US Navy commissions fifth ship in 50 days

first_img View post tag: US Navy Photo: The crew of the Navy’s newest littoral combat ship, USS Tulsa (LCS 16), brings the ship to life during its commissioning ceremony. Photo: US Navy View post tag: USS Tulsa The US Navy’s 15th littoral combat ship – USS Tulsa (LCS 16) – was commissioned as the Navy’s newest surface combatant in a ceremony in San Francisco on February 16.The Independence-variant LCS is the Navy’s second ship to be named for the city of Tulsa, Oklahoma.The ship has progressed from its keel laying in Mobile, Alabama, to its commissioning in just over three years. Kathy Taylor, ship’s sponsor and former Tulsa mayor, was present for both events.“I have gotten to know the crew of this exceptional USS Tulsa, and I know they will fight when they must,” said Taylor. “I know they will protect this country at all costs, because they know everything they fight for and they protect keeps the promises made to all Americans.”Tulsa will join the fleet at a time of expansion of capability as well as increased demand on the Navy forces.Assistant Secretary of the Navy James Guertz noted Tulsa is the fifth ship the Navy has commissioned in the past 50 days and one of 13 ships slated to be commissioned this year – up from eight a year ago.“Having the right mix of ships with the right number of ships, to include Tulsa, makes us ready to execute prompt and sustained combat operations at sea to fight and win against any adversary,” said Adm. John C. Aquilino, commander of US Pacific Fleet. “Let there be no doubt, that is what Tulsa is ready to do.”After the ceremony, the ship will transit to San Diego to join Littoral Combat Ship Squadron 1 and eight other littoral combat ships currently homeported at Naval Base San Diego.Tulsa is the 15th littoral combat ship and the eighth of the Independence variant.center_img View post tag: LCS Share this articlelast_img read more

Professor researches origin of Star of Bethlehem

first_imgThe story of the birth of Jesus is among the most well-known stories in the Bible, and details, such as the star over Bethlehem that led the Magi to Christ’s manger, are familiar to nearly everyone with some knowledge of Christianity. However, these details, such as whether the star of Bethlehem was even a star at all, may not be fully understood.Grant Mathews, professor of physics, believes the sign that the Magi followed was actually and extremely rare planetary alignment and that the “star” was, in fact, Jupiter. Since 2005, Mathews has been interested in finding a possible scientific explanation for the legendary biblical occurrence.“We looked at a bunch of things — whether there was a comet or an asteroid or a supernova or a nova,” Mathews said. “Historically, it’s possible, but you have to look at what the Magi would have actually been thinking, since they’re the ones that show up and say, ‘Well, we saw this thing. Where’s the newborn king of the Jews?’ And nobody else in Judea apparently had noticed it, so it had to be something fairly subtle, not something bright in the sky.”Mathews said he believes the Magi were likely Zoroastrian astronomers from Babylonia or Mesopotamia and would likely have primarily been interested in the planets, which were believed to determine destinies as they moved. Mathews said first-century astronomer Claudius Ptolemy wrote a book about how the constellation Aries corresponded with Judea. Astronomical occurrences with Aries, then, would have been interpreted as relating to Judea, Jesus’ homeland in modern-day Palestine.“There were several things that happened in this rare alignment: Jupiter, Saturn, the moon, the sun are all there at once and the other planets — Venus, Mercury — are nearby,” Mathews said. “What was significant is that Jupiter is in what’s called retrograde motion, and it actually comes to stop [relative to Earth]. Translating from the Greek in the old testament ‘and the star came to rest over where the child was’ [from Matthew 2:9]. “Jupiter literally comes to a stop in its retrograde motion in the place where the child is born, in Bethlehem, it comes to a rest in Aries, so it’s kind of consistent with that whole description. Jupiter was the symbol of the ruler, Saturn was about bringing life, and Aries was on the vernal equinox, so Aries meant the bringing of spring and the bringing of life, that sort of thing. It had all the significance of a life-giving ruler appearing in Judea at this time.”This theory of a planetary alignment was initially proposed by Michael Molnar, former professor of astronomy at Rutgers University, and described in his 2000 book, “The Star of Bethlehem: The Legacy of the Magi,” which Mathews cites as one of his inspirations for beginning his own inquiries into the Star of Bethlehem and writing a book on the subject, which has not yet been published. After considering other possible astronomical explanations, Mathews believes Molnar’s theory to be the most plausible.“I worked on some other ideas, the comets, the supernova thing, because we had a lot of new NASA archives to scan, but in the end, I think [Molnar] hit on the right conclusion,” he said.Mathews ran his own calculations to determine when this alignment might occur again.“The planets are like cars going around a racetrack, and they’re all going different speeds,” he said. “How often is it that they all line up within this little 30 degree patch of the sky along with the sun and the moon at the same time. It’s not that complicated of a calculation. Assuming I did it right, the next alignment was 16 thousand years or so, but it wasn’t in Aries, and it wasn’t in the vernal equinox, so it wouldn’t have the same significance. I ran it forward, and I didn’t see anything for 500,000 years, so it looked really rare.”Tags: aries, astronomy, christmas, Star of Bethlehemlast_img read more

AP Source: Broncos, Gordon agree to two-year, $16M deal

first_imgMore AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditENGLEWOOD, Colorado (AP) — The Denver Broncos continued an impressive offseason haul Friday by agreeing to a two-year deal with former Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon.A person with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press that it’s worth $16 million with all but $2.5 million guaranteed. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because terms of the deal weren’t revealed. The Broncos didn’t announce the deal but did tweet a clip of King Features comic strip character Flash Gordon, which is their new running back’s nickname. Although his new deal is less than the $10 million annually that Gordon turned down from the Chargers during an unsuccessful holdout for a long-term extension last season, it does allow him the opportunity to face his old team twice a year and to hit free agency again in 2022 at age 28.His $8 million annual salary also ranks fourth in the NFL among running backs.Gordon’s arrival bolsters a Denver offense that has stagnated in recent years and which produced just 17.6 points a game in 2019. New offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur has set out to install a stronger ground game and push the ball down the field more in the passing game with second-year QB Drew Lock.Gordon is an ideal fit. The two-time Pro Bowl selection has three dozen rushing touchdowns over the last four seasons and 47 touchdowns overall. That ranks third in the NFL since 2016, trailing only former Rams running back Todd Gurley (60), who agreed to a deal with Atlanta on Friday, and Dallas’ Ezekiel Elliott (48). Elway has been busy this offseason, trading third-day draft picks to plug major holes at cornerback (A.J. Bouye) and defensive tackle (Jurrell Casey) and luring two ex-Lions in free agency: Graham Glasgow and Jeff Driskel. Glasgow replaced oft-injured Ronald Leary at right guard and Driskel is Lock’s new backup and replaces former starter Joe Flacco, whose release Thursday saved the team $10 million.___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL ___Follow Arnie Melendrez Stapleton on Twitter: http://twitter.com/arniestapleton___ March 20, 2020center_img Gordon, the 15th overall draft pick in 2015 out of Wisconsin, and Phillip Lindsay figure to share the bulk of the workload for the Broncos, who traded fullback Andy Janovich to the Cleveland Browns earlier this week.General manager John Elway has said he would like to rework Lindsay’s contract following back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons by the back who went undrafted after starring at the University of Colorado. Lindsay is due to make $750,000.Gordon held out through the first three weeks of the regular season last year and scored nine touchdowns in his return. His former backup, Austin Ekeler, had a breakout season that resulted in a contract extension two weeks ago worth $24.5 million over four years, including $15 million guaranteed.Gordon averaged only 3.8 yards per carry when he returned last season and totaled 908 scrimmage yards after recording over 1,200 scrimmage yards in three straight seasons from 2016 to ’18. He caught 42 passes for 296 yards and a touchdown.In five seasons with the Chargers, Gordon rushed for 4,240 yards and caught 224 passes for 1,873 yards. Associated Press AP Source: Broncos, Gordon agree to two-year, $16M deallast_img read more

Limiting turnovers helped SU take down one of the country’s top defenses

first_img Published on March 26, 2018 at 11:11 pm Contact Matt: [email protected] Duke surrounded Owen Seebold like a swarm of bees. Once he was freed from one double team, he ran into another.Three minutes into the second quarter, Seebold raced around midfield, dodging from side-to side at Koskinen Stadium, desperately trying to escape the pressure.Seebold kept his composure though, holding onto the ball and escaping any trap. He eventually found an open Brendan Curry on the left side of Duke goalie Danny Fowler. Curry received the pass, turned and ripped a goal to give Syracuse a 5-4 advantage.“Duke doesn’t really let you hold the ball too much,” Syracuse head coach John Desko said. “They come out with pressure and they want to make you make a decision and either get a bad shot or get a turnover. Our guys played pretty poised at the offensive end.”On March 18, In a 14-10 loss to Rutgers, a team that ranks 30th in caused turnovers per game, SU coughed up the ball a season-high 22 times. After losing the turnover battle in a loss to Johns Hopkins the week before, SU tried too hard to avoid turnovers. They played timidly against the Scarlet Knights and it backfired, sophomore midfielder Jamie Trimboli said.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThis Saturday on the road against then-No. 3 Duke, a team that caused 9.3 turnovers per game, SU had eight. The Orange protected the ball, leading to longer and better possessions that allowed SU to shoot and score more as then-No. 15 Syracuse (4-3, 2-0 Atlantic Coast) took down then-No. 3 Duke (8-2, 0-1).Still, Syracuse doesn’t assist on many of its goals. SU ranks 25th nationally with just 6.43 assists per game and it didn’t even meet that number against Duke. Syracuse assisted on six of its 14 goals in the contest, but instead of taking early shots, Syracuse waited for the right opportunities and matchups. Kevin Camelo | Digital Design EditorSU sent players flying in front of the crease as potential outlets in front of the goal, but also to draw defenders and open one-on-one matchups. SU knew it could take advantage by playing faster than Duke could, Desko said. While the ball movement didn’t necessarily boost assists, it tired the Duke defense and opened up space in front of the crease.Before Trimboli’s game-winning shot, he picked up the ground ball because he managed to ditch a defender. When Tucker Dordevic ran across the crease to receive a pass, the defense collapsed on him, allowing Trimboli to slip by untouched and score an easy, point-blank goal.“We were just trying to play big and play fast the whole game and wear them down a little bit,” Trimboli said. “Eventually, things started to pop open.”On the same play that Curry scored SU’s fifth goal after Seebold avoided a turnover, Curry drew a short-stick defender. It did not take much for the fastest player Nate Solomon has ever seen to blow by his defender and find the back of the net. Rather than taking early shots and trying to force scores, something SU has struggled with this season, Desko said Syracuse focused on finding weak links and exploiting matchups.“We wanted to control possession and wear them down a little bit and wait for our best shot,” Brendan Bomberry said.Syracuse, a team that ranked 34th in the country in shooting efficiency — which takes into account goals scored per possession, shots on goal that are saved and shots that miss the cage entirely — put 28-of-34 shots on goal against Duke. Entering the game, Duke ranked third in the country in opponent turnover percentage.While facing a statistically superior opponent, SU protected its possessions and put together its most complete offensive game of the season against a ranked opponent.“The last couple games we held the ball,” Desko said. “We were a little bit tentative. Guys today just went out and played.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more