Woods to take first stab at record 83rd victory at Farmers Insurance Open

first_imgRelatedPosts Woods, Manning beat Mickelson, Brady in charity match Woods, Mickelson, Manning, Brady set for showdown Woods to be inducted into 2021 Hall of Fame Tiger Woods will have his first crack at securing a record-setting 83rd PGA Tour victory in the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines in San Diego, the former world number one, has said. Woods, who tied Sam Snead at the top of the all-time PGA Tour wins list when he triumphed at the Zozo Championship in Japan last October, has won eight times at Torrey Pines with his most recent triumph there coming at the 2008 US Open. The tournament, which will be held from January 23 to 26, has been Woods’ usual first start to the year. He joins a loaded field that includes Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose, Phil Mickelson, Jon Rahm and Zander Schauffele. Woods announced his plans on his official Twitter account while also saying he will tee up at the February 13 to 16 Genesis Invitational, where the 15-time major champion is tournament host. Since equalling Snead’s record, Woods has competed in two unofficial events last month. He finished fourth in the 18-man Hero World Challenge before posting a 3-0 record as a playing captain for the victorious US side at the Presidents Cup. Reuters/NAN.Tags: Farmers Insurance OpenPGA TourTiger WoodsTorrey Pineslast_img read more

Ellsworth Girls Defeat Hermon, Mattanawcook

first_img State budget vs. job creation – January 22, 2015 Bio ELLSWORTH — The Ellsworth girls have shown strength across the board, losing just one set — and that by forfeit — in beating Hermon 4-1 and Mattanawcook 5-0. For more sports stories, pick up a copy of The Ellsworth American. Latest Posts Hancock County Court News Nov. 3 thorugh Dec. 11 – January 22, 2015 admin Latest posts by admin (see all) House fire in Winter Harbor – October 27, 2014 This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textlast_img read more

Test cricket could `die’ in several countries because of dwindling crowds

first_imgFORMER England captain Mike Brearley believes Test cricket could “die” in countries such as Pakistan, New Zealand and South Africa due to dwindling crowds.Brearley, who recently stepped down from his role as chairman of the MCC World Cricket Committee, claims Test cricket is facing a looming crisis due to the popularity of the limited-overs game.“If Test cricket declines further in places like Pakistan, and I don’t mean they’re declining as a team, they’re doing very well, but in countries like Pakistan, New Zealand, South Africa, West Indies, where there are no crowds, then it will die in those countries,” Brearley told BBC’s Sportsweek.“We made some of those statements at the end of our meeting two or three weeks ago in London and actually I’ve heard nothing from them (the game’s authorities).“I hope, nevertheless, that these things infiltrate under the surface. There’s a lot of good effort and good thinking in the ICC, but I think they’ve got to grasp, get hold of Test cricket by the scruff of the neck and put all the effort into promoting and marketing it, like they already do with marketing and promoting T20 cricket.”Brearley said Test cricket has suffered due to the rise of Twenty20 leagues in all the leading Test-playing nations.“There is a looming crisis for Test cricket. It’s already there to some extent,” he said.“But it’s likely to get worse unless something is done about it and the looming crisis has two facets.“One is that there is a conflict or tension between 20-over and 50-over cricket on the one side and five-day cricket on the other.“Secondly, there’s a tension between domestic leagues, like the Indian Premier League and also now the South African League and the Big Bash in Australia, the T20 competition that’s going to start in England, and so on.“I hope, nevertheless, that these things infiltrate under the surface. There’s a lot of good effort and good thinking in the ICC, but I think they’ve got to grasp, get hold of Test cricket by the scruff of the neck and put all the effort into promoting and marketing it, like they already do with marketing and promoting T20 cricket.”Brearley said Test cricket has suffered due to the rise of Twenty20 leagues in all the leading Test-playing nations.“There is a looming crisis for Test cricket. It’s already there to some extent,” he said.“But it’s likely to get worse unless something is done about it and the looming crisis has two facets.”One is that there is a conflict or tension between 20-over and 50-over cricket on the one side and five-day cricket on the other.”Secondly, there’s a tension between domestic leagues, like the Indian Premier League and also now the South African League and the Big Bash in Australia, the T20 competition that’s going to start in England, and so on.(Telegraph Sport)last_img read more

The Latest: Decision on German soccer season delayed

first_imgThe French government called off soccer and rugby leagues in the country on Tuesday and ended plans to resume.The top two divisions in French soccer had 10 rounds of matches left to play. PSG led second-place Marseille by 12 points and played one game less. Marseille stands to qualify directly for the Champions League while third-place Rennes would enter the qualifying rounds.___The Diamond League track meet in Lausanne, Switzerland, won’t happen as scheduled on Aug. 20.Organizers of the Athletissima say they are now looking at “alternative options and formats that could still be considered in order to offer athletes the possibility to compete.” ___Paris Saint-Germain has been declared French league champion after the soccer season ended early because of the coronavirus pandemic.The move follows the French government’s decision to call off the soccer and rugby leagues in the country because of the virus.The top two divisions in French soccer had 10 rounds of matches left to play. PSG led second-place Marseille by 12 points and played one game less.___ The Bundesliga’s plan to resume in May rests on regular testing for players. That is likely to be before they resume full-team training and before each game.Thousands of tests will be needed to complete the season. That has fueled criticism that the plan wastes resources. The vice president of Germany’s public health institute said last week testing should be focused on people who have symptoms or were linked to an outbreak.___Paris Saint-Germain says there is “nothing official” but didn’t deny that it was about to be declared French league champion.The French season ended early because of the coronavirus pandemic and sports daily L’Équipe says on its website that a decision on the league standings was expected to be ratified by the LFP’s board of directors. Associated Press Soccer authorities had been hoping to receive the go-ahead to resume league games without fans as early as May 9.Merkel met with the country’s 16 state governors and warned there is still a danger that numbers of COVID-19 infections could rise if strict containment measures are relaxed too soon.Merkel says “we have to do all we can to ensure there is no regression.”A ban on all large gatherings through the end of August will remain.The Bundesliga was suspended on March 13 with nine rounds remaining. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___German chancellor Angela Merkel says a decision on whether the country’s soccer league can resume amid the coronavirus pandemic has been pushed back to Wednesday. The biggest fight that could take place in Britain in July is Anthony Joshua’s defense of his world heavyweight belts against Kubrat Pulev in London.The fight was initially scheduled for June 20 but was postponed. It could now be held on July 25.___Germany is beginning to roll out coronavirus testing at soccer clubs in the top two men’s leagues in the hope of resuming the season next month.The German league tells news agency DPA the tests will start immediately. ___The Falmouth Road Race will go on as an “At-Home Edition.”The 48th edition of the seven-mile run that usually winds along the Cape Cod seashore in Massachusetts will instead have participants running 7 miles in their own neighborhoods at some point in a two-week period at the end of August. The race was originally scheduled for Aug. 16, but the Town of Falmouth has implemented a “no large event” policy through the end of August because of the coronavirus pandemic.Race organizers are buying $25,000 in gift cards to local businesses to hand out randomly to participants. The first 5,000 to register get guaranteed entry into the 2021 race.First run in 1973, the Falmouth Road Race typically draws a field from Olympians to recreational runners. Past winners have included Boston Marathon champions Joan Benoit Samuelson, Bill Rodgers, Catherine Ndereba and Olympic marathon gold medalist Frank Shorter. Fans have a chance to win a signed jersey in exchange for an online donation of 5 euros ($5.40) to the “Tous Unis contre le Virus” (All United against the Virus) campaign.French champion Paris Saint-Germain’s jersey is co-signed by Kylian Mbappé and Edinson Cavani.Dimitri Payet was one of France’s best players when the team reached the 2016 European Championship final and he has signed the Marseille jersey. Houssem Aouar signed Lyon’s jersey.The French league says 2 million euros ($2.2 million) has already been raised through previous fundraising in French soccer.___center_img The Latest: Decision on German soccer season delayed Vincenzo Spadafora says if the season isn’t allowed to resume “we will assume responsibility so that soccer … has the least damage possible. Because it’s worth remembering that soccer is a big industry in our country.”But Spadafora is still leaving open the possibility that teams can resume training if sports and government officials agree on a proper health protocol. He says resuming training “will have a positive effect on the possible resumption of the season.”Spadafora adds that if the protocol can’t be agreed on “the government will declare the end of the season.”___The French soccer league has launched a lottery to help raise funds for hospitals and medical staff dealing with the coronavirus pandemic. April 30, 2020 Switzerland’s government has prohibited gatherings of more than 1,000 people until the end of August.Athletissima organizers say “it is currently impossible to allow a high number of people to gather in a confined area.”The first eight track meets on the Diamond League circuit have been postponed. Lausanne was the fifth in order of the seven left on the calendar.___The Italian sports minister says the government will create an economic safety net if it orders the Serie A soccer season to be shut down. A new women’s soccer season has started in Belarus after it was initially delayed because of the coronavirus outbreak.The season started with a game between Dynamo-BGUFK and the Belarus national under-19 team. The under-19 team competes in the league alongside club squads.Fans were allowed to attend the game for free but fewer than 100 were in the stands at the stadium in Minsk.Belarus is the only country in Europe playing professional soccer during the pandemic. The men’s league started last month and the women’s league had been scheduled to start on April 16 but was delayed by two weeks because of suspicions that players had contact with people who had the virus.Belarus national soccer federation spokesman Alexander Aleinik tells The Associated Press that “tests did not confirm the virus for any of the players.” ___British boxing’s governing body says it hopes fights can be staged from July.The British Boxing Board of Control says events would likely be held without fans initially and with an emphasis on “minimal numbers” of officials and broadcast personnel.Anyone at the events will have to have been in pre-fight quarantine and had tests for COVID-19. There will initially be a maximum of five contests in a show.The BBBofC says it continues to follow advice from government and medical authorities. More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

Patriots upstage Gayle as sixes fly and records tumble in Warner Park thriller

first_imgST Kitts & Nevis Patriots produced the most astonishing Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) victory as they chased down Jamaica Tallawahs’ 241/4 on a night when sixes flew and records tumbled at Warner Park.The Tallawahs appeared home and hosed at the halfway stage after Chris Gayle had returned to torment the side he had led for the previous two seasons. The Universe Boss smashed 116 from 62 balls with 10 sixes to register his 22nd T20 century, sharing a Hero CPL record partnership of 162 with Chadwick Walton – who kept pace with Gayle in his own 36-ball innings of 73 – to propel the Tallawahs to the highest total in the history of the tournament.It was a record that would stand for only two hours as the Patriots reached 242/6 with seven balls to spare. The sixes just kept flying, the records just kept tumbling. Evin Lewis hit six Hero Maximums and three fours as he blitzed his way to 50 in just 17 balls – another Hero CPL record – and took the Patriots to 85/0 inside the Power Play before he was surprised by extra bounce and caught behind by Glenn Phillips off Andre Russell.But he had shown the way, and his team-mates followed his lead.Devon Thomas made his way to 50 off 30 balls and new arrival Laurie Evans from England gave an immediate display of his class as spin and seam alike disappeared to all parts of Warner Park.Evans’ third Hero Maximum meant that, remarkably, the Patriots were well on course for victory at halfway with 133/1 on the board and only another 108 required.But Evans fell in the 12th over, caught by Russell at deep point off Oshane Thomas for 41. When Phillips flung himself to his right to take a stunning one-handed catch to dismiss Devon Thomas at the start of Oshane Thomas’ next over things appeared to be unravelling and it looked like the Patriots’ brave and brilliant bid for victory would come up short. Carlos Brathwaite and Jason Mohammed fell in the same over without scoring.Still the Patriots kept coming, though. Shamarh Brooks joined Fabian Allen and immediately smashed his first Hero Maximum and the game’s 35th – yes, that’s another record. The next ball was slammed over mid-off and the Patriots found themselves needing just 43 from 24 balls.Allen brought up the 200 with the biggest six of all, waiting on a Jerome Taylor slower ball and sending it miles over long-on and out of the stadium. A four down the ground for Brooks took the required rate down to below 10 an over from the last 18 balls.Shamar Springer started the crucial 18th over with a nervous-looking wide and was hit through midwicket for four by Brooks before a couple of scampered twos and a single kept things on track. Allen then steered the final ball of the over past short third-man. Suddenly, the Patriots needed just 15 from 12.Another twist in this extraordinary spectacle seemed possible when Russell cleaned up Brooks for 27 at the start of the 19th over, but Allen was having absolutely none of it. A scampered leg-bye got him back on strike, and he smashed the last 14 runs required from the next three balls to complete a thrilling win.The Patriots had not just chased down the highest total ever made in the Hero CPL, but had done so with more than an over to spare.It had all looked so very unlikely when Gayle was dominating the first half of the night.He made his intentions clear from the very first over when he dispatched Allen’s left-arm spin for four through square-leg and then huge Hero Maximums over long-on and midwicket in successive balls.Alzarri Joseph dismissed the dangerous Phillips – who made a century against the Patriots last season – for just 8 but Gayle was not about to be stopped.Back-to-back boundaries off Rayad Emrit propelled Gayle into the 30s and he found a willing ally in Walton.Having not scored from the first six balls he faced, Walton then took just a further nine deliveries to reach 30 and got to 50 off 25 in all. A Gordon Greenidge-style pull shot off Dominic Drakes getting him off the mark with a Hero Maximum; the next ball was pumped down the ground for a one-bounce four.Usama Mir’s first over was pulverized. A sweep shot brought Walton four before back-to-back big hits down the ground for six, the first of them landing on the roof of Warner Park.The 50 partnership came up in 39 balls before another big over off Usama. First Walton and then Gayle cleared long-on to take the Tallawahs to three figures and leave the leg-spinner nursing figures of 0/33 from two overs.Walton won the race to 50 despite giving Gayle a three-over headstart and failing to score from his first six balls faced. Inevitably, he got there with a Hero Maximum, carved over third-man. Gayle was not far behind, pumping Joseph down the ground to reach a double landmark. Not only did it take him to 53 from 37 balls, it was also the 150th Hero Maximum of the Universe Boss’ Hero CPL career. No other player has yet reached 100.Walton was for now winning the six-hitting race here, though, adding his seventh of the innings in the same Brathwaite over to dent the Patriots skipper’s figures.And still the sixes kept coming. Gayle smashed three more from Emrit’s third over, and Walton added his eighth with a scoop over fine-leg off Drakes.Gayle brought up the 150 partnership with three sixes in a row to start Brathwaite’s fourth and final over. Thoughts of six sixes in an over ended with a single from the fourth ball but Brathwaite, having conceded just six runs in his first two overs, still ended with the bruising figures of 0/42.Gayle got through to his hundred after a nervous wait while the third umpire checked Walton had completed the second run needed to get Gayle from 98 to 100. The not out verdict confirmed Gayle’s 22nd T20 century, almost three times as many as any other player.Walton’s reprieve was short-lived, though, well caught by Brathwaite after skying one off Joseph. Relief for the Patriots – until they saw Russell walk to the crease.Gayle was still the main man, though. He picked up three successive fours off Joseph, the third of which had Russell taking desperate evasive action as the ball whistled past him at the non-striker’s end.Russell himself launched a couple of sixes of his own before he, like Gayle, departed in the final over – both caught by Brathwaite, who caught all four Tallawahs batsman to fall – as Allen got a measure of revenge.There was time for one last big hit in the innings as Springer walked in to face the final ball and sent it sailing over the ropes to take the score beyond 240. Remarkably, it would not be nearly enough.last_img read more

ABEC Football Academy: Where Footballers Play, Learn

first_imgOne of the leading football academies in the country, ABEC Football Academy is ready to commence operations any moment from now.According to a statement from the academy, a comprehensive programme is to be unveiled July 18, and operations will commence in September 2019 with all ABEC Schools hosting at least one aspect of the project in different capacities.The academy is designed to provide children desirous of a career in football with quality education alongside an elite player development football programme. The school’s goal reads, “Our overall goal is to encourage the child to develop personal / moral self discipline, cooperate and show respect for self and others; these are keys to becoming self– reliant and actualized in all he does.An official of the academy said, “The curriculum is designed to adequately prepare a good number of these players for successful football careers in Europe and secure sports scholarships into colleges in the United States”.The programme will run with three age-specific options, namely, recreational football, for athletes under the age of 10.These would further be grouped into 2 training groups: U-8 and U-10 and their training exercises will be conducted at the Primary School playgrounds of the ABEC Schools Group.There is also Collegiate Football for athletes under the age of 13.Their training exercises will be conducted at the ABEC Boarding School field, Woji.They will be exposed to 5 hours of on-the-field training, and 3 hours of competitive play each week.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Tipp minor hurling team for Déise clash named

first_imgLiam Cahill’s side take on Waterford tomorrow and if they win will book their place in the last four of the provincial competition.However, defeat would mean playing Clare in a play-off in Ennis next month.Meanwhile, the Tipp team to take on the Deise has been named. Brian McGrath from Loughmore-Castleiney assumes the captaincy as regular skipper Gavin Ryan from St Mary’s is ruled out through injury. In all there are eight surviving members in Saturday’s match day 24 from last year’s All-Ireland Final squad with 3 of those – Brian McGrath, Cian Darcy and Lyndon Fairbrother –  the only ones to start in that All-Ireland Final.Throw-in tomorrow at Walsh Park is at 2 o’clock.last_img read more

Martins Goes AWOL

first_imgMajor League Soccer side, Seattle Sounders, are waiting for Nigerian striker, Obafemi Martins, to return to training after taking a short leave of absence following his injury.The forward, who is recovering from a sprained ankle, was expected back in training on Tuesday.He had been excused to take care of some family-related matters over the weekend.The latest update now, is that Martins should be back Wednesday.“He was supposed to be here today (Tuesday). He’s missed practice today. … It’s one missed practice. He’ll be fine and we’ll move on, his team manager,” Sigi Schmid told Seattle Times.Martins is the second Nigerian player to be declared missing, after Victor Moses was also declared wanted by Jose Mourinho following his outing with the Super Eagles in South Africa.last_img read more

Filipe Luis, honored by the Metropolitan fans

first_imgThe Brazilian side Filipe Luis, what He was an Atlético de Madrid footballer for eight seasons in two stages between 2010 and 2019, and won seven rojiblanco titles, he received this Saturday the tribute of the fans of the Wanda Metropolitano stadium before the match between the Madrid team and Levante. The Brazilian defender, currently a Flamengo player in which he stood five months ago and with which he was proclaimed champion of the Copa Libertadores in November, played 333 rojiblanco official matches, divided into two stages (2010-14 and 2015-2019) in which he was always the undisputed left-hander for the rojiblanco coach, the Argentine Diego Pablo Simeone.In the list of Filipe as rojiblanco, club that arrived in 2010 from Deportivo de La Coruña are listed a League, a Copa del Rey, two European Leagues and three European Super Cups. Just before the initial kick-off of the match corresponding to the nineteenth day of LaLiga Santander, Filipe Luis was received on the lawn by a corridor formed by his former teammates, and the captain Koke Resurrrección handed him a shield of the rojiblanca entity. Later the Brazilian side made the honor roll amid the applause of the Metropolitan tier.last_img read more