Gophers tie best finish in school history by placing third at Big Ten Indoors

first_imgGophers tie best finish in school history by placing third at Big Ten Indoors Matt AndersonFebruary 28, 2005Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintComing off of a ninth-place finish at last year’s Big Ten Indoor Track and Field Championships, Minnesota women’s track and field coach Gary Wilson said he thought his young team would do well if they could finish fifth at this year’s indoor championships.The Gophers went beyond the expectations of even their coach at the Big Ten Championships on Saturday and Sunday in Ann Arbor, Mich., placing third with 79 points, five points ahead of fourth place Michigan, and 38.5 behind Illinois for second.“It was just an absolutely fantastic weekend,” Wilson said. “We’ve just got a good and balanced team.”Freshman Liz Roehrig started Minnesota on its way Saturday, taking first in the heptathlon with an NCAA provisional qualifying score of 3,801.“It was really good and important,” she said. “Performing well at the beginning; it gets everyone else going, gets their adrenaline flowing.”Roehrig was one of just two individual champions for Minnesota, along with junior Mollie Hupp in the 600 meters.Hupp set a Michigan Indoor Track Building 600 meter record with a time of 1:31.57.With just two throwers scoring points for the Gophers and only two first-place finishers, Minnesota was anchored by solid pack finishes in the running events.After the surprising success in Michigan, Hupp said the team can carry that into the spring. Wilson said the strong indoor finish for his young team will help act as a springboard heading into the outdoor season.“I think they know they can play this game and play it with anybody,” he said.And heading into the outdoor season, the team’s indoor success provides Wilson with an even rosier outlook.“Historically, we’re a place or two better at the outdoor championships,” he said. “Another top-three finish there would be great.”Men fifth at Big TensMinnesota’s men’s track and field team placed fifth during the weekend at the Big Ten Men’s Indoor Track and Field Championships in West Lafayette, Ind.Individual highlights for the Gophers came in the heptathlon, in which Travis Brandstatter finished first and automatically qualified for the NCAA Championships, and in the high jump, in which Bryant Howe won the individual crown.Coach Phil Lundin said that for a team he expected to finish in the second division, taking fifth was successful.“We didn’t have the depth that we’ve had in previous years,” Lundin said. “We were able to have a good weekend moving into fifth.”last_img read more

Different brain atrophy patterns may explain variability in Alzheimers disease symptoms

first_imgShare on Facebook LinkedIn Mathematical modeling of the brain scans of patients with Alzheimer’s disease and others at risk for the devastating neurodegenerative disorder has identified specific patterns of brain atrophy that appear to be related to the loss of particular cognitive abilities. In their report that has been published online in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a team of researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and the National University of Singapore describe how different atrophy patterns may explain the different ways that Alzheimer’s disease can be manifested in individual patients.“The symptom severity and neurodegeneration can vary widely across patients in Alzheimer’s disease,” says Thomas Yeo, PhD, of the Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging at MGH. “Our work shows that participants in this study exhibit at least three atrophy patterns – cortical, temporal or subcortical – that are associated with variability in cognitive decline not only in patients diagnosed with Alzheimer’s but also in individuals with mild cognitive impairment or those who are cognitively normal but are at risk for Alzheimer’s.” In addition to his affiliation with the Martinos Center, Yeo is an assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Clinical Imaging Research Centre and Singapore Institute for Neurotechnology at the National University of Singapore.The study analyzed data collected as part of the Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative (ADNI), a multi-institutional project to develop biomarkers – including blood tests, cerebrospinal fluid tests, and imaging studies – that can be used for diagnosis or in clinical trials. Yeo and his team – including investigators at the MGH and in Singapore – analyzed MR images taken of the brains of 378 ADNI participants when they enrolled in the study. Of these participants, 188 had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease; the others – 147 with mild cognitive impairment and 43 who were cognitively normal – were at increased risk based on levels in their brains of the beta-amyloid plaques that are characteristic of the disease. Share Pinterestcenter_img Share on Twitter Email As a first step, the research team analyzed data from the baseline structural MRIs using a mathematical model that estimated the probability that particular details of each image were associated with atrophy of a specific location within the brain. Based on the location of atrophy factors, they determined three atrophy factor patterns: cortical – representing atrophy in most of the cerebral cortex; temporal – indicating atrophy in the temporal cortex (the cortical lobe behind the ears), hippocampus and amygdala; and subcortical, indicating atrophy in the cerebellum, striatum and thalamus, structures at the base of the brain.Analysis of study participant scans taken two years later indicated that atrophy factor patterns were persistent in individuals and did not reflect different stages of disease. Most participants – including those in the mild cognitive impairment and cognitively normal groups – showed levels of more than one atrophy factor.Behavioral and cognitive tests of study participants taken at six-month intervals indicated associations between particular atrophy factor patterns and specific cognitive deficits. Individuals in whom temporal atrophy predominated had greater problems with memory, while cortical atrophy was associated with difficulties with executive function – the ability to plan and to accomplish goals. Individual differences in how atrophy factors are distributed within the brain may allow prediction of the rate at which cognitive abilities would be expected to decline.“Most previous studies focused on patients already diagnosed, but we were able to establish distinct atrophy patterns not only in diagnosed patients but also in at-risk participants who had mild impairment or were cognitively normal at the outset of the study,” Yeo says. “That is important because the neurodegenerative cascade that leads to Alzheimer’s starts years, possibly decades, before diagnosis. So understanding different atrophy patterns among at-risk individuals is quite valuable.He adds, “Previous studies assumed that an individual can only express a single neurodegenerative pattern, which is highly restrictive since in any aged person there could be multiple pathological factors going on at the same time – such as vascular impairment along with the amyloid plaques and tau tangles that are directly associated with Alzheimer’s. So individuals who are affected by multiple, co-existing pathologies might be expected to exhibit multiple atrophy patterns.”Future research could further determine whether and how these atrophy patterns relate to the distribution of amyloid and tau and the mechanisms by which they affect specific cognitive abilities, Yeo explains. The same analytic approach also could be applied to other types of patient data and extended to other neurodegenerative disorder that produce varying symptom patterns, such as Parkinson’s disease and autism.last_img read more

MSC rules out NSR

first_imgWhile some shipping lines are looking to develop the use of the Arctic shipping lane, MSC said it will instead focus on improving environmental performance on existing trade routes.The company added that a surge in container shipping traffic in the Arctic could damage air quality and endanger the biodiversity of untouched marine habitats. The decision to avoid the NSR is also in line with the shipping line’s wider approach to sustainability, said MSC.MSC recently completed a programme to retrofit more than 250 ships in its existing fleet with the latest green technologies, which the company claims will cut approximately 2 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions each year.www.msc.comlast_img

WOMEN’S GOLF: Tide’s Talley wins NCAA title

first_imgEmma Talley became the first NCAA individual champion in Alabama women’s golf history.Emma Talley became the first NCAA individual champion in Alabama women’s golf history.BRADENTON, Fla. – Emma Talley became the first NCAA individual champion in Alabama women’s golf history Monday.She finished 3-under 285 Monday at the Concession Golf Club. Her bogey-free final round of 3-under 69 sealed the one-shot victory.“It was just an incredible week,” Talley said. “I had been playing well up to this point, and everything kind of came together and clicked just at the right time. God’s blessed me with so much, and I just took it and ran with it.”Talley entered the final round with a one-stroke lead. She started on the back nine, and played the first nine at even-par, making pars on all nine holes. When her birdie putt on the par-4 18th lipped out and Duke’s Leona Maguire took the lead at 1-under, Talley would answer right back with a birdie on the par-4 first.Continuing her bogey-free round, the junior golfer from Princeton, Kentucky, would par No. 2, before making birdie on the par-5 third, once again countering Maguire’s birdie, and moving to 2 under.Clutch putting on the par-3 fourth, the par-3 sixth, and the par-4 eighth preserved Talley’s 2 under, and she would walk to her final hole with a one-stroke lead.On the par-4 ninth, Talley’s tee shot would find the fairway bunker. She would hit seven-iron from the sand 148 yards from the hole, and would land it on the green, within eight feet of the hole.“It was as good (a shot) as I’ve seen,” head coach Mic Potter said. “Up-hill, and into the wind, and to be able to hit it that solid, it never left the flagstick. It was pretty impressive.”Lining up her birdie putt, the horns sounded and play was suspended for 52 minutes for lightning in the area. After the delay, Talley would sink the putt, to close the first, and one of only two, bogey-free rounds of the championships at 3-under 69.“I came back out (from the clubhouse), and all the nerves hit me again,” Talley said. “It was really nerve-racking, but I think my past experiences really helped me be able to take care of that pressure.”On a course that averaged 77.82 strokes per round and penalized golfers with 685 double bogeys and higher, Talley did not have a score over bogey. She played the par-4s best in the field at 1 under, 3.98 shots per hole. Talley was the only player to average an under-par score on par-4s.“This golf course is so pure,” Talley said. “It’s really difficult, but it tests you, and I love that. I love the challenge. I had boxes on the fairways and boxes on the greens, and I just put (my ball) in place, and tried to put it in position every time.”The round goes down as Talley’s lowest at the NCAA Championships in her career and her second round of under par of the weekend. The 69 marks the junior’s 16th round of par or lower of the season, and it is her fourth round in the 60s. For Talley’s career, she now has 43 rounds of par or lower, with nine of those in the 60s. The victory is Talley’s second of her college career, and first since her freshman year at the PING/ASU Invitational in April 2013.Talley’s 3-under 285 (70-73-73-69) is the second best under par and second lowest score for any Alabama golfer in a 72-hole event, trailing only Jennifer Kirby’s 4-under 284 in 2010. Previously, the best finish at the NCAA Championships by a UA player was Brooke Pancake in 2012, as she finished second. It is just the 13th round in the 60s by a UA player in NCAA Championships history.With the title, Talley adds to a long list of accomplishments. She becomes the fifth player in history to win a U.S. Amateur and an NCAA Championships individual crown, and the first since Virada Nirapathpongporn (2002/2003). Talley was also a part of the 2014 U.S. Curtis Cup win, and was the low amateur at the 2014 British Open.As a team, Alabama finished 14th at 74-over 1,226. The Crimson Tide shot an 11-over 299, the team’s best round of the tournament.last_img read more

Four hours lost to heat on Melbourne outer courts

first_imgBy Nick MulvenneyORGANISERS lost more than four hours of play on the outer courts when a third day of high temperatures at the Australian Open forced them to enact their ‘Extreme Heat Policy’ on Thursday.The policy was put into force at 1.50 pm local time (02.50 GMT) as the mercury headed towards a peak of 43.4 degrees Celsius (110 Fahrenheit) and no play was possible until 6 pm.In a bizarre turn of events, less than two hours after the resumption, the players were forced off the courts again by lightning and rain.Play continued on the Rod Laver Arena and Hisense Arena through both stoppages after the retractable roofs over the main showcourts were closed.Organisers had been slammed for forcing players to play on in searing temperatures on Tuesday and Wednesday and the decision to stop play was largely welcomed.“I think it’s everybody saying that sometimes it’s even too hot,” said Agnieszka Radwanska, who beat Olga Govortsova 6-0 7-5 under the closed roof on Hisense Arena.“Some of the girls can’t even talk after the match or practise. You can see who played a match, you know. Just so red.“Today was really, really hard. Even indoors was ridiculous.”Under a change to the rules for this year, the decision on whether to stop matches at the tournament is now at the discretion of tournament referee Wayne McKewen.Rather than use the raw Celsius readings to assess the heat, organisers prefer to use the Wet Bulb Global Temperature composite, which also gauges humidity and wind to identify the perceived conditions.“Today the key parameters to determine whether play should be suspended were reached,” said the tournament’s chief medical officer Dr Tim Wood.“The ongoing forecast was for even warmer conditions and therefore the decision was made to suspend play on the outside courts until weather conditions improved.”With players having to finish the ongoing set before play ceased or the roofs were closed, however, Maria Sharapova’s match on Rod Laver Arena continued in the full glare of the sun for 50 minutes after the policy was enacted.The third seed eventually finished off Italian Karin Knapp 6-3 4-6 10-8 to reach the third round.“There is no way getting around the fact that the conditions were extremely difficult, and have been for the last few days,” Sharapova told reporters.“It’s a tough call. I mean, I think the question I have is no one really knows what the limit is.“Not the players nor the trainers themselves when you ask them when will the roof be closed.”American Varvara Lepchenko clearly struggled in the heat in the first match on court eight, which she lost 4-6 6-0 6-1 to Romanian Simona Halep.“I think they definitely should have not started the matches at first place,” Lepchenko, who had to be iced down during one changeover, said.“I think they should have started the matches after the temperature cooled down a little bit because this is just too much.“Obviously it is very dangerous if someone has conditions with their heart or anything like that or just being in this temperature it’s almost like going to the sauna.”On Tuesday, when temperatures peaked at 42.2 degrees, Canadian Frank Dancevic passed out during his first round match and accused organisers of forcing players to play in “inhumane” conditions.Ivan Dodig became the 10th player to retire in the first three days of the tournament on Wednesday and said he feared for his life after being rendered immobile by the heat on the exposed outer courts.Twelve doubles matches scheduled for day four were cancelled and will be played at a future date.The hot weather is forecast to continue through Friday before a dramatic drop in temperatures at the weekend.Men’s Singles Round 2 matches on Thursday1-Rafa Nadal (Spain) beat Thanasi Kokkinakis (Australia) 6-2 6-4 6-2Donald Young (U.S.) beat 24-Andreas Seppi (Italy) 6-4 2-6 6-3 4-6 7-56-Roger Federer (Switzerland) beat Blaz Kavcic (Slovenia) 6-2 6-1 7-6(4)10-Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (France) beat Thomaz Bellucci (Brazil) 7-6(6) 6-4 6-416-Kei Nishikori (Japan) beat Dusan Lajovic (Serbia) 6-1 6-1 7-6(3)Women’s Singles Round 2 matches on Thursday5-Agnieszka Radwanska (Poland) beat Olga Govortsova (Belarus) 6-0 7-510-Caroline Wozniacki (Denmark) beat Christina Mchale (U.S.) 6-0 1-6 6-23-Maria Sharapova (Russia) beat Karin Knapp (Italy) 6-3 4-6 10-8Garbine Muguruza Blanco (Spain) beat Anna Karolina Schmiedlova (Slovakia) 6-3 6-316-Carla Suarez Navarro (Spain) beat Galina Voskoboeva (Kazakhstan) 7-6(2) 3-6 8-625-Alize Cornet (France) beat Camila Giorgi (Italy) 6-3 4-6 6-420-Dominika Cibulkova (Slovakia) beat Stefanie Voegele (Switzerland) 6-0 6-111-Simona Halep (Romania) beat Varvara Lepchenko (U.S.) 4-6 6-0 6-1Elina Svitolina (Ukraine) beat Olivia Rogowska (Australia) 6-4 7-529-Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (Russia) beat Mandy Minella (Luxembourg) 6-2 6-2Zarina Diyas (Kazakhstan) beat Marina Erakovic (New Zealand) 6-4 6-0last_img read more

Auto Club offers scholarships to students

first_imgHigh school students are invited to enter the fourth annual AAA Travel High School Challenge and compete for $100,000 in college scholarships and prizes, the Automobile Club of Southern California announced Monday.The contest is open to students in grades nine-12 (public, private or home-schooled), with winners from all 50 states and Washington, D.C., traveling to Universal Studios Orlando in May to compete for the national title.“The AAA Travel High School Challenge is more than just a geography contest – it tests students’ travel literacy by focusing on travel and tourism destinations,” said Diana Meinhold, vice president of Travel Products and Services for the Automobile Club of Southern California.“The Auto Club depends on travel-savvy employees to serve our members; the Travel Challenge encourages students to study travel geography and to consider careers in travel and tourism,” she added.The contest begins with a 40-question online quiz available until Jan. 17 at www.aaa.com/TravelChallenge.The top five scorers in each state will take a proctored, written exam March 7-9. The top scorer in each state will participate in the national competition, where they will complete as individuals and on teams with other contestants.Team semi-finalists will each receive a $1,000 U.S. savings bond. The second-place team winners will each receive a $5,000 U.S. savings bond and the first-place team winners will each receive a $10,000 U.S. savings bond.The third-place individual winner will receive a college scholarship award of $10,000. The second-place individual winner will receive a $15,000 college scholarship award and the first-place individual winner will receive a $25,000 college scholarship.The AAA Travel High School Challenge heightens travel knowledge and geographic literacy, while creating awareness of career opportunities in the travel and tourism industry. – From staff and wire reports AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more