NFL: 3 in 10 ex-players face Alzheimer’s, dementia

first_imgIn this Nov. 9, 2013, file photo, former Pittsburgh and NFL Hall of Fame running back Tony Dorsett stands on the sideline before the start of an NCAA football game between Pittsburgh and Notre Dame in Pittsburgh. Dorsett is one of more than 4,500 former players that have filed suit, some accusing the NFL football league of fraud for its handling of concussions. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The NFL believes that nearly three in 10 former players will develop debilitating brain conditions, and that they will be stricken earlier and twice as often as the general population.The disclosure Friday comes in data the league prepared for its proposed $765 million settlement of thousands of concussion lawsuits.Both the league and players’ lawyers estimate that 28 percent of the retirees will develop Alzheimer’s disease, moderate dementia or more serious neurological problems.That would represent nearly 6,000 of the 19,000 living former players. Dozens of them could develop Lou Gehrig’s or Parkinson’s disease.A federal judge in Philadelphia has granted preliminary approval of a settlement plan that offers awards reaching $5 million. However, most men would get far less.The retirees must decide next month whether to participate.last_img read more

Nelson’s Finn Megale eyes BC Provincial Snowboard Cross finals

first_imgMegale has had his sights on snowboard cross racing since he was four years old.Last year he placed first in the BC provincials (U13), earning an invite to join the BC team in the U15 nationals where he placed eighth. The Western Canada Snowboard Cross series races were Finn’s first event of the 2017 season.Snowboard cross is a competitive race whefre athletes run individual time trials to qualify, and then race four-at-a-time in heats against each other.The fastest racer advances to the next heat.At Lake Louise, Megale qualified and raced seven heats over two days, making it to the final heat in each of two races. He was very pleased with his second place finishes, and he is aiming for a strong result at the BC provincials finals next weekend with the final prize, national finals in Mount Tremblant, Quebec, in April. Watch out world, here comes Finnegan Megale.The Nelson boarder is off to the BC Provincial Snowboard Cross finals next weekend at Big White Resort near Kelowna after capturing a pair of silver medals during a meet over the weekend in Lake Louise.Megale, 14, was one of more than 100 boarders who participated at the Western Canada Snowboard Cross Series.last_img read more

Science Replication: An Ideal in Crisis

first_imgJournal editors are uniting to confront a crisis of confidence: lack of reproducibility of science results.According to naive conceptions of science, replication is a source of confidence in scientific results – or as Finagle put it, “Experiments should be reproducible; they should all fail the same way.”  Unfortunately, what sounds good in theory is not always true in practice.  That’s why Nature and Science both posted special editorials titled, “Journals unite for reproducibility.”  After all, “public trust in science is at stake.”Just how bad is this ‘replication crisis,’ as Jonathan W. Schooler calls it in Nature?  “In disciplines such as medicine, psychology, genetics and biology,” he says, “researchers have been confronted with results that are not as robust as they originally seemed.”  This is in addition to many sciences that concern historical events that are not reproducible even in principle, such as big bang cosmology, the origin of life, and universal common ancestry.  Any science that relies on singularities or contingent events is not reproducible.Nature’s editors state the ideal of replication:Reproducibility, rigour, transparency and independent verification are cornerstones of the scientific method. Of course, just because a result is reproducible does not make it right, and just because it is not reproducible does not make it wrong. A transparent and rigorous approach, however, will almost always shine a light on issues of reproducibility. This light ensures that science moves forward, through independent verifications as well as the course corrections that come from refutations and the objective examination of the resulting data.It’s interesting that they should speak of “course corrections that come from refutations and the objective examination” of data, when the journal routinely screens refutations and objective examinations of Darwinian evolution.  Be that as it may, the editors reported that journal editors met at the AAAS in June to formulate Guidelines in Reporting Preclinical Research.  It’s part of “quality control” that Science Magazine says leads to “best practices” in science; “the important point is that a large number of scientific journals are standing together in their conviction that reproducibility and transparency are important issues.”  The public needs this assurance; “The hope is that that these guidelines will not be viewed as onerous, but as part of the quality control that justifies the public trust in science.”You’ve just been Gruberized.  You were lied to; your science teacher told you that science was self-correcting and reproducible, and that’s what made it so trustworthy against all other forms of knowledge generation.  They didn’t want to reveal how inaccurate that claim is in the real world, because the American public is too stupid to understand it without a nuanced presentation.  It was important to get the hype passed by the media, because the elites wanted their exalted reputation to be swallowed without debate.  Now that they’ve been caught red-handed with their deceit, they are in damage repair mode.  “Don’t worry,” they tell us too late; “you can still trust us.”Replication is a simplistic ideal that is rarely followed in practice.  Except in rare high-profile cases, like the cold fusion claim of the 1980s, scientists are simply too busy to try to replicate someone else’s work.  And who is going to replicate the Higgs boson discovery without a CERN supercollider to use, and hundreds of researchers?  Obviously, some of the most worldview-dependent claims about big bang cosmology and evolution’s “great transformations” cannot be replicated.In the philosophy of science, only a few branches of science, like chemistry and mechanics, even lend themselves to replication.  Some are replicable in principle, like medicine, but are often too plagued by complexity to obtain solid reproducible results in the lab.  Psychology is hopelessly confused by the largely unpredictable actions of free moral agents.  The worst sciences at reproducibility are the evolutionary historical sciences.  How is one to replicate the emergence of a particular species, especially when there is no fossil record?  In cosmology, how is one to replicate the big bang, or the multiverse?  Different methods are needed, one argues; well, the same is true for non-science fields, like history or theology.If we can just get past the false dogma that a “scientific method” exists, we should focus our attention less on “scientific reasoning” and more on “logical reasoning” about evidence.  There is no one scientific method, but a series of disparate fields of inquiry, all grasping at the honor of the word “Science,” each using different methods, tools, and types of evidence.  Their explanations also vary widely in quality and evidential support.This entry reminds us of how important integrity is to science.  Integrity is not made of particles, nor does it evolve.  Without a reliable, changeless standard of honesty and love of the truth, science cannot exist.  The Bible provides that standard.  Secular materialism does not.  When the leading journal editors wring their hands about the necessity of transparency, public trust and convictions, tell them to kick the Darwin habit and read the Ten Commandments. 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Overseas riders line up for joBerg2c

first_imgWord of mouth“This is primarily due to the great magazine coverage we’ve received there, as well as word of mouth from riders who’ve done the event.” 4 October 2012 The fourth edition of the nine-day stage race, which starts on 26 April next year, will see 300 teams from at least 16 different countries represented on the start line at Heidelberg, just south of Johannesburg. “Our aim is to attract people who love riding, rather than those who enjoy racing. However, we do make sure that the racing snakes are handsomely rewarded.” He said a longer event such as the joberg2c was ideal for visitors wanting to maximise their stay and get a real feel for the South African landscapes and people. To date, 70 foreign riders – compared to 28 in 2012 – have signed up for what used to be South Africa’s best-kept secret, with more queries being received on a daily basis. SAinfo reporter Wapnick said this represented a steady and significant growth on the inaugural event, which fielded 12 overseas participants. As an added bonus, said Wapnick, the final three days followed the same route as the world’s largest fully serviced mountain bike stage race – the sani2c. Full-service ride“It’s a great full-service ride across South Africa, on awesome trails through almost a hundred private farms, with genuine local hospitality and, of course, delicious food,” he enthused. Wapnick said those who were pressed for time could opt for the three or six-day versions of the event. “The Old Mutual joBerg2c is known for its incredible single track, which is perfect for the millions of trail-loving riders around the world.” According to one of the organisers, Craig Wapnick, there has been a surge of interest from the United States, Britain, Belgium and Australia in particular. With the number of overseas riders having more than doubled for next year’s event, the Old Mutual joBerg2c’s reputation is steadily growing in international mountain biking circles. This year’s race offered a prize purse of R330 000. African ChallengeFor riders just beyond South Africa’s borders (countries such as Namibia, Zimbabwe and Botswana) there is an unofficial African Challenge, with bragging rights going to the winners. Caters for allAlthough the event is sanctioned by Cycling South Africa, Wapnick said UCI points are not a current focus as the event caters for all levels of riders. He said negotiations were under way with well-known international riders who had expressed an interest in undertaking the 900km journey to Scottburgh on the KwaZulu-Natal south coast. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Ginebra thwarts San Miguel’s grand slam bid, enters semis

first_imgGinebra import Justin Brownlee. PBA IMAGESBarangay Ginebra booked a trip to the semifinals and ended San Miguel Beer’s Grand Slam bid in stunning fashion, 104-84, in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup quarterfinals Wednesday night at Mall of Asia Arena.Justin Brownlee was a handful with 37 points and 12 rebounds with four blocks while also getting a lot of help from the locals.ADVERTISEMENT BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Ross and Cabagnot combined for only 13 points, four rebounds and eight assists.Thompson tallied seven points, team-high 13 rebounds, four assists and two steals.Terrence Watson scored 30 points but he failed to step up when SMB needed him most. Fajardo, who is tipped to win his fourth straight MVP award, had 19 points and 22 rebounds with five blocks.It was only fitting that the last coach to win the Grand Slam prevented history from repeating itself. Cone won two Grand Slams, the first with Alaska in 1996 and the other with Purefoods in 2014. MOST READ Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Chris Ross credits teammates for near triple double PLAY LIST 01:00Chris Ross credits teammates for near triple double01:02Fajardo predicts there will be no sweep in PBA Finals01:32Austria: Ginebra is playing like a ‘well-oiled machine’01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Jarin wants less Alejandro-centric offense from Bulldogs View comments Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president LATEST STORIES LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “It’s never easy. If you look at the score, the only time I felt safe was when we had a 102-72 lead,” Cone said.“I cant tell you how relieved I am that we’re not playing a knockout game with them.”The Kings outscored the Beermen, 23-9, in the first eight minutes of the fourth quarter capped by a basket by Brownlee for a 97-70 lead.The game started the way it was expected to be with neither team giving an inch. But Brownlee shifted into high gear and carried Ginebra with him in the second quarter, where he shot 16 points and San Miguel was limited to just nine.“Our defense really stepped up today. Going into this game that was really our battlecry because we all know the kind of firepower San Miguel has,” said Tenorio, who finished with eight points and 10 assists as he and Thompson outplayed the Beermen’s backcourt duo of Chris Ross and Alex Cabagnot. ADVERTISEMENT Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Joe Devance scored 17 points, hitting four triples, while guards LA Tenorio and Scottie Thompson had near double-double efforts and towering big men Greg Slaughter and Japeth Aguilar added 13 points each.“Nobody saw that coming. we just played great from start to finish. It was one of those nights for them and it came at a bad time for them,” Ginebra head coach Tim Cone told reporters.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutGinebra, who owned a twice-to-beat advantage as the No. 3 seed, dealt San Miguel its worst loss of the season.The Gin Kings made it look easy in knocking off the star-studded Beermen, who have the reigning three-time MVP June Mar Fajardo, but Cone said he didn’t feel at ease until Thompson buried a 3-pointer that stretched the lead to 30 with 2:35 remaining. Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

LeBron says he’d want Magic, Jordan as his 3-on-3 teammates

first_img“I don’t know, I have to think about it,” James said.Not that James — or Magic or Michael — is participating.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutJames didn’t think he would consider playing in the new Olympic event in the Tokyo Games, but is happy it was added.“It’s great for basketball,” he said. “For us to be able to add another category to the Olympics, another basketball category, I think it’s pretty great. I haven’t seen the full layout of how they plan on executing it … are they going to use NBA guys, are they going to use college guys. I’m not quite sure. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games “I’m not very good in a 3-on-3 thing. I’m more of a 5-on-5 guy. I stay out of the 1-on-1 matchups during our practice, the 2-on-2 and the 3-on-3s. So probably not. I probably won’t be a part of the 3-on-3 matchup.”The new Olympic event was added Friday by the International Olympic Committee. There will be eight men’s teams and eight women’s teams competing. As far as what teams are selected and how teams qualify, that’s still unclear.“They don’t want just the basketball powers to compete in 3-on-3,” said USA Basketball CEO Jim Tooley. “FIBA will get together and figure out how teams will qualify. They will definitely want to reward countries that have been doing a lot of 3-on-3 activities.”The U.S. has been pushing 3-on-3 over the past few years and held a national tournament last month. The winners will head to the World Cup in France later this month.“The last few years, we have made a major push in 3-on-3 basketball with our nationwide Dew NBA 3X tour and several international 3-on-3 competitions. The Olympic stage will provide these elite athletes with the opportunity to further demonstrate their talents,” NBA Deputy Commissioner Mark Tatum said.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James speaks early Saturday, June 10, 2017, in Cleveland after the Cavaliers defeated the Golden State Warriors 137-116 in Game 4 of basketball’s NBA Finals. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)LeBron James knows who his dream teammates would be in a 3-on-3 competition at the 2020 Olympics — Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson.Jordan and Johnson’s names came to James without any hesitation when asked by The Associated Press which past greats he would like to play with. The Cavaliers star was a bit more reserved when he came to picking present day players.ADVERTISEMENT Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken View comments 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chickencenter_img Back to back champs: Penguins beat Predators for Stanley Cup WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ What ‘missteps’? World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide It’s also unclear if the NBA will even allow its players to compete, which is just fine with Draymond Green.“I grew up playing street ball so to have 3-on-3 a part of the Olympics I think it’s also something guys can win that are not pro athletes,” The Golden State Warriors forward said. “So I think that could be really good. You see in these other sports where they go compete in the Olympics but they have regular day jobs. I think that can be like that for 3-on-3. So I think that can be great.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Jardim gives Liverpool & Arsenal Lemar hope

first_imgTransfers Jardim gives Liverpool & Arsenal Lemar hope Robin Bairner 23:21 1/11/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Thomas Lemar Monaco 2017 Getty Images Transfers Arsenal Thomas Lemar Montpellier v Monaco Liverpool v Manchester City AFC Bournemouth v Arsenal Monaco Liverpool Premier League Ligue 1 The Premier League duo are both following the France international – but the Ligue 1 champions will only sell under certain conditions Monaco head coach Leonardo Jardim has said that his club do not expect to sell attacker Thomas Lemar this January, but he confessed that if an astronomical offer came their way, they would be in no position to decline it.Liverpool and Arsenal have both been linked to the France international in recent weeks, and while he wants to keep the 22-year-old as long as possible, he is aware of the financial realities of the modern game.Monaco found themselves in a similar position with star forward Kylian Mbappe in the summer, with the young striker leaving on loan to PSG with the promise of €145 million coming their way at the end of the season. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Jardim also pointed to the example of Liverpool, who were strongarmed into selling Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona by an offer of €120m from the Catalan side. “You know how crazy the market can be, he said. “Things can happen that even a club like Monaco can’t say no to.“It happened at Liverpool. The figures today are very high. Everything can change very quickly. What I tell you today can be different tomorrow. “I want to keep Lemar. If I stayed here for 10 years, I’d want Lemar to stay with me for 10 years.“He’s young. He could play for another decade. He’s got a lot of qualities and I like him a lot.”Jardim will take charge of his 200th game for Monaco at the weekend, when they travel to Montpellier, though he will have to do so with the injured Radamel Falcao.last_img read more

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10 months agoGenoa director Perinetti: Napoli keen on Kouame

first_imgGenoa director Perinetti: Napoli keen on Kouameby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveGenoa director Giorgio Perinetti admits there’s big interest for young striker Christian Kouame.There has been talk of a €25m move to Napoli.But Perinetti says, “First of all, I want to make clear that nobody is leaving Genoa in January. Having said that, some might want to get a deal in early to stave off competition.“We did have a meeting with Napoli for Kouame. The collaborators are here and we’ll have another encounter with them over the next week.”There are at least two Premier League clubs who want Kouame, as they often send scouts to observe him. I look at Kouame and Krzysztof Piatek and am happy to have both at Genoa.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

a month agoRochdale midfielder Rathbone excited to face former club Man Utd

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Rochdale midfielder Rathbone excited to face former club Man Utdby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveRochdale midfielder Oliver Rathbone is looking forward to facing his former club Manchester United in the Carabao Cup third-round on Wednesday.22-year-old Rochdale was part of the United academy until leaving for the Dale in 2016.”It’d be incredible,” said the midfielder. “It’s always been my dream to play at Old Trafford and I spent lots of years at the club aiming to do that – that was always the end goal.””My path has taken me on a different route, which has been a great learning curve, so to come back and play with this team would be very special.” last_img read more