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Yaya Toure wants Man City exit after birthday snub

first_imgYaya Toure’s future at Manchester City has been put into serious doubt after his agent stated that the midfielder is unhappy with a birthday snub, Daily Mail reports.The now 31-year-old was irritated that no one wished him happy birthday when his birth-date coincided with title celebrations last week.Toure’s agent Dimitri Seluk said: “There is a big possibility Yaya will leave this summer. He is very upset. What happened at his birthday means the club don’t care about him. It was proof.“They can say whatever they want, ‘Oh we like him but we forgot’. Forgot? About Yaya? The player who helped you to be two-times Premier League champions? The guy who helped you win the FA Cup and League Cup?”“In a normal team, his team-mates and club would at least give him good wishes. But when you win the title and two days later you have a big party to celebrate the title and nobody comes to Yaya to say happy birthday, what more do you want?“If a player like Yaya went to Liverpool and they won the league for the first time in 24 years, Yaya would be a god in Liverpool,” Seluk told The Sun. “But at City, Yaya is no hero. He’s nobody. That’s how the club make him feel. He’s very upset and he started thinking about leaving the club. And he will leave if things carry on like this.”In other matters, City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak isn’t worried by the limitations of UEFA’s transfer cap, revealing that the side are well on their way in landing their transfer targets.The Sky Blues spent almost £100m on summer transfers last year, and Khaldoon said: “Expect the same – but even earlier. We know exactly what needs to be done.”last_img read more

Blind Ravens fan will be the first person to announce draft pick in Braille

first_imgMORE: Three round NFL Mock DraftHarbaugh was met with shock and elation from the Baltimore superfan. “It’s going to start this week,” Gaba said of his sports broadcasting career. Gaba will make history by being the first person to ever announce a draft pick off a card in Braille, which will be done during the team’s draft party they are holding in Baltimore. Meet our friend, Mo.Mo will become the first person ever to announce an NFL draft pick in Braille. pic.twitter.com/5nMPpifA8t— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) April 24, 2019Gaba, who is a frequent caller into 98 Rock, the flagship station of the Ravens, was informed of the news during a phone call on the station with Ravens coach John Harbaugh.  The Ravens may have the early lead for feel-good story of the NFL Draft. The team announced that 13-year-old blind Ravens fan Mo Gaba will announce their fourth-round selection on Saturday.last_img read more

Chad Johnson says he took Viagra before NFL games to get around PED rules

first_imgChad Johnson made an interesting reveal on Twitter Tuesday night.The former Bengals Pro Bowl receiver said he would take Viagra before games as a way to boost his performance.  After Marshall’s comments, the NFL said Viagra was not on the banned substance list. Around the same time, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) was looking into whether Viagra was really beneficial. In its findings, WADA discovered that Sildenafil isn’t going to make a huge impact for athletes.”Sildenafil is unlikely to exert beneficial effects in oxygen delivery or exercise performance at altitudes < 4000 m for the vast majority of the endurance trained men or women," the report reads.Still, it's interesting to know that NFL athletes were willing to take on the potential side effects of taking Viagra simply to gain a potential edge. I took viagra before every game & people thought they’d stop me, if my stat line was bad i wasn’t covered, the pass was just incomplete 💭— Chad Johnson (@ochocinco) July 28, 2020MORE: Ranking the top 25 wide receivers in 2020When someone asked whether he was simply joking, Johnson responded, "No it wasn’t a joke, I really took viagra before games, the increase in blood flow made me unbelievable [sic] explosive in & out of my routes." There's some proof (the safe for work kind) to back up Johnson's claim. There's a moment when he's mic'd up and talking to a coach, saying he took the pill.The former NFL receiver has also discussed this a number of times on Twitter. He made the joke that he took Viagra so he would be "hard to cover." Johnson also admitted on Twitter that he did this as a way to get around drug testing.NFL tests for steroids, how you gone stop me running on 3 legs every Sunday, no hat 🧢 https://t.co/fZ1OIx6DQ9— Chad Johnson (@ochocinco) July 28, 2020Former receiver Brandon Marshall said he'd heard of other players taking Viagra as well. But he also explained why he's hesitant to use it."But some guys, they'll do whatever they can to get an edge," Marshall said in 2012. "I've heard of some crazy stories. I've heard (of) guys using like Viagra, seriously. Because the blood is supposedly thin, some crazy stuff. So, you know, it's kind of scary with some of these chemicals that are in some of these things, so you have to be careful."But now the real question is: Does this actually work?Johnson isn't alone in his thinking. Some men who train started to take Viagra, or pills similar to it, as a preworkout and claim it made a difference. Men's Health Magazine pointed out that there are a few studies to support it.From Men's Health Magazine:There's a small amount of research to support these claims. A few studies have suggested that taking sildenafil can benefit athletes competing at high altitudes, such as cyclists or long-distance runners, by delivering more oxygen to their muscles. Additionally, a 2013 study in the journal of Clinical and Translational Science suggested that sildenafil could increase muscle protein synthesis and reduce muscle fatigue, concluding that it may “represent a potential pharmacologic strategy to improve skeletal muscle function.”The active ingredient in Viagra, Sildenafil, is intended to increase blood flow by opening up the blood vessels. This allows blood to flow freely to the penis and other surrounding muscles.last_img read more

The International Space Station has found its scientific calling

first_img The International Space Station (ISS) has never been known as a hotbed of science, even though the United States and partner nations spent more than $100 billion to build it. Inside its cramped bays, astronauts study the biological effects of microgravity, and a few astrophysical experiments are mounted to its exterior. But 2 decades after it started to take shape, the ISS has finally found a scientific calling: looking down at its home planet.The ISS is now home to five instruments that observe Earth, with two more set to join this year. One, NASA’s Orbiting Carbon Observatory 3 (OCO-3), was scheduled for launch this week from Cape Canaveral, Florida, aboard a routine resupply mission. Its launch marks a political victory: President Donald Trump has proposed canceling OCO-3 several times, only to be rebuffed each time by Congress. It also marks a victory of expedience over perfection.The ISS is not the ideal platform for OCO-3, which was built to fly on a stand-alone satellite. In fact, “It’s probably not the perfect platform for almost anything,” says Michael Freilich, who led NASA’s earth science division in Washington, D.C. for 12 years until his retirement in February. “It’s big. It flexes. It travels around in a cloud of contaminants.” And, most important, its orbit misses the poles and revisits sites at a different time each day. But compared with launching a satellite, mounting the instrument on the ISS is vastly cheaper: At $110 million, OCO-3 costs a quarter as much as OCO-2, which launched as a stand-alone mission in 2014. The International Space Station has found its scientific calling The savings have helped NASA preserve the breadth of its earth science missions, after two spectacular launch failures: the loss of the original OCO satellite, which crashed into the Indian Ocean in 2009, and the 2011 demise of Glory, meant to track atmospheric particles. Although Freilich marshaled support to build OCO-2, costs doubled for several other planned satellites, putting smaller missions in jeopardy.Around this time, Japan added a module to the ISS. Its flat terrace, jutting off its human-habitable module, was a good perch for 10 plug-and-play instruments. If putting Earth-observing instruments there would let NASA get much of the science for a fraction of the cost, that seemed like a good deal, Freilich says. “Everybody benefits. [NASA’s human program] gets to show the utility of the station,” while the earth science division flies more experiments.OCO-3 will be the third prominent NASA mission to be mounted on the Japanese module within the past year. Ecostress, attached in July 2018, measures the heat given off by plants to gauge the impact of heat waves and drought. The Global Ecosystem Dynamics Investigation (GEDI), launched in December 2018, uses a laser to probe the height of tree canopies and understories. Later this year, a Japanese hyperspectral imager that can detect land use and forest type will take a fourth spot. Other instruments mounted elsewhere on the ISS in the past 2 years measure lightning, incoming sunlight, and ozone.Like OCO-2, OCO-3 carries a spectrometer that spies on wavelengths of light absorbed by carbon dioxide (CO2), providing a count of all CO2 molecules on a path from the ISS to the surface. Based on how CO2 concentrations vary from place to place, the missions can map some emission sources along with absorption by plants. But the measurements are difficult given the vast background of CO2 already in the atmosphere.At first the OCO-3 team wasn’t thrilled to end up on the ISS, says Annmarie Eldering, the mission’s project scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California. But they came to see advantages. The erratic timing of its observations will make it challenging for OCO-3 to infer trends over weeks or months but will allow the instrument to explore how plant carbon emissions vary over the course of the day. “That’s going to be very useful,” Eldering says, especially when combined with measurements taken simultaneously by GEDI and Ecostress.OCO-3’s angled perch on the ISS also required a pivoting mount to allow it to see straight down. By pivoting, it can map CO2 over large regions, roughly the size of the Los Angeles, California, basin, during a single pass. Such regional maps could capture emissions from local sources such as cities and industry, says Christopher O’Dell, an atmospheric scientist at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, and enable OCO-3 to test the promise of verifying CO2 cuts from space. “That’s the goal,” O’Dell says. “We don’t know if that’s possible.”The ISS has one key constraint: space. After 3 years, OCO-3 is likely to be displaced on the Japanese module. NASA and Japan are already talking about what will go next to take its slot, Eldering says. Afterward, she says, “They will take us off and burn us up in the atmosphere.”Yet the promise of a space-based platform for making multiple simultaneous measurements of Earth at lower cost will live on. Rudranarayan Mukherjee, a JPL engineer, is developing a concept called the Science Station: a robotic mini–space station with trusses and a robotic arm that could host a dozen Earth-observing instruments in low orbit. The space station, he says, “has shown the benefit of having a platform in lower Earth orbit that’s a shared resource.” NASA hasn’t yet committed to the concept, he says. But he adds, “People can instantly see, yeah, I could see how that could work.” By Paul VoosenMay. 2, 2019 , 12:05 PM Earth-observing instruments roost on a platform attached to a Japanese module. Sign up for our daily newsletter Get more great content like this delivered right to you! 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