NBA Hall of Famer Elgin Baylor dies

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailJoe Kohen/WireImageBY: LEIGHTON SCHNEIDER, ABC NEWS(LOS ANGELES) — Los Angeles Lakers legend Elgin Baylor has died, the team announced Monday.He was 86.“Elgin was the love of my life and my best friend,” said his wife Elaine, in a statement to the Lakers. “And like everyone else, I was in awe of his immense courage, dignity and the time he gave to all fans. At this time we ask that I and our family be allowed to mourn his passing in privacy.”Baylor was drafted by the then Minneapolis Lakers first overall in 1958 and won the Rookie of the Year award after averaging 24.9 points, 15.0 rebounds, and 4.1 assists.He would play for both the Minneapolis and Los Angeles Lakers for 14 seasons and was named an NBA All-star 11 times while also being named to the All-NBA first team 10 times. He averaged 27.4 points and 13.5 rebounds in his career.Before going pro, he spent a year at the College Of Idaho before transferring to Seattle University, leading them to their first-ever National Championship game.Seattle’s basketball team honored him in a tweet.Remembering Seattle U and NBA Legend Elgin Baylor— Seattle University (@seattleu) March 22, 2021“Our thoughts and prayers are with the Baylor family at this time,” said Seattle Director of Athletics Shaney Fink in a statement. “One of the greatest basketball players of all time, Elgin led Seattle U to its first ever NCAA Championship game in 1958. Throughout and beyond his illustrious career as a player, coach and general manager in the NBA, Elgin kept close ties to the city of Seattle and his alma mater, Seattle U. Elgin possessed an exceptional personality and warmth, and an admirable generosity. We will be forever grateful for the impact he has had on Seattle U Athletics and our student-athletes.”Lakers Governor Jeanie Buss honored Baylor in a statement.“Elgin was THE superstar of his era – his many accolades speak to that,” said Buss. “He was one of the few Lakers players whose career spanned from Minneapolis to Los Angeles. But more importantly he was a man of great integrity, even serving his country as a U.S. Army reservist, often playing for the Lakers only during his weekend pass. He is one of the all-time Lakers greats with his No. 22 jersey retired in the rafters and his statue standing guard in front of STAPLES Center. He will always be part of the Lakers legacy. On behalf of the entire Lakers family, I’d like to send my thoughts, prayers and condolences to Elaine and the Baylor family.”In a statement, NBA Commissoner Adam Silver said Baylor was one of the first NBA superstars. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver issued the following statement today regarding the passing of Elgin Baylor:— NBA (@NBA) March 22, 2021 March 22, 2021 /Sports News – National NBA Hall of Famer Elgin Baylor dies Written bycenter_img Baylor was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Hall Of Fame in 1977.Following his playing career, he became a coach for the New Orleans Jazz and served as Vice President of Basketball Operations for the Los Angeles Clippers.He is survived by his wife Elanie, their daughter and son, and two other children from a previous marriage. Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. Beau Lundlast_img read more

Watch Members Of The Allman Brothers Make Their Debut As Les Brers

first_img“Dreams” courtesy of Robin Reeves: Les Bres! W/ Butch Trucks Bruce KatzPosted by Heather Gillis on Wednesday, March 23, 2016 After an incredibly successful performance at Peach Music Festival last summer, Butch Trucks & Friends officially banded together as Les Brers. The band’s roots run extremely deep in Allman Brothers blood, with over half of them being members of the since-retired, forty-five-year-old southern rock band.In addition to Allman Brothers’ drummer Butch Trucks, the band is complete with ABB’s latest rhythm section, Jaimoe, Oteil Burbridge, and Marc Quinones, as well as Jack Pearson, who played guitar from 1997-99, his guitar mate Pat Bergeson, Bruce Katz on keys, and Lamar Williams, Jr., son of bassist Lamar Williams who played with ABB from 1972-76, on vocals.Dead & Company’s Oteil Burbridge Shares His Grateful Dead, John Mayer ExperiencesAfter revealing their exciting returns to Wanee Festival and Peach Festival this summer, Les Brers announced they would also bring the show back to ABB hometown Macon, GA for a two-night run at the Cox Capitol Theatre, as a benefit concert for the Big House Museum. Last night marked the first of the two nights, where they fearlessly played Allman Brothers staples “Jessica,” “Dreams,” “Trouble No More,” “Blue Sky,” and “Whipping Post,” with smiles that extended from ear to ear. Butch Trucks Sings For The First Time In 45 Years, Covers Bob Dylan ClassicIn a post from Butch Trucks’ personal Facebook page, he wrote: “WOW!!!!!! Past two days have been full of Les Brers tweeking some songs but most of all jamming. Jamming like I haven’t jammed since before Duane died. We got something very serious brewing in Macon once again. We play tonight at the Cox Capital Theater and tomorrow night also. I would suggest being there if you are able. Just might be an historical event.” You heard the man. Tickets for tonight’s show available here.Now check out “Trouble No More” > “Blue Sky” jam, courtesy of young talent Heather Gillis, guitarist/vocalist of Butch Trucks & The Freight Train: Dreams solo and ending with Jack Pearson and the boys. If this don’t make the hair stand up on your head, you aren’t alive! Wanee peeps, this is epic! Lamar WilliamsPosted by Robin Reeves on Thursday, March 24, 2016 Butch and Oteil will also be hosting Roots Rock Revival, a 4-day adventure into the world of southern rock, as a pre-Peach-party, complete with daily musical workshops and late-night jams alongside North Mississippi Allstars brothers Luther Dickinson & Cody Dickinson, legendary saxophonist Bill Evans, the one-and-only Col. Bruce Hampton, as well as Roosevelt Collier, Bruce Katz, Sister Sparrow, and many more. Settled in the heart of the “Forever Wild” Catskill Forest Preserve, you don’t want to miss out on this incredible opportunity!Les Brers @ The Cox Capitol Theatre 3/23/16Hot ‘LantaGilded SplintersTrouble No MoreBlue SkyPlease Caall HomeIcan’t Fix ItEvery Hungry WomanAny DayDimplesDreamsJust An ExpressionAin’t Wastin’ TimeJessicaLes BrersE: Whippin’ Post[Photo from Butch Trucks Facebook page]last_img read more

Dell Limerick STEAMing Forward for Ireland

first_imgIf you’re a regular Direct2Dell reader (you are, right?), then you’ve heard us talk before about Dell’s support for STEM initiatives. Last fall, we even had the CEO of Girl Scouts of the USA Sylvia Acevedo guest post.It’s the kind of thing that makes me proud #Iwork4Dell. But, I have also felt that I’m personally failing because my own Girl Scout has zero interest in such things. Like her mom, she more enjoys the language arts, as well as dancing, acting and singing (much better than me).STEM + Arts = STEAMThat’s why I’m excited that another letter is joining in the STEM acronym, and that Dell is continuing to show support for the expanded Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) movement.“At Dell EMC, creativity is central to what we do and how we approach our work. Whether it is in the approach we take to address a customer problem or how we develop an innovative new technology or solution we always strive to do things differently,” Timmy O’Dwyer, vice president Global Service Parts Operations at Dell Limerick, told I Love Limerick.He was speaking at a STEAM event we recently co-hosted with the American Chamber of Commerce Ireland to showcase the role that Ireland’s creative and artistic community can play in driving innovation in the world of business and technology.Full STEAM AheadThe event’s theme was “Full STEAM Ahead in the Mid-West – Celebrating Great Innovation,” and Barry O’Sullivan, general manager at Johnson & Johnson, was one of several speakers sharing tweet-able visions for the opportunities that support for STEAM can bring:“Why can’t we be a combination of the Ruhr valley, Silicon Valley and Broadway?” Barry O’Sullivan #STEAM #teamovate #limerick“— Louise Donlon (@LouiseDonlon) June 13, 2017ShareSomething else O’Sullivan said at the event stood out to attendee Tom Kitt:“Barry’s key point struck a chord with me. Forget about all the hype and the fancy stuff – when it all boils down we are only here to pass on something better that when we got it.”According to Mark Redmond, chief executive, American Chamber of Commerce Ireland, there is more core research and development being done in the Irish operations of U.S. companies like Dell than ever before.My teammate across the pond, Dave Griffin, spoke with Redmond at the event and you can hear more of his thoughts in this interview:It Just Makes SenseAdding support for the arts is more than just a feel-good thing that Dell is doing as we expand from STEM to STEAM. It makes good business sense.According to research by Michigan State University, there is a link between childhood arts activities and patents generated in adulthood.The team of multidisciplinary researchers studied a group of MSU Honors College graduates from 1990 to 1995 who majored in STEM fields. According to MSUToday, they found of that group, those who own businesses or patents received up to eight times more exposure to the arts as children than the general public.More patents means more invention and that’s vital to businesses who want to stay ahead.Such studies also mean there’s reason for me to put aside my “mom guilt” over the fact that my daughter prefers singing to science. Exposure to both could one day lead her to new discoveries that will benefit us all.last_img read more

Sutton Foster Leaves Us With Several Questions in the Younger Season Finale

first_imgWhat Will Caitlin Think of Josh?Josh and Liza meet up, and he forgives her for hiding her real identity. The pair reconciles, and with Liza’s daughter Caitlin on the way back from India, their relationship is sure to enter a new stage in the next season. Will it survive once the age gap is out in the open? We’ll have to wait and see! Until, then, here’s some statement jewelry. Diana’s Statement Jewelry of the Week!It’s the end of an era; for the season finale, Diana Trout has forgone a statement necklace and has instead opted for a satellite on each ear. Like virtually every other Diana wardrobe choice, it’s a bold one, and it pairs well with the previously seen white cape. Here’s to another season of power jewelry. Diana will of course have to up the ante, so start those neck workouts, Miriam Shor. Can Martha Get Away with Blackmailing?The big drama at Empirical is that Ellen is writing another memoir, and a certain fictional publishing firm has the first bid. “The gays and the housewives are going to love this,” says Kelsey. It’s an absurd exclamation, but we’d be lying if we said we didn’t say it about this. The Random House exec (Tony nominee Martha Plimpton) who Trout dines recognizes Liza as an old co-worker: one who would certainly no longer be 26. Random House exec Plimpton then blackmails her: share Empirical numbers for the bid, keep the secret. She makes the mistake of leaving a paper trail, and Liza strikes back. No age reveals at the office this season! Star Files We’ve made it to the end of the season, folks. From panties to necklaces, it’s been a wild ride, and after the Molly-laden confession to Josh last week, Liza has a lot of work ahead if she wants to reconcile the relationship. Spoiler: Their relationship eventually reaches a definitive status by the end, but we still have plenty of questions for her. Take a look below at just some of the questions we found ourselves asking in the final episode of the first season.EPISODE 10: The Old Ma’am and the C#TeamWho?Liza meets up with a melancholy Josh in an attempt to apologize. But it’s only the first minute of the episode, so of course it won’t resolve so easily. We’ve critiqued Josh in the past, but he’s coming from a very logical place here. “Nothing was real if it came from a lie,” he says, explaining to Liza the root of his uneasiness. However, we’re far more invested in Liza’s place at Empirical—the initial reason for the whole façade—than this Josh drama. Sorry, we’re #TeamCharles. No, not even. #TeamLiza. View Comments Sutton Foster Who’s the David Burtka Imposter?!In an effort to win back Josh, Liza leaves him with a flash drive full of photos of her real life. Sutton riding a tricycle! Sutton with a perm! Sutton at the school dance…but not with David Burtka! It’s no mystery the attempt works. What is a mystery however, is who this date is if not It Shoulda Been You’s Burtka. Was this also a Sadie Hawkins dance? Was his tie as astral as Burtka’s? These are the real questions we want answers to in season two. Can Liza Get Away with Murder Lying?Thank goodness for Season 2, because Liza’s scheme is not unraveled in the office. Don’t get us wrong; we want things to work out for Liza. However, this whole “pretending to be younger” bit has always been more fun to watch as a dating ploy than as a felony. Liza the Boss is upstaged this week by a scare that could compromise all that. But first, let’s imagine a world in which Diana also knows Liza’s secret. Would Trout still scold her for being on her cell? Would she take credit for her accomplishments? Would Liza put up with any of it? Would she make a salary that would afford her some statement jewelry?last_img read more

Navy Ships Offer Training, Deliver Supplies to the Americas

first_imgBy Dialogo February 17, 2009 The U.S. Navy is pursuing an active partnership with nations throughout the Americas, and a tour by the USS Swift is one of its most recent manifestations. The high-speed vessel has been to Panama twice since the beginning of the year, training students in the National Air and Maritime Service and the national police. U.S. Navy personnel have taught courses on waterborne security, small boat navigation and repair as well as port security. After completing instruction, the Panamanians will know how to conduct seaborne escort missions and high-speed evasive maneuvers. The U.S. sailors also offered a life-saving course and distributed $182,000 in medical supplies, surgical instruments and clothing. During an earlier stop in Colombia, Swift sailors and members of the Colombian navy together spruced up an old school in the coastal city of Cartagena, scraping and painting the walls for an excited group of kindergarten and elementary school children. For some American sailors, it was an opportunity to break away from typical tourist diversions, form new friendships and make a difference in a local community. Before the school rehab, Swift crew members turned over a ton of medical supplies to a Colombian charity for distribution. Under the Project Handclasp program, U.S. naval vessels transport donated humanitarian goods in unused cargo space and deliver them at scheduled ports of call. Training was also offered on how to use nonlethal weapons to control crowds — a fancy way to describe improving security through the use of pepper spray and tight anti-riot personnel formations. *Personnel Train For Disaster, Tourist Protection* The Swift’s five-month deployment to seven countries is part of a broader program known as the Southern Partnership Station, or, in Navy parlance, “SPS.” Every year the Navy sends ships to Central America, South America and the Caribbean to participate with partner nations in missions aimed at developing and testing the ability of civil and maritime services to respond to any number of situations. Sharing expertise is an invaluable way to promote military-to-military communications, in the view of the U.S. military. Such sharing also improves regional security needed to deal with transnational challenges, such as a colossal disaster, that are too great for a single nation to handle. During the Swift’s visit to Barbados, the focus was on subjects including harbor and airport security and small arms marksmanship. The Barbadian Royal Defense Forces were joined by personnel from Dominica, Grenada, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Antigua and Barbuda, and St. Lucia for the port-security portion of the training — a subject that is crucial for the tourism industry. The program generates a beneficial ripple effect as newly trained personnel go back home and set up their own training programs. Hands-on training in Barbados and aboard the Swift included pier, vehicle and container inspections and warehouse profiling, as well as anti-terrorism techniques. The Swift still has scheduled port calls in Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic. It is carrying personnel from the Navy’s Expeditionary Training Command, the Naval Investigation Service Security Training and Assessment Team, and the Marine Corps Training and Advisory Group as well as many information system technicians to help install and train partner nations on a new computer-based vessel identification program. During a stop in Port Antonio this year, the Jamaican Defense Force talked about counternarcotics missions and real-world problems. Swift teams were able to tailor training to the Jamaicans’ specific needs. In 2008, the Swift stopped in El Salvador, where combat leadership training was one of a number of specialized offerings. Swift Commander Christopher Barnes said the training experience was meant to build lasting partnerships, establish enduring relationships and enhance maritime security. The Southern Partnership Station initiative operates under the direction of the U.S. Southern Command based in Miami. The command oversees U.S. contacts in 31 countries in the region. The commander of the U.S. 4th Fleet said SPS 2009 “provides an excellent opportunity to facilitate cooperation, interaction and communication between regional partners’ civil and maritime services.” Rear Admiral Joseph Kernan said side-by-side training with partners will help build “strong relationships, improve interoperability and enhance regional maritime security.”last_img read more

Berger calls on Congress to better regulate fintech in op-ed

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » In an op-ed published in American Banker, NAFCU President and CEO Dan Berger called on lawmakers to ensure fintech firms are subject to the same data security and consumer protection standards as credit unions.“While this new and budding industry presents opportunities and innovations, ill-supervised and under-regulated industries can present sizeable risks for consumers and the financial marketplace as a whole,” wrote Berger.Berger noted that while fintechs have greatly increased their footprint in our society, their data security standards are less rigorous than traditional financial institutions nor are they supervised in the same manner. On the other hand, he argued that credit unions go to great lengths to ensure their products are in compliance with the law, meet all supervisory guidelines and adhere to necessary consumer protections.last_img read more

Keeping your mental health strong with New Year’s resolutions

first_imgBINGHAMTON (WBNG) — Experts at Lourdes Hospital say easing the burden on your mental health isn’t easy, but can be done with small goals for the new year. Hooper suggests if you’re looking to strengthen your mental well-being as a goal for the year 2020, it’s better to start off with the smaller steps and to take it day by day. Psychiatry Nurse Practitioner at Lourdes, Kay Hooper, says the idea of the new year creates a sense of hope for people to restart, especially when it comes to mental health. One of the main things she recommends is keeping track of your eating and sleeping habits. She says make sure you’re eating enough throughout the day and getting seven to eight hours of sleep. In addition to exercising, Hooper also says every day, you can make it a goal to write down or even list in your head just a few things you are grateful for. In the end, Hooper says the best goal to have for your mental health is to recognize when you may need help. She says recognizing and getting help is already a big accomplishment for the new year.center_img If you feel you are in need of immediate help, you can reach out to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. “There’s actually some really good research that indicates that when we can increase the level of gratitude that we feel for anything… that can really improve our mental health’s state,” said Hooper. Even if you’re not the type of person to hit up the gym, Hooper says doing even a simple exercise whether at a gym or at home can boost your mood. You can make a list of workouts to do or go for a jog. “When we don’t sleep our brain doesn’t get to recover as well and, of course, our mental and emotional health has a lot to do with how well our brain is functioning,” said Hooper.last_img read more

Cuomo: All N.Y. schools can reopen for fall

first_imgAll New York state schools have their own plans on how they want to approach reopening. According to Cuomo, all regions in the state are well below the infection limit, prompting the ability for schools to reopen. Students will need to have masks with them at all times. Schools will need to provide masks for students who do not have one. This is a developing story. Stay with 12 News for updates. Schools were originally closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.center_img (WBNG) — Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Friday that all schools in New York State can reopen for fall for in-person learning. A list of schools in the Southern Tier and their reopening plan can be found by clicking here. Schools will need to will need to have plans for contact tracing, testing and online learning. They will also need to have listening sessions with with teachers and parents.last_img read more

House-passed stimulus bill includes pandemic funding

first_imgJan 29, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – Yesterday the US House of Representatives passed an $819 billion economic stimulus bill that included funding for pandemic influenza and bioterrorism countermeasures, and now the Senate will debate its version of the measure, which also includes spending on some of the same items.President Barack Obama and several Democratic legislators have hailed the public health spending provisions as a way to create jobs and boost the productivity of the American workforce. However, some lawmakers oppose spending provisions, particularly those aimed at government departments.The House bill includes $900 million for biomedical advanced research and development, pandemic flu, and cyber security to help the nation better prevent or respond to a natural or man-made biological threat, according to a Jan 15 statement from Trust for America’s Health (TFAH), a nonprofit health advocacy group in Washington, DC.The House plan also includes $3 billion for disease prevention, including funding for state and local health departments and immunization programs, and $20 billion for health information technology.Jeff Levi, PhD, executive director of TFAH, said in the statement, “This is an unprecedented one-time investment in public health.” In 2008, a TFAH expert panel reported that the country faces annual $20 billion shortfalls in critical public health program funding across state, local, and federal levels.The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) said in a Jan 15 statement that federal support for effective public health programs has eroded steadily over several years. “This (House) bill would reverse that course and set the stage for an emphasis on wellness in forthcoming discussions of reform of the nation’s health system,” the group said.On Jan 27 TFAH released a statement applauding the Senate Appropriations Committee for including $16 billion for public health in its version of the stimulus bill. “This funding is desperately needed to revitalize and modernize the country’s ailing public health system, and we’ll be putting more Americans to work in programs that will directly improve the health of communities where they live,” Levi said.The Senate bill includes $870 million to complete funding for the nation’s pandemic influenza plan. It also includes $5.8 billion for prevention and wellness efforts, including $600 million to boost the healthcare, and $5 billion toward the modernization of health information technology.TFAH said the Senate’s stimulus bill includes funding to modernize the nation’s capacity to respond to a pandemic outbreak, along with equipment and medications to detect, contain, and treat pandemic influenza.Yesterday the House passed its stimulus measure by a 244-to-188 margin, with Republicans unanimously opposing the bill. It’s unclear how the bill will fare in the Senate, where Democrats have a slimmer majority.Senate debate on the bill could begin as early as Feb 2, the Associated Press reported today.Once the Senate passes its stimulus bill, a conference committee made up of members from both Congressional chambers will meet to resolve differences between the House and Senate bills.During a US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) webcast yesterday on the status of the nation’s pandemic preparations, Robin Robinson, director of the HHS Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), addressed what would happen if legislators strip money for pandemic measures out of the stimulus package.”We need to continue to develop antiviral drugs, and some of the money in that request was earmarked for that,” he said. “Second, we need to finish buying adjuvants [immune-boosting chemicals] for our [vaccine] stockpile, and some of the money was for that. Those would be the two primary effects if we didn’t get the money.”In a Jan 8 pandemic plan progress report, former HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt said the HHS planned on adding prepandemic vaccine doses to the national stockpile and has plans to buy 5.2 million doses of a GlaxoSmithKline adjuvant that it will pair with the government’s existing supply of GlaxoSmithKline vaccine.See also:Jan 27 TFAH press releaseJan 15 TFAH press releaseJan 15 NACCHO press releaselast_img read more

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