For every hyped-up demonstration of evolution in action the media announces with gusto, there are setbacks that often do not get the splashy headlines. Here are three recent examples.Treehopper evolution wasn’t: Recently a “spectacular” announcement that some bugs called treehoppers had evolved a new functional appendage has been found false. “Evidence for a spectacular evolutionary novelty was recently reported,” wrote nine scientists in PLoS ONE,1 claiming that the treehopper bugs evolved their odd-looking “helmet” as new thoracic appendages. Those evolutionists, publishing in Nature,2 were not at all modest in their pronouncement: “Here we show that the treehopper (Membracidae) ‘helmet’ is actually an appendage, a wing serial homologue on the first thoracic segment. This innovation in the insect body plan is an unprecedented situation in 250 Myr of insect evolution.”Wrong, the new team reports. It’s not a novelty, but a common and widely-distributed feature among hemiptera (true bugs) – just an invagination of tissue, not a distinct limb. The new paper not only corrects the error but criticizes the evolutionists who proposed the wrong idea, telling them basically they should have consulted the insect experts (entomologists) before hopping to a Darwin-tree conclusion. “The treehopper pronotal wing hypothesis yields examples of misinterpretation that could have been avoided through updated best practices in phenotype knowledge representation and the broader development of anatomical references,” they said.Wish Ida known: Remember Ida, the extinct lemur that briefly made a splash in the science headlines as being a possible human ancestor? (5/19/2009, 3/03/2010). The discoverer even paid homage to Darwin by naming it Darwinius masillae, and it became the star of a TV documentary. Live Science reported this month that new evidence is casting doubt on it having anything to do with the human line. Another similar lemur fossil from Wyoming shows a grooming claw characteristic of mammals on other branches of the assumed evolutionary line of primates. “After examining the data, both with and without information about the grooming claw,” therefore, “it appeared both these ancient primates were more closely related to lemurs than to monkeys, apes and humans.”Darwin wouldn’t like this: Biologists can’t conjure up gradualism out of the data. Charles Darwin’s theory depended on the slow accumulation of gradual changes over long periods of time. In Current Biology last month,3 Douglas Erwin tried hard to put a happy face on the ugly problem of “punctuated equilibria” that causes mismatches between molecular methods of tracing the unfolding tree of evolution, and the fossil record that shows stasis and explosive diversification. Factoring in the ad hoc method of “rate heterogeneity” (something like artist Salvador Dali’s stretchy clocks in The Persistence of Memory) still doesn’t get the data in sync.Erwin recalled the long-standing “tension between microevolutionists and macroevolutionists” – the former looking for processes they can tweak in the lab, the latter looking at the fossils. It’s a tension that has lasted for over a century. Even though Erwin grinned like a hungry flashlight salesman that “Several recent papers now shed new light on macroevolutionary processes,” his light was lacking batteries in the body of his Dispatch.First, the darkness: “The discrepancy between plots of the diversity of taxa through time as inferred from molecular phylogenies and those based on counts documented by the fossil record has long been troubling,” he said, “largely because molecular phylogenies appear to underestimate the frequency of extinction.” In hopes of mitigating the damage, he presented three recent papers. One team of evolutionists found additional ways to tweak their models to get a better fit, particularly with dolphins and whales. But the next subtitle states, “Punctuations Are Not Passé.” The second study, this one more extensive, covering 40 species from fish to mammals, was not so gradual: “Their analysis supports a model of rare bursts of extensive evolutionary change in a sea of shorter-term fluctuations.” At the end of the section, Erwin lists three possible explanations for this:The bursts of evolutionary change over longer timescales remain to be explained but could reflect episodic changes in the optimal adaptive phenotype as the environment changes, as the authors suggest, the construction of new ecological environments, or the longer waiting time for significant developmental innovations.A third paper Erwin cited showed another episodic, not gradual, record of life, this time modeling developmental changes in light of the fossil record. Try as he might to save Darwin’s face, Erwin waved his hands, smiling, while writing what sounds like evolutionary gobbledygook to save macroevolution from the evidence of sudden, explosive change:In each of these papers [2,3,4] the results document a greater range of evolutionary processes, including great differences in origin and extinction rates in different clades through time, bursts of phenotypic change interrupting intervals of greater phenotypic quiescence, and a structuring of the developmental sources of evolutionary change.If anyone can understand that last clause without invoking intelligent design, it would make a good project in the psychology of evolution.1. Mikó I , Friedrich F , Yoder MJ , Hines HM , Deitz LL , et al. 2012 On Dorsal Prothoracic Appendages in Treehoppers (Hemiptera: Membracidae) and the Nature of Morphological Evidence. PLoS ONE 7(1): e30137. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0030137.2. Prud’homme et al., “Body plan innovation in treehoppers through the evolution of an extra wing-like appendage,” Nature 473 (05 May 2011), pp. 83–86, doi:10.1038/nature09977.3. Douglas H. Erwin, “Macroevolution: Dynamics of Diversity,” Current Biology, Volume 21, Issue 24, R1000-R1001, 20 December 2011, 10.1016/j.cub.2011.11.007.What do we have here? (1) Treehoppers are out as evidence for evolution. (2) Ida is out as evidence for human evolution. And (3) punctuated equilibria, completely contrary to what Darwin envisioned, is a gremlin in the Darwin camp that cannot be escaped with prodigious exercise in hand-waving, ad hoc models and gobbledygook.Erwin’s statement above is classic Darwinian obfuscational confability. Let’s parse it with our Baloney Detectors on:The bursts of evolutionary change…. [He acknowledges the evidence is bursty, but then embeds his own evolutionary assumptions into the phrase “evolutionary change” here. What if it is not evolutionary (i.e., gradual) change? What if it is creationary change?] over longer timescales… [Longer timescales embeds more of his evolutionary assumptions of slow, gradual change over millions of years.]remain to be explained… [Notice the subtle use of passive voice infinitive here; some nebulous entity will have to explain it someday over the rainbow. He should fess up and write in active voice, declarative sentences: “We can’t explain it. They can’t explain it. I can’t explain it. We are all clueless. I can only wish upon a star that someday, somebody will explain it.”]but could reflect episodic changes in the optimal adaptive phenotype as the environment changes,… [Stop right there! We put you under citizen’s arrest for impersonating a scientist (9/30/2007 commentary). That’s miracle talk. Erwin is assuming that if a landslide occurs, or the sea level changes, or a volcano blows its top, the Goddess of Evolution will produce an “optimal adaptive phenotype” on demand. How? By snapping her fingers? By waving her Tinker Bell Mutation Wand? This is crazy! Don’t let them get away with obfuscation like this.]as the authors suggest,… [You know, we’re really not interested in your suggestions. We want our scientists to do real science – observable, testable, repeatable science.]the construction of new ecological environments,… [More hand-waving and gobbledygook. This is an offhand reference to “niche construction” theory, that organisms not only adapt to environments but construct them. Such notions personify evolution and beg the question of how adaptation occurs.]or the longer waiting time for significant developmental innovations…. [Aaagh! Stop it. This is more miracle-talk assuming the Stuff Happens Law. Wait long enough and “significant developmental innovations” will just occur. How? Will they just arise? Will they just emerge? Will they somehow develop? When the “waiting time” is up, will they pop into existence, like the Pop-Eye theory of evolution? Stop the funnies. We thought we were watching The Science Channel, not the Cartoon Network.]Learn how to slice, dice and analyze these baloney tales from the evolutionists. Learn how to blow away the fogma* and get to the evidence. We naturally tend to defer to “scientists” because they are supposedly so smart. Their jargon sounds intimidating. The list of references to other baloney-generating scientists in science journals presents an aura of credibility. But it’s all aura and no substance, aurora with no charged particles of data, a roar a minute with no teeth.Understand that the structure in which Erwin and the evolutionists act with rhetorical flourish is just a façade like a movie set, with the script already written. Darwin’s script is being directed by ideologues that care less about the facts of nature than preserving their epic tale. Charlie’s Angles is one script so implausible, so out of touch with reality, it deserves to be left on the cutting room floor.*Fogma (n.), dogma so thick you can’t see through it unless you are outside of it (5/14/2007 commentary).(Visited 37 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Word clouds: No doubt you’ve seen these graphic representations of the most commonly used words in a body of text, floating around the internet. They are especially popular after big political speeches. Thanks to IBM researcher Jonathan Feinberg’s web site Wordle.net, word clouds are easy for anyone to create. To draw a loose analogy: Wordle has been to text analysis what Blogger or Facebook has been to online publishing – great tools to democratize what used to be an elite skill. Are there substantial limitations to this word cloud format that need to be taken into consideration, though?New York University PhD student of political science Drew Conway thinks there are. Conway hosted an interesting debate on his blog this week about one of the key concerns about word clouds and he offered an alternate model for understanding bodies of text. He calls word clouds “spatial visualization wherein space is meaningless.” That’s hard to argue with. Check out one of the models he proposes as a possible next step of the word cloud’s evolution. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Above, Conway’s visualization of words used by both President Obama and Sarah Palin in their speeches about the shooting of Congresswoman Giffords in Tucson. On the left, words used by both but more by Palin, on the right, words used by both but more by Obama. Click to view full size.The big picture here is that space, both the x and the y axes, are opportunities to convey something important.Conway explains what he did:To understand how these speeches compared I first needed to create a term-frequency matrix, which contained only words used in both speeches. After removing common English stop words and the word ‘applause’ (Obama’s speech was in front of a live audience), and retaining only words contained in both speeches at least once, I was left with 103 words to visualize.To show how the two speeches contrasted, I decided to use the x-axis position to pull words used more by one politician closer to either the left or right of the plot. Words used more by Palin are to the left, and likewise words to the right were used more by Obama. The color reinforces this information, making words Palin words darker red, and Obama darker blue…While this is a very simple extension of the traditional word cloud, much more can be learned from it. For example, both politicians used the words “congresswomen,” and “america” equally but also frequently. While the word “tragedy” is used often in both speeches, but slightly more by Obama. The edges are most interesting. Palin repeated the shared terms “ideas,” “debate,” “victims,” “values,” and “strength,” while Obama focused on “people,” “lives,” and “life.”Conway acknowledges that this visualization has its own limitations, specifically that the words not intersecting between both speeches aren’t represented here. He posts the Wordle charts for both speeches as well in his blog post. Tags:#Analysis#design#web Related Posts marshall kirkpatrick A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market
An ad hoc lecturer was shot dead on Tuesday allegedly by a second year student at Shaheed Dalbir Singh College in Pipli village near Kharkhoda in Sonipat district, the police said. The accused was angry as the lecturer had rebuked him following a female student’s complaint, they added. The deceased, Rajesh Malik, was aged between 35 to 40 years, they said.Four shots fired The accused was identified as Jagmal, a BA II year student, the police said. Jagmal, a resident of a village near Kharkhoda, walked into the college on Tuesday morning and fired four shots at Mr. Malik, the police said adding that the bullets hit him in the chest and arms. He was declared brought dead at a hospital, they said. The accused fled from the spot, the police added.Girl student’s complaintA police officer said that the lecturer had reprimanded Jagmal after a girl student complained that he had harassed her. “That is why he developed animosity against the lecturer,” he said. The police said Jagmal, who belongs to a farming family, was absconding and teams had been formed to nab him. Mr. Malik is survived by his wife and two children.
UAAP SEASON 80 PREVIEW: UST Growling Tigers428 viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Coach: Boy SablanLast Season: 3-11 (8th Place)Holdovers: Marvin Lee, Jeepy FaundoAdditions: Steve Akomo, Christian Garcia, Jordan Sta. AnaKey Losses: Louie Vigil, Jon Sheriff, Renzo Subido, Mario BonleonCoach Boy Sablan acknowledges that after last year’s disastrous run, the UAAP Season 80 campaign will be make or break for him in University of Santo Tomas.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Gilas Pilipinas joins Fiba Asia Champions Cup in China Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles01:37PNP vows dismissal for cadets in alleged hazing at PNPA02:49Robredo: 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 With key figures from last season’s campaign gone, the Growling Tigers will lean on veterans Marvin Lee and Jeepy Faundo to carry the fight.But Sablan believes that UST’s unpredictability makes it dangerous, as he expects several players to step up unlike others who depend largely on only one go-to guy.“You won’t rely on just one person. Everybody can be depended on. There are no main guys. I’m not particular on one, two, or three players. Now, I have more confidence on my players. I trust what they can do on the court.”While he’s not willing to make any promises, he guarantees that UST will be better prepared for the challenges that this season brings.“No promises,” he said. “That the team prepared well and we’ll try do everything we practiced the last eight months during the games. You’ll see the changes in our players. That’s one thing you have to watch out for. You’ll see the difference.”ADVERTISEMENT Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo But Sablan is willing to take on all comers in his second season at the helm for the Growling Tigers with a squad that he can proudly say is his own.“I built this team unlike last year’s. When I arrived, I had no choice but to run with whatever I had. This time, I’m in control of everything. We had a longer preparation this time and I believe we’re in a better groove,” said Sablan in Filipino.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 openingParading a mix of veterans and new recruits, Sablan is confident with the group that is slowly showing signs of maturity after the numerous pocket tournaments it participated in in the run up for this season.We had a longer time to prepare, not like before that we only had two months of preparation. So now, we’re running a bit better. The system I was trying to instill last year is finally happening. The bottomline is we had a longer preparation,” said Sablan. Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul View comments
Brighton avoided relegation from the Premier League last term and they are now embarking on a second successive campaign in England’s top division.Chris Hughton masterminded crucial victories over the likes of Manchester United and Arsenal as the East Sussex outfit tallied 40 points in all to steer clear of the drop zone.Players such as Pascal Gross and Glenn Murray shone for the club last season, but they will need to take things to a higher level again in 2018-19 if they wish to preserve their status. Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Goal brings you everything you need to know about the Seagulls’ season ahead, including squad numbers, transfer business and their complete Premier League schedule.Brighton 2018-19 squad numbers Squad No. Position Player 1 GK Mathew Ryan 2 DF Bruno Saltor 3 DF Gaetan Bong 4 DF Shane Duffy 5 DF Lewis Dunk 6 MF Dale Stephens 7 MF Beram Kayal 8 MF Yves Bissouma 9 FW Jurgen Locadia 10 FW Florin Andone 11 MF Anthony Knockaert 13 MF Pascal Gross 14 DF Leon Balogun 16 MF Alireza Jahanbakhsh 17 FW Glenn Murray 19 MF Jose Izquierdo 20 MF Solly March 21 DF Ezequiel Schelotto 22 DF Martin Montoya 23 GK Jason Steele 24 MF Davy Propper 25 FW Tomer Hemed 26 FW Percy Tau 27 GK David Button 29 DF Markus Suttner 30 DF Bernardo Brighton 2018-19 transfer activity The task which lies ahead of Brighton in 2018-19 is arguably greater than last season and they understandably sought to add reinforcements to their squad during the transfer window.Club records were smashed to sign the likes of Yves Bissouma from Lille and Alireza Jahanbakhsh from AZ, while Leon Balogun and Bernardo have joined from Bundesliga sides Mainz and RB Leipzig respectively.A host of club stalwarts have moved on too, with Steve Sidwell being released and Liam Rosenior retiring, while deadline-day deals included the addition of former Barcelona defender Martin Montoya.Transfer activity in Player Transferred from Fee Date Florin Andone Deportivo La Coruna £5m July 1 Leon Balogun Mainz Free July 1 Jason Steele Sunderland Free July 1 Bernardo RB Leipzig £9m July 5 David Button Fulham Undisc. July 16 Yves Bissouma Lille £17m July 17 Percy Tau Mamelodi Sundowns Undisc. July 20 Alireza Jahanbakhsh AZ £17m July 25 Dan Burn Wigan Athletic £3m August 9 Martin Montoya Valencia £6m August 9 Transfer activity out Player Transferred to Fee Date Connor Goldson Rangers £3m July 1 Uwe Hunemeier Paderborn Free July 1 Tim Krul Norwich City Free July 1 Nick Maenpaa Bristol City Free July 1 Jamie Murphy Rangers £1m July 1 Liam Rosenior Retired N/A July 1 Steve Sidwell Released Free July 1 Sam Baldock Reading £3.5m July 30 Jiri Skalak Millwall Undisc. August 2 Dan Burn Wigan Athletic Loan August 9 Brighton 2018-19 Premier League fixtures Brighton kicked off the 2018-19 Premier League season away from home against Watford but they struggled to make an impact in a 2-0 defeat.Things don’t get much easier for the Seagulls, with games against Manchester United, Liverpool, Fulham and Southampton completing their opening five matches.The first M23 Derby of the season is set to take place December, when Crystal Palace visit the Amex Stadium and the return fixture will happen in March next year.December will be a particularly testing month, with games Chelsea, Arsenal and Everton also scheduled.Depending on how results pan out during the season, the final run-in could be seriously hazardous, with Newcastle United, then Arsenal at home and away trip to Man City to top it all off.You can see the full list of Brighton’s Premier League fixtures for 2018-19 below. Date Time (UK) Match 11/08/18 3pm Watford vs Brighton 19/08/18 4pm Brighton vs Man Utd 25/08/18 5:30pm Liverpool vs Brighton 01/09/18 3pm Brighton vs Fulham 17/09/18 8pm Southampton vs Brighton 22/09/18 5:30pm Brighton vs Tottenham 29/09/18 3pm Man City vs Brighton 05/10/18 8pm Brighton vs West Ham 20/10/18 3pm Newcastle United vs Brighton 27/10/18 3pm Brighton vs Wolves 03/11/18 3pm Everton vs Brighton 10/11/18 12:30pm Cardiff City vs Brighton 24/11/18 3pm Brighton vs Leicester City 01/12/18 3pm Huddersfield Town vs Brighton 04/12/18 7:45pm Brighton vs Crystal Palace 08/12/18 3pm Burnley vs Brighton 15/12/18 3pm Brighton vs Chelsea 22/12/18 3pm Bournemouth vs Brighton 26/12/18 3pm Brighton vs Arsenal 29/12/18 3pm Brighton vs Everton 01/01/19 3pm West Ham vs Brighton 12/01/19 3pm Brighton vs Liverpool 19/01/19 3pm Man Utd vs Brighton 29/01/19 7:45 Fulham vs Brighton 02/02/19 3pm Brighton vs Watford 09/02/19 3pm Brighton vs Burnley 23/02/19 3pm Chelsea vs Brighton 26/02/19 7:45pm Leicester City vs Brighton 02/03/19 3pm Brighton vs Huddersfield Town 09/03/19 3pm Crystal Palace vs Brighton 16/03/19 3pm Brighton vs Cardiff City 30/03/19 3pm Brighton vs Southampton 06/04/19 3pm Tottenham vs Brighton 13/04/19 3pm Brighton vs Bournemouth 20/04/19 3pm Wolves vs Brighton 27/04/19 3pm Brighton vs Newcastle United 04/05/19 3pm Arsenal vs Brighton 12/05/19 3pm Brighton vs Man City Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Flipkart will be hosting Republic Days sale on its platform starting January 19. For the Flipkart Plus users the Republic Days sale begins on Jan 19, but for the rest, it kicks off only on Jan 20. The sale will end for all on Jan 22. During the sale, Flipkart will be offering big discounts on products across categories including smartphones. Flipkart will be selling phones from all ranges during the Republic Days sale. There will be great discount offers on phones and one of the best ones will be on the very recently launched Redmi Note 6 Pro.The Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro will be sold with a flat discount of Rs 1,000 on Flipkart during the Republic Days sale. This means the interested buyers can grab the Redmi Note 6 Pro for a low price of Rs 12,999. This will definitely be one of the best deals on Flipkart during the sale. The original price of the Redmi Note 6 Pro is Rs 13,999. This is for the base model of the phone that comes with 4GB RAM and 64GB of internal storage.Flipkart is yet to reveal whether both the variants of the Redmi Note 6 Pro will see the Rs 1,000 price drop. If both the version get the price cut the 6GB RAM and 64GB of internal storage will sell for Rs 14,999 which currently sells for Rs 15,999. Possibly, all the colour variants of the Redmi Note 6 Pro including red, blue, black, and rose gold will be available on discount. Notably, this is for the first every time that the Redmi Note 6 Pro will be available for a discounted price. To recall, the Redmi Note 6 Pro was launched in India back in November last year. This is undoubtedly one of the best camera Note from Xiaomi so far. The smartphone sports two cameras on both rear and front panel. On the rear panel the Redmi Note 6 Pro includes a primary sensor of 12-megapixel with Dual Pixel autofocus and f/1.9 aperture and a secondary sensor of 5-megapixel for depth shots. On the front, the Redmi Note 6 Pro consists of a primary sensor of 20-megapixel and a secondary camera with a 2-megapixel sensor for portrait selfies.advertisementDuring the same Republic Days sale, Flipkart will also be selling the Poco F1 for discounted price. During the sale, the Xiaomi Poco F1 will be available for a starting price of Rs 18,999. This price will be for the base model of the phone that comes with 6GB RAM and 64GB internal storage. The 6GB RAM and 128GB storage model of the Poco F1 will sell for Rs 21,999, while the 6GB RAM/256GB will be available for Rs 25,999. Additionally, Flipkart will also be offering extra discounts on the Poco F1.For the Republic Days sale, Flipkart will be partnering with the State Bank of India to offer 10 per cent instant discount to buyers shopping with SBI credit cards. Meanwhile, Amazon India will also be hosting Great Indian sale starting Jan 20 which will end on Jan 23. For the Prime users, the Amazon Great India sale will kick off a day early on Jan 19.ALSO READ | Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro February launch: Waterdrop notch, Snapdragon 675, 48MP camera and all we know so farALSO READ | Redmi Note 6 Pro review: Phone with best camera performance under Rs 20,000ALSO READ | Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 with 48MP camera and Snapdragon 660 launched, India price could be around Rs 10,500
AC Milan coach Gattuso: We’re not taking Coppa Italia lightlyby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAC Milan coach Gennaro Gattuso says they’ll take their Coppa Italia tie with Sampdoria seriously.Milan also face Juventus next week in Jeddah for the Supercoppa.Gattuso said, “We’re not going on vacation to Genoa, we are taking part in a competition that we really care about.“Last season, we reached the Final of the Coppa Italia and that was a huge disappointment. “It’s true, we are facing a Sampdoria side in stunning shape, but we too will use the best team available to go through.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Man Utd keeper De Gea defends inconsistent form: The odd mistake?by Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United goalkeeper David de Gea has defended his inconsistent form.De Gea came in for some criticism last season, but the goalkeeper – who’s just signed a new contract – says he was happy with his performances.He told Sky Sports: “I think people, when they look back on last season, they are thinking about the last few months.“If you focus on the season as a whole and, in particular, the first seven months of that season I was quite happy with my form.”“You can say the contract is there in the background – it’s not even in the back of your mind – that’s put to one side. The day-to-day training, going out on the pitch, that’s what you’re focusing on – and helping the team, of course.“Talking about the odd mistake, form can come and go with any player, but you are more under the microscope when you’re a goalkeeper. It’s not easy to keep up very high standards.“I’ve been here for a number of years now and to be on top form all the time it’s tough. There are moments when you feel better in yourself form-wise and moments where you’re not quite so good. Mistakes happen, goalkeeper’s live with them and I’m no different.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
No Big Ten men’s basketball team has been playing better of late than Ohio State. The Buckeyes (17-5, 6-3 Big Ten) have won three straight games, including back-to-back comfortable wins against two ranked foes in Indiana and Maryland. We now know why Thad Matta’s team has been performing at such a high level. The Ohio State coach promised his team an NBA Jam arcade game for their players’ lounge in exchange for a win streak. The Buckeyes are on a winning streak, so Matta delivered the game Friday. Is there a better arcade game than NBA Jam?Nope. Ohio State faces Purdue at Mackey Arena next Wednesday.
ESPN.Alabama is the favorite to win it all this season, according to nearly every sportsbook out there. Nick Saban disagrees with the oddsmakers. Who does the five-time national champion head coach think should be favored to win the national championship? The team his program defeated in last season’s College Football Playoff title game: Clemson. “How can they not pick Clemson?” Saban said during his appearance at ESPN today. “Deshaun Watson is most dominant player in college football since Cam Newton.”Bama 5/1 fav to win nat’l title. Nick Saban: “How can they not pick Clemson? Deshaun Watson is most dominant player in CFB since Cam Newton”— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) July 19, 2016Coach Saban starting the morning off in Bristol on @SportsCenter #RollTide pic.twitter.com/taAVky2Ohs— Alabama Football (@AlabamaFTBL) July 19, 2016This is just Saban trying to lessen the expectations for his team, but Clemson’s path to the national championship game is clearer than Alabama’s. The Crimson Tide are probably a more-talented team, but their quarterback situation is unclear and the schedule is pretty brutal. The Tigers, meanwhile, have a Heisman Trophy contender behind center and a more manageable schedule. Who are you betting on to win it all this year?