TIR CHONAILL GAELS AND DUNGLOE GAA CLUBS LAUNCH CHARITY CYCLE IN MEMORY OF THE LATE BRID CARR

first_imgTir Chonaill Gaels and An Clochan Liath GAA clubs have teamed up to launch a lung busting 100km Charity Cycle in memory of the late Brid Carr, who died from ovarian cancer last year. The eagerly awaited announcement of the CLG An Clochan Liath cycle team for the 100km Letterkenny to Carrick (Via Ballybofey- Donegal Town – Killybegs ) charity cycle on September 12th has been released by team manager Gerard Pat Boyle and lead rider Eamon McGee. Gerard and Eamon have reserved their right to nominate the final two riders as wild cards in the final weeks leading up to the cycle.Donegal Daily can reveal that former Dungloe GAA star John Fred is favourite for one of these places as he was spotted dropping off a bag at Gerard’s house on Tuesday.It hasn’t been confirmed but local sources believe the bag contained cash. The team’s selection includes representatives from the executive, senior team, reserves, ladies , underage managers, supporters and critics.The 15 names released who will team up with the Tir Conail Gaels cycle team on the 12th September include:1. Gerard Boyle2. Adrian Alcorn3. Brendan McGee4. Eamonn McGee5. Patrick McGowan6. Brendan McCole7. Shaun Boyle8. Owen Bonner9. Joe Boyle10. Myles Sweeney11. Daniel Walsh12. HughieMc Ginley13. John Ham14. Shaun Sharkey15. Raymond Pat BoyleThe event is hoping to raise funds for Ovarian Cancer awareness and research and will honour the memory of Brid Carr who passed away late last year.Brid Carr was diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer in December 2010 shortly before her 51st Birthday.She was originally from Glencolmcille, Co Donegal but lived in London with her husband Seamus and their three children – Christina, Anna and Tom.Brid trained as a nurse in The Mater Hospital in Dublin and then moved to Great Ormond Street Childrens Hospital in London where she was Urology Nurse Specialist.Brid was of great assistance to club members of CLG An Clochan Liath whose children attended Great Ormond Street Hospital, and for this reason the club had no hesitation in supporting the fundraising efforts in her memory. She passed away on 11th October 2014 at age 54.The link between Tir Chonaill Gaels and An Clochan Liath has spanned five decades, founder member of the gaels Jackie Greene came from sheskinrone.Past players from Dungloe to play with TCG include Donal Boyle, Jamsie Mc Cready, Joe Neely, Shaun Campbell , John Paul Mutley and currently Adrian Hanlon.John Duffy from Meenmore served as the Gaels PRO during the seventies and eighties. Any Business or individual wanting to make a donation can approach any member of the team or contact – Gerard Pat Boyle  (086) 602 7161TIR CHONAILL GAELS AND DUNGLOE GAA CLUBS LAUNCH CHARITY CYCLE IN MEMORY OF THE LATE BRID CARR was last modified: July 31st, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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)Tags:newsSportlast_img read more

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

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 website.SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

SA to step up fight against rhino killers

first_img18 January 2012 The South African government is exploring ways of combating the increase in rhino poaching in the country, including the possibility of dehorning the animals, says Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa. About 24 rhinos have been killed in South Africa since the beginning of January, while figures from South African National Parks (SANParks) show that 448 rhinos were killed for their horns last year. The most affected areas were said to be the Limpopo and North West provinces.Demand from Asia Experts say the spike in poaching in Africa and South Asia was largely caused by increased demand for rhino horns in Asian traditional medicines. There are still many myths associated with the rhino horn in some Asian countries, such as China and Vietnam, where it is believed that the horn can heal fever, enhance sexual performance and reduce the chances of stroke. Molewa said it was clear that the authorities needed to up their game in curbing the poaching of rhinos. “It is clear that this is an organised crime, and in dealing with organised criminals, we need input and action from all South Africans.”Dehorning She said a study had indicated that the decision on whether or not to dehorn a rhino population depended on a number of factors, including the level of poaching threat, the availability of funds, and the size of the rhino population in question. “Due to the invasive nature of and expenses associated with dehorning, the intervention should only be considered under conditions of relatively severe poaching threat,” Molewa said. A continuing study commissioned by the government will also look into whether legalising the trade in rhino horn could help to bring down poaching.National Wildlife Reaction Unit Other measures include the establishment of the National Wildlife Reaction Unit, which the authorities are hoping will help in information sharing and curbing poaching in South Africa’s largest parks. Molewa said the South African National Defence Force has also been returned to monitor the 350 kilometres of the national border in the Kruger National Park. Most of the country’s rhinos are found in the Kruger Park, leading to many cases of poaching being reported there. While the alarming figures have raised concerns among animal rights groups and activists, SANParks said it was not yet time to press the panic button. According to the organisation’s CEO, David Mabuza, there are around 22 000 rhinos in South Africa, accounting for 93 percent of the world’s rhino population. The rhino population is said to be growing at a rate of six percent a year. “So while all of us should be worried, it should be noted that the killings have not yet threated the rhino population in general. But if we continue at this rate, we will start seeing a decline by 2015,” Mabuza said. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Rumors: Nexus 7, New Android Version Coming Next Week

first_imgA new Nexus 7 tablet is on its way to market very soon, if the signs and portents on the Internet are right. Related Posts Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Tags:#Android#Asus#Nexus#now AndroidCentral has posted pictures and video of what could be the new device in the Nexus family. The 7-inch device, which was running Android 4.3, featured a 1.2-megapixel camera on the front and a 5 MP camera in the rear, and a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor. It is not clear whether these images are showing an actual production unit or a prototype.The tablet will at least have a 32GB versions, and according to Engadget, the retail price for that 32GB model may be $269.99.The timing on the release of this device, based on Engadget’s sources and an invitation-only Google event in San Francisco on July 24, would seem to point to a release of this device sometime next week.See also Google’s Next Nexus Is Nowhere In SightThe event may also be the release announcement of Android 4.3, which is stirred up by the resurgence of Android 4.3 videos this week.Lead image courtesy of Dan Rowinski. “Nexus 7” image from AndroidCentral. readwrite What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaceslast_img read more

On the Future of Sales with Jonathan Farrington – Episode 27

first_imgThe theme song “Into the Arena” is written and produced by Chris Sernel. You can find it on SoundcloudConnect with AnthonyWebsite: www.TheSalesBlog.comYoutube: www.Youtube.com/IannarinoFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/iannarinoTwitter: https://twitter.com/iannarinoGoogle Plus: https://plus.google.com/+SAnthonyIannarinoLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/iannarinoTweets you can use to share this episodeHaving great product knowledge doesn’t pass the ‘so what’ test ~ Jonathan FarringtonClick To TweetKnowledge is key ~ Jonathan FarringtonClick To TweetSubscribe toIn the ArenaApple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsAndroidby EmailRSSOr subscribe with your favorite app by using the address below Podcast: Play in new window | Download (12.0MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Google Podcasts | RSSToday’s guest, Jonathan Farrington, is a speaker, coach, author, consultant, and sales strategist leading the way in managing change in business. He is the CEO for JF Consulting, a successful globally influential consulting business. You might also recognize his name from Top Sales World and Top Sales Magazine. Jonathan sees the big picture, and has big ideas, for changes in sales. Listen in as he leads you and your team to greater performance levels, on today’s episode of In the Arena.Will you survive the changes in sales?Click To TweetFinding your way out of a financial meltdownYour host, Anthony Iannarino, fires questions for Jonathan’s expertise, specifically addressing what exactly is affecting the change in sales. The implications Jonathan has uncovered will impact your reality and your team. Jonathan looks at the financial meltdown of our day and age, in North America and globally. His prediction? 80% of sales jobs are going to change in some way. Some will turn into customer service roles. The important roles will become marketing and customer service. Is your role in sales diminishing? Join Jonathan today for the good news that your role will change, not disappear. Can you still create uniqueness?It is more difficult than ever to create and communicate value as a salesperson. The developing transaction purchasing model eliminates the need for uniqueness and differentiating yourself. As Jonathan Farrington tracks the changes in sales, he sees the top 20% surviving and thriving, which forces 80% to shift their strategy. Will you be in that top 20%? Are you taking into account your clients comforts and needs? Have you asked your clients if they mind more computer interaction and less face time? Creating and embracing a new flexible relationship is key. The new breed of sales professionals will have to build their foundations from attitude plus skills plus knowledge plus process. Start today, by listening to this episode of In the Arena. Staying relevant and focused, with Jonathan FarringtonClick To TweetInsight If you want to continue differentiating yourself, you are going to need insight. This buzzword has some salespeople emphasizing product knowledge with their team and clients. But insight reaches beyond product knowledge. Learn today, how to stay relevant and stay focused. None of your clients have time for irrelevant meetings. They do not even care about your product. What they do care about is what you can do for them. Demonstrate that you have the commercial depth and breadth they need and will continue to need. Want to count yourself among the sales survivors? Now is the time to develop your commercial bandwidth, with Jonathan Farrington.One size never fits allJonathan Farrington knows that many salespeople say we need to tailor solutions uniquely to our individual clients. But do we actually do that? One size fits all training, coaching, and counseling has never worked. Have you considered the realm of values, personality traits, etc. that will make your individual clients or sales teams work? Jonathan’s goal has always been to raise the bar in the business world. Today’s episode is just one more free resource you can use to tap into your true potential. Get In the Arena with Jonathan, today!The one size fits all training, coaching, counseling has never worked and it never willClick To TweetOutline of this great episode Introduction and biography of today’s guest, Jonathan Farrington. Will there be far fewer salespeople in the future? Are we moving away from creating value as salespeople? What does a salesperson need to be in the top 20% that survives? What is insight and why is it necessary? Age as a disadvantage. How to make sense of distractions and stay focused. How you consider your clients creates your future. How to connect with Jonathan Farrington. Resources & Links mentioned in this episodeTop Sales WorldJonathan Farrington’s websiteJonathan on Twitter – @topsalesworldlast_img read more

Midseason Position Grades: Running Back

first_imgIt would be hard to come up with a more maligned topic of conversation among Oklahoma State fans over the last couple of years than the Cowboys’ running game.3.51, 3.58, and 3.43.Those numbers represent the average yards per carry for the OSU offenses in 2014, 2015 and through the first half of 2016. Each one equally disappointing and each one ranking ninth ahead of only Kansas in the Big 12.The Cowboys haven’t enjoyed a 1,000-yard rusher since Joseph Randle cruised to 1,417 in 2012. A school that used to be known as Tailback U hasn’t had a running game that could get out of its own way in three years.But it looks like there might be a mini-renaissance occurring in Stillwater and it starts with a true freshman named Justice Hill. With a crowded running back group that included three seniors and a sophomore who got meaningful time last year, Hill would have made good a redshirt candidate. But he had other plans.Those plans included playing himself into meaningful reps during fall camp and then playing himself into an early starting role, despite a couple mistimed fumbles. It’s clear Hill is the best option to get the bulk of the carries. He’s shown the ability to not only make defenders miss but to attack the hole and has the type of break-away speed that can turn decent runs into big plays.Let’s take a look at his numbers:Hill: 403 yards / three touchdowns / 4.63 yards per carryIf we assume Hill continues to get 15-20 carries per game (let’s make it 15) and keeps his current average per carry, that’s an additional 486.15 yards (assuming the Cowboys go Bowling) for a total of 889.15. So, let’s round up and call it 890 yards. Chris Carson, the Cowboys’ 2015 lead rusher ended with 517 yards and 2014’s lead rusher was Desmond Roland with 770 yards. In 2013, Roland had 811. So Hill is not quite on pace to hit the 1,000-yard mark but he does have a good change to be the leading rusher since Joseph Randle.Here’s how the rest of the group has fared so far: Childs: 178 yards / six touchdowns / 4.81 yards per carryCarr: 86 yards / one touchdown / 8.60 yards per carryCarson (in two games): 45 yards / one touchdown / 3.75 per carrySanders: 41 yards / two touchdowns / 1.95 yards per carryBehind the freshman is another seemingly unlikely No. 2 back. Rennie Childs has looked as good this season as we’ve probably seen him. Again, if you were to look at my projected depth chart for the running backs two months ago, it would have been way off.I saw Childs as the odd man out with Chris Carson the starter from last year and Barry J. Sanders the supposed difference-making transfer. Of course, Carson has been injured and Carr seems to be the one lost in the mix with just ten carries from the backfield in six games. Sanders has looked good sparingly from the backfield and on special teams.Based on OSU’s recent history with running back production, I think we can grade this group on a curve. A B+ was the grade our writers came up with and that’s what I picked as well. There are definitely improvements to be made but we’ve seen a trend in the right direction.2016gradesWhile it’s taken longer than most would like, the running game is improving. We can see it on the field. Blocking is getting better and so is running back play. Whether it’s in the second half of this season or next year,  I think we’ll see it on the stat sheet as well.RB Grade: B+ 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

James Washington Earns Midseason All-American Honors from ESPN

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. ESPN released their midseason All-American Team earlier this week, and Oklahoma State star wideout James Washington has earned midseason honors. Washington is the only representative from the Big 12 conference on the list.Washington ranks ninth nationally in receiving yards per game, and ranks No. 2 nationally in that same category since week 3 after a slow start to the season.Through 6 games, he already has 36 receptions for 731 yards through the air and 6 touchdowns, averaging a gaudy 20.3 yards per catch nearly matching the 20.5 he finished with last season.Oklahoma State also placed two players on the midseason All-Big 12 list in senior safety Jordan Sterns, and junior defensive tackle Vincent Taylor.last_img read more

WATCH: Mike Gundy Dances in Locker Room after Knocking off No. 10 West Virginia

first_imgMike Gundy had a pretty good day today. Not only did his unranked Cowboys knock off No. 10 West Virginia in homecoming, but he also earned his 100th career win as the Oklahoma State head coach.That calls for celebration.When you win your 100th career game on Homecoming, you #GundyDance #okstate #GoPokes pic.twitter.com/6ssJ3ymcxi— Cowboy Football (@CowboyFB) October 29, 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

Zach Sinor Unfazed About Being A Ray Guy Finalist, Shares How He Got To OSU

first_imgOne of Oklahoma State’s best players is a guy you may not have heard much about — punter Zach Sinor. The sophomore punter from Castroville, Texas is ranked No. 31 in the NCAA in yards per punt at 43.0. More importantly he’s pinned the other team inside their own 20 yard line 26 times in 2016, tied for No. 3 in the nation. He’s also somehow only had one touchback.He’s also up as a finalist for the Ray Guy award, given to the nation’s best punter. The ‘Seisman’, if you will. Here’s the list of finalists for the 2016 Ray Guy Award.Austin Barnes (Jr.), Eastern Michigan UniversityNicholas Conte (Sr.), University of VirginiaSteven Coutts (So.), University of Louisiana at LafayetteJoseph Davidson (Jr.), Bowling Green State UniversityMichael Dickson (So.), University of TexasHayden Hunt (Sr.), Colorado State UniversityCameron Johnston (Sr.), Ohio State UniversityZach Sinor (So.), Oklahoma State UniversityJohnny Townsend (Jr.), University of FloridaMitch Wishnowsky (So.), University of UtahSinor didn’t seem too worried about winning the award when asked about it at the on Monday.“I don’t really look into that stuff,” said Sinor. “Yeah, the awards will come, but my job is to pin them back and help the defense out the best I can.”He actually attended several Ray Guy camps growing up which is pretty funny.“I watched his film,” said Sinor of the Ray Guy camps. He gives you a little disc to watch. A lot of drops, directional punting, he really broke it down which helped me a lot.“As a freshman [in high school] I was a QB and a defensive tackle, a little odd. But my sophomore year I was kicking the ball around one day, and they said you’re the punter. Then I was on JV as the punter, and I hit a 45- 50-yard punt, so then they said you’re on varsity.“So after that I averaged like 39 my sophomore year on varsity. So after that I went to a Ray Guy camp, and they said ‘you have a pretty big leg. You can probably kick in college.’ So I kept working at it and now I’m here.”“During spring ball, whenever that was, I saw him throwing it around one day and he throws it pretty good,” said head coach Mike Gundy of his former QB-turned-punter. “If we were smart, we’d probably have a fake punt with him throwing the ball. But, it’s kind of like with James Castleman – the season’s not over yet.”The punter is pretty much the least glamorous position on the field, but Sinor has been huge for Oklahoma State in several close games this year — in the Iowa State game, the Tech game this last weekend, Sinor flipped the field in some big spots.“I just know where we’re at in the field at all times, so if we’re inside the 45-yard line, I’ll go the net and do some pooch punts and if we’re outside of that I’ll just work on regular punts,” added Sinor.An extra 10-15 yards can be enormous for Glenn Spencer and his defense especially when Sinor never kicks it into the end zone. 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