Nobel Prize-Winning Frances Arnold Now Earns 2019 Bower Award for Achievement in Science

first_img Community News 6 recommendedShareShareTweetSharePin it Chemical engineer Frances Arnold Credit: Caltech“We rely on the modern chemical industry to bring us everything from prescription drugs to paper, but making these products often involves toxic chemicals and costly, energy-hungry processes.” While enzymes—biological catalysts made of protein—have long been proposed as a potential green solution for chemical manufacturing, engineering useful enzymes has proved immensely difficult.In the early 1990s, Frances H. Arnold, the Linus Pauling Professor of Chemical Engineering, Bioengineering and Biochemistry, found a solution in a method known as directed evolution that she developed for creating new and useful versions of enzymes. Her research revolutionized enzyme design and in 2018 she won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry.Now, Arnold has been named the winner of the 2019 Bower Award for Achievement in Science. The Bower Award is among the prestigious Franklin Institute Awards, which have honored exceptional innovators in science and technology since 1824. Arnold was honored for “pioneering the development of directed protein evolution,” a monumental step forward in the science of protein engineering that revolutionized the use of biological catalysts for research and industry.Directed evolution takes a page out of nature’s playbook. Biological enzymes evolved over billions of years through random mutations and natural selection. Arnold realized that she could do something similar by selectively “breeding” new proteins for specific traits in much the same way we have guided the evolution of livestock and crops. This allowed her to create enzymes with specific, novel chemical properties.Designing a new biological catalyst through directed evolution starts with mutation of the DNA that encodes an already existing enzyme. Thousands of mutant enzymes are created from the starting enzyme and screened for a desired trait. Those enzymes that perform well are put through the same process of mutation and selection repeatedly, each generation enhancing the enzyme’s performance. This technique is so effective that it can persuade enzymes to perform reactions not found in nature; the Arnold group has created enzymes capable of making silicon-carbon bonds, boron-silicon bonds, and high-energy carbon rings called bicyclotubanes.Arnold, who is also the director of the Donna and Benjamin M. Rosen Bioengineering Center, hopes that as directed-evolution technologies grow and advance, they will increasingly supplant more traditional chemical processes, and that the day will come when much of chemical manufacturing will be performed not by humans, but by bacteria with engineered enzymes. Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Subscribe Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena People Nobel Prize-Winning Frances Arnold Now Earns 2019 Bower Award for Achievement in Science By ELISE CUTTS Published on Tuesday, February 12, 2019 | 5:08 pm Community News First Heatwave Expected Next Week Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Top of the News center_img Make a comment Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday HerbeautyRub This All Over Your Body And He’s Guaranteed To Swoon Over YouHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Fashion Tips Are Making Tall Girls The Talk Of The TownHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHe Is Totally In Love With You If He Does These 7 ThingsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Questions To Start Conversation Way Better Than ‘How U Doing?’HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHere Is What Scientists Say Will Happen When You Eat AvocadosHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Most Heartwarming Moments Between Father And DaughterHerbeautyHerbeauty More Cool Stuff EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Business News Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *last_img read more

In Memoriam

first_img May 15, 2005 In Memoriam In Memoriam In Memoriam Brian Howard Blacher, Milwaukee, WI Admitted 1979; Died February 1, 2003 James J. Boyle, Miami Admitted 1949; Died June 25, 2004 Thomas Adelbert Bustin, Lutz Admitted 1966; Died January 17, 2005 Ollie Ben Butler, Jr., Tampa Admitted 1956; December 14, 2004 Harrison K. Chauncey, Jr., Palm Beach Admitted 1961; Died December 24, 2004 W. A. Drury, Jasper Admitted 1963; Died December 2, 2004 Morton Jay Earley, Indiana, PA Admitted 1978; Died December 3, 2004 Robert B. Ely, Miami Admitted 1955; Died December 7, 2004 J. David Francis, Boynton Beach Admitted 1963; Died November 21, 2004 Joseph Ginsberg, Daytona Beach Admitted 1928; Died October 15, 2004 James C. Hauser, Tallahassee Admitted 1979; Died January 6, 2005 Glenn C. Henderson, Davie Admitted 1973; Died July 24, 2004 Stephen Lee Hipps, Deland Admitted 1999; Died July 4, 2004 Henry Latimer, Ft. Lauderdale Admitted 1973; Died January 24, 2005 J. David Liebman, Miami Admitted 1949; Died January 16, 2005 Gary Earl Massey, Altamonte Springs Admitted 1971; Died January 4, 2005 William Shane Meador, Pensacola Admitted 2000; Died January 24, 2005 Pierce H. Mullally III, Miami Shores Admitted 1985; Died April 1, 2004 Richard D. Oehler, Tampa Admitted 1968; Died December 7, 2004 Michael Scott Schwartzberg, St Petersburg Admitted 1984; Died January 5, 2005 Elton H. Schwarz, Jensen Beach Admitted 1954; Died January 20, 2005 Steven Marc Tazbin, Rye Brook, NY Admitted 1982; Died September 30, 2000 A.J. Thomas, Jr., Ft Lauderdale Admitted 1948; Died December 21, 2004 Dale A. Thorn, Miami Admitted 1973; Died September 30, 2004 William Jackson Turbeville II, Delray Beach Admitted 1984; Died January 2, 2005 Preston Craig Widoff, Tampa Admitted 1977; Died January 4, 2005 Edwin L. Williamson, Jr., Orlando Admitted 1972; Died December 20, 2004last_img read more

Coordination of directors of tourist boards of Primorje-Gorski Kotar County was held

first_imgAfter in five years, from 2014 to 2018, Kvarner tourism achieved a steady growth, which in that period resulted in 30% more overnight stays, in the first seven months of 2019 the result in overnight stays was 1% lower than last year, and while arrivals remained at the 2018 level with a total of 1.719.000 tourists visiting the region. In addition to reviewing tourist news and discussing the implementation of summer events that run according to plan and record high attendance, there was also talk of tourist results by destination. “The coordination of directors of tourist boards is satisfied with the results that are mostly at the level or slightly weaker than last year, and when compared to the previous few years, Kvarner remains a destination that attracts guests, above all, the quality of tourist offer and tourist accommodation”, Said the director Peršić Živadinov. The drop in traffic occurred primarily in lower category accommodation The full report is attached In the period from January to July, the strongest growth in tourist arrivals and overnight stays, of 8% in arrivals and as much as 18% in overnight stays, was in the Rijeka area, followed by the Opatija Riviera, with an increase in arrivals and overnight stays of 1% in compared to last year. With 523.000 arrivals, the island of Krk is at the level of last year’s results. Attachment: Information on the course of the tourist season JANUARY – JULY 2019 One of the topics of the meeting was the sojourn taxes, which remained at the level of last year. But the agreement is that possible changes will be considered in the future, depending on the projects proposed for financing from the sojourn tax. Private accommodation with 5 * from January to July recorded an increase of 37%, and in July of 35%. The camps of the highest category achieved an increase of 7% in the first 21 months, or 18% in July. Hotels in the first 7 months in 5 * have 5% more overnight stays. center_img Source / photo: Primorje-Gorski Kotar County; Kastav Tourist Board “This proves that it pays to invest in quality”, Emphasized Peršić Živadinov and in support of that explained that the branded Kvarner family facilities in Kvarner achieve as much as 31% better and longer occupancy compared to other facilities in the household.  Perišić Živadinov also commented on the further development of marketing brands, within which, in addition to the existing Kvarner Outdoor, Kvarner Gourmet & Food and Kvarner Health & Wellbeing, new brands such as Kvarner Culture and Kvarner Maritime Heritage and the Griffon Friendly brand are being developed. “We have never profiled Kvarner as a destination for mass tourism, nor do we believe that this is the way Kvarner should go. Invest in quality, in products and create motives for arrivals in order to have an ideal number of guests in the future, without again undermining the overall possibilities of accepting the destination – this is a sustainable development of tourism”, Concluded Peršić Živadinov.  Yesterday in Kastav, the Kvarner Tourist Board gathered directors of tourist boards and offices from the Primorje-Gorski Kotar County. This July is 3% lower in arrivals and 2% in overnight stays compared to last year.   In the first 7 months of 2019, compared to the same period in 2018, 3% less overnight stays were realized in accommodation with 4 *, and 2 * had a drop in overnight stays of 12%. last_img read more

Wednesday’s QPR quiz: The West Ham connection

first_imgQPR and West Ham could be in the same division again next season. Test your  knowledge of the history between the two clubs by seeing how many of these five questions you can answer correctly.[wp-simple-survey-31]Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

UCT in world top 100 subject ranking

first_img10 May 2013South Africa’s University of Cape Town was ranked in the top 100 of universities around the world for eight of its subject areas, according to the latest Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings, released on Wednesday.It ranked 32 for education and training, and was also included in the top 100 for earth and marine sciences, politics, psychology, law and legal studies, history and archaeology, geography and English language and literature.“Regarded as one of Africa’s leading universities, UCT’s consistent performance in world ranking systems speaks to the university’s commitment to quality research as well as first-rate higher education,” UCT said in a statement.The latest QS World University Ranking by subject is the third edition of the study and evaluated 2 858 universities around the world, ranking 678 of these.Nineteen of UCT’S subjects were included in the 30-subject ranking, with agriculture, civil engineering and politics being rated for the first time.“The methodology of the QS survey relies heavily on a global survey of what academics and employers think of a particular university,” said UCT’s deputy vice chancellor, Danie Visser.“It is most pleasing that UCT has registered sufficiently internationally to be placed in the top 100 in no fewer than eight areas and in the top 200 in 19 different areas.”QS Surveys also look at citations per faculty, staff-student ratio and the degree of internationalisation by the proportion of international students and faculty.“Since UCT’s research impact is above the world average in many areas and because we have a very good proportion of international students, these indicators would tend to boost our scores,” Visser said.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

How to Avoid Bias in Your AI Implementation

first_imgIn most circles, the word “bias” has obviously negative connotations. Regarding the media, it means news is slanted one way or another. In science, it means preconceived notions led to inaccurate conclusions. When it comes to artificial intelligence, the bias of those who program the software — and the data from which it learns — can lead to unsatisfactory results.Any bias is a deviation from reality when collecting, analyzing, or interpreting data. Intentional or not, most people are somewhat biased in how they view the world, which affects how they interpret data. As technology plays more crucial roles in everything from employment to criminal justice, a biased AI system can have a significant impact. Before humans can trust machines to learn and interpret the world around them, we must eliminate bias in the data that AI systems learn from. Here’s how you can avoid such bias when implementing your own AI solution.1. Start with a highly diversified team.Any AI system’s deep learning model will be limited by the collective experience of the team behind it. If that team is siloed, the system will make judgments and predictions based on a highly inaccurate model. For Adam Kalai, co-author of the paper “Man is to computer programmer as woman is to homemaker? Debiasing word embeddings,” eliminating bias in AI is like raising a baby. For better or worse, the baby — or AI system — will think how you teach it to think. It also takes a village. So put together a highly diverse team to head up your AI effort. You’ll be more likely to identify nuanced biases earlier and more precisely. To reduce hiring bias when assembling your team, examine the language of your job ads and remove biased wording. The word “ninja,” for example, may seem to make your job ad more compelling. However, it could deter women from applying because society views the word as masculine. Another tactic is to reduce the number of job requirements, listing them as preferred qualifications. That will likewise encourage more female candidates to apply — not because they don’t have such credentials, but because they tend not to apply unless they have all of them. Finally, create standard interview questions and a post-interview debriefing process to ensure all interviewers at your company are working within the same framework when assessing job candidates.2. Have your diverse team teach your chatbots.Like humans, when bots have more data and experiences to draw from, they make smarter choices. “Collect enough data for your chatbot to make good decisions. Automated agents should constantly learn and adapt, but they can only do that if they’re being fed the right data,” says Fang Cheng, CEO and co-founder of Linc Global. Chatbots learn by studying previous conversations, so your team should be feeding your bot data that teaches it to respond in the way you want it to. For instance, Swedish bank SEB has even taught its virtual assistant Aida to detect a frustrated tone in a caller’s voice, at which point the bot knows to pass the caller along to a human representative.   To accomplish something similar without falling prey to bias, you may need to create data sets that provide your bot with examples from multiple demographics. Put a process in place to detect issues. Whether you use an automated platform or manually review customer conversations, search for patterns in customer chats. Do customers opt for a human representative or appear more frustrated when calling about a specific issue? Do certain customer personas feel thwarted more often? Your chatbots might be mishandling or misunderstanding a certain type of customer concern — or concerns from a certain type of customer. Once you identify a common thread in frustrated customer inquiries, you can feed your AI the information it needs to correct course.3. Show the world how your AI thinks.Transparency is perhaps just as important as diversity when it comes to building an AI system that people can trust. There are currently no laws regarding the rights of consumers who are subject to an AI algorithm’s decision-making. The least companies can do is be completely transparent with consumers about why decisions were made. Despite common industry fears, that doesn’t mean disclosing the code behind your AI.Simply provide the criteria that the system used to reach its decisions. For instance, if the system denies a credit application, have it explain which factors went into that denial and what the consumer can do to improve his or her chances of qualifying the next time. IBM has launched a software service that looks for bias in AI systems and determines why automated decisions were made. Tools like this can aid in your transparency efforts.The potential for bias to taint a company’s AI program is a real concern. Fortunately, there are ways to expand the diversity of your AI’s source data and weed out significant biases. By eliminating bias, you’ll help your company — and society — truly realize the benefits AI has to offer. Brad AndersonEditor In Chief at ReadWrite Tags:#AI#Algorithm#artificial intelligence#bias#biased data#chatbot#data#tech decision-making#technology#Transparency Brad is the editor overseeing contributed content at He previously worked as an editor at PayPal and Crunchbase. You can reach him at brad at Related Posts Follow the Puck Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces AI: How it’s Impacting Surveillance Data Storage What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …last_img read more

Lynx beat Mystics for top seed in WNBA Playoffs

first_imgFILE – In this Aug. 3, 2017, file photo, Minnesota Lynx forward Plenette Pierson flexes her muscles to celebrate after a play by center Sylvia Fowles during the third quarter against the Atlanta Dream in a WNBA basketball game in St. Paul, Minn. Minnesota secured the top seed in the WNBA playoffs while the Los Angeles Sparks will be the two seed. (Aaron Lavinsky/Star Tribune via AP, File)ST. PAUL, Minnesota — Maya Moore scored 26 points and Renee Montgomery added 18 to help the Minnesota Lynx secure the top seed in the WNBA playoffs with an 86-72 victory over the Washington Mystics on Sunday.Minnesota (27-7) finished the season a game ahead of Los Angeles (26-8). Both teams have byes until in the semifinals on Sept. 12.Washington (18-16) is the sixth seed and plays the Dallas Wings on Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kristi Toliver hit a 3-pointer with 4:28 remaining to pull Washington within 80-71, but Moore answered at the other end and the Mystics didn’t score again until the 2:09 mark.Toliver led Washington with 20 points. Elena Delle Donne added 12 points in just 18 minutes and Krystal Thomas grabbed 14 rebounds.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 shutoutIt was Minnesota’s final game at the Xcel Energy Center as the Lynx will play their home playoff games at the University of Minnesota’s Williams Arena. The team is moving to accommodate the Minnesota Wild’s preseason schedule.SPARKS 81, SUN 70 LATEST STORIES Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses LOS ANGELES — Nneka Ogwumike scored 21 points and Candace Parker had a double-double as the defending champion Los Angeles Sparks closed the WNBA regular season with a win over Connecticut.Los Angeles (26-8) went 15-1 at home, but finished a game behind Minnesota for the top seed in the playoffs. The Sparks have a bye until the semifinals. The Sun (21-13) are the fourth seed and have a first-round bye.Parker had 12 points and 14 rebounds for the Sparks and Odyssey Sims had 16 points.Courtney Williams led the Suns with 19 points. Jonquel Jones had 10 rebounds to finish with 403, the first player in league history to surpass 400. Tina Charles held the old record at 398. With 10 points, Jones had 20 double-doubles this season.LIBERTY 82, WINGS 81ADVERTISEMENT View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Nextcenter_img SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief ROSEMONT, Illinois — Breanna Stewart scored 29 points, making two free throws with 15.6 seconds left for a three-point lead, and Seattle beat Chicago.The Storm rallied to take a 79-78 lead with 3:11 left as Jewell Loyd’s open 3-pointer from the corner capped a 9-0 run.After Stewart’s makes, Allie Quigley curled around a high screen but her long 3 was off the mark. Seattle’s Noelle Quinn sealed it by making two free throws with 11.2 seconds left.Loyd added 25 points for Seattle (15-19), which plays at Phoenix on Wednesday night in the first round of the playoffs. Stewart made 10 of 12 at the stripe as the Storm only missed three free throws in 27 attempts.Kahleah Copper paced Chicago (12-22) with 18 points. Courtney Vandersloot set a WNBA record in the third quarter for the highest single-season assists average. Her eight assists per game surpassed Ticha Penicheiro’s 2002 mark of 7.9. MOST READ ARLINGTON, Texas — Tina Charles had 18 points and 18 rebounds to help New York clinch the third seed in the playoffs with a win over the Wings and extend the Liberty’s winning streak to 10 games.The Liberty (22-12) matched the franchise record for longest winning streak and have a first-round bye. The seventh-seeded Wings (16-18) play at No. 6 Washington in a one-game playoff on Wednesday.Trailing 82-79 after a Charles putback with 22.1 seconds to play, the Wings missed, but forced a turnover and Aerial Powers scored on a putback with 3.7 seconds left. When the Liberty inbounded the ball in the frontcourt after a timeout, they had a backcourt violation, giving Dallas one last shot. Skylar Diggins-Smith’s attempt from the 3-point line bounced off the rim at the buzzer.MERCURY 84, DREAM 70PHOENIX — Brittney Griner scored 30 points as the Phoenix Mercury closed the regular season with a victory over the Dream on Sunday to secure the fifth seed in the playoffs.Phoenix (18-16) will host Seattle on Wednesday night.Griner reached the 30-point mark for the sixth time in her career with a reverse layup with 1:23 remaining in the fourth quarter. She blocked Elizabeth Williams’ shot at the other end. All six of her 30-point games have come this season.Leilani Mitchell added 18 points for Phoenix and Diana Taurasi was held to nine points on 3-of-12 shooting.Rookie Brittney Sykes scored a career-best 33 points for Atlanta (12-22). She was 12 of 19 from the floor and made seven free throws. Tiffany Hayes added 15 points, and Camille Little moved into a tie with Lauren Jackson for 12th place in WNBA history with 2,447 rebounds, passing Yolanda Griffith.STORM 85, SKY 80 WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters 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 UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Sharapova comeback, teen’s dream run end at US Open LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Gameslast_img read more

Doctor sentenced to 40 to 175 years in jail for sexually assaulting gymnasts

first_imgNEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Judge Rosemarie Aquilina said Nassar’s “decision to assault was precise, calculated, manipulative, devious, despicable.”“It is my honor and privilege to sentence you. You do not deserve to walk outside a prison ever again. You have done nothing to control those urges and anywhere you walk, destruction will occur to those most vulnerable.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutNassar found competitive gymnastics to be a “perfect place” for his crimes because victims saw him as a “god” in the sport, a prosecutor said Wednesday, shortly before the former doctor was to be sentenced for years of molesting Olympic gymnasts and other young women.“It takes some kind of sick perversion to not only assault a child but to do so with her parent in the room,” prosecutor Angela Povilaitis said. “To do so while a lineup of eager young gymnasts waited.” Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Larry Nassar is brought into court Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018, in Lansing, Mich. Nassar, 54, has admitted sexually assaulting athletes under the guise of medical treatment when he was employed by Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics, which as the sport’s national governing organization trains Olympians. He already has been sentenced to 60 years in prison for child pornography. Under a plea bargain, he faces a minimum of 25 to 40 years behind bars in the molestation case. (Matthew Dae Smith/Lansing State Journal via AP)LANSING, Mich. — The former sports doctor who admitted molesting some of the nation’s top gymnasts for years was sentenced Wednesday to 40 to 175 years in prison as the judge declared: “I just signed your death warrant.”The sentence capped a remarkable seven-day hearing in which scores of Larry Nassar’s victims were able to confront him face to face in a Michigan courtroom.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:29Police 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Cliff Hodge return a shot in the arm for Meralco Read Next John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena stingcenter_img Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH LATEST STORIES View comments Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH She described the “breadth and ripple” of Nassar’s sexual abuse as “nearly infinite.”“What does it say about our society that victims of sexual abuse have to hide their pain for years when they did nothing wrong? What does it say about our society when victims do come forward … and are treated as liars until proven true?” Povilaitis said.Nassar turned to the courtroom gallery to make a brief statement, saying that the accounts of more than 150 victims had “shaken me to my core.” He said “no words” can describe how sorry he is for his crimes.“I will carry your words with me for the rest of my days” he said as many of his accusers wept.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

10 Thoughts On Oklahoma’s 38-20 Win Over Oklahoma State

first_imgStat from @BerryTramel: Oklahoma’s last 3 possessions: 76, 82, 80 yards, 3 TDs. Oklahoma State has run 4 plays in that span.— George Schroeder (@GeorgeSchroeder) December 3, 20166. OU was batteredOne of the most frustrating things about all of this is that Dede Westbrook was eviscerated in the second quarter and didn’t play at all in the second half. OU has no other receivers. This is not hyperbole. Their second-best true receiver came into the game with 320 yards on the season, and Mayfield still found a way to do work.Even further, Mixon didn’t look like himself and Perine was injured multiple times. OU was without defensive players all over the field, and OSU was completely healthy.With Jordan Parker down, Parrish Cobb, who the #Sooners hoped to redshirt is in the game— Ryan Aber (@ryaber) December 3, 2016And they still closed when it counted. Mostly because …7. Baker is a ballerI hate it. I hate it so much.I sports hate him with a passion when he’s playing Oklahoma State.This was my personal hell after the game.This is my own personal hell.— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) December 3, 2016But that dude can go. He can play some college football. Johnny Mayfield is the best improviser in the country and he showed up when it mattered most. He’s a dude.(It also helps when he has more time in the backfield than it takes me to dress my two toddlers in the morning)“I think it’s pretty clear what happened,” said Gundy after the game. “One of the things that I had concerns with coming in was them getting in big plays, and that’s what happened. Unfortunately we played pretty good, in fact maintained some quality drives and had some defensive stands, but they big-played us.“I was concerned about Mayfield and his ability to buy time, move around and sling the ball down the field, and he was able to do that. He’s obviously really good at that.”8. Where Was Washington?The President had eight targets and it felt like two. Why not at least throw it up a couple times, especially when he’s making grabs like this?This is an insane catch by Washington.— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) December 3, 2016I do think the rain helped OU in that Baker’s improv skills allowed his receiver to run around until OSU’s defenders fell down. Rudolph doesn’t do that (at least not like Baker), and you could tell the timing and patterns were all askew all afternoon. Especially for Rudolph2Washington.9. The Lone Bright SpotJustice Hill is a dog (and was the lone bright spot offensively for the Pokes — along with Chris Carson). He went over 1,000 yards on the season after a 16-rush, 99-yard performance on Saturday, and he was a complete maniac all day. /Whispers OU didn’t even recruit this guy, and he was the best RB on a field of great ones … at least for the first half.He was even impressive when his runs got called back.10. What’s next?Oklahoma State will get (probably) Colorado in the Alamo Bowl. This is a great outcome for the Pokes from a postseason perspective. The Alamo Bowl is the second-best Big 12 bowl game, and Colorado is a good matchup for the Pokes. It will be fun to play a former Big 8/Big 12 brethren in a bowl game, and you don’t have to worry about getting run off the field like you would if USC was the opponent.From a big picture standpoint, I don’t really know how to feel. I came into Saturday thinking Oklahoma State was either going to win or make it dang close. It did neither, although Grogan making the FG late could have made it a lot tighter than it turned out to be. Gundy now has 10 losses to OU in 12 years and is 1-3 in de facto Big 12 title games.You have a lot coming back next year for Round 3 (and Round 4?) with Baker and Co., but this was a butt-whupping of the most frustrating variety. It wasn’t like last year. Last year, you were hurt and OU was immense. This year, you caught a ton of breaks. It is OU that was riddled with injuries and hanging on by one of Baker’s facial handlebars.OSU couldn’t get it done when with the chips were down in Norman and a Big 12 title on the line. Just as winning 10 (!) Big 12 titles in 18 years likely never gets old for Bob Stoops, the sting of knowing your team wasn’t good enough (again) doesn’t dull. OSU had a real chance to turn the Big 12 and Bedlam tide on Saturday, and it failed as spectacularly as possible.On to the next one (which happens to be basketball tonight at Maryland!) BOX SCOREI just typed the words “someone should put a mullet on a Crying Jordan” if you wanted to know how this Saturday is going. Oklahoma State got beat up in Norman 38-20 on Saturday with the Big 12 title on the line. The score was only that close because Samaje Perine had mercy and took a knee at OSU’s 1-yard-line with a few seconds left.Shoutout to Perine for doing that, by the way. As one of our PFB squad members said: Joe Mixon probably would have run that in and thrown the ball in Jordan Sterns’ face.On Saturday, an injured Sooners team showed out in a game where OSU (and specifically Mason Rudolph) did not. It seemed everyone but Bob Stoops got hurt for the Sooners on Saturday, but OU kept coming and eventually overwhelmed OSU. The Cowboys ran the ball spectacularly in the first half (181 yards) but OU answered with 301 (!) on the ground in the second.It got away from Oklahoma State in a hurry, too. After somehow taking a 17-10 lead with two minutes to go in the second quarter, Oklahoma State was outscored 28-3 over the final 32 minutes. It was a second-half whipping for a team that is now 2-10 in Bedlam under Mike Gundy.Joe Mixon, fittingly, delivered the knockout blow with 10 minutes left in the game when he scampered 79 yards for a touchdown seconds after Ben Grogan missed a 38-yard FG that would have pulled the Pokes to within one score (and possibly changed the entire complexion of the game).We have much to discuss. Let’s get to work.1. Mike Gundy was not greatFor some reason Mike Gundy continues to coach Bedlam like he either A. Has the better recruits than OU or B. Is Kansas State. Why he chooses to do either of these is completely beyond me.Oklahoma State has to be creative in big games like this because it has worse players. This is just factual. Look at recruiting. Look at the rosters. I know this. You know this. Literally everyone who watches college football knows this. And yet, there is no creativity out of Mike & Mike. Year after year, that’s disappointing.Oklahoma State is playing like they’re just trying to cover the spread.— Jake Trotter (@Jake_Trotter) December 3, 2016There were two big issues when it comes to Gundy (well, really big issues) on Saturday that we need to address here.First, why did Oklahoma State not throw a Hail Mary from OU’s 45 with 10 seconds left in the first half after running it on first down? Even worse, why did Oklahoma State not try to throw a 15-yard pass from the 50 after Barry Sanders’ return? You had 18 seconds left in the half and Ammendola has 50-yard range. You have to get 16-17 yards and have all the time in the world. What are you doing?I really felt like this is where Oklahoma State lost its edge in the game. It was coming off a defensive drive in which it had just given up a game-tying touchdown, and OU was about to get the ball to start the second half. How do you not even try for points? It’s not like you were on your own 10-yard-line. This was the most unforgivable mistake (to me) for Gundy on Saturday. There’s just no “F you” in him when Stoops is on the other sideline.I want to see stuff like this out of Gundy:I want to see Gundy finger-wagging Stoops after big-time TDs. I want to see him winking at the camera and taunting the OU crowd after huge scores. Instead, he just tucks his mullet between his legs and heads for the locker room. Sad!The other issue is kicking the field goal with 10 minutes left in the game before Mixon put a dagger in our hearts (more on him in a minute). I have less of an issue with the decision to kick the FG and more of a problem with the way you ended up in that situation to begin with.Let’s recap: There is a three-minute replay of a potential first down earlier in the drive. If you don’t get it, you know you have fourth and inches in your own territory. You have literally three minutes to think about this. Then you send the punt team on the field before calling a timeout and changing your mind. What in the world?There was little to no rhythm to the OSU offense all day, and it seemed to be the result of indecision from Mike & Mike. And we can continue to talk about Gundy’s poor showing all we want (and I’m sure we will!), but the reality is that OSU did not lose that game because Gundy chose to kick a field goal instead of go for it on fourth down. OSU lost this game for two reasons …2. Mason Rudolph was horrificJust downright putrid. He was 11/25 for 186 yards, but that doesn’t even begin to tell the story. He dropped two balls including one under center on the goal line that could have cost OSU a touchdown, and he wasn’t even remotely close on a lot of his throws. Gundy said it as kindly as he could after the game, but Rudolph was bad.“We just couldn’t get a very good grasp of the ball,” said Gundy. “It wasn’t a really good day for us to have an opportunity to throw it down the field.”Rudolph’s struggles created two issues. The first is that Mike & Mike got gun-shy on throwing the deep ball (even though they should have probably done it on every down despite Rudolph’s woes because, well, it worked both times they tried it).The other issue is that OU realized this at halftime, loaded up the box and kept an OSU team that ran for 181 yards in the first half to 36 yards in the second. An offense that came alive early was buried late because No. 2 was no threat at all.There is no bigger Mason Rudolph fan on the planet than yours truly, but there is not a rational human being alive who could have watched what Rudolph did on Saturday and said he was anything but terrible. That crushed OSU’s chances of winning a Big 12 Championship.3. OSU didn’t take advantage in the first quarterThe other reason OSU lost is because it didn’t take advantage of its stingy defense in the first quarter. This game started a lot like the Texas Tech game at home in November. OU’s first three drives went like this:PuntPuntPuntOSU led by just three points after those three drives. If you didn’t think the OU offense — one of the best in Big 12 history — was going to come on late in the game, then you haven’t been paying attention to OU all year.You needed to be up 14-0 or 17-0 at the end of that sequence like you were against OU. That’s where the game was lost, not in Gundy’s decision to kick a field goal with 10 minuets left.4. Dr. 1st Half, Mr. 2nd HalfAre you prepared to look at the rushing charts for the first half and the second half? I’m not sure you are, but here is what they looked like.First halfOU: 40 rushing yards (ESPN previously had this number at 3, I have since corrected … apologies)OSU: 181 rushing yardsSecond halfOU: 301 rushing yardsOSU: 36 rushing yards[monkey covering his eyes emoji]OU’s plan was pretty clear — let Baker give you the lead and ride Perine and Mixon until they break. They almost did. Perine fumbled in the fourth quarter in a scene quite reminiscent of 2014.2014: OU leads 28-14, Perine fumbles/hurt on OSU 29 with 20 min. left2016: OU leads 31-20, Perine fumbles/hurt on OSU 18 with 13 min. left— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) December 3, 2016Alas, OSU could not take advantage.5. Those drive chartsAfter OSU took that 17-10 lead, this is how each team progressed.OU: TD-TD-TD-Fumble (that would have been a TD-TD-Perine kneels on 1OSU: Ends half abruptly-Punt-FG-Missed FG-Turnover on downsOU closed like a Big 12 champ is supposed to close on its home field. Oklahoma State closed like a bartender who over-served himself.I’m not sure if the moment overwhelmed the Cowboys or if they just didn’t have the horses to shut it down, but the game seemed to flip when OU went 76 yards for a TD at the end of the first half and Gundy ran the clock out at the 50. OSU strained to get field goals in the second half, and OU had its way on the ground.After that mess at the 50-yard-line before the half, OSU never truly got off the mat. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Wenger defends Aubameyang & Mkhi after thrashing

first_imgArsenal Wenger defends Aubameyang and Mkhitaryan after Man City thrashing Jamie Smith Last updated 1 year ago 07:27 2/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Arsenal Premier League Arsenal v Manchester City Manchester City Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Arsène Wenger Videos The manager defended his side’s performance after going down 3-0 for the second time in the space of a week at the Emirates Arsene Wenger defended Arsenal’s major January signings after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan struggled to make an impression against Manchester City.Arsenal lost 3-0 to Pep Guardiola’s side for the second time in five days, enduring a thumping in the Premier League at the Emirates Stadium after a humbling Wembley loss in Sunday’s Carabao Cup final.Wenger’s men have lost seven games in all competitions in 2018, more than any other Premier League club, Aubameyang seeing a penalty saved by Ederson early in the second half to compound the Gunners’ misery. Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Aubameyang scored on his Arsenal debut but has not found the net since, while Mkhitaryan was anonymous as City ran riot in a glittering first-half display.Wenger, however, says the pair will come good if given more time to settle in at Arsenal, with his side 10 points behind Tottenham in the race for Champions League qualification.”They need time to adapt,” Wenger told a post-match news conference,”Every game you lose now you are under pressure. They are players who just joined us, I am sure they will do well.”7 – Arsenal have lost more matches in all competitions in 2018 than any other Premier League team (7). Woeful.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) March 1, 2018Arsenal had made a positive start at a half-empty Emirates Stadium, snowy conditions contributing to a low crowd, before Bernardo Silva curled home a superb strike to give City the lead.David Silva added a second and the unplayable Leroy Sane rolled in a third as City became the first team to score three away to Arsenal in the first half of a Premier League game.”I felt it was a game of top intensity,” Wenger said. “We produced physically our highest performance of the season by quite far. Physically the two teams gave a lot.”I knew the first half would be difficult for us. They took advantage of every defensive weakness in the first half.”We lost against a top quality team, the best in the country. The fact they are high in confidence and we are low played a big part tonight.”3 – Arsenal have conceded three goals in the first half of a Premier League home game for the first time ever. Overwhelmed.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) March 1, 2018Confidence is a clear issue for Arsenal, who have lost four of their last five games in all competitions, suffering successive defeats at home.”You go up by stairs but come down by the lift,” an enigmatic Wenger said of his side’s problems. “We go through a difficult patch, that’s football.”I don’t compare it to any other situation I face before. I commit completely and stay committed and focus on the next game.”last_img read more