Player Fitness

first_imgButler University’s basketball team is into fitness analytics.  You might ask “what is this?”  It is a growing trend in all sports today.  It starts with body fat of the player.  Most experts want the body fat to be in the 7-11% category.  This is considered top-playing weight.St. Vincent Sports Medicine has everything you might want to know in sports analytics.  They can tell you about additives, vitamins, and statistics on every aspect of an athlete’s body.  They deal with things like cell recovery for sprinters and other runners, cell reaction during all aspects of exercise, and how to warm up and cool down for games as well as practice.Today is not enough to just know X’s and O’s of coaching.  You have to know about all parts of the human body and how it functions under stress.last_img read more

Atletico Madrid through to Champions League final

first_imgRobert Lewandowski put Bayern back in front on the night but Atletico held on despite Fernando Torres having a spot-kick saved by Manuel Neuer.Atletico will play the winner of the second semi-final between Real Madrid and Manchester City, who meet in the second leg in Spain on Wednesday after a goalless first leg.The final will be played in Milan on May 28.Share on: WhatsApp Atletico Madrid’s players celebrate winning the UEFA Champions League semi-final, second-leg football match between FC Bayern Munich and Atletico Madrid in Munich, southern Germany, on May 3, 2016. / AFP PHOTOMunich, Germany | AFP |Atletico Madrid made it through to their second Champions League final in three seasons on Tuesday after a 2-1 defeat away to Bayern Munich in Germany saw them win their semi-final on away goals.Bayern came into the second leg at the Allianz Arena trailing 1-0 from the first leg but Xabi Alonso levelled the tie on aggregate with a deflected free-kick just after the half hour.However, Thomas Mueller then had a penalty saved and Antoine Griezmann grabbed a decisive away goal for the Spaniards in the 54th minute.last_img read more

Kurtenbach: The Warriors beat the Rockets at their own game — now they have to find theirs

first_imgOAKLAND — The Warriors were injured. They were tired. They were rushed and undisciplined.The Houston Rockets had their rivals exactly where they wanted them in Game 1 of their Western Conference Semifinal series Sunday afternoon at Oracle Arena.And yet the Warriors won.Nothing about Golden State’s 104-100 victory was beautiful. It was a game played on the Warriors’ court, but on Houston’s terms, which is to say that it barely passed as basketball. Flow was impossible, as the …last_img read more

Molecular Machines Under the Nanoscope

first_imgThe second two articles did not discuss how these mechanisms could have evolved.  Indeed, it would be a challenge to think of a scenario how they could evolve, since life at the most basic, primitive level depends on the activity of these specialized enzymes.1Rajagopala et al, “The protein network of bacterial motility,” Nature: Molecular Systems Biology 3 Article number: 128 doi:10.1038/msb4100166.2Gledhill, Montgomery, Leslie and Walker, “How the regulatory protein, IF1, inhibits F1-ATPase from bovine mitochondria,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, published online before print September 25, 2007, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, 10.1073/pnas.0707326104.3Ghosh and Vishveshwara, “A study of communication pathways in methionyl-tRNA synthetase by molecular dynamics simulations and structure network analysis,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, published online before print September 26, 2007, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, 10.1073/pnas.0704459104.Let the evolutionists speculate and spin their webs of belief; we have the observational evidence in front of our noses that shout design.  The precision of fit of these parts, and the accuracy of their performance, is beyond any theory of chance and blind stumbling in the dark.  We do not accept the circular reasoning of the Darwinists who keep saying they evolved because they have a phylogenetic tree, and they have a phylogenetic tree because they evolved.  Those dependent clauses collapse in on themselves.  Neither do we accept the merry-go-round reasoning that says they are wonderfully adapted because they evolved, and they must have evolved because they are wonderfully adapted.  No more Darwinian rhetorical tricks.  Look, behold, wonder, and use your God-given common sense.(Visited 11 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Seeing machines just billionths of a meter long seems impossible, but cell biologists are now routinely looking into the cellular black box.  Using indirect but powerful methods, they can actually begin to visualize the gears and wheels and cogs of the protein machines that make life possible.  Some of our favorite cell gadgets were examined in recent papers.Bacterial flagellum:  A paper in Nature: Molecular Systems Biology1 juxtaposed design language with evolutionary speculation.  Rajagopala et al began with high praise for the Ferrari of the cellular world:Motility in most bacterial species depends on a sophisticated molecular machine called the flagellum.  The flagellar apparatus is made of dozens of different proteins and thousands of individual subunits.  The bacterial flagellum is actually a mechanical nanomachine with a rotation frequency of 300 Hz, an energy conversion rate of nearly 100%, and the ability to self assemble.So far this sounds like Michael Behe’s writing.  Indeed, these authors representing three countries found even more essential protein parts for the flagellum – take one away, in other words, and motion stops.  But the gist of their paper was that the variety of flagella in different species shows evolution: “Many features of the bacterial flagellum have changed over the course of evolution,” they said.  “This is reflected in the surprisingly different composition and protein interaction patterns in the flagella of different species, which may reflect adaptations to species-specific motility needs.”    Yet their argument was based entirely on homology.  They did not explain how needs produced functional, adapting flagella.  They merely built an evolutionary tree based on similarities:The bacterial flagellum represents an interesting entity to study the evolution of complex biological machines.  For an evolutionary view of the flagellum on the protein level, we constructed a phylogenetic supertree solely based on flagellar protein sequences.  As anticipated, this tree closely recapitulates phylogenetic relationships identified, employing traditional phylogenetic marker molecules such as rRNAs.    Whereas it is generally believed that the motility machinery evolved from an ancient type III secretion system, the detailed steps leading to current structures have yet to be defined….    Similar to protein sequences and structures, interactions among proteins are often conserved in the course of evolution.  In fact, the phylogenetic relationships of different species are partially reflected by the phylogenetic interaction profile of the integrated network.Conservation is not evolution.  Phylogenetic tree construction, furthermore, presumes the very question under investigation: that flagella evolved in the first place.  And as any creationist would say, adaptation is not proof of evolution; it is proof of design.    In summary, these authors could not help but marvel at the flagellum.  They found an even more amazing network of interactions among the conserved protein parts.  Their conclusions about evolution, however, were based only on arguably circular arguments from homology.  Indeed, “the detailed steps leading to current structures have yet to be defined” in their own article.ATP Synthase:  A team of UK scientists publishing in PNAS investigated one detail of the other sophisticated rotary motor in all of life: ATP synthase.2 (See 09/18/2003, 07/16/2002.)  They wanted to know how a regulatory protein named IF1 inhibits the motor, like a Denver boot.  (After all, a high-performance motor usually comes with brakes.)  Stopping a spinning motor is not a simple matter.  They found it takes a complex set of protein interactions that forms an “inhibitory complex” with the machine like – well, let them explain:To form these complex interactions and penetrate into the core of the enzyme, it is likely that the initial interaction of the inhibitor with F1 forms via the open conformation of the {beta}E subunit.  Then, as two ATP molecules are hydrolyzed, the {beta}E-{alpha}E interface converts to the {beta}DP-{alpha}DP interface via the {beta}TP-{alpha}TP interface, trapping the inhibitor progressively in its binding site and a nucleotide in the catalytic site of subunit {beta}DP.  The inhibition probably arises by IF1 imposing the structure and properties of the {beta}TP-{alpha}TP interface on the {beta}DP-{alpha}DP interface, thereby preventing it from hydrolyzing the bound ATP.Transfer RNA:  One of the most amazing sets of machines, on which all forms of life depend, is the crew of translators that know which amino acid goes with which codon from the DNA code.  A family of 20 of these molecules, known as aminoacyl-tRNA synthetases, or aaRS for short, exists – one for each amino acid.  Each one knows its own amino acid and tRNA so well the accuracy of their operation is stunning.  Even when there are cognate codons (three-letter codes that differ yet code for the same amino acid), the machines rarely make a mistake.  For instance, metRS, the synthetase for methionine, can match two cognate codons with the right amino acid every time and eject very similar ones.    Herein lies a mystery: if you look at a tRNA molecule (which looks something like a letter t), and the synthetase that works on it, the two active sites are separated by some distance.  The anticodon on the tRNA is on the bottom of the “t”, but the amino acid binding site is at the other end – a whopping seven nanometers away.  Seven nanometers may not sound like a lot, but at the molecular scale, that’s a lot.  How does one end of a blind machine communicate with the other end?    To find out, two Indian researchers investigated metRS in detail and published their results in PNAS.3  They found that vibrations ripple through the amino acids of the enzyme along four pathways.  The strongest one overrules the others when the twist is just right.  Furthermore, they found that these communications caused conformational changes – swings like a lever arm, flips and turns – that had to match the substrate in order to work.  The amino acid would only attach if all the contact points were just right:Furthermore, the network analysis on these simulated structures has been carried out to elucidate the paths of communication between the activation site and the anticodon recognition site.  This study has provided the detailed paths of communication, which are consistent with experimental results…. A comparison of the paths derived from the four simulations clearly has shown that the communication path is strongly correlated and unique to the enzyme complex, which is bound to both the tRNA and the activated methionine.last_img read more

WATCH: Kobe Bryant’s 11-year-old daughter shows off basketball prowess

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa In a previous interview with Andrew McNicol of the South China Media Post, Bryant shared an adorable story of how Gianna was irked by fans who kept calling him the “G.O.A.T.”“It’s me, my wife [Vanessa], my eldest daughter Natalia and our middle child Gianna,” he shared. “And fans throughout the park keep walking by me saying ‘you’re the GOAT, you’re the GOAT!’“Finally, Gianna turns to one of them and shouts ‘how rude.’ I asked her what was wrong, and she says, ‘they keep calling you a goat, that is so rude!’Kobe clarified that it meant “The Greatest Of All Time” and Gianna went on to thank the fan.Shortly after his retirement in 2016, Bryant shared that he was looking forward to spending more time with his wife and three daughters.By the looks of it, he is certainly cherishing every moment. /raRELATED STORY:WATCH: Kobe’s 11-year-old daughter drains jumpshot a la ‘Black Mamba’ Read Next Bryant posted a couple of videos of their 1-on-1 workout on his personal Instagram account, which has accumulated a combined 3 million views as of this writing.“@wnba finals rematch got us hype! A lil one on one with my baby,” Bryant captioned the first video, which showed Gianna clearing some space and draining a jump shot.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 shutout Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games ADVERTISEMENT BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fightcenter_img LATEST STORIES LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary A follow-up video showed Kobe’s “mambacita” hitting another shot from deep, followed by a strong drive to basket over her legendary father. Fans may no longer see Kobe Bryant suit up in the hardwood, but it looks like he has found a worthy successor—his 11-year-old daughter, Gianna.After admitting that the WNBA Finals rematch between the Los Angeles Sparks and the Minnesota Lynx has got them all hyped up, the father-daughter duo went on to work and put on shots of their own.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president EAC, Letran triumph Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City View commentslast_img read more

Ticketing hassles keep spectators away from Commonwealth Games

first_imgThe Commonwealth Games got off to a scintillating opening three days ago but a tight security apparatus, far-away venues and several ticketing issues are still keeping spectators away from the mega sporting event.While empty stadiums are giving sleepless nights to Games organisers, spectators complain that procuring a ticket itself is a big problem and once they get one, reaching the venues offers more challenges.The Organising Committee has set up ticket booths outside venues after the intervention of the Games Federation which was clearly unhappy with the poor attendance at the stadiums.Spectators complain that reaching the venues were a big problem due to traffic restrictions.”One has to walk a long distance in sun, may be three kilometres or more, to reach the venues. You have to park your vehicle some five-seven kilometres away. It is hell reaching a stadium,” said Sushil Das, who went to Yamuna Sports Complex.Another concern of the spectators was the “unnecessary” security restrictions.”It was very hard for me to convince the policemen at the access point that I will not harm anyone with my car keys.They kept saying they cannot allow me inside with car keys.This is ridiculous,” said Ranjan Saxena, who visited the Indira Gandhi stadium.A senior Organising Committee official said security apparatus apparently was turning away spectators from the stadiums.People also complained about long queues at ticket counters and the time taken for giving tickets.”It is not rocket science. One should get a ticket in minutes after the payment is done. Here one has to wait for more than 15 minutes sometimes,” Anjana Shukla, who went to Indira Gandhi stadium, said.advertisementAnother problem was the “high-priced” food at the venues.”We are not allowed to take food. The prices are very high at the venues. Who can afford this?” asked Dipak Gupta, a spectator.However, spectators were more livid at the security arrangements for the event. “Police comes up with new instructions everyday. I have to part with coins when it is not in the list of prohibited items,” said a spectator.In one case, wife of noted writer William Dalrymple claimed that she lost all “barred items” which was kept by police personnel at the R K Khanna Stadium where she had gone to watch tennis match. Delhi Police however said they have not received any such complaints.last_img read more

10 months agoMan City ace Gabriel Jesus: I’m learning a lot from Aguero

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man City ace Gabriel Jesus: I’m learning a lot from Agueroby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City ace Gabriel Jesus admits he’s enjoying working alongside Sergio Aguero.The Brazilian’s lack of goals was partly down to limited game-time caused by the impressive form of his fellow South American Aguero.City’s all-time leading goalscorer recently missed three games with a groin injury, but City will expect to benefit from having both forwards healthy and in form.”Sergio is a good guy,” Gabriel said.”I like him. I like his football. He is a legend for City and I’m learning a lot from him.” last_img read more

a month agoMan Utd captain Ashley Young: A deserved win

first_imgMan Utd captain Ashley Young: A deserved winby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United captain Ashley Young was pleased with victory over Leicester City.United earned a 1-0 win at Old Trafford yesterday.”When you play as a defender, you want to keep a clean sheet and hope the boys up the top can go and get the goals,” said Young.”On days you’re not going to play well and you’re going to win games. On days you’re going to play well and not win games.”There’s going to be a balance and we just want to do the right things and keep applying ourselves the way we have this season.”I think we have been unfortunate, especially at Southampton the other week. I think it was unfortunate against Crystal Palace as well.”I think we’re very close [to getting it right]. It wasn’t a bad performance. I didn’t think it was a bad performance.”If we had gone on and got a second goal after we got the first then it would have been totally different.”But, like I say, we had to show that resilience and that grit and that determination not to concede a goal and we done that today.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Former Cincinnati Player Says Butch Jones Hit Players At Practice “Multiple Times”

first_imgJohn Lloyd tweets that Butch Jones hit players at practice.john lloyd cincinnati butch jonesLast week, a number of rumors regarding Tennessee head coach Butch Jones – including a claim that he punched a player this past summer during practice – made the rounds on social media. This Monday, Jones commented on the rumor, calling it “absolutely ridiculous.” Wednesday night, one of Jones’ former players made an interesting claim on Twitter regarding the situation.Former Cincinnati punter John Lloyd, who played for Jones from 2010-2012, told his followers that he saw Jones hit players “multiple times” during his time with the Bearcats. He also joked that Jones “probably” made Cincinnati’s video crew delete practice footage. It wasn’t a glowing review of his former [email protected] here are the tweets. pic.twitter.com/cFj2LkDLLn— Football Time in TN (@FootballTimeMag) October 8, 2015Lloyd has since deleted the tweets and moved his account to private, for what it’s worth. Despite Jones’ statement on the matter, it doesn’t seem that this story has gone away. We’ll keep you updated.last_img read more

Modi’s address gross misuse of power & machinery: Mayawati

first_imgLucknow: BSP president Mayawati Thursday lashed out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for “gross misuse of power and machinery” in addressing the nation without prior permission of the Election Commission and hoped that the poll body will act in an exemplary manner. She was referring to Modi’s address to the nation on Wednesday announcing India’s successful test of an anti-satellite missile that put the country in an exclusive club of space super powers. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ “The EC has formed a committee to examine the content of PM’s address yesterday but the real issue is why & how the PM addressed the country without its prior permission. It is the gross misuse of power & machinery for the electoral benefits. EC must act in an exemplary manner,” the BSP leader tweeted. “Previous experience proves that like law & order, BJP leaders are habitual offenders in violating Model Code of Conduct. And PM Mr Modi again flouted poll norms by addressing the country without prior permission of EC though there was no such emergency. Hope the EC acts promptly,” she said in another tweet. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K India shot down one of its satellites in space on Wednesday with an anti-satellite missile to demonstrate this complex capability, making it only the fourth country to have used such a weapon. Declaring India has established itself as a global space power after the success of the operation ‘Mission Shakti’, Modi said the missile hit a live satellite flying in a Low Earth Orbit after it traversed a distance of almost 300 km from earth within three minutes of its launch.last_img read more