TENNIS : Syracuse not selected for NCAA tournament

first_img Published on May 2, 2012 at 12:00 pm Contact Jacob: [email protected] | @Jacob_Klinger_ Syracuse stopped official practices more than a week ago.A pair of late-season upsets had derailed the team’s NCAA tournament hopes, so when the brackets were released Tuesday night, the Orange’s exclusion came as no surprise.‘We knew,’ head coach Luke Jensen said. ‘I mean if we’d just maintained that top you know 30, 39 and moved up we’d have been fine, but I don’t think South Florida got in and they’re ranked much higher.’Instead of watching the 5 p.m. selection show on Tuesday, Jensen’s team (14-6, 6-2 Big East) attended the Cuse Awards. There, Emily Harman (Soliday Award for best student-athlete), Amanda Rodgers (Team MVP) and the entire team (best GPA) were honored by the SU athletic department. And though Tuesday night was a celebratory one, the season as a whole ended in disappointment. An injury epidemic hijacked an historic season that was once on track for Jensen’s first NCAA tournament appearance leading the Orange.‘I think we all just realized we’re not really going to make the NCAAs this year,’ freshman Amanda Rodgers said.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textConference champion No. 18 Notre Dame is the Big East’s lone representative in the NCAA tournament this year, as No. 42 South Florida, No. 65 Syracuse and No. 66 DePaul all missed the cut. There are 32 conferences in Division-I women’s tennis, all of which receive one automatic berth in the 64-team tournament.The rest of the field generally consists of the next best 32 teams that did not win their conference. Ranked No. 57 heading into the Big East tournament, the Orange knew it needed a strong run to move out of the NCAA tournament bubble and into the tournament field.A quarterfinal upset loss against Louisville ended SU’s hopes of a postseason appearance.‘The results just didn’t end in our favor,’ sophomore Maddie Kobelt said.Still, the team has regrouped for informal practices ahead of this summer’s United States Tennis Association pro tour. Peruvian walk-on Jimena Wu chose to remain stateside for her first six-week swing on the professional circuit.Coach Jensen emphasized to her and her teammates that they should always something to look forward to, regardless of how well they do in any match or tournament, Wu said.‘I wouldn’t say we ever stop as a team,’ Wu said. ‘Even though we’re not in-season anymore, we always have something to prepare for.’[email protected]  Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Commentslast_img read more

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Soft Tissue Found in Chile Ichthyosaur Bonanza

first_img(Visited 153 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 They were buried in the deep sea, but are becoming exposed under a glacier in southern Chile.Forty-six exceptionally-preserved ichthyosaurs (extinct air-breathing marine reptiles) have been found in strata becoming exposed under a melting glacier in southern Chile, Live Science reported.  The completely articulated (unseparated) fossils range from juveniles to adults.  Soft tissue and embryos were found, the abstract says from the GSA Bulletin:After three field campaigns to the area, a total of 46 articulated and virtually complete ichthyosaur specimens, both adults and juveniles, were tentatively assigned to four different species of Ophthalmosauridae. Preservation is excellent and occasionally includes soft tissue and embryos. The skeletons are associated with ammonites, belemnites, inoceramid bivalves, and fishes as well as numerous plant remains. The enormous concentration of ichthyosaurs is unique for Chile and South America and places the Tyndall locality among the prime fossil Lagerstätten for Early Cretaceous marine reptiles worldwide.Prior to this discovery, ichthyosaur fossils were rare in South America.  Now, this site under the Tyndall Glacier in the Torres del Paine National Park of southern Chile is one of the best in the world.  It was very difficult to reach; one of the team members told Live Science, “the team had to drive for five hours, hike for 10 to 12 hours to camp and then hike another two hours, sometimes in heavy rain, hail or snow.”Based on the GSA Bulletin paper, PhysOrg presented an account of how the marine reptiles might have become fossilized:The Tyndall ichthyosaurs were gregarious and likely hunted in packs in a submarine canyon near the east coast of this sea. Their potential prey, belemnites and small fishes, were abundant due to plankton blooms caused by cold water upwelling. Occasionally, high energy turbiditic mudflows sucked down everything in their reach, including ichthyosaurs. Inside the suspension flows, the air-breathing reptiles lost orientation and finally drowned. They were instantly buried in the abyss at the bottom of the canyon.How the fossils got mixed with plants and uplifted to hundreds of feet above sea level (265′ according to Google Earth) without being disturbed was not explained.  According to the evolutionary timeline, the burials occurred between 150 million and 100 million years old.  This would require successive mudflows in the same submarine canyon hypothesized for the burial site over 50 million years.  If that were true, it would seem there would be stratification separating the “episodic mass-mortality events”, rather than the uniform deposit described in the paper as “a monotonous bathyal to abyssal sequence of the Late Jurassic to late Early Cretaceous.”It’s interesting to compare this spectacular burial site with that of the whales in another part of Chile (2/26/14).  There, the evolutionists wove a tale about multiple burials over 16,000 years.  Here, they fictionalize multiple burials over 50 million years.  Both deposits yielded spectacularly-preserved specimens concentrated in a small area.It’s also interesting to see them gloss over the “soft tissue” aspect.  How could soft tissue be preserved for up to 150 million years?  In most freshly-buried deposits, a paleontologist would expect bioturbation by worms and other creatures to have disturbed the sediments and their fossil contents.  The articles mention soft tissue and embryos, but provide no plausible mechanism in which it could be preserved for so long.  We would like to know more details about said soft tissue, if anyone can find out: is it original tissue, or is it lithified?When a scenario includes too many ad hoc elements, it loses plausibility: (1) the animals were concentrated by upwelling currents, (2) the animals lost their orientation gasping for air in the mudflow; (3) they were buried instantly in subsequent mudflows over 50 million years in the same canyon; (4) they were buried in the abyss, but later uplifted to above sea level without becoming disturbed; (5) they are just now becoming exposed in our lifetime under a melting glacier; (6) soft tissues were preserved because everybody knows marine reptiles (along with their terrestrial contemporaries, the dinosaurs and pterosaurs) went extinct in the Cretaceous.Does this make sense?  A single global Flood that buried the ichthyosaurs and the whales is a sufficient cause to account for the findings; no millions of years needed.  Ockham’s Razor would favor a single cause over the convoluted string of improbable events proposed by the evolutionists.Item: no ancestors are known for the sleek, well-designed ichthyosaurs, which resemble porpoises (mammals) in many respects (that’s supposed to be a remarkable case of “convergent evolution”).  Item 2: other cases of instant burial of ichthyosaurs are known, including one found in China of a female in the process of giving birth (2/14/14) and another spectacular example (from Europe?) published in Creation Magazine.last_img read more

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Paralympic heroes back in South Africa

first_imgHundreds of supporters were on hand to welcome Paralympic Team South Africa home. Queen of the pool Natalie du Toit, who has announced her retirement, was one of a number of athletes who received a well-deserved incentive. Triple medallist Oscar Pistorius expressed his surprise and delight at the turnout, saying that it was unexpected.(Images: Janine Erasmus) MEDIA CONTACTS • Paena Galane  Media liaison officer, Department of  Sport and Recreation  +27 12 304 5000 or +27 79 509 9833 RELATED ARTICLES • Running into the history books • A bit of SA in London • SA’s fashion gold medallist • Paralympic dream teamMediaClubSouthAfrica.com reporter“The very last anthem played at the 2012 London Paralympics was South Africa’s,” said sports minister Fikile Mbalula. “It was a fitting end to the games, and a tribute to our sportsmen and women.”Mbalula was speaking at OR Tambo International Airport, where a noisy, enthusiastic crowd of hundreds of people gathered to welcome South Africa’s Paralympic team home after a successful campaign in London.Team South Africa finished 18th overall with 29 medals – eight gold, 12 silver and nine bronze.Mbalula was referring to the 2012 Paralympic Games’ final event, the T44 400m, won by Oscar “Blade Runner” Pistorius. The last day of competition saw five medals added to the South African tally, including silver for Dyan Buis (T38 200-metre), Kevin Paul (S9 100m breaststroke) and Anruné Liebenberg (T46 400m) and gold for Pistorius and Fanie van der Merwe (T12 100m).“It’s time now to look forward to 2016 and Rio,” said Sascoc CEO Tubby Reddy, speaking at the same event.Warm welcomeThe homecoming was organised by social activism initiative Lead SA, in conjunction with Airports Company South Africa, the Department of Sports and Recreation and the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc). Children skipped classes and workers took a bit of time off work to be there. Many disabled people, some of whom were athletes themselves, were also in the crowd.“Welcome back our heroes”, “You made us proud”, and “We love you Natalie” were just a few of the slogans seen on placards all over the arrivals hall, while flags, vuvuzelas and ululations added to the festive atmosphere.A delayed touchdown and a longer wait were eased by a tireless group of drummers who entertained the crowd and kept their spirits high.Chukuru the rhino, Team South Africa’s mascot in all multi-coded sporting events, was also spotted mingling with supporters.Rewarded for their hard workThe fiery politician is also credited with a big role in the decision by Sascoc to award Paralympic medallists the same bonuses as their able-bodied counterparts. Initially Paralympic athletes were offered R100 000 (US$12 200) for a gold medal, R75 000 ($9 100) for a silver medal, and R40 000 ($4 900) for bronze, whereas Olympic medallists got R400 000 ($49 000), R200 000 ($24 400) and R80 000 ($9 800) for gold, silver and bronze respectively.“But anything less would be discrimination,” said Mbalula, making the announcement at the official closing in London of Team South Africa’s Olympic and Paralympic base, e-Khaya, on 8 September.And true to his word, Mbalula, his deputy Gert Oosthuizen, Reddy and Sascoc president Gideon Sam presented the winners with dummy cheques right there in front of the cheering crowd at OR Tambo. The amounts ranged from R80 000 to a whopping R1.4-million ($170 660) for superstar Natalie du Toit, whose glittering swimming career is now over, as she has announced her retirement.The medallists’ coaching and other support staff also deservedly received a bonus. “I couldn’t have done it without my coach,” said triple medal winner Pistorius, adding that he hadn’t expected such a warm welcome, and that he was “humbled”.last_img read more

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10 months agoKoulibaly thanks Napoli teammates and fans after Bologna win

first_imgKoulibaly thanks Napoli teammates and fans after Bologna winby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveKalidou Koulibaly has thanked Napoli teammates and fans for their support during the weekend’s defeat of Bologna.While suspended for the game, Koulibaly dominated the proceedings after last week’s racist insults from Inter Milan fans.After the 3-2 win, he took to social media to say: “The emotions of this day and this victory will remain forever in my heart: thank you”.Le emozioni di questa giornata e questa vittoria resteranno per sempre nel mio cuore: grazie #NapoliBologna 3-2 #ForzaNapoliSempre#KK26#famiglia#DifendoLaCittàpic.twitter.com/tYiY6jrDGP— Koulibaly Kalidou (@kkoulibaly26) December 29, 2018 About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Rankin Inlet garbage man says food at dump still good

first_imgAPTN National NewsRankin Inlet continues to be the centre of debate over hunger in the Arctic.It all began when APTN Investigates revealed people in the community are scrounging the town landfill looking for nutritious food.Part of the problem is the high cost of food and a program supposed to help called Nutrition North.APTN’s Kent Driscoll is in Rankin Inlet to learn more about the on-going scandal.last_img

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Ohio State issues statement regarding alleged rape in Steubenville

Ohio State released a statement Friday regarding an alleged rape that occurred in Steubenville, Ohio, a town of about 18,000.Steubenville, which is located just less than 200 miles from Columbus, finds itself in the national spotlight after two 16-year-old Steubenville High School football players, Ma’lik Richmond and Trent Mays, were charged with raping a 16-year-old girl at a string of parties in August.“Sexual assault is a terrible act of aggression and violence, and our hearts go out to all victims,” the statement reads. “The situation in Steubenville is particularly disturbing, and our thoughts are with those affected.”In particular, OSU’s release comes after a video taken on the night of those parties started to make its way around the Internet Wednesday.The video, which can be found under different names on YouTube, features Michael Nodianos, a Steubenville High School graduate and former OSU student, talking and laughing about the alleged rape for more than 12 minutes amid a group huddled in what appears to be a living room.Nodianos, who has not been accused or charged of any crimes, could not be found on “Find People,” OSU’s staff, faculty and student directory, Friday, though such information (his name, university email address and major) was accessible Thursday.Nodianos did not respond to The Lantern‘s request for comment.While the university cites that it is “not at liberty to comment” because of Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) regulations, the school confirmed through its statement that “the student in question” was in attendance at the university “only through Dec. 12.”According to “Find People,” Nodianos was an electrical and computer engineering major.Nodianos, a former Big Red baseball player, according to a nearly 6,000-word story in the New York Times, opens the video by making “she’s deader than” analogies regarding the alleged victim, who did not die, but was reportedly unconscious during the alleged rapes.According to the Times, Richmond and Mays are under house arrest and awaiting a trial that has been set for Feb. 13. read more

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Paris France – Reported by Elite Traveler the Pr

first_imgParis, France – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineDetermined to pursue their development, Les Ateliers Louis Moinet are to be featured at Colette in Paris. A Tempograph will be displayed in the windows of the famous Parisian store, a leading place for fashion and avant-garde trends. As an exclusive high-tech watch with an eminently contemporary design, the Tempograph values match those conveyed by this concept-store and will doubtless appeal to customers looking for a unique experience.www.colette.frlast_img read more

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