Sparks begin life without Younghusband brothers

first_imgMOST READ “We are still in a good position to challenge for the inaugural PFL title,” said Roxas.“The absence of the boys (Phil and James) will certainly make a dent on our campaign but it can also be viewed by all of you as an opportunity to step up and chart your own destiny with this club and for Philippine football.”The Sparks gave the Younghusband brothers a traditional guard of honor before the match against the Aguilas. “They certainly deserve it for what they have done for the club and for their immense contribution to the growth of football in the country,” said Roxas. “We wish them both the very best in this new adventure.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “Wanting them more (to stay) is not only based on the tangible stuff but also the intangible. The brothers knew they could always retire with Meralco and that was part of the reason they stayed this long.”The club official confirmed that they offered the Younghusband brothers, who have been with the club since 2011, a two-year deal “so that we can negotiate again after two years since we could not match what Davao was offering today.”The financial details of the Younghusband deal remain undisclosed, although the same club official confirmed that an agreement between the two clubs was reached last Friday. The Younghusband brothers still had a month left in their contract, but got their release from the Sparks after playing in the 3-2 win over the Aguilas in Tagum City last Saturday.FC Meralco Manila vice chairman Randy Roxas, in his pre-match message for the players, believes the Sparks can rise to the challenge without the brothers. ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Teng records 3rd triple-double as Flying V completes eliminations sweep McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return But while Global will be under the microscope in anticipation of the PFL debut of Spanish striker Rufo Sanchez, who was signed just this week, the spotlight will be on the Sparks as they try to cope with the departure of the Younghusband brothers who are moving to the Davao Aguilas on a five-year deal. Phil and James spent the last six seasons playing for Meralco – a club they joined when it was still known as the Loyola Meralco Sparks in 2011. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Make no mistake about it, the Sparks management did everything within their powers to keep the brothers in the club. “We really wanted them to stay but just didn’t have the financial muscle to match the offer (of Davao),” said an official of the club.  Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur LATEST STORIES FileFC Meralco Manila begins life without Phil and James Younghusband on Wednesday when it squares off with Global Cebu in the Philippines Football League at Rizal Memorial Stadium. The Sparks, who are second behind leader Kaya Makati (27 points) due to an inferior goal difference, can claim top spot with a victory over a Global side that is in fourth spot with 22 points. ADVERTISEMENT ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans View commentslast_img read more

How hagfish launch slime missiles that swell 10000 times in size

first_img When a hagfish runs into a hungry shark, the eellike creature squirts out a dollop of goo that—in just a few tenths of a second—expands into a slimy mess 10,000 times its original size, choking the shark and chasing it away. Now, a new study suggests hagfish can’t take all the credit for this gooey defense. Motions in seawater might be the reason the slime can spread into a large cloud so quickly.Hagfish slime is made up of microscopic pockets of mucus and tightly wound bundles of stringy fiber dubbed “skeins.” When a drop of goo hits the water (above), the skeins inside can unravel into strings several centimeters long in less than half a second.Researchers took a skein from a hagfish and pulled at one end of the thread, watching it unravel under a microscope. Based on the force needed to pull apart the skein, they calculated how quickly it would unravel under different scenarios. Drag forces from motions in water alone can unravel skeins fast enough to explain the hagfish’s speedy slime defense, the researchers report today in the Journal of the Royal Society Interface. Understanding how hagfish slime expands so quickly, the researchers say, could help us develop novel materials and technologies—though perhaps not asphyxiating nets of goo. How hagfish launch slime missiles that swell 10,000 times in size By Erika K. CarlsonJan. 15, 2019 , 7:01 PMlast_img read more