Rory McIlroy’s desire to complete his collection of golf‘s four majors with a win at this week’s Masters has led the Northern Irishman to try a fresh approach, one that focuses on meditation and juggling.McIlroy enters the year’s first major as the hottest player on the planet and he credits his solid start to 2019 with a new attitude that is all about perspective, persistence and poise, or what he refers to as the three P’s.The new formula for McIlroy, who will play the opening two rounds this week with American Rickie Fowler and Australia’s Cameron Smith, centres around meditation, juggling and mind training.“Look, I’m not going to go and live with the monks for a couple months in Nepal, but just to be able to get your mind in the right place and be able to focus and to centre yourself,” McIlroy told a news conference at Augusta National on Tuesday.“It’s 10 minutes a day. It’s not as if I’m being consumed by it. But definitely something that has helped from time to time. Especially in situations where you need your mind to be right.”McIlroy has five consecutive top-10 finishes at the Masters yet his defining moment at Augusta National remains his final-round collapse in 2011 when he failed to close out the win despite entering the day with a four-shot lead.But McIlroy, who has since gone on to win four times at golf‘s three other majors, has visions of becoming just the sixth person to complete the career grand slam and hopes his new approach will prove fruitful.The 29-year-old Northern Irishman has a top-six finish in each of the six stroke play events he has played this year, including a triumph at the Players Championship where he meditated for 20 minutes ahead of the final round.Early indications, therefore, are that McIlroy may be on the right path with his meditation and juggling.“They mightn’t be the right things for other people, but I think I’ve found a formula that works for me, and I’m — you know, I’m going to persist with it and I’m going to stick to it,” said McIlroy.“It’s helped me play some of the best golf of my career so far this year, and you know, hopefully that will continue.”When it comes to juggling, McIlroy described himself as a “rookie” who can only handle three balls at once.“You know, maybe what resonates with me is isn’t going to resonate with someone else, but I found what I feel is the best path forward for me and I’ve committed to it,” McIlroy said.McIlroy, who had another close call last year when he began the final round three shots behind eventual winner Patrick Reed, said the pressure he puts on himself at Augusta National compared to his previous appearances has changed.“I would dearly love to win this tournament one day. If it doesn’t happen this week, that’s totally fine, I’ll come back next year and have another crack at it,” said McIlroy.“But I’m happy with where everything is, body, mind, game.”
Dear Editor,I have been charged for stealing books, the subscriptions for which were paid for by the Government of Guyana — which I specifically requested as a condition of my service as Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs, and which was granted by the President of the Republic of Guyana. The market value of these books is about 0,000.Sometime in the mid-1980s, the then Chancellor of the Judiciary, Mr Keith Massiah, was offered the position of Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs by President Desmond Hoyte, upon his retirement as Chancellor. Chancellor Massiah indicated his willingness to accept the appointment only if he would enjoy the same remuneration package which he enjoyed as Chancellor. This package was more than double what a Minister was paid at the time. Mr. Desmond Hoyte granted that request. Mr Massiah was appointed Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs, and was paid that remuneration package for several years, until that administration lost the 1992 elections. The total sum paid even then would have run into millions of dollars.Should Mr Keith Massiah now not be charged with larceny?The coalition Government, as a collective, sat at a Cabinet meeting and made a decision to pay themselves a 50% increase in salary as part of their contract of service. The incredible rationale was that they were earning this level of income prior to their appointment. I challenge anyone of them, publicly, to prove that they were earning this level of income. This increase in salary is a recurring monthly expenditure on the Treasury that runs into millions per month and hundreds of millions annually.Should each of them not be charged with obtaining money by fraud or by false pretenses?Additionally, at the same Cabinet meeting, Moses Nagamootoo demanded that the Prime Minister’s salary, as a matter of principle, must be higher than that of the Attorney General’s. As a result, his salary was increased by a further few hundred thousand dollars to make it higher than the Attorney General’s.Again, this became part of his contract for service. I challenge the Prime Minister to show that he was earning $1.7M per month prior to his appointment. Again, this is a monthly recurring expenditure that is costing taxpayers over $20M annually.Should the Prime Minister not be charged for obtaining money by fraud?On top of this astronomical increase in salaries, I am aware that the Government is renting residential premises in which ministers reside at an average monthly rental of between $500,000 and $1million. This is costing the treasury millions of dollars annually. These rentals are obviously part of these ministers’ contract of service. Should they not be charged with some fraudulent offence as well?Two ministers are currently on scholarships; this must be part of their contract of service. These two scholarships are costing taxpayers approximately $7M. Should charges not be filed here too?By a Cabinet decision, this Government rents from a party crony a house in Albouystown for $14M per month, to use as a drug bond; when a property of similar size and condition and located in the same neighbourhood can be rented for $150,000 per month; and when they refused the same square footage of space offered to them in writing at the New GPC Storage Bond, a world-class storage facility for pharmaceuticals, at a rental of $1.3M per month. Taxpayers continue to pay this $14 million in rent monthly.Why should the entire Cabinet not be charged for this criminal wastage of taxpayers’ money?As President David Granger said to Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo recently, “I recognise that Governments change and the shoe is on the other foot.” Clearly, his Attorney General does not understand this reality.Yours faithfully,Mohabir Anil NandlallM.PAttorney-at-law
Police have confirmed that three persons have been arrested in connection with the robbery at Chill GroceryInjured: Mandeshwal “Chill” KamalallInjured: Dharma Kamalalland Parlour, located at Nigg South, Corentyne, Berbice.Divisional Commander Ian Amsterdam told Guyana Times that the police are very interested in stories told by two of the suspects in custody.He noted that one of the suspects had in his possession a stolen motorbike when arrested. However Amsterdam said that the investigation is ongoing.On Wednesday evening five men, three of them armed with guns and two with cutlasses, went to Chill’s Grocery and Parlour and attacked Mandeshwal “Chill” Kamalall and his family just as he was about to close for the day.Kamalall said he was assaulted with a cutlass and put to lie on the ground, while two bandits stood guard and the others went into the shop where his wife Dharma Kamalall was with their two children ages 3 and 12.“…they put the gun pon me and knock me in me head and in me face. And then they start demand fo money, an Ah tell them Ah gon give you” the businessman’s wife related.She said that her three-year-old daughter was assaulted and ‘chucked’ and threats were made to kill the child if she did not co-operate and take them into the upper flat of the building.The businesswoman noted that it was at that stage that her 12-year-old daughter pleaded with the masked men not to hurt her baby sister or kill her mother. The bandits did not pursue their request to enter the residential section of the two-storey building, and escaped on bicycles with the day’s sales, $60,000; $35,000 which Kamalall had in his pockets, two cellular phones valued $85,000; $30,000 in phone cards and $35,000 worth of cigarettes.Kamalall said shortly after the men fled, he contacted the Albion Police Station, but was told no vehicle was available to respond to his report; however Police arrived some 30 minutes later.Kamalall sustained injuries to his back and face, while his wife had injuries to her head from being gun-butted.(Andrew Carmichael)
“Transiting from playing to coaching the national team is a big thing personally. It feels great and I can’t wait to get started on this huge journey as we seek to improve the team,” the incoming coach told Capital Sport.Simiyu, who came back to active rugby this season after fully recovering from a career threatening injury in 2011, captained the national Sevens team between 2006 and 2008 and has been part of both the 7s and 15s national team set up since 2002.He has downplayed lack of experience saying he has been improving his coaching skills during the period he was out with injury.“I have a level 1 and 2 coaching certificate and I am currently working on my level three. If it’s about experience, then I think I have what it takes. Since 2011 I have been coaching and also having been with the national teams for more than a decade, I believe that is enough for me to start up,” Simiyu outlined.His appointment has received support from national team captain Andrew Amonde who says they will give him maximum support as he starts his journey.“He was put through a rigorous process and I believe he is the right man for the job. As players we will give him maximum support and help him where we can. The good thing is that he is not new to the national team and he knows what to expect and how we play the game,” Amonde, who skippered the team to their first ever Main Cup title in Singapore, said.“We also expect a lot from him. He is a great guy and has a lot of potential to take this team even further and I think at the moment there’s no better man than him.”Simiyu (above) in test match action for Kenya against Uganda in Nairobi on 30 July 2016Kenya is drawn in a tricky Pool D alongside France, Australia and Japan for the Dubai 7s which will take place on the weekend of December 2 and Simiyu is looking forward to start on a high.“We will definitely want to start well, but at the moment, it is too early to start talking about our targets and what we expect. We want to sit down as a squad, look at the whole season and set out our targets. It is a long road ahead and we need the support of everyone,” Simiyu said.Commenting on the group, Amonde said; “The World Rugby Series at the moment is not easy. Every team comes out wanting to win and now that the format has been changed, it is going to be tough for everyone.”“We know the bar we set high last season and definitely we can’t go lower. We need to sit down as a team and strategize and I believe we can do very well.”Simiyu has hinted he will choose to retain the experienced core of the team, while also pointing out he will inject fresh blood in the team.“It is important to have those who have played for long because of transition. We also need to blend in the young players because only under such balance will we achieve results.”The Kenya Rugby Union has given him a free hand to select his assistant, but he says he hasn’t yet picked a final candidate as he is to hold further discussions with his bosses on Tuesday.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Innocent Simiyu in previous Kenya Sevens action.NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 18 – Newly appointed Kenya Sevens head coach innocent ‘Namcos’ Simiyu believes he is the right man for the job as he prepares for his first assignment when the opening round of the HSBC Sevens World Series kick-off with the Dubai 7s in December.The 33-year old said despite not having coached the national team before, the experience from his active playing days will come in handy as he takes over the role for the next two seasons.
Hill finished with 22 points for the Cardinal, who are making quite the case for being a contender after all. Arron Afflalo had 22 points, six rebounds and five assists for the Bruins. But even he had trouble as the Bruins were thoroughly outplayed in the second half and had their four-game winning streak snapped. Their only other loss came Jan. 6 at Oregon, 68-66. Stanford’s students rushed the court in a wild celebration at the final buzzer. “It’s awesome,” guard Anthony Goods said. “We knew it would be a critical game. We all got our share of bruises today, but we kept fighting and never gave up.” Goods scored 17 of his 20 points in the second half when the coaches kept saying to calmly chip away. He hit four of the team’s seven 3-pointers as Stanford won its third straight and sixth in seven to complete a sweep of the ranked Los Angeles schools after a 65-50 victory over No. 25 USC on Thursday night. Maybe now it’s the Cardinal’s turn to earn a ranking. Stanford (14-5, 6-3 Pac-10) was picked to finish seventh in the surprisingly even Pac-10. They have another tough one at home Wednesday night against Gonzaga. “Obviously we’re pretty happy and we have a lot to be happy about,” said coach Trent Johnson, who went to a smaller lineup after halftime. “We’ll enjoy it tonight and then at 3 o’clock tomorrow get ready for another good team.” Fred Washington’s three-point play with 6:27 remaining capped a 15-0 run and a stretch in which Stanford outscored UCLA 39-14 spanning back to late in the first half. Afflalo scored at 6:21 to end a four-minute drought for the Bruins, but they couldn’t get the key stops or rebounds in crunch time. “We just didn’t come out with the intensity we needed to in the second half,” Afflalo said. “We didn’t capitalize on the little things. We missed a few layups and one or two shots we normally make. We have to be a little more mature in the way we close things out.” UCLA (18-2, 7-2), which won both meetings last season for the first time since 1995 after losing the previous six matchups, shot 35 percent in the second half. This marked the first time in seven meetings the game was decided by single digits. Darren Collison added 17 points and Josh Shipp had nine points, six steals and five assists for the Bruins. Stanford made 8 of its first 11 second-half baskets while UCLA went 6-for-19. Hill hit 8 of 10 shots and Stanford went 14-for-20 for 70 percent from the field after trailing 37-25 at halftime. Hill and Goods hit back-to-back 3s to get the Cardinal to 49-44 with 10:38 left and Robin Lopez scored at 9:15 to cut UCLA’s lead to 51-49, much to the delight of the fans at packed Maples Pavilion. A sellout crowd of 7,334 turned out for the nationally televised game on the same court where the Bruins clinched sole possession of their first conference title in nine years with a 75-54 victory last March. Hill made the tying shot at 8:28 and made the 3 at 7:29. Goods’ baseline 3-pointer at 16:33 pulled Stanford within 41-33 and he then made another basket at 13:25 to make it a seven-point game. Stanford made 18-of-25 free throws after the break, while UCLA only got to the line six times and 15 overall. The Bruins blew it after a 17-point lead in the first half. “No excuses. We had a golden opportunity with a 17-point lead,” UCLA coach Ben Howland said. “We’ve got to do a better job keeping the killer instinct.” Afflalo scored 11 points in his first 12 minutes. His three free throws at 10:22 sparked a 13-4 UCLA run capped by Russell Westbrook’s transition dunk off a steal that made it 28-16. Johnson quickly used a timeout. Afflalo had eight points as UCLA outscored Stanford 15-9 to close the first half for a 37-25 lead at halftime. The Cardinal were held without a field goal for 7 minutes – going 0-for-8 in that span – before Carlton Weatherby’s putback 44 seconds before halftime. Kenny Brown hit a 3-pointer to beat the halftime buzzer. Howland considered that a huge momentum swing for Stanford. So did the Cardinal. “I was pretty positive – 12 sounds so much better than 17,” Washington said of the deficit. Brook Lopez had eight rebounds and seven points after getting a school-record 12 blocks on Thursday night against USC and the first triple-double in school history. His twin brother Robin picked up two first-half fouls, as did Washington, but both played a smart second half. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Stanford made nearly everything work in the second half. Hill scored seven straight points – including those two key baskets – and the Cardinal rallied in the final 20 minutes to stun No. 3 UCLA 75-68 on Sunday night, handing the Bruins just their second loss of the season. STANFORD – Lawrence Hill rattled in a 14-footer to tie the game. His go-ahead 3-pointer was only slightly prettier: It banked in. “Honestly, I just black out,” he said. “I know when the play is designed for scoring and I have an opportunity to get it in. That’s my focus. Whatever works.”
1 Adama scored his first senior goal for Barcelona They boast one of the greatest talent production lines in the world, but even Barcelona chiefs must be rubbing their hands at the potential of youngster Adama Traore, as the 18-year-old opened his senior account for the club with this sensational goal.Traore is regarded as one of the club’s most exciting emerging players, and he certainly lived up to that billing as he weaved his way through the Huesca defence before slotting home. Barca eventually won the Copa de Rey clash 8-1, with Adama joining Pedro (hat-trick), Sergi Roberto, Andreas Iniesta, Adriano and Sandro Ramirez on the scoresheet.
Even two years later, the legacy of former USC quarterback Matt Leinart became a talking point on the verge of Tuesday’s Rose Bowl. Quarterback John David Booty, who chose to keep a low profile during his two years as a starter, was asked about the perils of fame when you play the most recognizable position at such a high-profile program. “I don’t see myself from the outside so I don’t really see it. I’m a Southern boy. We’re definitely raised a little different than someone from Orange County,” Booty said. “I’ve been by myself a lot out here in Los Angeles. I’m usually just hanging out with my roommates. I don’t put myself in situations where trouble can arise.” Those comments seemed directed at Leinart, who grew up in Orange County and drew the ire of USC coach Pete Carroll for taking players to Hollywood clubs during his senior year. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonAfter Sunday’s practice, Carroll was asked if he worried any of his players would cry before the game, like Leinart did before the UCLA game his senior season. “He’s a sap,” Carroll said. “You gotta love him for it.” Washington to start: Carroll said senior Chauncey Washington would start at tailback against Illinois. Joe McKnight and Stafon Johnson are also expected to play larger-than-usual roles. Offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian said McKnight’s transition from high school to college was slowed by his lack of experience at tailback. “The emergence of Joe (McKnight) playing in the running back position was new,” Sarkisian said. “You have to remember he was very limited at the running back position. He did not play it in high school as much as people think.” Turner doubtful: Wide receiver Patrick Turner could not participate in all of Sunday’s final practice before the game and Carroll sounded skeptical about whether he could play. “He’s still not full speed yet,” Carroll said. “It’ll be hard to contribute.” Freshmen Ronald Johnson and David Ausberry will replace Turner but Vidal Hazelton will also move to Turner’s spot for some plays, Carroll said. Linebacker Keith Rivers (sprained ankle) will play but whether he starts is a game-time decision. Linebacker Brian Cushing is game-fit but not 100 percent because he remains bothered by a sprained ankle and sore knee. “Cushing is well enough to play really good football,” Carroll said. “He’s played well down the stretch for us. I hope that he has a big finish. He had a fantastic game last year.” Rose Bowl secret: USC offensive tackle Sam Baker explained a third straight trip to the Rose Bowl does bring advantages, at least in knowing how to deal with the pre-arranged activities. “I was telling someone how all the activities are routine now. We know what to do and not to do,” Baker said. “For example, when you go to Disneyland, don’t walk around the whole time, you’ll be dead tired the next day. Go to Downtown Disney instead and watch a movie.” Senior tunnel: USC players performed their traditional senior sendoff after practice, with the underclassmen forming twolines for the seniors to walk off the field between. The Trojans then went back to their Century City hotel and celebrated New Year’s Eve a night early, since there is a 10:30 p.m. bed check tonight. firstname.lastname@example.orgWant local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Unai Emery could find himself in trouble with the FA 4 4 Emery went to speak to the supporter following the incident and apologised again at full-time after the Gunners drew 1-1 at the Amex Stadium, which was well received by home fans, who applauded the gesture.However, after looking into the incident, the FA have concluded further action was needed and have slapped the charge on the Spaniard. Jose Mourinho has a history of abusing bottles… Arsenal drew 1-1 with Brighton on Boxing Day Former Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho received a touchline ban for kicking a bottle of water against West Ham in 2016.He was also sent to the stands during that game for his reaction to referee Jonathan Moss’ decision to book Paul Pogba for diving. He admitted the improper conduct charge and picked up a one-match suspension.However, Mourinho managed to avoid a UEFA ban after throwing a crate of drinks bottles to the ground in celebration of United’s 1-0 win over Young Boys in the Champions League earlier this season. 4 Arsenal manager Unai Emery has been charged with improper conduct by the Football Association after kicking a water bottle into the crowd at Brighton.The Spaniard booted a bottle in frustration during his side’s 1-1 draw at the Amex Stadium on Boxing Day, which sailed into the stands and clipped a fan of the home side. 4 Speaking on Thursday to preview Arsenal’s weekend trip to Liverpool, Emery said he hoped his apology would be the end of the matter.“I say yesterday my apologies, I kicked the bottle in frustration but not for the supporter, I kicked for me and it went near to the supporter and I said to them my apologies. There is not another communication.“I repeat today my apologies for my individual action but I kick the bottle because it is near me, but not because it is my intention.”But Emery did say he would respect any decision the FA made, although he was keen to draw a line under the incident.“I hope so, yes,” he replied when asked whether his apology should be the end of the matter.“But I have to respect the decision because it is a circumstance of my action but not another intention from me with the supporter. I say to them my apology.”
But in some positive news for the Argentine, Alli could wear a splint or cast to protect his hand while playing, meaning he is likely to be available for Saturday’s visit of Huddersfield.The 23-year-old will be crucial to Spurs’ top-four hopes as they lead fifth placed Arsenal by one point with six matches to go. UEFA has opened disciplinary proceedings against Tottenham after a supporter invaded the pitch during the Champions League match against Manchester City.The fan ran onto the pitch in the closing stages of Tuesday’s quarter-final first leg at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. gameday cracker Spurs won the match 1-0 with a goal from Son Heung-min and the return leg takes place next Wednesday.However, Spurs players Harry Kane and Dele Alli limped off the pitch in the match, dealing Pochettino a blow in his side’s efforts to qualify for next season’s Champions League.Pochettino expressed fears Kane could miss the rest of the season with an ankle injury. REVEALED LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City 2 Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions BEST OF Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? REPLY Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury A Spurs fan invaded the pitch on Tuesday evening shining Spurs talisman Harry Kane could miss the rest of the season no dice Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card ADVICE He was confronted by City’s Fabian Delph before being removed by stewards.UEFA confirmed Spurs would be facing action in a statement released on Thursday afternoon.It read: “Disciplinary proceedings have been opened following the UEFA Champions League quarter-final first leg match between Tottenham Hotspur FC and Manchester City FC (1-0), played on 9 April in England.” huge blow Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars 2 Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won tense REVEALED
Not only is Instagram the go-to place to post holiday photos and selfies, it seems to be the chosen platform for footballers to contest World Cup omissions and possible moves to Rangers.Hot on the heels of Jack Wilshere stating he should be on England’s plane bound for Russia, mooted Rangers target Martin Skrtel took to his story yesterday to present a cryptic post on his future.The Slovakian put up a picture of the Fenerbahce badge alongside the caption “You know what I mean?!” in a puzzling update that seems to pour cold water on the idea of a move to Ibrox.While a move for ex-teammate Skrtel could be off the cards, Steven Gerrard remains keen on raiding his former club Liverpool. The incoming Ibrox boss is said to be plotting a treble swoop on Anfield, with Welsh wonderkid Ben Woodburn, winger Ryan Kent and playmaker Harry Wilson mooted for moves north of the border.Elsewhere, Hearts have been boosted by the prospect of Jon McLaughlin signing on again at Tynecastle as the out-of-contract goalkeeper refused to rule out a longer-term stay in the capital.Across Edinburgh, Hibs are reportedly keeping tabs on former St Mirren midfielder Stephen Mallan after Barnsley’s relegation to League One.