When Middletown South won the NJSIAA Group III state championship last year, coach Tom Erbig brought along some of the team’s younger players to watch and learn for this season. Middletown South’s Jackie Bates is safe as she slides into third base during the NJSIAA State Group III championship game against Nutley on June 5. The Eagles soared to their second straight state championship with a 5-2 victory at Toms River North. Eagles repeat as Group III softball state champions ERIC SUCAR staff It turned out to be a worthwhile move for two of those players had timely hits on Saturday (June 5), when Middletown South won its second straight state title, 5-2, over Nutley. Facing a 2-0 deficit in the sixth inning, shortstop Jill Troiano ripped a bases-clearing triple to the center-field fence and rode home on first baseman Erica Falvey’s deep fly to center field. Both are sophomores. Senior second baseman Sam Penk smashed a run-scoring single in the last inning as the Eagles finished 30-3. Middletown South’s Julia Kuhn (r), the winning pitcher, celebrates with sister Liza Kuhn (l) after the Eagles won the NJSIAA State Group III championship on June 5. The Eagles won their second straight state title with a 5-2 win over Nutley at Toms River North High School. ERIC SUCAR staff “I learned you have to keep fighting for your wins and never give up,” said Falvey. “I took the lessons I learned from there and applied it here for the whole team,” said Troiano. “We lost so many girls from last year [top graduation] so we had to prove ourselves. Senior catcher Amanda Galanti led off the fifth inning with a walk, Kuhn grounded a single through shortstop and junior center fielder Jackie Bates blooped a single to right field to set the scene for Troiano. “The coach said hitting is contagious and with the first three batters getting on base, it was my turn to get the job done,” said Troiano. “I believe in myself and my team is there to support me.” Troiano, who has played three different positions, went back to shortstop where she plays most often when Julia Kuhn gets the pitching start. Junior Allison Nolan has been pitching much of the season, but Kuhn, who has made an early verbal commitment to Northwestern, went to the mound to get her 14th victory. Kuhn allowed four hits, but one was a triple by Kristen Mattia in the fourth inning that bounded past right fielder Dana Shea and she scored on a sacrifice fly. Tara Petrucelli got all of a Kuhn high fastball that she blasted over the center-field fence in the fifth inning for a 2-0 lead, only the fourth home run hit against the Eagles this season. Kuhn, relying on a drop curve and screwball, ended the inning with one of her three strikeouts. She did not walk a batter and only twice got the count to three balls. “It was a deep down gut feeling,” said coach Tom Erbig of his choice to start Kuhn. “Julia was ready to do this and she really wanted the ball. She’s just such a true competitor. You know she was going to give you everything she had. Even though Nolan didn’t pitch, it was a huge learning experience for her and she will be ready to pitch next year.” “My team just played well behind me and picked me up after the home run,” said Kuhn. But catcher Amanda Galanti, one of the two seniors in the starting lineup with second baseman Sam Penk, felt it (the home run) was a gut check for Kuhn, whose fierce competitiveness got her the start ahead of junior Allison Nolan, who has won 16 games and pitched strongly throughout the season. “It takes a strong person to come back after a girl hits a home run off you. She came back and shut them down. A lot of girls can’t do that,” said Galanti. The victory took the frustration of trips to two other championship finals for the Eagles that fell short — to St. John Vianney in the Monmouth County championship and to Red Bank Catholic in the Shore Conference Tournament finals. “It absolutely wipes them out,” emphatically stated Bates, who had three of the Eagles’ nine hits and who has made an early verbal commitment to Rutgers. Kuhn said she was happy for the Eagle seniors. “We were disappointed that we lost [those games] but happy we could end our season with a win and to do it for our seniors,” she said Penk, a senior, agreed. “There’s definitely no way to go out better than this,” said Penk. But it was not without some drama, typical of the two comeback victories over Howell during the season and a 10-2 victory over Delsea likewise broken open in the late innings in the state semifinals on June 1. Nutley pitcher Kayla Heezer allowed only three hits over the first four innings and got Middletown South to hit the ball hard at fielders. Nutley’s outfielders retired 10 batters on fly balls. “I was concerned they were a Cinderella team coming in, and these kids are playing as well as they could play and we had to play our game and maybe a little better,” said Erbig. “We did the same thing against Delsea. We got hits when we needed it. We hit the ball a little more up the middle — hard ground balls and line drives and not the high fly ball.” Penk drove in the insurance run in the last inning with a single after left fielder Taylor Landis led off with her second base hit and stole second. Landis became a starter at midseason when Alex Jacinto was injured. Erbig said the pressure is on his team to get back to the championship games next season. “I know I have two more years and we have so much potential,” said Falvey. But the seniors gave the young players their vote of confidence. “With Jude [Julia Kuhn] and Jackie, leading the way, they’ll keep it going,” said Penk. “I don’t think I’d want to leave the program with anyone other than these little kids,” said Galanti. They certainly have shown signs of growing up this season. BY WAYNE WITKOWSKI Correspondent Defeat Nutley in final
Defending champion Novak Djokovic survived his first stern test at the French Open on Friday, as he came from two sets to one down to overcome world number 41 Diego Schwartzman 5-7 6-3 3-6 6-1 6-1 and move into the last 16.The second seed, now joint third on the all-time list for most wins at Roland Garros with 58, was on the back foot for much of the match, allowing the Argentine to dictate the pace from the baseline.He broke early to go 3-1 up in the first set but instead of cruising through he was broken twice with Schwartzman, in top form on clay this season, snatching the set as dark clouds gathered above Court Philippe Chatrier.“He was the better player for the first three sets,” Djokovic told reporters. “The fourth and fifth went the way I had hoped the whole match would go.”“I was mentally strong and as calm as I could and I kept believing I could break his resistance. But too many unforced errors from my side.”The Serb recovered to secure the second set but with 42 unforced errors in the first three sets alone, including a backhand that flew long to hand Schwartzman the third, he struggled for consistency. “I reduced the risk (in the fourth and fifth) because I was going for my shots too much. I was handing him too many presents.”With new coach Andre Agassi watching from the stands and under threat of becoming the first defending champion to lose before the round of 16 since Juan Carlos Ferrero in 2004, Djokovic took the initiative.He chased Schwartzman along the baseline and kept his cool, despite a time violation and a warning, to take the match to a decider.Two more breaks put him in control and a third gave him a spot in the last 16, where he will face Spaniard Albert Ramos-Vinolas who beat France’s Lucas Pouille.“It was good to be part of a five-set match. I have not played too may five setters in the last couple of years,” said the 30-year-old Djokovic. “It is going to put me in a good place mentally.”“It will affect me in a positive way and, hopefully, I will be able to continue playing better and better.“Sometimes you need to be challenged in order for certain things to surface which are not surfacing if you win comfortably.”
Animals, Big Cats, Camera Trapping, Cats, Cheetahs, Conservation, Crime, Critically Endangered Species, Endangered Environmentalists, Endangered Species, Environment, Environmental Activism, Environmental Crime, Environmental Heroes, Law, Law Enforcement, Mammals, NGOs, Politics, Wildlife, Wildlife Conservation Khalatbari, L., Jowkar, H., Yusefi, G. H., Brito, J. C., and Ostrowski, S. (2017). The current status of Asiatic cheetah in Iran. Cat News, 66, 10-13. 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 overSponsored Article published by John Cannon Four conservationists arrested for suspected espionage in Iran in January face charges of “sowing corruption on Earth.”The charges stem from the team’s use of camera traps to track the Asiatic cheetah, but Iran’s Revolutionary Guard contends that the accused were collecting information on the country’s missile program.If convicted, the conservationists could be sentenced to death. Up to five conservation researchers accused of spying by the Iranian government could face the death penalty if convicted, according to multiple media reports.Conservationists Niloufar Bayani, Taher Ghadirian, Houman Jowkar, Sepideh Kashani and Morad Tahbaz work with the Persian Wildlife Heritage Foundation on the conservation of different wildlife species in Iran, which includes monitoring animals such as Asiatic cheetahs (Acinonyx jubatus venaticus) with camera traps. The country’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, which reports to the country’s supreme leader, alleges that the team used camera traps to collect information on Iran’s missile program, Science magazine reported Oct. 30.The eight environmentalists from the Persian Wildlife Heritage Foundation currently being held in Iran on charges related to espionage. Image © #anyhopefornature.The five are among a group of eight — which also includes Amir Hossein Khaleghi, Abdolreza Kouhpayeh and Sam Rajabi from the same organization — being held in custody, according to The Guardian newspaper and other media reports. A sociologist and manager of the Persian Wildlife Heritage Foundation, Kavous Seyed Emami, who was arrested in early 2018, died under suspicious circumstances in February while in custody, observers said according to a report in The New York Times.“This is a very bizarre charge to bring against environmental activists,” Tara Sepehri Far, a researcher with Human Rights Watch (HRW), told Science.After months of confinement, five of the eight conservationists were charged with the crime of “sowing corruption on Earth” in early October, The Guardian wrote. (Science reported that only four of them — Bayani, Ghadirian, Jowkar and Tahbaz — were charged with the capital offense.)“Nine months of pre-trial detention with no clear charges and no access to a lawyer is an unusually long time even by Iran’s dismal due process standards. It’s hard not to conclude that the authorities are struggling to gather enough evidence to charge them with any recognizable crime,” Sepehri Far wrote in a post for the Atlantic Council, a think tank, before the revelation of the charges.The Asiatic cheetah, likely numbering fewer than 50 individuals, is found only in Iran. Image by Tasnim News Agency via Wikimedia Commons (CC 4.0).She said an investigation at the behest of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani did not find that the accused environmentalists were spies, which put them at the center of a “domestic power struggle” with hard-liners in the judiciary and the Revolutionary Guard.If convicted, the environmentalists could face sentences ranging from six months up to the death penalty.“It is hard to fathom how working to preserve the Iranian flora and fauna can possibly be linked to conducting espionage against Iranian interests,” a group of experts calling on the Iranian government to have the charges dropped said in a statement from the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.Jon Paul Rodríguez, a biologist at the Venezuelan Institute for Scientific Research and chair of IUCN Species Survival Commission, highlighted the value of the work that the researchers had been doing.“As far as I am aware, practically the only information we have on the Asiatic cheetah comes from camera traps,” he said.Asiatic cheetahs likely number fewer than 50 individuals, based on a 2017 study co-authored by Jowkar, one of the people charged in this case, and the IUCN has considered the subspecies critically endangered since 1996.Because cheetahs live at low densities, the traps represent a much more efficient and economical tool to get an accurate picture of their population. In Botswana in southern Africa, scientists have used camera traps to demonstrate to ranchers that a cheetah on their property isn’t as dangerous to their livestock as they might think.An Asiatic cheetah in Miandasht Wildlife Refuge in Iran. Image by Behnam Ghorbani via Wikimedia Commons (CC 4.0).The detentions and the charges leveled have rattled the international scientific community.“IUCN is deeply alarmed by the charges,” Rodríguez said.First reported by Science, hundreds of scientists have signed a letter asking Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s supreme leader, to ensure a fair and “transparent” trial for the eight researchers.Banner image of an Asiatic cheetah by Behnam Ghorbani via Wikimedia Commons (CC 4.0).CITATION FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page.
The rules for the three-round contest – organised by The Rizin Fighting Federation and held at Saitama Super Arena on the northern outskirts of Tokyo – were no kicking allowed and no official record of the match. Mayweather said: “Tenshin is still undefeated. I’m still, undefeated.” Mayweather has won all 50 of his pro fights, while Nasukawa has an undefeated record in kickboxing and mixed martial arts. “It’s all about having fun,” Mayweather told reporters after the fight, praising Nasukawa as a “young, hungry lion”. The Mayweather-Nasukawa bout culminated an evening of more than a dozen fights, streamed by FITE for a fee, but not in the US Fuji TV was the broadcaster in Japan. Mayweather, who hadn’t fought since beating UFC star Conor McGregor more than a year ago, said he was retired and came to Tokyo to give an opportunity to a younger fighter like Nasukawa. “I told Tenshin to ‘hold your head up high,'” Mayweather said. Nasukawa said after the bout that he was grateful for the experience and that he had learned a lot. Fans – and possibly Nasukawa himself – appeared taken back that Mayweather showed little mercy in the exhibition. “He is first-class,” Nasukawa said. SAITAMA, Japan (AP): It took less than three minutes for Floyd Mayweather to knock down his Japanese kickboxer opponent Tenshin Nasukawa three times in a totally one-sided bout of exhibition boxing on New Year’s Eve. Nasukawa’s father threw in the towel after 140 seconds of the first round yesterday as his 20-year-old son bravely teetered around the ring trying to get up. It was a quick and definitive victory for the 41-year-old American. Mayweather was gracious in victory, hugging the weeping Nasukawa and calling him “still a great champion”. Nasukawa, however, barely landed a clean punch against the vastly more experienced Mayweather. STILL UNDEFEATED
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball01:04Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown The 11 losses are already the most since a decade ago when the Bulldogs ended their season with a 3-11 slate. NU’s remaining game will be against University of the East on Wednesday.POST-GAME INTERVIEW LOOK: Taal Volcano island 2 days after eruption ‘Gago’ DSWD Bicol donates P1.5M worth of food packs for Taal eruption evacuees Doncic’s triple-double lifts Mavericks over Pelicans No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist 400 evacuees from Taal eruption take refuge in Mt. Banahaw A win by Ateneo against UP on Wednesday at MOA Arena will complete a 14-game sweep and a fourth straight finals appearance for the Eagles under coach Tab Baldwin.Ange Kouame finished with 17 points and 13 rebounds in just 23 minutes on the floor, while Thirdy Ravena tallied 15 points and four rebounds for Ateneo, which had 14 players scoring at least three points.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4It was another heavy defeat by the Bulldogs, whose once promising season has turned out to be a nightmare of sorts after they suffered a fourth straight loss for a 2-11 record.The Bulldogs’ struggles were characterized by main man Dave Ildefonso, who was held to just two points after averaging 16.2 points in the first 12 games of the campaign. Thirdy Ravena soars high for a jam. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netANTIPOLO – Sharp and precise with its execution, Ateneo rolled to an 88-51 win over National U Saturday and moved to the brink of an elimination round sweep in UAAP Season 82 at Ynares Center.The Blue Eagles broke out of the gates hard and never looked back as they delivered their most lopsided win of the season just four days before facing University of the Philippines in the last game of the elimination round.ADVERTISEMENT ‘People evacuated on their own’ LATEST STORIES MOST READ Phivolcs: Cloud seeding in ashfall affected areas needs study View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 2 village execs nabbed in Bohol buy-bust
At No. 10 Duke 75, Boston College 61: DeMarcus Nelson scored 17 points to lead the Blue Devils (18-3, 5-2 ACC) past the Eagles (14-6, 6-2). Josh McRoberts had 16 points, 12 rebounds and five blocks for Duke. No. 15 Marquette 70, at South Florida 68: Dominic James scored 16 points and Jerel McNeal stole a pass and drove nearly the length of the floor to make a layup at the buzzer to give the Golden Eagles (19-4, 6-2) a victory over the Bulls (11-11, 2-6). Virginia 64, at No. 19 Clemson 63: Jason Cain’s tip-in with 15.5 seconds left capped a 16-point comeback over the final nine minutes to lift the Cavaliers (13-6, 5-2 ACC) over the Tigers (18-4, 4-4). The Cavaliers trailed 61-45 after Cliff Hammonds’ 3-pointer with 8:47 to go. But Clemson was held to two foul shots the rest of the way. At Georgia 57, No. 21 LSU 54: Levi Stukes’ 3-pointer with 0.6 seconds left gave the Bulldogs (13-6, 5-2 SEC) a win over the Tigers (13-7, 2-4). It was Stukes’ fourth 3-pointer of the game and was one of eight second-half 3s by the Bulldogs. He finished with 16 points. Alando Tucker scored 27 points, Brian Butch added 13 points and 14 rebounds and No. 2 Wisconsin beat Iowa 57-46 in Iowa City, Iowa on Sunday, eclipsing the best start in school history. Tucker went 11 of 14 from the floor for the Badgers (21-1, 7-0 Big Ten), who topped the old mark of 20-1 set in 1915-16. Wisconsin also extended the nation’s longest winning streak to 17 games. Adam Haluska scored 16 points to lead Iowa (11-10, 3-4), which saw its 12-game home winning streak against Big Ten opponents snapped. The Hawkeyes fell for just the second time in 30 games at home. Glenn Davis had 18 points, 14 rebounds and a career-high six assists for LSU. No. 24 Virginia Tech 73, at Georgia Tech 65: Zabian Dowdell scored 23 points and A.D. Vassallo had 19 to help the Hokies (16-5, 6-1 ACC) beat the Yellow Jackets (13-7, 2-5). 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
“Sharing Our History”The Chair Ms Ena McClean gives notice that the Annual General Meeting of the Raymochy Parishes Historical Society will take place on Wednesday 10th October, 2012 at 8.00pm in the Manorcunningham Resource Centre.Application forms for Membership will be available on the night and are available in the Post Office, Local Shops and Lagan Inn at present. Annual Membership is €10 and must accompany applications. New Members are very welcome from all age groups. Remember its your Society and you can make it work. RAYMOCHY PARISH HISTORICAL SOCIETY AGM was last modified: October 4th, 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)
Cesc Fabregas in action for Chelsea 1 AS Roma are preparing a New Year move for Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas, according to reports in Italy.The midfielder’s future at Stamford Bridge remains uncertain following the arrival of manager Antonio Conte in the summer.The Italian has steered his side to the top of the Premier League with a 3-4-3 formation and Fabregas is not his first choice in central midfield.The former Arsenal and Barcelona man has started just two league games all season, with Nemanja Matic and N’Golo Kante preferred to him in the engine room.That lack of game time has led to suggestions that he could leave the club when the transfer window opens, with a long list of clubs considering a move.And now, according to Il Tempo, Roma are very keen on signing him and are currently exploring the possibility of bringing him in.However, the transfer fee may prove a stumbling block given Fabregas still has over two years left on his current deal and Chelsea, with a title challenge to manage, are under no pressure to sell such a talented player.
Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card The title will be decided on Sunday Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury no dice GETTY Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT talkSPORT is your home of live football! Here’s what’s coming up on talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2… Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS 1 Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won ADVICE gameday cracker Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars A significant portion of that comes from TV game fees – and Jurgen Klopp’s men have featured on the box more than any other team in the league.They have had 29 games on TV compared to City’s 26, generating £3.4million more than the league leaders. huge blow Liverpool will earn more Premier League income than Manchester City… even if the Reds fail to win the title.The two clubs are locked in a relentless race to be crowned champions, with one point separating them on the final day of the season. REVEALED shining That extra broadcasting income outweighs the difference between finishing first and second in the table; if the league stays the same, City will only receive £2.1million more than Liverpool in prize money.The final revenue is made up as part of the equal share given out to all 20 Premier League teams. For the 2018/19 season, this share is valued at £79.4million per team. LIVE ON talkSPORT Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ REPLY tense Doncaster vs Charlton (Sunday, 12:15pm) – talkSPORT 2Tottenham vs Everton (Sunday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2Mansfield vs Newport (Sunday, 6pm) – talkSPORT 2 City will retain their crown with victory at Brighton, while Liverpool must get a result against Wolves and hope for the best.But even if the Reds finish second, they will still get more Premier League money than their rivals.That’s according to sportingintelligence.com, which forecasts that Liverpool will receive £149.5million compared to City’s £148.1million.
ATLANTA—A large-scale study of a biomedical intervention that potentially offers novel options for women to protect themselves from HIV infection has, to the surprise of many researchers, failed. But the results say more about the participants’ behavior than the effectiveness of the products being tested. At the 20th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections held here from 3 to 6 March, infectious disease specialist Jeanne Marrazzo of the University of Washington, Seattle, reported the disappointing results of the study known as VOICE, which stands for Vaginal and Oral Interventions to Control the Epidemic. As Marrazzo explained, VOICE began in September 2009 and ended in August 2012, enrolling 5029 women from South Africa, Uganda, and Zimbabwe. The study assessed three different strategies to what’s known as pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, which aims to protect uninfected people by giving them anti-HIV drugs each day either orally or vaginally. In one approach, women took a pill that contained the anti-HIV drugs tenofovir and emtricitabine. A second arm of VOICE tested tenofovir pills alone, whereas women in the third arm were given a vaginal gel that contained tenofovir. Other trial participants received inert gel or dummy pills. In all, 312 women became infected with HIV during the study, and there was no statistically significant difference in infection rates between women who received the placebos or PrEP. Tenofovir gel and oral PrEP have worked in other studies with women. But Marrazzo stressed that the VOICE participants simply didn’t use the products as instructed. “By several measures the adherence was disappointingly low,” Marrazzo said. 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The women reported using PrEP 90% of the time, and their unused returns seemed to validate that figure. But when the researchers later analyzed blood levels of drugs in the women, they found that no more than 30% had evidence of anti-HIV drugs in their body at any study visit. “There was a profound discordance between what they told us, what they brought back, and what we measured,” Marrazzo said. The sobering reality, she said, is that the failure of VOICE says more about human nature than the biomedical mechanisms at work. “We think all this time about these grand interventions, and maybe people don’t want to use them from the get-go,” Marrazzo said. “We need to start listening to people, and if you’re not going to use this, we’re not going to test this.” But virologist Robert Grant of the University of California, San Francisco, who led a large oral PrEP study that worked in men who have sex with men, said he suspects the real problem is the placebo-controlled nature of the study. The women, he said, would have had more incentive to use PrEP if they knew that they were receiving gel or pills that had drug in them. “We need open label demonstration projects that give young women a chance to use PrEP if they know what it is,” Grant said. He added that the women may also have heard about results from the other PrEP studies that worked. “In retrospect, how do you expect people to adhere to a study drug when they think they already know the result.” Sharon Hillier, a reproductive infectious disease specialist at the University of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania, heads the Microbicide Trials Network that staged the trial and disagreed with Grant. “It’s a bit like the female condom, which likely ‘works,’ but very few women want it even when you give it away,” Hillier said. “PrEP has a place and will be an effective strategy for some people. But if we really want to make a dent in this epidemic, we need to pay attention to what high-risk young women told us: We love getting the services provided by your study but we do not desire the products you are testing.”