first_imgStandings# Team G P W D L GF GA GD PTS1 Man City 11 8 1 2 26 9 17 252 Arsenal 11 8 1 2 21 8 13 253 Leicester 11 6 4 1 23 19 4 224 Man United 11 6 3 2 15 8 7 215 West Ham 11 6 2 3 22 15 7 206 Tottenham 10 4 5 1 16 8 8 177 S’hampton 11 4 5 2 18 13 5 178 Liverpool 11 4 5 2 12 12 – 179 C Palace 11 5 1 5 12 11 1 1610 Watford 11 4 4 3 10 10 – 1611 West Brom 11 4 2 5 10 14 -4 1412 Everton 10 3 4 3 13 13 – 1313 Swansea 11 3 4 4 12 15 -3 1314 Stoke City 11 3 4 4 9 12 -3 1315 Chelsea 11 3 2 6 16 22 -6 1116 Norwich 11 2 3 6 15 23 -8 917 B’mouth 11 2 2 7 12 24 -12 818 Newcastle 11 1 4 6 12 22 -10 719 Sunderland 10 1 3 6 11 19 -8 620 Aston Villa 10 1 1 8 9 17 -8 4last_img read more

first_imgDES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University women’s soccer team closes the regular season against Loyola on Thursday afternoon at 4 p.m. Drake (12-3-2, 5-0-1 MVC) clinched its sixth Missouri Valley Conference regular season title and second in three seasons with its win over Illinois State on Sunday. The regular season finale at the Cownie Soccer Complex will be broadcast on The Valley on ESPN3. Prior to Thursday’s match, Drake will honor its 2017 senior class of Hurt, Haley Morris (Clive, Iowa), Rebecca Rodgers (Peotone, Ill.), Brooke Salisbury (Kearney, Mo.), Smith, Rachel Wanninger (Johnston, Iowa) and Hannah Wilder (Wheatfield, Ind.). Hurt, a defender, has appeared in 60 career matches with 56 starts, and is fourth all-time in assists with 16. Morris, a goalkeeper, has played in 30 matches with 28 starts. She has tallied eight career shutouts and made 147 saves. Rodgers, the 2015 MVC Player of the Year and three-time All-MVC pick, is the program’s all-time goals leader with 39 and is tied in career points with 92. Her goals total ranks fifth all-time in MVC history. Salisbury has been a stalwart in the Bulldogs’ midfield the past four seasons and earned her first All-MVC honors as a junior. Smith has helped anchor the Bulldogs’ backline all four years of her career, starting 53-straight matches and she earned her first All-MVC honors and was named to the All-MVC Scholar-Athlete First Team last season. Wanninger has played in 57 career matches, including 35 the past two years, and she has scored six goals, including three game winners, and recorded six assists. Wilder has played in 63 career matches and scored four goals, including two important goals in MVC play this season, and recorded six assists. Loyola (12-5-0, 4-2-0 MVC) will be the tournament’s No. 2 seed with a win or a draw on Thursday. The Ramblers held off UNI, 3-2, in their last contest. Junior Jenna Szczesny is tied with Rodgers for the league-lead in goals with 12. The Bulldogs and the Ramblers have played 12 times with Drake holding a 6-3-3 advantage. The two teams have played each other in the MVC Tournament in three of the last four seasons. Print Friendly Version Drake won a wild back-and-forth rain-filled contest against the Redbirds in Normal, Ill. The Bulldogs led 1-0 at halftime until midway through the second period when Illinois State scored a pair of goals in just over three minutes to seize the lead, 2-1. However, junior Alyssa Brand (Skokie, Ill.), who scored the game’s first goal, quickly answered as she headed in her second goal off a cross by junior Linda Fiorito (Overland Park, Kan.) to help force overtime. In extra time, senior Ali Smith (Lenexa, Kan.) headed in the golden goal off a corner kick by senior Kasey Hurt (Ankeny, Iowa) to complete the comeback and clinch the title. The Bulldogs will be the No. 1 seed for the MVC Tournament, Nov. 3-5, in Springfield, Mo., where they will play in the semifinals on Nov. 3 against the winner of No. 3 vs. No. 6. Drake will wait to find out its opponent as quarterfinal games will be played at campus sites on Oct 29. The winner of the tournament earns an automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament.last_img read more

first_img26 January 2015Wits scientists have found three extremely luminous gamma-ray sources in the Large Magellanic Cloud, a satellite dwarf galaxy of the Milky Way.The scientists are part of a multinational team of astronomers working on the High Energy Stereoscopic System (HESS) telescopes that have again demonstrated its excellent capabilities in searching for high-energy gamma rays.In the latest discovery using the HESS, the team has found the most powerful pulsar wind nebula; the most powerful supernova remnant; and a shell of 270 light years in diameter blown by multiple stars, and supernovae – a so-called superbubble.The discovery is announced in the latest edition of the scientific journal, Science, in a research paper titled: “The exceptionally powerful TeV ƴ- ray emitters in the Large Magellanic Cloud”, published on 23 January 2015.Important discovery“This is a very important breakthrough for the team,” says Professor Sergio Colafrancesco, DST/NRF SKA Research Chair in the Wits School of Physics. “It paves the way to study external galaxies with very high-E telescopes such as HESS and then later with the planned Cherenkov Telescope Array (CTA) in Namibia.“It will lead us to re-examine galaxy evolution and answer questions such as how high-E particles can affect the evolution of cosmic structures in the universe, principally galaxies, and the life cycles of matter in galaxies.”Very high-energy gamma rays are the best tracers of cosmic accelerators such as supernova remnants and pulsar wind nebulae – end-products of massive stars. There, charged particles are accelerated to extreme velocities. When these particles encounter light or gas in and around the cosmic accelerators, they emit gamma rays.Very high-energy gamma rays can be measured on Earth by observing the Cherenkov light emitted from the particle showers produced by incident gamma rays high up in the atmosphere using large telescopes with fast cameras.The Large Magellanic Cloud is a dwarf satellite galaxy of our Milky Way, located about 170.000 light years away and showing us its face. New, massive stars are formed at a high rate in the cloud, and it harbours numerous massive stellar clusters. The cloud’s supernova rate relative to its stellar mass is five times that of our galaxy.The youngest supernova remnant in the local group of galaxies, SN 1987A, is also a member of the cloud. Therefore, the HESS scientists dedicated significant observation to searching for very high-energy gamma rays from this cosmic object.Star formationHESS has observed the largest star-forming region within the cloud, called Tarantula Nebula, for a total of 210 hours. For the first time in a galaxy outside the Milky Way, individual sources of very high-energy gamma rays could be resolved: three extremely energetic objects of different type.The so-called superbubble 30 Dor C is the largest known X-ray-emitting shell and appears to have been created by several supernovae and strong stellar winds. Superbubbles are broadly discussed as (complementary or alternative to individual supernova remnants) factories where the galactic cosmic rays are produced.The HESS results demonstrate that the bubble is a source of, and filled by, highly energetic particles. The superbubble represents a new class of sources in the very high-energy regime.Observed at the limits of detectability, and partially overlapping with each other, these new sources challenged the HESS scientists. The discoveries were possible following the development of advanced methods of interpreting the Cherenkov images captured by the telescopes.The new HESS II 28m telescope will boost the performance of the HESS telescope system, and in the more distant future the planned Cherenkov Telescope Array (CTA) will provide even deeper and higher-resolution gamma-ray images of the Large Magellanic Cloud – in the plans for science with CTA, the satellite galaxy is already identified as a Key Science Project deserving special attention.International teamThe HESS telescope is operated by an international collaboration of scientists with a strong involvement by South African universities, in particular Wits and North West universities, and the universities of the Free State and Johannesburg.Wits physicists are particularly involved in data analysis techniques, the development of theoretical interpretation tools of both extragalactic and galactic sources, and in the operational shifts at the telescope location in Namibia.Source: University of the Witwatersrandlast_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ohio’s agribusiness community, agricultural cooperatives and students in The Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) will have greater access to research, educational opportunities and technical expertise through a new, college-wide Center for Cooperatives.The center, with staff based at CFAES’s Ohio State University South Centers in Piketon, will have a faculty presence on the Columbus campus. It will integrate the college’s current activities and operations that support cooperative business development, will engage directly with long-established cooperatives, and will provide education both in the classroom and through CFAES’s Ohio State University Extension program and other outreach activities.“The CFAES Center for Cooperatives is expected to be comprehensive and bring together all three mission areas of the college — teaching, research and Extension,” said Tom Worley, OSU South Centers director. “We are pleased to be well positioned to serve the cooperatives community in Ohio through the combined faculty and staff resources of the center.”Worley will oversee the center, with Ani Katchova, associate professor and farm income enhancement chair in CFAES, leading its research programs. Hannah Scott, program manager at the South Centers, will lead the new center’s Extension and outreach activities.Programming for the center will occur within all major CFAES mission areas with a goal of extending knowledge to emerging and established agricultural cooperatives in Ohio and supporting rural economic development. The center will also provide future agricultural professionals with interdisciplinary training and research opportunities.About 40 guests including CFAES faculty, cooperative leaders, and state and federal government representatives attended a reception celebrating the new center Oct. 18 in Columbus. In addition, Debbie Rausch from the Ohio office of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development program announced that CFAES has been awarded a Rural Cooperative Development Grant totaling nearly $200,000 to improve rural areas of Ohio and West Virginia through the development of cooperatives and other mutually owned businesses.last_img read more