Troy Daniels hits late 3, Suns hold off Grizzlies

first_imgOSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina LATEST STORIES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award The teams traded baskets and leads for much of the fourth quarter, and there were three ties. Neither team scored from the 3:45 mark of the fourth quarter until Daniels’ key 3.Memphis had two chances to tie or take the lead, but Evans’ 26-footer at the buzzer missed.I thought I could have got to the basket but I kind of stepped back and shot the 3,” Evans said. “It shouldn’t have came down to that. We had the early lead in the game.”Greg Monroe rebounded a miss and saved the ball to Daniels for his shot. Monroe had 12 rebounds.“I just wanted to make sure I stayed in bounds,” Monroe said. “If I could just get it to him, I knew he had an open shot.”ADVERTISEMENT Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals “We work each and every day for moments like this and I just happened to hit the shot,” Daniels said. “It feels great, I’ll tell you that. I rather for it to be on them (the Grizzlies) then anyone else.”T.J. Warren led the Suns with 27 points, and Daniels — acquired from the Grizzlies in September — added 14 off the bench. Phoenix won at home for the first time since Nov. 19 against Chicago.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkTyreke Evans led Memphis with 23 points, and Marc Gasol added 13 points, 11 rebounds, five assists and three blocked shots. The Grizzlies have lost eight of nine games and nine straight on the road.“It’s a matter of who makes the most plays and who makes the least mistakes,” Memphis coach J.B. Bickerstaff said, “and tonight they made one more play then we did.” Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Phoenix Suns center Greg Monroe (14) drives to the basket past Memphis Grizzlies’ Marc Gasol (33) during the first half of an NBA basketball game. APPHOENIX — Troy Daniels knew his shot was going in the moment it left his hands, and he knew exactly where he was on the court — right in front of his former team’s bench.Troy Daniels hit a 3-pointer with 17.6 seconds to play to give Phoenix the lead, and the Suns held off the Grizzlies 97-95 on Thursday (Friday Manila time) for their third victory in four games.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense MOST READ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew The Grizzlies used a 15-2 run to grab a 21-9 lead in the first quarter. But Phoenix outscored Memphis 17-4 over the final four minutes of the quarter to take a 26-25 lead going into the second.Evans scored 11 of his points in the opening 12 minutes.“It was a struggle all night, really,” Suns coach Jay Triano said. “From the opening tip, five of their first baskets where straight-on drives to the basket.”The Suns took a 53-44 lead on Warren’s 3-pointer with 2:40 left in the second. Then Warren scored and was fouled, making it 56-46.Warren had 17 of his points at halftime, and the Suns led 60-51 at halftime.The Grizzlies erased a 12-point third quarter deficit and took a 76-75 lead on Evans’ layup, then Kobi Simmons got a steal and layup for a three-point Grizzlies lead with 2:25 left in the third.Memphis took an 81-79 lead into the fourth quarter.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson DeRozan scores 45 points, Raptors rally to beat 76ers View commentslast_img read more

Did Birds Evolve Aeronautical Engineering?

first_imgTwo news stories on birds may not seem to flock together.  One is about their supreme aeronautical engineering.  The other ponders when they evolved.    A story on EurekAlert and Science Daily describes how engineers are eyeing birds, bats and insects for design ideas.  The appeal is clear from the following comparisons:A Blackbird jet flying nearly 2,000 miles per hour covers 32 body lengths per second.  But a common pigeon flying at 50 miles per hour covers 75.  The roll rate of the aerobatic A-4 Skyhawk plane is about 720 degrees per second.  The roll rate of a barn swallow exceeds 5,000 degrees per second.    Select military aircraft can withstand gravitational forces of 8-10 G.  Many birds routinely experience positive G-forces greater than 10 G and up to 14 G.It seems audacious, therefore, that humans name their aircraft after birds.  In many ways, a blackbird is top gun over a Blackbird, and a skyhawk rolls circles around a Skyhawk.  No barnstormer could match a barn swallow for daring.  Human aircraft may reach higher speeds and carry heavier masses, but in terms of flight control, they seem stuck at the dodo stage.    Wei Shyy, an aeronautical engineer, admires animal flyers.  “They’re not only lighter, but also have much more adaptive structures as well as capabilities of integrating aerodynamics with wing and body shapes, which change all the time.” He added, “Natural flyers have outstanding capabilities to remain airborne through wind gusts, rain, and snow.”  That’s why he is studying the possibilities of using flapping wings for aircraft.  Imitating the ability of natural wings to deform quickly might allow pilots to “delay stall, enhance stability and increase thrust.”  The unsteady pace of flapping flight gives the animal the ability to adapt quickly to wind gusts and changing conditions.  The engineer marvelled at a dragonfly’s ability to stay on course in the wind, considering how light it is.  He didn’t even mention that these flyers can all reproduce themselves and use environmentally friendly fuel.    Meanwhile, in a different thought collective, evolutionary biologists are puzzling over the timing of bird evolution.  Live Science, PhysOrg and Science Daily say that the consensus used to be that modern birds evolved from dinosaurs late in the Cretaceous.  Now, however, researchers at three universities have announced a fight on the date.  Their reanalysis “offers the strongest molecular evidence yet for an ancient origin of modern birds, suggesting that they arose more than 100 million years ago, not 60 million years ago, as fossils suggest.”  In other words, the fossil record and the inferences from molecular evolution have yielded “conflicting results.”  They explained the difference by appealing to the paucity of the fossil record and the realization that the molecular clock is unreliable.  Joseph Brown explained the problem, “different lineages can ‘tick’ at different rates, so applying a single rate to an entire tree could lead to very suspect results.”  This was described as the “rock-clock gap.”Did the evolutionary fluff give you as much a thrill as the engineering article?  Engineers are forward-thinking scientists.  They use evidence that is observable, testable and repeatable.  They are continuing the practice of the Wright brothers who were inspired by birds over a hundred years ago – and look where that science has led mankind.  We have just seen that even now, after a century of human aeronautical engineering that has taken us from awkward contraptions to the edge of space, our bird, bat and insect neighbors still have wonderful secrets to share.  Isn’t design science of much more value, inspiration and usefulness than a silly story about some lizard that held out its arms 100 million years ago (01/25/2008) and, strictly by chance, mastered pitch, yaw and roll?  Let’s get science back from flights of fancy to a wing and a prayer.(Visited 21 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

NBA Star Alonzo Mourning Named Laureus Sport For Good Ambassador

first_imgLaureus Sport for Good Foundation USA, the leading non-profit organization that uses the positive power of sport to tackle society’s most pressing challenges, has announced it is joining forces with former Miami Heat player and soon to be inducted NBA Hall of Famer Alonzo Mourning and naming him its newest Ambassador.As an Ambassador, Mourning will be able to build upon the great work he has done within the sport for development sector in Miami and bring this passion to a worldwide audience. Mourning joins an impressive list of both current and former sportspeople supporting and promoting the Laureus Sports for Good Foundation’s work around the world.Mourning was in Miami last week at the Overtown Youth Center to announce his induction into the growing Laureus family; he hosted a Community Day of Health and Wellness, celebrating the impact of sport for development. The Overtown Youth Center is a special place for Mourning, as he co-founded it in 2003 and has contributed to its growth and success since its conception. The Overtown Youth Center, celebrating its 10th Anniversary, is an educational and social enrichment center – a safe haven for underprivileged kids in Overtown, Miami. The Center uniquely blends in- school services, project based learning after school services, enrichment programs, parent support, health and wellness support, and post-high school support (up to age 25) for the 400 students it supports.Laureus USA, along with Mercedes Benz USA (MBUSA), have been collaborating for three years to help improve the lives of Miami’s youth. The pair have teamed up to support the growth of a sport for development coaching force in the community, impacting the lives of hundreds of youth in Miami.“I’m proud to celebrate the 10th year anniversary of Overtown Youth Center, an organization that has been impacting thousands of youngster’s lives in Miami. OYC inspires, empowers and enriches the lives of youth and families through enrichment services. I’ve been dedicated to this center and have seen its impact grow. I’m joining the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation USA as an Ambassador to bring the success we’ve seen in sport for development in Miami to other communities around the globe. I believe in the power of sport to change communities,” says Alonzo Mourning.The Laureus Ambassadors, along with the members of the Laureus World Sports Academy, support the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation. The organization’s mission is to utilize the power of sport to address social problems through a global program of sports-related community development initiatives. Laureus USA works with numerous organizations around the country to help support initiatives that affect youth such as access to quality coaches and mentors, furthering education, and increasing physical activity and health awareness.“It is my great pleasure to welcome fellow philanthropist and NBA Legend Alonzo Mourning to the Laureus family,” said Edwin Moses, Chairman of the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation USA. “We are looking forward to working with Alonzo with a joint mission of helping to drive the positive power of sports across the country. Working with the Overtown Youth Center is just the beginning of the difference we would like to make together.”For more information about Laureus USA, please visit www.laureususa.com.last_img read more