DTH van der Merwe’s debut double helps Scarlets to victory

first_img As well as debutant Van der Merwe, Aled Davies, Aled Thomas and Steven Shingler came into the Scarlets’ back division while hooker Kirby Myhill took over from the injured Emyr Phillips from the 20-8 win at Zebre. Leinster coach Leo Cullen made five changes from the side which defeated the Newport Gwent Dragons including a first start for fly-half Ross Byrne. Scarlets adopted an expansive approach and led 15-0 after largely dominating the first half. It was all Scarlets early on as a fourth-minute penalty from Shingler was followed five minutes later by a try for flanker Davies, who was put over down the left by captain John Barclay. Leinster pounced on a few errors from the home side to create some of their own pressure but Fergus McFadden was short with a 15th-minute penalty and then wing Hadleigh Parkes produced a fine tackle to stop Nacewa going in at the left corner. It was more Leinster pressure which actually produced a runaway try, with Van der Merwe picking off possession in his own 22 and running in unopposed from 75 metres. Shingler converted to give the home side a 15-0 advantage. Matters did not get much better for the Irishmen after the interval, with centre Noel Reid handed a yellow card in the 43rd minute for a cynical ruck offence. And against 14 men Scarlets scored their third try, Van der Merwe’s second, to see them lead 22-0 on 53 minutes. Press Association Shingler kicked a penalty on the hour when the Scarlets might have thought of instead going for the bonus-point try, and the chance of that ebbed away as Leinster ended the match much the better. First Nacewa went over after some good inter-passing in the backline, a try converted by McFadden. That seemed to instill some self-belief in the visitors though McFadden butchered a chance down the right, dropping the ball with the line at his mercy. But Leinster did grab a second a minute from time when Tracy went over from short range, a try converted by McFadden. Van der Merwe, who scored a try in each of Canada’s four World Cup pool games, celebrated a score in each half after flanker James Davies opened the try scoring, but the Scarlets would have been disappointed not to have got a bonus point. For Leinster the try scorers in the second half were full-back Isa Nacewa and replacement James Tracy. Canada’s World Cup star DTH van der Merwe crossed twice as Guinness Pro12 leaders Scarlets stretched their unbeaten start to four games with a 25-14 victory over Leinster at Parc y Scarlets.last_img read more

Julius Randle shows the Lakers what they would lose if they let him go

first_imgLOS ANGELES — Julius Randle has been on the bench, in the doghouse and out of the Lakers’ long-term plans.But he just keeps playing so well.If the Lakers are resigned to eventually parting with Randle, either by trading him before the Feb. 8 deadline or letting him walk in free agency, the fourth-year forward is making a point of showing what they’d be giving up on.His 22-point, 14-rebound performance in Tuesday’s 99-86 win over Sacramento was just the latest of his frequent uprisings in this tumultuous season. It was just the fifth time this season he cracked 30 minutes. That made Randle something of an enigma on the roster this season. But he has value.If the Lakers will have to renounce Randle’s rights just to get under the cap threshold to sign their target superstars next summer, then, the thinking goes, they should trade him now to get some return on investment.But what if Paul George and LeBron James don’t decide to make L.A. their next stop? Do the Lakers really want to watch Randle average double-doubles somewhere else for the next 10 years?Before he started playing so well, the Lakers were believed to be open to a bargain-basement price on Randle, considering even a straight swap with disgruntled and benched Dallas center Nerlens Noel.The price tag is going up.In spurts, Randle plays like someone the Lakers would not mind paying for years to come. On Tuesday, he matched his season high with six assists. “I just feel like we have a lot of guys who are trying to score,” Randle said, “so (I’m) making a better effort defensively and playmaking for guys. It’s better for the team.”Despite his ability to produce, the Lakers have always viewed Randle as an incomplete player, prone to turnovers – he had six against Sacramento – and limited defensively. Walton found a way to neutralize those defensive woes, however, by moving Randle to the bench, where he was able to switch on virtually every possession.“He, in my opinion, is one of the best bigs in our league at switching and guarding every position on the floor, one through five,” Walton said. “In the starting lineup, we need him to play more traditional coverage and schemes.”That is where he has struggled in the past, going head-to-head against bigger and more talented adversaries.If the Lakers are trying to showcase him for a trade by starting him, as has been suggested by media reports, then Randle’s defense is the likely tradeoff.In the meantime, the points and rebounds should continue to add up. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersHe is averaging a career-high 13.4 points per game despite averaging six fewer minutes than last season. He has thrived in his last three games starting alongside Lonzo Ball, notching double-doubles in two of the three games and finishing with 15 points and nine rebounds in the other.“He is such a dynamic athlete,” Coach Luke Walton said, “that when he drives the lane, when he is under control, we always get something good.”So why is Randle’s departure from the Lakers viewed as so inevitable? He was included in an ESPN report this week that the Lakers have made both him and Jordan Clarkson available in trades, as well as Larry Nance Jr.As the organization commits to a core of Kyle Kuzma, Lonzo Ball and Brandon Ingram, the other promising young players in whom they have invested so much have become extraneous, especially if their salaries will cut into the Lakers’ ability to sign one or more max-contract free agents.The writing has been on the wall for Randle since Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka declined to sign him to an extension before October’s deadline, setting him up for restricted free agency next summer. He lacks the defensive skills and passing acumen of Nance and the floor-spacing ability of Kuzma and Brook Lopez. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

KC radio host, company ‘part ways’ after comments about Chiefs coach Andy Reid

first_imgMORE: NFL coaches vote Reid SN’s 2018 Coach of the YearUnion Broadcasting said when it suspended Kietzman that his comments “were clearly not to his or our standards.” The company apologized to Reid, his family, the Chiefs and listeners.Kietzman apologized to Reid on the air, but he also insisted that he was only speaking about the Chiefs and Reid failing to “fix” players and employees, most recently wide receiver Tyreek Hill. Britt Reid is a Chiefs assistant coach and Garrett Reid also served on his father’s staff; those hires, according to Kietzman, made referencing Reid’s family history relevant.MORE: Chiefs reportedly hopeful after ‘positive’ meeting between Hill, NFL He told Awful Announcing: When Reid decided to hire his sons to try to help them, it ceased being a personal, private matter in my opinion. When a tax payer supported football team hires convicted felons, it is absolutely worthy of scrutiny. Andy Reid has hired several convicted criminals in his career and asked fans to trust him. Some have worked out, many have not.Kietzman has also noted he has done charitable work in preventing teen suicides.Kietzman hosted “Between the Lines” on WHB, in which he is an investor, for 22 years. A Kansas City sports radio host is out of a job less than a week after making comments about Chiefs coach Andy Reid that were roundly criticized.Kevin Kietzman and Union Broadcasting, Inc., parent company of station WHB, “mutually agreed to part ways,” the company announced Friday. Kietzman had been suspended since Tuesday after saying on the air that some of Reid’s past attempts at being a disciplinarian “did not work out well in his family life.” Reid’s son Garrett died of a heroin overdose in 2012; another son, Britt, has served time in prison on gun and drug charges.last_img read more

Study of marathon runners reveals a hard limit on human endurance

first_img Country * Afghanistan Aland Islands Albania Algeria Andorra Angola Anguilla Antarctica Antigua and Barbuda Argentina Armenia Aruba Australia Austria Azerbaijan Bahamas Bahrain Bangladesh Barbados Belarus Belgium Belize Benin Bermuda Bhutan Bolivia, Plurinational State of Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba Bosnia and Herzegovina Botswana Bouvet Island Brazil British Indian Ocean Territory Brunei Darussalam Bulgaria Burkina Faso Burundi Cambodia Cameroon Canada Cape Verde Cayman Islands Central African Republic Chad Chile China Christmas Island Cocos (Keeling) Islands Colombia Comoros Congo Congo, the Democratic Republic of the Cook Islands Costa Rica Cote d’Ivoire Croatia Cuba Curaçao Cyprus Czech Republic Denmark Djibouti Dominica Dominican Republic Ecuador Egypt El Salvador Equatorial Guinea Eritrea Estonia Ethiopia Falkland Islands (Malvinas) Faroe Islands Fiji Finland France French Guiana French Polynesia French Southern Territories Gabon Gambia Georgia Germany Ghana Gibraltar Greece Greenland Grenada Guadeloupe Guatemala Guernsey Guinea Guinea-Bissau Guyana Haiti Heard Island and McDonald Islands Holy See (Vatican City State) Honduras Hungary Iceland India Indonesia Iran, Islamic Republic of Iraq Ireland Isle of Man Israel Italy Jamaica Japan Jersey Jordan Kazakhstan Kenya Kiribati Korea, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Republic of Kuwait Kyrgyzstan Lao People’s Democratic Republic Latvia Lebanon Lesotho Liberia Libyan Arab Jamahiriya Liechtenstein Lithuania Luxembourg Macao Macedonia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Madagascar Malawi Malaysia Maldives Mali Malta Martinique Mauritania Mauritius Mayotte Mexico Moldova, Republic of Monaco Mongolia Montenegro Montserrat Morocco Mozambique Myanmar Namibia Nauru Nepal Netherlands New Caledonia New Zealand Nicaragua Niger Nigeria Niue Norfolk Island Norway Oman Pakistan Palestine Panama Papua New Guinea Paraguay Peru Philippines Pitcairn Poland Portugal Qatar Reunion Romania Russian Federation Rwanda Saint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha Saint Kitts and Nevis Saint Lucia Saint Martin (French part) Saint Pierre and Miquelon Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Samoa San Marino Sao Tome and Principe Saudi Arabia Senegal Serbia Seychelles Sierra Leone Singapore Sint Maarten (Dutch part) Slovakia Slovenia Solomon Islands Somalia South Africa South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands South Sudan Spain Sri Lanka Sudan Suriname Svalbard and Jan Mayen Swaziland Sweden Switzerland Syrian Arab Republic Taiwan Tajikistan Tanzania, United Republic of Thailand Timor-Leste Togo Tokelau Tonga Trinidad and Tobago Tunisia Turkey Turkmenistan Turks and Caicos Islands Tuvalu Uganda Ukraine United Arab Emirates United Kingdom United States Uruguay Uzbekistan Vanuatu Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of Vietnam Virgin Islands, British Wallis and Futuna Western Sahara Yemen Zambia Zimbabwe Pontzer saw an opportunity to answer that question when Bryce Carlson, an endurance athlete and former anthropologist at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, organized the Race Across the USA in 2015. Runners covered 4957 kilometers over the course of 20 weeks in a series of marathons stretching from Los Angeles, California, to Washington, D.C.To find out how many calories the athletes in the study burned, Pontzer, Carlson, and colleagues replaced the normal hydrogen and oxygen in their drinking water with harmless, uncommon isotopes of those elements—deuterium and oxygen-18. By chemically tracing how these isotopes flush out in urine, sweat, and exhaled breath, scientists can calculate how much carbon dioxide an athlete produces—a measure that directly relates to how many calories they burn.Pontzer’s team measured the initial BMRs of six runners, five men and one woman. Then they collected energy expenditure data over the course of the race to see how many calories they burned per day. The researchers plotted those data over time and analyzed them along with previously collected metabolic data from other endurance events, including triathlons, 160-kilometer ultramarathons, long-distance cycling races like the Tour de France, and Arctic expeditions.They found that no matter the event, energy expenditure sharply leveled off after about 20 days, eventually plateauing at about 2.5 times an athlete’s BMR. At that point, the body is burning calories more quickly than it can absorb food and convert it into energy, representing a biologically determined ceiling on human performance, the researchers report today in Science Advances. After an athlete hits this ceiling, their body must dip into fat reserves for energy. “It was just one of those beautiful moments of discovery that as a scientist you just live for,” Pontzer says. “We ended up plotting out the very limits of human endurance, the envelope for what humans can do.”Brent Ruby, an exercise physiologist at the University of Montana in Missoula who wasn’t involved in the study, says the new findings demonstrate how ultraendurance athletes can expend energy over long periods without losing body weight.In a second finding, the authors report that human pregnancy—the energy expenditure of which has been measured in earlier studies—demands about the same level of energy as long athletic endurance events. It is also governed by the same metabolic constraints. “To think about pregnancy in the same terms that we think about Tour de France cyclists and triathletes makes you realize how incredibly demanding pregnancy is on the body,” Pontzer says.Some researchers, including Lieberman, have hypothesized that humans evolved bodies that can run long distances in order to hunt down large, calorie-rich animals, and that those same metabolic adaptations could have allowed human mothers to birth larger babies with bigger brains. Given that pregnancy and endurance activities operate under the same metabolic rules, it could have been the other way around, Pontzer argues: Perhaps humans evolved to have bigger-brained babies, which then afforded our species more endurance.On that point, Lieberman isn’t convinced. “That’s a pretty big leap to make and would need a lot more evidence to support it,” he says. “Let’s take it one step at a time—just like a marathon.”*Correction, 7 June, 12:20 p.m.: The original version of this article incorrectly noted that Brent Ruby implied that athletes should load up on fat before endurance events. He actually said that the findings show that athletes’ bodies adapt to endurance events so they don’t need to dip into their fat stores. Email Study of marathon runners reveals a ‘hard limit’ on human endurance By Michael PriceJun. 5, 2019 , 2:00 PM Athletes who can run the equivalent of 117 marathons in just months might seem unstoppable. The biggest obstacle, it turns out, is their own bodies. A new study quantifies for the first time an unsurpassable “ceiling” for endurance activities such as long-distance running and biking—and it also finds that pregnancy’s metabolic toll resembles that of an ultramarathon.“It’s very cool data,” says Harvard University evolutionary biologist Daniel Lieberman, who wasn’t involved with work. “It makes a very convincing case that at the extremes of human endurance, there’s a hard limit.”Physiologists and athletes alike have long been interested in just how far the human body can push itself. When exercising over a few hours, a wealth of evidence suggests most people—and mammals—max out at about five times their basal metabolic rate (BMR), or the amount of energy they expend while they’re at rest. How humans use energy during longer endurance activities is another question entirely, says Herman Pontzer, an evolutionary anthropologist at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina.center_img Click to view the privacy policy. Required fields are indicated by an asterisk (*) Sign up for our daily newsletter Get more great content like this delivered right to you! Country Humans’ peak metabolic activity during extraordinary feats of endurance is limited by their biology. iStock.com/Pavel1964 last_img read more