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McIlroy misses the “pure joy”

first_img Press Association World number one Rory McIlroy admits he does not love golf as much as he used to when he played with “just pure joy” as a child. The 25-year-old, looking to complete a career grand slam at the Masters next week, said in an interview with the Daily Telegraph that the feeling of looking forward to time away from the course is something he never experienced as a kid. “I would be dishonest if I said my love of golf now is as big as it was back then,” he said. “I still love the game, still love playing great courses and playing with my friends and my dad. I took a trip to Augusta after Doral with dad and it was just so good. But then I don’t love golf as much as when it was just pure joy to get on to the course to play. center_img “When I was a kid, if I spent a day away from the game, I couldn’t wait to get back. Now I can’t wait for a week off. There’s just not the, ‘I can’t wait to get out of the house as quick as I can to get to the course’ feeling. “Listen, this is not a job – let’s face it, I’ve never done a day’s work in my life. But it’s an intense environment I play in and it’s just nice to get away from it for a while. When I was a kid, I never, ever wanted to get away from it.” McIlroy will head to Augusta seeking a first green jacket, having come so close in 2011 only to crash from four shots in front overnight to 10 shots behind and joint 15th place with a nightmare final-round 80. He responded superbly, however, to win his first major at the US Open two months later, and approaches the 2015 tournament with a different mindset to keep things tight. “I have to play the par fives more efficiently,” he said. “I can reach all the par fives in two without even hitting driver. Yet, maybe I have to curb my natural enthusiasm to go for pins and go for fours, not threes. For example, on the second, when they put the pin on the left, then maybe just play down to the bottom right and have an easy chip up the green. It’s still a shot gained. “And focus is everything there. One slip in concentration and you make that double bogey that really drops you down the field. If there’s any course in the world where you need 100 per cent concentration for the full four days, it’s Augusta.” Tiger Woods confirmed on Thursday that he will compete at Augusta, his participation having been in doubt with poor form and injuries in recent years having seen the American slump to 104 in the world rankings. Despite his four major wins and rise to the top of the world rankings, McIlroy does not believe he will ever match the profile of 14-time major winner Woods. “People tell me I am the new face of golf, but that is a hard one for me to fathom because, growing up, I never even thought about being that,” the Northern Irishman said. “Tiger Woods is the face of the game to the wider public and I don’t think I’ll ever be that, just because of who I am, who he is, what he represents and the people he brought to the sport. I’m never going to do that – it’s not something that’s going to be possible.” last_img read more

DUI Checkpoints to Cover Broward During First Week of July

first_imgThe roads and waterways of Broward County will be under close watch by law enforcement officials from July 2 through 7.The Broward Sheriff’s Office DUI Task Force and Marine Unit will be looking for drunk drivers in partnership with local police departments, as well as the Florida Highway Patrol and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission.Authorities will also be watching for speeding, boating violations, underage drinking, and seat belt violations.Keep in mind that Florida’s new law which makes texting while driving a primary offense goes into effect on July 1. That means police can now pull you over simply for texting.The good news? The new law comes with a grace period through the end of this year. Police will issue warnings while the state conducts a public education campaign on the issue.After that, a first violation will carry a $30 fine plus court costs, which could result in a total fine up to $108. A subsequent violation committed within five years would have a $60 fine plus court costs.You have been warned. 850 WFTL wishes you a safe and happy 4th of July week.last_img read more

Managers are losing faith in referees, says angry QPR boss

first_imgMark Hughes has claimed that managers have lost faith in referees because of a spate of poor decisions in key games.Hughes’ QPR side were not helped by some dismal refereeing at Old Trafford, where they were beaten 2-0 by Manchester United.Match official Lee Mason awarded United a 15th-minute penalty and sent off Shaun Derry after the midfielder’s challenge on Ashley Young.AdChoices广告Not only was contact minimal, but Young was in an offside position as he gathered Wayne Rooney’s pass.It left Rangers facing an uphill task and came a day after fellow strugglers Wigan were beaten by two disputed goals at Chelsea.Derry was sent off.“We’re desperately disappointed with the performance of the referee,” said Hughes.“The boy [Young] has gone over too easily and the referee has bought it.“The key thing is you have to be 100% right to give the decisions and at the moment I think people are guessing and hoping they get decisions correct.“You should have confidence that the referees are going to make the key decisions in the game and lately I think a lot of managers have lost faith in them.“All we want is the officials to get the big decisions right and unfortunately this weekend they haven’t covered themselves in glory.“I know [Wigan manager] Roberto Martinez has commented on the performance of the officials at his game. These are massive decisions affecting people’s livelihoods.”Click here for our Man Utd v QPR quizSee also: United helped by officials as they see off 10-man RangersQPR will appeal against Derry’s red cardFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Andre Ayew scores late winner as Swansea beat Luton 1-0

first_imgBlack Stars captain, Andre Ayew is enjoying a stellar campaign in front of goal this season for Swansea in the Championship.The forward scored the Welsh club’s all-important winner on Saturday in the 82nd minute against Luton Town.Andre has now scored five goals in his last six games.He has been in fine goalscoring form for Swansea this season having now scored ten goals in all competitions this season, including eight in the league.Swansea looked set to drop two points at Luton before Jay Fulton’s deflected cross looped over everyone and found Andre unmarked to chest home the winner 8 minutes from time.The goal sparked wild celebrations from Swansea’s travelling fans, players and from Andre himself.The win, Swansea’s second in a row after a six-game winless run, takes them up to sixth, the final Playoff spot in the Championship.Swansea manager, Steve Cooper said after the game that the goal was well deserved given how hard his team had worked for it.“It came from a move that we’ve been working on. We pressed and pressed and the breakthrough was a reward for our effort.”The matchwinner said after the game that he was pleased with the goal and happy to have aided in the side’s victory.“What a game, perfect results to keep our winning run going and happy again to be on the score sheet.”last_img read more

Full interview with U.S Representative Jack Bergman

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisReporter Kevin Hodge and U.S. Representative Jack Bergman sit down to talk about the current state of Michigan during the COVID-19 pandemic. They cover a number of topics including Governor Gretchen Whitmer, stimulus checks, the upcoming school year and more. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Congressman Jack BergmanContinue ReadingPrevious Governor Whitmer clarifies order requiring all Michiganders to wear a maskNext Thunder Bay Theatre added new summer programslast_img read more

Cowbell Homowo Cycling Challenge to start on Sunday

first_imgThe Homowo edition of the Cowbell Cycling Challenge will start on Sunday, August 25, 2019, with over 80  professional cyclists expected to take part. The cyclist will compete for honours in a three-stage competition starting with Osu this weekend. Pampram on August 31 and then the grand finale on September 7 in Teshie. The Osu stage will cover over 81 kilometres and see the cyclists ride along a three-kilometre loop.Twenty cycling clubs from across the country are expected to participate in the race which starts at the Castle Junction bus stop with the riders expected to race to the Kingdom Books & Stationery and make a turn back to the starting point for 27 laps.According to the Brands Manager of Cowbell, Mr Joseph Ashong, the race is being held as part of activities to commemorate the Homowo festival celebrated by the Ga people of the Greater Accra region of Ghana.He said the organization of the three-stage race was a collaborative effort between Promasidor Ghana Limited and the Greater Accra Cycling Association. Mr. Ashong added that the Osu stage will be followed by similar races in Prampram and Teshie on August 31 and September 7 respectively.“All the three stages will have prizes but the cash prizes will be handed out to the overall winners on September 7. The prizes include souvenirs, Cowbell-branded cycling equipment as well as Cowbell products,” Mr. Ashong told the Daily Graphic in an interview on Tuesday.According to the Chairman of the Greater Accra Cycling Association, Kofi Boakye Yiadom, the cyclists will amass points over the three stages and the overall winner will be crowned after the Teshie stage.—last_img read more

Clippers owner Donald Sterling expected to receive harsh punishments for racially charged comments

first_imgJohnson sold his 4.5-percent ownership stake with the Lakers in 2010 and remains an unpaid vice president. He then became part of Guggenheim Partners, the investment group that bought the Dodgers in 2012. In February, Johnson’s ownership group also purchased the WNBA’s Sparks.“I am not trying to buy the Clippers,” Johnson wrote on Twitter. “They already have an owner.”Various league sources believe that Oracle CEO Larry Ellison could become a candidate. Ellison was unsuccessful in purchasing the Golden State Warriors after venture capitalist Joe Lacob and Hollywood power broker Peter Guber purchased the franchise in 2010 for a record $450 million. But published reports list Ellison as one of the highest-paid CEOs, worth around $48 billion. Sterling’s wife, Rochelle, could also file divorce papers that would require her husband to pay half of his community assets per California law. “The best possible outcome would be for him to voluntarily give up his franchise so a new owner who reflects the values of America can take over,” Lakers legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar wrote on his Facebook page. “We all need to continue to support the Clippers, who clearly are enduring a moral crisis.”Staples Center officials promised it would provide a “safe, secure and welcoming environment” for Game 5. “We know that fans are in a dilemma,” Rivers said in a statement. “We want them to cheer for their players and their team. It will always be their players and their team. From the fans that I have heard from, that’s how they feel. ‘This is my team. These are my players that I’m cheering for and that’s not going to change.’ I hope Staples Center is packed and people are cheering for the players.”Not everyone supports that idea.“The loudest statement they could make as far as fans is to not show up to the game,” Warriors coach Mark Jackson told reporters. “As an African-American man that’s a fan of the game of basketball and knows its history and knows what’s right and what’s wrong, I would not come to the game (Tuesday), whether I was a Clipper fan or a Warrior fan.”Yet, with the average price of tickets increasing by 4.1 percent on the secondary market, that outcome seems as unlikely as Sterling avoiding a harsh punishment. What that will entail exactly? No one knows for sure. But the basketball world will be watching. Kobe Bryant also sent out a series of tweets, expressing appreciation for the Buss family and disowning Sterling.“He should not continue owning the Clippers,” Bryant wrote on Twitter.Based on conversations with various league sources familiar with the proceedings, it appears likely Sterling will receive a fine of at least $1 million and an indefinite suspension that would keep him away from at least the Clippers’ remaining playoff games. Skepticism persists that the NBA would force Sterling to sell the team out of fear it would prompt a costly and time-consuming legal battle that could ultimately ensure he remains in control of a franchise he has overseen for 30 years.Considering 13 companies withdrew their Clippers sponsorship, including State Farm Insurance, CarMax, Red Bull, Kia and Sprint, such bottom-line consequences could indirectly spur Sterling to cede control.If the Clippers were put up for sale, there’s a strong suspicion that Johnson would be interested in purchasing the franchise should he receive financial support from Guggenheim Partners. Something could happen as swiftly as Clippers guard Chris Paul converting off a pick-and-roll, as vicious as a Blake Griffin dunk and as well thought out as coach Doc Rivers drawing up a play.But when the NBA hosts a press conference at 11 a.m. PST on Tuesday in New York to address racially charged comments Clippers owner Donald Sterling purportedly made on an audio recording, the sense around the league suggests an unpredictable outcome. One perhaps more uncertain than when the Clippers host the Golden State Warriors for Game 5 Tuesday night at Staples Center in their first-round playoff series that is tied at 2-2.NBA commissioner Adam Silver will encounter his first big test, assessing legitimate punishment to an owner who is identified in a tape criticizing his girlfriend both for posting herself on Instagram with Lakers legend Magic Johnson and for bringing “black people to my games.” TMZ and Deadspin have not explained how they obtained their recording. Various news organizations, including this one, have not verified its authenticity. But the NBA presumably spent parts of its investigation on doing so. “The comments and sentiments expressed on the tape are reprehensible and disturbing, and certainly are the opposite of how the Lakers feel about the league’s players and fans,” Lakers president Jeanie Buss said Monday in a statement. “I have full confidence that Adam Silver and the NBA will handle this situation appropriately.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

COVID-19 Support Fund: Applications welcomed for share of £2.55 million pot

first_img Tags: Covid-19 Support Fund, The R&A 8 Jul 2020 COVID-19 Support Fund: Applications welcomed for share of £2.55 million pot England Golf has today invited applications from all affiliated clubs and facilities to The R&A’s Covid-19 Support Fund.In agreement with The R&A, a sum of £2,555,000 has been made available to clubs in England hit hard by the effects of the Coronavirus pandemic.Clubs and facilities can now register their interest in the fund and begin the online application process.Each club/facility may apply for a grant of up to £10,000.The idea behind the fund and how to apply was outlined in a letter sent to all affiliated clubs and facilities today by England Golf CEO, Jeremy Tomlinson.“May I take this opportunity to thank The R&A for supporting the club and amateur game through this fund and you, the clubs, for all your efforts over the past few difficult months,” wrote Tomlinson.“The spirit of community, dedication to the game, a willingness to find solutions in unprecedented times and your support of England Golf’s notes of guidance have been crucial to golf playing a prominent role in the nation’s sporting recovery.“The purpose of the fund is to provide short-term financial support to clubs and facilities as they develop a resilient business strategy and then plan for future sustainability.“Our aim will be to support as many applications as possible with consideration given to those applicants who have a clear financial need and can outline an ongoing impact from grants received.”The fund has been welcomed as a means to help clubs build for a brighter future.Clubs and facilities applying to the fund will be asked to commit to England Golf’s policies on safeguarding and equality.Applications opened today (Wednesday 8 July) and will close at 4pm on Friday 31 July.Clubs will discover the outcome of applications from week commencing 24 August and monies will start to be distributed during September.Any golf club official who will be directly involved in their club’s application and was not in receipt of today’s email communication can contact covid19fund@englandgolf.orglast_img read more

Geje Eustaquio, Filipinos banner ONE: Hero’s Ascent in Manila

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Moraes (17-3) was the first to score a victory when he submitted Eustaquio (11-6) via guillotine choke 3:54 into the second round of their March 2015 fight. Eustaquio got his revenge three years later when he earned a split decision win to take the flyweight strap. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissA couple more Team Lakay fighters are also slated to fight in the card with former featherweight champion Honorio Banario (14-7) taking on undefeated Lowen Tynanes (9-0) in the quarterfinals of the ONE lightweight World Grand Prix.The winner in the eight-man tournament will get a crack at the lightweight title that Eduard Folayang currently holds. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Rodtang made his ONE Super Series debut in September with a dominating decision win over Sergio Wielzen while Khaled, who trains in Thailand, will make his debut in the promotion.In another Super Series bout, Brown Pinas of Holland will take on Bangpleenoi Petchyindee Academy.Pinas looks to build on his knockout of Yohan Fairtex in November while Bangpleenoi will make his ONE Championship debut.Elias Mahmoudi of France will make his ONE Super Series debut against Japan’s Yukinori Ogasawara.Back into the mixed martial arts picture, South Korea’s Sung Jong Lee decided to remain in the featherweight division and he will fight the debuting Tang Kai of China.Malaysia’s Mohammed Bin Mahmoud is set to take on Hiroaki Suzuki in the Super Series.Starting off the card are strawweights Egi Rozten of Indonesia and Himanshu Kaushik of India.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk UST’s EJ Laure to skip UAAP Season 81 ONE: Geje Eustaquio, Adriano Moraes looking for convincing finish to trilogy PLAY LIST 01:27ONE: Geje Eustaquio, Adriano Moraes looking for convincing finish to trilogy03:30PH’s Rogen Ladon boxing flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)02:51SEA Games 2019: PH’s Josie Gabuco boxing light flyweight semi final (HIGHLIGHTS)02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MOST READ Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title LATEST STORIES Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Banario is fresh off a unanimous decision win over Rahul Raju back in November and that win was his sixth victory in seven matches. Tynanes, meanwhile, owns a win over Folayang when the two fought in December of 2012 and the undefeated Hawaiian will make his return to the cage after three years. Danny Kingad looks to pick up where he left off and sustain his strong form in 2019 after sweeping his three fights in 2018.Kingad (8-1) will take on Japan’s Tatsumitsu Wada in a bout between flyweight championship contenders.Thailand’s rising star Rodtang Jitmuangnon will return to the ONE Super Series on a Muay Thai bout against Tunisia’s Fahdi Khaled.ADVERTISEMENT Photo from ONE ChampionshipMANILA, Philippines—ONE Championship is starting off 2019 with a bang with its first trilogy set as ONE world flyweight champion Geje Eustaquio puts his title on the line against rival Adriano Moraes in ONE: Hero’s Ascent on January 25 at Mall of Asia Arena.Eustaquio and Moraes split their first two title meetings and they will now have a chance to settle things once and for all in Team Lakay’s home country.ADVERTISEMENT Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption View commentslast_img read more