Ronaldo 1 Messi 0 in World Cup duel

first_img0Shares0000Cristiano Ronaldo has taken an early advantage over Messi © AFP / Odd ANDERSENMOSCOW, Russian Federation, Jun 16 – Cristiano Ronaldo has emphatically won the first round of his World Cup duel with eternal rival Lionel Messi — revelling in the adulation after his dramatic hat-trick while the Argentine flopped against Iceland.Messi knew he had to find something special to match the Portuguese on Saturday but ended up squandering a golden chance to write his own headlines as he failed to convert from the penalty spot. Then, with just seconds remaining in Moscow, the Barcelona man stood over a direct free-kick, mirroring the opportunity Ronaldo had the previous evening against Spain.Ronaldo puffed out his cheeks, hitched up his shorts and arrowed his set-piece into the net to seal his 51st career hat-trick and pull Portugal level at 3-3.In contrast, Messi, with the score at 1-1, drove his free-kick straight into the wall, booting the ball into the air in frustration as the final whistle sounded seconds later.Ronaldo, who also scored from the penalty spot on Friday, has now joined an elite group of players to have found the net at four consecutive World Cups.Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi in club colours © AFP/File / Josep LAGOThe 30-year-old Messi often edges Ronaldo in the debate about who is the best player in the world, with both men vying for supremacy on the same stage in Spain’s La Liga.The Argentine is a magician at the heart of the Barcelona team while Ronaldo has transformed himself from a twinkle-toed winger at Manchester United and in his early Real Madrid days, into a devastating finisher.Analytics firm Opta Sports pointed out that Messi had 11 attempted shots to Ronaldo’s four in their opening games in Russia, highlighting the efficiency of the Portugal forward.Messi’s fans say Ronaldo, at 33, is slowing down.Yet who is hotly tipped to win the next Ballon D’Or? Who has just won a third Champions League crown on the bounce? And who is a reigning European champion?If the man from Madeira does pick up the 2018 Ballon D’Or, that would give him six to his great rival’s five, edging him ahead in their personal race.– ‘Winking Ronaldo’ –It is too early to draw conclusions in Russia. The tournament has only just started and Argentina — despite being held by Iceland on the Nordic nation’s World Cup debut — could conceivably go on and lift the trophy.Lionel Messi missed a penalty as Argentina were held by Iceland at the World Cup in Russia © AFP / Mladen ANTONOVBut while Ronaldo revels in wearing the red of Portugal and is feted at home, Messi can too often appear cowed in the famous blue and white stripes of his country.And, amazing as it may appear to many neutrals, he has his critics in Argentina, who accuse him of failing to replicate his Barcelona brilliance.In 2016 he retired from international duty after Argentina’s Copa America final defeat by Chile, only to reverse his decision weeks later.It would be no surprise if Messi retires after this World Cup, particularly if Argentina fail to fulfil sky-high expectations back home.“Messi misses a penalty and somehow, somewhere, I think Ronaldo may be winking,” tweeted former Barcelona and England forward Gary Lineker.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Three trade proposals for the Raiders ahead of the NFL trade deadline

first_imgI don’t see that move on the horizon — as much as Gruden … Click HERE if you’re having trouble viewing the gallery on your mobile device.The Raiders are having a pre-move liquidation sale where simply EVERYTHING MUST GO!Yes, the Raiders are open for business, having already traded Khalil Mack and Amari Cooper for three first-round draft picks.And the scuttlebutt around the league is that coach Jon Gruden would be open to moving quarterback Derek Carr for another first-round pick.last_img

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Occult Cosmology Mutters Dark Matters

first_imgNew instruments and projects will seek to find influences that no scientist understands.Humility before the dark forces: Even the wizards are in dread and awe of dark occult phenomena. Thomas Kitching, lecturer in astrophysics, intones on The Conversation:We live in interesting times. For thousands of years, we have thought we knew what the universe – and everything in it – was made of: normal matter, the kind that make up the elements of the periodic table.However, the discovery in the 1990s of a completely unknown force dubbed dark energy that makes up 70% of the cosmos – causing it to expand at an accelerated rate – has taught us to be humble. Since then, astronomers have begun investing billions of pounds in experiments which aim to find out what this mysterious phenomenon is. What they discover is guaranteed to change physics forever.Put similar words in the mouth of a witch doctor, and the comparison is apt. Kitching goes on to describe scientific tests of dark energy and some proposals for what it might be. In the end, though, he confesses, “all of these explanations may be wrong, dark energy could be something even stranger.” Just keep those billions of pounds [or dollars] flowing.Calling up the dark matter: An article on Science Daily discusses the next 25% of mysterious unknown stuff [MUST] that shineth not. But lo! The wizards with their crystals might see the light. “Bright sparks shed new light on the dark matter riddle,” the headline reads: “Highest sensitivity detector ever used for very light dark matter elementary particles.” The CaWO4 crystal may shed light on the “unsolved riddle” of matters we know not of._________In the philosophy of science, an “occult force” does not have to conjure up visions of witches or magic. It can refer to any unknown entity that appears to cause an observable effect. Gravity has been called such. Alexander Rosenberg, in Philosophy of Science: A Contemporary Introduction, page 85, he says: “Gravity thus seems an ‘occult force,’ whose operation is no less mysterious than those which non-scientific explanations like astrological horoscopes invoke to allay our curiosity. And the same may be said of other such unobservable notions.”For a limited time, scientists can appeal to unobservable phenomena as placeholders for ignorance in part of a larger theory that they feel has merit. This has led to other important historical discoveries, like oxygen and epigenetics. Think of the aurora borealis, or northern lights.  Early humans watching the amazing light show were certainly baffled by its cause. It took years of research into magnetic fields and the solar wind to understand what is going on.But if the appeal to occult phenomena goes on indefinitely, and never finds empirical support, it becomes, like Rosenberg says, no better than astrology. It’s not science, even if scientists are working on the problem with scientific instruments, until it comes out of the darkness.It shouldn’t take as long as it used to. Methods, basic science, and instrumentation have progressed fantastically since the aurora was figured out. These days, to attribute 95% of reality to mysterious unknown stuff should rightly humble our science wizards. Cosmologists have been using the empty labels “dark matter” and “dark energy” for many years now. The most sensitive detectors have failed to turn up anything. How much time do they get? How much money should they be allowed to spend?At some point very soon, they should put up or shut up and get their own money. Better yet, they should think outside the box and question the assumptions of any theory that requires ridiculously copious amounts of occult phenomena. It’s slavish devotion to the big bang that accounts for much of the current occult belief.(Visited 154 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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