Harrington falters as McIlroy exits

first_img Three-time major champion Harrington predicted on Wednesday that an Irish player would lift the trophy on Sunday, with world number one McIlroy seemingly the most likely contender. However, while McIlroy could only add a second round of 71 to his opening 80 at a windswept Royal County Down, a 73 on Friday left Harrington just one shot off the lead shared by English pair Tyrrell Hatton and Chris Wood, Scotland’s Richie Ramsay, Denmark’s Soren Kjeldsen, Austria’s Bernd Wiesberger and Spain’s Rafa Cabrera-Bello. Padraig Harrington was frustrated not to be in a commanding position to win a second Irish Open title as tournament host Rory McIlroy missed the cut for the third year in succession. However, he then played the remaining eight holes in five over par. “I’m pleased to be in contention but I would have preferred to be seven or eight under par and in a good position to move away from the field,” said the 43-year-old, whose victory in the Honda Classic in March was his first on a major tour since the 2008 US PGA. “I’m now in a position where I need to play well over the weekend and not have anything go against me. There will be a lot of people who just make the cut who will think they can win now that I’ve come back to the pack. It will be a tougher weekend and I won’t have the luxury of any more bad runs.” Hatton’s 66 was the best round of the week and equalled the lowest score ever recorded at Royal County Down, the 23-year-old carding an eagle, six birdies and three bogeys. “I got off to a great start and that was the key for me,” said Hatton, who started eagle-birdie-birdie and also chipped in for birdie on the 13th. “Thankfully I kept it going and had a good finish. “I had a sixth in Abu Dhabi and was eighth in China so it hasn’t been a bad season, but I haven’t been really close to the leaders so I am looking forward to the weekend.” Shane Lowry’s round of 74 was almost as impressive considering the 2009 champion broke his putter on the third hole of the day and putted with a wedge for the last 15, which he covered in two over par to be four over for the tournament. “I’m not proud of myself and I apologised to the lads (playing partners Francesco Molinari and Ernie Els) at the end,” Lowry said. “It’s not something you want the kids watching to see. “I’m trying so hard and I got frustrated. The 12th is an easy par five, I missed from two feet for par and stupidly hit my putter grip off a metal fence post. To be honest Dermot (Byrne, his caddie) had to talk me into staying out there after nine holes. “I don’t deserve to make the cut doing something like that but I’m a passionate player and wear my heart on my sleeve. It’s not the first club I’ve broken and it won’t be the last.” McIlroy followed his victory in the WGC-Cadillac Match Play with a seven-shot victory in the Wells Fargo Championship, but missed the cut in the defence of his BMW PGA Championship title at Wentworth and conceded the combination of wind, rain and links golf was not to his liking. “T he conditions at Quail Hollow, that’s my game, that’s what I do best,” McIlroy said. “Give me this golf course in those conditions and it would be a much different story.” The 26-year-old was in sight of making the cut when he followed his first birdie of the week on the seventh with another on the 12th, only to thin a pitch on the 15th and three-putt from off the green for a double bogey. “I was trying as hard as I could but just couldn’t get a good run of holes going,” added McIlroy, who had pledged to donate his prize money this week to his own foundation. “Unfortunately I just left myself too much to do. “The support out there was phenomenal and it’s the third year in a row they are not going to see me playing on the weekend. I’m more disappointed for them. I’m honestly looking forward to two weeks off before the US Open.” Minutes later McIlroy was in a car and heading home to Holywood, but although his duties as tournament host prevented an onward journey to Florida, he refused to blame them for his performance. “It’s not as difficult as you might think. I’m definitely not using that as an excuse,” he added. “If anything it has fallen at a bad time as my fifth tournament in a row. In an ideal world I would have come in here with a bit different preparation.” Harrington briefly enjoyed a five-shot lead when, having started on the 10th, he followed six straight pars with birdies on the 16th and 17th and picked up another shot on the first. Press Associationlast_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_img— Brazil’s soccer confederation has suspended all competitions under its control due to the coronavirus outbreak. The tournaments affected include the men’s Brazilian Cup, the top two tiers of the women’s Brazilian championship, and junior tournaments. The men’s top-tier Brazilian championship is scheduled to begin in April. The decision does not affect state championships currently being played. Some matches were held without any fans this weekend in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. São Paulo, Rio and other state soccer bodies are set to decide Monday on their course of action.GOLF-PREMIER LEAGUE-KOEPKAKoepka passing on Premier Golf LeagueUNDATED (AP) — The proposed Premier Golf League is getting the cold shoulder from at least two of the game’s top players.Brooks Koepka (KEHP’-kuh) tells The Associated Press he has no interest in the league, saying he has “a hard time believing golf should be about just 48 players.” With golf shutting down over concerns about the new coronavirus, Koepka said he wanted it made clear he wasn’t going anywhere. Players have approved a new labor agreement with the league that features a 17-game regular season, higher salaries, increased roster sizes and larger pensions for current and former players. The package was accepted by the 32 team owners last month and was initially rejected by the union’s executive board by a 6-5 vote. Union members had the final say and approved it by a 1,109-959 margin.The two sides have begun discussions the 2020 NFL business season on Wednesday with free agency and trades. A delay is possible given league restrictions on travel as a safeguard against the new coronavirus.The 17-game schedule won’t happen before the 2021 season. The mechanics for an uneven number of games will be worked out in the interim, with the possibility of the extra game being played on neutral sites.In other NFL news:— The Titans are keeping the quarterback who led them within a victory of the Super Bowl, agreeing to a four-year, $118 million extension with Ryan Tannehill. The Titans went 7-3 over their final 10 regular-season games after Tannehill replaced Marcus Mariota (mar-ee-OH’-tah). Tannehill was 9-4 as a starter last season and led the NFL with a career-best 117.5 passer rating, the fourth-highest in NFL history and a franchise best. He threw for 2,742 yards with 22 touchdowns and six interceptions during the regular season after coming to Tennessee from the Dolphins. — NCAA vice president of men’s basketball Dan Gavitt says brackets won’t be created for the NCAA men’s and women’s basketball tournaments that were canceled due to coronavirus concerns. The men’s NCAA Tournament field had been scheduled to be announced on Sunday. Gavitt says there’s not an authentic way to produce tournament fields and brackets at this point without speculating. College basketball’s showcase was canceled Thursday. That led to suggestions from coaches and athletic directors to release brackets for the event even though it won’t happen this year.— Major League Soccer has extended the moratorium on team training through Friday. MLS announced a 30-day suspension of match play on Thursday because of the coronavirus.— The Texas racetrack that hosts the Formula One U.S. Grand Prix and other motor racing series announced it is closing indefinitely after a series of cancellations because of concerns about the coronavirus. The Circuit of the Americas was supposed to host the MotoGP Grand Prix of the Americas on April 5 and the IndyCar Challenge on April 26. Both races have been canceled.— The New York State Olympic Regional Development Authority says all of the ski areas and venues that it manages will suspend operation at the close of business today. Closures include all Nordic and Alpine ski resorts including Mt. Van Hoevenberg in Lake Placid, Belleayre Mountain Ski Resort in the Catskills, Gore Mountain in North Creek and Whiteface Mountain in Wilmington, near Lake Placid. All Lake Placid Olympic sites will also be closing, including the Olympic Jumping Complex, Olympic Sports Complex, The Olympic Oval and the Olympic Center including its museum and retail shops.— Professional soccer is shutting down in Mexico following Sunday’s matches, which were already being played with no fans present as a precaution due to the new coronavirus. The measure applies to the men’s top flight and second division as well as the fledgling women’s league. Soccer officials said in a statement that the suspension would remain in effect until it’s determined that it’s safe to restart play in coordination with Mexico’s Health Department. The Yankees didn’t identify the player, who is the first known player affiliated with Major League Baseball to contract COVID-19. The team said the player had spent his entire time at the minor league complex in Tampa, Florida, and hadn’t been over at the main stadium and facilities used by the major leaguers.In the wake of the virus outbreak, Major League Baseball and the union had given players the option to stay at the site of their spring camp, return to their offseason homes or go to the club’s home city.MLB is expected to update teams on its policy Monday.The rest of the spring training schedule was called off Thursday and opening day, which had been scheduled for March 26, was postponed for at least two weeks.In other virus-related news: Associated Press Update on the latest sportscenter_img Koepka was the top-ranked golfer until Rory McIlroy replaced him last month. McIlroy already has passed in the Premier Golf League, saying he valued his freedom to decide when and where to play instead of the proposed schedule of 18 tournaments, not including the majors.Koepka’s decision is another setback to a league promising guaranteed money and a team concept.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 March 15, 2020 — A person familiar with the trade says the Ravens have acquired five-time Pro Bowl defensive lineman Calais Campbell from the Jaguars for a fifth-round pick in next month’s draft. The 33-year-old Campbell was due to earn $15 million this season and count $17.5 million against Jacksonville’s salary cap. He’s expected to agree to a revised deal with the Ravens.— Veteran tackle Anthony Castonzo has agreed to a two-year contract extension with the Colts. The 31-year-old has been the anchor of the offensive line since he arrived in 2011 as a first-round pick. Castonzo has started all 132 games he has appeared in during his NFL career, plus eight postseason games.VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSYankees minor leaguer tests positive for virusUNDATED (AP) — A New York Yankees minor league prospect has tested positive for the coronavirus. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNFL-NEWSNFL players approve labor deal, including 17-game seasonUNDATED (AP) — The NFL will have labor peace through at least the 2030 season.last_img read more

Korean Centre Kicks off 2024 Olympics Taekwondo Programme for Nigerian Kids

first_imgOlawale Ajimotokan in AbujaThe Korean Cultural Centre in Abuja has organised a two-day taekwondo mini-championship for kids to build them for 2024 Olympics Games in Paris.The Poomsae/Gyorugi Championship for kids below eight years and above was attended by 40 children. The centre’s taekwondo Chief Coach, Abdul-Malik Muhammad, said the coaches had already discovered talents that could make Nigeria proud come Paris 2024 from the pool of kids that attended the programme.“The kids are our students here, who their parents used to bring when we have tournaments. The bottom line is that the Korea Cultural Centre is using the taekwondo mini-championship, which is a quarterly competition as an avenue where kids will have fun and also prepare for the 2024 Olympics, while the ones with exceptional talents can even make it to 2020 Olympics to be hosted by China,” Muhammad said.He further stressed that the centre had concluded plans on sending some of the students to Korea to participate in International World Youth Camp next year, where they would meet children of their age group across the globe, who are being trained by experts in various categories of taekwondo.Some of the students that excelled in the championship won prizes for their efforts.They included Faisal Farouk Muazu, who won the Olympic style sparring (10 years and above) and added the Poomsae (Yellow Belt). Nwachukwu Chizea won the Green/Blue Belt, while Fela Omole took the Brown Belt.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

RSG receives regional honors at conference

first_imgThis weekend, USC’s Residential Student Government received regional honors at the Pacific Affiliate of the National Association of College and University Residence Halls (PACURH) Fall Conference hosted at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. To earn these regional awards, USC’s delegation competed with programs from nearly 70 other West Coast colleges and universities, some from as far away as Alaska and Canada. This year’s conference theme was Life in the Fishbowl: Waves of Change, Oceans of Opportunity.USC’s delegation was led by RSG President Sera Choi, National Communications Coordinator Tina Tzeng and USC’s National Residence Hall Honorary President Michael Tong. Choi, Tzeng and Tong coordinated the delegation’s preparation of recognition bids and guided freshman RSG representatives who participated in the conference for the first time.RSG’s annual Spirits at Troy event was selected from the 70 schools participating as the Regional PACURH Program of the Year. The program will now be sent to the National Association of College and University Residence Halls for review.For the past 20 years, Spirits at Troy has been a signature event for the USC community. RSG’s annual Spirits at Troy has provided community members and their children with a safe environment to celebrate Halloween trick-or-treating. RSG invites student organizations to contribute recreational and educational activities for the children to enjoy while they are on campus.This October, more than 450 community members and their families participated in the campus event. Forty USC student organizations contributed to the planning and execution of this year’s Spirits at Troy, and nearly half of them were residential organizations, overseen by Residential Student Government.At the PACURH conference, university delegations participated in spirit competitions, philanthropy activities and other programming related to social justice, sustainability, health and leadership.USC’s delegation also won regional awards for the First Place Digital Banner and the Second Place Roll Call Video.Tzeng was in charge of preparing the delegation of freshmen for the PACURH conference. Tzeng was awarded with the “Golden Frog Pin Award,” given by the PACURH region directors for her outstanding contributions to the program.“Throughout my college career, I’ve always heard about the bond of Trojan Family, but nothing truly fit my definition of a family until I joined RSG,” Tzeng said. “Our delegation has become a small, tight-knit family within the larger university community … We highlight each other’s strengths and build upon one another’s weaknesses.”last_img read more

Cash was still king for Ebor on-course bookies

first_img Sportradar and AmTote agree sports betting data deal July 12, 2018 StumbleUpon Submit Share Related Articles Share The appetite for betting in cash was apparent at this weekend’s Ebor Festival, with one of the two on-course bookmakers only taking 3% of bets via card.This story featured in today’s SBC News 90. To view the latest round-up, watch today’s edition here.As part of a two-week trial, two bookies were given the green light to offer betting services for the owners at York Racecourse during the four-day festival.Between them, Joe Huddlestone and Keith Johnson took ten bets via card at the meeting, with the majority of punters opting for cash payments.Reported by The Guardian, Johnson said: “If there was ever a time when the card machine was gonna get a hammering, it was this week and it hasn’t.“Between the two of us, over 97% of bets were cash. So I think it’s quite obvious that when we do get back to some sense of normality, racecourses have got to realise that the choice is clear and people want to bet in cash.”Johnson’s pitch took 44 bets on Wednesday, 35 on Thursday, 12 on Friday and 23 on Saturday, with the bookie stating that the card machine was ‘still pristine’ on Friday.York latest. After 44 bets on day one and 35 on day two we were not expecting too much today. Which is just as well as the total bets taken today was 12!!Three races without a single bet was laid.The good news is that the card machine was not used again so still pristine !!!— Keith Johnson (@uwgs55) August 21, 2020Huddlestone told The Racing Post that his contactless device also remained largely untouched – pointing out that the use of card betting for on-course bookmakers would not be viable in the long-term.“There have been very few bets placed with cards, fortunately from our point of view,” he said, adding: “We were very well received by people, including some trainers who wanted to speak to us, and it was great to be at York again.“From a business point of view it wouldn’t be workable in the long term but at least it has got racecourse bookmakers noticed again.”Johnson shared a similar view, adding that on-course betting without the crowds is not a sustainable business model: “It’s obvious that, without crowds, it’s just not viable for bookmakers. Possibly York may not have been a typical experiment because I think they look after the owners extremely well. Perhaps at some other tracks, like the Sedgefield we might go to this week, they might have a different kind of owner who wants to come out and have a bet.”last_img read more

I almost became a boxer – Hans Nunoo Sarpei

first_imgGhana and Greuther Fürth midfielder, Hans Nunoo Sarpei says he tried the art of boxing while growing up.Growing up in Chorkor, a suburb in Accra, Hans Nunoo Sarpei believes he could easily have swapped his football career for one in pugilism.By the coast in Accra, Chorkor and its surroundings have been a hub for the production of boxing giants, with the likes of Azumah Nelson, Joseph Agbeko, Joshua Clottey among others have all emanated from these suburbs.Speaking on Citi TV’s The Tracker show, the 21-year-old revealed he loves football but he could’ve turned out to be a boxer as it is the most popular sport in his community.“Football is my first love but it got to a time I got into boxing for some time. This is because of where I was schooling. Our school was close to a boxing gym around Adedenkpo. So usually after school, we will go and play football.It is during this time that these boxers will come and train, so when they come, we play a game against them, and they will tell us we won so they want a rematch with us in boxing. So we also have to play their sports which is boxing.So in those times, I was also interested in it. So I was training for some time and you know where I grew up it is all about boxing. Therefore every Sunday morning, I will just go put on my gloves and fight against whichever opponent on the streets.So yes, I was a little bit interested in boxing but I think my destiny is football.”last_img read more

Alpena’s Director And Emergency Services Coordinator Arrested

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisAlpena County’s 911 Director and Emergency Services Coordinator was arrested on Sunday. The incident took place just before 4pm at the Grand China Buffet.Michigan State Police of Alpena were called to the scene on the report of an intoxicated person, who was later identified as 57-year-old Mark Gurisko.He was asked to perform a sobriety test– which he failed. During the investigation troopers determined that Gurisko had driven to the restaurant.A search of the vehicle found an open beer in the car.Gurisko was taken into custody for operating while intoxicated and lodged in the Alpena County Jail.After posting bond, he was released. His next court appearance has not been scheduled.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Alcona County Food Pantry Receives Grant to Feed ResidentsNext Student Awarded For Courage To Take Non-Traditional Courselast_img read more

CAF Champions League: Mazembe open camp in Ghana

first_imgTP Mazembe have opened a training camp at the Lizzy’s Sports Complex in Accra, Ghana in preparation for the semifinal of the CAF Confederation Cup tie against Stade Malien.The DR Congo side will camp for 15 days in the Ghana capital.ClashTP Mazembe are due to face Stade Malien of Mali in the first leg of the last four on Saturday, October 5 in Bamako.Les Corbeaux travelled to Accra immediately after their ultimate Group B fixture against Moroccan side FUS Rabat, which they lost 0-2 in Rabat at the weekend. Mazembe finished tops of Group B with 10 points, with CA Bizertin (8 points), FUS Rabat (8 points) and Entente Setif (6 points) in that order.Readiness The four-time African champions have pitched camp in the Ghanaian capital for two weeks, during which they will test their readiness with friendlies against local sides.last_img read more

Justin Upton homers to lift Angels to victory over Rangers

first_imgUP NEXT: Angels (Garrett Richards) vs. Reds (Homer Bailey), 1 p.m. PT, Tempe Diablo Stadium, Fox Sports West, KLAA/830. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error THE GAME: The Angels beat the Texas Rangers, 4-3, on Sunday in Tempe, snapping a six-game losing streak. Justin Upton’s second homer of the spring, a three-run blast, put the Angels ahead in the sixth.PITCHING REPORT: Right-hander JC Ramirez became the first Angels pitcher this spring to get into the fifth inning. Ramirez got one out in the fifth, allowing just one run on a Nomar Mazara homer. He struck out six. Despite the strikeouts, Ramirez said he’s going to try to pitch to contact more this year, in order to get deeper in games. “My goal is to go at least six innings with less pitches,” Ramirez said. “You don’t get a lot of that if you strike out a lot of people.”… Right-hander Keynan Middleton finished the fifth and started the sixth. This weekend the Angels have started having their relievers work in multiple innings. Middleton was charged with a run in the sixth… Left-hander Jose Alvarez pitched two scoreless innings. He has not allowed a run in six innings.HITTING REPORT: Shohei Ohtani singled against Bartolo Colon, his first hit since his first game as a hitter, on Feb. 26. He struck out and grounded out in his other two at-bats. Ohtani is now 2 for 14 this spring. Ohtani said he has been tinkering with his stance: “I am trying to still find the right timing, the right approach,” he said through his interpreter. “I am changing things up every at-bat.”… Kole Calhoun poked a single into left field when the Rangers were playing an extreme shift against him… Luis Valbuena bunted for a hit against the shift. He has attempted that at least three times this spring, reaching base twice. “He’s just trying to take what they’re going to give him,” Manager Mike Scioscia said. “This is the time to get it fine tuned.”… The Angels’ first inning was produced by two Rangers errors and aggressive baserunning. Ian Kinsler, who reached on a dropped fly ball, was running from first on a pitch when Mike Trout hit a grounder to shortstop. Kinsler went to third as soon as shortstop Jurickson Profar threw the ball, and then he scored when first baseman Joey Gallo made an errant throw back to third… Trout was hit in the helmet by a pitch in the sixth inning, but he was fine, Scioscia said. He was scheduled to leave the game after that plate appearances already.DEFENSE REPORT: First baseman Albert Pujols made a nice stop of a hard ground ball. The Angels are planning for Pujols to play first base regularly this year, after two years in which injuries limited him almost exclusively to DH… Zack Cozart made a lunging grab of a ball to his right. Cozart is a natural shortstop, but he’s learning to play third now. He was at shortstop because of Andrelton Simmons’ injury… Martin Maldonado remained in the game at catcher for seven innings.last_img read more

Former Nelson Leaf concludes junior hockey career with Spokane

first_imgThe McBride, B.C. native also toiled six games for Trail Smoke Eaters.Walchuk played his first two years in Vernon (2009-2011) before earning a scholarship to the University of Northern Michigan for the 2011-12 season. In 2011 Walchuk led the Vernon Vipers of the British Columbia Hockey League in points with 56, including 24 goals and 32 assists.He added another 13 goals and 20 points in 24 playoff games as Vernon finished as a runner-up in the Royal Bank Cup Championship, the Canadian Junior A National Title, one year after winning it.As a 17-year-old in 2009-10, Walchuk had 19 goals and 47 points in 56 games and was a member of the Vipers’ 2010 Royal Bank Cup ChampionshipThe 5-foot, nine-inch speedster returned in December 2011 to the Vipers to play 19 games before signing on with Spokane Chiefs to finish out the season.Walchuk played 70 games for Spokane Chiefs this season collected — 19-39-58 — and eight playoff games collected — 0-3-3. In 117 regular season games with the Vipers Walchuk picked up 44 goals and 65 assists for 109 points. Former Nelson Leafs sniper Dylan Walchuk saw his junior hockey career come to an end Saturday night when the Spokane Chiefs lost 5-0 to the Portland Winterhawks in Game four 4 of the WHL Western Conference Semi-Finals.Walchuk played as a 16-year-old rookie for the Leafs in the 2008-09 season, leading Nelson in playoff scoring — 16 goals, 10 assists for 26 points — to pace the Heritage City franchise to the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League title.Walchuk came to the Leafs after being cut from his major midget team.He finished third in Leaf scoring with 29 goals and 36 assists in 49 games.last_img read more