Djokovic drums support for ATP Cup, Davis Cup to merge


first_img Read Also:Australian Open: Sharapova says there’s still a lot of fire amid wildcard offer “The Australian Open courts, Melbourne Park was always very suitable to my game, and I can’t wait to go back there,” he said. “Obviously, that’s probably my most successful court in my career, in my life, so I love playing there.” Djokovic’s first match in the ATP Cup will be against South Africa’s Kevin Anderson on Saturday. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… “And it’s six weeks apart, so they’re not really helping each other in terms of marketing, in terms of the value of the event.” Djokovic’s concerns were shared by France’s Nicolas Mahut, who said having two men’s team competitions was “too much”. “Obviously, we don’t need two competitions the same way. Two team competitions is too much,” he said. Djokovic does not normally play in Australian before the year’s first Grand Slam in Melbourne, but he will use the ATP Cup to prepare for his attempt to win an eighth Australian Open crown. Serbian superstar Novak Djokovic said Thursday there was no point in having two men’s team tennis competitions and suggested the new ATP Cup should merge with the Davis Cup. The ATP Cup is about to kick off its inaugural edition, replacing a number of previous Australian Open warm-up tournaments with the new round-robin competition.center_img It comes six weeks after the revamped Davis Cup, which also has countries playing each other in a round-robin format, was held in Madrid. Canadian Denis Shapovalov suggested earlier Thursday that the two events – one run by the men’s tour, the Association of Tennis Professionals, and the other by the International Tennis Federation – should combine. “It’s a really similar event and it’s literally back-to-back from the other one, so it’s a little bit of a weird sensation coming from what felt like the world championships coming to play another world championship,” Shapovalov said. “So for me I don’t see why they, the ATP and ITF can’t combine, can’t join, can’t come to some agreement and make just one, really unique and special tournament for everyone.” When asked about the Canadian’s comments, Djokovic, who is on the ATP players’ council, agreed. “We need to have one Super World Cup event, whatever you want to call it,” he said. “That’s not going to happen next year as well. But if the two sides, the ITF, the Davis Cup, and the ATP get together very quickly, it can happen possibly for 2022. “I hope it will happen because it’s kind of hard to get top players to commit to play both events, the Davis Cup and the ATP Cup. Promoted ContentThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made8 Amazing Facts About Ancient Egypt20 Facts That’ll Change Your Perception Of “The Big Bang Theory”8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth7 Reasons Why You Might Want To Become A VegetarianTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All TimeStunning Wedding Outfits From All Around The World7 Mind-Boggling Facts About Black HolesA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?9 Movie Scenes That Got Re-Shot Because Viewers Didn’t Like Themlast_img read more

UEFA changes venue of Player of the Season award ceremony, Champions League draw


first_imgRelatedPosts UEFA returning N259bn to broadcasters due to COVID-19 European Super Cup: UEFA in talks with Hungary following border closure UEFA to allow fans attend Super Cup in Budapest Europe’s best player of the season will be awarded behind closed doors due to the coronavirus outbreak in a ceremony moved from Athens to UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland.The European football governing body said Wednesday that the ceremony would take place without club representatives or media but with the players attending. Bayern Munich’s top scorer Robert Lewandowski is among the favourites to win the award after the club’s treble triumph.Last year, Liverpool’s defender Virgil van Dijk received the award.The best female player and the best coach of the year will also be honoured during the ceremony.The rescheduling of the gala evening also affects the draws for the group stages of the UEFA Champions League and Europa League.Both will now take place in Nyon on Oct. 1 and Oct. 2 respectively. The best player of the Europa League season will also be honoured on Oct. 2.“All parties involved agreed that public health must continue to be the top priority and it will not be possible to organise an event of this size in Athens,” UEFA said.The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre was initially planned as the venue in the Greek capital.(dpa/NAN)Tags: CL drawPlayer of the SeasonUEFAlast_img read more

Fantasy Injury Updates: DeVante Parker, Julian Edelman, T.Y. Hilton, Will Fuller among key Week 15 active/inactives


first_imgWEEK 15 NON-PPR RANKINGS: Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | KickerIs DeVante Parker playing Week 15?UPDATE: Parker is officially ACTIVE. Parker has officially cleared the concussion protocol and is fully expected to play on Sunday against the Giants. He should have a big game in this favorable matchup, so start him with confidence. MORE WEEK 15: Sleepers | Busts | Start ’em, sit ’emJulian Edelman injury updateUPDATE 2: Edelman is officially ACTIVE. UPDATE: Edelman is apparently more questionable than we realized, but NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported Edelman is “optimistic” about playing against the Bengals.Edelman (knee, shoulder) is “questionable” for Sunday’s game against the Bengals, but once again, he’s fully expected to play. Start him as always.WEEK 15 PPR RANKINGS: Running back | Wide receiver | Tight endIs T.Y. Hilton playing Monday night?Hilton (calf) got in some limited practice sessions this week, and Colts coach Frank Reich said Saturday that Hilton will be a “game-time decision” for Monday night’s game in New Orleans. It’s tough to imagine Hilton having a big impact if he plays, but if he’s active, he’ll be tough to sit in a favorable matchup. Perhaps the bigger effect will be on whether to play Zach Pascal or Marcus Johnson, both of which have WR3 appeal as the Colts top targets. Pascal is worth trying if Hilton is out, but if Hilton is active, it’s tough to bank on any of the three. If you have Hilton, don’t hold out for him Monday night if you have decent options on Sunday. WEEK 15 DFS LINEUPS:FD Cash | FD GPP | DK Cash | DK GPP | Y! Cash | Y! GPPWill Fuller injury updateUPDATE: Fuller is officially ACTIVE. Despite missing last week’s game, Fuller got in limited practices all week and said he’s “feeling good” ahead of Sunday’s matchup in Tennessee. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported late Saturday night that Fuller will play barring any pre-game setbacks.Fuller has dealt with hamstring issues for most of the second half of the season, so even if he’s active, he runs the risk of being limited or exiting early. Fantasy owners know the kind of big-play upside he possesses, but he’s just a boom-or-bust WR3 in this neutral matchup. MORE WEEK 15 DFS: Values | Stacks | Lineup Builder Mohamed Sanu injury newsUPDATE: Sanu is officially ACTIVE. Sanu (ankle) is expected to play despite a “questionable” tag, but it’s not a particularly favorable matchup against the Bengals, at least on paper.Moreover, it’s nearly impossible to predict who will see more targets out of Jakobi Meyers, Phillip Dorsett, and Sanu. He’s not worth playing in standard or PPR leagues with a fantasy championship berth on the line. Fantasy owners already know JuJu Smith-Schuster, Mike Evans, DJ Chark, and Nelson Agholor are out this week (and that DeVante Parker and Adam Thielen will return), but there are still several key WRs whose statuses are up in the air. Julian Edelman, T.Y. Hilton, Will Fuller, and Mohamed Sanu are “questionable” and hanging in start ’em, sit ’em limbo until the official active/inactive reports are released. We’ll have the latest injury updates below throughout the day on Sunday.For updates on “questionable” RBs Josh Jacobs, Derrick Henry, James Conner and more, go here; for updates on injured TEs Jared Cook, Noah Fant, and Jimmy Graham, click here; for news on Jameis Winston, go here; for the Week 15 weather report, click here. Follow us on Twitter for more news and updates @SN_Fantasy.last_img read more

Scientists design biomaterial that stimulates growth of blood vessels in teeth after


first_imgAug 22 2018A root canal ranks high on most people’s list of dreaded dental procedures. Although the lengthy and sometimes painful surgery relieves the agony of an infection, a root canal results in a dead tooth with no living soft tissue, or dental pulp, inside. Today, scientists report development of a peptide hydrogel designed to stimulate the growth of new blood vessels and dental pulp within a tooth after the procedure.The researchers are presenting their results today at the 256th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS). ACS, the world’s largest scientific society, is holding the meeting here through Thursday. It features more than 10,000 presentations on a wide range of science topics.”What you end up with after a root canal is a dead tooth,” Vivek Kumar, Ph.D., the project’s principal investigator, says. “It’s no longer responsive. There are no nerve endings or vascular supply. So the tooth is very susceptible to subsequent infection and, ultimately, falling out.”During a root canal, the dentist drills off the top of an infected tooth to access the soft tissue inside. The dentist then removes the infected dental pulp and fills the space with tiny rubber rods called gutta percha and caps the repaired tooth with a crown.Kumar and Peter Nguyen, Ph.D., who is presenting the work at the meeting, wanted to develop a material that could be injected in place of the gutta percha. The material would stimulate both angiogenesis, or new blood vessel growth, and dentinogenesis, or proliferation of dental pulp stem cells, within the tooth. Both Kumar and Nguyen are at the New Jersey Institute of Technology.Kumar drew on his previous experience developing a hydrogel that stimulates angiogenesis when injected under the skin of rats and mice. The hydrogel, which is liquid during injection, contains peptides that self-assemble into a gel at the injection site. The peptides contain a snippet of a protein called vascular endothelial growth factor, which stimulates the growth of new blood vessels. Kumar, then a postdoctoral researcher at Rice University, and his coworkers showed that the self-assembling peptide hydrogel stimulated angiogenesis and persisted under the rodents’ skin for as long as three months.Related StoriesTransobturator sling surgery shows promise for stress urinary incontinenceBordeaux University Hospital uses 3D printing to improve kidney tumor removal surgeryLoose double-stranded RNA molecules spur skin rejuvenation”We asked the question, if we can stimulate angiogenesis in a limb, can we stimulate angiogenesis in other regions that have low blood flow?” Kumar says. “One of the regions we were really interested in was an organ in and of itself, the tooth.” So Kumar and Nguyen added another domain to the self-assembling angiogenic peptide: a piece of a protein that makes dental pulp stem cells proliferate.When the team added the new peptide to cultured dental pulp stem cells, they found that the peptide not only caused the cells to proliferate, but also activated them to deposit calcium phosphate crystals -; the mineral that makes up tooth enamel. However, when injected under the skin of rats, the peptide degraded within one to three weeks. “This was shorter than we expected, so we went back and redesigned the peptide backbone so that we currently have a much more stable version,” says Kumar.Now, the team is injecting the peptide hydrogel into the teeth of dogs that have undergone root canals to see if it can stimulate dental pulp regeneration in a living animal. If these studies go well, the researchers plan to move the hydrogel into human clinical studies. They have filed a patent for the redesigned peptide.The hydrogel in its current form likely won’t reduce the invasiveness or pain of a root canal, but Kumar and Nguyen are planning future versions of the peptide that contain antimicrobial domains. “Instead of having to rip out everything inside the tooth, the dentist could go in with a smaller drill bit, remove a little bit of the pulp and inject our hydrogel,” Kumar says. The antimicrobial portion of the peptide would kill the infection, preserving more of the existing dental pulp, while helping grow new tissue. And the root canal may no longer be such a dreaded procedure. Source: read more