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|The first two rounds of the NCAA men's basketball tournament came and went last week with the usual flurry of buzzer-beating upsets Alex Mack Jersey , tearful losses and busted brackets.
One item that basically flew under the radar was guarantee made by Eastern Washington coach Jim Hayford, who, before his team's first-round game vs. Georgetown, told CBS Sports' Jim Rome, "We're going to win …"
Apparently, Georgetown didn't get the memo, beating Eastern Washington 84-74. After the game Matt Ryan Jersey , Georgetown coach John Thompson III made a point of referring to several sports guarantees from the late 20th century, when such things were socially significant.
During the 1960s, Muhammad Ali often guaranteed not only victories, but also specific rounds in which they would occur. Ali's verbal braggadocio polarizing Americans whose country was also roiling with racial and political conflict.
In 1969, quarterback Joe Namath guaranteed a gaggle of poolside reporters that his New York Jets would defeat the heavily favored Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl III. The Jets' subsequent win paved the way for the AFL-NFL merger, and 45 years later, the league sits unchallenged atop the American sports landscape.
Even NBA legend Larry Bird's locker-room guarantee that he was going to win the 1988 three-point shooting contest was important in its own way. Bird's bravado played a huge role in his rivalry with Magic Johnson Austin Hooper Jersey , a rivalry that helped jolt the league out of a decade-long malaise and into prime time.
In today's media-saturated society, athletes' words carry less weight than Ali's, Namath's or Bird's. Virtually anyone can have a Twitter account, where offensive or controversial tweets generally enjoy 15 seconds of fame before being shoved out of the public's increasingly short attention span by another "shocking" comment.
None of this is meant to blame Hayford. He's not the first coach to guarantee victory in an attempt to instill confidence in his team, and he won't be the last. Tomorrow, next week, next month Deion Jones Jersey , or next year, another coach or athlete will come out and make the same kind of boastful statement.
CAIRO, Oct. 21 (Xinhua) -- An Egyptian military court on Tuesday sentenced to death seven members of Islamist militant group Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis and two to life in prison on charges of planning and executing attacks on the military, state-run media Ahramonline reported.
The attacks, known as the Arab Sharkas case, led to the death of two military officers.
The defendants' charges include planning terrorist operations, shooting at security forces and attacking military facilities. The ruling has been approved by Egypt's grand mufti Vic Beasley Jr Jersey , a necessary procedure in Egyptian law.
This is the first trial against the Sinai-based jihadist group, which claims to support the Islamic State (IS) group operating in Syria and Iraq.
Terrorist attacks have risen since the ouster of former Islamist President Mohamed Morsi by the army last July and the massive security crackdown on his supporters, which left about 1, 000 of them killed and thousands more arrested.
The attacks targeted security men and their premises in the restive Sinai Peninsula and then extended to hit the capital and provinces across the country.
A recent official report said the death toll from such attacks has reached nearly 500, most of whom were soldiers and policemen. The al-Qaida-inspired Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis group has claimed responsibility for most of the attacks.
SAN FRANCISCO, June 17 (Xinhua) -- A new analysis indicates that our sun almost certain had a twin, though not an identical one Devonta Freeman Jersey , when it was born 4.5 billion years ago.
Actually, the analysis by a theoretical physicist from the University of California, Berkeley, and a radio astronomer from the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory at Harvard University provides new evidence that all stars are born in pairs.
The new assertion is based on a radio survey of a giant molecular cloud filled with recently formed stars in the constellation Perseus, and a mathematical model that can explain the Perseus observations only if all sunlike stars are born with a companion.
Many stars have companions, including our nearest neighbor, Alpha Centauri Julio Jones Jersey , a triplet system. Astronomers have long sought an explanation.
Astonomers have searched for a companion to our sun, a star dubbed Nemesis because it was supposed to have kicked an asteroid into Earth's orbit that collided with our planet and exterminated the dinosaurs. It has never been found.
"We are saying, yes, there probably was a Nemesis, a long time ago." noted Steven Stahler, a University of California, Berkeley Custom Atlanta Falcons Jerseys , research astronomer and co-author of a paper already accepted for publication in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.
"We ran a series of statistical models to see if we could account for the relative populations of young single stars and binaries of all separations in the Perseus molecular cloud, and the only model that could reproduce the data was one in which all stars form initially as wide binaries. These systems then either shrink or break apart within a million years," said Stahler.
In this study, "wide" means that the two stars are separated by more than 500 astronomical units, or AU, where one astronomical unit is the average distance between the sun and Earth, namely 93 million miles Throwback Atlanta Falcons Jerseys , or 150 million kilometers. A wide binary companion to our sun would have been 17 times farther from the sun than its most distant planet today, Neptune.
Based on this model, the sun's sibling most likely escaped and mixed with all the other stars in our region of the Milky Way galaxy, never to be seen again.
"The idea that many stars form with a companion has been suggested before, but the question is: how many?" first author Sarah Sadavoy, a NASA Hubble fellow at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observa.