Chile Whale Fossil Site Explained

first_img(Visited 115 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 At least 40 baleen whales and other species of marine mammals fossilized in a dry desert of Chile have been explained with a “toxic bloom” theory.  Does it explain all the findings?The discovery was a sensation when announced in 2011 (see 11/14/11): fossil whale skeletons inland from the coast of Chile, perfectly preserved in dense numbers.  “There’s never been a find of this size, or of this diversity, anywhere in the world,” one spokesman said on a video clip posted by the BBC. (although for density and size, it needs to compete with other well-known sites like the La Brea tar pits).    The Cerro Ballena (“whale hill”) website, sponsored by the Smithsonian, has a map showing the individual fossils and their locations, along with photographs, videos and other information.Now that scientists have documented some 40 specimens and carted them off to labs, they have a theory to explain how they got where they are, published in the Royal Society Proceedings B (open access).  About 6.5 to 9 million years ago, they believe, there was a series of toxic blooms of algae (probably dinoflagellates that cause the well-known “red tides” today).  Whales and other large marine mammals ingesting infected fish probably died and were washed ashore.  Moreover, since the whales were found at four levels, this probably happened multiple times over an estimated period of 16,000 years.  New Scientist, Science Magazine, Live Science and the BBC News have echoed this explanation.The theory needs to account for several unusual facts:The whales were mostly found in a belly up position, mostly in the same direction along a line parallel to the coast.Many of the whales were articulated and complete.Along with baleen whales, the fossil graveyard includes sharks, seals, dolphins (including “dolphins that evolved a walrus-like face”), and “bizarre aquatic sloths.”The fossils are encased in fine-grained sediment.  There is orange soil in places that might be remnant of toxic algae, but the researchers are not sure.Some of the bones seem to have marks made by crabs.  “Given the unique food resource provided by marine mammal carcasses, it is not surprising to find scavenging traces on individual balaenopterid bones that we attribute to crabs,” the authors say.Hundreds more fossils may exist in the graveyard.  The researchers only had two weeks to excavate before a stretch of the Pan-American Highway was built over the site.The site today is on the edge of one of the driest deserts in the world: the Atacama Desert.In order to explain why the carcasses would have been slowly buried by sand, the theory claims that there were no large land predators at the time.  Still, they would have needed to be washed up high enough to escape the ravaging effects of marine predators (worms, bacteria, etc.) and seabirds.  It would seem normal high tides would be incapable of getting the whale carcasses high enough above the surf; perhaps storm surges did it.  Unless sand buried them quickly during the surge, though, it’s not clear how they would have been buried by sand in time to become fossilized.  But then, how did crabs get to the bones?  Why would this mechanism occur four times in a few thousand years (1/200 the assumed 3.5 million years of the deposit), and not more?  None of the articles mentioned these or other problems with the theory.  Instead, they presented the theory as a triumph of science.  “This is an awesome snapshot of deep time,” a Stanford marine biologist said, even though he had just remarked that the findings “are revealing something that we didn’t know anything about.”While we can all be amazed and delighted over this discovery, we must deplore the uncritical treatment by the media.  They seem incapable of thinking logically or asking the tough questions that reporters ask of politicians.  They just regurgitate the explanation scientists give, never thinking to themselves, “That doesn’t make sense.”  They rarely go off and compare this site with other sites, like the Peru location that has 346 whale fossils buried in diatomaceous earth (2/02/04).  Reporters just stumble about from story to story, copying the thinking of the shamans, doing little more than rewriting some of the boilerplate text in their own words.The official explanation could be correct; nobody knows, because no humans were there.  Several aspects don’t add up, as mentioned above.  There doesn’t appear to be any reason to postulate four distinct episodes, just because they are found in layers.  A single storm surge or flood can deposit multiple layers.  If “hundreds” more whales exist in the deposit, it becomes less credible to imagine placid red tides killing that many large marine mammals and depositing them high above the highest tides, where they sat in the open air long enough for crabs to gnaw on their bones, but the bones never scattered till they were buried in sand.  This happened at least 4 times?Reporters toss around the “millions of years” like word salad.  But millions of years doesn’t help.  It makes the story less credible.  Are we to believe that all these fossils were deposited in 16,000 years, just one half of one percent of the assumed age of the deposit?  What happened the other 99.5% of the time?  Were there no red tides for millions of years?  No storm surges?  There should be over 200 times as many whale graveyards in those strata if that much time elapsed and this was a routine occurrence.Learn to ask questions the reporters never ask.  Think logically, rather than taking their words on faith.  Faith is supposed to be a no-no in science, isn’t it?  Scientists and reporters treat faith the way Finagle treats miracles: “Don’t believe in faith; rely on it.”last_img read more

Tea for the Heart!

first_imgVitamin B1 (Thiamine)1.279mg85.00% Total Fat0.65g1.00% CC Flickr by Autan What have you done? June 4, 2007by Robin Allen MSPH, RDN, LDNA few weeks ago while having lunch with the Nutrition and Wellness Team, I drank my first glass of iced hibiscus tea.  I was exclaiming how delicious when the team reminded me of the health benefits we learned about in the webinar Phytonutrients and Cardiovascular disease.Hibiscus or Hibiscus sabdariffa (HS) is a tropical plant that has been used for food and medical purposes in Asia, Africa and several regions of South America. The HS flower or calyces are used as a food ingredient in salads, beverages and jams and food color. The flower contains a high concentration of flavonoids and polyphenolic compounds such as anthocyanins. The active ingredients are extracted with cold or boiling water. The plant also contains minerals, such as calcium and iron, and vitamins, such as niacin, riboflavin, and vitamin C. Oil from the seeds has an anti-infection effect.A recent study by McKay, et.al. demonstrated that three servings of hibiscus tea per day were effective at reducing blood pressure in pre- and mildly hypertensive adults.  In a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial, 65 pre- and mildly hypertensive adults, age 30–70 y, not taking blood pressure (BP)-medications, were served either three servings, 240 mL servings per day of brewed hibiscus tea or placebo beverage for six weeks. The group receiving the hibiscus tea lowered systolic blood pressure (SBP).  Participants with a higher SBP at baseline showed a greater response to the hibiscus tea.Many studies have shown that the active compounds found in HS may help to prevent diseases such as cancer, inhibit inflammatory process, promote diuretic activity, modulate the formation of adipose cells, decrease serum cholesterol, control diabetes mellitus, lower blood pressure, reduce kidney problems, among others.Nutritional Benefits of Hibiscus Tea: Calories37N/A Vitamin C18.4mg31.00% Total Omega-318mgN/A Total Omega-618mgN/A Fiber0.3g1.00% Iron8.64mg48.00% NutrientAmountDaily Value Protein0.43g1.00% Total Carbohydrates7.41g2.00% Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin)0.099mg6.00% Vitamin A296IU6.00% You can purchase hibiscus tea ready to brew or make you own tea using the flower.  Dried hibiscus flowers are available in many grocery stores, or you can order them online.  Below are some recipes but there are many others available, and you may have your own.http://www.thekitchn.com/recipe-cold-brew-jamaica-hibiscus-iced-tea-recipes-from-the-kitchn-192433http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/michael-chiarello/hibiscus-tea-recipehttp://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchen/hibiscus-juice-recipehttp://www.thekitchn.com/recipe-cold-brew-jamaica-hibiscus-iced-tea-recipes-from-the-kitchn-192433Let’s drink some hibiscus tea for good health!What is your favorite recipe for hibiscus?  References:McKay, D. L., Chen, C-Y. O., Saltzman, E., Blumberg, J.B. Hibiscus Sabdariffa L. Tea (Tisane) Lowers Blood Pressure in Prehypertensive and Mildly Hypertensive Adults1–4 J. Nutr. 140: 298–303, 2010. file:///C:/Users/roballen/Documents/MFLN/phytonutrients/J.%20Nutr.-2010-McKay-298-303.pdfMojica, L., Rui, L., deMejia, E. G. Hibiscus sabdariffa L.: Phytochemical Composition and Nutraceutical Properties. ACS Symposium Series; American Chemical Society: Washington, DC, 2012. http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/bk-2012-1109.ch017http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/blog/food-trends-hibiscushttp://www.doctorshealthpress.com/food-and-nutrition-articles/hibiscus-tea-benefitsThis blog was posted by Robin Allen, a member of the Military Families Learning Network (MFLN) Nutrition and Wellness team that aims to support the development of professionals working with military families.  Find out more about the MFLN Nutrition and Wellness concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter, and LinkedIn.last_img read more

‘Make statement on deficit rainfall’

first_imgOdisha Assembly Speaker Surjya Narayan Patro on Friday directed Revenue and Disaster Management Minister Sudam Marndi to make a statement on the deficit rainfall situation in the State within two days.The Speaker gave the ruling after Leader of the Congress Legislature Party Narasingha Mishra and Congress MLA Santosh Singh Saluja expressed concern over the deficit rainfall in Bolangir district. Both the leaders are from different constituencies in Bolangir.Mr. Saluja said one farmer’s death by suicide due to crop loss in the Sadar block of the Bolangir district this week has already been reported. All the blocks of the district were facing drought-like situation, he added.Delayed actionMr. Mishra also blamed the State government for delaying action to tackle the situation thus arising. The State government had been falsely claiming that 33% of the cultivable land in Bolangir had assured irrigation, he said.Mr. Mishra also demanded financial assistance for the farmer who had died in Bolangir due to loss of his kharif crop.On Thursday, ruling Biju Janata Dal MLA Ananta Das from Bhograi had also claimed that a drought-like situation was prevailing in coastal Balasore district.At least 17 of the 30 districts in the State have recorded deficit rainfall so far, according to weather experts. As a result, agricultural operations have been badly hit in many parts of the State, including districts of Jagatsinghpur and Jajpur.last_img read more

Future Leaders Hosted by Jamaican High Commissioner

first_img The scholars, aptly described by High Commissioner Ramocan as “amazing future leaders of Jamaica”, comprised 14 Chevening, five Commonwealth and one Jamaica National Foundation scholarship awardees, who are studying various disciplines in the UK. Jamaica’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom (UK), His Excellency Seth Ramocan, on Thursday (July 6) hosted 23 Jamaican scholars at a luncheon in their honour at the High Commission in London.The scholars, aptly described by High Commissioner Ramocan as “amazing future leaders of Jamaica”, comprised 14 Chevening, five Commonwealth and one Jamaica National Foundation scholarship awardees, who are studying various disciplines in the UK.High Commissioner Ramocan lauded the students for their hard work, commitment and outstanding performances, which led to their selection for these important and competitive placements.He indicated that they were not only future leaders, but influencers of change and were very important in helping to build positive relations in the UK.“Jamaica is a leader is so many areas, but not enough acknowledgement is given to the fact that we have produced so many impressive scholars over the years,” he noted.During the luncheon, discussions were held on issues such as the Economic Growth Council (ECG), correspondent banking, as well as diaspora engagement with second-, third- and fourth-generation Jamaicans.The scholars expressed a desire to work more closely with youths within the UK diaspora to increase their knowledge and understanding of Jamaica.In addition, it was highlighted that there is a need to ensure that linkages are maintained by scholars on their return to Jamaica.The students, most of whom are studying at the master’s level, are completing their theses for submission in a few weeks, after which the majority of them will return to Jamaica. High Commissioner Ramocan lauded the students for their hard work, commitment and outstanding performances, which led to their selection for these important and competitive placements. Jamaica’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom (UK), His Excellency Seth Ramocan, on Thursday (July 6) hosted 23 Jamaican scholars at a luncheon in their honour at the High Commission in London. Story Highlightslast_img read more

FIRST WAVE OF GLOBALS SUMMER PREMIERE DATES ANNOUNCED

first_imgThis summer Global also brings its Royal fans Meghan and Harry Plus One, a one-hour special airing Friday, May 17 at 8 p.m. ET/PT. Hosted by CBS This Morning Co-Host Gayle King, Meghan and Harry Plus One looks at the changes in the life of American-born Meghan Markle since marrying Prince Harry, and the arrival of the couple’s royal heir who will be the first British-American child to be in line for the throne. Plus, the special will go behind the headlines and the rumors, and includes interviews with royal insiders and Meghan’s friends to learn how the couple has adapted to their new lives together and how they have navigated the positive and negative aspects that come with being royal.    Also new to Global’s schedule is action-adventure series Blood & Treasure, premiering with a special two-hour episode Tuesday, May 21 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. Moving to its regular time slot at 10 p.m. ET/PT beginning Tuesday, May 28, the serialized, globe-trotting drama stars Matt Barr (Sleepy Hollow) and Sofia Pernas (The Brave) as a brilliant antiquities expert and a cunning art thief, respectively, who team up to catch a ruthless terrorist who funds his attacks through stolen treasure. Mystery and suspense continue this summer on Global with new series The Inbetween airing Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT beginning May 29. The character-driven drama follows Cassie Bedford (Harriet Dyer, Love Child), who was born with a rare ability to see and communicate with the dead and now helps detectives solve murder cases.Rounding out the schedule are Global’s returning hits including the seventh and final season of the modern day Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson drama, Elementary, which begins its farewell season Thursday, May 23 at 10 p.m. ET/PT. Meanwhile Season 2 of Instinct starring Alan Cumming and Bojana Novakovic returns Sunday, June 16 at 9 p.m. ET/PT, and then summer’s favourite gameshow The Wall hits new heights with Season 3 in a special two hour premiere Thursday, June 20 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.  Viewers can watch Global’s lineup on GlobalTV.com and Global TV App by signing in with their TV service provider credentials or catch up the next day on GlobalTV.com and Global TV App (now available on Apple TV, Google Chromecast, and Amazon Fire TV).Series Production Credits:Mary Kills People is produced by eOne and Cameron Pictures Inc., in association with Corus Entertainment, and with the financial participation of the Canada Media Fund, the Ontario Film and Television Tax Credit, and the Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit. The series is executive produced by Tassie Cameron (Ten Days in The Valley, Rookie Blue), Amy Cameron (The Book of Negroes), Marsha Greene (Ten Days in the Valley, Private Eyes), Jocelyn Hamilton(Private Eyes), Tecca Crosby (Private Eyes), and Caroline Dhavernas (Hannibal).Private Eyes is produced by eOne in association with Corus Entertainment, with the participation of the Canada Media Fund, the Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit, the Ontario Film and Television Tax Credit and IPF’s Cogeco TV Production Program. Season 3 is executive produced by Jocelyn Hamilton and Tecca Crosby for eOne, Shawn Piller and Lloyd Segan for Piller/Segan, Jason Priestley, James Thorpe, Alan Mccullough, James Thorpe, Alexandra Zarowny, Derek Schreyer and Tassie Cameron. Meghan and Harry Plus One is produced by the team at 48 HOURS and is executive produced by Judy Tygard and Patti Aronofsky. Blood & Treasure is produced by CBS Television Studios in association with Propagate Content. Matthew Federman, Stephen Scaia, Taylor Elmore, Ben Silverman, Marc Webb, Mark Vlasic, Howard T. Owens and Michael Dinner serve as executive producers. Elementary is executive produced by Rob Doherty, Carl Beverly, Sarah Timberman, Jason Tracey, Robert Hewitt Wolfe and Robert Goodman for CBS Television Studios. Instinct is produced by CBS Television Studios, Michael Rauch, Marc Webb, Alex Kurtzman and Heather Kadin (Secret Hideout), James Patterson, Bill Robinson, Leopoldo Gout and Alan Cumming serve as executive producers. Meghan and Harry Plus One, Blood & Treasure, Elementary, and Instinct are all distributed internationally by CBS Studios International.The Inbetween is produced by Universal Television, NBCU International Television Studio and Heyday Television. Moira Kirland, David Heyman, Nancy Cotton, Matthew Gross executive produce. Charlotte Sieling executive produced and directed the pilot. While “The Wall” is a collaboration between Glassman Media and SpringHill.The Wall was developed by Glassman Media in conjunction with CORE Media and produced in association with Universal Television Alternative Studio. LeBron James, Chris Hardwick, Maverick Carter and Andrew Glassman executive produce.Source: Numeris PPM Data, SM18(May 27 – Aug 26/18) vs. SM17(May 28 – Aug27/17), confirmed data, 3+ airings, National CDN CONV ENG Stations, Total Canada, Ind. 2+/A2554 AMA(000)SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS: Twitter: @GlobalTV Facebook: Facebook.com/GlobalTV/Instagram: Instagram.com/globaltv/Global Television is a Corus Entertainment Network.About Corus Entertainment Inc. Corus Entertainment Inc. (TSX: CJR.B) is a leading media and content company that develops and delivers high quality brands and content across platforms for audiences around the world. The company’s portfolio of multimedia offerings encompass 37 specialty television services, 39 radio stations, 15 conventional television stations, a suite of digital assets, animation software, technology and media services. Corus is also an established creator of globally distributed content through Nelvana animation studio, Corus Studios, and children’s book publishing house Kids Can Press. The company also owns innovative full-service social digital agency so.da, and lifestyle entertainment company Kin Canada. Corus’ roster of premium brands includes Global Television, W Network, HGTV Canada, Food Network Canada, HISTORY®, Showcase, National Geographic, Disney Channel Canada, YTV and Nickelodeon Canada, Global News, Globalnews.ca, Q107, Country 105, and CFOX. Visit Corus at www.corusent.com. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Facebook Advertisement Advertisement TORONTO, April 15, 2019 – Global announced today the first wave of premiere dates for its 2019 summer schedule. Featuring a fresh lineup combining standout original series, a newly acquired Royal special, two new dramas, and returning fan favourites, Global’s schedule is packed with thrilling mystery, provocative storytelling, and comedic relief.Headlining the new summer lineup are two of Global’s highly anticipated returning original series. Following two successful seasons which received great critic acclaim across North America, the third and final chapter of 2019 Canadian Screen Award-winning drama Mary Kills People kicks off the summer schedule beginning Sunday, May 12 at 8 p.m. ET/PT. From Entertainment One (eOne) and Cameron Pictures, Season 3 picks up five months after last season’s shocking finale that left the fate of Detective Ben Wesley (Jay Ryan) up in the air. Dr. Mary Harris (Caroline Dhavernas), along with her partner Desmond “Des” Bennett (Richard Short), return to face the complications of running their newly established “death retreat”. In anticipation of the final chapter, viewers can watch the first and second season of Mary Kills People on GlobalTV.com or Global GO (available for Apple TV, Google Chromecast, and Amazon Fire TV).Then, Shade and Angie are back on the case as last summer’s #1 Canadian scripted series Private Eyes, which grew its audience year-over-year (19% for A25-54 and 25% for 2+) returns with 12 new episodes beginning Wednesday, May 29 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. Following the shocking arrest of wisecracking PI Angie Everett (Cindy Sampson), Season 3 begins with her behind bars where she meets an intimidating inmate played by guest star, Canadian icon Jann Arden. The new season also welcomes notable guest stars including Big Brother Canada host Arisa Cox, award-winning actor Gordon Pinsent, and William Shatner, who reprises his role as rival PI Norm Glinski. Returning for Season 3 are familiar faces including Samantha Wan as Zoe, Ennis Esmer as Detective Mazhari, Jordyn Negri as Jules, Barry Flatman as Don, and joining the cast Ruth Goodwin as Officer Danica Powers. Advertisement Login/Register With:last_img read more

Startups Accredited investors may receive exemption from angel tax

first_imgNew Delhi: Funds received by startups from accredited investors may be exempted from angel tax subject to complying with certain net worth criteria, an official said. This provision is considered by the government as part of an exercise to define ‘accredited investors’ with a view to increase investment flow in startups. The Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) is working on the definition, which would be submitted to the finance ministry for approval. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: Icra”Accredited or genuine investors can invest any amount but we will make some criteria for that. It should be liberal enough so that all such people can come under its purview. But it should not be over liberal and extra-stringent,” the official said. “How much a genuine investor is investing per year would depend on his/her net worth. For example, if you invest Rs 2 crore, then the net worth should be 10 times of that. There should be a linkage between investments and investors’ net worth and certain income should be there,” the official added. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 daysThese accredited investors, which can include trusts, individuals, family member of a startup and unlisted companies, may get exemption from angel tax under Section 56(2)(viib) of Income Tax Act, 1961, beyond the Rs 25 crore limit. Currently, the government allows startups to avail full angel tax concession on investments up to Rs 25 crore. Section 56(2) of the I-T Act provides that the amount raised by a startup in excess of its fair market value would be deemed as income from other sources and would be taxed at 30 per cent. Touted as an anti-abuse measure, this section was introduced in 2012. It is dubbed as angel tax due to its impact on investments made by angel investors in startup ventures. An angel investor is the one who puts funds in a startup when it is taking steps to establish itself in the competitive market. Normally, about 300-400 startups get angel funding in a year. Their investment in a unit ranges between Rs 15 lakh to Rs 4 crore. The department is also suggesting to exempt funds of alternate investment funds (AIFs) category 1 and 2 in startups to be completely exempted from this section. Currently, only certain areas of AIF category 1 are exempted. DPIIT has proposed various measures such as tax incentives to promote budding entrepreneurs as part of the ‘Startup India Vision 2024’. The vision document aims at facilitating setting up of 50,000 new startups in the country by 2024 and creating 20 lakh direct and indirect employment opportunities. In the document, it has suggested setting up of 500 new incubators and accelerators by 2024; 100 innovation zones in urban local bodies; deployment of entire corpus of Rs 10,000 crore Fund of Funds; and expanding CSR funding to incubators. Startup India is a flagship initiative of the government launched in January 2016. The programme intends to build a strong ecosystem for the growth of startup businesses, to drive sustainable economic growth and generate employment opportunities. So far, as many as 17,984 startups have been recognised by the department.last_img read more

Spain reinforces military presence in islands claimed by Morocco

first_imgRabat- Spain had been reported to reinforce its military presence in the occupied Chafarinas Islands off the Northern coasts of Morocco, according to Akhbar Al Youm daily in its issue of Tuesday, November 12th.Construction materials and supplies had been transported to the islands few weeks ago in what believed to be an attempt by the Spanish authorities to launch a big project on the archipelago located east of the city of Nador.Reports quoted by the daily suggest that Spain is using the mentioned supplies to build control bridges and other military facilities throughout the islands claimed by Morocco. The reports said that the Spanish military forces have been using zodiac boats to transport the supplies from the occupied city of Melilla to the islands in what seems to be preparations for construction work that will take place soon.The same source went on to add that the purpose behind transporting supplies and construction materials to the islands is to build a bay area meant to facilitate the process of emptying and shipping cargos. The building operations are said to be overseen by the 8th brigade of military engineering, a subordinate of the Spanish military directory in Melilla.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

The Cubs Beat The FrontRunning Indians At Their Own Game

YEARTEAMTOTALLEDTIEDTRAILEDLEDLED OR TIED Top front-running playoff teams through World Series Game 1 32005White Sox8153141465.482.7 62014Royals8940331644.982.0 21998Yankees9361181465.684.9 52015Mets9557211760.082.1 The key to front-running is a versatile, opportunistic offense (check), good starting pitching (check) and — most importantly — a lights-out bullpen (um, check). Cleveland is custom-built for winning that way, and they’ve shown just how effective it can be in the small-sample gantlet of the playoffs. You can bet other teams will think about how to copy that style going into next season and beyond.But on Wednesday night, the Cubs beat the Indians at their own game. It was Chicago who struck first, claiming a 1-0 lead within the game’s first 15 pitches; it was Chicago who nickeled and dimed an extra run in the third and tacked on insurance in the fifth; and it was Chicago who kept their lead secure with dominant pitching, including six strikeouts from Mike Montgomery and Aroldis Chapman in three and one-third relief innings. Against the Cubs in Game 2, the Indians trailed in more innings (nine) than they had in the entire playoffs combined heading into the game. It was a win right out of Cleveland’s playbook.As the series shifts to Chicago on Friday, it should be interesting to see how Cleveland responds. Aside from overcoming a brief 1-0 deficit in the first inning of Game 1 of the ALDS, we haven’t really seen the Indians mount any comebacks this postseason. Of course, the Cubs hadn’t been an especially strong front-running club themselves before Game 2 — until Wednesday, they’d led through less than half of their postseason innings — instead showcasing a variety of other ways to win. But given Chicago’s great starting rotation and the apparently rust-proof hitting of Kyle Schwarber, Cleveland might need to prove they can win from behind, too. NUMBER OF INNINGS% OF INNINGS 92007Red Sox10160212059.480.2 72012Orioles6118321129.582.0 81995Braves8535341641.281.2 Includes all postseason games since 1995, when the wild card was introduced, but excludes teams who only played in the wild card gameSources: Baseball-Reference.com, Retrosheet During their 5-1 victory over the Cleveland Indians in Game 2 of the World Series on Wednesday, the Chicago Cubs did something no team has consistently been able to do this postseason: get ahead of the Indians and stay there.Cleveland was 8-1 in the postseason heading into Wednesday’s game, so you wouldn’t expect them to have spent much time trailing. But they were notable front-runners even by the standards of a team with such a great record. Before Game 2 of the World Series, the Indians and their opponents had completed 81 innings during this postseason. Of those 81, Cleveland led through 57 of them — 70 percent — and was either leading or tied through 73, a staggering 90 percent rate of success (or at least, nonfailure) in the scoreboard battle. In games they won, they trailed in just one inning.1Seven of the eight innings they trailed came in one game — Game 4 of the ALCS against the Toronto Blue Jays.Going back to the advent of the wild card in 1995, both of those figures were the highest any team had ever carried through Game 1 of the World Series, and it wasn’t especially close. Even the 1998 Yankees — who won 114 regular-season games and then turned the playoffs into their own personal victory lap — only led or were tied through 85 percent of their innings through Game 1 of the World Series. And the oft-forgotten 2005 White Sox, who basically perfected this formula, checked in at 83 percent. These Indians have been the most front-running team in modern postseason history. 12016Indians815716870.4%90.1% 102014Giants10952352247.779.8 42007Rockies7445161360.882.4 read more

Are The Warriors Ruining Basketball

FiveThirtyEight VIDEO: How the Cavs can push back in Game 3 Embed Code More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed Welcome to the latest episode of Hot Takedown, FiveThirtyEight’s sports podcast. On this week’s show (Jun. 6, 2017), we discuss the Nashville Predators’ win against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final. That series is now tied 2-2. Next, the Golden State Warriors are running roughshod over the Cleveland Cavaliers, which has some complaining that the NBA’s competitive balance is out of whack. We dig into league commissioner Adam Silver’s latest remarks on the matter and discuss whether the rise of the Warriors is a good thing or a bad thing for the NBA. Plus, a significant digit on an untethered ascent of El Capitan.Check out the following links to the topics we discussed.Pekka Rinne had a great Game 4 to help the Predators even things up.FiveThirtyEight’s NBA predictions say that the likelihood of the Warriors winning the series is 97 percent.In an interview with ESPN’s Mike and Mike, NBA commissioner Adam Silver fought back against claims that the Warriors have disrupted the league’s competitive balance.FiveThirtyEight’s Chris Herring and Kyle Wagner teamed up to break down Steph Curry’s return to form in this year’s NBA finals.Deadspin’s Albert Burneko writes that despite last year’s Cavaliers’ comeback, a Warriors victory feels inevitable this year.Is the superteam era ruining the NBA? Sports Illustrated’s Lee Jenkins investigates.Significant Digit: 3,300, the number of feet that Alex Honnold climbed on his route up El Capitan, the famous climbing wall inside Yosemite National Park. He did it all without a rope. Honnold has become the first free solo climber to scale the route. read more

OSU field hockey seniors honored as Buckeyes drop 2011 home finale

The No. 18 Ohio State field hockey team (8-6, 2-1) fell, 3-0, to the No. 17 Iowa Hawkeyes (9-3, 2-2) Saturday afternoon in their home finale. The Buckeyes honored their senior captains, Jenn Sciulli and Ally Tunitis before the matchup against the Hawkeyes. Although the Buckeyes were not victorious, the players and fans in attendance were able to celebrate the senior day with their captains who have combined for 53 wins and 116 starts since joining the program in 2008. “It is a great honor to be playing at such a great school athletically,” said senior goalkeeper and Macungie, Pa. native, Tunitis. “Just being able to represent Ohio State is important to me.” After the loss Saturday, Tunitis fell to 8-6 on the season, recording one save. The Buckeyes also recognized senior back Sciulli, a native of Palmyra, Pa., who leads the conference in defensive stops and tied her 2010 season high in the first half of Saturday’s game. She is now tied for second on the OSU all-time list with 22 career stops. “It was a great honor to be recognized before the game [Saturday] after spending four years here,” Sciulli said. “Unfortunately we did not get the result we were looking for today.” After the Buckeyes began the game pressuring in the first half, the Hawkeyes capitalized on their first scoring opportunity and netted their first goal at the 24-minute mark. As the Buckeyes headed into halftime trailing by just one goal and their hopes still high, they eventually fell short as the Hawkeyes scored two more to close the game out with a 3-0 win. The loss Saturday ended the Buckeyes six-game winning streak and brought them back to the middle of the pack in the Big Ten standings sitting at 2-1. The team will have to play a full game if they want success to find them down the stretch said coach Anne Wilkinson. They now have four games left on their regular season schedule. “We need to be able to play a full 70 minutes,” Wilkinson said. “You can’t check out for even a minute against a ranked team and we need to continue to bring the energy out.” Despite the recent loss, Tunitis recognized some positives the Buckeyes can take into their next match against Michigan State at the end of this week. “We know what we need to work on now,” Tunitis said. “Today really just highlighted what needs to be done in practice this week.” The Scarlet and Gray will finish their regular season with four road games, the first being Friday as they take on Michigan State at 3 p.m. in East Lansing, Mich. read more