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McIlroy confident ahead of Open

first_img “I’ve shot 64 and a 68 on this golf course, which are two really good scores,” the former world number one said. “Yesterday was just one of those days where nothing really went right. I couldn’t get any momentum. “It would be nice to shoot another good one tomorrow, but I feel good with my game and I saw enough positives in there to give me confidence going into the Open. “I didn’t get off to the best of starts, being one over through two holes when you are looking to be one under, but after that I played really solid golf and didn’t put myself in much trouble. “I feel much more prepared going into next week. Coming in here I was hitting these shots that I needed into the wind on the range and hitting them perfectly, but today I hit a couple that weren’t so good. Hitting them in practice and hitting them under the gun are two completely different things, and being able to do that over the past three days and tomorrow as well can only help going into next week. “It’s just about getting rid of these bad stretches of holes or these bad second rounds or whatever it is. If I can get rid of that, then there’s no reason why I can’t go next week and really contend.” Justin Rose and Marc Warren lead the way on 10 under heading into the final round. McIlroy continued a worrying trend of following a superb opening round with a terrible second one at Royal Aberdeen, shooting a course-record 64 on Thursday and a seven-over-par 78 on Friday. The 25-year-old responded with a more sedate 68 on Saturday to finish three under par and was happy to take the positives from the week as a whole ahead of the year’s third major championship at Hoylake. Press Associationcenter_img Rory McIlroy declared himself happy with his Open preparations after bouncing back from a familiar Friday failing in the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open.last_img read more

Faugheen motors to Champion glory

first_img Press Association Walsh said: “He’s not slow, no one else wanted to make it and I was going to go my fractions not theirs. “Willie is a genius and has a great team of staff around him. “Faugheen is a wonderful horse. He has jumped better, he missed the second-last. “It was a massive call not to ride Hurricane Fly. When you see what Hurricane Fly was doing at home, it was a big call to get off him. “It was some training performance, to have the first two in the Supreme as well.” Saddling his third winner of a dream day, Mullins said: “What a team effort. Ruby said he was going to make it and win it. This is beyond our wildest dreams. It’s just too good to be true.” Walsh made his intentions clear as he took Faugheen to the head of the line before the tapes went up. He set a steady pace with The New One and Jezki, last year’s winner, not letting him get too far away until upping the tempo from three out. There was no let up as Faugheen stormed clear in the straight to win in impressive fashion. Victory in the feature completed a remarkable hat-trick for Mullins and Walsh in three of the first four races of the four-day Festival after the wins of Douvan and Un De Sceaux earlier on the card. Mullins said: “I don’t know if I’m the first to train the first three (in the Champion), but if I am it’s fantastic. I was hoping one of them might win it. “Faugheen was fantastic, Ruby was fantastic. He dictated the pace, did what he did when he wanted and quickened when he wanted. “I thought Hurricane Fly ran a fantastic race throughout and Arctic Fire – I can’t see a rib on him yet, so I think there is far more improvement in him than the rest of them.” Mullins added: “Ruby told me a month ago what he was going to do as it didn’t look like anything else would make the running. When you have Ruby it’s less of a concern, although it is a very hard thing to do to make the running in the Champion Hurdle. “Faugheen was just awesome today and we know he’s still improving. There’s no reason to go novice chasing when you have a hurdler as good as this. He will definitely go to Punchestown. “Ruby slowed it down and then quickened at the second-last and he put it to bed very quickly.” He went on: “Hurricane Fly ran a very good race, softer ground would suit him better and I still don’t think I’ve got Arctic Fire as fit as I want him. We will look to Punchestown with him and then I think we will go back on the Flat and see if he’s good enough for the Melbourne Cup.” Owner Rich Ricci had earlier seen his colours carried to victory by the Mullins-trained Douvan in the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle and he hailed the achievement of the County Carlow maestro. He said: “This is just the day of a lifetime. Ruby was great and Willie is just magic. He’s a great horse and I think it’s the first time anybody has trained the first three in the Champion Hurdle. “He had the first two in the Supreme and he only ran one in the Arkle. I couldn’t watch the race – I’ll catch it on a replay!” The 4-5 shot made all the running in the hands of Ruby Walsh, finding plenty when asked to take his unbeaten tally over hurdles to eight. Arctic Fire (20-1) chased him hard up the hill to take second place, with dual winner Hurricane Fly (8-1) a gallant third. Faugheen was imperious as he led home a Willie Mullins-trained one-two-three in the Stan James Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham.last_img read more

Van Gaal not ruling out title bid

first_img Fourth was the target for Van Gaal at the start of the season, but he insists leaders Chelsea are not out of reach even though United have just seven matches left. “We have to play against the first three in the league (Chelsea, City and Arsenal) and normally when you play against better teams with more points it’s not done yet,” the United manager said. “We are looking up and we have to win every week but anything is possible. “We have made a big gap to fifth and we can suffer a defeat. “Liverpool is now eight points behind us and we are more than eight points behind Chelsea. We probably won’t be champions but we can give pressure.” Rooney’s 79th-minute strike will be a contender for goal of the month, if not the season. The England captain brought down substitute Angel di Maria’s cross with his left foot and then turned sharply before sweeping the ball past Brad Guzan on the volley with his right. “It was beautiful – and also the assist of Di Maria,” Van Gaal said. “He was not on the pitch long and he already has an assist. That’s fantastic Louis van Gaal would not rule out an 11th-hour tilt at the title after watching his Manchester United team blow Aston Villa apart at Old Trafford. Ander Herrera bagged his sixth and seventh goals of the season and Wayne Rooney scored a stunning volley as United recorded a 3-1 win which moved them above Manchester City into third place. United’s Champions League’s hopes looked to be in jeopardy a few weeks ago, but after five straight wins, Van Gaal’s team are now eight points ahead of Liverpool and are just one point behind second-placed Arsenal. “It was his 10th assist this season today and he hasn’t played all the game like Herrera did so it’s a fantastic result. “Like Di Maria his time is coming but he has to wait for the right moment.” Herrera rounded off the 3-1 win with a low first-time drive after Christian Benteke had scored a late consolation for the visitors. The Spaniard’s first goal was a peach. He cushioned the ball with his left foot after Daley Blind’s pull-back and then slammed a low drive into the far corner. Van Gaal was so happy with Herrera’s first that he planted a kiss on the young midfielder’s head in the dressing room at half-time. “Ander has a very good kicking technique and he should only be more composed,” Van Gaal told MUTV. “I said to him ‘you have to control the ball before you shoot’. “I said that to him again in yesterday’s training session, and then I kissed him at half-time because he had controlled the ball for the first time in his life and then he shot! “But then I came after the second half to him and he said ‘without control I can do it also!'” Villa, meanwhile, are nervously looking over their shoulders after the fourth defeat of Tim Sherwood’s reign. The Midlanders are three points from safety ahead of Tuesday’s crunch match against fellow strugglers QPR. Villa will be fourth from bottom if Sunderland beat Newcastle on Sunday. Sherwood was not too unhappy with his team’s efforts, but he was disappointed to go behind one minute before the break. “There’s never a good time to concede a goal but that first goal knocked the stuffing out of us before half-time,” the Villa boss said. “But we never panicked and kept ourselves in the game. We did that right until injury time when the third goal killed us. “I thought we stuck in there. We were always in the game until the third goal killed us off. “We were just waiting for a break. We thought we might have one more chance in us. “They left nothing on the pitch. But Manchester United were too good for us.” Villa were hindered on Saturday because Ashley Westwood and Scott Sinclair were ruled out through hamstring injuries and they are not expected to be fit for the QPR game. Alan Hutton is also a doubt after suffering an ankle injury at Old Trafford. “The injuries are crippling, ridiculously crippling,” Sherwood said. Press Associationlast_img read more

Trump to release Ukraine transcripts as Dems back impeachment inquiry

first_imgRep. Schiff also said an interview will likely be scheduled as early as this week.House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is expected to make a statement at 5 p.m. EST.This story is developing. The move comes as at least 158 House Democrats have backed a possible impeachment inquiry in connection to allegations by a whistleblower that President Trump pressed the president of Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter, in a phone call.Suspicion surrounds Trump due to his actions around that time.Trump reportedly asked his acting chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, to put a hold on millions in military aid to Ukraine roughly one week before the call.Trump later released the military aide after the whistleblower made his complaint, according to reports.The white blower’s complaint has created major controversy for Trump,  who is adamantly denying the allegations.Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Adam Schiff announced via Twitter that the whistleblower’s attorney had informed the committee that he would like to testify.We have been informed by the whistleblower’s counsel that their client would like to speak to our committee and has requested guidance from the Acting DNI as to how to do so.We‘re in touch with counsel and look forward to the whistleblower’s testimony as soon as this week.— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) September 24, 2019 President Trump is authorizing the release of a transcript of his phone conversation with the president of Ukraine.Trump tweeted Tuesday that his office will release a complete, fully declassified and unredacted transcript of his conversation with Volodymyr Zelenskiy tomorrow.….You will see it was a very friendly and totally appropriate call. No pressure and, unlike Joe Biden and his son, NO quid pro quo! This is nothing more than a continuation of the Greatest and most Destructive Witch Hunt of all time!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 24, 2019last_img read more

Woman threatens one woman and shoots another during argument at Publix

first_imgThe Palm Beach County Sheriff’s department is reporting that they have arrested a 61-year-old woman who reported pulled a gun on one woman and shot another woman who was recording her during a heated argument at Publix.The incident occurred on Sunday afternoon at the store on 5970 S. Jog Road in Lake Worth.Officials say Renata Ray got into an argument with another shopper and reportedly threatened to kill her. She then pulled out her gun from her waistband and that’s when the victim contacted police.At that point Ray began walking to her car. Another woman who was exiting the store at the same time began taking photos of Ray and that’s when Ray confronted her asking “what are you looking at?” Ray then put her hand in her pants and retrieved her gun before shooting the victim in the foot.Ray then fled the scene in a red Volvo, however, within minutes she authorities located her vehicle and conducted a traffic stop. Authorities say that the weapon was found on Ray during the traffic stop.She is now facing several charges including attempted first degree murder and aggravated assault with a firearm.As of Monday, Ray was being held at that Palm Beach County jail without bond.last_img read more

Q&A with Western Michigan beat writer David Drew of Kalamazoo Gazette, MLive Media Group

first_imgIn anticipation of No. 3-seed Syracuse’s second-round matchup with No. 14-seed Western Michigan on Thursday, The Daily Orange spoke with David Drew. Drew covers Western Michigan University sports for the Kalamazoo Gazette and MLive Media Group.The Daily Orange: What was the team’s initial reaction when it found out it was playing Syracuse?David Drew: Seeing their name up on the big screen was a big thrill because it hadn’t happened in 10 years for this program, but the seed that they got was a little disappointing. I think they were expecting to be a No. 13 seed or a No. 12 seed, especially given the fact that before they entered the Mid-American Conference tournament semifinals, Western’s RPI was over 100. And by the time they beat Toledo (in the championship game), their RPI was 69. So I think when you look at some of the work that some of the major programs have done to kind of come in on a roll, maybe Western felt that they deserved to move up a seed or two. I think they come in with a little chip on their shoulder.The D.O.: Looking at the matchup, one of the first things that jumped out to me was Western Michigan’s turnover rate. Do you think that could be an important factor going against SU’s zone?D.D.: I think it could be a problem. A few times, even late in the season when they’ve been playing really good basketball, they’ve dug themselves a hole. And look no further than Friday against Akron in the MAC tournament semifinals. They fell behind 18, went into halftime down 17 and really just looked out of sync offensively. They went on a big run in the second half to win, obviously, but Western cannot afford to do that against a Syracuse team that is deeper, has more talent, is longer and is just going to come in with more experience. So Western cannot turn the ball over and have success.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe D.O.: How much zone has the team faced this season?D.D.: As much as people talk about the Syracuse defense, I don’t think it is going to be as intimidated as another lower seed might be for the simple fact that Western played Eastern Michigan twice this year. And Eastern Michigan’s coach is Rob Murphy, who was an assistant at Syracuse from 2004-2011. So the Broncos are going to fall back on their knowledge of the Eastern Michigan zone, which is very similar to Syracuse’s, in preparing for this game. It’s anyone’s guess if that preparation will pay off, but I think that is a small advantage that Western has over another team that’s going to face Syracuse for the first time this year.The D.O.: So if Western Michigan is to upset Syracuse, how do you see it happening?D.D.: It’s got to be an inside-out game because that’s when Western is at its best. It’s got to be inside to Shayne Whittington for the first touch on a lot of possessions. He’s got to have a lot of success. Looking at the two matchups with Eastern, against that zone, Shayne was 3-for-12 in the first game for six points. In the second game, I want to say he had 22 points and he was 8-of-15 from the floor. If you’re going to be successful, you’ve obviously got to make that zone collapse and kick it out and hit 3s. When David Brown, the other Western senior is on, that guy can shoot from anywhere in the gym. He’s going to pull it whether he’s 0 for his last three, or three for his last three.The D.O.: Besides David, I saw Austin Richie (41.2 percent) is a very good 3-point shooter. What kind of secondary shooters do the Broncos have?D.D.: Austin, I would say he’s a solid point guard, good ball-handler. But in terms of offense, he’s not a real big scoring threat. With that said, when Richie scores 10 or more points this season, the Broncos are undefeated. That says how important his offense can be at times. If you’re looking for secondary scoring in this game, I would look for Connar Tava and I would look for Tucker Haymond. Those two guys were kind of X-factors in the MAC tournament for Western.The D.O.: On the flip side of the ball, how do you think Western Michigan can defend against the length of Syracuse?D.D.: That’s going to be tough for Western. If Syracuse is going to go to the rim and take it down low, and if Whittington gets in foul trouble, that’s big trouble for Western. The Broncos have some nice role players on the bench, but they don’t have anybody near 6-11. Not a lot of teams do. When Whittington is not on the floor, the Broncos lack a lot of scoring inside because their bench forwards are kind of the defensive, rebounding, maybe-hit-a-shot kind of guys. They don’t really have a double-digit scorer coming off the bench,The D.O.: Is there anything else that we haven’t covered that you think will be crucial on Thursday?D.D.: At the end of the day, I think it all comes down to turnovers. I think Western will be ready for the zone, but I don’t think they’ll be ready for the atmosphere and that big stage that Syracuse has experience with. It’s pretty much going to be a Syracuse home game.The D.O.: Has the team experienced anything like that?D.D.: Not really. They went to Missouri in the nonconference, but it was over Christmas break so it wasn’t a full house. So not in terms of what they’re going to see. I just don’t see Western being ready for that element just in terms of how loud it’s going to be there. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 18, 2014 at 2:20 am Contact Stephen: | @Stephen_Bailey1last_img read more

Volleyball: Badgers falter in tough matchup versus No. 6 Gophers, Purdue up next

first_imgThe University of Wisconsin women’s volleyball team had a tough start to their brutal road trip on Wednesday night. No. 6 Minnesota took care of No. 5 Wisconsin in consecutive sets, downing the Badgers, 25–17, 25–21, 25–15. The Gophers got out to an early lead in the first set and never looked back as they controlled the tempo throughout the duration of the game.By the third set, the Badgers seemed to run out of all answers and they suffered a season-low hitting percentage of .232. What truly came back to haunt the Badgers was their lack of fundamentals. The team had 13 errors compared to just seven by Minnesota.Minnesota’s dynamic duo shined and was the focal point in the Gophers success. Stephanie Samedy and Alexis Hart both recorded 14 kills while hitting .386 as a team. This is the first time this season the Badgers have recorded a lower hitting percentage than their opponent. Samedy added 10 digs to her stat line and the Gophers cruised their way to a victory.Women’s soccer: Badgers look to capitalize this weekend against Rutgers, MarylandThe No. 22 University of Wisconsin women’s soccer team (8–2–1, 2–1–1 Big Ten) heads home this weekend to play Rutgers Read…As for the Badgers, Dana Rettke played very well with 12 kills and an ace. However, at times it seemed as though the only thing that was working was feeding the ball to Rettke and that became problematic for the Badgers. In order to win high caliber games against teams like Minnesota, the Badgers have to be hitting from all angles and they need to get better contributions from the outside hitters.To give credit where it is due, Madison Duello and Grace Loberg did play a decent game, each recording eight kills, but it was not enough to hang around with the Gophers.  Next up on the schedule, the Badgers travel to West Lafayette to play in front another raucous crowd. The boilermakers will be hungry to prove themselves because despite their only loss coming at the hands of No. 8 Illinois, they have only played two ranked opponents this season. The other game was a win over then No. 25 Alabama in Tuscaloosa, who is now unranked.Volleyball: Badgers to face third ranked opponent of season in MinnesotaWith the Wisconsin Badger volleyball team off to a quick 2-0 start to the Big Ten season, they face a Read…Purdue will be looking to establish themselves not only in the Big Ten but in the National spotlight as well. The only thing standing in their way is a Wisconsin team looking to rebound in a big way after the loss to Minnesota. No. 5 Wisconsin at No. 16 Purdue will start at 6 p.m. on Saturday night. You can catch the action on BTN2GO or listen live on 100.9 FM, The Badger Sports Network.last_img read more

In Photos: USC vs. Stanford

first_imgNick Entin | Daily Trojan Adoree’ Jackson tries to break free on a kick return.Nick Entin | Daily Trojan Adoree’ Jackson leaps to intercept a pass intended for Stanford’s Francis Owusu.Nick Entin | Daily Trojan Junior cornerback Adoree’ Jackson tries to drag down Stanford’s Christian McCaffrey. McCaffrey finished with 165 yards rushing and 260 all-purpose yards.Nick Entin | Daily TrojanRedshirt junior quarterback Max Browne surveys the field. Browne completed 18 of 28 passes for 191 yards on the night.Nick Entin | Daily TrojanSophomore tight end Tyler Petite runs for extra yards after catching a pass while Stanford coaches react in frustration. The play set up a touchdown run by Ronald Jones II early in the second half.last_img read more

Lakers’ Lonzo Ball to sit out Monday with groin injury

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThe Lakers have not formally shut down Ball for the remainder of summer league play. The Lakers have at least two more games and a possible postseason appearance if they win at least one game. But it would not be surprising if the Lakers rule out Ball for precautionary reasons. The Lakers shut down second-year forward Brandon Ingram for summer league play after he suffered a cramp in his right leg late in the opener Friday against the Clippers.Ball’s absence eliminated the hope for any rematch between the Lakers’ No. 2 pick and De’Aaron Fox, the No. 5 pick from Kentucky who scored 39 points against UCLA in the NCAA Tournament. Fox, a player the Lakers worked out before the draft, on Monday tweeted out an emoji of a facepalm, a post that was quickly deleted. Ball also lost the chance to build off his play, which has included mixed results.Ball finished with five points while shooting 2 for 15 from the field and 1 for 11 from 3-point range Friday against the Clippers. He followed with 11 points in his second game with slight upticks in his shooting – 5 for 13 from the field and 1 for 5 from the perimeter.Shooting aside, Ball has shown promising signs with his passing and ability to run the offense. After logging 5 assists, 4 rebounds, 2 steals and a blocked shot against the Clippers, Ball had a triple-double against the Celtics with 11 assists and 11 rebounds. That marked the first triple-double in Las Vegas Summer League history since 2008 when recording of statistics became more consistent. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error LAS VEGAS >> In a matter of days, the Lakers’ summer league roster morphed from one with legitimate star power into one of mostly unproven players eager to land a training camp invitation.After drawing most of the attention last weekend for his shooting struggles, his timely passing and his outspoken father, Lakers rookie guard Lonzo Ball missed Monday’s game against Sacramento at Thomas & Mack Center because of a sore right groin. To lesser fanfare, the Lakers also sat their two other first-round draft picks – forward Kyle Kuzma (cramps) and shooting guard Josh Hart (sprained right ankle).“Their safety and health is the most important thing,” said Lakers assistant coach Jud Buechler, who is coaching the summer league team but deferred to the team’s training staff. “They’ve decided guys are a little banged up and so we played it very cautiously.”Before the Lakers practiced last week, Buechler said Ball “got a little dinged up and got some tightness.” The injury worsened when Ball played on Friday against the Clippers and Saturday against the Celtics. Nonetheless, the Lakers do not consider the injury serious.last_img read more

Brisbane Broncos beat Sydney Roosters 24-14 to make NRL finals picture a little bit brighter

first_imgThe Broncos sit in fourth place after the first game of the final round, but will be overtaken by North Queensland if the Cowboys beat the Titans on Saturday.Canterbury is also an outside chance of passing last year’s runners-up, but would need to beat South Sydney by 45 points on Friday to make that happen.Regardless of how it ends up, Brisbane will happily take the two points for a fifth-straight week although the performance left a bit to be desired with the playoffs looming.The Broncos were coming off a win over the table-topping Storm but started as they have the vast majority of their games in the back half of the season, with questionable ball-handling and lacklustre defence, allowing the Roosters to jump out to a 12-0 lead.First, they opted not to contest a Mitchell Pearce bomb, allowing former Bronco Dale Copley to jump over Matt Gillett and touch down in the seventh minute followed by a penalty goal to Blake Ferguson, after regular goal-kicker Latrell Mitchell succumbed to a hip injury.More missed tackles and enterprising football from the second-last Roosters then saw Connor Watson cross in the 27th minute, but the next time the visitors attempted to pierce the line, the kick only found Corey Oates, who took off up-field.A strong chase and ankle tap by rookie winger Joseph Manu stopped Oates from going the length of the field, but five-eighth Anthony Milford took advantage of the back-tracking defence to dive over in the 35th minute and suddenly it appeared the Broncos had flicked a switch.The next set saw hooker Andrew McCullough reef a kick from beyond halfway towards Daniel Tupou’s and when the Roosters winger arrived he made a meal of the clean-up, allowing Brisbane speed demon James Roberts to touch down.Brisbane native Mitchell Frei then missed a shot at penalty goal after the siren, meaning the Roosters only led 14-12 at the break and the hosts were able to square the ledger with their own penalty goal from right in front shortly after the resumption.The Broncos hit the lead in the 56th minute when a left-side shift fell apart and Darius Boyd flicked a pass back to Milford, who spun it long towards centrefield and from there it was a simple matter of putting the ball through the hands to find Jordan Kahu on the right wing.Kahu nabbed a second after an excellent one-on-one strip by Ben Hunt saw Roberts fly down the right and kick back in-field, allowing the winger to dot down with five minutes left in the game.But coach Wayne Bennett would not be 100 per cent confident ahead of the first week of the finals as Brisbane completed just 72 per cent of their sets, thanks mostly to 12 costly errors.The defence, which conceded no points for the final 50 minutes, was also aided by slopping ball-handling from the Roosters.last_img read more