first_imgOur DNA is locked in a constant battle with itself. It’s fighting to control mobile bits of genetic material that copy themselves and spread through the genome—so-called jumping genes. But that’s a molecular game of Whac-A-Mole: For every bit it manages to suppress, another finds a way to break free. A new study has pinned down genes that have evolved to thwart these molecular intruders. The work paints a picture of the ongoing evolutionary struggle being waged within our genome.“It’s very interesting, this yin and yang of evolutionary changes,” says Haig Kazazian, a geneticist from the University of Pennsylvania who was not involved with the study. “Nobody has looked at these proteins in the light of evolutionary change.” The work could have applications ranging from stem cell development to cancer prevention and may even lead to a deeper understanding of how the cell makes use of its genetic material.Sequences of DNA that can self-replicate and then insert themselves into new locations in the genome are called transposons, or, more simply, jumping genes. They can cause problematic mutations if they jump into important genes: One that inserts itself into a gene used for slowing cell growth could cause cancer, for example. So our genomes have evolved countermeasures. Those countermeasures include a large family of genes that code for proteins known as KRAB zinc fingers. Establishing the link between a specific KRAB zinc finger and its target jumping gene has been a daunting task, though. 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Two KRAB zinc fingers (KZNF91 and KZNF93) worked against two kinds of human transposons. Jumping genes stopped jumping, the team reported online on 28 September in Nature.Once the zinc fingers were paired with their target jumping genes, the team confirmed that indeed the zinc fingers had evolved shortly after the transposon emerged. When the experiment was repeated using a zinc finger from orangutans or macaques, the human transposons were able to escape. The result suggests that somewhere in our ancestry the jumping genes mutated to dodge the zinc fingers, but the zinc fingers also evolved to silence them once again. “We could actually look at when these zinc fingers arose in relation to when these transposons were active and could see this really interesting evolutionary story,” says Sofie Salama, a UC Santa Cruz biologist involved in the study. “It shows this sort of evolution in action.”These zinc finger proteins turn off more than just the jumping genes. They also control other genes nearby and over evolutionary time can be incorporated into the cell’s program for regulating those genes’ activities, Jacobs says. This unintentional benefit may explain why many zinc finger genes persist in our DNA even after their target jumping genes lose the ability to copy themselves.Primates in particular have shown explosive expansion in the KRAB zinc finger gene family; considerable differences exist in this family even between humans and chimpanzees. Our DNA is 98% identical to chimpanzees, but the big differences come from how and when that DNA is used. Jacobs suggests that many of our species’ distinctive features may have arisen because of changes in gene expression caused by zinc finger regulation. “[Zinc fingers] provide this potential regulatory landscape that can be used by the host to do something interesting and change in interesting ways,” Salama adds. By understanding that regulatory landscape, researchers may be better able to understand how, in various diseases, the way genes get used goes awry and find new ways to correct problems.last_img read more

first_imgPrime Minister Manmohan Singh.Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday rejigged the Union cabinet, without disturbing the ‘big four’ incumbents in Finance, Home, Defence and External Affairs. This was the first cabinet reshuffle in the UPA-II after it retained power in May 2009. Praful Patel, Sriprakash Jaiswal and Salman Khursheed were elevated as cabinet ministers. While Urban Development Minister Jaipal Reddy has been shifted to Petroleum and Natural Gas, Kapil Sibal retains Telecom and HRD.  Cabinet ministers:Praful Patel : Heavy Industries and Public EnterprisesShriprakash Jaiswal : CoalSalman Khursheed : Water Resources and additional charge of Minority AffairsMinister of State (Independent charge): Ajay Maken : Youth Affairs and SportsBeni Prasad Verma : SteelProfessor K. V. Thomas : Consumer Affairs, Food and Public DistributionMinisters of State:Ashwani Kumar : Planning and Parliamentary Affairs and Science and Technology and Earth SciencesK.C. Venugopal : PowerThe portfolios of the following Ministers have been changed:Cabinet ministers:Sharad Pawar : Agriculture and Food Processing IndustriesVirbhadra Singh : Micro, Small and Medium EnterprisesVilasrao Deshmukh : Rural Development and additional charge of Panchayati RajS. Jaipal Reddy : Petroleum and Natural GasKamal Nath : Urban DevelopmentVayalar Ravi : Overseas Indian Affairs and additional charge of Civil AviationMurli Deora : Corporate AffairsKapil Sibal : Human Resource Development and additional charge of Communications and Information TechnologyB.K. Handique : Development of North-Eastern RegionC.P. Joshi : Road Transport and HighwaysKumari Selja : Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation and additional charge of CultureSubodh Kant Sahay : TourismDr. M.S. Gill : Statistics and Programme ImplementationPawan Kumar Bansal : Parliamentary Affairs and additional charge of Science and Technology and Earth SciencesMinister of State (Independent charge): advertisementShri Dinsha Patel : MinesMinisters of State: E. Ahamed : External AffairsHarish Rawat : Agriculture and Food Processing IndustriesV. Narayanasamy : Parliamentary Affairs and Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions and Prime Minister’s OfficeGurudas Kamat : Home AffairsA. Sai Prathap : Heavy Industries and Public EnterprisesBharatsinh Solanki : RailwaysJitin Prasada : Road Transport and HighwaysMahadev S Khandela : Tribal AffairsR.P.N. Singh : Petroleum and Natural Gas and Corporate AffairsTusharbhai Chaudhary : Road Transport and HighwaysArun Yadav : Agriculture and Food Processing IndustriesPratik Prakashbapu Patil : Coallast_img read more

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. chennaiyin fcCK VineethHalicharan Narzaryindian super league First Published: August 23, 2019, 8:28 PM IST Chennai: Two-time ISL champion Chennaiyin FC on Friday announced the departure of strikers Mohammed Rafi and CK Vineeth and winger Halicharan Narzary from the club.Veteran striker Rafi leaves after having spent two seasons at the club, the first of which saw the team bag the ISL trophy at the end of the 2017-18 campaign, a press note said. Vineeth and Narzary depart following the end of their loan spell from Kerala Blasters FC, having joined in January this year.The 37-year-old Rafi made 21 appearances for CFC across all competitions, scoring five goals in the process while the 31-year-old Vineeth made 17 appearances for CFC and scored four times, twice in the Super Cup and one apiece in ISL and AFC Cup.Vineeth’s strikes in the Super Cup helped the club reach the final, scoring against Mumbai City FC and ATK in the round-of-16 and semifinals respectively.Narzary made three appearances for the club. His time at CFC was unfortunately marred by injury, which kept him sidelined for most of his loan spell, the release said. last_img read more

first_imgNew Zealand beat Pakistan by nine wickets in the first Test on Sunday to take a 1-0 lead in the two-Test series and move closer to ending a 31-year losing streak to the tourists on home turf. (Scorecard)Leading by 67 runs after the first innings, New Zealand bowled out Pakistan for 171 in their second innings and reached their victory target of 105 runs in less than an hour after lunch.Captain Kane Williamson scored 61 to lead New Zealand’s chase on Sunday before being caught at short fine leg with only one run needed for victory. Jeet Raval, making his New Zealand debut, followed with a boundary from Yasir Shah in the 32nd over to post the winning runs and finish 36 not out.New Zealand’s win in less than two and a half days was only their sixth in a Test match against Pakistan at home.Pakistan haven’t lost a Test series in New Zealand since 1985, winning five and drawing three during that time, but the hosts now have a chance to end that streak with another victory in the second Test beginning Friday in Hamilton.”In terms of our performance, where we really stepped it up was the second innings with the ball,” Williamson said. “The surface was very good, it didn’t do too much and the boys put it in the right areas for a long period of time.”New Zealand were coming off four straight losses in their most-recent Test matches – one in South Africa and three in India.advertisement”Naturally, it’s tough coming off the back of a few losses, but it’s nice to be back at home,” Williamson said. “The boys kept it up and put some of those feelings of defeat behind us to play a very good test match.”The teams only managed a combined 612 runs in four innings of a match dominated by seam bowlers.While Williamson played a decisive role on Sunday to close out New Zealand’s victory, the course of the match was determined by two players making their Test debut.After the entire first day was lost to rain, New Zealand won the toss and bowled in conditions which saw the ball seam and swing. The 30-year-old all-rounder Colin de Grandhomme took 6/41 as New Zealand dismissed Pakistan in 55.5 overs in their first innings to claim the best innings figures by a New Zealander on Test debut.Raval then made 55 to help New Zealand reach 200 in their first innings and take a lead of 67. He backed up that effort taking four catches in the match – three in the first innings – and by supporting Williamson on Sunday in a partnership of 85 for New Zealand’s second.The match was weighted heavily in New Zealand’s favor when Pakistan only managed to reach 129/7 at stumps on the third day, taking a slim 62-run lead.Sohail Khan and Asad Shafiq provided some resistance in a 53-run stand for the eighth wicket, but their partnership ended at 158/8 and New Zealand wrapped up the innings only an hour after the start of play on Sunday.New Zealand lost opener Tom Latham (9) before lunch when they were 19/1, but Williamson played the best innings of the match to lead his team to victory. He reached his 24th half century in Tests in 67 minutes from 56 balls, hitting four fours and a six.Pakistan ended the match without captain Misbah-ul-Haq who had to return home because his father-in-law is seriously ill.”As a professional team and the No. 2 team in the world in Tests, we should be better than that,” said stand-in captain Azhar Ali. “Things didn’t really go according to plan and I think we should have put in a better batting performance, especially in the first innings.”last_img read more

first_imgStudents studying in engineering colleges and technical institutions will now have to practice yoga as All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has made it mandatory in order to obtain their engineering degree. They will have to participate in yoga or sports or any other extra-curricular activities to get a degree.Reason behind the moveAs per HT report, the institutions have had activities including National Social Service (NSS) and National Cadet Corp (NCC), but it was not mandatory to participate in these activities for getting a degree. Now, AICTE has made it mandatory for students. Officials have said that the move will contribute to a holistic development of the student. Although there are no marks allotted for the same, students will have to cut out 25 per cent of their attendance into these activities.(Read: Now pursue a course in yoga from NIOS, check out the details)A student pursuing Bachelors degree in engineering, who seemed to welcome the initiative, said that students won’t take up unless it is made mandatory.Earlier, Union Human Resource and Development Ministry had also hinted on the incorporation of yoga into the curriculum. Colleges were also asked to submit reports on the activities that took place in the colleges on International Yoga Day by the University Grants Commission (UGC).”Apart from studies, students need to do other activities too which is good for their well-being and for the society too,” a senior AICTE official said.Read: JNU gives approval to 3 short-term courses in Indian culture and yoga advertisementRead: 13-year-old girl from Mysuru sets world record in performing yogalast_img read more

first_imgOlympiakos lost its unbeaten record in a group stage of Euroleague basketball play, falling 84-70 in Turkey to Anadolu Efes on Jan. 29.Olympiakos led at the half 40-37, but the Turkish defense under former Olympiakos coach Dusan Ivkovic, put the clamps on the Greek power as Captain Vassilis Spanoulis had only two points and was 0-for-6 from the field.Othello Hunter was the top scorer for the Greek team with 12 points, while former Olympiakos player Stratos Perperoglou scored eight points for Efes.The result leaves Olympiakos on a 4-1 record and in second place in its group.In other play, Greece’s Sofoklis Schortsanitis scored 17 points on the night to lead current Eurloeague champion  Maccabi Tel Aviv to a 90-86 home win over Real Madrid.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgHMD Global chief Juho Sarvikas took to Twitter to announce that Android 9 Pie is now available for the Nokia 6.1 Plus through the Nokia Beta Labs. If you are a Nokia 6.1 Plus user, you can sign up to become a beta tester to be among the first to get your hands on the latest Android update. The Nokia 6.1 Plus is now the second Nokia phone after the Nokia 7 Plus to get Pie. This also keeps in line with HMD’s promise that the Nokia 6.1 Plus and Nokia 6.1 will receive Android 9 Pie in October.HMD Global will likely release a few beta versions before a stable rollout takes place later this month. If you’re eager to test Android 9 Pie on the Nokia 6.1 Plus, all you have to do is head over the Nokia Beta Labs page and sign up to get started. Before downloading the beta update, it would be wise to backup your data as beta versions typically come with some bugs and issues that could put the device at risk.The Nokia 7 Plus recently received the stable Android 9 Pie update. HMD Global is among a few brands that have been part of Google’s beta program for Android 9 Pie. HMD has been consistent in offering the latest and most secure Nokia android phones as all these phones are part of the Android One program. Much like the Nokia 7 Plus, the Nokia 6.1 Plus is also an Android One phone that was launched in India a couple of months ago at Rs 15,999.As an affordable mid-range smartphone, the Nokia 6.1 Pus offers a premium design language with a notched display and all-glass body. The Nokia 6.1 Plus sports a 5.8-inch FHD+ (2280×1080) display with a 19:9 aspect ratio. It is powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 636 chipset coupled with 4GB of RAM. You get 64GB of internal storage, which is expandable up to 400GB via a microSD card.advertisementThe Nokia 6.1 Plus bears a dual camera setup which includes a 16-megapixel primary sensor with f/2.0 aperture and a 5-megapixel secondary sensor with similar aperture. The phone houses a 3,060mAh battery with support for fast charging via USB Type-C port. During the Flipkart Big Billion Days sale on which starts on October 10 and ends October 14, the Nokia 6.1 Plus will be available at Rs 14,999.ALSO READ: Nokia 6.1 Plus review: Stunning and priced just rightlast_img read more

first_imgVirat Kohli lauded Rohit Sharma after India defeated a spirited Bangladesh in Birmingham on Tuesday to qualify for the 2019 Cricket World Cup semi-finals. Rohit was named man-of-the-match after he hit 104 – this was his 4th hundred of the World Cup.Rohit Sharma is now the leading run-scorer in the 2019 World Cup with 544 runs. Only one other batsman – Kumar Sangakkara – has hit 4 hundred in a single edition of the World Cup. Dropped on 9, Rohit made Bangladesh pay with some sensational stroke play on a flat pitch.Virat Kohli has long admired Rohit Sharma’s batting prowess and he did not hold back in his praise of his deputy after India clinched victory.”I have been watching it for years now, I have been saying it publicly, in my opinion Rohit is the best one-day player,” Kohli said at the post-match presentation ceremony. “When he plays, we are heading towards a big score and it really helps with the way he’s playing.”Rohit scored an unbeaten 122 in a tricky run chase against South Africa before hitting 140 against Pakistan. His 102 against England went in vain in Birmingham on Sunday but 2 days later, Rohit returned to the same venue to score a match-winning hundred.Virat Kohli also doffed his hat to Bangladesh who came close in their chase of 315. Shakib Al Hasan set it up for his team before some lower-order hitting made India nervous in the closing stages of the game.At the end of the day, Kohli was a relieved man after India became only the 2nd team to qualify for the semi-finals of the 2019 World Cup.advertisement”I mean Bangladesh has played some really good cricket in the tournament. They deserve a lot of credit for the fight they put up, even till the last wicket I think they were in the game.”We had to work hard for the win but very happy that we saw ‘Q’ (Qualified) in front of the team in the table now,” Kohli said.Also Read | India qualify for World Cup semi-finals for 7th timeAlso Read | World Cup 2019: What happens to Pakistan if England beat New Zealand?Also See:last_img read more

first_imgBy BEN HARRISThere is more to the 2013 X-Blades National Touch League than winning the title.Spots in state and national representative teams are also up for grabs.For Touch NSW general manager Dean Russell, the NTLs and its showpiece event, the Elite Eight Series, is a chance for NSW to reinforce their dominance over the rest of the states, in particular Queensland.At the State of Origin Series last September, the Maroons and Blues went head-to-head in a thrilling three-game series across 13 divisions.NSW won the overall series seven divisions to six but Queensland had the last laugh.The Maroons won two of the three opens divisions – the men’s and women’s – two games to one.It left a bad taste in the Blues’ camp, a taste that won’t go away until the two states meet again next year.“To be honest we were pleased to get the win but we weren’t happy with the way we performed as a state,” Russell said.“We have now reviewed that, we will be looking at putting together stronger teams again next year and this Elite Eight process is part of that.”Four teams in the Elite Eight Series are from NSW, while three are from Queensland and a combined side featuring players from outside of those states called the Alliance.NSW teams won the inaugural biennial series in both the men’s and women’s opens divisions in 2011.Russell is hoping history can repeat itself.“It is the best of the players in NSW who are available. Unfortunately not all of our players are available this year but we still have a great calibre of players here,” he said.“Both in the men’s and women’s categories we will be looking at both the Mets teams and the Country Mavericks teams. They are both pretty solid and have strong players, they have some excellent attacking and defensive options both ends of the field. “In the women’s, don’t be surprised if the NSW Scorpions cause a few upsets along the way, they have a really strong line-up of up and coming players and the Rebels teams are both development teams.”You can keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information from the 2013 X-Blades National Touch League in the following ways:Websiteswww.ntl.mytouchfooty.comwww.austouch.com.auSocial MediaFacebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus (be sure to use the hashtag #NTL2013)Instagram – search for ‘Touch Football Australia’YouTube – www.youtube.com/touchfootballausRelated LinksState versus statelast_img read more

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool goalscorer Van Dijk: I’ll take clean sheet over goalby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool defender Virgil van Dijk rates the clean sheet ahead of the goal he scored in victory at Wolves last night.om the Dutchman’s point of view, the three points and a shutout are the most important matters arising from another impressive result.“Not at all – I’m more happy that I’m keeping clean sheets with my team and winning games,” Van Dijk told Liverpoolfc.com, when asked if he was frustrated to have gone nearly 12 months without scoring for his club.“Obviously scoring a goal is a bonus and obviously a very proud moment and hopefully there’s more to come, but I’m more focused on winning games.“We are very happy and at the end I am happy with the win. In the first half we were a bit sloppy at times, but second half we did it well and we are very happy that we won.“It’s a very tough place to come with these circumstances and how they play. They have shown throughout the season they are very good and disciplined and they have a clear idea. We knew before and it’s how we reacted to it and in the second half we dominated and created good chances.” last_img read more

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p As mentioned on the podcast earlier, #UGA commit Carson Beck will be featured on the Netflix series QB1 – Beyond the Lights. More scoop from Jim Donnan on today’s show: https://t.co/TUTFhSiDar pic.twitter.com/X2KQzWTSDp— Radi Nabulsi (@RadiNabulsi) June 6, 2019Beck would be the third Georgia quarterback to be featured on the show, joining current quarterback Jake Fromm, who was featured in the show’s debut in 2017. Justin Fields, who has since transferred to Ohio State, was on the 2018 season.Last year with the Mandarin Mustangs, Beck threw for 3,546 yards and 39 touchdowns with only eight interceptions. He would go on to lead the team to its first-ever Florida state championship.As a potential successor to Fromm, Beck will certainly have plenty of eyeballs on him when the new season is finally revealed. A picture of footballs with Georgia's logo on them.JACKSONVILLE, FL – OCTOBER 28: A general view of georgia footballs taken before the game between the Georgia Bulldogs and the Florida Gators on October 28, 2006 at Alltel Stadium in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)Four-star quarterback Carson Beck isn’t expected to arrive on the Georgia campus until 2020, but any Georgia fan with a Netflix subscription will get a chance to see him play before he starts his freshman season.On a recent edition of The UGASports LIVE Podcast, it was revealed that Beck will be one of several quarterbacks featured on the Netflix series QB1: Beyond The Lights.The series depicts three top quarterback prospects going through their senior year of high school before heading to college. Per FanBuzz, the other two quarterbacks being featured are expected to be Oklahoma commit Spencer Rattler and Kentucky commit Nik Scalzo.247Sports rates Beck as the No. 91 overall prospect in the country. He is the No. 4 pro-style quarterback in the country, and the No. 11 prospect from the state of Florida.last_img read more

first_imgSan Francisco: Adding to the plethora of outages that apps from major tech giants have been suffering lately, Google’s Calendar refused to work for over nearly three hours for users around the world. Google Calendar users trying to access the service were met with a 404 error message through a browser from around 10 a.m. to 12.30 p.m., The Verge reported on Tuesday. Accepting the outage the G Suite team took to Twitter and posted: “Google Calendar is currently experiencing a service disruption.” Also Read – Spotify rolls out Siri support, new Apple TV app Replying to a user on its thread the G Suite team informed that the Calendar app on the mobile phones we operational amid the chaos. “Hi Rick, thanks. Indeed the Google Calendar app on the mobile is still operational an can be used. The support team will be posting updates about the Calendar issue on the Status Dashboard,” the team informed. The Calendar did start working later. While Google Calendar suffered the outage, other Google services such as Gmail and Google Maps appeared to be unaffected except for Hangouts Meet that has been experiencing some difficulties, the report said. The outage also came just over an hour after Google’s G Suite Twitter account sent out a tweet promoting Google Calendar’s ability to making scheduling simpler. Google Calendar broke down on Tuesday just days after a massive Google outage took YouTube, Gmail and Snapchat offline because of problems with the company’s overall Cloud service.last_img read more

11 March 2008More than 700 peacekeepers have been temporarily relocated to their home countries from Eritrea, the United Nations Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE) reported. More than 700 peacekeepers have been temporarily relocated to their home countries from Eritrea, the United Nations Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE) reported. A total of 397 Jordanian blue helmets and 305 Indian troops have returned to their respective countries, and the Mission notes that more flights out of Asmara are scheduled for next week to fly remaining UN personnel in Eritrea home. The decision to temporarily move UN personnel and equipment out of Eritrea was made last month after the country cut off fuel supplies to UNMEE, paralyzing the operation on that side of the disputed border with Ethiopia. In a report to the Security Council made public last week, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Eritrea’s restrictions on the mission’s activities breach the fundamental principles of peacekeeping and raise serious implications for the safety and security of blue helmets deployed around the world. Calling the country’s hindrance of the temporary relocation of peacekeepers “unacceptable,” Mr. Ban wrote that Eritrea has an obligation under an agreement signed in 2000 to treat the peacekeepers with respect and dignity, guarantee their safety and security, and ensure their right to move freely and perform their mandated tasks. But instead Eritrea had placed the mission in an “untenable situation” by repeatedly obstructing the blue helmets’ relocation efforts, the Secretary-General said. read more

26 April 2011The residents of eight villages in Darfur will be among the first in the arid Sudanese region to have easier access to water under an initiative backed by the joint United Nations-African Union peacekeeping force (UNAMID). The mission will distribute several thousand high-capacity water containers – each shaped like a barrel, and capable of carrying 75 litres or four standard jerry cans of water – to the villagers over the next two weeks.In Kuma Garadayat in North Darfur state, Ibrahim Gambari, the Joint Special Representative and head of UNAMID, helped hand out the containers to women who have returned to the village. Women and children are usually responsible for collecting water for their families in Darfur, a vast and remote region where rainfall is relatively low and droughts common.“The project is to make life easier and safer for women, and also to underscore the fact that water hasn’t only been a source of conflict; it is also the solution,” Mr. Gambari said. “It is our hope that their use will not only support former displaced persons but also help protect civilians as they return to resume their lives.”The containers are designed to relieve most of the physical burden of carrying water and to reduce the number of trips a resident will have to make to a water source.“One of the major sources of conflict in Darfur is water,” Mr. Gambari stressed to the residents of Kuma Garadayat, which lies about 60 kilometres from El Fasher, the capital of North Darfur and the site of the headquarters of UNAMID.“Among our main priorities is to assist communities who want to return to their homes [to] continue with their lives. And so I want to show you our commitment to seeking durable peace and access to water.”Aside from residents of the eight villages, the water containers have also been provided to members of a women’s cooperative in West Darfur state. Eventually the containers will be distributed to villagers across the region.Darfur is home to large numbers of internally displaced persons (IDPs) since conflict erupted between rebels, Government forces and allied militiamen in 2003. read more

Ralph Hasenhuettl’s maiden voyage in English soccer begins in the city where the Titanic set out on its doomed journey to New York more than a century ago.“I hope,” the Austrian coach said with a smile, “that I don’t hit the first iceberg that is waiting for me.”These are certainly rocky times for Southampton, which has just dropped into the relegation zone in the Premier League. In Hasenhuettl, the south-coast club might just have found the manager to lead it to calmer waters.He’ll likely provide some laughs along the way, too.Nicknamed “The Klopp of the Alps” because of his similarities to Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp, the 51-year-old Hasenhuettl was hired by Southampton on Wednesday as the replacement for the fired Mark Hughes. He comes to England with a strong reputation after success in German soccer with Ingolstadt and then Leipzig, which he led to second place in the Bundesliga.Like Klopp, Hasenhuettl wants his teams to have a high-energy, all-action approach. Like Klopp, there’s also a quirky side to him — as shown when he was presented as Southampton manager on Thursday.He said his first thought when Southampton made contact with him was that it was the place where the Titanic departed on its fateful voyage in 1912. The ocean liner sank in the North Atlantic in 1912 after hitting an iceberg, and more than 1,500 passengers and crew died.He said he was thrilled to be offered a job — his first since quitting Leipzig at the end of last season — because he had “had enough” of going on walks in the mountains in his native Austria for the past six months.“It doesn’t matter that I won’t see the mountains for another 2 1/2 years,” he said. “That’s OK.”Hasenhuettl also didn’t want to make any promises to Southampton fans.“If you want guarantees, you have to buy a washing machine,” he said. “Not in football.”What he did say, though, was that he was ready to shake up the Southampton squad and get them working much harder than they have been.“I want to bring them to their limits. I don’t know where their limits are,” Hasenhuttl said. “When everyone is pushing limits to a higher level, we can see how far it gets. And when someone says it’s too much running or too much work for me, he will fall very quick beside us.“My kind of football fits very good to this league. It’s a long way, an intensive way, a tough way, but let’s start from today.”The first Austrian to coach an English top-flight team also said he would bring some order to a team that is third to last in the league and has only won one game. That victory came more than three months ago.“The character and the mentality of the team is OK,” Hasenhuettl said. “What they need now is a match plan that fits to them. To find the perfect formation and tactical summary, then we can be less easily played.”___More AP English soccer: https://apnews.com/PremierLeague and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports___Steve Douglas is at www.twitter.com/sdouglas80Steve Douglas, The Associated Press read more

After playing its last three games on the road, the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team got off to a rough start back home as it fell, 9-4, to the No. 5 Loyola Greyhounds. The No. 12 Buckeyes failed to gain ground on the Eastern College Athletic Conference leaders, despite a strong start to the game. Senior attacker Logan Schuss scored 55 seconds in, bringing his consecutive point streak to 54 games and tying his career goals for second on the OSU all-time scoring list with 123. But after OSU sophomore midfielder David Planning tied the game, 3-3, with 3:03 left in the first half, the Greyhounds took over. They took a 6-3 lead into halftime and never looking back. After Loyola went on a 6-0 run, senior attacker Nick Liddil scored one final OSU goal with nine seconds left, but it wasn’t enough as the game ended, 9-4. Despite giving up nine goals, OSU’s junior goalkeeper Greg Dutton made a career-high 14 saves as the Greyhounds outshot the Buckeyes on the day, 41-23. Dutton said the Buckeyes struggled to follow through with their game plan. “I thought we had a good game plan. We just didn’t execute it as we wanted to. Sometimes it’s just not your day,” Dutton said. “Hopefully we’ll see these guys again and play better.” Senior midfielder Dominique Alexander attributed the loss to OSU’s 16 turnovers. “We know coming in we couldn’t turn the ball over,” Alexander said. “We also know coming in they were the defending national champions so they didn’t get that title for no reason. We knew we had to play better, and obviously we didn’t, so it’s kind of disappointing.” Coach Nick Myers said he thought OSU’s defense performed well on the day, but the offense still has room to grow. “Defensively, we played our scheme, and Greg did a great job for us in goal. Offensively, we have to (find) our identity,” Myers said. “We have to find the balance between generating quality shots and not being so reckless with the ball.” OSU (6-3, 1-2) sits at fifth place in the ECAC with four conference games remaining in the season. The Buckeyes sit one game behind fourth place. Only the top four teams earn conference championship berths. OSU is set to play Hobart Saturday at noon at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. read more

Minnesota Vikings announced that they will start Matt Cassel over Josh Freeman as quarterback against the Carolina Panthers on Sunday.Josh Freeman, who was recently waived by Tampa, signed a one-year deal worth $3 million with the Vikings last week.Coach Leslie Frazier said Friday that it was expected that Cassel would remain in the lineup after he helped the Vikings win their first game of the season in London against Pittsburgh.The Vikings signed ex-Tampa Bay quarterback Josh Freeman to possibly compete for the starting job if needed. The former first round draft pick, Freeman struggled with Tampa before being released. He completed a league-worst, 45.3 percent of his passes, and threw only two touchdowns and two interceptions while with the Buccaneers earlier in the season. read more

Members of the OSU women’s volleyball team during a game against Michigan on Nov. 14 at St. John Arena. OSU lost 3-0. Credit: Lantern file photoA third-set Buckeye effort wasn’t enough to stop the Indiana Hoosiers from swiping a win from the Ohio State women’s volleyball team on Saturday. Indiana took home the 3-1 victory on their home court, while No. 22 OSU fell to 15-11 overall on the season and 5-9 in the Big Ten. The loss tallies two in a row for the Buckeyes, dropping a match to Wisconsin prior to their faceoff with the Hoosiers. OSU has just six remaining matches in the regular season. The Buckeyes will see three of those teams for the first time this season. A week ago, junior outside hitter Luisa Schirmer said that allowing teams to go on three or four-point runs is ruinous for the Buckeyes. In the first set alone, the Hoosiers went on three three-point runs and created a hole for OSU. Near the conclusion of the first set, the Buckeyes pulled within two points but it was the deadly three-point deficit that came back to haunt them. The Hoosiers took the first set, 25-22. The second set was anchored offensively by sophomore outside hitter Audra Appold, who swung for 10 kills. Even with impressive statistics, the Buckeyes were doomed to play catch-up nearly the entire set. However, OSU rallied and tied the score at 23-23. Then, Indiana’s Deyshia Lofton secured a kill and an assisted block for the second Indiana set win. By the third set, the Buckeyes had had enough, and jumped out to an 8-0 lead, assisted by multiple attacking errors from the Hoosiers. It wasn’t long before sophomore setter Taylor Hughes set foot on the service line and led the team on another three-point run to make the score 14-4. The OSU kills kept rolling, as senior middle blocker Taylor Sandbothe racked up three in a row, and junior outside hitter Ashley Wenz led the set-winning attack. The Buckeyes headed into the fourth set trailing 2-1. Down for nearly the entire set, OSU gained its first lead at 14-13. The advantage changed hands briefly before the score was mirrored at 22 each. It was the Hoosiers’ Allison Hammond who slammed down two attacks in the final minutes to take the match, 25-23. Appold and Sandbothe combined for 37 kills during the match, while freshman Madison Smeathers assisted with five blocks. OSU will have a chance to redeem its loss to the Hoosiers at the final match of the regular season in front of a home crowd. Before then, the team will first face Rutgers at 7 p.m. on Friday at St. John Arena. read more

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Maths Key Stage 2 Primary school children are sitting their SATs this week. Many teachers and parents have complained last year and this year that the system is archaic and difficult.One headteacher this year drew praise because he asked children to eat haribo and play outside instead of preparing for the exams.While some think constant testing of children is pointless, others think they are a good way for children to learn important information and to assess the teaching of schools across the country.But can you pass the test?Take our SATs quizzes below.English  Key Stage 2last_img read more

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