage.As a side note, you’ll see a lot of talented defenses play man-to-man coverage on 1st and 2nd downs and then run a zone defense when they have the offense in 3rd and long. This forces the offenses to execute and make plays against an aggressive defense, rather than just giving them easier yards, which might happen if you start in a zone on 1st down. Of course, as with every scheme in football, this can easily change/be negated as different situations occur.It looks like Sterns and Flowers are the two safeties. Flowers is lined up about ten yards off the inside receiver at the bottom of the screen. With no one else available to cover him, the inside WR becomes Flowers man to cover. Sterns is playing back about 12 yards off the ball. With every skill player already accounted for, Sterns’ job is to prevent the big pass play or come up and provide run support.Why this worked for OSUNotice when the ball is snapped, the three linemen in three-point stances all fire off and go left. This sort of collapses the right side of the offensive line. This leaves all three LBs to hold down the right side of the line.We have the pulling guard, the TE and the FB left to block the three linebackers. KSU might have the size advantage here, but OSU has the definite speed one.None of those three blockers really get a good block on any of the LBs. Whitener uses his quickness to get around the TE. The TE is able to get a little bit of a block on Whitener and the guard comes over to help.Now, we have the FB blocking Burton and no one blocking Jacobs. Even though Burton and Whitener are the ones being blocked, they’re also the ones who make the stop.The best part about this play is Burton. Since he stepped on campus, we’ve been hearing about the hitting power of Burton and I think it was displayed in impressive fashion on this play.No, he didn’t lay out a 190-pound WR, but he did knock back a 6’3”, 240-pound GRONKOWSKI. Fullbacks LOVE running plays because it’s their chance to run and knock someone senseless. But Burton doesn’t shy away from the contact. Actually, he creates it. And not only does he knock Baby Gronk back, he also disrupts the running lane and it able to bring the QB down.It almost feels unfair to do a breakdown of this play because the Wildcats were so limited in what they could do and being backed up in its own 10-yard line causes KSU to become even more limited. Nevertheless, this was a big point in the game for both teams and it was important OSU come up with some stops. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. 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