Vice-Chancellor of the University of the West Indies, Professor Sir Hilary Beckles, has urged the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) to implement the most crucial reform aspect of the Patterson Report.Telling the WICB president Dave Cameron that reform was the “duty of his generation”, Sir Hilary pointed to Carlos Brathwaite’s heroics of four sixes off the first four balls of the final over in the men’s final which fired West Indies to victory over England and stressed that it was now left to the regional governing body to complete the process.”All that is now required is for the WICB, president and directors, to complete the over,” Sir Hilary said in a letter to media.”There are two balls left to face, one is to accept the governance reform that calls for the Council of Stakeholders as set out in the Patterson Report, and the other is to recognise that by accepting the governance interdependence of cricket and society is not to lose autonomy.”The players have done their job on the field. It is now for the president, whose heart resides in cricket as much as any one of us, to do his and lead his board boldly into the rest of the decade with public support and popular legitimacy.”The Patterson Report, commissioned by the WICB and authored by former Jamaica Prime Minister P.J. Patterson, was produced in 2007, but its main recommendations have been ignored by the WICB.Among these proposals are the implementation of a Council of Stakeholders, comprising 23 members and, according to the Report, “representative of a wide cross section of stakeholders and will determine policies and strategies and provide guidance for the development of West Indies cricket”.This council would appoint the president, vice-president and the executive directors.West Indies cricket is being destroyed by “internal conflict and acrimony.”Without this reform, West Indies runs the risk of being razed to the ground by internal conflict and acrimony,” he pointed out.”The golden monument we have all built as a tribute to our cultural tenacity and collective wisdom must come first. This is your task, Mr President. It’s a duty of your generation.”Noticeably, Sir Hilary made no reference to the most recent Caricom-commissioned Governance Report, which last year called for the “immediate dissolution” of the WICB.Speaking last November after the report was made public, Sir Hilary said he believed institutions like UWI and the WICB needed to be “preserved for posterity”, but also adapt to changing times.- CMC
Wood rot fungus doesn’t sound like a useful thing. Most people would rather get rid of it – especially those who have seen their houses decay because of it. Some scientists, however, are intrigued by it. It may have properties that could some day help power your car. Science Daily reported that the US Department of Energy and Department of Agriculture are trying to figure out how wood rot fungus decomposes wood. Cellulose and lignin in wood are tough to break down. “Few organisms in nature can efficiently breakdown lignin into smaller, more manageable chemical units amenable to biofuels production,” the article says. The basidiomycetes fungi are rare exceptions. Their ability to decompose wood is actually essential to the ongoing life of the forest, and to the carbon cycle of the whole planet. The genomes of these little wonders have recently been released. Learning the tricks of wood decomposition might just help reduce America’s dependence on foreign oil. “This type of information may empower industrial biotechnologists to devise new strategies to enhance efficiencies and reduce costs associated with biomass conversion for renewable fuels and chemical intermediates.”There’s a purpose to everything, at least in its original design, and everything is designed to fulfill its purpose. Rots, molds, rusts and other fungi are given bad names to reflect their bad rap. That’s just because we don’t understand their place in the natural scheme. We can learn to live with them when their natural purposes run up against our artificial ones. You wouldn’t curse a little organism that is keeping our planet’s carbon cycle going, would you? Its ability to decompose wood is a clever trick that challenges scientists. Your challenge is to keep it out of your house and in the outdoor ecology where it does its job. With a little respect for our fellow creatures, we can actually improve our lives by learning about their designed secrets.(Visited 11 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
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SALT LAKE CITY, UT – SEPTEMBER 3: View of a Michigan Wolverines football helmet before their game against the Utah Utes at Rice-Eccles Stadium on September 3, 2015 in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Photo by Gene Sweeney Jr/Getty Images)Apparently wide receiver Devin Funchess is not the only recent Michigan football player who can throw down. After seeing Funchess’ impressive dunk on Instagram on Sunday, quarterback Devin Gardner decided to make one of his own.Gardner’s dunks are definitely impressive, especially for someone who focuses on another sport, but we’ll have to award this impromptu Wolverine dunk contest to Funchess. That vertical leaping ability is sure to impress NFL scouts in the coming weeks during the combine and other draft preparation events.
Twitter/@derekjstevensCollege basketball fans will tell you to never bet against Tom Izzo in March. One Las Vegas casino owner, Derek Stevens, placed a $20,000 bet on Michigan State to win the title back after the team’s 79-78 overtime loss to Notre Dame on December 3. The 5-3 Spartans were at 50-1 to win it all at the time, giving Stevens a potential payout of $1 million.I’ll be @theDlasvegas #LONGBAR to #SpartyOn THX @GoldenNuggetLV & @Gollumlv for giving me the shot @darrenrovell pic.twitter.com/GjK1ueQfin— Derek Stevens (@DerekJStevens) March 31, 2015In an article by ESPN’s Darren Rovell, sportsbook director Tony Miller admits that this is a big risk for the casino.…Miller accepted Stevens’ $20,000 bet, never thinking he’d be sweating the possibility that the Spartans could pull it off. “In my nine years at this sportsbook, I never accepted a bet that could result in us paying $1 million,” Miller said. “The most I’ve ever seen won here was a $100,000 parlay.”…Miller and Stevens have become good friends over the years, which makes the fact that the Spartans have two games to win it all a bit awkward.“This would be a massive loss for us,” Miller said. “I see days where we lose $10,000 to $30,000, but nothing close to $1 million.”Michigan State is a five point underdog against Duke on Saturday, and would play either Kentucky or Wisconsin for the title on Monday night. Stevens still has a long way to go to cash in, but it is definitely impressive that his bet is still alive.[ESPN]
The NBA’s most impressive playoff homestandsBest schedule-adjusted points per game differentials at home (according to Elo ratings) for NBA playoff teams, 1984-2018 21987Detroit Pistons70+17.0+12.5 62016Oklahoma City Thunder63+13.3+8.0 71994Indiana Pacers61+12.3+7.8 92007Utah Jazz71+10.0+7.4 With their 96-83 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday night, the Boston Celtics just got that much closer to becoming the first Eastern Conference team to eliminate a LeBron James-led squad in eight years. (Incidentally, the last team to do it also wore Celtics green.) And once again, it was all about the Celtics’ home-court advantage playing at TD Garden, where Boston is a perfect 10-0 in these playoffs.Where does this rank among the playoffs’ greatest historical performances at home? If we use FiveThirtyEight’s Elo ratings to measure each team’s schedule-adjusted performance in every game, the Celtics are winning by 7.2 more points per game than we’d expect based on the quality of their opponents. Since the 1984 playoffs (when the NBA expanded the field to its modern 16-team format), that ranks these Celtics as the 10th-best home team in any single postseason: Source: Basketball-Reference.com It wasn’t always pretty in Game 5. Despite rookie swingman Jayson Tatum’s big numbers (24 points, 7 rebounds, 4 steals and 2 blocks), the Celtics’ 36.5 percent field-goal percentage was the 10th worst by a winning team in a conference final game since 1984. But Boston’s defense made up for it. It held the Cavaliers to 88.0 points per 100 possessions, their third-worst offensive game of the whole playoffs, rendered three Cavs starters (JR Smith, Tristan Thompson and George Hill) practically invisible and limited a visibly exhausted LeBron to only the fourth game of the postseason in which he didn’t personally account for at least 20 percent of the positive actions by either team while on the court.(That’s according to NBA Advanced Stats’ Player Impact Estimate metric, in which LeBron “only” graded out at 18.1 percent in Game 5. He still led all Cavs who logged any meaningful playing time, but James’s PIE was below his playoff average of 23.1 percent. That’s how high a standard we hold LeBron to: Somehow it’s seen as disappointing if he doesn’t literally do the work of two players when he’s in the game.)The Celtics’ home-court advantage in these playoffs has generally been fueled by offense as much as defense — even after Game 5, they’re scoring 11.5 more points per 100 possessions at home than on the road, while allowing 10.8 points per 100 possessions fewer — but on Wednesday night, it mostly came down to the work Boston put in at the defensive end. Pesky Celtics defenders Marcus Morris and Marcus Smart led the way on this end, holding Cleveland shooters to the game’s two lowest shot-quality numbers as individual defenders, according to Second Spectrum’s quantified shot quality metric.As for the Cavs, Game 5 continued their yearlong pattern of extreme up-and-down basketball. After losing Games 1 and 2 by an average of 19.0 points per game and then winning Games 3 and 4 by an average of 19.5, they turned around and lost Game 5 by 13. Predictably, it happened as they reverted back to their poor-shooting ways; they made just 26.5 percent of their 3-pointers Wednesday, which is the kiss of death for this Cleveland team.But who can say when they’ll heat up again? As The Ringer’s John Gonzalez wrote earlier this week, we all need to stop waiting to find out who these Cavs really are. There’s nothing to really learn about them at this point, except that they’re maddening and impossible to predict. And with Cleveland in a do-or-die situation at home in Friday’s Game 6 — remember, James’s teams are 10-3 when facing elimination since 2012 — the roller-coaster ride is far from over.Check out our latest NBA predictions. 42018Golden State Warriors71+14.8+10.5 11996Utah Jazz81+20.7+16.1 81984Los Angeles Lakers92+14.5+7.6 32016Cleveland Cavaliers91+17.9+11.9 51986Houston Rockets91+11.3+8.0 RkSeasonTeamWinsLossesPPG Diff.Vs. Expected 102018Boston Celtics100+11.5+7.2
Buckeye football players waiting to run out of the tunnel and onto the field before the first game of the 2016 season against Bowling Green on Sept. 3 at Ohio Stadium. The Buckeyes won 77-10. Credit: Mason Swires | Assistant Photo EditorWhen Ohio State and Oklahoma storm the field at Gaylord Family Memorial Stadium, it will mark the first time the two programs played in 33 years. However, the Sooners had a similar look at the Buckeyes in Week 1.Oklahoma took on former OSU offensive coordinator Tom Herman and his Houston Cougars to open the season. Herman runs nearly the same offensive scheme as he did with OSU, so the Sooners should be very familiar with the offensive attack of the Buckeyes.Houston’s 33-23 victory and offensive success might appear to foreshadow success for OSU’s offense, but it also means that the Oklahoma defense will be better prepared for what the Buckeyes may throw at them. The style of Cougars’ quarterback Greg Ward Jr. and OSU redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett draw similarities in the areas that had Oklahoma’s defense discombobulated.While it might seem like Oklahoma has the best insight prior to the game due to its game against Houston, it would be foolish to forget about the masterful preparation skills of coach Urban Meyer. On Sunday, Meyer called his former colleague Herman.“Yeah. We did talk to Tom. Just got their thoughts on personnel,” Meyer said at Monday’s press conference. “It was more about personnel because they have a couple of new players as well in the back end of their defense, and what’s their thoughts on the defensive line.”The Buckeyes and the Sooners do not have an extensive history, but these are two of the most storied programs in college football history. In early August, the Associated Press released its top 25 college football teams of all time, with OSU and Oklahoma ranked No. 1 and No. 2 respectively on that list.The offense of Houston has had more success statistically than OSU, racking up 1,427 yards as compared to OSU’s 1,193. So far, the Cougars have leaned on their run game to put points on the board, while OSU has enjoyed a balanced scoring attack from the air and on the ground.While both teams have dynamic coach-quarterback duos, each team is playing for a different reason. Oklahoma needs to win to regain momentum for the postseason, while the Buckeyes are looking to remain seated in the top four.As the game draws near, there is potential for the matchup to be an instant classic
Barcelona are about to play their last match of the season at home against Real Sociedad and it will be the last game for Andres Iniesta who decided to leave the club after the season.Coach Ernesto Valverde wants to win the last game of the season to prepare a proper farewell for the Spanish midfielder and end the season on the winning despite his team have already secured the title.The former Bilbao manager spoke about this last game as he said, according to Daily Mail:“We want to finish the year well against a good team.”Zidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“It is an important game for all Blaugranas because of what Andres Iniesta means and we want to end with a victory.”“We won’t get a replica of Andres Iniesta.”“We have players like Denis Suarez, (Carles) Alena or (Philippe) Coutinho, who are similar but a little more attack-minded. All of us will have to make up for his absence together.”
Bayern Munich midfielder Javi Martinez feels that new coach Niko Kovac has made a good start to life at the club and he is convinced that they going to achieve “good things” under him this seasonThe Bavarians enter the new season looking to continue with their dominance of German football by winning the Bundesliga title for a seventh successive campaign.But they will have to do so with their manager Jupp Heynckes, who has retired for the second time, and has been replaced by Kovac, who led Eintracht Frankfurt to the DFB cup last season and in the process thrashed Bayern 4-1 in the final.It will be the first time the 46-year-old has managed a major European club in his coaching career, but Martinez is already seeing similarities between Kovac and his predecessors Heynckes and Carlo Ancelotti.“All the trainers have their own look on different tactics, different concepts. So, yeah, with Niko I think we are going to continue on the same line with Jupp or with Carlo [Ancelotti],” the Spaniard told ESPN.Premier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“We’re going to try to keep the ball, to not concede opportunities to the opposing team. Yeah, I think we are going to play very well with this coach because we are training very well, we are good things. I can’t wait to start the competition.”Martinez is hoping to recover from his injury in time to face his former Bayern boss Pep Guardiola on Saturday with the Bundesliga giants set to take on Manchester City in the International Champions Cup.“I got hit in the back. It hurts a little bit, but I think the progress is going good,” he said.“I hope on Saturday I can play — these kinds of games are perfect for us. All the best teams in Europe, their prestige, to play against them is good. We feel at home here.”
Alan Brazil has told Manchester United to sell ‘arrogant’ Paul Pogba to Barcelona in the summer transfer window.Paul Pogba has been linked with a move to Barcelona over the past few weeks. The Frenchman impressed at the World Cup to help his country win the coveted trophy.Reportedly, the midfielder had a strained relationship with Jose Mourinho last season due to his inconsistent performances.Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola offered the 25-year-old midfielder to a number of Europe’s top clubs.Former Man United player Alan Brazil seems fed up with the situation and has urged his former club to cut their losses and sell Pogba to La Liga Champions before the end of this month.“I’m not happy with Pogba, I think he’s arrogant, he’s aloof,” Brazil told talkSPORT.Solskjaer praises Harry Maguire after Man United’s 1-0 win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Harry Maguire for praise after helping Manchester United keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Leicester City.“The way he struts about, if he was playing eight-out-of-ten every week then I’d say, ‘well he’s got a point’, but he doesn’t!”“You look at Kevin de Bruyne and David Silva – week-in, week-out they are brilliant for City – but this guy comes along, and there’s no doubting his ability, but something is just not right.”“I think Jose is right to say, ‘look, you’re annoying the dressing room, you’re annoying me, if you don’t like it, see you later”“It’s best to get rid and I think that may strengthen Man United.“Every day I’m reading it in the papers, Pogba this, Pogba that – I’m sick of it to be honest.”