Women’s soccer: Badgers fall short of Big Ten title on final day

first_imgThe No. 19 University of Wisconsin women’s soccer team (12-3-3, 6-2-3 Big Ten) finished their Big Ten regular season schedule over the weekend, missing the regular season title but earning the No. 4 seed in the Big Ten. The Badgers beat Nebraska (8-6-4, 4-4-3 Big Ten) 1–0 Thursday in their home regular season finale before falling to The Ohio State University (9-5-3, 6-2-3 Big Ten) 2–1 in Columbus Sunday.The shutout over Nebraska was business as usual for a Badger team that has been incredibly effective on defense as of late, allowing just three goals in their previous five contests. At goal, Jordyn Bloomer was limited but effective in her work, notching all five of her save opportunities.Forward Lauren Rice’s first period score was the lone goal in the contest and was also her seventh of the season. 2018 has been a breakout year for Rice as the sophomore leads Wisconsin in goals with seven.Men’s Soccer: Flourishing Badgers to face Northwestern WednesdayThe University of Wisconsin men’s soccer team (7-5-2, 4-2 Big Ten) will look to continue their dramatic rise as they Read…In her post-match conversation with UW Athletics, Head Coach Paula Wilkins was impressed with the Badgers’ ability to maintain their early lead versus a tough opponent in Nebraska.“Nebraska poses a very interesting problem, tactically,” Wilkins said. “What they do, they do very well. I thought our team bought into the game plan and was disciplined in what they did and I thought they brought a physical challenge that they needed to bring.”Entering the game against Ohio State, Wisconsin had an opportunity to be Big Ten regular season co-champions with Penn State as the Badgers were just three points behind them in the standings heading into each team’s final match. But Penn State secured the outright title and continued their seven-game win streak with a 2–0 shutout versus Minnesota.Men’s basketball: Approaching opener, Badgers look to put last season’s struggles in rear view mirrorLast season didn’t go as planned for the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team, and that’s almost certainly an understatement. Read…After the Big Ten championship was decided, Wisconsin still had to play their game versus Ohio State. The Buckeyes scored quickly with a ninth-minute goal from forward Marissa Birzon. But Dani Rhodes answered quickly for the striker’s fourth goal of the season, knotting the game up at 1–1.Following an own goal off a deflection by Camryn Biegalski, the Badgers needed another score to equalize. Despite putting up eight shots in the second period, Wisconsin couldn’t hit the back of the net and the team ended their regular season with a 2–1 defeat.But the Badgers can still earn conference honors with a Big Ten Tournament championship, a feat the team hasn’t achieved since 2015. Wisconsin will host No. 5 seed Illinois at the McClimon Complex for the Big Ten Quarterfinal Sunday.last_img read more

Behind enemy lines: Five questions with Chiefs beat writer

first_imgFive questions with Adam Teicher, who covers the Kansas City Chiefs for ESPN.com:Q: The Chiefs have the week off. Andy Reid is known for having his teams well prepared after a bye with a 17-3 record in Philadelphia and Kansas City. Can you shed any light on why Reid is so good at this?Teicher: Reid and his staff put the extra time to good use. Their game plans usually look fresh after having some time off. The players look fresh, too. Reid gives the players the entire bye week off from …last_img

Ground-breaking find by South African researcher

first_imgRay Maota Nokuthula Mchunu-Nxumalo has discovered that a certain fungus can be used to create a xylanase enzyme (pictured) which bleaches paper, thus eliminating the use of harmful chlorine in the food and paper industries. (Image: Naro Food Research Institute) Mchunu-Nxumalo is a doctoral student at the Durban University of Technology (DUT). (Image: DUT) MEDIA CONTACTS • Professor Suren Singh  HOD: Biotechnology and Food Technology  +27 31 373 5321 RELATED ARTICLES • Sci-Bono CEO gets French knighthood • South African women lead the way in science • South African whizz-kid in line for Google award • South African students tops at science awardsA South African microbiologist has discovered that a certain fungus can be used to create a xylanase enzyme which bleaches paper, thus eliminating the use of harmful chlorine in the food and paper industries.Nokuthula Mchunu-Nxumalo, a doctoral student at the Durban University of Technology (DUT), made the discovery during an 18-month study with academics at the University of Sains Malaysia’s (USM) Centre for Chemical Biology and the DUT.The work, which forms part of Mchunu-Nxumalo’s doctoral thesis, is a partnership between DUT’s biotechnology and food technology department and USM.Professor Suren Singh, head of biotechnology and food technology at the DUT, said: “Mchunu has spent close to a year at the Malay university and has made excellent progress in completing the sequencing of an industrially important thermophilic fungal genome, a world first.”Singh said the research finding was a milestone for the DUT.Through her work, Mchunu-Nxumalo has discovered more than 200 enzymes responsible for plant and waste degradation – which could also help in the production of renewable fuels.“South Africa has a lot of agricultural waste from growing maize, rice and sugarcane … the proteins can actually convert plant waste into biofuel,” she said.Heat-loving fungusMchunu-Nxumalo’s ground-breaking research in the sequencing of a thermophilic genome has been co-supervised by Profs Kugen Permaul and Maqsudul Alam from USM’s Centre for Chemical Biology.According to DUT’s Prof Singh, genomic sequencing refers to a combination of lab experiments and computer processing that elucidates the entire DNA sequence of a living organism.“Sequencing of the human genome is one of man’s greatest scientific accomplishments, taking approximately 12 years since 1989 to produce a draft version,” he said.“To this day, it is only approximately 90% complete and this is due, in part, to the large amount of DNA we possess and also since about 8% contains repetitive sequences that contain no genes.”The research by Mchunu-Nxumalo concentrated on a smaller genome from a thermophilic fungus, which prefers high temperatures of up to 60°C. This is vital for heat-intensive industrial processes.Professor Permaul said: “Mchunu’s research shows that there is a greater than 90% match between the genome and transcriptome (codes for real genes), demonstrating the high quality of the data produced by the high throughput genome sequencing.“The identified genes will be used to mass-produce enzymes that will be useful in industrial applications and processes.”A global academicMchunu-Nxumalo grew up in Port St John’s in the Eastern Cape, but now lives in Port Shepstone on KwaZulu-Natal’s south coast.She lectures undergraduates at DUT’s department of biotechnology and food technology.Once she returns from Malaysia, Mchunu-Nxumalo will join Singh and Permaul in studying the DNA sequencing of indigenous plants.Permaul said: “Mchunu intends producing at least two scientific articles from the results of her project as well as file patents for genes that produce enzymes of industrial importance.”Mchunu-Nxumalo also took part in a bilateral research project between DUT and Sweden’s Lund University as part of her master’s study.With DUT’s department of biotechnology and food technology investing R20-million (US$2.8-million) in upgrading its state-of-the-art equipment and facilities, Singh believes they will be able to extend ground-breaking research beyond 2011.Representatives from USM and DUT met on 26 August 2011 at the DUT’s Hotel School Conference Centre and signed a memorandum of understanding to establish future research prospects.last_img read more

Rival fans cheer as brilliant Lionel Messi scores 3 for Barcelona

first_imgPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting No, the game wasn’t at Camp Nou. It was the Benito Villamarin Stadium in Seville that resounded with “Messi! Messi! Messi!”It may end up as simply another superb performance by Messi, among so many in his trophy-laden career. But this game will be remembered by the 54,000 mostly Betis spectators who turned up on Sunday to back their team, only to end up honoring the man who helped deal it a hefty defeat.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsMessi said he had never received such a tribute from opposing fans.“No, I can’t remember that happening before. I am grateful, we are always treated well when he play here,” Messi said after his 45th hat trick for Barcelona, and six for Argentina. “I was fortunate enough to get the goals and we took the three points because we had a great chance to increase the distance with Atletico that we couldn’t let get away.”Barcelona’s victory let it open up a commanding 10-point lead of the Spanish league.To round off the memorable night, Messi added another milestone to his list by surpassing Xavi Hernandez with a club record 477th win.Messi struck with a powerful free kick in the 17th minute. He added a second goal just before halftime from a pass by Luis Suarez, who scored a fine goal of his own midway through the second half.But Messi saved his best for late after substitute Loren Moron had pulled one back for the hosts. In the 85th, Barcelona’s all-time leading scorer used one touch of his left boot to float the ball from the left side of the box over goalkeeper Pau Lopez. His shot grazed the underside of the bar before going in, triggering the outburst of praise from Betis fans.ADVERTISEMENT Miguel Romero Polo: Bamboo technology like no other Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte View comments Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Google Philippines names new country directorcenter_img Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag MOST READ Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving LATEST STORIES Barcelona’s last league loss was 4-3 at home to Betis in November. It is now undefeated in 16 rounds and is on course to successfully defend its league title after taking full advantage of second-placed Atletico Madrid’s 2-0 defeat at Athletic Bilbao on Saturday.Ernesto Valverde’s team has also reached the final of the Copa del Rey— a competition it has won four years in a row— and will face Manchester United in the quarterfinals of the Champions League next month.There are 10 rounds remaining, but with Messi and his teammates playing at this level and with such a large cushion of points, only a complete collapse could deny Barcelona a 26th league title and its eighth in 11 years.“It depends on us and staying aware that nothing is decided yet,” Messi said. “Worse things have happened. There are still lots of points in play and we have to keep playing like this.”MESSI MAGICMessi’s first goal was the product of a foul by Andres Guardado on Arthur that gifted the Argentina forward a free kick perfect for his preferred left foot — just slightly outside the semi-circle atop the area.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Giannis Antetokounmpo becomes record 11th 50-point scorer of season Barcelona’s Messi, second left, celebrates after scoring with teammate Aleix Vidal, left, and Suarez during La Liga soccer match between Betis and Barcelona at the Benito Villamarin stadium in Seville, Spain, Sunday, March 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Miguel Morenatti)BARCELONA, Spain — After Lionel Messi scored a wonderful third goal to complete his 51st career hat trick, Real Betis supporters did what only true fans can do when in the presence of genuine soccer genius.They stood up, applauded Messi and joined with Barcelona fans in chanting out his name.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Clouds block strawberry colored moon tropics quiet

first_img Recommended for you Related Items:strawberry moon Strawberry Moon a delicious show from Midday today Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 03 Jun 2015 – And Turks and Caicos’ usually clear skies were covered in clouds last night; blocking most, if not all, from seeing that ‘strawberry moon’. The good news is the tropics remain quiet. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img

HC allows Rly to use own force for eviction drive at New

first_imgKolkata: The Calcutta High Court today allowed the Railways to carry out eviction of encroachers at New Jalpaiguri and Siliguri stations, and directed the West Bengal government to cooperate with the national transporter in the process. The HC directed the state government to depute a magistrate to oversee the drive to evict around 80 illegal shops encroaching on railway land at the two stations. Justice Rajasekhar Mantha also granted authority to the Railway to use its own force for the eviction drive. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flights New Jalpaiguri is an important station connecting the Northeastern states with the rest of the country and is being upgraded to a ‘Class A’ station, but the encroachments have hindered the development of infrastructure there, Additional Solicitor General Kaushik Chanda told the court. The HC directed the state government to cooperate and provide assistance to oversee the eviction of around 60 unauthorised vendors, including restaurants, outside the station building of the New Jalpaiguri station complex and 20 shops at Siliguri railway station. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killed “The whole country is suffering, every state, every city is suffering due to illegal encroachments,” Justice Mantha observed while disposing of the petition filed by the Railways. Chanda and counsel Saptarshi Roy submitted that the West Bengal government has written that its concurrence is required for removal of the encroachers and sought direction to the state for providing assistance in carrying out the eviction order. Justice Mantha said the Railways will not require concurrence of the state government for evicting the illegal occupiers at the two stations, which are under the jurisdiction of North Frontier Railway (NFR). The high court had, on a petition by the NFR, ordered eviction of illegal shops at the two stations on July 5, 2016. However, unable to find assistance from the state to remove the encroachments, NFR moved the high court again in July 2017. Justice Joymalya Bagchi, who had passed the eviction order earlier, told the state and railway authorities to form a high-power committee to oversee the modalities and execution of the eviction order. Since there was not much headway in execution of the order, the NFR authorities moved the high court again today seeking assistance of the state government. The encroachments, by illegal shops and settlements on railway land adjacent to the tracks, hamper development of services to passengers at stations as well as punctuality of trains owing to speed restrictions, a senior railway official said.last_img read more

Restaurants come up with special World Cup menu

first_imgKolkata: The World Cup cricket fever has gripped New Town.Three restaurants under West Bengal Housing and Infrastructure Development Corporation (HIDCO) — Café Ekante, Café Ajante and Biswa Bangla Gate Restaurant will serve special menu during the time of World Cup. The official launch of the special event took place at Café Ajante on Thursday afternoon in presence of Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports Laxmi Ratan Shukla and Hidco chairman Debashis Sen. Shukla, who has been part of the Indian national squad, cut a cake that resembled a cricket ground. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe restaurant has been decked up in accordance with the theme of the cricket world cup. Flags of all the participating nations have been put up and the pillars inside the restaurant have been decorated with flags of the countries taking part in the event. Two large LED TVs has been placed on the wall of the restaurant so that people can enjoy the cricket match live while savouring dishes at the restaurant. Replicas of cricket bat and wicket have been placed on tables and on the verandah outside the restaurant. A statue of Indian skipper Virat Kohli has been set up just at in front of the replica of Eiffel Tower, which is just adjacent to Café Ajante. The statue has been made by artisans of Kumartuli. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateA mat has been placed in front of the statue to encourage visitors to try their hand in cricket with all the equipment required for playing the game available at the restaurant. A writing board has also been placed where visitors can write their comments or opinion about the ongoing game. These comments will be forwarded through e-mail to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). “The place’s décor perfectly goes with the mood of the World Cup,” Shukla said.last_img read more