Badree shoots down Stars

first_imgMELBOURNE, Australia (CMC): West Indies leg-spinner Samuel Badree snatched a five-wicket haul as Brisbane Heat stormed to a 56-run win over Melbourne Stars and their second on the trot in the Australian Big Bash here yesterday. Defending 189 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Badree sliced through the hosts’ innings with a spell of five for 21 from four overs, as Stars collapsed to 132 for nine off their 20 overs. Evan Gulbis tried to rescue the innings with a top score of 61 not out off 52 deliveries in a 59-run, sixth wicket stand with captain David Hussey who made 25. However, once the stand was broken in the 14th over, Stars struggled to keep up with the required run rate of 17 per over and folded quickly. Earlier, Badree’s West Indies and Trinidad and Tobago teammate Lendl Simmons, had provided the early impetus for Heat with a knock of 44 off 35 deliveries. Sent in, Heat lost Jimmy Peirson without scoring off the first ball he faced at five for one in the first over, but Simmons led the revival in an entertaining 84-run, second-wicket stand off 40 balls with skipper Chris Lynn who made 56. In reply, Stars never got going, due largely to Badree’s devastating spell. Handed the new ball, the Trinidadian accounted for the first five wickets to fall to leave Stars in disarray at 23 for five in the fifth over. With the third ball of the innings, he bowled Luke Wright with a googly off the inside edge before the Englishman had scored, and then trapped marquee batsman Kevin Pietersen leg before wicket for seven and claimed opener Marcus Stoinis for eight to a catch at mid-off, in the third over. Badree has taken nine wickets so far in the tournament. IMPRESSIVE INNINGlast_img read more

Giants hand D’back rookie Alex Young first MLB win

first_imgClick here if you are having trouble viewing the slideshow on a mobile device.SAN FRANCISCO — In the midst of their third consecutive losing season, the Giants have sometimes found ways to sprinkle little morsels of hope for fans in search of good news.There are nights when a strong bullpen hands the ball to the one of the sport’s best closers, Will Smith. There are games when rookie Shaun Anderson looks like a future rotation anchor. There are days when Alex Dickerson, the powerful newcomer …last_img

Searching for Natural Selection in a Wildflower

first_imgEvening snow (Linanthus) is an amazing little wildflower that adorns desert areas of southern California.  Its blossoms open in the evening, spreading fragrance across a harsh landscape.  Two varieties have been noticed; one with white flowers, and one with blue flowers.  Scientists noticed that the white ones sometimes grow on one side of a ravine, and the blue ones on the other; in other places, the two varieties grow in a blue-white mosaic.  Is this pattern due to genetic drift (i.e., chance), or to natural selection?    Elisabeth Pennisi wrote about this in Science.1  Her opening line might open some eyes about the difficulty of deciding a question this simple: “Sixty years ago, studies of these patterns provided key support for a powerful evolutionary theory.  Now, two evolutionary biologists have found that the theory doesn’t hold in this species.”    Two researchers decided to settle the debate with a long-term field study.  Their decision was that natural selection was the winner, at least a little: “In the seed-transplant studies, each color flower typically did best on its own turf, indicating that selection played a role.”  There may have been some environmental influences at work, in other words, that tended to make one color predominate in one environment and the other in different environments.  But is anyone certain?“The study shows the unimportance of drift in Linanthus,” says evolutionary biologist Masatoshi Nei of Pennsylvania State University in State College.  “In this sense, [the] finding shakes the ground of the shifting balance theory.”  But he is cautious about making generalizations, given that other studies suggest otherwise: “The relative importance of selection and drift depends on the genes and populations studied.”1.  Elisabeth Pennisi, “Natural Selection, Not Chance, Paints the Desert Landscape,” Science, 19 October 2007: Vol. 318. no. 5849, p. 376, DOI: 10.1126/science.318.5849.376.So in a 13-year study, these scientists could only point to a little bit of natural selection that might have played a role in the color pattern of two varieties within the same species?  And they expect us to believe that science has proved that humans have bacteria ancestors due to this wondrous mechanism of natural selection?(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Brazil is in; Argentina still fighting for a World Cup spot

first_imgUruguay is in great shape. It has 27 points and second place in the standings, 10 points behind Brazil. The team finishes qualifying at Venezuela, and at home against Bolivia — the two countries that are already eliminated.Depending on other results, a draw at Venezuela on Thursday might be enough to guarantee Uruguay a place in its third straight World Cup.COLOMBIAColombia has 26 points and beating Paraguay in the coastal city of Barranquilla could be enough to secure a place at its second straight World Cup. That would also eliminate long-shot Paraguay.“We’re fired up, but relaxed, knowing that this group can win the match and bring happiness to Colombia,” defender Davinson Sanchez said.CHILEThe two-time defending Copa America champion has only 23 points and is teetering on the edge. Chile is home against Ecuador on Thursday, and then must beat Brazil next week in Sao Paulo.Chile has lost its last two matches, against Paraguay and Bolivia, an indication of the state of play.PERUPeru has 24 points and has won three games straight to get back into contention. After the match in Buenos Aires, it finishes at home with Colombia.“We’re going to arrive at that final game in great shape,” Argentina-born coach Ricardo Gareca said. “We’ve got this far with our determination.”Peru last reached the World Cup in 1982 in Spain. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight MOST READ What ban? Chinese in thrall to ‘goddess’ Sharapova Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president With two matches to play, Uruguay and Colombia are in the best shape to join Brazil at the World Cup. The biggest shock could be two-time champion Argentina, which will battle for a spot against Peru, Chile, Paraguay and Ecuador. Bolivia and Venezuela have been eliminated.Argentina, the runner-up three years ago in Brazil, has not missed a World Cup since 1970.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHere’s a look at the countries and matches set for Thursday and next Tuesday.ARGENTINA View comments LATEST STORIEScenter_img Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Read Next Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Argentina and Peru play Thursday at Boca Juniors’ La Bombonera stadium, among the world’s most hostile venues for visiting teams. It’s the first World Cup qualifier there in 20 years.Both countries have 24 points, and a victory by either would be a giant step toward qualifying. A slip, andArgentina will have to win the final match in Quito, Ecuador, where the altitude of 2,850 meters (9,350 feet) is a burden for visiting teams.Peru, coached by Argentine Ricardo Gareca, is at home to Colombia in its final game.Argentina will be without Sergio Aguero for both matches after he fractured ribs in a car accident last week. New coach Jorge Sampaoli has been unable to lift the team, which has drawn its last two matches, against Uruguay (0-0) and Venezuela (1-1).URUGUAYADVERTISEMENT BRAZILBrazil is already in, and will surely test reserves in Thursday’s match in the thin air of La Paz. Look for the regulars to face Chile next week in Sao Paulo.Brazil coach Tite is undefeated in 10 qualifying games, and has won nine of them.THE RESTParaguay with 21 points, and Ecuador with 20, will need to win their final two matches and get help from others to have any chance. Bolivia and Venezuela are out. Brazil’s Casemiro(L), Neymar(C) and Thiago Silva attend a training session at the Granja Comary sports complex in Teresopolis, about 90 km from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on October 3, 2017 ahead of their World Cup qualifier matches against Bolivia and Chile. / AFP PHOTO / Mauro PIMENTELRIO DE JANEIRO — Brazil is in, and over the next week three more South American countries will join the five-time champions at the World Cup in Russia.The fifth-place team from the region will also keep its chances alive, facing a playoff next month against New Zealand. That winner will also advance.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients last_img read more

10 months agoFulham eyeing Besiktas defender Domagoj Vida

first_imgFulham eyeing Besiktas defender Domagoj Vidaby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFulham are eyeing World Cup star Domagoj Vida.Fotomac says Fulham are looking to strengthen their defence with the World Cup finalist.Croatia’s Vida – currently at Besiktas – is a target for Claudio Ranieri.Besiktas have already lost Pepe, who cancelled his contract earlier this month, so the club may try and drive a hard bargain for Vida, although their money troubles may mean that they can’t afford to be too stubborn. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

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center_img The CME Daily Delivery Report showed that 212 gold and 4 silver contracts were posted for delivery within the Comex-approved depositories on Thursday. The only short/issuer worth noting was Morgan Stanley with 200 contracts.  The three biggest long/stoppers were JPMorgan with 102 in its client account—and Barclays and Deutsche Bank with 48 and 47 contracts apiece. The link to yesterday’s Issuers and Stoppers Report is here. There was a tiny withdrawal from GLD yesterday—8,464 troy ounces.  This was probably a fee payment of some kind.  And as of 9:41 p.m. EDT yesterday evening, there were no reported changes in SLV.  I asked Ted Butler what his thoughts were on the 1.9 million troy ounces withdrawal out of SLV yesterday.  He said that with the physical market as tight as it is, someone obviously needed silver in a hurry—and the SLV was the quickest “no hassle” way to get it—so they bought the shares and redeemed them for physical. The US Mint had a smallish sales report yesterday.  They sold 4,500 troy ounces of gold eagles—and 155,000 silver eagles. Over at the Comex-approved depositories on Monday, there was no in/out activity in gold at all.  But it was another big day in silver, as 877,825 troy ounces were reported received—and 600,255 troy ounces were shipped out.  Most of the activity was over at Canada’s Scotiabank—and the link is here if you want to take a closer look. Once again I have a lot of stories for your reading “pleasure” today—and I hope you can find the time to wade through the ones you like. Where to from here? The remarkably bullish setup in silver, while somewhat diminished by technical fund short covering and a climb in price, is still largely intact. While a short term price sell-off is always possible since COMEX silver is a crooked and manipulated market, the market structure in silver (and gold) points to much larger price advances than declines. All things considered, the odds overwhelmingly favor the upside. As such, a full long side exposure is warranted, regardless of what the COMEX commercial crooks have up their sleeves. – Silver analyst Ted Butler: 14 June 2014 It wasn’t much of a trading day on Tuesday—and I’m not prepared to read a thing into the price action, although it’s reasonable to assume that the short spike down in the gold price at precisely 8:30 a.m. EDT made a lot of newly minted long holders in the Comex futures market hit the “sell” button—and that would certainly explain the much higher volume on Tuesday vs. Monday. Here are the six-month gold and silver charts—and both are shown with their respective 25- and 50-day moving averages.  Nothing has changed since Monday in either metal. The gold stocks gapped down a bit over a percent at the open, but were back in positive territory just before 11 a.m. EDT.  From there they chopped sideways just above the unchanged mark for most of the day—and eked out a small gain, as the HUI closed up 0.12%—precisely the same percentage gain as on Monday. Platinum’s rally attempt in early Far East trading wasn’t allowed to get anywhere—and it slowly got sold off from its high tick, with the low of the day coming shortly before 9 a.m. in New York.  From there it rallied back and actually closed in the plus column, up a whole $6.  The palladium chart looked similar—and it finished the day up $6 as well. The dollar index closed in New York late on Monday afternoon at 80.45—and by 10 a.m. on Tuesday morning in Hong Kong had jumped up to 80.55.  From there it chopped a few basis points lower until the 8:20 a.m. EDT Comex open.  At that point, the index rallied quickly up to 80.64—and then slid a bit into the close, finishing the day at 80.60—up 15 basis points. The silver equities followed a very similar chart pattern, but they rallied much higher into positive territory than their golden brethren—and Nick Laird’s Intraday Silver Sentiment Index closed up 0.88%.last_img read more