NBA preseason wraps up, regular season starts Tuesday

first_imgThe regular season begins Tuesday with Boston hosting Philadelphia, followed by Oklahoma City visiting defending champion Golden State.NETS 113, KNICKS 107Spencer Dinwiddie scored 19 points, D’Angelo Russell had 18 points and eight assists, and the Nets held on for a split of the preseason series with the Knicks.Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 18 points for the Knicks but departed with a sprained left wrist. The Knicks said X-rays were negative.The teams meet again on Oct. 19 in the Nets’ home opener.ADVERTISEMENT LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – OCTOBER 10: LeBron James #23 and Lance Stephenson #6 of the Los Angeles Lakers celebrate after James made a shot against the Golden State Warriors and was fouled during their preseason game at T-Mobile Arena on October 10, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Lakers defeated the Warriors 123-113. Ethan Miller/Getty Images/AFPFrom LeBron James’ arrival in Los Angeles to Jimmy Butler’s desire to leave Minnesota, it’s been an eventful NBA preseason.It was a rocky one for the Timberwolves, who spent most of it dealing with the Butler drama and finished it dealing with Giannis Antetokounmpo, who had 32 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists in just 25 minutes of Milwaukee’s 143-121 romp.ADVERTISEMENT Jeremy Lin had 20 points off the bench for Atlanta, which had 24 turnovers.HAWKS: First-round Trae Young pick Trae Young scored 11 points, making 2 of 3 from distance. He had five assists and two turnovers, finishing the preseason with 5 assists and 11 turnovers.HEAT: Bam Adebayo, last year’s No. 1 pick, had nine points and eight rebounds in 23 minutes off the bench. 3 of 17 from 3 at half, down 13UP NEXT: Atlanta (2-3) plays at New York on Wednesday. … Miami (3-3) plays at Orlando on Wednesday.NUGGETS 98, BULLS 93Gary Harris scored 18 points and Jamal Murray added 17 as Denver won at Chicago. Nikola Jokic backed up the two second-year players with 15 points, seven rebounds, five assists and two steals.The Bulls closed within 88-87 with 4:09 to play as Jabari Parker, who scored 19 points, scored eight straight.NUGGETS: Juan Hernangomez only had 3 points but it was his trey just before Parker’s run that gave the Nuggets a nine-point lead. He also blocked Cristiano Felicio’s layup attempt with 2:42 and the lead at two.BULLS: Point guard Kris Dunn had two points, three assists and six turnovers in 22 minutes. Denver scored 20 points off turnovers, 19 in the first half. First-round draft pick Wendell Carter Jr. had 10 points and nine rebounds.UP NEXT: Denver (4-1) plays at the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday. … Chicago (2-3) plays at Philadelphia on Thursday. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew ROCKETS 121, GRIZZLIES 103James Harden scored 23 points and Chris Paul and Clint Capela had double-doubles as Houston cruised at Memphis. Paul had 14 points and 11 assists and Capela 12 points with13 rebounds. Seven players scored in double figures for Houston, which made 20 of 47 3-pointers.First-round draft pick Jaren Jackson Jr. led the Rockets with 18 points in 21 minutes.ROCKETS: Carmello Anthony was 3 for 10 in 26 minutes as a reserve. He had 10 points, making 3 of 6 from long range, and averaged 13 points on four games.GRIZZLIES: Second-round pick Jevon Carter was scoreless in three minutes.UP NEXT: Houston (4-1) hosts New Orleans on Wednesday. … Memphis (2-3) plays at Indiana on WednesdayBUCKS 143, TIMBERWOLVES 121Giannis Antetokounmpo 32 points on 13-of-17 shooting, 12 rebounds and 10 assists as Milwaukee rolled at home. He had 14 points in the first quarter as the Bucks took a 43-27 lead and 28 at at the half when it was 84-53.Taj Gibson had 21 points for the Timberwolves.TIMBERWOLVES: In addition to missing Butler, Andrew Wiggins did not make the trip for personal reasons. First-round pick Josh Okogie scored 11 points, his high for the preseason. Second-round pick Keita Bates-Diop added eight points. LATEST STORIES Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college BUCKS: Went 25 of 38 from 3-point range with Khris Middleton, who had 22 points, going 5 of 8. First-round pick Donte DiVincenzo had five points, giving him 31 in four preseason games.UP NEXT: Minnesota (1-4) plays at San Antonio on Wednesday. … Milwaukee (3-1) plays at Charlotte on Wednesday.TRAIL BLAZERS 118, KINGS 115C.J. McCollum scored 21 points, Zach Collins had a double-double and Portland held off the Kings after Frank Mason III missed a runner as time ran out. Collins, a first-round pick last year, had 15 points and 10 rebounds. Reserves Meyers Leonard had 17 points and Nik Stauskas 15.All five starters scored in double figures for Sacramento with Buddy Hield and Yogi Ferrell scoring 19 apiece and second overall pick Marvin Bagley III adding 15.KINGS: Although it was a loss, it was a pretty good bounce back after a 132-93 loss at Utah on Thursday. … Bagley averaged 14.2 points an 7.8 rebounds in five preseason games.TRAIL BLAZERS: Damian Lillard went 2 for 10 from the field and scored seven points. … First-round pick Anfernee Simons, expected to play in the D League, missed his only shot in five minutes of play but he had 26 points in the four previous games.UP NEXT: Sacramento (2-4) hosts Utah on Wednesday night. … Portland (3-2) hosts the Lakers on Thursday.LAKERS 119, WARRIORS 105Rookie Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk scored 22 points, Kyle Kuzma added 19 and the Lakers beat the Warriors for the second time in three nights. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Rookie Devin Robinson scored 23 points, 15th overall pick Troy Brown Jr. added 21 and the Wizards spoiled Marreese Speights’ 41-point outburst.Speights was 13-of-27 shooting, with seven 3-pointers, for Chinese Basketball Association’s Guangzhou Long-Lions. He also grabbed eight rebounds in 40 minutes.LONG-LIONS: Speights, who won a championship with the Golden State Warriors in 2015, scored 16 of his teams’ 37 first-quarter points. He was 6 of 8 from the field to help the Long-Lions stay close at 38-37. He finished the half 7 of 10 for 20 points and he had 34 points at the end of the third quarter. … The Long-Lions were 19 of 41 from 3-point range.WIZARDS: Otto Porter Jr. and Ian Mahinmi each scored 11 points in the first quarter, and Washington took control in the second quarter — outscoring the Long-Lions 34-17. The Wizards shot 61 percent in the half, and broke the century mark in the third quarter, leading 107-85. … Washington star guards John Wall and Bradley Beal did not play.UP NEXT: Washington (4-1) hosts Miami on Thursday.HORNETS 123, MAVERICKS 118Kemba Walker and Jeremy Lamb each made three of Charlotte’s 19 3-pointers.Walker scored 13 points in 17 minutes, Lamb added 11 points and rookie Miles Bridges had 13 points and seven rebounds.DeAndre Jordan had 18 points and 12 rebounds, and Luka Doncic also scored 18 for Dallas, which recently returned from two games in China.HORNETS: Malik Monk banked in a 3-pointer from beyond midcourt just before the first-quarter buzzer to pull Charlotte within 35-29. The teams, who entered averaging 30-plus 3-point attempts, combined to make 11 3-pointers in the first quarter. The Hornets led 58-53 at halftime behind Walker’s 13 points. MAVERICKS: Jordan had 11 points and nine rebounds in 18 first-half minutes. Doncic made three 3-pointers in the half and scored 11 points.UP NEXT: Charlotte (4-1) hosts Milwaukee on Wednesday. Dallas (2-2) plays at Phoenix on Wednesday.PISTONS 129, CAVALIERS 110Detroit’s big men dominated in East Lansing. Blake Griffin scored 29 points, Andre Drummond added 21 and the Pistons made 21 3-pointers at Michigan State’s Jack Breslin Student Events Center.Rodney Hood led Cleveland with 21 points, 11 coming from the free-throw line.PISTONS: Griffin and Reggie Jackson had eight points apiece in the first quarter as Detroit led 35-30. The Pistons extended it to 69-60 by halftime. Griffin had 19 points and five assists in 16 first-half minutes and Drummond added 16 points with six rebounds in 19 minutes. … Ish Smith beat the third-quarter buzzer with a 3-ponter from the wing to extend Detroit’s lead to 99-91.CAVALIERS: George Hill added 14 points and Tristan Thompson had 13 points and nine rebounds.UP NEXT: Detroit (2-3) host Brooklyn on Wednesday. Cleveland (2-2) plays at Toronto on Wednesday.HEAT 119, HAWKS 113Josh Richardson scored 24 points and the Heat rallied from a 13-point halftime deficit with a 66-point second half against visiting Atlanta. Miami won despite going 7 of 31 from 3-point range and committing 23 turnovers. Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PBA Board ‘unanimously’ agrees against trade of No. 1 pick Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Klay Thompson scored 21 points in the first half for the Warriors. Stephen Curry added 16 points. The duo combined for seven 3-pointers.LAKERS: Rajon Rondo and LeBron James sat out. … Mykhailiuk was 8 of 18 from the field and fellow rookie Johnathan Williams had 14 points and 12 rebounds.WARRIORS: Every fan attending the game at the SAP Center in San Jose received a Kevin Durant San Jose Sharks-themed bobblehead. But he did not play. … Curry scored all of his points in the first quarter when the Warriors built a 38-29 lead. Thompson had 14 in the second quarter when the lead reached 65-54 at halftime. Both sat out the second half.UP NEXT: Los Angeles Lakers (3-3) play at Portland on Thursday. Golden State (1-4) hosts Oklahoma City on Tuesday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next NETS: Joe Harris scored 16 points and Caris LeVert had 14. … The Nets were without starters Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (left groin strain), DeMarre Carroll (ankle) and Allen Crabbe (left ankle sprain). Coach Kenny Atkinson said Hollis-Jefferson, who didn’t play in the preseason, played 5-on-5 earlier Friday and hoped the forward would be ready for opening night. Crabbe was hurt during the preseason, with Atkinson saying his injury was mild. … G Shabazz Napier (right hamstring strain) has missed the entire preseason and Atkinson said there was no update on his condition.KNICKS: Mario Hezonja scored 14 points and Noah Vonleh finished with 13. … Luke Kornet made three 3-pointers in the fourth quarter as the Knicks cut a 21-point deficit down to four in the closing minutes. … Ron Baker started at point guard, with coach David Fizdale saying he is still undecided who his starter on opening night would be at that position. … Second-round pick Mitchell Robinson started at center after missing the last two games with a sprained right ankle. … Trey Burke hit from about midcourt at the buzzer to end the first quarter.UP NEXT: Brooklyn (2-2) visits Detroit on Wednesday in its season opener. New York (3-2) hosts Atlanta the same night.SPURS 100, MAGIC 81DeMar DeRozan scored 20 points, nine coming from the line, LaMarcus Aldridge had 13 points and 15 rebound and the injury-riddled Spurs reached the century mark for the fourth time this preseason.Evan Fournier led the Magic with 23 points.SPURS: The injuries are adding up for the Spurs as Rudy Gay (heel) and Derrick White missed the game. White underwent an MRI examination Thursday that revealed a left plantar fascia tear. … San Antonio held Orlando to 10 first-quarter points, and the Spurs led 40-30 at halftime as both teams shot less than 31 percent.MAGIC: Orlando’s first-round picks from the past two drafts played together for the first time as second-year forward Jonathan Isaac scored five points in 20 minutes and rookie center Mohamed Bamba added 15 points in 23 minutes.UP NEXT: San Antonio (3-2) hosts Minnesota on Wednesday. Orlando (2-3) hosts Miami on Wednesday.WIZARDS 140, LONG-LIONS 111 Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption And it was a rough one for the Spurs, who lost three guards to injuries, including starting point guard Dejounte Murray for the season with a torn ACL.Russell Westbrook (right knee) and Dirk Nowitzki (left ankle) couldn’t even get on the floor, still recovering from surgeries. Nowitzki has already been ruled out by Dallas coach Rick Carlisle for the regular-season opener next week.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissIt’s still unknown if Butler will be playing then — or for what team. He didn’t travel with the Timberwolves on Friday to Milwaukee, with coach Tom Thibodeau saying he remained behind to work on his conditioning.The preseason schedule wrapped up with 11 games, with the Lakers facing Golden State in San Jose, California in the last one. James sat out, as did Kevin Durant for the Warriors. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownlast_img read more

Dinosaurs of the Month

first_imgThe tools of paleontologists continue to turn up interesting things.  Here are some of the latest dinosaur discoveries reported this month:Mighty mouth:  An African theropod with massive, shark-like teeth was found in the African Sahara, reported National Geographic News and PhysOrg.  It was named Eocarcharia dinops, or “fierce-eyed dawn shark.”  Another similar individual, presumed to be a scavenger, was named Kryptops palaios, “old hidden face” had a bony horn that covered much of its face.  National Geographic posted a gallery of artist’s reconstructions.Mighty duck:  In Mexico, giant duck-billed hadrosaur remains were found, reported National Geographic and Science Daily.  These specimens were said to be 35 feet in length.  Till now, dinosaur bones in Mexico have been rare.  Terry Gates (Utah Museum of Natural History) said, “The crested duck-billed dinosaurs are an extraordinary example of vertebrate evolution.”Sparrowsaur:  In China, the smallest pterosaurs ever found have come to light (see National Geographic and Live Science).  These toothless flying reptiles were only about the size of a sparrow – 10 inches or so (see artist reconstruction).  Like birds, they had curved digits that probably helped them grasp the branches of trees.  Found in the rich fossil beds of China’s Liaoning province, the species was named Nemicolopterus crypticus. by the discoverers who published their findings in PNAS.1    Alexander Kellner (Museu Nacional/Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro) pieced pterosaurs into a vision of evolutionary progress: “The general idea was at some point we had these very primitive pterosaurs – very low down on the evolutionary tree – that were living on insects.  At some point pterosaurs learned to feed on fish.”  He said the find “opens a new chapter on the evolutionary history of this group of volant [flying] reptiles.”For a twist on who eats whom, Science Daily reported fossils of a giant frog from Madagascar that may have fed on baby dinosaurs.  They named it Beelzebufo – “the frog from hell.”  The find was published in PNAS,2 where the authors said that it “suggests that the initial radiation of hyloid anurans began earlier than proposed by some recent estimates.”  It was also found on a different continent – Africa – far from South America where such frogs were thought to have evolved.  See also the BBC News and Science Daily for an artist’s rendering of the mean ol’ frog.  The latter article claims that the monster leaped across continents and ate dinosaurs.  Co-discoverer David Krause is quoted, “What’s a ‘South American’ frog doing half-way around the world, in Madagascar?”  There must have been a land bridge – through Calaveras County.1.  Wang, Kellner, Zhou, Campos, “Discovery of a rare arboreal forest-dwelling flying reptile (Pterosauria, Pterodactyloidea) from China,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, published online on February 11, 2008, 10.1073/pnas.0707728105.2.  Evans, Jones, Krause, “A giant frog with South American affinities from the Late Cretaceous of Madagascar,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, Published online on February 19, 2008, 10.1073/pnas.0707599105.Some paleontologists estimate we have only found 27% of the dinosaurs that actually lived (11/22/2004).  This means that new, exotic discoveries can be expected for many years to come.  Exciting as each new unusual form is, one cannot assume that the diversity in the dinosauria exceeds that in other groups, such as insects.  Dinosaurs stand out in our minds because of their size and the fact they are all extinct.  In many groups of plants and animals, the fossil record is richer than the living inventory.    One should remember also that classification is a very human enterprise.  Paleontologists win honors for naming a species.  This can lead to species bloat – too much splitting of similar specimens into separate species.  With fossils, one cannot know the natural amount of variation that was present due to diet, climate, development, genetic isolation or other factors.  One cannot know which ones were capable of interbreeding.  One also cannot compare the DNA of different dinosaurs (yet).  The count of dinosaur species and genera is a function of the classification scheme used.  Jones may want to name his find Magnificentosaurus jonesii but that doesn’t make it different from Majesticosaurus smithii.  Another factor leading to the impression that new dinosaurs are popping up all over is selective reporting.  “More of the same” doesn’t make news as much as something new and different.    These finds, nevertheless, should inspire the young to realize there is still much to discover.  Join the treasure hunt.  Replace the old guard paleontologists who can’t kick the smoking habit (i.e., the addicts who exude smokescreens of fogma about millions of years, primitive forms, and new chapters in evolution).  Let the bones do the talking.  They know how to remain silent.  Evolutionists have not yet learned that anything they say can and will be used against them in the court of public opinion (09/30/2007 commentary).(Visited 18 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Water Theories Evaporate

first_img(Visited 123 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 After decades of telling the public comets brought Earth’s water, scientists are giving up on the idea. It was volcanoes, now they say.A geologist and mineralogist from Trinity College Dublin says that “Scientists are changing their minds about how the Earth’s water got here.” Writing on The Conversation, Balz Kamber points to evidences that go against the special-delivery theory (what we have called the “water balloon theory”, 7/23/12) for the origin of Earth’s water.The isotope of ruthenium found on Earth’s surface is the wrong type to have come from the outer solar system. Ruthenium, a siderophile (iron-loving) element, should have been dragged with iron into Earth’s core. This suggested to geophysicists in the 1970s that it was delivered by comets and asteroids in a “late veneer” after the Earth differentiated, leaving water on the surface as a by-product. But if the impactors were from the inner solar system, they would have been too dry.Zircons, thought to have been formed 4.3 billion years ago, appear to have been in contact with water some 200- to 400-million Darwin Years before the “late veneer” should have formed.The heat of impacts may have obliterated water as much as delivered it.The presence of chlorine implies that it had water to dissolve into – otherwise it would have been lost to space.If water was on Earth early on, it must have already been here at the time of formation. How could that be on a molten world rife with volcanoes? According to Kamber, volcanoes were the answer. They spewed up minerals that contained hydroxyl ions (OH–) which recombined into H2O as the minerals crystallized. Cute theory; does it work?But it is important to understand that water can also be recycled back into the mantle. This means there is a balance between the water in the oceans and that stored up in the mantle. We can only speculate how much water might still be locked up at these great depths.What we do know is that the average level of the sea surface relative to the continental land has remained relatively constant across nearly four billion years. This suggests a constant cycle of water emerging from and being absorbed back into the mantle has significantly helped life to continue throughout its history on this planet.How, though, would the current levels be established? If the rates are balanced, any water erupted would have sunk back into the mantle just as quickly. Is he sure that volatiles will collect on the surface instead of being lost to space, before an ozone layer protected the surface from ultraviolet rays? Why don’t we see oceans forming around volcanoes today? Kamber seems to invoke special pleading to come up with a 70% watery surface that has “significantly helped life” since its inception. Does this improve on luck or miracles?A bigger issue is the demise of a theory after over 40 years of propaganda. Learning that lesson, what confidence can anyone have that the inside-out theory will survive the next 40 years?Not all water is just water. It has properties, such as acidity. The deuterium ratio, not mentioned by Kamber, was another blow to the water-balloon theory. A paper in Science discusses “The geologic history of seawater pH.” Here’s the editors’ summary:The acid-base balance of the oceans has been critical in maintaining Earth’s habitability and allowing the emergence of early life. Despite this importance, systematic estimates of historical seawater pH are lacking. Halevy and Bachan developed a model of seawater chemistry and pH over time scales exceeding ∼100 million years. Their highly robust probabilistic history of seawater pH and chemistry reflects evolving properties of Earth’s atmosphere, oceans, and crust. Seawater pH increased from early Archean values of ∼6.5 to 7.0 to more recent values of ∼7.5 to 9.0 mostly as a result of solar brightening and decreasing interaction between seawater and oceanic crust.What they mean is that the model is robust within its own assumptions, not that it connects with the real world. There’s no way they could know such things. All they know is that there is a constraint that the water’s acidity be survivable over the history of life on Earth from the beginning, “allowing the emergence of early life.” Note to the authors: emergence is a miracle word (see Poof Spoof), and pH constrains life— it doesn’t “allow” it. Otherwise it’s like saying that the existence of air “allows” birds to emerge and fly.Secular materialists have been oscillating between the water-balloon theory and the volcano theory for decades, for centuries, since Laplace famously said he had no need of that [God] hypothesis. Well, are they making progress? They’re like witless gamers shuffling cups around on the table trying to figure out which one has the marble under it. They lift a cup once in awhile, find out there’s no marble, and think, “It must be under the other one.” Shuffle some more; try again. This goes on for centuries. How about the hypothesis that there is no marble – i.e., there is no secular theory that works?What’s clear from these two papers is that life requires water from the beginning. Strange; that’s what the Bible says happened.last_img read more

Foozi fun on Football Fridays

first_img2 October 2009Johannesburg companies looking to add some fun to their Football Fridays can now rent foosball tables at special rates, delivery included – or stand a chance of getting one for free.Advertising and branding company Foozi Gaming has come out in support of the Football Fridays initiative, launched by the country’s major 2010 Fifa World Cup™ partners in order to grow enthusiasm for football and support for the national team, Bafana Bafana.Each week for the rest of the year, four companies in the greater Johannesburg area can win the use of a Foozi foosball table rent-free, offering them and their employees an exciting, competitive, entertaining and team building Football Friday.To stand a chance to win, companies can enter their details on www.foozi.co.za/foozifriday.html.A draw takes place every Wednesday, and companies will be contacted by Thursday morning if they have won. (Entering just once will put companies in the draw for the rest of the year.)Foozi has also put together a special Football Fridays rental package for companies based in Johannesburg, offering them the use of a Foozi branded foosball tables for only R499 including delivery – less than half the normal rental price to deliver on a Friday morning and collect on Monday. Other areas will be quoted for separately.Companies can take advantage of this offer by calling 08600 FOOZI (36694) or e-mailing [email protected]“Foozi is 100% behind this fantastic initiative, and we aim to show our support and enthusiasm in a way that builds patriotism for 2010,” says Damon Freeman, chief negotiator, marketer and overall nice guy of Foozi Gaming. “We have also put numerous Foozi specials together for marketers and advertisers aiming to tap into the mass youth market.”The first four winners of rent-free Foozi tables, on 25 September, were FNB Payroll, Fleischman-Hillard, Thuso Design and Indigo Marketing.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Ex-rugby star now hand cycling ace

first_imgLast year, he completed the 45km hand cycle race in second place, finishing in just inside of two hours. “My bike wasn’t changing the gears properly, which made most the race a struggle,” he recalled. “I must say that I had fun doing it and chances are that I’ll probably do it every year. Once a speedy winger, Mkhize has now set his sights on representing South Africa at the Paralympic Games. He retains the same determination and competitive spirit that he showed in his youth, and his ambition remains as strong as ever. “The biggest challenge about getting some road training is competing with motorists as they battle to see us [hand cyclists] being so low on the ground,” he said. 2 April 2013 “The truth is I enjoy it because it a sport, so it keeps me involved in sport and I get to compete in nationally recognized events. Hopefully soon I will be taking part in internationally recognized events and ultimately the Paralympics.” “The toughest part is making time to train when one works full time.” “He showed resilience, stamina and bravery and rode into Ballito covered in mud and glory. Cedric empowers our vision, extends our limits and show us that we can grasp that little bit further.” Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material He got into cycling through the energetic head of the Quadriplegics Association of South Africa, Ari Seirlis, who is a keen hand cyclist. “GreenOffice has a cycling team and they help all the disabled riders with a push here and there on the up hills as they can be very challenging for some,” he continued. “Long term, I would like to represent the country on the international stage, such as the Paralympics, and to become a world champion and bring home the gold medal,” said Mkhize. “I would also like to be an ambassador for the sport.” “He has inspired many by his choice to participate in mainstream events and life,” said Seirlis. “In 2012, I had the privilege to accompany him on an off-road motorbike ride from Johannesburg to Ballito – 1 000 kilometres of off-road adventure and elements.” ‘Freedom’“I love the freedom it gives me and the fact that I am doing it lying down!” he laughed. Seirlis is solidly backing Mkhize at every turn, saying his attitude and tenacity is inspirational. CourtesyMkhize said the lack of consideration and courtesy from vehicle drivers was a particular problem for hand cyclists, who are less visible on the road than other riders. The sport has opened new horizons to Mkhize, who wants to use his profile to champion the sport and raise awareness of the ongoing fundraising drives to purchase more hand cycles. Assistance“A friend asked me if I would enjoy cycling and I said I would love to try it out. I did some research and then a good friend of mine, Ari Seirlis, got me to contact Ernst Van Dyk on how to get me a hand cycle. After then I didn’t look back,” Mkhize explained. SAinfo reporter There’s a saying that when life gives you lemons you should make lemonade. One man who has done that is former Sharks winger Cedric Mkhize, who was left paralyzed after a car crash outside Welkom in 2007. On 28 April, he will compete in the aQuelle Tour Durban as a hand cyclist.last_img read more