12 Stunning Photos of the Linville Gorge

first_img [divider]More from BlueRidgeOutdoors.com[/divider] Photo by Justin Costner Photo by Justin Costner Photo by Justin Costner Photo by Steve Yocom Photo by Steve Yocom Named for 17th century explorer William Linville, who is said to have been related to Daniel Boone and suffered a scalping at the hands of local Native Americans, the Linville Gorge Wilderness is one of the most incredible natural features in the East. This scenic wonder lies deep in the heart of Western North Carolina where its 2,000 foot valley is carved by the powerful whitewater of the Linville River. Because words can’t adequately describe the gorge’s glory, we sought the assistance of a few local gorge rats who know there way around an SLR. Click to enlarge the photos in the gallery below. Special thanks to —Justin Costner of Hike More Adventures, Steve Yocom of Steve Yocom Photograhy, and Serge Skiba of Earth Captured Photographycenter_img Photo by Serge Skiba Photo by Justin Costner Photo by Steve Yocom Photo by Serge Skiba Photo by Steve Yocom Photo by Serge Skiba Photo by Serge Skibalast_img read more

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Football dials in on pass rush, player development

first_imgFreshman receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown has tallied 396 receiving yards in his rookie season. (Emily Smith | Daily Trojan)USC focused on both its pass rush and pass protection at Wednesday’s practice, running drills designed around blitzes and pass-heavy concepts. Head coach Clay Helton singled out sophomore defensive lineman Brandon Pili, who was particularly impressive in this area and noted that the coaches pushed him throughout the week.“He has some unique pass rush as a big man, and I thought he did a really nice job,” Helton said.Even with senior star pass-rushing linebacker Porter Gustin sitting out practice this week with an ankle injury, defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast said he was confident with his depth.“When you have body types like [redshirt junior defensive lineman] Christian Rector and [redshirt freshman linebacker] Hunter Echols, it gives you some flexibility,” he said, also referring to redshirt freshman defensive lineman Jacob Lichtenstein as a possibility to fill in for Gustin.  Helton said the bye week has been beneficial for positional coaches to identify the specific areas their respective players need to improve upon. “Take a fundamental or technique, and let’s improve it this week,” Helton said. “Let’s not try to do a hundred things, let’s focus on the one to two things that you know we have to get better for this upcoming game.”Helton also stressed the importance of resting players with minor but recurring pains and injuries.“We didn’t have this luxury last year, to be able to have a bye and get a couple of guys healed up that have a nagging injury week after week after week,” he said. “I think it’s really going to help us.”The coaches’ final point of emphasis for the week was developing players who might have to play due to teammates’ injuries. With senior stars like linebacker Cam Smith and cornerback Iman Marshall sitting out for rest, young backups such as freshmen linebacker Palaie Gaoteote IV and cornerback Olaijah Griffin took more reps this week.“Any time you have a bye week, you want to get some guys reps that don’t play a whole lot,” Pendergast said. “So getting those guys to develop more and getting them to communicate more, because their opportunities to play aren’t as much. We’re really forcing them to talk in group settings.”This focus manifested itself as the younger players ran team meetings this week. Gustin chuckled when asked about the meetings, but said the young guys did a good job speaking up and showing their knowledge.Pendergast said the younger players stepped up, naming defensive backs freshman Chase Williams and redshirt sophomore C.J. Pollard, along with Gaoteote and Griffin, as players that impressed him. “You can see it on tape,” Helton said of the young players’ improvement. “When you’re preparing for games, it’s so much harder to get them in there and get that amount of reps, and this is a great week to be able to do that.”The Trojans will take an extra strength and conditioning day Thursday before taking a long weekend off, resuming practice on Monday.Injury UpdatesGustin said he hopes to be 100 percent by Monday and participate fully in next week’s practices. Helton said that redshirt sophomore receiver Josh Imatorbhebhe is getting closer to returning from a sprained ankle that has hampered him since August.last_img read more

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Messi strike helps 10-man Barca earn draw as Ronaldo goes off injured

first_imgBarcelona, Spain | AFP | Lionel Messi weaved his magic to keep 10-man Barcelona’s unbeaten season alive as a 2-2 draw at the Camp Nou on Sunday left Real Madrid sweating over an injury to Cristiano Ronaldo.Ronaldo was forced off at half-time after appearing to hurt his ankle and Real will be hoping their star striker can now recover in time for the Champions League final against Liverpool on May 26.The challenge from Gerard Pique had come as Ronaldo cancelled out Luis Suarez’s opener before Sergi Roberto was sent off on the stroke of half-time for an altercation with Real defender Marcelo.Barca, however, took the lead in the second half as Messi scored a brilliant individual goal only for Gareth Bale, who could earlier have been sent off, to have the last word in a thrilling Clasico, his emphatic strike earning Real a deserved draw.After initially taking treatment, Ronaldo played on for 31 minutes here before Zinedine Zidane decided to substitute him at half-time, which may at least offer Real encouragement.His injury, however, coupled with Barcelona avoiding defeat, despite playing a man down for the whole of the second half, will mean the Catalans depart the happier side.Ernesto Valverde’s men, already crowned champions, are now three matches away from becoming the first team ever to finish a 38-game La Liga season unbeaten.Andres Iniesta overcame, or perhaps ignored, a niggling calf problem to play his 38th and final Clasico while Philippe Coutinho was picked to start his first. Iniesta went off to a standing ovation in the second half.Barca exploded out of the blocks and they were ahead within 10 minutes. Suarez swept the ball out to the right where Sergi drove forward, ignored Messi’s run to the near post, and returned the cross deep to Suarez. He finished into the bottom corner. Pique’s last-ditch attempt had been robust enough to hurt the Portugese, who stayed down as Barca attempted to kick off. Ronaldo took treatment but was able temporarily to continue.Real dictated the rest of the half and Ronaldo could twice have given them the lead. His first shot was saved by Marc-Andre Ter Stegen, the second fired wide of the far post.In between, Messi had played in Jordi Alba with a sumptuous ball over the top but even he lost his cool during five mad minutes at the end of the first period.Suarez felt he had been elbowed by Sergio Ramos, prompting the first round of scuffles, before Messi was booked for flying into the defender on the touchline.Bale was then lucky not to be sent off for stabbing his studs into Samuel Umtiti’s calf and moments later Sergi did see red, as he threw an arm into the face of Marcelo.The home fans were raging as the half-time whistle blew but, with Marco Asensio on for Ronaldo, they were celebrating eight minutes after the restart.Suarez’s blatant kick on Raphael Varane went unpunished and from there it was all about Messi. He skipped away first from Ramos, and then Casemiro, before firing into the bottom corner.Even Zidane was smiling on the touchline.Iniesta went off just before the hour and Messi could have put Barca out of sight soon after. He sped away from Varane but his shot was parried away by Keylor Navas.Real tried to make the most of their one-man advantage but in truth, they had been far more assertive 11 against 11.Instead, their goal in the 72nd minute came out of the blue as Bale raced onto Asensio’s pass and whipped the ball first-time into the top corner. It was the Welshman’s 15th goal in 24 matches this year.Real should have had a late penalty when Alba cleared out Marcelo but referee Alejandro Jose Hernandez Hernandez somehow decided the challenge was clean. It was the final controversy of a surprisingly heated derby.Share on: WhatsApp – Equaliser comes at a cost –The lead, however, lasted four minutes. Just as Suarez initiated his goal, so did Ronaldo, a neat backheel freeing Toni Kroos, who found Karim Benzema at the back post. The Frenchman was cool enough to head back into the six-yard box, where Ronaldo bundled home.last_img read more

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Canada Geese Hunting Season Underway

first_imgBy Jay Cook |RUMSON –For many, Sept. 1 meant the start of a relaxing Labor Day Weekend. But for avid waterfowl hunters, that Friday marked the start of a full month reserved for hunting Canada geese.In September, hunters can take advantage of lax regulations and high bag limits for harvesting the big, black-necked resident birds with the distinctive honking call.While pretty to look at when they fly across the sky in a v-shaped formation, hunters and conservationists believe their high numbers on land are causing harm to the local environment.“It’s like any species that gets out of control or unbalanced within nature,” said Joe DeMartino, a sitting member on New Jersey’s Fish and Game Council. “And right now, the hunters are trying to do their part.”DeMartino is also a member of Ocean County Ducks Unlimited, a local branch of the nonprofit waterfowl conservation organization. He said the state estimates over 200,000 Canada geese live year-round in New Jersey.For the strictly Canada goose hunting season spanning the month of September, hunters can harvest up to 15 birds per day. They are allowed to hunt with unplugged shotguns (no more than seven shells) and electronic calls, and hunting is permitted from a half hour before sunrise until a half hour after sunset for all of September, according to New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection guidelines. Hunters also must not discharge their weapon within 450 feet of an occupied dwelling, and must hunt below the high tide water mark.With the overpopulation of resident Canada geese comes a number of different issues that can be bothersome to residents.“They reproduce in great numbers here, and since they’re no longer migrating, they’ve exceeded the capacity for the habitat to really carry them in a way that doesn’t impact other species,” said Colette Buchanan, president of Monmouth County Audubon Society.While Buchanan agreed the population has become burdensome, she says the bigger issue is what Canada geese can do to small and large bodies of water. Their excessive fecal matter “works its way into the rivers, ponds, and lakes mostly by runoff from rain.”From that, Buchanan said the feces quickly pollute the water and make a once flourishing environment nearly uninhabitable for smaller animals and fish.Canada geese are generally found around two specific areas – resting on expansive fields while they graze and eat, and in bodies of water where they go to relax, according to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.One of the few locations in Monmouth County where large areas of grass meet in close proximity to waterways is along the Navesink and Shrewsbury Rivers, surrounding the Two River peninsula. The spacious properties and tamed lawns along the riverside provide a nearly perfect habitat for the birds to eat and take a breather.That combination also makes for a near perfect location for hunters to capitalize on.Cory Wingerter, a Fair Haven native, said he couldn’t think of a better way to spend the day than goose or duck hunting. Although he hasn’t been out in a few years, he said he still remembers some of the best spots.“In my opinion, the Shrewsbury is better,” he candidly said. “I have not been in the Shrewsbury or Navesink for some time, but for a while I was going out every single weekend. And the nastier the weather, the better.”Rumson Borough Police Chief Scott Paterson, an avid hunter with Monmouth County Ducks Unlimited, was a bit evasive when asked his favorite hunting locations.“Let’s just say that both rivers, when the weather is conducive, can be productive,” Paterson said, being careful not to give too much away.With Rumson set between both rivers, it hosts the most potential shoreline hunting in the area. And Paterson said he has seen a fair share of Canada geese in town.“There’s a resident population in every town in New Jersey,” he said. “It’s obviously become a bit of a problem in the parks and whatnot, but as long the people harvesting these birds utilize them and consume them, I’m all good with it.”And these hunters certainly do eat what they take from the environment. DeMartino said Canada goose cooks like, and is similar in texture and taste to, steak, although he personally likes his as a sausage or brined and made into a corned beef.Wingerter said he likes to “breast them out,” and then either go with an easy stew or sauté.Considering the time of year, as the usual waterfowl hunting season is on the cusp of opening, residents should not be overly worried if they hear gunshots in the distance, Paterson said. If people have concerns, Paterson urged residents to call and be safe. Although most times, it’s a responsible hunter on the water.Paterson said hunting in those two waterways is “no different than people Jet-Skiing or using the water as they see fit.”“Once it’s explained to (residents) that it’s the start of a specific season, most understand it’s a legal hobby to participate in,” the police chief continued.And following the rules and regulations is important to keeping the season open for new hunters every year. Responsible conservation through responsible hunting is something the hunters are trying to achieve during this annual special Canada goose season.Paterson said it’s an important part of hunting in the Two River area, especially to cull the resident Canada goose population.“Hunters, first and foremost, are conservationists,” he said.The state’s primary waterfowl hunting season for ducks and brant in the Coastal Zone is open from Nov. 9 through Nov. 11, and then again from Nov. 23 through Jan. 27. The Canada goose season – not resident geese – is open from Nov. 9 through Nov. 11, and also from Nov. 18 through Feb. 15. Youth hunting days open on Nov. 4 and Feb 10. For more information about waterfowl hunting in New Jersey, visit the Division of Fish and Wildlife website.This article was first published in the Sept. 7-14, 2017 print edition of the Two River Times.last_img read more

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – THURSDAY MAY 26, 2016

first_imgFlavien Prat3995523%49%$406,845 EXAGGERATOR WALKS SHEDROW THIS MORNING AT PIMLICO            Trainer Keith Desormeaux’s Exaggerator, who became the 10th Santa Anita Derby winner to take the Preakness Stakes on Saturday, jogged two miles over Pimlico’s main track on Wednesday and walked the shed row this morning as he continues to prepare for the mile and one half Belmont Stakes on June 11.“He walked today and he’ll van to Belmont on Sunday,” said Desormeaux, who arrived back in Southern California Wednesday night. “It’s not that far to Belmont. He’ll be on the van about eight or nine hours. We’re gonna breeze him one time, probably five eighths, before the race. He’ll either work a week from Saturday (June 4) or the following Tuesday (June 7).“I’ll go back for the work and I’m still thinking about whether or not to send Kent (Desormeaux) in to breeze him, or just have Aaron Gryder get on him. Aaron’s already there and he knows my horses and he knows me. As far as the horse is concerned, everything’s pretty basic. He has no issues and there’s nothing (physical) we’re having to deal with. He’s a pleasure to train.”A winner of the Grade I Santa Anita Derby at a mile and one eighth on April 9, Exaggerator, who has made three out of his five starts this year at Santa Anita, was second to previously unbeaten Nyquist in both the Grade II, seven furlong San Vicente Stakes here on Feb. 15 and in the Kentucky Derby May 7. Mike Puype2662223%38%$199,280 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won RACE BRINGS FOND MEMORIES OF LENNYFROMALIBUThe Lennyfromalibu Stakes, the first of five added money events to be run Saturday in the Golden States Series for California-bred or sired horses on Gold Rush Day, has a notable back story.The race for four-year-olds and up at about six and a half furlongs on turf drew but five starters, but the derivation of its name is from stakes winner Lennyfromalibu, who won the Crystal Water in 2004 and the California Cup Mile in 2003. But wait. There’s more.“Lennyfromalibu was named after Lenny Goldstein, a liver doctor who treated my husband (Jim),” related Madeline Auerbach, who campaigned the horse, and is still an active owner/breeder and a member of the California Horse Racing Board.“Dr. Goldstein had an office at UCLA, lived on the beach in Malibu, had a big handlebar mustache and was really a throwback guy. He was very pro-active and helpful in my husband getting a liver transplant, and he was fascinated that we were in the racing business.“So the very first baby that we had available from Unusual Heat’s first crop (in 1999) was named Lennyfromalibu.”The field: Forest Chatter, Mike Smith,6-5; Pay the Fine, Mario Gutierrez, 9-2; Ambitious Brew, Flavien Prat, 7-5; Old Man Lake, Tyler Baze, 12-1; and K Thirty Eight, Edwin Maldonado, 6-1. O’NEILL HAPPY WITH NYQUIST, BUT HAS NO RACE PLANSChampion Nyquist, who suffered his first defeat in last Saturday’s Preakness Stakes after eight straight victories including the Kentucky Derby on May 7, is doing well although he will miss the final leg of the Triple Crown, the Belmont Stakes on June 11, due to a temperature that surfaced soon after the Preakness.“He has no temperature right now, his blood looks good, so we’re very happy with the way things are going back there,” trainer Doug O’Neill said Thursday morning at Santa Anita.“I don’t know what will happen next (as far as plans for future races). We’ll bring himback (from Maryland) June 5 so we’ll kind of play it by ear from there.” MUSICAL AGENTS CONTINUE: GONZALEZ HIRES EBANKS            Santiago Gonzalez, who fired agent Craig Stephan last Saturday after a two-year run that saw him become an overnight success, has changed representatives again, parting company with 28-year-old Brandon O’Bryan after four days and hiring veteran Ron Ebanks.“Santiago called me and wanted to know if I was interested and available,” Ebanks said. “I said I’d definitely like to talk, so we met, discussed issues and I was happy with what I heard.“He’s one of the most sought-after riders and rides for everybody. He’s achieved a lot in a short amount of time and looks like he can be a top rider.            “I represented Gary Stevens for two weeks at Del Mar last summer, but we just weren’t a good fit for each other,” Ebanks said, referring to his last gig as an agent.Ebanks has had plenty of experience with world-class riders. “I’ve had Chris Antley, Tyler Baze, Joe Talamo, Michael Baze, Patrick Valenzuela, Joel Rosario, Jorge Chavez and Shane Sellers for 15 years when he earned $115 million,” Ebanks said.“I’ve been in the business 38 years. I started when I was 13. I rode horses from 15 to 23 and became an agent when I was 23.” Jerry Hollendorfer3563717%46%$495,680 EXPLOSIVE DEBUT FOR 2-5 MELAIR CHOICE ENOLA GRAYEnola Gray won by a pole, as they say, in her debut race, coming home 16 ¼ lengths in front of eight rivals in a 6 1/2-furlong sprint on April 10. It was no surprise to leading trainer Phil D’Amato, even though the gray daughter of Grazen owned and bred by Nick Alexander paid $10.80 to win.“She was well-meant that day,” said D’Amato, who sends out Enola Gray in Saturday’s $200,000 Melair Stakes for three-year-old fillies at 1 1/16 miles on dirt. “I thought she had a really good chance to win, although I didn’t think she’d win by 16.“She’s always shown that kind of talent in the mornings. She breezed so fast, we never really put her in company to see how fast she really was, so it was a pleasant surprise.“She came out of the race good and she’s ready to go.”The Melair: Enola Gray, Tyler Baze, 2-5; Allsquare, Joe Talamo, 10-1; Cheekaboo, Rafael Bejarano, 5-1; Hacktivism, Mario Gutierrez, 8-1; The Spiral Jetter, Santiago Gonzalez, 12-1; and Shy Carmelita, Martin Garcia, 6-1. SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Philip D’Amato381110429%66%$578,370 Edwin Maldonado561212621%54%$427,651 Patrick Gallagher1140036%36%$111,155 PREAKNESS WINNER EXAGGERATOR WALKS SHEDROWRALIS TACKLES TURF FOR FIRST TIME IN SNOW CHIEFNYQUIST DUE IN CALIFORNIA JUNE 5, PLANS ON HOLDSINGING KITTY IS IN TUNE ON A FIRM TURF COURSEBOOZER STAYS ON THE ON DIRT IN TIZNOW STAKESDYNAMITE DEBUT WINNER ENOLA GRAY HEADS MELAIRLENNYFROMALIBU IS REMEMBERED ON SATURDAYRON EBANKS NEW AGENT FOR SANTIAGO GONZALEZ RALIS TRIES TURF FOR FIRST TIME IN SNOW CHIEF            Ralis makes his turf debut Saturday when the son of Square Eddie trained by Doug O’Neill for Reddam Racing runs in the $200,000 Snow Chief Stakes for three-year-olds at 1 1/8 miles on grass.“He ran really well on the synthetic surface at Turfway (fifth in the Grade III Spiral, beaten only three-quarters of a length on April 2), so generally, horses that run well on synthetic run well on grass, especially Square Eddies,” O’Neill said. “They run well on anything, so we’re very optimistic he’ll run a good race.”The Snow Chief field: Ralis, Mario Gutierrez, 5-2; The Big Train, Santiago Gonzalez, 15-1; Glory Bound, Edwin Maldonado, 10-1; Midnight Ming, Rafael Bejarano, 5-1; Tough It Out, Joe Talamo, 2-1; and Gold Rush Dancer, Flavien Prat, 9-5. FIRM COURSE A PLUS FOR SINGING KITTY IN FRAN’S VALENTINETrainer Matt Chew is optimistic about the chances of Singing Kitty in Saturday’s $125,000 Fran’s Valentine Stakes for older fillies and mares at one mile on turf.“She’s coming up to the race really well,” Chew said. “She didn’t really care much going down the hill when the turf course was softer (eighth by four lengths on a “good’ surface in the Sunshine Millions Filly & Mare Turf Sprint Jan. 30).“She’s back where she’s somewhat confident, and I think she’ll like this surface the way it is right now. She won her races last year when it was 100-degree weather and everything was nice and firm. The course was a little soft this winter and it wasn’t to her liking.”The field for the Fran’s Valentine: Smoove It, Mario Gutierrez, 3-1; Nite Delite, Stewart Elliott, 12-1; Sheer Pleasure, Martin Garcia, 7-2; Madame Mousse, Santiago Gonzalez, 10-1; Lily Kai, Dryden Van Dyke, 8-1; Bert’s Melody, Brice Blanc, 5-1; Velvet Mesquite, Tyler Baze, 9-2; and Singing Kitty, Rafael Bejarano, 4-1. BOOZER ON DISPLAY CALIFORNIA GOLD RUSH DAYBoozer, a versatile son of Unusual Heat who has won six of seven career starts on turf, returns to the main track Saturday in the $150,000 Tiznow Stakes for four-year-olds and up at one mile, one of five added money events in the Golden State Series for California-bred or sired horses on Gold Rush Day at Santa Anita.Trained by Mark Glatt for Al and Sandee Kirkwood, Boozer won at a mile on dirt at Los Alamitos last out on April 16 under Edwin Maldonado, who retains the mount in the Tiznow.“He’s versatile, so it’s nice to have different options,” Glatt said of Boozer. “We’ll see how it works out for us.”The Tiznow: Howdy, Mario Gutierrez, 6-1; Boozer, Edwin Maldonado, 5-2; Songforjohnmichael, Joe Talamo, 2-1; Avanti Bello, Rafael Bejarano, 8-1; Indygo Holiday, Fernando Perez, 15-1; Soi Phet, Kent Desomreaux, 4-1; and Rocko’s Wheel, Martin Garcia, 5-1. Rafael Bejarano591211820%53%$654,912 (Current Through Sunday, May 22) Mark Glatt2344317%48%$139,886 Martin Garcia3764416%38%$366,535 Martin Pedroza3353515%39%$184,900 Santiago Gonzalez55810815%47%$413,775 SANTA ANITA BIDS FAREWELL TO FAN FAVORITE ‘LEXI’Santa Anita’s racing family and fans of The Great Race Place are mourning the passing of Lexi, the little Jack Russell Terrier who rode the carriages at Santa Anita for all of her 15 years, becoming a fan favorite.Owned by Santa Anita’s Operations Office Manager Paige Rickerd, Lexi died Monday afternoon but did her job until the very end.“She had such a huge fan base and was really one special dog,” said the understandably saddened Rickerd. “There are over 7,000 people who have reached out on Facebook. We knew she was popular and loved but we had no idea to what extent.“She was the best companion and friend anyone could ever ask for. We are truly heartbroken . . . She will forever be in our hearts, forever missed and forever loved. Rest in peace, Lexi. We love you.”Rickerd has a tribute to Lexi posted on Facebook under Carriage Horses. Tyler Baze6412101419%56%$511,055 Joseph Talamo46109922%61%$499,143 John Sadler2861321%36%$365,665 FINISH LINES: Trainer Simon Callaghan could run Taris against males in the Grade I Triple Bend Stakes at seven furlongs on June 25, although the Grade I Vanity Mile on June 4 and a potential meeting with distaff champions Beholder and Stellar Wind remains an option. “I’ll talk with the owners and we’ll make a decision,” Callaghan said . . . Congratulations to Jeff Mullins on registering his 1,500th training victory last Saturday, with odds-on favorite Spirit World ridden by his main man, Tyler Baze. “It’s a nice milestone,” said Mullins, who saddled three consecutive winners of the Santa Anita Derby from 2003-05 (Buddy Gil, Castledale and Buzzards Bay). “I’ve been training for 30 years, ever since I was old enough to get a license.” . . . Chad Lindsay will represent the United States in the 2016 Longines Future Racing Stars international apprentice jockey challenge race at Chantilly Race Course in Paris on June 19. Represented by agent Vince DeGregory, the 23-year-old Lindsay, a native of Aledo, Texas, near Fort Worth, will be one of the apprentices all under the age of 25 from 10 different nations . . . Agent Vic Lipton says he will not be representing Jaime Theirot . . . Ron Ebanks, agent for Santiago Gonzalez, and Simon Bray, TVG analyst and former trainer, will be Tom Quigley‘s guests, Saturday and Sunday, respectively, 12:50 p.m. in the East Paddock Gardens . . . Sunday’s lone winning Pick Six ticket worth $98,243.80 was purchased at Golden Gate Fields for $72 . . . Santa Anita races through this Monday, Memorial Day, but will be dark for live racing next Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, May 31, June 1 and June 2. Live racing resumes Friday, June 3 at 2 p.m. TrainerMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Wonlast_img read more

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Half-time: Burton Albion 0 QPR 0

first_imgJunior Hoilett hit the bar for QPR in the first half of their Capital One Cup second-round clash at the Pirelli Stadium, where Adel Taarabt was given a starting place.Taarabt, making his first appearance for Rangers since May 2013, dragged a shot wide following good work by Karl Henry.Hoilett then almost put the visitors ahead when his shot from near the edge of the penalty area struck the woodwork.And Hoilett went close again, in spectacular fashion, when he was found by Taarabt and cleverly dinked the ball over a defender only to then shoot over the bar.But Burton caused plenty of problems and Alex MacDonald missed a good chance for the League Two side early on.Rangers keeper Brian Murphy then saved from Dominic Knowles, who should have scored, and produced a fine stop to deny the dangerous MacDonald shortly before the interval. Burton: McLaughlin, Edwards, Cansdell-Sherriff, Mousinho, Taft, Sharps, MacDonald, Knowles, McGurk, Palmer, Harness. Subs: Lyness, McFadzean, Bell, Weir, Beavon, Blyth, Slade. QPR: Murphy, Simpson, Onuoha, Dunne, Hill, Hoilett, Henry, Faurlin, Wright-Phillips, Taarabt, Phillips.  Subs: Green, Fer, Mutch, Zamora, Ehmer, Doughty, Harriman.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Half-time: Chelsea 0 Real Madrid 3

first_imgMarcelo scored twice in a one-sided first half in front of a crowd of more than 105,000 at Michigan Stadium.Real Madrid took the lead in the pre-season friendly when Marcelo’s 20th-minute shot took a deflection off Oscar, wrongfooting Chelsea keeper Asmir Begovic.There was nothing fortuitous about the Brazilian’s second goal six minutes later.He pounced after Blues youngster Ola Aina gave the ball away, rode a couple of weak challenges and thumped home.With Real dominant, Begovic produced good saves to keep out Raphaël Varane’s header and Casemiro’s stinging drive.But Begovic could do nothing about Mariano Diaz’s breathtaking 30-yard strike which put the Spanish side 3-0 up eight minutes before the interval.Chelsea: Begovic, Aina, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Oscar, Matic; Willian, Traore, Loftus-Cheek, Pedro.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Game 4 takeaways: Sharks done in by their own mistakes

first_imgDENVER — The Sharks are perfectly aware of what they need to do to slow down the Colorado Avalanche’s top line of Nathan MacKinnon, Gabriel Landeskog and Mikko Rantanen.They need to rediscover that formula in a hurry, or the next time they visit Pepsi Center, their season may be on the line.Two days after they cut off almost all of the Avalanche’s chances off the rush, the Sharks on Thursday were way too sloppy with the puck in their own end and in the neutral zone, particularly in the second …last_img read more

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Small Hobbit Brain Means Little

first_imgCentral in the debate whether Homo floresiensis (nicknamed hobbits) were human is the matter of their small brains.  Could diminutive human-like skeletons really be human with such small skulls? (cf. 03/04/2005).    Scientists at the University of Cambridge conducted a detailed analysis of brain size vs. body size for a number of primates.  They found no clear trend, reported PhysOrg.  “The results show that while brains evolved to be larger in both relative and absolute terms along most branches of the primate family tree, the opposite happened along several lineages.”  Some South American capuchin monkeys compare with African apes in ratio of brain to body size, while gorillas, with large brains, have a compensating larger body, bringing the ratio down.  “Our analysis, together with studies of brain size in island populations of living primates,” the researchers said, “suggests we should perhaps not be surprised by the evolution of a small brained, small bodied early human species.”There goes decades of bigoted evolutionary anthropology ranking humans by brain size (11/09/2007, bullet 3).  This has nothing to say about evolution (cf. with birds, 09/07/2005).  If evolution is the explanation for brain/body ratios going both ways, it explains nothing.  The article said that “sometimes individuals with smaller brains are favoured by natural selection,” even though selection usually favored big brains in primates.  Then again, brain size shrank in mouse lemurs, marmosets and mangabeys.  “In contrast, the study found no overall trend to increase body size, suggesting that brain and body mass have been subject to separate selection pressures in primates.”  Look how flexible evolution is; it explains everything.  If big brains are usually so favored by selection, why didn’t brain size increase in every kind of animal over time?  As a law of nature, natural selection has the strange property of producing opposite outcomes.  It’s not just Stuff Happens; its Contradictory Stuff Happens.    Did evolutionary theory provide understanding here?  No; as usual, researchers were surprised by what they found: “The argument raised has been that the evolution of such a small brain does not fit with what we know about primate brain evolution,” they article said.  Rather than providing an explanatory framework that can make predictions, evolution is a Gumby explanation that continually gets stretched and squished to fit the data after discoveries are made (12/14/2004, 07/22/2006, 08/14/2006, 10/26/2006, 09/06/2007, 01/23/2009).    Look at another recent example: Charles Q. Choi in Live Science told about a controversial theory that claims “The evolution of the distant ancestors of humans and other primates may have been driven by dramatic volcanic eruptions and the parting of continents.”  Wow.  Volcanos made you what you are today.  One problem with this “absurd” theory is that it has “resulted in all sorts of contradictory centers of origin.”  Moreover, Choi said that “fossils often serve as an incomplete record for what and when animals actually existed.” Keep that sentence in mind when you hear someone pointing to fossils as proof of evolution.  Satisfied?  Vote if you think evolution is increasing our understanding of nature.  For a good joke, look at the last sentence of Choi’s article.    The obsession with brain size is misguided, anyway (08/05/2006).  As we have noted many times before, it’s quality, not quantity that counts (11/09/2007, 03/12/2008).  Was Tom Thumb any less human because of his small stature?  There have been examples of living humans doing pretty well with shrunken and damaged brains (e.g., 07/22/2009).  There’s some redundancy built in (08/28/2001).  Crows have small brains but show a lot of intelligence (05/26/2009, 08/11/2009).  Blue whales have huge brains but are not correspondingly better philosophers than humans.  We see large differences in morphology between living human tribes (Watusi vs pygmy, Inuit vs Vietnamese).  It is certainly within the range of variation for an inbred tribe, stranded on a small island, subject to local diseases, to grow physically smaller.  It doesn’t mean they were stupid or less evolved.  If we could have talked to Bilbo and Frodo on the island of Flores, we might have been impressed with their cognitive abilities.    A small brain that performs well could be taken as a good example of miniaturization.  Human engineers pride themselves on packing more oomph in smaller devices; look how USB drives have progressed from 56k to 4GB, while getting smaller and cheaper, in a few years.  It’s not just the hardware.  The software is often more indicative of design.  There are plenty of large-brained humans walking around today with self-inflicted buggy code.  Put them in an Indonesian cave without their Bud Light and see how long they survive.(Visited 18 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Ancajas willing to fight Chocolatito if given a chance

first_imgFamilies in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving MOST READ Ancajas still holds the former no.1 pound-for-pound fighter in high regard in putting the 115-lb division into the consciousness of the boxing world.And if given a chance, the IBF World super flyweight champion would like to take on the former WBC title-holder.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“The 115-lb fighters have really put on great shows in the past years and the one who really carried the division was Chocolatito especially in his fights against [Carlos] Cuadras and [Srisaket] Sor Rungvisai,” said Ancajas in Filipino Tuesday in the PSA Awards Night at Manila Hotel. Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexicocenter_img John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Doubters pushed world champ Biado to Athlete of the Year level Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH AFP official booed out of forum Gonzalez has fallen off the ladder after he lost two straight against Sor Rungvisai that ended his 46-fight winning streak.“If I’m given a chance, I’d like to fight Chocolatito, but as of now I’m focused on my title defense and the other champions.”Ancajas (29-1-1) said he could fight as early as April and he would put his IBF strap on the line against fellow Filipino Jonas Sultan (14-3).“There’s no final decision yet, but I’m expecting Sultan,” said Ancajas who was given one of the three Athlete of the Year awards.ADVERTISEMENT Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City View comments Roman Gonzalez has been knocked off his post as the top super flyweight in the world, but that doesn’t stop reigning IBF champion from wanting to take a shot against Chocolatito.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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