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New York Times reporter Jodi Wilgoren explored “parallel universes” along the Colorado River this summer (here for multimedia version). She rode a raft with a creationist group led by Tom Vail for several days, then rode with another party led by evolutionist Eugenie Scott. Her experiences with these two groups illustrated the stark contrast between the worldviews at conflict in American society. “Two groups examining the same evidence,” she remarked. “Traveling nearly identical itineraries, snoozing under the same stars and bathing in the same chocolate-colored river. Yet, standing at opposite ends of the growing creation-evolution debate, they seemed to speak in different tongues.” Wilgoren mentioned several scientific evidences that Tom Vail discussed as support for his Genesis Flood interpretation. One, the smooth perpendicular folds in Carbon Canyon, he explained as evidence the material had to be soft when bent. The long-age view is that pressure over time could give the rocks plasticity; “That’s just a theory,” Vail replied. He also discussed evidence for a mass kill event covering 5,700 square miles. He pointed to a vertically-oriented nautiloid that could not have remained in its position for tens of thousands of years while it was being buried slowly. On the evolution group’s raft, a geologist who had been questioned about it only responded that “scientists had not documented the billions of nautiloids creationists cite and had found no stunning pattern in their orientation.” Although Wilgoren asserted the correctness of the “scientific” view of the ages of the rocks and the canyon, her anecdotes about the behavior of the people of the parties seemed as contrasting as that of the differing interpretation of the canyon. She portrayed creationists in the group praying for one another and expressing their joy and thankfulness to God over the beauty surrounding them. The evolutionists, on the other hand, she portrayed as flippant and disrespectful about religion. Perhaps that was best illustrated in the music. Creationists sang hymns of praise accompanied by flute and guitar. Eugenie Scott, on the other hand, taught her group this ditty about a fishlike invertebrate evolutionists claim is one of our ancestors: “It’s a long way from amphioxus / It’s a long way to us. / It’s a long way from amphioxus to the meanest human cuss. / Goodbye fins and gill slits / Hello lungs and hair! / It’s a long, long way from amphioxus, / But we come from there.” Another observation Jodi Wilgoren made was that all on the creationist raft had voted for George Bush, and all but two on the evolutionist raft for John Kerry. She also pointed out polls that show a third of the American public believe the Bible should be taken literally and that nearly half believe humans were created in nearly their present form within the last 10,000 years. The article was peppered with the usual claims and counter-claims about science and religion, facts and faith. But Wilgoren gave surprisingly good press to Tom Vail, who used to teach the evolutionary view before becoming a Christian, and whose book Grand Canyon: A Different View has ranked 17th out of 800 products in the national park bookstores. It has sold 40,000 copies, she said, “despite science organizations’ protests of its sale in park shops.” She gave Vail the last word: “We can read God’s word and we know what we’re supposed to do. It’s real clear up here what we’re supposed to do.”Considering the disdain with which creationists are usually treated, Jodi Wilgoren gave a pretty fair and balanced presentation. The only flaws are the assumptions that evolutionists have the better science. Some of her words assume that evolutionary geologists have science on their side. We will suggest changes to the underlined words.“Geologists date this sandstone to 550 million years ago and explain the folding as a result of pressure from shifting faults underneath.” Change that to “evolutionary storytellers” and “speculate.”“That same week, a few miles upriver, a decidedly different group of 24 rafters surveyed the same rock formations – but through the lens of science rather than what Mr. Vail calls ‘biblical glasses.’” Change that to “evolutionary glasses”. Vail is up-front about his Biblical presuppositions. Evolutionists need to be up-front about theirs.“this trip was a floating geology seminar, charting the canyon’s evolution through eons of erosion.” Substitute evolutionary geology, speculating about the canyon’s formation through an unobserved period of erosion.Eugenie Scott said, “To a standard geologist, to somebody who actually studies geology, this just shouts out at you: This is really old; this is really gradual.”Should be, To an indoctrinated evolutionary geologist, to somebody who views the world through evolutionary glasses, this just confirms one’s presuppositions.“Science unequivocally dates the earth’s age at 4.5 billion years, and the canyon’s layers at some two billion years. Change to Evolutionary geology needs the earth to be 4.5 billion years old, and speculates within their evolutionary model that the canyon’s layers must be some two billion years old.“Even the intelligent design movement, which argues that evolution alone cannot explain life’s complexity, does not challenge the long history of the earth.” Should be, does not attempt to debate the age of the earth, because that is not the question they are addressing.“‘I won’t defend evolution,’ Dr. Scott said in exasperation one evening. ‘We don’t defend the spherical Earth. We need to stop defending, as they put it, Darwinism, and just make them show they have a scientific view.’”Belief in evolution has nothing to do with belief in a spherical earth. The sphericity of the earth is observable, and is even taught in the Bible (Isaiah 40:22, Job 26:10). Evolution in the Darwinian sense of universal common ancestry is not observable and contradicts the fossil record. Dr. Scott needs to get over her exasperation and defend her position with evidence. The antecedent in “they” have a scientific view” is unclear. Both views need to be plausible inferences about the past based on currently observable evidence. Both have religious implications.“Mr. Gishlick said scientists had not documented the billions of nautiloids creationists cite and had found no stunning pattern in their orientation.”Not scientists, but evolution-biased critics. Evolutionary geologists may not have found this evidence, because they don’t ask the right questions. The evidence is out there for anyone to see.“‘I don’t really care how they reconcile Noah’s flood with scientific things – it’s about religion,ֻ protested Mary Murray, 54, an artist from Laguna Beach, Calif., who came with her biology-professor husband. ‘We shouldn’t be talking about religion at all in the public schools.’” What she means is, “I am closing my mind to their evidence. It’s about maintaining special treatment and favored status for my secular religion. We shouldn’t be letting their religion compete with mine in the public schools.”You get the idea. Words can bias an article and embed hidden assumptions. Discerning readers need to be watchful for how reporters attempt to sway opinions with word games. At least here on CEH, you get to hear both sides. Want to go on the river with Tom? Check his 2006 Schedule. Creation Safaris, our parent organization, is co-sponsoring the August 25 three-day excursion. View postcards from the 2005 trip, which was a great success with 26 people aboard: #1 and #2. We guarantee you will have a lot more fun with creationists than with a bunch of sourpuss scoffers and mean human cusses. We guarantee you will enjoy “Praise God from whom all blessings flow” more than “Goodbye fins and gill slits.” (compare this essay with the evolution songbook). 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1Stupack et al., “Potentiation of neuroblastoma metastasis by loss of caspase-8,” Nature 439, 95-99 (5 January 2006) | doi:10.1038/nature04323.2Breitz et al., “Point mutations in the aromatic/arginine region in aquaporin 1 allow passage of urea, glycerol, ammonia, and protons,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, published online before print January 3, 2006, 10.1073/pnas.0507225103.3Bik et al., “Molecular analysis of the bacterial microbiota in the human stomach,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, published online before print January 4, 2006, 10.1073/pnas.0506655103.4Barsky and Venclovas, “DNA Sliding Clamps: Just the Right Twist to Load onto DNA,” Current Biology, Volume 15, Issue 24, 24 December 2005, pages R989-R992.5Gore et al., “Mechanochemical analysis of DNA gyrase using rotor bead tracking,” Nature 439, 100-104 (5 January 2006) | doi:10.1038/nature04319.6Dumont et al., “RNA translocation and unwinding mechanism of HCV NS3 helicase and its coordination by ATP,” Nature 439, 105-108 (5 January 2006) | doi:10.1038/nature04331.Most of these articles mentioned little or nothing about evolution. Here is legitimate science in action: seeking understanding, observing phenomena in real time, learning things so as to benefit human health. Was Darwinism valuable in the slightest? These articles are mere glimpses into the new world of molecular machines for which evolutionary theory was completely unprepared. Most of these machines are parts of complexes with other machines, and they all must meet precise specs or they won’t work – and not working often means serious impairment or death. How could such elaborate factories emerge by mindless, undirected processes of evolution? Darwinists are either scrambling to patch up their theory with new just-so stories, or else going schizophrenic by not even attempting to explain these machines on one side of their head while stating “evolution is a fact, like gravity” on the other. Any thinking person examining evidence like this will quickly tire of the “maybe this, maybe that” habit of the Darwin Party: “perhaps in some warm little pond, the first life needed a way to pack DNA, so it invented gyrase.” Yeah, right. Preach it, brother. Charlie was plagued by stomach aches most of his life. Had he knowledge of such small wonders, his groans might have been heard round the world. Those not infected with Gastroenteritis darwini can avoid infection by clicking back through five years of Chain Links on Cell Biology and Amazing Stories. Doing so has the added benefit of inducing a state of euphoria, also known as intelligent worship.(Visited 16 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 When we think of health, we typically visualize the big things: firm muscles, energy, lack of a protruding stomach and the like. Cell biology, though, is showing us how our health depends on the proper functioning of countless myriads of molecular machines. Here are some recent samples from the science journals:Heroic Underdogs in the Brain: Neurons always got the glory in neurology studies, but now it appears that structural cells called astrocytes deserve more respect. A summary of work at U. of Rochester posted on EurekAlert says that these “housekeeping” cells actually perform critical functions in regulating blood flow. They “play a direct role in controlling blood flow in the brain, a crucial process that allows parts of the brain to burst into activity when needed.” When they malfunction, they might contribute directly to degenerative maladies like Alzheimer’s disease. See also LiveScience.The Vital Destroyer: When cancer spreads, hope shrinks. Friends and family of cancer victims know the agony of metastasis. At least in some kinds of cancers, metastasis may be traced to failure of a protein named caspase-8 that acts like a curfew cop. Normally, reported EurekAlert about work by St. Jude’s Research Hospital, caspase-8 patrols the surfaces of tissues looking for vagrant cells that have dislodged from their normal locations and are wandering into unsafe territory. When it finds them, it turns on their built-in self-destruct program, called apoptosis. When the cops are out sick, the vagrants get out and cause trouble. The paper was published in Nature.1Your Third Eye: A rare type of eye cell can see. Rods and cones, we know, do most of the real-time visualization, but scientists at Brown University found “intrinsically photosensitive retinal ganglion cells,” or ipRGCs, that respond to light and are hardwired to the brain. They are pretty sure these slower-acting light sensors are responsible for setting our biological clock and controlling the iris muscles, regulating how much light enters the eye. “These cells operate like a light meter on a camera,” said researcher David Berson. “They tell the brain to constrict the pupil based on the amount of light registered over time.” There are about 2,000 of these cells in the eye, compared to millions of rods and cones.Don’t Bang the Eardrums: Our ears can tolerate many orders of magnitude in volume, but there are limits. Researchers at Ohio State found that “years of repeated exposure to loud noise increases the risk of developing a non-cancerous tumor that could cause hearing loss.” Please pass this warning along to your local fitness center.Watergate Scandal: Point mutations to our water gates, the water-regulating channels in cell membranes, can let the wrong substances in, reported Breitz et al. in PNAS.2 These elaborate channels made of protein, called aquaporins, depend on a precise amino-acid structure to authenticate water but keep other similar-size molecules out; they can even keep out tiny protons. The team inserted mistakes here and there and found that contraband like urea or glycerol could sneak in. One amazing factoid they mentioned is that a single red blood cell has as many as 200,000 aquaporins. For more on membrane channels, see 05/29/2002 and 12/20/2001. A reader found detailed powerpoint presentations and animations at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign website, and more at the University of Maine.Gutfull Wonders The stomach is a lively place. Lots of organisms live there; hope you don’t mind. A team from Stanford and NYU decided to start surveying these one-celled companions, because “The microbiota of the human stomach … remain largely unknown.” Their preliminary results, published in PNAS,3 began, “A diverse community of 128 phylotypes was identified, featuring diversity at this site greater than previously described.” Ten percent of them were previously unknown, and they come from at least five separate phyla. Surprisingly, the population in the stomach differs from that in the mouth and esophagus, and different people have different assortments. There are some known bad bugs like Helicobacter pylori that form ulcers, but most of them must be OK or even helpful, since we usually feel good after a big meal: “The gastric microbiota may play important, as-yet-undiscovered roles in human health and disease,” they said.Clamp Champs: You have sliding clamps in your cells. Really. Current Biology4 talked about these wonderful machines that twist DNA during the copy process:DNA sliding clamps were first characterized as DNA polymerase processivity factors: without their presence, cell division would be inconceivably slow; replication of long stretches of DNA would be hopelessly inefficient because DNA polymerases tend to fall off the DNA after elongating a strand by just a handful of bases. By tethering the polymerase to the DNA, such processivity factors enable the polymerase to add thousands of bases in a few seconds without detaching from the DNA. (Emphasis added in all quotes.)They work kind of like magic Chinese linking rings. Somehow they melt around the DNA strand without harming it. This allows all the other machinery to get a grip during that heavy-duty copying cycle. Good thing we don’t have to wait so long for the copy operation or we might never grow up.DNA Gyrations During Packaging: Nature printed articles on two other DNA motors that deserve special notice: one is an acrobatic “gyrase” that generates negative supercoils in DNA (that’s important for packing and safety during cell division).5 In their words, “Negative DNA supercoiling is essential in vivo to compact the genome, to relieve torsional strain during replication, and to promote local melting for vital processes such as transcript initiation by RNA polymerase.” The little motor runs on the cell’s special fuel pellets, ATP. The scientists put beads on it and watched it spin around. They found it was quite sensitive to tension.More DNA Acrobatics: Another team publishing in Nature6 studied motors called DNA helicases, which are “involved in nearly all aspects of DNA and RNA metabolism.” Utilizing special techniques, they watched this incredibly tiny molecular motor and discovered that it “might move like an inchworm” (that’s scientific lingo). It also runs on ATP in a precise range of stresses. Without the helicase machinery, DNA unfolding would be very, very slow. This particular helicase, named NS3, is just one of many “helicases involved in many essential cellular functions.”
(Visited 35 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 When people hear of “geologic time,” they are trained to think of millions of years. Big things can happen in far less time.Instant Manhattan: Imagine covering Manhattan with sand almost 500 feet deep. (Some might consider that a good idea, but this is about geology, not politics.) Explosions under the sea, described by Nature (485, 31 May 2012, page 551, doi:10.1038/485551f), produced that much sand instantaneously in Norwegian waters, according to a drilling survey. “At the start of the most recent ice age, pressurized sand exploded through cracks in the sea floor at the bottom of the North Sea, producing a body of sand large enough to bury Manhattan under 160-metre-high dunes.” Some 10 cubic kilometers of sand erupted through these cracks rapidly.Diamonds by overnight delivery: In January, popular science sites like Live Science and PhysOrg repeated the surprise that kimberlite eruptions, which bring diamonds from deep in the mantle to the surface, are much more rapid than previously thought. Both articles used the word “rapid” several times. Kimberlite eruptions are the deepest known events that bring magma to the surface. Due to buoyancy and other physical processes now considered, the magma accelerates as it rises.Off by three orders of magnitude: Science Daily reported another geological process that was much more rapid than thought:The depths of Earth are anything but peaceful: large quantities of liquids carve their way through the rock as fluids, causing magma to form. A research team led by the University of Münster, has shown that the fluids flow a lot faster through solid rock than previously assumed. In the Chinese Tian Shan Mountains, fluids pushed their way to Earth’s mantle from great depths in just 200 years rather than in the course of tens or even hundreds of thousands of years.You heard it right: 200 years. “And the most exciting thing is that this amount of fluid flowed through the rock in what is for geological processes a very short time, only about two hundred years,” one of the researchers said. The fluids had to act “like a jet through solid rock,” according to the headline. The authors believe this mechanism is not just localized to the Chinese Tian Shan Mountains they hiked in. ” It is also possible that such focused fluid releases are associated with the occurrence of earthquake events in subduction zones,” which, of course, are widespread throughout the world’s tectonic plates.To keep their beloved millions of years, the Norway team hid the fluid accumulation there. But the actual explosions and injections they deduced led to a correction by 3 orders of magnitude. “The release of fluids from minerals in the descending plates is a large-scale and continuous process that takes place at depths up to two-hundred kilometres and takes millions of years,” they explained. “During this time, the fluids first accumulate.” Ad hoc explanations are popular because they are so convenient.Based on 12 years of reporting here at CEH, it is a safe prediction that these instances will not be the last time we hear that some geological process is “more rapid than previously assumed.” It’s time for some deprogramming from the indoctrination the Darwinian moyboys have injected into the students’ brains around the world.
Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 “We’ll see how it feels in the morning but right now, it feels good,” said Durant, who sat out Golden State’s 118-111 victory at Brooklyn on Sunday.Warriors coach Steve Kerr meanwhile said Durant would be ready for anything in terms of crowd reception.“We’re a year removed from the first one so hopefully it will be a little less hostile,” Kerr said. “But we’ll be ready for whatever.”The Warriors coach compared Durant’s return to Oklahoma City to the reception given to LeBron James when he first played back in Cleveland after joining Miami in 2010.“It reminded me of LeBron’s return to Cleveland,” Kerr said. “It was very similar, just a different vibe. Sometimes you can have intensity and desire, and sometimes it can be ugly. And it was ugly.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ In his return to Oklahoma City last season, Durant put up 40 points, and blocked out the hostile reception which greeted him.More of the same is expected on Wednesday, but Durant said he is unconcerned by the catcalls.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“It’s just a regular game for me now,” the reigning NBA Finals MVP said Tuesday. “I learned how to tune out the crowd.”The 29-year-old said a decision on whether he will play on Wednesday will most likely be taken on the day of the game. ONE: Yamaguchi eyes quick revenge vs Filipino bet Iniong View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LATEST STORIES Read Next Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors looks on against the Philadelphia 76ers at Wells Fargo Center on November 18, 2017 in Philadelphia,Pennsylvania. Rob Carr/Getty Images/AFPGolden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant insists he is unfazed by the prospect of facing his former team as the NBA champions prepare to take on Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday.Durant, who is battling to recover from a left ankle sprain, left Oklahoma City for Golden State after eight seasons in 2016.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday PLAY LIST 03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?02:25Raptors or Warriors? PBA players take their pick of NBA champ01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort
Luis Suarez was handed a heavy ban from FIFA after his biting incident in the FIFA World Cup Luis Suarez flew home to Uruguay on Friday after being thrown out of the World Cup and banned from soccer for four months for biting Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini, who criticized the punishment as “excessive”.Liverpool striker Suarez was met by outraged President Jose Mujica when he landed at a military base next to Uruguay’s main airport before dawn, an air force spokesman said.Mujica had joined hundreds of fans who gathered at the airport on Thursday night to show their support for Suarez but they left after a few hours when it became clear he had not yet left Brazil.After his arrival on Friday, Suarez, his wife and other family members were driven to a home he has in the small coastal town of Solymar and the player appeared keen on maintaining a low profile. The 27-year-old star striker has not publicly spoken since soccer’s world governing body FIFA ruled on Thursday that he cannot play in Uruguay’s next nine competitive matches and suspended him from all soccer-related activity for four months.Excessive, says ChielliniThe ban has sparked fury in his homeland and even Chiellini, whose shoulder Suarez sank his teeth into, came out on Friday and said he felt no anger towards the Uruguayan. “Now inside me there’s no feelings of joy, revenge or anger against Suarez for an incident that happened on the pitch and that’s done,” the Juventus centre back said in a statement on his website.advertisement”At the moment my only thought is for Luis and his family, because they will face a very difficult period. I have always considered unequivocal the disciplinary interventions by the competent bodies, but at the same time I believe that the proposed formula is excessive,” Chiellini added.The punishment immediately ended Suarez’s involvement in the World Cup, with Uruguay due to face an in-form Colombia in a round of 16 tie on Saturday. “He is totally distraught. He never thought the punishment would be so severe,” said Alejandro Balbi, a member of the Uruguayan Football Association’s board and Suarez’s lawyer.FIFA ruled that Suarez bit Chiellini during Uruguay’s final group match on Tuesday, as his side knocked Italy out of the tournament with a 1-0 victory. Suarez’s ban is the longest ever imposed at a World Cup. It means he is unlikely to appear in competitive matches for his country until 2016 and he will also miss the first two months of the Premier League season in England.Although it was the third time Suarez has been banned for biting, his team mates and most Uruguayans jumped to defend him, believing the punishment was excessive. “There are different standards. That’s what infuriates and hurts us most,” Mujica said on Thursday night in an appearance on a TV show hosted by former Argentine star Diego Maradona, who also said FIFA had over-reacted.
Ex-Real Madrid president Calderon: I’m outraged Ronaldo was soldby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon has again hit out at the sale of Cristiano Ronaldo.Ronaldo left Madrid for Juventus over a year ago – and Calderon says the club is yet to recover.He told AS: “He should never have left, it’s amazing that he was let go. “It’s impossible to do without such a player. 60 goals per season … no player can bring you such a guarantee. He is irreplaceable, just like (Lionel) Messi. “I am outraged that this may have happened, while (president) Florentino (Perez) keeps saying that Cristiano’s signature was the best of his mandate.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
ANN ARBOR, MI – APRIL 04: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines looks on during the Michigan Football Spring Game on April 4, 2015 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh has done a nice job turning around the Wolverines in his first year on campus, and as such, UM fans are looking to celebrate him for Halloween. A quick look on social media reveals that dozens of Michigan supporters are going as Jim Harbaugh – khakis and all – for the holiday. Check it out:@CoachJim4UM @umichfootball @UMichAthletics I present the greatest Halloween costume ever JIM HARBAUGH!! pic.twitter.com/WetOpqNW5J— Jacob Anderson (@Go_Blue1415) October 29, 2015What’s better than Jim Harbaugh? TWO Jim Harbaughs! #GoBlue #Halloween pic.twitter.com/yvy2RLltxx— Susie Pearson (@SusiePearson02) October 28, 2015@umichfootball Happy Halloween Coach Harbaugh! Like my costume? Go Blue! pic.twitter.com/GaCUCqr6uO— Ty Seighman (@sig_ty) October 24, 2015In reality, it’s an easy costume to pull off. Still, we’ll give anyone props who promotes college football on Halloween.
Ohio State head women’s volleyball coach Geoff Carlston watches theaction during his team’s match with Purdue on Friday, Oct. 27 at St. John Arena inColumbus, Ohio. Purdue won the match 3-0. Credit: Jeff Helfrich | Former Lantern ReporterThe Ohio State women’s volleyball team (11-7, 2-4 Big Ten) takes on the state of Michigan in a weekend-long battle as the women’s volleyball team welcomes No. 13 Michigan and Michigan State to St. John arena this weekend. The Wolverines bring the most impressive record the Buckeyes have faced this season at 15-2, and 4-2 within the conference. The Spartans stand at 14-5 and 2-4 in the Big Ten.“The Big Ten is all kind of beating each other up right now. Each weekend can flip everything so this is a big weekend for us, we’re excited for it,” head coach Geoff Carlston said. The Michigan teams bring impressive players, with each of their top attackers leading the teams with 225 kills, compared to the leading Buckeye, freshman opposite hitter Vanja Bukilić, with 199. Michigan senior outside hitter and team captain Carly Skjodt poses a threat to the Buckeyes, and according to Carlston, the rest of the Big Ten as well. “She’s tough man, she has all the shots, she grinds, she’s definitely one of their leaders,” Carlston said. “There’s lots of great outside hitters but her back-row attack is maybe one of the best in the conference.”Skjodt received Big Ten Player of the Week on Oct. 8, along with two other award-winning Wolverines. Senior libero Jenna Lerg earned Big Ten Conference Defensive Player of the Week and junior MacKenzi Welsh earned Big Ten Conference Co-Setter of the Week.“There’s always a big sense of rivalry between us and Michigan and they’ve been playing well so obviously we need to raise the stakes a little bit,” said freshman defensive specialist Camryn Moeller. Carlston agreed the heightened rivalry changes the dynamic of the match. “We feel it like everyone does,” he said. “We’ve beaten them most of the time hear, and they’ve beaten us there. The environment is huge so we’re hoping to have this place rocking for sure on Friday. It’s a big match for both of us.”With a large number of player injuries this season, the Buckeyes have not enjoyed the consistency of any one lineup. The team and staff continue to work on communication and comfort on the court. “As a staff we’re trying to be more creative and do different things to keep it fresh,” said Carlston. “The chemistry on the floor is so important. You have to really be comfortable with the people to your left and right and that’s been tough because we haven’t had that ability to have the same group on the floor this year.”Ohio State will face Michigan on Friday at 7 p.m. and Michigan State on Sunday at 1 p.m. for Ohio State’s Dig Pink match to honor breast cancer survivors.
Chelsea have now entered the race to sign Bayern Munich star Robert Lewandowski at the end of the season, claims the Daily StarThe British publication has reported that the London club are now “on alert” after learning that the forward has been offered to some of the biggest sides in Europe for this summer.It is understood that Lewandowski’s representatives are making approaches to a number of big clubs to learn to their interest in the Pole and Chelsea have now made their interest known with Alvaro Morata’s future appearing to be increasingly uncertain at Stamford Bridge.Report: Bayern are held by Leipzig George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Bayern Munich was held to another draw, this time by RB Leipzig.Bayern Munich finds themselves in the unfamiliar position of sitting third in the…Although Chelsea are unlikely to have no competition for the highly-rated forward with newly crowned Premier League winners Manchester City and Liverpool strongly interested in signing Lewandowski this summer.The 29 year-old has had another impressive campaign for Bayern Munich with Lewandowski having scored 27 goals in his 27 league matches for the Bundesliga champions.