In advance of the 2016 budget proposal, the White House has tipped its hand on one big priority: the fight against antibiotic resistance. A fact sheet released today describes how President Barack Obama plans to double the government’s investment in combating the mounting public health crisis of drug-resistant infections by spreading roughly $1.2 billion in funding across several federal agencies.That sum includes $650 million for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) to study mechanisms of resistance in bacteria and promote the development of new antibiotics and diagnostics. Funding for NIH would also support a clinical trial network that would let drug developers more easily collect data across multiple clinics, according to the fact sheet.The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention would receive $280 million for monitoring and research, including the addition of 10 sites to its Emerging Infections Program. The fact sheet also hints at two new programs: a detection network to identify new outbreaks and a comprehensive “isolate bank” to collect known resistant bacteria.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Meanwhile, the Food and Drug Administration would receive $47 million to evaluate new drugs and diagnostics and to continue its efforts to phase out the use of certain antibiotics in feed animals—a major threat to the value of these drugs as human medicines. The Department of Agriculture would also see a quadrupling of its funding to explore alternatives to antibiotic use in livestock.The comprehensive approach closely follows recommendations from a recent report from the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, notes Amanda Jezek, vice president of public policy at the Infectious Diseases Society of America in Washington, D.C. “This seems to be what we were hoping for in terms of next steps,” she says.The proposal is the latest in an international effort to revitalize research and drug development on antibiotics—a historically inhospitable industry for big pharmaceutical companies. The short course of treatment for antibiotics and physicians’ desire to withhold the most effective drugs for future emergencies make it hard for companies to turn a profit. And in the scientific quest to identify new targets for antibacterial drugs, “the low hanging fruit has been picked,” says Gail Cassell, a drug company executive and visiting scholar at Harvard Medical School who chairs a task force on antimicrobial resistance for the American Society for Microbiology.But the new funding is likely to stimulate development, says Cassell, who praises in particular the White House’s emphasis on new diagnostics. Doctors desperately need ways to detect resistant microbes and choose the right treatment quickly, without waiting days for lab results. Earlier this year, the White House announced that NIH and BARDA would co-sponsor a $20 million prize for a quicker test to recognize highly resistant infections. But Cassell points out that companies developing these technologies face other barriers—notably the complexities of health care reimbursement for their products—that can’t be addressed with a government funding boost alone.Jazek expects this part of the budget proposal to meet with friendly ears in Congress—both the House of Representatives and the Senate have prioritized the issue and have proposed bills to create an accelerated approval pathway for new antibiotics, she points out. “The federal budget picture is going to be challenging,” she says, but in the jockey for new money, this proposal “stands a better shot than most.”The antibiotics initiative will part of Obama’s budget request, to be fully unveiled on 2 February, for the 2016 fiscal year, which begins in October.Click here to see all of our Budget 2016 coverage.
The scientist who once fraudulently claimed to have created embryonic stem cells matched to human patients and the one who really did it plan to conduct joint research, a Korean newspaper reported this morning. A Chinese regenerative medicine company will provide financial support, according to the account.The two scientists would seem an odd match. In 2006, Woo Suk Hwang had to retract two papers published in Science in which his team claimed it had used the technique employed in cloning Dolly the sheep to create human embryonic stem cells matched to specific people who had various diseases. After investigators determined all the claims were bogus, Hwang was fired from Seoul National University and later convicted of embezzling research funds and bioethics violations. He escaped jail time with a suspended sentence. Since his downfall, Hwang has quietly continued his cloning work on animals, particularly pet dogs, at Seoul-based Sooam Biotech Research Foundation, a private institute friends established specifically for him.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Despite his claims being deemed fraudulent by a Seoul National University panel, Hwang was awarded an American patent covering his technique in February 2014. Shoukhrat Mitalipov, of the Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, made a series of breakthroughs in primate stem cell research in recent years. He reported in May 2013 using the Dolly technique, known more formally as somatic cell nuclear transfer, to derive stem cells from cloned human embryos, including from a baby with an inherited disorder. More recently he has published several papers related to gene replacement to prevent inherited mitochondrial diseases. He also founded MitoGenome Therapeutics, reportedly to commercialize his work.Hwang, in what is billed as an exclusive interview, now tells South Korea’s Dong-A Ilbo newspaper that he, Mitalipov, and Xiaochun Xu, CEO of Boyalife Group of Wuxi, China, have agreed to jointly work on the mechanisms of cloning. Boyalife, which has a number of stem cell– and regenerative medicine–related research and commercial efforts, will put up about $93 million.The newspaper says initially work will focus on animal cloning but eventually move on to work with human materials. Mitalipov’s “strength is in primate stem cells. My specialty is in cell nuclear transplantation. So we’ve agreed that if we combine his strength with mine, we can create a breakthrough outcome in curing maternal line genetic disease, on which he is now focusing,” the paper quotes Hwang as saying. Hwang said they will place their laboratory in China to avoid Korea’s strict bioethics regulations. An official at Sooam confirmed in an e-mail that the newspaper story was accurate. A Boyalife official sent pictures indicating that a signing ceremony with Hwang and Mitalipov took place in Jeju, South Korea, on 13 January. Mitalipov has not yet replied to requests for confirmation and comment.Ahn Mi-Young is a freelance writer in Seoul.
New Delhi, Apr 3 (PTI) Passengers of Gatiman Express, Indias first semi-high speed train, will not only be ushered to their seats by train hostesses and offered roses but will also be given free access to multimedia content such as movies, news and cartoons during their journey to Agra.The much-awaited Nizamuddin-Agra Gatiman Express will be flagged off on April 5 by Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu from Nizamuddin Station with a music band playing shehnai in the backdrop.Aiming at attracting tourits visiting the City of Taj, the Gatiman Express will run at a maximum speed of 160 km per hour covering the 200 km long distance in 100 minutes.”We are trying to provide the best service to passengers in the first semi-high speed train. While quality food with multiple choices will be offered to passengers, they will also be given free access to multimedia entertainment on their seats,” said a senior Railway Ministry official.He said hotspot devices have been installed at coaches to access multimedia services by passengers free of cost directly on their smartphones, tablets or laptops.The service will give users access to a wide variety of multimedia content such as movies, videos, TV serials, film documentaries, video songs, news, sports videos, cartoons and devotional songs.Passengers will have to download an app and access the service free of cost while the service providers will show some advertisements for limited duration, he said.Describing the multimedia arrangement for passengers as win-win proposition for railways, the official said service provider will give us about Rs 7.5 lakh for showing advertisements.advertisementSince the fare will be 25 per cent higher than Shatabdi Express, catering services in Gatiman Express will also be better.”We are trying to provide best possible services matching flight catering services. There would be hostesses on the train and both Indian and continental cuisine will be served.Passengers will be treated to wholewheat upma, mini dosa, Kanjeevaram idli, fresh cut fruits, aloo kulcha, swiss roll, roasted dry fruits and chicken roll. Chicken sausages with Spanish egg white omelette and date walnut slice cakes will also be served in Bone China. More PTI ARU DV
Rafael Nadal, who reached the Paris Masters quarter-finals after beating Uruguay’s Pablo Cuevas, admitted that his right knee was not 100 per cent.Nadal on Thursday said that he would compete in the upcoming ATP World Finals in London if nothing went wrong, reports Efe.”It’s obvious my knee is not 100 percent fit. If not, I wouldn’t have asked the trainer to tape it,” Nadal said.The World No.1 said the objective of the strapping was to support the kneecap but did not give more details.”Even if I withdraw tomorrow, it does not mean that I would be 100 percent fit in London,” he added, insisting that if nothing went wrong he would play in less than two weeks in London.
HOUSTON — When Golden State’s Stephen Curry crashed into Trevor Ariza’s shoulder, was upended and sent flying toward the court on May 25 against Houston, it felt like forever before he landed.“That was the worst (fall ever) because you’re in the air for a long time,” Curry said. “And not knowing how you’re going to hit the floor, knowing that it’s going to happen, it’s inevitable, but you’re up there just trying to brace yourself.”The MVP was able to return to Game 4 of the Western Conference finals after the spill but the Warriors couldn’t overcome a big deficit, as James Harden scored 45 points in the Rockets’ 128-115 victory.Curry said he went through the concussion protocol before returning. “It was all minor stuff compared to how it looked,” Curry said. “But I’ll get some good rest (Monday night) and be ready to go … since it happened to now, nothing has gotten worse.”The collision came when Curry jumped in the air as Ariza was about to go up for a shot midway through the second quarter. Ariza saw him and stopped abruptly, causing the spill. Curry’s head hit the court and it propelled him up and back onto the floor, where he remained for several minutes.Curry looked dazed as he was attended to before slowly getting up and walking off the court. “In the seconds afterward, it’s just a scary feeling, hearing all those voices saying: ‘Take your time,’” Curry said. “You just want to gather yourself, regroup and trust the process.”It wasn’t only frightening for him. His coaches and teammates were all worried when they saw the hard fall. “It was not a great feeling,” Andrew Bogut said. “He’s our best player and to see him take a fall like that, it’s a scary feeling.”Curry missed the remainder of the half with what the Warriors called a contusion, but after undergoing a series of tests he returned to the game midway through the third quarter.Klay Thompson had 24 points and Curry added 23 for Golden State, which moved a win away from its first trip to the NBA Finals since 1975 after routing Houston 115-80 on May 23 to take a 3-0 lead in the series.But the Warriors couldn’t put the Rockets away and will try again at home in Game 5 on May 27. Houston bounced back from a 3-1 deficit to the Clippers in the conference semifinals. But they face a much bigger challenge in this series, as no team in NBA history has won a playoff series after trailing 3-0.Dwight Howard had 14 points and 12 rebounds, and received a flagrant 1 foul early in the third quarter after throwing an elbow at Bogut’s head. He would be suspended by accumulation of flagrant foul points if the NBA upgrades it to a flagrant 2 after review.The Warriors made 20 3-pointers and Houston had 17 to set an NBA record for most 3-pointers combined in a playoff game. Houston led by 23 after one and a basket by Howard to start the second made it 47-22.Four quick points by Thompson got Golden State within 55-36 when Curry was injured. He was called for a foul on the play and Ariza made both shots to extend Houston’s lead to 57-36 with about six minutes until halftime.Thompson picked up the slack with Curry out, hitting four 3-pointers in a 23-9 run that get the Warriors within 66-59 with about 30 seconds left in the first half. But Terry hit a 3 as the shot clock expired to put Houston up 69-59 at halftime.The Rockets led by nine when Curry re-entered the game midway through the third quarter. He shot an airball on his first attempt after returning and his second try was blocked by Terrence Jones.“It took me a couple minutes just to get back in the rhythm of the game,” Curry said.The Rockets jumped out to a 12-0 lead thanks to eight points by Josh Smith and five straight missed shots by the Warriors to start the game. Smith’s hot shooting continued throughout the quarter and he made all five shots, including three 3-pointers, he attempted in the period.The Rockets made 17 of 22 shots overall in the quarter and were an astounding 8-of-9 from 3-point range to lead 45-22 entering the second. Houston’s 45 points tied a franchise record for points in a quarter in the playoffs that had stood since 1980.(KRISTIE RIEKEN, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Serena Williams is one win away from a record 23rd Grand Slam title after setting up an all-Williams final at the Australian Open. The only person standing in her way is her older sister, Venus.No. 2-ranked Serena Williams, a six-time Australian Open winner, overwhelmed Mirjana Lucic-Baroni 6-2, 6-1 in just 50 minutes in the second of women’s semifinals on Thursday after Venus Williams beat fellow American CoCo Vandeweghe 6-7 (3), 6-2, 6-3.“She’s my toughest opponent — nobody has ever beaten me as much as Venus has,” Serena Williams said. “I just feel like no matter what happens, we’ve won.“She’s been through a lot, I’ve been through a lot. To see her do so well it’s great. I look forward to it. A Williams is going to win this tournament.”The 36-year-old Venus Williams is back in a Grand Slam final for the first time since Wimbledon in 2009 and her first in Australia since 2003, when she lost the only previous all-Williams final at Melbourne Park.She tossed her racket after clinching the 2-hour, 26-minute semifinal on her fourth match point and put her hands up to her face, almost in disbelief, before crossing her arms over her heart. She then did a stylish pirouette on the court, smiling broadly, as the crowd gave her a standing ovation.Venus Williams has overcome an energy-sapping illness and is playing her best tennis since being diagnosed with Sjogren’s syndrome in 2011.“Everyone has their moment in the sun,” Venus Williams said. “Maybe mine has gone on a while. I’d like to keep that going. I’ve got nothing else to do so let’s keep it going.”Serena Williams’ celebration was more subdued after her 50-minute, one-sided win over 34-year-old Lucic-Baroni, who was playing her first semifinal at a major since Wimbledon in 1999. Lucic-Baroni took a selfie with her cell phone on the court before waving and leaving Rod Laver Arena.Serena didn’t get to watch much of her sister’s match, but she knew the result before she went out to play.“Obviously I was really proud of Venus — a total inspiration, my big sister,” Serena said. “She’s basically my world and my life. She means everything to me. I was so happy for her. For us both to be in the final is the biggest dream come true for us.”Venus Williams has won seven major titles, but none since Wimbledon in 2008. Her gap between major finals is the longest for any player in the Open era. She’s also lost six of the eight Grand Slam finals she’s played against her younger sister, and is 11-16 in career meetings.Venus Williams is the oldest player to reach a women’s major final since Martina Navratilova, then 37 and 258 days, at Wimbledon in 1994.The 25-year-old Vandeweghe was playing in the last four at a major for the first time and was the only semifinalist younger than 34. She’d advanced with back-to-back wins over top-ranked Angelique Kerber and French Open champion Garbine Muguruza and took charge against Venus Williams in the first-set tiebreaker.But Venus Williams rallied after dropping a set for the first time in the tournament, breaking Vandeweghe four times over the final two sets and putting pressure back on her fellow American.Vandeweghe said earlier in the tournament she’d admired the Williams sisters as an up-and-coming player, and once asked for Venus’ autograph. Venus Williams said one of the best things about her longevity in the game was having an influence on other players.“Growing up, all I wanted was to have an opportunity to play these tournaments. But then you get here and then you have an opportunity to inspire other people,” she said. “It’s more than a cherry on top. It’s more than I dreamed of.”Earlier, Bob and Mike Bryan earned a shot at a seventh Australian Open doubles title after a rain-interrupted 7-6 (7-1) 6-3 semifinal win Friday over Pablo Carreno Busta and Guillermo Garcia-Lopez.TweetPinShare0 Shares
Konta consternation It may have been men’s quarter‑finals day but the hot topic was still Johanna Konta. The British No 1 had claimed she was patronised by a journalist following her quarter-final defeat by Barbora Strycova and their press conference exchange went viral. The next day it appeared there were roughly two camps on the affair. The first were those who said the questioning was harsh but fair, that Konta has crumbled in the past and is reluctant to admit to it or explain why. The second were those who felt that, while her game may not be perfect and her attitude towards the media consistently stony, the questions – which suggested she “could have done better” and might “have to have a look at herself” – were not appropriate. Roger Federer pushed by Kei Nishikori before completing Wimbledon century Support The Guardian Share via Email Topics Tennis … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Since you’re here… Roughly speaking, athletes and fellow pros appeared to be of the latter position. Marion Bartoli gave an extensive interview on the topic and suggested Konta had been “bullied”. Meanwhile, at a press conference to tee up the Open, Rory McIlroy chipped in to agree Konta had been patronised and that “media expectations often exceed players’”. Finally, when approached by the Diary while dashing to the referees’ office, Tim Henman suggested the entire line of questioning was redundant. “When you give 100% on the court, how can you be expected to give any more?” he said. So that’s where we are at the end of day two. It is anticipated that an antagonistic relationship between the media and the sportsmen and women they report on may continue for a while.Hats off to Navratilova Giving no hoots this Wimbledon is Martina Navratilova. During the invitational doubles on Tuesday eagle-eyed officials spotted she was wearing a baseball cap bearing the legend “impeach” and was told to take it off. Political messages are banned at Wimbledon. “Sorry about that‚” Martina said, “I forgot I had it on.” Despite this apology, some observers wondered whether this longstanding and vocal opponent of Donald Trump might have accidentally worn the cap on purpose. Their suspicions appear to have been confirmed after Martina tweeted a news report of the incident with the caption: “Oops. Not really:)”Great entertweenersNovak Djokovic’s straight-sets cruise past David Goffin in the quarter-finals did at least create one memorable moment, when first the Belgian then the Serb played the ball between their legs. This was the first instance of consecutive tweeners in Wimbledon history. Well, we say that, but we’re still waiting for the stats guys to firm that up, so maybe fans of self-indulgent tennis should not get too carried away. Read more Martina Navratilova Share on Facebook Wimbledon features Share on Twitter Johanna Konta Share on Pinterest Wimbledon 2019 Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp Share on Messenger Reuse this content
Reuters New YorkSeptember 10, 2019UPDATED: September 10, 2019 10:07 IST Bianca Andreescu had a trophy photoshoot atop Rockefeller Center and appeared on several US morning shows (@Bandreescu_ Twitter)HIGHLIGHTS19-year-old Bianca Andreescu stunned Serena Williams in the US Open women’s singles final on SaturdaySerena was eyeing her 24th Grand Slam singles title but was denied the chance by AndreescuWith the win, Andreescu has jumped to a career-high fifth in the world rankingsCanadian teenager Bianca Andreescu, who upstaged tennis great Serena Williams in the US Open final to win her maiden Grand Slam title, said she was not done yet during a whirlwind media tour on Monday.Since claiming the title in her US Open main draw debut, Andreescu has had a trophy photoshoot atop Rockefeller Center and appeared on several US morning shows in New York to discuss her breakthrough win.”I never thought it would be this hectic, but I’m not complaining,” Andreescu, 19, said on Good Morning America. “This is truly an amazing accomplishment, but I could definitely get used to this feeling. I’m not done yet.”Andreescu produced a bold and brilliant performance on Saturday to secure a 6-3 7-5 win and deny former world number one Williams from a record-tying 24th Grand Slam title.Pure blissLet the moment soak in, @Bandreescu_…#USOpen | #WomenWorthWatching pic.twitter.com/pxGAy9AlTxUS Open Tennis (@usopen) September 7, 2019With the win, Andreescu has jumped to a career-high fifth in the world rankings a year after sitting outside the top 200 when she was an unknown quantity to most in her home country.But Andreescu will now have to get used to her celebrity status as she is headline news back home.”It hasn’t really sunk in,” Andreescu said on Live with Kelly & Ryan. “I didn’t really have the time to just see what’s happening in my life right now. It’s been a crazy year for me, and being able to hold this trophy is pretty awesome.”advertisementAndreescu, who also appeared on the “Today” show, ABC’s “The View” and “The Tonight Show” with Jimmy Fallon to discuss her US Open win, said she has spent plenty of time reflecting on her journey to the US Open title.Tune in tonight @fallontonight!! It was so fun being on the show. You’re even more awesome in person @jimmyfallon pic.twitter.com/QpaWKF5ietBianca (@Bandreescu_) September 10, 2019″I started playing tennis at the age of seven, and ever since then I’ve been dreaming of this moment,” Andreescu told Good Morning America.”I mean, it’s another story for it to actually happen. So I’m just, like, truly blessed right now.”Also Read | Been a goal of mine to inspire Canadian athletes: US Open champion Bianca AndreescuAlso Read | Canadians embrace #SheTheNorth after Bianca Andreescu’s US Open 2019 winAlso Read | Who is Bianca Andreescu? 19-year-old Canadian immigrant who stunned SerenaFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Bianca AndreescuFollow US OpenFollow Serena Williams Next It hasn’t really sunk in: Bianca Andreescu on her US Open triumphBianca Andreescu produced a bold and brilliant performance in the US Open women’s singles final to secure a 6-3 7-5 win and deny Serena Williams a record-tying 24th Grand Slam title on Saturday.advertisement
By Kainoelani LeeRabat – The United States Embassy in Rabat held its 15th annual blood drive on Wednesday.The embassy organized the blood drive as a way to give back to the local community and had scheduled the event to meet the very urgent annual need for blood donations before Ramadan begins. Ramadan marks the ninth month of the Islamic year, where strict fasting from sunrise to sunset occurs. Ramadan will begin June 5, 2016 and is scheduled to end on July 5, 2016. This blood drive is conducted annually in response to the national blood shortage in Morocco, where initially, the National Center for Blood Transfusion made an urgent request, calling on Moroccan citizens for blood donations on the need for blood in certain cities in Morocco.The U.S. Embassy of Rabat reported that nearly two thirds of its personnel participated in the blood drive and donations. Even U.S. Ambassador, Dwight L. Bush, and his wife participated in donating their blood.In total, the U.S. Embassy of Rabat was able to collect a whopping 35 liters of blood.If you haven’t donated blood recently, and would like to, the U.S. Embassy of Rabat encourages contacting the National Center for Transfusion to locate and learn about blood drives in your local community.Further contact information for the blood drives/donations:Centre national de transfusion Sanguine, Public Health DepartmentAddress: Madinat Al Irfane, Rabat, Morocco. Phone:+212 5377-74993
Last year’s Brock dragon boat team paddled to victory in its time division.Those wanting a spot on Brock’s dragon boat team this year had better hurry and register.Eighteen of the team’s 20 spots are filled, many with returning dragon boat fans who got hooked on racing in previous years, said Kristen Smith, Community Connections community services co-ordinator. The team also takes a few spare participants.Each participant raises a minimum of $35, which goes to Wellspring Niagara. The boat registration fee helps the St. Catharines Museum.The St. Catharines Dragon Boat Festival is July 24 at Henley Island. The Brock team practices twice that week, meeting on July 20 and 22.Last year, the team surprised itself by winning in its time division.While the team participates for fun, “over the course of the day, we develop a competitive edge, and that paid off last year,” Smith said.The day includes a barbecue and vendors. The races are fun to watch, she said.“It’s also a great spectator sport, so I would encourage people to come and watch if they’re not interested in paddling.”Anyone interested in joining the team can contact Jamie Wheeler, Community Connections volunteer and event management assistant, at email@example.comLink:• St. Catharines Dragon Boat Festival
In an open letter to ASEAN member states, the experts said that adoption of a “credible” ASEAN Human Rights Declaration would represent a “significant step” by the 10-nation bloc to develop a “regional human rights system.”The letter expresses reservations with the current draft, noting that it is “imperative” ASEAN’s landmark human rights instrument “maintains international standards” if it is to complement the work of the United Nations human rights system.The experts’ key concerns include provisions in the draft addressing the right to life, a so-called “balance” between rights and individual duties, and conditions restricting people’s rights, according to a news release of the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).“The group of international experts stressed [ASEAN’s] need to reaffirm in their Declaration the duty of States to promote and protect all human rights and fundamental freedoms regardless of their particular political, economic and cultural systems,” OHCHR said, adding the group highlighted that 171 states had adopted this principle by consensus in the 1993 Vienna Declaration, and that ASEAN states had made a “significant contribution” to that effort in the Austrian capital.The regional declaration is one of the key mandates of the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights, which the association created in 2009, saying it was intended to “promote and protect human rights and fundamental freedom” of the 600 million people within their borders. Leaders attending the ASEAN Summit in the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh on Sunday are to consider it for adoption.For their part, the UN experts drafted their letter as members of the so-called Coordination Committee they created in 2005, under the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council’s so-called Special Procedures mechanism, which mandates them to independently investigate country specific or thematic human rights issues.The Coordination Committee effectively amplifies the experts’ individual messages by enabling them to speak as one, and also by giving them an opportunity to collectively coordinate and consult with OHCHR, and the broader UN human rights framework and civil society.The Committee’s chair, Michel Forst, noting that the main function of regional human rights instruments was to “establish minimum standards” that countries’ domestic laws must meet, indicated that the ASEAN draft declaration might benefit from more input by stakeholders outside government, according to the OHCHR release.“We call on all ASEAN member States to consult further with the people of the region, including civil society organizations, and to take on board their concerns and aspirations,” he said.The call reflects an appeal last week by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, who asked ASEAN leaders to review their work on the draft, and indicated she believed it reflected insufficient input from civil society and other stakeholders.Mr. Forst said the expert group was on hand to provide further advice to ASEAN in the “historic task” of finalizing the declaration, as he also detailed the group’s concerns with the current draft, the OHCHR news release indicated.“The right to life, for example, is a fundamental right upon which all other rights depend, and any credible human rights instrument should unconditionally protect it without making it contingent on the provisions of domestic law,” Mr. Forst said.“In relation to the right to life,” the Committee Chair added, “provisions such as ‘in accordance with national law’ could be used to shield States against scrutiny by international human rights mechanisms concerning the excessive use of force by law enforcement officers, state failure to protect people against non-state actors and the continuation of the use of the death penalty.” On provisions in the draft declaration that seek to “balance” rights with individual duties, the experts pointed out that wording does not reflect international human rights law, said OHCHR.“Advocating a balance between human rights and duties creates much greater scope for Governments to place arbitrary, disproportionate and unnecessary restrictions on human rights,” the letter says.In commenting on the draft’s “legitimate restrictions” provisions on the grounds of “morality,” “public order” and “national security,” Mr. Forst said the experts were “acutely aware of the risk of these terms being used as a pretext by Governments to place arbitrary, disproportionate and unnecessary restrictions on human rights.”“We strongly encourage the inclusion of language which makes explicit that the restrictions must be provided by law and conform to the strict tests of necessity and proportionality, and that these restrictions may not put in jeopardy the right itself or apply to rights that are non-derogable under international law,” he said, according to OHCHR.The experts also called on ASEAN leaders to consider in their declaration the issues of statelessness, the right to seek and to enjoy asylum from persecution in other countries, and the international customary law principle of “non-refoulement,” which would guard against the return of people to countries where, for example, they might be subjected to torture.“Again, such provisions should not be contingent on domestic laws,” said Mr. Forst.Separately today, OHCHR reported instances of harassment of peaceful activist meetings in Cambodia ahead of the ASEAN summit, saying some discussing human rights issues had been closed down “under pressure from the authorities.”“The High Commissioner is concerned about the actions of the Cambodian authorities,” OHCHR said in a statement.It added that at least 60 people had been arbitrarily detained during an “operation to ‘sweep’ Phnom Penh clean of street people” prior to the arrival of heads of government. It also highlighted the arrest of “members of a community protesting their threatened eviction by writing messages on the roofs of their house,” but added that group was later released.“The summit should be an opportunity for all parts of ASEAN to come together and peacefully share their views,” OHCHR said.“The actions of the Cambodian Government are not concordant with Cambodia’s human rights obligations or with the values of ASEAN of peace and prosperity for all.”
AS PART OF an ongoing operation against the sale of contraband products, gardaí in Dublin confiscated a number of counterfeit items on sale at the Balbriggan Sunday market today.Members of the DMR North Divisional Task Force seized 6,600 counterfeit cigarettes and a quantity of DVDs.During the year, the unit has taken more than 60,000 contraband cigarettes into its possession. It has also seized 12,000 illegally made DVDs and CDs, as well as items of clothing and cosmetics.Ten people have been arrested and prosecuted as a result.Read: Man dies and woman escapes unharmed after car crashes into a lakeMore: Parents ‘gobsmacked’ after autistic son pricked by syringe on train
It’s impossible to say there’s a trend of increasing gun violence in Vancouver or across the nation, according to sociologist Clay Mosher, who analyzes crime trends and teaches criminology at Washington State University Vancouver.“This could be just a blip,” he said, after two workplace shootings and one drug-related shooting in two days left three people dead and three injured.“You could see this many things in this many days,” Mosher said. “Then you could see nothing for quite some time.”But it’s absolutely possible to say that we as a society are growing accustomed to hearing about random gun violence breaking out anywhere and everywhere — even right here. When it’s not in Chicago or Philadelphia but Fruit Valley and Fourth Plain, Mosher said, local folks just aren’t as shocked as they used to be.“We have become desensitized,” Mosher said. “I do think there’s a normalization of this kind of thing. Whether it’s happening here or somewhere else, it’s seemingly happening all the time.”That has mostly to do with the media universe we live in, he said. “I definitely think the media attention is greater. I think a lot of this is copycat stuff. It’s a catch-22, because the media has to cover it, of course,” he said.
CNET may get a commission from retail offers. News • Are you a Nintendo Switch docker or hander? $289 See It See It Comments Gotta eat ’em all at the Pokemon Cafe welp https://t.co/xuL5dqToMv— Gene Simmons (@genesimmons) August 7, 2019 See it Amazon Nintendo Switch $299 Mentioned Above Nintendo Switch (Gray) Walmart Review • Nintendo Switch review: Pure fun on a big-screen TV or on the go $299 How To • How to transfer your Nintendo Switch account to a new Switch V2 2 13 Photos Preview • Nintendo Switch: All the latest details $299 Best Buy Tags He knows. Nintendo/Getty/CNET The Pokemon Company probably reached a tipping point when it released a Pokemon that looks like a bong with eyes on it. After finding inspiration in cherries, cakes and other foodstuffs, the company has now expanded into heavy metal musicians. Hello Obstagoon.Obstagoon is a regional-specific final evolved form of Zigzagoon that looks incredibly similar to Gene Simmons of Kiss. The racoon hybrid shares Simmons’ trademark black-and-white stage makeup look as well as his angry, tongue-sticking-out persona.How does Gene Simmons feel about it? He’s taken it really well, actually.”Pokemon has been part of our household for decades, ever since our kids first discovered them,” he said in a statement to Newsweek on Wednesday. “To see Pokemon pay homage to KISS is flattering.”Although, Simmons’ reaction on Twitter was slightly more muted. The Pokemon Company introduced Obstagoon as one of the new species featuring in the upcoming Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield games for the Nintendo Switch. Neither The Pokemon Company nor Pokemon game developer GameFreak have released an official statement about the similarities between Obstagoon and Simmons.Catch Pokemon Sword and Shield when they’re released worldwide Nov. 15. See It Share your voice Culture Gaming
Hugh Neff has been banned from the 2019 Yukon Quest race for poor dog care. (File Photo by Patrick Yack/Alaska Public Media)Two-time Yukon Quest sled dog race champion Hugh Neff of Tok has been banned from participating in the 2019 race for poor dog care. Yukon Quest organizers announced the censure today, along with final necropsy results for a Neff dog that died in this year’s race. Quest head veterinarian Nina Hansen says the four-year-old male husky named Boppy died from inhaling vomit. Hansen says that’s a somewhat common accidental cause of sled dog deaths, but Boppy had other preventable health issues.Listen now”There were stomach ulcers, intestinal inflamation, there were whip worms — so parasites — muscle necrosis and severe weight loss and muscle wasting,” Hansen said.Boppy died while Neff’s team was resting at a trailside cabin located before the Quest halfway point at Dawson City, where Neff scratched from the race. Hansen says the dog should have been pulled from the race at the previous checkpoint at Eagle.”It was a failure on the vet team, and I’m going to admit that,” Hansen said. “That dog was looked at in Eagle, and it was recorded to have a poor body condition. And that was not brought to my attention. It is noted in the vet book. I had left Eagle before Hugh got there so that it something I need to evaluate on the vet team as well.”Hansen says mushers are ultimately responsible for care of their dogs, and the Quest rule committee and board decided to censure Neff. Neff cannot run in next year’s Quest, and will have to run the shorter Quest 300 before entering the 1,000-mile race in the future. The 50-year-old Neff has competed in the Quest 17 times, including wins in 2012 and 2016, and is also a regular top contender in the Iditarod. Neff has 30 days to request an informal hearing. He did not respond to messages requesting comment earlier today.
Indian pedestrians walk on Dalal Street – Trader’s Street – next to the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) in Mumbai on March 7, 2014.INDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP/Getty ImagesPunjab National Bank, Gitanjali Gems: Stocks are likely to remain under pressure amidst reports India’s Enforcement Directorate will probe the possibility of money laundering in a $1.77 billion fraud case.Infosys: UCAS, the admissions service for UK higher education, has extended its existing partnership with the software company to support its business strategy up to 2021.HDFC: The company allots 2.49 crore shares to investors at Rs 1,726.05 per share on a preferential basis.Bank fraud: State Bank of India, Allahabad Bank Axis Bank and Union Bank are said to be exposed to $1.8 billion Punjab National Bank fraud case, reported Bloomberg.Indoco Remedies: The company gets European Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) certification for its Goa manufacturing facility.Prakash Industries: The company to raise Rs 208 crore from promoters by issuing 1 crore convertible warrants.Aster DM Healthcare: The IPO closed on Thursday and the issue was subscribed 1.2 times.
Sponsored Stories Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober The curfew is “to protect lives and property of innocent and law-abiding people of Maiduguri,” said a statement from Col. Tukur Gusau, spokesman for the army’s 7th Division that is leading the fight against Boko Haram.A multinational force and Nigerian troops backed by bombing fighter jets and helicopter gunships drove the extremists from all towns in the northeast in a 14-week-long offensive. Nigerian officials have said they have the militants hemmed into their stronghold in the vast Sambisa Forest, which is about 200 kilometers (125 miles) southeast of Maiduguri.An offensive on forest camps has freed some 700 girls and women held captive by the extremists. But it appears to be bogged down by militants’ land mines and booby traps.Maiduguri has suffered several attacks, including a March 14, 2014 assault in which Boko Haram invaded Giwa Barracks and freed hundreds of detainees. More than 600 people were killed that day, mostly unarmed detainees gunned down by Nigerian troops, according to Amnesty International.Maiduguri, the birthplace of Boko Haram, used to be a city where people didn’t lock the doors to their homes. Its population of 2 million has been swelled by more than 300,000 refugees. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility 5 ways to recognize low testosterone Top Stories 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Many villagers were killed by shells that hit the outlying village of Kayamla, where the soldiers engaged hundreds of militants, according to Muhammad Gava, a hunter who is secretary of the self-defense Vigilante Group of Nigeria.“Many of them (Boko Haram) were killed outside the trenches while some fled back,” said another civilian fighter, Ibrahim Musa.“We were with the soldiers during the attack and I was shocked to see that Boko Haram could be in such large numbers,” Musa told The Associated Press.An army officer said three women blew themselves up as the troops moved into Kayamla, one killing three self-defense fighters and the other two suicide bombers killing only themselves. The officer spoke on condition of anonymity because he is not supposed to give information to journalists.In Maiduguri, panicking people took flight, some women hefting babies on their backs while other children clung to their skirts. An elderly woman trying to run had an asthma attack.The army imposed a 24-hour curfew amid fears some insurgents have slipped through trenches and sand walls constructed to prevent a motorized assault after a Feb. 1 offensive in which the Islamic extremists attacked Maiduguri from four fronts. Check your body, save your life More than 1.5 million people in Nigeria have been driven from their homes, some across borders, during the nearly 5-year-old Islamic insurgency. Last year was the bloodiest, with some 10,000 people killed, according to the U.S. Council on Foreign Relations.—Faul reported from Lagos, Nigeria.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Comments Share MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Hundreds of Boko Haram extremists tried to attack the biggest army base in northeast Nigeria overnight but met fierce resistance from soldiers who fired artillery throughout the night.Booming cannon and whooshing rockets woke up people living around Giwa Barracks in Maiduguri, the northeast’s biggest city. The ground shook as people prostrated themselves for evening prayers. Hundreds fled, though some were returning home on Thursday morning. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies
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It’s really hard to believe that he would somehow just suddenly drop off. And it’s not like his injury from last season is the kind of injury that should hamper him now, or hold him back mentally. For his part, he’s still saying all the right things. And he wants to be the one who triggers a turnaround for the entire offense.“Yes I definitely do,” Johnson said. “I want to be the guy that everyone leans on, that everyone looks at to get momentum going for the offense. That everyone looks to to get a play, an explosive play, so we can get some momentum going, get everyone motivated and get some excitement throughout the offense.”Thursday might be the best time to do it. To put that in perspective, Johnson averaged 77.4 rushing yards per game in 2016. And that’s when he was contributing a lot more as a receiver, on top of the ground game.So yes, they need to get him going. And if there’s ever a time to do it, this week’s game against Denver might be the best opportunity. The Broncos actually give up more yards per game on the ground than the Cardinals do (161.3 to 151.2), and their defense isn’t being left out on the field nearly as much as Arizona’s is.It gets worse for Denver. Todd Gurley just torched the Broncos for 208 rushing yards. And before you just dismiss that as Gurley reminding everyone of his MVP candidacy, Isaiah Crowell of the Jets ran for 219 the week before. Yes, that Isaiah Crowell. You know, the one who has 211 total rushing yards in New York’s other five games combined.Related LinksRosen confident, Wilks realistic Cardinals can fix broken offenseWeek 7 injury report: Denver Broncos vs. Arizona CardinalsCorey Peters hopes Cardinals take the Von Miller approach (less publicly)Cardinals Boston, Iupati ruled out against the Broncos on Thursday“My biggest thing when I see that, it’s probably a little bit more pressure,” Johnson acknowledged. “Because of that reason. So me, I have to really just focus in on every little thing, all the details, and let the yards come as they come.”Offensive lineman Justin Pugh downplayed the idea that the clear way to beating this Denver team on Thursday night is to run wild though. 13 Comments Share Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories Simply converting third downs and sustaining drives as an offense would go a long way to helping get Johnson more touches. But his carries are up noticeably over the last three games anyway – 19.3 per contest, as opposed to 11.3 over the first three weeks – yet the yards still haven’t been there. He’s averaging 3.2 yards per carry for the season, compared to the 4.2 he was putting up in 2017 and the 4.6 he was delivering in his rookie year.Of course, there’s been a growing concern that the reason Johnson hasn’t been as effective is because the offense has become too predictable. And it’s true that an overwhelming number of the running plays have gone up the middle.In fact, according to Sharp Football Stats, 55 of the 92 handoffs to Johnson have gone right up the middle. Seven have gone to the right side of the line, 18 have gone to the left and the remaining 12 have bounced outside. Even if those numbers are slightly off, it’s undeniable that the majority of the running plays are going straight ahead.Offensive coordinator Mike McCoy pointed out that some of those plays may not have necessarily been designed to go up the middle though. They may have just ended up there, because a block was missed or someone made the wrong read or a play was simply broken. There is an opposing defense on the field too, after all. Still, that’s a high percentage of runs to seemingly the same area. And it’s tough to argue that the play calls are going entirely based on matchups when the stats show so much consistency, spread out against six different opponents. Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson, left, runs in front of San Francisco 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster (56) during the second half of an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Ben Margot) TEMPE, Ariz. — This strategy might sound familiar. For the Arizona Cardinals to win, they need more from their offense. And for the offense to really get going, they need more from David Johnson.It sounds simple, but it hasn’t played out that way. After putting up 2,118 yards from scrimmage in 2016, Johnson missed virtually all of the 2017 campaign. Everyone expected a bounce back this year, but he just hasn’t been able to find any sort of rhythm in Mike McCoy’s offense. Yes, he has six of Arizona’s nine offensive touchdowns in 2018, but his season high for rushing yards in a game is 71, against Seattle in Week Four. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling There’s one troubling stat that can’t just be pinned on play selection though. Johnson somehow hasn’t put together a 100-yard performance on the ground since Nov. 20, 2016. That’s nearly two full years. Sure, he missed essentially all of the 2017 campaign with a wrist injury, so that number is a little inflated. But still, that’s 13 consecutive games where one of the best running backs in all of football hasn’t eclipsed the century mark.“I think it’s the same,” head coach Steve Wilks pointed out, when asked about Johnson’s confidence. “I don’t think he’s fallen off at all. I think his attention to detail is there. He’s focused. I know he talked about a few things last week, a few weeks ago, about his mental [errors], but everything that he’s doing in practice is showing me that he’s ready to play a good football game.”That’s the key. Because it doesn’t matter how the plays are designed if Johnson isn’t running with the same authority that we’re used to seeing from him. But that seems unlikely, given the fact that he’s still only 26, he was dominant the last time he played a full season and the only silver lining to what happened last year is that he’s more rested than many of his counterparts around the league now. “There’s no pressure,” he said. “We’ve got to go out there and we’ve got to do our job. I think there’s more pressure to win a game. I don’t care how we win the game. I’d rather get the win and have four yards rushing and throw for a bunch of yards and just get the win. There’s no beautiful way to get 200 yards – like ‘oh yeah we rushed for 250 but we lost’ – I don’t care about that. I want to get a win, any means necessary.”That feeling’s pretty prevalent around the Cardinals’ locker room. And it’s likely the same for most Arizona fans. But it doesn’t change the fact that Johnson is the team’s most dynamic offensive weapon – two years ago, he looked like the most dynamic offensive weapon in football – so there’s been a concerted effort to get him the ball more lately.“That’s a big thing,” Johnson explained. “Especially me. I feel like I need to get into a rhythm. I feel like I get better as I get more carries, as I get more touches, as the game goes along, seeing what the defense is giving me. And I feel like when we have momentum, not just me, but everybody – the blockers, the O-line, the tight ends, the receivers – all thrive off that.”
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