Chelsea’s best attack line revealed! Is Drogba right?

first_img Chelsea won the double in 2009/10 1 Veteran Chelsea striker Didier Drogba has hailed the Blues’ current attack force, labelling them the most attacking side he has been a part of.Although he accepted that it will matter little unless they are rewarded with trophies at the end of the season, the Ivory Coast international proclaimed Jose Mourinho’s latest crop of forwards as the best he’s played alongside.That’s some high praise indeed, especially considering the exemplary line-ups Drogba has been apart of in his two spells with the club.During his eight-and-a-half collective years of Stamford Bridge service, Drogba has been part of a side that blew the Premier League away, storming to a record points haul in the process, and featured heavily in the side that bagged a record number of league goals in 2009/10. So is he right with his latest claim?talkSPORT takes a look…NUMBER OF GOALS SCOREDFollowing their recent 5-0 demolition of Schalke in the Champions League, Chelsea took their current tally for the season to a hugely impressive 48 goals in all competitions. The Blues may be well on course to breeze past the 100 mark, but they have some way to go if they are to surpass the sensational tally of 142 that Carlo Ancelotti’s 2009/10 double winners achieved.That year the Blues bagged a Premier League record 103 goals and scored 17 times en route to winning the FA Cup.The 2004/05 and 2005/06 league winning sides both reached the 90+ points mark – a phenomenal achievement – but weren’t known for their prolific front lines. Both scored a respectable, if slightly low 72 goals each in the league.WINNER: Chelsea 2009/10 team with 142 goals in all competitionsSPREAD OF GOALSBy the end of the current campaign, Drogba’s claim may eventually ring true, but for the moment, there is a pretty heavy weighting of goals – in the Premier League at least – on one man.Diego Costa has been arguably the signing of the summer and his blistering start to life in England has been commendable, even more so given his 11 league goals so far. There is no one really looking to challenge the Spaniard though in the scoring charts, with Eden Hazard the closest with six goals in all competitions.When looking exclusively at strikers though, rather than attacking lines as a collective, and this disparity is even more noticeable, with Loic Remy and Drogba recording two and four goals apiece.Once again, the attack line of ‘09/10 stands out, with four of the club’s six recognised attacking players reaching double figures for the season and Drogba himself ending the campaign with a mammoth 37 goals in all competitions.Indeed even Florent Malouda and Nicolas Anelka pitched in with 15 goals each and Salomon Kalou hitting 12.However, in terms of an attack line’s contribution, the exploits of Chelsea’s 2004/05 team just shades them. While three of the six recognised attackers hit double figures that season, they contributed 67 of the overall total of 108 goals, equating to 62 per-cent, narrowly edging out the ‘09/10 attack line, who contributed 60 per-cent of goals scored.WINNER: Chelsea 2004/05WHAT DID THEY ACTUALLY WIN?As Drogba concedes, all talk about this Chelsea side and it’s attack line as the ‘best ever’ will be in vain if the Blues fail to win silverware. Although it is still incredibly early, their lead at the top of the Premier League – while still just six points – is already looking unassailable, but they will need more that just league honours to underline themselves as a true vintage.Indeed the 2004/05 league winners are hailed as a great team for winning two trophies, as well as setting a new Premier League points record, something that perhaps sees them rather than the arguably stronger side of 12 months later as a side fondly remembered by fans.Once again however, it is the 2009/10 side that comes out on top in this regard, with Carlo Ancelotti’s team winning a league and FA Cup double. Although they came up short on the European front – crashing out at the last 16 stage to Jose Mourinho’s Inter Milan side – on the domestic scene they were kings.WINNER: Chelsea 2009/10 – Premier League champions and FA Cup winners.Chelsea fans, who do you think was the club’s best modern-day attack line? Comment below…last_img read more


first_imgA Twitter prank involving players from Buncrana Hearts FC has gone viral after they managed to dupe Sky Sports sources into thinking their friend had agreed terms with Exeter City.Transfer deadline days are usually one of the most exciting in the footballing calendar, with managers and chairmen looking for a quick fix to either rubber stamp success or divert themselves away from danger. It can make for great TV with some clubs forced into panic-buying.Remember 2011 – Andy Carroll to Liverpool for £35 Million and Fernando Torres to Chelsea for £50.While this particular transfer window was a damp squib in contrast to other years, one move which caused quite a stir was the shock transfer of Buncrana Hearts star Kieran McDaid to Exeter City.What started out as a good laugh on Twitter quickly descended into a real-life rumour that had Exeter City supporters and Sky Sports sources believing the move was a legitimate one. McDaid’s mates started tweeting him messages of good luck and tagged Exeter City into the post.The messages were constant throughout the evening and that’s when supporters at Exeter began tweeting McDaid back wishing him all the best at his new club.If that wasn’t good enough for the pranksters the icing on the cake came when Sky Sports broke news of the ‘fake transfer’ on their website. (See photo above)What a brilliant prank, well played boys, Jim White would be proud. 🙂TWITTER PRANKSTERS DUPE SKY SPORTS ON TRANSFER DEADLINE DAY WITH FAKE TRANSFER was last modified: February 3rd, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:buncrana hearts.Exeter CitynewsPranksky sportsSportTwitterlast_img read more

Intracellular Railroad Has Park-and-Ride System

first_imgCells are like miniaturized cities, with elaborate transportation systems ferrying their cargo to and fro (see Feb. 25 headline).  Just like a city may have railroads, busses, cars and monorails, the cell has multiple kinds of transport motors: dyneins, kinesins, and myosins.  Scientists have learned that most of the roadways are like one-way monorails: actin filaments and microtubules, upon which the vehicles travel in one direction.  But what if a passenger needs to jump from one system to another? ‘ No problem; the cell has mastered the art of ridesharing with its own park-and-ride system.    In the Dec. 2 issue of Current Biology1, this is described by Marcus Maniak in a Dispatch entitled “A park-and-ride system for melanosomes.”  Melanosomes are organelles (somes) that carry melanin, the pigment chemical that allows some organisms, including fish and amphibians, to change their skin color to match their surroundings.  For this to work, the melanosomes need to hitch rides either to the exterior of the cell or the interior.  He pulls together several recent findings to describe how this all works:Together these findings suggested how melanosomes might move on actin filaments and showed that this type of motility is required for the even distribution of melanosomes within the cell.  From these main observations, it became clear that, during aggregation, a cytoplasmic dynein motor carries melanosomes on the radially arranged microtubules towards the cell center (Figure 1B), while during dispersion a kinesin transports the granules to the periphery (Figure 1C), where they engage via a myosin V molecule with short actin filaments to be distributed further (Figure 1D).  This switching of transport systems is a kind of miniature edition of modern urban traffic, where millions of workers leave the city centers in the evening on trains and board their cars at park-and-ride stations to complete their daily journey within the green peripheral belt.  (Emphasis added in all quotes.)As if that were not amazing enough, it appears that the drivers “talk” to each other with a communication system:Although the work of Rodionov et al. has moved the field a large step further, there are obviously several issues that remain to be investigated.  Exciting new findings addressing the coupling of motor molecules to the melanosome surface in other experimental animals open the possibility to speculate how the motors may talk to each other on a molecular level.  At least for Xenopus there is now clear evidence that both dynein and kinesin couple to melanosomes via the dynactin complex.  Moreover, both motors compete for the same protein component; this could allow one motor to gain access to the microtubule while the other is prevented from engaging successfully.He describes how this “tug-of-war” competition is actually a kind of way for the motors to negotiate the right-of-way.  Additional factors that attach to the vehicles or trackways may assist in making sure the rules of the road are obeyed.  “Thus,” he concludes, “further exciting results are on the way to complete the picture of how melanosomes switch from one transport system to the other.”1Marcus Maniak, “Dispatch: Organelle Transport: A Park-and-Ride System for Melanosomes,” Current Biology Vol 13, R917-R919, 2 December 2003.Maniak uses the word motor 22 times in his article, which is replete with other urban metaphors: transport system (see 09/26/2002 headline), etc.  Moreover, there is no mention of evolution, Darwin, or of any mechanism that might explain how this elaborate, coordinated, interconnected system could have originated.  Surprised?    Every muscle move you make, every breath you take, every beat of your heart, and every one of your senses are dependent on molecular machines.  The study of biological motors and molecular machines is the “biology of the future” that Bruce Alberts, President of the National Academy of Sciences and editor of Molecular Biology of the Cell has stated more than once (see 01/09/2002 headline).  It was also a biology the likes of which Charles Darwin and his followers could not have imagined.  Had Darwin seen into the future at what Year 2003 biologists would be detecting in life’s fundamental unit, the cell, and even in the simplest micro-organisms, he well could have developed cold shudders (see 01/29/2002 headline) severe enough to have frozen his evolutionary speculations to death.(Visited 19 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

The Top 5 Microsoft Headlines Of 2012 – And The Real Trends Behind Them

first_imgIT + Project Management: A Love Affair Tags:#enterprise#Microsoft#Microsoft Office#predictions#Services#Surface Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Related Posts 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Nowcenter_img While it might be an overstatement to claim that Microsoft news dominated 2012, the company’s drumbeat of publicity around the launch of Windows 8 gave it a disproportionate significance.And Microsoft did gear up and execute on a series of milestones: Windows 8, the Surface tablet, Windows RT, Windows Phone 8, Windows Server 2012, and Office 2013 (at least within Surface). But what are the big trends behind those headlines? What’s really shaping Microsoft right now?1. The Headline: Windows 8Beginning in February 2012, Microsoft launched the Consumer Preview of Windows 8, followed by the Release Preview of Windows 8 on May 31. Microsoft was out in front of reporters and analysts, explaining via blog posts how it built Windows 8 and what its goals were. The company touted how Windows 8 was built for a variety of screen sizes and delved into the touch keyboard through discussions of the new apps. But Microsoft has been surprisingly cagey about Windows 8’s success so far: We won’t really find out the final results until January, when Microsoft reveals its sales numbers as part of its first-quarter results.1a. The Real Trend: MetroIf there was one word that summed up Microsoft during 2012, it’s this: Unity. The Consumer Preview of Windows 8 ushered in the “Metro” interface that will define this generation of Microsoft’s products. Flat, but bright, iconic and ambitious, with a reliance on typography rather than icons, the Metro interface (now referred to, unofficially, as the “Microsoft design language”) was quickly adopted across Microsoft’s other product lines, most notably within Windows Phone, Microsoft’s Web Apps, and sites like MSN.2. The Headline: SurfaceMicrosoft’s big reveal of the Surface tablet in the summer was a masterpiece of temptation: a slick demo, a quick hands-on with the product, then out the door, appetites whetted. Microsoft’s refusal to discuss pricing or even allow a hands-on until days before the product was actually released forced many buyers to pre-order a Surface sight unseen. That, combined with the uncertainty around the Windows RT operating system used on the base model Surface (how close was it to Windows 8? How did Metro apps work? Was Office RT really Office?) probably added too many questions to Surface to make it a real success, although it “sold out” soon after launch. Still, like Google’s Nexus line, the Surface launch taught us that consumers prefer the hardware that the ecosystem builder “owns.” So far, third-party Windows 8 tablets seem to have gained even less traction.2a. The Real Trend: Owning Your Own PlatformAs ReadWrite noted in July, a key lament of ecosystem control is designing the hardware, software and services so that all three work together in a unified whole. Apple does this with the iPhone, iOS and iCloud; with Google’s purchase of Motorola, it can do the same. Until Microsoft decided to build Surface, however, it lacked the hardware component. Time will tell how Surface fares (the price still seems a bit high) but Microsoft has all the pieces of the puzzle in place to control its destiny.3. The Headline: Windows Phone 8Living with the HTC Windows Phone 8X for a month after its October launch taught me two things: Windows Phone 8 is a bright, beautiful mobile operating system, and that it deserves more traction. Yes, there was the “smoked by Windows Phone” viral efforts. But almost more than Windows 8, Windows Phone feels modern and connected, and Live Tile integration makes it fast and easy to use. So far, the general perception is that from a quality perspective, at least, Windows Phone 8 belongs in the same category as Google’s Android and iOS. But from a sales perspective, Windows Phone 8 isn’t really close to competing with the market leaders.3a. The Real Trend: Apps And The WebUnfortunately, apps still remain the Achilles heel of Windows Phone 8 – and, if you consider Windows RT or Metro apps in the same category – of Windows 8 on PCs and tablets as well. Microsoft has made a valiant effort to convince users and developers that optimized apps like “Contre Jour” are the wave of the future, even as detractors sniff that Microsoft’s Web browsers are the least standards-compliant of all. If Microsoft can convince users that Web apps fill the bill, then it can whitewash any apps deficiency. But critics have also loudly begged for Facebook to build an app, rather than an HTML5 mobile page. So far, Microsoft is on the losing side of this trend.4. The Headline: Office 2013As the name suggests, Office 2013 is a 2013 product, at least for consumers. Microsoft began making its versions of Office 2013 available to businesses in early December.  But when Windows RT launched with Surface, one of its more potent features was the inclusion of a “preview” of Office 2013 Home and Student, that quickly morphed into a final version. ReadWrite has complained about the inadequacy of Microsoft’s Office Web Apps, but Office 2013 has been well-reviewed; it just costs more. The year ended with rumors that Microsoft would begin selling Office for the iPad and iPhone, a development that looks increasingly more likely as time goes by.4a. The Real Trend: Office 365 SubscriptionsSubscriptions. The cloud. They go hand in hand. By pricing Office 365 subscriptions more cheaply than the standalone editions, Microsoft has encouraged consumers to bury their Office payments as a recurring charge on their credit card, rather than as a major purchasing decision to agonize over. Google’s cloud services have made save-all-the-time, run-anywhere cloud office suites indispensible, and Microsoft, no dummy, has embraced the concept whole-heartedly.5. The Headline: Windows Server 2012Unless you’re an IT geek, chances are that Windows Server was one of the least interesting Microsoft announcements this year. But for IT administrators, the release of Windows Server 2012 on Sept. 4 was an important milestone. Boasting improved virtualization (Hyper-V) capabilities, the new ReFS file system, and improvements to Active Directory, Windows Server also simplified the number of versions, consolidating them to essentially three: Foundation, Standard and Datacenter.5a. The Real Trend: Enterprise Is The Place To BeFrom IBM ditching its ThinkPad and computer hardware business in favor of enterprise services to Dell’s transition away from “Dude, you’re getting a Dell,” the fact is that tech vendors are increasingly looking to stable, high-value, recurring contract services. Microsoft’s Server and Tools business isn’t Microsoft’s most profitable – that’s the Business Division, with about twice the profits of the server business – but both share high-margin subscription business models. And with more and more users turning to tablets, the emphasis is shifting to the datacenters powering the cloud services that connect these portable devices. Microsoft certainly isn’t alone here, but it’s making a big effort to be a significant player.ConclusionSay what you will about the quality, utility and pricing of the products and services Microsoft launched in 2012. But recognize that those launches pretty much all went smoothly, without major availability issues, bugs or other glitches. We’ll learn the final results – revenues and profits – in the quarters to come. Microsoft has talked optimistically about its successes all year. Come January 2012, we’ll see how well all of Microsoft’s hard work really paid off. Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… markhachmanlast_img read more

Leganes make history with Bernabeu win

first_imgReal Madrid v Leganés Leganes make history by dumping Real Madrid from the Copa del Rey Allen Ramsey 06:50 1/25/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(31) Leganes, Real Madrid Javier Soriano Real Madrid v Leganés Real Madrid Leganés Copa del Rey For the first time in their history Los Blancos have been dumped out of the Copa del Rey after winning the first leg on the road Leganes made a bit of history Wednesday, becoming the first side in history to dump Real Madrid out of the Copa del Rey with a win at the Santiago Bernabeu after losing the first leg at home. The season for Los Blancos continues to fall apart, with Zinedine Zidane’s men effectively out of the running in La Liga where rivals Barcelona are 19 points clear of Madrid. Before Wednesday, the Copa del Rey and Champions League were the best hopes of silverware left for the team and, after finding a late winner at the Estadio Municipal de Butarque through Marco Asensio, Madrid would have been confident in advancing to the semi-finals against a team that struggled against relegation last season.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player After all, Los Blancos had never once in their history failed to defend a first-leg Copa lead at their home ground and Leganes, though much improved this campaign, are still a bottom-half team in La Liga.Javier Eraso’s goal just after the half-hour mark put the home side on notice, as Madrid failed to register a shot on target in the first half for just the second time this season. But Karim Benzema’s equalizer just after the break had Madrid looking like favourites once more. Then came the stunner, with Gabriel putting the visiting side back in front just seven minutes later, and Madrid would never recover. The loss is a brutal blow for Madrid, who face the daunting task of Neymar, Edinson Cavani and Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League round of 16, with Europe’s top prize the only realistic chance for silverware remaining in what has become an unfathomably disappointing season. 1 – Leganes are the first team in Copa del Rey history to knock out Real Madrid at Santiago Bernabeu after losing at home in the first leg. Correction.— OptaJose (@OptaJose) January 24, 2018Madrid will face three league matches against Valencia, Levante and Real Sociedad, before they get their first crack at PSG on Feb. 14, but Zidane’s side will have to find some way to get the ship righted to have any real hope of moving past the French giants. For Leganes, the win over Madrid is one for the history books for another reason as well, with the club securing a first trip to the Copa del Rey semi-finals. They will be joined in the final four by Sevilla, Valencia and either Barcelona or Espanyol.last_img read more