FA Cup semis: Gunners, City light up Wembley

first_imgArsenal vs. Man City Venue: Wembley Stadium Kick off: 7:45PMArsenal and Manchester City will lock horns in the semi-finals of the FA Cup tonight with both teams determined to book their spot in the showpiece final. City are the holders of the competition, having landed their sixth title last season, but Arsenal are the most successful team in FA Cup history, lifting the famous trophy on 13 occasions.Arsenal recorded a morale-boosting 2-1 win over Liverpool in the Premier League on Wednesday night, but they remain ninth in the Premier League table and will have to rely on other teams dropping points if they are to secure a spot in the Europa League for the 2020-21 campaign.The Gunners would be guaranteed a position in the group stages of the European competition if they win the FA Cup, though, and the fact that head coach Mikel Arteta shuffled his pack against Liverpool suggests that he is very much prioritising this competition.Having taken just a point from their two games against Leicester City and Tottenham Hotspur between July 7 and July 12, it was vital that the London club picked up a positive result against the champions.There is no question that there is work to be done this summer, but it would be a special finish to the season for the club if they could manage to lift the FA Cup, particularly considering that they will need to get past Man City in the semi-finals and then either Chelsea or Manchester United in the final. Arsenal have beaten Leeds United, Bournemouth, Portsmouth and Sheffield United in this season’s FA Cup, and they will be bidding to reach the final of the famous tournament for a record 21st time.As mentioned, the Gunners are 13-time winners of the competition, the last of which came in 2017, when they overcame Chelsea courtesy of goals from Alexis Sanchez and Aaron Ramsey.The capital giants have lost to Nottingham Forest and Manchester United in the last two seasons but are one step away from another final.The omens are not exactly terrific for Arteta’s side as they have lost each of their last seven games against City in all competitions, including 3-0 defeats in both Premier League games during the 2019-20 campaign.The London club did win the last FA Cup clash between the two sides, though, recording a 2-1 victory in the semi-finals of the 2016-17 competition before beating Chelsea in the final, and they will be hoping for a repeat of that in the latter stages of this season’s tournament. City, though, will not be in the mood to relinquish their control of the trophy as they have already missed out on the Premier League title this season due to Liverpool’s incredible campaign.Pep Guardiola’s side have already won the EFL Cup this term, though, and are on course to reach the quarter-finals of the Champions League, having recorded a 2-1 victory away to Real Madrid in the first leg of their last-16 tie.Lifting the EFL Cup, FA Cup and Champions League would certainly go down as a hugely successful campaign for the club, even taking into the account the disappointment of their Premier League season.City will enter tonight’s match off the back of a 2-1 win over Bournemouth in the Premier League on Wednesday night, and they have been victorious in all three of their matches since a surprise 1-0 defeat away to Southampton on July 5.RelatedPosts Gunners, Reds battle for Community Shield glory Arsenal sign Brazil winger Willian on three-year contract FA Cup replays scrapped in 2020-21 to ease fixture pressure Guardiola’s team have beaten Port Vale, Fulham, Sheffield Wednesday and Newcastle United in this season’s FA Cup to advance to the final, and they are bidding to win the competition for the seventh time in their history.Another FA Cup would move them level with Liverpool and Aston Villa in terms of trophies won, with only Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea, Man United and Arsenal ahead of them.The fact that either Chelsea or Man United will be waiting in the final makes this semi-final even more special, and there is simply no downplaying the importance of the match to the two sides, who have both struggled for consistency during their respective Premier League seasons.City will be feeling pretty good about themselves at the moment, having learned on Monday that their two-year European suspension had been overturned, and they will be determined to continue their excellent record over Arsenal when the two teams lock horns on Saturday night.Arsenal possible XI: Martinez, Mustafi, Luiz, Tierney, Bellerin, Ceballos, Xhaka, Saka, Pepe, Lacazette, Aubameyang. Man City possible XI: Ederson, Walker, Fernandinho, Laporte, Mendy, Rodri, Gundogan, De Bruyne, Sterling, Jesus, Bernardo.Tags: Arsenal FCFA CupManchester City FCSemi Finallast_img read more

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O’Neill: Long will take chances

first_imgIreland boss Martin O’Neill has backed striker Shane Long to develop a ruthless streak after seeing the chance of a hat-trick go begging. Asked about Hoolahan’s contribution, O’Neill said: “I was very pleased, not only with him, but a few others as well. We started very, very brightly in the game had a goal which was disallowed. “It was disappointing to find out it was about a yard and a half onside. I didn’t know that, otherwise I would have gone mad. “The referee, I have just mentioned it to him and he has apologised if that was the case when he sees it. It’s disappointing, that, really because he was well onside. “Having said that, we scored a very good goal and we had a great opportunity to go 2-0 in front and I suppose at international level – I suppose at any level – that would have been a big moment for us. “We had done very well up until half-time, but we started a bit hesitantly in the second half, allowed them into the game. “They scored a goal and we lost our way a little bit then for a while.” Opposite number Ljubinko Drulovic was understandably delighted with the resolve his players showed to recover from a bad start to the game. He said: “I’m very happy and very proud. We still have a long way to go, but we played against a very strong team in the Republic of Ireland and I send very big congratulations to all our players.” The 27-year-old Hull frontman gave Ireland an early lead against Serbia in Dublin, but then passed up two glorious further chances as they slipped to a 2-1 defeat – the first defeat of O’Neill’s reign. O’Neill said: “I think he is frustrated with the fact that he could easily have scored a hat-trick, and the two chances that fell to him, considering the first goal he scored was actually on his left foot, the other ones I think he thought he could have scored. “It didn’t happen. Maybe those might go in on the big occasion eventually when he is called upon. “But in terms of his contribution, where he wants to try to improve is the overall ability of a centre-forward to be able to take it in, keep the ball for a second or two and bring other players into the game. “But I think he is attempting to do that and he is trying to improve on that.” Ireland, who had seen a second-minute Wes Hoolahan strike harshly ruled out for offside, took the lead six minutes later when Long capitalised on an error by Branislav Ivanovic to beat keeper Vladimir Stojkovic. However, Long could not repeat the dose on the half-hour after the impressive Hoolahan split the visitors’ defence wide-open, and missed again from the same source eight minutes after the restart. O’Neill said: “It was a terrific ball by Wes Hoolahan, an absolutely terrific ball to put him in [for the first chance]. “With his confidence being high, I thought he might have taken that another yard or two and put it in.” Having levelled through James McCarthy’s 48th-minute own goal, Serbia won the game on the hour when striker Filip Dordevic stabbed home from close range. Press Associationlast_img read more

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Undefeated: Eureka High girls soccer claims NCS D-I championship, finishes season 19-0

first_imgGrace Plessinger found the back of the net from 25-yards out to give the Loggers an early 1-0 advantage and the Eureka High girls soccer team captured a North Coast Section Division-I championship with a 4-1 win over visiting Arcata, Saturday night at Albee Stadium.“This championship has been four years in the making,” Eureka head coach Andy Salatnay said. “Its a strong finish to the season and it’s all because of the remarkable effort from our girls.”Eureka (19-0) beat Arcata (14-8-1) twice …last_img read more

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Posey, Crawford lift Giants to another comeback win over Reds with clutch home runs

first_imgCINCINNATI — The Giants matched a franchise record with an eight-run comeback to capture a series-opening 12-11 victory on Friday in Cincinnati.The four-run deficit they overcame to earn a 6-5 win in Sunday’s game was half as big, but just as impressive.“That comeback is as good as the first game because their guy was tough,” manager Bruce Bochy said. “He was dealing.”Catcher Buster Posey blasted a game-tying three-run home run with two outs in the sixth before pinch-hitter Brandon Crawford …last_img read more

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A Little Knowledge Without Ethics

first_img 1.  Anthony King, “Art: Body work,” Nature 473 (26 May 2011), p. 451, doi:10.1038/473451a. Do you sense the lostness of this generation?  There is no bottom in the abyss of human depravity when empowered by knowledge without ethics.  Things could get very much worse without a return to the Manufacturer’s Manual.  Fallible humans following the Manual would still make mistakes, but at least there would be a pole star to guide on. (Visited 47 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Imbalance in India:  Ultrasound is a wonderful invention that allows images inside the human body.  In India, however, where culture and economics puts a premium on the male sex, its use has had devastating consequences.  PhysOrg reported, “In Indian families in which the first child has been a girl, more and more parents with access to prenatal ultrasound testing are aborting a second female in the hope that a subsequent pregnancy will yield a boy, said the study, published in The Lancet…. Between 1980 and 2010, they estimate, four to 12 million girls were aborted because of their sex.”     The government has tried to stop the practice, but in a country where corruption is rampant, laws are easily set aside.  “A 1996 government regulation designed to prevent the use of ultrasound for prenatal sex determination is widely flouted, the researchers say, pointing out that few health providers have been charged or convicted.”  A little bribe goes a long way.  This could not have happened before science brought the technology to know the sex of an unborn baby, but where does the fault lie? Imbalance in China:  The Three Gorges Dam was a monumental engineering effort in China that worried environmentalists and ethicists because of potential damage to the land and its people.  Now that the reservoir is full, New Scientist reported, those worries have been realized.     Landslides, pollution, and economic upheaval with dire consequences for many displaced people are the result.  The BBC News added that 1.3 million people were displaced by a project that was the “contentious scheme even before it was approved.”  Ignoring warnings that it would cause an “environmental catastrophe,” the government went ahead with the project.     Last week, in an unusual move, the government admitted “that the Three Gorges dam has caused significant environmental problems.”  But they remain unfazed by the consequences.  In fact, they are going to build more dams. Endangered species:  The Endangered Species Act has impacted many businesses and homeowners, depriving property owners of rights to use their land in freedom because of the claims of scientists that certain species would be adversely affected.  “For more than 40 years,” Science Daily reported, “the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has published the Red List of Threatened Species describing the conservation status of various species of animals.”     Now, however, an international team is calling for a reassessment of the definition of endangered species.  Are the one-size-fits-all criteria currently in use too simplistic?  “Our results challenge the application of the same sets of threat criteria across living organisms and across regions,” the team said, admitting that “identifying which species are most at risk can be difficult….”  While each case must be judged on the evidence, one wonders how many human beings have been deprived of their freedom, and what has been the impact on society and the economy, from the application of simplistic standards of assumed knowledge. Climate change:  For most of the past decade, global warming has been a doomsday scenario guaranteed by the scientific consensus unless drastic changes in the world’s economies were made.  States have passed carbon taxes; the federal government pushed for cap-and-trade legislation; bodies of world governments agreed to make draconian cuts in emissions that would cripple their economies.     Many scientists still believe the threat is real.  Maybe it is, but the IPCC, the world body that had been trusted with the scientific data to back it up, got caught in an embarrassing credibility crisis over the Climategate affair in 2009.  Subsequent investigations found conflicts of interest and sloppy data gathering by the panel.  Nature News discussed the latest moves to repair the damage and reform the IPCC, while a growing number of climate skeptics have claimed the threat is either overblown or unreal, leading to questions about how many nations and people might be suffering unnecessarily over a “little knowledge” about climate processes that may be too uncertain for human beings to grasp. Government funding:  Recent TV news reports mocked government spending to the National Science Foundation for apparently frivolous projects like a shrimp on a treadmill, a robot that folds towels, and a study to discover if boys like trucks and girls like dolls.  Senator Tom Coburn in particular had brought some of these projects, buried in NSF reports, to light.     The NSF didn’t take this lying down.  Live Science responded that some scientists “cry foul” over Coburn’s report, calling it “misleading” and “out of context”.     Whether or not researchers can back up the worth of their pet projects is one thing.  Reporter Stephanie Pappas did quote Coburn’s focus, “It is not the intent of this report to suggest that there is no utility associated with these research efforts.  The overarching question to ask, however, is simple.  Are these projects the best possible use of our tax dollars, particularly in our current fiscal crisis?” Fatherhood:  An article on PhysOrg pointed to the grim realities of fatherless families, but attributed the causes to poverty and lack of education.  Yet numerous men achieved success in spite of those causes.  George Washington Carver was an orphan, was dirt poor, was discriminated against, and yet became a highly successful and benevolent scientist.  Is it possible that the researchers behind the report are confusing causes and effects and ignoring other factors?  How many times has the government tried to eradicate poverty and ignorance, only to make problems worse?     Such questions need to be asked before accepting the opinions of “economists, sociologists, and public policy experts” in academia.  The “experts” undoubtedly omitted to ask for input from the Family Research Council, Focus on the Family and other conservative organizations that might beg to differ on the causes and cures of fatherless families.  In fact, a survey of the ideology of the researchers behind this study might be illuminating.  How many of them view government as the solution to all social ills? There’s an exhibition on display at Trinity College Dublin called “Human+: The Future of Our Species”.  Even the leftist-leaning journal Nature found some of the art, supported by the Wellcome Trust, unsettling.1  Anthony King wrote about the exhibit that challenges what it means to be human.  “Genetics and artificial intelligence figure prominently among its themes of augmented abilities, authoring evolution, extended ecologies, life at the edges and non-human encounters.”     Some of the exhibits include a man transplanting an ear onto his arm, a robot that makes threats to critics, a robot that makes viewers ill at ease by imitating their facial expressions, a film showing robots boring holes into human bodies, and a place where viewers can get genetically tested for a gene that is claimed to cause high risk behavior.  This particular piece caught King’s eye: Taking a still darker turn is the sculpture Euthanasia Coaster.  Should medical wonders allow us extended lifetimes, boredom may bedevil us.  Julijonas Urbonas imagines a humane and thrilling exit: death by roller coaster in the form of an exhilarating 500-metre drop followed by a series of loops, the G-forces of which would kill passengers in a state of intense euphoria.center_img A little knowledge is a dangerous thing.  When is knowledge enough?  And can a lot of knowledge be a dangerous thing, too?  Whether little or much, knowledge without ethics empowers evil.last_img read more

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Tangled Branches Confound Darwinian Trees

first_imgDarwin’s branching “tree of life” diagram made for a nice, simple, easy-to-understand, convenient myth. It has sent scientists on a wild tree chase ever since.MammalsNew Genetic Research Shows Extent of Cross-Breeding between Wild Wolves and Domestic Dogs across Europe and Asia (University of Lincoln). Did dogs ‘evolve’ from wolves? Could the history of the dog family be used as evidence for Darwinian evolution? This study from the University of Lincoln (UK) shows tangled branches in the phylogenetic tree between wolves and domestic dogs.The results suggest that wolf-dog hybridisation has been geographically widespread in Europe and Asia and has been occurring for centuries. The phenomenon is seen less frequently in wild wolf populations of North America.Corel Professional Photos (this and next)That wolves can interbreed with dogs is well-documented, and yet wolves retain their outward identity. Is there such a thing as a ‘pure’ wolf? Dr Malgorzata Pilot, from the School of Life Sciences at the University of Lincoln, said:“Our research highlighted that some individual wolves which had been identified as ‘pure wolves’ according to their physical characteristics were actually shown to be of mixed ancestry. On the other hand, two Italian wolves with an unusual, black coat colour did not show any genetic signatures of hybridisation, except for carrying a dog-derived variant of a gene linked to dark colouration. This suggests that the definition of genetically ‘pure’ wolves can be ambiguous and identifying admixed individuals can be difficult, implying that management strategies based on removal of suspected hybrids from wolf populations may be inefficient.”The situation appears analogous to Neanderthals interbreeding with “modern humans.” Wolves are classified as a different species from dogs, but appear to be the same, based on the biological species concept.FishMarine fish won an evolutionary lottery 66 million years ago: The rapid proliferation of acanthomorphs was a response to a mass extinction (University of California, Los Angeles). Headlines like this that speak of an “evolutionary lottery” might be cute, but do not enlighten. UCLA scientists begin with an even crazier idea: that an asteroid created fish diversity.Why do our oceans contain such a staggering diversity of fish of so many different sizes, shapes and colors? A UCLA-led team of biologists reports that the answer dates back 66 million years, when a six-mile-wide asteroid crashed to Earth, wiping out the dinosaurs and approximately 75 percent of the world’s animal and plant species….The aftermath of the asteroid crash created an enormous evolutionary void, providing an opportunity for the marine fish that survived it to greatly diversify.To justify their claim, the UCLA “evolutionary detectives” used divination on the genomes of several acanthomorph fish, inhaling the incense of millions of years.“The mass extinction, we argue, provided an evolutionary opportunity for a select few of the surviving acanthomorphs to greatly diversify, and it left a large imprint on the biodiversity of marine fishes today,” Alfaro said. “It’s like there was a lottery 66 million years ago, and these six major acanthomorph groups were the winners.”Even if their dates were correct, their theory relies on sheer dumb luck. It staggers the imagination to think that all these fish emerged from catastrophe with major changes in color, size and habitat with only the toolkit of chance mutations and natural selection. Can anyone call this a good scientific theory if it contradicts expectations and surprises the scientists?The researchers also extracted DNA from 118 species of marine fish and conducted a computational analysis to determine the relationships among them. Among their findings: It’s not possible to tell which species are genetically related simply by looking at them. Seahorses, for example, look nothing like goatfish, but the two species are evolutionary cousins — a finding that surprised the scientists.RotifersWe still don’t know how strange celibate animals evolve (Imperial College London). Sexual reproduction is supposed to make natural selection more efficient, according to the Darwinians in this UK institution; it shuffles genes for the offspring, “and allows animals to evolve defences against changing environmental conditions more rapidly, especially new diseases.” So why did bdelloid rotifers dispense with sex? Darwinian theory did not predict this.Bdelloid rotifers however appear to be an exception to this rule: they are all female, and their offspring are clones of their mothers. Bdelloids are microscopic animals that live in freshwater and damp habitats across the world. Despite their apparent lack of sex, we know they have evolved for tens of millions of years into more than 500 species.By studying their genomes – the set of all the genes that define an animal’s characteristics – researchers thought they had identified an explanation for how bdelloids had ‘gotten away’ with no sex for millions of years.Faced with this falsification, the evolutionists at ICL came up with an alternative explanation:We thought we were understanding more about these creatures, but this is a spanner in the works.that species able to survive desiccation would be able to remove some of the genes that cause problems with asexuality. They made predictions about what those species should look like. Did it work?The researchers found that the predicted differences between species that can and cannot survive desiccation were not observed. This suggests that DNA repair following desiccation may not be as important as previously thought, and that other factors may need to be considered to explain bdelloid evolution.Senior researcher Professor Tim Barraclough, from the Department of Life Science at Imperial, said: “We have been building up this story of how these creatures manage to change based on their remarkable ability to survive desiccation.“However, when we open up the investigation to other sexless species of bdelloid that do not dry out, we find that the story does not play out. We thought we were understanding more about these creatures, but this is a spanner in the works.”Next, they considered the possibility that these small creatures were borrowing genes from plants, bacteria, fungi and microbes – a process called horizontal gene transfer (HGT). If HGT was at work in these creatures, it would have really scrambled any attempt to find Darwin’s tree in the genes. In addition, they could not rule out that the asexual species revert to sexual reproduction and back again, or that bdelloid males are hiding somewhere. Applying tontological grammar throughout the press release, they end in failure: “We will continue to investigate these fascinating creatures, but for now, the mystery has only deepened.” Their open-access paper can be found in PLoS Biology.More examples in tomorrow’s entry.Darwinians speak with great swelling words of vanity, bluffing about all the evidence out there that proves Darwin was right. Well, where is it? Every time we look, we find storytelling, imagination, speculation, and falsification of expectations. We find them using divination techniques that rely on Darwinian magic (sheer dumb luck) and moyboy time as core assumptions. Does Darwin’s tree of life jump out of the data to a casual observer? If even poodles and grey wolves are the same species that can hybridize and interbreed, don’t expect the diversity of living things to line up in a great branching tree. As Thumb’s second postulate says, “A simple, easy-to-understand falsehood is more useful than a complex, incomprehensible truth.” That falsehood is what is taught in textbooks and public schools. You can hear about the complex realities here at CEH. (Visited 474 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Bolts crush Aces; Hotshots end three-game slide

first_imgEthel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LATEST STORIES Amateur Kim steals spotlight from pros With several pieces added to the crew that finished second last season, coach Norman Black believes his Meralco Bolts are slowly overcoming a key obstacle.ADVERTISEMENT “There are a lot of teams fighting for top four spots,” Black stressed. “And this is the time of the conference where you need to win games, otherwise, you won’t get it. And a top four berth has been our goal right from the start.”Meanwhile, Star snapped a three-game losing streak with a 109-83 decision of GlobalPort in the second game.The Hotshots got back in top four contention after rising to 5-3, while pushing the Batang Pier harder to the wall with a 3-6 record.Tolomia hit all five of his triple tries and finished with a career-high 24 points, while De Ocampo, six times a champion with TNT, scored 10 points in just 16 minutes.Allen Durham had 26 points, 18 rebounds, six assists and two blocks to lead the Bolts.ADVERTISEMENT NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul View comments Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters MOST READcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games “We’re starting to blend well, starting to become cohesive,” Black said after the Bolts bamboozled Alaska, 106-78, Friday to move within another victory of clinching a twice-to-beat advantage in the first round of the PBA Governors’ Cup playoffs at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Rookie Mike Tolomia, added to the lineup less than a month ago, and veteran superstar Ranidel de Ocampo, playing his first game with Meralco after his acquisition from TNT KaTropa in a three-team deal, helped the Bolts break loose in the second period and yawn their way to a seventh win in nine games.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingThe loss was the first in the last four games for the Aces, who slumped to a 3-7 card and are in danger of missing the playoffs.Meralco has two games to nail the win that will seal their place in the top four and the Bolts—against GlobalPort and powerhouse San Miguel Beer. Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Meanwhile, the Gin Kings shoot for the first of the top four berths when they clash with the Rain or Shine Painters in a Petron Saturday Special schedule at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay.Game time is 5:15 p.m., after the Beermen battle the winless KIA Picanto at 3 p.m.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelolast_img read more

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