Colon, who suffered some rotator cuff damage last season, is throwing from flat ground with his graduation to a mound two or three weeks away at best. “There are some hurdles he needs to clear but the time frame hasn’t changed that much from what we talked about,” Scioscia said. “I think it’s probably a stretch to see him ready by Opening Day.” The Angels announced multiple telecast teams for the upcoming season. The regular duo of play-by-play man Steve Physioc and color commentator Rex Hudler will be reduced to about 100 telecasts this season. The remaining 50 local broadcasts will be handled by play-by-play man Jose Mota and color commentator Mark Gubicza. Six come to terms The Angels agreed to contract terms with six players: right-handers Jose Arredondo and Steven Shell, infielder Matt Brown, outfielders Terry Evans and Nick Gorneault, and catcher Bobby Wilson. Another 16 players on the 40-man roster are expected to be signed in the upcoming days. All-purpose Figgins Juan Rivera’s broken leg in winter ball means Chone Figgins will continue to be on call for a number of positions, even though he is being aimed at the starting third base job. Scioscia said that Figgins is being looked at as the probable fourth outfielder to go along with his third-base duties. Tommy Murphy and Reggie Willits also are vying for the backup outfielder job. If Figgins is needed to give an outfielder a day off or for more permanent outfield duty in case of an injury, Robb Quinlan, Maicer Izturis and even Shea Hillenbrand will get a chance to play third base. Rivera update There still is no further timetable on Rivera’s return. Scioscia expects Rivera to be in Arizona for an examination by staff doctors possibly in two weeks. Rivera currently is being seen by a doctor in Florida. Kendry Morales, who had knee soreness in winter ball, was given clearance to begin camp on time. Position players report Monday with the first full-squad workout on Tuesday. No stragglers Frankie Rodriguez has experienced visa problems the past few seasons, which delayed his arrival in camp, but Scioscia does not foresee any late arrivals this year. Chemistry test With issues like Colon’s health, finding a fourth outfielder and sorting out the battle at first base, there is still another top priority in this year’s camp. “We have a very aggressive camp and we’re anxious to see the guys come together,” Scioscia said. “Put them on the field at the same time and get the pieces working the way we feel we can.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The Angels are resigned to a best-case scenario of Colon pitching some time in the first half. While his return could happen by the start of May, it could be delayed into June if he can’t get rehabilitated and build stamina in short order. “You try to (think) for the long term too,” Scioscia said. “He has to be stepped up to a certain pace to make sure he holds up for this year. And in the future we want to be careful when moving forward.” Scioscia hinted that mound work could be two weeks away but quickly backed off that. “He’s got a good amount of work ahead of him before he gets on the mound,” he said. Telecast crews set TEMPE, Ariz. – While Bartolo Colon is aiming toward making the Opening Day roster, manager Mike Scioscia hardly painted as optimistic a picture. Speaking during a brief respite between staff meetings Wednesday, Scioscia said he does not expect Colon to pitch in a Cactus League game this spring and would be happy simply if the right-hander threw from a mound before camp ended.
You may not be able to really enjoy a good laugh any more, because the evolutionists are now claiming that joy and humor are just evolutionary artifacts of gene mutations in our animal past. Jaak Panksepp (Bowling Green U) opens an article in Science Now by twisting the opening words of the Apostle John into what he assumes is a witty remark: “In the beginning was the word… but was the word funny?” Whether Christians will laugh is doubtful, considering the next lines:Research suggests that the capacity for human laughter preceded the capacity for speech during evolution of the brain [see next entry]. Indeed, neural circuits for laughter exist in very ancient regions of the brain, and ancestral forms of play and laughter existed in other animals eons before we humans came along with our hahahas and verbal repartee. (Emphasis added in all quotes.)How does he know this? Panksepp refers to anecdotal studies of animal play, and assumes that “rat humor” and “horsing around” are of the same substance and essence as human joyfulness; the obvious conclusion, therefore, is that human laughter evolved from animal play. After all, everything in our humanness is tied to our animal past and was not designed, he assures us, because a certain exalted master told us so:Many still believe that emotional feelings, from joy to grief, are special capacities of the human brain, but as Darwin taught, it just ain’t so….We find ourselves at the tall-tale end of an intellectual era when the animal mind was deemed nonexistent or impenetrable. Gentle Darwin was prescient when he coaxed us to see our own emotional nature as continuous with that of our fellow animals….Although our emotional systems are neither uniquely nor intelligently designed, it is a blessing that we can finally understand their affective nature….Having dismissed intelligent design with a summary judgment, he must announce the verdict: humor and joy are only relics of natural selection acting on random mutations. News sources like MSNBC and BBC are throwing in a lot of one-liners to soften the blow.With polka-dotted conical hats and pink tassled slippers like these, need the Darwinists wonder why the rest of us give them strange looks? (See 04/01/2005 entry). Notice how their Great Leader, dear Charlie the Gentle, is treated like a god by the cult of Darwin. Whatever he said is so, and whatever he said ain’t so, ain’t so. It’s surprising they don’t give chapter and verse each time. If you are having trouble catching the irony of their explanation, read the next entry, and also the one from 12/30/2004. Given this background, notice how it is totally outside the box for them to even consider that maybe human joy and animal play both had a common Designer instead of a common ancestor. Since evolution is the starting presupposition, even things as fun as “fun” have to be retrofitted into the randomness machine (and destroyed in the process). To those sad sacks in the Darwin camp, we say chill out, lighten up, and get a Life. Joy has no naturalistic explanation. If it did, it wouldn’t be joy. You can’t get joy out of molecules: it had to come from a sufficient cause – intelligence. So listen to John: in the beginning was the Word. Laughter is a gift, and the Giver wants your joy to be full. Start out by noticing how silly your bearded buddha looks as an idol. To think people actually believed this mere mortal knew how all life originated – ha! It makes you laugh so hard, you want to cry.(Visited 20 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Twitter/@TDeck68Ohio State hasn’t been shy about celebrating its accomplishments under Urban Meyer, and this year after winning the national championship they put up a street sign on campus that reads “The Undefeated Way.” OSU offensive tackle Taylor Decker drove by the sign after workouts on Friday morning, and seems inspired to get another sign put up in 2016.Was driving back from workouts and saw The Undisputed Way street sign….goosebumps, but the preparation for next year has already begun— Taylor Decker (@TDeck68) February 6, 2015The sheen of this season’s victory definitely hasn’t worn off in Columbus, but expect the Buckeyes to come out as focused as ever in the fall.
BOSTON – “(Ohio State) has two types of basketball teams,” Jared Sullinger said after OSU’s 81-66 victory against Cincinnati. “We’ve got the cool guys and we’ve got the blue-collar guys.” Never was that more apparent than Thursday when the Buckeyes blew a double-digit second half lead only to regroup on their way to victory and a trip to the Elite 8. Coming out of the locker room for the second half, OSU held a 12-point lead and everything was going to plan. Sophomore forwards Sullinger and Deshaun Thomas combined for 30 out of OSU’s 37 points and the Buckeyes seemed to have the game in control. But when the second half started, Sullinger said the cool guys showed up. “To start the second half, we got into the cool guy mode and we kind of let our guard down,” Sullinger said. “(OSU coach Thad Matta) basically told us before we started the second half that they (were) going to come at us with everything they had because Cincinnati is just the type of team that doesn’t give up.” Cincinnati opened the half on a 21-6 run and eventually took a four point lead with 11:34 remaining. The Buckeyes committed four turnovers in fewer than three minutes during that span and the Bearcats were capitalizing on the other end. “We felt like the game was in the bag,” Sullinger said. “Cincinnati came out and punched us in the mouth.” Matta agreed. “We let our guard down,” Matta said. “We had some costly turnovers there, I think three in the first four minutes, that as we told our guys, if you turn it over against Cincinnati, they are scoring at the other end. And they did.” The crowd started to get into the game and suddenly OSU was in danger of being bounced from the Sweet 16 for the third consecutive year. Part of the change in momentum may have had to do with Cincinnati’s change in defense. The Bearcats played zone in the first half, but switched to man-to-man in the second half. “We were actually looking for them to play zone,” sophomore guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. said. “So a few times out there instead of running plays for our man we were running our zone plays against their man-to-man which doesn’t work obviously.” Matta was especially animated toward his team during a timeout in the span. Smith Jr. said his normally calm coach had some choice words for his team, but they helped turn the tide of the game. “He said quite a few things,” Smith Jr. said. “Obviously it worked and we were able to flip the switch. We were playing cool Buckeye basketball which always gets us beat, but we immediately snapped out of that.” Sullinger said the cool Buckeyes hit the showers shortly thereafter and OSU took control of the game. The Buckeyes exploded on a 17-1 run, put the game out of reach and the Bearcats were never able to recover. Four Buckeyes scored during the span and defensively OSU was able to force their opponent into making uncharacteristic mistakes. Cincinnati turned the ball over 18 times Thursday, which is seven more than their season average. Sophomore guard Aaron Craft accounted for six steals by himself. “We took our cool guy look off and we went blue-collar,” Sullinger said.” Normally we would kind of let the game flow like it was flowing and we just stopped and put our hands on it and molded it the way we wanted to mold it.” Sullinger had a big part in molding the game. He finished with 23 points and 11 rebounds. Thomas led all scorers with 26 points. The win advances OSU to the Elite 8 for the first time since the 2006-07 season. The past two years the Buckeyes’ journey ended in the Sweet 16. Senior guard William Buford is the only player on the team who was there for both losses and said it felt great to finally get over the hump. “Just to say that we’re in the Elite 8 and make it past this hump of the Sweet 16 that we haven’t made it over in the past two years just feels great,” Buford said. OSU will face No. 1 seed Syracuse in the regional final Saturday. Tip is set for 7:05 p.m. and the winner will advance to the Final Four in New Orleans.
From growing up in Monroeville, Ohio, to wrestling together at Ohio State, brothers Logan and Hunter Stieber have been inseparable. “We’re 18 months apart and we hung out basically every single day for our whole lives,” Hunter Stieber said. “We’re drill partners in practice. We’ve been best friends ever since our childhood and we still are in college.” The Stieber brothers have excelled in their time at OSU, amassing impressive numbers and racking up numerous accolades. Logan Stieber, a redshirt sophomore, is the defending 133-pound NCAA Champion and possesses a career record of 56-5. His younger brother, Hunter Stieber, a true sophomore, wrestles in the 141-pound weight class and holds a career record of 54-7. Both siblings were named All-Americans last year. It’s why OSU coach Tom Ryan dreams of more than two Stiebers. “I wish they were octuplets,” he said.”They’re a pleasure. They’re respectful. They’re disciplined. They win at a very high level and they’re eager to learn and get better. So we are very fortunate to have both of them.” However, without each other’s help, the brothers said they would be nowhere near as successful as they have been up to this point. “I’m able to have a workout partner whenever I want,” Logan Stieber said. “He’s my size. We push each other. I want him to be the best, and if he does really good, I want to match him, you know what I mean? So we both motivate each other in certain ways like that.” Hunter Stieber agreed that always having his brother around greatly benefits his performance on the mats. “It’s great just having him there to push me, help me out,” he said. “He’s an amazing wrestler. He’s an amazing coach and he sees all the little things that I need to work on. So after all my matches and practices, he can give me little hints and tips about what to improve on. He’s just a great asset that I have to help me get better.” It seems as though the Stiebers have been particularly beneficial to one another this season, as they both went undefeated in the regular season. Logan, despite missing most of January with a leg muscle strain, is 18-0 while Hunter has gone 26-0. The two have set their goals high for this season as both aspire to reach the pinnacle of NCAA wrestling. Logan wants to be named a national champion again while Hunter is seeking to win it for the first time. “I want to win a national title,” Hunter Stieber said. “I’m ranked second right now so it’s definitely in my reach. I just have to keep improving, working hard and working out with my brother and coach and I could definitely win a Big Ten and national title. Then we can push for a team title, but everyone has to do their job, including me and Logan. We have to perform to our best.” Both of them still have a few years left in their college careers no matter what happens this year. “Their potential is limitless,” Ryan said. “It’s whatever they want it to be. They understand hard work. They have the foundation that, if you want something in life, you have to work for it. So with that mentality, anything is possible.” The Stieber brothers will be back in action when OSU heads to the NWCA National Duals meet on Friday in Minneapolis, Minn.