Honors await Class of 2020 on NASCAR Hall of Fame induction night

first_imgThe NASCAR Hall of Fame will welcome its 11th group of inductees Friday night as the Class of 2020 takes its moment in the spotlight on Induction Weekend.The enshrinement of Buddy Baker, Joe Gibbs, Bobby Labonte, Tony Stewart and Waddell Wilson will expand the list of NASCAR Hall of Famers to 55. The gala event in Uptown Charlotte is sure to be full of remembrances, vibrant stories and tributes to Hall of Fame legends.With stock-car racing’s greats ready to converge at NASCAR’s shrine, here’s a glance at the Hall of Fame activities, tune-in information and this year’s coverage of the 2020 class.RELATED: Hall of Fame merch***Schedule, tune-in info(All events at Charlotte Convention Center or NASCAR Hall of Fame; all times ET) FRIDAY2 p.m.: Squier-Hall Exhibit unveiling for 2020 honoree Dick Berggren3:30 p.m.: Landmark Award Plaque unveiling for 2020 honoree Edsel Ford II4 p.m.: Red Carpet (Watch live on NASCAR.com at 4:30 p.m.)6 p.m.: Induction Dinner8 p.m.: NASCAR Hall of Fame Class of 2020 Induction Ceremony; Buy tickets (NBCSN/NBC Sports App, MRN Radio, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)SATURDAYAs a treat for attendees, the NASCAR Hall will also open its doors Saturday for several special events for members and non-members: autograph sessions, storytelling, ceremonies and a first look at the Hall of Honor for this year’s class. More information on Saturday’s events can be found here.***CLASS OF 2020Buddy BakerNASCAR’s “Gentle Giant” left a legacy of speed, setting records as a fearless driver at the sport’s biggest tracks. Baker won the 1980 Daytona 500 (at a record 177.602 mph) among his 19 premier-series victories and enjoyed a successful second career as a broadcaster in both TV and radio.Recalling all of Baker’s gifts to stock-car racingFull race replay: 1980 Daytona 500Photo gallery: Buddy Baker through the years Bobby LabonteOne of this year’s direct links to Gibbs, Bobby Labonte became the first driver to win both an Xfinity (1991) and Cup Series championship (2000). The native Texan wrapped up his long career in the sport with 21 Cup Series wins that included triumphs in the Coca-Cola 600, Brickyard 400 and Southern 500.Bobby Labonte does family name proudPhoto gallery: Bobby Labonte through the yearsFull race replay: 1995 Coca-Cola 600 Tony StewartThe driver known as “Smoke” broke into NASCAR’s top series in 1999, claiming Rookie of the Year honors with a three-win campaign. Three Cup Series championships and a total of 49 victories later, Stewart continues as an elite team co-owner of Stewart-Haas Racing, which he started in 2009.Stewart’s racing passion: A treasure for NASCAR HallFull race replay: Stewart’s first win, Richmond 1999Photo gallery: All of Stewart’s victoriesPhoto gallery: Tony Stewart through the yearsPhoto gallery: Stewart’s paint schemes through history Joe GibbsAlready a Hall of Famer in professional football, Joe Gibbs brought his coaching expertise to a successful transition to NASCAR team owner. He has savored 176 big-league wins (among 10 drivers) and five Cup Series championships since breaking into the sport in 1992. Joe Gibbs Racing has also celebrated five Xfinity Series titles.NASCAR Hall of Fame gets its coachThe best of Joe Gibbs Racing’s 1-2 finishesEvery first win for a JGR driver Waddell WilsonMany NASCAR Hall of Famers found their source of speed from the mastery of Waddell Wilson, who carved out a niche as an engine builder and crew chief. He won three Daytona 500s — two with Cale Yarborough (1983-84) and one with Buddy Baker (1980) — among his scores of wins in NASCAR’s top series.Crew chief, engine builder enjoyed historic careerFull race replay: 1980 Daytona 500last_img read more

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Bob Weir And Wolf Bros Explore The Beatles At Asheville’s Thomas Wolfe Auditorium [Videos]

first_imgThe band’s 2020 winter tour continues goin’ down the road (feeling good) this week with their next scheduled performance at Tennessee Theatre in Knoxville, TN on Friday (3/6). Head to Weir’s website for tickets and tour info.Setlist: Bob Weir and Wolf Bros | Thomas Wolfe Auditorium | Asheville, NC | 3/4/20Set One: Jack Straw, She Belongs to Me (Bob Dylan cover), El Paso (Marty Robbins cover), Even So > October Queen, Althea, Lost Sailor > Saint of CircumstanceSet Two: Blackbird (The Beatles cover), Truckin’ > Fever (Eddie Cooley cover) > Estimated Prophet > Tomorrow Never Knows (The Beatles cover) > Looks Like Rain, China Cat Sunflower > I Know You Rider (Traditional cover)Encore: U.S. Blues Bob Weir and Wolf Bros were at the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium in Asheville, NC on Wednesday for the latest stop on the band’s ongoing run of winter performances. Following a show Durham the night prior, the trio comprised of Bob Weir, Don Was, and Jay Lane treated their North Carolina fans to another night of unique interpretations of the songs from the Grateful Dead catalog mixed with some tasteful classic rock covers.Related: Bob Weir And Wolf Bros Let Songs Fill The Air With Mikaela Davis For NPR ‘Tiny Desk Concert’ [Watch]The first set of the night started with a familiar show-opening tune in “Jack Straw” followed by a pair of covers with Bob Dylan‘s “She Belongs to Me” and Marty Robbins‘ “El Paso”. The set continued with a pair of songs from Weir and Lane’s yeas in RatDog with “Even So” and “October Queen” before the trio returned to the Dead songbook to close the set with “Althea” and Weir’s classic “Lost Sailor” into “Saint of Circumstance” combination.Following set break, the band returned to open up the second half of the show with a take on The Beatles‘ “Blackbird”, which would be the first of two songs from the “Fab Four” explored by Weir and company on this night. The set continued with “Truckin’”, which started a nonstop flow of music as the band kept on rolling into “Fever”, “Estimated Prophet”, and back to the Beatles songbook with a take on John Lennon‘s psychedelic masterpiece, “Tomorrow Never Knows”. The music continued into “Looks Like Rain”, followed by another classic two-song combination to end the second set with “China Cat Sunflower” into “I Know You Rider”. The band’s one-song encore to close the show was that of “U.S. Blues”.Watch the band explore The Beatles’ “Blackbird” and “Truckin’” from Wednesday’s show below.Bob Weir and Wolf Bros – “Blackbird” – 3/4/20[Video: Jonathan Walser]last_img read more

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Top 10! Sexy Men, Sound of Music Preview and Miss Saigon Casting Fuel the Week’s Most-Read Stories

first_img 8. NEWS: It’s Official! Tony Winner Sutton Foster Set For Spring Broadway Bow in Violet 1. FEATURE: Weekend Poll Top Three: Fans Name Beautiful Star Jarrod Spector Broadway’s 2013 Sexiest Man Alive 7. NEWS: Matilda’s Milly Shapiro, Bailey Ryon, Oona Laurence & Sophia Gennusa Will Exit the Show “In Next Two Months” 10. INTERVIEW: Boardwalk Empire’s Jack Huston on His Famous Family & Murderous Role in London’s Strangers on a Train 6. WATCH IT: Now That We’ve Seen Her! Watch New Miss Saigon Star Eva Noblezada Sing Her Heart Out 5. PHOTOS: Get a Fascinating First Look at Idina Menzel in the Broadway-Bound Musical If/Then Stage fans can’t get enough of Broadway.com’s news items, features, interviews, photos and video clips. From November 22 through November 28, we offered an exclusive first listen to a song from The Sound of Music, Miss Saigon West End scoop, a very early look at the Best Actress Tony race and much more. Click below to catch up on the site’s 10 most-read stories.center_img 9. NEWS: Of Mice and Men Starring James Franco & Chris O’Dowd Sets Broadway Dates and Theater 4. FEATURE: Crazy Early Tony Awards Riddle! How Many Popular Broadway Leading Ladies Can You Into the 2014 Best Actress Race? 3. NEWS: Eva Noblezada, Jon Jon Briones & Alistair Brammer to Lead New Revival of Miss Saigon in the West End 2. NEWS: Sound of Music Exclusive! Listen to Christian Borle, Laura Benanti & Stephen Moyer Sing “No Way To Stop It” View Commentslast_img read more

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Martin’s stage winning Champion Systems jersey is missing something… a zipper

first_imgAt the end of last week, UAE Team Emirates rider Dan Martin won Stage 6 of the Tour de France in a new jersey from Champion Systems that looked slightly off. What was missing was the full length front zipper we’ve all come to expect from top-level road jerseys. The as yet unreleased Champ Sys Apex Lite jersey apparently performs so well that several riders on the UAE team are switching for its aero benefits.Champion Systems Apex Lite Zipperless racing jerseycourtesy UAE Team Emirates, all photos by Bettini PhotoPro riders have been doing time trials in skinsuits that zip up the back for added aero benefits for years, but it looks like this new Champ Sys racing jersey is the first to be raced in a World Tour road race.The Apex Lite Zipperless jersey was actually developed together with the UAE team to provide an aerodynamic race jersey that was both comfortable and breathable. Pretty much everyone looking for a pro-level jersey has demanded a full-length zipper for years, mostly so you can unzip for more ventilation. But as we’ve seen more clothing makers stitch together more aero jerseys and everyday racing skinsuits, maybe it’s no surprise that the zipper could get ditched as well.new Apex Lite Zipperless vs. standard Apex Lite jerseyAfter racing in the standard Apex Lite jersey last summer, UAE realized that the four-way stretch Agile mesh body fabric was vented enough that most riders didn’t actually need to unzip to cool down. So why not drop the zip altogether and save some Watts.Champion Systems says the stretchy jersey is easy to pull over your head, and gets a tight cut that fits close to the body. The UAE team riders are racing the Tour de France in a standard off the rack sizing (it will come in XS-XL, but the team uses only XS-M.) “The feedback from the riders has been excellent,” tells Champ Sys operations director Chris Reynolds. “Dan Martin is very particular with what products he’ll use in races, as he fully understands the demands and the benefits of certain products.” They know that not every rider or even racer will want to ditch the zip, but always want to offer consumer the same race tech their pros use.The Apex Lite Zipperless jerseys look like they will get an official introduction later this summer, with stock & custom availability soon after. Until then, it looks like Champion Systems is offering a 15% discount on all custom clothing ordered in July with coupon code: “july15off”.Champ-Sys.comlast_img read more

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Carole Shelley, Tony Winner for The Elephant Man & Original Cast Member of Wicked, Dies at 79

first_img Carole Shelley, an English actress who gained acclaim on the U.S. stage in musicals, dramas and comedies, died on August 31 at her home in Manhattan. She was 79. The cause of death was cancer.Carole Augusta Shelley was born in London, England on August 16, 1939, the daughter of Deborah, an opera singer, and Curtis, a composer. Shelley’s career began on-screen in British films before arriving in America.Shelley made her first main-stem appearance as Gwendolyn Pigeon in the original Broadway production of The Odd Couple (1965), written by the late playwright Neil Simon. This was followed by Broadway turns in The Astrakhan Coat (1967), Loot (1968), Noël Coward’s Sweet Potato (1968) and Hay Fever (1970).Shelley earned raves and her first Tony nomination for Absurd Person Singular (1974), by the comedic scribe Alan Ayckbourn, with whom she would collaborate again soon after on the three-part comedy The Norman Conquests (1975).Shelley originated the role of Mrs. Kendal in the debut Broadway production of Bernard Pomerance’s The Elephant Man (1979). The play netted Shelley a Tony Award for her performance, with Pomerance’s work taking home the prize for Best Play. Shelley was honored again with Tony nods later in her career for Stepping Out (1987) and Billy Elliot (2009).In 2003, Shelley created the role of Madame Morrible in the now-long-running hit musical Wicked. Following her initial run with the show, Shelley returned for an encore engagement in 2007.Shelley’s extensive résumé of Broadway credits also includes roles in The Misanthrope (1983), Noises Off (1983), The Miser (1990), Show Boat (1994), The Last Night of Ballyhoo (1997) and Cabaret (1998).On-screen, Shelley reprised her turn as Gwendolyn Pigeon in the Odd Couple film adaptation (1968) and television series (1970). She also contributed voicework to the Disney animated movies The Aristocats (1970), Robin Hood (1973) and Hercules (1997).In 2014, Shelley took over the role of Miss Shingle in the Tony-winning musical A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder, which marked her final Broadway credit.Shelley was married to Albert G. Woods from 1967 until his death in 1971. View Comments Carole Shelley as Madame Morrible in Wicked(Photo: Joan Marcus)center_img Carole Shelleylast_img read more

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VFAWL landscapes courthouse

first_imgVFAWL landscapes courthouse June 15, 2012 Regular News THE VOLUSIA FLAGLER ASSOCIATION FOR WOMEN LAWYERS, in conjunction with the Teen Court program in Volusia County, volunteered to landscape the area surrounding the Foxman Justice Center sign at one of the courthouses in Daytona Beach. VFAWL donated the landscaping and its members to install the landscaping. Teens from Teen Court earned their required community service hours by helping. Pictured from the left are Jackie Roys, a member of the VFAWL Board of Directors, and Melissa Murphy, VFAWL president.last_img

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Young lawyers program pays tribute to Justice Ginsburg

first_img A Who’s Who of Florida judges and lawyers — many of them pioneers in their own right — met virtually September 23 to honor the legacy of the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice, Ruth Bader Ginsburg.Only the second woman to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court, Justice Ginsburg died September 18 from metastatic cancer of the pancreas. She was 87.In a virtual, non-partisan forum sponsored by the Young Lawyers Division, Bar President Dori Foster-Morales said Ginsburg’s rise from humble beginnings in Brooklyn to the top of the legal profession has inspired generations.“She taught us to be smart and hardworking, she taught each of us to forge a path…to fight for the things that you care about, to do it in a way that will lead others to join you,” Foster-Morales said.Ginsburg’s fierce determination in the courtroom was tempered by humility, and her willingness to forge unlikely friendships with the likes of conservative justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas, should serve as an example in such divisive times, Foster-Morales said.“As officers of the court and defenders of the rule of law, it really is our professional responsibility to keep our justice system solid and accessible and respectful,” Foster-Morales said. “To all of the young lawyers in the room, I hope you will all take this advice to heart and use it to fuel your passion, for the law, for life, for justice.”A brief video excerpt from a PBS News Hour tribute recounted how Ginsburg, born in 1933 to parents of Ukrainian and Austrian descent, graduated first in her class from Cornell before becoming one of only nine women in the Harvard Law class of 1956.“What is the difference between a bookkeeper in New York City’s garment district, and a Supreme Court justice?” Ginsburg told an interviewer. “One generation, as my own life bears witness.”After moving with her husband to New York and graduating first in her class from Columbia University School of Law, Ginsburg fought tirelessly as the head of a women’s rights project for the ACLU, winning five of six cases she brought before the U.S. Supreme Court. Ginsburg turned to advocacy after New York law firms refused to hire her because of her gender.Former Florida Supreme Court Justice Barbara Pariente, who retired last year, said she also suffered from gender bias.“I was turned away from every law firm that I applied to in Washington, D.C., even though I graduated at the top of my class,” Justice Pariente said. “Thankfully for us…we began to see, because of Justice Ginsburg, a new generation of women finding a place in the legal profession.”Justice Pariente quoted from a tribute by the National Association of Women Judges.“Justice Ginsburg’s shining example reminds us all to…lead with integrity in all that we do, and together, we can change the world.”U.S. District Judge Mary Scriven waved a Ruth Bader Ginsburg figurine, and an autographed copy of an autobiography, which she said she proudly displays in her Middle District of Florida chambers.Judge Scriven, the first African-American woman to serve on the federal bench in Florida, recalled arriving early to hear Ginsburg address a federal judiciary forum in Washington, D.C., in 2018.“I think the Secret Service got a little suspicious when I started loitering around the entrance about an hour before,” Judge Scriven said. “I knew that at that moment, I would be meeting a living legend.”Judge Scriven said women everywhere owe Ginsburg a debt for winning Reed v. Reed, 404 U.S. 71. The case involved a challenge to an 1864 Idaho law that gave men preference over women in the appointment of an administrator to an estate.“Quietly earth shattering, Reed was the first case in which the Supreme Court recognized that the Constitution prohibited discrimination on the basis of gender,” Scriven said.Justice Ginsburg set a high bar in her professional and personal lives, Judge Scriven said.“In her work she taught us to be meticulous, scrupulous, clear and concise, intellectually honest, and unwavering in the sanctity of ideals of freedom, fairness, equality, and justice,” she said. “In her life she taught us, at least me, that there is no guilt in professional ambition, and no inconsistency in love, marriage, motherhood, and work at the highest level of one’s chosen profession.”Judge Martha Warner, only the fourth woman appointed to Florida’s Fourth District Court of Appeal, also recounted overcoming sex-based discrimination at the beginning of her legal career.What set Justice Ginsburg apart was her response to discrimination, Judge Warner said.“Justice Ginsburg decided to do something about it, which made all of the difference to all of us,” she said. “She did it, not with rallies or demonstrations, but with sharply crafted legal arguments, she did it through reason and analysis and a fierce commitment to her cause.”Judge Warner repeated Ginsburg’s closing remarks in the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case, Frontiero v. Richardson, 411 U.S. 677 (1973).“We do not ask men for special treatment. All I ask of our brethren is that they take their feet off of our necks,” Judge Warner said. “What courage that took for her to speak that to nine members of the U.S. Supreme Court.”Former Justice Rosemary Barkett, the first woman to serve on the Florida Supreme Court and its first female chief justice before ascending to the federal bench, said she came to know Ginsburg before her appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court.Ginsburg didn’t let her rank, or her late-in-life celebrity as the “Notorious RBG,” go to her head, Judge Barkett said.“She was very humble and very approachable,” Barkett said. “She got a kick out of all of the iconography.”The best way to honor Ginsburg’s legacy is to continue her fight, Judge Barkett said.“I am hopeful that there are hundreds and hundreds of RBGs out there who are going to imitate her love of life, who are going to imitate her love of work, who are going to imitate her love of the law, and who are going to imitate her love for justice and equality, and who are going to act on it, instead of sitting passively.” Young lawyers program pays tribute to Justice Ginsburg Sep 25, 2020 Top Storieslast_img read more

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Minnesota splits Indiana road trip

first_imgMidfielder Celina Nummerdor chose the right time to score her second goal of the season.Nummerdor’s strike in the 70th minute was the match-winning goal as Minnesota defeated Purdue (6-5-3, 1-4-2) 2-1 on Friday night in West Lafayette, Indiana. Minnesota has not lost to Purdue since Golan became head coach six years ago — the Gophers have won seven straight matches against the Boilermakers.Nummerdor said the match wasn’t the most pretty or entertaining to watch.“We fought hard,” Nummerdor said. “We took advantage [of every moment] and fought with a lot of grit.”Forward April Bockin opened the scoring in the 25th minute, beating Purdue goalkeeper Katie Luce for her fifth goal of the season. Purdue answered in the second half. Midfielder Kylie Hase scored her seventh goal of the season in the 52nd minute to even the score at 1-1.Minnesota’s next match will be against Wisconsin (10-2-3, 4-1-3) at 4 p.m. on Saturday at Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium in a rematch of the 2017 Big Ten quarterfinal. Wisconsin defeated Minnesota in the game 2-0. Golan said Minnesota can’t give in to Wisconsin’s strategy on Saturday.“We can’t let them dictate the match into a physical confrontation,” she said. “We’ve got to move the ball quicker. We’ve got to play into our midfield back out and try to split them in the width. They’re going to try to put us under more pressure than other [teams] have.” Minnesota splits Indiana road tripThe Gophers defeated Purdue on Friday but lost to Indiana on Sunday.Max OstensoGophers midfielder Celina Nummerdor carries the ball during the Gophers’ game against Purdue at Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium on Sunday. The Gophers won 2-0. Erik NelsonOctober 8, 2018Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintThe back-and-forth matchup didn’t end on a good note for the Gophers on Sunday.Indiana (7-5-2, 3-4-0) came out on top and defeated Minnesota (8-6-1, 4-3-1) 3-2 in the Gophers’ first road loss of the season.Forward Patricia Ward said Minnesota couldn’t adapt to Indiana’s direct style of play.“We were struggling to find our own rhythm,” Ward said. “They had a good fight to win it down the stretch.”Ward scored in the 74th minute, giving the Gophers a 2-1 lead. It was Ward’s second goal of the season and first since Aug. 17.The Hoosiers responded with two goals in less than three minutes. In the 84th minute, defender Meghan Scott beat Minnesota goalkeeper Maddie Nielsen for her first goal of the season. Forward Mykayla Brown scored the match-winning goal in the 85th minute. It was Brown’s sixth goal of the season.Head coach Stefanie Golan said the match displayed a contrast in style.“We want to keep the game on the ground and play through the midfield where we can,” Golan said. “Indiana was direct. It puts a lot of miles on the legs of our backs.”Late goal lifts Gophers to victorylast_img read more

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Gophers escape Creighton, advance to Sweet Sixteen

first_imgGophers escape Creighton, advance to Sweet SixteenMinnesota evaded two match points en route to a thrilling five-set victory. Sydni RoseOutside hitter Alexis Hart pushes the ball over the net during the game against the Fairfield Stags in the first round of the NCAA tournament at the Maturi Pavilion on Friday, Dec. 6. Nolan O’HaraDecember 8, 2019Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintThe Gophers’ volleyball team is advancing to the Sweet Sixteen for the fifth consecutive season after a nail-biting win over Creighton on Saturday at Maturi Pavilion. The Gophers squeaked past the Bluejays in five sets: 25-13, 19-25, 15-25, 26-24 and 15-10. After falling behind 8-5 early in the first, middle blocker Regan Pittman helped the Gophers regain their footing, contributing a kill and an ace during a 4-0 Minnesota run, giving them a 9-8 advantage. From there, momentum favored the Gophers. Outside hitter Alexis Hart and opposite hitter Stephanie Samedy contributed four kills each on the way to Minnesota’s first set route. After breezing through the first set, the Gophers didn’t have the same luck in the second. Creighton went on a 4-0 run early that gave them a 12-9 lead, one that Minnesota couldn’t overcome. The Gophers came within two late, as outside hitter Adanna Rollins dropped back-to-back kills, making it 21-19. Creighton answered with a 4-0 run, not allowing another Minnesota point on their way to a second set victory. After hitting .281 in the first, the Gophers were limited to a .025 hit percentage in the second. Reeling after dropping the second, the Gophers’ struggles continued in the third. Creighton tallied the first four points of the set, before outside hitter Airi Miyabe finally found an answer for Minnesota. That answer, however, was short lived. Creighton continued to force the Gophers out-of-system and kept its foot on the gas, opening up a 16-9 lead. From there, the Bluejays cruised through the remainder of the set, stifling the Gophers’ offense and taking advantage of what they could on defense, hitting .270, their highest clip of the night. Minnesota’s post-season fate relied on the outcome of the fourth set. A team with national championship aspirations was on the verge of a stunning upset on their home floor, falling behind late in the set. Creighton reached set point, leading 24-22, and hopes looked dim for the Gophers. Middle blocker Taylor Morgan and Samedy stopped a Creighton swing to add Minnesota’s 23rd point, but Creighton was still left with another chance to leave Minneapolis with a four-set upset. “Sometimes if you can say it out loud it kind of registers in your head,” Morgan said. “And I was like, ‘We still got this, we [are] still in it.’ And I think that helped.”  Creighton missed on its following swing, tying the set at 24 and libero CC McGraw served the ace of the season, giving the Gophers a 25-24 lead and set point. On the ensuing possession, Samedy and Pittman stuffed Creighton’s attempt, forcing a fifth set. “Certainly really proud of [McGraw] at the end of that fourth set to hit some really good serves,” said head coach Hugh McCutcheon. “And even getting an ace there towards the end.” A delay of game cost Creighton the first point of the fifth, and the Gophers were able to take advantage. Tied at eight, Minnesota took a narrow 9-8 lead after Morgan and Miyabe stopped another Creighton attempt. Morgan continued to be a force at the net for the Gophers. She added two more blocks in the fifth, giving her nine total, a match-high. Standing solo, Pittman sent back Creighton’s final attempt, saving the Gophers from a second round upset.“I remember telling them, ‘We did this all the time. We had different lineups, we’ve been down and came back up, this is nothing new to us,’” Morgan said. The Gophers are advancing to the Sweet Sixteen, and their opponent, No. 10 Florida, is already waiting. The match between Minnesota and Florida will be a rematch of an early season contest, one the Gophers took 3-0. As the Gophers turn their focus towards that rematch, McCutcheon believes his team only improved through the five set battle against Creighton. “Here we are at the end of the season. The discipline required to keep so many of those thoughts at bay about the possible outcome, I thought that was really one of the strengths for our athletes in terms of evolving,” McCutcheon said. “We didn’t somehow let what might happen get in the way of what we had to do to get the outcome that we wanted.”last_img read more

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Studying Contagious Yawning Might Help Us Build Better Societies

first_imgScientific American: We often turn to dogs and to chimpanzees to understand our species. Chimpanzees are our closest relatives (with bonobos), while centuries of selective breeding have turned dogs into a species uniquely suited to comprehend our own social cues. If anybody can help us understand contagious yawning, it’s them. This week, primatologists Matthew Campbell and Frans de Waal of the Yerkes National Primate Research Center at Emory University added a new chapter to the ongoing story of contagious yawning.But to understand their findings, its worth looking back at the history of contagious yawning research and the ongoing controversy over whether it reflects empathy or not.There was once a time when scientists believed that the function of yawning was to cool the brain, or to relieve stress. Sometimes it is. But researchers quickly realized that yawning was a rather curious behavior; it was contagious. When you watch someone yawn, you’re more likely to yawn in response, than when you watch another person do just about anything else. That means yawning has a social component. Indeed, humans with developmental and personality disorders that feature social deficits also show less susceptibility to the yawn contagion. In addition, contagious yawning is elicited more strongly by familiar individuals than by strangers. That’s true not just for humans, but for chimpanzees, bonobos, and gelada baboons. While contagious yawning hasn’t been studied in rats, mice, elephants, and birds, there is a link in those animals between familiarity and empathy-related behaviors as well.Read the whole story: Scientific American More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

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