MADRID, Spain (AP): Rafael Nadal defeated Dominic Thiem 7-6 (8), 6-4 yesterday in the Madrid Open final to win his third straight title and continue his good form heading into the French Open. Nadal withstood a tough challenge from the ninth-ranked Thiem, converting on his fourth match point to earn his 15th straight victory on clay and tie Novak Djokovic’s record of 30 career titles in Masters 1000 events. The triumph at his home tournament gave Nadal his 72nd career title, and 52nd on clay. It was Nadal’s second straight win against the 23-year-old Austrian, coming two weeks after the Barcelona Open final when the fifth-ranked Spaniard cruised to victory in straight sets. Nadal also won in Monte Carlo last month. Nadal had easily defeated Thiem in Barcelona, losing only five games in a two-set victory, but was forced to work a lot harder yesterday. In an even first set, Nadal had to save two set points in the tiebreaker. The Spaniard converted his fifth set point of the match to take that tiebreaker and go one set up. Nadal broke early in the second set but was not able to pull away, and needed to save four break points in the final game before closing out the match. Thiem was trying to win his ninth title, and the first since winning the Rio de Janeiro tournament in the beginning of the year. It was his first final in a Masters 1000 event. Nadal has a tour-leading 34 victories in what has been a superb season following lean years for the 14-time Grand Slam champion. He also made it to three finals, losing two of them to Roger Federer, including at the Australian Open. Nadal, who was out for much of last year because of a wrist injury, has won 30 of his last 32 sets going into the tournament in Rome this week. Then he will try to win his 10th title at Roland Garros, where he won his last Grand Slam title three years ago. He defeated Djokovic in the semi finals in Madrid, snapping a seven-match winless streak against the second-ranked Serb. It was Nadal’s fifth title in eighth Madrid Open finals, and the first since 2014. His other titles came in 2005, 2010 and 2013.
Ryan Giggs’ third-minute penalty put Manchester United in the driving seat in the FA Cup fourth-round clash at Old Trafford.After Aaron Hughes’ handball in the box, Fulham keeper Mark Schwarzer got a hand to Giggs’ spot-kick but could not keep it out of the net.The Whites were fortunate not to have another penalty awarded against them when Damien Duff handled Giggs’ chip into the area.And Schwarzer then pushed an effort from Wayne Rooney onto the bar as the home side continued to dominate.United kept pressing and Schwarzer produced another save from Rooney before seeing Nani’s shot flash wide of the post.Fulham’s best moment came when Sascha Riether shot wide late in the first half.Fulham: Schwarzer, Riether, Hughes, Hangeland, Riise, Kacaniklic, Sidwell, Baird, Duff, Ruiz, Berbatov.Subs: Etheridge, Senderos, Petric, Karagounis, Briggs, Rodallega, Dejagah.Click here for our Man Utd v Fulham 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
(Visited 20 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 The so-called “scientific method” (if there is such a thing) has undergone dramatic changes throughout history, but there is one constant that can be relied upon: the myth of scientism.Scientism is the belief that the “scientific method” is a disinterested formula that, provided a bias-free scientist follows the steps, is guaranteed to lead to knowledge that progresses toward understanding of nature that invariably improves over time. Philosophers of science, historians of science and sociologists of science know that this simplistic description is a myth. On the 50th anniversary of Thomas Kuhn’s Structure of Scientific Revolutions this year, and the “Science Wars” that ensued in the decades following its publication in 1962, one would think that scientism went out with logical positivism and vinyl records, but some reporters remain stuck in that groove. A recent example is found on Live Science, where Robert Roy Britt and and Kim Ann Zimmermann provided a definition straight out of the 1950s:Science is a systematic and logical approach to discovering how things in the universe work. It is derived from the Latin word “scientia,” which translates to knowledge. Unlike the arts, science aims for measurable results through testing and analysis. Science is based on fact, not opinion or preferences. The process of science is designed to challenge ideas through research. It is not meant to prove theories, but rule out alternative explanations until a likely conclusion is reached.This definition, followed by a step-by-step “recipe” for the Scientific Method, reveals none of the complexities of real-world science. For instance, not all scientists follow this method, if indeed any do. Different fields of science use different methods. It overlooks tacit knowledge, hunches and social pressures that short-circuit the method. It mentions nothing of the scientific culture or consensus, Kuhn’s paradigms and scientific revolutions. It conflates scientific discovery with scientific understanding, yet it distinguishes facts from theories as if facts cannot be theory-laden. It ignores profound differences between operational sciences (which can be replicated) and origins sciences (which cannot, but rely on inference). And it creates an either-or fallacy that segregates “science” from all other forms of inquiry, some of which are not only just as systematic and logical, but may be even more measurable, reliable, and amenable to knowledge. Those are just a few of the questions that arise from the Live Science article.Even the article’s ending section, “brief history of science,” overlooks the fact that what was considered “knowledge” in the past is often considered foolishness today. Almost everything that was believed about the universe, the earth and life back in 1900 has been debunked. We have no guarantee, therefore, that scientists of the future will not look on today’s “scientific” beliefs as foolishness. The phrase “now we know” is often the prelude to collapse (for an interesting example from geology, read a quote posted by Uncommon Descent).Britt and Zimmermann also neglected to address how scientific knowledge is manufactured. There was nothing about peer review, for instance. Yet even Nature this past week acknowledged that a revolution is underway in peer review with new internet resources that may render traditional print journals obsolete. On June 12, Richard van Noorden explored some of the radical new initiatives like PeerJ (an outgrowth of the inventors of PLoS ONE) that will allow scientists to pay one price for unlimited online publishing. Notice his explosive metaphor:PeerJ is just one of a flurry of experiments, encouraged in part by the gathering momentum of open access, that might shape the future of research publishing. “We are seeing a Cambrian explosion of experiments with new publishing models. It’s going to be an interesting period for the next few years,” says Binfield.The metaphor implies no clear connection between the old way and several radical new ways of publication. This example shows that one aspect of the “scientific method,” peer review, is undergoing a dramatic change before our eyes after decades — even centuries — of standard operating procedure.Another example from Nature confesses that there may be limits to our understanding. Climate change certainly looms large in scientific discussions these days. Just as the latest global climate change conference is concluding in Rio, Maslin and Austin said in Nature June 14 (486, pp. 183–184, doi:10.1038/486183a) that climate models may have reached their limits:For the fifth major assessment of climate science by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), due to be released next year, climate scientists face a serious public-image problem. The climate models they are now working with, which make use of significant improvements in our understanding of complex climate processes, are likely to produce wider rather than smaller ranges of uncertainty in their predictions. To the public and to policymakers, this will look as though the scientific understanding of climate change is becoming less, rather than more, clear….…. Why do models have a limited capability to predict the future? First of all, they are not reality. This is perhaps an obvious point, but it is regularly ignored. By their very nature, models cannot capture all the factors involved in a natural system, and those that they do capture are often incompletely understood. Science historian Naomi Oreskes of the University of California, San Diego, and her colleagues have argued convincingly that this makes climate models impossible to truly verify or validate. Surprisingly, they stated that ignorance is no reason for inaction:Scientists need to decide how to explain this effect. Above all, the public and policymakers need to be made to understand that climate models may have reached their limit. They must stop waiting for further certainty or persuasion, and simply act.This statement appears to be naked advocacy for political action in spite of scientific understanding. Regardless of one’s views on human-caused global warming, the quote illustrates powerful influences between politics and science. It also reveals that scientists, like other fallible human beings, are not necessarily bias-free, but are subject to motivations and collective beliefs.Update 6/19/2012: Pallab Ghosh, writing for the BBC News, reported on the growing trend toward open-access journals on the internet, away from traditional subscription-based journals. One of the arguments in favor of open access is that if the public is paying for the research, they ought to be able to read about it. Some scientists are strongly in favor of the movement, seeing it as the democratization of science. “Critics have argued that commercial publishers have made excessive profits from scientific research that has been paid for from public money,” Ghosh wrote. “Critics also say that denying access to publicly-funded research is immoral.” One significant upshot of the trend is that leading journal editors will have less veto power over what gets published, and less control over what kind of research is deemed significant.Don’t ever be fooled into assuming that scientists, and especially science reporters, have been educated out of scientism. Many scientists never took a philosophy of science course. Some of them, influenced by their science professors, were trained to distrust philosophers of science. But the question “What is science?” is not a question of science. It is a question of philosophy about science. Scientists therefore, operating within the scientific culture, are the least qualified to answer the question.It’s time to suggest again two Teaching Company lecture series that explore in detail the philosophical issues of the “scientific method.” Here are links to them. Take note that the courses periodically go on sale.Kasser, Philosophy of ScienceGoldman, Science Wars: What Scientists Know and How They Know ItNotice that neither professors are friendly to intelligent design; they both accept Darwinian evolution. But after listening to them explain the many difficulties in verifying even the simplest scientific concepts, and hearing about the welter of contradictory opinions about what science is, and how misguided previous “now we know” claims have been, no reader of Creation-Evolution Headlines should remain vulnerable to the fallacy of scientism.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Researchers at the University of Illinois collaborated with colleagues in Oklahoma to identify areas along a riparian zone, that is, alongside rivers that are susceptible to erosion.Maria Chu, an assistant professor in agricultural and biological engineering (ABE), and Alejandra Botero-Acosta, a Ph.D. student in ABE, developed a modeling framework which they used to identify those areas in the Fort Cobb Reservoir Experimental Watershed (FCREW) in southcentral Oklahoma. The FCREW has three sub-watersheds: Cobb, Lake, and Willow. Chu, Botero-Acosta, and their colleagues used readily available USDA environmental data from the area.“A healthy riparian buffer intercepts suspended solids, nitrogen, and phosphorous,” said Botero-Acosta, “reducing sediment load and nutrient pollution in the rivers. We found in our literature review that 50% of the sediments in the river were coming from the riparian zone. We wanted to identify those locations so conservation and management practices can be focused on those points.”Predicting riparian erosion at the watershed scale is challenging because of the complex interactions between the different variables that govern soil erosion and the inherent uncertainties in measuring those processes. In this study, Botero-Acosta says they found that soil type and land use were the two most important variables.“The most vulnerable areas for erosion were found to be located at the upper riparian zone of the Cobb and Lake sub-watersheds. The soil there is sand and silt, which is very prone to erosion,” she said. “Land use was also important. Livestock grazing and row crops thinned the vegetation, so that increased erosion.”Hydrological variables that are dynamic, such as rainfall, lateral and overland inflow, and discharge, were not as significant in predicting the location of erosion. However, Botero-Acosta said “In order to convert flow into velocity, we needed a cross section of the river, and we didn’t have that data. For future work, implementing that kind of data will give us better results regarding hydrological variables, because we do think that discharge can affect riparian erosion.”Botero-Acosta said mitigating riparian erosion is ultimately beneficial to the population at large.“A watershed provides ecosystems services to the community, which people sometimes take for granted. Fresh water to drink, water to irrigate crops, oxygen-rich water to support fish populations, those are all connected to a healthy watershed,” she said.Chu will be conducting a similar study in the Upper Sangamon Watershed, near Decatur. The Sangamon watershed is almost twice the size of the Fort Cobb watershed, and the area is approximately 90% agricultural, as opposed to 60% agricultural in Oklahoma. Chu received funding from the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture to do a hydrologic assessment of the watershed. The study will use a suite of hydrologic and environmental models to simulate different land management practices and their effects on ecosystems services such as water clarity, nutrient reduction, and fish species richness.The Fort Cobb study, “Riparian erosion vulnerability model based on environmental features,” is written by Chu and Botero-Acosta, along with colleagues Jorge Guzman, research hydrologist at the Center for Spatial Analysis, University of Oklahoma; Daniel Moriasi, research hydrologist at USDA-ARS Grazinglands Research Laboratory, El Reno, Oklahoma; and Patrick Starks, soil scientist at USDA-ARS Grazinglands Research Laboratory, El Reno, Oklahoma. It appears in the Journal of Environmental Management, and a pdf of the full paper is available online.
Spray foam manufacturer dropping HFCsDemilec, the Texas-based manufacturer of spray polyurethane foam insulation, says that it will phase out hydrofluorocarbon (HFCs) blowing agents and introduce an alternative with a much lower global warming potential (GWP). In a written announcement, the company said it would introduce spray foam using a hydrofluoroolefin (HFO) blowing agent by the middle of this year and would complete its transition by 2017.Demilec will join Lapolla Industries, also based in Texas, in offering closed-cell spray polyurethane foam made with an HFO blowing agent. Other manufacturers also are making the switch in anticipation of tougher rules from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.Honeywell, DuPont, and Arkema all make HFOs. Products like Honeywell’s Solstice have a global warming potential of less than 1, about the same as carbon dioxide, compared with GWPs of 1,300 for some types of HFCs now in use.A type of HFC is used to manufacture extruded polystyrene insulation (XPS) insulation, which makes the rigid foam less attractive environmentally to many green builders than the alternatives. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency wants the industry to switch to HFOs, but manufacturers have run into production snags and complain that the government’s timetable is too aggressive. Rule could mean CFL phaseoutA new Department of Energy proposal could mean the end of the line for compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), E&E Publishing says in an online report.The DOE proposal in part sets an efficiency standard for both CFLs and LEDs that only LEDs will be able to meet. Andrew deLaski, the executive director of the Appliance Standards Awareness Project, says that the end result is that “after 2020 CFLs are going to go away.”The rule also will increase the minimum efficiency requirements for incandescent light bulbs to 45 lumens per watt, as originally required by a law passed in 2007. It appears unlikely that manufacturers will be able to develop incandescent lamps that achieve 45 lumens per watt.GE already has announced it would stop making CFLs for the U.S. market and devote all of its efforts on LEDs. Retailers including Sam’s Club and Walmart also are moving away from CFLs in favor of LEDs.DOE plans a public hearing on the plan April 1. California solar jobs hit a recordMore than half the jobs that the U.S. solar industry added last year were created in California, where the total number of employees in the solar industry now tops 75,000.The California Solar Jobs Census report said that more than 20,000 jobs were added in the industry last year alone, The Los Angeles Times reported in an article. Solar workers now outnumber all workers in all jobs in the state’s five largest utility companies combined.Nationally, the number of solar jobs went up by more than 35,000 last year to reach a total of nearly 209,000. Andrea Luecke, president and executive director of the Solar Foundation, which authored the report, said that half the states in the country have at least doubled the number of jobs in the solar industry since 2012, The Times said.Driving the expansion of the solar workforce is the record growth in solar capacity. Installations were up by 20% over the year before, with 7,400 megawatts in new capacity added last year for a total U.S. capacity of 27.5 gigawatts. That, the report said, is the equivalent of about 54 coal-fired power plants.California is still the largest solar market in the U.S., although the growth in new installations slipped slightly from 2014 to 2015. New foundation could lower concrete needs for wind turbinesEach new utility-sized wind turbine sits on a 9-foot-thick foundation containing some 300 cubic yards of concrete, 30 to 40 truckloads worth. Placing the concrete is not only expensive, but it’s subject to the vagaries of weather, and none of the concrete is recoverable at the end of the turbine’s service life.RUTE Foundation Systems and researchers from Portland State University are developing an alternative that reduces the amount of concrete by 75%, lowering costs, reducing C02 emissions, and speeding up construction, according to Oregon BEST, a non-profit agency that provides help for technology startups.RUTE founder Doug Krause said that components for the assembly of “anchored grade beams” are designed so they can be installed as soon as they’re delivered — unlike the ready-mix concrete delivered by truck that must cure before a turbine tower can go up. Components are made in a manufacturing plant and are three times as strong as cast-in-place concrete, he said.The production of cement, which is the binder in concrete, is a major consumer of energy and a significant contributor to carbon emissions around the globe. Each 60-foot-wide turbine foundation contains some 2 million pounds of concrete.The system will include post-tensioned grade beams connected to a central hub. RUTE is working with a university professor on ways to monitor how much beams flex in different soil and weather conditions, and also has enlisted the services of Oregon structural engineers and a Colorado bridge engineering company.There was no word on when the project would be ready to move from the lab and into the field for further study, but Krause said that the foundation system would be able to save as much as 6 million pounds of carbon emissions in a single wind farm.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is working upon a formula by which it could keep twice the number of ministers than the Shiv Sena in the new Maharashtra cabinet.Senior party leaders indicated that deliberations were going on for the same so that the BJP could have 26 ministers as against 13 from the Sena. Some other independents who have expressed support to the party could also be accommodated in the government along with representatives of the splinter groups, senior leaders said adding that so far more than half of the over seven Independents who have been elected to the Assembly have expressed support to the BJP. “We are happy to share more seats with the Sena provided they are willing to accept berths in the central government. The BJP would want to the crucial keep Home and Revenue ministries,” said a senior BJP leader. On Thursday, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis informally discussed the party’s future plans with select senior leaders. The meet was attended by BJP State unit president Chandrakant Patil; Kshitij Thakur of the Bahujan Vikas Aghadi — which has three MLAs —; Shyamsundar Shinde of Peasants and Workers Party (PWP); Vinay Kore of the Jan Surajya Shakti; Ravi Rana, Independent MLA from Badnera constituency; Sanjay Mama Shinde from Karmala; Geeta Jain from Mira Bhayander; Mahesh Baldi from Uran; Kishore Jorgewar from Chandrapur; Vinod Agarwal from Gondia; Barshi MLA Rajendra Raut; and Prakash Anna Awhade of Ichalkaranji among other Independent candidates.The MLAs reiterated support to the leadership of Mr. Fadnavis while discussing issues related to water and scarcity, including the loss and damage of crops due to unseasonal rain and steps taken by the State government to assist farmers. “I have instructed the Chief Secretary of Maharashtra to look into the situation and provide relief on an immediate basis,” said the Chief Minister. The BJP re-elected Mr. Fadnavis as leader of the party in the Assembly on Wednesday. Paving way for his rise to the top job once again, all 105 newly elected legislators of the party had supported the proposal recommending Mr. Fadnavis’s name for the post in the presence of central observers and union minister Narendra Singh Tomar and party vice-president Avinash Khanna.
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Dawkins was the starting point guard for the Duke team that lost to Louisville in the 1986 national championship game. That team also included Harvard coach Tommy Amaker, former NBA player Mark Alarie, ESPN commentator Jay Bilas, New Orleans Pelicans interim general manager Danny Ferry, former NBA general manager Billy King and Utah Jazz coach Quin Snyder, among others.“What a collection of great guys who really understood the game,” Krzyzewski said.Dawkins later worked as an assistant on Krzyzewski’s staff from 1998-2008. He’s in his third season at UCF and led the Knights to their first NCAA Tournament victory Friday when they defeated VCU 73-58.“I think my team will come out with a sense of maturity,” Dawkins said. “I think they’ll come out with a focus. And that’s where they’ve been all year. They’ve come out, and they’ve competed against everyone we’ve played against, and that’s, I think, largely because of the leadership. Our senior leaders, guys that have been around. They’ve demanded that from all of our players.”Here are some other plotlines heading into Sunday’s games:ADVERTISEMENT Virginia Tech and Liberty are located less than 100 miles from each other but have traveled all the way across the country to San Jose, California, to face off with an East Region semifinal berth at stake. The 13th-seeded Flames earned this date with No. 4 seed Virginia Tech by upsetting Mississippi State 80-76 for their first NCAA Tournament victory.These two teams should know each other pretty well. Virginia Tech beat Liberty 86-70 in a preseason exhibition that raised over $36,000 for hurricane victims.They haven’t met with anything on the line since Virginia Tech beat Liberty 73-63 on Nov. 19, 2014.WATCH OUT FOR 3sTennessee has allowed 15 3-point baskets in each of its last two games, which represents a major concern heading into its matchup with Iowa. The Hawkeyes shot 11 of 22 from 3-point range in a 79-72 first-round victory over Cincinnati.“It’s not that we’re not trying to defend the 3-point line,” Tennessee coach Rick Barnes said. “You’ve got to give (the opponents) credit. They’re making the shots. It’s not like they’re layups, either. They’re making shots from very deep range, and that’s part of the game. And that 3-point line is a great equalizer in some ways.”THE REST OF THE SCHEDULEIn a matchup of double-digit seeds, No. 13 seed UC Irvine puts its 17-game winning streak at stake and seeks its first Sweet 16 berth as it faces No. 12 seed Oregon in a South Region second-round game. … Buffalo’s high-flying offense matches up with Texas Tech’s stingy defense. Buffalo is scoring 85.1 points per game while Texas Tech allows only 59.2 points per game. … Houston faces Ohio State and attempts to reach the Sweet 16 for the first time since losing to Georgetown in the 1984 championship game. Houston lost a second-round game last year 64-63 to eventual runner-up Michigan on a Jordan Poole 3-pointer at the buzzer. Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Dawkins, a former Naismith player of the year and assistant coach at Duke, will match up with Krzyzewski on Sunday as No. 9 seed UCF attempts to upset No. 1 seed Duke in an East Region matchup at Columbia, South Carolina.It’s the type of scenario Dawkins would rather avoid, even though he’s been through this situation before. Dawkins faced Krzyzewski before during his tenure as Stanford’s head coach.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving “No one looks forward to that type of situation,” Dawkins said. “It’s something that happens because we’re in the tournament and it means we’ve done well because we’re all moving forward, but it’s not something you look forward to.”Duke is one of three No. 1 seeds from the Atlantic Coast Conference playing a second-round game Sunday. North Carolina faces No. 9 seed Washington in a Midwest Region game at Columbus, Ohio, and Virginia meets No. 9 seed Oklahoma in a South Region matchup at Columbia. Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess MOST READ Central Florida coach Johnny Dawkins points during the team’s first-round game against VCU in the NCAA men’s college basketball tournament Friday, March 22, 2019, in Columbia, S.C. (AP Photo/Richard Shiro)The point guard for Mike Krzyzewski’s first Final Four team now is trying to lead Central Florida to its first Sweet 16 berth.Standing in Johnny Dawkins’ way is his former coach and boss.ADVERTISEMENT Perpetual Help-Jonelta rules NBTC 3×3 SEEKING FASTER STARTSNorth Carolina and Virginia both trailed at halftime Friday before rallying to beat No. 16 seeds in the first round.Virginia was behind 36-30 at halftime of its 71-56 victory over Gardner-Webb. North Carolina erased a 38-33 halftime deficit in an 88-73 triumph over Iona.Both realize they need to get off to faster starts Sunday.“We can’t have that letdown tomorrow,” North Carolina forward Luke Maye said Saturday. “We’ve just got to do our best to make sure we come out the right way and got to punch them in the mouth early.”Virginia should feel a little more confident now that it’s advanced beyond the first round. Virginia became the first No. 1 seed ever to lose to a No. 16 seed last year when it fell to Maryland-Baltimore County.“I think how we won (Friday) is a huge testament of our growth from last year,” Virginia guard Kyle Guy said. “Last year, we were in the same situation, and we panicked as an entire program, and this year we didn’t, and we took care of business and got the job done.“Yeah, we can breathe a little bit easier now, but at the same time, it’s the NCAA Tournament, so like you said, we’re not relaxed. We’re not content by any means. We still have our foot on the gas and just trying to go as far as we can,” he said.Duke also started slowly and led just 31-27 at halftime before rolling to an 85-62 victory over North Dakota State.FAMILIAR FOES Google Philippines names new country director For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View comments
Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Back with Barcelona, Lionel Messi thrives in latest Liga win PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving The 25-year-old Embiid is second in the NBA in rebounding (13.7 per game) and fourth in scoring (27.5 per game).Embiid, coming off a 39-point, 13-rebound, six-assist performance against Brooklyn on Thursday, has played in 62 games. That’s one short of his career high. After the Sixers visit Dallas and Atlanta next week, they’ll have four games remaining in the regular season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Philadelphia 76ers’ Joel Embiid (21) passes the ball around Orlando Magic’s Khem Birch during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, March 25, 2019, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)MINNEAPOLIS — The Philadelphia 76ers have decided to rest All-Star center Joel Embiid during their three-game trip for precaution with the playoffs approaching.Coach Brett Brown said before the Sixers played at Minnesota on Saturday that Embiid stayed home as part of the team’s plan for “load management” on the left knee that has hampered the 7-footer at times this season.ADVERTISEMENT Google Philippines names new country director MOST READ Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event View comments