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Victory for McDowell

first_imgGraeme McDowell claimed his third win of the season, and third in eight events, with a hard-fought victory in the Alstom Open de France. It should also lift the former US Open champion from ninth to sixth when the world rankings are updated on Monday, with the Open Championship at Muirfield just around the corner. The 33-year-old began the day tied with Sterne and made the perfect start with a birdie from 15ft at the opening hole, but Sterne responded with a two-putt birdie on the par-five third, where McDowell was lucky not to find a water hazard with his drive. Both players then birdied the fifth before a poor drive cost McDowell a bogey on the seventh, while the par-five ninth produced matching birdies for the final group from a greenside bunker. McDowell was quick to get back on level terms at the start of the back nine, holing from nine feet for a birdie on the 10th and then missing from a similar distance on the next. Sterne dropped his first shot of the day on the 12th after driving into heavy rough and coming up short of the green with his approach, and he looked certain to also bogey the 13th as well. The South African committed the cardinal sin of taking an iron for safety only to push his tee shot into a water hazard, but after taking a penalty drop he hit his third shot to 20ft and holed for an unlikely par. Luck certainly appeared to be on McDowell’s side as he pulled his tee shot on the 16th but saw the ball take a fortunate bounce away from the rough and kick 90 degrees right. That left him with a relatively simple up and down, but he needed more fortune after pulling his par putt and the grin after it somehow found the left edge of the hole told its own story. Sterne had called for a “G-Mac bounce” after also pulling his tee shot but was not so fortunate and a bogey four gave McDowell a two-shot lead with two to play, the Northern Irishman then making certain of victory with a superb birdie on the 17th. McDowell carded a closing 67 at Le Golf National to finish nine under par, four clear of South Africa’s Richard Sterne who had been only one behind until bogeys at the 16th and 17th. Sterne eventually did well to par the 18th for a final round of 71 to make sure of outright second, with 2007 winner Graeme Storm and Spain’s Eduardo de la Riva a shot behind. McDowell missed the cut in last week’s Irish Open but reaped the rewards of staying on at Carton House over the weekend to work on his game, the first prize of 500,000 euros taking him less than 30,000 euros behind Justin Rose at the top of the European Tour’s Race to Dubai. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

McDowell left green with envy

first_imgGraeme McDowell admitted he was envious of Rory McIlroy after his fellow Northern Irishman’s victory at the Open Championship. The 34-year-old, winner of the US Open in 2010, told reporters: “They just asked me in there what my emotions are for Rory, as I watched him walk to the 16th tee box. “I used the word ‘jealousy,’ but I think what I really meant was ‘envious’. “Envious because I’d love to walk down the 18th fairway with an opportunity to win the Claret Jug. “I’d love it to be me. It’s the greatest walk in world golf. It’s in there inside me somewhere. Some year it will be my year, hopefully.” McDowell has much admiration for McIlroy’s achievement, with the 25-year-old having led at Hoylake since the end of the first round. He said: “I have a huge amount of appreciation for what he’s doing and respect for what he is in the game of golf, and how good he is for the game of golf. So, great stuff.” As for his own performance, McDowell regarded the week as a good opportunity to double his major tally missed. McDowell, who wrapped up his tournament with an eagle three at the 18th hole, said: “I said at the start of the week that this venue, it was my type of venue – not super long, not a lot of advantage for the big boys to take trouble out of play, good iron play and big flat greens where I can putt well. “These were greens that I felt I could putt well on and did putt well on. Yes, opportunity missed but could I have caught him (McIlroy)? I don’t know.” McIlroy held off the challenge of Sergio Garcia and Rickie Fowler to win at Royal Liverpool by two strokes and capture his third major title. McDowell performed impressively himself on the final day, shooting a five-under-par 67 to finish in a tie for ninth on 10 under, and was frustrated not to have been challenging higher up. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Racist Confrontation Caught on Video Investigated as Hate Crime

first_imgThe man then grabs an object from the bed of the truck and approaches the driver’s side of the vehicle.“When he came out the car, he had something and was hitting the car,” Lopez explains.Lopez can be heard screaming, telling her boyfriend to drive away.“I was afraid. I didn’t know what they had in their car. I just wanted to get home,” she says.Lopez and her boyfriend were able to record the truck’s license plate number and report it to police. They also posted it on social media, which allowed people online to quickly identify the couple by name.“We want to get justice because it’s not right,” says Lopez. “I don’t want them to just go freely and continue to do this to someone else.”Police are now investigating the incident as a hate crime. They arrested 29-year-old Gregory Howell and 29-year-old Rachel Howell over the weekend. A woman in Torrance, California, says she and her her boyfriend were the targets of vandalism and a racist rant last Wednesday night, and the incident was caught on camera.“We were just coming back from having my birthday dinner,” Itzel Lopez says. “We were just in shock. We didn’t know what was going. Why were they doing it? They don’t know us. They were being really mean and racist.”On their way home, Lopez, who is Mexican, noticed two people in a pickup truck were driving behind them for several minutes.As they approached a red light, the truck went in front of them.“I don’t know why they followed us for miles until we came to a complete stop because they cut us in front,” adds Lopez.A man and woman stepped out of the truck, and Lopez started recording.“We tried to get away. She kept standing in front of the car and wouldn’t let us leave,” according to Lopez.In the video, the other woman can be heard heard saying, “White lives matter, b—h,” as the man is seen doing a Nazi salute in front of Lopez’s boyfriend, who is Black.This morning we were made aware of the video that has been circulating on social media regarding a crime that occurred within the City of Torrance. The victim has been contacted and detectives are actively investigating this incident.— Torrance Police (@TorrancePD) July 23, 2020last_img read more

The Latest: Bills to begin season without fans in stadium

first_img August 25, 2020 The Latest: Bills to begin season without fans in stadium ___Tennessee will be selling tickets for approximately 25% of the seats at Neyland Stadium for this season.The stadium has a capacity of 102,455, counting everybody in the building, which could mean around 25,000 fansThe Volunteers’ first home game is Oct. 3 against Missouri and university officials say restrictions could change during the season based on statewide virus data and recommendations from public health officials. Tennessee asked fans statewide to wear masks in public.Athletic director Phillip Fulmer says he empathizes with the thousands of fans who won’t get to go to games in Neyland this fall. Fulmer says the circumstances are beyond the control of Tennessee officials and they will do their best to create the safest environment both inside and outside the stadium. The Minnesota Vikings will play at least their first two home games without fans in attendance.With current Minnesota Department of Health guidelines specifying an indoor venue capacity of 250 people, officials from the Vikings, the state, U.S. Bank Stadium, the NFL and the city of Minneapolis were unable to establish a prudent way to open the gates to the public for now.The Vikings will host Green Bay on Sept. 13 and Tennessee on Sept. 27 with the 66,000 seats empty. Over the ensuing five weeks, Minnesota plays at home only once, on Oct. 18 against Atlanta.In a statement, the Vikings said: “We have sought to balance the opportunity to provide fan access with the responsibility to adhere to public health and medical guidance in order to maintain the health and safety of fans, players, staff members and the broader community. Ultimately, public health is our top priority.”NFC North rivals Green Bay and Detroit have announced their first two home games will be played without fans. Chicago also will start the season without spectators but has not specified for how many games. The Turkish soccer federation says a limited number of spectators will be allowed into stadiums to watch games as of October as it relaxes coronavirus restrictions.The federation says stadiums around the country would operate at a maximum of 30% capacity.The spectators would have their temperatures taken before being admitted. They would be required to wear masks and keep to social distancing rules.The decision comes despite an uptick in in the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the country. Daily infections have jumped to more than 1,000 since Aug. 4 to reach levels previously recorded in June.___ Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The Buffalo Bills will play their first two home games without fans present, while not ruling out the possibility of allowing some into the stadium before season’s end.center_img The Bills announced the decision on their Twitter account Tuesday following discussions with state and county health officials. The team said it is still attempting to establish policies and procedures “that hopefully permit fans later this season.”State guidelines remain unchanged since June, when New York approved the resumption of pro sports but without spectators present.The Bills have offered season ticket holders the option of refunds or pushing that money to next year. Those who keep money in their account would be eligible to be included in a lottery should fans be allowed.Buffalo opens the season on Sept. 13 hosting the New York Jets, and then hosts the Los Angeles Rams two weeks later.The announcement comes a day after Bills coach Sean McDermott described the lack of league-wide uniformity regarding the presence of spectators at NFL games as being “ridiculous” after AFC East rival Miami announced it would allow up to 13,000 fans into its stadium. Associated Press ___The San Francisco 49ers will play their season opener without fans in attendance because of the COVID-19 pandemic.The team said Tuesday after consulting with local officials that the Sept. 13 game against Arizona at Levi’s Stadium will be played without spectators.The team said it would work with state and county officials to determine whether it will be safe to allow fans to attend games later this season.___ Current students and active donors to the Tennessee Fund with season tickets get top priority for tickets and season tickets will be offered based on annual amount given and the order to the Tennessee Fund.The original prices for season tickets will not change with Tennessee set to host five Southeastern Conference opponents for the first time since 1959.Students can start requesting tickets issued on a game-by-game basis Sept. 23.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sportslast_img read more

Joshua Offers to Help Fury Lose weight Ahead of Klitschko Rematch

first_imgAnthony Joshua has offered to help Tyson Fury lose weight ahead of his rematch with Wladimir Klitschko.Fury, the WBA Super and WBO world heavyweight champion, tweeted out his need to lose a “whopping 3st 3lbs” ahead of his July 9 fight and has offered to help Twitter followers lose weight with him. Joshua has joined in the conversation, suggesting his British rival get in touch for some advice of his own.“I told him I’ve got the training tips when he’s ready,” Joshua told Sky Sports News HQ.“He’s three stone overweight – I could shed that in a month, don’t worry about that. Just reach out Tyson, I’m here!”It is not the first Twitter tussle between the heavyweight stars, after Fury labelled Joshua “a weightlifter who is fighting for a paper title” days before the Olympic gold medallist was crowned IBF world champion.Joshua hit back, calling Fury “fat boy” and again made it clear he would like to fight him – and his cousin Hughie – soon, especially if the rivalry continues.“I see the demand that people want to see me fight Tyson Fury at some stage, but I’ll do it one Fury at a time,” he said.“But we’ll get the ball rolling, so whether he wins or loses and the demand is still there, I’d love to fight Tyson Fury some time.”Joshua has also revealed he will have two more fights this year,starting off with his first world title defence at The O2 on June 25.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Top seeds hope to finish strong

first_imgNow that the conference season is over, all teams have either made their case for the NCAA Tournament or have received automatic bids by winning their regular season conference championship. Now, for the first part of the postseason, top teams will hope to improve on their overall records in order to gain higher seeds in the tournament. On the other side of things, lower-seeded teams hope to play spoiler in their respective conference tournaments to try and gain an automatic bid, possibly pushing other teams out of contention. Regardless, in the coming days the competition looks to be a fierce and intense preview of the NCAA Tournament in the following week. Here are Hoops America?s conference tournament predictions.Pac-10 ? UCLA BruinsThe Bruins avoided a big loss with a very lucky shot that won a game over in-state rival California. With that win, the Bruins look to continue their hot play and make a run to win the Pac-10 Tournament. However, watch out for USC as the Trojans have been playing up to their potential recently, culminating their season with a big win over Stanford. O.J. Mayo and Taj Gibson could lead the Trojans over UCLA, but the Bruins, behind Kevin Love, Darren Collison and a strong supporting cast, should win the tournament. Regardless, UCLA is a powerhouse in a strong conference, and whether or not they win the Pac-10 Tournament, it will no doubt be a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.Big Ten ? Wisconsin BadgersAfter beating Northwestern on Saturday, the Badgers won the conference outright for the first time since 2003. Now that they have the conference won, however, they don?t want to go into the NCAA Tournament anything lower than a No. 2 seed. That being said, the Badgers will be faced with challenges from the other top five teams in the Big Ten ? Purdue, Indiana, Michigan State and Ohio State. The Buckeyes pose a threat to most teams in the conference because their tournament hopes may be on the line. All-conference guard Jamar Butler will look to lead the Buckeyes to another Big Ten Tournament title, as it may be Ohio State?s only chance to make the NCAA Tournament.Big 12 ? Kansas JayhawksDespite going into the Big 12 tournament as a No. 2 seed, Kansas has played consistently well all season, finishing the season by beating Kansas State, Texas Tech and Texas A&M, all of which were ranked teams at one point this season. Nevertheless, Texas, with the help of D.J. Augustin, will pose a threat to Kansas? tournament title hopes. Look out for Kansas State to make a run in the tournament ? with probable national player of the year and freshman star Michael Beasley at the helm, there is every reason to believe that the Wildcats should be a very feared team in the conference. Nevertheless, as Kansas is currently slotted at a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament, it will look to make its case to the bidding committee and become a possible No. 1 seed.Big East ? Georgetown HoyasThe Big East displays one of the most competitive conferences from top to bottom. Right now, it looks as if the conference will send seven teams to the NCAA Tournament ? more than any other conference in the nation. That being said, several teams can contend for the Big East Tournament title, but Georgetown will end up on top because of coach John Thompson?s ability to keep his team in check and ability to win tough games. Regardless, Jim Calhoun and the Huskies hope to continue their recent strong play as they enter the Big East Tournament as the No. 4 seed. Also, teams like Louisville ? which just barely lost to Georgetown ? could make a serious run at the title. The Big East, more than any other conference, is completely up for grabs. If there are any surprise teams in the NCAA Tournament, chances are they will be one of the several Big East teams getting a chance to show how deep the conference really is.ACC ? Duke Blue DevilsWith the recent showdown between North Carolina and Duke at Cameron Indoor Stadium, few can assume that any other team in the ACC will pose a challenge to the two top teams in the conference. The Tar Heels and the Blue Devils may be the two best teams in the country, but Duke has much more to play for than does North Carolina. As of now, Duke sits at a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament, and its only hope to gain a top seed would be to win the ACC Tournament with a bit of help from some other teams across the nation. No matter what happens with North Carolina, it will be a No. 1 seed in the tournament, so it may not play up to par with Duke.SEC ? TennesseeIn an off-year for the SEC, Tennessee was one bright spot that shined throughout the entire season. After beating Memphis, it claimed a short-lived No. 1 national ranking, but even with a loss to Vanderbilt, it maintains a top seed in the NCAA Tournament. With a weak set of teams surrounding it, and when playing in a neutral environment, the Volunteers won?t be seriously challenged by any other team in the SEC. When Tennessee lost to Vanderbilt on Feb. 26, it was in one of the most hostile environments in the country, so if faced with the challenge again, Tennessee will be ready for the task.last_img read more

Trojans’ hot start should continue

first_imgNick Burton is a senior majoring in broadcast and digital journalism. His column, “Any Given Saturday,” runs Thursdays, ironically. To comment on this story, visit dailytrojan.com or email Nick at burtonn@usc.edu. With all of the hype surrounding USC baseball’s hot start to the 2014 season — wait, what? Hype surrounding USC baseball? The team that’s had a .470 winning percentage in the last decade (and .407 in the last three years)?Yes, as has been seemingly well-documented, the USC baseball team is off to a thrilling 7-1 start, with four walk-off wins to its name — three coming in extra innings. My esteemed colleague Nick Selbe gave you all the details on Tuesday regarding the team’s early successes, so I’m here to step back and give a bigger-picture look.First, a cautionary tale: The 2012 USC baseball team started the season 7-0 and 12-3, climbing its way into the national rankings for the first time since 2007. That hot start included two consecutive home sweeps to open the season and a home win against a powerful Cal State Fullerton squad, all of which the Trojans have also accomplished this year.That 2012 team ended up 23-32, going 11-29 the rest of the way with an incredibly dismal 1-15 stretch to finish the season.Nothing was expected from that 2012 team, however, and their hot start was ultimately more surprising than their 10th-place finish in conference play that year.But this 2014 team is supposed to be different. Not that they are supposed to end up in Omaha, but the consensus seems to be that the Trojan baseball team will experience its first winning season in nine years. A collapse akin to 2012 would indeed be shocking.But why? What is different about this 2014 team, whose weekend rotation is exactly the same as 2013’s and whose starting lineup features six or seven of the same players as last year’s, which was technically the worst team USC has put on the field in close to 30 years?I harp on that a lot, much to the annoyance of many, I’m sure. But it simply underscores how dramatic a turnaround is expected of the USC baseball program this year. On paper, the only difference is that last year’s freshmen are this year’s sophomores with a mere season of collegiate experience under their belt.But the 2013 Trojans were not as bad as their record indicates. Twelve (that’s a full third) of their losses came by just one or two runs. I cannot possibly recall how many times the Trojans hung with a team that was probably more talented for seven or eight innings before finally succumbing, or how many games they could have won with just one timely hit.In 2013, the Trojans developed a sense of resiliency that I had not seen in my previous two years covering other bad USC teams. But games aren’t won based on desire, and the fact of the matter was that USC couldn’t come through in the clutch.But so far this year, the Trojans are getting those timely hits. Sure, it took them 11 innings in their first game of the season and 15 in their second, but the Trojans are doing what they failed to do throughout the 2013 campaign. The resiliency that emerged last year is back, and this time it is generating results.Last Friday, USC scored two runs in the eighth inning and two in the ninth for a 4-3 win over North Dakota State. On Sunday, they completed a sweep of the Bison by scoring two to tie the game in the eighth and then won in the bottom of the 12th after surrendering a run in the top of the frame.That can’t happen every game, of course, and on Tuesday USC suffered its first loss of the season to Long Beach State in a tight 2-1 game.Still, the 7-1 start to USC’s 2014 campaign is obviously promising.In 2012, the Trojans visited No. 6 North Carolina after a 7-1 start to their season, and they dropped the first two games before salvaging a win on Sunday.This weekend, weather permitting, the Trojans will host the No. 17 Cal Poly Mustangs at Dedeaux Field. It’s still early, but we are going to find out soon how different these 2014 Trojans really are.last_img read more

Hibs manager thrilled with Stokes addition

first_imgAhead of the match, Hibernian boss Alan Stubbs says he’s “thrilled” Anthony Stokes has joined to help their push for promotion.The Irish forward has returned to the club on loan from Celtic until the end of the season.Stokes scored 24 goals in 48 games for Hibs between 2009 and 2010….and Stubbs says the Irishman is a great signing.last_img

SIFAX Group Joins Remo 50km Ultra Race’s Sponsorship Train

first_imgOlopade, disclosed that the Chairman of Sifax Group, Dr. Taiwo Olayinka Afolabi, had been in close contact with him in the last few weeks on the possibility of joining the sponsorship train for the historic event and only yesterday gave his full approval for his company to be one of the major sponsors of the 50km Remo Ultra Race.“We are most delighted to have such a high profile company as Sifax Group as one of our main sponsors. We say a very big thank you to the company for finding this event worthy of prominent sponsorship.”Olopade, noted that, Sifax Group’s sponsorship came at a very valuable time and the addition will continually contribute immensely to the most desired further development of long distance races in Nigeria.The Valuejet Remo 50km Ultra Race will hold in Sagamu, Ogun State, Nigeria first time on African soil on Saturday, December 7, 2019, with over 1,000 runners from Mozambique, Niger, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Zambia, Namibia, Madagascar, Comoros, Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire and Nigeria, participating in the African Challenge, and another 4000 Nigerian fun runners taking part in the 5km Fun Race.The paramount ruler of Remoland, the Akarigbo of Remo, His Royal Majesty, Oba Babatunde Adewale Ajayi, last week in his palace in Sagamu, together with his 40 Traditional Council members, gave their royal blessing for the success of the historic event which would have in attendance the president of the International Association of Ultra Runners, Mr. Nadeem Khan, in attendance.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram As the days for the Valuejet Remo 50km Ultra Race draw near, more corporate Nigerian companies are joining the train of sponsors for the historic event in Nigeria and indeed Africa.The latest in this category is SIFAX Group Nigeria, a multinational conglomerate with focus in shipping, haulage, oil and gas.The news of the new addition to the list of corporate sponsors for the Valuejet Remo 50km Ultra Race was broken by the Chief Executive Officer of Nilayo Sports Marketing, Bukola Olopade, who is also General Coordinator of the race.last_img read more

Mourinho: Madrid fans will love Modric

first_imgJose Mourinho is confident that Luka Modric will become an instant hit at Real Madrid following his summer arrival from Tottenham Hotspur.The Croatia international signed a five-year deal with los Blancos in August to complete his move to the Liga champions, and his new head coach has little doubt that the gifted midfielder will become a fans’ favourite at the Santiago Bernabeu.“I am convinced that he fits right in and that the fans will love him. We signed Modric because he can help us win more trophies,” Mourinho stated to AS.“He’s a very talented player and tactically strong. Additionally, he’s a real team-player who’s always looking to help his team-mates. He adds quality and a certain magic to the team. The people at the Bernabeu will appreciate him.”The Portuguese coach then went on to discuss the situation of Kaka, and insisted that the attacking midfielder still has a role to play at Madrid.“Lots of players have encountered the same problems Kaka is experiencing now. He was plagued by physical problems when he arrived here and that’s hindered him ever since. “He has done many good things for Madrid, though, and I have already previously stated that it would not be a problem if he stayed here.“He is working hard in training and he will get his chance again at some point. I’m convinced that he will do his utmost once called upon.”Kaka appeared to be on his way back to AC Milan in the summer transfer window, but the move eventually fell through due to the Serie A side’s dire financial situation.last_img read more