Toronto Maple Leafs’ Mitch Marner, Oilers’ Leon Draisaitl highlight full NHL All-Star Weekend rosters

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first_imgThe NHL’s Hockey Operations Department on Monday named 37 players to four All-Star teams across the league’s divisions.The announced players will play alongside each division’s captains, who were named in an announcement on Dec. 21 . David Pastrnak (Atlantic), Nathan MacKinnon (Central) and Connor McDavid (Pacific) were selected as captains by an online fan vote and will lead their teams in the 2020 NHL All-Star skills competition on Jan. 24 and three-on-three tournament Jan. 25. Washington Capitals superstar Alex Ovechkin was originally named the Metropolitan division team’s captain, but he announced on Dec. 27 that he will not participate in All-Star festivities in favor of resting his body and preparing for the regular season’s stretch run. PlayerTeamPatrick KaneChicago BlackhawksNathan MacKinnonColorado AvalancheTyler SeguinDallas StarsEric StaalMinnesota WildRoman JosiNashville PredatorsRyan O’ReillySt. Louis BluesJordan BinningtonSt. Louis BluesDavid PerronSt. Louis BluesJordan BinningtonSt. Louis BluesConnor HellebuyckWinnipeg JetsMark ScheifeleWinnipeg JetsPacific DivisionGerard Gallant will coach the Pacific team.PlayerTeamDave RittichCalgary FlamesMatthew TkachukCalgary FlamesMark GiordanoCalgary FlamesConnor McDavidEdmonton OilersLeon DraisaitlEdmonton OilersAnze KopitarLos Angeles KingsTomas HertlSan Jose SharksElias PetterssonVancouver CanucksJacob MarkstromVancouver CanucksQuinn HughesVancouver CanucksMax PaciorettyVegas Golden KnightsJacob Markstrom replaced Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury on the roster after Fleury pulled out of the game for undisclosed reasons.The NHL will hold its annual All-Star weekend on Jan. 24-25 at the St. Louis Blues’ Enterprise Center in St. Louis, Mo. The 2010s: Crosby named NHL Athlete of the Decade  |  NHL All-Decade Team13 players — including Calgary Flames forward Matthew Tkachuk and St. Louis Blues goalie Jordan Binnington — will participate in All-Star weekend for the first time in their careers this January. Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane (ninth All-Star selection) is the most senior player currently named to one of the four teams.In addition to these players, the NHL conducted its All-Star Last Men In fan vote to allow fans to select the final players on each All-Star roster. Mitch Marner, T.J. Oshie, David Perron and Quinn Hughes managed to squeeze through thanks to the fans.On Jan. 3, the NHL announced Bruce Cassidy (Boston), Todd Reirden (Washington), Craig Berube (St. Louis) and Gerard Gallant (Vegas) will coach the four teams . All-Star Weekend coaches are selected from the team with the highest points percentage (points earned divided by total possible points) in each division through Jan. 2, the halfway point of the regular season.Let’s take a look at the league’s four All-Star teams for each division.Atlantic DivisionBoston Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy will coach the Atlantic.PlayerTeamDavid PastrnakBoston BruinsAndrei VasilevskiyTampa Bay LightningJack EichelBuffalo SabresTyler BertuzziDetroit Red WingsJonathan HuberdeauFlorida PanthersShea WeberMontreal CanadiensAnthony DuclairOttawa SenatorsVictor HedmanTampa Bay LightningFrederik AndersenToronto Maple LeafsBrady TkachukOttawa SenatorsMitch MarnerToronto Maple LeafsVasilevskiy was selected to replace Boston Bruins netminder Tuukka Rask on Jan. 13.Auston Matthews was replaced by Brady Tkachuk on Jan. 22 due to a wrist injury.Metropolitan DivisionWashington Capitals head coach Todd Reirden will coach the Metropolitan team.PlayerTeamJaccob SlavinCarolina HurricanesSeth JonesColumbus Blue JacketsTristan JarryPittsburgh PenguinsNico HischierNew Jersey DevilsMathew BarzalNew York IslandersChris KreiderNew York RangersTravis KonecnyPhiladelphia FlyersKris LetangPittsburgh PenguinsJohn CarlsonWashington CapitalsBraden HoltbyWashington CapitalsT.J. OshieWashington CapitalsWashington Capitals superstar Alex Ovechkin was originally named the Metropolitan division team’s captain, but he will not participate in this year’s festivities. Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Tristan Jarry and defenseman Kris Letang were added to the roster as replacements for injured All-Stars Joonas Korpisalo (Columbus) and Jake Guentzel.Central DivisionSt. Louis Blues head coach Craig Berube will coach the Central team.last_img read more

Super Bowl 2020: Jimmy Garoppolo devastated not to deliver dream ending for 49ers

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first_imgMIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — Jimmy Garoppolo rued being unable to produce a game-winning drive for the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl 54.The Niners threw away a 10-point lead against the Kansas City Chiefs midway through the fourth quarter, with Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes throwing touchdown passes to Travis Kelce and Damien Williams to put his team ahead. Garoppolo got the ball back with 2:39 to go at the San Francisco 15 with the Niners four points down. A touchdown drive would surely have quelled the doubters who believe he is not a franchise quarterback. He could only get his team to midfield, however, missing Emmanuel Sanders on a long-third down throw and then being sacked on fourth down.MORE: Shanahan reminded of 28-3 as 49ers blow leadWilliams ran in another score to put the game to bed, and Garoppolo threw a second interception to Kendall Fuller in a game where he finished with 20-of-31 passing for 219 yards, with one touchdown and two picks.Asked about being unable to deliver a game-winning moment, Garoppolo replied: “Those are the moments you dream of and everything.””We got rolling on a right note and just couldn’t finish it off,” he said. “It is tough but it’s been a hell of a year with these guys. Everything we have been through from the start, it’s an incredible story.”VIDEO: Chiefs-49ers Super Bowl 54 highlightsGaroppolo was a two-time Super Bowl winner as Tom Brady’s backup with the New England Patriots, but he was on the losing side as the starter in San Francisco.”It’s tough, I mean, I’ve never had this feeling before,” he said. “Kind of an unreal feeling.”San Francisco, with its swarming defense, appeared to be in control of the contest before Mahomes delivered fourth-quarter magic. Niners tight end George Kittle, who finished with four catches for 36 yards, added: “It’s pretty brutal.”It just honestly sucks. It’s not really anything you can wrap your head around. I feel like I wish I had another half to play, but I don’t,” he said. “We didn’t take advantage of our opportunities,” Kittle added. “I wish we had another page in the book. We just didn’t get it done.”last_img read more

Even cockroaches have personalities

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first_imgFilthy, smelly, repulsive. There are a lot of ways to describe cockroaches, but “full of personality” usually isn’t one of them. Yet a team of scientists has not only found evidence that the scuttling insects have personalities, but also discovered that when cockroaches get together, they create a group personality. The group personalities of cockroaches vary, too.“A lot of studies show personality in other invertebrates,” says Isaac Planas-Sitjà, a behavioral ecologist at the Free University of Brussels and the lead author of the study. “But no one had looked at the American cockroach.”Over the last 2 decades, scientists have documented personalities—that is, consistent behaviors, such as boldness, shyness, sociability, or aggressiveness—in a range of invertebrate species, from octopuses to water striders to social spiders. Planas-Sitjà was drawn to cockroaches not out of fondness, but because they don’t live in societies with leaders and followers—social castes that can make it difficult to spot an individual’s personality. “They are all independent, even though they are gregarious,” he says.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)To find out if the cockroaches had personalities, Planas-Sitjà and his colleagues glued tiny radio frequency identification chips to the thoraxes of 304 roaches so that they could track each insect after it was placed in a new environment. The scientists divided the animals into 19 groups of 16 individuals (all males about 4 months of age, because an animal’s age and gender can affect its behavior, making it more difficult to tease out its personality type). Three times a week, the team placed each group in the middle of a brightly lit, plastic circular arena that was surrounded by an electric fence so that the roaches could not escape. Two identical Plexiglas disks covered with red filters hovered just above the arena, creating red circles that the light-phobic insects perceived as shelters. Each shelter was large enough for all 16 cockroaches to gather beneath.Over a 3-hour period, the scientists measured the amount of time individual cockroaches spent inside a shelter and how much time each took to pay its first visit. To see if the insects reached a consensus about where to gather (an indicator of group personality), they tallied how many insects were beneath each disk at the end of the experiment. Their analysis showed that like other species, from spiders to lions, these cockroaches had shy and bold individuals. The shy roaches ran for cover as soon as they entered the arena, whereas bold individuals spent more time exploring, the team reports online today in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B. And the roaches consistently behaved in these same ways in each test.Despite these individual personality differences, by the end of each experiment the groups always ended up crowded together beneath the same shelter. “There is a collective dynamic—a social influence—that dilutes the individual personality differences,” Planas-Sitjà says. “So in the group, you end up with a similar behavior in everyone.” This conformity happens even though the researchers know, based on previous experiments, that some cockroaches when left alone in the arena never dash to a shelter, whereas others spend only a short amount of time beneath one. Yet they change their behaviors as soon as they’re in a group. “Then they all run to the shelter,” says Planas-Sitjà, who hopes to tease out why and how this happens with further experiments.The team’s discovery that “the collective outcome [the group personality] is different from the sum of the personalities is very cool,” says Noa Pinter-Wollman, an animal behaviorist at the University of California, San Diego, who was not involved in the study. “It implies that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.” Social spiders, bees, and ants are also known to have group or colony personalities.“To be able to show group personality as they have done is very exciting and intriguing,” adds Odile Petit, an ethologist at the French national research agency CNRS in Strasbourg. “And they’ve shown that individuals and their personalities matter even in simple animals.” Yes, even in cockroaches.last_img read more