India produced a scintillating performance to thrash England 69-18 in their last Group B encounter and seal their berth for the Kabaddi World Cup semi-finals at the TransStadia here. (Latest Sports stories)Star raider Pardeep Narwal scored 13 points while Ajay Thakur scored 11 points as India made full use of their squad depth to notch a comfortable win and end their group campaign on a high.The crowd at the TransStadia arena was in for a treat as the home team put on a spectacular show.After suffering a shocking defeat in their opening match against South Korea, India bounced back in style and finished the group matches with a whopping score difference of 174.England, on the other hand, can take a lot of heart from their performances as they finished fourth in Group A with 10 points.On Tuesday, England made a bright start as captain Someshwar Kalia scored two points in the first minute to lead 2-1. Sandeep Narwal scored with a super raid in the third minute as India overtook the visitors 5-2.Thakur scored with a two-point raid in the fifth minute as India extended the lead to 8-3 and reduced England to just two men.India inflicted the first all out of the match in the sixth minute to lead 12-3. Narwal scored his first points in the seventh minute to give India 14-3 lead.Keshav Gupta scored with a two-point read in the 10th minute as England trailed 5-17.Sandeep Narwal was in great raiding form as he scored six points to help India inflict the second all out in the 13th minute and get a lead of 24-5.advertisementEngland’s defence let them down as they failed to score a single point in the first 15 minutes.India inflicted another all out in the 16th minute to take a commanding 33-5 lead. Such was India’s dominance that they went on a 20-0 run in eight minutes to lead 37-5 after 18 minutes.Pardeep attained a super 10 in the first half whereas Surjeet got a high five as India inflicted the fourth all out in the 20th minute to lead 45-6 at the end of the first half.Coming back, India brought on five substitutes in the second half, including Rahul Chaudhari, to make use of their squad.Nitin Tomar scored two points in the 23rd minute as India led 49-7. England were still looking for their first tackle point and their star raider Tope Adewalure struggled to get raid points.India went on to inflict another all out in the 28th minute to take their lead to 57-8 before England’s Adewalure scored two raid points consecutively to become the first man to score 50 points in the ongoing World Cup.With less than five minutes to go, and India leading 64-14, Rahul scored his third point of the match.India cruised in the last few minutes as Thakur attained a super 10 in the 39th minute to give India a handsome 69-18 win.
Panathinaikos’ hoopsters caught a break, advancing in the Euroleague tournament despite losing 69-68 against the Serbian team Red Star in Belgrade.The Greens will play on because the European champion Maccabi Tel Aviv beat Panathinaikos’s main rival, Alba Berlin, to get into the quarterfinals.Panathinaikos will now face CSKA in Moscow on April 14 in a best-of-five series to get into the final four. It’s a rematch of last-year’s match-up won by the Russian team, 3-2.Panathinaikos had an awful start in Belgrade, hitting only 2-of-18 shots from the field to trail 16-7 in the first period before cutting it to 30-26 at the half.By that time, the team had heard of Alba Berlin’s loss and the result didn’t matter, but they hung in to keep it close. The Serbian national champion went all out to please its fans although it continues to have a poor record in Euroleague play.James Gist and AJ Slaughter didn’t score in a terrible performance for both. Esteban Batista was the leading scorer for Panathinaikos with 15 points.TweetPinShare0 Shares
MILAN — Italian-American businessman Rocco Commisso completed his takeover of Serie A Rocco Commisso club Fiorentina on Thursday.No financial details were disclosed but the deal is reportedly worth about 160 million euros ($181 million).“I’ve always been a fan of Italian football and there are no words to describe how incredibly honored I am to have the opportunity to help write the next chapter in the history of such a legendary club as Fiorentina,” Commisso said.Commisso, who also owns the New York Cosmos of the National Premier Soccer League, tried to buy AC Milan last year. He said he has been in negotiations to buy Fiorentina for three years.“Over the past three years in which I’ve been in contact to buy the club, I’ve built up a deep understanding of just how important ‘La Viola’ is for this city and its fans,” Commisso said.Fiorentina becomes the fifth Serie A club to come under foreign ownership after Milan (U.S.-based hedge fund Elliott Management), Inter Milan (Chinese retail group Suning), Roma (American businessman James Pallotta) and Bologna (Canadian businessman Joey Saputo).More than half of the 20 Premier League clubs in England are under foreign ownership.“I’m bringing my passion, my Italianness,” Commisso said. “Out of these Americans who have bought Italian clubs, from Pallotta to Saputo, I am the only one who was born in Italy. I live and die for the Italy national team, since I left this country as a child.”The Della Valle family had owned Fiorentina for 17 years.Fiorentina finished in 16th place last season, three points off the relegation zone. It was the team’s lowest Serie A finish since 2004-05, which was its first season back in the top Italian division since being refounded in 2002 after bankruptcy.“It wasn’t the best offer for us but it was for Fiorentina,” Diego Della Valle said. “We have sold Fiorentina to a person we believe is the most qualified out of all the people that seriously expressed their interest.“He knows soccer. We hope he does good things, we are sure he will.”TweetPinShare0 Shares
African All Stars GALLERY: Sadio Mane nets first Champions League goal for Liverpool Last updated 1 year ago 05:48 11/22/17 Comments(0) 1/16 GALLERY: Sadio Mane nets first Champions League goal for Liverpool Getty Getty Full screen 1 of 16 Share Close The Senegalese capped a beautiful display to score his first Champions League goal plus an assist for the Reds as they surrendered their three-goal lead against Sevilla FacebookTwitterRedditcopy African All Stars Opinion
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p #AGTG COMMITTED🙏🏾 #GatorGangXX 💯🐊 pic.twitter.com/ovvT5XxdMe— Jahari Rogers🐺🤫 (@jay4_era) July 15, 2019Florida has already secured 18 commitments in the 2020 class. Of those 18 pledges, 10 are rated four-stars.The Gators have the No. 4 class in the SEC and the No. 8 class nationally.You can see the updated team composite rankings here. GAINESVILLE, FLORIDA – NOVEMBER 17: A general view of first half action as the Idaho Vandals and Florida Gators play at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on November 17, 2018 in Gainesville, Florida. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)Arlington (Tex.) four-star cornerback Jahari Rogers is off the board as of Monday night. Rogers is SEC-bound.Rogers announced his commitment to Florida on Twitter tonight. He chose the Gators over Texas, Arkansas and others.“As I began to narrow in on one school, this decision was incredibly difficult,” Rogers said. “However, with patience and determination, I knew I’d find the right home for both me and my talents.”Rogers is the No. 10 cornerback in the class of 2020 and the No. 27 senior in the state of Texas, according to 247Sports’ Composite Rankings.
DETROIT — Toyota’s top U.S. executive says car sales nationwide have bottomed out and his company will keep making them despite a dramatic shift to trucks and SUVs.U.S. CEO Jim Lentz told the Detroit Economic Club Wednesday that car sales fell below 30 per cent of sales last month, and he thinks that’s close to the bottom.While Fiat Chrysler, Ford and General Motors are cancelling many car models, Lentz doesn’t see that happening with Toyota. He says U.S. consumers still are buying more than 4 million compact, midsize and near-luxury cars each year, so cars are still a huge market. He says Toyota can pick up sales as other companies cut back on car models.Tom Krisher, The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — The Latest on the Trump administration’s move to ban bump stocks (all times local):3:55 p.m.The National Rifle Association is “disappointed” with the Trump administration’s plan to outlaw bump stocks, which allow semi-automatic weapons to fire continuously.Spokeswoman Jennifer Baker says the Justice Department should provide amnesty for gun owners who already have the devices.The Justice Department says the attachments will be banned beginning in late March under a law that prohibits machine-guns. The new rule reverses a 2010 government decision that found bump stocks didn’t amount to machine-guns.Baker says the regulation “fails to address the thousands of law-abiding Americans” who followed the government’s previous guidance.Bump stocks became a focal point in the gun control debate after they were used in the October 2017 mass shooting in Las Vegas, the deadliest in modern U.S. history.__12:25 p.m.The Trump administration has moved to officially ban bump stocks, which allow semi-automatic weapons to fire rapidly like automatic firearms, and has made them illegal to possess beginning in late March.The devices will be banned under a federal law that prohibits machine-guns, according to a senior Justice Department official.Bump stocks became a focal point of the national gun control debate after they were used in October 2017 when a man opened fired from his Las Vegas hotel suite into a crowd at a country music concert below, killing 58 people and injuring hundreds more in the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.The Associated Press
Ohio State’s Joey McKenna wrestles Vince Turk in the dual-meet against Iowa on Jan. 21 in the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorThe No. 2 Ohio State wrestling team (14-1, 8-1 Big Ten) dominated No. 6 North Carolina State (15-2, 5-0 ACC) 29-6 in its last dual meet of the regular season on Sunday. Winning eight out of the 10 bouts, Ohio State took control of the meet early when No. 2 Myles Martin beat No. 3 Pete Redna with an 8-1 decision win at 184 pounds. Martin missed the major decision by just three seconds of riding time. No. 7 Michael Macchiavello of North Carolina State upset No. 1 Kollin Moore at 197 pounds in the second match of the night. Macchiavello scored two late takedowns in the third period to give him the 7-5 decision. Moore has now lost two of his past three matches. No. 7 Joey McKenna upset No. 2 Kevin Jack of the Wolfpack 6-2 in the second upset of the meet. McKenna came out aggressive, scoring two takedowns in the first period. Jack was unable to score any attacks on McKenna, partly due to McKenna’s ability to prevent Jack from escaping. Ohio State’s senior No. 2 Kyle Snyder beat No. 19 Michael Boykin 23-8 via technical fall to give the Buckeyes an 8-3 lead, and they didn’t look back. The Buckeyes won the next four matches until NC State’s No. 3 Hayden Hidlay beat No. 7 Micah Jordan 6-3 at 157 pounds. Hidlay remained undefeated in his freshman season, improving to 19-0.No. 6 Bo Jordan won via pin at 1:37 against North Carolina State’s Daniel Bullard to bring the score to 29-6. Ohio State’s No. 4 Nathan Tomasello beat No. 5 Sean Fausz 12-6 in the second top-five matchup of the meet. Fausz opened the scoring with an early takedown against Tomasello, but Tomasello rebounded quickly, scoring a takedown and two back points to take the 5-3 lead into the second period after Fausz got an escape. Tomasello had three takedowns in the third period to seal the decision victory. At 133 pounds, No. 3 Luke Pletcher of the Buckeyes defeated No. 13 Tariq Wilson 7-3. Ohio State’s No. 6 Ke-Shawn Hayes won against No. 13 Beau Donahue and his teammate, No. 14 Te’Shan Campbell, picked up his first win since Jan. 5.Ohio State’s regular season has concluded, but it will take the mats on March 3 to begin the Big Ten tournament.
Marvin Lewis has as many lives as, well, a Bengal. A Cincinnati Bengal, that is.The coach that has endured a stingy ownership, myriad player arrests, questionable player development and losing. . . . not only remains standing, but has received a two-year contract extension through 2014.This is testament to the value of not giving up on a coach too soon. Lewis looked to be a goner more than once as players showed up on police blotters (not that it was his fault) fairly consistently and the team struggled to find a rhythm in winning. Instead of running him, the Bengals were patient, and Cincinnati emerged as a strong playoff team last year.The last time Lewis’ contract was running, both sides seemed content to separate. They did not, and the rewards have been grand for the Bengals.Lewis is the franchise’s most successful coach since Sam Wyche, and has led the team to two AFC North titles in the past three years.As CBSSports.com reported that Lewis said negotiating the extension is “a complicated thing” and that he and owner Mike Brown are “comfortable together.”“Coming off a playoff finish last year, with a solid coaching staff and good young players, continuity at the top gives us our best chance to do well,” Bengals owner Mike Brown said in a statement. “We are excited about the team’s prospects and happy to have completed this process with Marvin before the 2012 preseason schedule begins.”Lewis is in his 10th season in Cincinnati, the third-longest current tenure with one team behind Andy Reid in Philadelphia and Bill Belichick in New England.According to CBSSports.com, in 2010, Lewis was up front that he was possibly going to explore other options, and it took something of a sales job to keep him. With the growth and development of the team since then, all the young pieces and the playoff appearance last year, the backdrop was much different now. The team has also beefed up its scouting staff and infrastructure since 2010, which were keys for the head coach.
Bars in orange indicate Real Madrid seasons with Ronaldo.Source: Opta Sports 2015-1627.7– In its last three league matches, Bayern has taken only 1 point — a draw against Augsburg — and scored just one goal while conceding six. However, its expected goals difference for those matches is roughly 4.8 to 2.5. These are performances typically good enough to win in the Bundesliga, and the points should come.But even the expected goals numbers do not reflect outright dominance. Bayern has struggled to produce spectacular attacking numbers. In particular, 30-year-old striker Robert Lewandowski is having a surprisingly down season, which comes on the heels of a surprisingly down World Cup. After scoring 27, 29 and 37 nonpenalty goals in the past three seasons between domestic and Champions League competition, with underlying numbers to match, the Polish forward has scored just two nonpenalty goals this season. His expected goals per 90 minutes has been more than 0.8 each of the last three seasons, and it’s down to 0.28 now. Arjen Robben and James Rodriguez have carried the shooting load for Lewandowski so far, but that has meant a decline in their creative passing numbers, which has weakened the whole team. It is possible that this is just an early season slump or World Cup-related fatigue, and Lewandowski will snap out of it. If he doesn’t, Bayern could be in for a disappointing year.Striker problems also have beset Real Madrid, but for them it’s even worse. Real sold Cristiano Ronaldo over the summer and shocked observers by simply not replacing him. The club eventually purchased Mariano from Lyon, but no one expected that to be a like-for-like replacement. In nearly the same number of minutes last season, against weaker competition, Mariano attempted 130 shots, exactly half of Ronaldo’s 260. Mariano has yet to start a match this season for Real; Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema have now been promoted to the point men in the attack after serving as Ronaldo’s support crew for years. The results have been as expected. 2010-1125.0– The big leagues in continental Europe have been dominated by their superpowers for years. Bayern Munich won the German Bundesliga title each of the past six seasons. In 13 of the past 14 seasons in Spain’s La Liga, either Barcelona or Real Madrid has taken the crown. The trio has also combined to win the past six Champions League titles. But right now, you can say something about these teams that’s been largely unthinkable for nearly a decade: They look vulnerable.Bayern is sixth in the Bundesliga, 4 points behind leaders Borussia Dortmund and trailing smaller clubs like Werder Bremen and Hertha BSC as well. Sevilla currently tops La Liga, with Barcelona and Madrid trailing close behind, but the two Spanish giants have each won just four of eight matches this season. Over the past decade, both teams have typically won at least 28 of their 38 matches per season, and the lowest win total either has posted was 22. These numbers are well off their pace.How worried should the superpowers of soccer be? The Soccer Power Index suggests reason for both confidence and concern. At the start of the season, Bayern was projected as 82 percent favorites to win the title. That has fallen, but only to 70 percent. Real Madrid has seen its La Liga title chances drop from 41 percent to 37 percent, but Barcelona’s have actually increased to 47 percent from opening at 43. For now, it seems likely that these teams have enough of a head start in talent that they can still win their domestic leagues.The Champions League may be another story. At the beginning of the year, the continental big three plus Manchester City were dead even with one another at the top of the projections. Now City leads, Juventus has caught up, and the gap to Liverpool and Paris Saint-Germain is narrowing. And this is particularly striking because all three clubs are still massive favorites to progress out of their groups. What’s changed is that the Soccer Power Index is starting to downgrade its projections.The early season struggles of Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Real Madrid are not merely a matter of a few bad bounces. Expected goals, a measure of the quality of scoring chances created and conceded, shows that this is no fluke of hot or cold shooting — these sides’ underlying production numbers are off, too. The following chart shows the goal difference and expected goal difference for Barcelona, Bayern and Real Madrid in their first 10 matches of the season between domestic and Champions League play since 2010-2011, according to data analytics firm Opta Sports. For all three clubs, these are among their slowest starts to the season ever.1Bayern Munich has played only nine matches, so its numbers are prorated to 10 to match up with the rest of the chart. 2018-1919.4– 2011-1232.4– 2012-1330.5– Real has consistently produced about 2.5 or more expected goals per match over its first 10 games of the season, and that number is under 2.0 per match this year. The attack is no longer elite, and it’s hard to see how Real can improve without an injection of talent. Real Madrid looks headed for year in the wilderness as merely one of Europe’s 10 to 15 best teams rather than a top Champions League contender.For Barcelona, the problems are more complicated but perhaps no less severe. And unlike with Bayern and Real, they do not start at the top. Lionel Messi is still Lionel Messi, with 11 goals and four assists. Rather, Barcelona is struggling in the midfield, and that’s leading to defensive problems. Last season, Barcelona conceded just 29 goals, second-fewest in La Liga. It is hardly unusual for the Catalan side to put up dominant defensive numbers, but last year’s effort involved a change in tactics from manager Ernesto Valverde.In 2017-18, Barcelona relaxed the high press that had been a feature of its play at least since Pep Guardiola’s reign ended in 2012. With midfielders content to allow opposition teams to hold possession in less dangerous areas, Barcelona broke up only about 48 percent of new open-play possessions for the other team before they completed three passes. This year, Valverde has brought the old press back, and Barca is breaking up 55 percent of new opposition possessions.This has not worked to their advantage. The 2017-18 team conceded shots at a reasonably high rate — 444 shots, seventh fewest in La Liga. But it prevented quality chances by keeping numbers back and not allowing passes in behind the defense. Barcelona’s 0.087 expected goals per shot was second-best in La Liga after only Atletico Madrid. Valverde drilled his team to defend deeper rather than dominate midfield, and it worked. This year, the new style is having the opposite effect. Barca’s expected goals per shot conceded has exploded to 0.148, the worst in La Liga.Barcelona’s midfield depends on two 30-year-olds, Sergio Busquets and Ivan Rakitic, and last year Valverde’s tactics already suggested he knew he needed to cover for their deficiencies in the press. The results of the new, more aggressive midfield tactics confirm he was right to pull back.So Barcelona’s problems seem fixable, at least compared to those of Real Madrid and Bayern. If Valverde can accept once more the limitations of his midfield and play the more basic, defensive style he rolled out last season, there should be more than enough talent in the forward line to carry Barcelona deep in the Champions League. But if the team persists with this press, the Catalan side may end up in just as much trouble as Bayern and Real.Check out our latest soccer predictions. SeasonExpected goals through first 10 matches 2013-1425.3– Among all these starts to the season, the only one that was significantly worse than the three this year was Bayern Munich’s in 2010-11, when the club ended up in third place in the Bundesliga on 65 points.These numbers suggest three things. First, Bayern has been better than its table position suggests. Its goal difference is the second-worst of any of these clubs since 2010, but its expected goal differential is merely eighth-worst. Barcelona’s good goal difference, by contrast, is covering up problems in the underlying numbers. And Real Madrid is simply in trouble. 2017-1828.6– 2014-1526.5– 2016-1724.9– Losing Cristiano Ronaldo has zapped Real’s offenseReal Madrid’s expected goals through the first 10 matches of its season, 2010-19
Google figures your web browser should do it all, and that includes playing games. According to developer advocate Paul Kinlan, early next year Chrome is going to offer an even better gaming experience: by adding plug-and-play support gaming controllers.Now, there’s already a good chance that your operating system might know what to do with a gamepad. “Might” isn’t good enough when you’re supporting 4-plus operating systems as Chrome is — and possibly adding a fifth by taking over browsing duties on Android as well. Chrome already offers plenty of gaming-related features, like WebGL and Native Client support for web-based gaming that could one day rival a traditional PC gaming experience.Google’s pushed gaming in Chrome before, of course. When support for Chrome Web Apps arrived, Google promoted them by adding Entanglement and Poppit to users’ new tab pages. The company also made a ton of noise about the arrival of the web-based version of Angry Birds, which popped up back in May.Ultimately, this new functionality might be less about gaming in Chrome than it is about providing developers with more direct access to a system’s hardware. That goal is one shared by Mozilla, whose plans for Boot To Gecko include providing web developers with access to a smartphone’s inner workings using standard web code.Plug-in free support is also coming for microphones and cameras, and Google will also finally implement support for its own WebRTC framework. WebRTC uses the VP8 codec and other technology from Global IP Solutions, which Google acquired in 2010. WebRTC is open source and has support from Mozilla and Opera in addition to Google, and it’s set to bring Skype-like voice and video chat to browsers without the need for a plug-in (think Google Talk).More at Edge
There are some crazy people in the world, some of whom are paid to be so. Case in point are the two guys behind the epic slow motion video of stuff blowing up you can watch above.January Elhoj and Lasse Spang Olsen are stars of a Danish television show called Stupid and Dangerous. The two men are given a house in a remote part of the country and then set loose on using different products in exactly the opposite way they should be. If a warning label says to not place a bottle of red wine inside a microwave and set it on high, these two go ahead and do it to see what happens.We need to point out here that these two men are professionals working in a controlled environment, please don’t try to replicate their experiments at home.While the video above is certainly impressive to watch, the kit used to capture it is also worth mentioning. Using a camera from Vision Research called the Phantom Flex, the production team for Stupid and Dangerous were able to capture their footage at an astonishing 2,500 frames per second. It’s actually capable of working at 2,800 frames capturing 1080p footage. I would love to tell you how much this camera costs, but every dealer that advertises the device asks you to call for a custom quote.Seeing these guy do things like mow a carpet using an electric lawnmower or drop flour onto a lit candle makes me wish we had a show like this in America. If you happen to know Danish, then perhaps you can catch an episode or two and let us know how it is.via io9.com
La grippe aurait causé 70 décès en FranceL’épidémie de grippe saisonnière aurait provoqué 70 décès en France cette année. Le bilan n’a pas encore été arrêté alors que l’épidémie continue de sévir dans l’Hexagone.L’Institut de veille sanitaire (InVs) a fait savoir que cette année, l’épidémie de grippe saisonnière aurait causé la mort de 70 personnes. Parmi elles, 54 étaient sous surveillance du fait de leur état grave, 10 ont été déclarées en centre hospitalier à la suite d’une certification électronique, tandis que 6 cas de décès dus à la grippe à domicile ont été spontanément déclarés, rapporte Le Parisien.Cette liste n’est pas exhaustive alors que l’épidémie de grippe est encore très présente sur notre territoire. L’Institut de veille sanitaire explique également que la majorité des individus admis en réanimation après avoir déclaré des symptômes grippaux étaient touchés par le virus H1N1 de la grippe A.Le 3 février 2011 à 19:06 • Emmanuel Perrin
Stay on target Robert Kirkman’s Invincible boasts that it is “The best superhero comic in the universe.” Certainly a bold statement, but it isn’t unwarranted. Invincible has consistently been one of the very best comics since 2003. It is a comic book fans’ comic in every way imaginable. Invincible is an unabashed love letter to superhero stories, but it isn’t afraid of bucking genre tropes whenever possible. Robert Kirkman’s imaginative scripts, along with Ryan Ottley and Corey Walker’s dynamic drawings, elevate this book above many others in the genre.As the old saying goes, all good things must come to an end. Next month, Invincible will begin its last story arc: The End of All Things. This epic 12-part finale will wrap up all of the storylines from the series’ thirteen-year history. It will no doubt be a spectacular send off for this amazing book.Because Invincible is coming to a close, we thought this would be a perfect time to look back at some of the series’ most memorable moments.Mark Grayson gets his powersMark Grayson (Invincible) is the son of Earth’s greatest hero: Omni-Man. Since childhood, Mark has eagerly anticipated the day his powers would awaken. He discovers his abilities when he accidentally tosses a garbage bag into orbit.What made this moment great was its simplicity. Mark tosses the garbage bag into the stratosphere, silently stares at it, and then says “It’s about time.” He tells both of his parents what happened during dinner. Both nonchalantly reply with “that’s nice.” This is a small event when compared to everything else in the series. Even still, it had a great impact on those who read the book for the first time.Omni-Man’s betrayalThis is the moment that defined not only Mark Grayson as a character, but the entire Invincible book. We learn that Nolan Grayson (Mark’s father) was sent by his race, the Viltrumites, to conquer Earth. After this revelation, Mark and Nolan engage in an epic battle that takes place all across the world. Thousands of innocent people are killed during the struggle.Before Nolan murders the Guardians of the Globe (Invincible’s version of the Justice League), Invincible was relatively lighthearted. The grisly murder and subsequent brutal fight between Invincible and Omni-Man demonstrated that this comic wasn’t messing around. The physical pain Mark endured is nothing compared to the emotional anguish of knowing his father betrayed him, his mother, and all of Earth. This event would haunt Mark for many issues afterward.Facing to face with the ViltrumitesWe saw the might a Viltrumite possesses when Omni-Man killed the Guardians of the Globe single-handedly. This was also seen when Omni-Man utterly defeated Invincible. However, this was just a small sample of what these aliens are capable of. The power and ferocity of the Viltrumites were on full display when Mark and his father faced off against three members of the warrior race.Though Mark trained as hard as he could after fighting his father, it wasn’t enough. After nearly losing his life in battle against them, Invincible fully comprehends the threat Viltrumites pose. He begins to prepare for the day he would inevitably face them again — only now with the aid of his father, who he managed to reconcile with.The Sequid threatInvincible became the most powerful hero on Earth by default after his father left the planet. As such, the Pentagon recruited him to take on tasks previously assigned to Omni-Man. At first, this involved fighting random super villains like the Mauler Twins. Eventually, he was asked to escort a team of scientists to Mars. What was supposed to be a routine mission went array when the scientists were attacked by an alien race known as the Sequids.The Sequids would go on to become one of the series’ recurring enemies. The squid-like aliens became a bigger threat with each subsequent appearance. Even now, it is unclear whether the Sequids have truly been defeated or not.Angstrom LevyLike most superheroes, Invincible has a no-kill policy. Or rather, he had one until he faced Angstrom Levy. Levy isn’t a physical threat by any means. However, his vast intellect made him a formidable opponent. Levy discovers that Invincible is Mark Grayson and goes after his family. That’s when things became personal.Levy trapped Invincible in a dimension that was a deserted wasteland. Invincible can pull Levy into this dimension and threatens to kill him. Levy mocks Invincible because he believes the hero won’t cross that line. After Levy threatens Mark’s family again, Invisible pummels his head mercilessly. All that’s left is a gory, pulpy mess.Levy managed to survive Invincible’s onslaught, but our hero was unaware of this fact for a long time. Killing an enemy, even one as deplorable as Levy, made Invincible hold back during some major fights. He didn’t want to risk killing again, even accidentally.Levy would return several more times to torment Invincible.Invincible WarAfter surviving Invincible’s ruthless attack, Angstrom Levy fixed himself and began to plot his revenge. He traveled to various dimensions and recruited an army of evil versions of Invincible to attack the hero’s Earth. All of Earth’s champions (including the entire Image roster) are called into action. This fight would be known as the Invincible War.This was the book’s first massive war. As such, it was appropriately epic in scale. Levy had the alternate Invincibles attack Earth to stain Mark’s reputation. He was successful on that front. After the Invincible army had been defeated, the populace lost confidence in the hero. After all, if evil versions of Invincible exist, what is to stop the good one from eventually becoming evil?ConquestConquest is arguably Invincible’s greatest foe. Like Angstrom Levy, Conquest threatened the hero’s loved ones. Unlike the physically weak mad scientist, Conquest was a battle-hardened Viltrumite warrior who was more than a match for Mark Grayson.Invincible was utterly defeated during his first encounter with the Viltrumites. Though Conquest was considerably stronger than any foe he had previously faced, Mark’s rigorous training allowed him to hold his own. After seeing the villain kill his beloved, Eve, Invincible summoned the strength to soundly defeat the blood-thirsty warrior.It wouldn’t be long before Conquest and Invincible engaged in one last decisive battle.Viltrumite WarThe Invincible War was merely a prelude to the bigger event known as the Viltrumite War. Up until this point, the Coalition of Planets were on the defensive against the Viltrum Empire. Now that they had Invincible, Invincible’s brother, Oliver (Kid Omni-Man), Nolan, and a host of other warriors (including the fearsome Battle Beast), it was time to take the fight to the Viltrumites directly. As you would expect, things didn’t go well.Invincible missed much of the war after sustaining a life-threatening injury early on. Nolan and Oliver spent months with Invincible on an alien planet while he recuperated. During that time, the two trained and bonded. Just as the Coalition of Planets was on the verge of defeat, Invincible healed and returned to the fight.During the last days of the war, Invincible would face off against Conquest for a final time. By this point, he held no reservations about killing his foes. Invincible ended Conquest’s life by choking him to death. The war ended with the destruction of the Viltrumite homeworld. The remaining members relocated to Earth where they promised to live peacefully among humans.Destruction of Las VegasDinosaurus was one of the series’ more interesting antagonists. This giant, the humanoid dinosaur wasn’t actually evil at all. He genuinely wanted to save the planet. Unfortunately, his methods often resulted in a large number of casualties. There is no greater example of this than the time he destroyed Las Vegas with nuclear bombs.This was a tragic loss of life to be sure. However, it ended up helping the planet. Because Las Vegas was now glass, the government built massive solar panels to collect the excess energy. This required hiring workers, which in turn helped boost the economy. And because Las Vegas didn’t exist, it was no longer a drain on natural resources.Invincible reluctantly teamed up with Dinosaurus to help him on his eco-crusade. He believed in the mission, but his real goal was to ensure Dinosaurus didn’t kill any more people. This made Invincible a terrorist in the eyes of the government, despite the fact he was helping the planet on a macro-level.Robot takes over EarthVillains are almost always thwarted whenever they attempt to conquer the world. This has happened on many occasions within the pages of Invincible. This time, however, the world was successfully conquered, and the heroes defeated. Not by an evil maniac, but by a former hero who had the best of intentions.While attempting to stop another Flaxan invasion, Robot and Monster Girl crossed over into their dimension. Though only a matter of months passed on Earth, Robot and Monster Girl spent thousands of years in that other dimension. During their time there, Robot overthrew the ruling monarchy and became Emperor. His society would become prosperous and peaceful. Things would eventually fall apart, but for a time, he was a good ruler.When he returned to Earth, Robot was dismayed. Nothing had changed during his absence, save for his perspective on how a world should function. He carefully planned a take over of the planet and managed to pull it off after a bloody war with Earth’s heroes.Robot’s rule on Earth was no different than it was on Flaxan. War, disease, and inequality were eradicated virtually overnight. Humanity entered into a golden age it hadn’t experienced before. Ironically, the heroes who opposed Robot after the war were seen as little more than terrorists.Mark Grayson had been away from Earth during Robot’s takeover. When he saw what happened in his absence, his first instinct was to fight. However, none of his former allies were willing to help. Earth’s populace was finally at peace, after all. Even Mark’s dad — who at this point was the King of the remaining Viltrumites — didn’t side with him. Invincible eventually left the planet along with Eve. He was unable to forgive Robot for what he had done.Mark is sexually assaultedInvincible has been subjected to all manner of horrible physical and mental torture. However, our hero suffered the worst assault imaginable when he was raped by the powerful Viltrumite, Anissa.After the Viltrumites relocated to Earth, Thragg ordered them to breed with humans in order to repopulate the race. Anissa refused, feeling that human men were too weak to produce strong offspring. She sought out Invincible and forced herself on him. Though Invincible is one of the strongest warriors in the universe, he was unable to stop the overwhelmingly powerful Anissa.Mark eventually tells Eve what happened and she reassures him that it wasn’t his fault. However, he continues to feel guilt and shame. This moment showed that men, even ones with super powers, can also be the victims of sexual abuse.Thragg vs. Battle BeastInvincible is a book that has a great deal of brutal, one-on-one battles. The greatest of these was the one between Thragg and Battle Beast.These mighty warriors fought for an astonishing five issues. By the end, both had beaten each other into gory heaps of meat. Despite sustaining serious injuries, it was Thragg who emerged victorious. Afterward, Thragg wore the pelt of Battle Beast as his royal cape. Thragg was always an intimidating villain, but seeing him wearing the pelt of one of the universe’s most powerful warriors made him even more terrifying.Time JumpWhen most comics jump forward in time, little changes. Invincible‘s time jump was different. It not only significantly changed the status quo but was also profoundly heartbreaking.Invincible entered a strange dimension that allowed him to go back in time and change key moments from his past. He prevented some of the horrible events that befell him, his loved ones, and planet Earth. However, there was a catch. Because of the alterations made, he and Atom Eve would never get together. This, in turn, meant that their baby daughter wouldn’t be born.Invincible rejected this new timeline and went back to the life he knew. He returned only to discover that years, not weeks, had passed. Shortly afterward, he reunites with his wife and (now four-year-old) daughter. Mark was overcome by feelings of guilt and regret upon seeing his family.This bittersweet family reunion was as powerful as any of the series’ superhero battles. Polaroid Lab Turns Smartphone Snaps Into Instant PhotosAdobe’s New AI Tool Can Identify Photoshopped Faces
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Posted: February 20, 2018 El Cajon Mayor Bill Wells announces run for Congress Updated: 6:40 PM 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings February 20, 2018 KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, EL CAJON — Mayor Bill Wells of El Cajon Tuesday announced his candidacy for the 50th Congressional District in the presence of family, friends and the media at the Ronald Reagan Community Center in El Cajon, a city in east San Diego County.Wells brings nearly 15 years of public office experience to his candidacy, including his current tenure as Mayor of El Cajon. The doctor of clinical psychology owns and operates Broadwell Health, a behavioral health care facility.The conservative Republican has been endorsed by more than a dozen notable elected leaders, including Mayor Steve Vaus of Poway and Mayor Richard Bailey of Coronado.“I am running for the 50th Congressional District because I believe I can bring conservative Republican values to Washington, D.C.,” said Wells, 56. “My reputation as a leader and problem solver has lead to incredible business growth and prosperity for my community.”California’s 50th Congressional District serves more than 730,000 constituents and stretches from Temecula to El Cajon and east to the Imperial County line, including communities such as Alpine, Borrego Springs, Escondido, Fallbrook, Julian, Lakeside, Ramona, San Marcos, Santee and Valley Center.Wells, a La Mesa, Calif. native, first joined the political world as an advocate for a hospital employer, both at the local and state level. In 2004, he served as a Planning Commissioner and was later elected to the El Cajon City Council in 2008. When the prior mayor resigned in 2013, then Mayor Pro Tem Wells was appointed to serve out the remainder of the term. In 2014, Wells was elected as Mayor of El Cajon winning 83% of the vote.He has also served as President of the Grossmont Union High School District’s Proposition H Bond Oversight Committee and was appointed to the board of the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG).“Here’s what I stand for: limited government, the sanctity of life, property rights, a strong national defense and a secure border,” Wells said. “I will dedicate my time in Washington, D.C., to reducing the national debt, rejecting tax increases, and unburdening workers and small business owners to realize their full potential.”Despite his many accomplishments, Wells did not grow up dreaming of one day running for Congress.“My story is not unlike that of so many other Americans,” he said. “My family legacy was to be an alcoholic, to struggle for every dollar and every single meal, to never realize my full potential.“That was the destiny of my father,” he continued. “I was eight years old when a police office came to my door to tell me my father had taken his own life; finally losing his battle with alcoholism.”At 11, Wells started a paper route in the Rolando neighborhood. Then Jack-in-the-Box at 16. In high school, he had his first dream of a way out: college.Yet, post-college life still posed challenging. His first marriage ended with Wells as a single dad with sole custody of his then two young children. They lived in a small studio apartment.He later married his wife Bettie Wells, a therapist. Together, the Wells have three children and four grandchildren.Oldest son, Matt Wells,29, joined the family business after being honorably discharged from the U.S. Marine Corps where he served as a Sergeant in Force Recon. Daughter, Katie Crosby, 28, lives with her family in Seattle where they own a contracting company. Youngest son, Eli, 20, is an Emergency Medical Technician and is working towards becoming a firefighter paramedic. The Wells family belongs to Skyline Wesleyan Church.“It is my deeply held belief that holding public office is one of the greatest, most sacred jobs in America,” Wells said. “And I find it so incredibly American that even a kid like me, from a broken and impoverished family, can dare to dream of service in Washington, D.C. If you elect me to the 50th Congressional District, I will not let you down.”Learn more about Bill Wells at www.wellsforcongress.com.ABOUT BILL WELLSBills Wells of El Cajon is the conservative Republican running for the 50th Congressional District. He brings nearly 15 years of public office experience to his candidacy, including his current office as Mayor of El Cajon. The doctor of clinical psychology owns and operates Broadwell Health, a behavioral health care facility. He and his wife, Bettie, have three children and four grandchildren.Congressman Duncan Hunter has responded to Wells’ announcement saying, “I’m a Marine who was elected to represent my constituents in Congress. Wells and others are politicians. Politicians are constantly running for higher office, that’s what they do. I fight for my beliefs and principles every day, and that’s what I will keep doing no matter how many politicians run against me.” Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: Bill Wells, Duncan Hunter FacebookTwitter
Stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprnDownload AudioAleutian Communities Brace For High-Powered StormLauren Rosenthal, KUCB – UnalaskaThe Aleutian and Pribilof Islands are no stranger to strong winds and rough seas. And that’s exactly what they can expect Friday night, when a high-powered storm hits the Bering Sea. Communities are gearing up to face the historic front.U.S. Senate, Gubernatorial Races Remain UndecidedAlexandra Gutierrez, APRNTwo days after the election, both Alaska’s senate race and its gubernatorial race remain undecided, and both incumbents are lagging behind their challengers. Democratic Sen. Mark Begich is down by 8,000 votes in his race against Republican Dan Sullivan, while Republican Gov. Sean Parnell trails unaffiliated candidate Bill Walker by 3,000 votes. Neither candidate plans to concede at this point, and at least 20,000 votes still need to be counted next week. APRN’s Alexandra Gutierrez ran the numbers on both of those races, and joins us to talk about the trends she’s seeing.Former ASD Teacher Charged With Sexual Abuse Of A MinorJosh Edge, APRN – AnchorageFormer Anchorage School District teacher David Schwantes was arraigned Thursday afternoon in an Anchorage court. Schwantes, 73, is charged with seven counts of sexual abuse of a minor.UAF Athletics Penalized For Eligibility Violations Dan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksThe National Collegiate Athletic Association has imposed penalties on the University of Alaska Fairbanks for student athlete eligibility violations. The University blames a systematic failure to understand and help athletes navigate academic eligibility requirements.What Happens To Political Signs After Election Day?Anne Hillman, KSKA – AnchorageElection Day is over and political signs are disappearing from yards and intersections. But where do they go?‘All Alaska Juried Exhibition’ Showcases New, Evolving ArtZachariah Hughes, KSKA – AnchorageThe Anchorage Museum is set to open the All Alaska Juried Exhibition on Friday – a show bringing together works of contemporary art from across the state. In its 48 years the semi-annual exhibition has served as a showcase for new and evolving art in a state with a rich creative tradition.‘The Fortunate Child’ Focuses On Education, EqualityLori Townsend, APRN – AnchorageA novel by first time author Archana Mishra focuses on the need to make education more readily available to women. The Anchorage resident is a Native of India and lived and worked in Australia before moving to Alaska. She says for rural women in India, indigenous people in Australia and rural women in Alaska, the need is the same. Education creates equal societies. Mishra is an attorney and says all of the women in her family are highly educated. Her book, The Fortunate Child follows a girl who dreams of changing the world through helping others. She says women can’t be part of a thriving economy if they are not educational equals
Popular on Variety Apple is looking to replace processors made by Intel with its own, custom-built chips, according to a new Bloomberg report. The company could switch to its own chips as early as 2020. Intel shares, which were already in negative territory over trade war fears Monday, were down close to 9 percent following the news.Intel has been supplying processors to Apple ever since the company switched from a previous processor architecture to the company’s chips in 2006. The company is currently responsible for as much as 5 percent of Intel’s revenue, according to Bloomberg.As part of the transition, Apple is likely going to introduce major changes to its operating system that would take advantage of the capabilities of its new chip sets. Previous reports pointed to plans to run iOS apps made for iPhones and iPads on Macs. This type of interoperability could get introduced as early as this year, according to Bloomberg. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Using its own chips could help Apple not only to align Macs closer with its mobile products, but also give the devices longer battery life. The company sold some 260,000 million mobile devices in its fiscal 2017, but only around 19 million Macs. Still, Mac hardware is an important money-maker for the company, bringing in more than 11 percent of its revenue that year.
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News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more Image courtesy of Imago Systems News | Radiation Therapy | July 27, 2016 Study Compares Cognitive Outcomes for Treatments of Brain Lesions Mayo Clinic study finds less cognitive deterioration in patients treated with stereotactic radiosurgery alone than when SRS was combined with whole brain radiation therapy News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read more News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more July 27, 2016 — Among patients with up to three brain metastases, the use of stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) alone, compared with SRS combined with whole brain radiotherapy, resulted in less cognitive deterioration at 3 months. The findings come from a study appearing in the July 26 issue of JAMA.Approximately 30 percent of patients with cancer develop brain metastases, and the incidence of these lesions is rising. Most patients present with limited intracranial metastases, usually defined as 1 to 3 lesions. Stereotactic radiosurgery is an effective and commonly used treatment for brain metastases, but intracranial tumor progression is frequent after SRS alone, primarily because of the development of new metastatic lesions. Whole brain radiotherapy (WBRT) significantly improves tumor control in the brain after SRS, yet because of its association with cognitive decline, its role in the treatment of patients with brain metastases remains controversial.Paul D. Brown, M.D., of Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn., and colleagues conducted a study in which 213 patients with 1 to 3 brain metastases were randomly assigned to receive SRS alone (n = 111) or SRS plus WBRT (n = 102). The study was conducted at 34 institutions in North America; average patient age was 61 years. The primary outcome measured for the study was cognitive deterioration among patients who completed assessments at study entry and 3 months. Other measured outcomes included quality of life, functional independence, long-term cognitive status and overall survival.The researchers found that there was less cognitive deterioration at 3 months after SRS alone (40/63 patients [64 percent]) than when combined with WBRT (44/48 patients [92 percent]. Quality of life was higher at 3 months with SRS alone, including overall quality of life. There was no significant difference in functional independence at 3 months between the treatment groups. Median overall survival was 10.4 months for SRS alone and 7.4 months for SRS plus WBRT. For long-term survivors, the incidence of cognitive deterioration was less after SRS alone at 3 months and at 12 months.“In the absence of a difference in overall survival, these findings suggest that for patients with 1 to 3 brain metastases amenable to radiosurgery, SRS alone may be a preferred strategy,” the authors wrote.“The debate between WBRT and SRS has been resolved for the specific type of patient (with 1-3 metastases) who enrolled in the current study, and there is little role for WBRT for these patients,” wrote Carey K. Anders, M.D., of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and colleagues in an accompanying editorial.“However, both treatment modes have a valid position in clinical practice because many patients do not precisely fit the characteristics for study entry. Thus, based on the robust findings from the current study and until proven otherwise, WBRT may still have an important role for treatment of patients who are not in this specific disease category (i.e., 1-3 brain metastases). However, the study results cannot be extrapolated to infer that SRS is the standard for patients with 4 or more metastases or that WBRT no longer has a role in the treatment of brain metastases.”For more information: www.jama.jamanetwork.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more Related Content