Millwall make Shane Ferguson’s loan move from Newcastle permanent

first_img “He has shown a real desire to stay here and is of an age where he needs to be playing football regularly for the sake of his own development, and we have given him that opportunity. “I believe that it is a fantastic piece of business and I would like to thank the board for giving me the opportunity to buy a player of Shane’s quality and age.” Ferguson played 32 times for Newcastle and has also enjoyed loan spells with Birmingham and Rangers. “It’s a relief to get the deal done,” he said. “I’ve been keen to get everything sorted and I’m now really looking forward to my future with Millwall. “I’ve loved every second of my time here so it was a no-brainer to sign on a permanent basis. “My task now is to help Millwall get back to where we belong, which hopefully can be done this season.” The 24-year-old midfielder, who is set to feature for Northern Ireland at Euro 2016, has signed a contract until summer 2017 after scoring two goals in 28 appearances for the Sky Bet League One club this season. “Shane has displayed his ability in two different positions for us since he joined on loan, so naturally I’m delighted that he is now with us on a permanent basis,” Lions boss Neil Harris told the club’s official website, millwallfc.co.uk. Press Associationcenter_img Millwall have signed loanee Shane Ferguson on a permanent deal from Newcastle for an undisclosed fee.last_img read more

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Update on the latest sports

first_img July 15, 2020 Update on the latest sports David Lewis died in Tampa. The cause was not immediately known but USC said he had struggled with health issues in recent years. Lewis played college ball at USC. He was also among the defensive stars on the 1979 Buccaneers team that reached the NFC title game, capping the franchise’s “worst to first” transformation. The Bucs won 10 games that year after having won just seven in the franchise’s previous three seasons. VIRUS OUTBREAK-RED SOXRed Sox hurlers sidelinedBOSTON (AP) — The Boston Red Sox have placed left-handers Eduardo Rodríguez, Josh Taylor and Darwinzon Hernandez on the injured list while they recover from COVID-19. Rodríguez won 19 games last year and had been expected to start the opener. All three pitchers are eligible to be activated as soon as they are asymptomatic and test negative twice at least 24 hours apart. But they would need time to prepare for the season. Without Rodríguez at least for the first time through the rotation, Nathan Eovaldi is expected to start against the Baltimore Orioles in the July 24 opener. Manager Luis Rojas says a frustrated deGrom left Tuesday night’s camp outing after one inning at Citi Field. The team was awaiting test results, and deGrom is day to day. Any significant injury to the two-time Cy Young Award winner would be an enormous blow to New York during a season shortened to 60 games by the coronavirus. The right-hander had been scheduled to start on opening day July 24 against Atlanta, but that appears in jeopardy now. The Mets already are minus No. 2 starter Noah Syndergaard, who will miss the entire season following Tommy John surgery.In other MLB news:— Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo is tracking pitches and doing strength and stability exercises while he waits for his ailing back to calm down. An MRI on Tuesday showed rib-head inflammation on his left side that is causing spasms — a condition he has dealt with before in his career. Rizzo is considered day to day, and manager David Ross says it’s still early to talk about him beginning the 60-game season on the injured list. The women’s final between Elina Svitolina and Petra Kvitova was postponed to Friday, when a second tournament on a hard court in a hangar in Berlin’s closed Tempelhof airport is due to start. Matches to determine third place were called off altogether because of the rain. HORSE RACING-BAFFERT SUSPENDEDTriple-Crown-winning trainer gets 15-day banLOS ANGELES (AP) — Two-time Triple Crown-winning trainer Bob Baffert has been suspended for 15 days by the Arkansas Racing Commission after two of his horses tested positive for a banned substance. The commission says in a ruling that the suspension runs from Aug. 1 to Aug. 15. And the Green Bay Packers say they won’t admit fans to any training camp practices or preseason home games due to the coronavirus pandemic. This also applies to the annual Packers Family Night, an annual event that features a practice and other activities.NFL-TITANS-HENRYTitans, Derrick Henry agree to contract before NFL deadlineNASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Titans have agreed to a new contract with Derrick Henry, keeping the NFL rushing leader around and not playing under the franchise tag before the NFL deadline for an extension. The team announced the deal, saying only that it was a “multi-year extension.” Henry reportedly received a four-year deal for $50 million with $25.5 million guaranteed, according to ESPN.com. Tennessee reports multiple positives among athletesKNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Volunteers report multiple positive results for COVID-19 after the university ran a batch of tests last week.The tests were conducted after the Fourth of July holiday weekend. A spokesman confirmed Wednesday that the positive tests spanned “multiple sports.”Tennessee previously had two basketball players test positive, with both clearing quarantine. A graduate assistant for the football team tested positive and was quarantined for 14 days.Tennessee is bringing athletes back to campus in phases, with football the first to return on June 8. Michigan to allow fewer fans, or none at allANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — The University of Michigan says fewer fans, if any, will attend games at “The Big House” if the Wolverines play college football games this year.The athletic department says a final decision will be made after conferring with medical experts, the school’s leadership and the Big Ten Conference, along with government officials and agencies.Michigan’s policies include the elimination of season tickets for the 2020 season. Paperless tickets will be available for individual games to only season ticket holders, not the general public, if there is a season and spectators are given access to the 107,601-seat Michigan Stadium.VIRUS OUTBREAK-TENNESSEE Thiem edges Berrettini to win Berlin exhibition tournamentBERLIN (AP) — Dominic Thiem has defeated Matteo Berrettini 6-7 (4) 6-4, 10-8 in the men’s final of a grass-court exhibition tournament in Berlin. The Steffi Graf Stadium in Berlin’s Grunewald district was largely empty for the match with spectator numbers restricted because of the coronavirus. They had to wear face masks and have their temperatures checked. No more than 800 fans were allowed in the 5,000-capacity stadium, though there were fewer present for the final after rain delayed play for almost seven hours. The women’s final between Elina Svitolina and Petra Kvitova was postponed to Friday, when a second tournament on a hard court in a hangar in Berlin’s closed Tempelhof airport is due to start. Matches to determine third place were called off altogether because of the rain. WNBA-DELLA DONNE-VIRUS OUTBREAK His horses Charlatan and Gamine each tested positive for lidocaine in two rounds of testing after winning races at the Hot Springs, Arkansas, track on May 2. Under the rules, a trainer is held responsible for the condition of any horse that is entered regardless of the acts of any third parties. NFL-OBIT-DAVID LEWISFormer NFL and USC player David Lewis dies at 65TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A key member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ 1979 team that reached the NFC title game has died at 65. Delle Donne hurt that request denied by panel of doctorsNEW YORK (AP) — WNBA MVP Elena Delle Donne is hurt that her request was denied to be medically excused for the season. The panel of independent doctors the league and union agreed upon to decide whether players should be medically excused deemed her not to be “high risk, and should be permitted to play in the bubble.” The league’s reigning MVP has battled Lyme disease since 2008 and thought she would be medically excused from playing this season by the panel. VIRUS OUTBREAK-COLLEGE FOOTBALL-MICHIGAN Associated Press Josiah-Jordan James, a sophomore guard on the basketball team, spoke to reporters last week about how tough it was seeing two teammates test positive for COVID-19. He said that drove home the seriousness of the pandemic and the need to follow all the safety precautions even when he doesn’t feel like wearing a mask.TENNIS-BERLIN EXHIBITIONThiem wins tennis exhibition tournamentBERLIN (AP) — Dominic Thiem has defeated Matteo Berrettini 6-7 (4) 6-4, 10-8 in the men’s final of a grass-court exhibition tournament in Berlin. The Steffi Graf Stadium in Berlin’s Grunewald district was largely empty for the match with spectator numbers restricted because of the coronavirus. They had to wear face masks and have their temperatures checked. No more than 800 fans were allowed in the 5,000-capacity stadium, though there were fewer present for the final after rain delayed play for almost seven hours. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMLB-METS-DEGROMDeGrom leaves game with back tightnessNEW YORK (AP) — Jacob deGrom exited an intrasquad game because of back tightness, and the New York Mets’ ace was scheduled for an MRI. The Titans had until 4 p.m. EDT Wednesday to sign Henry to an extension or pay him $10.2 million under the franchise tag he signed April 2. The Titans signed quarterback Ryan Tannehill to a four-year deal in March. Elsewhere in the NFL:— A domestic violence complaint against former Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Blair Brown has been dismissed. According to Duval County court records, a judge dismissed the case last week. Brown’s agent, Michael Boyer, released a statement saying Brown “is very pleased to put this all behind him and continue his life and football career.” According to the complaint filed in May 2019, Brown pointed a gun at his wife and threatened to kill her. He also was accused of pushing her to the ground, kicking her in the abdomen and punching her in the face after a verbal altercation in April 2019.TENNIS-BERLIN-EXHIBITION VIRUS OUTBREAK-NFLBroncos notify fans of seating limitsDENVER (AP) — The Denver Broncos are telling season ticket holders that Empower Field at Mile High won’t be at full capacity this season because of the coronavirus outbreak and face masks will be required if local officials allow a limited number of fans to attend games to maintain social distancing.The Broncos told season ticket holders in a memo that they’ll get priority for any single-game tickets that are sold this season whether or not they opt for a full refund for 2020 or a credit for 2021.Meanwhile, the Philadelphia Eagles won’t be allowed to have fans in the stadium if the NFL plays games this season. The city has banned all large public events that require public permits through February 2021. Teams will be permitted to play without fans in Philadelphia.last_img read more

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Dominant Wiggins expecting to grow from freshman college year

first_imgCOLLEGE freshman Kevon Wiggins is hoping to grow from this season. The 19-year-old exploded in his freshman season to lead his side Munroe College (Bronx Campus) to the Regional XV quarterfinals of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) League.The national basketball player averaged a whopping 17.8 points, 4.6 rebounds, 1.9 steals and 1.7 assists per game.In his final game of the season, last week, the Berbice-born player scored a whopping 31 points to go with 13 rebounds for his school in a heartbreaking 83-79 loss to Bronx Community College.“It was fun while it lasted, although we went through a lot of adversity and fights, as a team we still bonded and tried to overcome it, Wiggins told the Chronicle Sport. Not only was he the breakout player for his side, he led them in numerous games. Overall, he tallied 391 points, 41 steals, 37 assists, 102 rebounds, 33 of which were offensive.Wiggins also shot the ball at a high percentage.  His free throw average was 75.6%; his field goal percentage was 43.3%, while he shot 54 shots for downtown for a three-point average of 40.6.The 6’ 3” guard said that for the 2020-2021 season he is hoping to take the team further.“Next session it’ll be a lot different, because it’ll be the same group of guys but with more experience, which will make the games easier for us this time.”last_img read more

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Tiger Woods confirms Farmers Insurance Open will begin his 2020 tournament schedule

first_imgThe Farmers Insurance Open will be Tiger Woods’ first event of 2020 before he competes in the Genesis Invitational as tournament host.Woods ended last year on a high note by leading the United States to yet another Presidents Cup triumph as player-captain in December. The 15-time major champion on Thursday revealed that he will tee of the new year at Torrey Pines on January 23. Woods will then return to the Riviera Country Club from Feb. 13-16 for what will be the first edition of the Genesis Invitational in its elevated status, having previously been the Genesis [email protected] has committed to play in the @FarmersInsOpen and the @TheGenesisInv! pic.twitter.com/CWFc1BpZrl— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) January 9, 2020The 44-year-old said of the event: “It’s an honour for us to be in the same category as Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer. “Those are two legends of the game. For us to have this type of elevation, all the things we want to have happen for the tournament are going to happen.”On top of that, to be able to host the tournament each and every year at Riviera, where it all started for me, it’s come full circle.”World number seven Woods won The Masters last year and went on to tie Sam Snead’s PGA Tour record tally of 82 victories at the Zozo Championship.last_img read more

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Andover man arrested in Sumner County for armed robbery incident in Ark City

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Joshua calls out Wilder after breezing past Parker

first_imgCardiff, United Kingdom | AFP | Anthony Joshua called for a heavyweight unification fight with Deontay Wilder, saying it was “not time to sit back and enjoy the ride”, after beating Joseph Parker in Cardiff on Saturday.Joshua added Parker’s World Boxing Organisation heavyweight title to his International Boxing Federation and World Boxing Association belts with a unanimous points decision over the New Zealander after being taken to 12 rounds for the first time in his unbeaten 21-fight professional career.Now the pressure will build for a unification bout with the United States’ Wilder, the World Boxing Council heavyweight champion.“I want Wilder… Get him in the ring and I’ll knock him spark out,” Britain’s Joshua said in the ring immediately after judges had scored the fight 118-110, 118-110, 119-109 in his favour.But the London 2012 Olympic champion was in more considered mood at the post-fight press conference.“2018 was always a time to capture all the belts,” said Joshua, flanked by promoter Eddie Hearn and trainer Rob McCracken. “We are one away now.“In my eyes, it’s not time to sit back and enjoy the ride.”The unbeaten Wilder took to Twitter after Saturday’s contest in front of a 78,000 capacity crowd at the Principality Stadium to insist he was “the baddest man in the world, the baddest man on the planet, and that’s fact”.Joshua refused to rise to Wilder’s comments, including a previous remark when the American said he wanted a “body” on his record.“I’m not into the business of hype, hype, talk, talk. I’d love to maybe go to America with Eddie and Rob and look at the landscape and see how serious they are, and deal with this behind closed doors.”Hearn added: “I think it has to happen in 2018 otherwise we are going to hit some major problems with the politics and the mandatories (mandatory defences of the various belts).“If they (Wilder’s camp) stepped up and were actually serious about the fight, and serious about a deal we are more than fair to offer them, it could happen next.“But they are so erratic and unpredictable, I don’t know what to believe.” Meanwhile a gracious Parker had no complaints after his first defeat in 25 bouts as a professional.“We enjoyed being here, he (Joshua) deserved to win. “We’re still young, we’ll be back, we’ll be champion again,” added the 26-year-old.– ‘Language barrier’ –Parker and his camp were frustrated by the way Italian referee Giuseppe Quartarone repeatedly intervened to stop any close-quarter work developing between the two boxers.They questioned the Italian’s suitability for taking charge of such a big fight given what they said was his poor grasp of English.“We’re not blaming the ref (for the defeat) but he couldn’t really speak English,” said Parker. “I wanted to work on the inside more.”Parker’s trainer, Kevin Barry, agreed. “Obviously when one guy (Parker) has got a 76-inch reach and the other guy has got 84 or 85, it’s important when we do close the distance so that we are able to work,” he said.“Unfortunately for us, the referee just didn’t allow us to do that.“I knew he was from Italy but I obviously expected we would have a guy who could communicate with the two participants fighting.”Butt Joshua’s trainer McCracken countered: “When he explained the rules for two minutes he spoke English.”Barry, however, would not blame the referee for Parker’s defeat. “I was quite impressed with a lot of things Joshua did, he held his hands better and was quite hard to hit,” Barry said.Meanwhile David Higgins, Parker’s promoter, said there was plenty more to come from his man.“I saw the look in Joseph’s eyes, this has made him hungrier,” Higgins insisted.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

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Bryant Gumbel marks 15th year on ‘Real Sports’

first_imgThe monthly newsmagazine marks 15 years on the air this week, standing even more alone as a home for strong television journalism than it did in 1995. Gumbel, its host, suggests the deals that media companies make to televise sporting events—for example, CBS and ESPN for the Masters—keep competitors largely out of that business.A phrase he can’t stand is “broadcast partner.”“If you strike an agreement with somebody and you’re in bed with them for profit, you have every right to try and protect and promote that which brings you the most profit,” he said. “But to do that and try to continue to offer it under the guise of objective journalism is when you run aground.“Look, it’s the way of the world and with the price tag these things are now, it’s about the only way these things get done,” he said. “But that’s small comfort for the people who really want to hear the unvarnished truth and to see things with an objective eye. If you’ve got a major contract with the NBA or Major League Baseball, the NFL or whatever, you’re not going to jeopardize that contract.”He heard, for example, that NFL officials weren’t happy with “Real Sports” reporting on concussions and other health problems in football. Unlike the broadcast networks, HBO doesn’t have to worry about whether that will affect ratings or if the NFL will retaliate with a lousier slate of games the next season.To a certain extent, “Real Sports” is a misnomer.Its stories must have a connection to sports, but they often really aren’t about sports. Gumbel is proud of his Emmy Award-winning story on Marcus Dixon, a college-bound athlete jailed on an abuse charge when he had consensual sex with a young woman, which resulted in his release. A recent feature about a blind skier was less about skiing than about how he responded to an operation to restore some sight.Correspondent Bernard Goldberg reported on young boys being enslaved to be camel jockeys in the United Arab Emirates.The show’s report on dog fighting in the wake of quarterback Michael Vick’s conviction illustrated not only the brutality of the practice but the reasons it was popular in some cultures, said A.J. Daulerio, editor-in-chief of the sports website Deadspin.“It’s probably the only thing we have in sports journalism right now that is the equivalent of ‘60 Minutes,’” Daulerio said.Last month, Gumbel reported on the lives of two transsexual sportswriters following the suicide of Los Angeles Times sportswriter Mike Penner, who had changed his name to Christine and began living as a woman. He had returned to calling himself Mike shortly before his death.Gumbel said it was the most emotionally involved he has ever gotten in a story. “I was very empathetic toward them,” he said. “I can think of no more difficult hand to be dealt with in life.”The longtime “Today” show host, who considers himself semiretired except for the monthly “Real Sports,” ends each show with a commentary. January’s closing words ripped Mark McGwire about his “phony non-apology” for using steroids.The show isn’t all serious. Gumbel saluted good people in sports in February. And the mix of moods each month resembles “60 Minutes.” There are profiles—one recent one on Michigan State men’s basketball coach Tom Izzo—and humorous pieces such as Goldberg’s backstage look at the Westminster dog show.One place where Gumbel said he has seen the show’s influence is “60 Minutes” itself, which he noticed is featuring more sports stories. CBS producers have acknowledged doing more sports stories, but many are shown for the fall when the network uses them to hold onto large audiences from football games that lead into the newsmagazine.“We’ve tried to do things that are important and hope that people pay attention to,” Gumbel said, “and if they arrive late to the party, that’s fine, too.”“Real Sports” almost didn’t get the chance to reach its 15-year milestone. When Gumbel worked at NBC, its executives were fine with him moonlighting at HBO. But when he shifted to CBS, leaders wanted him to stop when his contract ended. Instead, Gumbel agreed to eliminate some perks in his contract in return for keeping the show alive.Gumbel, 61, has also suffered his own health scare. He had surgery last fall to remove a malignant tumor from his chest, along with part of his lung.“I’m OK,” he said. “I’m OK. Life continues to be a challenge, but I’m all right. I look forward to getting well.”He recently signed a new four-year contract with HBO, and said that might be it.“When it’s over, I think we’ll be in our 20th year and I’ll be 65,” he said. “That all kind of has a nice ring to it. On the other hand, I never say never.” REACHES MILESTONE—In this Oct. 22, 2007 file photo, Bryant Gumble arrives for the Whitney Gala at the Whitney Museum of American Art, in New York City. by David BauderNEW YORK (AP)—Events such as the Masters golf tournament remind Bryant Gumbel why he does “Real Sports” on HBO.last_img read more

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Nelson’s Samuel Matthew medals at WAVES event

first_imgNelson’s Samuel Matthew did not look out of place cooking with the big dogs in Victoria as the TRAX SwImmer medals in all his event final swims at the WAVES event.Matthew took gold in the 50, 100 and 200 meter breaststroke events while setting new meet records during the 50 & 100 meter preliminary morning swims at the Commonwealth Games Pool.Matthew has worked really hard to improve his breast stroke technique and training habits under the direction of head coach Bill Park and it has paid off — he is a Provincial Breast Stroke qualified swimmer and has what it takes to make it to the Age Group National level in the sport of competitive swimming in Canada. Matthew also won Gold in the 100m Free and silver in the 400m Individual Medley and 50m & 200m Free events and bronze in the 100m Back and 100m Fly.TRAX Swimmer Ian Markus (12 years) took first place in the 1500m Free and 50m Free events which qualify him to swim at the Provincial Long Course Meter Championships in Victoria in July 2014 setting new Meet Records in both events.  Markus also won second in the 100 Free, 100 Fly and his 200m Fly swim also qualified him for AAA LCM Provincial Championships, Ian came third in the 100 Back and 400m Free and sure learned how to ride those tough waves.    TRAX distance  swimmer Jackson Konkin (13yrs) finished first in the 1500m Free achieving the AAA qualifying standard; second in the 50m Back final and third in the 100m Free and the  200m Back with AAA QT swims.Konkin was also fourth in the 400m Free, 200m IM  and 100m Back events and 5th in the 400m IM.  Riley Mager (15) had sixth and eighth-place finishes in the tough 15 & older category to help our boys team to a third place finish overall.Brianne Mager (10 years) competed in her first event final, the 200m Back and placed seventh scoring important TEAM points while Tess Markus  also placed seventh 7in the 50 meter backstroke event.BC Summer Games prospects, Cyan Ross-Van Meirlo, Kira Konkin, Kayla Fraser all tried their first 1500 meter freestyle event long course meters and competed in the 400m Individual Medley event achieving the Provincial A time standard.  Noelle Mager competed in her first 1500m swim and Makenzie Mager (10 years) for achieving top TRAX time in the 200m Breast and Free events!For more information on our quality competitive swim programs contact [email protected]last_img read more

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Bombers rolling along on High School Girl’s Basketball circuit

first_imgThe L.V. Rogers Bombers have been rolling along, thank you very much, on the Kootenay High School Senior Girl’s Basketball scene.The Bombers won a pair of tournaments in the East Kootenay, capturing bragging rights in Kimberley at the Selkirk Storm event and Creston, at Prince Charles. According to head coach Chris Dergousoff, “closest game was 15-point victory . . . many were much more.”The Bombers travel to Castlegar Friday to compete in the Rockers Invitational.The tournament is a precursor for the East/West Kootenay Championships set for February 21-22, also in Castlegar at Stanley Humphries.The Bombers are looking to get back to the provincials for the first time since 2010.last_img read more

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Evolution: A Theory in Constant Revision

first_imgDarwinian evolution survives by constant patching of weaknesses in its web of belief.Permian extinction revised (PNAS): In “Estimates of the magnitudes of major marine mass extinctions in earth history,” Steven M. Stanley argues that we’ve been told a bit of a fib all our lives: “the great terminal Permian crisis eliminated only about 81% of marine species, not the frequently quoted 90–96%,” he says. That’s still a lot, but “Life did not almost disappear at the end of the Permian, as has often been asserted.” Extinctions were going on in the background, he argues, and didn’t disappear in a single event. Evolutionists will undoubtedly be able to absorb this revision in their web of belief.Population genetics revision (PNAS): In “Theory of prokaryotic genome evolution,” Eugene Koonin and two colleagues upset an applecart in population genetics regarding microbe evolution. Out with the old, in with the new – but once again, Darwinians will probably just patch up this contradiction.Bacteria and archaea have small genomes with tightly packed protein-coding genes. Typically, this genome architecture is explained by “genome streamlining” (minimization) under selection for high replication rate. We developed a mathematical model of microbial evolution and tested it against extensive data from multiple genome comparisons to identify the key evolutionary forces. The results indicate that genome evolution is not governed by streamlining but rather, reflects the balance between the benefit of additional genes that diminishes with the genome size and the intrinsic preference for DNA deletion over acquisition. These results explain the observation that, in an apparent contradiction with the population genetic theory, microbes with large genomes reach higher abundance and are subject to stronger selection than small “streamlined” genomes.Revised fish story (Science Daily): “Today’s most successful fish weren’t always evolutionary standouts,” this article announces in its headline. The evolutionary story of teleost fishes—the most diverse vertebrate group on earth—is in need of revision. Teleosts weren’t winners in the competition. They weren’t necessarily the best innovators, either, compared to the holostean fish team. Some revisionists at U Penn want to rearrange some strands in the web of belief:But this view of the teleost success story may be based on the false premise that teleosts dominate today because they have always been more evolutionarily innovative than other groups. A new analysis of more than a thousand fossil fishes from nearly 500 species led by the University of Pennsylvania’s John Clarke revealed that the teleosts’ success story is not as straightforward as once believed. Examining the first 160 million years of teleost and holostean evolution, from the Permian to the early Cretaceous periods, the scientists show that holosteans were as evolutionarily innovative as teleosts, and perhaps even more so.Fat chance (PhysOrg): This headline undermines a hoary story by evolutionists: “Obesity genes probably didn’t evolve to help us survive famine.” The tale went that our ancestors gorged themselves when food was plentiful to compensate for lean times. Certain evolutionists now claim, “there is now evidence that nearly all the common obesity-related genes show no properties of traits that evolved because they provide an adaptive advantage.” So much for the “thrifty gene hypothesis,” a weak strand in the web of belief. Darwinians will just compensate by shoring up other strands.Aquatic ape theory drowns (The Conversation): Alice Roberts of the University of Birmingham takes aim at a prominent TV host’s pet theory: “Sorry David Attenborough, we didn’t evolve from ‘aquatic apes’,” she states. The drawing resembles Lucy in a wetsuit. It was a cute story, but it does not account for our hairlessness as mammals or our propensity for being in water, even if it made for a book and TV shows. It’s both too extravagant and too simple, Roberts claims. “Occasionally in science there are theories that refuse to die despite the overwhelming evidence against them,” she says. Does her sermon go far enough?Despite the evidence stacked up against the theory, it is strangely tenacious. It has become very elastic, and its proponents will seize hold of any mentions of water, fish or shellfish in human evolution, and any archaeological sites found near coasts, rivers and lakes as supporting evidence. But we must always build our hypotheses on, and test them against, the hard evidence: the fossils, comparative anatomy and physiology, and genetics. In that test, the aquatic ape has failed – again and again.It is a great shame the BBC recently indulged this implausible theory as it distracts from the emerging story of human evolution that is both more complex and more interesting. Because at the end of the day science is about evidence, not wishful thinking.New legs for a squirmy story (The Conversation): Can roundworms tell about the evolution of legs? Sure, with a little creative storytelling. Martin Smith of Durham University first tells how a rare worm fossil challenges simple ideas of gradual evolution of the muscles that, back in the Cambrian, would some day emerge into legs. The new plot of the story calls on “radical experiments” by the silent hand of Darwinian evolution:This shows how important the fossil record is in unravelling the early threads of animal evolution. A cursory look at the animal kingdom today makes it look like the evolution of legs was almost inevitable. But it seems legs actually arose in a period of substantial evolutionary innovation among primordial worms, whose body architecture was much more versatile than today.The radical reshuffle seen in our new fossil suggests that legs had a convoluted evolutionary journey. This probably required a substantial period of time, with lots of wacky-looking dead ends. Eventually, a lucky muscle arrangement allowed a fortunate early worm to make good use of the bumps or appendages that would eventually become legs.We can’t test the idea, of course, because today’s worms aren’t as versatile as they used to be. This is known as ad hoc special pleading, generally frowned on in scientific explanations—except when it comes to Darwin-style confabulation.It gets so tiring to hear all the excuses. This is what happens when a powerful group usurps science and rules out all contenders. 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