Selling Confabulation as Science

first_imgScience is supposed to be all about demonstrable proof through experiment.  Should some scientists get away with confabulation – mere storytelling?  Look at these recent headlines published on science news sites and consider whether some serious housecleaning is in order. 1.  Baby apes’ arm waving hints at origins of language:  New Scientist had no problem with the suggestion that arm waving by chimpanzees led to the Sermon on the Mount and every other great work of moral or conceptual communication. “Actions speak louder than words,” wrote Nora Schultz cheerfully, as if that justifies scientifically what she is about to say. “Baby chimps, bonobos, gorillas and orang-utans – our four closest living relatives – quickly learn to use visual gestures to get their message across, providing the latest evidence that hand waving may have been a vital first step in the development of human language.”  Then why did apes get stuck at such a simplistic vocabulary?  Michael Corballis (U of Auckland) came to the rescue with this confabulation: “I suspect apes have evolved their own idiosyncratic gestures since they diverged from hominins.” 2.  Whiskers marked milestone in evolution of mammals from reptiles:  With no evidence of a bewhiskered reptile anywhere, PhysOrg published notions coming from “research” at the University of Sheffield that whiskers led to an explosion of possibilities in the mammal world.  On what evidence is this based?  Merely that a grey short-tailed opossum “has many similarities to an early mammal that would have lived more than 125 million years ago; that is, around the same time that the evolutionary lines leading to modern rodents and marsupials diverged.”  No such mammal is found in the fossil record.  But wait: aren’t marsupials and rodents both mammals?  Where are the reptiles claimed in the headline?  “This evidence suggests that some of the first mammals may also have whisked like a modern mouse or rat, and that the appearance of moveable whiskers was pivotal in the evolution of mammals from reptiles.”  In other words, no evidence for transitional forms was presented at all – just the assumption that mammals evolved from reptiles.  And that’s not all: a “professor” piled on additional miracles: “This latest research suggests that alongside becoming warm-blooded, giving birth to live young, and having an enlarged brain, the emergence of a new tactile sense based on moveable facial whiskers was an important step along the evolutionary path to modern mammals,” said Tony Prescott.  “Although humans no longer have moveable whiskers they were a critical feature of our early mammalian ancestors.”  According to this confabulation, bearded men can only regret that they are devolved remnants of some imaginary power-whiskered reptile with a great future ahead. 3.  Seeking Alien Artifacts in the Solar System:  Astrobiology Magazine, funded by NASA, posted an interesting press release that suggests that, possibly, conceivably, there might be not not aliens (double negative intended).  That is, just because we haven’t found any alien artifacts orbiting the sun yet doesn’t necessarily mean they don’t exist.  Scientists at Penn State have concocted some kind of equation that is supposed to let them know whether we’ve looked hard enough yet.  The conclusion at this point is, “The researchers found that it is, at this point, difficult to say that there are not nonterrestrial objects in our solar system.”  Presumably it is, at this point, difficult to say that there are not angels in our solar system (insert any unknown you wish). 4.  Welcome to the multiverse:  Discover Magazine gave sprightly coverage to Caltech prof Sean Carroll, giving him free rein to describe his conversion to the multiverse religion.  “Could our universe be just one of a multitude, each with its own reality?” he asked.  “It may sound like fiction, but there is hard science behind this outlandish idea.”  The reader hunts for said hard science as he is dragged through another retelling of one of science’s favorite martyr tales, the burning at the stake of Giordano Bruno,1 as if this will provide insurance against a similar fate for Carroll for what he is about to say.  Safely inoculated against taking heat, he continues: “These days, cosmologists like me may be safer, but our ideas have grown only more radical…. Also like Bruno, cosmologists are reaching far beyond what observational evidence can tell them.”  Looking still for the “hard science” he promised, we get this line: “It is not that cosmologists are so fond of all those universes; it’s that we are fond of inflation, because inflation explains the observed properties of the cosmos with great precision. But many versions of inflation theory also predict an infinite number of universes, like it or not.”2  Adding string theory to the mix doesn’t help his case much, since both theories have no observational support.  Carroll knows this: “Even if such a theory were true, the worry goes, how would we ever know? Is it scientific to even talk about it?”  We’re like tribesmen on a cloudy planet who can’t see the stars, he explains, only our cloud is the big bang.  Imagine if everyone took his final advice: “Right now we don’t know, and that’s fine. That’s how science works; the fun questions are the ones we can’t yet answer. The proper scientific approach is to take every reasonable possibility seriously, no matter how heretical it may seem, and to work as hard as we can to match our theoretical speculations to the cold data of our experiments.”  That’s odd.  This was his first and only mention of “experiments.” 5.  Searching for the origins of life… and our future:  While presenting multiverses, why not present science as the answer to everything, past present, and future?  Why not build a cathedral to whatever evidence-free notion a scientist has to say about the really big questions?  Karen Weintraub saw no problems with this in her BBC News article about NASA’s Origins program.  If she’s right, there is no limit to anything scientists want to say about anything.  Her hero is Professor Dimitar Sasselov of Harvard, head of a project called “Origins of Life.”  Even though he knows it is unlikely anyone will solve the origin of life for a century or more, he believes he is preaching science.  He even prophesies: “One morning we’ll wake up with a fundamentally different view of the world and who we are.”  Other players enter Hollywood-alien-decorated article as Weintraub asks, “What is life?” and other big questions, sans evidence.  But evidence is not needed if you can assert something and back it up with an appeal to authority.  “Lawrence Krauss, a physicist who leads the Origins Project at Arizona State University, says trying to figure out how the universe came from nothing doesn’t tread on religious ground, either – at least no more than Copernicus and Darwin did.”  If some technological spinoff comes from all this “pure science” that Weintraub claims is happening thanks to taxpayer dollars, won’t it be worth it?  Her last paragraph lets the cat out of the bag: “Instead of building the metaphorical buildings that most three-year scientific grants afford today, he [John Sutherland, molecular biologist] says, the Origins researchers are constructing a cathedral. It may take them a century to find answers, but what they build will still be standing in a millennium.”  Yes, there will be pay day, someday, in the sweet by and by.  Keep those offering plates coming. 1. Giordano Bruno (1548-1600) was not burned at the stake for embracing Copernicanism or positing a multiplicity of worlds, but for advocating multiple heresies against the Catholic teachings, dabbling in magic, and espousing weird beliefs such as transmigration of souls into animals.  Regrettable as his execution was, the myth that Bruno was a martyr to science was first proposed in the 19th century by Andrew Dickson White, whose “warfare hypothesis” pitting science against religion has since been roundly criticized by historians of science.  For example, see Maya Bohnhoff’s blog entry on Common Ground Group.  Even Wikipedia downplays the notion that Bruno was a martyr to science. 2. Inflation is neither an observation nor confirmation of big-bang cosmology, but instead, was an ad hoc proposal by Alan Guth in the 1980s to overcome serious flaws in the standard big bang model. Since then, his theory-rescue device has taken on a life of its own, with other cosmologists offering even more outlandish models, each unobservable and untestable. See 9/29/2009, 2/21/2005, also 10/6/2004. Oh, what tangled webs of belief science weaved, when Darwin first let the confabulators in to deceive (12/22/2003 commentary).  The scientists in the stories above are not dumb.  They had to show a pretty high level of intelligence (or parental money, or a good advisor) to get through the rigors of a PhD program.  But is a PhD credential a license to say anything?  There are PhD’s in other fields, too (history, philosophy, theology) who have just as much knowledge and intelligence, and who exhibit far better integrity and exercise far more rigor in their research than the storytellers above. Out of their own mouths they condemned themselves as con artists and false prophets, offering some kind of enlightenment they can’t describe that may take a century to get here, long after current taxpayers are dead. You wouldn’t fall for a snake oil salesman making a promise like that.  Why take it from a so-called scientist?  Out of their own mouths they condemned themselves as priests of a gnostic religion, divining visions of emanations from other universes, or visions of mythical transitional animals their religion requires.  You wouldn’t fall for a mystery religion that taught things like that; why take it from a so-called scientist? Out of their own mouths they condemned themselves as manipulators, taking the public as dupes and fools by associating chimpanzee arm-waving with Newton’s Principia.  You wouldn’t take that kind of ridicule from anyone; why allow it from a so-called scientist?  If we can take Carroll at his word, “the fun questions are the ones science can’t answer, so the only reasonable approach is to take every reasonable possibility seriously, no matter how heretical it may seem” – such as the reasonable possibility that the so-called scientists and so-called reporters above are all nuts. This kind of unmitigated evidence-free garbage spews non-stop from the sewer pipes of science news outlets, alongside the clean, healthy fare.  It’s like having a kitchen sink with knobs for hot water, cold water, and sewage, the sewage turning on by default any time you turn on the other knobs.  The clean water taps represent science that is observable, testable, and repeatable – the kind of science we learned as children, the kind we were led to believe represented the practices and ideals of all who wore the proud label “scientist.”  The sewage is sent across the internet pipes unfiltered, requiring the consumer to turn it off. It’s a deplorable situation.  It started with Darwin and his X-men, who were determined to (1) substitute naturalism for design, and (2) make confabulation permissible in science.  If scientists were required to shut up unless they had something observable, testable and repeatable to say, the sewage pipes would shut off.  Don’t count on it.  There’s too much momentum and money involved.  The naturalistic web of belief is now made of steel girders with battleship-heavy chains, able to absorb the shocks of any falsifying evidence.  All we can do is hope that the confabulators have some conscience left, so that when publicly shamed, they might repent.  Reward those researchers who stick to the classical standards for science.  Train the young to appreciate real science but to deplore the deceitful interlopers.  Vote wisely.  Speak out.  And reach your network with the truth, one soul at a time.(Visited 22 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Sprint Fully Integrates Google Voice

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img audrey watters Google Voice has long felt like it could become a real competitor to the major phone carriers. With its mobile phone apps and recent ability to port existing phone numbers to the service, the VOIP service has been moving closer to being a viable alternative. But today Google announces that it’s found a partner, not a competitor among the major carriers. The company has just announced that Google Voice will be fully integrated with Sprint. This means that all Sprint phones and all Sprint users will be able to tap into Google Voice’s features without needing a special app.Sprint customers will be able to use their existing mobile phone number as their Google Voice number without going through the hassle of porting the number. Existing Google Voice users will similarly be able to choose to replace their Sprint numbers with their Google Voice numbers. Google Voice will also replace Sprint’s voicemail service, enabling customers to receive the (often hilariously inaccurate) transcribed voicemail messages online, via email or text.Today’s partnership may be good news for Sprint users. But it’s also good news for Sprint. The company unveiled the new Nexus S 4G today, and all of this helps give the carrier some ammo as it makes its case to customers that it’s a viable alternative to Verizon and the soon-to-be-merged AT&T/T-Mobile. If nothing else, Sprint is sure looking like the carrier of choice for Google. Tags:#Google#news#NYT#web last_img read more

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With SteamOS, Valve Is Taking On The Xbox One And PlayStation 4

first_img4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App Tags:#gaming#Open Source#STEAM#SteamOS#TV#Valve#video games 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… Related Posts Sony and Microsoft are betting big on their first console launches in seven and eight years, respectively. But it’s no longer just their show.Valve—the company behind Steam, the hit digital-games distribution service—has a wrench to toss into the living-room works. The company has just announced SteamOS, a wide-open operating system that helps PC games make the hop to the TV. Breaking Down BarriersGamers have been watching Steam for a while now in anticipation of the fabled Steam Box, a Valve-built console that’s still in the works. Before the hardware hits, though, we’re getting software: SteamOS, built with Linux, will extend Valve’s distribution service to the living room. Prior to the rise of Steam, PC gaming was idling in a dark age, largely in the hands of Microsoft. Steam is fiercely loved among its users for offering gamers an operating-system agnostic platform to connect with other gamers and manage a collection of games which are synced to Steam’s servers.Here’s what Steam wrote:As we’ve been working on bringing Steam to the living room, we’ve come to the conclusion that the environment best suited to delivering value to customers is an operating system built around Steam itself. taylor hatmaker SteamOS combines the rock-solid architecture of Linux with a gaming experience built for the big screen. It will be available soon as a free stand-alone operating system for living room machines.Between SteamOS and the Ouya, an Android-based gaming console, the living room is more open than ever. Consumers have an infinite array of combinations for living room entertainment, and Valve will be getting involved in the hardware game soon too. SteamOS offers what it calls “in-home streaming” that lets users stream Steam games from a Windows or Mac machine to a system running SteamOS.See also: Ouya Is A Tiny Box Open To Many Game PossibilitiesThe remaining question: What system will run SteamOS? Presumably the Steam Box, which Valve may announce as soon as this week—though recent layoffs have caused some to call the project into question. (Valve head Gabe Newell’s dismisses that possibility.)Steam also says it’s working on bringing video and music to SteamOS boxes, though nothing’s been confirmed yet.Whether Valve makes the box that runs SteamOS or third-party manufacturers pick it up, the entry of Steam has made the console market more interesting.The Contenders, ComparedSteamOS: No hardware yet, free software that works with any Steam-compatible PCBuilt on Linux and other open-source softwareStreams gameplay from a Windows or Mac PC to the TVLibrary of over 2,000 games, both major and indie titles (Dota 2, Skyrim, Civilization V, to give a decent cross-section of the selection) Indie gamer and developer-friendly (Valve takes roughly a 30% cut)Games all digitally distributed (no discs)Enables mods and hacks not possible or more difficult on major consoles (like putting monocles on crabs in Skyrim—because why not?!)Free to join Steam, no subscription feesOuya:$99 online or through retail partners (Gamestop, Best Buy, etc.)Runs a modified version of Android, the mobile operating systemMod-friendly, easy-open hardware; all systems are built to work as developer’s kitsAll Ouya games must meet a “free to play” requirement (trial modes, free and premium tiers)Games all digitally distributed435 games available in the Ouya library—not impressive, but growingStreaming video and non-gaming apps can be side-loaded onto the Ouya, native apps not yet availableXbox One:Microsoft gaming console, will retail for $499 on November 22$60/year Xbox Live membership required for online play and multimedia like Netflix and Hulu PlusDigital game downloads available over the Xbox Live networkLaunch exclusives: Halo 5, Titanfall, Dead Rising 3, Ryse, Below and (many) morePlayStation 4:Sony’s gaming console, will retail for $399 on November 15$50/year PlayStation Plus subscription required for online gaming, but not for streaming media like Netflix and HuluDigital game downloads available over the PlayStation Plus networkLaunch exclusives: The Order: 1886; Infamous: Second Son; Knack and moreWhen it comes to flashy, big-name gaming titles, indie upstarts like the Ouya and Steam can’t compete—but that’s not really what they’re about, anyway. Once Steam’s living-room hardware gets up to speed, Valve’s gaming platform will likely remain complementary to the major consoles where big titles live. But for dedicated PC gamers looking for a fresh, big-screen experience, SteamOS might just open up a whole new world of gaming—once it finds a hardware home, that is.  9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex…last_img read more

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GRAND FINALS SUMMARY- QSST DOUBLE!

first_imgQSST have made it a golden day at the 2004 National 18 Years Touch Football Championships, claiming both the Mens and Womens titles. The match up of QSST and NSWCHS in the Womens grand final was highly anticipated, with NSWCHS having taken the 2003 title from QSST. Queensland were out to claim it back and opened the scoring with Emily Hopkin’s great step allowing Gemma Etheridge to cross and score. An intercept from NSW’s Tegan Considine brought the crowd to their feet, which then lifted even more as Queensland’s Teneille Shaw chased 25 metres to touch Considine. With neither team able to score for the remaining time in the first half, it was Nicole McHugh who brought NSW back to even with a touchdown to open the second half. This was as close to winning as NSW would get though, with Queensland’s captain Courtney Hipperson scoring to give her side a 2-1 lead. Belinda Hammett dived across the line for a 3-1 advantage to Queensland before the NSW side could bring it back to 3-2 with nine minutes still to play. NSW looked as though they were still in with a chance as the Queensland girls failed to make the most of their opportunities and extend their lead. When Delwyn Tupuhi and Hipperson both added to the Queensland tally, a 5-2 lead was too much for the NSW girls. With five minutes to go the NSW side also lost experienced Australian representative Kirstie Jenkins to an injury and the game was all but over. For Queensland coach Peter Bell, the win was a reward for how hard his players have worked. “They’ve put in a lot of training for this and they’re a great group of girls,” Bell said. Captain Courtney Hipperson agreed. “It feels awesome, we’ve had great teamwork and really bonded as a team, we knew we were good enough to win this and we came here to do that,” Hipperson said. In the Mens match QSST were out to defend their 2003 title and opened the scoring quickly through Lyall Darby. It was a free flowing first half, with the scores locked at 2-2 after just ten minutes of play. In the Mens grand final it was again a meeting between QSST and NSWCHS, with the Queensland Men looking to defend their 2003 title. Scoring flowed freely in the first half, with QSST beginning strongly on the back of a Lyall Darby opening touchdown and a Jerome Waitohi intercept and touchdown. NSWCHS moved into gear and the score was back to 2-2 before Queensland ran in another two touchdowns to take a 4-2 lead. Australian representative Pat Smith showed some of his classy stepping to bring NSW back to a 4-3 deficit and brought the crowd into the match. Down 5-3 at half time, NSWCHS opened the second half scoring but when Queensland replied immediately through Waitohi’s second intercept and touchdown, the score went to 6-4. NSWCHS couldn’t break through the Queensland defense again, allowing QSST to take the title with the score of 6-4. For Queensland coach Peter Robinson, the relief was obvious. “I’m really proud of the way these boys have played, they’ve had to adjust to a lot of different styles of play, it’s been a long week, but they really do deserve this,” Robinson said. “NSWCHS are a great side, they have a lot of talent and they played really well, it was a very tough week.” By Rachel Moyle, [email protected]last_img read more

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6 days agoBrighton boss Potter proud of players in Aston Villa defeat

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Brighton boss Potter proud of players in Aston Villa defeatby Paul Vegas6 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBrighton boss Graham Potter was proud of his players following their last-gasp defeat to Aston Villa.The Seagulls fell to Matt Targett’s last-minute strike, with the hosts prevailing 2-1, and the head coach stressed how proud he was of the players having seen his side play for a large part of the contest with ten men.He said, “It’s tough to take because the players were amazing and gave me everything.“With 11 players we were really good and worthy of our lead – the sending off affects the game and we played for nearly an hour with a man less, while still contributing to the match. “We still attacked often, so it’s heartbreaking to lose with the last kick, but I’m really proud of the performance.”Despite being a man down, Potter’s men created chances throughout the match in the Midlands, and the boss discussed the attacking style his side continued to maintain. “We still looked to win the game and the best way of hanging onto something is to continue to be yourselves,” he continued. “We played through their defence numerous times and weren’t camped inside our own half trying to defend.“We were positive and that’s what makes it more difficult to take – the reaction of the fans afterwards showed that they saw the quality and courage, but the game can be cruel.” last_img read more

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Global Ship Lease Fixes Loan to Finance Boxship Buy

first_imgzoomIllustration. Source: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Containership charter owner Global Ship Lease has secured a term loan of up to USD 37 million from Hellenic Bank Public Company Limited.The facility agreement was signed on Many 23, 2019, and would be used to partially finance the acquisition of three 7,849 TEU containerships, according to the company.The Hellenic Bank Facility is available in three tranches, that have a final maturity date of the earlier of November 30, 2024 and the fifth anniversary of the utilization date of such tranche. The loan is repayable in equal quarterly installments with a bullet payment of USD 4 million at its maturity.Once fully drawn, the Hellenic Bank Facility will be secured by first priority ship mortgages on the three acquired vessels, assignments of earnings, insurances and charters exceeding 11 months, as well as pledges of certain bank accounts and membership interests of each subsidiary acquiring a secured vessel.To remind, Global Ship Lease agreed to expand its fleet with the three 2004-built Post-Panamax containerships earlier this month. The company would pay USD 48.5 million for the trio, being acquired from Bremen-based ship owner Zeaborn GmbH, according to VesselsValue data. The vessels in question are the MSC Ningbo, E.R. Montecito and E.R. Santa Barbara.Upon delivery at the end of May, the first vessel commence a five-year charter with Danish shipping major Maersk Line. The two other vessels are expected to join their new owner during the third quarter and will commence three-year charters with Maersk Line, with two consecutive one-year extensions at the charterer’s option.last_img read more

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Egypt police enter university to confront Islamist demo

first_imgCAIRO – Egyptian police entered Al-Azhar University in Cairo on Wednesday to confront Islamist protesters, the first time security forces have moved on a campus since a 2010 court ruling.The police took the action at the prestigious Islamic university following a request from its administration, the interior ministry said.Students supporting deposed Islamist president Mohamed Morsi have held regular and sometimes violent protests since the beginning of the school year in September. According to the official MENA news agency, the protesting students had stormed the university’s offices on Wednesday, ransacking them and firing birdshot.Police entered “the Al-Azhar University campus following a request from the university’s head Dr Osama al-Abd to defend lives and public property,” said the interior ministry.The police had obtained permission from the state prosecutor before doing so, it added in a statement.A police general told AFP it was the first time police had entered a university since a 2010 court ruling banned guards belonging to the interior ministry from operating on their grounds.Pressed by police at every turn, Islamists have adopted universities as protest hubs to galvanise their flagging movement four months after the military overthrew Morsi.last_img read more

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Indianapolis to host Big Ten football championship game

The Big Ten conference announced Sunday that the inaugural Big Ten football championship game will be held in Indianapolis. After considering proposals from Indianapolis and Chicago, the conference’s Council of Presidents and Chancellors unanimously decided to play the first four editions of the Big Ten championship game, including the inaugural title game in December, at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Lucas Oil Stadium, an indoor facility that can accommodate 63,000 spectators for football games, features an artificial playing surface. Chicago’s Soldier Field, the Windy City venue vying to host the title game, is an open-air stadium that holds 63,000 fans and features a natural grass field. Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany said the Big Ten considered weather and the comfort of the venues when choosing Lucas Oil Stadium. “We know the weather changes (in the Midwest) in November,” Delany said. “The idea was that, you know, we could get consistency for planning for both teams if you knew the weather was gonna be pretty consistent. I would say it’s a fan aspect as well as a player’s aspect.” Five Buckeyes, including quarterback Terrelle Pryor, offensive lineman Mike Adams, running back Dan Herron, wide receiver DeVier Posey and defensive lineman Solomon Thomas are suspended for the first five games of the 2011 season for selling memorabilia and receiving improper benefits. Former coach Jim Tressel resigned as OSU’s coach May 30. Delany would not comment on whether he thought Ohio State would be eligible for December’s title game, but he did say OSU’s situation was difficult. “It’s disappointing for (OSU) to be where it is,” Delany said. “Nobody can feel good about it. It’s not easy for Ohio State. It’s not easy for the Big Ten, but I have tremendous confidence in that program to be resilient, and to do the right thing and to re-establish themselves. For now, all we can do is wait for the facts to develop.” The conference also announced that men’s and women’s Big Ten basketball tournaments will be held jointly at Chicago’s United Center, Indianapolis’ Conseco Fieldhouse and the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates, Ill., for the next four years. Chicago will host the men’s tournament in 2012–13 and 2014–15, and Indianapolis will host the men’s event in 2013–14 and 2015–16. “Conseco (Fieldhouse) is not as big a stadium as the United Center, but it is one of the best stadiums in the country,” Delany said. “They do a heck of a job in Chicago, but, you know, Indianapolis, starting around 1980, has made this great commitment to not only amateur sports, but collegiate sports. They do a great job of hosting our fans.” The Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament will be held at the Sears Centre Arena in 2013 and 2015. read more

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Wrestling No 2 Ohio State remains undefeated with 374 victory against Michigan

No. 1 Myles Martin defeats No. 3 Nick Reenan of North Carolina State University by decision in the 184-pound bout, 12-5. Credit: Sal Marandino | For The LanternThe No. 2 Ohio State wrestling team (7-0, 3-0 Big Ten) defeated Michigan State (4-4, 1-1 Big Ten) 37-4 on Sunday.Ohio State senior Myles Martin (184) and redshirt junior Kollin Moore, No. 1 and No. 2 in their respective weight classes, remained undefeated after Sunday’s match against Michigan State, as Martin won by technical fall and Moore won via pin. Moore said his goal was to give his team extra points to help secure a victory against a Big Ten rival. “Obviously you want to open the score up just a little bit, just in case something crazy happens, so get a takedown or two,” Moore said.  “Having some patience to stay on top of the guy and work for a tilt because even if I don’t get a pin, those four back points really blow up in a match especially against good guys, which would be huge.”Martin, earning his eighth win of the season, faced a ranked opponent in Michigan State redshirt freshman Cam Caffey, who, according to associate head coach J Jaggers, gave a good performance, but was no match for the senior. “That’s kind of the difference right there between a man, Myles, a senior kind of really knows himself and knows his wrestling and [Caffey] still figuring it out, but they should be happy they have that kid in their program,” Jaggers said.Junior Luke Pletcher (133), the No. 5 wrestler in his weight class, also earned an overtime victory against senior Anthony Tutolo. Ohio State No. 2 senior Joey McKenna (141) remained undefeated, winning by technical fall 24-9 over redshirt sophomore Matt Santos, giving Ohio State an early 8-4 lead, which they extended, eventually winning nine out of 10 bouts.True freshman Malik Heinselman (125) was defeated by Michigan State No. 8- ranked sophomore Rayvon Foley.Despite Heinselman’s loss, Ohio State earned wins from its ranked wrestlers on the team in redshirt senior Micah Jordan (149), redshirt junior Ke-Shawn Hayes (157) and redshirt freshman Chase Singletary (285). Each wrestler won by major decision. Redshirt freshman Kaleb Romero (165) bounced back from his loss Friday by beating redshirt sophomore Austin Hiles 7-4, something he said he feels positive about, but still wants to continue to work on.“ I know I’m not even close to where I want to be right now,” Romero said. “I just got to keep on working, keep on improving, and keep battling myself mentally to just believe in myself. I feel like that is when things will start coming along.” No. 2 Ohio State will take on Michigan at the Schottenstein Center at 7 p.m. on Jan. 25. read more

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Higuain explains why he turned down Chelsea for AC Milan

first_imgGonzalo Higuain has explained that he decided to go to AC Milan due to their great desire to have him, whereas at Chelsea it felt like only Maurizio Sarri wanted himThe Argentine international had been heavily linked with a move to Stamford Bridge over the past month following Cristiano Ronaldo’s arrival at Juventus that had deemed him surplus to requirements at Turin.At one point it looked certain that Higuain would be joining his former Napoli boss Sarri at Chelsea for the upcoming season with the Italian coach having been extremely keen on reuniting with the goalscorer for his debut season in English football.But it appears, despite Higuain’s record of 36 goals in 35 Serie A games under Sarri at Napoli, not everyone at Chelsea shared their new manager’s enthusiasm for the 30-year-old.“I have big respect for Sarri but he was the only one who wanted me at Chelsea,” said Higuain, according to the Evening Standard.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.“Here at Milan everyone wanted me. That’s why I chose Milan. The motivation and conviction they showed at Milan was fundamental.”Higuain has joined Milan on a season-long loan deal for €18m with the club having the option to make the move permanent next summer for an additional €36m.#GH9 and #MC33 are at Milanello! ???? What a warm welcome from a longtime friend! ???? Gonzalo e Mattia sono a Milanello! ???? Il benvenuto di Lucas Biglia all’amico @G_Higuain! ????#weareacmilan pic.twitter.com/4LsfkuQpEi— AC Milan (@acmilan) August 3, 2018last_img read more

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