The controversy over Darwinian evolution concerns one core question: Can an unplanned, undirected process generate new functions and complex organs of irreducible complexity without design? No one really doubts that organisms vary in horizontal or downward ways – either by modifications of existing genetic information, or by deleterious mutations that somehow allow animals to continue to survive. Here are some recent examples.Churkey lurkey: The Transylvanian naked neck chicken is an ungainly bird with a long red neck (see picture in a BBC News) article). “The ‘churkey’ owes its distinctive look to a complex genetic mutation, according to scientists.” A vitamin A derived substance apparently gives the strong red color to the neck. Fortuitously, the lack of feathers on the neck helps the bird withstand heat – an advantage in hot regions. This is an example of loss of function that inadvertently helps these birds survive in specific environments.Plant doubling: “Evolution in the act” was announced by an article on Science Daily. The story concerned a hybrid plant introduced to America that underwent a spontaneous doubling of its genes. Before, the hybrid experienced relaxed gene expression, but after the doubling, expression was regained, the plants became vigorous again, and started to spread. “No one had extended this to natural populations and the rapidity at which this can occur, and that’s pretty astonishing,” a researcher from Iowa State University remarked. Another considered this like nature hitting a “reset button” after gene expression had been disturbed by hybridization. This is an example of down-and-back-up evolution; even so, the hybrid was introduced on purpose by breeders and does not represent a natural state.Human evolution: The BBC News published a story about cleaner fish that pick the parasites out of sharks’ mouths, without the sharks taking advantage of the free food (see 01/13/2003, 06/22/2004, 11/23/2009, 01/13/2010, bullet 4). Divers interested in watching the phenomenon have flocked to an observing site at a seamount off the Philippines, where the sharks come in gently for their dental treatment. The article quipped, “A huge dive tourism site has evolved around them.”Seen on birthday party napkins: “I’m not aging; I’m evolving.” Evolution is a word with many meanings. The root of the word just means unfolding – nothing controversial about that. It can mean change over time of any kind, like the evolution of technology or the change from a landscape from a meadow to a forest. In the debates over Darwinism, it is important to specify the meaning at issue. At seminars by the most ardent Biblical creationists, it is common to see presentations showing the variations in human skin color, horse size and traits, and dog breeds arising from either artificial selection or the kind of natural selection best described as stabilizing selection. Biblical creationists accept a broad degree of horizontal variation from original created kinds. That kind of “evolution” is a far cry from what Darwin promoted: the common ancestry of all life from a single cell accidentally produced in some warm little pond, producing the vast array of plants and animals by a purposeless, unguided process. Jokes about humans evolving instead of aging, or evolving a tourism site are just that: figures of speech not to be confused with Darwinism. Beware of equivocation.(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts Tags:#apps#mobile#news App recommendation service W3i has just launched a new platform which targets mobile, to complement its existing PC and Web application recommendation services. The obtusely named W3i “Ad-Funded Payment Platform,” aims to help developers achieve both their discovery and monetization goals, the company says. To do so, it will reward users with virtual currency within free mobile applications for installing apps from W3i’s advertisers (i.e., other developers).At present, the platform focuses on iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad apps only.According to W3i in a recent company blog post, the revenue from virtual goods is expected to pass $2 billion in the U.S. in 2011. Its new mobile platform will tap into that growth trend by providing developers access to iOS gamers.The mobile platform will use W3i’s proprietary InstallIQ software, which has already seen 500 million downloads elsewhere on its network.How W3i’s Mobile Platform WorksInstead of purchasing virtual goods directly using actual cash payments from their own personal bank accounts, iOS gamers can now choose to install a mobile application from an advertiser.For the participating advertisers, there’s an opportunity to acquire more users for an app on a pay-per-install basis. It also allows them to access the large (W3i estimates 97%) market of users who do not pay for mobile applications. Included in the program are analytics tools and campaign dashboards, allowing advertisers to fine tune, monitor and manage their ads. For the app publishers, there’s an opportunity to monetize usage of an app, not installs, which allows publishers to offer their apps as free downloads instead of paid ones.For end users, gameplay is more fun because they don’t have to pay with cash for the necessary virtual goods and upgrades – they can just install a new app in lieu of payment. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Payment Through Offers Still an Emerging MarketW3i is not the first company to offer this sort of program. A similar program is provided by Tapjoy, which incidentally just raised $21 million, money which will be used to fund growth across new mobile app ecosystem both in the U.S. and abroad, the company said.Like W3i, Tapjoy offers a pay-per-install ad network, but one that works on not just iPhone, but also Android, as well as on other social gaming platforms from Yahoo, Google, Microsoft, Facebook, MySpace and hi5. Tapjoy is used by developers and publishers like GameDuell, Tapulous, Glu, Pinger, Playdom, Kayak, Barnes & Noble, MTV, Bing, Fandango, Groupon and Intuit.While neither company may end up being a household name known by the consumers they target, the offers provided by both will likely be heavily used by the growing group of mobile gamers.As we noted earlier this week, the in-app purchase market is expected to increase this year. Since June, app store analytics firm Distimo found that free apps saw in-app purchases go from 14% to 34% on iPhone and from 7% to 15% on iPad. And the share of revenue more than doubled on both iPhone and iPad ?within the highest grossing apps. (You can read more findings from that report here.) sarah perez The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology
“I think your idea of letting the CM think everything is working while in fact the firmware is actually try to help the OEM locate where the counterfeiting is taking place – That would be a really good thing” Is it possible to be too successful? Well, if you create an embedded system that sells in low quantities, you can control the entire process in-house. However, if your product proves to be wildly popular, thereby requiring high-volume production, you will probably end up working with a contract manufacturer (CM), and one of the tasks performed by the CM will be to program your firmware into your product’s microcontroller(s).If you are using a CM, one of the things you need to protect yourself against is theft of your IP and overproduction of your system. It’s estimated that around 10% of electronic products around the world are counterfeit, and overproduction by CMs accounts for a substantial proportion of these knock-offs.Different people think of IP (intellectual property) in different ways. With regard to an embedded system, the hardware design is one form of IP and the firmware is another. In some cases, it may be relatively easy to clone the hardware, but the hardware is useless without the firmware. If a CM is provided with unfettered access to both hardware and firmware, the originators of the system are left with little recourse but to rely on the CM’s ethics and reputation, until now…At the recent Embedded World Conference, which was held earlier this month in Nuremberg, Germany, SEGGER announced a new production programming system called Flasher SECURE that targets the problems of IP theft and overproduction.(Source: SEGGER) There are various possible use models. The diagram above reflects a common scenario. This is based on the fact that each microcontroller contains a unique identifier (UID). The owner of the firmware IP — typically the designer of the embedded system — provides the CM with the Flasher SECURE platform. Meanwhile, the firmware itself resides on a trusted server that remains under the control of the IP owner.When the time comes to program the system, Flasher SECURE reads the UID from the device to be programmed and transmits this to the trusted server, which validates the UID and generates a cryptographic signature. The firmware and the signature are then returned to Flasher SECURE, which programs them into the microcontroller.When the product is powered up, the first thing the firmware does is to read the UID on its microcontroller and check that this corresponds to the signature it was given before it does anything else. The bottom line is that this instantiation of the firmware will only run on this specific microcontroller.But “time is money,” as they say. If this process slows down production, then it’s also going to increase costs. Well, fear not, because the folks at SEGGER have taken this into account. In fact, the firmware is only downloaded from the trusted server one time as part of programming the very first device, after which it is stored in Flasher SECURE.(Source: SEGGER) When it comes to subsequent units, at the same time that Flasher SECURE is programming the firmware, it’s also reading the microcontroller’s UID and sending this UID to the trusted server. The trusted server validates the UID and creates and returns the corresponding signature before the programming has been completed. Once the firmware has been loaded into the device, all that remains is to load the signature, which takes an infinitesimal amount of time.So, what happens if the firmware determines that it’s running on a counterfeit system? Well, this is up to its creators. One option is for it to simply refuse to do anything at all. Another possibility would be for the firmware to display a message informing the end-users that they are working with an illegal product. Depending on the system (you wouldn’t want to do this in a safety-critical product), if would be possible for the firmware to pretend to be doing its job while actually producing erroneous results or performing nonsensical actions, thereby disgruntling its new owners who would forcibly express their feelings of discontent to the little scamps who had ripped-off the system in the first place.Another option to which I’m particularly partial would be for the firmware to pretend to be doing its job while actively trying to access the Internet and broadcast as much information as possible to help the owners of the IP track it down.If you wanted to be really nasty, you could get the firmware to do its best to wreak havoc on anything it came into contact with, but perhaps we should try to restrain ourselves from sinking to the level of the bad guys. What do you think? If someone stole one of your designs, would a simple “Warning: This is a counterfeit system,” message suffice, or would you want to “Cry havoc and let slip the dog bytes of war?” (with apologies to The Bard)? Log in to Reply March 24, 2017 at 6:07 pm 1 thought on “Secure the off-site production programming of your embedded products” Continue Reading Previous An alternative to buying test equipmentNext Why software quality managers should consider ISO 9001:2015 Mike J Green says: Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Communications, Consumer, Industry, Manufacturing, Medical, Security Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.
Monday, Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh revealed at one of his program’s camps that his wife, Sarah, is pregnant with the couple’s fourth child. Harbaugh, who is 52, also has three children from a previous marriage, which means that he’s soon going to be the proud father of seven kids.Former WWE star Ric Flair, who is a big fan of Harbaugh (and vice versa) has now publicly congratulated the Wolverines head coach on Twitter. He also made a wife joke in the process. Flair, for the record, has been married four times.Congrats to my man @CoachJim4UM on number 7! (Kids, not wives!)— Ric Flair® (@RicFlairNatrBoy) June 20, 2016We’ll see if any other celebrities chime in to congratulate Harbaugh – Flair likely won’t be the last.
If you thought Kentucky’s chances looked good over in the men’s tournament, it’s time to bet your house on the University of Connecticut’s women’s basketball team. The nine-time national champions return to the NCAA tournament this year looking for their second three-peat in school history, and our first-ever go at March Madness predictions for the women’s tournament gives the Huskies a really, really good chance of doing just that.Next to Connecticut, things look bleak even for the other No. 1 seeds in the tournament: Maryland has only a 2 percent chance of winning it all, while steering clear of the Albany region gives South Carolina and Notre Dame a 10 percent and 9 percent chance, respectively, of dethroning Connecticut.We’re thrilled to be forecasting the women’s NCAA tournament and look forward to seeing how our model performs given what little data we have to work with. Below, we break down the strengths and weaknesses of each region.AlbanyAlbany has rightfully been labeled the “regional destination of doom” because of the Huskies, who are so dominant this year that their opponents’ odds seem laughable: St. Francis College, their first-round matchup, has about a 1 in 7,000 chance of beating them. Our model all but guarantees that UConn will make an appearance in the Elite Eight — a 98 percent chance — and the likelihood of the team heading to the Final Four isn’t much lower, at 96 percent. With these odds, UConn seems to be a surefire winner, barring something like a teamwide food poisoning epidemic or a player strike against Geno.UConn is led by junior Breanna Stewart, who scored double figures in all but three of the team’s games this season and senior Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, who is the school’s all-time career leader in 3-point field goals, with 341.But the near-perfect Huskies are just that: near perfect. They lost once this season, to Stanford (a No. 4 seed) 88-86 in overtime back in November, and finished the season with a 32-1 record.And even though we give No. 2 seed Kentucky just a 1 percent chance of making it out on top of the Albany region, remember that the Wildcats were eliminated from the tournament by UConn in two of the past three years and may have a thirst for vengeance.Oklahoma CityLast year’s runner-up, Notre Dame, is the No. 1 seed over in the Oklahoma City region, coming off a fresh ACC championship and looking for its fifth consecutive appearance in the Final Four (we think the team has a 58 percent chance). The Irish are led by standout shooting guard and ACC Player of the Year Jewell Loyd, who averaged 20.5 points, 3.1 assists and 5.4 rebounds per game, and ACC Freshman of the Year Brianna Turner, a forward who averaged 13.8 points, 7.8 rebounds and 2.6 blocks per game.Notre Dame will have to get past strong teams like No. 2 seed Baylor and No. 4 seed Stanford, two programs that are used to Final Four appearances, and some dark-horse contenders in Minnesota and Oklahoma. The Golden Gophers have stellar sophomore center Amanda Zahui B., who averaged 18.6 points and 12.4 rebounds per game, with an incredible 39-point game thrown in there, too. We give her team a less than 1 percent chance of getting past the Irish, but maybe not if she has anything to say about it.SpokaneThe No.1 seed in the Spokane region is Maryland, which swept through its Big 10 season and tournament undefeated and has only two losses on the season. The team has one of the most potent offenses in the country, but a pedestrian defense. And the Terrapins have a tough road ahead. Our model rates them as the weakest No. 1 seed by far, with only a 37 percent chance of winning their region. While they hope to win the program’s second national championship, after beating Duke in a thrilling overtime game in 2006, we give them only a 2 percent chance of winning this year (not helped by likely facing UConn in the Final Four).But first they must get out of the region. And Maryland might face No. 2 seed Tennessee. The Lady Vols, who haven’t made a Final Four appearance since 2008, have a 33 percent chance of making it out of the Spokane region this year, the most likely No. 2 seed to advance.Even before that, Maryland’s second-round opponent might be the only undefeated team in the tournament: No. 8 seed Princeton, which is 30-0. Some projected the Tigers to get a No. 5 seed, but the committee obviously saw their Ivy League schedule as unimpressive. Still, scrappy Princeton has the third-toughest defense in the country, and our model has it as the fifth most likely team to win the region and the 17th most likely team in the entire bracket to win the championship.Also in the Terrapins way: Oregon State, with its 3-point happy offense, is the most likely No. 3 seed to advance to the Final Four by our model’s estimates. And Duke is also impressive, with a scoring margin of nearly 12 points per game.For an upset sleeper, don’t count out No. 6 seed George Washington, which despite losing to Maryland by 10 points in November has the 15th-highest scoring margin in the country — albeit achieved by tearing through the relatively weak Atlantic 10 conference.GreensboroTo the extent that UConn faces a threat, it comes from the Greensboro region, where South Carolina is the No. 1 seed. By our model, South Carolina has the second-highest probability of winning it all, at 10 percent. If the Gamecocks do face the Huskies, it won’t be the first time — UConn throttled South Carolina by 25 points last month, one of the Gamecocks’ two losses on the season. But the Gamecocks have a stout defense, ranked eighth nationally. Their interior defense is especially impressive, as they block 6.5 shots per game, and overall, the team holds opponents to fewer than 53 points per game.To get to the Final Four, South Carolina must fight through several obstacles. It might encounter No. 5 seed Ohio State in the Sweet 16 and thus have to contain freshman superstar Kelsey Mitchell, who leads the nation in scoring, at 25.0 points per game. North Carolina, the No. 4 seed, knocked off the Gamecocks in the regional semifinals last year and is the third most likely team to get out of the region — ahead of No. 3 seed Arizona State.But most of all, South Carolina must get past No. 2 seed Florida State, which boasts the eighth-highest scoring margin in the country. Our model gives FSU a 17 percent chance of winning the region.Regardless, the main story lines to watch this year are whether mighty UConn can fulfill statistical destiny and storm through the tournament like the dominant program our model expects it to be and whether Princeton takes its insulting seed as motivation and sustains its unbeaten, dream season.Check out FiveThirtyEight’s March Madness predictions.CORRECTION (March 19, 12:00 p.m.): Because of an error in data reported by ESPN, an earlier version of this article gave incorrect team scoring margins for Duke, George Washington and Florida State. We’ve updated those figures with the correct data.
With the NBA regular season winding down, the Golden State Warriors are 66-7 and need to go 7-2 over their final nine games to break the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls’ record for most wins in a season. We have a guess for how this will play out: Our CARM-Elo prediction system says Golden State has about a 66 percent chance of getting there. But we’d be lying if we didn’t say that handicapping the Warriors’ run to 73 is just as uncertain now as it was a few months ago.Our CARM-Elo NBA predictions use a combination of a team’s (pre-season) personnel and its past performance to estimate its relative strength. For most of the season it has tended to have the Warriors as a little more likely to run up on Michael’s Bulls than other prediction systems.1CARM-Elo adjusts itself to very good (or very bad) teams in the middle of its simulations a little better than similar systems.As the season winds down, those predictions become less abstract and might seem to take on more tangible meaning. It ought to be easier to predict a team going 7-2 than 25-5, right? But there’s a circular sort of logic to forecasting like this. On the one hand, when the finish line was further out, any effects of late-season lineup-fiddling from the Warriors or their opponents were aggregated over many games. The system doesn’t know that Stephen Curry may sit down in the final week of the regular season because the Warriors secured a 1-seed, or because of a sore hamstring, or because of a bad run-in with room service sushi. But the estimated effect of a game or two without the MVP is smaller in the context of a full season. This can make forecasts from months out feel more precise, less vulnerable to natural rhythms of the season.On the other hand, it takes a certain kind of willful omnipotent to guarantee that a team’s basic state — three healthy stars and the supporting constellations mostly intact — will remain unmolested by fate. The long-term outlook is always vulnerable to genuine surprise.As it stands, with nine games remaining, we know the state of the Warriors going into this stretch — a little banged up, but still plenty good. We can be relatively certain there aren’t any big surprises left in the season, just the series of little ones we always knew were coming: The tension between chasing the record and run-of-the-mill rest before the playoffs, plus some nagging injuries to rotation players and the need to bonk the rust off of a few guys coming back from longer-term absences. Six of Golden State’s remaining nine games are at home, where the Warriors are 35-0 for the season. Two of those home games are speed bumps against the no-account Wizards and the incompetent Timberwolves. Those are the gimmes.Another two are a home-and-home against the Spurs. Those very well could be thrilling late-season playoff previews … or, more likely, 96 minutes of the Warriors’ regular rotation being trolled by one of Gregg Popovich’s “DNP-Old” lineups: 30 minutes of Boban Marjanovic, perhaps, or a team trainer wheeling Andre Miller’s sarcophagus around the court.The remaining five games come against the Blazers, Celtics, Jazz and Grizzlies (twice) — four playoff teams elbowing for playoff seeding and a combined winning percentage of .544.2Including the Grizzlies twice.Our NBA game predictions for these remaining games — upon which our broader forecast of the Warriors reaching 73 wins is based — pass the late-season sanity check, more or less. Your guess is as good as mine for those Spurs games, and the probabilities for the Grizzlies games are slightly janky because, honestly, the Grizzlies are pretty janky themselves. (Memphis tends to win games close or get absolutely annihilated, which kills its point differential and Elo rating, but the team has done this consistently enough that it’s essentially a bug turned feature.) Any discrepancies seem to come closer to canceling each other out than thumbing the scale, and it sums up as a tough but not impossible schedule for the Warriors to take at a 7-2 pace.That could be made easier if the Golden State roster gets healthy in the home stretch. According to Nathan Currier at Man-Games Lost, a website that tracks player injuries, Warriors players missed a combined 164 games through 72 games played (Sunday’s game against Philadelphia was the team’s 73rd), in the top 10 in the league in both total games lost and lost Value Over Replacement Player. Sixth man Andre Iguodala has missed the last few weeks with a sprained ankle; Festus Ezeli has missed 33 games; Harrison Barnes missed 16 straight games earlier in the season; Andrew Bogut hasn’t missed much time, but he plays just 20 minutes per game. The roster has seen enough tumult that Brandon Rush — a live body and a fan favorite who is nevertheless not, you know, good — has seen 25 starts.A healthy (or unhealthy) bench may not matter all that much, though: The core of Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green made it through the season intact and was overwhelming enough that the Warriors never teetered too far off course. Here’s a chart of the Warriors’ chances of getting at least 73 wins throughout the regular season, along with the same chances for the Spurs and the Cavs:3The other 27 teams aren’t included because they are for the most part a big, thick line at 0 percent. 3/[email protected] UTA61 4/1vs. BOS88 7588 728923 Now that we’ve arrived at the precipice, though, the step from 72 to 73 wins seems as large as ever. Our model thinks the Warriors have an 89 percent chance to at least tie the Bulls’ record at 72 wins, but those odds fall 23 percentage points, to 66 percent, for 73 or more wins; 74 or more wins is a 33 percent proposition, but let’s not go getting greedy now. These projections also assume teams will play to win, which is uncertain for the Warriors, who can probably coast to a 1-seed, as well as their opponents, who will deal with all the typical late-season machinations for playoff seeding or draft position.By all appearances, however, Golden State is fixing to up and do this thing.Coach Steve Kerr said last week that the Warriors won’t be backing down from the chase, at least as long as the players want it. “Yeah, this whole idea of setting a record does make things a little trickier,” he said. “It’s the players who are setting a record. It’s not the organization. It’s the players who are doing it. So they will absolutely have some say in matters down the stretch in terms of how we approach everything.”Well, the players want it:Kerr is a latecomer to this cause, as his best players have started to openly embrace the chase. In Dallas, Stephen Curry was asked if “deep down” he wanted the wins record. He responded flatly, “There’s a reason you’re still talking about that 1995-96 Bulls team. So yes.” Draymond Green upped the ante, after a loss against the Spurs, no less. He proclaimed, “I’m not going to shy away from saying we want the record. We want the record, and we’re going after it.”Sunday night, the Warriors made good on the bluster when they took a full clip into a home game against the now 9-65 Philadelphia 76ers on a night a starter or four could have taken some rest. It’s a good bet, then, that unless something puts a scare to them, the Warriors will be the Warriors. What their opposition will do is less certain. 69>99<1 743325 4/7vs. SA66 Warriors’ remaining schedule Source: ESPN 3/29vs. WAS90% There’s a whole spool of loose threads waiting to be tied off in the Warriors’ season. Curry has 350 3-pointers, already 64 more than his standing record, and on its way to something truly absurd. Meanwhile, Thompson is sitting on 253 threes of his own and needs another 17 to move into fourth place on the single-season list, which just happens to be the highest spot on the list that doesn’t belong to Curry. The list of records that are certain to fall once this season is over is long and rich and telling. But holding the record for home wins in a regular season or team threes per game doesn’t have quite the same ring as 73 wins. As for that, it’s still a two-in-three chance, give or take.Jay Boice contributed research. 4/[email protected] SA32 736634 4/3vs. POR90 Chances the Warriors finish with: 4/5vs. MIN95 4/[email protected] MEM81 WINSAT LEAST THIS MANY WINSEXACTLY THIS MANY WINS 4/13vs. MEM92 68>99%<1% DATEOPPONENTWARRIORS’ WIN PROB 71978 70>992
Junior goalkeeper Cameron Stephens (1) protects the net during a game against Navy Jan. 25 at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. OSU lost, 15-11.Credit: Ryan Robey / For The LanternThe Ohio State men’s lacrosse team has been living on the edge early in 2014.In both of its exhibition matches, OSU fell behind early, and even though the comeback was completed against Hill Academy Jan. 18, it was a different story Saturday against Navy.The Midshipmen, who finished 3-10 last season, took down the Buckeyes 15-11 at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.Navy got off to a flying start when senior long stick midfielder Pat Kiernan scooped up a ground ball on the opening face-off and scored 10 seconds into the game.Junior midfielder Jesse King tallied the first goal for OSU to tie the game, but the Midshipmen scored the next four to find themselves leading, 5-1, at the end of the first quarter.After extending their lead to 8-2 in the second quarter, King and the Buckeyes took advantage of Navy penalties to get back in the game.“We all move the ball really well,” King said. “We have a lot of the same guys from last year … I think it is just everyone being a threat and working together that makes our man-up really good.”OSU was able to cut the Midshipmen’s lead to 11-10 with just more than five minutes remaining in the third quarter after senior defenseman Darius Bowling registered an unassisted goal.But that was as close as the Buckeyes got as Navy went on to score four of the last five goals in the game to preserve the victory.OSU coach Nick Myers gave Navy credit for coming out of the gates quickly and putting pressure on the Buckeyes.“They got off to a great start on the very first face off,” Myers said. “We had five turnovers in the first quarter which really dug us into a hole.”The Buckeyes were led offensively by King, who totaled seven points on two goals and five assists, as well as senior attackman Adam Trombley and sophomore midfielder Charlie Schnider who both netted hat tricks in the contest.Sophomore attackman Carter Brown, who was third on the team last year in points with 43, has yet to dress for the Buckeyes in their exhibition games as he is recovering from an injury.Myers did not give specifics about Brown’s injury, but said the team will wait and see if Brown can play next week and has no doubt that he will make an impact offensively when he returns.“He is a little nicked up, so it is up to our medical staff,” Myers said. “Certainly, he will give us a little bit of a boost when he does get back in the lineup.”Buckeye senior defenseman Joe Meurer said the team has to learn from its mistakes in order to avoid a second consecutive loss when OSU takes on Robert Morris Saturday.“It’s just about continuing to work hard,” Meurer said. “We need to get in the film room and see what we are doing wrong in order to not make the same mistakes week after week.”The game against Robert Morris is set to start at noon Saturday and is the final time the Buckeyes take the field prior to starting regular season play at Johns Hopkins Feb. 9.
Gianluigi Buffon is set to undergo a medical next week ahead of completing his free transfer to Paris Saint-Germain, reports Football-ItaliaThe 40-year-old is now officially a free agent after his contract at Juventus expired on Sunday.Buffon had been expected to retire from professional football at the end of last season, but instead held a press conference in May announcing his intention to prolong his playing career.Neymar can win the Ballon d’Or, says Ander Herrera Andrew Smyth – September 13, 2019 An “excited” Ander Herrera believes new Paris Saint-Germain team-mate Neymar is a contender for the Ballon d’Or alongside Kylian Mbappe.While Buffon’s 17-year association has come to an end, the Italian has received a numerous amount of offers and now appears set to complete his free transfer to PSG next week.The 2006 World Cup winner is expected to sign a two-year with the Ligue 1 giants for a reported €8m per season plus performance-related bonuses.The Italy legend is set to displace current PSG goalkeeper Alphonse Areola as the club’s new number one for next season under new head coach Thomas Tuchel as the capital side look to finally win the Champions League for the first time.
Everton manager Marco Silva says his team went into Sunday’s match at Stamford Bridge with the intention of winning the game as they held Chelsea to a goalless draw.Silva was proud of his team’s defensive organization but insisted they played to win the match.Chelsea’s 15 shots failed to find the net as Marcos Alonso hit the post and Alvaro Morata’s goal was ruled out for offside as the game ended goalless.Silva told Sky Sports: “We can grow like we want to grow as a team and we can challenge when we play this type of match.“We had one goal. We came here to try to win the match.Premier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“We know they are strong and they can create problems and the first half was amazing because we showed everything; organization, good shape, team spirit, a fantastic attitude and belief in ourselves.“We knew before the match it would be difficult to play here. We planned to come here to challenge them and I think this is the first time they didn’t score one goal in one match this season.”