Did JaVale McGee upstage LeBron James in their Laker debuts?

first_img— … CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceIt took JaVale McGee just four seconds to steal the spotlight from LeBron James as they both made their debuts with the Lakers Sunday night.The former Warrior’s alley-oop dunk off the opening tip thrilled the pro-Lakers crowd gathered in San Diego and signaled the beginning of the King James Era in Southern California.JaVale wasting no time!#LakeShow (📺: @SpectrumSN & ESPN) pic.twitter.com/HUDoWNA1Vglast_img



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Pablo Sandoval’s elbow injury a crushing blow to Giants team that needs his energy

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — Pablo Sandoval’s right elbow is in terrible shape.Sandoval received a cortisone shot in his elbow and a MRI on Sunday, but the injection did little to mask the persistent pain and inflammation the switch-hitting infielder is forced to deal with.The Giants were optimistic Sandoval might still be able to contribute as a pinch-hitter this week, but the injury was too much to overcome and the club decided to place him on the 10-day injured list on Wednesday.“It’s very damaged, …last_img



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Five things we learned Thursday at Raiders HQ

first_imgALAMEDA — The load was light enough for quarterback Derek Carr Thursday that he planned on getting out of the practice facility early enough to join his wife and kids for a little trick or treating near his East Bay home.Only 20 pages of new plays. Little more than a pop quiz in a spot where final exams take place almost every day.That came after a nice 60-page treatise on Wednesday.“Yeah, I’m tired,” Carr said. Raiders Hudson, Brown make Pro Bowl; Waller, Jacobs do not In his second year in the system, things have been second nature to Carr, who conceded a year ago he would sometimes remember a detail a millisecond before the ball was snapped.“Now we’re just playing football,” Carr said. “The quarterbacks were joking about how much was installed (Wednesday) and how much there is every week.”The Marshall planLinebacker Brandon Marshall conceded he was hurt when the Raiders released him after the exhibition season. He also thought the Raiders might call when Vontaze Burfict was suspended for the final 12 games of the season.For complete Oakland Raiders coverage follow us on Flipboard.“Of course I wasn’t happy, but who would be happy getting released?” Marshall said. “I’m just happy I’m back, taking one day at a time, and I’ll control what I can.”One good thing about the time off, Marshall said, is the knee that he was rehabbing throughout camp is in good shape. And if the Raiders are looking at Marshall to help with pass coverage in shallow areas, he’ll need to be as mobile as possible.Defensive coordinator Paul Guenther was tight-lipped regarding how Marshall will be used. Marshall himself is still waiting to see.“When they cut me, I just threw my playbook away so I kind of had to I guess reintroduce myself to some of the schemes, some of the blitzes,” Marshall said. “A lot of it is familiar but I needed a refresher. It’s tough when you’re not sure if you’re going to come back or not. But I’m doing well.”Center Rodney Hudson has not yet been ruled out of Sunday’s game agianst the Lions ARIC CRABB/Bay Area News GroupCan Hudson play against Detroit?When we last saw Rodney Hudson Sunday, he was being taken off the field on a cart, unable to put weight on an injured ankle. Initial fears were Hudson could have a season-ending injury. By the next day, with X-rays being negative, there was enough concern to make arrangements to sign center Erik Magnuson off the practice squad of the Buffalo Bills.There seemed to be little chance Hudson would play against Detroit. But then again, Hudson is a guy who once played through kidney stones and has been virtually indestructible since signing as a free agent in 2015. So maybe it’s not all that surprising that Hudson, although he didn’t practice Thursday, hasn’t been ruled out entirely.Hudson is not wearing a walking boot, nor is he limping noticeably. Neither he nor Andre James practiced, with Richie Incognito getting another day of work at center, but Olson said he wasn’t overly concerned about the position after seeing Hudson and James “walking around:” at practice.“They’ve given us an indication they’ll be out there tomorrow,” Olson said.Jacobs is AFC Offensive Rookie of the MonthRookie running back Josh Jacobs was named the AFC Offensive Rookie of the Month after rushing for 313 yards on 62 carries during three games in October.Jacobs was limited in practice with a shoulder injury — one incurred against Green Bay and was in part responsible for getting just 15 carries against Houston. The 15 attempts were the fewest for Jacobs since getting 10 against Minnesota in Week 3 when the Raiders fell way behind and had to abandon the run.It’ says a lot not only about him but the offensive line and that entire group,” Olson said. “When you take a player in the first round, you expect success early on and he’s given us that.”Detroit coach Matt Patricia told Bay Area reporters by conference call the Lions will have their hands full.“He’s an explosive running back and one of the things that just sticks out right away is his toughness,” Patricia said. “He doesn’t want to run out of bounds. He’s going to go attack the defenders. He’s going to try and hit them before they hit him.”Mullen settling inThe moment wasn’t too big for second-round draft pick Trayvon Mullen in his NFL starting debut at cornerback, but it didn’t do much for his hydration.Mullen needed to come out for an I.V. but otherwise had a solid first game against Houston, moving into a starting role after the trade of Gareon Conley.Like our Oakland Raiders Facebook page for more Raiders news, commentary and conversation. “I think when he became a starting player you saw him come out of his shell a little bit,” Guenther said. “He was a lot more vocal. Communication with the safeties and linebackers was really good.”Related Articles Offense, as it pertains to Jon Gruden, is a living thing. It evolves and changes. A play run run one week against Houston may morph into something else against Detroit. Carr, as well as backups Mike Glennon and DeShone Kizer, must know it and understand it well enough to help position the backs, receivers and the offensive line.It’s not just that Gruden is certifiable when it comes to offensive tinkering. It’s also a way to keep everyone sharp and alert. As line coach and offensive coordinator Bill Callahan used to say during Gruden’s first go-round in Oakland, if you give an offense twenty plays, what they learn will be twenty plays.But give them more — lots more — and then real learning takes place.Offensive coordinator Greg Olson has worked for Gruden and other coaches, and declined to be specific with regard to the amount players are being asked to learn as opposed to other places.“It’s a tremendous amount of volume, I’ll say that,” Olson said. “I think our players appreciate that. It’s easy to feel stimulated coming to work when you know every day you’re going to get something new and challenging. You know his personality. He likes to challenge people.” How 6-8 Raiders can still make NFL playoffs after 4-game losing streak Raiders Straight Talk: Derek Carr speculation won’t stop any time soon Raiders’ Trent Brown goes to I.R., Jacobs won’t play against Chargers Boy gets caught in Black Hole frenzy, leaves with Derek Carr’s towel Gruden likes Mullen’s prototype height (6-foot-2, 200 pounds) but doesn’t necessarily want to see the rookie use all of it until he’s reaching for the ball.“He’s just got to stay low. Sometimes he has a tendency to get a little bit high in his backpedal and you can’t do that in this league,” Gruden said. “Not against Matt Stafford, he’s looking for you.”NOTES— Starting safety Erik Harris was present at practice but did not participate because of an illness. Wide receiver Tyrell Williams (plantar fasciitis) was a full participant in practice for the first time in nearly three weeks. Those who missed practice other than Harris, Hudson and James were wide receiver/return specialist Dwayne Harris and defensive end Josh Mauro (groin).Jacobs, linebacker Tahir Whitehead (shoulder/wrist) and defensive tackle P.J. Hall were limited.SEASON PASS DIGITAL OFFERIf you have not already, we strongly encourage you to sign up for a digital subscription, which gives you access to all content on the Mercury News and East Bay Times websites. With your support, we can continue bringing these stories — and much more — to your screens. Here’s where to sign up for the season pass: Mercury News, East Bay Times.last_img read more



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Ichthyosaur Fossilized Giving Birth

first_imgCaught in the act: another fossil shows an extinct marine reptile giving birth to live young.National Geographic published a photo and diagram of the fossil of the “oldest sea monster babies” found in China, “pre-dating the previous record by 10 million years.”  Said to date from 248 million years ago, the mother ichthyosaur has one offspring stuck in the pelvis and another inside.    PhysOrg and Live Science also reported the fossil.  PhysOrg says,The new specimen may contain the oldest fossil embryos of Mesozoic marine reptile, about 10 million years older than those indicated on previous records. The authors also suggest that live births in land reptiles may have appeared much earlier than previously thought.Live Science added, “The team recovered more than 80 new ichthyosaur skeletons during a recent field expedition to a fossil quarry in south Majiashan, China.”All three articles seem focused on these aspects: the early date, and the live birth on land.  None of them are asking what circumstances would cause a creature to be instantly buried in an act that probably took mere minutes, maybe seconds.  None of the articles contain the words rapid, sudden, or quick.   None of them discuss the mechanism that buried them intact, with exquisite detail.  Some suggest the mother died of complications during birth.  Still, even with a little extra time, most creatures would not fossilize even if they died on a beach.Creationists have used a previous example of a fossil ichthyosaur giving birth as evidence for rapid burial in a flood rather than evolution (see Creation.com for picture and discussion).This is a good example of how scientists ask questions based on their world view.  We would think most neutral observers would be curious to know how a creature was fossilized in such a snapshot of time.  Instead, evolutionists are preoccupied with placing the fossil in their fictional timeline of millions of years, wondering when live birth “emerged” in their fictional tale.  It’s analogous to the planetary scientists who are so preoccupied finding life elsewhere, they jump to the L-word life any time there is a possibility water exists or once existed on a planet or moon.   It’s like the paleontologists who find blood vessels and soft tissue in dinosaur bone, whose immediate thought is to say, “Well, what do you know; soft tissue can last 70 million years!”  They don’t question the millions of years; they work to fit the unexpected data to their prior belief.This shows that scientists are not objective; they see what they want to see.  They ask the questions they want to ask.  Like Thomas Kuhn taught, scientists work within a paradigm.  They are not trained to question the paradigm, but rather to confirm it.  Anomalies are puzzles to solve, not threats to the paradigm.  Darwin established the currently-popular paradigm of slow, gradual, natural processes over time, without aim or direction.  That is what scientists are trained to care about, whether or not it is true, whether or not the evidence supports it.  The attraction of Darwin’s paradigm that makes it so entrenched is (1) it does away with God, so one can live according to one’s own pleasures, and (2) it provides job security for storytellers.Learn to ask the questions the evolutionists don’t ask.  There’s wisdom outside the box, and new, more interesting questions to pursue.(Visited 207 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more



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Intel Senior Vice President Renee James Talks About MeeGo and the Tablet Experience



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