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Amber deposits yield oldest evidence of frogs in wet, tropical forests

first_imgScientists have found the oldest frog fossils known to have been preserved in amber, from deposits in northern Myanmar.These fossils, together with other fossils of mosses and bamboo-like plants recovered from the same amber deposits, provide the first definitive evidence that the amber-trapped frogs lived in wet, tropical forests alongside dinosaurs some 99 million years ago, researchers say.One of the four frogs, which was trapped in sap alongside an unidentified beetle, has a nearly intact skeleton, and has been described as a new, extinct species, Electrorana limoae. Tropical rainforests are home to the vast majority of the world’s frog species today. Yet frog fossils from these moist environments have been incredibly rare, largely because the small animals have tiny bones, which make preservation difficult, and the wet conditions usually lead to their quick decomposition. This lack of frog fossil records has made it hard for researchers to build a picture of the earlier ecosystems the amphibians may have occupied.But now, within amber deposits in northern Myanmar, scientists have found four tiny frogs that they estimate became trapped within sticky tree resin some 99 million years ago. These are the oldest frog fossils known to have been preserved in amber, according to the team led by Lida Xing, an associate professor at the China University of Geosciences.These fossils, together with other fossils of mosses, bamboo-like plants, aquatic spiders, velvet worms and a dinosaur tail, recovered from these Myanmar deposits, provide the first definitive evidence that the amber-trapped frogs were living in wet, tropical forests alongside dinosaurs some 99 million years ago. The Cretaceous ecosystem they occupied resembles the moist, tropical rainforests of today, the researchers report in a study published in Scientific Reports.Amber fossils dating back 99 million years provide the earliest direct evidence of frogs living in wet, tropical forests. Image by Lida Xing/China University of Geosciences.One of the four frogs, which was trapped in sap alongside an unidentified beetle, has a nearly intact skeleton: its skull, forelimbs, part of its backbone, and a partial hind limb are clearly visible in the amber. By using CT scans, the team created a 3D visualization of the frog, based on which they described it as a new, extinct species. They named it Electrorana limoae, its genus name derived from the Latin words electrum, meaning amber, and rana, meaning frog, while they named the species in honor of Mo Li, the woman who purchased the specimens and provided them for the study, the authors write.“It’s almost unheard of to get a fossil frog from this time period that is small, has preservation of small bones and is mostly three-dimensional. This is pretty special,” co-author David Blackburn, the associate curator of herpetology at the Florida Museum of Natural History, U.S., said in a statement. “But what’s most exciting about this animal is its context. These frogs were part of a tropical ecosystem that, in some ways, might not have been that different to what we find today – minus the dinosaurs.”The best-preserved fossil of the group includes a nearly intact frog with an unidentified beetle. Image by Lida Xing/China University of Geosciences.Citation:Xing, L., Stanley, E. L., Bai, M., & Blackburn, D. C. (2018). The earliest direct evidence of frogs in wet tropical forests from Cretaceous Burmese amber. Scientific Reports, 8(1), 8770. Article published by Shreya Dasgupta Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsoredcenter_img Amphibians, Animals, Biodiversity, Conservation, Environment, Forests, Happy-upbeat Environmental, Rainforests, Research, Tropical Forests, Wildlife last_img read more

FAMOUS DONEGAL HOTEL SOLD FOR RESERVE PRICE OF €650,000 – TO ITS MANAGER!

first_imgBy Darren Boyle in Dublin: The famous Sandhouse Hotel in Rossnowlagh has been sold for the reserve price of €650,000 today as a distressed property.The hotel, in which former British Prime Minister Tony Blair spent many summer holidays, was sold to current manager Paul Diver when it went under the auctioneer’s hammer at the Shelbourne Hotel.The bidding, which opened at €600,000, lasted just a few seconds before Mr Diver snapped it up. Mr Diver, who has managed the hotel for the past 20 years said “I just can’t believe it. It’s a total adrenaline rush. It’s been a long, long road but we’ve made it.”When asked if he was surprised by the lack of interest in the 55 bedroom hotel, Mr Diver quipped: “No, I was delighted”There were a couple of bids on the hotel before it closed at €650,000.The hotel has been owned by the local Britton family for more than 50 years and had a number of VIP guests over the years including Woody Allen and then wife Mia Farrow.   FAMOUS DONEGAL HOTEL SOLD FOR RESERVE PRICE OF €650,000 – TO ITS MANAGER! was last modified: March 1st, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:RossnowlaghSANDHOUSE HOTELlast_img read more

Legend Slater rules J-Bay again

first_img19 July 2008American surfing legend Kelly Slater added yet another chapter to his storied career by convincingly winning the 2008 Billabong Pro at Jeffreys Bay. The victory puts him in prime position to lay claim to an unprecedented ninth ASP World Title after his fourth win in five events this year.Unfazed by the difficult conditions created by the fresh onshore wind that chopped up the waves at Supertubes, Slater’s superior wave selection and decision-making on the waves he rode left reigning ASP world champion Mick Fanning still needing to improve both of his counting waves when the siren sounded to end the final.‘I was lucky’“I was lucky in the final; I got a wave under Mick’s priority that turned out to be my best score,” Slater said on the podium. “In conditions like that you need to go on anything that looks like you can get three manoeuvres in.”Slater earned $30 000 (approx R225 000) and 1 200 ratings points, giving him a lead of 1 268 points over second placed Joel Parkinson in the 2008 rankings.With six events still to be run, the Floridian has yet to be beaten by any of his World Tour opponents, having lost to a wildcard in the Billabong Pro Tahiti – the only event he didn’t win.Mandela sculptureSlater’s name went onto the Billabong Pro J-Bay trophy for a record fourth time and was presented with a sculptured bust of former South African President Nelson Mandela, chosen by the organisers to celebrate Madiba’s 90th birthday.“What an honour,” Slater exclaimed when presented with the trophy. “Happy birthday Madiba, you’ve been an inspiration to us all.”Despite feeling that he could have won the event, Fanning was gracious in defeat, congratulating Slater on his victory. He vowed to use his second place finish, and jump from seventh to fourth on the ratings, as a springboard to challenge for honours in the upcoming events.“I guess it’s not over ’til it’s over,” Fanning said of the 2008 world title race. “But it’s going to be like climbing Everest and he (Slater) is halfway up the hill.”Biggest wavesAfter three days of awesome conditions for the opening rounds of the 2008 Billabong Pro, the final day started out with the biggest waves of the event, giving the 12 remaining contenders the opportunity to perform their entire repertoire of manoeuvres on rides lasting more than 300 metres.Fanning and former world champions CJ Hobgood and Andy Irons were joined by defending event champion Taj Burrow in making it a clean sweep of the top eight seeds into the quarterfinals.In round four, Burrow eliminated Jordy Smith, the last South African left in the event, sending the Durbanite home with equal ninth place overall. Smith, in his rookie year on the ASP World Tour, jumped from 19th to 16th on the ratings.After a windless start, a north-east onshore breeze started ruffling the faces of the waves during the quarterfinals where current world number two Parkinson got the better of world number three Bede Durbidge. Slater overcame world number four Adriano de Souza, Fanning eliminated Hobgood, and Burrow stayed on track for a second successive victory by edging out Irons.SemifinalsBy the semifinals the wind had increased in velocity and, despite Parkinson starting out with the highest score of their match-up – an outstanding 9.17 out of 10 – Slater chipped away at the lead with rides of 8.0 and 7.0. When the Aussie failed to find anything better than a 5.0 for his second counting ride, Slater was into the final.The second semi went Fanning’s way thanks to an opening 7.67, followed by an excellent 9.17, while Burrow’s best two rides in the 30-minute encounter earned 6.0 and 5.83.Californian Taylor Knox was the recipient of the WTA prize of a custom handcrafted Nixon timepiece valued at US $10 000 for the highest heat tally of the event. He racked up 19.70 points out of a possible 20 in Round 1 action last Thursday, claiming the winner-takes-all award for near perfect rides of 9.90 and 9.80.SA’s nemesisTaj Burrow’s spectacular form throughout the event prevented three of the five South African contenders from posting a serious challenge in their home event. Burrow beat wildcard Rudy Palmboom Jr. in round one, eliminated Royden Bryson in round three, and Jordy Smith in round four.Travis Logie was a victim of Slater’s victory charge, bowing out in round three, while Ricky Basnett, who has yet to win a single heat in 2008, was sidelined by Jeremy Flores in round two.Billabong Pro Jeffreys BayFinal Kelly Slater (USA) 16.73 def Mick Fanning (AUS) 9.40 Semifinals SF1: Slater 15.00 def Joel Parkinson (AUS) 14.17SF2: Fanning 16.84 def Taj Burrow (AUS) 11.83 Quarterfinals QF1: Parkinson 17.74 def Bede Durbidge (AUS) 14.00QF2: Slater 15.17 def Adriano de Souza (BRA) 9.84QF3: Fanning 14.27 def C J Hobgood (USA) 9.60QF4: Burrow 13.57 def Andy Irons (HAW) 8.47 2008 ASP World Tour Ratings 1. Kelly Slater (USA), 52102. Joel Parkinson (AUS), 39483. Bede Durbidge (AUS), 37824. Mick Fanning (AUS), 37535. Taj Burrow (AUS), 36386. Adriano de Souza (BRA), 35407. C.J. Hobgood (USA), 34608. Andy Irons (HAW), 33389. Bobby Martinez (USA), 302810. Adrian Buchan (AUS), 2884 South Africans 16. Jordy Smith, 224534. Royden Bryson, 168039. Travis Logie, 149544. Ricky Basnett, 1125 SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

How to Break Through the Glass Ceiling Without Getting Cut

first_imgAs we all know, the glass ceiling is the invisible and sometimes impenetrable barrier that prevents women of talent from rising as high as men of equal talent.  While we undeniably have made progress as a society, men still have disproportionate power at the top in most organizations. When I have described glass ceiling issues, I have had some men dismiss the issues because they have never have experienced them. I have never experienced labor pains, but I would be a fool to dismiss their existence simply because I never have experienced them. A lot has been written on how organizations can shatter the glass ceiling. It goes beyond the legal imperative. It is a question of ensuring top talent in the top seats. Not as much has been written on what women with flat heads who are tired of banging into the ceiling can do. In this blog, I propose ten suggestions: As title of the blog suggests, you want to break through rather than shatter the glass ceiling.  If enough women break through, the ceiling will shatter on its own.  But if you, as an individual, try to shatter it on your own, you are more likely to fail. Do not ask for permission for a seat at the table. It’s too much like a child asking to sit at the grown-up table at Thanksgiving.  Demonstrate why you should be there.  If you’re still not invited, consider showing up uninvited. Yes, you may be called pushy (or worse yet, the Scarlet “B”) but  the risk of marginalization is even greater. Play the talent card.  You should be recognized for your talent, not your gender.  If you focus too much on your gender, you undermine your talent.  Don’t be afraid to let others know your accomplishments. Confidence can be displayed with humility. They are not mutually exclusive. Note to file: call Donald Trump.  Pick your battles. If you don’t choose your battles wisely, you will spend your life fighting battles rather than advancing your career.  When men go to strip clubs while away on business, that’s a battle worth fighting.  When a guy says “guys,” perhaps let that one go. Don’t get stuck in affinity groups. Affinity groups for women can be great, particularly where there are entrenched boys’ clubs.  Jim Beam is often the de facto head. But affinity groups are a means to an end and not an end in of themselves.  Focus on gender-related obstacles in the context of overcoming them and overcome them outside of the affinity group.  While a safe place, the affinity group should be a launching pad and not a landing pad. Frame women’s issues as human issues and raise them in the context of business issues.  For example, while women and men alike have work-life balance issues, women are still more likely than men to have primary caregiver responsibilities.  How does limiting the potential of caregivers limit your organization’s profit potential? Don’t get me started. The answer goes beyond a blog. Create alliances with men.  Seek male mentors and mentor men — as well as women mentors and mentees.  Whatever you do, don’t segregate yourself. Men as a gender are not the enemy.  Troglodytes of both genders are. Find men who get it and support and seek their support. Don’t assume all women are allies.  Some women are harder on women than they are on men. Don’t try to change them.  Align with women who favor equal opportunity and who support both women and men who face challenges.  In this context, also stay away from women who only help women or who bash men as a competitive support.  These women create business and legal risks. Don’t ignore the micro-inequities which, when taken together, create macro exclusions.  We all know that lunches, golf outings, etc. are opportunities to bond and share information, etc.  Ask men to lunch.  Plan outings that include men and women.  Create your own micro-equities.  If you are not invited to the party, throw a better one.  Be yourself.  Don’t try to out-man Cro-Magnon man.  Knuckle drugging is not becoming of men. It is no more becoming of women, either.  So speak with your own voice and don’t go through life quietly. I know I don’t!     THIS BLOG SHOULD NOT BE CONSTRUED AS LEGAL ADVICE, PERTAINING TO SPECIFIC FACTUAL SITUATION OR ESTABLISHING AN ATTORNEY-CLIENT RELATIONSHIP.last_img read more

Cloud Computing: Traditional Vendors Struggle to Change

first_imgChange.  It’s usually for the better, but there are often steep hurdles to overcome to adopt it.  In the business world, we see time and again successful business stumble and fall when they are not able to adopt to changes in the business climate.  Business examples are numerous ranging from the auto industry to technology.   The inability to change is the reason why big companies like Microsoft and SAP plateau and struggle.While creating a successful business is not easy, and business failure far outnumber business successes, keeping successful business momentum year after year isn’t possible without continually correctly refining and executing on changes to the business plan.  We hear more and more frequently about new technologies and how they have the potential to be  ‘disruptive’.  Technologies like cloud computing are in that category, and traditional software companies that are ignoring the cloud are beginning to feel the power of disruption.But changing the way that business is done can be difficult.  One example in the news lately is Iron Mountain, a leader in the area of traditional paper-based Records Management.  Iron Mountain is used by 97 percent of Fortune 500 companies and had annual revenues of $3 billion in 2009.  Iron Mountain had the foresight to recognize a future where documents and records will be stored in the cloud.  They made an early push to the cloud by establishing Iron Mountain Digital.But somewhere along the line, Iron Mountain’s execution seems to have slipped.  In April, Iron Mountain announced that they would be shutting down their on-line operations.   Their digital operations lost $58 million in 2010, following a good year in 2009 where they achieved $220 million in profits.  Both the Iron Mountain Virtual File Store and the Iron Mountain Archive Service Platform are being shut down.  Third-party service providers that had used the Iron Mountain API to build applications and services around the Iron Mountain digital vault will be affected.Iron Mountain wanted to emphasize that the announcement didn’t signal a complete exit from the cloud.  They are facing tough competition on the low end of the market space from vendors like Amazon and Google.  They still say that they plan to create higher margin cloud applications.Brian Babineau, storage analyst and vice president of research for Enterprise Strategy Group said that “It is also time for them to focus a bit more. They will be in the ‘application’ business delivered via the cloud, such as archiving and eDiscovery.  I would much rather be in those than in the commodity capacity business, especially when the competition is Amazon, Google, et cetera.”Another point of view was made by Yankee Group storage analyst Zeus Kerravala who said that “It’s a decision that Iron Mountain will regret for a long time. It’s like Xerox giving up on Windows.”The comments by both analysts, while seemingly contradictory, have an element of truth.  Cloud-based storage is certain to become central to any future Records Management strategy.  While Iron Mountain might see no margin or profits by delivering a stripped-down Amazon-like cloud-based storage application, Iron Mountain failed to differentiate themselves as offering a platform that both offered entry-level storage, backup and archival capabilities, but one that could also easily include premium features like records management and discovery.last_img read more

2010 Colley Reserve 5-A-Side Competition

first_imgThere is a record total cash prize pool of $2,000 on offer for the 2010 event.Attached is a flyer and the COE with nomination form included. Further information is also available on the TFSA website (www.touchsa.com.au) .Related Filescolley_flyer-pdfnomination_form___coe-pdflast_img

10 months agoLeicester boss Puel delighted with Choudhury for Chelsea win

first_imgLeicester boss Puel delighted with Choudhury for Chelsea winby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeicester City boss Claude Puel was delighted with Hamza Choudhury’s performance for victory at Chelsea.Choudhury made his first Premier League appearance of the season in the 1-0 win at Chelsea, the midfielder handed a start after his impressive display in the midweek Carabao Cup clash with Manchester City. “I was happy about Hamza against Man City and I think he confirmed why (against Chelsea),” said Puel.“He’s a young player from the academy but for me it’s important to give game-time for players to continue to develop. If an academy player can have good quality, he can come and compete with his team-mates.“I’m happy about the work, about the game of Hamza. He needs to continue this way.“It’s a good response for the team and for the work at the club, not just the professional players but at the academy. It’s a reward for all of the coaches and for all the hard work in the academy.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

DBJ to Provide $2 Billion for Micro and Small Business Sector

first_imgThe Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ) will commit $2 billion to the micro and small business sector this year, to ensure that some 12,250 enterprises can gain access to credit through its network of intermediaries.This is a significant increase over the $650 million that was disbursed in 850 loans in the last financial year.Making the announcement as he opened the 2013/14 Budget Debate in the House of Representatives, on Wednesday, April 18, Minister of Finance and Planning, Dr. the Hon. Peter Phillips, said the small business sector is a critical part of the economy and must receive special attention to help drive the country forward.He noted that small businesses account for 88 per cent of all firms that file General Consumption Tax (GCT), and represent half of the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP). They also account for 53 per cent of the employed labour force.Meanwhile, Dr. Phillips said the DBJ will also help to increase the number of institutions that are extending credit to micro and small enterprises.“It is aware that the increase in the pool of funds will only be effective if there is increased access to entrepreneurs,” he said.The Bank will therefore: Reach out to several credit unions across Jamaica, to review their needs and bring them into the sector; work with current lenders to research and launch new and innovative loan products designed for different sectors of the economy; work with lenders to ensure that new technology is applied, thus reducing the cost of lending; and work with all lenders to identify new products and services that are demanded by borrowers, but are not now being supported.Dr. Phillips said the Bank is also supporting the National People’s Co-operative Banks entry into the micro credit sector. This Capacity Building Project is funded by the Inter-American Development Bank, the European Union, the Caribbean Development Bank and Citi Foundation.“Together, they have already designed a loan product, start-up staff have been trained, and a roll out in an initial ten branches is expected in May, 2013,” the Minister said.The DBJ will support micro entrepreneurs to maximize the available credit and financial help, by introducing a creative approach to ensure that entrepreneurs have business development support services.This include the means that will increase the efficiency of the borrower, as well as using a voucher system to access business development support from certified private sector, non-governmental and government service providers. This system will enable entrepreneurs to ‘cash’ their voucher and access the technical assistance they need.“So, if a farmer wants training on how to use a solar dryer to sun dry and market tomatoes, he or she can use their vouchers to purchase technical assistance in drying and how to prepare packages. If a dressmaker needs a business plan to expand her business, she can use her voucher to receive support for preparing her business plan. The Bank will reimburse the service providers,” Minister Phillips explained.The DBJ will also be investing in increased financial literacy for entrepreneurs to ensure improved business management.By Alphea Saunders, JIS Reporterlast_img read more

Jadeveon Clowney Expected to Play For Gamecocks This Season

South Carolina All-American defensive end and highly favored 2014 No. 1 overall NFL draft pick Jadeveon Clowney is expected to play for the Gamecocks this season, according to his mother, Josenna Clowney.Josenna Clowney told SI.com Thursday that she expects her son to play, rather than sit out his junior season to avoid injury and hurt his draft stock.“I talked to him this week, and he wants to play,” she said. “I don’t think he has it in him to sit out. He loves to play football. I know I want him to play.”Clowney’s future has been the topic of discussion for sports talk and television shows since Tom Sorensen of the Charlotte Observer wrote that Clowney should heavily consider sitting out his junior season and train independently for the NFL draft.The current NFL rules prohibit players from entering the draft until three years after  graduation from high school. Clowney graduated in 2011 from South Pointe High in Rock Hill, S.C., and is in his third season with the Gamecocks.But some writers have even suggested that Clowney challenge the rule in a court of law. Former Ohio State running back Maurice Clarett and former USC wide receiver Mike Williams attempted to challenge the rule in 2004, but were unsuccessful.Clowney has started participating in winter workouts with the Gamecocks. He is expected to take the field with the team for the opening of spring practice on March 5.South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier told ESPN Thursday night during the Gamecocks basketball game that Clowney wants to play another season to improve.  Clowney, who is 6 foot 6 ½inches tall and weighs  273 pounds, had 13 ½ sacks this season.The All-American’s biggest hit came against Michigan in the Outback Bowl on New Year’s Day. Clowney crushed Michigan running back Vincent Smith, making him a candidate for play of the year.“Since that hit in the Outback Bowl,” Spurrier said, “I think he’s become the No. 1 talked-about player. Maybe more than Johnny Manziel.”South Carolina and their fans will have more to look forward to in the 2013 season from Clowney, hopefully leading them to the SEC Championship title and possibly a national championship title. read more

Womens Basketball Ohio State takes on Wisconsin in second round of Big

Ohio State redshirt senior point guard Carmen Grande (1) dribbles the ball in the second half of the game against Rutgers on March 3. Ohio State lost 66-56. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorLife on the bubble isn’t something the Ohio State women’s basketball team is used to.Redshirt senior forward Makayla Waterman has never missed the NCAA tournament in her four seasons at Ohio State, and head coach Kevin McGuff hasn’t missed out on the big dance since his first season with the Buckeyes in 2013.With conference tournaments in full swing and Selection Sunday only a few weeks away, it is crunch time for an Ohio State team that hasn’t yet secured its tournament berth. With the opportunity to play as many as four games in the Big Ten tournament, any one of those matchups could mean the difference between moving on and watching the NCAA tournament from home.Ohio State’s opening matchup comes against Wisconsin, who the Buckeyes swept in the regular season by scores of 70-68 and 61-50, and they will get another crack at them on Thursday.Projected StartersOhio State (14-13, 10-8 Big Ten)F — Dorka Juhasz — Freshman, 11.7 ppg, 8.6 rpg, 0.9 apgF — Makayla Waterman — Redshirt senior, 7.9 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 1.7 apgG — Carmen Grande — Redshirt senior, 8.3 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 4.9 apgG — Janai Crooms — Freshman, 8.6 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 2.0 apgG — Carly Santoro — Redshirt senior, 11.5 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 1.3 apgWisconsin (14-17, 4-14 Big Ten)F — Marsha Howard — Senior, 14.5 ppg, 8.9 rpg, 1.4 apgF — Imani Lewis — Freshman, 12.4 ppg, 7.7 rpg, 0.6 apgG — Kelly Karlis — Senior, 8.0 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 2.2 apgG — Niya Beverley — Sophomore, 7.4 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 3.4 apgG — Kendra Van Leeuwen — Junior, 4.3 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 4.2 apgOhio State enters the tournaments as a No. 5 seed after finishing with a 10-8 conference record during the regular season. The Badgers entered the tournament as the 13 seed and knocked off Penn State 65-57 to move on to the second round. The past two matchups between the Buckeyes and Badgers have leaned heavily towards Ohio State, with Wisconsin unable to stop the Buckeyes from scoring. In the first game, freshman forward Dorka Juhasz went off for a 21-point, 15-rebound double-double in addition to three other Buckeyes scoring in double digits in the 70-68 win.Just 11 days later, redshirt senior guard Carmen Grande dropped 17 on the Badgers while Juhasz again notched a double-double, this time with 10 points and 14 rebounds in the 60-51 victory.While Wisconsin’s offense doesn’t necessarily light up the scoreboard — it is ranked No. 12 in the Big Ten in scoring offense — the Badgers do have a pair of potent forwards in senior Marsha Howard and freshman Imani Lewis who are both averaging double-digit point totals. While Howard and Lewis have been able to find the basket, the overall shooting of the Badgers is poor. Wisconsin shoots just under 40 percent from the field, 28 percent from 3 and is only shooting 58 percent from the free throw line. The Badgers are better on the defensive side of the ball, only allowing 63.5 points per game, slightly more than the 62.1 points that Ohio State averages on offense. For an Ohio State team that struggles on the offensive end, Wisconsin will not make things any easier. The Badgers are allowing their opponents to connect on 39 percent of their shots from the field this season.If the Buckeyes want to move on in the tournament, Grande and the rest of the graduating seniors will have to step up to ensure they can find the basket against Wisconsin’s stingy defense. Ohio State will take on Wisconsin on Thursday at 2:30 p.m. at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. read more