Monday, November 28, 2011

Some questions, answers about the NBA labor deal (AP)

MIAMI ? No, the NBA lockout is not over. Not yet, but soon ? once owners and players approve the deal that would have NBA games resume on Christmas Day. Here's a look at some of the most prevalent questions about the state of things in the league right now.


Q: What happened to get this deal done?

A: As one person involved in the talks told The Associated Press, "sanity prevailed." Neither side was winning. Owners were losing money. Players were losing money. Fans were getting angry. Because Christmas is traditionally the day when the public really start watching NBA games, there was a late push to try and salvage the Dec. 25 schedule.


Q: So it's done?

A: Well, no. There's still a slew of issues to work through, and then there's the not-so-small matter of having owners and players actually vote on the deal. Though the deal's expected to be approved, it won't be unanimous as there are factions of hard-liners in both camps who will be unhappy with substantive portions of the deal.


Q: How could union chief Billy Hunter and president Derek Fisher "negotiate" with the NBA if the players' union had been disbanded?

A: When players dissolved the union that meant Hunter and Fisher no longer had the power to negotiate and agree to terms for the players. What could happen and what did happen with the NBA, as it did with the NFL this summer, is that lawyers and representatives for both sides can hold discussions under the guise of antitrust settlement talks. Hunter is an attorney. He knew the rules and the risks. Certainly, this could have blown up for the players and risked their antitrust lawsuit in Minnesota.


Q: What happens to that lawsuit?

A: Barring something crazy, the players will ask that it be dismissed. The league also must dismiss its New York lawsuit about the legality of the lockout.


Q: When will training camp start?

A: Dec. 9. Free agency is expected to begin then, too, meaning some locker rooms may as well start getting revolving doors installed now.


Q: And the first games?

A: The league wants three games on Christmas Day, and it's a safe bet the previously scheduled matchups ? Boston at New York, Miami at Dallas in a finals rematch, and Chicago at the Los Angeles Lakers ? will go on as planned. The Dec. 26 schedule and beyond? Get out your erasers. A lot will be changing.


Q: I don't understand. If there's deal, why is nothing happening for two weeks?

A: Clearly, you're not an attorney. Only the framework of a deal is in place. Now the rules, the language, the nuances, they all must be put to paper by the lawyers who will be charged with actually writing the new collective bargaining agreement. Until that's done, no players can be signed, traded, etc., since there are still no real operating rules by which teams would have to abide.


Q: How will the schedule work?

A: Still unclear. The easiest way to fill a 66-game schedule would have teams play four games against each divisional opponent (16 games) and two games against every other team in the league (50 games). It would also ensure that every team makes at least one appearance in every league arena, which is what fans would want anyway. A season without Kobe Bryant going to Madison Square Garden? Not happening.


Q: Will there be preseason games?

A: A person involved with the process tells The AP there will be, but details are still getting hammered out. (A good guess would have teams playing two games, probably against a nearby rival.) It's a strong possibility that those games will have reams of low-priced tickets, a gesture of apologizing to fans for the delay in getting basketball going again.


Q: What about the players who signed overseas? Can they come home?

A: In most cases, yes. New Jersey guard Deron Williams said on Twitter early Saturday that he would soon be leaving his Turkish club Besiktas. That team will not be thrilled to see him leave ? Williams had a 50-point game a few days ago. Some players who signed deals with Chinese clubs may have to work a bit harder (or, well, pay) to escape those contracts.


Q: What happens to these scheduled charity games, such as the "Homecoming Tour" featuring LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Paul and Carmelo Anthony, or Mario Chalmers' game in Alaska on Dec. 1?

A: Organizers were working Saturday to salvage at least some of them. Wade said he wanted to use the planned four-game tour he's involved with as a way to play competitive basketball before the season, even though he didn't know at the time when the season will begin. Although most players are in great shape, there's a big difference between that and "game shape." Frankly, a two-week training camp might not be enough time to get them there, either.


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Sunday, November 27, 2011

World's Oldest Fish Hooks Show Early Humans Fished Deep Sea (

The world's earliest known fish hooks reveal that humans fished the open sea for much longer than previously thought.

Past studies have revealed that early humans were capable of crossing the open ocean as far back as 50,000 years ago, such as they did to colonize Australia. Until now, however, evidence that such mariners could fish while in the open sea dated back only to 12,000 years ago.

"In most areas of the world, evidence for our early ancestors' coastal exploitation is now submerged ? it was drowned by rising sea levels," researcher Sue O'Connor, an archaeologist at Australian National University in Canberra, told LiveScience.

Now O'Connor and her colleagues have found evidence of prehistoric fishing gear and the remains of large fish such as tuna at a cave shelter known as Jerimalai, located in the Southeast Asian island nation of East Timor.

"East Timor became a new independent nation in 1999 when they voted for independence from Indonesian rule," O'Connor noted. "Most of the country's infrastructure was destroyed when the Indonesians withdrew and tens of thousands of people were killed during the fight for independence."

"However, the country is rebuilding, and it never ceases to amaze me that people who have experienced so much hardship and who are so poor can be so generous," she added. "I think working with the local East Timorese people who always assist my field team has been one of the most uplifting experiences of my life."

Their discovery uncovered fishing hooks made from bone that date back to about 42,000 years ago, making them the earliest definitive evidence of such tools in the world.

"It is possible that people caught the tuna in the deep channel that lies off the coast of the Jerimalai shelter," O'Connor said.

The site, first uncovered in 2005, also included bone points, shell beads, the remains of fish, turtles, pythons, rodents, bats and birds, and nearly 10,000 stone artifacts. The island of Timor has very few terrestrial animals overall and only small birds call the island home, perhaps explaining why the ancient people here pursued fishing, O'Connor suggested.

About half the fish remains at the site came from pelagic fish such as tuna, ones that dwell near the ocean's surface or deeper in the water. Capturing such fast-moving fish requires a lot of planning and complex maritime technology, suggesting that early humans developed these skills earlier than previously thought.

"There is a lot of debate about whether or not early modern humans had the ability to hunt animals and fish that were difficult to capture," O'Connor said. "I think the Timor evidence demonstrates that people definitely had this ability very early."

Some other scientists might say that most of the fish bones seen are from juvenile fish, and thus might have been caught more easily off the coast as opposed to in open waters. "While this may be the case, it is still not easy matter to catch tuna ? it would require nets set in deep water," O'Connor said.

The scientists detailed their findings in the Nov. 25 issue of the journal Science.

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F-35 makes headway amid criticism, U.S. budget crunch (reuters)

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Saturday, November 26, 2011

Qualcomm challenges LCDs through new e-reader (AP)

SEOUL, South Korea ? A new electronic display is poised to challenge power-hungry LCDs after U.S. mobile chip maker Qualcomm Inc. teamed up with a South Korean bookseller to introduce a new e-reader.

The "Kyobo eReader" was unveiled this week in Seoul and will reach South Korean consumers as early as Dec. 1, Kyobo Book Centre officials said Thursday.

The e-reader features Qualcomm's 1.0 GHz "Snapdragon" processor, a custom Kyobo application based on Android and a 5.7 inch "XGA" mirasol display.

The mirasol display uses ambient light instead of its own in much the same way that a peacock's plumage gets its scintillating hues. Qualcomm's mirasols have already been used in a few Chinese and South Korean phones, and in an MP3 player on the U.S. market. The display contains tiny mirrors that consume power only when they're moving, easing battery drain. Mirasol displays also quickly change from one image to the next and show video.

The global market for e-readers is dominated by bright LCDs and grayscale "e-ink" screens. LCDs consume relatively more battery power while e-ink screens are slow to refresh.

The introduction of the e-reader jointly developed by Qualcomm and Kyobo signals increasing competition in the global market for tablets.

U.S. online retailer Inc. and bookseller Barnes & Noble Inc. have recently released tablets of their own, Kindle Fire and Nook Tablet, and are challenging Apple's iPad in pricing.

Qualcomm CEO Paul Jacobs noted South Koreans' near-100 percent literacy rate and digital reading skills during a launching ceremony in Seoul on Tuesday, according to the San Diego-based company. Fifteen-year-old South Koreans scored highest in their ability to absorb information from digital devices, according to a 2009 study by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. Over 80 percent of households in South Korea have broadband Internet access.

The e-reader featuring the mirasol display will be priced at 349,000 won, or $302, said Seoul-based Kyobo, South Korea's largest bookseller.


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Crosby with 3 assists as Penguins rip Ottawa, 6-3

Pittsburgh Penguins' Steve Sullivan, center, celebrates with Chris Kunitz, left, and James Neal (18) after scoring a first period goal as Ottawa Senators' Chris Phillips (4) skates back to his bench during an NHL hockey game, Friday, Nov. 25, 2011, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Pittsburgh Penguins' Steve Sullivan, center, celebrates with Chris Kunitz, left, and James Neal (18) after scoring a first period goal as Ottawa Senators' Chris Phillips (4) skates back to his bench during an NHL hockey game, Friday, Nov. 25, 2011, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Pittsburgh Penguins' Sidney Crosby (87) collides with Ottawa Senators' Milan Michalek (9) along the boards during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Friday, Nov. 25, 2011, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Pittsburgh Penguins' Sidney Crosby (87) collides with Ottawa Senators' Erik Condra (22) along the boards during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Friday, Nov. 25, 2011, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Ottawa Senators' Zenon Konopka, left, fights with Pittsburgh Penguins' Aaron Asham during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Friday, Nov. 25, 2011, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Ottawa Senators' Kaspars Daugavins (23) collects a rebound in front of Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury for a first period goal during an NHL hockey game, Friday, Nov. 25, 2011, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

(AP) ? Sidney Crosby may have picked up a new hobby during his lengthy layoff for concussion-like symptoms: agitator.

The Pittsburgh Penguins superstar collected three assists in a 6-3 win over the Ottawa Senators on Friday, though it was his play in front of his own net that raised eyebrows.

Crosby mixed it up with Ottawa's Nick Foligno early in the third period, the start of a brief dust-up in which Crosby and Foligno exchanged a couple of punches before teammates got involved.

Both players earned minor penalties ? Crosby for elbowing, Foligno for roughing ? and Foligno took exception with Crosby hitting him up high to clear space in front of goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury.

"It's not a big deal, but it is something that he preached all summer about that we should limit that and then he goes and does it, so I was just a little disappointed," Foligno said. "But, you know, that's a small part of the game and it's over now."

So was the game following a first-period explosion by the Penguins.

Chris Kunitz, Tyler Kennedy, Steve Sullivan and Evgeni Malkin all scored within a 7:25 span to turn a one-goal deficit into a 4-1 lead, chasing Ottawa starting goaltender Craig Anderson before the period was halfway gone.

Crosby assisted on three of the goals ? including a beautiful cross-ice feed to Kunitz following a shot fake ? as the Penguins bounced back from a loss to St. Louis on Wednesday in style.

"I think we wanted to start better than we did last game," Crosby said. "It was just a matter of doing that. They scored early but we knew there was a lot of time left and we could get back into the game. Everyone responded well, and that carried over for the next two periods."

Crosby now has seven points ? two goals, five assists ? in three games since returning. He also has eight penalty minutes and not shied away from contact.

The Senators noticed. Foligno popped him cleanly in the second period, and Crosby didn't hesitate to skate into traffic.

His brief scuffle with Foligno in the third came while he was trying to protect goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury, who finished with 24 stops and noticed the familiar No. 87 doing some of the dirty work just outside the crease.

"Sid stood up for me there, that was nice," Fleury said. "It's nice to have your teammates back you up."

Jordan Staal and Pascal Dupuis also scored for the Penguins while Kennedy and Paul Martin had two assists.

Kaspars Daugavins, Jared Cowen and Erik Condra scored for the Senators while Auld stopped 30 shots in relief of Anderson.

"I think the game was lost in the first five minutes by not being prepared to play," Ottawa coach Paul MacLean said. "That's my responsibility to make sure the team is ready to play."

The big lead allowed the Penguins to experiment with the lines. Crosby even played alongside Malkin and Staal for once shift, failing to produce a goal but providing plenty of opportunities.

"We play one shift, it's three terrors, we surprised them," Malkin said. "We never played (together before) and had good chances to score. I like it. It two great offensive guys who can control the puck and make passes."

The spirited first period was a welcome change for the Penguins, who have slept-walked through the opening 20 minutes ? Crosby's debut excluded ? at times this season.

Not Friday, though the Senators gave Pittsburgh a pretty early wake-up call. Daugavins collected a shot from teammate Zack Smith and slipped it by Fleury to give the Senators a quick 1-0 lead just over a minute into the game.

Their momentum lasted all of 27 seconds, or the amount of time it took Pittsburgh to tie it up following a breathtaking end-to-end rush. Crosby faked a slapshot on the break then threaded a pass to Kunitz, who fired it into the wide open net.

The Penguins were just getting started, scoring four goals over the next 7:25 to chase Anderson, who had no real chance on any of the tallies.

Kennedy gave the Penguins the lead, banking the puck off Anderson's pads and into the net from a thin angle behind the goal line.

The bad bounces didn't stop there for Anderson. Sullivan threw it in front only to have it go off the stick of an Ottawa defenseman and by Anderson to make it 3-1.

Malkin notched his seventh of the season less than 2 minutes later, ripping one by Anderson from the high slot. Anderson's night was over, and so was Ottawa's chances of ending a six-game road trip with a win.

NOTES: Fleury recorded the ninth assists of his career on Kennedy's goal. ... Ottawa the road trip with a 3-2-1 mark. ... The crowd of 18,610 was the largest in the Consol Energy Center's history. ... The Penguins travel to Montreal on Saturday while the Senators host Carolina on Sunday.

Associated Press


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Thursday, November 24, 2011

Remains of the Day: AT&T and T-Mobile Merger Hits Snag [For What It's Worth]

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John Neville, who had role on 'X Files,' dies

John Neville, a British-born Canadian actor and stage director who appeared in the hit TV series "The X-Files," has died. He was 86.

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Neville, who was suffering from Alzheimer's disease, died Saturday in Toronto surrounded by family. The Stratford Shakespeare Festival, where Neville worked as an artistic director in the 1980s, announced his death in a statement over the weekend.

Neville appeared in dozens of movies, television shows and theater productions during a career that spanned six decades.

Perhaps the one that gave him the most prominence came in the '90s when he landed the recurring role of the "The Well-Manicured Man" in the "The X-Files."

Neville was born in England, emigrated to Canada in 1972 and later became a citizen.

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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

PFT: Adrian Peterson has high ankle sprain

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The Bills may be regretting the decision to give quarterback Ryan Fitzpatick a six-year, $59 million deal.

If they are, they can walk away from nearly $49 million of it after the season.

Per a league source, the Bills could trade or cut Fitzpatrick before the seventh day of the 2012 league year and owe him nothing further than the $3.22 million base salary he was already due to earn in 2011 and the $10 million signing bonus he was paid upon inking the new deal last month.

On the seventh day of the 2012 league year, the Bills owe Fitzpatrick a $5 million option bonus.? If they don?t exercise the option, Fitzpatrick?s base salary for 2012 would increase from $2.8 million to $7.8 million, and it would be fully guaranteed for injury only.

In 2013, Fitzpatrick has a $3 million roster bonus, which also is guaranteed for injury only, along with a base salary of $4.25 million, $3.2 million of which is guaranteed for injury only.

In 2014, there?s another $3 million roster bonus (non-guaranteed) and a non-guaranteed base salary of $4.35 million.

For 2015, 2016, and 2017 Fitzpatrick has non-guaranteed base salaries of $7.2 million, $8.75 million, and $9.45 million, respectively.

Though there?s no reason to believe ? yet ? that the Bills will move on, the point for now is that, if they choose to do so, they will avoid a bunch of money that either isn?t guaranteed at all, or that is guaranteed for injury only.


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France's far-right candidate pushes exit from euro (AP)

PARIS ? The head of a French far-right party who is running for president has unveiled her vision for the country, including an exit from the euro and a tightening of border controls.

As she spoke to hundreds of cheering supporters in Paris on Saturday, Marine Le Pen remained vague on the details of her plan, trotting out instead the traditional promises of her Front National party: a preservation of family values, the fight against immigration and a rejection of globalization.

She was particularly vague about her economic policies ? saying only that she would reveal her "plan for vigor" in January.

Le Pen, who inherited the leadership of the Front National from her father, has said she wants to broaden appeal for her party, known for its anti-immigration, anti-Islam views.


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Monday, November 21, 2011

Video: Fantasy: Start 'em, sit 'em for Week 11

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Gul says Turkey can be EU's "growth engine" (Reuters)

LONDON (Reuters) ? Turkey is still determined to join the European Union despite the current crisis in the euro zone and can become the bloc's economic "growth engine," President Abdullah Gul said in an interview published on Sunday.

Gul rejected concerns that the economic problems facing the euro zone meant that any further expansion of the 27-member EU should be put on hold.

EU countries agreed unanimously in 2005 to start talks with mainly Muslim Turkey with the goal of full membership.

However, French President Nicolas Sarkozy remains opposed to Turkey joining and German Chancellor Angela Merkel says she favors a "privileged partnership" for Turkey rather than full membership.

"Some people who think in a narrow scope and who do lack a strategic perspective consider Turkey's membership a burden," Gul, who is traveling to Britain this week for a three-day visit, told Britain's Sunday Telegraph.

"But those who can think 30 years, 60 years ahead, and who can think about the changing trends in the economy and the changing centers of power, can understand how much strength Turkey can bring to the existing strength of Europe."

Gul said Turkey's membership of NATO had been considered the only reason for it to be allowed to join but now its booming economy, where GDP grew by 11 percent in the first quarter of 2011, was as valid.

"Consider the potential that Turkey has: Turkey's position, her assets, the value she can add in terms of energy resources, her population, the dynamism she can bring into Europe, and also the growth that she can bring, with Turkey being the engine of this growth."

He said Turkey viewed the euro zone crisis as a temporary situation.

"We approach the negotiations with a strategic vision, and are very determined."

Turkey has also been taking a tough approach against Syria over its crackdown on opponents of President Bashar al-Assad and Gul said his country would back the Syrian people.

"When any kind of movement has its roots among the people of the country and the walls of fear come down, then the end result is very obvious," he said.

"With a strong and clear voice we are saying that the legitimate demands of the people are being supported by us. We enable them to have their meetings and discussions in a free environment, and provide a diplomatic platform.

"I strongly believe that there is no place any more for authoritarian regimes -- single party systems that do not have accountability or transparency -- on the shores of the Mediterranean."

(Reporting by Michael Holden; Editing by Ralph Gowling)


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Sunday, November 20, 2011

Chris Weidman asks Santa for UFC 139 victory

Fighters get creative in finding ways to win. They do ice baths, insane training, Spartanesque camps, and even drink their own urine. But Chris Weidman tried something new in looking for a win over Tom Lawlor on Saturday at UFC 139. He turned to Santa Claus.

Santa has no idea what the UFC is, but that's OK. He's pretty busy this time of year, so he doesn't know that Weidman is 6-0. The elves didn't tell him that Weidman won his last bout in a first-round guillotine, and that he is bringing excellent wrestling skills into the cage against Lawlor.

Hopefully, Santa and Mrs. Claus will have time to sit and watch UFC 139 on Saturday night before he has to appear in a little parade Thursday morning.


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Saturday, November 19, 2011


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The oldest old: Reaching 90 more likely than ever (San Jose Mercury News)

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