LONDON (CMC):Sprint superstar Usain Bolt has confirmed his participation in the London Anniversary Games in July, one of his last outings before he competes at the Rio Olympics in August.The event is set for the Olympic Stadium, which Bolt set alight at the London 2012 Games when he stormed to victories in both the 100 and 200 metres, to repeat as Olympic sprint champion.Bolt will compete in the 100 metres, the marquee event on the opening day of the two-day showpiece on July 22.”The London Anniversary Games will be one of my last races before the Olympic Games in Rio,” the reigning Olympic and World sprint champion said.”It will be good to return to the Olympic Stadium on the Friday night and get more of the special atmosphere that the fans always produce.”I always get great support in the UK, and I expect the stadium to be packed. See you in July.”The 29-year-old Bolt is seeking to become the first sprinter to win both the 100 and 200 metres at three consecutive Olympiads, following on from his success in Beijing eight years ago and at London 2012.While he is yet to confirm retirement, the Jamaican is also widely expected to call time on his career following the Games.British Athletics chief, Niels de Vos, said Bolt’s presence would be a huge delight for fans.”Usain Bolt is a global sporting icon, and this will be one of the last opportunities for families to attend the Anniversary Games and see him compete. I’m sure the British fans will create a special atmosphere under the floodlights in this amazing venue,” he said.”The London Anniversary Games is one of the very best sporting events in Britain and in particular the Friday night will be an incredible exhibition of some of the world’s best athletes, made even more special this year due to its proximity to the Olympic Games.”Last year, Bolt won the 100m at the meet in a time of 9.87 seconds.
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Embed from Getty ImagesHeung-Min Son and Harry Kane both struck on the counter-attack to give Tottenham a half-time lead in their Champions League group opener at Wembley.Borussia Dortmund dominated the first half, looking dangerous throughout, and summer signing Andriy Yarmolenko curled home a superb equaliser after Son’s opener.The South Korean fired Spurs ahead from an acute angle after he was put through by Kane on the left-hand side and beat Dortmund keeper Roman Burki at his near post.And Kane restored the lead in similar fashion, barraging his way past two Dortmund defenders before smacking a shot high into the near corner from distance.Boss Mauricio Pochettino handed summer signing Serge Aurier his Spurs debut as one of three changes from the win at Everton, with Son and Mousa Dembele coming back into the fold.But they were mostly forced to defend for 45 minutes, as the German side went close through further chances for Christian Pulisic, who had a goal ruled out for offside on the stroke of half-time.Tottenham: Lloris; Alderweireld, Sanchez, Vertonghen; Aurier, Dier, Dembele, Davies; Eriksen, Son, Kane.Subs: Vorm, Foyth, Trippier, Walker-Peters, Winks, Sissoko, Llorente Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Forgiveness, a seemingly distinctive human trait, must have its roots in ape social behavior, believe some evolutionary biologists. According to MSNBC News, the state of Iowa got a lot of money for researching this topic:Dr. Sue Savage-Rumbaugh, lead scientist, said the four-month project studying bonobos [pygmy chimps] will be funded by a $125,000 grant from the Richmond, Va.-based Campaign for Forgiveness Research…. Savage-Rumbaugh said many people believe forgiveness is a concept which only applies to humans. The research center’s hypothesis is that it is not a process of species, and that like other social behaviors, “forgiveness is a set of patterned interactions that can be imparted to a group by how its newest members are treated,” according to a news release. (Emphasis added in all quotes.)She believes that forgiveness cannot be understood deeply only by studying humans, “because we are too close to these processes in ourselves to objectify them.”To an evolutionist, “patterned interactions” among individuals of a species are an emergent property of patterned interactions of molecules. Since Ms. Savage-Rumbaugh appears to be operating with a naturalistic paradigm, forgiveness, to her, has its roots ultimately in hydrogen. She could save a lot of money by looking for forgiveness among bacteria in a petri dish; it’s only a pattern of interactions, anyway, with no moral connotations. Since morals have no absolute existence in the Darwinian mind (see “Morality without religion?” by Dave Miller on Apologetics Press), forgiveness is only a game that populations of organisms play (see 02/10/2004 entry). No moral laws have been violated when a fungus or an elk or a pigeon have played the part of defector and other individuals punish it, or reward it with a behavior called “forgiveness” when it changes its strategy and decides to cooperate. You cannot objectify forgiveness without destroying it any more than you can quantify love in equations, or put the soul in a test tube. This is the bitter end of naturalistic reductionism. It destroys everything it touches: design, altruism, romance, self-sacrifice, morals, and now forgiveness. Nothing is real any more. There are only shadows and dreams emerging like phantoms from chemical vapors. This means there is nothing really worth fighting for, worth dying for, worth living for. Like detached robots, evolutionary biologists observe what happens when the organism is poked and prodded. They take notes and then write them up in journals. But then those very publications and any interpretations drawn from them are also phantoms of matter in motion, so why even read them? There is nothing left but to keep the pleasurable neurotransmitters flowing. Then the world at least feels good, till the terrorist or dictator comes with a different game and his own rules. If this is not the kind of world you want to live in, you had better help these researchers find forgiveness, because they need it. Tell them they are looking in the wrong place. It’s not in the bonobo cage. It’s freely available everywhere outside the naturalistic cage in which they have imprisoned themselves, and they’ll never find it without the key. That key is jealously guarded by the demons of pride and selfishness. Defeat them, and the key to forgiveness is as near as the heart. The key is repentance.*(Visited 6 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
IRISH LUCKPietersenEngland’s chances in the ICC Cricket World Cup may have been enhanced by Kevin Pietersen’s injury. The England batsman, who went back to England for a hernia operation, will miss the rest of the tournament and the IPL while he recovers in readiness for India’s visit to England in the English summer.MorganSome commentators and former players feel the hernia couldn’t have come at a better time because it means the return of Irish-born Eoin Morgan to the England side. After losing to Ireland, England captain Andrew Strauss could do with a touch of Irish luck. SIZE DOES MATTERMoodyThe drive from Colombo to Kandy is hazardous at the best of times. With slow traffic and winding bends, it’s a severe assault on the senses. I, along with two commentators, former Australian player Tom Moody and former Pakistani player Rameez Raja, embarked on a bumpy ride to cover the New Zealand vs Pakistan match at Pallekele, 25 km from Kandy. That was till our car was stopped by policemen for a supposed violation of traffic rules. After 10 minutes of futile negotiation between the driver and the policemen, Moody stepped out, towering over the policemen. It was a pivotal moment. “Have a nice onward journey,” beamed a policeman staring up at the 69″ former Sri Lankan coach.JOB SWITCHSeveral World Cup TV commentators may quit their jobs for a new profession once the tournament is over. With a number of international coaching positions becoming vacant after the World Cup -India, South Africa and Sri Lanka will be changing their coaches-don’t be surprised to see newbie telly stars in an even newer role.advertisementReligion has no boundaries. Lakshmi, the mother of Sri Lankan spinner Muttiah Muralitharan, has asked friends in Chennai to conduct a special prayer for her son at Tirupati. It’s the legendary spinner’s last World Cup and his mother is topping it up with regular prayers at her home in Kandy. Organisers there have already decided to name the stadium after the legend.Soccer SecretTeam India may have trounced the Netherlands in their league match at Delhi but Dutch coach Peter Drinnen is more interested in knowing how good the Indian players are at soccer. After his team’s practice session was over, Drinnen stayed back to watch Team India playing a mandatory game of football. Cricket may be the chosen profession for the Netherlands’ coach, but like a true ambassador of the Oranje team, his heart lies in football.- The writer is an ESPN Star Sports commentator for the World Cup 2011
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 Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Toronto had a 102-97 lead with 7:36 remaining when Anunoby drove for a powerful one-handed dunk. After VanVleet stole the ball from Sexton, Siakam converted a layup to put the Raptors up by nine points.Clarkson made a pair of free throws and Nance dunked to cut the gap to five again, but Leonard replied with a three-point play, and then teamed up with VanVleet to hit back-to-back 3s.TIP-INSCavaliers: Cleveland’s reserves scored 53 points. … Matthew Dellavedova led Cleveland with six assists.Raptors: VanVleet led Toronto with eight assists while Anunoby matched his career high with eight rebounds. … Toronto used its 12th starting lineup of the season, with VanVleet, Wright and Anunoby joining regulars Leonard and Siakam. … Lowry is expected to sit again Saturday when the Raptors visit Philadelphia for the second game of a back-to-back. … Toronto sold out its 200th consecutive game, a streak that began in November 2014.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard, right, drives to the basket as Cleveland Cavaliers guard Rodney Hood, left, defends during second-half NBA basketball game action in Toronto, Friday, Dec. 21, 2018. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)TORONTO — Kawhi Leonard matched his season high with 37 points, helping the Toronto Raptors beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 126-110 on Friday night.OG Anunoby equaled his career high with 21 points as the Raptors improved their NBA-leading record to 25-9. Pascal Siakam had 15 points and 10 rebounds, and Fred VanVleet scored 14 points.ADVERTISEMENT UP NEXTCavaliers: Host Chicago on Sunday night.Raptors: Visit Philadelphia on Saturday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES MOST READ BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry says Anthony Davis won’t be traded The short-handed Raptors won their second straight despite injuries to three starters. Guard Kyle Lowry missed his fourth straight game because of a sore left thigh, and center Serge Ibaka was sidelined by a sore right knee for the second straight game. Guard Danny Green was shelved by a sore left knee after starting Toronto’s first 33 games.Jordan Clarkson scored 20 points for Cleveland, and Larry Nance Jr. had 16 points and 12 rebounds. Collin Sexton scored 17 points, and Cedi Osman finished with 12.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefThe Cavaliers lost for the fourth time in five games. They also dropped to 3-13 on the road.Leonard shot 12 for 16 from the field and went 11 for 12 at the free-throw line. SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion View comments