Remarkable youngsters give golf a new voice

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first_img24 Jan 2018 Remarkable youngsters give golf a new voice A group of 11 remarkable young people are set to give golf a fresh, new voice.They are Young Ambassadors for England Golf and the Golf Foundation and through their own stories, enthusiasm and love of the sport, they will challenge negative perceptions and play a part in getting more people talking about and playing the game.The ambassadors range in age from 10 to 22 and include school pupils, students, a volunteer coach, a trainee PGA professional, a would-be PE teacher and a trainee doctor.  They’re all prepared to do what it takes to inspire others, whether it’s speaking at meetings, blogging or vlogging, getting involved with national campaigns or helping to organise events.“They’re an amazing group,” said Lee Dolby, England Golf’s Young People Manager. “They’re bringing to life our Children and Young People’s Plan for Golf and helping us achieve our vision of inspiring a love of golf that lasts a lifetime.“By sharing their stories they’ll help raise awareness of golf, show the positive impact of young people and prove that it’s a game for all.”The Ambassadors are:Emma Anderson, 20, of Sherwood Forest Golf Club, NottinghamshireElla Baker, 12, of Warley Woods Golf Club, HalesowenIsabella Bleaken, 10, of Westonbirt Golf Club, GloucestershireWarren Clark, 17, from Hampshire and a member of Salisbury & South Wilts Golf ClubEmily Furniss, 18, of Gaudet Luce Golf Club, WorcestershireMorgan Halpin, 19, of Morecambe Golf Club, LancashireAli Jodiyawalla, 18, of Hatchford Brook Golf Club, BirminghamYsobel Lush, 16, of Langdon Hills Golf Club, Essex,Hope Neild, 16, of Royal Norwich Golf Club, NorfolkJessica Pilgrim, 12, of Harewood Downs Golf Club, BuckinghamshireMatthew Wilcox, 22, of West Lancashire Golf Club, LancashireThe ambassadors recently got together for a training session involving the Youth Sport Trust and the Sport and Recreation Alliance. It was a chance to share their stories and experiences and similar themes emerged right across the age range.They spoke of how golf has given them confidence and inspired their career ambitions, how they want to work to make the game truly inclusive and their passion to show that it’s not an ‘old man’s’ game.Here, four of them talk about golf:Ali Jodiyawalla took up golf at the age of 12 when his dad was introduced to the sport through his work. Now, aged 18, he wants to give back, commenting: “Golf’s given a lot to me, if it wasn’t for golf I think I would just be out with my mates a lot more, instead of being focussed on something.Ali is a Level One volunteer coach and his main interest is helping other people to enjoy golf and discover what a great game it is. “There’s a lot of stereotypes around golf but when you actually start playing and get more and more involved it’s so different,” he said.“If young people start representing golf a lot more than the elderly it will take away the biggest stereotypes, that it’s an old man’s sport and a rich man’s sport.  And if younger people are doing it, it looks a lot more fun!”Ysobel Lush is, at the age of 16, a veteran volunteer, having helped to recruit girl golfers for three years with Girls Golf Rocks in Essex. The sport and her experience has shaped her life and ambition to be a PE teacher. She says: “I’ve been playing golf since I was little and I’ve made all my best friends through golf. It’s made me what I am and what I want to be.”Morgan Halpin started playing golf with plastic clubs as a three-year-old and is now in the first year of his PGA training. He likes the social aspect of golf and comments: “It’s fun, that’s what it’s all about.”Morgan is passionate about sharing his pleasure in the game and has particular interest in disability golf, inspired by his sister who has a rare genetic disorder. His mum and a friend founded Unique Kidz, a charity to help families find suitable childcare and social activities for their disabled children, and Morgan has been involved with golf activities.Emma Anderson was England Golf’s 2017 Young Ambassador of the Year in recognition of her extensive volunteering. But the university student reckons she has benefited from golf: “It’s made me so much more confident and helped me know that I want to work in sport.”She’s upbeat about the way golf is changing, but says the challenge is getting the wider world to recognise this. “When I talk to people my age about golf there is a perception that it’s older people who are making the decisions, but within golf a lot of young people do have a voice that is listened to. What we’ve got to do is get that voice out there to say that golf is a progressive sport which is changing and that it’s something for people to get involved with.” Tags: England Golf, Golf Foundation, Young Ambassadorlast_img read more

Bangkok Patana students win 2016 FOBISIA Sailing Championships

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first_imgClose racing in the team event as RS Quba dinghies make the turn for home.In the individual Optimist series, it was Bangkok Patana International who were at the head of the field with their top sailor, Aim, scoring an impressive four wins from four races.  Sasha from Bangkok Preparatory and Secondary was close behind but had an uphill battle ahead.Day two saw the completion of the round robin series where all schools sailed against each other in the team racing.  Bangkok Preparatory and Secondary confirmed their position at the top of the leader board with Bangkok Patana International joining them for the finals to be held on the final day.  In the Optimist fleet Sasha made a spirited fight back and took three wins out of four from Aim to make the result dependant on the final day.Individual winner, Aim (left) from Bangkok Patana International, receives his trophy from RVYC Commodore Tom Whitcraft.The final day of racing started with the strongest winds of the event.  Even many experienced sailors at the club looked out and thought more than twice about going out.  However, all the teams were ready and keen to complete the event.  Particular mention should go to the young Optimist sailors from Shrewsbury who left the shore and gave their all for their team in the tough conditions.The first places to be decided were in the team racing with the sail off for 3rd to 5th position between Regents, Shrewsbury and Harrow.  Regents took the first two wins to lift them up into contention after a slow start to the event.  But Harrow persevered and kept sailing well to eventually secure 3rd overall in the team-racing event.The Harrow International team took 3rd in the team racing event.The team racing final then took place just off the shore with many supporters cheering the sailors from the shore or from boats on the course.  Bangkok Preparatory and Secondary sailed smart to win the first two races of the best of five finals.  Bangkok Patana International fought back to take the next race but with all still to play for Bangkok Preparatory and Secondary made sure of overall victory with a great first and second place over the finish line in their final race.Host school Regents International placed 4th in team racing.With Bangkok Preparatory and Secondary crowned the team racing champions, it was down to the Optimist fleet to decide the overall result and their own champion.  The battle was on at the top and it was Sasha from Bangkok Preparatory and Secondary who was enjoying the strong winds to score three wins.  Both the Optimist individual result and the overall results came down to the last race of the event.  Aim from Bangkok Patana International kept his nerve and, with the wind conditions moderating a little, took the win in the final race to secure the individual title.Young Fobisia sailors pose for a group photo at Royal Varuna Yacht Club in Pattaya.With wins for both the top two schools in the two disciplines, and both equal on points, the deciding factor was the second team member in the Optimists.  After a tough three days of sailing this was Peter from Bangkok Patana International to give his team the overall title.The regatta closed with the prize giving ceremony where all joined together to celebrate a great competition with many young sailors who made the event such a success with their sportsmanlike attitude.Shrewsbury International students still smile despite finishing 5th in the team event.Strong winds marked the final day of sailing. Five school teams prepared for battle at the second FOBISIA Sailing Championships hosted by Regents International School and the Royal Varuna Yacht Club from March 10-12.  The schools represented were; Bangkok Patana International, Bangkok Preparatory and Secondary International, Harrow International, Shrewsbury International, and Regents International as the hosts. Together there were a total of over 40 young sailors competing at the regatta. Two sailing categories were sailed over the 3 days.  The individual competition was in the International Optimist dinghy and the team-racing event was held in RS Quba dinghies.  The combined score between both categories would determine the FOBISIA schools champions for this year.Bangkok Patana International students hold the championship trophy as they celebrate their sailing success.Sailing conditions on day one were ideal in the morning, a good wind and sunshine and the event was underway!  Bangkok Preparatory and Secondary made their intentions clear from the start by winning the first two team races, but Bangkok Patana International also made their mark with impressive results.  A key race was between the two with Bangkok Preparatory and Secondary coming out with a narrow lead in the team racing on the second day.last_img read more

Blackthorn Cider Mabprachan Pool League

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Tang Polo from China is crowned the champion of B.Grimm –…

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first_imgExpert riders compete in the B.Grimm – BMW Thai Polo Open 2020.The much-anticipated grand charity equestrian event, B.Grimm – BMW Thai Polo Open 2020 to win the HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn Cup, finally concluded. The search for 2020’s winner was held by B.Grimm, led by Dr. Harald Link, president of B.Grimm who is also president of the Thailand Equestrian Federation, along with Nantinee Tanner, the federation’s vice president for the 15th consecutive year. The final event was held 18 January 2020 at Thai Polo and Equestrian Club Pattaya. Nunthinee Tanner, Founder, Thai Polo and Equestrian Club. Spicing things up even further, organisers award Duangjai Phoin for Best Hat and Praewpreeya Chumsai Na Ayutthaya for Best Dress. Famous celebrities attended the B.Grimm – BMW Thai Polo Open 2020. Caroline Link. From left: Duangjai Phoin, Praewpreeya Chumsai Na Ayutthaya, Thitipong Lorprasert, Pannita Snidvongs Na Ayutthaya and Juntamon Yampundhu. BMW Thai Polo Open 20201 of 30 Stomping Divots. Wanphen Sakdatorn and Wanphen Sakdatorn. Tang Polo Team is crowned champions of the B.Grimm – BMW Thai Polo Open 2020. Waraporn Siriboonma, Naphalai Areesorn and Wanphen Sakdatorn. Thitipong Lorprasert and Pannita Snidvongs Na Ayutthaya. The star-studded event was filled with colors, fun and joy from a string of elite guests. Some of Thailand’s top celebrities graced the charity gathering. Among them were Mark Thawin P. Seawtong, Pawee Somprasong, Jirapa Lakasanawisit, Yuwapa Banyongrakkul, Dr. Nattapat-Suppanat Meenchai, Praewpreeya Chumsai Na Ayutthaya, Duangjai Po-in, and Jantamon Yampan to name a few.This event featured an exciting competition between the Thai Polo Team (shown here) and 1003 Polo Team from China, the former winning 7-3.Besides the exciting polo match, the event also had activities and charity booths that included performances by Wat Suthiwararam School’s marching band, show jumping, feeding and riding miniature horses, and fun games to win prizes for a good cause.Before the final match commenced, the spectators and celebrity guests witnessed a polo match tradition that has been carried on for centuries, called Stomping Divots. Horses pranced and stomped on the field to smoothen and harden the ground, while sophisticatedly dressed guests cheerfully conversed and greeted each other before the match started.Dr. Harald Link, president of the B.Grimm Group and the Thailand Equestrian Federation, congratulates the Show Jumping winners.Highlights of the event also include best dress awards for ladies. Walking away with the Best Hat Award this year was Praewpreeya Chumsai Na Ayutthaya, while Duangjai Po-in wowed the crowd with her stunning outfit which won the Best Dress Award.The event culminated in mesmerizing fireworks and an exclusive barbecue dinner accompanied by soothing live music. The event concluded with smiles of happiness and victorious moments of the polo players and the guests who came together to support this charitable cause.Famous celebrities attend the B.Grimm – BMW Thai Polo Open 2020.Dr. Harald Link, president of B.Grimm Group and the Thailand Equestrian Federation.BMW Thailand sponsors the BMW-B.Grimm Thai Polo Open 2020. Tang Polo takes on Thai polo in the B.Grimm – BMW Thai Polo Open 2020. Mark Thawin P Seawtong. From Left: Kom Sevatasai, Nunthinee Tanner, Founder, Thai Polo and Equestrian Club, Pammy Simaprasertm, Sasinun Lochaya, Tipaporn Ajanant, and Vasavat Wattanasirisombat. The match for third place followed when La Familia defeated the Malaysian Royal Pahang team. Grimm – BMW Thai Polo Open 2020 is considered the most prestigious charity event that kicks start the season. Held annually, the event is hosted by Dr. Harald Link at one of Asia’s highest standard polo fields. This year, the four finalists included Thai Polo from Thailand, La Familia from Malaysia, Royal Pahang from Malaysia, and Tang Polo from China, each earning a spot after a series of selection competitions in mid-January.At the final event, Tang Polo from China beat Thai Polo from Thailand 8 to 7, and won the prestigious winner’s cup from HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn. The third and fourth runners up were La Familia and Royal Pahang from Malaysia respectively.Not only is Grimm – BMW Thai Polo Open 2020 a competition at the highest level of polo in Thailand, featuring teams from an international pool of contenders, it is also a charity event that raises funds for the Chitralada Technology Institute. Dr. Natthapat, Sopit, and Suphanat Minchaiynunt. Pongsakorn Chanchaisrisakul and Yen Wang. Yuwapa Banyongrakkul, Dr. Yin Win Thu, and Mathurada Kongkabpan. The Thai Polo team readies for play in the B.Grimm – BMW Thai Polo Open 2020. BMW Thailand sponsors the BMW-B.Grimm Thai Polo Open 2020. Pammy Simaprasertm, Bunnaporn Eiamamornpan, Wee Marr and Siriyos Devahasdin Na Ayudhya. Lukkana Peetrangsee and Kanyapat Pukasab. Dr. Harald Link, president of B.Grimm Group and the Thailand Equestrian Federation congratulate the Show Jumping winner. Thai Polo earned the runner-up trophy. The game is on! Jirapa Laksabawisit and Pavee Somprasong. Lee and Pattharapol Puengboonpra. Siriya Jitpimolmard and Waraporn Siriboonma. Naphalai Areesorn (center) poses for a photo with Best Hat winner Duangjai Phoin (left) and Best Dress winner Praewpreeya Chumsai Na Ayutthaya (right). From Left: Dr. Yin Win Thu, Lukkana Peetrangsee, Waraporn Siriboonma, Yuwapa Banyongrakkul and Kanyapat Pukasab.last_img read more

Baan Jing Jai bike ride raises 110,000 baht

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first_imgThat brought total revenue for the event to 110,000 baht.Surakij said the money will go toward school scholarships since Baan Jing Jai social workers provide only basic teaching.  He thanked all the donors, saying regular charity events are needed so they kids can get proper educations.Dzenana Popin (2nd left), president of the Rotary Club Jomtien and past president Vuthikorn Kamolchote (far left), donated 50,000 baht to Surakij Kamolrath (right), chairman of the Ban Jing Jai Foundation, and Piangta Chumnoi (2nd right), the Foundation’s director to help support the 70 some children under their care.Exercise can be great fun on 2 wheels..Geir Iversen of Norway (right) receives the trophy from Surakij Kamolrath after winning the 40km race.Bicycles of all ages and styles were out to good use for the event. About 200 cyclists helped the Baan Jing Jai Foundation raise more than 100,000 baht in its fifth-annual bike ride.Young cyclists sprint from the start line during the 20km ride.Three Norwegian expats took the top places in the 40-kilometer trek through the streets of Nong Plalai Jan. 28.  Geir Iversen, Tom Mius and a rider identified only as Tornod all took home a trophy and the satisfaction of helping raise money for needy orphans.Surakij Kamolrath, foundation chairman, and Director Piangta Chaumnoi also presented trophies to three top finishers in a 20-kilometer ride.Each participant paid 300 baht to enter the race.  In addition, Dzenana Popin, president of the Rotary Club of Jomtien, donated 50,000 baht to support the 70 children under Baan Jing Jai’s care.last_img read more

Local teen swaps International traithlons for SCUBA diving

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first_imgSarah-Michelle Clear in her triathlon winning days.Local teen Sarah-Michelle Clear prepares to dive in the waters off Jomtien Beach.From champion triathlete at 10 years old in Europe to Advanced SCUBA diver at 12 years old, Sarah-Michelle Clear has packed a lot into her short life.Born here in Pattaya and living in the UK and Thailand, she has progressed through the ranks of these two very diverse sports.Having retired from triathlons at the ripe old age of 11, after winning gruelling domestic and international triathlons in the UK, Ireland, France, Germany, Holland and of course Thailand, ending up in her age group as #2 in the South-East England Junior Triathlon series and #1 in the pioneering Castle Triathlon series held in the UK, Ireland and France, she has not stopped the ‘quest for excellence’.With the help of Louise at the Jomtiem Dive Center, she took her very first dive in February 2017 and by August had the following PADI qualifications; Junior Open Water Diver, Junior Advanced Diver, Junior Rescue Diver and EFR. Now Sarah-Michelle dives for fun and later this year hopes to add more individual qualifications that are available to her age group.last_img read more

Young athletes star as Regents hosts international Primary Games

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first_imgPrincipal Gillies was thrilled with the Games, saying: “It was terrific welcoming so many pupils, parents and staff to our FOBISIA Games this year.  The atmosphere on campus was electric and all teams competed with enthusiasm, pride and sportsmanship.  The facilities at Regents ideally lend themselves to catering for big numbers and this is the third Games we have hosted this year.”Gold for Regents in the U11B Teeball.The months of training paid off for Regents Pattaya athletes who secured the following medals:Swimming – 27 gold, 19 silver, 16 bronzeAthletics – 19 gold, 10 silver, 13 bronzeTeeball – gold in the U11B, silver in the U10B, bronze in the U11A, with the U10B coming in 4th placeFootball – silver in the U10 Girls, U10 Boys and U11 Girls, and bronze in the U11 Boys.For further information on sporting activities at Regents Pattaya international school, visit website: www.regents-pattaya.co.th.Swimming silver for the Regents relay team.Preparation is a crucial part of launching the shot.Regents U10 Boys secured silver in the football tournament.Uplands take on Intl. School Brunei on the football field.A trio of aspiring athletes pose for a photo during the track and field section of the Games.On your marks…Ready to hit another Teeball homer. Regents International School Pattaya hosted a hugely successful 2017 Primary FOBISIA Games over three days last week, from May 19-21.  The Games attracted Year 5 and 6 athletes from the International School Brunei, North London Collegiate Jeju, Harrow International School Beijing, the International School Penang Uplands Malaysia and St Andrews Bangkok.Crown Prince of Brunei, Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah (left) is greeted Regent’s Acting Principal, Grant Gillies.The Games kicked off at Regents on Friday with swimming and athletics.  On Saturday, the venue for the Teeball competition switched to the Thai Polo Club as Regents grounds were being used for its IB Graduation.  The action switched back to Regents on Sunday for the football tournament.All athletes had spent some months training for the Games, which are considered one of the highlights on the FOBISIA (Federation of British Schools in Asia) sporting calendar, and the event was superbly organised by the Regents PE Department.Very special guests at the event were members of the Brunei Royal Family who had come along to support their eldest son who was competing as part of the International School Brunei squad.  His Royal Highness Crown Prince Haji Al – Muhtadee Billah and his wife, Sarah, Crown Princess of Brunei, were welcomed to Regents by Acting Principal, Grant Gillies.last_img read more

Tiger’s back…Get ready for a Masters like no other

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first_imgby Jim LitkeAP Sports Columnist (AP)—They mocked him mercilessly for four solid months and delighted in every sordid detail of his fall from grace.Now it’s Tiger Woods’ turn.“After a long and necessary time away from the game,” Woods said in a statement March 16, “I feel like I’m ready to start my season at Augusta.” Don’t bet against him winning the Masters, or for that matter, dozens of times after that. The bookies won’t, since the London-based firm William Hill has installed Woods as the 4-1 favorite and lists him at 25-1 to win all four majors this year.Woods might have done that, anyway, whether the sex scandal that sidelined him eventually became public or not. Keep in mind that if even half the stories of his extramarital flings are true, he won a dozen times around the world knowing full well that secret could blow up at any moment.Whether Woods is a changed man away from the course is something only his family and closest friends will be able to answer. But knowing as much—or as little, it turns out—as I do after covering Woods since he was 15, one thing is certain: The self-righteous, self-promoting and self-appointed experts offering opinions and/or advice have provided him with enough motivation to last the rest of his golfing life.It’s not as though Woods needed any more, or even that winning again would somehow scrub off the stain of serial adultery.No matter how he fares at Augusta and beyond, whether he returns in some fan-friendly incarnation or as the same steely-eyed predator, Woods will always be reminded of those sins. The sponsors who walked away from him may never come back. He knows that.But winning will restore a measure of control over the narrative in a way that months of relative silence have failed to accomplish. It will also deny all those haters any more satisfaction at his expense. And if you think he burned white-hot to win before, just wait.We used to make a big deal of the story about a young Tiger taping a list of Jack Nicklaus’ accomplishments to his bedroom wall, and the single-minded devotion Woods invested to beat Nicklaus to every one of them. Next we speculated about whether losing his father or starting a family would detour or eventually derail that pursuit. Then, as the last milestone on Jack’s list—18 career majors—came into view, we wondered whether Woods could be as tenacious as Nicklaus and for as long.The guys he will have to do it against have few doubts.“He’s not going to be a whole lot easier to beat because of what happened off the golf course,” Stewart Cink said.Echoed Jerry Kelly: “He may come back and say, ‘You think this is going to bother me that bad? Maybe it is. But watch what I can do.’”Either way, we’re about to find out. The one thing no one ever questioned about Woods was his ruthlessness. Every fan in his gallery and every guy who played alongside him came away with a story about how cold-blooded Woods could be in moments big and small. Turns out all of those versions sold him short.What we’ve learned in the intervening months is that Woods was willing to risk anything and everything to get what he wants. And no matter what else remains at the top of his list, winning isn’t going anywhere. That was apparent, first by his unwillingness to bend to other people’s expectations and apologize, and then, once Woods got it through his stubborn skull that wouldn’t work, by reversing course. He went to rehab. He went on camera. He said he was sorry.That wasn’t enough for some people and won’t ever be enough for others. Yet the only ones Woods harmed were his wife and those closest to him, and he’ll be paying that debt forever.Winning golf tournaments won’t even any of those scores, let alone all of them. But it’s as good a way as any to prove that for all the things that might be different about Woods, one thing will never change.(Jim Litke is a national sports columnist for The Associated Press. Write to him at jlitke(at)ap.org.) READY TO END LAYOFF—In this April 8, 2009, file photo, Tiger Woods smiles during his practice round for the Masters golf tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Ga. last_img read more

Inside Conditions…Slippery when wet

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first_imgThe slippery when wet or just when being tackled signs should have been plastered all over the football yesterday, before, during and after the Steelers-Dolphins contest. Everyone is hyped, as they should be, about the return to action of Big Ben Roethlisberger, but after three fumbles or should I say three totally unnecessary give-aways, we had all better buy a bit more stock in the company that manufactures and sales Tums.There was no logical reason for any of the turnovers. Roethlisber­ger put the defense behind the eight ball time every freakin’ time. After eight years in the league, c’mon, why is Big Ben still making these asinine, rookie-like mistakes? On one of the “passes” he attempted, heck not only was he in the grasp, he appeared to be attempting to throw from a jail cell on look down as he tried to “shovel” pass to someone, God only knows who.I have purposely avoided leveling superficial criticism at Big Ben, especially during these times that he is experiencing adversity from all sides but damn, tuck the ball away!One blogger named NEGiven Sundae had this to say; “What pisses me off is that my Steeler friends are defending the horrible call by the refs. Why can’t Steeler’ fans take off their homer goggles for one second and realize that yesterday’s win was a gift? I still think the Steelers are the best team in the league right now, but come on… that was a horrible call. There’s a time to defend your beloved team, and a time to be realistic and admit that the Steelers should have lost that game.”Aside from “Big” fumbles, there were plenty of coaching gaffes to spread around. What was Mike Tomlin saving or should I say wasting his timeouts for at the end of the first half.Miami coach Tony Sparano does not escape his dunce hat timeout moment either. Did you understand the running play on their final drive with no timeouts that blew away 30 seconds to pick up two yards?When Pittsburgh won their two most recent Super Bowls, the defense was nasty, nastier and nastiest. They were not “concussionists,” they were “percussionists,” because they were beating people like you and I would beat a drum.I thought that Pittsburgh was going to go back to the future. That means or was supposed to mean that the running game was going to be the first option and the forward pass was going to be second. Remember they kicked Willie Parker to the curb because it was alleged that he had lost a step and he was also not an inside runner.I don’t care if you have a 2,000-yard rusher if your QB fumbles three times. The majority of those games your squad is going to lose regardless of how good your defense is. I could accept it if Big Ben, in the process of working off the rust, threw a pick or two. However, fumbling, stumbling and bumbling the ball away and expecting the defense to charge into the “dark alley of idiocy” to bail him out and salvage the game, well that is a bit much. If the Dolphins suck it up and score a TD on just one of those turnovers, game, set, match.Big Ben was his usual enigmatic self. He said what one might consider the biggest understatement of the 2010 season. “Just a bizarre kind of play. You hate to win it that way, but you’ll take a win.” What way is Mr. Roethlisberger referring to? Could it be that his “Boney James” type of bonehead play, extending the football out to dry almost cost the Steelers a win again? But lo and behold, the defense did not fold. They held on and won the game. As thin as they were along the defensive line, being held play after play like they were new grooms on the first night of their honeymoon, they still prevailed.Miami linebacker Channing Crowder had a different take on the officiating (which I thought was sorta, kind decent). Crowder said, “The refs called a wonderful game— for the Steelers.” I wonder how many rubles are going to be extracted from Mr. Crowder’s paycheck by the NFL commissioner for that honest if misplaced remark.Referee Gene Steratore said Roethlisberger fumbled before scoring. He also added that the replays were inconclusive regarding which team recovered, and the Steelers were awarded possession at the half-yard line, allowing Jeff Reed to kick an 18-yard field goal with 2:26 left. The official said, “I have to have clear video evidence of the team recovering the fumble. It is a pile of bodies in there, and you don’t have a clear recovery.”Echoing the sentiments of his butterfingered quarterback, Mike Tomlin said, “We will take it and exit stage left.” That being said, the next time Big Ben fumbles three times or throws three picks, the defense may not be able to save him and the Black and Gold may have to leave by the back door.(Aubrey Bruce can be reached at: abruce@new­pittsburghcourier.com or 412-583-6741.)last_img read more

Media watchdog says Williams cartoon didn’t breach standards

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first_imgSerena Williams arrives at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP) SYDNEY (AP) — The Australian Press Council has ruled there was no breach of its standards of practice in a cartoon of tennis star Serena Williams which attracted global condemnation after being published by Melbourne’s Herald Sun newspaper last September. The depiction of Williams by cartoonist Mark Knight showed the 23-time major winner reacting angrily during her loss to Naomi Osaka in the final of the U.S. Open. Williams is depicted with her mouth open wide, hands in fists and jumping above a broken tennis racket and a baby’s pacifier. The umpire was shown telling a blond, slender woman — meant to be Osaka, who has a Japanese mother and a father from Haiti — “Can you just let her win?”In a ruling published Monday, the Australian Press Council said it “acknowledged that some readers found the cartoon offensive” but said there was sufficient public interest in commenting on the behavior of a player with a globally high profile.Critics of Knight’s cartoon described it as a clear example of a stereotype facing Black women, depicting Williams as an irate, hulking, big-mouthed Black woman jumping up and down.The press council said it had received complaints from people who believed the cartoon was racist and sexist.“Specifically, concern was expressed that the cartoon depicted Ms. Williams with large lips, a broad flat nose, a wild afro-styled ponytail hairstyle different to that worn by Ms. Williams during the match and positioned in an ape-like pose,” the council said in a statement. “The council considered that the cartoon uses exaggeration and absurdity to make its point but accepts the publisher’s claim that it does not depict Ms Williams as an ape, rather showing her as ‘spitting the dummy,’ a non-racist caricature familiar to most Australian readers.”Spitting the dummy is an Australian term for a tantrum.The Washington Post criticized the cartoon at the time of its publication as reflective of the “dehumanizing Jim Crow caricatures so common in the 19th and 20th centuries.”The Herald Sun said the cartoon used “satire, caricature, exaggeration, and humor” to depict an event of public interest.Knight told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation on Monday he was “very happy” with the council’s ruling.“I will not be changing the way I draw cartoons because I think I’m a very free and fair cartoonist and I accept issues on their merits and draw them as such,” he said.The press council said it accepted the newspaper’s contention the cartoon was in response to Williams’ behavior during the match.The newspaper “said that the cartoon was not intended to depict negatively any race or gender and was drawn in a style that the cartoonist has drawn over several decades and was only intended to be a ‘sporting cartoon’ for the publication’s local readership,” the press council said in its findings.During the final against Osaka, Williams got a warning from the chair umpire for receiving coaching from the sidelines. An indignant Williams emphatically defended herself, denying she had cheated. A short time later, she smashed her racket in frustration and was docked a point. She protested and demanded an apology from the umpire, who penalized her a game.Williams has won the Australian Open seven times and is a crowd favorite at Melbourne Park, where she has been playing at the season’s first tennis major since 1998. She returned for the tournament last month but lost in the quarterfinals.___More AP Tennis: https://www.apnews.com/apf-Tennis and https://twitter.com/AP_Sportslast_img read more