Mammalian Cells Spin a New Yarn

first_imgNot even the priciest threads can match the wonders of a simple spider web: Dragline silk is stronger than Kevlar and stretchier than nylon. For more than 100 years, that’s had entrepreneurs and scientists scheming of ways to mass produce it. Now, a researchers have spliced dragline silk genes into mammalian cells and showed for the first time that harvested proteins can be spun into strong, lightweight fibers.Researchers have struggled to splice spider silk genes into other organisms in hopes of recovering enough silk to produce bolts of high-strength material. And although they’ve inserted the genes into bacteria, yeast, and plants, the result has always been disappointing. Even when the proteins have been extracted and purified, they yield only worthless, brittle fibers.A team led by researchers at Nexia Biotechnologies near Montreal, Canada, thought it might have more luck by transferring silk genes into certain mammalian cells that, like those in the spider, secrete silk-building proteins in a water-based solution. Led by molecular biologists Anthoula Lazaris and Costas Karatzas, the team spliced the silk genes into two different cell lines: bovine mammary cells, which excel at secreting proteins outside the cell; and hamster kidney cells, which produce large volumes of recombinant proteins. Both cell lines secreted soluble silk proteins outside the cells, where they could easily be collected.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Then came the big test: Could the proteins be spun into fibers? To find out, the Nexia researchers teamed up with fiber-spinning experts at the U.S. Army Soldier Biological Chemical Command in Natick, Massachusetts. When one of the proteins, dubbed MaSpI, was extracted from water and injected into a methanol solution, the proteins formed strong fibers, the group reports in the 18 January issue of Science (p. 472). Although this new fiber is less flexible than spider fibers, Karatzas thinks that may be because his team’s fibers are made from only one of the two proteins spiders use to spin theirs.The progress “is highly encouraging,” says Randy Lewis, a molecular biologist and spider silk expert at the University of Wyoming in Laramie. Lewis says that if the process of harvesting silk from cell cultures is perfected, it will lead to ultrastrong, flexible fibers for everything from artificial tendons and ligaments to lightweight body armor and high-strength composites.Related sitesNexia research and developmentU.S. Army Soldier Biological Chemical CommandArachnology and spider webslast_img read more

Discovered a disease? WHO has new rules for avoiding offensive names

first_imgThe World Health Organization (WHO) mostly works to reduce the physical toll of disease. But last week it turned to another kind of harm: the insult and stigma inflicted by diseases named for people, places, and animals. Among the existing monikers that its new guidelines “for the Naming of New Human Infectious Diseases” would discourage: Ebola, swine flu, Rift Valley Fever, Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, and monkey pox. Instead, WHO says researchers, health officials, and journalists should use more neutral, generic terms, such as severe respiratory disease or novel neurologic syndrome.Many scientists agree that disease names can be problematic, but they aren’t sure the new rulebook is necessarily an improvement. “It will certainly lead to boring names and a lot of confusion,” predicts Linfa Wang, an expert on emerging infectious diseases at the Australian Animal Health Laboratory in Geelong. “You should not take political correctness so far that in the end no one is able to distinguish these diseases,” says Christian Drosten, a virologist at the University of Bonn, Germany.Naming diseases has long been a fraught process. Badly chosen names can stigmatize people, as did gay-related immune deficiency, an early name for AIDS. They can also lead to confusion and hurt tourism and trade. The so-called swine flu, for instance, is not transmitted by pigs, but some countries still banned pork imports or slaughtered pigs after a 2009 outbreak. More recently, some Arab countries were unhappy that a new disease caused by a coronavirus was dubbed Middle East respiratory syndrome.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Although “it’s usually scientists who come up with these names … the WHO gets the diplomatic pressure” if someone takes offense, Drosten says. The new guidelines, released 8 May, aim to smooth the process. “The WHO had to do something to take itself out of the firing line,” Drosten says.Given that news of a new pathogen often spreads quickly, “it is important that an appropriate disease name is assigned by those who first report” the disease, WHO’s guidance notes. Following the guidelines, it adds, could “minimize unnecessary negative impact of disease names on trade, travel, tourism or animal welfare, and avoid causing offence to any cultural, social, national, regional, professional or ethnic groups.”To that end, new disease names should not include geographic locations; the names of people, occupations, animals, or food; or “terms that incite undue fear” (such as unknown, fatal, and epidemic). Instead, the names should use generic descriptions of symptoms (respiratory disease or watery diarrhea) and specific terms describing patients, epidemiology or the environment (juvenile, maternal, seasonal, summer, coastal), as well as pathogen names and arbitrary identifiers (alpha, beta, 1, 2, 3).The group that came up with these recommendations met “more than a few times” over the course of a year, says Kazuaki Miyagishima, director for food safety, zoonoses, and foodborne diseases at WHO, and a member of the panel. Among the ideas they discussed: naming diseases after Greek gods, using a system similar to the one used to name comets or alternating male and female names as is done with hurricanes.”But while naming a hurricane Katrina may not offend people, if we do it for a disease, it’s not just a hurricane for 1 week. It will make its way into the history of human suffering,” Miyagishima says.The guide is well intentioned, but goes too far, says Ian Lipkin, a virologist at Columbia University. “I don’t see how it will be helpful to eliminate names like monkey pox that provide insights into natural hosts and potential sources of infection,” he says.It could also become harder to easily distinguish diseases. For instance, under the new rules, Marburg disease (named after a city in Germany) might have been called filovirus-associated haemorrhagic fever 1, while Ebola (named after a river) might have been filovirus-associated haemorrhagic fever 2. Such bland names “lose something that is more than just quaint,” says Howard Markel, a medical historian at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Drosten adds that geographic names are sometimes justified. It was clear that MERS, for example, was associated with the Middle East. “Would it have been better if we had named it novel betacoronavirus clade C, type 1?” he asks.The new rules make for more difficult names, Miyagishima admits. “But we think we have left a fairly large area for freedom. We do not want to kill the creativity of researchers completely.”Linfa Wang knows all about the difficulty of naming diseases. Two decades ago, he named a virus and the disease it causes after Hendra, a suburb of Brisbane, Australia; he still gets angry calls from residents complaining that the name has hurt property values. These days his strategy is to “go small.” Recently, he named a new henipavirus isolated in a neighborhood called Cedar Grove simply Cedar virus.Virologists encountered other sensitivities with Norwalk virus, named for a city in Ohio. The pathogen is the only species in the genus Norovirus and usually that name is used. In 2011, however, a Japanese individual asked for a change because many people in Japan carry the surname Noro. The International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses recommended using “Norwalk virus” instead.Acronyms are another good solution, says Ab Osterhaus, a virologist at Erasmus MC in Rotterdam, because they keep names short (another WHO recommendation) and people often forget what the letters stand for. But even acronyms can cause controversy. In 2003, WHO officials coined SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) to describe a novel pneumonia spreading in Asia, partly to avoid a name like “Chinese flu.” SARS did not go down well in Hong Kong, however, which is officially known as Hong Kong SAR, for special administrative region.Giving new diseases a number may be the only way to avoid such issues, researchers say. There is precedent. Growing up in China in the late 1960s, Wang remembers that diseases had digits. “I was really scared of number 5 disease,” he recalls. “I don’t know why, you just really did not want to get disease number 5.”last_img read more

In Louisiana, a threatened natural history collection gets a reprieve

first_img In Louisiana, a threatened natural history collection gets a reprieve By Rachael LallensackApr. 4, 2017 , 1:00 PM This plant specimen at the University of Louisiana in Monroe—and some 500,000 others—are looking for a new home. A Louisiana university’s collection of millions of fish and plant specimens no longer faces imminent destruction, but its ultimate resting place is still uncertain.Last week, a Facebook post from the natural history museum at the University of Louisiana in Monroe set off alarm bells within the science community. The museum faced “dark times,” the post noted, because university administrators had indicated that if staff couldn’t find an alternate location for the collection within 48 hours, it would need to be given away to a new institution—all to make room for a new running track and associated field. And if the collection wasn’t removed from campus by the end of July, it would be “destroyed.”The post was viewed 100,000 times, shared 1200 times, and generated more than 400 comments—as well as national headlines—before it was taken down at the request of university administrators. But with the attention, the darkness lifted. “Dozens and dozens” of other museums and academic institutions had offered to take in the collection’s 3 million to 6 million preserved fish, and some 500,000 plant specimens, says Thomas Sasek, a biology professor who also serves as the botany curator of the university’s natural history museum. As a result, “there’s no longer a danger of destruction,” he says, although the decision about exactly where to send the museum’s collection is still being finalized.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)center_img Thomas Sasek/University of Louisiana at Monroe It’s not the first time the museum, part of a small campus that serves about 10,000 students, has faced difficulties. Two biology professors—Neil Douglas and Dale Thomas—founded the collection decades ago. Douglas started collecting fish with his students in 1962, and Thomas added plants.After Douglas and Thomas retired, those who took over—including Sasek—had big shoes to fill. Shrinking university budgets complicated matters, often leaving curators shorthanded. The events that led to the collection’s recent near-death experience began in 2012, when the fish and plants were in storage, awaiting the renovation of a museum space. After a fire damaged a different academic building, administrators moved the collection to make way for classrooms. The specimens ended up in the university’s stadium, which has temperature controlled rooms and a sprinkler system. (The fish are stored in highly flammable alcohol.) But when the stadium was scheduled to get a makeover in August, the collection faced eviction.It is not an unfamiliar story in the museum community, which has seen other collections falter. “It speaks to a broader problem of this country,” says Robert Gopp, policy director at the Natural Science Collections Alliance, and interim director of the American Institute of Biological Sciences in Washington, D.C., and McLean, Virginia, respectively. “We are not investing in research infrastructure in a coordinated or thoughtful way.”Since 2009, Sasek has been able to win nearly $600,000 from the National Science Foundation to make digital pictures and other information about his plant specimens available to the public over the internet. Now, the collection’s impending move could complicate that project, which is part of a regional collaboration with other institutions. There is 18 months of work left to do, he says.For the moment, however, he and his colleagues are focused on the bittersweet process of figuring out who will get their collection, which he says “was the soul of our department.”last_img read more

1st ODI: Shakib ton, wickets lead Bangladesh to win against Zimbabwe

first_imgShakib-Al-Hasan struck 101 and claimed 4 for 41 to steer Bangladesh to a facile 87-run win over Zimbabwe in the opening one-day international of the five-match series on Friday.Shakib became only the 12th cricketer in ODI history to claim a century and four or more wickets in a match.Zimbabwe were bowled out for 194 in 43 overs in response to Bangladesh’s 281 for 7. Brendan Taylor was the top scorer with 54 while Hamilton Masakadza made 42.Left-arm spinner Arafat Sunny (2 for 22), offspinner Mahmudullah (2 for 40) and fast bowler Mashrafe Bin Mortaza (2 for 33) picked up two wickets apiece. For Bangladesh, Mushfiqur Rahim scored 65 while debutant Sabbir Rahman knocked a fluent 44 not out.last_img read more

Petition challenging 2007 TN govt notification dismissed

first_imgChennai, Sep 10 (PTI) A petition challenging a government notification in 2007 abolishing the parliamentary constituency of Pudukottai was today dismissed by the Madras High Court, which said the petitioner does not have any locus standi to challenge it as it is a registered body and not a voter. The first bench, comprising Chief Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Justice T S Sivagnanam, while dismissing it, said it was relevant to point out that the petitioner is a Bar Association, a registered body comprising members who are advocates practising in the district. “Thus the petitioner association is not a voter and hence would not have locus standi to challenge the impugned notification as it cannot be construed as an aggrieved person. Therefore on this short ground, the relief sought for is liable to be rejected,” the bench said. Furthermore, the right to vote is a statutory right and not a fundamental right and in such circumstances, there can be no vested right for a voter to claim that he has a right to exercise his franchise in a particular constituency, it said. This would be another ground to reject relief sought for. The Association sought to quash the August 13, 2007 notification issued jointly by the Chief Electoral Officer and Secretary to Government, Public (Elections) Department, and Secretary, Delimitation Commission of India, in relation to abolition of this Parliamentary Constituency, as it stood in the draft notification and to direct the DC to restore it as one of the parliamentary Constituencies. The petitioner submitted that a major extent of present Revenue district of Pudukottai was an independent princely state and merged with the Union of India in 1948. After India became a republic, the first Parliamentary election was held in 1952. This parliamentary constituency was constituted as a separate one, though a major part of it was part of Tiruchirappalli Revenue district. In 1974, 4 taluks, including Pudukottai of Tiruchirapalli district and Aranthangi Taluk of Thanjavur district were carved out and the newly created Pudukottai district was formed, comprising five revenue taluks. The bench considered two issues — maintainability of the petition and whether the procedure contemplated under the Delimitation Act, 2002 was followed and opportunity was granted to place the objections. It said the plea raised was absolutely vague and the petitioner had not placed any material before the court to substantiate that deletion of the constituency was to protect the interests of the some individuals or political parties without naming such persons or entities. The bench said the Delimitation Commission has the power to rearrange constituencies, exercise of which must be assumed to be for good reasons and that the reasons assigned by the Commission for rearranging the constituencies after public hearings does not smack of any arbitrariness. PTI COR APR ZMNadvertisementlast_img read more

Equipping Yourself To Steer Clear Of Career Hazards

first_imgWith the holiday season upon us, you may be busy attending a lot of events, visiting different places, meeting new people or perhaps even trying out some new activities. As you encounter every day with a fresh perspective, keep in mind that all of these experiences may be an opportunity to help you land a wonderful new job.Consider the story of Bernard Moitessier.If you don’t know who he is or what he did, read on, and consider how his experiences may connect to your own job search.First, we turn back time to 1968. When sailing legend, Bernard Moitessier, decided Cape Horn would be the most logical route for his return trip to Europe from Tahiti, he sat in the cabin of Joshua and reconciled this decision by listing what he believed were several cards in his favor.You see, ever since the first sailing ship ventured around the ‘Horn,’ its dangerous storms and unpredictable seas have been the source of many horrifying tales. So Bernard’s decision to return home this way was not made lightly.The ‘cards in his favor,’ as he put it were as follows:1) Joshua was practically indestructible since she was made of steel.2) She had an inside steering position. (Bernard added this feature while in Tahiti in anticipation of going around Cape Horn. He also added a dome above the steering position so he would have a 360-degree view of what was happening outside without having to endure the elements in this dangerous part of the ocean.)3) The steel construction of his boat meant that things would remain dry below decks, as opposed to the wooden craft that were prevalent at the time. (Fiberglass and ferrocement were also being used, but Bernard had very little faith in either of these construction materials for serious cruising sailboats.)4) Joshua had been constructed with ample fresh water storage, giving her crew the ability to remain at sea for up to five months without running out of fresh water. This was important because if his boat were dismasted, he and his crew could very well be drifting for quite awhile before they were found, especially in this part of the world.5) He would be able to benefit from the experiences of others. Bernard wrote, “All those who have rounded the Cape help others who come after them.”Bernard Moitessier had been sailing since he was old enough to push his first craft into a pond. His experience at the helm of a sailboat had gained him much notoriety by this point in his life. But, even armed with his own vast knowledge, he counted on the experiences of others who had rounded the Cape before him to be his most valuable asset.He even went so far as to say ” … those who failed often help more.”If, metaphorically speaking, you are preparing to round your own Cape Horn where your career is concerned, seeking the advice of a mentor or other professionals who have been where you are or are presently where you hope to be is a great way to better prepare yourself as you lay out your own course.The upcoming holiday season offers a variety of occasions to connect or reconnect with those who may have the experience you are looking for. From family get-togethers to corporate events, you never know whom you might bump into that could be a great source of information that may help you to steer clear of unknown hazards or help to better equip yourself and your career to deal with those hazards. Good luck to you this holiday season and beyond!last_img read more

‘Chelsea want trophies and profitability’

first_imgBruce Buck has outlined plans for how Chelsea are pushing to win trophies in a sustainable manner, with rumours rife that owner Roman Abramovich is preparing to sell the club in the near future.Abramovich has halted his plans to redevelop Stamford Bridge with Chelsea, citing the reason as a “current unfavourable investment climate,” but it came on the same day that the Blues owner received Israeli citizenship after experiencing delays in getting his UK tier-1 visa renewed.The Russian oligarch has already invested well over £1 billion into the club and he is reported to want what would be a world-record price for a sport team of £3 billion to sell. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Sources at Chelsea have denied the reports but they are not going away, with chairman Buck outlining his club’s updated strategy to become sustainable amid a backdrop of uncertainty.”It is developing, I think that we are all looking to be breaking even, and even be profitable, over the long term, but it is difficult,” Buck said at Leaders Sport Business Summit at Stamford Bridge. “The reason you have a football team is to win trophies, although there’s not a direct correlation, as winning trophies requires a lot of investment.”At Chelsea, we have worked very hard to push the sponsorship model. We have done everything we can to increase our matchday revenues and non-match day revenues at events like this. Most importantly, and we are at a crossroads, we are looking at media and broadcasting.”We are looking at the opportunities for the future to really make this club stable and profitable for the long term. Yes, we have central distribution for the main broadcasting revenues, but there’s lots of pieces that we can put together in terms of what’s going on in the world.”Disruption media broadcasting [including the likes of DAZN] and looking at other avenues to capitalise on the assets we have. The world is desperate for content. The world is even more desperate for live content. We have that.”We are looking at things like Dugout, which you might be aware of, and other things to try to increase the revenue base going forwards.”Chelsea caused major disruption in European football when Abramovich took over the club in 2003, as they entered the top level of the transfer market and established the dominance of bigger clubs.They have since won every major honour and become England’s most successful club during the Abramovich era. Buck believes it is impossible for any club aside from Manchester City to replicate what Chelsea did and that the drawbridge has been brought up on new clubs with wealthy owners being able to compete at the top level.“There are 10 or 12 big clubs in Europe right now and I think five to 10 years from now, in round terms, those 10 or 12 clubs will be the big clubs then,” Buck added. “The mix in terms of who’s on top, with respect to revenue, performance and trophies, that is up for grabs.Roman Abramovich“The dream in England is, if you support a Conference team, someday you’ll win the Premier League. Financial Fair Play has pluses and minuses. One of the minuses is that dream is not possible. What Chelsea did in 2003, what Man City did five years later, that is virtually impossible under FFP.“In terms of competitive balance, which is always viewed in a negative way, I personally believe that, for the development of football, marquee clubs and marquee players are important. It’s important in developing fanbases, encouraging young people to engage in this sport, and it’s also important in terms of the large clubs having the ability to put a lot of money into good causes, which they do.“I’m not in favour of dumbing down the large clubs to make all clubs the great unwashed. They’ve done that in the US over the last 20 years and I think it’s been to the detriment, particularly of baseball.“I just don’t think it works for the long term. Clubs have to seek their natural position in the football order. No matter where you are in that, you want to improve, but I don’t think we should assume that, because every club is not equal, therefore it’s bad.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

How Did You Handle…? 2 MORE Examples of Change Ups for 2014 Year-End Campaigns

first_imgRead Part One This post continues our new How Did You Handle…? series—specific how-tos based on your experiences. There’s still time to make productive changes to your year-end appeal! Here are more year-end campaign change-ups, attempted for the first time this year by some of your fundraiser peers (with early results where available).1. Change-Up: Launching matching gifts for first-time donors (including those coming in on #GivingTuesday).We secured two donors—one who is an absolutely new donor—to offer a dollar-for-dollar match (up to $1,000) for all first-time donors. We are also offering a separate $500 match to new online donors on #GivingTuesday.As director of development, I pushed the match approach and found supportive donors. I was thrilled when our executive director jumped on board and found a matching donor for #GivingTuesday.But that’s not all. Our executive director pledged a $500 gift if all staff members contribute to the campaign. Great news: Our board is already at 100%!Goal: I had used the matching challenge in other types of campaigns and found it highly successful in increasing the number of new donors and total gifts. We’re hoping to achieve the same value this year. We’ll keep you posted! Results to Date: Just starting our year-end campaign (our executive director hand-signs all appeal letters and adds personal notes to many of them).Source: Alan Gibby, director of development, Shelter Care Ministries2. Change-Up: Revising our channel and format mix for year-end appeals to include direct mail for prospects who don’t read our emails.After digging into our email database statistics, we noticed that many of our donors don’t check their emails. Direct mail is our best hope for engaging these folks; this way we know they’ll receive an appeal. We’re sending them our first-ever direct mail appeal.Goals: We hope to strongly encourage our consistent donors to increase their gifts and reactivate our lapsed donors.Source: Kiki Fornito, development associate, Build ChangeNote from Nancy: Other fundraisers reported very different changes in their year-end channel and format mix:· “We are moving to an 80-20 split between email and direct mail outreach to members in our fundraising campaigns; the goal is to convert members to donors. Early results are positive,” reports Laural Bowman, political affairs manager with the Ohio State Medical Association.· “We are reaching out via phone to donors as a supplement to our direct mail year-end campaign. Of course, we’re tracking what impact these calls, which are low cost but labor intensive, have on results, and we’ll use that data to fine-tune next year’s year-end approach,” says Jayme Hayes, president of Junior Achievement of the Eastern Shore.Whatever your organization’s mix, the crucial takeaways are to always look hard at response patterns to year-end and other fundraising campaigns and to do more of what’s working and less of what isn’t.If one of these approaches makes sense for your organization—based on data and anecdotes, not just gut instinct—see if there’s at least some small way you can incorporate it into remaining elements of your year-end campaign. It just might make a difference!With refreshing practicality, Nancy Schwartz rolls up her sleeves to help nonprofits develop and implement strategies to build strong relationships that inspire key supporters to action. She shares her deep nonprofit marketing insights—and passion—through consulting, speaking, and her popular blog and e-news at GettingAttention.org.last_img read more

What is Your Preferred Language? The MHTF Seeks Input on Translating Maternal Health Information

first_imgPosted on March 13, 2014August 10, 2016Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)One aspect of the Maternal Health Task Force’s mission is to increase access to critical maternal health information and evidence. We know that language can be a barrier to access, especially since the scientific literature is primarily in English.As part of our information outreach efforts, we would like to learn more about the need for maternal health information in languages other than English.We are currently conducting a short survey to learn more about the maternal health community’s translation needs. We recognize the limitations of this survey given that it is in English. However, if you could think about the needs of your colleagues, that would be extremely helpful.Please let us know your thoughts!Take the survey now: https://harvard.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_81Um1cyLslyF5L7Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

The Auburn-Florida Betting Line Has Shifted Already

first_imgA closeup of a Florida Gators cheerleader.GAINESVILLE, FL – NOVEMBER 03: A Florida Gators cheerleader performs during the game against the Missouri Tigers at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on November 3, 2018 in Gainesville, Florida. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)The biggest college football game on Week 6’s slate is taking place in Gainesville, Fla.Florida, the No. 10 team in the country, is hosting No. 7 Auburn at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. ESPN’s College GameDay will be in town for the game.The Tigers are going into the game as the favorite and the betting line has already shifted.Auburn and Florida opened as a “pick’em” game, but the bettors seem to like the Tigers. The betting line is already up to Auburn -3. There’s a new No. 1 in the latest AP Poll!@SEC teams in the Top 25:1) Alabama3) Georgia5) LSU7) Auburn10) Florida25) Texas A&M— SEC Network (@SECNetwork) September 29, 2019This is the biggest game of the SEC season to date.It’s not necessarily a College Football Playoff elimination game, as both teams are undefeated, though the loser will have a major uphill battle.Both Florida and Auburn have several big games remaining.The Gators and the Tigers are set to kick off at 3:30 p.m. E.T. on CBS.last_img read more

Legendary Texas Longhorns Recruiter Has Died At 84

first_img Former #Texas coach, recruiting coordinator and administrator Ken Dabbs has passed away.Below is a statement from #Longhorns Head Coach Tom Herman. pic.twitter.com/CsxXN5aymZ— Emily Giangreco (@EmilyGiangreco) October 17, 2019Prior to joining Texas’ staff in 1973, Ken Dabbs became Austin (Texas) Westlake High School’s first football coach and athletic director. Four years later, he earned a job with Texas. Westlake is now a major college football pipeline, producing current Longhorns Sam Ehlinger, Jake Ehlinger, and Doak Wilson.Dabbs is survived by Marguerite, his wife, three sons, six grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.Westlake Presbyterian will host his funeral services on Oct. 25.Many consider Dabbs a great friend and special person. He was best known for his story-telling and friendly personality. When recruiting Campbell, Dabbs offered a friendship rather than other incentives and tactics.He will be missed. But his Texas legacy will most certainly live on.[Emily Giangreco] A Texas Longhorns football helmet sitting on the field.BOULDER, CO – OCTOBER 04: A helmet of the Texas Longhorns lies on the field as the team warms up prior to facing the Colorado Buffaloes at Folsom Field on October 4, 2008 in Boulder, Colorado. Texas defeated Colorado 38-14. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)Former Texas Longhorns recruiting coordinator Ken Dabbs passed away on Wednesday night at the age of 84. Prior to his passing, the legendary Texas recruiter had a lengthy hospital stay before coming home to be surrounded by family.Perhaps Dabbs’ most notable football achievement was recruiting eventual Heisman winner Earl Campbell. He was tasked by then-head coach Darrell Royal to do all he could to land the talented running back.Dabbs even stayed 17 consecutive nights at an inn close to Campbell’s childhood home to stay in touch with him. Not only did his efforts prove successful — Campbell turned out to be the best player in Texas history.Current head coach Tom Herman put out a statement after Dabbs’ passing, reflecting on what he means to the Longhorns football program:last_img read more

Ronaldinho made way for Messi – Neymar exit would let PSG build up Mbappe

first_imgThere has been a seismic shift at Paris Saint-Germain. Where once the plan was to build a dynasty with Neymar as the centrepiece, the reality this summer is very different.To sell Neymar – either back to Barcelona or on to Real Madrid – was once unthinkable in the eyes of club president Nasser Al-Khelaifi. Now, it seems inevitable.Too much appears to have passed between Neymar and PSG; his time in the French capital – despite two Ligue 1 titles and a host of individual trinkets – has been a washout. Article continues below Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream He never became that transformative figure the club so desperately required to take the next step.And now the club will no longer indulge him; the message being if you don’t want to be here, then leave.From his seeming indifference to middling league games to his chronic injury trouble – which put paid to both his Champions League campaigns in PSG colours at the last-16 stage – something always got in the way, preventing Neymar from becoming the undisputed hero in the eyes of PSG supporters.And their first home game of the Ligue 1 season – last week against Nimes – brought with it a shocking spectacle. PSG ultras carried banners in the stands and sang songs severely criticising Neymar, labelling him a mercenary and demanding his immediate dismissal from the squad.The message was that his heart was never in it, something that became all the more apparent when he recently labelled the Remontada – Barcelona’s stirring Champions League comeback against PSG in which Neymar was the protagonist – as one of the best moments of his career. ULTRAS PSGThat was taken as the ultimate display of disrespect for the club which pay him – handsomely – but one which he still cannot bring himself to love.Neymar has absented himself from humdrum matches with minor injuries and was reported AWOL this summer having failed to return from Brazil following yet another foot injury.He punched a fan after Rennes beat them in the cup final at the end of the season, and has got himself into trouble for messages sent on his Instagram account following PSG’s elimination from the Champions League by Manchester United.From a Ballon d’Or winner-in-waiting, Neymar now conjures trouble, more perhaps than it’s worth. And the question Real Madrid and Barcelona might well find themselves asking right now is whether or not Neymar is merely in a slump of his own making or is genuinely on the decline.He has been usurped by Kylian Mbappe – the local boy champion – who ended last season demanding more responsibility at PSG or else he would go and find it elsewhere.PSG are thought to be particularly spooked by the idea of Mbappe decamping for Manchester City, whose manager Pep Guardiola is a long-time admirer.Mbappe is a player PSG should build around for the decade to come and will be in line for a substantial pay-rise once Neymar leaves.Mbappe Neymar PSG PSOn the surface, it looks similar to the situation Guardiola had in his in-tray when taking the Barcelona job in 2008, involving Ronaldinho and Lionel Messi.Ronaldinho had helped Barcelona reclaim their perch as one of the best teams on the continent having joined in 2003 from PSG.Under Frank Rijkaard, he had led Barca out of a six-year trophy drought and to two Liga titles, the 2006 Champions League and had secured the Ballon d’Or for good measure. He was – for a time – the best player the game had ever seen.But Ronaldinho – even though he was only 28 – was widely seen to be on the wane. His powers were diminishing, as the late nights and his own inimitable easy-going lifestyle clashed head-on with the demands of life as an elite sportsman.And, crucially, Barca also had Messi coming to prominence. While the two were and remain close friends, there was only going to be space for one of them as the fulcrum of Guardiola’s new-look Barca team.Messi Ronaldinho Barcelona PSRonaldinho helped nurture Messi to greatness and revealed to all and sundry that the little Argentine would surpass him as a player.And so he passed the baton to Messi, departing for AC Milan. He would never again achieve the heights he hit at Barca and wound down his career with only intermittent flickers of greatness from there on out.Messi, of course, has gone on to achieve countless honours, the best player Barcelona has ever seen and, arguably, the best player ever full stop.PSG find themselves at a similar crossroads; with the option to get rid of their landmark Brazilian superstar and leave control of the team at the feet of their promising young steed.The big difference? Neymar has got nowhere near Ronaldinho’s level, in terms of influence, legacy or trophies. No Ballon d’Or, no Champions League, nothing, in fact, out of the ordinary.And he will go not with affection from PSG fans but with a sense of what could have been.last_img read more

Sancho fastest ever Bundesliga player to 15 goals

first_imgJadon Sancho has become the youngest player in Bundesliga history to score 15 goals in the league, breaking a half-century old record.The 19-year-old attacker continued to cement his status as one of the league’s best players as he delivered the equaliser for Borussia Dortmund against Cologne in the club’s second match of the season Friday.A first-half goal from Dominick Draxler had put the hosts up, but Sancho’s 70th minute goal, assisted by Thorgan Hazard, helped turn the tide in the contest. Article continues below Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Achraf Hakimi would find the back of the net 16 minutes later to give Dortmund the lead while Sancho chipped in again late on, assisting Paco Alcacer’s stoppage time insurance tally to give the visitors a 3-1 victory.That brings Sancho’s total up to two goals and two assists already in the new season as he picks up from where he left off last campaign.Last season saw Sancho score 12 goals and add 14 assists in the league as he helped Dortmund to a title challenge that saw them take the race all the way to the final matchday of the season, though they fell short to Bayern Munich.Added to his single Bundesliga goal in his debut season of 2017-18, Sancho is now up to 15 in the German top-flight, surpassing the record set by Horst Koppel in 1967.Koppel, who starred at the time for Stuttgart and was head coach at Dortmund from 1988 through 1991, was 19 years and 185 days when he reached 15 goals, whereas Sancho has managed it at just 19 years and 151 days.19y 151d – @Sanchooo10 (19y 151d) is the youngest player in #Bundesliga history to score 15 Bundesliga goals, beating the record of Horst Köppel from 1967 by 34 days. Wunderkind. #KOEBVB @BlackYellow pic.twitter.com/TY1f3pJSsi — OptaFranz (@OptaFranz) August 23, 2019 Overall, Sancho has scored in his last three Bundesliga matches dating back to last season, and has six goals in his last eight league contests.The former Manchester City academy player’s stock continues to rise as he lights up Germany, with reports saying many of Europe’s biggest clubs are interested in prying him away from the Bundesliga runners up.Sancho will look to continue his scoring streak, as well as make it three wins from three matches for Dortmund, when he and the club face Bundesliga returnees Union Berlin on August 31.last_img read more

Koulibaly hurt by own goal against Juventus

first_imgNapoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly was left devastated by his injury time own goal that saw his side lose 4-3 to Juventus on Saturday.Juve took a 3-0 lead thanks to goals from Danilo, Gonzalo Higuain and Cristiano Ronaldo, but the visitors fought back, with Kostas Manolas, Hirving Lozano and Giovanni Di Lorenzo finding the net to pull level with the reigning Serie A champions.With just 90 seconds left, however, Koulibaly tried to clear a cross from a free-kick and ended up knocking it past Alex Meret to hand the hosts three points. Article continues below Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream And the centre-back spoke of his disappointment after the game, but he remains confident his side can bounce back.”It’s an own goal that hurts me because it came after an incredible comeback,” the 28-year-old said on Twitter.”I’m sorry but I have to, we have to accept it: we are strong. We have shown that. We’re going to prove it.”Coach Carlo Ancelotti was not happy with his side’s display, despite their incredible turnaround in the second half.”It was not a positive performance. The first hour we didn’t do well. But despite the 3-0 we stayed in the game, we came back,” he said.”But my judgment would not have changed even with a 3-3 draw.”Juventus played more on the counterattack at 2-0 and we had more control over the game, we gave Juve the chance to press and take confidence. “We made so many mistakes, allowing them to press, to create problems, to show courage.“Blaise Matuidi, for example, did an extraordinary job, but left room for Fabian Ruiz who remained isolated. We never managed to get to him with a clean pass. Too bad, the spaces were there.”He added: “Juventus have so much character and quality, we know that they always step up in the important moments of the season. “We wasted an opportunity today.Napoli are in action again on September 15 when they host Sampdoria, the same day Juventus visit Fiorentina.last_img read more

FIFA 20 review: Flawed but fun football game retains appeal

first_imgThe tagline for FIFA 20 is ‘Break New Ground’ and that is what EA Sports claims to do with the newest update of the annual football game, adding street and indoor football after years and years of appeals and demands from fans of the game.Between 2005 and 2012, they released four versions of FIFA Street, which had been a standalone series released alongside the regular iterations of FIFA.FIFA 20 review: Volta footballThe new Volta Football mode in FIFA 20 attempts to bring the hugely-popular FIFA Street series to the mainstream and this is where the main changes of the game lie from last year’s FIFA 19. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career Volta uses the same match engine as the regular game with three-on-three, four-on-four and five-on-five matches included.It also picks up the mantle of the game’s story mode following the Journey from FIFA 17 through FIFA 19 and allows you to create your own custom player to progress from an amateur to being the best futsal and street footballer in the world.Fans of the Journey will enjoy Volta’s storyline, improving their player’s stats and customising them with different looks and outfits as they progress, but casual fans can still play indoor football through kick-off mode and ignore the storyline altogether if they so wish.It’s an enjoyable alternative to the regular 11-vs-11 matches using licensed clubs from all over the world, but for many FIFA Street fans, it lacks the warmth and spontaneity of the original series.For most, the novelty of Volta will probably wear off once they have completed the story or played a few games and will return to the standard game modes that have been popular in the past.PSG FIFA 20FIFA 20 review: Ultimate TeamFIFA Ultimate Team (FUT) has long been the most popular part of every FIFA and this year’s sees the menu system get an overhaul as well as rewards and objectives.Players can earn XP from playing more matches, buying and selling players, completing challenges and more which gives rewards through Season Objectives.FUT Champions Weekend League and Divisions Rivals remain the same as last year, while the offline Squad Battles mode has been slightly tweaked to allow players to refresh their opponents when they want rather than having to wait 24 hours for a new batch of teams to take on.These small tweaks are nice improvements to FUT and follow the mantra of if it isn’t broken, don’t fix it.FIFA 20 review: Is Career Mode broken?However, something that has been broken in the update to FIFA 20 is Career Mode.Bugs in the initial release have seen AI managers field weakened teams, causing fans of the game to take to Twitter where their reaction saw the hashtag #FixCareerMode trend in the UK.In the first two patches of the game since launch, these bugs have not been fixed, further annoying fans as these bugs should have been noticed in testing before FIFA 20’s release.FIFA 20 review: Best of the rest & gameplayOnce again, the game impresses with its level of licensing, having over 700 teams from 30 leagues around the world, including the Romanian Liga I for the first time ever.The Champions League, Europa League and Super Cup remain from last year, but Juventus are not licensed in FIFA 20 and are called Piemonte Calcio in all modes of the game, with the commentators never referring to them by name.Gameplay features updates and improvements from previous years, which means anyone who has played FIFA 18 or FIFA 19 can easily pick it up and be competitive straight away.The biggest change to gameplay is with set-pieces, with free-kicks now more intuitive while penalty kicks now use timed finishing and can be incredibly rewarding or frustrating – much like a real-life penalty shootout.VAR has not been introduced while short goal kicks are missing from FIFA 20. However, these are minor complaints for a game which has attempted to make proper progress this year.Once the Career Mode issues are fixed, it will become an essential purchase yet again, especially if you are willing to spend time to fall in love with Volta.FIFA 20 review verdictIt hasn’t broken new ground as promised, but FIFA 20 delivers an exciting update from FIFA 19 and will please the majority of football fans once again.FIFA 20 review score: 7.5/10last_img read more

Ramirez, Mariners’ bullpen shut down Orioles in 2-1 win

first_imgRamirez, Mariners’ bullpen shut down Orioles in 2-1 win Diaz records 52nd save of season Follow The Columbian on Instagram Receive latest stories and local news in your email: Share: GO Jonathan Villar homered off the right-field foul pole in the fourth for Baltimore. Healy tied it in the bottom of the inning with a single to center after Rogers walked Robinson Cano and Nelson Cruz.Gordon’s go-ahead sacrifice fly followed Cameron Maybin’s leadoff triple to the wall in right-center in the fifth. Maybin had two hits after Servais told him before the game to “let it rip.”“He talked to me about being more aggressive,” Maybin said. “That’s what I did and I’ll continue to work on it. It’s going to take everybody right now down the stretch. Everybody has to bring the energy and have fun and see where the chips fall.”ROSTER MOVESThe Orioles recalled C Chance Sisco and RHP Jimmy Yacabonis from Triple-A Norfolk. Sisco was the DH Monday, going 0-for-3. Yacabonis entered in the sixth and did not allow a hit in 1 2/3 innings. SEATTLE — Erasmo Ramirez put a poor outing behind him and returned to his recent form.Ramirez allowed one run in 5 1/3 innings, and the Seattle Mariners’ bullpen shut down the Baltimore Orioles the rest of the way in a 2-1 victory Monday.Ramirez (2-3) allowed two hits, struck out five and walked none. The right-hander is 2-1 in five starts since coming off the disabled list on Aug. 12, but he gave up seven runs on nine hits in three innings against the Padres on Aug. 29.“The only difference tonight is I was throwing better strikes and quality strikes,” Ramirez said. “I attacked the hitters and tried to execute every pitch. I had control of my slider at any point of the count.” By signing up you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Erasmo Ramirez, center, smiles while being relieved against the Baltimore Orioles in the sixth inning of a baseball game Monday, Sept. 3, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson) Photo Gallery Published: September 3, 2018, 9:30pm By Associated Press That start in San Diego was the only time since Ramirez returned to the rotation that he has allowed more than three runs.“That’s what he’s capable of doing, but it has to be on the edges and not the middle of the plate,” Mariners manager Scott Servais said. “I thought Erasmo threw the ball really well. He had a good cutter and his command was pretty good.”Edwin Diaz struck out the side in the ninth for his 52nd save and 26th one-run save, both of which lead the majors. Zach Duke, Nick Vincent and Alex Colome combined to pitch 2 2/3 scoreless innings before Diaz finished off the three-hitter.“They battled, but I made good pitches with my slider,” Diaz said. “I just go pitch by pitch. That’s what I tell myself.” Ryon Healy had an RBI single and Dee Gordon added a sacrifice fly, both off Josh Rogers (1-1), who made his second major league start and allowed four hits and two walks in 5 1/3 innings.“That’s a really good lineup they got over there,” Rogers said. “But I was pretty confident the whole time. I was pretty calm and just trying to give the team a chance to win and get deep in the game.”The Mariners were coming off a four-game split at Oakland that dealt a setback to their playoff hopes. The Orioles, who have the majors’ worst record, have lost four straight, scoring two runs or fewer in three of those games.“It’s kind of struggling,” manager Buck Showalter said of the Orioles’ offense. “We face a guy tonight that’s had his issues and we just aren’t swinging the bats very well. We’re getting behind in a lot of counts and swinging at pitches out of the zone, uncharacteristically.” Follow TRAINER’S ROOMOrioles: 1B Chris Davis was a late scratch because of an illness.Mariners: LHP Marco Gonzales (strained neck) pitched a bullpen session Monday. Gonzales was placed on the 10-day DL on Aug. 27, retroactive to Aug. 24. “Marco may have one more bullpen outing before we try to bring him back into the rotation,” manager Scott Servais said. … DH Nelson Cruz was in the lineup after fouling a pitch off his right ankle on Sunday. “It’s really sore today, but you can’t keep that guy out of the starting lineup,” Servais said.UP NEXTRHP Alex Cobb (4-15, 5.11 ERA) will make his 26th start of the season Tuesday for the Orioles. Since Aug. 1, Cobb is 2-1 with a 2.66 ERA in six starts, including a complete-game victory on Aug. 18. LHP Wade LeBlanc (8-3, 3.71) will make his 23rd start of the season for the Mariners. LeBlanc pitched seven scoreless innings in a 7-1 win at Oakland on Aug. 30. 3 Photos Share:last_img read more

High school scoreboard Dec. 1

first_img JV — Fort Vancouver won; C — Fort Vancouver won.HUDSON’S BAY 1679,HERITAGE 1567At Allen’s Crosley LanesHERITAGE — Leanes Mood 84, Bailey Smith 88, Jasmine Guier 148-130, Leanes Mood, Madison McKay 114-104, Moriah Sisco 108-188, Kaylee Combs 168-188. Baker games 120-127.HUDSON’S BAY — Rin Birchfield 166-171, Alexis Sheldon 105-85, Denice Javiniar 133-102, Erica Morley 161-162, Halie Martin 138-177. Baker games 129-150.RIDGEFIELD 1402,MOUNTAIN VIEW 1331At Husted’s Hazel Dell LanesMOUNTAIN VIEW — Lauren Johnson 97-142, Karli Douglas 112-108, Mae Ocampo 96-117, Sierrah Kienitz 125-99, Maya Peterson 105-77. Baker games 138-115.RIDGEFIELD — Maebry Kinswa 124-140, Ada Johnson 121-107, Gwen Harris 115-102, Karin Pajzinkova 121-100, Jenna Martin 116-124. Baker games 115-117. By Tim Martinez, Columbian Assistant Sports Editor Published: November 30, 2018, 11:26pm Follow W.F. West 6 12 10 20—48Washougal 14 18 19 26—77BOYS BASKETBALLNON-LEAGUESKYVIEW 85, EVERGREEN 43EVERGREEN — Camren Smith 0, Jaden Stanley 5, Travis Huffman 3, Zyell Griffin 13, Tyler Ricketts 1, Izaac Romero 3, Isaiah Enyinwa 0, Carter Monda 11, Mario Herring 6, Jason Pham 1. Totals 13 (6) 11-19 43.SKYVIEW — Alex Schumacher 26, Squeeky Johnson 8, Derek Lewis 2, Sean Boss 16, Lowell Dunmire 8, Alec Marshall 0, Kyle Gruhler 7, Jace Chatman 13, Cody McKinney 5. Totals 27 (11) 20-29 85.Evergreen 5 8 20 10—43Skyview 15 21 22 27—85CAMAS 70, HILLSBORO 24HILLSBORO — Lane Smith 6, Damon Siquina 7, Jacob Cooke 1, Nate Smith 2, Logan Jackson 6, Leron Richards 2. Totals 9 (5) 1-8 24. (360) 735-4538 tim.martinez@columbian.com High school scoreboard Dec. 1 CAMAS — Carson Bonine 21, Zach Chilian 4, Armand Nuñez 10, Shane Jamison , Blake Asciutto 3, Titan Phillips 0, Christian Lenard 2, Mason Triplett, Isaiah Sampson 18, Fox Bessinger 5, Josh McPhun 2, Jackson Clemmer 2, Caadyn Stephen 3. Totals 26 (7) 8-18 70.Hillsboro 6 12 2 4—24Camas 20 27 16 7—70JV — Camas won.COLUMBIA CHRISTIAN 68, STEVENSON 43STEVENSON (0-2) — Brady Hall 3, Jesse Miller 3, Jono Blackledge 9, Preston Lowery 2, Alec VanPelt 11, Isaac Hoidal 6, Willy Lanz 0, Ethan Haight 0, Nolan Boucher 0, Cooper Morrison 5, Bennett Wright 4. Totals 2 (9) 12-23 43.COLUMBIA CHRISTIAN — Isaiah Mariscal 17, Moritz Hartwich 6, Elijah Munijan 21, Nathan DiVincenzo 0, Dominic Blake 10, Ben Gregg 11, Isaac Heiner 3. Totals 28 (3) 9-12 68.Stevenson 9 16 17 11—43Columbia Chr 26 13 18 11—68JV — Columbia Christian won.HARLAN CARTER INVITATIONALAt Redding, Calif.NEWPORT (Ore.) 69, WASHOUGAL 60GIRLS BOWLINGPRAIRIE 1923,BATTLE GROUND 1818 Share: SATURDAY’S SCHEDULEFOOTBALL4A state championshipUnion vs. Lake Stevens, 7:30 p.m. at Tacoma Dome2A state championshipHockinson vs. Lynden, 1 p.m. at Tacoma DomeBOYS BASKETBALLHenry Jackson at Skyview, 4 p.m.Battle Ground at Kentridge, 5 p.m.Spanaway Lake vs. Prairie, 11:45 a.m. at John McCrossin Memorial Classic, Fife HSCamas vs. Auburn Mountainview, 1:15 p.m. at John McCrossin Memorial Classic, Fife HSUnion vs. Kentwood, 5 p.m. at John McCrossin Memorial Classic, Fife HSFort Vancouver at Woodland, 7 p.m.Washougal vs. Silver Creek (Nev.), 11 a.m. at Harlan Carter Invitational at Shasta HS, Redding, Calif. @360TMart Receive latest stories and local news in your email:center_img By signing up you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. PRAIRIE (1-0) — Kendyl Carson 7, Alli Corral 2, Kylie Diaz 0, Meri Dunford 7, Cassidy Gardner 11, Claire Heitschmidt 0, Haley Reed 7, Dayna Vera 0, Brooke Walling 16, Mallory Williams 6. Totals  21 (9) 5-8 56.Union 10 10 11 0—31Prairie 20 10 18 8—56JV — Union won.C — Union won.SKYVIEW 68, EVERGREEN 8EVERGREEN (0-2) — Grace Bauer 0, Melanie Ciobanu 0, Keyonna Canda 0, Uriah Gipson 0, Lilyanna Glenn 0, Makayla Hanson-Burns 0, Hannah Edgerwood 0, Vita Mikhel 3, Dakota Piovesan 0, Zenora Salanoa 0, Colaleigh Speer 3, Maliyah Thompson 2, Jasmine Tiatia 0, Arrianna Walker 0, Hilary Yoon 0. Totals 3 (2) 0-0 8.SKYVIEW (1-0) — Michelle Winter 1, Alexis Perez 3, Maddie Hendricks 13, Ava Harmon 5, Remi Remington 17, Tanariea Deloney 0, Skyler Groesbeck 1, Kazz Parks 16, Emily Norton 12. Totals 17 (6) 19-27 68.Evergreen 6 2 0 0—8Skyview 11 31 14 12—68JV — Skyview won.Freshman — Skyview won.RIDGEFIELD 55, LA CENTER 51LA CENTER (0-1) — Sierra Frasier 2, Natasha Lewis 2, Kylie Ballard, Lauren Fox 10, Kylee Stephens 9, Mia Edwards 10, Taylor Stephens 18. Totals 18 (7) 5-11 51. Tim Martinez Columbian Assistant Sports Editor JV — Mountain View 1194-1113.EVERGREEN 1877,MARK MORRIS 1870At Triangle LanesIndividual scores not reported GO Follow The Columbian on Instagram King’s Way Christian at Seattle Academy, 12:30 p.m.La Center at Lynden Christian, 4 p.m.Stevenson at Lyle-Wishram, 6:30 p.m.Tenino at Castle Rock, 7 p.m.Seton Catholic at Wahkiakum, 7 p.m.GIRLS BASKETBALLBellarmine Prep at Camas, 6 p.m.Hudson’s Bay at Rochester, 7 p.m.Stevenson at Lyle-Wishram, 5 p.m.Tenino at Seton Catholic, 7 p.m.Castle Rock at Toutle Lake, 7 p.m.WRESTLINGUnion at Edmonds Invitational, 8:45 p.m. at Edmonds-WoodwayHeritage at A.C. Davis Tournament, 10 a.m. at YakimaCamas at End of Trail Tournament, 10 a.m. at Oregon CityPrairie at John Birbeck Invitational at North Thurston HS, LaceyMountain View, Columbia-White Salmon, R.A. Long, Castle Rock, Stevenson at Mark Morris TournamentFort Vancouver, Woodland at Ridgefield TournamentWashougal, La Center at Estacada (Ore.) TournamentFOOTBALLWIAA STATE CHAMPIONSHIPSAt Tacoma DomeFriday’s GamesCLASS 2BKalama 34, Napavine 25CLASS 3AEastside Catholic 31, O’Dea 13Saturday’s gamesCLASS 1ANewport vs. Colville, 10 a.m.CLASS 2AHockinson vs. Lynden, 1 p.m.CLASS 1BOdessa vs. Almira-Coulee-Hartline, 4 p.m.CLASS 4ALake Stevens vs. Union, 7:30 p.m.GIRLS BASKETBALLNON-LEAGUEPRAIRIE 56, UNION 31UNION (1-1) — Alexis Raymore 6, Mckenna Vega 0, Marina Morningstar 6, Toryi Midland 6, Lauren Weatherspoon 3, Tanya Gladkov, Abbey Kaip 5, Madison Mackay 0, Mackenzie Lewis 3, Lilly Caplice 0, Kaneyl Carpenter 2. Totals 11 (3) 6-8 31. At Tiger BowlPRAIRIE — Elissa St. Julian 160-185, Lilly Bash 171-160, Sam Longchamp 155-171, Mariah Shepersky 179-157, Anna Gatlin 142-165. Baker games 144-134.BATTLE GROUND — Morgan Bonebrake 191-168, Brooklyn Weinberger 115-138, Emma Boucher 136-155, Emma Wheaton 179-140, Teryn Turner 147-180. Baker games 133-136.JV — Prairie won.FORT VANCOUVER 1914,CAMAS 1721At Allen’s Crosley LanesCAMAS — Kaelie Daniels 129-147, Shakyah Boggs 128-130, Kimmy Boone 149-154, Eva Brizuela 169-172, Jace Grubbs 111-125. Baker games 194-113.FORT VANCOUVER — Maddy Flatin 166-188, Rose Ugbinada 149-149, Lindsey Luis 171-179, Nina Albrecht 161-138, McKenna Ellen 152-190. Baker games 156-115. Share: RIDGEFIELD (1-0) — Devi Dugan 8, Karli Oliver 12, Kylie Greenwald 9, Madalyn Chapman 0, Courtney Beyer 4, Haley Olchowy, Grace Goode 0, Mackenzie Dewey 2, Allie Andrew 14, Kelli Krsul 6, Morgan Harter 0. Totals 21 (7) 6-12 55.La Center 20 10 10 11—51Ridgefield 5 15 22 13—55JV — Ridgefield 55-8.JV2 — Ridgefield 34, Columbia River 21.HOCKINSON 62, HERITAGE 41HOCKINSON — Brooklyn Byers 4, Emma Dietel 11, Mackie Kelly 2, Adyson Dyer 2, Jasmine Shigeno 12, Meggie Kistler 3, Addie Chappelle 11, Lilly Leslie 0, Lillie Mueller 4, Abby Willette 5, Kaylee Vernon 0, Molly Romanchock 8. Totals 24 (6) 8-16 62.HERITAGE — Alex Rosenbaum 0, Morelia Ruiz 3, Nataly Garcia, Faith Murphy 0, Bri Gould 15, Ryan Isam 0, Katherine Penenueta 17, Cammy Wolff 1, Annette Facundo, Wynne Carrera, Ellenore Presler 0, Sarah Rosenbaum 0, Austin Sould 5, Gonzales 0. Totals 14 (2) 11-24 41.Hockinson 17 13 19 13—62Heritage 13 7 15 6—41JV — Hockinson won.WASHOUGAL 77, W.F. WEST 48W.F. WEST — Not available.WASHOUGAL — Kiara Cross 5, Beyonce Bea 11, Ashley Gibbons, Mckinley Stotts 11, Skylar Bea 15, Savea Mansfield 17, Jaiden Bea 10, Erin Miner 5, Sammy Mederos 2, Ashley Gibbons 1. Totals N/A.last_img read more

Skyview boys basketball team swats away Columbia River 55-52

first_img Subscribe Today While a different team from last season, just how quickly the Storm are gelling is a good sign for Schumacher, one of two starters back of last year’s state-placing team.“We’re doing a good job so far five games in,” Schumacher said, “and already starting out with a bang like that.”It was Schumacher’s alley-oop off an inbounds pass from Johnson at the third-quarter buzzer that gave the Storm a bang in terms of fireworks and momentum. A five-point lead end-of-quarter lead turned into a 52-40 cushion the first three minutes of the fourth quarter.But River wasn’t done, and point guard Nate Snook made sure of it.The 6-foot point guard had a double-double with 22 points and 13 rebounds. Twenty of his game-high in points came in the final two quarters, including all four of his 3-pointers. His final one cut Skyview’s lead to 55-52 with 1 minutes, 12 seconds to go. River called a timeout with 3 seconds remaining to set up its potential game-tying shot. 20 Photos Evan Dirksen added 14 for the Chieftains, and Armstrong had 10. River made just one substitution all game.How his team executed, especially in a late-game situation for the first time all season, is exactly what Skyview coach Matt Gruhler wants to see.“It’s never good not to be tested,” the coach said. The late-game situations are a little tighter, a little tougher. Some guys haven’t had any of that experience.“Hopefully, we can carry that momentum into league play.”SKYVIEW 55, COLUMBIA RIVER 52SKYVIEW — Alex Schumacher 17, Lowell Dunmire 12, Sean Boss 10, Squeeky Johnson 2, Kyle Gruhler 6, Jace Chatman 6, Cody McKinney 2. Totals 20 (7) 8-14 55. The Columbian is becoming a rare example of a news organization with local, family ownership. Subscribe today to support local journalism and help us to build a stronger community. Share: GO Share: Gallery: Columbia River and Skyview Basketball Photo Gallery @MegWochnick By Meg Wochnick, Columbian staff writer Published: December 14, 2018, 11:19pm meg.wochnick@columbian.com Tags COLUMBIA RIVER — Nate Snook 22, Evan Dirksen 14, Jack Armstrong 10, Matt Asplund 0, Caden Dezort 1, Alex Miller 6. Totals 18 (6) 7-9 52.Skyview 17 12 16 10—55River 12 13 13 14—52 It’s hard to believe Friday night’s boys basketball game inside J. Hoover Gymnasium was a mid-December non-league contest.It sure didn’t feel like it, given the jam-packed stands, and the frantic finish between two rivals that led to the Skyview student section storming the floor in celebration.In fact, Storm senior guard Alex Schumacher labeled Skyview’s 55-52 non-league victory over previously unbeaten Columbia River as a statement win with 4A Greater St. Helens League play starting Monday.“This was a good way to end it,” said Schumacher, who led the Storm with 17 points. (360) 735-4521 Receive latest stories and local news in your email: Meg Wochnick Columbian staff writer By signing up you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. Columbia River ChieftainsSkyview StormVideo Buy this Photo Skyview’s Alex Schumacher blocks a shot by Columbia River’s Nate Snook during Friday’s non-league game at Columbia River High School. Nathan Howard/The Columbian Skyview’s once-12-point fourth-quarter lead was whittled down to three in the final seconds by the Chieftains, and River’s potential game-tying shot by Jack Armstrong on a catch-and-shoot following a timeout was off the mark.Friday was both teams’ final non-league game before their respective league games begin Monday. Skyview travels to Heritage to open 4A GSHL action while Columbia River is at Ridgefield in 2A Greater St. Helens play.Lucky to sneak away from the win, the Storm say, but luck has nothing to do with its 4-1 start. Three wins have come via double digits on a team featuring three new starters (Jace Chatman, Squeeky Johnson and Lowell Dunmire) off last year’s sixth-place team from state.Dunmire had 10 of his 12 in the second half, and Sean Boss added 10 for the Storm. Skyview boys basketball team swats away Columbia River 55-52 Storm gets solid victory heading into league playlast_img read more

Big question for Mariners this spring is: Who are these guys?

first_img One to watch in spring will be third baseman Kyle Seager. If he can rebound from a terrible 2018, Seattle will be similar offensively to what it was a year ago.They’re setThe rotation could be good enough to keep the Mariners competitive.Marco Gonzales, Mike Leake and newcomer Yusei Kikuchi will be the headliners, although Seattle will limit Kikuchi’s innings during spring and through the regular season.Wade LeBlanc will have a spot after a solid 2018, which begs a question about Felix Hernandez. The former All-Star had the worst season of his career in 2018 with a 5.55 ERA and 27 home runs allowed, but Seattle insists he’ll be in the rotation entering the final season of his current contract. By TIM BOOTH, Associated Press GO Published: February 9, 2019, 8:18pm 2 Photos New Seattle Mariners players; from left, infielder JP Crawford, outfielder Mallex Smith and pitcher Justus Sheffield meet the media during the annual pre-spring training media event, Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019 in Seattle. (Steve Ringman/The Seattle Times via AP) Photo Gallery Share: By signing up you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. SEATTLE — The running joke is that when the Seattle Mariners arrive for the first day of spring training everyone will need to wear “Hi, my name is” nametags.It might not be a bad idea for manager Scott Servais to consider.“I’m very excited to go to spring training, to get with this group, and hit the reset button a little bit on our clubhouse and what we’ve got going,” Servais said.Seattle begins spring training this week in a full rebuild mode — although “step-back” or “reset” have been the favored terms inside the front office. Instead of being a club contending for a wild-card berth and likely hovering in the 85- to 90-win range, the Mariners embraced the need to get younger, to relieve themselves of some hefty contracts, and to provide financial flexibility for the time when their crop of prospects are regular contributors.Seattle should not be a terrible team.They aren’t tanking.But they begin spring with a roster they hope won’t be the same by midseason. Big question for Mariners this spring is: Who are these guys? Players head to Peoria this week to begin workouts They’re notThe bullpen is the biggest question mark. There are no jobs predetermined outside of perhaps Hunter Strickland having the inside track on the closer spot.Seattle is likely to have a fairly regular shuffle between Triple-A Tacoma and the majors this season to help keep arms in the bullpen, especially on days where Kikuchi makes his short starts and it essentially turns into a bullpen day.Rookies to watchPitcher Justus Sheffield and Justin Dunn, infielders Shed Long and Evan White, and 18-year-old top prospect Julio Rodriguez all will get long looks during the spring. They will be key to Seattle’s hopes of remaining competitive over the next few years.On deckSeattle’s spring training will be abbreviated. The Mariners will open in Tokyo with two games against Oakland. They will take an expanded roster to Japan that is expected to include 45-year-old Ichiro Suzuki. After returning to the U.S., the Mariners will need to trim three players from their roster before the home opener on March 28 against Boston.• Spring training openers: vs. Athletics, 12:05 p.m. Feb. 21 at Mesa, Ariz. vs. Athletics, 12:10 p.m. Feb. 22 at Peoria, Ariz. Share: Other things to watch as the Mariners start reporting on Monday, ahead of the early season opener in Japan on March 20 against Oakland:New lookGone are Robinson Cano, Nelson Cruz, Jean Segura, Mike Zunino, Ben Gamel, Guillermo Heredia, and with them a lot of the offensive production from recent seasons.The Mariners’ offseason trades and roster decisions saw them bid farewell to the heart of their batting order in Segura, Cano and Cruz. Yet the drop-off shouldn’t be significant at the plate.Seattle added speed in outfielder Mallex Smith and shortstop J.P. Crawford. They got a potential big bat in outfielder Domingo Santana and likely improved offensively behind the plate with Omar Narvaez. In Seattle’s perfect scenario, the handful of established veterans in the lineup will play well enough early in the season that they can be moved for more prospects.The hope remains that the prospects they’ve acquired will be ready to contribute by the second half of the 2020 season, with some likely making their debuts this year. Much of spring training will involve seeing how a handful of them stack up already.“We have a chance to grow into something special and we’re gonna watch that happen. While we couldn’t tell you definitively we’re gonna win 100 games, I can tell you we’re gonna try to win every single one that we play,” general manager Jerry Dipoto said.“We’re not going out there with the intention to lose. I think that was one of the things that got lost in the weeds. So far back as two years ago when people started talking about rebuilding and restructuring and ripping it down. You don’t have to rip it down to put yourself in a better position.” Follow Receive latest stories and local news in your email: Follow The Columbian on Instagramlast_img read more

Historic basketball postseason could be start of something bigger in Clark County

first_img Tags By Tim Martinez, Columbian Assistant Sports Editor Published: March 3, 2019, 6:10pm Prairie accepts their trophy following their title victory over Mt. Spokane during the 3A Hardwood Classic at the Tacoma Dome on Saturday March 2, 2019. (Nathan Howard/The Columbian) Photo Gallery Girl power!I think reporter Meg Wochnick put it best, in describing the front page of The Columbian’s sports section on Sunday.Saturday concluded a historic high school basketball postseason in Clark County.Twelve teams advanced to state tournaments, eight of which moved on to the final tournament sites in Tacoma and Yakima.Of those final eight teams, six were boys teams — Union, Battle Ground, Prairie, Columbia River, La Center and King’s Way Christian.The other two were the Prairie girls and the Washougal girls.By the end of the week, two teams stood on the top podium as state champions — the Prairie girls and the Washougal girls. And then there are the two champions. Both lose Division-I players – Prairie’s Brooke Walling and Cassidy Gardner and Washougal’s Beyonce Bea.But that doesn’t mean those teams won’t be in the mix next season.Prairie returns Allison Corral and Kendyl Carson. And let’s face it: Prairie is Prairie. The Falcons will always be in the mix.As for Washougal, the Panthers return Skylar Bea, McKinley Stotts and Jaiden Bea – all of whom played pivotal roles this season. Follow Girl power, indeed.Prairie and Washougal became the 16th and 17th high school basketball state champions in Clark County.And because I know I’m going to get an email asking the question, here is the rundown of those previous 15 champions: 1938 Vancouver High boys, 1964 Hudson’s Bay boys, 1990 Battle Ground boys, 1991 Battle Ground girls, 1993-94 Prairie girls, 1995 Evergreen boys, 1996-97 La Center boys, 1998-99 Prairie girls, 2003 Prairie girls, 2010 Union boys, 2012 Prairie girls and the 2012 Skyview girls.Wow, the 1990s was quite a decade for Clark County prep hoops.Could Clark County be ready to make another such run?Well, you can never tell because state titles are so hard to come by these days. But area hoops have been on the rise.Clark County has sent at least seven basketball teams to state each of the past five seasons, including a dozen in each of the past two. Video Tim Martinez Columbian Assistant Sports Editor Follow The Columbian on Instagram Share: GOcenter_img 2 Photos @360TMart By signing up you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. Receive latest stories and local news in your email: And while every state team will have seniors to replace, there remains a lot of talent coming back next season.The Union boys bring back all-leaguers Tanner Toolson and Brad Lackey, Battle Ground boys have Kaden Perry coming back. The Prairie boys have all-leaguers Aidan Fraly and Zeke Dixson to build around. Nate Snook and Alex Miller return for Columbia River.The Trico League boys is filled with talented returnees: Hunter Ecklund and Evan Norris for La Center, Brady Metz, Bryson Metz, Kobi Cason and Gage Koenders for King’s Way Christian, and Gabe Anderson, Xavian Rushing and Andy Olson for Seton Catholic.On the girls side, Katelynn Forner and Jalena Carlisle return for Camas. Hudson’s Bay returns its power trio of Aniyah Hampton, Jaydia Martin and Kamelai Powell. Abby Cummins and Laurel Quinn return for King’s Way Christian. Share: Historic basketball postseason could be start of something bigger in Clark County High schools: Tim Martinez And then there are several teams that just missed advancing to state that look primed not to miss it next season.Add in new faces ready to step into the spotlight on varsity next season, and it looks like Clark County hoops could be in store for more historic seasons in the future.Tim Martinez is the assistant sports editor/prep editor for The Columbian. He can be reached at (360) 735-4538, tim.martinez@columbian.com or follow his Twitter handle @360TMart. (360) 735-4538 tim.martinez@columbian.comlast_img read more