MANCHESTER, England (AP): Swansea were humbled by fourth-tier Oxford for the first big shock of the FA Cup third round, while Tottenham needed an 89th-minute penalty from Harry Kane to salvage a 2-2 draw against Leicester yesterday. Chelsea endured third-round humiliation at the hands of lower-league opposition in Bradford last season, but had no problems 12 months on, with a full-strength team beating third-tier Scunthorpe 2-0 through goals by Diego Costa and Ruben Loftus-Cheek. The world’s oldest knockout competition was short of upsets on Saturday and an injury-hit Liverpool scrambled to secure a nervy draw at Exeter on Friday. But a surprise finally arrived at Kassam Stadium, where Oxford won 3-2 to leave Swansea to concentrate on their relegation fight in the Premier League. After Christian Eriksen put Tottenham ahead, Poland defender Marcin Wasilewski equalised by heading in a corner before Japan striker Shinji Okazaki – a half-time substitute by Ranieri – dribbled his way into the area and scored at the second attempt in the 48th. “We definitely didn’t want to go out of this competition in the third round,” Kane said. “We’re still in there.” Chelsea remained unbeaten under Guus Hiddink, who took over until the end of the season after Jose Mourinho’s firing last month, but it wasn’t a convincing performance by the seven-time FA Cup winners. Under pressure from two defenders, Costa turned in Branislav Ivanovic’s right-wing cross for the 13th-minute opener and his fourth goal in three games. Loftus-Cheek, a substitute, ended Scunthorpe’s resistance in the 68th. Hiddink guided Chelsea to the FA Cup title in 2009, also as an interim manager. The draw for the fourth round takes place today. DIFFERENT CLASS EQUALISER Fifty-four places separated the teams in the English football pyramid and Ecuador winger Jefferson Montero gave an indication of the supposed difference in class by backheeling the visitors into the lead in the 23rd minute. However, Oxford scored three goals in 14 minutes either side of the half-time break and Bafetimbi Gomis’ 66th-minute reply proved only a consolation for Swansea. Swansea came unstuck after making 10 changes to their lineup – a move made by many Premier League managers this weekend to deal with fixture congestion and to give first-team action to fringe players. “All credit to Oxford, they were more energetic than us and passed the ball better,” Swansea manager Alan Curtis said. “We made changes, but we still had lots of experience, but Oxford thoroughly deserved to beat us.” Oxford won the League Cup in 1986 and was most recently in England’s top division in 1988, before dropping down the leagues and tumbling into theN on-league in 2006. “I’ve got to be delighted beating a Premier League side – but not just that, it’s the way we did it,” Oxford manager Michael Appleton said. Four Premier League teams were eliminated on Saturday, but only after losing to fellow top-flight sides. It looked like Spurs would be joining them, only to earn a reprieve when Leicester winger Nathen Dyer flicked out his hand to divert the ball away. Kane, on as a second-half substitute, converted the penalty to secure a replay and a third game in 10 days against Leicester. They meet in the League on Wednesday, too. Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri rested many of the key players who are helping the team make a surprise run at the Premier League title, but the stand-ins delivered, threatening to eliminate Spurs for the second straight season.
The Sun Microsystems M9000 server, which will power the new Cape Town-based supercomputer. (Image: Sun)Janine ErasmusSouth Africa’s new supercomputer is under construction – Sun Microsystems announced in mid-March 2009 that it has initiated the rollout of the 27-teraflop machine, which will run on open source software.The machine, which comprises the second phase of a multi-million rand project awarded to Sun in 2008, will be South Africa’s largest. It is based at the Centre for High Performance Computing (CHPC) at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’s (CSIR) Cape Town campus.Managed by the CSIR’s Meraka Institute, the CHPC was established to find ways of enabling South Africa to become globally competitive and to accelerate Africa’s socio-economic upliftment through the effective application of high-end cyber-infrastructure.“Phase two forms part of fulfilling the government’s goal to position South Africa as a beacon of research on the continent,” says systems architect Stefan Jacobs of Sun, “and meeting CHPC’s mission to enable South Africa to become globally competitive through the effective use of high-end IS infrastructure.”The national Department of Science and Technology supports the CHPC as one of the three primary pillars of its cyber-infrastructure initiative – the other two are the South African National Research Network and the Very Large Databases project.The CHPC is based on open source software in line with current government policy. The facility is also host to the IBM Blue Gene/P supercomputer, which was installed towards the end of 2008. A Blue Gene/P supercomputer installed in Germany currently ranks second among the top supercomputers in the world.Enabling global collaborationAll work together to enable the South African research an scientific community to collaborate with their peers globally on important science projects such as the Square Kilometre Array astronomy initiative, and in other fields including biomedical science, energy alternatives, climate change, bioinformatics, and advanced manufacturing, amongst others.“For instance, research conducted into lithium crystals at the University of Limpopo,” says Jacobs, “aims to improve battery technology to deliver cost effective and long-term power solutions. The research relies on computational modeling methods that benefit greatly from the incredible processing power available at the CHPC.”A teraflop is one trillion floating point operations per second and is a description of the computing power of a machine. It measures how many multiplications can be performed within one second. IBM’s BlueGene/L supercomputer has a peak speed of 596 teraflops, while the human brain is said to be capable of handling 100 teraflops.Other local partners include IT solutions provider Eclipse Networks and IT infrastructure specialists Breakpoint Solutions.Other challenges such as the development of vaccines and other new technologies to address the African situation, will benefit from the CHPC, says Jacobs, as its processing power will enable researchers to replace months of computing with weeks, days or even hours.Cutting-edge specificationsAccording to Sun, the supercomputer will run on a combination of the Solaris 10, Suse 10 and Red Hat 5.1 operating systems, all of which are open source. Jacobs says that installed applications will form a diverse collection of open source software, some purchased from independent software vendors and some developed by researchers working on the project.At the heart of the system is a high-end Sun SPARC Enterprise M9000 server with no less than 64 SPARC64 VII quad-core processors, and a cluster of four Sun Blade 6048 modular systems.These will be deployed in two stages, with the first stage involving one Sun Blade 6048 chassis with 48 blades, or server modules, based on industry-standard Intel Xeon E5450 processors. Stage two consists of three Sun Blade 6048 chassis housing 144 blades based on the next-generation Intel Xeon processor, also known as Nehalem EP.Sun will load its Visualization system onto the supercomputer – this advanced package supports multi-display and remote collaboration and integrates workstations, servers, networking, interconnects, graphics and software, allowing users to assemble and view 3D models of their data.The Open Storage data storage platform is based on 10 AMD Opteron-powered Sun Fire X4540 storage servers, which together provide 480 terabytes of data storage. These will run Sun’s Lustre file system, which was specially developed for large-scale cluster computing. According to Sun, Lustre is managing data on more than half of the world’s top 50 supercomputers and seven of the top 10 supercomputers.Hardware is being assembled and tested at Sun’s factory in Scotland and when ready, will be shipped to South Africa for installation by Eclipse and Breakpoint.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Contact Janine Erasmus at [email protected] articlesAfrican eyes on the universe Science and technologyUseful linksCentre for High-Performance ComputingEclipse NetworksBreakpoint SolutionsSun High-Performance ComputingMeraka InstituteDepartment of Science and Technology
Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) celebrates his first down near the goal line against the Seattle Seahawks during the second half of the NFC wild-card NFL football game in Arlington, Texas, Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins)ARLINGTON, Texas — Dak Prescott saw an opening up the middle, then three defenders between him and the first down.The Dallas quarterback found a way to get there, and get his first playoff victory two years after a sensational rookie season ended in disappointment.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Lesia Tsurenko upsets 2nd-seeded Naomi Osaka to reach Brisbane final Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES “This has been a special, special year,” Wilson said. “Just the growth of our team, the men in the locker room, just the way that we’ve played together, just eliminating the doubters and the things that people thought that we could only do.”Prescott, the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2016 when the Cowboys lost to Green Bay at home as the top seed in the NFC, threw for 226 yards, and his sneak for what appeared to be a clinching score because Dallas burned more than five minutes while taking 24-14 lead.But Tyler Lockett’s 53-yard catch set up a quick Seattle touchdown — Wilson’s 7-yard scoring pass to J.D. McKissic. The Seahawks got within two on their second 2-point conversion following an injury to Sebastian Janikowski.The missing kicker left the Seahawks no good options on an onside kick with 1:18 remaining. Punter Michael Dickson’s drop kick was caught by Cole Beasley at the Dallas 31, sealing the first playoff win for the Cowboys since beating Detroit in the wild-card round in the 2014 season.After Wilson ran for 4 yards for a touchdown and Mike Davis’ 2-point conversion run put Seattle up 14-10 late in the third quarter, Prescott led a 67-yard drive to put the Cowboys back in front for good.A 34-yard pass to Amari Cooper , who had seven catches for 106 yards, led to Elliott’s 1-yard plunge after an apparent touchdown by the quarterback was overturned on replay.Prescott then had a chance to give the Cowboys a 10-point lead, but K.J. Wright made a juggling interception in the end zone.Dallas’ defense came through again, though, forcing a punt and giving Elliott a highlight play before Prescott added his. The NFL rushing leader stiff-armed Shaquill Griffin on a 17-yard run to get inside the 20.Seattle got a double dose of bad news at halftime when Janikowski missed a 57-yard field goal on the final play and injured his left hamstring. He yelled as he grabbed the back of his leg and limped to the locker room, unable to return.Still, the Seahawks took their first lead basically because the 40-year-old’s injury forced them to try. LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Facing fourth-and-5 in Janikowski’s range from the Dallas 39, Doug Baldwin made a toe-dragging catch on the sideline for 22 yards. After Wilson’s TD run, the Seahawks pushed their lead to 14-10 on Mike Davis’ run.But the Cowboys never did lose control of the Seattle running game after allowing Chris Carson’s first career 100-yard game in a Week 3 Seattle win that turned the season for the Seahawks, who finished the regular season with six wins in seven games.Carson had just 20 yards on 13 carries. Wilson was 18 of 27 for 233 yards, with Lockett getting four catches for 120 yards. The Seahawks had 73 yards rushing after averaging 160 during the season. Dallas came in with the No. 5 rushing defense.“Once we go up, we do a pretty good job of getting ourselves back down, knowing that we’ve got to start over next week and we’ve got to be able to do it again,” linebacker Leighton Vander Esch said. “It’s a full attack mode.”INJURIESCowboys receiver Allen Hurns fractured his left ankle in a gruesome first-quarter injury. Owner and general manager Jerry Jones said after the game that Hurns was “probably in surgery at this time.” Hurns was being dragged down by Seahawks safety Bradley McDougald at the end of a 14-yard catch for a first down when his lower left leg appeared to buckle. … Seahawks cornerback Neiko Thorpe left in the first half with a shoulder injury.UP NEXTCowboys: New Orleans or the Los Angeles Rams on the road in the divisional round next weekend. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Leading 17-14, Prescott faced third-and-14 from the Seattle 17 with the 2-minute warning approaching. He took off up the middle on a QB draw, barged through a trio of defenders 6 yards short of the first and went down at the 1 when he was flipped head-first by Tedric Thompson.Prescott, who also had an 11-yard scoring pass to Michael Gallup in the first half, scored on the next play in the eighth win in nine games for the Cowboys.“He’s just a rare guy,” coach Jason Garrett said. “His leadership, his toughness, just his way, his spirit. It’s like none other. Somehow, some way, he’s going to figure this thing out for us.”Dallas’ defense, ranked in the top 10 most of the season, stifled the NFL’s No. 1 rushing offense and mostly kept quarterback Russell Wilson under control and handed him his first loss in four wild-card games.The Seahawks had finished the regular season with six wins in seven games to secure Wilson’s sixth playoff trip in seven years despite a roster overhaul and 0-2 start.ADVERTISEMENT Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? 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ShareAmy [email protected] Alliance named top global university business incubatorHOUSTON – (June 7, 2013) – Rice University’s Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship has been named the top global university business incubator of 2013, according to the first in-depth study by the University Business Incubator (UBI) Index, based in Sweden.The UBI Index reviewed 550 university incubators around the world and performed a study of 150 university business incubators in 22 countries. Incubators were measured on a unique assessment framework with more than 50 performance indicators. The analysis of this assessment framework shows the value participating incubators create for their ecosystem and their clients, according to a press release from the UBI Index.“Rice Alliance’s exceptional overall performance, contribution to the ecosystem, especially through high job creation and outstanding value to their clients propelled it to the top spot in the ‘global’ category,” read the UBI Index press announcement.“It is a great honor to have Rice University’s entrepreneurial efforts ranked as the No. 1 university business incubator in the world,” said Brad Burke, managing director of the Rice Alliance. “This recognition is a tribute to our model of cross-campus collaboration among the Rice Brown School of Engineering, Wiess School of Natural Sciences, Jones Graduate School of Business and Office of Research and Technology Transfer that has been fostered since inception. We are humbled to receive this global recognition.”The Rice Alliance is host to the Rice Business Plan Competition, the world’s largest and richest business plan competition with more than $1.5 million in prizes. The Rice Alliance also hosts the flagship Technology Venture Forums (venture capital conferences) and is a supporter of the Rice OwlSpark Accelerator, a student-led startup accelerator, along with many other programs. Over the past 13 years, the mission of the Rice Alliance has consistently been to support technology commercialization, entrepreneurship education and the launch of technology companies. During this time, more than 1,400 startup companies have benefited from Rice Alliance programs, and these companies have raised more than $2.7 billion in fundingFor more information, visit https://sp2.img.hsyaolu.com.cn/wp-shlf1314/2023/IMG8760.jpg” alt=”last_img” />