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Jim Boeheim returns to Syracuse bench after fatal accident

first_imgFor the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim waves before the team’s NCAA college basketball game against Duke in Syracuse, N.Y., Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Nick Lisi)SYRACUSE, N.Y. — When it was over and the last of the deafening cheers of the record Carrier Dome crowd had stopped, Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim forgot about basketball for a poignant moment.Three nights earlier, the 74-year-old Hall of Fame coach had been involved in an accident that took the life of 51-year-old Jorge Jimenez, and that was foremost on his mind. Talking about a tough 75-65 loss to top-ranked Duke on Saturday night would have to wait.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Kevin Love scores season-high 32 as Cavs beat Grizzlies Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief LATEST STORIES The accident happened after the Orange’s 20-point victory over No. 18 Louisville. Police say Jimenez was a passenger in a car that apparently skidded out of control on a patch of ice and hit a guardrail. Police say Jimenez was trying to get to safety when he was struck by Boeheim’s SUV. Boeheim had swerved to avoid the disabled car, which was resting perpendicular across two lanes.Jimenez was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Another man in the car suffered minor injuries. A moment of silence was observed before the game for Jimenez and his family.Police say Boeheim has cooperated and sobriety tests administered to Boeheim and the unidentified driver of the other vehicle were negative for any signs of impairment. Police Chief Kenton T. Buckner said Thursday night there was “no reason to believe that there are criminal charges that will be coming for anyone.”Once the game started, it seemed like just another tilt featuring the two winningest coaches in NCAA Division I history, except for the massive crowd that made the dome’s walls shake every time the Orange scored. The Blue Devils (24-3, 12-2) improved to 7-0 on the road in the Atlantic Coast Conference.In the first game between the teams, the Orange (18-9, 9-5) pulled off the upset, 95-91 at Cameron Indoor Stadium, as Tyus Battle scored a season-high 32 points and Syracuse used its 2-3 zone defense to rattle Duke in overtime.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READcenter_img Swingman Cameron Reddish was out with an illness and point guard Tre Jones suffered a shoulder injury roughly 5 1/2 minutes in to put Duke down two starters in that one. It was a completely different team, just like it was on Saturday without injured freshman star Zion Williamson, who had a season-high 35 points in that first game.Williamson watched from the bench as freshman forward RJ Barrett, who had a triple-double and double-double in Duke’s previous two games, scored 30 points to help fill the void and Alex O’Connell had a career-high 20 in his first start of the season.Tyus Battle led Syracuse with 16 points on 4-of-17 shooting, Elijah Hughes had 12, and Marek Dolezaj and Frank Howard had 10 apiece as the Orange hit only 1 of 11 3-pointers in the decisive second half.“Our offense is really the difference,” Boeheim said. “They’re going to score points. They’re a tremendous offensive team. If you can hold them in the 70s, that’s a pretty good effort, but offensively we didn’t get the movement we need to and we didn’t make shots when we got them.”For freshman Orange guard Buddy Boeheim, the coach’s youngest son, the whole night was a moment that forever will be etched in his mind.“When he first came out, it was just a great moment for the community, a great moment for him,” Buddy said. “It was just great having him there. You obviously want to win, but it’s more than basketball sometimes.”ATTENDANCE RECORDThe game set a record for an on-campus basketball game, eclipsing the mark of 34,446, twice against Duke.SHOW OF SUPPORTSeveral former Orange stars attended the game, including Sherman Douglas, Derrick Coleman, John Wallace, Todd Burgan and Billy Owens. 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Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college “First and foremost to the Jimenez family I want them to know how truly devastated I am for my involvement and the loss of a loved one,” Boeheim read from a prepared statement. “The grief and pain his family is feeling at this time is, simply put, unimaginable. Juli, my family, and I are heartbroken. I love this community, and to see so many of my community members rally around the Jimenez family is a reminder of how special a community central New York is.”For Boeheim, who struck and killed Jimenez on a darkened highway that leads out of town, the game was his first public appearance since the accident. Boeheim, in his 43rd season as head coach at his alma mater, had addressed the team Thursday but did not take part in practice. Although he returned for practice Friday, he had not appeared in public until he made his way into the Carrier Dome to a big ovation from the crowd of 35,642.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsHead down, Boeheim made his way to center court and acknowledged the crowd with a brief wave before giving Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski a heartfelt hug.“That was such an incredible environment,” Krzyzewski said. “The support the fans gave the team and the support they gave Jim was great and such an emotional time.” Duke: Williamson is recovering from a sprained knee. Duke was crushed at home, 88-72, on Wednesday night by No. 8 North Carolina after Williamson was hurt on the game’s first possession.Syracuse: Just being with the players and coaching them will help Boeheim cope with the tragic accident as the season winds down.UP NEXTDuke: At No. 20 Virginia Tech on Tuesday night.Syracuse: At No. 8 North Carolina on Tuesday night. Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Read Next Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titlelast_img read more

Health fair shot in arm for Newhall

first_img“We have seen children who haven’t gotten their vaccines yet come and get them here, kids who had never been to the dentist, women who had never had a breast exam and we are teaching them healthy habits,” she said. Stephanie Ong, a pre-med major, helped bring more than 20 volunteers from Newhall’s Master’s College. “This has been a great program with people getting vaccines, healthy food and even haircuts,” said Patrick Coleman, an 18-year-old volunteer. Santa Clarita resident Ed Blanco was honored for donating $2,500 to the event on behalf of his local construction company. A love of building things steered Blanco into a career in construction that has been good to him. But Blanco, son of a Mexican immigrant, says he never forgets where he came from. With everything from free vaccines and haircuts to nutrition classes and salsa lessons, the Newhall community got more than just health tips at its first health fair Saturday. Designed to deliver health and safety services to the underserved community, the first annual Community Health Fair even offered a glimpse of a local hero as it brought together local service providers and vendors offering a multitude of free services. “We hope this is the first of many,” said Darlene D’Amico, community center operations coordinator for the city of Santa Clarita. D’Amico said the best part was seeing so many people show up for the much-needed services. “My dad had a third-grade education but he sat me down and told me that what he couldn’t teach me to be successful in school he would teach me to be successful in life,” Blanco said. Now, as an employer to many just starting out in life, Blanco knows how hard it can be to make ends meet. “When you are making $500 a week, you don’t qualify for any services … you can’t survive. There’s no more rent under $800 a month out here,” he said. And Blanco knows health care is often the first thing that gets cut when a family is trying to survive. “A lack of health care is a big issue in our city, county and across the board – not just in Newhall,” he said. Susie Cordova, community center coordinator, said Blanco is a role model. “The fact that he has become a successful businessman, has stayed in this community, and has chosen to give back is great,” she said. connie.llanos@dailynews.com (661) 257-5254160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Maurizio Sarri — the ex-banker hoping to light up Chelsea dugout

first_imgThe 59-year-old — who becomes Roman Abramovich’s ninth full-time manager in his 15 years as owner — couldn’t be more different in terms of background to his fellow Italian Conte.He may not have a trophy to his name, but he turned Napoli into genuine title contenders.They finished second twice and third on the other occasion behind Juventus, last season becoming the first club to break the 90-points barrier and fall short of the league crown.However, Sarri has shown a desire to be unorthodox and break the mould.His family were labourers — his father a construction worker — but he became an international banker.For 20 years he mixed working for Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena, which saw him based in several different countries, with working for lower-league and non-league clubs.His command of English will serve him well with communicating with the players from the start, unlike Conte who could not speak English when he arrived.However, despite his high-flying banking career he has not forgotten his roots — a grandfather fought for the partisans in World War II against the Germans — and he is enraged when he hears some of the hyperbole attached to football.“When I go to lead a training session I never say to my family: ‘I’m going to work,’” he told the newspaper Avvenire.“I come from a family of labourers, and if I hear someone talking about ‘sacrifices’ in football, I get mad.”– ‘There’s a child in every footballer’ –Indeed Sarri — who is clearly not from the Bill Shankly school of saying football is much more serious than life and death — is on record as saying he would do the job for free.“A tough life is getting up at six every morning and going to work in a factory assembly line, not this one,” he said.“Coaching is the only job I would contemplate doing for free.”New Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri will bring a more empathetic touch than his predecessor Antonio Conte with the former believing “there’s a child in every footballer” © AFP/File / MIGUEL MEDINASarri, though, appears to be a more flexible character than Conte, the latter having driven some of the senior players to distraction with his intense training sessions and also his lack of personal warmth.“I’ve come to realise that there’s a child in every footballer, a child who is playing a game,” he was quoted as saying in The Times.“That’s where the fun part is. And when players are having fun, they are more productive. Tactical rigour is important but we must never lose sight of the game and making sure the child inside is enjoying himself.”That is not to say Sarri is a gentle soul who keeps his emotions under control, for there have been several provocative incidents — not least an abusive rant at a female football journalist and raising his middle finger at Juventus fans last season.The now-Italy coach Roberto Mancini accused Sarri of homophobia when he allegedly called him a “faggott” during an Italian Cup semi-final in 2016 when he was the Inter Milan boss.That sort of language will land him in hot water with the authorities but another more immediate quandary awaits him — how does he get past the strict no-smoking policies in English grounds.There is some debate about quite how many he smokes per day — some say 60 while Napoli’s Belgian forward Dries Mertens opined he thought it more like five packets per day.Sarri must hope clubs are as accommodating as German side RB Leipzig, who erected a special smoking section in the Napoli dressing room last season for a Europa League match.But whether they prove accommodating on the pitch will decide whether his hopes burn bright or go up in a puff of smoke.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000A chain-smoking former banker Maurizio Sarri is not your conventional football coach as Chelsea fans will discover having impressed at Napoli © AFP / CARLO HERMANNLONDON, United Kingdom, Jul 14 – A chainsmoking former banker who doesn’t believe coaching a football team is worthy of the term ‘work’, Chelsea’s new manager Maurizio Sarri is certainly not the norm.Sarri was appointed on Saturday on a three contract, less than 24 hours after the sacking of Antonio Conte.last_img read more

Harambee Stars storm CECAFA semis

first_imgStars will now play Zanzibar in the final match looking to win and top the group.From the team that won against Tanzania on the opening day, Stars made two changes with Moses Mudavadi starting ahead of Abdallah Hassan while Whyvonne Isuza started in midfield ahead of Anthony Wambani who was ruled out with illness.Stars la led the fluidity they had on the opening day against Tanzania and the closest they came to goal was via a Mudavadi shot from the right that went over while Oscar Wamalwa had another deflected off a David Owino cross.Harambee Stars defender David Owino surges forward under pressure from Sudan’s Ammar Yasser during their CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup match at the Lugogo Arena on December 10, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluSudan were a much improved side from the one that drew 1-1 with Zanzibar on the opening day and they were ,more confident on the ball and with their passing.They got into the lead on the half hour mark off a counter, Namir hitting the back of the net with a low shot off a counter after Stars lost possession in the attacking third.They almost double led their tally just three ,minutes later but Montasir Osman Yahia’s shot from the right hit the upright with the Kenyan defense caught napping.In the second half though, stand in coach Zedekiah Otieno made changes, Abdallah Hassan coming on for Mudavadi while Timothy Otieno was introduced for Isuza.Stars were better, spread the ball with more comfort and 20 minutes into the second half, they were level. Hassan headed home Kenneth Muguna’s cross from a freekick after he had been appended to take the scores to 1-1.Harambee Stars forward Abdallah Hassan is tackled by Sudan’s Ahmed Ibrahim during their CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup match at the Lugogo Arena on December 10, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluThe goal was the motivation Stars needed and they pressed the Sudanese inside their own half.Wamalwa thought he had scored his first international goal when he tapped home a Muguna cross, but the second assistant referee’s flag was up for offside.But there was no denying him seven minutes later when he threw himself strongly to tap home a cross from Otieno to give Stars the lead.He had a chance for his second in the 83rd minute when Kevin Kimani’s cutback from the right found him inside the box but his shot was deflected for a corner.Harambee Stars forward Oscar Wamalwa is tackled by Sudan’s Ahmed Ibrahim during their CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup match at the Lugogo Arena on December 10, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluStars were forced to defend deep for most of the final five minutes of the game with Sudan dumping high balls inside the area.They had shouts of a penalty downed in added time after Mounir Yunis went tumbling inside the box with Joash Onyango clearing the ball.0Shares0000(Visited 87 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Oscar Wamalwa and Abdallah Hassan celebrate a goal during the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup at the Lugogo Arena on December 10, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluKAMPALA, Kenya, Dec 10 – Timothy Otieno and Abdallah Hassan stepped off the bench to inspire Harambee Stars to a come-from-behind 2-1 win against Sudan and progress to the semi-finals of the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup with a match to spare.Mohamed Abbas Namir scored for Sudan in the second half but Hassan stepped off the bench to score the equalizer before another sub, Timothy Otieno set up Oscar Wamalwa for the winner with 13 minutes left on the clock.last_img read more

Mourinho v Klopp, Man United in the FA Cup final and more quiz questions

first_imgEverton v Sunderland is live on talkSPORT at 1.30pm on Sunday 1 November.In case you didn’t know, Jose Mourinho and Jurgen Klopp go head-to-head this weekend.Chelsea v Liverpool is the early kick-off, but there are other Premier League games to look forward to.Swansea host Arsenal and Man United travel to Crystal Palace, so to whet your appetite, try these 10 quiz questions.About | Privacy | Terms Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea host Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool – how much do you know about their previous meetings? 1last_img read more

Chelsea teen on Arsenal radar, Walcott targeted and more transfer gossip

first_img 5. Gunners to offer Zlatan Ibrahimovi? a two-year contract? – Ibrahimovi?, according to the Daily Star, is keen on ending his career in the Premier League and while Manchester United have been strongly linked, the Gunners are also interested. United are willing to offer the 34-year-old Paris Saint-Germain striker, who is out of contract in the summer, £250,000 per week, but Arsenal are allegedly preparing a lucrative offer of their own. Dream away, Arsenal fans! Arsenal have some work to do this summer.The Gunners have fallen short – again – in the Premier League title race, and supporters are expecting changes at the end of the season.The transfer window could therefore be a busy period, and various names have been linked with a moves to and from north London.So, talkSPORT has taken a look at the latest transfer rumours concerning Arsenal – check them out by viewing the slideshow above. 1. Pep Guardiola asks Manchester City to monitor Theo Walcott? – Read all about it below, then check out four more top transfer stories on Arsenal by clicking the arrow above, right – Incoming Citizens manager Guardiola has, according to the Evening Standard, asked his soon-to-be new club to monitor Walcott’s situation at the Emirates. It’s understood the England international isn’t keen on leaving the Emirates, but has grown disillusioned by his treatment from Arsène Wenger. 5 5 5 5 4. Arsenal to move for Granit Xhaka if move for N’Golo Kante falls through? – The Gunners have reportedly listed Kante as a major summer target, but are unsure on the figure Leicester City could demand given he has been key to their title-challenge this season. If they fail to land the Foxes midfielder, The Sun claim Arsenal will push through a deal for Granit Xhaka, with talks already taking place over a £27.5m transfer. 5 3. Newcastle want full-back Kieran Gibbs? – The Magpies, according to reports cited in the Express, are interested in luring Gibbs to St James’ Park in the summer. Despite being a bit-part player at Arsenal having fallen behind Nacho Monreal in the pecking order, the Gunners could demand as much as £12m for his signature. Any such move is likely to depend upon Newcastle’s Premier League survival, however. 2. Arsenal planning move for Chelsea youngster Dominic Solanke? – Solanke is currently on loan at Dutch side Vitesse Arnhem and his future has predictably been called into question. The 18-year-old has one year remaining on his deal at Stamford Bridge, and is reportedly demanding £50,000 per week to extend his stay. Chelsea are unlikely to give into such demands given he is yet to make a start for the senior team, and Arsenal are now said to be considering a move. The Sun claim Solanke would consider a pay cut if he’s assured of a role in the Gunners first team. last_img read more


first_imgGlenswilly and Termon prove you have to be over 40 to show your pedigree!It’s weird when you think about it – when you sit down and do the maths.When you line out for Glenswilly Over 40s against Termon in a so-called friendly in advance of the Churchill Fair.And there on the grass verge on the far side of the pitch away from the stand sit three familiar faces. Murphy, Big Neil and Copper.You do the maths in your head and allow yourself a smile.“I could be their father.”Murphy and Copper certainly but probably not the Big Fella. When I was 20 and the best part of any football career behind me, Murphy wasn’t even able to walk nevermind give defenders nightmares the night before games.That’s the difference.If I was twenty years younger, I could give any of the three of them a rattle if they decided to come down off the verge.Those are the fleeting thoughts that go through your head on a balmy July night in Glenswilly.When Brendan Walsh takes the warm-up and you suck in the air as if you are 30,000 ft above sea level. The dry ground beneath seemingly getting bigger by the minute.The sweat dripping from your brow praying that the human JCB that is Liam McGettigan doesn’t happen to stray in your direction.Or that Frankie Doherty won’t blow you up …..again…..for another badly-timed tackle.You marvel at how well Paul ‘Sandwich’ Gallagher is looking for a man who must be just two more annual friendlies away from a half-century. You’re thankful that Gerard McGrenra is on the sideline giving you encouragement instead of on the pitch marking you and giving you abuse.You wonder if Brian McHugh will let you into goals to take the bad look off you.And you wonder where the hell all the other 40 somethings are tonight like Martin Glackin.And you look over at the three boys on the grass verge and they’re still smirking.Lazing and laughing as Sunday’s Ulster Final brings its own questions.If only I was 20 years younger I’d show them what I had.Who am I kidding…I COULD HAVE BEEN A CONTENDER – ASK MICHAEL MURPHY! was last modified: July 18th, 2013 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:Gary McFaddenglenswillyMichael MurphyNeil GallagherOver 40sTermonlast_img read more

Paul Scholes stars in bizarre World Cup advert with Trezeguet, Crespo and Zambrotta

first_img Zambrotta, Trezeguet and Crespo start dancing 2 Life outside of football can be tough for professionals, but we doubt we will see Scholes sticking to an acting career.Although former teammate Eric Cantona has made the switch between the professions seamlessly, Scholes looks anything but natural.The advert starts off with Gianluca Zambrotta, Hernan Crespo and David Trezeguet dressed in traditional Russian soldiers uniform.They start to dance and perform various free-styling moves with a conveniently placed football. 2 Paul Scholes has scored an own goal with his latest World Cup advert.The former Manchester United midfielder made a brief cameo appearance in an advert by Qatar-based company QNB, with mixed results. Fair to say Scholes is less than impressed with their moves Clearly unimpressed while he is passing by, Scholes drops his bag and joins in the kick about.Rather than join in the bizarre dancing and free-styling, the ex-England international goes back on his merry way.Check out the advert from Hernan Crespo’s Instagram page below!last_img read more

Bombers open final week of the 2016 season against Bercovich Gold

first_imgUnfortunately all great things come to an end, and that too, goes for summer baseball in Humboldt County. The Humboldt B-52s enter the last week in their summer season, starting with the last three home games today at Bomber Field against the Bercovich Gold before heading to Healdsburg to participate in the Wine Country Baseball Tournament next Friday.Bercovich Gold — a collegiate team from the Bay Area under Headfirst Baseball Academy — is no stranger to the Bombers, as they have played each …last_img read more

Convergence Crams Uncooperative Fossils into Darwinism

first_imgWhen unrelated fossils have similar traits, evolutionary paleontologists twist, shove and stuff them into Darwin’s theory with an all-purpose tool called convergence.It wasn’t supposed to work this way. Animals were supposed to diverge as they evolved. Branches on real trees do that. In neo-Darwinism, the branch tips in Darwin’s image of a branching tree should get farther apart the more they evolve, because neither branch knows what the other one is doing. But the real world is full of counter-examples, where unrelated animals end up becoming very similar. Even more often, fossils exhibit “mosaics” of traits from different branches, or from “stem” (early) or “crown” (mature) members of a single branch. It’s all very confusing to Mr. Darwin, so his disciples invented a trick to keep from getting their story falsified. It’s called convergence, and here’s how it works. (Note: Not being Darwinians, we will dispute inclusion in the occasional first-person plural pronouns.)The Weird FishColin Barras at New Scientist introduces his fossil with a warning: “Weird fish fossil changes the story of how we moved onto land” [Who’s we, Paleface?]. If you thought the story of tetrapod evolution from fishy ancestors was all wrapped up, the wrapping just came off.The evolutionary story we have written [Who’s we, Paleface?] to explain our ancestors’ move from sea to land may need a rethink. A fossil fish from this era has been discovered with several of the features of land animals – yet it was only distantly related to them.Roughly 360 million years ago, one group of lobe-finned fish began evolving into four-legged, land-living animals that resulted in reptiles, amphibians and mammals like us. [Who’s us, Paleface?]Notice first that he calls it an evolutionary “story” – not a scientific discovery. The long-stable account of how lobe-finned fish moved onto land just got unstabilized by a Chinese fossil given the name Hongyu chowi.But when the researchers tried to fit H. chowi into the existing evolutionary tree, it didn’t fit easily.That’s because in some respects, H. chowi looks like an ancient predatory fish called rhizodonts. These are thought to have branched off from lobe-finned fish long before the group gave rise to four-legged land animals.Very well, then. Time to bring in the all-purpose tool called convergence. It works like a vise, cramming the fossil into Darwin’s box whether it wants to fit or not. (Jargonwocky note: Sometimes this is called “independent evolution” or “parallel evolution”).This implies one of two things, the researchers say. The first possibility is that H. chowi is some sort of rhizodont that independently evolved the shoulders and gill cover supports of a four-legged animal.Alternatively, the rhizodonts may be more closely related to the four-legged animals and the elpistostegids than we thought. But this would also imply a certain amount of independent evolution of similar features, because the rhizodonts would then sit between two groups that have many features in common – features the two groups would have had to evolve independently.It implies no such thing, but in Darwinland, everything must fit.The Flying Jurassic Early SquirrelEvolutionists found another misfit: a Jurassic flying squirrel. Trouble is, it’s in the wrong group. It’s not a therian (placental) mammal, and it’s not a marsupial mammal either (that’s another severe case of convergent evolution). This is a “stem mammal” called an eleutherodontid, that is supposed to be earlier than both later groups and not as evolved, but behold: it already was a glider! Plus, it had tooth rows “convergent” with bats, and other specialized traits that weren’t supposed to evolve till later. Writing in Nature, the authors from University of Chicago and University of Beijing seem surprised: “Here we report a new Jurassic eleutherodontid mammaliaform with an unusual mosaic of highly specialized characteristics,” they say, yet they continue to claim they have “New evidence for mammaliaform ear evolution and feeding adaptation in a Jurassic ecosystem.” Whatever it was, it evolved!The inferred dietary adaptation of eleutherodontid gliders represents a remarkable evolutionary convergence with herbivorous gliders in Theria. These Jurassic fossils represent volant [flying], herbivorous [plant-eating] stem mammaliaforms associated with pre-angiosperm plants that appear long before the later, iterative associations between angiosperm plants and volant herbivores in various therian clades.How can this be? Well, the Bearded Buddha was experimenting.The unique mosaic of characters related to tooth replacements and the middle ear of eleutherodonts adds to growing evidence of complex transformations of mammalian characteristics. Their complex dentitions and occlusal patterns are probably adapted for omnivory and herbivory, showing that the volant and herbivorous lifestyle, previously known only in therian gliders, was also part of mammaliaform evolutionary experimentation during the Jurassic.Shameless Plug for ConvergenceBaleen whales are champions of filter feeding with baleen instead of teeth. Long before they appeared on the evolutionary timeline, though, a marine reptile, unrelated to mammals, already had come up with a similar feeding strategy. Phys.org‘s coverage of a plesiosaur that evolved filter feeding puts convergence right in the headline: “Plesiosaur fossil found 33 years ago yields new convergent evolution findings.” All other marine reptiles used their teeth for biting, but Morturneria had interdigitating teeth that allowed them to catch krill, much like baleen whales do. So how did that happen? Bring out the all-purpose Darwin rescue tool:The identification of Morturneria’s whale-like filter feeding is a startling case of convergent evolution between reptiles and mammals. Plesiosaurs and whales shared many of the intervening steps in the evolution of this feeding style and their extreme morphologies are similar despite arising from different ancestors.[Sankar] Chatterjee stresses convergent evolution does not imply Morturneria was in any way related to today’s baleen whales; it just means they both evolved the same way.“They had adopted similar lifestyle and feeding,” he said. “For example, birds and bats fly, but birds are now considered dinosaurs [according to whom, Paleface?] and bats are mammals. These superficial similarities of lifestyles and behavior are called ‘convergent evolution.’” [by whom, Paleface?]Giving something a name is not the same as explaining it. Physicist Lee Spetner spoke about “convergent evolution” for ID the Future, commenting that “convergent evolution is even more improbable than evolution itself” (see Evolution News). Spetner presents an alternative, the Non-Random Evolutionary Hypothesis, which proposes “evidently purposeful evolution as a response to environmental and other stresses.” But then, if it is non-random, such adaptability must have been pre-programmed into organisms—i.e., intelligently designed.Convergence is an essential ingredient in Darwin Flubber. Don’t let the Darwin Party get away it. “Convergent evolution” is simply an empty phrase, a cover for ignorance, a rescue device to avoid falsification. Multiple independent similar adaptations are not proof of evolution in action: they are the opposite of what Darwin predicted. Some convergences in nature are so precise, it takes an expert to identify them (see the “Convergence Concoction” page by Brett Miller).If the Creator pre-programmed organisms with the ability to respond to environmental changes, or to use similar strategies for similar needs, that’s a design feature, not luck. The former is the kind of programming that goes into fault-tolerant systems. It represents intelligent design at a high level. The latter is an example of modular design (see Living Waters for examples of multiple unrelated animals that use magnetic navigation, for instance). Darwinians, by contrast, would rather believe animals won the lottery multiple times when they see finely-tuned, successful creatures with similar designs than to reject their Buddha’s teachings. What better proof of design could there be than similarities between unrelated organisms? What better disproof of blind, unguided evolution could there be than convergence everywhere? Don’t be fooled. Evolutionists get away with this in the media because they are totalitarian bigots, not allowing any criticism or debate. They know that once legitimate debate is allowed, they would be laughed off the stage in disgrace. Bring it on.(Visited 514 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more