Red Bluff hosts second annual Pickleball tournament

first_img AdChoices广告In the 4.0 Division: 1st … The Red Bluff Pickleball Group held its second annual Deck the Halls with Pickleballs tournament Saturday at Tehama Family Fitness Center.Thirty-seven people and more than 40 gifts were donated to the Tehama Family Fitness gift drive. In the 3.0 Division: 1st was Linda Clawson, 2nd was Betsy Palubeski and 3rd was Cathy D’Ulisse and Betty Lasley. In the 3.5 Division: 1st was Mary Jacobson, 2nd was Trula Whitaker and Karen Falconer, 4th was Jake Jacobson. last_img read more

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Warriors’ Draymond Green “wanted to play” vs. Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo

first_imgLOS ANGELES — The ice bags stayed wrapped firmly around Draymond Green’s knees. For the past week, the Warriors’ forward has also received plenty of treatment to the soreness in his right foot.How does he feel for when the Warriors (11-2) visit the Los Angeles Clippers (7-5) on Monday?“I’m good enough to play,” Green said following morning shootaround. “That’s all that matters.”Green told Warriors coach Steve Kerr a similar message ever since missing the second half against Memphis exactly …last_img read more

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Two Studies May Indicate Problems for Vast Ages

first_img(Visited 32 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Two articles in secular science literature point to possible upsets in long-age assumptions for the earth and mankind.Most Human Mutations Are RecentA press release from the University of Washington states, “Harmful protein-coding mutations in people arose largely in the past 5,000 to 10,000 years.”  The Exome Sequencing Project, a consortium of evolutionary geneticists, surveyed a million single-letter changes in the human “exome” (protein-coding genes) for 6,515 people.  “Overall, the researchers predicted that about 81 percent of the single-nucleotide variants in their European samples, and 58 percent in their African samples, arose in the past 5,000 years.”The researchers were able to fit this surprise into the “out-of-Africa” hypothesis by claiming that mutations became fixed more rapidly among Europeans after they migrated.  “The Out of Africa bottleneck led to inefficient purging of the less-harmful mutations,” one explained.  Still, if 150 mutations are passed from parent to offspring on average, it would seem that rate of damage could not go on for many tens or hundreds of thousands of years. See also the Science Daily article on this, that states, “The researchers pointed out that the results illustrate the profound effect recent human evolutionary history has had on the burden of damaging mutations in contemporary populations.”The consortium agrees that their results indicate most harmful mutations in the human gene pool are “of recent origin, evolutionarily speaking.”  Without supporting evidence, though, the researchers used standard Darwinian talking points to hope for a positive outcome, hoping that the large number of recent mutations “may have created a new repository of advantageous genetic variants that adaptive evolution may act upon in future generations.”  Whatever the meaning, Science Daily said that the researchers stated, “The recent dramatic increase in human population size, resulting in a deluge of rare functionally important variation, has important implications for understanding and predicting current and future patterns of human disease and evolution.” Tree Rings Point to a Recent Cosmic Ray EventWhat on earth happened in 768 A.D.?  Charlemagne was busy building his empire, unaware of something happening over his head.  The “Charlemagne Event” was not caused by him; something beyond earth sent a shower of cosmic rays our way.  PhysOrg asks some pointed questions:Until recently, the years 774 and 775 were best known for Charlemagne’s victory over the Lombards. But earlier this year, a team of scientists in Japan discovered a baffling spike in carbon-14 deposits within the rings of cedar trees that matched those same years. Because cosmic rays are tied to carbon-14 concentrations, scientists around the world have wondered about the cause: a nearby supernova, a gamma ray burst in the Milky Way or an intense superflare emanating from the Sun?In the article, Adrian Melott (U of Kansas) presents his argument that the spike came from a coronal mass ejection from the sun.  This CME could have been 10-20 times larger than the largest spike observed in recent times (1859), called the Carrington Event.  Stars beyond our sun have been observed to have very large flares.  Other cosmic sources might include a gamma ray burst or nearby supernova, though the latter would have been observable in the sky.If an extra-large CME occurred during Charlemagne’s battles, it might not have been noticed.  It might have caused a slightly higher risk of skin cancer.  But today if one that size occurred, it would disrupt the world’s power grid and blow out transformers over a wide area.  We’d only have a few minutes warning before our civilization would become seriously disrupted.We offer these findings as stimulations for further research by asking some questions.  If a CME or other cosmic source could dramatically increase carbon-14 production in the atmosphere, what does that do to the calibration profile for radiocarbon dating?  What could be the impact of a large shower of cosmic rays on the atomic clocks used for radiometric dating in general?  Could a cosmic event stimulate accelerated nuclear decay, lowering the activation threshold to give a false reading of longer ages (e.g., more fission tracks) than actually occurred?  If not, how would we know?  Open-minded physicists may want to look into this.Regarding the mutation rate, the finding appears to add more impetus to Dr. John Sanford’s theory of genetic entropy, that the human race could not purge harmful or nearly-neutral mutations fast enough to avoid extinction in very many thousands of years, let alone tens of thousands.  The evolution-talk in the article seems concocted to rescue Darwin’s long ages rather than face the clear implication that humans have not been evolving for hundreds of thousands of years.  Even with lower population sizes, genetic entropy takes its toll.  And if you think bullets to the genome provide a pool of variants that natural selection may act upon in future generations, good luck outrunning extinction while the bad ones add up.last_img read more

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Lyceum eyes first-round sweep

first_imgCatriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Read Next MOST READ Lyceum may be favored to complete a first-round sweep against tailender Mapua, but coach Topex Robinson wants his Pirates to remember how they nearly absorbed a first loss against Letran.Robinson said the scare—where Lyceum had to rally from 17 points down against Letran—only showed that the Pirates have more to work on as they gun for a ninth straight triumph in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Game time is 2 p.m. Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan where the Pirates hope to bank on CJ Perez’s explosive game anew.“Honestly, we didn’t discuss about a potential sweep but rather we want to be a better version of ourselves from our Letran game,” said Robinson.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 shutoutPerpetual Help and Emilio Aguinaldo College, tied at 3-5, tangle at 4 p.m., while struggling teams Arellano (2-5) and St. Benilde (2-6) clash at 12 noon.Last Friday, the Pirates played minus Robinson, who served a one-game suspension. LATEST STORIES SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short programcenter_img NCAA Season 93 Preview: Lyceum Pirates PLAY LIST 02:00NCAA Season 93 Preview: Lyceum Pirates00:50Trending Articles00:33Duterte mulling ban on plastic use01:37Protesters 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. But the Pirates said his absence wasn’t an excuse for the team’s poor start against the Knights.“We just want to continue to play the game right,” said assistant coach Jeff Perlas, who called the shots in the Pirates’ comeback win over the Knights, 75-68. —JASMINE W. PAYO Pingris rejoins Star practice, set for return LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games View comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s weddinglast_img read more

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Didn’t expect to bat this well: Smriti Mandhana after her exploits in England

first_imgSmriti Mandhana has been something of a revelation in Indian cricket ever since her debut back in 2013. Mandhana represented the Brisbane Heat in the second edition of the Women’s Big Bash League and is currently playing for the Western Storms in the Women’s Cricket Super League in United Kingdom.While she had a decent outing in Australia for the Heats, Mandhana has set the KSL on fire for the Storms.Mandhana smashed 387 runs in seven innings at an average of 77.40, and a strike rate of 185.16 for the Storms.This includes a 60-ball hundred and two fifties, one of which was the fastest in women’s T20 cricket.”I didn’t expect to bat this well in this tournament. I always wanted to come to this tournament to learn a few things that would help me in the T20 World Cup. But yeah, the first T20 century is always special,” she told BCCI in an interview.SPECIAL: The very stylish @mandhana_smriti speaks about her maiden T20 ton, what T20 leagues have taught her and how she has her eyes set on the Women’s T20 World Cup – by @RajalAroraFull Video Link —> https://t.co/iqd8b865Am pic.twitter.com/qVCNkfIbitBCCI (@BCCI) August 14, 2018″More than the scores, the way I have been timing the ball in the nets and in the matches is really pleasing. I hope I continue this form in the World Cup.”READ – Smriti Mandhana credits Women’s Cricket Super League, WBBL for T20 successadvertisementShe also smashed an 18-ball fifty against the Loughborough Lightning to be joint top with New Zealand’s Sophie Devine, who had slammed a half-century off 18 balls against India. She has already smashed the most number of sixes – 21 – in the tournament’s history.Mandhana is also on top of the charts for highest average and highest strike rate, and has hit the only century of the competition so far.READ – Smriti Mandhana slams joint-fastest fifty in women’s T20s for Western StormBut for Mandhana the WCSL is only a pit stop on her way to a larger goal – the ICC Women’s World T20 2018.”When I got this offer from Trevor (Griffin), our coach, the only thing which I was keen was that the World Cup is coming, I didn’t take even, maybe a day to say yes to him, because I was really keen to play this league,” she said.”I’ll be playing the same bowlers in the World Cup, and to play them beforehand would be a really big thing and I will also be able to tell all my teammates how they are bowling, and what they are strategising. That was a really big bonus for me.”READ – Smriti Mandhana smashes first hundred of Women’s Cricket Super League 2018″Heather Knight, Shrubsole, Fran Wilson, along with the other England girls, and Stafanie Taylor as well, from the West Indies. So I have been picking her brain as well – how the wickets will be in the West Indies, what the weather will be, so that I can understand the conditions. It’s been really good interactions with them,” said Mandhana.”I have had one or two lessons with Wilson about reverse sweep, because that’s one thing which I don’t really play, and I am really keen to learn, because you never know in T20 cricket, you have to use one someday. So really good interactions and good friends also. Maybe one day it will help me play better against some international teams.”She also revealed that her meeting with Sri Lankan legend Kumar Sangakkara is her inspiration when it comes to batting.”I was a huge fan of him (Sangakkara) from when I started watching cricket on TV. Whenever I don’t feel good about my batting, I go back and watch his clips,” she said.”He was doing commentary on our game. So I asked him, ‘Did you feel anything wrong in my batting, which I can improve on?'”He was like, ‘You are in very good touch. If you think too much about it, you won’t bat the way you are. So just go out there, the way you are batting, I don’t think there’s anything there.’advertisement”That was something really good to know from a legend like Sangakkara sir that he likes my batting and my drives. That was a really good confidence-booster for me,” said Mandhana.Prior to the WCSL, there was the Women’s Big Bash League in Australia, where a knee injury hurt Mandhana’s aspirations.She found other ways to make the most of the opportunity, though.”As Indians you are not used to staying alone, doing your own work, doing your washing, cooking for yourself that is something that improves you as a human being,” she said.”It makes you a bit more mature.”Mandhana’s next fixture is against Loughborough Lighting, followed by the game against Surrey Stars, and then on to the big day. If she can keep her form going, Storm will be a cinch to defend the title they won last season.last_img read more

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Photo: Former Duke Stars Jay Williams And Chris Duhon Are Sitting Together At Cameron Indoor Tonight

first_imgJay Williams smiles for the camera.LAS VEGAS, NV – JUNE 27: ESPN analyst, former NBA player and pageant judge Jay Williams appears before the 17th annual Hooters International Swimsuit Pageant at The Joint inside the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on June 27, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)Perhaps the greatest backcourt in the history of the Duke men’s basketball program is back in Durham, North Carolina, Wednesday evening. Jay Williams and Chris Duhon, who starred together for the Blue Devils in the early 2000s, leading Mike Krzyzewski’s team to a national title in 2001, are taking in their former team’s game against Georgia Tech. Williams and Duhon are sitting together at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Duke and Georgia Tech are currently playing on ESPN2. The Blue Devils (18-5, 5-3 ACC) are coming off a major road victory against Virginia.last_img read more

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Alex Meret injury not so bad to keep him from playing

first_imgAlex Meret’s agent is confident the Napoli goalkeeper may be ready to play against Lazio on the first day as “the injury was less severe than it could have been.”Meret broke a bone in his arm during the first training session of pre-season, and there was fear whether or not he would be able to continue playing.“It wasn’t the best start, certainly not what we’d have hoped for,” Federico Pastorello admitted via Football Italia.“Unfortunately these things happen, it’s a shame because it was a preventable thing. Sadly the exuberance of a young striker caused this injury, but these things happen.“Theoretically he could be available for the first league game, the injury was less serious than it could have been.Fonseca hints Smalling could debut tomorrow Manuel R. Medina – August 31, 2019 AS Roma manager Paulo Fonseca has hinted Chris Smalling could debut in tomorrow’s Derby Della Capitale between his team and Lazio.“He’s already started a whole series of workouts, even with the cast, he’s only lost 15 days and has been working consistently.“He’s champing at the bit to be there [for the first game of the season], then obviously it’s up to the Coach [Carlo Ancelotti] to decide.“If he thinks it would be more appropriate not to risk him then there will be no problems.“We chose Napoli because they were the club that wanted him most, it’s a long-term project so it’s not like the first game will change that scenario.”last_img read more

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Liverpool Karius joins Turkish club

first_imgLiverpool have confirmed that goalkeeper Loris Karius has joined Besiktas on loan, according to Sky Sports.The German shot-stopper leaves Anfield to sign for the Turkish giants on a two-year loan deal after the Merseyside club brought in a new first choice goalkeeper.The 25-year-old was named on the bench for Liverpool’s opening Premier League fixture of the season against West Ham, but left out of the squad against Crystal Palace and Brighton.Besiktas appeared to have confirmed the move on Friday by posting a graphic of Karius and Liverpool have now announced that their former number 1 will be moving to Turkey on loan this summer.Asensio, Vazquez give De Gea new nickname Henry Ikenna Ugwu – August 2, 2018 Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea has been dubbed ‘Karius’ by Marco Asensio and Lucas Vazquez, according to ESPN.The Real Madrid pair of Asensio…The Turkish club have been in fine form so far this campaign, with two wins from their first two Super Lig games, and also in the hunt for a place in the UEFA Europa League group stages after a 1-1 with Partizan. Karius made 49 appearances for the Reds after joining from Mainz in 2016.Thirty-three of those appearances came last season, where he came under fire for his performance in the Champions League final, which included two errors that led to goals in the 3-1 defeat against Real Madrid.The former Mainz goalkeeper has come under heavy scrutiny since that game against Madrid despite apologizing to supporters and Liverpool’s decision to spend £67million on Alisson Becker ensured he had to leave Anfield in search of more regular playing time.last_img read more

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Tough start to the season Ayoze Perez

The Newcastle footballer believes this is the right moment to change the team’s fate and start adding points in the English Premier League seasonNewcastle United has lost four of their five matches, with one point coming in thanks to a drawing at Cardiff.And for footballer Ayoze Perez, the upcoming schedule should allow them to turn their season around.The Magpies will face this month: Crystal Palace, Leicester City, Brighton and Hove Albion, and Southampton.Cristiano Ronaldo, Nemanja Vidic, Manchester UnitedVidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.“Now our league starts and it’s time to start getting points,” Perez told Sky Sports.“It has been quite a tough start to the season. We have had games against the top sides and we could have picked up some points, but we couldn’t. Now we are playing against a team in our league, which we can beat, and we are making sure we are ready for it.”“If you compare our situation with our performances we shouldn’t be where we are, but we have been playing against the top sides. Even with a perfect game you can get beaten, but only we can make it better,” he added.“Now is the time to get points, that’s the most important thing. It’s time to play against ‘normal’ teams and start doing what we did last season.” read more

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