You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here 5Japan741526 UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 The 2016 Summer Olympic Medal Count – Day 9Team USA retains a comfortable lead over second-place China by adding 10 more medals in Day 9.Simone Biles became the first US women to win Gold in the Women’s vault.Usain Bolt added a gold for Jamaica in the 100-meters (his 3rd Gold in the event). Great Britain’s count also increased with help from Andy Murray and Justin Rose. Rose won Gold in men’s golf. This was the first time in 112 years that golf was included in the Olympic games.And Great Britain closed the gap on China and is now within 11 medals of becoming number 2 in the medal count.Here is a a list of all ten Day 8 U.S. medal winners:GoldSimone Biles, Women’s vault (gymnastics)Jack Sock and Bethanie Mattek-Sands, Mixed doubles (tennis)SilverJustin Gatlin, Men’s 100-meter (track and field)Madison Kocian, Women’s uneven bars (gymnastics)Venus Williams and Rajeev Ram, Mixed doubles (tennis)BronzeLaShawn Merritt, Men’s 400-meter (track and field)Nico Hernandez, Men’s light fly 49-kilogram (boxing)Alex Naddour, Men’s pommel horse (gymnastics)Matt Kuchar, Men’s golfSarah Robles, Women’s over 75-kilogram (weightlifting)The Top Ten countries at the end of Day 9 are: Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter TAGSolympics Previous articleOn this day: Woodstock!Next articleEarly Voting Begins Today Dale Fenwick RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR 4Russia9111030 6France78722 Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 PlaceCountryGoldSilverBronzeTotal 3Great Britain1516738 Please enter your name here 10South Korea63514 1United States26212269 9Germany85417 Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom 8Italy78621 LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply 7Australia67922 Please enter your comment! Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. 2China15131745
Stuff co.nz 18 August 2014Rules around how much surrogate parents and egg donors are paid in compensation needs an urgent review, with many New Zealanders choosing to head overseas for costly fertility treatment instead.The Advisory Committee on Assisted Reproductive Technology (Acart) has assembled a group to advise the next health minister to review payments that can be legally offered to surrogate and egg donors in New Zealand.“We are looking at what are the policy drivers that are sending New Zealanders overseas for fertility treatment,” acting chairwoman Alison Douglass said.The move comes amid international outrage over the case of Gammy, the baby boy with Down syndrome born to a Thai surrogate, who was allegedly abandoned by his Australian parents who in turn denied abandoning the child, blaming the surrogacy agency. The case has sparked a government crackdown on the international surrogacy industry in Thailand.In New Zealand, Acart finished public consultation about importing and exporting embryos and gametes in March, which included seeking views about paying donors more.Many submissions raised concerns about poor compensation for Kiwi surrogates and egg donors and said it was the main reason few women were offering to do either. That meant desperate parents-to-be were forced to seek fertility services overseas.http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/10393540/Surrogacy-payment-review-urged
Additionally, New Jersey continues to ramp up its contact tracing program to control the spread of the virus as much as possible. During Wednesday’s press conference, Perry N. Halkitis, Ph.D., the dean of the Rutgers University School of Public Health, said that 1,000 new tracers are currently being trained by the school. “We have to continuewith our social distancing,folks. We have to wear theface coverings. There areno excuses to let up evenone bit. We are far fromdefeating COVID-19,” saidMurphy. “We are in a goodplace to contain it… but it isnot yet defeated.” Halkitis called the state’s contact tracing model “innovative” because it combines efforts of the governor’s office, health departments at the state, county and local levels and the “scholarly expertise” of the Rutgers School of Public Health. Anyone interested in becoming a contact tracer may apply by visiting jobs.rutgers.edu/postings/115779. “Wearing a face coveringis proven to help protectothers around you. It is aproven measure for furtherslowing the spread,” saidMurphy. We should all bein the practice of wearing aface covering by now.” In discussions with the governors of New York and Connecticut, Murphy said any visitors from highly-impacted states should self-quarantine upon arrival in New Jersey, New York or Connecticut. That includes states with current daily positive percentages over 10 percent as a seven-day average, or states with over 10 cases per 100,000 as a seven-day average. FILE PHOTO / JAY COOK Libraries, museums, aquariums and boardwalk arcades are among the next indoor businesses to reopen at 25 percent capacity July 2. He cautioned residents to be extra vigilant when indoors. These businesses will be required to provide heightened sanitation and other social distancing measures. More detailed standards will be released later this week, Murphy said. And like outdoor facilities, face coverings will be required unless customers are dining, or for religious or personal health and safety purposes. “Ours was the most impacted region in the nation and among the most impacted in the entire world. We welcome everyone to New Jersey; we simply ask you to join us in our shared sacrifice to keep ourselves moving in the right direction,” said Murphy. By Allison Perrine The article originally appeared in the June 25 – July 1, 2020 print edition of The Two River Times. Looking to the next line of businesses to reopen, the governor said that as of July 2, indoor facilities including museums, aquariums, libraries and indoor recreation spaces like bowling alleys and boardwalk arcades, can reopen at 25 percent capacity. “We would love to be able to open those things up; we just are not there yet,” said Murphy. “We just don’t think it’s the responsible thing to do.” NEW JERSEY – There’s been a slight uptick in daily positive rates of COVID-19 cases in New Jersey, Gov. Phil Murphy reported Wednesday. But businesses will continue to reopen during the second phase of the road to recovery. In a press conference Wednesday, Murphy announced that the statewide total of positive cases reached 169,892, with 12,993 total deaths and a daily positivity rate of 2.83 percent. At the same time, several indoor businesses will be permitted to reopen at 25 percent capacity as of July 2, with strict social distancing guidelines in place. Other businesses including movie theaters, performing arts centers and night clubs must remain closed for now. Fitness centers and gyms are also ordered to remain closed in the traditional fashion, but may open for individualized training and by appointment only. Indoor facilities present a greater chance of catching the virus than outdoors, he said. The students are completing an 18-hour online training course with basic COVID-19 contact tracing lessons, Rutgers training modules and data collection training with the CommCare system. They will be deployed to health departments across the state. Later in the week, July 6, NJ Transit Rail and Light Rail services will return to the regular full weekday schedule. The July 6 start date will allow NJ Transit to implement and communicate the new proper social distancing protocols to commuters before ridership increases as businesses and offices reopen. More information about different transit protocols are available at NJTransit.com/recovery.
Look into Dr Bergman’s many books, including his recent release, C.S. Lewis: Anti-Darwinist: A Careful Examination of the Development of His Views on Darwinism.(Visited 717 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 by Dr Jerry BergmanIt has long been believed that the sperm tail is a very simple structure, mostly a tail that wags to propel the sperm forward to reach the egg. Textbooks pictured this structure as a simple string like filament much thinner than a human hair. It was observed that the sperm tail produced harmonic bending waves, thus they were said to cause the sperm to swim like a tadpole. The bigger question then was, what was in the sperm head?Ideas about how sperm cells work date from their discovery by Leeuwenhoek in the 17th century. It was once widely believed that there exists a little person inside of every sperm cell head that traveled to the mother’s womb. The womb’s only role was to feed the child as it grew into a baby. This view was called preformationism. Another preformationist idea held that it was the egg that contained a little person that would begin to grow into a baby once the sperm initiated conception.Preformationist view vs modern structural discoveriesWhen it was recognized that the formation of a child required both a sperm (the smallest cell in the body) and an egg (the largest cell in the body), it was realized that reproduction was far more complex than once thought. Next, the parts of the sperm were studied. Researchers observed that the head contained mostly 23 haploid chromosomes. The first part of the tail, they found, contained mitochondria, the powerhouses of the cell that produce ATP. The rest of the tail consisted of a long thread-like structure. That ‘simple’ thread, the tail, is at last now being revealed by more detailed observations, and it turns out to be amazingly complex!Research around 1968 proved that the sperm tail—properly called a flagellum—consists of a complex system of sliding filaments that are connected by elastic springs resembling cylinder-like structures. The cross-linked filament bundles, found both in cilia and flagella, are ubiquitous in life. Scientists also found evidence that this system contains a scaffold, the function of which is to enable the sperm to swim in the hostile environment necessary to reach the egg in the Fallopian tube. It was also discovered that the basic sperm tail design is very similar in most animal species. No evidence was found for it having evolved from a simple structure in primitive animals to a complex structure in higher animals.The Latest WiggleNew research published in 2017 has discovered that the tail system is far more complex than thought 50 years ago. The front design is vital to transmit information to distant parts of the tail to enable it to function as an effective unit for steering and propelling the sperm to its end goal.[i] The system works by complex elasto-hydrodynamics that we can only briefly outline here. Each tail is programmed to produce slightly different movements in order for the sperm to reach the egg. Scientists learned some of the details of this system partly by physically moving parts of dead sperm tails and designing mathematical models of the motion.Any one movement in this complex sequence appears to be able to trigger motion right through to the distant parts of the tail.One mechanism is counter-bending of a passive flagellum that instigates a compensatory counter-curvature in the section that it is connected to.[ii] The researchers found that movement, which begins near the sperm’s head, is transmitted along the interconnected system, creating controlled oscillatory movement along the tail’s full length.[iii] The tail “utilizes interconnected elastic spring structures to transmit mechanical information from the front to the distant parts of the tail, helping it to bend appropriately and ultimately swim toward an egg.”[iv]The sections within the tail communicate by sensing the front of the tail near the section that contains the mitochondria. Each section in turn responds to information in front of it to synchronize their motions. The sperm tail mechanism first creates a sliding motion between the filaments inside the cylindrically arranged structure, producing the tail bending. Movement in this complex sequence triggers motion down to the distant parts of the tail. Even with these revelations, researchers are only beginning to understand what goes on. Phys.org says,“The mechanism of a sperm tail first creates a sliding motion between filaments, inside this cylindrically arranged structure, finally resulting in a tail bending, a bit like the piston that converts back and forth motion in to [sic] rotation of the wheel on a train. Any one movement in this complex sequence appears to be able to trigger motion right through to the distant parts of the tail.“The big question now is, are particular springs in the tail coupled-up to transmit specific biomechanical information, and just [do] these ‘rowers’ self-organize?It turns out that the design of the sperm tail is just as complex as the design of the bacteria flagellum, which is well known to Darwin skeptics as an icon of intelligent design. Both are complex well-designed structures, one located on a so-called simple primitive organism, and the other on the sperm of the most complex organism known, namely humans.This example illustrates a trend in biology. When structures do not seem very difficult to evolve, further research shows them to be far more complex and, consequently, much more difficult to explain by unguided evolution. What appear to be simple structures, such as sperm tails, on further investigation are shown to be far more complex, requiring a good understanding of biomechanics, especially elasto-hydrodynamics.If Darwin were alive today, would he still try to explain such complex phenomena with his theory of gradual transmutation via natural selection? In 1859, when he suggested that all life was the result of slow, gradual variations (now thought to come from genetic mistakes), he could not have known the intricacies of sexual reproduction down to the tip of a sperm tail. Those who know today have no such excuse.[i] “The mechanical properties of sperm tails revealed,” https://phys.org/news/2017-05-mechanical-properties-sperm-tails-revealed.html[ii] Coy, Rachel and Hermes Gadêlha. 2017. The counterbend dynamics of cross-linked filament bundles and flagella, Journal of the Royal Society Interface. 14(130):1-10. May 31.rsif.royalsocietypublishing.org/lookup/doi/10.1098/rsif.2017.0065[iii] Phys.org, Ibid.[iv] Phys.org, Ibid.Dr Jerry Bergman, professor, author, and speaker, is a frequent contributor to Creation-Evolution Headlines. See all his posts on his Author Profile page.
6 July 2012 South Africa led the subregion as foreign direct investment (FDI) inflows into sub-Saharan Africa jumped by 25% in 2011, according to the 2012 World Investment Report by the UN Conference on Trade and Development (Unctad). The report, released in Geneva, Switzerland on Thursday, shows that FDI inflows to sub-Saharan Africa soared from US$29.5-billion in 2010 to $36.9-billion in 2011, a level comparable to the peak of $37.3-billion achieved in 2008, prior to the onset of the global financial crisis. FDI to South Africa rebounded from $1.23-billion in 2010 to $5.81-billion, making South Africa the second-biggest FDI destination on the continent in 2011 after Nigeria, which received $8.92-billion in FDI.Oil, gas producers still dominant Ghana ($3.22-billion), Congo ($2.93-billion), and Algeria ($2.57-billion) completed the top five African FDI destinations by Unctad’s reckoning, underscoring the dominance of oil- or gas-producing countries – South Africa being the sole exception. Another significant African oil producer, Angola, also received major investment inflows, according to Unctad, “but divestment and repatriated profits by transnational corporations rendered net inflows negative”. Continuing rises in commodity prices and a relatively positive economic outlook for sub-Saharan Africa were among the factors contributing to the turnaround, the annual survey found. For Africa as a whole, total FDI inflows declined. However, this was due to a drop in FDI to North Africa, with inflows to traditional strong performers Egypt and Libya coming to a halt as result of protracted political and social instability in those countries.Improved investor perceptions Overall, the continent’s FDI prospects for 2012 were promising, Unctad said, “as strong economic growth, ongoing economic reforms and high commodity prices have improved investor perceptions of the continent.” Unctad’s figures show that South Africa’s FDI inflows for 2011 accounted for 13.6% of Africa’s total, while amounting to 31.8% of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) in 2011 – up from 9.9% in 1995. Jorge Maia, research head at South Africa’s Industrial Development Corporation, who presented Unctad’s report locally, said the country’s investment policy regime was “quite liberal compared to other countries”. “South Africa is not only rich in natural resources, it also has very good infrastructure relative to its peers and very good technical skills,” Business Day reported Maia as saying. Leon Myburgh, sub-Saharan Africa strategist at Citigroup, told Business Day that Africa was outperforming most developed markets and some emerging markets as well. “Given its relatively low state of development, there are huge opportunities for investment across the continent, either for new business or infrastructure,” Myburgh told Business Day. “These are being exploited and will continue to be exploited in coming years.” SAinfo reporter
13 March 2014Two major wheelchair tennis tournaments are set to be staged in South Africa next month: the Airports Company South Africa (Acsa) Gauteng Open and the Acsa SA Open. Many of the world’s leading players will be in action.The Acsa Gauteng Open will be played at the Gauteng East Tennis Centre at Benoni Lake from 23 to 27 April and is a grade one event, one of only 13 such tournaments in the world.Top international playersTop international players are expected to participate in the event, in preparation for the even more prestigious Acsa SA Open, which takes place at Ellis Park in Johannesburg from 29 April to 3 May.The Acsa SA Open is a Super Series event, one of only six such tournaments in the world to hold that status. The other Super Series tournaments are played in Australia, France, Japan, Britain and the United States.‘An important tournament’“It is a tremendous honour to be awarded such an important tournament,” Wheelchair Tennis South Africa (WTSA) general manager Karen Losch said in a statement on Wednesday.“It is evidence that South Africa has been recognised as one of the powerhouses of wheelchair tennis. We expect stars from around the world to come to South Africa for the tournaments, and we hope the people of Gauteng will come in their numbers to support our players.”Star SitholeSouth Africa boasts some of the world’s leading wheelchair tennis players, led by US Open quad champion and world number two Lucas Sithole, who finished as runner-up to world number one David Wagner in the Australian Open in January.In the 2013 SA Open, Sithole beat Wagner on his way to the final where he lost to Andy Lapthorne. With that result, Sithole climbed to fourth in the world rankings and has since improved markedly.Defending Gauteng Open championSouth Africa’s number one female player Kgothatso Montjane, known as “KG”, is ranked seventh in the world, and is the defending champion in the Gauteng Open. She was also the runner-up in last year’s SA Open.Evans Maripa is the world number 15. He was encouraged by Montjane to take up the sport in 2007. Just two years later, he won Gold at the Asia pAcific Youth Para Games in Tokyo.DrawsBoth South African tournaments will have draws of 32 players for the singles and 16 pairs for the doubles in the men’s event, and 24 and 12 in the women’s event, while the junior and quads events will have draws of 16 players for singles and eight pairs for doubles.As part of WTSA’s outreach programme, stars from wheelchair and able-bodied tennis will conduct a special clinic for schools on 30 April at Ellis Park.SAinfo reporter
Westbrook, Biles win athlete of year honors at The ESPYS China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera While the last two flat stages since Monday’s rest day were relatively simple and tranquil for the overall contenders, some still managed to get themselves in bother.‘Nervy’Romain Bardet, third overall at 51sec, came off his bike twice, as did two-time former winner Alberto Contador.“I’m ok, I’m happy to have finished with that stage, it was nervy,” said Bardet.“I was caught up in crashes twice so I’m happy to have come out unscathed and to have finished with these flat stages.“It’s never nice to crash twice — these are the type of days on the Tour where you have to know how to accept your pain with patience, kowtow a bit and wait for better days.”Contador might have been thinking about attacking in the Pyrenees but his two crashes, added to two more last Sunday, have left him looking just to survive until the Alps.“This complicates things a lot for me in the Pyrenees but there’s no way I’m letting my head go down,” insisted the 34-year-old, who is already five minutes down and 12th overall.“When things go against you, instead of thinking of other things or other objectives, you need to be stronger, more determined, and that’s what I’m going to do.“This certainly doesn’t help. I’ll have to wait for the Alps (to attack).” “I have mixed feelings. On that day there was frustration for not being able to go for the stage win, but at the same time I had great feelings and great legs.“I would be very happy if they felt the same tomorrow.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThe 17th stage in 2012 was won by Spaniard Alejandro Valverde by just 19 seconds as he held off the charging Froome and Wiggins.But several times Froome had been able to accelerate away from his team leader, only to be called back to wait for Wiggins, the yellow jersey holder at that time. LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I’ve no regrets, that’s not who I am. I will continue to look forward and in the moment I made the right decisions,” said Froome.Thursday’s 214.5km stage will be crucial to the overall standings, according to Froome, and he’s expecting his rivals to try something audacious.“It’s interesting, it’s going to be certainly one of the stages that shapes this year’s Tour de France being one of the only uphill finishes left now — there are two of them,” said the Sky team leader.“From our point of view, we don’t want to see guys who’ve lost time already getting back into the game, so we aren’t going to let any GC contenders get up the road to get that time back.“But my focus is on Fabio Aru who’s only 18 seconds behind.”ADVERTISEMENT Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR MOST READ Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Britain’s Chris Froome puts on the overall leader’s yellow jersey on the podium after the eleventh stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 203.5 kilometers (126.5 miles) with start in Eymet and finish in Pau, France, Wednesday, July 12, 2017. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)Chris Froome will return to the scene of one of his most frustrating moments at the Tour de France on Thursday.But the three-time champion said after Wednesday’s 11th stage he has no regrets about the day he was denied the chance of going for a stage victory in Peyragudes as he had to wait for team leader and eventual champion Bradley Wiggins.ADVERTISEMENT Colombian Nairo Quintana vowed to attack if he has the strength, although he’s been complaining of a lack of that the last few days.He cracked on the final climb last Sunday and has drifted out to eighth overall at 2min 13sec from Froome. But he too is staying positive.“We’re not far and we’ve not lost hope. We’ll see how tomorrow goes and how the legs are.“For the moment they feel good and we hope they’ll get better still.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend View comments
US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants D’Antoni figures someone will come along and shoot it well, and that player may have already arrived. Doncic is far ahead of anyone but Harden in attempts and makes, and the Mavericks rookie’s goodbye highlight in Europe was a one-legged, step-back 3 that helped Real Madrid put away Game 4 of the ACB Championship series.Doncic smiled when asked about the step-back 3, saying: “A lot of guys have special moves. That’s my kind of move.”And even Popovich, no big fan of the 3-point happy game the NBA has become, gives credit to the step-back shooters.“They are great at it, that’s for sure,” he said. “Take nothing away from them. It’s been developed, it’s used and no one is better at it than they are. It’s virtually impossible to guard, but they perfected it.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “You mean when they jump backwards and travel and shoot a 3?” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich quipped. “I guess it has been made legal. I don’t know. It’s very difficult to guard.”That’s because the defender has to be prepared that the player with the ball is going to drive to the basket. But instead of continuing forward, the offensive player suddenly gathers his feet and steps backward to shoot, taking advantage of the extra space he has created.Curry is one of the most prolific 3-point shooters in history, but he’s also a wizard with his dribble. So whoever is defending him can never quite be sure which way he is going.“Obviously you respect the athletic guys that can drive and use their first step and explosiveness and all that type of stuff,” Curry said. “It’s a tough shot to make consistently, but the guys that do, it’s obviously a shot and a look that you can always kind of count on to create space and knock it down.”There will be more than a few hoisted up during the All-Star festivities.ADVERTISEMENT Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town FILE – At left, in a Feb. 6, 2018, file photo, Brooklyn Nets center Jarrett Allen (31) defends as Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) take a three-point shot during the first half of an NBA basketball game, in New York. At center, in an Oct. 28, 2018, file photo, Golden State Warriors react as teammate Stephen Curry shoots a three-point basket during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets, in New York. At right, in a Feb. 6, 2019, file photo, Dallas Mavericks’ Luka Doncic (77) attempts a three-point basket during an NBA basketball game against the Charlotte Hornets, in Dallas. The step-back 3-pointer is the perfect weapon for the modern NBA, practically a necessity in a game where the ability to find space to shoot from behind the arc is more valued than ever before. (AP Photo/File)James Harden turned to it to become the NBA’s most unstoppable scorer.Luka Doncic has ridden it to stardom on both sides of the Atlantic.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes The step-back 3-pointer is the perfect weapon for the modern NBA, practically a necessity in a game where the ability to find space to shoot from behind the arc is more valued than ever before.“Things have changed and the game is so spread out,” Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said. “All over the NBA and all over the world really, everybody’s stretching the range out a few feet more. The 3-point line is being covered much better than it has in the past so guys are moving back, and guys that can create space to shoot 3s unassisted have a special skill. It’s going to be a necessary skill more as the game continues to evolve.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesBut before guys who belong in the paint start hoisting them up from the perimeter, or taking balls off the rack and shooting step-backs during this weekend’s All-Star 3-point contest, there a few things to consider.Even Stephen Curry said it’s a tough shot to make. It’s fundamentally flawed and sometimes looks like a violation. But nobody shoots it more — or arguably better — than Harden, whose 151 step-back 3-pointers coming into this week represented 15 percent of the 1,006 makes thus far, according to the NBA’s statistics. He dribbles patiently until he sees an opening, then either drives for a layup or foul, or steps back for the 3, sometimes from a few steps beyond the arc.Harden, a seven-time All-Star, league MVP and scoring champion last season, has scored 30 or more points in 30 straight games, third-longest streak ever. Averaging 36.5 points, he is poised to win another scoring title in a runaway. He said he turned to the step-back 3 as a way to evolve with a game that has seen more than 2,500 step-back 3s taken already this season, after there were only 584 for all of 2014-15, according to NBAsavant.com.“I mean, every single year you have to come back better than you were the year before, and for me I had a pretty good year last year. But you’ve got to come back better and come up with a new move or a new package to keep defenders on their heels,” Harden said. “So whether it’s a step-back or a slide step, just to create separation to be able to get my shot off.”Harden has the green light in Houston, though that doesn’t make it a good shot — at least not for everyone else.There are times when Harden launches one where it looks like a horrible shot.He willingly takes longer attempts without fully squaring his shoulders up to the rim, which goes against just about everything coaches taught years ago, and critics watching him shuffle his feet have seen instances where he certainly appeared to get away with traveling .Because of the degree of difficulty, the step-back 3 may only be for a handful of players.Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni compares it to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s sky hook, a shot that everyone might try, but few could master.“Certain guys have certain talents but it’s a hard shot,” D’Antoni said. “I don’t know what the stats are, but it’s a low 20-percent kind of shot for most people and he’s at about 40.”Actually, Harden’s 41.5 percent on step-back 3s was only a little higher than the league average of 39.5 percent, though that could be misleading because so few players attempt them — and the ones who do are often already good shooters. 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In a battle of EuroLeague titans, Panathinaikos Superfood Athens got back to its winning ways, pulling out an 88-82 win over Real Madrid in the Greek capital on Thursday night. Panathinaikos moved its record to 15-11 and improved its chances of qualifying for the playoffs, while Madrid dropped to 19-7 and missed its first chance to lock up home-court advantage in the playoffs. The teams traded baskets often and neither team held a lead bigger than 7 points until the final minute of the game. The Greens were ahead most of the night, but Madrid used an efficient start to the fourth quarter to take a 64-66 edge. That is when Chris Singleton and Mike James stepped up and restored the lead that the hosts held on to in the final minute. Singleton finished with 21 points and 9 rebounds to lead the hosts, Mike James and James Feldeine netted 14 apiece, K.C. Rivers scored 1 and in his return from injury, James Gist scored 11 points in victory. Anthony Randolph was Madrid’s top scorer with 13 points and he pulled down 9 boards, Gustavo Ayon scored 12, while Luka Doncic, Othello Hunter and Sergio Llull scored 10 apiece in defeat.Panathinaikos got an early advantage with a three from Singleton and a three-point play by Gist. An alley-oop dunk by Gist opened an early 10-5 lead. After Llull nailed a jumper and a three-pointer to make it 13-14, Nick Calathes replied with a three of his own, and a three-point play by Singleton made it 14. Madrid played a lot of zone defense and did not allow the hosts to get into a rhythm. A floater by Calathes made it 21-19 after 10 minutes, and James hit a triple to push the margin to 26-19 early in the second. Madrid answered with a 0-7 run that included a three from Rudy Fernandez. A wide-open three from Jaycee Carroll gave Madrid a 33-35 edge, but Rivers had a three-pointer and a three-point play on back-to-back possession to restore the lead for the Greens, who went into halftime up 43-41. After the break, Rivers scored twice and Feldeine had a pair of baskets, including a steal that led to a fastbreak dunk and a 53-48 lead. Threes from Doncic and Randolph put Madrid back in front as the visitor took a 55-58 lead before Feldeine hit a triple at the buzzer to tie the game going into the final 10 minutes. The teams traded blows early in the fourth, and an alley-oop dunk from Hunter gave Madrid a 64-66 edge. But Nikos Pappas scored on a fast break, Singleton nailed a three-pointer and James scored a driving layup to give the Greens a 75-69 advantage . A triple from Fernandez got the visitors within 77-74, but James hit a three-pointer with 63 seconds remaining, and Singleton broke free for a dunk with 45 seconds left, making it 82-76 before him and Ioannis Bourousis sealed the deal from the free throw line.TweetPinShare0 Shares