STAR PREVIEW England v West Indies with RYAN SIDEBOTTOM

STAR PREVIEW England v West Indies with RYAN SIDEBOTTOM

first_imgThere is nothing like an English summer….. and this is nothing like an English summer After the first few matches in the Cricket World Cup were bathed in sunshine, the rain just had to come along and be a spoilsport.I’m hoping it doesn’t cause too many problems to the fixture list and especially that Duckworth-Lewis doesn’t come into play. I’ve never been a fan and think it gives a big advantage to the batting side in this format.Away from cricket, I’m honoured to have been asked to draw the finalists for the Star Sports Greyhound Derby on Monday 24 June. It promises to be a right grand affair with afternoon tea at The Ritz but being a Yorkshireman, I’ll be the judge on whether they get the tea right !!! Good luck to all the dogs and connections left in the competition and I look forward to meeting the finalists in London.It was great this week to see England’s Lionesses get their World Cup campaign off to the best possible start against Scotland.Manager Phil Neville gave his side a stern talking to on the pitch after the match but as long as it’s positive criticism the players need to take it on the chin and they will continue to improve. Same as every sport, the managers are there to improve your game.Back to the cricket and it was a much more positive display from England against Bangladesh, You never quite know what you are going to get with Bangladesh but full marks to England who batted and bowled well.The team moves on to the Rose Bowl on Friday for the highlight match so far for me against the West Indies.The Windies were my outsiders to keep an eye on at at the start of the tournament as they have five or six players that can turn any side over. No surprise to see England as warm favourites with starsports.bet but it might just be a little closer than the odds suggest.It’ll be a carnival atmosphere with plenty of talent and showmanship on display and the crowd will play their part.CARDIFF, WALES. 08 JUNE 2019: Eoin Morgan of England batting hits the ball and is caught out during the England v Bangladesh, ICC Cricket World Cup match, at Cardiff Wales Stadium, Cardiff, Wales.(Photo by ESPA/CSM/Sipa USA)Boundaries can be tough to find at the Rose Bowl and even more so when there’s been some rain about. The outfield was very slow on Monday before rain stopped played when West Indies took on South Africa who were 29/2 after 7.3 overs. It’s definitely a ground where the bowlers fancy their chances.It might be time for a captains innings. Eoin Morgan (pictured) makes appeal at 4/1 to be England’s top batsman at a ground he likes. He’s going under the radar a bit at the moment but is in consistent enough form.For England’s top wicket taker my vote goes to Adil Rashid – the Windies don’t play leg spin that well.For the top West Indies run scorer I’m splitting stakes on Evin Lewis and Andre Russell at 7/2 and 6/1 respectively with starsports.bet.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-100 points)BACK EOIN MORGAN TOP ENGLAND BATSMAN 4.5 pts at 4/1 with starsports.betBACK ADIL RASHID TOP ENGLAND WICKET TAKER 3 pts at 7/2 with starsports.betBACK EVIN LEWIS TOP WEST INDIES BATSMAN 3 pts at 7/2 with starsports.betBACK ANDRE RUSSELL TOP WEST INDIES BATSMAN 3 pts at 6/1 with starsports.betPROFIT/LOSS SINCE JAN 1 2017: PROFIT 188.66 points(excluding Cricket World Cup ante-post and Belgium v Scotland)last_img read more

Rice scientist recognized as pioneer in tissue engineering

first_imgShareCONTACT: Jade Boyd PHONE: (713) 348-6778 E-MAIL: [email protected] Rice scientist recognized as pioneer in tissue engineering Mikos wins Orthopaedic Research Society’s Marshall R. Urist Award Rice University bioengineer Antonios Mikos has been awarded the prestigious Marshall R. Urist Award by the Orthopaedic Research Society. Mikos is the John W. Cox Professor of Bioengineering, professor of chemical engineering and director of the John W. Cox Laboratory for Biomedical Engineering at Rice. In addition, he also serves as director of Rice’s Center for Excellence in Tissue Engineering. The Urist Award was established in 1996 and is sponsored by Osiris Therapeutics, Inc. It is given annually to one researcher who has established a reputation as a cutting-edge researcher in tissue regeneration. The award includes a $5,000 prize. Mikos will receive the award at the society’s annual meeting next month in Washington, D.C. ”This prestigious award reflects the hard work of past and present undergraduate, graduate, and post-doctoral research associates in my group over the years,” said Mikos. Over the past 13 years, Mikos’ laboratory has developed extensive expertise in fabricating synthetic materials with tailored chemistries for specific tissue-engineered repair of orthopaedic injuries. For example, Mikos and his associates have created several novel materials based on fumaric acid, a natural product found in mammalian cell metabolism. The new materials are non-toxic to surrounding cells and tissues, and they degrade over time into products that are excreted from the body. When used as surgically implanted scaffolds, these materials act as a template, guiding the body’s cells as they form new tissue to replace flesh or bone that’s been lost to disease or injury. Since the scaffolds break down naturally, no further surgery is needed to remove them once they are implanted. Mikos lab has also developed techniques for growing new bone and cartilage tissue by seeding the scaffolds with cells. Because the Mikos group’s scaffolds are highly porous and contain a large surface area, they allow seeded cells to receive nutrients from the body while the new tissue forms, thus overcoming one of the major roadblocks to tissue engineering. In addition, Mikos and his associates are developing non-surgical approaches for scaffold implantation. In this case, the scaffold material is injected as a liquid at the site of an injury, and it is exposed to light or other chemicals that cause it to harden within a few minutes. Once the material sets, it acts as an immediate aid in the body’s efforts to form new tissue and heal itself. In developing its scaffolding materials, Mikos’ group has focused on chemical modifications that control material properties like stiffness as well as the function of seeded cells. They’ve accumulated strong experimental evidence that show their methods can be used to tailor implanted materials to attract certain cell types and direct their migration and differentiation to aid in the regeneration of specific tissues in desired areas. Recently, the Mikos laboratory has been working on composite materials that support and guide developing tissues through the controlled release of bioactive molecules, and they are investigating nano-structured materials that can enhance the strength and load-bearing properties of scaffolds for orthopaedic applications. They are also developing new fumaric acid-based polymeric carriers for targeted delivery of signaling molecules including peptides, proteins, and plasmid DNA. A pioneer in the field of tissue engineering, Mikos is a founding editor of the journal Tissue Engineering and member of the editorial boards of the journals Biomaterials , Advanced Drug Delivery Reviews , Cell Transplantation , Journal of Biomaterials Science Polymer Edition , Journal of Biomedical Materials Research , and Journal of Controlled Release .   He is also the organizer of the continuing education course Advances in Tissue Engineering offered annually at Rice since 1993. Founded in 1954, the 1,700-member Orthopaedic Research Society is dedicated to improving patient care through research and education in orthopaedic surgery, musculoskeletal diseases, musculoskeletal injuries and related disciplines. AddThislast_img read more