Bellamy’s ‘reputation’ to blame

first_img “You look at what they did not give Toure and what they did with Craig and you are not happy with it, you are very disappointed and as I said I think his reputation has gone before him.” Solskjaer’s frustrations were added to by his side’s failure to turn first-half domination into goals against Villa. The Bluebirds hit the woodwork through Fraizer Campbell and a deflected Craig Noone strike, and they were ultimately indebted to two superb saves by David Marshall – from Fabien Delph and Andreas Weimann respectively – to preserve a point. The result does little for the Welsh club’s survival prospects and they remain 19th, effectively three points from safety due to their poor goal difference. Solskjaer said: “We didn’t take our chances, did we? “The performance was fantastic and we created big opportunities. Brad Guzan made a good save from Fraizer, we hit the crossbar. “There are no complaints but when you are in the situation we are in it is one of those games where you want to be one or two up at least.” Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert was content with a point which moved his side five clear of the drop zone, which is valuable breathing space in a tightly-packed bottom half. But the Scot felt his side should have taken more from the game given the chances missed by Delph, Weimann, Gabriel Agbonlahor, Leandro Bacuna and Christian Benteke during the final 30 minutes. “I am frustrated. I thought in the second half we had enough chances to win it and Marshall, who I knew up at Celtic, has kept them in it, he has made two world class saves,” he said. “I thought Leo should have scored, I thought Gaby should have scored and I thought Christian should have had a shot instead of trying to pass it. “But Cardiff have beaten some really good teams here. Ole has a good side after taking over from Malky and it is a hard place to come, although I still think we should have won the game.” Cardiff manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer thinks Craig Bellamy’s reputation earned him a three-match ban for violent conduct and not the incident itself. The veteran forward missed Tuesday’s goalless draw with Aston Villa after club and player “reluctantly” opted not to contest the FA charge for striking Swansea midfielder Jonathan de Guzman with his arm during Saturday’s south Wales derby. Bellamy will also miss the FA Cup clash with holders Wigan and the crucial Premier League meeting with Hull. The incident was missed by referee Andre Marriner and his team of officials at the time, but it was reviewed by a three-man panel of former elite referees who unanimously agreed it constituted violent conduct. Meanwhile, Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure escaped punishment after kicking Norwich striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel at Carrow Road. Solskjaer believes former Wales’ forward Bellamy’s reputation has seen him unfairly punished. “Everyone can see there is a big difference in the decisions (on Bellamy and Toure) one has got three games and one has got away from it,” said the Norwegian. “I don’t want to talk about it too much but I think Craig’s reputation has gone before him. “But when you see him in training, even in games he is such a top professional. “It is a little collision, there is no violence in it, but we just have to accept it, we don’t want it dragging on. Craig just wants to stay fit and be ready for the Spurs game. “We did not feel it was the right decision, I’m sure the referee saw it. Press Associationlast_img read more


2020 5-star guard Priscilla Williams verbally commits to Syracuse

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on September 16, 2019 at 8:00 pm Contact David: [email protected] Five-star guard Priscilla Williams has verbally committed to Syracuse, Williams announced via an Instagram post on Monday afternoon. Williams is ranked third among guards and 11th overall in the 2020 class, according to the espnW 100 list. The 6-foot-2 guard also considered Southern Methodist, Louisville, Mississippi State and Florida State. Syracuse head coach Quentin Hillsman retweeted a screenshot of a scouting report saying “Williams can lead from the guard position, score off the dribble [and] spread the floor with the deep ball.” ESPN’s most recent player evaluations from July describe Williams as an “athletic guard [with a] feathery touch” and that her “mid-range game moves beyond the arc.”Williams is the second player to choose Syracuse in the class of 2020, joining guard Faith Blackstone, a four-star recruit, according to espnW 100.The Branson, Missouri native could join a Syracuse backcourt that includes Kiara Lewis and Emily Engstler, both of whom have eligibility through the 2020-21 season. The Orange’s All-Atlantic Coast Conference point guard Tiana Mangakahia, who will miss this season as she continues to undergo treatment for breast cancer, announced on Aug. 20 she plans to play for SU in the 2020-21 season.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAs a junior at Branson High School, Williams averaged 27.8 points and 10.1 rebounds per game, sunk 52 three-pointers and recorded a school-record 51 points in a game. She was named to USA Today’s All-USA Missouri Girls Basketball Team and the Missouri Basketball Coaches Association’s Class 5 All-State team in 2019. Commentslast_img read more


Knicks fined $50K for violating NBA’s media policy

first_img Knicks welcome RJ Barrett to Madison Square Garden with emotional tribute video The Knicks have been fined $50,000 for violating the NBA’s media policy following the NBA Draft, the league announced Monday.NBA rules state that teams must allow equal access to all members of the media, but during Friday’s post-draft conference, the Knicks barred the New York Daily News from joining the conference. NBA stopped using term ‘owner’ in favor of ‘governor,’ Adam Silver says According to the league, the Knicks have “agreed to comply with NBA Media Access Rules moving forward.”The team released its own statement after the fine was announced, calling the situation a misunderstanding. Related News Kawhi Leonard free agency rumors: LA billboard woos ‘King of SoCal’ for Clippers “The Knicks acknowledge that we did not comply with the NBA’s media policy, and made an error in interpreting Friday’s announcement as an invite only event,” the statement said. “As we do throughout the year, we have and will continue to provide access to credentialed media as per the League’s policy.” It’s not the first time the Knicks — specifically team owner James Dolan — and the media have had a public fued. Dolan recently prevented New York Daily News writer Stefan Bondy from calling in to a teleconference, saying some media members had it out for the team.”There are certain journalists, right, that, you know, actually wish ill will towards the team,” Dolan said in March, via CBS Sports. “They don’t want to see the team win. They don’t want to see the team be successful. They have their own personal axes to grind. They come in with the intent of, I mean, they’ve never written a positive story about the team.”The Knicks made headlines by selecting Duke star RJ Barrett with the No. 3 overall pick Thursday and acquiring the 47th pick, Ignas Brazdeikis, in a trade with the Kings.last_img read more


A safer estrogen therapy for women

first_img Email It’s been a controversial strategy for more than a decade: giving estrogen hormone replacement therapy (HRT) to women to treat hot flashes, depression, and menopause-induced dementia. Although the therapy often works, it can also cause cancer, heart disease, and stroke. Now, scientists have found a way to boost estrogen only in the brain, a success in rats that may translate to safer treatments for people.“This could be very applicable for women suffering from hot flashes or depression for whom estrogen therapy is really counter-indicated,” says neuropharmacologist Roberta Brinton of the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, who was not involved in the new work.When a woman naturally reaches menopause—most often in her 50s—or does so prematurely, for reasons such as a hysterectomy or cancer treatment, levels of estrogen in her body begin to plummet. The hormonal changes can cause hot flashes, depression, and, over time, contribute to women’s risk of developing dementia and osteoporosis. Throughout the latter half of the 20th century, physicians commonly prescribed estrogen HRT to women going through menopause to help ease this transition as well as prevent the long-term effects of estrogen deprivation. Around the turn of the century, though, researchers noticed that women on HRT had an increased risk of heart disease, uterine and breast cancers, and strokes, and doctors generally stopped prescribing the drugs. Even pills that combined estrogen with other hormones meant to alleviate those problems didn’t fare any better when it came to dangerous side effects. Researchers led by biochemist Laszlo Prokai of the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth were studying the production of estrogen in the body when they realized that one estrogen-generating pathway was only active in the brain. A compound called 10β,17β-dihydroxyestra 1,4 dien-3-one (DHED), they found, relies on an enzyme in the brain to be converted from its “prodrug” form into the active form of estrogen; other organs in the body use different starting blocks to generate the hormone. That means that, theoretically, treating animals with DHED would only result in an estrogen increase in the brain, not in the heart, uterus, or breast tissue, where it can cause unwanted side effects.And indeed, when the researchers gave rats doses of DHED, estrogen levels in their brains increased, whereas levels elsewhere in the body remained stable. What’s more, in female rats lacking ovaries—prone to hot flashes, depression, memory problems, and stroke—DHED reversed these nervous system–linked menopause symptoms without any detectable impacts on the rest of the body, the scientists report online today in Science Translational Medicine.“Because this prodrug remains completely inactive everywhere else in the body, you can remedy the neurological and psychiatric symptoms associated with estrogen deficiency while avoiding side effects in the rest of the body,” Prokai says. DHED could be particularly useful in treating women who prematurely enter menopause after surgery, because they have the most drastic changes in hormone levels and often deal with symptoms for the longest, he points out. Prokai’s group has already launched nonhuman primate studies of the therapy.But although the drug holds promise for helping some women, such as those who have specific risk factors for cancer, Brinton says, it may not be an ideal first-line treatment for estrogen-deficiency in many others. “Specifically targeting the brain might have some potential advantages but you aren’t protecting against osteoporosis and other conditions associated with the loss of hormones,” Brinton says. “There are certainly organ systems other than the brain which benefit from estrogen.” Prodrugs specific to those other organs—such as bones—would have to be developed to boost estrogen elsewhere in the body, she says. Sign up for our daily newsletter Get more great content like this delivered right to you! 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