Montgomerie: Rory must look forward

first_img “When you think Arnold Palmer never achieved a grand slam of majors in his career and he was the king of golf puts into perspective what an achievement it would be,” said Montgomerie, casting his gaze towards a possible ‘Rory Slam’ with the Masters and the US Open at Chambers Bay in June on the horizon. “Achieving what Tiger did and hold all four at the one time… but if Rory plays to his ability he doesn’t have to bother with the leaderboards. “If Rory can stand on the 72nd green and say to his caddie, without looking at any leaderboards, ‘I’ve played well there’, that’s good. Well, then he wins. Right? “So it’s up to him to get round this course but there’s a lot of good golf behind Rory when you think of Bubba, Jordan Spieth, Jimmy Walker, Henrik Stenson, Dustin Johnson, Patrick Reed – and, hey, who knows about Tiger?” Ah yes, Woods. The 14-time major winner has not played competitive golf since withdrawing from the Farmers Insurance Open on February 6 and said he would not return until he can “compete at the highest level”. Woods has been blighted by poor form and injuries in recent times and the latest world rankings saw him fall outside of the top 100 for the first time since September 1996. But the four-time Masters winner confirmed on Friday that he will compete at Augusta and Montgomerie does not dismiss the 39-year-old American being a factor down the final stretch next Sunday. “He wouldn’t be playing if he didn’t think he could contend,” Montgomerie said. “He hasn’t entered Augusta to make up the numbers, I guarantee that, and he will be determined to prove to himself more than anyone that he can still do this. “What is against Tiger is that the standard of major golf now is incredible. “So Tiger hasn’t got to get back to the levels he was at, he has to get back, or forward to the levels that have now been put in place by the number one player in the world.” Woods remains four short of equalling Nicklaus’ record of 18 majors and Montgomerie remains unconvinced that he will ever add another. The Scot asked: “I would like to think there are wins in Tiger yet, but never mind a major, can he win another event ever again? What we’ve seen this season? No. Nothing lasts forever and he can’t keep coming back. “But imagine Tiger scoring 69, 68 in the first two days at the Masters, there would be a buzz around the place and the sort of electricity we have missed without him. “Let’s hope it’s not 75, 76, he’s hurt his back and goes home because that would be a disaster for everybody.” Press Association Rory McIlroy must banish his Augusta demons first if he is to savour Masters glory and complete a career Grand Slam at the tender age of 25. That’s the message from his former Europe Ryder Cup captain Colin Montgomerie who feels McIlroy, the world number one, could still be scarred by the memories of his Augusta meltdown in 2011 when he blew a four-shot lead in the final round. McIlroy carded a closing 80 – which famously included a pull-hooked drive at the 10th which sent his ball off the course – to finish joint 15th and 10 shots behind winner Charl Schwartzel, and the four-time major winner has done no better than last year’s tied eighth on his six previous visits to the Masters. This time the Northern Irishman starts as strong favourite to complete the full majors set but Montgomerie, while admitting that McIlroy is a sure-fire bet to pass Sir Nick Faldo’s total of six major titles, admits handling the pressure in a top-class field featuring the fit-again Tiger Woods presents a severe test of his temperament. “I don’t think the task is easy at all, there’s a lot of pressure on Rory,” said Montgomerie who will be at the Masters commentating for Sky Sports, the only place to watch all four days live. “You know there’s the odd gremlin there, when he lost that four-shot cushion, and I don’t think he’ll ever stand on that 10th tee with a load of confidence, will he? He can’t after what happened at the demise of the back nine from a few years ago. “Some players like to go back to a scene – like Bubba Watson, Tiger or Phil Mickelson and love that course – and others, like I did in my prime, are not as confident going back somewhere. ” If you look at Rory’s results at Augusta they obviously haven’t been that of the other three majors, having won them all, so that brings its own pressure. “But I’m not saying he can’t cope with that because he’s the best player in the world – and I think all 80 competitors in the field would say that.” Having won the last two Majors – the Open and US PGA titles in an incredible three-week spell last summer – McIlroy stands on the brink of golfing history. Victory would see him become the sixth player to have won all four major titles after Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan, Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus and Woods and the first European to win a green jacket since Jose Maria Olazabal in 1999. last_img read more

Venice, Italy Hit with Historic Third Flood in Less Than a Week

first_imgResidents of Venice, Italy are dealing with record-setting tide.Stores and museums remained mostly closed Sunday in the hardest-hit area around St. Mark’s Square, as a 5 foot tide hit just after 1 p.m.Officials took precautions, such as stacking sandbags in canal-side windows of St. Mark’s Basilica, to keep water from entering the crypt again.Last Tuesday, a 6-foot 2-inch flood, the worst in 53 years, blanketed the region, while another 5-foot high tide occurred Friday.According to the city’s mayor, Luigi Brugnaro, flooding damages are in “the hundreds of millions.” In addition, officials have declared a state of emergency.They also deployed 280 civil protection volunteers from throughout the region to assist as needed. Additional volunteers in rubber boots have appeared at key sites, such as the city’s Music Conservatory, in order to save manuscripts from the invading salt water.Since officials began keeping records in 1872, that level of flooding has not been reached even twice in one year, let alone three times in a single week.last_img read more

Cadbury Partners NFF, Super Eagles

first_imgAccording to the President of the NFF, Mr. Amaju Pinnick, the partnership with Tom Tom was too good to be turned down as the brand has demonstrated a champion’s spirit over the years.Pinnick added:“The Nigerian Football Federation is pleased to enter into thiscontract as Tom Tom has done so much for Nigerian football over the years. “Candies are for champions. The Super Eagles remain a champion team and Tom Tom is also a champion candy. I strongly believe the company will enjoy the new experience even better than its previous romance with Nigerian Football Federation.”Meanwhile, Mr. Mike Itemuagbor, Chairman of Pamodzi Sports Marketing, the sponsorship agency, noted that Tom Tom from Cadbury and his company have the responsibility to ensure that both organisations derive fulfilment from the relationship.He opined further: “The agreement is for a period of three years in the initial period, and renewable. It makes Tom Tom the ‘Official Candy of the Super Eagles.’ All other details are to be made known at the official contract signing ceremony soon.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Cadbury Nigeria Plc, manufacturers of TomTom, has expressed delight to partner the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) as the Official Candy of the Super Eagles.The company’s Corporate and Government Affairs Director for West Africa, Mr. Bala Yesufu, said now is the time to give the Super Eagles the maximum support the team requires to excel in football, Nigeria’s favourite sport.Yesufu said: “Tom Tom, the leading candy brand from Cadbury Nigeria is proud to be associated as ‘Official Candy of the Super Eagles.’ We appreciate the leadership of the NFF for their moderation in arriving at this partnership initiative and we hope to live up to our part of the deal.”last_img read more

Trojans need a freshman sensation

first_imgFor more than 50 years, the USC men’s basketball team called the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena home.A landmark on its own, sure, but over time, the facilities were hardly up to par with other top-notch arenas around the country. To put it bluntly, if I were a recruit, I definitely wouldn’t be signed up to play in a dump.But in 2006, the Galen Center opened. It was certainly a welcome change from the Sports Arena, and the opening of the new arena was supposed to be a new beginning for USC basketball.In the years following the opening of the Galen Center, USC hauled in big high school stars, such as O.J. Mayo and DeMar Derozan. Despite playing one year each, the Trojans qualified for the NCAA tournament in both years Mayo and DeRozan donned the cardinal and gold. In fact, in four of the last five years, USC has earned a trip to the Big Dance. Despite sanctions imposed on the program, USC has managed to stay relatively competitive — until this year.It’s been a snowball effect throughout the course of this long season. The Trojans have been dealt a hand that they can’t play well with. The injuries and the losses have piled up. The fans have all but abandoned the team, or so it seems.Sure, next year looks to be promising with everybody returning. Students are not interested anymore, though. Alumni and other fans have been visibly upset. And they’re showing their displeasure in arguably the worst way possible not even showing up to home games.With that in mind, however, can everybody forget this dismal year and give USC coach Kevin O’Neill one more shot?Yes, they should and they can, but the Trojans need to do some work on the recruiting trail for that to happen. To make everybody put this season in the rearview mirror, USC needs to land the No. 1 overall player in the nation: Shabazz Muhammad.The six-foot-six senior from Bishop Gorman High School in Nevada is averaging nearly 30 points and 10 rebounds a game, according to a MaxPreps.com article. He is the consensus No. 1 recruit in the country.One player can do a lot for a fan base starving for someone to jumpstart a program coming off an underwhelming year. One player can give Los Angeles another team to cheer for.Not since Mayo and DeRozan has USC enjoyed playing in front of a nearly sold out Galen Center. Not since those two hyped high school stars has there been a buzz around campus regarding another sport besides football.Muhammad would solve all these problems in an instant. His size, strength and basketball acumen are unparalleled. NBADraft.net compares him to Kobe Bryant.That alone says enough. What kind of fan wouldn’t want to see someone with the potential to be that good? If that doesn’t draw more students, I don’t know what will.The star power, the energy and the excitement will be felt should the Trojans land Muhammad.Attendance this season has been horrific — and that might be putting it lightly. I get it, though. After losing by 19 points and drawing a season-high 8,474 fans against UCLA in mid-January, I don’t blame anybody for not wanting to come back.Let’s face it: O’Neill’s squads won’t wow us with offensive fireworks. The highlights on that end of the floor will be few and far between. The old adage that defense wins championships might ring true, but nobody truly likes to see teams grind out victories scoring 50 points per contest.So even with everybody likely returning next season — and a chance for the team to be really good, win the Pac-12 conference and earn a bid to the NCAA tournament — there needs to be that one player who “wows” the crowd solely based on his name.Without Shabazz Muhammad none of this happens, though. Land the best player in the nation and everybody forgets about this season. This is what the basketball program needs. He might be a lot to ask for, but one player can make basketball relevant again at USC. “In the Zone” runs every other Friday. If you would like to comment on this story, visit DailyTrojan.com or email Trevor at trevor.wong@usc.edulast_img read more

Week in Sports: Men’s soccer wins ACC, basketball returns, field hockey to final four and more

first_img Published on November 15, 2015 at 11:46 pm Contact Sam: sjfortie@syr.edu | @Sam4TR Facebook Twitter Google+ Men’s soccer win the ACC championshipRead how Syracuse scored in a 1-0 victory over Notre Dame, which led to SU capturing the Atlantic Coast Conference crown.You can follow The Daily Orange’s continuing coverage of the team here.Back to BasketballBefore the season started Friday, The Daily Orange released its 2015 basketball guide, profiling a big man’s return from injury, the new SU point guard, a refined now-backup point guard and a reserved big man expanding his game. From’s the woman’s team, the guide included a player returning from two ACL surgeries in two years and the woman who will keep shooting 3s despite a disappointing 2014-15.You can follow all of The Daily Orange’s men’s basketball coverage here, and the women’s basketball coverage here.You can also read the full basketball guide, Back to Basketball.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textField hockey advances to the final fourWith a Liz Sack-fueled 5-0 victory over Princeton Sunday, Syracuse field hockey made travel plans to drive the 501.5 miles from J.S. Coyne Stadium to the final four in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Laura Hurff and Lies Lagerweij led the defense in Sunday’s win.Follow all of The Daily Orange’s coverage of the SU field hockey team here.Football competes with No. 1 ClemsonFor just a moment on Saturday, college football mattered in Syracuse, football beat writer Sam Blum wrote. That’s because Syracuse (3-7) took the nation’s No. 1 squad, Clemson, into the fourth quarter down by just a touchdown. But in the end, the team couldn’t capitalize. Also, running back George Morris  made the most of his opportunities in the game.Read all of The Daily Orange’s coverage of the game here. Commentslast_img read more

Wisconsin sweeps Illinois to extend winning streak to five

first_imgIt was a relatively frustrating first half of the season for the Wisconsin softball team, but the Badgers finally look to be hitting their stride.Illinois (18-18, 2-10 Big Ten) came to Madison over the weekend and, after sweeping the Fighting Illini in a three-game series, Wisconsin (22-15, 6-5) has extended its winning streak to five games.The Badgers set the tone right from the get-go Friday in their first game with the Fighting Illini this season.The score remained 0-0 for the first five innings of the game. Finally, in the bottom of the fifth, Wisconsin broke the scoreless tie. Senior Stephanie Peace led things off with a double down the left field line, making her way around the bases on a string of fielder’s choices, and eventually crossing home plate for the first run of the game on a fielder’s choice to Illinois pitcher, Brandi Needham.Not long after, senior Mary Massei singled to bring in teammate Ashley Van Zeeland to build a 2-0 lead.Any momentary relief the Badgers experienced with their two-run lead was extinguished the next inning, when the Illini responded with a pair of runs of its own in the top of the sixth.Illinois senior Alex Booker singled up the middle after teammate Remeny Perez led off with a hit by pitch. The second and third hitters went on to score the two runs of the inning, Perez batted in on a fielder’s choice and Booker stealing home right after.The score remained tied until the bottom of the seventh, when Wisconsin junior Maria Van Abel stepped up to the plate with the bases loaded. Van Abel came up with the walk-off single to third, allowing Chloe Miller to cross home and give Wisconsin the 3-2 win in the first game of the series.After a short intermission the teams took the field for the second game of the evening, one that Wisconsin third baseman Michelle Mueller decided she would take into her own hands.Wisconsin hit the ground running as Mueller homered over the center field fence in the first inning, batting in teammate Mary Massei who had reached on an error, giving Wisconsin the early 2-0 lead. But she was only just getting started.After a second hitless inning for Illinois, Mueller knocked another one out of the park, this time to right center, batting Massei and Peace around the bases for another three RBIs and putting the score at 5-0.The Fighting Illini finally got on the scoreboard in the fourth inning, putting up three runs on three hits.The outfield backed up as Mueller approached the batter’s box for the third time in the fourth inning, but it didn’t matter as the junior infielder sent a third pitch sailing over center field wall, adding three more RBIs for Wisconsin.The sixth inning brought UW two more runs, as Van Abel and Massei scored on Illinois errors, putting the final score of the night at 10-3, eight of which belonged Mueller.Mueller, currently batting .385 (third highest on the team) has now racked up eight home runs for the 2014 season, along with more than 40 RBIs (team best).If the last game had belonged to Mueller, then the third game of the Wisconsin-Illinois series was due to the effort of UW pitcher Cassandra Darrah, who tallied up 10 strikeouts over the six innings she threw.After Darrah struck out two batters in the top of the first, Massei and Peace led things off with a double to left and single, respectively. Mueller batted Massei in on a ground out for her ninth RBI of the weekend. Miller stepped up right after and singled to right field, batting in Peace from third base and making the score 2-0.Illinois responded in the top of the second when catcher Jenna Mychko put one over the left field fence, and again in the third when Perez gained an RBI off a double.  Darrah shut down the Illini after the third inning, though, going on to throw seven more strikeouts over the next four innings.Wisconsin put up the last run of the day in the bottom of the sixth inning, when Van Zeeland picked up an RBI off a single, to bring the final score to 3-2 and giving Wisconsin its fifth straight win.The Badgers will look to continue their hot streak against in-state rival Green Bay (21-8) in a double-header Wednesday.last_img read more

Grammy-Award Winning Songtress Lalah Hathaway Graces the Stage at the Miramar…

first_imgMIRAMAR, Florida – The City of Miramar is excited to present Lalah Hathaway, Saturday Nov. 2 at 8 p.m. as a part of our 2019 – 2020 Season at the Miramar Cultural Center (MCC) | ArtsPark located at 2400 Civic Center Place, Miramar, FL 33025.Lalah Hathaway is a well recognized Singer, Songwriter, and Composer. Daughter of Soul Singer, Donny Hathaway, this Classically trained Artist began making music at the age of 21, releasing her debut  Self Titled album in 1990. Lalah released a steady stream of hits over the last 2 decades including “Heaven Knows”, “Baby Don’t Cry”, and ‘’Forever, For Always, For Love”. She received a Best Female R&B Vocal Performance Grammy Award nomination for “That Was Then”. She went on to win the Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance along with Snarky Puppy for “Something” in 2014. On February 8, 2015, she won the Grammy Award for Best Traditional R&B Performance along with Robert Glasper and Malcolm-Jamal Warner for “Jesus Children”.MCC prides itself on being a space where “Community and Culture Converge™” and in the true spirit of this motto, we are proud to have local Jazz favorites, The Harden Project, opening this amazing show!This year, MCC is proud to Present: A Night of Soul with Lalah Hathaway! The 5-time Grammy Award winner was Nominated for three Grammy’s this year including Best R&B album! Her list of collaborators includes such illustrious talents as Pharrell Williams, Kendrick Lamar, Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg. She has shared stages with legends including Prince, Stevie Wonder, Herbie Hancock and Anita Baker. Her Grammy-nominated album ‘Honestly’ is out now with guest appearances from Redman, Lecrae, Robert Glasper and more. Lalah is honestly a show you won’t want to miss at the Miramar Cultural Center!Tickets for MCC Presents: Lalah Hathaway are available at Ticketmaster.com or at the MCC Box Office.last_img read more

Nana Yaw Amponsah steps down as Phar Rangers President ahead of Kotoko appointment

first_imgNana Yaw Amponsah has stepped down from his role as President of Ghana Division 1 side Phar Rangers as he prepares to take up appointment as Chief Executive Officer of Kumasi Asante Kotoko, Ghanasportsonline has reported.Amponsah is expected to be named Asante Kotoko CEO on Friday.Candidate at the 2019 Ghana Football Association Presidential Elections, Amponsah’s switch to Kotoko has been long coming, having attended an interview last month.The football administrator is believed to have already received an appointment letter from Manhyia to head the Club’s administrative work.Manhyia Palace settled on the fast-growing football guru after a meeting with the new board headed by the Club’s financier Dr. Kwame Kyei.last_img

Super Bowl 53: 10 incredible stats from the Patriots’ win over the Rams

first_img Super Bowl 53: The best reactions from Maroon 5’s halftime show 2 — The Rams became just the second team ever to not score a touchdown in the Super Bowl. The 1971 Dolphins were the first. 107 — Brady and Belichick are a combined 107 years old. That is the oldest QB-coach duo in Super Bowl history.OptaJerry contributed to this report Super Bowl 53: Tony Romo makes hilarious joke during pregame introduction Tom Brady completed 21 of his 35 passes for 262 yards with an interception in the victory. He and coach Bill Belichick have now won six championships together. Sony Michel added 94 rushing yards and a touchdown for New England.Here are 10 incredible stats from the Patriots’ win. Related Newscenter_img 2:08 — Tom Brady was picked off on his first pass, which came 2:08 into the game. It was the third fastest interception in a Super Bowl since 1996.18 — Rob Gronkowski became the all-time leader in receptions by a tight end in Super Bowl history when he hauled in a 19-yard pass from Brady in the first quarter. It was his 18th career catch in a title game. He finished with 87 receiving yards against the Rams.9 —  The Patriots and Rams finished the first 15 minutes tied at 0-0. It was the ninth scoreless first quarter in Super Bowl history.26 — The Rams tallied just 26 yards on the ground in the first half and finished with 62 in the loss. They averaged 139.4 rushing yards per game during the regular season.7 — The Rams were the first team ever to punt on their first seven possessions of a Super Bowl.11 — Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman pulled in 10 catches for 141 yards in the victory. He became the 11th player ever to record six or more receptions in multiple Super Bowls.3 — The Rams and Patriots combined for just three points through the first two quarters. It was the second-lowest scoring first half in Super Bowl history. The Steelers held a 2-0 lead over the Vikings at halftime in Super Bowl 9.65 — Johnny Hekker tallied a 65-yard punt with 8:36 remaining in the third quarter. It was the longest punt in Super Bowl history. The Patriots are Super Bowl champions once again.New England took home its latest title by pulling out a 13-3 win over the Rams on Sunday at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. It was the lowest-scoring game in Super Bowl history.last_img read more

Clear Lake police officers recognized for meritorious service (VIDEO)

first_imgCLEAR LAKE — The City of Clear Lake last night handed out the first set of the Police Chief’s Commendation Service Awards. Police Chief Pete Roth says the award program was established in 2018 to give out commendations to those officers nominated for meritorious service to the department and city. “This has been a very long project. The officers who are going to be receiving commendations tonight will get a certificate describing what exactly occurred. They will also get a Clear Lake Police coin that on the back is their badge number and the date that they received their commendation. So we’re very excited to do this.”Among those honored:== Detective Mike O’Keefe,  a commendation for his exceptional efforts and commitment in investigating a large financial crime case they started 2016 and concluded in 2017. A positive conclusion for the victim was a direct result of his dedication, experience and ability to coordinate with other law enforcement agencies on the investigation.== Officer Jerry Schade was awarded a commendation for his immediate and extraordinary action in performing CPR on unresponsive infant on June 29, 2018 in Clear Lake Iowa. Officer Schade performed in a professional manner while placing himself at risk while performing CPR on the infant.”== Officers Dean Anderson and Brandon Trapp were honored for their assistance with an accident for the immediate and extraordinary actions in performing CPR on a motor vehicle driver who was involved in a crash on April 25 2017 in Clear Lake. The officers efforts are credited directly with saving the driver’s life.== Trapp was given a second award for his dedication and efforts in reestablishing the DARE program in the Clear Lake and GHV school districts. Officer Trapp’s commitment to keeping students drug and violence free is worthy of a special recognition.”The four were honored at the start of last night’s City Council meeting. Below is a video of last night’s presentation.last_img read more