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Petushkova and Lomas Advance In Doubles Play At SDSU Fall Classic II

first_imgDoublesJordan/Arnold (SDSU) def. Palumbo/Tatarnikova (Drake), 6-3Petushkova/Lomas (Drake) def. Mansouri/Heinen (EWU), 6-0 SAN DIEGO, Calif. – The Drake University women’s doubles team of Liza Petushkova and Joely Lomas advanced in their doubles bracket Friday afternoon to open the San Diego State Fall Classic II.The pair defeated Eastern Washington’s Yasmin Mansouri and Marta Heinen easily by a 6-0 margin.Petushkova also competed in singles action, dropping a 7-6 (4), 7-5 and a 6-2, 6-0 decision to competitors from San Diego State and Denver. Carmen Palumbo and Maria Tatarnikova also dropped their opening matches in singles bracket and will continue to play in the consolation brackets.The Bulldogs return to the courts in San Diego Saturday morning for the second day of the SDSU Fall Classic II.San Diego State Fall Classic IIFriday – Drake ResultsSinglesAlicia Melosch (SDSU) def. Carmen Palumbo (Drake), 3-6, 6-4, 6-0   Tatum Burger (Denver) def. Maria Tatarnikova (Drake), 6-0, 6-2Cecile Morin (SDSU) def. Liza Petushkova (Drake), 7-6 (4), 7-5Hada Chang (Denver) def. Liza Petushkova (Drake), 6-2, 6-0   Updated Brackets/Draws Print Friendly Version Story Linkslast_img read more

OOL Follies: Evolutionists Ignore the Obvious Questions

first_imgIn origin-of-life (OOL) research, any partial solution seems good enough, even if the big questions go unanswered.Stack of Plates Sans CodeScience Now got real excited about a new kind of RNA that, with a sufficient kind of design, can organize into a stack that reporter Robert Service (not the Alaskan storyteller) believes mimics DNA.  In “Self-Assembling Molecules Offer New Clues on Life’s Possible Origin,” he spoke of problems with certain RNAs called CA and TAP that stubbornly refuse to self-assemble in water.  A little tweaking got them to cooperate the way scientists wanted:Unfortunately, in water CA and TAP clump together in large ribbons and sheets and quickly fall out of solution, making it hard to conceive of how these proto-RNAs could have stored genetic information in the earliest stages of life.Now, however, Hud and his colleagues at Georgia Tech and the Institute for Research in Biomedicine in Barcelona, Spain, have solved this solvent problem. The researchers gave TAP a short chemical tail, transforming it into a chemical they call TAPAS, as they reported on Friday in the Journal of the American Chemical Society. And that one change encourages it to assemble with CA to form rosettes in water. What is more, the rosettes stack atop one another, forming long genelike chains made up of as many as 18,000 individual TAPAS and CA components—quite a stack of small plates.Unfortunately for Service, this serves no purpose without a code to organize the sequence of the plates (which don’t even resemble DNA’s double helix and paired bases – the foundation of the genetic code).  He was content to call this “a step in the right direction.”Assault on BatteryTia Ghose in a story on NBC News said, “Theorists are pumped up about their new origin of life proposal.”  This one has nothing to do with RNAs, but rather theoretical natural “batteries” in hydrothermal vents where “life may have gotten started.”  The gaps in one quote are astonishing:Somehow, the precursors of life harnessed carbon dioxide and hydrogen available in those primitive conditions to create the building blocks of life, such as amino acids and nucleotides (building blocks of DNA). But those chemical reactions require a power source, said study co-author Nick Lane, a researcher at the University College London.Ghose seemed close to a solution merely by having the battery, without the need to explain the computer and software.  Live Science asked, “Origin of Life: Did a Simple Pump Drive Process?” but did not offer a critique of Lane’s suggestion.  In its coverage, Nature News didn’t address DNA or codes at all, but exposed Nick Lane to SEQOTW by stating a conundrum:It is assumed that the rocky proto-cells would initially be lined with leaky organic membranes. If the cells were to escape the vents and become free-living in the ocean, these membranes would have to be sealed. But sealing the membrane would cut off natural proton gradients, because although an ATP synthase would let protons into the cell, there would be nothing to pump them out, and the concentration of protons on each side of the membrane would rapidly equalize. Without an ion gradient “they would lose power,” says Lane.Proteins that pump protons out of the cell would solve the problem, but there would have been no pressure for such proteins to evolve until after the membranes were closed. In which case, “They would have had to evolve a proton pumping  system in no time, which is impossible,” says Lane.Lane implies that given some time, the impossible becomes possible, the possible probable, and the probable virtually certain, as George Wald claimed decades ago in a widely-criticized article on the origin of life.  On PhysOrg, Nick Lane swept aside the problem of the genetic code with a hand wave: “Life is, in effect, a side-reaction of an energy-harnessing reaction.”It Rocketed from SpaceIntoxicated by the phrase “building blocks of life,” Tia Ghose looked to the wisdom of NASA scientists who think they found hydroxylamine.  What?  Well, given access to acetic acid, this “white, unstable crystalline, hygroscopic compound” (Wikipedia) whose nitrate form can be used for rocket fuel, can form amino acids, Ghose claimed in Live Science.  And once you have amino acids, can’t you envision proteins?  Again, nothing was said about the genetic code, or even how those amino acids could be filtered into a one-handed population.  Instead, Ghose imagined worlds in collision: “In turn, hydroxylamine could react with other compounds, such as acetic acid, to form amino acids that could be dumped onto other worlds during space-rock collisions.”Get your local OOL researcher to take the following pledge: “I will not publish anything that contains the words may, might, could, perhaps, or possibly.”  They won’t do it because they would be out of a job.  For the rest of us, their storytelling under the banner of “science” is unbearable.For an explanation of why partial steps in their story are of no value, we turn to a quotation from the 5/22/2002 commentary:They took a giant leap of faith. “But at least they were in the lab experimenting; isn’t that better than just giving up and claiming ‘God did it’?” (This is a favorite criticism of Eugenie Scott and the NCSE.) It depends.To illustrate this, picture a large canyon, representing the origin of life, that the evolutionists must cross by building a bridge over it. They think they are making progress when they hire a helicopter to hold a steel girder out in mid-air and say, “We have demonstrated that this girder would work as part of our bridge, if all the other parts were in place.” But what happens the moment they let go of the girder, and the pilot flies away? It crashes to the bottom of the canyon, accomplishing nothing. In their write-up of their results, they might refer to other helicopters that have held up other girders and cables at other points, none of which could have ever hung out there in mid-air waiting for the next piece to join up, yet they boast about the progress they’re making.An evolutionist may retort that they are not holding their girders in mid-air, but building from the sides to meet in the middle. No they are not; every one of their experiments independently cheats by invoking intelligent design (the helicopter or the prefabricated girders), which is unlike what nature would do. To imitate nature, they would have to take their intelligently guiding hands off the apparatus, and wait for millions of years in despair while nothing happens. Besides, nature would only be able to build from one side of the canyon, and would have no directionality or will to aim for the other side, or to build on any previous “successes”. (How do you define success, by the way, without a mind?) Invoking natural selection prior to replication is also cheating; but without it, there is no building on prior successes.Our bridge analogy is actually generous toward evolution; we gave them helicopters and steel girders, which are all designed objects built or manipulated by intelligent minds. The evolutionists’ task is to tell us how mindless nature, using raw materials like iron ore, built the bridge itself, without help, and tell us why nature would even want to do such a marvelous thing. And why even grant them the iron ore? Go back far enough, and they have to explain the origin of all the raw materials from nothing.(Visited 68 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Mandela portrait raises R2m for charity

first_img4 December 2013 A portrait of former president Nelson Mandela has been bought by a private collector for US$200 000 (about R2-million), the highest price ever paid for a South African photograph, the charity 21 Icons said on Tuesday. The money will be donated to the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital, currently under construction in Johannesburg, and the World Wildlife Fund. The portrait, which was bought by a New York art collector, shows Mandela’s face reflected in a mirror. “I wanted Madiba to hold a mirror so that we could see a man reflecting on his life. As he reflects on his life, we reflect on his legacy and our future,” photographer Adrian Steirn said in a statement. Steirn is also responsible for conceptualising 21 Icons, a nation-building project that celebrates the lives of 21 “extraordinary South Africans who have captured the global imagination with their dignity, humanity, hard work and selfless struggle for a better world”. Other portraits in the series – including that of retired Anglican archbishop Desmond Tutu and former president FW de Klerk – will be auctioned in March 2014. The proceeds will be donated to the charity of each subject’s choice. A children’s hospital has been a long-held dream of Mandela’s, and he has actively campaigned for funds for its construction. The 200-bed hospital is scheduled to open late in 2014. Swati Dlamini, Mandela’s granddaughter, said: “To see this beautiful and moving portrait of our father and grandfather raise such significant sum for causes dear to him is heartwarming for our family. And for the project overall to raise crucial funds for so many important South African charities is a fitting tribute to Madiba as well as the other icons.” SAinfo reporter and 21icons South Africalast_img read more

2018 Ohio Water Quality update

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Harold Watters, Ohio State University Extension agronomistLake Erie wasn’t as bad as expected this year with harmful algal bloom severity coming in below expectations — at a 4 when it was predicted at 6. I have seen several remarks as to why. It wasn’t due to reduced nitrogen or phosphorus flowing into the lake, it was due to windy conditions this summer.But we are under a pending distressed watershed order for eight watersheds in northwest Ohio. We will see what happens next February when the Soil and Water Conservation Commission meets again.For the rest of Ohio outside of the Lake Erie Watershed, the area of concern is the dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico. NOAA-supported scientists have determined that this year’s Gulf of Mexico “dead zone” — an area of low oxygen that can kill fish and marine life — is approximately 2,720 square miles, an area about the size of Delaware. This summer’s dead zone size is the fourth smallest area mapped since 1985 and is smaller than the 5,780 square miles forecast by NOAA in June. It is much smaller than the record setting size in 2017 that hit 8,776 square miles. Researchers said the same thing for the Gulf that was said for Lake Erie, strong westerly winds reduced the size of the dead zone.We at OSU will continue our efforts to share with producers and consulting agronomists how to reduce the water quality concerns for both northern and southern Ohio. I think there are new tools that we can put in place to start movement towards reducing nutrient loss to our waters. They are:The updated Tri-State Fertilizer recommendations, data is being shared now for the Ohio portion and it is hoped to be published in late winter next year: https://soilfertility.osu.edu.The updated Phosphorus Risk Index for Ohio. This should also be out by the first of the year. This looks like a neat tool that lets us do some comparisons to show how changing management practices can reduce P loss: https://nutrientmanagement.osu.edu.Application risk management tools. There are a couple of these to help you plan when a fertilizer or manure application is suggested including the Ohio Applicator Forecast (from ODA) https://www.agri.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/oda/divisions/plant-health/resources/ohio-applicator-forecast and the OSU Field Application Resource Monitor (F.A.R.M.) that can give present (and past) forecasts https://farm.bpcrc.osu.edu.last_img read more

Warriors hold off Kings

first_imgMOST READ Kevin Durant scored 13 of his 33 points in the fourth quarter and matched his season-high with six 3-pointers, and the Warriors held on to beat the Sacramento Kings 119-104 on Friday night.“You can see the light at the end of the tunnel for a little refresher but at the end of day we’ve got work to do to get to that break so we have to find a way,” Curry said. “If we don’t build the right habits and have the right spirit around our team going into the break, that could carry over and you don’t want to have that kind of negative energy around the team.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThree nights after getting blown out in Utah while suffering their worst loss of the season, the Warriors looked a little sluggish early before pulling away to even the season series with Sacramento and give coach Steve Kerr his 248th career victory.Golden State also improved to 11-0 in games following losses while spoiling Sacramento coach Dave Joeger’s return to the bench. AFP official booed out of forum NU recovers, beats Adamson in season opener Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises View comments Sacramento Kings center Willie Cauley-Stein, left, and Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry go for the ball during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Friday, Feb. 2, 2018, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Stephen Curry said it’s understandable that the Golden State Warriors are easing up a bit as the All-Star break approaches.The two-time NBA MVP also realizes it’s critical that the defending champs push through the tough times.ADVERTISEMENT Read Nextcenter_img “It’s a lot of stuff that we can correct,” Durant said. “Stick to our fundamentals and we’ll cut those turnovers down. But for the most part I like where our defense was.”Curry added 23 points and six assists, Klay Thompson scored 20 points and Green had 13 points, nine rebounds and six assists for Golden State.Both teams were playing the front end of back-to-back games.Durant, who missed an easy uncontested layup on a drive from the baseline, fueled the win despite sitting out much of the first half following Golden State’s slow start. He scored 15 points in the second quarter on 6-for-7 shooting, had a key three-point play early in the fourth and then helped the Warriors close out the win late.Zach Randolph had 18 points and seven rebounds, Justin Jackson scored 17 and De’Aaron Fox added 16 point and six assists for Sacramento.Joerger, who was called for a technical in the fourth quarter, returned after briefly dropping to his knees during Sunday’s game in San Antonio. Joerger missed the remainder of that game and did not coach in New Orleans on Thursday.“It was a good game,” Joerger said. “I was propping up my beverage over there to keep me hydrated.”DEEP AND DEEPERThe Warriors won another lopsided game despite being without Shaun Livingston (personal reasons), Jordan Bell (left ankle), Andre Igoudala (rest) and David West (rest).“That’s just the beauty of having a deep team,” Durant said. “We could give guys like (Kevon) Looney and Omri (Caspi) and Patty (McCaw) those minutes. It’s an opportunity for the young guys to step up. It’s only going to make us better as a group.” Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday PLAY LIST 03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?02:25Raptors or Warriors? PBA players take their pick of NBA champ01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: 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 City Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH TIP-INSWarriors: It wasn’t the crispest of games but it was a much better effort than Golden State had in their 129-99 loss to Utah. Most encouraging for Kerr’s team was that they rallied after falling behind by double digits early in the first, with the comeback coming while four of the starters were on the bench. That depth continues to be the Warriors best weapon.Kings: Sacramento had a chance to take control early in the game but couldn’t sustain the early momentum. The defense, which helped start the comeback in the fourth, fell apart late and allowed the Warriors to shoot 55 percent for the game.UP NEXTWarriors: At Denver on Saturday.Kings: Host Dallas on Saturday. “When we lose our guys get a little angry and then their talent takes over,” Kerr said. “Nothing magical about it.”It wasn’t easy keeping that streak going.Sacramento trailed by 14 before pulling to 89-88 with 7:55 remaining following three consecutive baskets by Buddy Hield.Omri Casspi stopped the slide for the Warriors with a driving layup, Draymond Green added a three-point play and Nick Young made a 3-pointer. Durant then scored the next 10 points for Golden State, including back-to-back 3s.The Warriors committed 25 turnovers but the Kings rarely took advantage and finished with 19 points off the miscues.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencerslast_img read more

Pacquiao-Horn nears sellout

first_imgManny Pacquiao training for his fight against Jeff Horn set on July 2 in Brisbane, Australia. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBRISBANE, Australia—The drawing power of Manny Pacquiao remans as strong as ever with his fight against Jeff Horn billed as the “Battle of Brisbane” headed for a sellout.“They (Australian organizers) told me that 45,000 tickets have been sold and that they’ve added 5,000 more,” said Mike Koncz, Pacquiao’s longtime adviser, referring to the 52,500-seat Suncorp Stadium, venue of the world title fight.ADVERTISEMENT Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken MOST READ Pacquiao on Horn: ‘I never underestimate my opponent’2.4K viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage What ‘missteps’? ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide LATEST STORIEScenter_img And so as not to disappoint the fans, Koncz said Sunday that Pacquiao needs to score an impressive win over Horn, who may hardly be known globally but is regarded as a local icon here.“Manny needs to make a statement. We can’t go and have a 12-round decision,” said Koncz, who arrived here six days ahead of Team Pacquiao.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutKoncz feels that Horn’s come-forward style makes him ripe for Pacquiao’s picking.“Horn is a great kid. Nothing personal against him, but he is not in the league of Manny, hasn’t got the experience of Manny, probably has the heart of Manny. “But with all of Manny’s experience ad abilities, if we can’t win this fight decisively and have a knockout, then Manny and I need to sit down and consider what we will gonna do in the futue. So it is imperative we have to make a statement.”A knockout, according to Koncz will boost Pacquiao’s stock in the sport, which dipped a little because of his failure to stop an opponent in the last eight years.RELATED VIDEO Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony PLAY LIST 00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: 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 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Pacquiao not guaranteeing KO vs Horn: ‘Just wait and see’last_img read more

Salman Khan at the launch of CCL

first_imgSalman KhanSohail Khan has launched a new cricket team, called Celebrity Cricket League (CCL). The launch was attended by Salman Khan along with a host of Bollywood celebs including Sunil Shetty, Ritesh Deshmukh, Aftab Shivdasani, Kunal Khemu among others, who are part of the cricket team.In a super jovial mood, Salman was happy to talk cricket. “I am a better cricketer than an actor.” Answering a question about his abilities on the field, he said: “I am good at bowling, batting, fielding, and spinning but I cannot swing the ball.”last_img read more

Ravi Shastri appointed director of Indian cricket team

first_imgRavi ShastriThe Board of Control for Cricket in India on Tuesday appointed former cricketer Ravi Shastri as director of the Indian team, which has been widely panned for its dismal performance in the ongoing series against England.Shastri will now control and handle the team with its coach Duncan Fletcher reporting to him for the One Day International series against England. Shastri will also coordinate with chief selector Sandeep Patil and captain MS Dhoni.”In culmination of the discussions among all the office-bearers of the BCCI over the last couple of weeks, the BCCI has decided to avail the services of former India captain, Mr Ravi Shastri, to oversee and guide the Indian cricket team for the forthcoming one-day international matches against England,” BCCI said in a statement on Tuesday.Bowling coach Joe Dawes and fielding coach Trevor Penny have also been sacked. Sanjay Bangar and Bharat Arun have been appointed assistant coaches while R Sridhar has been made the fielding coach.The BCCI’s move to put an Indian on top of the team pyramid is unprecedented. During the 2007 World Cup, the BCCI had sacked coach Greg Chappell, making Shastri the interim coach for the next series against Bangladesh.Here is the BCCI press release on Shastri’s appointment:RAVI SHASTRI APPOINTED DIRECTOR, INDIAN TEAM, FOR THE ONE-DAY SERIES AGAINST ENGLANDIn culmination of the discussions among all the office-bearers of the BCCI over the last couple of weeks, the BCCI has decided to avail the services of former India captain, Mr. Ravi Shastri, to oversee and guide the Indian cricket team for the forthcoming one-day international matches against England.  Mr. Duncan Fletcher will continue as Head Coach while Ravi Shastri will be the overall in-charge of Cricket affairs of the Indian Team.advertisementIn their continuing efforts to re-energise the support to the team, the BCCI has given a break to the bowling coach Mr. Joe Dawes and the fielding coach, Mr. Trevor Penney, for the one-day series, and appointed Mr. Sanjay Bangar, former Indian all-rounder, and former India fast bowler Mr. Bharat Arun as the Asst. coaches of the team. Mr. R. Sridhar will join the support team as the fielding coach for the one-day series.Sanjay PatelHony. SecretaryBCCIlast_img read more

Duke’s Zion Williamson wins AP men’s college player of the year

first_imgThe open-court moves more nimble than his 6-foot-7, 285-pound frame should allow.Even the freak occurrence of one of his feet tearing through its shoe in a fall to the court.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsHandling all that attention became maybe the biggest lesson for the freshman, who quickly became the face of college basketball and the game’s biggest star in years — then fittingly finished as The Associated Press men’s player of the year.“I was comfortable with it because you don’t really have a choice,” Williamson said in an interview with the AP earlier this week. “I think if you try to force it out, then it’s going to bother you. … My mom just told me to look at it as a lot of kids would wish to be in my position, so if it does bother me, I just think about it like that.” Williamson said there’s “obviously a high possibility” he enters the draft but he’s not ready to make anything official as he enjoys being a college student a little longer with plans on taking summer classes toward a degree.Williamson said he has no regrets, calling the season “the most fun I’ve ever had in my life.”“My mom would tell me, ‘College is something you don’t want to miss out on’ because not only have I enjoyed the basketball side of coming to Duke, I’ve enjoyed being a student here just as much,” Williamson said. “The relationships I’ve built with the students here — like talking to kids I guess people wouldn’t picture me talking to, hanging out with them — it’s bigger than basketball.”VOTING BREAKDOWNZion Williamson, Duke — 59R.J. Barrett, Duke — 2De’Andre Hunter, Virginia — 1Ja Morant, Murray State — 1Cassius Winston, Michigan State — 1 DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew There was the charisma, too. He projected a self-assured ease amid the crush of postgame interviews, even routinely having walk-on Mike Buckmire join him as a wingman as though bringing his teammate into his unique orbit. “It’s been remarkable what he’s done,” said North Carolina coach Roy Williams, who recruited Williamson. “There hasn’t been many guys like that to come down the road. So the attention he’s gotten, I think he’d deserved. … He’s driven a different ship.”That February shoe blowout illustrated just how different.Williamson missed nearly six full games after injuring his knee in the fall, which had his left foot sticking through the side of his Paul George signature shoe from Nike. The bizarre image wounded Nike’s day-after stock price and had some arguing that he shouldn’t return to protect his pro stock.That was never an option for Williamson. He returned in the ACC Tournament sporting a reinforced pair of Kyrie Irving Nikes, which followed Nike representatives visiting Duke’s campus to sort out what went wrong.The unusual moments of stardom didn’t stop there, either.“Cars will be driving by (on campus) and I mean, they’ll just stop,” Williamson said with a chuckle. “In the middle of the road. And people will jump out of the car and get pictures. I’m looking at my watch, I have two minutes to get to class and my class is a five-minute walk. … I’ll look at them and they’ll be so high, I’m like, ’Yeah, I got you, I’ll take the picture.”He also frequently encountered Duke fans waiting near the practice gym for autographs.“You’ve got 20 minutes before that clock starts for practice, you’ve got like 20 people outside,” Williamson said. “You’re like, ‘I don’t think I can do this.’ So then it comes down to: do I say no? Or do I tell them to wait?“I’ve been in a lot of situations. Sometimes they understood, other times they weren’t so accepting of it. But I guess that’s part of life.” Williamson claimed 59 of 64 votes from AP Top 25 voters before the NCAA Tournament in results released Friday. Freshman teammate RJ Barrett earned two votes as a fellow AP first-team All-American, while Virginia’s De’Andre Hunter, Michigan State’s Cassius Winston and Murray State’s Ja Morant each earned one vote.Williamson had hoped to be in Minneapolis preparing for Saturday’s national semifinals like Hunter and Winston. But the Blue Devils fell to Winston’s Spartans in the Elite Eight as the top overall seed.“I was just telling (teammates) don’t let nobody tell you this season was a disappointment, because people have got to understand it’s March Madness,” he said, adding: “I mean, winning the championship is not a cakewalk.”In a likely one-year college stop for a possible top overall NBA draft pick, the 18-year-old Williamson averaged 22.6 points and 8.9 rebounds while ranking second nationally by shooting 68%. He also ranked among the Atlantic Coast Conference leaders in steals (2.12) and blocks (1.79).Williamson’s play was marked by breathtaking athleticism to go by, through and over anyone to get the ball (look at his personal-favorite 360-degree dunk against Clemson or his rapid-closeout swat of Hunter’s shot at Virginia for proof).ADVERTISEMENT Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READ Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power gridcenter_img LATEST STORIES Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Duke freshman Zion Williamson answers questions at a news conference where he was awarded the Associated Press men’s college basketball player of the year award at the Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament, Friday, April 5, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)MINNEAPOLIS — Just about everything Zion Williamson did at Duke created a highlight or headline in a spectacle of a season.The soaring dunks.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View comments Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Philippines bows to Thailand anew in Davis Cuplast_img read more