Month: December 2019

Month: December 2019

first_img Olivier Giroud This interview appears in the current edition of Sport magazine. Download the free iPad app here, and follow on twitter @sportmagukWho would play you in a film about your life?“An ’Ollywood actor? Ah, I don’t know… The one I like at the moment is Gerard Butler, or maybe Ryan Gosling.”If you could be a professional in another sport, what would it be?“Maybe ski? The giant slalom. I used to ski a lot because I was born in the mountains, in the Alps. I love it and I reached a great level. But I’m not allowed to do it now, so I really miss it. The last time I went skiing? About ten years ago. Too much time.”Have you ever been starstruck?“When I was about ten years old, I saw Zinedine Zidane and I was like [mouth agape]. He came to my home town, to a tournament that I was playing in to say hello. But there were too many people around for me to ask for a picture.”What’s your favourite TV show?  “It’s a French one, because I have French TV at home. But for English programmes it’s maybe The Voice. It’s entertaining – but no, I definitely can’t sing.”Your favourite ever goal?“My first goal in the World Cup, which was the header I scored against Switzerland in 2014. It means a lot to me.”Who’s the most talented footballer you’ve ever played against?“I’ve never played against Cristiano Ronaldo and I’ve never played against Lionel Messi. So maybe Franck Ribery for Bayern Munich, or Arjen Robben… or [Zlatan] Ibrahimovic.”If you could watch only three sports for the rest of your life, what are they?“Tennis, skiing and football. I used to play a lot of tennis when I was young. And I love to watch Roger Federer play – he has a fantastic technique.”Who would you most like to go for a drink, or coffee with?“My daughter is too young to drink, so I’ve got my wife, my mother… Someone famous? Ah okay, then David Beckham is a top man for me. I think he should be an example for the young players. He was a great footballer, but the man himself is very respectful and a top man. So, yeah, why not?”If you could…“Ah, wait. Meeting Beckham is not like a dream because I’ve already met him. So why not someone like Brad Pitt? I love his films and I think he’s a legend of the acting world. He’s also a dad to a lot of kids and I think he’s doing really well with everything, so why not try to learn something from him?”Good question, Olivier. If you could have one superpower, what would it be?“Have you seen the film Jumper? Where you can teleport? I can speak with you now and maybe one second later be in Shanghai or LA. I would like that.”How would you describe yourself in three words?“Funny, generous and respectful.”If you were stuck in a lift with a team-mate, who would be the best and who would be the worst?“The best would be one of the French guys because I can speak French with him, even if my English is not so bad. But the worst one? That’s a tough question. Anyone who’s a joker.” 1last_img read more


Month: December 2019

first_imgLiverpool’s academy squad numbers will have been licking their lips at the prospect of Jurgen Klopp taking the Anfield reins.While Klopp’s predecessor Brendan Rodgers had overseen the development and emergence of Raheem Sterling and Jordon Ibe, the German built a reputation as one of the finest managers for nurturing young talent in Europe while with Borussia Dortmund. Robert Lewandowski and Mario Gotze are testament to that and Ibe, for one, has spoken of his desire to emulate Lewandowski’s achievements under Klopp’s guidance.Klopp appears to have already identified who he has earmarked as one for the future. When asked before Sunday’s win over Swansea about the continued frustration over Daniel Sturridge’s fitness problems, he said:“It’s not the most difficult situation at this moment with the strikers. We have Christian [Benteke], Divock [Origi], and Roberto [Firmino]. And if they can’t play, we have a young lad, for sure, [Jerome] Sinclair from the U21s who can play.”Sinclair’s singling out will be a huge boost to the young striker. From reportedly snubbing a new deal in the summer and seemingly following Sterling out of the Anfield exit door, the 19-year-old could now be on the brink of first-team recognition. Divock Origi’s struggles, in the regular absence of Sturridge, Christian Benteke and Danny Ings, may provide Sinclair with a chance to shine.At 16, Sinclair became the youngest senior player in the club’s history when he made a substitute appearance against West Brom in the League Cup in 2012. Since then he has become an integral part of the club’s U21 side, plundering 20 goals last season either side of a brief loan spell with Wigan in the Championship.He was rewarded for this form by Rodgers, who saw fit to introduce him into the first-team fold at the end of last season with cameo appearances against Chelsea and Crystal Palace.Sinclair also revealed he has learnt a lot from Anfield legend Robbie Fowler, who has been sharing some words of wisdom with the youngster.“Robbie is a legend at this club so to get a few helpful tips from him and some advice is brilliant for me,” he told the Liverpool Echo.“This is a guy who has been there and done it and played at the pinnacle of the game. It’s fantastic for me to get the chance to work with him and it can only improve my game.“He has given me a few little tips on my first touch, and worked with me on different types of finishing. He is always there to help me in any way he can.”Fowler’s tutelage, combined with Klopp’s vivacity, is a recipe for success. Add Liverpool’s ongoing injury crisis in the attacking department and it suggests an opportunity for Sinclair may not be too far away. Southampton in the League Cup quarter-final on Wednesday night could well be the perfect platform. 1 Jerome Sinclair last_img read more


Month: December 2019

first_img1 Transfer rumours and paper review Here are the top transfer-related stories in Friday’s newspapers…Manchester United have put all their major transfers on hold because of the increasing uncertainty over Louis van Gaal’s future. It has been reported the Dutchman may quit the club at the end of the season, a year early, over the high pressure of the job at Old Trafford. (Daily Mirror)The agent of in-demand striker Alexandre Pato has confirmed four clubs – including Chelsea and Liverpool – have a chance of signing the 26-year-old Brazilian, but insisted that no bids have yet been made. (UOL Esporte) Branislav Ivanovic appears to have agreed a new one-year deal at Chelsea. (Daily Express)However, the Blues are facing a battle to convince midfielder Nemanja Matic he has a future at Stamford Bridge, with the 27-year-old currently debating his future at Stamford Bridge and considering an exit. (Daily Mail) Former Chelsea and Liverpool striker Fernando Torres could soon be the highest-paid player in the world, with eight offers on the table according to his agent.  (The Sun) Man United are considering ending their interest in Lazio’s Felipe Anderson. The Red Devils are said to be put off by the 22-year-old Brazil midfielder’s price tag and recent form. (Bleacher Report) Meanwhile, United have taken 15-year-old Polish goalkeeper Bartosz Mrozek on trial. (Przeglad Sportowy) Russian club Zenit St Petersburg want Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini to take charge when Andre Villas-Boas leaves at the end of the season. (Daily Star) Crystal Palace are considering offering a six-month contract to striker Emmanuel Adebayor, 31, who is a free agent after being released by Tottenham. (Guardian) Newcastle have tabled a £7million bid for Swansea striker Bafetimbi Gomis. (The Sun)However, Newcastle look likely to end their interest in Andros Townsend after Tottenham refused to lower their £14m valuation of the 24-year-old England winger. (Guardian) Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce has revealed he is looking for two outfield players and a goalkeeper, but refused to confirm whether he wants to sign Swansea striker Andre Ayew. (Chronicle Live) Former Brazil midfielder Ronaldinho, 35, says he has no plans to retire and will look for a new club after celebrating the Rio carnival in February. (Goal.com)And here are the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…?Daniel Sturridge defended by his former coach amid growing pressure: ‘I know the Liverpool player well, he loves the game’Stuart Pearce has had no contact with Bristol City, but says it is a club ‘you’d certainly go talk to’Graeme Souness: ‘This might be the best Tottenham team since the Bill Nicholson days’Arsenal MUST believe we can win the Premier League title, insists Theo WalcottNewcastle transfer report: Espanyol youngster emerges as £1million targetSouthampton and Stoke in battle to sign Porto midfielder Giannelli ImbulaMiddlesbrough working on deal for £12m Southampton flop Gaston Ramirezlast_img read more


Month: December 2019

first_img Euro 2016 and Champions League to feature goal-line technology Goal-line technology will be used at Euro 2016 this summer and in the Champions League from next season after UEFA’s executive committee gave the green light to introducing the system.Suspended UEFA president Michel Platini had been a long-time opponent of technology, but he allowed UEFA officials to review its use for Euro 2016 in his native France before his eight-year ban was imposed by FIFA’s ethics committee.The success of goal-line technology in the Premier League and World Cup proved crucial, especially after high-profile incidents in major competitions. Ukraine were denied a goal against England at Euro 2012, while two years earlier Frank Lampard was denied a World Cup goal for England against Germany.UEFA will maintain its system of having an extra official behind each goal as well as the technology.UEFA’s referees chief Pierluigi Collina said: “This is not a decision we have taken quickly. We have been looking at it for the last year and a half.“We are convinced implementing goal-line technology will be a further step in better control of the match.“We are happy with the additional assistant referees even if we know that from the outside their contribution is not always appreciated.” 1last_img read more


Month: December 2019

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityNow a member of the state Fish and Game Commission, avid hunter R. Judd Hanna, says that he believes he was fired from the commission by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger because he supports a partial ban on lead bullets in California to protect the condors, according to the Los Angeles Times. A former longtime member of the National Rifle Association, Hanna says the move came after NRA pressure. The group and some hunting organizations oppose the partial ban, disbelieving the science and saying nonlead bullets cost too much for some hunters. There are just 75 condors in the wild in California. And the evidence that lead bullets are causing many deaths “is pretty darned close to overwhelming,” says Donald Smith, a professor of environmental toxicology at the University of California, Santa Cruz. The governor’s staffers say that he fired Hanna in an effort to seek greater geographical diversity on the commission – he lives near Lassen Volcanic National Park, and the governor supposedly wants more Southern Californians on the commission. It seems a feeble excuse. The governor appointed Hanna a mere seven months ago. Where was the need for more diversity then? The Legislature just passed a bill that would ban lead bullets in the coastal areas of Central and Southern California. If the governor wants to protect his reputation as an environmental moderate, he should sign Assembly Bill 821 by Assemblyman Rudy Nava, D-Santa Barbara. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Decades ago, the California condor was on the brink of extinction outside of captivity. There was even a time when every known bird was under human watch rather than soaring over the hills in Ventura County and living as scavengers as they had for eons in the Golden State. After great effort on the part of volunteers and workers with the state Fish and Game Department, the magnificent vulture with the largest wingspan of any bird in North America was reintroduced into the wild. It is still an extremely endangered species whose continued existence is by no means a sure thing. Back in the 19th century, lead poisoning – along with poaching and development – was one of the leading causes of the bird’s near-demise. Today many bird deaths are caused by ingestion of bite-sized pieces of litter. Scientists say that another man-made cause is killing dozens of condors as well. Once again, it’s lead poisoning, and ornithologists say that the deadly metal gets into their systems after hunters plug animals and then are unwilling or unable to track down their prey. Condors, which survive largely on carrion, find the carcasses, and when they ingest it, they ingest the lead as well. last_img read more


Month: December 2019

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.All those participating have strong ties to the East Los Angeles community and are donating their time and services in support of the reconstruction of Garfield High’s historic auditorium. The auditorium was damaged in a suspected arson fire earlier this year. For tickets, call (818) 622-4440. Tickets will also be available at the door. Senior Center hosts food stamp service WHITTIER – A representative from the Department of Public Social Services will help seniors fill out food stamp applications from 10 a.m. to noon Monday at the Whittier Senior Center, 13225 Walnut St. Little Willie G. will play benefit show UNIVERSAL CITY – Whittier’s own Little Willie G. of Thee Midnighters is taking part in a benefit tonight at 5:45 p.m. at Universal City’s Gibson Amphitheater. The show features a who’s who of musicians representing Los Angeles’ “Eastside Sound.” The Garfield High School Benefit Concert will also feature Los Lobos, Little Joe y La Familia, El Chicano, Tierra, Upground, comedian Rudy Moreno and speakers from the Los Angeles Unified School District, as well as Garfield Principal Omar Del Cueto. For information call (562) 464-3370. Workshop gives legal advice on cancer WHITTIER – The Cancer Legal Resource Center and the American Cancer Society are presenting a free workshop at 6 p.m. Thursday at Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital, 12401 Washington Blvd. The class for patients and their families will be held in Conference Room C and will address several legal issues a person with cancer might face. The workshop will discuss how a diagnosis might affect a person’s insurance, health care, employment, family, finances or government benefits. Registration is required. For information or to register, call (562) 698-0811, Ext. 7820. Design a T-shirt, watch a movie LA MIRADA – Bring a T-shirt and design it while while watching “Ice Princess” at 2 p.m. Saturday at the La Mirada Library, 13800 La Mirada Blvd. Puffy paints and design supplies will be provided. For information, call (562) 943-0277. Join the Mavens for creative expression MONTEBELLO – The Montebello Stamping Mavens is meeting from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Monday at the Montebello Public Library, 1550 W. Beverly Blvd. Adults interested in creating rubberstamped art or expressing themselves is a creative way are invited to attend. “It’s our hope people will like what they see and join our club,” said Josie Garza, the group’s leader. The group meets every third Monday of the month. For information, call (323) 722-6551. Senior fitness room gets new equipment NORWALK – The Norwalk Senior Center, 14040 San Antonio Drive, recently added a state-of-the-art exercise bike to its fitness room thanks to the generosity of several community organizations. The Norwalk Community Coordinating Council, the Norwalk Committee on Aging and the Norwalk Senior Citizens Center, Inc. collectively donated about $2,500 to purchase the stationary bike. The exercise bike replaced an outdated model. “As a facility user and city representative I am very excited about this addition to the Senior Center and the community spirit and generosity shown by these organizations,” Norwalk City Councilman Gordon Stefenhagen said. NSCC, Inc., a nonprofit organization, offers bingo at the center from 1:15 to 4:15 p.m. Mondays for those ages 18 and older. Funds raised are used to support programs and services for older adults in Norwalk. The Norwalk Committee on Aging is supported by revenues from the Norwalk Certified Farmers Market. The market is held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Tuesday at Excelsior High School. The Norwalk Community Coordinating Council is a membership coalition of local nonprofit organizations. The use of the fitness room is free for those 50 years and older with registration and requires an orientation by staff. For information, call (562) 929-5580. – From staff reports160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


Month: December 2019

first_img1 Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal Louis van Gaal has highlighted the importance of winning the FA Cup for Manchester United, claiming it is a bigger success than qualifying for the Champions League.The Red Devils take on Crystal Palace in the Wembley showpiece on Saturday, looking to win their first FA Cup since 2004.Winning the trophy will not ease the pressure on Van Gaal, and United’s season will still be considered a poor one, especially as the club missed out on Champions League qualification.However, the Dutchman actually considers winning the FA Cup as a more important achievement than getting back into Europe’s premier competition – as it brings a trophy for the players to hold.“Qualification is not a title…a title is the FA Cup, the championship,” he said.“It is important for the players. They can look at and hold the cup, that’s an exciting moment and especially here in England because the FA Cup is a big title.“Also for Manchester United it is a big title. I have read that the club’s last FA Cup was 2004 so that’s a long time ago.“The fans are more concerned about the title than I because the title for the fans is fantastic. We want to give it (to them).”England defender Luke Shaw trained with the first team at Carrington on Thursday, having not played since suffering a double leg fracture in September.He has already been ruled out of the final, but was joined by the likes of fit-again pair Marcos Rojo and Matteo Darmian and Marouane Fellaini, available after his three-match suspension.They will all be hoping to break into the XI which defeated Bournemouth 3-1 on Tuesday night, while Ander Herrera’s presence in the 18-man matchday squad looks vulnerable.Fellaini, in particular, would add ballast to an otherwise lightweight team that could otherwise be outmatched by Palace in terms of physicality.The Belgian’s height would also be helpful in both boxes, an area that has already piqued Van Gaal’s attention.last_img read more


Month: December 2019

first_img 20 Here’s who has been named for Northern Ireland – see the Germany squad by clicking the arrow above, right – Belarus and Slovakia are Northern Ireland’s opponents before Poland at Euro 2016 on 12 June. 20 20 France – find out who’s in Didier Deschamps’ Euro 2016 provisional squad by clicking the arrow above, right 20 Spain – find out who’s in Vicente del Bosque’s Euro 2016 provisional squad by clicking the arrow above, right Here’s who has been named for Portugal – click the arrow above, right to see Italy’s provisional squad – Cristiano Ronaldo will meet up with his Portugal pals after the Champions League final on 28 May, but is unlikely to play against Norway a day later. They play England and Estonia in further friendlies before Iceland at Euro 2016 on 14 June. 20 Here’s who has been named for Italy… excited for the tournament to kick off yet? – It’s not the star-studded line up we have come to associate with Italy, but there are players here who have had wonderful seasons. Italy play friendlies against Scotland and Finland before the game against Belgium at Euro 2016 on 13 June. 20 20 20 20 20 Euro 2016 is nearly here.The tournament kicks off on 10 June as the host nation France take on Romania at the Stade de France and ends with the final on 10 July. Provisional squads of those participating teams have been announced and talkSPORT looks at the impressive list of players including Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Cristiano Ronaldo and Hal Robson-Kanu.Click the arrow above, right, to see the home nations’ squads as well as the very best the rest of Europe has to offer.International managers have a few friendly matches before Euro 2016 at which time they will need to have decided on a final list of 23 players. Republic of Ireland – find out who’s in Martin O’Neill’s Euro 2016 provisional squad by clicking the arrow above, right 20 Here is Spain’s provisional team and you can see host nation France’s team by clicking the arrow above, right – There is no Diego Costa, Juan Mata or Santi Cazorla in the Spain team, but just look at the quality anyway. Del Bosque’s men play friendlies against Bosnia-Herzegovina, South Korea and Georgia before their first Euro 2016 group game against the Czech Republic on 13 June. 20 Northern Ireland – find out who’s in Michael O’Neill’s Euro 2016 provisional squad by clicking the arrow above, right 20 20 This is the provisional Germany squad and to see Portugal’s squad click the arrow above, right – World champions Germany warm up for Euro 2016 with friendlies against Slovakia and Hungary before the Ukraine game at Euro 2016 on 12 June. This is the Republic of Ireland squad – see who’s in for Northern Ireland by clicking the arrow above, right – Ireland play the Netherlands and Belarus in friendlies before the Sweden game in Group E on 13 June. Wales – find out who’s in Chris Coleman’s Euro 2016 provisional squad by clicking the arrow above, right England – find out who’s in Roy Hodgson’s Euro 2016 provisional squad by clicking the arrow above, right 20 Belgium – find out who’s in Marc Wilmots’ Euro 2016 provisional squad by clicking the arrow above, right – International managers have a few friendly matches before Euro 2016 begins at which time they will need to have decided on a final list of 23 players. Italy – find out who’s in Antonio Conte’s Euro 2016 provisional squad by clicking the arrow above, right Germany – find out who’s in Joachim Low’s Euro 2016 provisional squad by clicking the arrow above, right Here’s the Belgium team – click above, right, to see the England provisional squad – Wilmots has games against Switzerland, Finland and Norway to decide his final 23 before Belgium take on Italy at Euro 2016 on 13 June. Here’s the France squad and click the arrow above, right to see the Republic of Ireland team – Host nation France play Cameroon and Scotland before the opening Euro 2016 game against Romania on 10 June. Here’s the provisional Wales team – see who made the cut for Spain by clicking the arrow above, right – Gareth Bale is not in the provisional list as he is playing in the Champions League final on 28 May and will join up with Chris Coleman’s team afterwards. Wales meanwhile have a friendly against Sweden on 5 June and then play their first game of Euro 2016 against Slovakia on 11 June. 20 20 Portugal – find out who’s in Fernando Santos’ Euro 2016 provisional squad by clicking the arrow above, right 20 20 Here’s the England squad – see who’s in Wales’ team by clicking the arrow above, right – England play Australia and Portugal before Hodgson decides who the 23 players going to Euro 2016 are. The Three Lions face Russia first on 11 June. 20last_img read more


Month: December 2019

first_imgFor a perfectly healthy woman, Dianne Kerley has had quite a few medical tests in recent years: MRI and PET scans of her brain, two spinal taps and hours of memory and thinking tests. Kerley, 52, has spent much of her life in the shadow of an illness that gradually destroys memory, personality and the ability to think, speak, and live independently. Her mother, grandmother and a maternal great-aunt all developed Alzheimer’s disease. Her mother, 78, is in a nursing home in the advanced stages of dementia, helpless and barely responsive. “She’s in her own private purgatory,” Kerley said. Kerley is part of an ambitious new scientific effort to find ways to detect Alzheimer’s disease at the earliest possible moment. Although the disease may seem like a calamity that strikes suddenly in old age, scientists now think it begins long before the mind fails. “PIB is about the future of where Alzheimer’s disease needs to be,” said Dr. William E. Klunk, a co-discoverer of the dye at the Alzheimer’s research center at the University of Pittsburgh. “PIB is being used today to help determine whether drugs that are meant to prevent or remove amyloid from the brain are working, so we can find drugs that prevent the underlying pathology of the disease.” Though PIB is experimental now, studies began in November that are intended to lead to government approval for wider use. Currently, for the most common form of Alzheimer’s disease, which occurs after age 65, there is no proven means of early detection, no definitive genetic test. But PIB tests might be ready before new treatments emerge, making it possible to predict who will develop Alzheimer’s – without being able to help. Researchers are also using MRI scans to look for early brain changes, and testing blood and spinal fluid for amyloid and other “biomarkers” to see if they can be used to predict Alzheimer’s or find it early. Studies of families in which multiple members have dementia are helping to sort out the genetic underpinnings of the disease. Finally, experiments are under way to find out whether drugs and vaccines can remove amyloid from the brain or prevent its buildup, and whether doing so would help patients. The new drugs, unlike the ones currently available, have the potential to stop or slow the progress of the disease. At the very least, the drug studies will be the first real test of the leading theory of Alzheimer’s, which blames amyloid for setting off a chain of events that ultimately ruin the brain. Alzheimer’s was first recognized 100 years ago, and in all that time science has been completely unable to change the course of the disease. Desperate families spend more than $1 billion a year on drugs approved for Alzheimer’s that generally have only small effects, if any, on symptoms. Patients’ agitation and hallucinations often drive relatives and nursing homes to resort to additional powerful drugs approved for other diseases like schizophrenia, drugs that can deepen the oblivion and cause severe side effects like diabetes, stroke and movement disorders. Alzheimer’s is the most common cause of dementia (artery disease, Parkinson’s and other brain disorders can also lead to dementia). Five million people in the United States have Alzheimer’s, most of them over 65. It is the nation’s sixth leading cause of death by disease, killing nearly 66,000 people a year and probably contributing to many more deaths. By 2050, according to the Alzheimer’s Association, 11 million to 16 million Americans will have the disease. “Sixteen million is a future we can’t countenance,” said William H. Thies, the association’s vice president for medical and scientific relations. “It will bankrupt our health care system.” The costs are already enormous, $148 billion a year – more than three times the cost of chronic lung disease, even though Alzheimer’s kills only half as many people. To a great extent, increases in dementia are the price of progress: More and more people are living long enough to get Alzheimer’s, some because they survived heart disease, strokes or cancer. It is a cruel trade-off. The disease is by no means inevitable, but among people 85 and older, about 40 percent develop Alzheimer’s and spend their so-called golden years in a thicket of confusion, ultimately becoming incontinent, mute, bedridden or forced to use a wheelchair and completely dependent on others. “It makes people wonder whether they really want to live that long,” Klunk said. The potential market for prevention and treatment is enormous, and drug companies are eager to exploit it. If a drug could prevent Alzheimer’s or just reduce the risk, as statins like Lipitor do for heart disease, half the population over 55 would probably need to take it, Thies said. If new drugs do emerge, they will come from studies in patients who already have symptoms, Thies said. But he said the emphasis would quickly shift to treating people at risk, before symptoms set in. Many researchers doubt that even the best preventive drugs will be able to heal the brains of people who are already demented.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson“Alzheimer’s disease may be a chronic condition in which changes begin in midlife or even earlier,” said Dr. John C. Morris, director of the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center at Washington University in St. Louis, where Kerley volunteers for studies. Currently, the diagnosis is not made until symptoms develop, and by then it may already be too late to rescue the brain. Drugs now in use temporarily ease symptoms for some, but cannot halt the underlying disease. Many scientists believe the best hope of progress, maybe the only hope, lies in detecting the disease early and devising treatments to stop it before brain damage becomes extensive. Better still, they would like to intervene even sooner, by identifying risk factors and treating people preventively – the same strategy that has markedly lowered death rates from heart disease, stroke and some cancers. So far, Alzheimer’s has been unyielding. But research now under way may start answering major questions about when the disease begins and how best to fight it. A radioactive dye called PIB (for Pittsburgh Compound B) has made it possible to use PET scans to find deposits of amyloid, an Alzheimer’s-related protein, in the brains of live human beings. It may lead to earlier diagnosis, help doctors distinguish Alzheimer’s from other forms of dementia and let them monitor the effects of treatment. Studies with the dye have already found significant deposits in 20 percent to 25 percent of seemingly normal people over 65, suggesting that they may be on the way to Alzheimer’s, though only time will tell. last_img read more


Month: December 2019

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Right now the middle two brothers in a family of four siblings are playing on the same team for the first time and enjoying every minute. The duo hails from Thousand Oaks. Both went through Westlake High School, but Adam didn’t make the varsity team until his junior year, which was just after his sibling departed. Amir, the featured shooter in Redlands high-octane offense, averaged 18.8 points last year as a sophomore and has improved to 21.6 this season. He is also contributing 3.5 rebounds and 2.9 assists. Adam’s job is to get his brother and the other Bulldog marksmen quality shots. He has delivered to the tune of 5.2 asssists per game, second best in the conference, along with 7.5 points, 1.5 rebounds and 2 steals. Not only are the two on the same team, they play on the same shift in Smith’s revolving line offense with their platoon mates usually being sophomores Ryan Hall and David Thomas and freshman Ted Hull. “To be able to play together is a dream come true,” Amir said. “It’s something we always wanted to do but something we never thought could happen. We’re enjoying it as long as it lasts.” “He’s the better ball handler and passer,” Amir said, glancing in his brother’s direction. Both concede they have a younger sibling that might be better than either of them. Bulldogs coach Gary Smith can only hope he follows the two to the scenic campus in East San Bernardino County in a few years. REDLANDS – Ask Amir or Adam Mazarei who the better basketball player in the family is and both University of Redlands players hedge. They think for a few seconds, then come up with the diplomatic answer without even conferring. “He’s the better shooter,” Adam said, of his younger brother. center_img The two had no reason to think they would ever achieve that goal. Amir, now 20, wasn’t recruited out of high school after missing six weeks of his senior season with a knee problem. He chose to go to Redlands because an associate of mother Linda boasted about how good the school’s accounting program was, and that was the area in which he planned to major. He didn’t plan on playing, even after he enrolled, but that all changed after talking to Smith and spending a few hours in the gym. Adam, now 23, attended Moorpark Junior College for two years but did not play because of a kidney problem that wasn’t immediately diagnosed. He started having some pain his senior year of high school but it wasn’t intense enough to prevent him from playing. It gradually got worse to where competing at the next level was not an option. He ended up having two surgeries, the first coming in the spring of 2003. A stent was inserted to help liquids pass through an obstruction. The surgery didn’t help much so another was performed at Cedars Sinai a few months later. The stent and the kidney were both removed. “I didn’t think I missed playing that much,” Adam said. “But I would go to all of his games. Then it made me miss it more.” It was only natural that Adam moved on to Redlands last year since his brother was already there. He will graduate this spring but is also benefiting from a program in which students can work on a teaching credential while getting their degree. His goal is to start an AAU basketball program in Thousand Oaks. “I hate to see kids developing bad habits and not paying attention to fundamentals,” he said. “I would like to see kids get better coaching at a younger age, and I want to help.” Smith admits both players have been a pleasant surprise. He knew Amir was a capable shooter but didn’t think he would put up such impressive numbers. Adam was a bigger question mark because of the health issue that kept him out of the game for almost three years. The school’s training staff monitored his condition and got proper documentation that cleared him to compete. Then it was a matter of getting back into playing shape. “You never really know how a kid is going to work out in the framework of this offense, but I would say he (Amir) has exceeded our expectations,” Smith said. “With Adam, it was more how fast he would progress given the time he was out. He has done a great job, too.” The players have been a nice addition to the program both on and off the court. “They’re pretty quiet, humble kids. They’re just a pleasure to be around,” Smith said. “Their good students and they’re unselfish players. I have to get on Adam to shoot more. Amir may be one of our key guys, but he never hesitates to pass up a shot if someone else has the hot hand.” Parents Linda and Mahdi are avid supporters of the basketball team, attending all games even if it means driving four or five hours one way. Sometimes it means having to choose because Matthew, 15, is now playing high school ball, following his brothers at Westlake. “We usually win out because there is two of us and one of him,” Amir said with a chuckle. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more