Sound of silence: Players in an empty Stadium

first_imgPONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – There was nothing normal about Thursday at The Players and that was obvious from day’s earliest hours. And Wednesday night’s latest. For PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan, Thursday began following an eventful few hours of debate and double checking. At 11:11 p.m. ET Wednesday, the Tour sent players a text message that was odd to the extreme. “We got a text from the Tour saying to plan on playing Round 1 as scheduled, which was, obviously that’s not sent every Thursday,” Jordan Spieth shrugged. And that was just the beginning of a surreal day. The Players Championship: Full-field scores | Full coverage Players went out early at TPC Sawgrass on schedule and fans gathered at traditional spots, albeit in noticeably smaller groups. The Tour’s decision to play on, despite growing concerns over the coronavirus outbreak, prompted more than a few double takes even from within its own circles. “What about all these people, standing next to each other, breathing on each other, handing us their hat to sign. I thought I’d wake up this morning to a different tune and that spurred that tongue-in-cheek tweet,” said Lucas Glover, who took a light-hearted jab at the circuit on social media for allowing fans on the property. “That’s my way of disagreeing with something is try to be funny about it.” On Wednesday, NBA fans witnessed a similarly surreal scene at the Utah Jazz-Oklahoma City Thunder game, when both teams were pulled off the court and spectators were told the game was cancelled. A day later, Texas and Texas Tech players were pulled off the floor at the Big 12 basketball tournament for health reasons. And hours later, the NCAA cancelled all of its winter and spring championships, including the men’s and women’s basketball tournaments. On Friday at TPC Sawgrass, a golf course built to serve as a stadium will be eerily quiet for the final three rounds after Monahan announced at noon that fans would not be allowed the rest of the week. Golf Central PGA Tour: Events will continue without fans BY Will Gray  — March 12, 2020 at 12:04 PM PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan announced on Thursday that the Tour would continue to host tournaments, but not allow fans to attend, beginning on Friday. “I think it will be weird and it will be a little spooky out there playing, especially if you were to get paired with Phil [Mickelson] or something and it’s totally empty; that would be weird,” Patrick Cantlay said. Weird really doesn’t touch what’s on tap for the next three days. The Tour has played rounds without fans before. Just last fall, the final round of the Zozo Championship was technically played without fans, and that ended with Tiger Woods 82nd Tour victory to tie the all-time record. But this will be three rounds on a course that’s normally brimming with raucous crowds. Although the Tour might have moved a little slower than some would have liked, the decision to carry on without fans was applauded by some pros. “I’ve never played a Tour event like we are going to play tomorrow with no fans,” Mickelson said. “I feel bad for the people here that have supported this tournament for so many decades to not be able to come on out. But this is a pretty serious thing that we need to do all we can to make sure that people don’t lose lives.” Monahan also announced that the next three events, including the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play in two weeks in Austin, Texas, will be played without fans, although there are some who were skeptical that the Tour would continue to play, as nearly every other professional sport was suspending action. “If this was any other event, what would have been the message?” Glover asked. “I don’t know. I’m not in those offices. Don’t want to be, frankly. But you have to protect the fans.” It was a measure of how surreal Opening Day at the circuit’s flagship event was that some players spent the round waiting to be stopped. “None of us would have been surprised to hear a [play halting] horn go off in the middle of the round,” Graeme McDowell said. In times of crisis, sports normally provides a refuge, a reprieve from the never-ending headlines that paint an increasingly concerning picture. On Thursday, that sanctuary was shattered by a virus that promises to impact every corner of society. For the players who wearily waved to fans from their fairway safe space, it was a reminder that they play a game. “That’s the least of our problems right now,” said Francesco Molinari, when asked how travel restrictions could impact his schedule. “Golf is really secondary right now.” Golf Central Travel ban complicates things for Molinari family BY Rex Hoggard  — March 12, 2020 at 3:12 PM Francesco Molinari has been dealing with the coronavirus outbreak for weeks, starting with his brother being tested for it. McDowell was even more reflective when he was asked how strange it will be to perform before an empty stadium the rest of the week. “The word to me is just insignificant; sport is insignificant in comparison to what we’re dealing with,” he said. “You’re so insulated and in the moment and think, ‘Well this is such a major golf tournament. This is our working environment. And this is what we practice and play for.’ But we’re talking about a major global problem and at the end of the day professional sport is – it means nothing.” There was nothing normal about Thursday at The Players.last_img read more


Staff Scientist

first_imgSummaryThe Mass Spectrometry Proteomics Core (MSPC) at Baylor College ofMedicine is offering a Staff Scientist position to a motivated andskillful professional with expertise in proteomics technologies.The Staff Scientist will perform biochemistry and proteomicsexperiments, oversee daily operations of high-end Orbitrap massspectrometers, actively participate in development and adaptationof new protocols and technologies, and communicate project progresswith the customers.Job DutiesOperates, maintains, and troubleshoots performance of hybridand tribrid Orbitrap mass spectrometers.Performs core service experiments requiring biochemistry,molecular biology, and proteomics expertise.Organizes project data and participate in data analysis. Reviewand evaluate literature independently to survey the field foremerging techniques of interest.Develops and adapt new methods and protocols to address theneeds in customer research.Trains junior core personnel in new protocols andtechnologies.Assists with other communal laboratory duties as needed. Preferred QualificationsFive years of experience as a Postdoctoral Fellow, ResearchAssociate, or Research Scientist.Experience in the mass spectrometry proteomics field,demonstrating proficiency in biochemistry approaches, proteinsample processing, operation of Orbitrap mass spectrometers, andfamiliarity with proteomics data processing software (e.g.,Xcalibur, Mascot, Proteome Discoverer, Skyline).Ability to demonstrate excellent communication skills. Baylor College of Medicine is an Equal Opportunity/AffirmativeAction/Equal Access Employer.6539CA; CH; PDcenter_img Minimum QualificationsDoctoral Degree. Experience may not be substituted in lieu ofdegree.Three years of post doctoral research experience.last_img read more


Biologist McCarthy nets Scientist of Year Award

first_imgThe Harvard Foundation will present the 2009 Scientist of the Year Award to James J. McCarthy, Alexander Agassiz Professor of Biological Oceanography and master of Pforzheimer House, at this year’s Annual Albert Einstein Science Conference: “Advancing Minorities and Women in Science, Engineering, and Mathematics.” McCarthy will be honored for his outstanding work in climate science and marine biology, as well as his discovery of the disappearance of ice in a vast expanse of the polar Arctic.“The Harvard Foundation is pleased to honor one of our own faculty as the 2009 Scientist of the Year at our annual Albert Einstein Science Conference,” said S. Allen Counter, director of the Harvard Foundation. “In addition to being a world-renowned scientist who shared the Nobel Peace Prize with other scientists on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Professor McCarthy is a member of the Union of Concerned Scientists, a much-admired teacher, and a long-standing supporter of the intercultural programs of the Harvard Foundation.”“The faculty and students of the Harvard Foundation congratulate Dr. James McCarthy on being named 2009 Scientist of the Year,” said Donald Pfister, Asa Gray Professor of Systematic Botany and chair of the foundation’s faculty advisory committee. “He is most deserving of this honor.”The Scientist of the Year honorary luncheon will take place at noon Friday (March 20) in the Pforzheimer House Hastings Room. The Harvard Foundation Science Conference will continue on April 4, when grade-school students from Boston and Cambridge public schools will visit for a day of fun science education, with experiments and lectures conducted by Harvard faculty and students. This “Partners in Science” segment will take place in the Science Center from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Student mentors for the public school students are welcome.last_img read more


Latest AVCA poll has Argonauts at No. 18

first_imgLatest AVCA poll has Argonauts at No. 18  LEXINGTON, Ky. – For the fourth straight week, the West Florida volleyball team improved in the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Division II Coaches Top 25 Poll by moving to No. 18 in the nation as announced Monday. West Florida remains the only GSC school to receive a national ranking.In their only match last week, the Argonauts swept Gulf South Conference foe West Alabama to close out the regular season home slate with a win on Senior Night. It is UWF’s fourth straight sweep to improve their record to 21-7, 14-1 GSC and maintain momentum heading into the final week of the regular season.The Argonauts finish its portion of the GSC schedule Tuesday evening when it takes on Valdosta State in Valdosta, Ga., at 7 p.m. ET. For information on all UWF athletics, visit #ARGOS# # Team (First-Place Votes)                Points  Record   Prev. 1 Southwest Minnesota State (29)           795     25-1      1 2 Concordia-St. Paul (2)                   752     22-3      2 3 Washburn                                 732     28-1      3 4 Nebraska-Kearney                         685     28-2      4 5 Minnesota Duluth                         666     25-2      5 6 Central Missouri                         636     23-4      6 7 Tampa                                    612     23-3      7 8 BYU-Hawai’i (1)                          597     20-2      8 9 Angelo State                             552     24-3      910 West Texas A&M                           467     24-4     1111 Fresno Pacific                           443     21-2     1212 Colorado School of Mines                 429     21-5     1413 Truman                                   369     25-5     1514 Regis                                    356     20-8     1315 Indianapolis                             332     25-5     1016 Wayne State (Neb.)                       315     20-8     1617 Western Washington                       295     20-3     1718 West Florida                             265     21-7     1919 Wheeling Jesuit                          237     29-2     1820 Grand Canyon                             181     22-5     2121 Adams State                              154     21-4     2222 Minnesota State                          110     15-9     2023 Metro State                               78     16-9     2324 Arkansas-Fort Smith                       63     24-2     NR25 Cal State San Bernardino                  51     18-7     NRDropped Out: UC San Diego 24; Ferris State 25Others Receiving Votes: Northwood (MI) 34; UC San Diego 33; Grand Valley State 27; Palm Beach Atlantic 23; Ferris State 21; Central Washington 16; Harding 15; Sonoma State 15; Lewis 12; Wingate 7Next Poll: November 12, 2012AVCA Division II Top 25 Coaches PollPrint Friendly Version K.C. Dobbins leads the Argonauts in service aces with 28 (photo by Bill Stockland) center_img Sharelast_img read more


Mike Sorensen: Little known facts for a rivalry game

first_imgE-mail: [email protected] Related Unless you’ve been living on another planet and just barely returned, you know what this week is.Every year, Utah-BYU football is the most anticipated game of the year, regardless of each team’s record. It’s called a war by some folks, even a certain kind of war (which I get a little weary of, so I won’t mention it).But this year is different. Never before in the long history of the rivalry have the stakes been higher. A BCS berth is on the line for Utah and possibly for BYU if things break just right.Without getting into any discussion of who has the best long snapper or best nickel back or which team will be more motivated — we have all week for that — the following are a few fun facts about the rivalry to get your week started:• If you don’t count 1937 when each team was 1-0 going into the annual game, the two teams’ combined record of 21-1 this year is the best ever heading into the big game — but not by much. In 2001, Gary Crowton’s first year, the two teams were a combined 17-2 going into the game.• The most common score in the rivalry is not 34-31 as some fans might assume. It’s actually 27-0, a score Utah won by in 1925 and 1957 and BYU won by in 1979.• The lowest-scoring game in the series, aside from the 3-0 Ute victory in 2003, was the 0-0 tie in 1928, one of four ties in the series (for you younger folks, yes, they actually used to have tie games).• Only twice in the past 40 years have both teams come into the game with losing records. Coincidentally, both games featured the final game for one of the coaches, who emerged victorious in both cases. In 2000, the 5-6 Cougars staged a miracle comeback to beat the 4-6 Utes in LaVell Edwards’ last game, while in 2002, the 4-6 Utes beat the 5-6 Cougars 13-6 in Ron McBride’s last game.• The most common date for a Utah-BYU game is Nov. 20 with six games being played on that date. This year’s date of Nov. 22 is tied for the second most common date at five.• The tradition of playing the BYU-Utah game as the last game of the regular season didn’t begin until 1981, although every BYU-Utah game since 1969 has been played in November. From 1930 until 1963, except for three years, the annual game was played in October, usually early or the middle of the month.• Utah’s media guide lists the all-time series record at 52-33-4 for Utah, while BYU’s has it 49-30-4 for Utah, because it doesn’t count six games before 1922 when it was known as the BY Academy. It makes no difference in the margin of the series, however, since the six games that Utah counts were split 3-3.• Between 1922 and 1964, BYU beat Utah a grand total of two times, 12-7 in 1942 and 14-7 in 1958.• Between 1972 and 1992, Utah beat BYU a grand total of two times, 23-22 in 1978 and 57-28 in 1988.• In 1942, when BYU beat Utah for the first time (according to the Cougars’ record book), the Cougars’ head coach was 31-year-old Floyd Millet, who was filling for a year while coach Eddie Kimball was in the service. The Cougars finished just 2-5 that year and shut down the football program for three years until World War II ended.• The most successful coach in the rivalry was Utah’s Ike Armstrong, who went 18-1-3, although Jack Curtice and Urban Meyer were both unbeaten at 7-0-1 and 2-0, respectively, along with BYU’s Millet (1-0). BYU’s most successful coach, of course, was LaVell Edwards, who was 22-7 against Utah.• BYU’s largest margin of victory was the 56-6 win in 1980 behind Jim McMahon. Utah’s largest margin was a 49-0 victory in 1922.• Utah’s highest score in the series came in 1988 when Scott Mitchell led the Utes to a 57-28 victory. Just a year later, BYU put its highest scoring total on the Utes with a 70-31 victory behind future Heisman winner Ty Detmer.• Since 1988, the series stands 10-10. Since 1998, it is 5-5.• Aside from Utah’s big victory in its unbeaten 2004 season, the other 10 Utah-BYU games since 1997 have been decided by a touchdown or less. I have no idea who will win this year’s game. But it should be another epic BYU-Utah battle Saturday, perhaps the best ever. center_img BYU, Utah football: Best. Matchup. Ever.last_img read more


Gartner Has First Ever IaaS Magic Quadrant Report

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… david strom Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#cloud#Cloud Providers#news Very few of the service providers she looked at have an SLA for compute or storage performance. They do have SLAs for network availability and other service requests, however. This is an important point to keep in mind. And some of the providers offer less-than-stellar agreement levels, too.center_img Customers do not usually save money by using cloud IaaS. In case you didn’t read the above bullet point, Leong emphasizes that it is agility, not costs, for which the cloud is currently used by enterprises. Very few of the service providers offer availability and performance monitoring, visible in their customer portal, as part of their self-service IaaS offering. That surprised me. I wish she would have included a few screenshots in the report, but then Gartner is still learning how to do this hands-on thing. A new Gartner Magic Quadrant report is available this week covering the public cloud computing vendors. Not surprisingly, AWS received top honors, although Terremark, Savvis and CSC were also praised. Bluelock, a smaller vendor, also got props. The report is very detailed in the usual Gartner manner and is a must-read for enterprise IT architects who are evaluating players in this space.We can’t reproduce the graphic, but we did review the entire report, written by Lydia Leong and blogged about by her here.Leong looked at simple and multiple workloads, both managed and unmanaged, from 20 cloud providers. Each provider had to offer services in at least two separate data centers and have more than $10 million in IaaS revenue in 2010. The PaaS vendors weren’t covered, even though it is getting harder to distinguish what is a platform and what is an infrastructure service. It is Gartner’s first-such MQ evaluation of this set of vendors.What was unusual, and Leong admits this in her post, is that she actually got her hands dirty and tried each of the services out personally. To my knowledge, this is new for Gartner (hands-on testing). I mean, she actually had to use her personal credit card to spin up an account on each provider! Good for her. Here are some of the highlights:More aspects of IT operations management are being automated, so that IaaS offers value beyond self-service provisioning. “For companies with reasonable access to capital and which already have an IT operations team, today’s IaaS offerings may not represent cost savings for typical business workloads.” Very few also offered a standardized architecture across their public and private cloud offerings. GoGrid and CSC are ones that do offer this feature, should that be important to you.On the whole, I give Gartner high marks on this MQ. Leong takes pains to distinguish the many different IaaS flavors, and to try to delineate when you would want to use one or the other with her different providers. Related Posts last_img read more


Barbie makes doll of hijab-wearing Olympian Ibtihaj Muhammad

first_imgView comments The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 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 Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Ibtihaj Muhammad holds a Barbie doll in her likeness at the 2017 Glamour Women of the Year Awards at Kings Theatre on Monday, Nov. 13, 2017, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)NEW YORK — The maker of Barbie says it will sell a doll modeled after Ibtihaj Muhammad, an American fencer who competed in last year’s Olympics while wearing a hijab.Mattel Inc. says the doll will be available online next fall. The doll is part of the Barbie “Shero” line that honors women who break boundaries. Past dolls have included gymnast Gabby Douglas and “Selma” director Ava DuVernay.ADVERTISEMENT Malditas save PH from shutout LATEST STORIES MOST READ ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Muhammad said on Twitter that she was “proud” that young people will be able to play with “a Barbie who chooses to wear hijab!”Muhammad, the first American to compete at the Olympics while wearing a hijab, won a bronze medal in fencing at the 2016 Rio Games.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads Italy miss out on World Cup as Sweden qualify Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more


22 days agoSheffield Utd boss Wilder admits they’re struggling for goals

first_imgSheffield Utd boss Wilder admits they’re struggling for goalsby Paul Vegas22 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveSheffield United boss Chris Wilder admits they’re struggling for goals.The Blades have scored just seven goals in their opening seven games this season, with no player netting more than once.Wilder said: “We’ve been pleased we’ve got the balance right, which I thought we did on Saturday, in terms of the performance, when to go forward, and when to take that opportunity to try and score.”You’ve got to try and score against these teams! You can’t just park yourself on the edge of the box for 95 minutes – that’s not our way.”But you’ve got to understand teams are going to push you back. Liverpool, not that our supporters might like it, might have more possession than us!”We feel that our individual ability at the top of the pitch, if we get the performance right and we create chances, we have the ability to score.”The pressure’s on to score. Like I said, we’ll have to get the points that we want.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more


Nick Saban, Dabo Swinney Want NFL Draft Evaluations, Declaration Date Moved Back

first_imgDabo Swinney and Nick Saban pose with the College Football Playoff national title trophy.Twitter/@jasongayRedshirt sophomores and juniors on Alabama and Clemson will only have a few days between tomorrow night’s National Championship and the January 15 NFL Draft declaration deadline. During today’s press conference, the head coaches of both teams said that they would like to see that deadline, as well as the evaluations handed down to interested players, pushed back. Dabo Swinney asked about his juniors weighing NFL decisions. “I pretty much know what everybody’s going to do already.”— Aaron Brenner (@Aaron_Brenner) January 10, 2016Swinney said he expects announcements to be made fairly quickly after the game Monday night.— (@ClemsonTigerNet) January 10, 2016abo answers question abt underclassmen/NFL> Nick Saban: “Can I make a comment about that? I wish the NFL would move the declare date back.— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) January 10, 2016Saban: ‘I wish they moved the declare (for the draft) date back.’ Also calls to move back the date NFL evaluations for players are delivered— Ralph D. Russo (@ralphDrussoAP) January 10, 2016Swinney, responding, says he would “support that 100 percent.” Says the process is a distraction.— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) January 10, 2016Clearly this is a big issue for Saban. He mentioned it in the summer, and he made a point of bringing it up today.— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) January 10, 2016Nick Saban says NFL shouldn’t give players grades before end of year. ESPN reported Bama players voted to withhold info until after Mon.— Joe Schad (@schadjoe) January 10, 2016Obviously, the coaches are the ones who have to keep players focused, and naturally, players are going to only take three or four days to evaluate the huge decision of whether to stay in school or declare. There may be some self-interest at play here, but it does make sense to give the players more time, considering the draft is later than it used to be.last_img read more


Scout Releases 1st Edition Of 2018 ‘300,’ Featuring 38 Committed Recruits

first_img2018 top football recruits.Scout.comMost of the recruiting attention is currently being paid to the class of 2017, but teams always try to get ahead on the next cycle as well. Scout just dropped its first edition of the ‘Scout 300‘ for the class of 2018, and 38 of the 300 players listed are already committed to schools.The first full Scout 300 for 2018 on @scoutrecruiting is out— Brandon Huffman (@BrandonHuffman) July 1, 2016LSU leads the way with five of the top 300, while Florida State and Miami each land four players. Here are all of the players who are already committed.Alabama:RB Dameon Pierce (No. 52) TE Malcolm Epps (No. 143)Auburn:QB Joey Gatewood (No. 50)Clemson:S Mike Jones Jr. (No. 241)Florida State:CB Isaiah Bolden (No. 39) RB Justin Watkins (No. 81) DT Robert Cooper (No. 86) RB James Cook (No. 91)Georgia:OT Max Wray (No. 64)LSU:CB Kelvin Joseph (No. 29) QB Zadock Dinkelmann (No. 99) CB Corione Harris (No. 140) S Nadab Joseph (No. 201) WR Devonta Jason (No. 230)Miami:S Joshua Jobe (No. 22) CB Gilbert Frierson (No. 118) WR Daquris Wiggins (No. 183) CB Jalen Patterson (No. 278)Michigan:S Otis Reese (No. 229)Mississippi State:WR Malik Heath (No. 157)Nebraska:ATH Cameron Jurgens (No. 147) DT Masry Mapieu (No. 283)Notre Dame: QB Phil Jurkovec (No. 46) RB Markese Stepp (No. 193) DE Jayson Ademilola (No. 211)Oklahoma:OT Brey Walker (No. 10)Oregon:QB Colson Yankoff (No. 151) WR Devin Culp (No. 245)Oregon State:RB Camron Davis (No. 219)Penn State:DE Micah Parsons (No. 2)Tennessee:OT Cade Mays (No. 16) ATH Alontae Taylor (No. 285)Texas A&M:WR Montel Parker (No. 176) OG Luke Matthews (No. 181)USC:QB Matt Corral (No. 4) OLB Bo Calvert (No. 20) OLB Raymond Scott (No. 43)Washington:QB Jacob Sirmon (No. 40)[Scout]MORE FROM COLLEGE SPUN:The 10 Most Aggressive Fan Bases In CFBIn Photos: Golfer Paige SpiranacESPN Makes Decision On Dick Vitalelast_img read more