Fulham v Reading line-ups: Whites duo ruled out, Johansen back, Royals make three changes

first_imgFulham make three changes for their Championship play-off first leg with Reading, with recalls for Ryan Fredericks, Stefan Johansen and Floyd Ayite.Fredericks and Johansen – who were rested in the final game of the regular season at Sheffield Wednesday – replace Denis Odoi and Lucas Piazon, while Ayite earns a start after coming off the bench to score twice at Hillsborough.Scott Malone starts at left-back ahead of 16-year-old Ryan Sessegnon, who is among the substitutes.Defenders Ragnar Sigurdsson (calf) and Michael Madl (ankle) are out for both legs but could be available for the final at Wembley if the Whites progress.Reading also make three changes, with Tyler Blackett returning to a three-man defence in place of Tiago Ilori.Danny Williams and former Brentford loanee John Swift come in at the expense of Liam Kelly and Roy Beerens.Fulham: Bettinelli; Fredericks, Kalas, Ream, Malone; McDonald, Johansnen; Aluko, Cairney, Ayite; Martin.Subs: Button, Odoi, Sessegnon, Parker, Piazon, Kebano, Cyriac.Reading: Al Habsi; McShane, Moore, Blackett; Gunter, Evans, Williams, Swift, Obita; Grabban, Kermorgant.Subs: Jaakkola, Van den Berg, Beerens, Mendes, McCleary, Ilori, Popa.   Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch) x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Turkish Family Evolving Into Quadrupeds

first_imgIs this a hoax?  The Times Online UK posted a picture of a family in Turkey that walks naturally on all fours, and calls this a “unique insight into human evolution.”  Sean O’Neill at New Scientist is not sure what to think.  A professor Humphrey claims this is an example of “backward evolution,” or a throwback to a long-lost animal behavior.  O’Neill thinks it’s probably not evolution, but an unfortunate genetic accident.  “Also, for our ancestors to switch to bipedalism, many skeletal changes would have been needed,” he said.  “In fact, the ability to run long-distances may have been a more significant point in our evolution, suggest some researchers.” (see 11/18/2004).  Nevertheless, some are calling this a “missing link.”Suckers.  These are overgrown rug rats, not missing links.  Or else they get dizzy standing up, and thus obey Paul’s Law: you can’t fall off the floor.(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

South Africa mourns Springbok legend Joost van der Westhuizen

first_imgLegendary Springbok rugby scrumhalf and captain Joost van der Westhuizen died on Monday 6 February after five years battling motor neuron disease. He was 45.Joost van der Westhuizen was instrumental in the Springboks’ World Cup triumph in 1995. But tragically, the legendary scrumhalf could not triumph over motor neuron disease. (screenshot via Youtube)Former Springbok rugby scrumhalf, captain and legend, Joost van der Westhuizen, has died at age 45 after a long battle with motor neuron disease.The J9 Foundation, which Van der Westhuizen established to fight the incurable disease, confirmed his passing on Monday 6 February. After his vital organs began to fail on Friday 3 February, he was admitted to a Johannesburg hospital on Saturday and placed on life support.The foundation said he passed away on Monday after “putting up an incredible fight” over the weekend.He was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a form of motor neuron disease, in 2011. The disease attacks the body’s neurons, weakening the body’s voluntary muscles. This can result in difficulty in speaking, swallowing, and eventually breathing.Van der Westhuizen played a pivotal role in the Springbok’s first Rugby World Cup title in 1995. In his prime, he was considered the world’s greatest scrumhalf. He is still regarded as one of the legends of the game.Van der Westhuizen spent his entire club career with the Blue Bulls, from 1993 until 2003, with great success. But he will be best remembered for his international playing career.He featured in 89 tests for the Springboks and scored 38 tries, a record only broken by Bryan Habana in 2011, at the Rugby World Cup. He captained South Africa during the 1999 World Cup where they finished third. Van der Westhuizen retired from international rugby in 2003 as South Africa’s record cap holder.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Eye on Assembly elections, BJP gets new heads for Maharashtra, Mumbai

first_imgThe Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) made major changes to its organisational structure on Tuesday by appointing Revenue Minister Chandrakant Patil as head of the State unit of the party.It also appointed Malabar Hill MLA and founder of the real estate Lodha Group, Mangal Prabhat Lodha, as the Mumbai unit chief in place of Ashish Shelar, who has been inducted into the government as a Cabinet Minister. Mr. Patil replaces Raosaheb Danve, who has been inducted into the Union Cabinet in the second term of the Narendra Modi-led government at the Centre. Announcing the appointment of the two leaders, party national secretary Arun Singh said the changes have been approved by party president Amit Shah. “The appointments are from immediate effect,” Mr. Singh said on Tuesday. Senior leaders said as per party rules, one can not hold the same term for two years. It was with this in mind that Mr. Danve met the Prime Minster in New Delhi and requested for a change of guard earlier this month. Mr. Danve is believed to have told Mr. Modi it would be difficult for him to juggle the responsibilities of State chief along with that of the Union minister in the run-up to the elections in Maharashtra. “We have some very capable leaders in our party and they can perhaps come forward to take this responsibility,” he said. Mr. Danve was appointed State party chief in 2015 and has been instrumental in the BJP expanding its base across the rural hinterland. “The BJP has since captured 25,000 gram sabhas, 23 Members of Parliament (MPs) and 18 corporations across rural Maharashtra. We have only managed to do so under the able leadership and guidance of the PM and Mr. Shah,” he said. Mr. Patil has been Cabinet Minister since July 2016, handling the Revenue, Relief and Rehabilitation and Public Works department (PWD). A prominent member of the BJP, he is also the Guardian Minister of Kolhapur and Pune districts. Speaking on his appointment Mr. Lodha said, “The party has entrusted me with a major responsibility and I plan to fulfil it diligently. I would do that keeping in mind Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s slogan Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas and Sabka Vishwas.”last_img read more