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Desperate search for boys' soccer team lost in Thailand cave hampered by rains

Desperate search for boys' soccer team lost in Thailand cave hampered by rains

World
A nation continued to hold its breath Friday and hope for the safe return of 12 young soccer players and their coach who remain trapped in a flooded cave in northern Thailand after disappearing nearly a week ago. "My son! Come on out! I'm waiting for you here!" one mother could be heard calling into the cave recently as she stood next to her child's bicycle. Tham Luang, Thailand's longest cave and a popular tourist site, is said to be a labyrinth, miles of passageways and tunnels running underground that can flood up to 20 feet during heavy downpours. It's believed that the coach often brought his team to the cave for fun excursions. The boys, who are between 11 and 16 years old, went missing with their coach after he took them to the cave complex after soccer practice June 24. It...
US military joins search for boys' soccer team missing in Thailand cave

US military joins search for boys' soccer team missing in Thailand cave

World
Rising floodwaters are hampering search efforts to find a group of 12 teenage boys and their 25-year-old soccer coach trapped inside a cave in northern Thailand. Around 30 members of the United States Pacific Command (USPACOM) as well as several British divers arrived in Thailand Wednesday to join the rescue attempts, now in their fifth day. Thai soldiers prepared Thursday to drill a shaft in order for rescuers to gain better access to pockets of the cave where the group may be taking refuge. Experts say Tham Luang, Thailand’s longest cave, has several chambers that could still be above floodwater levels. Major Buncha Duriyapan, commander of the 37th Military District in Chiang Rai, said workers would drill from the top of the cave complex in order to open up a new tunnel entr...
Scientists say ABBA sequence would make for fairer penalty shootouts in soccer

Scientists say ABBA sequence would make for fairer penalty shootouts in soccer

Science
July 28 (UPI) -- The order of serve in tennis tiebreakers involves an ABBA sequence. New research suggests the format is optimal for fair play and does not offer the first to serve a measurable advantage.Scientists analyzed the results of 1,701 tiebreakers from 73 men's tennis tournaments and 920 tiebreakers from 135 women's tournaments. Their findings -- published this week in the journal of the IZA Institute of Labor Economics -- suggest the order does not alter performance. Both servers had an equal chance of winning when following the ABBA format.Alternately, penalty shootouts in soccer follow an ABAB sequence, a format the researchers found offers an unfair advantage to the team who shoots first.The International Football Association Board is currently considering whether to switch to...