Angels sticking with Taylor Ward throughout slump, confident that he will adjust

first_img Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros He said he’s still confident, though.“At this point, I’m just trying to have quality at-bats,” he said after Thursday’s game. “Trying to swing at good pitches. Trying to hit it when I get a good pitch. Of course, I feel pressure, but I’ve been (in a slump) before. There are a few adjustments.“A few hard-hit balls get through, and I can be right back.”Ward, 24, enjoyed a breakthrough season this year in the minors, posting a combined .977 OPS at Double-A and Triple-A.That’s why Scioscia said there’s no point in having him take a step back from playing every day in the majors, despite his troubles in just more than a month. Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter OAKLAND — Taylor Ward continues to play third base every day for the Angels, even as his batting average sinks.Manager Mike Scioscia said it will all be worth it someday.“Taylor is definitely getting experience,” Scioscia said before the Angels’ 21-3 loss to the A’s on Thursday. “Some of the adjustments he’s starting to figure out will make him a good offensive player, but right now there are growing pains.”Ward is hitting .168, including an 0-for-25 slump after Thursday’s game. Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone “When you’ve done everything at Triple-A that Taylor did, at some point you’ve got to meet the beast of major league pitching,” Scioscia said. “Whether it happens now or next year, you’ve got to go through it. If he continues to stub his toe, when that next opportunity comes, the adjustments he makes will make him better and he’ll figure stuff out.”Ward will not be playing winter ball, he said. Ward said a “miscommunication” led to Scioscia saying last week that Ward would play this winter in the Dominican Republic.Ward said he can accomplish what he needs in his continued development as a third baseman when he gets to Arizona next year.ALSOWilliams Jerez, who had allowed a run or an inherited runner to score in six straight games, pitched a perfect fifth inning, with two strikeouts. Jerez did not allow any runs in his first six games. The Angels acquired Jerez and Ty Buttrey from the Boston Red Sox for Ian Kinsler on July 30. …Mike Trout hit his 36th homer, a 435-foot blast into the second deck in left field in the sixth inning. …When the Angels took the field in the bottom of the sixth, none of the nine players had been on the opening day roster.UP NEXTAngels (LHP Andrew Heaney, 9-9, 3.97) at Astros (RHP Gerrit Cole, 14-5, 2.88), Friday, 5 p.m., Fox Sports West, KLAA (830 AM)Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield last_img read more

Round-up: Conte on Hazard, Bamford move, Hasselbaink wants signings, boss hails Cairney

first_imgChelsea are top of the table after beating Burnley to make it three wins out of three Premier League matches this season.Eden Hazard was outstanding and scored the opening goal at Stamford Bridge, where the Blues won 3-0.Antonio Conte hailed Hazard – and the fact that Chelsea had kept a clean sheet at home for the first time in seven months.But the Blues boss also insisted that his side can still improve despite the encouraging start to his reign.Burnley manager Sean Dyche described his team’s display as their worst for a year and admitted they were outclassed.Bamford is set to join Burnley on loanDyche also confirmed that the Clarets are set to sign Patrick Bamford on loan from Chelsea. QPR are among several Championship clubs who wanted the forward.Rangers are still in decent shape though – Nedum Onuoha’s goal at Wigan gave them their second away win this season.R’s boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink described the game as a “grinder” and reiterated that he is hoping the club will make signings ahead of Wednesday’s transfer deadline.Meanwhile, Tom Cairney scored an injury-time goal against his former side to give Fulham a 1-0 victory at Blackburn.Cairney was Fulham’s hero at Ewood ParkIt left unbeaten Fulham second in the table and led Whites head coach Slavisa Jokanovic to declare that Cairney can go on to be a Premier League player.There was also a late goal at Brentford, who were denied victory by Sheffield Wednesday at Griffin Park.Lasse Vibe scored and was later sent off, prompting Bees boss Dean Smith to bemoan the “dubious” new rule about player dissent.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Darwin, Design, and the Art of Being Shocked

first_img“Why Darwin Was Wrong about the Tree of Life”  by Dr. Thomas WoodwardThese startling words dominated the cover of New Scientist in January, 2009, less than a month before the worldwide celebrations of the bicentennial of Charles Darwin’s birth.Contrary to appearances, the editorial staff of New Scientist was not changing its stance on the truth of evolutionary theory, but that did nothing to diminish the surprise felt by readers when evolutionary biologist Michael Rose said, “The tree of life is being politely buried – we all know that. What’s less accepted is our whole fundamental view of biology needs to change.”In the article several biologists took issue with Darwin’s famous branching pattern, arguing that the new picture of evolution was much more complex and messy—something like a web with endless collaborations and mergers.In short, all is not quiet on the Darwin front.  Five years later, in late 2014, a Nature News article asked the provocative question, “Does evolutionary theory need a major rethink?”   Two sides weighed in, and one group of eight scholars said, “Yes, urgently.”   The other group reassured readers not to worry, asserting, “No–all is well.”Again, something called the “fact of evolution” was not questioned; both groups pledged their loyalty to the sufficiency of natural causes as explaining the rise of the living world.  Yet Darwin’s unique and pivotal ideas, which had served as the core of evolutionary theory, were coming in for brutal questioning. Meanwhile, the shadow of design theory hovered in the background.  The ghostly influence of intelligent design was even described as affecting scientific rhetoric: “Perhaps haunted by the spectre of intelligent design, evolutionary biologists wish to show a united front to those hostile to science.”[1]Some secular scholars even went further, arguing that the philosophical foundation of naturalism needs to be rejected.  For example, atheist philosopher Thomas Nagel in late 2012 stirred the pot with his radical Oxford Press book, Mind and Cosmos.  This slender blast, with just 126 pages of text, unleashed a firestorm as it addressed the nagging mystery of the origin of life, along with rise of cognition and consciousness itself. The book’s subtitle was deliberately shocking:  “Why the Neo-Darwinist Materialist Conception of Nature Is Almost Certainly False.”Adding insult to that injury, Nagel proposed that to explain the rise of both life and mental phenomena, we must conceptualize the universe in a new way–as having a mental dimension, which exists alongside the material aspect.  In effect, he was trying to propel science into a fundamentally altered pathway of investigation. Nagel explicitly declined the “supreme designer” hypothesis, never stating his reasons for doing so.Why was Nagel, who had studied biological origins closely for decades, taking this drastic step?  Clearly, this move grew out of his deep grasp of where the evidence was trending,  that a paradigm shift away from neo-Darwinism was underway and nearing a critical point.   In Nagel’s mind, the plausibility of traditional Darwinian theory was not just badly damaged; it had collapsed.  Nagel’s concluding comments are blunt and biting:“I have argued patiently against the prevailing form of naturalism, a deductive materialism that purports to capture life and mind through its neo-Darwinian extension.  … I find this view antecedently unbelievable—a heroic triumph of ideological theory over common sense. … I would be willing to bet that the present right-thinking consensus will come to seem laughable in a generation or two—though of course it may be replaced by a new consensus that is just as invalid.  The human will to believe is inexhaustible.Small wonder then that Andrew Sullivan’s cover story on Nagel in The Weekly Standard pictured the philosopher as tied to a stake, encircled by figures with red-hooded robes.  Flames roared around his grey suit.  Similar rhetorical attacks had been unleashed against leaders of the intelligent design movement in the previous decade, but again: here we see that rage turned on a fellow atheist, who dared to say that design theorists like Michael Behe and Stephen Meyer deserve appreciation, not scorn, for pointing out unsolved mysteries.Re-released in 2016 (click for information)Thus, growing “doubts about Darwin” have continued to percolate unstopped and unstoppable since the release of my book Doubts about Darwin in 2003.   Indeed, discussion and debate have swirled so intensely, it has led at times to public eruptions of ferocious and frantic opposition to the controversial new theory of intelligent design.Why such an emotional reaction to the relatively new entry of intelligent design theory (IDT)?  After all, its approach to the question of origins can be described as  “minimalist.”   Since it investigates nature by the tools, methods and data of science and science alone, without reference to the scriptures of any world religion, one would think it should be welcomed at the table where newer but potentially worthy ideas are being vetted. Yet, with its focus squarely on studying the patterns in nature that are best explained as resulting from intelligent agency, not natural processes like natural selection, it has been viewed as a very dangerous idea.The hostility it has received is understandable. Design theory has challenged the hegemony of science’s ruling philosophy, naturalism—the view that all reality is material and natural, and that there is no “non-physical stuff” to consider as possibly real or worthy of investigation.  It is simply “a fact” and a starting point that there are no souls, no angels, no Platonic forms or ideals, no real personal-infinite god anywhere.  “To posit otherwise is to leave science!” says the naturalist referee, as he throws down his philosophical penalty flag.Design theory, while viewed by some as a dread and a grave threat, also can be seen as supremely positive development—even a liberation of science.  How?   It may be seen as rescuing the scientific enterprise from philosophical captivity, or restoring science to its previous glory in openly engaging metaphysics.  It has opened up a new vista where science has a restored power:  the ability to show how nature bears witness to a source above nature itself.  In its pure essence, IDT grants to science the astonishing role of detecting, or inferring, the reality of a higher realm of Mind.  Not since before the Darwinian Revolution, triggered in 1859, has science been on the edge of such a restoration of explanatory power.The New World of Darwin-Design EngagementYet, faced with this prospect, he authorities have acted in a way that is dead set against any such fundamental modification of the purview of science.   After 2003, when this book was first released, rhetorical assaults on intelligent design became loud and vehement. Hardly a month passed without a fresh denunciation from some prestigious body of scientists.  As the conflict grew wider and more intense, it seemed best to catalogue this second phase of IDT’s history with a separate volume.  That happened in 2006 with the publication of my sequel, “Darwin Strikes Back:  Defending the Science of Intelligent Design” (Baker 2006), still available in a kindle edition.Now, in 2016, it may very well be a good time for a “third volume” to cover the past decade, with the flow of both continued hostility, but also positive results from laboratory tests by the Biologic Institute, and other science centers, which robustly support the predictions of design theory.  A string of stunning discoveries, including the worlds of RNA genes, epigenetics, and orphan genes, have fundamentally altered the landscape. Also, the collapse of the “junk DNA” picture of our cell has an enormous implication for the Darwin-design debate.  (See below under the “Art of Being Shocked.”)But before that new volume is penned, it is a perfect time, some thirty years after IDT’s founding, to reexamine its momentous launch, emphasizing the first 18 years of development (1985 to 2003) which is the focus of this book.  It is time to show how newer developments can be understood only in light of the original goals of the founders of design theory.  It is especially instructive to reflect on the predictions made by design theorists when the movement was in its infancy.20161985To understand IDT today, one must relive the explosion of a unique “non-Genesis-based” book written by self-described agnostic Michael Denton, which helped to birth the new theory. That book, Evolution: A Theory in Crisis, was recently released in a new, fully-revised edition.  Although dozens of new arguments and lines of data have been woven into the new edition, the title only needed a slight change:  “Evolution:  Still a Theory in Crisis.”When Denton saw his book come to light first in England (Hutchinson, 1985) and then in America (Adler and Adler, 1986), he probably had no idea what a scientific shift he was helping to trigger.  For it was his blistering critique of Darwinian macroevolution, coupled with a 1984 book on the origin of life, entitled The Mystery of Life’s Origin, by Charles Thaxton, Walter Bradley and Roger Olsen, which together fathered the movement at its inception.It is in this spirit of seeking a clear historical frame, and gaining a narrative perspective of the present conflict, that we revisit IDT’s foundations.  All of the newest tremors coming from the world of the “design debate” are not oddities in a vacuum; they are an extension of a paradigm struggle of the highest order.The Art of Being “Paradigm-Shocked”In this context, let us note a clever but little-known phrase in the writings of C. S. Lewis: “The art of being shocked.”  Lewis proposed this phrase as a possible title for his inaugural BBC radio broadcasts, published originally as “Broadcast Talks.” Now these ten short chapters are the opening two sections of his celebrated book “Mere Christianity.”The phrase was never used by BBC, and is rarely mentioned by biographers (it appears in the letter he wrote to BBC official James Welch in February, 1941).  Yet, the art of being shocked has enduring “bite”; it captures a “jarring” that can be felt when a non-theist hears for the first time a rational, compelling case for the theistic worldview.  Here the words as “bite” and “jarring” are my crude attempt to recover the original sense of “shock” in the Lewis’s phrase,[2]  as he sketched for BBC his plan for a shock treatment on the secularized public of the United Kingdom.The key issue here is exploring the ultimate ground of reality, specifically: the existence of a higher Mind.  Is there, or is there not, any good reason to believe that an Intelligence exists above us? Is the universe governed by a concrete, objective Being with a mind, who thus has a will, and intentions, and who can plan and then realize that plan in the universe?Lewis’s strategy was to point out what he viewed as the most powerful clue for the existence of a Mind.  A window on ultimate reality is opened up to any person who thinks carefully about his daily activity of passing judgment on right and wrong behavior around him.  Our ability as humans to discern the Rule of Right Behavior, says Lewis, points to a “Mind” which exists above us.  Lewis added that we not only discover this Mind, but we also find out (this is part of the “shock”) that we are on the wrong side of the moral balance sheet. We have fallen short of those very standards that we found embedded in the moral fabric of the universe.Does a Mind exist above us, as the inferred cause of the natural world we see?So Lewis’s argument from morality, used frequently, including the opening chapters of Miracles, to mention one spot, is the opening barrage in a two-phase briefing in the “art of being shocked.”   Those who would experience the second set of shocks should read Book Two of Mere Christianity. Now, in the context of the rhetorical war raging around the theory of intelligent design, I want to apply this phrase to the history of IDT’s ongoing struggle of persuasion. In the Great Origins Debate, parallel to Lewis’s project of persuasion, the ultimate question is:  “Does a Mind exist above us, as the inferred cause of the natural world we see?”This is not trivial.  There can be no greater question that is raised in the media, in the universities and schools, whether that question is answered by a scientific, philosophical, or religious approach.  It clearly is at the center of all cultural and worldview concerns; it sets the agenda in all other realms of philosophy, theology, and even science.The history of intelligent design, starting with the events in this book and continuing all the way to discoveries in the science news this week, can be seen as today’s art of being shocked.  Let me mention three newer paradigm shocks that connect with the pages that follow.Junk DNA…going, going, gone! The Darwinists’ much-loved “junk DNA” doctrine, which served as a rhetorical bludgeon for decades, claimed that most of our genome is the broken or non-functional leftover of a long history of aimless evolution.  Now, that theory is unraveling and is in deep trouble.  Many molecular biologists would go further and say that the “junk DNA” perspective has collapsed.  This change happened in the wake of discoveries published by researchers working at the level of molecular biology. Several hundred scientists began exploring parts of the genome that were assumed to be superfluous, since they did not code for proteins.   The astonishing result is that perhaps 80% or more of our DNA seems to play some functional role, according to published findings of the multi-national project ENCODE  (Encyclopedia of DNA Elements).  This flow of dozens of technical scientific papers, published in 2007 and 2012, have caused such a huge uproar, that they have set in motion a major rethinking of how widely our DNA is opened, read, and used.Consider the remarks of Francis Collins, the Evangelical Christian who was formerly the head of the Human Genome Project and now leads the prestigious National Institutes of Health. Although he previously used the “junk DNA” argument in The Language of God to support his Christian Darwinism view, he changed his mind in 2011:  “It turns out that only about 1.5 percent of the human genome is involved in coding for protein. But that doesn’t mean the rest is ‘junk DNA.’  A number of exciting new discoveries about the human genome should remind us not to become complacent in our understanding of this marvelous instruction book. For instance, it has recently become clear that there is a whole family of RNA molecules that do not code for protein. These so-called non-coding RNAs are capable of carrying out a host of important functions, including modifying the efficiency by which other RNAs are translated.” (The Language of Life, 293)Darwin’s Doubt, Stephen Meyer’s 2013 New York Times bestseller, exploded onto the Darwin scene on the heels of his earlier book Signature in the Cell which was named one of the top 100 books of 2009 by Britain’s secular Times Literary Supplement.Both of these magisterial books have had massive influence in science, with Signature in the Cell addressing the origin of life enigma, while Darwin’s Doubt confronts the Cambrian explosion—the sudden appearance of complex animal fossils at the base of the geological column, without any ancestors in view.  The Cambrian mystery was named by Darwin himself as an “objection” that can be “rightly urged” against his theory.  Darwin’s Doubt garnered appreciative blurbs from several evolutionary biologists, including Cambrian fossil experts. Meyer’s analysis of every new theoretical “escape route” to account for the sudden emergence of over 20 phyla fills the second half of the 480-page tome.Not only did these books mark a turning point in the design debate, but each has also generated a significant literature in response to Meyer’s arguments.  Meyer’s exposé of the worsening Cambrian situation has prompted enough scholarly interaction to lead a second book,  Debating Darwin’s Doubt (2015).RNA, Epigenetics and 3-D Genome Packing: Another shock has come from the explosion of “RNA genes” which was alluded to in the comment of Francis Collins above.  Beginning in the late 1990s and accelerating since 2000, a myriad of functional RNA molecules were found to play previously unknown roles in the cell. Thus the origin of protein-coding genes, which neo-Darwinism is focused on, is just a subset of the much larger iceberg:  the multi-layered genome.  Several kinds of functional RNA molecules, which never leave the nucleus to be translated into proteins, play vital roles in cellular functions that were not glimpsed just two decades ago.Parallel to the mushrooming of RNA genes is the discovery of a world of additional layers of chemically-coded information sitting beyond the DNA double helix.  (For details, see “The Mysterious Epigenome: What Lies Beyond DNA” by Dr. James Gills and myself.) Some of these code markers are tiny “methyl tags” which are directly added to some of DNA’s “C- letters” in order to switch off the gene that such a letter is part of.  Other epigenetic information is found on “tails” that protrude from the DNA spooling devices called histones, and still further information is embedded in the cell’s membrane (the so-called “cortical inheritance”) and in other structures such as microtubules.  It is as if we were told that our laptop had digital information embedded not only in the hard drive, but in practically every physical part of the laptop itself!Beyond RNA and epigenetics, scientists recently elucidated yet another level of information that is programmed in the cell: the 3-D arrangement of genomes, both in chromosomal architecture, and in the fitting together of chromosomes in relation to each other. Such precise “fittings” set the stage for cooperative activity and conversations between chromosomes.  So the RNA and epigenetics explosions have a third partner in shocking biologists: 3-D architecture. These shocks have dramatically raised the explanatory stakes for Darwin’s blind, unguided, unintelligent process.  On the other hand, such higher order control information and genome architecture is just the sort of physical reality that finds a very plausible fit with intelligent agency.This list of paradigm shocks could be supplemented with a discussion of “orphan genes” and truly could be extended to a dozen or more shocks.  Yet, the point has been made clearly enough:  science has been thrust into a new era that is exciting and breathtaking for design theorists, and increasingly bewildering to defenders of Darwin’s aging theory.For the background of how this new intelligent design perspective on the universe and life arose through a powerful story unfolding after 1959, and then exploding in the mid-1980s, we must enter the story itself, the evolution of “doubts about Darwin.”□ Dr. Woodward is president of the C. S. Lewis Society in Tampa, FloridaNotes[1] Quoted from the online file as it appeared on March 3, 2016:[2] The “art of being shocked” is somewhat similar to the German philosopher Emmanuel Kant’s comment, upon reading the philosopher David Hume, that he had been  “aroused from dogmatic slumber.”  I trace this phrase as it appears in the early IDT literature, especially in the effect Denton had on his readers.(Visited 630 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

NCAA Season 93’s Best 7: Week 7

first_imgLOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Sidney Onwubere vs AJ Coronel. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ Sidney Onwubere – F, EAC Generals21 points, 17 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 blockLast Week: N/AWithout Hamadou Laminou to bank on, coach Ariel Sison has made it clear that EAC must double, if not triple, its effort if it wants to progress to the Final Four.And one of the measures he did was to squeeze out all the minutes Sidney Onwubere could give him.On Friday, the Fil-Nigerian forward showed that he’s more than ready to the task, leading the Generals to a gutsy 61-57 win over Perpetual to finish the first round and show why he has to be included in the discussions for the MVP plum.As daunting as the task may be, Onwubere may have to live with the reality that he’s going to need to give everything he has if EAC wants to make it to the last dance.ADVERTISEMENT PH men’s poomsae team bags back-to-back SEAG golds Torrential rains couldn’t stop the NCAA this week that even the oft-postponed triple-header finally pushed through on Friday.And after it’s said and done, we are left with only two games to wrap up the first round on Tuesday, with last year’s Final Four teams wrapping up their first round assignments.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 shutoutAs for our list, the usual suspects did come back, churning out strong performances as they seek a spot in the annual midseason festivities that is the All-Star Game.With that being said, here’s our list of the week’s best players. How rude could Tey Teodoro be?He even went to San Sebastian to remind everybody why he’s one of the deadliest snipers in the league, silencing the home crowd with his three-pointers from the parking lot to help JRU secure the 73-62 victory and extend its winning run to three straight games.But echoing coach Vergel Meneses, he needs more consistent performance from Teodoro like this one if the Heavy Bombers want to make a late run to the Final Four in the second round.Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ Lervin Flores – F, Arellano Chiefs14 points, 11 rebounds, 2 blocksLast Week: N/ASurprising as it was, Lervin Flores makes his first appearance in this list for the season thanks to his steady contributions for Arellano in its skid-busting conquest over St. Benilde.The veteran forward has finally shown what he’s capable of, commanding the Chiefs’ defense after a woeful start this season.Coach Jerry Codiñera’s offense will always revolve around Salado, but Flores’ efforts must always be there if last year’s runner-up wants to make it to the semifinals in the long run.Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ Prince Eze – C, Perpetual Altas14 points, 20 rebounds, 1 assists, 4 blocksLast Week: 3Perpetual may have went on a two-game losing slide to end the first round, but Prince Eze’s contributions shouldn’t be discarded.The Nigerian remains as a force to be reckoned with down low, keeping the Altas in the game despite losing in the end to EAC. UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. With the collegiate season in full swing, INQUIRER lists the week’s top seven performers in the ongoing NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament. From their game statistics to their overall impact in the outcomes, everything is weighed to come up with the best players from the week that was.ADVERTISEMENT Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ CJ Perez – F, Lyceum Pirates18 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 stealsLast Week: N/AAfter missing last week’s list, the pacesetter for the MVP plum returned with a bang.Against cellar-dweller Mapua, the Pirates followed the lead of CJ Perez, with him not only getting it done in the offense but also anchoring the team’s choking defense.His performance was so steady that even the team’s third stringers got a piece of the action en route to their dominant 97-74 blowout victory.Perez, though, acknowledges that the season is just getting started and the rest of the league will be out to deal Lyceum its first defeat come the second round.Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ Levi Dela Cruz – G, Arellano Chiefs24 points, 3 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 blockLast Week: N/AWith Kent Salado taking a back seat on offense, Levi dela Cruz took the baton and ran with it as he set a career-high performance to help Arellano nab the 87-81 win over St. Benilde.The 22-year-old transferee has come out of Salado’s shadows to emerge as the key component in helping the Chiefs break out of their four-game losing slump.If dela Cruz continues this tear, we may just be seeing the start of a possible second coming of Arellano’s lethal guard combo of the past.Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ Tey Teodoro – G, JRU Heavy Bombers19 points (4/13 3PT), 3 reboundsLast Week: N/A Eze, however, could not carry the load alone as coach Jimwell Gican needs to challenge his locals, especially Gab Dagangon and GJ Ylagan, to come to Perpetual’s aid if it wants to churn out a late drive in the second round.Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ Jayson David – F, San Sebastian Golden Stags18 points (5/8 3PT), 6 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 blockLast Week: N/ACoach Egay Macaraya’s secret weapon is a secret no more.Jayson David finally lived up to the hype of his mentor, going bonkers from beyond the arc despite San Sebastian losing to JRU.What better way for him to explode than on his home floor, where he stepped up for the undermanned Golden Stags, which sorely missed the presence of leader Michael Calisaan.David, though, has to prove that he’s not a one-game wonder as he needs to sustain this showing once San Sebastian springs back to action in the second round. LATEST STORIES Read Nextcenter_img Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief View comments Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf PLAY LIST 01:37Protesters 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 Games WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMClast_img read more

PVL: Arellano blanks Adamson, closes in on bronze

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netArellano University moved closer to claiming third place after beating Adamson, 25-23, 26-24, 25-14, in the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Arellano is coming off a loss to undefeated National University in a game that taught the Lady Chiefs lessons and served as a factor to their victory.ADVERTISEMENT Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  “Our loss go NU last game taught us a big lesson,” said Arellano coach Roberto Javier in Filipino.The Lady Chiefs got swept in the semifinals after taking a 25-17, 26-28, 17-25, 25-13, 20-18 setback on Sunday.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 shutoutJovielyn Prado showed the way for Arellano with 18 points while Regine Arocha and Necole Ebuen added 15 and 10 points, respectively.The Lady Chiefs shoot for the bronze medal on Saturday and Javier thinks the Lady Falcons will come out in full swing. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president View comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight MOST READ “It’s important for us to win on Saturday but of course, Adamson will prepare really hard and bounce back. I hope this win motivates us more to win next game.”Adamson, which drew nine points from Mary Joy Dacoron, suffered its third straight defeat.center_img Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH La Salle bounces back, frustrates FEU PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:37Protesters 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 Games LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary LATEST STORIES Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong Citylast_img read more

Messi mania halts City of Joy

first_imgDurga puja might be the biggest festival in the City of Joy, but less than a month away from the auspicious occasion, shopping for the festive days – the most important obligation of every Kolkatan — took a backseat on Friday as all roads led only to the Yuba Bharati Kirangan.For once even the shopkeepers weren’t perturbed by the lack of customers, as they wanted to watch 90 minutes of Lionel Messi magic uninterrupted by the demands of inquisitive customers.For the football crazy city, the wait was finally over and having woken up every morning reading different versions in different newspapers as to whether or not the much hyped friendly match between Argentina and Venezuela would take place in Kolkata, they were assured entering the gates of the Yuba Bharati Kirangan that they would indeed get to see the player often compared to greats like Pele and Diego Maradona.And if the streets leading to the stadium were anything to go by, India’s official Men in Blue – the national cricket team – had found tough competitors in the form of the Argentine national football team. It was blue all the way for the fans and for once it wasn’t for Mahendra Singh Dhoni and his men, but for Messi and his boys.For those who didn’t have time to pick up an Argentina jersey, they wore blue t-shirts and tops. And those who didn’t have a blue t-shirt or top in their wardrobe used the Argentina national flag as scarf around their neck. Empty cheeks were a rarity as most had the Argentina flag painted on both sides.advertisementThe gates might have been opened for the fans at 4pm in the afternoon, but fans lined up outside the gates from as early as 1pm in the morning. They wanted to be right there the moment Messi stepped on to the pitch. The continuous drizzle was no deterrent for the determined fans.Bhaskar Bhuiya, coming in from the outskirts of the city, said that such things don’t happen every day and he didn’t want to miss even a second of the biggest match to be ever played on Indian soil.”I left my home at 6 in the morning and reached Howrah station at 10am. I wanted to be here as early as possible as waiting isn’t an issue, but missing even a moment of the biggest football star in the world is,” he told Mail Today.For once, Bhaskar wasn’t the only one who had given up on his lunch and waited for the gates to open. He had lots of friends in the city obsessed with the game of football. The continuous shouts of Messi outside the stadium bore testimony to the fact that the city had indeed come to a full stop as they waited anticipating Messi to pull off his best performance ever in national colours.last_img read more

Tim Reed regains form to top Ironman 70.3 in Subic

first_imgDA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war “I think I had a good race three, four weeks ago in Ironman Australia and another good race in Vietnam so my form is really good.”Reed’s compatriot Tim Van Berkel completed the course at 4:08:37 to come in second while 2018 Full Ironman champion Nick Baldwin followed in third with a time of 4:09:07.Reed added that he was motivated of finding that winning groove once more, a sensation that has eluded him for the past eight months.“For me, I’ve had some success here and once you get that feeling of success, it’s hard not to want it again,” said Reed. “It’s a bit hard because you’re always chasing that feeling.”ADVERTISEMENT Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal eye French Open quarterfinal Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIEScenter_img Tim Reed. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSUBIC, Zambales—Tim Reed added another title to his already illustrious career after capturing the gold medal in the men’s division of the 2019 Ironman 70.3 Subic Bay here on Sunday.This is the Australian’s 23rd title in the Ironman 70.3 and the second this year. His latest feat, however, didn’t come without adversity.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Reed had to catch up in the bike leg of the race after finishing fourth in the swim leg with a time of 24:35, nearly a minute slower than the fastest swimmer Alex Polizzi, who’s a fellow Australian.Once the bike leg started, however, Reed eventually caught speed and got past Polizzi holding on to that advantage all the way to the run leg of the course.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, logisticsReed finished the course in four hours, four minutes and 34 seconds seemed to have gotten his old form back after struggling in his past tournaments.“I love coming back here because I always race here,” said Reed, who won the 2017 Ironman 70.3 Subic Bay. “More importantly, my form’s coming back so it’s nice to be racing well again.” Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games02:42PH 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 Krausslast_img read more

Stars Join Puppets For Puppetry Fundraiser

first_imgOn Saturday, May 5th, celebrities and puppet VIPs showed their support for puppetry when The Jim Henson Company hosted the second “Puppets for Puppetry” on its historic Hollywood lot.Host Chris Hardwick takes a selfie with the cast of Puppets for PuppetryThe event raised funds for the Atlanta-based Center for Puppetry Arts, and honored the esteemed puppeteer Caroll Spinney, best known to fans around the world as the performer of the iconic Sesame Street characters Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch. The unique live performance was hosted by comedian Chris Hardwick (The Wall, Talking Dead) and featured special guests Jack McBrayer (30 Rock, Wreck It Ralph), Bobby Moynihan (SNL, Inside Out), and Grammy Award-winner Jason Mraz (“I’m Yours”).Jason Mraz and Big Bird at Center for Puppetry Arts’ Puppets for Puppetry honoring Caroll SpinneyThe unforgettable evening raised well over $225,000 for the Center and included tribute music and sketches from Sesame Street cast members Matt Vogel, Eric Jacobson, David Rudman, Leslie Carrara-Rudolph, Ryan Dillon, and Jennifer Barnhart. Brian Henson, Heather Henson, Bill Barretta, and other special guests also gave puppet performances.“We are so grateful to our corporate sponsors, Joan Ganz Cooney, Sesame Workshop, Tyler Perry Studios, and of course The Jim Henson Company, for creating an unforgettable tribute to the iconic Caroll Spinney,” said Vince Anthony, The Barbara and Bill Wylly Executive Director at the Center for Puppetry Arts. “What a night! Hilarious moments with special guests and iconic characters, heartwarming music from Jason Mraz, and all those wonderful puppetry performances ably wrangled by our wonderful host Chris Hardwick made for an incredible and memorable event for our guests.”The Center for Puppetry Arts’ mission is to inspire imagination, education and community through the global art of puppetry. The Atlanta-based nonprofit is the nation’s largest and only resource of its kind, featuring a worldwide puppetry collection, a vibrant theatre space and the development of puppetry talent through workshops and performances. Also, the Center for Puppetry Arts uses the latest technology to offer its award-winning Distance Learning programs for PreK-adult through videoconferencing. The arts-infused workshops and interactive puppet performances are conducted via videoconferencing and are tailored to specific classroom topics and curriculum. The programs complement national curriculum standards in language arts, social studies, science, math and other areas and serve schools nationwide. The Center’s two permanent exhibits, the Jim Henson Collection and the Worlds of Puppetry Global Collection, together represent the most definitive display of both Henson puppets and other puppetry traditions from around the world.last_img read more