Hamilton hits a home run

first_imgT3rd Kenny Aihara (3) 37ptsHere we go again, but this time with the threat of rain all about which is unusual for mid November.  We had this happen last year and it may be the trend that we have a later than normal rainy season.  Like Mark Twain said, “Everybody talks about the weather but nobody does anything about it.”David Rose with the autographed Masters golf flag.A full mob of 28 golfers were ready for today’s comp at Green Valley.  One was much luckier than the others but we will get to that later.  Working our way up the totem pole, it was a tie for third at 37 points with both David Rose and Ken Aihara, playing off 3, sharing the podium spot.I must take this opportunity to thank David Rose for the Masters flag he presented to us and signed by none other than Arnold Palmer and addressed to The Golf Club!  It’s easy to remember Mr. Palmer’s victories at the Masters as it was every other year from ’58, ’60, ’62 and 1964.  We are honoured to have this treasured flag on the walls of The Club.  Dave knows Mr. Palmer quite well as he was the Head Golf Professional at the Arnold Palmer Bay Hill Resort in Orlando.  Thanks so much Dave.Now back to the scoring and we found Alan Rothwell carding a 40-pointer that on any other day would have given him the win.  But today it was 3 shots short as Kev Hamilton was firing on all cylinders and with a bit of luck and the rub of the green he scored a fantastic 43 points for the win.Friday, Nov. 13, Bangpra (white tees) – StablefordT1st David Rose (3) 36ptsT1st Jim Dundon (17) 36pts3rd Alan Rothwell (8) 34ptsFriday the thirteenth!  It turns out that it was scarier than the boys bargained for as some serious rain and even more serious lightening got closer than we have ever experienced.  It started out fairly benign and the trip out to Bangpra pretty innocuous.  The course was in great condition but with slow greens – can you believe it at Bangpra?  Of course we had the usual simian antics but at the turn, the heavens opened and most took fortunate shelter at the drinks stand to wait it out.Kam, Jimmy Dundon and Jim Kurzava with Fred Birch on the 11th at Bangpra.Then the lightening started and we counted… flash… 8 seconds… flash… 6 seconds… flash… no seconds!  It seemed the strike was literally above our heads but all reported in safely.  Heading off to continue play and arriving at the 11th tee box, the large tree next to the white tees had been shorn in half by a lightning strike and if anyone had been underneath there is no telling what could have happened.This bothered a few of the lads but not our podium finishers.  At third was the familiar name of Alan Rothwell turning in a 34 point card.  Two shots ahead we found a tie with Jimmy Dundon and David Rose sharing the win on 36 points each.  Nice to see they all finished with ten fingers and ten toes!Thanks to all who joined us on Soi L.K. Metro this past week and hope to see you again soon.Note: The Golf Club is located on Soi LK Metro. Just call 085 434 3377 or see our website www.golfclubpattaya .com and for more information mail us: pattaya4golf@gmail.com and see updates at www.facebook.com/golfclubpattaya… all handicaps welcome! PSC Golf from The Golf ClubMonday, Nov. 9, Green Valley (white tees) – Stableford1st Kevin Hamilton (17) 43pts2nd Alan Rothwell (7) 40ptsT3rd David Rose (3) 37ptslast_img read more

One week left, questions to answer _ and some certainty, too

first_imgMARTAVIS BRYANT makes a valiant one-handed catch for a touchdown in the second quarter. But the Steelers lost in the end, 27-24, to the Patriots, Dec. 17. (Photo by Courier photographer Brian Cook)One week left, lots of questions to answer.And plenty of certainty in the NFL, too.First, to the seemingly sure things, start with the AFC. Does anyone really believe the conference title game won’t be at Gillette Stadium? Or that the Patriots won’t be hosting the Steelers?The separation in the AFC is as stark as the wide-openness of the NFC. Barring a collapse or more major injuries — Pittsburgh already is minus the league’s best receiver, and perhaps the NFL’s best player, Antonio Brown, who’s due back for the postseason — New England will go after its sixth Lombardi Trophy or Pittsburgh will try for its seventh.Kansas City could be pesky, but that’s about it. Jacksonville, despite its sensational turnaround, appears a year away from true championship status. Baltimore’s defense can scare opponents, while its offense only scares Ravens fans.Buffalo? Nice to see you after nearly two decades out of the playoffs, if you get there. The Chargers can do some dynamic things, but not nearly enough to be a threat.Simple.One more certainty: Cleveland’s headed for 0-16 ignominy, joining the 2008 Lions. That the Browns also lost 15 games last season undoubtedly stamps them as one of the worst teams in sports history.Of course, there always are some puzzlements in sports, and the AFC has these:— Will Hue Jackson really survive as Browns coach, even after owner Jimmy Haslam said he would be staying? New GM John Dorsey might have a say in that.“I’m not going to change,” Jackson said Sunday. “I’m going to be very consistent with this group. I have their total trust, they have mine. We just have to do some things better.”Some things? How about everything?— Will Chuck Pagano keep his coaching gig in Indianapolis after such a disappointing season punctuated by the fiasco of Andrew Luck’s injury rehab?— Is Marvin Lewis leaving Cincinnati, where, despite Sunday’s win, the team has been more Bungles than Bengals?— Does Todd Bowles get the contract extension he deserves with the talent-poor Jets?Tune in when the calendar turns to 2018.On the field, the NFC is far more intriguing. It’s hard to argue that any of the six teams who get into the playoffs — the Eagles, Vikings , Rams , Saints and Panthers have qualified, with the Falcons or Seahawks getting the other berth — isn’t capable of a long run. Injury-ravaged Seattle’s solid performance Sunday in eliminating the Cowboys makes that obvious, and the Falcons have some recent pedigree, even though they haven’t played up to the standard that got them so close to grabbing the Lombardi last February.“In these situations where it truly is a must-win game, we don’t have to make anything up,” receiver Doug Baldwin said. “We’re well-prepared for it. The process that we’ve gone through the whole season really helped us today.”Who is the favorite in the conference? Had Carson Wentz remained healthy, Philadelphia would have that role. While the Eagles are the leader for home-field advantage, the other four qualifiers won’t fear them — or anyone else — in the postseason.Well, until they have to face the formidable AFC champ, New England or Pittsburgh.There are coaching complexities in the NFC, too.— Who gets the job with the Giants, where it’s unlikely Steve Spagnuolo is given a shot with nothing much changing on the scoreboard under his interim leadership?— Is Kirk Cousins playing his final game as Redskins quarterback on Sunday, at the Giants, before striking it even more rich elsewhere?— Do John Fox in Chicago, Dirk Koetter in Tampa Bay and Jim Caldwell in Detroit remain as coaches?— Can Todd Gurley’s late surge — he’s actually been spectacular for most of the season — get him a league MVP award? Could Wentz, despite missing the month, still walk off with it?— Will the Vikings be the first team to play in a Super Bowl they are hosting in their stadium?Maybe of most interest, given the uproar over officiating this season, is how calls will affect the 12 teams who take to the road to the Super Bowl on Jan. 1? If you think the controversies of the last four months were wild, just wait.___More AP NFL: http://www.pro32.ap.org and http://www.twitter.com/AP_NFLlast_img read more

Ngakoue says Incognito used weak racist slurs during game

first_imgJACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Yannick Ngakoue says whatever Buffalo Bills guard Richie Incognito was trying to accomplish didn’t work.The Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end stood by his tweet accusing Incognito of using “weak racist slurs” during their playoff game, but the second-year pro declined Monday to provide more details about what was said.“I’ve been playing this game for what, 12, 13 years now,” Ngakoue said. “I’ve never encountered nothing like that.”Ngakoue called out Incognito on Twitter hours after Jacksonville’s 10-3 victory , referring to the offensive lineman by his No. 64 jersey.“Great win today! And 64, you goin have to come harder than some weak racist slurs. I’m proud of my African heritage, as are 70% of the other Black players in this league. #Iaintjonathanmartin!”Ngakoue declined Monday to disclose what Incognito said.“I just felt like people needed to know what happened,” he said. “He knows what he said. I don’t got to repeat it.”An NFL investigation found that Incognito and two Miami Dolphins teammates engaged in persistent harassment directed at fellow offensive lineman Jonathan Martin, who left the team in the middle of the 2013 season. Incognito was suspended for the final eight games and sat out the 2014 season before joining the Bills.Fellow Jaguars defensive end Calais Campbell said several Buffalo players were talking trash during the game, especially in the second half. But the 10th-year pro said he never heard anything inappropriate.“I think they were really trying to get us to lose our cool and try to get penalties,” Campbell said. “There were a lot of guys talking as if it was coached to get us to lose our cool, so we can get a 15-yard penalty. I think that’s something we’re going to have to deal with because we’ve shown we can be a little too aggressive at times.“(That’s) going too far, though. I understand trying to give yourself an advantage, and you see somebody trying to egg them on to try to get a penalty, I understand that. But there are boundaries. You don’t go to racial slurs; that’s not OK.”Incognito was not present in the locker room during Buffalo’s hour-long media availability Monday. He also did not respond to a text message from The Associated Press seeking comment.Bills rookie left tackle Dion Dawkins said he didn’t hear Incognito say anything that crossed the line.“I was next to Richie the entire game and Richie did not say one thing,” Dawkins said. “And if he did, (you) best believe I would’ve been one of the first people to basically check him on it because there’s races. There’s a lot of stuff that’s going on in this country, and there’s boundaries. But if he did overstep, I would have said something. As far as I know, he did his thing.”Ngakoue saw it differently, saying Incognito’s words came after a pass play.“I’ve been playing this game since I was a little kid,” Ngakoue said. “You hear all type of stuff. Stuff’s not going to bother you, but somebody says something about your ethnicity, that’s really kind of taking it a little bit too far. I’m all with trash talk. It’s part of the game, but you can’t say certain things.”Although Ngakoue said he didn’t tell officials or mention it during postgame interviews, he felt compelled to take his complaint to social media.“Look at the world we live in,” he said. I’m not shocked. It is what it is. … It just goes to show you we’ve still got a lot of growing to do as a league and just as people, period. That’s why we have this platform to use to try and help bring change.”___AP Sports Writer John Wawrow in Buffalo, New York, contributed to this report.___For more NFL coverage: http://www.pro32.ap.org and http://www.twitter.com/AP_NFL Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Yannick Ngakoue (91) tries to stop Buffalo Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor who scrambles from the pocket in the first half of an NFL wild-card playoff football game, Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton)last_img read more

Tirico, Dungy, Harrison set to call Falcons-Saints

first_imgFILE – In this Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016 file photo, announcers from left: Mike Tirico, Tony Dungy and Rodney Harrison work on the set inside Arrowhead Stadium before an NFL football game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Oakland Raiders, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)NEW YORK (AP) — When fans tune into NBC’s Thanksgiving night broadcast of the Falcons-Saints game, they might do a double take.Rather than seeing Mike Tirico, Tony Dungy and Rodney Harrison in the studio for the pregame and halftime programs, those three will be calling the game.It’s nothing new for Tirico, who does play-by-play on Notre Dame games for NBC, spent years as the main voice on ESPN’s Monday night games, and has been working nationally televised contests on holidays since 2002.Dungy has worked in the booth before, too, including with Tirico. For Harrison, though, this is a first-time experience.“This is definitely unfamiliar territory for me,” says Harrison, who played 15 pro seasons at safety and won two Super Bowls. “I’m trying to figure what I want to talk about, how I want to focus on the offense or the defense. Mike tells me just to talk about what you see, that my being on the field and in the locker room as a player, just talk about what you feel like you want to talk about and have fun.“I am not going to try to be Cris Collinsworth or Troy Aikman. I will trust my instincts.”There’s one thing Harrison definitely knows he won’t do.“One of the things I am focusing, there are many announcers who think they have to talk about every single thing they see on every single play,” he says. “That’s one of the things that really irks me when I watch a game. I promise I will not be that guy. There will be no one saying, ‘Shut the hell up Rodney, I am tired of listening to you.’ That will not happen.”Dungy laughs when the Harrison remark is relayed. The Hall of Fame coach, like Harrison, is not one to pull his punches, but he also knows he can’t be wailing away verbally.What Dungy and Harrison can bring to the game is something not delivered by most NFL broadcasts: the perspective of the defense. So their critiques figure to be refreshing when you consider how many analysts in booths on the networks are former quarterbacks.“I think Rodney really will give some insight they do not really get elsewhere,” Dungy says. “Especially in a game like this, which will be so much of an aerial attack and passing. So, what should and can be done on defense to counteract it. In that area, I think we will both have good things to say.“It is a fine line how much to say, and I have worked with Mike twice and he is great because he will lead us into things, help us know when to talk and when not to. When I have something to say that will be helpful to the audience, that is when you want to say it. If it is not going to add to their knowledge, then you keep quiet.”Tirico recognizes the importance of the comfort level the trio of announcers can carry into the broadcast. After all, they not only spend all of Sunday together, they also share thoughts via text or phone during the week.That can be a key for any broadcast crew. If there is any tension or animosity, it often is detected by the audience.“It’s a bit easier having the last couple of years together, or the few Thursday nights we worked on the field, being around the package when we had it,” Tirico says. “Every Sunday for the better part of 11 to 12 hours we are catching every game in the league and then doing the pregame show live and then watching the Sunday night game.“There is no learning curve for getting comfortable with the guys.”And the viewers are certain to benefit.___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFLlast_img read more

Jaydev Unadkat and R Ashwin propose face-mask for bowlers protection

first_imgAdvertisement 03NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs7anvcWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Eed7( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 39Would you ever consider trying this?😱8cbCan your students do this? 🌚hq9iRoller skating! Powered by Firework Indian duo of Ravichandran Ashwin and Jaydev Unadkat have demanded the Board of Cricket for Control in India (BCCI) to introduce face masks in the wake of Ashok Dinda incident, which saw the pacer survive a massive scare after being hit on the forehead with a ball.Advertisement Unadkat was the first to demand protection for the bowlers on the very same day when Dinda suffered injury. Taking to Twitter, the left-arm medium pacer suggested that such incidents have become regular, which calls for some action. He even asked Ravichandran Ashwin to give his take on this.Advertisement Ashwin, on February 14, concurred with his fellow national teammate, suggesting that ever since the T20 format has popular, these type of incidents have been taking place.On February 11, Dinda had survived a massive injury scare during Bengal’s T20 practice game for Mushtaq Ali Championship. The incident took place when the batsman hit the ball fiercely straight back at the bowler. Dinda tried to catch the ball, but was too late to react, which resulted in the ball hitting his forehead.He fell to the ground instantly, and the players surrounded and checked up him, fearing a serious injury. The physio and medical staff immediately reached the spot and took note of the hit he suffered.  Advertisementlast_img read more

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Old master Federer tames Nishikori at Tour Finals

first_imgBy Martyn HermanRoger Federer produced another masterly display to beat Japan’s Kei Nishikori 6-3 6-2 and move a step closer to the semi-finals at the ATP World Tour Finals on Tuesday.The six-times former champion was at his imperious best to subdue the 24-year-old U.S. Open runner-up and will reach the last four should Canada’s Milos Raonic defeat Andy Murray in the day’s other Group B match.Although this year’s tournament is still to witness a three-set match, the entertainment served up by world number two Federer and Asian trailblazer Nishikori kept the capacity O2 crowd enthralled for one hour and nine minutes.The 33-year-old Federer, who can still knock Novak Djokovic off the top of the rankings before the end of the year, fought off two break points in the third game and broke himself a game later with a flowing forehand pass.That was enough for the Swiss maestro to secure the opener and the quality of his play pressured Nishikori into several errors at the same stage of the second set as he forged further into the distance.There were flashes of inspiration by Nishikori, a top-spin lob here and a crunching backhand pass there, but he lacked the authority he showed in beating home favourite Murray on Sunday.Federer, who began his record 13th appearance at the ATP Tour Finals by beating Raonic in straight sets, has only once failed to survive the group stage and looks poised to take centre stage again at the weekend.last_img read more

Barcelona dumped out of Cup by last-gasp Athletic strike

first_imgRecord 30-times winners Barcelona were sent crashing out of the Copa del Rey in a 1-0 defeat at Athletic Bilbao on Thursday after a stoppage-time header from Inaki Williams.Spanish striker Williams glanced a cross into the bottom corner to spark jubilant scenes at a rocking San Mames stadium and recalled Aritz Aduriz’s added-time goal in Athletic’s 1-0 home win over Barca on the first day of the Liga season.They join Real Sociedad, Granada and second-tier Mirandes in Friday’s semi-final draw, which will not include Real Madrid, Barca or Atletico Madrid for the first time in 17 years.The defeat heaped more misery on Barca in a tough week for the Catalans in which captain Lionel Messi spoke out against sporting director Eric Abidal and forward Ousmane Dembele was ruled out for the rest of the season with a hamstring injury.Barca defender Gerard Pique said the team needed to show unity and refrain from in-fighting, adding that the performance, if not the result, proved that they had moved on from the saga.“Now is not the time to air our dirty laundry, all I can say is we have 100% confidence in ourselves and we are pleased with how we played today and how we have reacted in the face of all this noise,” he said.“It’s very tough to have been knocked out but we can take a lot of positive things from the game.”Coach Quique Setien said he was hurt by the elimination but was pleased with the display.“Today everything went well apart from the result,” he said. “We took a step forward in our play and I’m pleased with many things we did, I’m not only looking at the result.”Messi spurned a glorious late opportunity for the visitors when he could only shoot at the legs of Athletic keeper Unai Simon and his fellow striker Antoine Griezmann also went close in the second half.The game looked to be heading into extra time when Williams missed a gilt-edged chance but he made amends by getting the slightest of touches on a cross from Ibai Gomez in the third minute of stoppage time.“I’m lost for words, you should never lose faith,” Williams told reporters. “The fans deserved this moment after the way they supported us and I now hope we can go on and fulfil the dream that we all have by going on to win it.”The victory must have felt like redemption for Athletic, who were knocked out of the Cup by Barca in 2017 and 2016 and lost to them in the final in 2009, 2012 and 2015.The Catalans have appeared in the last six finals but they joined Real Madrid in being knocked out after Zinedine Zidane’s side were beaten 4-3 at home by Real Sociedad earlier on Thursday.last_img read more

Now Oliech is dropped for Malawi

first_imgThe same sources revealed the striker had not joined the team’s camp by Thursday despite the fact that he was with the team on Wednesday when they played Nigeria.Oliech was suspended for the Super Eagles tie having accumulated two yellow cards in previous Group F fixtures and his absence once again blunts Stars’ attack following the limp forward display the team endured against the African Champions.Amrouche has recalled Gor Mahia attacker, Paul Mungai Kiongera who has just recovered from a long term injury as well as AFC Leopards winger Paul Were in a bid to pepper the cracks.His team will also be without Celtic FC star and midfield dynamo who led the side and has now been made the permanent skipper further narrowing his options in a tie Kenya will be seeking to salvage some pride having seen their Brazil World Cup dream thwarted by the Super Eagles.Wanyama who put a man-of-the-match performance on Wednesday will not be risked against The Flames who are second in Group F having picked two injuries to the same shin during the Nigeria game.Striker Kepha Aswani who also came for round criticism has also been left behind after picking a hamstring strain that checked his progress in his first start.This is the first time Oliech has been voluntarily dropped from the side since he made his debut in 2002 and establishing himself as the most depandable source for goals.In stripping him of the captaicy, Amrouche took exception with Oliech’s attitude in skipping training and his off-field antics that the Belgian noted they were not a good example to other players.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000NAIROBI, Kenya, June 9- A day after Dennis Oliech was stripped of the captain’s armband, the French Ligue 1 AS Ajaccio’s Harambee Stars future hangs in the balance after he was axed from the travelling squad to Malawi that left on Sunday.Sources told SuperSport.com that head coach, Adel Amrouche questioned the veracity of listing the record goal scorer in the squad whilst he has not been training with his teammates in the build-up to the Nigeria and Malawi 2014 World Cup qualifiers.last_img read more

Real rule out January De Gea move

first_imgIt had been suggested this week that Real could wait it out until the end of the season to secure the services of De Gea on a free transfer, but Perez says that is not the case.He fully expects the Spaniard to pen a new deal at Old Trafford, to ensure he returns to United’s starting line-up and, in the process, retain his place in the Spain starting line-up.“We will certainly not sign De Gea in January,” Perez told Cadena Cope. “Right now, we don’t contemplate this. We have three magnificent goalkeepers.”Commenting on De Gea’s contract situation and his international career, Perez added: “The great players are never free. The ones that arrive for free and that are available are mediocre players.“It’s difficult that a player will remain a year without playing. De Gea has to do what is best for his career.“He, through his agent [Jorge Mendes], preferred not to renew and to come to Spain.“We had to make an effort in order for the player not to feel abandoned. They [United] tried until the end to renew his deal and only decided to sell him 12 hours before [the transfer deadline].“We had a commitment towards him, they [United] told us the cost [of the transfer] 12 hours before [the deadline] and the rest we’ve already spoken about.“We did our job as best we could. We didn’t get there on time because Manchester did not have the necessary experience to undertake these things on the final day, as was the case with Fabio Coentrao.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea warms up before an International Champions Cup soccer match against Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday, July 29, 2015, in Chicago. PHOTO/AFPMADRID, September 10- Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has ruled out the possibility of making a move to sign Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea in January.The subsequent fallout over the failed transfer saw both clubs lay the blame at each other’s feet, with Real suggesting the inexperience of United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward played a part in the deal not beating the transfer deadline.last_img read more