NASA’s most current X-ray telescope rockets into orbit


NASA’s most current X-ray observatory soared into orbit Thursday to reveal insight into detonated stars, dark openings and other rough high-energy situation developing in the universe.

SpaceX launched the rocket on its $214 million mission from Kennedy Space Center. It’s called IXPE, short for Imaging X-ray Polarization Explorer.

Researchers said the observatory — really three telescopes in one — will divulge the most dramatic and outrageous parts of the universe as at no other time.

“IXPE is going to open a new window on the X-ray sky,” Brian Ramsey, NASA’s deputy principal scientist, said this week.

Operations should start one month from now. NASA is collaborating with the Italian Space Agency on the project.


Las Vegas Raiders, K Daniel Carlson consent to 4-year, $18.4M expansion


Daniel Carlson is turning in a fabulous season and the Las Vegas Raiders are depending on a lot more to come.

Carlson consented to another four-year contract with the club, his representative declared Wednesday night, and the augmentation is valued at $18.4 million, which incorporates a $4 million signing bonus and $10.2 million guaranteed, NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero detailed.

Carlson’s $4.6 million every year makes him the third-highest paid kicker in the league.

The Raiders didn’t stop with locking up Carlson, they likewise signed punter A.J. Cole to a four-year expansion, NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo revealed. The deal will make Cole among the best four highest-paid punters, Garafolo noted.

The 26-year-old Cole is in his third NFL season, every one of them enjoyed with the Raiders, and is averaging a league-best 51.1 yards per punt.

Carlson’s in his fourth season with the franchise and has changed over 27 of 30 field goals (90%) this year and made 23 of 25 additional points.

The 26-year-old was a fifth-round selection of the Vikings in 2018, yet was cut during his freshman season by Minnesota and afterward signed with the Raiders, where he’s become one of the best – – and most generously compensated – – kickers in the game. He hit on 94.3% of his field goals last season and has made nine of 10 from 50 or farther over the past two seasons.


Michigan Wolverines offensive coordinator wins Broyles Award for a top assistant coach in college football


Michigan offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach Josh Gattis on Tuesday was named the winner of the Broyles Award, which annually heads off to college football’s top assistant coach.

The No. 2 Wolverines ranked second in the Big Ten and 13th nationally with 37.7 points per game behind a balanced attack that arrived at the midpoint of 223.8 rushing yards and 228.1 passing yards per game. The offensive line led the country in least sacks permitted (10) and was third in least permitted tackles for misfortune (27).

Michigan averaged 6.5 yards per play and 451.9 yards per game, which was second in the Big Ten and 18th nationally. The Wolverines might get done with two 1,000-yard rushers in Hassan Haskins (1,232) and Blake Corum (939).

The Wolverines’ 490 points ranks 6th in U-M history.

Baylor offensive coordinator Jeff Grimes, Wake Forest offensive coordinator Warren Ruggiero, Oklahoma State defensive coordinator Jim Knowles and Georgia defensive coordinator Dan Lanning likewise were finalists this season. Knowles was recruited for a similar role at Ohio State on Tuesday.

Gattis, who is in his third season with the Wolverines, joins Jim Herrmann (1997) as the only winners of the award from U-M.


Sunday Night Football: Chiefs stay on AFC West with 22-9 triumph over Broncos


Only one out of every odd triumph will be pretty. However, the Chiefs actually did how they expected to help a huge division prevail upon the Broncos on Sunday Night Football.

Kansas City defeated Denver 22-9 behind a strong defensive performance. The Chiefs intercepted Teddy Bridgewater twice, with the quarterback completing 22-of-40 for 257 yards and a touchdown.

The second interception attempt was a pick-six by security Daniel Sorensen, which gave Kansas City a 22-3 lead with 9:42 left in the final quarter. That successfully secured the game.

The Broncos made it closer with a 13-yard touchdown reception by Javonte Williams with 5:12 left in the contest. What’s more Denver got an opportunity to get more points late in the final quarter, however Bridgewater was halted 2-yards short of the sticks on a fourth-and-8 scramble with 1:15 left in the contest.

Making his initial beginning instead of a harmed Melvin Gordon, Williams was a clear bright spot for Denver. He had 102 yards on 23 carries with one more 76 yards on six receptions.

The contest turned late in the second quarter, when the Broncos had a 20-play drive yet left away with zero points. Linebacker Willie Gay and edge rusher Melvin Ingram joined to stuff Williams for a 1-yard misfortune on fourth-and-2 from Kansas City’s 8-yard line.

By then, Denver was down 10-3. The team didn’t score again until the final quarter.

However, Kansas City’s offense couldn’t do too much on Sunday. Quarterback Patrick Mahomes got done with the least passer rating of his career in a regular-season game at 57.3. He was 15-of-29 passing for 184 yards with an interception. The pick went off receiver Tyreek Hill’s hands and into the waiting arms of Denver rookie corner Pat Surtain II. Yet, the turnover demonstrated insignificant, as the Broncos needed to punt after three plays.

Mahomes likewise opened the scoring with a 10-yard touchdown in the first quarter.

Running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire had 54 yards on 14 carries. Darrell Williams had five yards on 20 carries in addition to three catches for 60 yards.

Tight end Travis Kelce had only three catches for 27 yards, while Hill had two for 22.

In any case, the Chiefs pushed their series of wins over the Broncos to 12 continuous games, tracing all the way back to 2015. Lead trainer Andy Reid is currently 20-3 after a regular-season bye week. Also Kansas City is currently 8-4 on the season, keeping their hold of the first place in the AFC West.

The Chiefs will attempt to keep on pacing their division one week from now as they have the Raiders.

The Broncos will hope to get back in the success column next Sunday against the no-longer-winless Lions.


Patriots assign Harvey Langi to get back from injured reserve


The Patriots assigned linebacker Harvey Langi to get back from injured reserve. The move opened his 21-day window for enactment.

Langi harmed a medial collateral ligament in the triumph over the Jets in Week 7. He has missed five games on harmed save.

In seven appearances this season, Langi has played 16 snaps on defense and 98 on special teams and has two tackles.

After Thursday’s practice, the Patriots listed center David Andrews (shoulder), defensive lineman Christian Barmore (knee), linebacker Ja’whaun Bentley (ribs), running back Brandon Bolden (knee), offensive tackle Trent Brown (calf), kicker Nick Folk (left knee), linebacker Dont’a Hightower (ankle) and receiver Gunner Olszewski (lower leg) as restricted members.

Andrews, Bolden and Olszewski weren’t on the training report last week, so they have new wounds from Sunday’s game.


European expansion hits 24-year high as energy costs flood

European customer costs are ascending at their quickest pace beginning around 1997. Yearly expansion across the 19 nations that utilization the euro, including Europe’s biggest economies Germany, France, Italy and Spain, hit 4.9% in November, driven for the most part by taking off energy costs, as indicated by Eurostat, the EU statistics office. That is the highest rate beginning around 1997, when the European Union began gathering information in anticipation of the launch of the euro two years after the fact, and up from 4.1% in October. As per Eurostat’s flash estimate, energy costs rose by 27.4% in November. Services expansion was 2.7%. “The surge in headline inflation continues to be mainly driven by higher energy prices, but core inflation also saw a surprisingly strong increase, likely linked to a surge in German package holiday prices,” Katharina Koenz, an economist at Oxford Economics, wrote in a research note. The figures came a day after Europe’s greatest economy Germany assessed shopper costs rose by 5.2% in November. German expansion broke above 4% without precedent for almost 30 years in September.

Dan Quinn will fill in as Cowboys interim coach for Thursday’s down against Saints


With head coach Mike McCarthy out for Thursday’s down against the Saints subsequent to testing positive for COVID-19, defensive coordinator Dan Quinn will fill in as the Cowboys interim coach.

McCarthy told correspondents the news in his virtual Monday public interview. Quinn, who was the Falcons head coach from 2015-2020, has instructed from the stall this season yet will be on the field on Thursday. He’ll likewise keep on settling on edge decisions.

“Obviously, he has the head coach experience of being on the field,” McCarthy said, via Michael Gehlken of the Dallas Morning News.

McCarthy added that he’d since quite a while ago considered Quinn for a sideline trade for this situation given Quinn’s experience. Furthermore, McCarthy noticed that Quinn called cautious plays for a very long time while he was a head coach.

McCarthy will keep on being associated with the team virtually throughout the week.


NCAA reports the development of women’s college basketball competition to 68 teams


The NCAA declared Wednesday that the women’s basketball competition will move to a 68-team field, up from 64, beginning this season.

The NCAA women’s basketball competition is extending to 68 teams starting with the current season, providing it with an equivalent number of members as the men’s competition as part of a concerted effort at gender parity.

Moreover, the women’s selection show will be Sunday, March 13, on ESPN. The show had been on Mondays beginning around 2006, however it moves back to Sunday to oblige the additional games, which will be played March 16-17.

The men’s competition extended to 68 teams in 2011 with four first-round games generally played in Dayton, Ohio. The initial four for the women’s competition will happen in the campuses of teams seeded in the top 16 this season, yet they will move to a to-be-determined neutral site starting with the 2023 competition.

The last four at-large teams and teams seeded 65 through 68 will contend in the opening-round games before the beginning of the first and second rounds of the title, which start March 18-19.

The main 16 seeds will host first-and second-round games. For the 2022 competition, the four new opening-round games will be held at four of those 16 sites. Beginning in 2023, the opening round will be held at a neutral site to be determined.

The men’s competition went to 68 teams in 2011, bringing about the First Four, which goes before the beginning of first-round play. The men’s First Four has been played in Dayton, Ohio, each season besides in 2021, when because of the COVID-19 pandemic, it was held in Indiana alongside the remainder of the men’s competition.

“This was another important step in providing additional championship participation opportunities for women’s basketball student-athletes,” Nina King, chair of the Division I Women’s Basketball Committee and director of athletics at Duke, said in a statement. “The committee was in support of implementing this as soon as possible and were pleased that the expanded championship field will be in play immediately for the upcoming championship and beyond.”

The NCAA women’s competition started in 1982 with 32 teams and became throughout the years until arriving at 64 teams in 1994.

The transition to 68 teams follows other NCAA in recent weeks with respect to women’s basketball, for example, selecting to utilize the March Madness branding for the women’s competition. The progressions come directly following the gender equity report by the law firm of Kaplan Hecker and Fink LLP, which the NCAA commissioned with respect to its championships after disparities between the men’s and women’s basketball competitions came to light in March.

“The expanded bracket and championship opportunities for Division I women’s basketball student-athletes are paramount,” Lisa Campos, chair of the Division I Women’s Basketball Oversight Committee and director of athletics at UTSA, said in a statement. “While the 2022 championship will be conducted at top-16 seed campus sites, this is a transition year for the tournament, and strong consideration will be given for other improvement areas, including opening-round games taking place at a predetermined site, in order to improve the championship experience in 2023 and beyond.”

The Division I Women’s Basketball Committee, which currently comprises of 12 members versus 10 as in earlier years, additionally approved an updated Selection Principles and Procedures document for 2021-22. The document will reflect the transition to 36 at-large teams alongside the 32 automatic qualifying teams, as well as updated bracketing principles language.

ESPN channels will broadcast all games of the 2022 women’s competition.

UConn women’s coach Geno Auriemma said he figures the transition to 68 is essentially “because the men do it.” But he added that in the event that it implies more mid-major and small-conference schools get an opportunity to make the women’s NCAA competition field, it very well may be a positive.

“Then I’m all for it,” said Auriemma, whose Huskies play in the Big East. “If it’s more about getting the eighth- or ninth-best teams in from the power conferences, I’m not sure why they deserve to play in the NCAA tournament.”

LSU women’s coach Kim Mulkey said, “You don’t want it to water down the tournament. And I say that here at LSU, when I might need that 68th spot this season. If it’s beneficial for the tournament and something that should have been done, that’s OK. But you don’t want it going to 72 a few years from now.”

The four women’s regionals this season are scheduled for Bridgeport, Connecticut; Greensboro, North Carolina; Wichita, Kansas and Spokane, Washington. The women’s Final Four is at Target Center in Minneapolis from April 1-3.

South Carolina disclosed its 2021 Final Four banner before the home opener against Clemson. Last season was the Gamecocks’ third trip to the Final Four, which have all happened under Staley’s tutelage (2015, 2017, 2021). Staley’s USC won its first national title in 2017.


Alibaba’s Singles Day sales become simply 8.5%, most moderate pace of all time

Alibaba Group Holding Ltd said on Friday that sales during its annual Singles’ Day shopping furor became 8.5%, the slowest rate ever, highlighting strong regulatory and supply chain headwinds for China’s tech firms.

The Chinese e-commerce juggernaut said sales, or “gross merchandise value” (GMV), over its 11-day Singles’ Day event that finished on Thursday rose to 540.3 billion yuan ($84.5 billion), contrasted and 26% development last year.

Sales had developed by double digits every year since Alibaba established the festival in 2009 and incorporated it into the world’s biggest online sales fest, predominating Cyber Monday in the United States. It changed the affair to a multi-day event the year before.

The results come as overall consumption in China eases back advertisement cap a somewhat muffled variant of a sales festival that Alibaba once forcefully promoted.

Before the sales period started, experts had said they anticipated that Alibaba should report just a minor expansion in GMV this year, refering to easing back retail sales, supply shortages, power disturbances and COVID-19 lockdowns.

The festival, which Alibaba last year extended to a 11-day event with the best deals packed in two markdown periods, Nov. 1-3 and Nov. 11, has become a firmly watched check of consumer sentiment in the world’s second-biggest economy.

This year, Alibaba played down its sales figures and promoted its social welfare initiatives in the last hours of its Singles’ Day festival on Thursday, denoting a change in tone for the highly-publicized event.

Shunning a moving tally tracking transactions that had taken center stage in earlier years, Alibaba encouraged watchers of a three-hour livestream to click “like” and assist with raising 1 million yuan ($156,359.90) for a 200-acre (81-hectare) elephant save in China’s rural southwest.

The e-commerce giant has restrained the marketing publicity in the midst of progressing administrative tightening from Chinese specialists, saying its emphasis was on sustainable development this year.

In earlier years, Alibaba would promote Chinese customers’ demand for washing machines, cell phones, and makeup with a night-long presentation of statistics. However, this year it used its gala to feature initiatives, for example, a program that helps incapacitated people in purchasing clothing and endeavors to use all the more environmentally-friendly packaging.

In any case, the event stays a top draw for a huge number of shippers and customers, with garish deals and live-streamers hawking products from skincare products to sports shoes on Alibaba’s platforms, including its Taobao and Tmall marketplaces.

Alibaba said that almost 400 brands, including Apple Inc and L’Oreal SA, have rounded up more than $15 million in sales each by mid-day on Thursday.

The shopping event comes after a year of ongoing regulatory tightening from Chinese experts in a few industries, during which Alibaba was an incessant target.

The e-commerce giant was fined a record $2.8 billion for monopolistic conduct in April and its founder, Jack Ma, China’s highest-profile entrepreneur, has withdrawn from public view subsequent to condemning Chinese regulators a year prior.

On Wednesday, its opponent Tencent Holdings posted its slowest revenue development since it went public in 2004, hurt by a regulatory crackdown.


Australia adjusts for T20 World Cup with prevail upon New Zealand, yet David Warner concerns remain

David Warner’s structure droop proceeded yet Australia clutched secure a three-wicket prevail upon New Zealand in their Twenty20 World Cup warm-up conflict in Abu Dhabi.

The opener was incredibly trapped in the sneaks past Martin Guptill — who jumped full-length to one side and held a shocking one-handed catch — off the first ball of the innings in a dismal beginning to Australia’s run chase after New Zealand posted a competitive 7-158.

For sure, Australia examined inconvenience subsequent to losing 3-1 — including the prized scalps of Steve Smith (35) and Marcus Stoinis (28) — to slump to 6-115 in the sixteenth over.

Be that as it may, after Ashton Agar (23) was excused with Australia requiring eight runs to win off three balls, Josh Inglis coolly moved forward to whip Kyle Jamieson for continuous fours and ice a morale-boosting win with a delivery to save.

There will in any case be worry for Warner in front of Australia’s opening World Cup conflict with South Africa on Saturday night AEDT.

He has had brief period in the middle since being dumped as captain of Indian Premier League outfit Sunrisers Hyderabad and afterward being avoided with regards to the team totally after two disappointments when the IPL continued a month ago.

Captain Aaron Finch hit 24 off 19 while Mitch Marsh made 24 off 15 to lead a recuperation before Smith and Stoinis shared a 48-run fourth wicket stand.

Mitchell Santner (3-22) took two wickets in an over, consolidating with Trent Boult (2-13) to start Australia’s mini-collapse before Agar and Mitchell Starc (13 not out) hit back, guaranteeing the Aussies required 13 to win off the last finished.

Australia claimed an uncommon T20 triumph without using Glenn Maxwell, Pat Cummins, Mitch Swepson or Josh Hazlewood.

The Australians, who will play another warm-up against India on Wednesday AEDT, have fallen from top spot to seventh in the T20 rankings with only six successes from their past 21 games.

Prior, leggie Adam Zampa (2-17) and speedy Kane Richardson (3-24) did their best to confine New Zealand after Australia won the throw.

Zampa eliminated Guptill (30 off 20 balls) and skipper Kane Williamson (37 off 30).

Richardson additionally gave coach Justin Langer with food for thought in front of the competition opener by asserting the last three scalps, including two in the final over.

The Black Caps got off to a flyer because of Guptill and fellow opener Daryl Mitchell who retired on 33 not out off 22 balls.

Mitchell favored Mitch Marsh (0-53 off four overs), hitting three fours and a six in an over that cost the Aussie 25 runs.

Late hitting from James Neesham (31 off 18 balls) guaranteed a competitive target.