Much has been made this week of Rory McIlroy being a target for the opposition in the Ryder Cup, one of Europe’s “big dogs” that US captain Tom Watson wants to bring down. “But no matter where I play, I’ve still got the same objective, which is just to win my match.” Asked to put himself in an American player’s shoes and decide whether his scalp or Poulter’s would give greater satisfaction, McIlroy added: ” I think maybe in this format and in this environment and in the Ryder Cup, probably Poulter just because how good his record is (12 wins from 15 matches). “I know Watson has been talking about targeting us two and whatever, but at the same time it’s only one-sixth of the team. “There’s 10 other world-class players that he has to worry about as well and they are just as capable of putting points on the board for Europe. “They can try and target us all they want, but there’s guys alongside us that can do just as good a job. Someone beats me, they win a point. They win a match against me, they get a point, no more, no less.” Manchester United fan McIlroy revealed he was in a “trance” listening to former Red Devils boss Sir Alex Ferguson address the European team on Tuesday evening, the four-time major winner seeking Ferguson’s advice after his meltdown in the Masters in 2011. But the Northern Irishman is confident he will be rather more alert when the pressure is on come Friday morning. ” I’m the sort of character that would enjoy that, enjoy that environment, enjoy being in the spotlight and being one of the guys that everyone is focusing on,” he added. “I like that. I’ll embrace that and it comes as part of what I’ve done this year and who I am. Being number one in the world and all that comes with that, you expect that and you just try to handle it as best that you can.” Quite a difference from McIlroy’s first experience of team golf as a professional, the 2009 Seve Trophy in France under the captaincy of a certain Paul McGinley. “What’s been great this week for me personally is he’s quoted me back a couple of the things that I said to him that week,” McGinley said. “I’ve built a little profile of things that I’ve said to players in the past so there’s continuity in my message to them. “Without any prompting, him being able to quote them back has been a big thrill for me that he remembered what I said to him back in 2009 when he was kind of 40th in the Order of Merit, never mind 40th in the world, and look at him now, top of the world.” Fast forward two years and the answer is eerily familiar. “I’ve got a responsibility just to put points on the board and I’m one-twelfth of a team unit here,” the 25-year-old said on Wednesday. “I’m going to play the same role as everyone else just to try and get points on the board.” And the similarities do not end there. In 2012, McIlroy went into the Ryder Cup as the hottest player on the planet, the reigning US PGA champion and winner of two of his previous three tournaments in the FedEx Cup play-offs. Arriving at Gleneagles, McIlroy is again top of the world rankings with four wins under his belt this season, having won the flagship BMW PGA Championship on the European Tour in May and following it with the Open Championship, WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and US PGA titles in consecutive appearances. It is therefore understandable that Watson would single out McIlroy and ‘Mr Ryder Cup’ Ian Poulter for special attention, but McIlroy was content to play the perfect team member ahead of Friday’s opening day. “I have a job to do which is to go out and win points for Europe and I don’t care what number I play or who I play with,” McIlroy said. “I’ve got a responsibility just to put points on the board and I’m one-twelfth of a team unit here. “I’m going to play the same role as everyone else just to try and get points on the board. So I wouldn’t say it wouldn’t be a thrill, of course, leading the team out would be a huge buzz and a great thrill. But anyone fortunate enough to be at Medinah in 2012 and Gleneagles this week might be hard-pressed to spot the difference between the situation then and now. ”This week I’m not the number one player in the world,” McIlroy said in Chicago. ”I’m one person in a 12-man team and that’s it. It’s a team effort. There’s 12 guys striving towards the same goal. I’m just part of that.” Press Association
A hockey team and a soccer club in Russia face being removed from their leagues after government financial support was diverted to fight the coronavirus.The sports ministry in the far eastern region of Primorsky Krai says it sees no point in funding player contracts for another season if it’s not clear when competitions will resume. It wants the Admiral Vladivostok hockey club to drop out of the Kontinental Hockey League and the Luch Vladivostok soccer team to drop down two divisions into the amateur leagues.The ministry says regional funding earmarked for professional sports will instead go into an anti-coronavirus fund.Many Russian sports team rely heavily on regional governments and state-owned companies for much of their funding. Primorsky Krai is the first region to impose such drastic cuts.All major sporting events in Russia are currently suspended. The Latest: Major League Baseball games in London canceled Associated Press The Fukushima prefecture is the region of Japan that was devastated in 2011 by an earthquake, tsunami, and the subsequent meltdown of three nuclear reactors.Olympic officials have postponed the Tokyo Games until next year with the opening now set for July 23, 2021.___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 6 The games were originally scheduled for March 26-31 and have now lost their June 4-9 dates.The playoffs will decide the last four places in the 24-nation lineup for the postponed European Championship.The decision was made in a conference call with officials from the 55 UEFA member federations.UEFA says “all other UEFA competition matches, including the centralized international friendly matches, remain postponed until further notice.”___ The British Amateur had been scheduled for June 15-20 at Royal Birkdale. The British Women’s Amateur was to be played June 23-27 at Kilmarnock on the west coast of Scotland.The Curtis Cup captains, Sarah Ingram of the U.S. and Elaine Ratcliffe for GB&I, will remain for the 2021 matches. The teams had not been decided. Players were to have been selected later this month.___Soccer fans from two clubs in Belarus say they will stop going to games because of the coronavirus.A leading fan group at Neman Grodno says its members will stop attending games and they have urged supporters for other teams to do the same. A German soccer club is raising funds amid the coronavirus pandemic by selling tickets for a fictional game.Third-division club Uerdingen hopes to virtually sell out its 34,500-capacity Grotenburg Stadium in Krefeld with the offer of souvenir tickets for fans.Tickets start at 5 euros ($5.46) and go all the way to 19.05 euros ($20.80) for VIP tickets. The club says “panic buying for friends and family is definitely allowed.”It’s the only time that Uerdingen will sell tickets for the Grotenburg Stadium this season. Its home arena is being rebuilt so the club has been playing home matches at the ground of nearby Fortuna Düsseldorf.Uerdingen was one of the powerhouses of German soccer in the 1980s with a best finish of third place in the Bundesliga and a run to the semifinals of the Cup Winners’ Cup in 1986. More recently it has dropped as low as the sixth division. ___The Olympic flame will be on display until the end of April in Japan’s northeastern prefecture of Fukushima.Tokyo Olympic and prefecture officials held an official “handover ceremony”on Wednesday at the J-Village National Training Center in Fukushima.The public will have limited access to view the flame, and organizers hope to limit the crowd size because of restrictions in place for the coronavirus.The flame arrived in Japan from Greece on March 20 and the torch relay was to have started last week from Fukushima. The flame has remained in the prefecture with Wednesday’s event merely ceremonial. April 1, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Major League Baseball has canceled a two-game series in London between the Chicago Cubs and the St. Louis Cardinals because of the coronavirus pandemic. English soccer authorities say there are “no quick answers” to the question of when play can resume following the coronavirus outbreak.The Premier League, English Football League and Football Association say in a joint statement there will be play “only when it is safe to do so.”They say clubs and supporters have a role to play in the meantime “in supporting the government’s guidance and ensuring community strength and solidarity.”The most recent update from soccer authorities said there will be no play until April 30 at the earliest.___ The teams had been scheduled to play at Olympic Stadium on June 13 and 14.Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred made the announcement in a memorandum send to MLB employees. MLB said on March 19 that it had scrapped series in Mexico City and San Juan, Puerto Rico.MLB played in Europe for the first time last June when the New York Yankees swept a pair of games from the Boston Red Sox in London.___UEFA has postponed the Euro 2020 playoffs for the second time because of the coronavirus pandemic. The club hasn’t played a game since March 8 because of the virus outbreak.___The R&A is postponing three amateur golf championships scheduled for June, including the Curtis Cup.The Curtis Cup was to be played June 12-14 at Conwy Golf Club in Wales. The R&A and USGA say the matches for female amateurs from the U.S. against a team from Britain and Ireland will move to 2021. The dates were not decided.The R&A says the British Amateur and the British Women’s Amateur will move from June to August, but that depends on the status of the COVID-19 pandemic in the U.K. The fans have called on the national soccer federation to “draw on some courage and stop the Belarusian championship, as the rest of the world has done.”Fans of Shakhter Soligorsk have also said they will stop going to games “until the epidemiological situation allows us to return to the stands.” But they stopped short of calling for the season to be suspended.Belarus is the only nation in Europe still hosting professional soccer games with fans in the stadium.International players’ union FIFPro says players in Belarus have reached out with concerns about playing during the coronavirus pandemic.___
Fulham have signed Russian striker Pavel Pogrebnyak from German club Stuttgart.The 28-year-old, who has previously been linked with Arsenal, has joined the Whites for the rest of the season with a view the completing a permanent move in the summer.He arrived at Craven Cottage as Bobby Zamora was finalising his move from Fulham to west London neighbours QPR.AdChoices广告Pogrebnyak joined Stuttgart in 2009 after a two-year spell with Russian side Zenit St Petersburg. He started his career at Spartak Moscow.Fulham have also confirmed the arrival of highly-rated Australian midfielder Ryan Williams from Portsmouth.The 18-year-old has moved for an undisclosed fee and has signed a two-and-a-half-year contract.Related story: Fulham set to sign Russian strikerFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Leslie A. Swain ruled Tuesday that former graduate student David Jonathan Brown was not guilty by reason of insanity for the first-degree murder of USC professor Bosco Tjan, according to the L.A. County District Attorney’s office.The ruling was made after reviewing evaluation reports from two psychiatrists, including Risa Grand, a forensic psychiatrist who works with the L.A. County Superior Court and is a clinical assistant professor at the Keck School of Medicine and closely examined Brown’s mental state. “It’s highly unusual for this plea to even be taken into consideration, less than one percent,” Grand said. “It’s very rare.”Grand said she could not comment on the specifics of the case.Steve Schoenfield, Brown’s public defender, said that Brown will now receive treatment for his mental illness.“My heart goes out to the family and loved ones of Mr. Tjan,” Schoenfield said. “David will be sent to a hospital where he will receive the psychiatric care and treatment that he desperately needs.”Brown had been charged with first-degree murder in the fatal stabbing of Tjan at Seeley G. Mudd, with a special allegation of using a “deadly and dangerous weapon” to kill Tjan, according to Deputy District Attorney Beth Silverman.Tjan had worked at the University since 2001, was considered an expert in vision research and served as the co-director of the Dornsife Cognitive Neuroimaging Center. Police said that the murder was motivated by a “personal dispute.” Brown, who was studying neuroscience, had previously taken a leave of absence from working in Tjan’s lab at USC for “personal reasons” two years ago, according to the New York Daily News.Brown could have faced between 25 years to life in prison if convicted for the first-degree murder charge.Brown was arrested in December 2016, and has remained in custody since then. Last May, Brown pleaded not guilty to charges of use of a deadly weapon, as well as not guilty by reason of insanity for the murder. Brown will return to court on March 6 for a placement hearing, where a judge will decide if he is sent to a state mental hospital, according to the District Attorney’s office.Editor’s note: The headline of this article has been updated for clarity.
An undefeated record in Big Ten volleyball is a tall task. There are currently six Big Ten teams in the AVCA Coaches’ Poll and four of them, including the University of Wisconsin women’s volleyball team, are in the top-10. However, Big Ten powerhouses like No. 5 Minnesota or No. 6 Nebraska didn’t end the Badgers’ perfect conference record. It was the young The Ohio State University Buckeyes, who had zero wins against ranked opponents this season. A day after their loss to OSU, the No. 7 Wisconsin volleyball team (17-5, 13-1 Big Ten) rebounded with an emphatic sweep of the Maryland Terrapins. The trouble for the Badgers began in the first set. UW held late leads 21–17 and 24–21, but the Buckeyes responded with runs both times to take the set 27–25. That sparked OSU offensively as they hit .344 in the second set and won 25–20. Wisconsin rebounded to win the third set but fell in four with a Molly Haggerty hitting error eliciting a 25–23 loss in the fourth set. The Buckeyes (13-13, 6-8) dominated the service line — a usual strong suit for Wisconsin. OSU rattled off 10 service aces. The Badgers had not allowed more than five in their first 12 games in Big Ten play. Volleyball: Badgers look to extend historic Big Ten runThe No. 4 Wisconsin volleyball team (16-4, 12-0 Big Ten) remains on the road to face The Ohio State University Read…Senior middle blocker Elle Sandbothe, a transfer from Kansas State, finished with 12 kills at a .409 hitting percentage.OSU also held the Badgers to their lowest hitting percentage all season at .202. The loss ended the Badgers’ 12-game winning streak, but UW quickly re-entered the win column against Maryland (12-14, 4-10) with a 25–18, 25–13, 25–13 sweep. The Badgers dominated all three facets of the game. UW hit a blazing .406, held the Terps to .045 and won the serving battle with six aces to Maryland’s one. Setter Sydney Hilley had her entire arsenal of hitters going as she totaled 43 assists. Their .406 hitting percentage was the Badgers’ highest mark of conference play thus far. Middle blocker Danielle Hart posted a .778 hitting percentage with seven kills on just nine swings. Volleyball: Badgers record team’s best start ever in Big Ten playThe Wisconsin volleyball team (16-4, 12-0 Big Ten) has started 12-0 in conference play for the first time in Badger Read…The Terrapins’ Rebecca Rath was the only attacker with a hitting percentage above .067 and First-Team All-Big Ten outside hitter Erika Pritchard registered a .000 hitting percentage. Wisconsin forced Maryland into season-lows in hitting percentage, kills, points and assists. The Badgers once again won the battle of service aces as they have in 12 of the 14 Big Ten matches they have played thus far. Molly Haggerty and Lauren Barnes each recorded two aces against Maryland.
Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 29, 2020 at 3:17 pm Contact Tim: email@example.com The stage was set for Syracuse to play its final game in the Carrier Dome against Maryland. It was 29 degrees and mostly cloudy in central New York around game time. Only the Orange were riding a bus down to College Park, Maryland instead. On Thursday night, it was announced both SU’s senior day and alumni weekend were being canceled due to “weather and travel concerns” from the Terrapins. Over the next two days, no snow accumulated in Syracuse. Still, Maryland chose not to travel. “We want to apologize for the inconvenience this causes our loyal fans, including the parents of our student-athletes and women’s lacrosse alumni,” Syracuse Athletic Director John Wildhack said in a statement on Feb. 27. So, No. 4 Syracuse (6-1) played No. 9 Maryland (1-3), 365 miles away from home. Syracuse won, 10-5, defeating the defending national champions for the first time since 2012 and the second time in school history. Senior Emily Hawryschuk led the way with five goals, including the 200th score of her career. At the start of the game, it was 34 degrees and cloudy with a wind chill that made it feel like the lower 20s. There were no broadcasters available to call the game on such short notice for the Big Ten Network. On the broadcast, the audio featured commentary provided by fans and players, with the PA announcer occasionally interjecting. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textOn the field in the first half, it was all Orange. Meaghan Tyrrell opened the scoring with an assist from Hawryschuk just over two minutes into the game. The goal was set up by what was the first of 13 successful clears on 13 attempts in the first period. Then it was Hawryschuk, taking a pass at the left block and then working her way closer to the crease. She faked before bouncing a shot in as she was shoved to the turf, giving SU a 2-0 lead nine minutes in. Sierra Cockerille added her 11th of the season to put the Orange up 3-0 midway through the first. Then, with just under 10 minutes to play, Hawryschuk deposited her second on the man-advantage to give Syracuse a 4-0 lead going into halftime.In the second, the Terrapins began to show signs of life, aided by unforced turnovers by the Orange. Hannah Warther scored to make it 4-1, but Tyrrell recorded her second of the game on a free-position shot to bring the lead back to four a minute later. Cockerille lost the ball on SU’s ensuing attack, and Maryland took it back to their end to set up the first of three-straight goals over the next seven minutes. After the goal, SU goalie Asa Goldstock — who had turned the ball over twice with errant passes during this UMD run — gathered her teammates together and tried to find the words to get her defensive unit to refocus. Evidently, it worked, as Syracuse allowed just one more goal over the final 19 minutes of the game. Goldstock finished with eight saves, giving her 507 for her career. She is just the second SU goalie to eclipse the 500-mark. On offense, SU was patient, keeping possession and time on their side. Hawryschuk earned a hat trick with a free-position shot then netted her 200th 2 1/2 minutes later to put SU ahead 7-5. Megan Carney provided some insurance with seven minutes to play, then junior Sam Swart knifed right through the Maryland defense to deliver the dagger and put Syracuse up 9-5 with four minutes left. Hawryschuk capped the Orange’s scoring with her fifth score to make it 10-5, and the celebration was on. A swarm of navy jerseys poured onto the field as the final whistle sounded, congratulating their teammates and their senior leaders in particular, the ones who should’ve been honored yesterday. In the first week of the season, SU senior midfielder Mary Rahal knew this senior day game was going to be “electric.” As the Orange handed Maryland its first three-game losing streak since 2006, it still was. Even though they weren’t in the Dome.
Singer Frankie Paul is dead.The 51-year-old artist died last night in the Intensive Care Unit at the University Hospital of the West Indies in his native Jamaica.Paul suffered from kidney disease.He was also diabetic and one of his legs was amputated last year.Just last week, it was reported in Jamaica’s Gleaner newspaper that Paul was experiencing difficulties paying his medical bills. He was said to be indebted $120,000 with dialysis treatment costing him $350 weekly.Frankie Paul singing at a benefit concert for a prosthetic legFrankie Paul, whose real name was Paul Blake, was known for his booming voice. He first rose to prominence during the halcyon days of 1980s dancehall with songs like Worries In The Dance and Pass The Ku-Shung-Peng.Read More: Frankie Paul discographyHe recorded for a number of producers including Earl ‘Chinna’ Smith, Henry ‘Junjo’ Lawes and Linval Thompson.Fellow entertainer, Little Lenny, was devastated by the news of Paul’s transition.“I saw him just three weeks ago. He was one of the people in the business I looked up to. I used to line up in record stores to buy his music. The last album I bought before I got my break was Sarah,” Little Lenny told Caribbean News Weekly.Frankie Paul’s first album, Pass the tu-sheng-pengFrankie Paul recorded 54 albums during his 35-year career.Below is a gallery of some Frankie Paul’s albums in chronological order. 1 of 31 Frankie Paul’s first album, Pass the tu-sheng-peng
Leading goal scorer of the Ghana Premier league Samuel Tetteh is elated about his current form after his hat trick consigned Sekondi Hasaacas to a humiliating 5-0 defeat.Tetteh’s hat trick added to his goal on the opening day to take him two clear of Wa All Stars Maxwell Baako , teammate Charles Boateng and Hasaacas’ Eric Bekoe.Gideon Waja and Charles Boateng added to the scoring to complete the rout and for Tetteh, his side have improved from last season.“WAFA is a different team from last season because last season was okay but we are doing better despite our poor away form,” he told Joy Sports.On his personal form, Tetteh was bent on improving on his debut season“I am now in my best form because I did well last season but I am doing great this season and I want to better it from last season.” “I am happy about my hat trick because scoring three goals in the Premier League is not easy. It is special.”The WAFA attacker made his Black Stars debut in November against Comoros in a World Cup Qualifier.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySports
Contract options declinedThe Dodgers will not pick up the 2016 contract options on second baseman Chase Utley, reliever Joel Peralta and starter Bronson Arroyo.Peralta, who turns 40 in March, is the only one of the three who spent all year with the Dodgers. His season was interrupted by a nerve issue that affected his triceps in April. Peralta also missed time in late August with a separate neck issue, then returned in September and pitched better than he had all season (two earned runs, .129 opponents’ BA, 0.44 WHIP in nine innings). He also threw a scoreless inning in the National League Division Series.The team option called for Peralta to make $2.5 million next year. According to a source, the Dodgers have expressed interest in talking to Peralta’s agent later in the off-season.After being acquired in an August trade with the Philadelphia Phillies, Utley made his most memorable contribution to the Dodgers in Game 2 of the NLDS. His takeout slide into Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada broke Tejada’s leg and ultimately drew a two-game suspension from MLB. It also keyed a four-run rally that led to the Dodgers’ only home win of the series.While his baserunning was never an issue, Utley’s .202/.291/.363 slash line and age (36) didn’t lead a second year in Los Angeles at a cost of $5 million or more.Arroyo never appeared in a Dodgers uniform on or off the field in 2015. He was a throw-in to the three-team, 13-player trade that sent Hector Olivera to Atlanta and Mat Latos, Alex Wood, Jim Johnson, Luis Avilan and Jose Peraza to the Dodgers. His option year was valued at $13 million.Ruggiano, Heisey become free agentsOutfielders Justin Ruggiano and Chris Heisey elected to become free agents Friday.Ruggiano, 33, declined an outright assignment to the minor leagues.He played 24 games for the Dodgers after he was acquired from the Seattle Mariners for cash on Aug. 31. He slashed .291/.350/.618 in the regular season, batting almost entirely against left-handed pitchers. He went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts in three playoff games against the Mets.A 2004 Dodgers draft pick, Ruggiano would have been eligible for salary arbitration at the end of the season. He made $2.5 million in 2015.Heisey, 30, shuffled back-and-forth to Triple-A Oklahama City often during his only season as a Dodger. In 33 major league games, Heisey batted .182 with two home runs and nine RBIs. He saw time at all three outfield positions.The Dodgers’ 40-man roster now stands at 32, plus four pitchers (Lisalverto Bonilla, Brandon McCarthy, Josh Ravin and Hyun-Jin Ryu) on the 60-day disabled list.Honeycutt gets two-year dealRick Honeycutt will remain the Dodgers’ pitching coach through 2017, according to CBSsports.com. The report claims that Honeycutt’s new two-year contract will pay him $750,000 each of the next two years.Honeycutt is entering his 11th season as the Dodgers’ pitching coach, having worked under three managers already: Grady Little, Joe Torre and Don Mattingly.The Dodgers lost first base coach Davey Lopes to the Washington Nationals this week. Kendrick, 32, enters a market with Daniel Murphy and Ben Zobrist also competing for money from multiple teams with an impending need at second base, including the Dodgers. After batting .295 in his first National League season, Kendrick figures to get a significant raise from the four-year, $33.5 million contract he signed prior to the 2012 season — more significant than the qualifying offer provides.Anderson’s situation is less straightforward.The 27-year-old left-hander went 10-9 with a 3.69 earned-run average in his first season with the Dodgers. More significantly, he set career highs in starts (31) and innings pitched (180 ⅓) while avoiding the disabled list entirely for the first time since 2009.That injury history could work against Anderson again if teams consider his streak of good health to be a fluke. Alternately, Anderson could parlay his strong season into a multi-year deal.Anderson achieved $2.4 million in incentives on top of his $10 million base salary. The Dodgers extended qualifying offers to Zack Greinke, Brett Anderson and Howie Kendrick on Friday. If any of the three players doesn’t sign the one-year, $15.8 million deal, the Dodgers would receive a compensation-round draft pick (between the first and second rounds) in 2016.No player has ever signed a qualifying offer in the three years they’ve been available under baseball’s current Collective Bargaining Agreement.Greinke, Anderson and Kendrick have seven days to accept or reject the offer.Greinke will certainly reject the offer after a season in which he set career lows in earned-run average (1.66), WHIP (0.844) and winning percentage (.864), all of which led the major leagues. At 32 years old, Greinke is considered the top free agent right-handed pitcher in baseball. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
The BH athlete Amel Tuka will today have the opportunity to ensure the final race at 800 m, after he qualified for the semifinals in the qualifications.In today’s semifinals Tuka is going for his eighth consecutive victory, after he celebrated in Baku, Velenje, Madrid, Monte Carlo, Bellinzona, Kragujevac and the quarter-final race at the World Championships in Beijing.Like yesterday, Tuka is today running in the third group, where his serious rivals are, among others, the Kenyan Ferguson Cheruiyot – the fastest in the qualifications – and the Pole Marcin Lewandowski.Amel Tuka, the fastest athlete in 800 meters this year, is running the semifinal race at 800 meters at 2:15 p.m., with live broadcast at FACE TV.The final race of the World Championships at 800 meters is on schedule on Tuesday at 2:55 p.m.(Source: klix.ba)