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Messi off to Argentina for final treatment phase

first_imgBarcelona have revealed Lionel Messi’s recovery from a hamstring injury is on track and that he will fly to Argentina for further treatment.The 26-year-old – who scored 46 goals in 32 La Liga appearances last season and has eight in 11 league games so far in 2013-14 – tore the leg muscle in a 4-1 victory over Real Betis on November 10.Medical tests confirmed Messi will spend around six to eight weeks on the sidelines during his rehabilitation, with the final part of his recuperation seeing him head home to his native Argentina on Friday. Club doctor Ricard Pruna and physiotherapist Elvio Paulorroso will jet out to Buenos Aires in mid-December to check on Messi’s progress as he bids to return to action after the mid-season break following an injury-hit start to the season. “The latest tests on the player have shown that the recovery programme is going to plan,” read a statement on Barca official website.In Messi’s absence, Barca beat Granada 4-0 last weekend before slipping to a 2-1 defeat at Ajax in the UEFA Champions League in midweek.last_img read more

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DNA Folds With Molecular Velcro

first_imgMany have heard how the inventor of Velcro got the idea from plant seeds that stick to clothing, but now Carlos Bustamente and team of Howard Hughes Medical Institute have found a velcro-like principle operating at a scale millions of times smaller.  Small proteins called condensins are involved in the elaborate folding that DNA undergoes as it is wrapped into chromosomes.  The team developed an ingenious method of gently pulling on DNA strands compacted with condensin.  Bustamente relates, “when we began to pull it apart carefully, we saw it extend in a sawtooth pattern of force, like the click-click-click of Velcro unzipping.”  When they relaxed the force, it collapsed back, then repeated the same pattern when pulled apart again.  “That perfect reproducibility strongly suggested to Bustamante and his colleagues that they were seeing a condensed structure with a well defined organization,” the press release explains.  Surprisingly, this reversible reaction did not require the expenditure of ATP.This is just one of the clever design features in the cell that allows over six feet of fragile DNA to be folded and compacted into a nucleus a few millionths of an inch wide.  For a simplified view of how this all works, see the PBS “Journey Into DNA,” available in Flash format or as a web page.  (The condensin comes into play in the frames where DNA forms tight loops.)  Even more amazing is that this tight packing still allows the translation machinery to find the right gene, gain access, and do its work.  For a glimpse of this additional complexity, see the 06/13/2002 and 03/08/2002 headlines.(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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SA women 2nd, men 3rd in Investec Cup

first_img14 July 2014 South Africa’s women’s hockey team finished as runners-up in the Investec Cup in London on Sunday after a narrow 1-2 loss to hosts England in the final. The South African men’s team claimed third place after a 3-0 victory over Scotland. In the women’s final, the English took an early lead from a penalty corner variation, with Nicola White coming in from the right to deflect the ball home. Alex Danson got a shot in soon after as South Africa struggled to get into the game. However, in the eighth minute, forward Kathleen Taylor saw her shot well saved by Maddie Hinch as Giles Bonnet’s charges began to find their feet.South African goal With Shelley Russell causing England problems down the right flank, South Africa struck back in the 16th minute when captain Marsha Cox set Lilian du Plessis free. Du Plessis’ early pass found Jade Mayne and the striker netted superbly, sending the ball high into the net. England responded by peppering the South African goal zone with a series of attacking plays, but the goal shots yielded no return. The hosts came close in the 25th minute, but Lenise Marais made a goal-saving intervention with fantastic cover. Turning around at 1-1 it was anyone’s game.Hit the post Soon after the restart, South African goalkeeper Anelle van Deventer made a good save from Player of the Tournament Danson and world number six England hit the post from a penalty corner variation shortly thereafter. South Africa, ranked eleventh in the world, won two penalty corners in succession and Tarryn Bright brought a great save out of Hinch. England fought back with a penalty corner, but this time it was Van Deventer with a classy save. With six minutes left in the contest, England went ahead again when Sam Quek scored from a penalty corner variation to the left. A few minutes’ later, her team-mate Sophie Bray hit the crossbar from Danson’s cross and England had done enough to take gold after a tremendous battle. Scotland picked up the bronze medal after a 3-2 defeat of Wales.Men’s third place playoff In the playoff for third in the men’s competition, South Africa and Scotland were level at 0-0 at half-time, but three second half goals took Austin Smith and company to a convincing victory ahead of their opening Commonwealth Games match against the same opponents in Glasgow on 25 July. Smith netted penalty corners in the 45th and 64th minutes while teenager Dan Sibbald complemented one of a host of inventive attacking moves with a well-taken goal in the 62nd minute. It was a better South African performance than in their 3-2 win over the Scots in Saturday’s last round-robin match, which was a physical encounter where the sin-bin was a game of musical chairs in the second half, with the African champions being slapped with five cards in total and the Scots with two. In the bronze medal contest, South Africa should have wrapped up the game with their multitude of chances in the first half, but Scotland goalkeeper Gavin Somerville was in superlative form and kept his side in the match.Sound in defence At the other end, the South Africans were sound in defensive situations, limiting Scotland’s goal-scoring opportunities, and as a group there were a host of notable tackles and interventions, notably by outstanding captain Austin Smith, Wade Paton, Jonty Robinson, Rhett Halkett and Jethro Eustice. With defenders and midfielders providing the vital link, the South African forward line was smart in its running on and off the ball, with Lloyd Norris-Jones outstanding throughout, Lungi Tsolekile earning a number of penalty corners, and Taine Paton continuing the excellent form he had shown throughout the event. South Africa clicked in all departments -through the defence, midfield and forward lines – and the outcome was a series of intelligently constructed moves that had the Scottish defence groping in vain for answers at times. England, meanwhile, claimed the Investec Cup title and made it a double for the host nation, triumphing 4-2 in a penalty shootout after they had shared a 2-2 draw with Ireland in the final. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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Cavs’ Derrick Rose out with sprained ankle

first_imgQC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Two-day PBA Draft Combine starts Monday Rose landed awkwardly, but stayed in the game to shoot two free throws before going to the bench. The play was originally called a common foul but was upgraded to a flagrant 1 Saturday by the NBA.Jose Calderon started at point guard Saturday for the Cavaliers, who have won their first two games.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 shutoutRose signed a one-year contract with Cleveland in July. He became the team’s starter when Kyrie Irving was traded to Boston.Rose was named the league’s MVP in 2011 while with the Chicago Bulls, but has battled injuries since. Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP View comments Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA LATEST STORIES Milwaukee Bucks’ Thon Maker, right, defends against a driving Cleveland Cavaliers’ Derrick Rose during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Oct. 20, 2017, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Tom Lynn)CLEVELAND — Cavaliers point guard Derrick Rose was held out of Saturday night’s game against the Orlando Magic because of a sprained left ankle.Rose twisted his ankle after being fouled by Milwaukee’s Greg Monroe while driving to the basket in the fourth quarter on Friday. Monroe grabbed Rose by his neck and pulled him to the floor.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:29Giannis Antetokounmpo powers Bucks in bounce back win over Celtics01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers01:37Protesters 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 Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasalast_img read more

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La Salle outlasts UST in thriller

first_imgThe Golden Tigresses, however, eventually shot themselves in the foot with three straight errors that gave La Salle a 13-8 lead.Tin Tiamzon then gave La Salle the 14-8 match point with a crosscourt kill before a team block on Rondina ended the match.La Salle bucked down against the two-person onslaught of UST in the form of Rondina and rookie Melina Alessandrini, who had 28 and 18 points, respectively.And UST’s two stars weren’t the only problems for the Lady Spikers as Season 78 Finals MVP Kianna Dy played with a sore right knee after hyperextending the joint in practice a couple of weeks ago.De Jesus said he had to wait until team physicians gave Dy the clearance to play to adjust his lineup.ADVERTISEMENT Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises “I had to make adjustments in the last minute, and it proved really difficult on how to rotate my players.” AFP official booed out of forum Read Next MOST READ Nabor quietly guides NU to victory John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPushed to its limit, defending champion De La Salle University scraped past University of Santo Tomas, 25-20, 17-25, 25-22, 15-25, 15-8, in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena.The Lady Spikers began their first year without famed setter Kim Fajardo and they relied on a balanced attack by their veterans to throw off the pesky Golden Tigresses.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles01:29Police 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 And as untested as she may be compared to the three-time UAAP Best Setter, Michelle Cobb proved her worth for the Lady Spikers as she orchestrated their offense to the tune of 37 excellent sets, 11 more than the UST team.Reigning MVP Mary Joy Baron led La Salle with 19 points while Desiree Cheng and Aduke Ogunsanya had 12 and 10 points, respectively.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We really expected that we won’t beat UST that easily,” said La Salle head coach Ramil De Jesus in Filipino. “As for now, I can give my players a passing grade because they won, although I really saw their character in the fifth set.”The Lady Spikers had a comfortable 10-5 lead in the fifth set but saw the lead dwindle to two, 10-8, after Cherry Rondina sneaked an off-speed left-hander. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers View commentslast_img read more

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Caroline Wozniacki, Julia Goerges set up Auckland Classic final after rain troubles scheduling

first_imgCaroline Wozniacki played her quarter-final and semi-final on the same day and won them both to set up the final meet with second seed Julia Goerges at the Auckland Classic on Saturday.Heavy rain throughout the week in the New Zealand hampered the entire scheduling of the tournament and the organisers were forced to play the quarter-finals and both semi-finals on Saturday. The final will be played on Sunday.With the rain playing havoc over the scheduling, Wozniacki had to play both the quarte-final and her semi-final within a space of just over four hours.Wozniacki struggled in her quarter-final against American wildcard Sofia Kenin but eventually triumphed 4-6, 6-2, 6-4 just before 4pm local time.At about 5.50pm local time, Wozniacki had to be back on the court for her semi-final against another American Sachia Vickery.ALSO WATCHVickery had earlier upset third seed Agnieskza Radwanksa but failed to carry on the momentum and Wozniacki easily beat her 6-4, 6-4.”I’m exhausted, if I’m being honest,” Wozniacki told the WTA website after her semi-final.”It’s a tough start to the season – you kind of feel it after the first match… in the back, and the legs, and then we didn’t play for a couple of days, and I said, ‘Oh, it’s nice.'”Then coming out here and playing three sets this morning, and then two sets when we ran a lot — I’m not 17 anymore, I can feel it for sure!”Goerges, who lost to American Sloane Stephens in the 2016 Auckland final, was far more comfortable in both of her matches.advertisementShe beat Polona Hercog 6-4, 6-4 in the quarter-finals before moving into the final with a 6-1, 6-4 win over Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei.Wozniacki, who lost the Auckland final to Venus Williams in 2015 and has been a tournament regular in recent years, can move up to number two in the world rankings if she wins the title on Sunday.”I definitely need a good massage tonight and some great food to just try and be as fresh as possible for tomorrow,” she said.”It would be amazing …obviously, being here in another final means a lot to me, and I would love to make it a step further and win this tournament.”(Courtesy: Reuters)last_img read more

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25 days agoSolskjaer has Man Utd scouts watching Maddison

first_imgSolskjaer has Man Utd scouts watching Maddisonby Paul Vegas25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is determined to prise James Maddison away from Leicester City.The Norwegian has asked his scouts to keep tabs on Maddison, according to the London Evening Standard.The Foxes star has started this season just as well as last season, and Solskjaer is keen on adding Maddison to his United roster.But, if United are to sign the England international, it is highly unlikely to happen in January, with next summer the target.Maddison signed for the Foxes from Norwich City in July 2018 for £23million.He’s featured in six of Leicester’s Premier League matches this season, recording two assists. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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13 hours agoTierney insists Vitoria win proved fight and desire within Arsenal squad

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Tierney insists Vitoria win proved fight and desire in Arsenal squadby Freddie Taylor13 hours agoSend to a friendShare the loveKieran Tierney says the 3-2 comeback win over Vitoria on Thursday shows Arenal have “fight and desire”.The Gunners looked destined to lose their second consecutive match until substitute Nicolas Pepe stepped up to score a free-kick.The Ivorian repeated that feat in the final minutes to clinch the victory for Unai Emery’s side.Tierney said: “It showed the other side of our game. The Standard Liege game was different, we scored four goals and it was comfortable. It shows we’ve got fight and desire.”When teams come here the pressure is on us, so it gives them more freedom, the expectation is on us, but we got the three points and that’s the main thing.” last_img read more

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Ashley Judd Upset After Being Threatened With Sexual Violence Following UK’s Win

first_imgA picture of Ashley Judd in light.Kentucky superfan Ashley Judd wasn’t a fan of Arkansas’ physical play during today’s SEC title game, and she expressed that opinion during the contest on Twitter. Unfortunately, some of the responses she got were wildly inappropriate.Judd took to Twitter to take aim at a number of users who made sexist remarks and threatened her with sexual violence. She also retweeted one example.When when I express a stout opinion during #MarchMadness I am called a whore, c—, threatened with sexual violence. Not okay.— ashley judd (@AshleyJudd) March 15, 2015I am sorry to retweet but this is a typical example. “@Leeroy_MAX: [email protected] Go suck on Cal’s two inch dick ye Bitch whore.”— ashley judd (@AshleyJudd) March 15, 2015In 2011, Judd revealed that she was a victim of sexual abuse as a child in her memoirs. It goes without saying that this is completely unacceptable, regardless of how serious the threats actually are. Do better, college basketball fans.last_img read more

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