DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University men’s tennis squad is set to compete at the 2016 Saint Francis Health System ITA Men’s All-American Championships beginning on Saturday at the University of Tulsa’s Michael D. Case Tennis Center.Tulsa hosts the annual tournament for the 12th consecutive year. Pre-qualifying singles play is slated to begin on Saturday, Oct. 1, while both singles and doubles qualifying play starts on Monday, Oct. 3. Main draw play for both singles and doubles will begin on Thursday, Oct. 6, with champions crowned on Monday, Oct. 10.Junior Calum MacGeoch and sophomores Tom Hands and Ben Clark will begin play in pre-qualifying singles on Saturday, while sophomore Vinny Gillespie will compete in qualifying singles beginning on Monday. Gillespie and Hands are listed as alternates in the qualifying doubles which gets underway on Monday as well.Last year, MacGeoch advanced to the second round of the pre-qualifying draw, while the other three fell in the first round.Singles quarterfinalists, doubles finalists and consolation champions from the tournament receive automatic entrance into the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships from Nov. 3-6, at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, New York. Print Friendly Version Story Links Tournament Central Video Streaming
Live Stats Freshman Nicole Timmons (Davenport, Iowa) relieved Newman in the fifth inning. Timmons allowed runners to reach second and third base with one out, but the freshman dug in and punched out the next two hitters to seal the win. Story Links At the plate, the Bulldogs had 5 team hits, but drew 13 walks and struck out just twice. Junior Kennedy Frank (Chesterfield, Mo.) finished with a double, two runs scored and three runs batted in. Junior Taryn Pena (Columbia, Ill.) drove in a pair of runs while junior Melissa Schlotzhauer (Pilot Grove, Mo.) stole two bases and drew two walks. Five Bulldogs drew two walks each. Preview Next Game: Full Schedule Roster Redshirt junior pitcher Nicole Newman (Madison, Wis.), who missed nearly all of 2017 for Drake (1-0) due to injury, was dominant in her return to the circle. Newman pitched four innings, allowed just one hit and two walks and struck out nine Green Bay (0-1) batters. Newman allowed a leadoff double in the third but proceeded to strike out the side and work around her only hit allowed. In the fourth, the Bulldogs scored six runs, the final three courtesy of Frank’s bases-clearing double, to stake an 11-0 lead. In the bottom of the frame, Newman battled some control problems with two walks and a wild pitch to put runners on second and third. However, she struck out the final batter to escape the jam. vs. Green Bay 2/10/2018 – 2:45 PM Newman struck out two in her first inning of work. In the second, Frank and Wright drew back-to-back walks and after Smith’s flyout, the two had a double steal to get in scoring position. Maddox then drove in Frank to push the lead to 5-0. Drake batted around in the first frame, scoring four runs on just two hits, but they took five walks. Senior Kelsey Wright (Olathe, Kan.) drove in the first run of the year with an RBI single, senior Kailee Smith’s (Murrieta, Calif.) sacrifice fly drove in the second run, Pena’s single scored Wright and Schlotzhauer drew a bases loaded walk for the fourth run. CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The Drake University softball team opened the 2018 season with an 11-0 win over Green Bay in five innings Friday night at the annual UNI Dome Classic. Green Bay PDF Box Score The Bulldogs will play the Phoenix again Saturday afternoon at 2:45 p.m. followed by a 7:15 p.m. matchup against South Dakota State. Drake closes tournament Sunday with games against Southeast Missouri State and UMKC at 11:45 a.m. and 2 p.m., respectively. Print Friendly Version
A Russian government threat to disconnect 11 GPS receivers used for geophysical research and to fine-tune the satellite navigation system is drawing concern from scientists—and questions from the country’s minister for industry.The threat is just one element of the tit-for-tat diplomatic and rhetorical firefight that has broken out between Russia and the United States in the wake of Russia’s annexation of Crimea in Ukraine. Last week, senior Russian officials said they were considering an array of moves aimed at U.S. space programs, including pulling out of the International Space Station in 2020 and barring the use of Russian rocket motors by U.S. firms. Officials also threatened to turn off 11 land-based GPS receivers on Russian soil by 1 June unless the United States agreed to install similar units for Russia’s GLONASS satellite navigation system on U.S. territory.Experts say the shutdown—if carried out—would have little impact on GPS. The passive stations, which only receive GPS signals, are primarily used to ensure correct tracking of GPS satellites. “As these stations are very few, their impact on the accuracy of the positional measurements is insignificant,” says Konstantin Kuimov, head of the Moscow State University department of astrometry and time service. “The accuracy of the positioning at present is the question of decimeters. 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That’s because earth scientists use data from the receivers to track the slow, subtle movements of continents and land surfaces. “The situation with geophysical measurement is much worse” because the receivers are vital to providing “a serious set of statistical data,” Kuimov says. “The statistical data makes it even possible to measure the variations in the rotation of the Earth and the seismic activity of the planet. It is only the positioning satellites that make it possible to measure the [movements] of the surface in millimeters.” Researchers use both navigation systems—GPS and GLONASS—to make such measurements, Kuimov notes. So he and other researchers would like to see GLONASS stations on U.S. territory (a move that has been under negotiation). Ideally, he says, such stations ultimately would be evenly spaced around the world.If Russia follows through with the threat, the impact will depend on how long the base stations remain inaccessible, says Jeffrey Freymueller, a geophysicist at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. “If the Russians eventually share the data, we’ll be able to reprocess everything and eventually recover full precision results, but if they actually remove the equipment for the long term then over time it will become an increasing problem, as it will compromise the global coverage,” Freymueller says. “Before there were these stations in Russia, for example, it was difficult to do large-scale tectonic studies in China because we could not define what was the stable Eurasian plate well enough to express motions relative to stable Eurasia. Eventually, we will slip back toward that situation if there is no continuing data from Russia, although we still have the past data so it will never be as bad as it was.”The threat to turn off the receivers “is a purely political decision,” Kuimov says. “No one needs it except politicians. In fact, it just demonstrates Russia’s disloyal attitude [toward] the U.S., in response to the disloyal attitude of the U.S. [toward] Russia.”The threat also appears to have sown discord within the Russian government. On 13 May, the day after the threat surfaced, Denis Manturov, Russia’s minister of industry and trade, suggested that it didn’t make sense. “Technically, it can be done,” he said. “But what is the purpose of that?”With reporting by Vladimir Pokrovsky, Andrey Allakhverdov, and Yudhijit Bhattacharjee.