Leicester keeper Schmeichel says being late bloomer is career motivationby Paul Vegas5 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeicester City goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel says being a late bloomer has helped his career motivation.The Dane made his international debut at 26, though is now regarded among the best keepers in the world. He reached a personal national team landmark last week against Switzerland. Schmeichel made super four saves in the 1-0 European Championships qualifying win.And the Foxes favourite admits his late career recognition is now working in his favour. At 32 years of age, Schmeichel insists he’s as ambitious and motivated as ever.Now boasting 50 caps, he was quoted by Bold as saying, “It was a big motivating factor that I was not involved in the national team earlier in my career, but I am grateful to be part of it now and it makes me proud to play 50 games for my country – now I just hope for 50 more.”If I don’t last five years, then I will be disappointed.”Indeed, while not taking anything for granted, Schmeichel is adamant that thoughts of retirement are far into the future. The goalkeeper, who is in his eighth year with Leicester, is determined to make the most of a period in his career where he is now reaching his peak. After spells with the likes of Darlington and Bury, Schmeichel is grateful for his current status in the game.He added: “You can’t plan in football. Anything can happen. You can get hurt tomorrow and not have the opportunity to come back, so you have to be grateful every time you are teamed up with the national team.”Every match I get in the Parken in front of such an audience, I am incredibly grateful for, because it happens so rarely. We must be proud of all the matches we can fight for the national team.”- updated 21/10 About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
OSU then-freshman defensive end Nick Bosa (97) and other dejected Buckeyes return to the locker room after their 24-21 loss against Penn State on Oct. 22. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Former Photo EditorBoth No. 6 Ohio State (6-1, 4-0 Big Ten) and No. 2 Penn State (7-0, 4-0 Big Ten) will head to Ohio Stadium at 3:30 p.m. Saturday for their biggest respective challenges to date. With major playoff implications on the line, this matchup will be what defines the remainder of the season for both teams. Here is a preview of the upcoming game. Ohio State offense vs. Penn State defenseWhen most people think about Penn State, they immediately direct their attention to the offense led by Heisman hopeful running back Saquon Barkley and quarterback Trace McSorley. However, a major component of Penn State’s recent success has come in the form of its defense. To this point, the defensive efforts have largely been the product of one of the best secondaries in the nation. Led by two Thorpe Award semifinalists, safety Marcus Allen and cornerback Grant Haley, the Nittany Lions’ secondary is tied for the Big Ten lead with nine interceptions on the year while placing second in the conference with only 167.6 passing yards allowed per game. The defense has allowed only three passing touchdowns all season, none in the past two games. The Buckeyes might not find it much easier to run the ball against Penn State either as the Nittany Lions have allowed opponents an average of just 115.3 yards per game, 17th-fewest in the nation. With a stout defensive front led by defensive ends Shareef Miller and Shaka Toney, Penn State is fourth in the nation with an average of 8.4 tackles for loss and 3.4 sacks per game. Miller has contributed seven tackles for loss and three sacks while Toney has six tackles for loss and 3 1/2 sacks. Perhaps no one on the defensive side of the football stands out more than linebacker Jason Cabinda. The 6-foot-1, 234-pound senior paces the team in total tackles (53), has forced and recovered a fumble and has recorded four sacks and two tackles for loss.Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer spoke about how much of a challenge the defensive front presents Ohio State and did not originally single out any one player in particular, but he made sure to praise the standout linebacker of the Nittany Lions.“The one guy that steps up big time is [Cabinda],” Meyer said on the Big Ten coaches teleconference Tuesday. “You see him all over the place. But to say one D-lineman is better than the other, I can’t do that. I just think they’re well coached and go extremely hard.”This will be the most potent offense Penn State faces this season, but at the same time, this will be the most talented defense the Buckeyes have faced to this point. Ohio State is ranked No. 12 in passing offense (326.7 yards per game) and No. 18 in rushing offense (250.6 yards per game), and has seemed to be hitting its stride as of late, outscoring opponents 266-56 over its last five games. The Buckeyes’ passing attack is unlike those that Nittany Lions have faced this season. It is an offense that derives most of its success from shorter passes and relying on blocking rather than beating the defenders downfield. Still, neither the Penn State defense nor the Ohio State offense have been sufficiently tested this season, with the exception of Week 2 when the Buckeyes mustered only 16 points against Oklahoma. Ohio State defense vs. Penn State offensePenn State’s offense features so many potent weapons, it’s often tough to keep track of them all. Head coach James Franklin’s team has the nation’s best running back in Barkley, a mammoth tight end in Mike Gesicki, who creates all sorts of matchup issues, and a dual-threat quarterback in McSorley, who can make plays with his arm and his legs.Barkley has been a weapon for Penn State in all areas of the game. The junior running back has a passing touchdown, eight rushing touchdowns, three receiving touchdowns and returned a kickoff for a touchdown. He leads the nation in all-purpose yards with 1,478, as he is Penn State’s leading rusher, receiver and primary kickoff returner. Junior linebacker Jerome Baker, who could be asked to defend Barkley one-on-one in the passing game, said Barkley is a fun player to watch, and he is excited for the challenge of possibly stopping stop the Heisman favorite Saturday.“The dude’s a monster. He’s a good back. I just like watching him, honestly,” Baker said Tuesday. “Very excited to go against him because he can do it all. Pass block, run routes, he can definitely run the ball, jump over you, run through you. I’m excited.”Despite the big-name playmakers on the roster, Penn State’s offensive statistics don’t jump out on the page. The Nittany Lions average only 173.4 rushing yards per game (54th in the nation) and 289.9 passing yards per game (25th), both falling short of the numbers Ohio State has this season despite Penn State being heralded as one of the best offenses in the nation and Ohio State as one that has struggled. Overall, Ohio State is tied for the most points scored per game (47.3) while Penn State is only at 16th with 40. While some of that will likely be chalked up to strength of schedule, Ohio State has been ranked as the 15th-toughest schedule to date while Penn State is only at 18th, according to Team Rankings.The struggles for the offense have most likely come from the one surprising weak spot for the Nittany Lions: the offensive line. Entering the year with lofty expectations as a strong, veteran core of players, the group has not done an effective job protecting McSorley. The unit has allowed the 35th-most sacks per game in the nation (2.57) and has surrendered the sixth-most tackles for loss (8.14).This offensive line will be forced to step up in a big way against a defensive line that has turned offensive linemen into revolving doors all season long. Ohio State averages the 32nd-most sacks per game (2.57) and fifth-most tackles for loss (8.3). What should be an area of concern for Penn State is the fact the Buckeyes’ defensive line is fresh, coming off a bye week following five weeks where each starter was out before the fourth quarter. Not to mention enough depth to allow for essentially four starters at every position.Redshirt senior defensive end Tyquan Lewis said at this point in the season, he feels well-rested and ready for what will be his team’s most important game this season.“I think the most plays I’ve played all year, so far, well since Oklahoma, it’s probably like 30, 33, something like that,” Lewis said Tuesday. “It’s been kind of low since then. But it’s just you feel fresh, it’s a lot of reps off your body. Now it’s the meat of the season with a stretch, so now you know you have to play at least 50 plays.”Penn State’s offense will put up plenty of points, but the play up front could be what separates the Nittany Lions from a win and a loss. The team has plenty of playmakers who can burn the Buckeyes with the ball in their hands, but that will only happen if the line can protect McSorley and provide space for Barkley to break into the secondary. Ohio State’s secondary can be exploited and has been throughout the year when matched up against an above-average passing offense. But if McSorley is pressured in the pocket, it could be more challenging for him to get off the passes needed to beat Ohio State. In this case, the best passing defense might not come from Ohio State’s secondary, but rather on the defensive line. Predictions:Edward Sutelan: Penn State wins 27-24Colin Hass-Hill: Ohio State wins 45-31
(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) 159 Comments Share The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo In the NFL, head coaches are the new quarterbacks. There aren’t enough good ones to go around. The demand exceeds the supply.Welcome to the Cardinals’ new reality.For the second consecutive offseason, our NFL franchise is in the market for a new leader. The team has learned painful lessons and made painful admissions. They haven’t had a winning record since 2015, and Michael Bidwill didn’t mince words when explaining his decision on Monday. Seriously: Why would Arians consider the Browns and Buccaneers and not the city that made him famous?Here’s what the Cardinals can’t do: They can’t hire a rookie head coach. The job is too big, with too much bandwidth. Former NFL star Kurt Warner said the art of coaching is the rare voice who can hold the hearts and attention span of a 53-man locker room on a daily basis, pushing through the triumphs and the dumpster fires.Yeah. So no more rookie head coaches. Please.In some ways, this is Bidwill’s first real test of adversity. He engineered a successful campaign for a new stadium. He resurrected one of the worst franchises in sports history. He brought back Kurt Warner and kept Larry Fitzgerald in tow. He’s ascended inside the NFL oligarchy, to corners of power his father could never reach.But can he attract a big-name head coach? Will he pay for one? Just how far has he ascended among NFL ownership?His faith in General Manager Steve Keim must be warranted and not a sign of personal weakness. He must hire the right mentor for Rosen, providing the stability a young quarterback sorely needs. And this time, when the music is over, he can’t be the last owner standing, waiting for a head coach to drop. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Reach Bickley at email@example.com. Listen to Bickley & Marotta weekdays from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on 98.7 FM, Arizona’s Sports Station. Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact He said he made a mistake in hiring Wilks, the only head coach in Arizona history to make the Cardinals No. 1 in the NFL draft. While others delivered self-indulgent tributes to Wilks’ personal character, Bidwill opened a window into the incompetence we’ve witnessed for the past few months.Bidwill also said Wilks’ plan for 2019 was nothing he could endorse or support. In other words, he asked Wilks for a reason not to fire him, and Wilks failed at that, too. How bad is a 3-13 head coach when he can’t even articulate a way out of the darkness?Related LinksA list of potential Arizona Cardinals coaching candidatesCardinals ‘went backwards’ under Steve Wilks, Bidwill saysSeahawks’ Carroll: Cardinals’ Steve Wilks was dealt ‘challenging’ taskCardinals’ Bidwill puts faith in GM Keim before head coaching searchCardinals players laud fired coach Steve Wilks’ leadershipBy the numbers: Steve Wilks’ lone season as Cardinals head coachThat suggests Wilks wanted out of here as badly as we wanted him gone, starting with the day he lost Patrick Peterson.Rarely will you find an owner willing to publicly shoulder such colossal failure in judgment. Even if Bidwill is just pacifying his star cornerback, thereby recruiting Larry Fitzgerald for one more season.Smart play. I’ll take those two over Wilks any day. Wouldn’t you?More to the point:Longtime fans have been through purgatory with this football franchise. The younger Bidwill has lifted a moribund family business, atoning for the competitive sins of his father. I believe he is sincere in who he wants to be, namely our next Jerry Colangelo. And I think he’s humiliated and humbled by his error in judgment, however it occurred. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Unlike Suns owner Robert Sarver, I’m betting Bidwill will not make the same mistakes over and over again, hiring inexperienced talent for the alluring purpose of cost, control and convenience.Here’s what Bidwill needs to know going forward:There are eight head coaching vacancies in the NFL. Adam Gase is in high demand, fitting the prototype and representing the fast lane of professional football. He’s young, energetic, young, offensive-minded and quarterback-centric. He’d be a perfect fit for Josh Rosen.Problem is, 25 percent of the NFL is looking for new head coaches and the Cardinals are a middle-of-the-pack job at the moment. To get Gase, they must move fast and act fiscally irresponsible.They must dramatically overpay, the smartest play for a franchise falling woefully behind in the NFC West.Build from the top down. With one voice and one leader.Or they can build the best car from the best available spare parts. Todd Bowles as defensive coordinator; Dirk Koetter or Freddie Kitchens as offensive coordinator; Jim Caldwell or some other respected figurehead pulling strings from atop.They can even appeal to Bruce Arians’ sense of loyalty. Let him put the band back together, with drinks on the house. With a wink and a nod from the organization that any dissatisfaction with Arians in 2017 was misguided and ungrateful.
© 2014 Phys.org This diagram shows a protein nanopore set in an electrically resistant membrane bilayer. An ionic current is passed through the nanopore by setting a voltage across this membrane. Credit: Oxford Nanopore Technologies Citation: Oxford Nanopore unveils portable genome sequencer – MinION (2014, February 17) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-02-oxford-nanopore-unveils-portable-genome.html More information: www.nanoporetech.com Oxford Nanopore announces groundbreaking GridION and MinION gene sequencers (Phys.org) —U.K. based Oxford Nanopore Technologies has made good on a promise made two years ago to produce an inexpensive genome sequencer that is based on nanopore technology. David Jaffe, with the Broad Institute reported to an audience at the Advances in Genome Biology and Technology meeting in Florida last week that he has been asked by Oxford Nanopore to try out the new the device, called the MinION, and has found it to be promising. Explore further Oxford Nanopore Technologies created a stir in the biological sciences world in 2012 when representatives for the company announced that its research team had successfully created a sequencing device based on nanopore technology and that an inexpensive prototype would be delivered to researchers outside the company soon thereafter. The company apparently ran into difficulty ramping up its pore technology and had to find some alternative materials—thus the two year delay.Nanopore sequencing is where single strands of DNA are pulled through a pore—as each base pair passes through the pore its conductivity is measured—information that can be used for identification by a computer. The advantage of this approach is that at least in principle, any strand length can be sequenced.The MinION isn’t for sale yet—at this time the company is making prototypes available to a select few notables in the genome sequencing field—each will have to pony up $1000 as a down-payment for the honor. The device plugs into a port on a computer, which does the processing. Along with the device, which has been compared to the size of a pack of gum, Oxford Nanopore Technologies will send along DNA samples that researchers can use to learn how to use the new device—after that, they can sequence anything they want. In testing strands of two types of bacterial DNA sent to him, Jaffe reports having mixed results —long stretches of data were obtained correctly in some cases, but in others there were some errors. In order to assemble the entire genome of a type of bacteria, for example, he had to also use a sequencing device made by another company. He noted that he is optimistic about the device, however, as reps from Oxford Nanopore have assured him that error rates can be reduced using certain techniques even as improvements to the device are being worked out back at the lab.If the error rates using the MinION can be reduced to a practical level, the device could mark a turning point in gemone sequencing as it would be a device that could be carried and used for fieldwork. And though the cost of such a device has not been announced, Oxford Nanopore has repeatedly used terms such as inexpensive and affordable to describe it, indicating it will cost much less than other sequencing devices currently on the marker, once it’s ready for sale. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.