Week 9 preview: Mercy hosts Los Molinos; Red Bluff, Corning on the road

first_imgRed Bluff >> It’s time for the little teams of Tehama County to make their mark on the football field. Against one another. Mercy High football and its stars Carlos Rosales, Joseph Macias, Christopher Macias and defensive stalwart Mohammed Ali will meet up and host Alex Russell and the Los Molinos Bulldogs in the annual Little Tehama County Shootout at 1 p.m. Saturday at Sacred Heart Parish in Red Bluff. Los Molinos, the heavy favorite on Saturday, needs a win to stay atop the California …last_img

Why Warriors don’t plan on making any roster changes before playoffs

first_imgKlay Thompson subscribes. You can too for just 11 cents a day for 11 months + receive a free Warriors Championship book. Sign me up!OAKLAND — The Warriors are favored to win their fourth NBA championship in five years for a simple reason. They have five All-Stars in Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and DeMarcus Cousins. So it is not exactly surprising the Warriors do not forsee any roster changes before the postseason starts in almost two weeks.“We’re not looking to …last_img

Evolutionary Trees “Positively Misleading”

first_imgAccording to an article in PLoS Genetics,1 there is a fundamental flaw in the way species trees are inferred from gene trees using molecular genetics that is guaranteed to produce erroneous results:Because of the stochastic way in which lineages sort during speciation, gene trees may differ in topology from each other and from species trees.  Surprisingly, assuming that genetic lineages follow a coalescent model of within-species evolution, we find that for any species tree topology with five or more species, there exist branch lengths for which gene tree discordance is so common that the most likely gene tree topology to evolve along the branches of a species tree differs from the species phylogeny.  This counterintuitive result implies that in combining data on multiple loci, the straightforward procedure of using the most frequently observed gene tree topology as an estimate of the species tree topology can be asymptotically guaranteed to produce an incorrect estimate.Their paper proves that “the ‘democratic vote’ procedure of using the most common gene tree as the estimate of the species tree is statistically inconsistent for phylogenetic inference.”  In fact, it is “positively misleading,” they claim.  Common methods used in phylogenetic studies do not take into account the “anomalous gene trees” (AGTs) that result from a flawed assumption: “the implicit premise that makes it sensible to estimate a species tree using a single gene tree or the most common among several gene trees—has remained unquestioned.”  They show that “discordance can occur between the species tree and the most likely gene tree” and that the data can converge on a wrong answer as the number of genes increases.  This is not just a theoretical problem, they say, and provide an example:It is noteworthy that our theoretical results apply to known—rather than estimated—gene trees, and do not consider the effect of mutations on inference of gene trees.  This issue is important, as mutational history is a key factor in determining when an empirical study might actually be misled by AGTs.  As an illustration, in one human-chimp-gorilla study, a substantial fraction of loci—six of 45 considered—had no informative substitutions that could provide support to any particular phylogenetic grouping..  That this many loci would not have any phylogenetic information in the human-chimp-gorilla clade suggests that for the smaller branch lengths typical of the anomaly zone, the fraction of uninformative loci could be much greater.Adding more genes to a study does not improve the statistics, nor does including other types of data, such as genomic inversions or rearrangements.  Their best advice is to include samples with multiple individuals per species.  That, however, is unlikely due to the difficulty and expense of sequencing.  “Different algorithms for combining data on multiple loci will have different degrees of susceptibility to the occurrence of AGTs, and a challenge for phylogenetics is to identify those procedures that are best able to overcome this new obstacle to accurate inference of species trees.”1Degnan and Rosenberg, “Discordance of Species Trees with Their Most Likely Gene Trees,” Public Library of Science: Genetics, Volume 2 | Issue 5 | MAY 2006.So much for hundreds of papers for the last few decades, with all their confident claims about the evolutionary ancestry of this or that group.  Now what?  Can anything reliable come out of Darwinist attempts to find ancestry in DNA?(Visited 57 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Yext Heats Up Battle Against Google For Local Ad Dollars

first_imgTags:#Analysis#biz 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Remember when Google launched Tags, a local advertising up-sell aimed at local small businesses? Companies like Yelp and YellowPages certainly do, and they’ve joined a few other local directory sites in launching a competing product by the same name.Techcrunch reports that about a dozen sites, all feeling the heat from Google’s potentially disruptive move into local advertising, have teamed up with a startup called Yext to mount a defensive challenge against the search Titan with their own version of Tags. On Monday, [Yext] will launch a new feature called “Tags” which will let small businesses highlight their names with a little tag and customizable message across about a dozen local listings sites. Launch partners for this “Tag Alliance” (I like my name better) will include MapQuest, Citysearch, Yellowbook, Local.com, SuperPages, White Pages, MerchantCircle, and Topix, with more to come.In both incarnations, Tags is essentially a way for a business to mark their listings with a small, colored graphic so that it stands out in a larger directory or in search results. The tags can be appended with additional information, including promotions or mobile coupons.center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… john paul titlowlast_img read more

WATCH: Kobe Bryant recites retirement poem with composer John Williams

first_imgSEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Read Next MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Lyceum stays unbeaten, cruises to 10th straight win Since his retirement from the game last year, fans have learned more about his many hidden passions aside from putting the ball in a hoop—including his gift for poetry.The Los Angeles Lakers legend recited his ”Dear Basketball” poem, alongside legendary conductor John Williams and the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra at the Hollywood Bowl over the weekend.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 shutoutThe one-time league MVP penned the heartfelt piece on The Player’s Tribune in 2015-2016 season, to announce that he’ll be walking away from the sport.Bryant’s emotional words echoed throughout the packed hall, as an animated short of his storied career played on a big screen overlooking the stage. LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games View comments UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension LATEST STORIES His short but sweet recital was met with a standing ovation from the pleased audience.Meanwhile, the 39-year-old Bryant expressed his delight upon performing and sharing the stage with one of music’s most recognizable names.“Never thought I’d be on stage w/ the great JOHN WILLIAMS @HollywoodBowl to perform the #DearBasketball animated short. Thank u LA #mindblown,” he wrote. Never thought I’d be on stage w/ the great JOHN WILLIAMS @HollywoodBowl to perform the #DearBasketball animated short. Thank u LA #mindblown pic.twitter.com/NryTKovJuU— Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) September 2, 2017ADVERTISEMENT Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Williams, meanwhile, is responsible for a slew of the most popular music in cinema history, including music for classics like “Jaws”, “Jurassic Park,” “E.T. the Extra-Terrestial” and the iconic “Imperial March” from the “Star Wars” franchise. /raRELATED STORY:Nike responds to Kobe Bryant’s letter to game of basketball Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Aside from being one of the most spectacular basketball players to ever lace up a pair of sneakers, Kobe Bryant is a man of many talents.ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters 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 Gameslast_img read more

Magic Johnson on abrupt resignation as Lakers chief: ‘I want to go back to having fun’

first_imgPH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated “Somebody is going to have to tell my boss, because I know she’s going to be sick,” Johnson said. “But I knew I couldn’t face her face-to-face and tell her.”Buss didn’t attend the Lakers’ season finale, although Johnson waited by the executive parking area at Staples Center in hopes of seeing her. Buss tweeted her reaction at halftime.“Earvin, I loved working side by side with you,” Buss wrote. “You’ve brought us a long way. We will continue the journey. We love you.”Clearly blindsided by Johnson’s announcement, the Lakers also issued a team statement at halftime.“There is no greater Los Angeles Laker than Earvin Johnson,” it said. “We are deeply grateful to Magic for all that he has done for our franchise as a player, an ambassador and an executive. We thank him for his work these past two years as our President of Basketball Operations and wish him, (wife) Cookie, (children) Andre, EJ and Elisa all the best with their next steps. He will always be not only a Lakers icon, but our family. As we begin the process of moving forward, we will work in a measured and methodical fashion to make the right moves for the future of our organization.”ADVERTISEMENT Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Magic Johnson wipes his eyes as he speaks to reporters prior to an NBA basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday, April 9, 2019, in Los Angeles. Johnson abruptly quit as the Lakers’ president of basketball operations Tuesday night, citing his desire to return to the simpler life he enjoyed as a wealthy businessman and beloved former player before taking charge of the franchise just over two years ago. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES — Magic Johnson abruptly quit as the Los Angeles Lakers’ president of basketball operations Tuesday night, citing his desire to return to the simpler life he enjoyed as a wealthy businessman and beloved former player before taking charge of this tempestuous franchise just over two years ago.Johnson didn’t tell owner Jeanie Buss or general manager Rob Pelinka about his shocking decision before he announced it in front of reporters about 90 minutes before the final game of the Lakers’ sixth consecutive losing season. Los Angeles was 37-44 heading into its game against Portland, missing the playoffs yet again despite the offseason addition of LeBron James.ADVERTISEMENT Johnson’s desire for his old life wasn’t the only reason for his departure. He also said he is tired of being investigated or fined by the NBA for tampering when he comments on basketball on Twitter or even speaks to another organization’s player.Johnson, a longtime broadcaster and respected basketball figure before moving into the front office, has been investigated four times for tampering after everything from a joking comment about Paul George on Jimmy Kimmel’s talk show to his response to an email sent to him by Philadelphia’s Ben Simmons.“I thought about Dwyane Wade retiring (Wednesday), and I can’t even tweet that out or be there,” Johnson said. “Serena Williams called me a week ago and said, ‘Will you mentor me and be on my advisory board?’ And I said, ‘Yeah, I’m going to do that.’ So when Ben Simmons called and we went through the proper channels and they made me look like the bad guy out of that situation, but I didn’t do anything wrong … I was thinking about all those times, all those guys who want me to mentor them or be a part of their lives, and I can’t even do that. I had more fun on the other side.”Johnson, who will turn 60 in August, has many thriving business interests along with ownership stakes in the Los Angeles Dodgers and Los Angeles FC.Johnson’s sudden decision ends another chapter in the remarkable life of the star point guard from Lansing, Michigan, who won an NCAA championship at Michigan State before claiming five NBA titles and three league MVP awards during his 12-year playing career as the leader of the Showtime Lakers.Johnson retired in 1991 after he tested positive for HIV, but later returned briefly to the Lakers as a player and a coach. Johnson says his current health is ideal, and he insists no health concerns were part of his decision to quit the job that seemed to be his ultimate destiny.Johnson was hired along with Pelinka when Buss dismissed her brother, Jim, and GM Mitch Kupchak just 26 months ago. The Buss children’s father, Jerry, had long envisioned Johnson in a powerful role in the Lakers’ front office, and Jeanie put Magic in charge of shaking up her storied franchise in the midst of its lengthy decline.Immediately after taking the job, Johnson stated his plan to land at least two free-agent superstars to return the Lakers to immediate title contention. That plan rankled feelings around the league and got him in trouble when he publicly acknowledged the Lakers’ interest in George, which led to an investigation that eventually stuck the Lakers with a $500,000 fine for Pelinka making improper contact with George’s agent.Johnson made several personnel moves to clear salary cap space for his ultimate goal, notably trading guard D’Angelo Russell to Brooklyn largely to rid the Lakers of Timofey Mozgov’s onerous contract in 2017.Johnson also criticized Russell for his maturity and playing style on the way out the door, but Russell has blossomed into an All-Star leader for the playoff-bound Nets. Some of Johnson’s other moves have worked out much better, including the Lakers’ drafting of Lonzo Ball, the acquisition of Kyle Kuzma and the bargain signing of center JaVale McGee. And though James was in charge of his decision to join the Lakers last summer, LeBron credited Magic with closing the deal in a meeting before he agreed to a four-year contract.But after James strained his groin at Christmas and subsequently sat out for the longest injury absence of his 16-year NBA career, the Lakers were unable to compile enough midseason wins to stay in playoff contention. The Lakers slumped before the trade deadline when Johnson aggressively pursued disgruntled New Orleans superstar Anthony Davis in a trade that would have required the Lakers to give up much of their talented young core.James was shut down for the season late last month, and he watched the Lakers’ season finale in street clothes on the bench.The Lakers have missed the postseason in each of their three springs since Johnson and Pelinka took over, and Magic didn’t stick around long enough to see whether his plan would yield another free-agent star this summer — when the likes of Kawhi Leonard and Kevin Durant should be in play — or next, when Davis should be available.The Lakers are finishing this season with their best record in six years, but they were eliminated from playoff contention back on March 22. They had never missed the playoffs in more than two consecutive seasons before this six-year drought.Johnson remained publicly supportive of Walton, but Magic also was widely thought to agree with Walton’s detractors who aren’t impressed by the former Lakers forward’s offensive game planning and rotations. Johnson’s decision to step down likely means the Lakers won’t make a decision on Walton’s future until a new front office is in place.Johnson and Pelinka, Kobe Bryant’s former agent, didn’t know each other before they were paired by Buss, but Johnson said he worked well with Pelinka. Johnson also pointedly refused to say whether Pelinka should remain as the Lakers’ general manager, saying the decision rested solely with Buss, whom he repeatedly called “my sister.”“She doesn’t know I’m standing here,” Johnson said. “Because I knew I would be crying like a baby in front of her.” Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power gridcenter_img LATEST STORIES MOST READ Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte “I want to go back to having fun,” Johnson said before fighting off tears. “I want to go back to being who I was before taking on this job. We’re halfway there with LeBron coming (last summer). I think this summer, with that other star coming in, whoever is going to bring him in, I think this team is really going to be in position to contend for a championship with the growth of the young players.”Johnson didn’t directly tie his decision to the future of Luke Walton, but the third-year coach was widely expected to be fired by Johnson. Without using names, Johnson repeatedly mentioned Buss’ affinity for Walton, who was in place before Johnson got the job in February 2017, and Johnson’s desire not to cause upheaval between the owner and her chosen coach.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“(On Wednesday) I would have to affect somebody’s livelihood and their life,” Johnson said. “And I thought about it and I said, ‘That’s not fun for me. That’s not who I am.’ And then I don’t want to put her in the middle of us, even though she said, ‘Hey, you can do what you want to do.’ I know she has great love for him and great love for me.”Johnson and Buss had a three-hour meeting Monday about the direction of the 16-time NBA champion Lakers, who haven’t made the postseason since 2013. Magic claimed he didn’t finalize his decision until Tuesday morning. Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Magic Johnson steps down as Los Angeles Lakers president DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew View commentslast_img read more

I was nervous before my IPL debut, Gujarat Lions’ hat-trick hero Andrew Tye tells India Today

first_imgAndrew Tye was warming the benches in his first two seasons in the Indian Premier League but the Australia paceman grabbed his chance when it came along, taking five wickets including a hat-trick on debut to set up a first win for the Gujarat Lions in the ongoing 10th edition of the league.The 30-year-old Twenty20 specialist was part of the Chennai Super Kings squad in 2015 and was then picked up by Gujarat in 2016 but spent both editions sitting in the dugout waiting for his maiden opportunity in the cash-rich tournament.Tye’s opportunity finally arrived in the winless Lions’ home game at Rajkot against the Rising Pune Supergiant, who are led by Australia captain Steve Smith.Tye finished with match-winning figures of 5/17 as his side registered their first points of the 2017 season with a comprehensive seven-wicket win in their third match.Reflecting on his performance, Tye told India Today that he was nervous before his debut match.”I was nervous ahead of my IPL debut. I had a dream start to my IPL career. I was enjoying the moment,” he said.Tye struck in his first over, the sixth of the innings, to dismiss Rahul Tripathi and break a flourishing 64-run stand for the second wicket between the opener and Smith.He then picked up the big wicket of England all-rounder Ben Stokes with the first ball of his second over.Ankit Sharma, Manoj Tiwary and Shardul Thakur were out on the first three deliveries in the final over of the innings from Tye as Pune were restricted to 171/8. Gujarat then chased down the target with two overs to spare.advertisementTye also grabbed a lot of attention due to his much talked-about knuckle balls – a slower delivery which isn’t easy for the batsmen to read.He said bowling those deliveries was a difficult skill that he had mastered in England.   “I learnt the knuckle ball in England and worked hard and improvised it. It is a very hard skill to learn and took me six years to master,” Tye told India Today.(Watch Boria Majumdar in conversation with Ravindra Jadeja, Suresh Raina and Andrew Tye on India Today at 7:30 PM today)last_img read more

Tight End Recruit No Longer Part of Oklahoma State 2017 Recruiting Class

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. A lot of times schools will do this in the recruiting process, and recruits will opt to announce a “decommitment”, although the true story sometimes never comes out.During his visit to campus for camp earlier this summer, he told PFB that it was an easy decision for him and that OSU “just felt right.”“I met with the coaches and Mike Gundy at the mini camp and they offered me on the spot [on Sunday],” he told PFB. “I knew what I wanted so I committed right then and there, and I’m not regretting my decision at all.”Misko was recruited by OSU as a tight end/cowboy back. Oklahoma State, at least at this time, does not have another prospect to fill that position for the 2017 class, but Gundy has said he would like to take one per class. Reports surfaced from Scout.com last night that three-star tight end prospect Spencer Misko of Keller, Texas, is longer a part of OSU’s 2017 recruiting class.Misko is a hybrid tight end/defensive end prospect who held offers from Illinois State, K-State, Prairie View A&M, and Texas A&M Commerce. Misko’s situation with OSU shows the somewhat unfortunate, and dark side of what can come in the recruiting world. He was informed this week that his scholarship, which he earned four months ago at a camp, was no longer available to him, which is forcing him to re-open his recruitment.Tough lesson but I’m excited to re-open my recruiting process https://t.co/ItfJJPIGTb— Spencer Misko (@Misko_38) October 25, 2016last_img read more

WATCH: Cinematic Highlights of OSU’s Win Over Texas Tech

first_imgThe Cowboys won their eighth-straight meeting against the Red Raiders, the longest current streak against another Big 12 opponent.But most of those were not without a little drama. This year was no different. Check out all the big plays per Orange Power Studios.Cinematic Highlights from Oklahoma State’s victory over Texas Tech! #GoPokes #okstate pic.twitter.com/nZIDBwjJGj— Cowboy Football (@CowboyFB) November 14, 2016 While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Social Media Reaction to Baker Mayfield’s Arrest

first_imgAn OU football player was arrested on Friday. No that’s not a joke. It’s happened again.Baker Mayfield drank too much and got tackled by an Arkansas cop. Thankfully it doesn’t seem like anyone was put in danger because of Mayfield’s actions.Twinter lit up with commentary of course, though, and this isn’t the best of what we saw.To be real. Nobody in SEC country has caught him until now. Fayetteville PD jumps into top 25 now.— Jeremy Walker (@jwalk130) February 25, 2017Well, you may be on to something here…Yurcich- “Gundy, I know how we can win bedlam!”Gundy- “How?”Yurcich- “Hire 11 cops to play defense.” pic.twitter.com/vcLmv0USCC— Alex Luft (@alexgluft) February 25, 2017Eh, it was worth a shot. #SourcesSources confirm: Mike Gundy is not recruiting the police officer who tackled Mayfield.— Carson Cunningham (@KOCOCarson) February 25, 2017This… While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Cop must’ve run a 4.4 40, catching him from behind and all. https://t.co/5P7eDBAIgT— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 25, 2017Maybe, that officer still has a chance.Arkansas should definitely sign whichever cop caught a fleeing Baker Mayfield. Best defense played by any Razorback this year.— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) February 25, 2017At least he (hopefully) had a good time earlier in the evening.I can confirm that Dickson Street > Campus Corner https://t.co/V4KwEH29QI— Jason Kersey (@jasonkersey) February 25, 2017Clay Travis from the top rope.Positive for Oklahoma fans is at least Baker Mayfield wasn’t charged with punching any women. Might have cost him a half against UTEP.— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) February 25, 2017Always best to look at the bright side.Underrated part about the Baker Mayfield arrest is the booking time. 8:21 AM. First guy in the jail. NFL scouts love that work ethic. pic.twitter.com/i6PV2S5vJi— Bunkie Perkins (@BunkiePerkins) February 25, 2017Legal problems are serious business in Norman.Breaking: Bob Stoops announces that Baker Mayfield will be suspended for second half of OU spring game— Eric T (@Taylorical) February 25, 2017That’s not great.When you chug your whole Sex On The Beach and finish it off with a Gatorade shot!!! #Rage #Unable #BdaketfrMaygiueld pic.twitter.com/XxLwl9uleU— OKState Probs (@OKStateProbs) February 25, 2017In all seriousness, I agree with this.This isn’t to condemn Mayfield, but you can’t use the “typical college behavior” excuse on a non-typical college student. False argument.— StillyDad (@StillH2Odad) February 25, 2017last_img read more