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No. 22 Syracuse stumbles in final minutes of 2-1 loss to No. 2 North Carolina

first_imgNorth Carolina midfielder Alex Olofson ripped off his shirt and paraded around a muddy Fetzer Field.Some Syracuse players watched with their hands on their hips and expressionless faces as the Tar Heels players celebrated their second goal in less than 10 minutes.“We’ve got a very disappointed group,” head coach Ian McIntyre said.The Orange had been in the lead for more than 52 minutes of the game. It had put up more shots than any of UNC’s opponents all season and was on the verge of handing the No. 2 team in the country its first loss of the season.But eventually SU cracked. Two goals with less than 17 minutes left — the game-winner coming with just 7:28 remaining — prevented SU from holding onto the lead and completing the upset, as the No. 22 Orange (8-3-1, 2-2-1 Atlantic Coast) fell to the No. 2 Tar Heels (10-0-1, 5-0), 2-1, on Saturday.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“We’re a little bit unfortunate to come away with nothing tonight,” McIntyre said. “… We had a firm lead and we just needed to score that second goal.”Midway through the first half, midfielder Oyvind Alseth played a corner kick to midfielder Julian Buescher, who was standing next to the flag. Buescher passed the ball back down the left sideline to Liam Callahan, who sent a cross into the center of the box. Miles Robinson nicked the ball with his head enough while falling away from the net to get it to bounce.The goal put Syracuse ahead, 1-0, and had UNC on its heels.At the end of the half, the Tar Heels only had one shot on goal — a dribbler from more than 18 yards away that rolled directly to Syracuse goalie Hendrik Hilpert. Syracuse, however, put five on net, including a point-blank chance from forward Ben Polk that UNC goalie James Pyle had to save with his shin.“We were in a good spot,” McIntyre said. “We were relaxed. The group was good.”In the second half, things changed. The Orange warded off the Tar Heel’s initial post-half push, McIntyre said, but as the game neared its end, North Carolina kept coming.UNC put more balls into the box and pressure on SU’s back line than before. Callahan had to block a shot by the back post and turned to the defenders, clenching his fists and yelling.A few minutes later, on another “scrappy,” broken play in the box, UNC scored.Defender Louis Cross headed a cross to UNC’s Alan Winn at the top of the box. Midfielder Juuso Pasanen slid to block the shot, but it ricocheted to forward Tucker Hume in front of the net, who scored.Hilpert looked at the sideline and shrugged his shoulders.“They’re a little bit fortunate that the ball squirmed to their forward,” McIntyre said.The UNC barrage of attack kept up. Hilpert made a diving save to his left from a shot in close.On the next possession, he desperately kept the ball out of the back of the net again. Hilpert charged out of it to make a save on Hume, blocking the rebound attempt while still on the ground scrambling to grab the loose ball.But on the last shot of the game, all Hilpert could do watch it sail into the net. Olofson sidestepped Pasanen and fired “an absolute rocket” from 25 yards out into the right side of the net while running left.Hilpert froze and turned his head to watch the ball find the top right corner.“Unfortunately, we could’ve done with one more save from him tonight,” McIntyre said. “… We’re in a low spot right now, but we’ll bounce back.” Comments Published on October 10, 2015 at 10:45 pm Contact Jon: [email protected] | @jmettus Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Think Twice Before Starting Narcotic Pain Meds

first_imgFacebook2Tweet0Pin1Submitted by Kaiser PermanenteWelcome to the time of year when people cram things into boxes and give them to each other in the name of love. Chances are at some time in your life, your body has felt like you were the one crammed in one of those boxes.Chronic pain is a terrible reality for many people. Most people experience it at some time in their lives. There was a time when doctors thought these meds were the best thing to treat severe non-traumatic chronic pain. Headaches, toothaches, fibromyalgia, joint pain, spine pain…you name it, they all got hit with narcotics. These days, we’ve realized there’s a ton of problems with that way of thinking (caption: From the National Institute on Drug Abuse)Photo courtesy: Kaiser PermenanteBy narcotics, I mean: Percocet, Vicodin, Fentanyl, Dilaudid, Codeine, Darvocet, Hydrocodone, Tramadol, Morphine, Methadone, Oxycodone, mickeymouseodone, tyrannosarusocet, hydrojustinbeiberdin…the list is nearly endless. But in the end they’re all essentially the same thing.Let’s talk about some of the problems with these meds:First, most people develop a dependence on narcotics. Once that happens, the usual dose doesn’t help as much with the pain but ironically, stopping the drug causes more pain. So people end up trapped by a drug that doesn’t really work, but they have to keep taking it to avoid worsening the pain they do have. Kinda like the experience of being a Denver Broncos fan this year. You’re stuck in it, but it brings you no joy.Narcotics can lower a person’s pain threshold, getting you stuck in a painful cycle. Photo courtesy: Kaiser PermanenteSecond, narcotics can lower a person’s pain threshold. This means that the painful sensation one person can tolerate easily (a pinprick), a chronic narcotic user interprets as excruciating. This also is a terrible conundrum since things you could once tough out now debilitate you.Third, over time, your body’s ability to utilize the narcotics decreases. Imagine 10 drug molecules and 10 receptors for that drug located in your central nervous system. All 10 molecules have a place to go, so at that point the drug can reach its maximum effect.Then imagine your infinitely-rational body thinking, “Heck, why do we need all these receptors? There’s drug molecules everywhere.” So, it “downregulates” those receptors to 5. This may sound strange, but it’s a natural reaction to an environment of “plenty.”To you, that downregulation feels like the drug just doesn’t work as well as it did. So the natural reaction is to take more to try to boost the effect. But what will 20 molecules do, when you still only have 5 receptors? Nothing, at best. At worst, those extra molecules will go sit on receptors that cause you to forget important things. Like breathing.Talk to your physician about alternative to narcotics. Photo courtesy: Kaiser PermananteSome people think narcotics are the ONLY way to deal with severe chronic pain, but that’s just not true. The U.S. uses more than double the daily doses of morphine than the next country (Germany). Our use of narcotics is more than 2000 times greater than that of India. And all those people have spines, and heads, and joints that can hurt just like an average American.Turns out there are lots of ways to address chronic pain, completely free of the dangers of narcotics, like stretching, staying active, and mindful breathing. More on that in my next column. But for now, in this season of giving and joy, be reassured that although chronic pain is a reality for most people in life it doesn’t have to ruin that life. Around the world, people live with chronic pain every day. They manage it relatively well, without dependence on dangerous drugs, and still find happiness.last_img read more

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Leicester will stay up – Mourinho

first_imgChelsea manager Jose Mourinho fully expects Wednesday’s opponents Leicester City to avoid relegation from the Premier League this season.The Foxes have climbed to 17th place in the table – one place and one point above the relegation zone – after four consecutive victories.Chelsea, who can move move to within one win of clinching the title with victory at the King Power Stadium, edged a close game 2-0 at Stamford Bridge in August.But they could easily have trailed at the interval and Mourinho has also been impressed by City in the last few games.“I was surprised by their position,” Mourinho said. “I played them earlier in the season and I could feel that they were a good team.“I will not be surprised when they keep the division. They are playing well.“They have options for every position. They have to play at home against teams in the same area as they are.“The game against Chelsea is an extra game. So I think their situation is very good.”When asked about Leicester’s standout player, Mourinho picked Argentine midfielder Esteban Cambiasso – a player who he won the Treble with while Inter Milan boss.“He is phenomenal,” Mourinho said. “He was part of my Golden Team. He is a player who means a lot to me.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Meteor shower set to light up South African skies tonight

first_img13 August 2015The mesmerising Perseid meteor shower is set to light up skies across the world tonight, including South Africa, as the annual celestial event reaches its peak this week. While the shower might not be as visible in urban areas compared to rural areas, if you are in any wide open space with a good view of sky after midnight, you might be in for a great cosmic show.“It is a northern hemisphere constellation, but we can see the Perseid from South Africa relatively from the northern horizon,” Astrological Society of Southern Africa Johannesburg Centre chairperson and viewing officer Jerome Jooste told News24 yesterday.Perseid, derived from the Greek word for ‘son of Perseus’ (the hero-god) is the debris cloud from the orbit of the comet Swift-Tuttle travelling past Earth on its way back to the Perseus constellation, part of the Milky Way, located 250 million light-years from Earth.The meteor shower seen from Earth is distinctive in the variety and beauty of its formations. While the show is best viewed in the northern hemisphere, stretching from Asia to the Americas, over Europe, Africa will be able to view the tail end of the event, itself a sight to behold, according to local astronomers.The radiant of a meteor shower is the point in the sky, from which meteors appear to originate. The Perseid shower radiates from a point within the constellation of Perseus. “What we call the radiance or the point of radiance, where the meteors seem to radiant from is a little higher than the Perseid constellation itself,” Jooste says, “you will start to notice there will be more meteors than what you would normally see and also there would be more per an hour.”Most of the Perseid meteors will burn up as close as 80km above sea level, within Earth’s outer atmosphere, producing long bright trails and fireballs, before becoming part of the larger cosmic debris.No special equipment or specialist astronomical knowledge is needed to view Perseid, as much of the action is easy to find with the naked eye. The only requirement is find a dark, open spot where as much sky, particularly to the north, is viewable. The show will be late and intermittent – the meteors arrive in spurts with a bit of waiting time between sightings – so a cup of coffee, a comfortable chair and some patience will make the experience more enjoyable.The more open the sky, the better, as there is much to view, with meteors moving in different directions and at varying speeds. The current waning crescent moon also helps keeping the sky as dark as possible for the best viewing experience.The Perseid meteor shower has been recorded for thousands of years, first documented in China in AD 36. Its origin was officially tracked and the shower named by Belgian astronomer Adolphe Quetelet in 1835. Catholics refer to the shower as the ‘tears of Saint Lawrence’, occurring around the same date as the saint’s martyrdom. The Romans believed that the meteor shower was a positive harvest forecast from the fertility god Priapus.Source: News24Wirelast_img read more

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Jamaica to Host Inter-Parliamentary Workshop on Gender Equality

first_img Strategies to remedy gender inequality and engage men as partners in tackling gender-based discrimination in the region are among the issues to be discussed at an Inter-Parliamentary Workshop on Gender Equality to be held at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel on January 24 and 25.The event, to be held under the theme, ‘Partnerships to Transform Gender Relations’, is a collaborative effort of the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport; the Jamaican Parliament; and ParlAmericas, an inter-parliamentary association with membership across North, Central and South America and the Caribbean.It will involve the participation of parliamentarians, non-governmental organisations, and gender experts from countries such as Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Canada, Guyana, Jamaica, Saint Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.Speaking at a Jamaica Information Service Think Tank held today (January 17) at the agency’s head office in Kingston, Clerk to the Houses of Parliament, Heather Cooke, said plans are advanced in the preparation for the workshop.She said that the event provides an opportunity for parliamentarians, along with civil society, to engage in dialogue and discuss actions to deal with the gender equality issue.“When they go back, participants are expected to strengthen systems within the Parliament that will encourage dialogue on gender affairs and how to treat with gender balance,” she said.Mrs. Cooke stated that there will be a closing session and a press briefing with the Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange, at the end of the workshop.For her part, Director, Policy and Research, Bureau of Gender Affairs, Sharon Coburn Robinson, said the Ministry is “extremely ecstatic” to partner with the Houses of Parliament on the initiative.“For years we wanted to sensitise parliamentarians. This is a part of our mandate coming out of… the National Policy for Gender Equality,” she added.She noted that one of the areas of the Policy is to “sensitise our parliamentarians, so that they understand the importance of legislation and the impact it has on gender equality, and that they are not just aware but they are engaged strategically”. Story Highlights Strategies to remedy gender inequality and engage men as partners in tackling gender-based discrimination in the region are among the issues to be discussed at an Inter-Parliamentary Workshop on Gender Equality to be held at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel on January 24 and 25. Speaking at a Jamaica Information Service Think Tank held today (January 17) at the agency’s head office in Kingston, Clerk to the Houses of Parliament, Heather Cooke, said plans are advanced in the preparation for the workshop. It will involve the participation of parliamentarians, non-governmental organisations, and gender experts from countries such as Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Canada, Guyana, Jamaica, Saint Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.last_img read more

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Hearthwrenching delay for families waiting for inquest into Thunder Bay student deaths

first_imgAPTN National NewsSix teenage boys were found drowned and a teenage girl was found asphyxiated from an alcohol related incident.Their deaths happened at different times, but they were all students attending the same high school in Thunder Bay, Ont.An inquest was called into their deaths in 2012, but now the families have been hit with more delays.APTN’s Delaney Windigo has this story.last_img

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Court summons Rahul over his Modi surname remark in Guj

first_imgSurat: A court in Surat Thursday issued summons to Rahul Gandhi in response to a criminal defamation suit filed by a Gujarat MLA over the Congress president’s “how come all thieves have Modi as common surname” remark.Chief Judicial Magistrate of Surat, B H Kapadia, issued summons to Gandhi, directing him to be present before the court on June 7. The complaint against Gandhi was filed by BJP legislator Purnesh Modi, on April 16 under IPC sections 499 and 500 that deal with defamation. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghIn his complaint, the MLA from Surat-West seat claimed the Congress president was defaming the entire Modi community by saying all “Modis are thieves”. He was referring to an election rally at Kolar in Karnataka on April 13, where Gandhi asked, “Nirav Modi, Lalit Modi, Narendra Modi…how come they all have Modi as common surname. How come all the thieves have Modi as the common surname?” While talking to reporters after filing his defamation suit last month, Purnesh Modi had claimed that Gandhi’s remark has defamed the entire Modi community. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroad”There are a large number of people with Modi surname. Does it mean all members of the Modi community are thieves? He has defamed the community and also me as I carry the surname. This is why we have moved a complaint (against Gandhi) in a Surat court under IPC sections 499 and 500,” the MLA had said. A court in Ahmedabad had Wednesday issued summons to Gandhi in response to a criminal defamation suit filed by a BJP worker for calling BJP chief Amit Shah a “murder accused”.last_img read more

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Indices log 9th straight session fall

first_imgMumbai: Indian equities fell for the ninth session in a row on Monday as investors fretted about health of non-banking finance sector, US-China trade tensions and uncertainty over poll outcome.In their longest losing streak in years, the BSE Sensex crashed over 372 points and the NSE Nifty dived nearly 130 points on sustained sell-off across the board. In the past nine sessions, the Sensex has lost 1,940.73 points and the Nifty has given away 599.95 points. The BSE index widened its loss towards the fag-end of the session on emergence of intense selling in financial stocks as fresh concerns over liquidity crunch re-emerged. In percentage terms, however, Sun Pharma was the biggest loser with 9.39 per cent drop. Intra-day, the pharma major’s shares tanked over 20 per cent. Other top Sensex laggards were Yes Bank, Tata Steel and Indusind Bank — falling as much as 5.58 per cent.last_img read more

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NFL Week 10 Elo Ratings And Playoff Odds

Going into Week 9, the No. 1 slot in our Elo ratings had been the exclusive province all season long of last year’s Super Bowl participants, the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos. In fact, the last time a team other than Denver or Seattle ranked first in Elo was Week 19 of last season, when the San Francisco 49ers owned first place after beating the Carolina Panthers on the road in the NFC divisional playoffs. (They would cede that ranking to Seattle the very next week.)This week, though, the New England Patriots have finally broken the Denver-Seattle duopoly on No. 1 after the Patriots crushed the Broncos 43-21 Sunday afternoon. How unusual was the Seahawks’ and Broncos’ long stranglehold on the top slot? Going back to the advent of the 16-game schedule in 1978, it’s the eighth-longest span into a season it’s taken for a third No. 1-ranked team to emerge. Last season, it took seven weeks for Seattle to wrest No. 1 away from a Denver/New England duumvirate.For the Patriots, it’s a long-awaited return to a familiar spot. New England occupied No. 1 in 27 (!) consecutive editions of the Elo rankings between Week 19 of the 2011 season and Week 2 of the 2013 season. And since 2000, they’ve spent more weeks at No. 1 (102) than the next three most frequently top-ranked teams (the Indianapolis Colts, Green Bay Packers and St. Louis Rams) combined.But of all teams, the Patriots should know that a No. 1 Elo ranking midway through the season is no Super Bowl guarantee. They sat atop the league through the first nine weeks of both the 2012 and 2007 seasons but failed to hoist the Vince Lombardi Trophy either season. (Since 1978, the top-ranked team through Week 9 has gone on to win the Super Bowl at a 41.7 percent clip.)New England also faces a difficult schedule. It has a bye this week, but after the break it will have to travel to Indianapolis to face the fifth-ranked Colts. Then, following a home date against the 17th-ranked Detroit Lions, the Patriots must go on the road against the No. 12 Packers and the No. 14 San Diego Chargers in back-to-back weeks, with the surging No. 16 Miami Dolphins waiting in the wings after that. An average (1500 Elo rating) NFL team would be expected to win only 46.6 percent of the Patriots’ remaining games, which means they have the seventh-hardest remaining schedule of any team in the league.Our Elo-based simulations give the Patriots just a 16 percent probability of winning the Super Bowl, which is well below the aforementioned historical average for top-ranked teams through nine weeks. Part of that is simply an artifact of league and playoff expansion. Since the NFL adopted its current size and divisional format in 2002, the top-ranked team through Week 9 has won the Super Bowl 25 percent of the time, a rate more in line with New England’s simulated odds. But 2014 has also been a strange year in terms of the distribution of ratings across the league’s 32 teams. The Patriots’ 1677 Elo rating at No. 1 is 21 points below the average for that slot through Week 9 from 2002 to 2013, while 18 of the next 22 highest-rated teams have better Elo ratings than the average for their ranking from the previous 12 NFL seasons.In other words, New England isn’t as strong as the typical No. 1, and there is an unusual number of solid teams out there for the Pats to tangle with en route to the Super Bowl. That lends credence to the growing talk of 2014 being a banner season for parity in the NFL.Meanwhile, the league’s nine worst teams by Elo are far worse than usual, culminating with the Jacksonville Jaguars and Oakland Raiders each falling more than 50 points behind the typical ratings of the NFL’s two worst teams through nine weeks. It will be worth monitoring whether this year’s atypical dispersion of Elo ratings is a one-year quirk or part of a larger trend.Here are the current playoff and Super Bowl odds for all teams:I mentioned that San Francisco had defeated Carolina (who ranked fifth in Elo at the time) to briefly claim the No. 1 ranking during last season’s playoffs. This year, however, neither team has enjoyed the same kind of success, going a combined 7-9-1. And there’s a 55 percent chance that both will be shut out of a return trip to the postseason.After starting the season 1-2, the 49ers had regained some measure of playoff probability with three straight wins over the Philadelphia Eagles, Chiefs and Rams in Weeks 4 through 6. Going into Week 7, they even had an NFC West-leading 65 percent probability of making the playoffs, as well as the division’s best projected end-of-season win total in our Elo simulations. But a pair of losses sandwiched around a bye week have left San Francisco on the verge of missing the playoffs entirely. Its current playoff probability stands at 32 percent after taking into account their mediocre record (4-4), the difficulty of their remaining schedule (ninth-hardest), and the strength of the teams they’d have to beat out for a wild card (as their hopes of winning the NFC West have been all but extinguished).Carolina’s chances of returning to the playoffs look even worse. Despite failing to win five of its previous six games (it lost four and tied one), Carolina still had a 44 percent probability of qualifying for the postseason before its game against the New Orleans Saints — but our weekly playoff implications article also identified Panthers-Saints as one of the most crucial matchups of Week 9. Sure enough, New Orleans’ 28-10 victory dropped Carolina’s playoff probability by 25 percentage points, leaving it with less than a 1-in-5 chance of making the playoffs.In addition to the Panthers and 49ers, the other teams who lost the most from their playoff odds in Week 9 were the Baltimore Ravens and the Chargers in the AFC.The cause for Baltimore’s decline was all about the division odds — predictably, its head-to-head loss against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday night had huge ramifications for the AFC North race. Going into the game, the Ravens had a 33 percent chance of winning the division, with the Steelers sitting at 28 percent; after the game, Pittsburgh’s chances had increased to 45 percent and Baltimore’s had dropped to 13 percent. (Neither team’s wild card odds really budged at all.)San Diego’s dip, on the other hand, had little to do with a division race. The Broncos are rated so much higher than their AFC West competitors that our simulations see little chance they don’t win the division. That leaves the wild card as the only real viable path to the playoffs for the Chargers and Chiefs, both of whom are in a dogfight with each other — as well as the losers of the AFC East and North — for one of those two slots. (The AFC South loser is unlikely to make much of a wild card push.) Miami’s 37-0 pasting of San Diego on Sunday had direct consequences in that regard, boosting the Dolphins’ wild card probability by 17 percentage points as the Chargers’ chances dropped by 19 (with scarcely a change to either team’s division odds).Elo point spreadsRecord against point spread: 64-62-3 (7-5 in Week 9)Straight-up record: 94-39-1 (9-4 in Week 9)Although the Elo ratings are performing better against the spread in recent weeks, we still would strongly advise you not to take them to Vegas as a betting tool. Even so, it is always interesting to see how they differ from the spreads offered by the major sportsbooks.This week’s biggest disparity is in the Dallas Cowboys-Jaguars game, which is not only taking place in London, but adds the wrinkle of Dallas quarterback Tony Romo’s availability being in question. With the possibility that the Cowboys will once again have to start backup QB Brandon Weeden, who oversaw the team’s Week 9 defeat to the Cardinals, the oddsmakers have dropped Dallas to a mere 6-point favorite against the lowly Jaguars, rather than the 10.5-point favorite the Elo ratings would suggest.Aside from that change, the other big discrepancies against Vegas this week involve the Cardinals and Rams (the books have been comparatively down on Arizona all season, relative to Elo) and the Cincinnati Bengals and Cleveland Browns (Elo rates Cincinnati slightly higher — and Cleveland slightly lower — than Vegas’s power ratings would value the two teams). But in the Detroit-Miami tilt, which may go down as the biggest game of the week from a playoff-implications perspective, both Vegas and Elo agree: The hosting Lions should be favored by about a field goal.CORRECTION (Nov. 6, 11:56 a.m.): A previous version of this article incorrectly said that Elo is 62-44-3 against the point spread. It is 64-62-3.(Nov. 6, 2:04 p.m.): A previous version of this article said the Dallas Cowboys had a 75 percent chance of defeating the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday. Dallas should have an 82 percent win probability, because it has an Elo difference of +259 and there is no home-field effect in either direction. read more

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