Robby Watts wins second Club Champion in three years

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first_imgClub Champion Robby Watts receives the trophy from Jimmy Carr.PSC Bunker Boys GolfMonday, November 25th Pattana Sport & Country Club A & B1st Keith Norman (13) 40 points2nd Stuart Tinkler (17) 39 points 3rd Robby Watts (9) 37 pointsNear pins Stuart Tinkler, Peter Kelly, Gary Smith, Michael Brett.A smaller than expected group for Monday’s round at Pattana where we were allocated A & B nines. It seems many of our members sat out this one preparing for the club championship on Wednesday and Friday. Weather-wise we had a bright sunny day but the wind was strong, sometimes gusting to almost three clubs worth which made scoring tricky. In particular, the A3 hole, a short par three over water proved too much for at least five of our group ending in the water.All the challenges didn’t seem to affect the winners with some excellent scores returned, none more so than Keith Norman with a magnificent forty points. Any other day Stuart Tinkler would have expected to win with thirty-nine but had to settle for second. Fresh back from Australia Robby Watts made an instant impact taking third with thirty-seven. In his first game with the Bunker Boys, this season Peter Kelly got a near pin, the other three going to Gary Smith, Stuart Tinkler, and Michael Brett.Going into Monday’s round Keith Norman and Tony Robbins were locked together on equal points in the race for the golfer of the month, with today’s win Keith edged ahead by four, will it be enough to take the prize with only two games remaining?Wednesday, November 27th Pattavia Club Championship Round 11st Daryl Vernon (20) Net 672nd Gary Smith (12) Net 703rd Michael Brett (16) Net 714th Robby Watts (9) Net 715th Stuart Tinkler (17) Net 71Near pins. Stuart Tinkler, Niall Glover, Robby Watts, & Geoff Williams.Twenty-three golfers assembled at Woody’s Bar for the first round of the club championship to be held at Pattavia. As we drove into the club we found a full carpark and a very busy course with golfers to be seen on every hole visible from our position.Whilst the course was in ok condition the greens were unusually slow by Pattavia standards not having been mowed for a few days and a few bunkers were bereft of sand. The weather was fine and warm with only a very slight breeze blowing. Despite being very busy the speed of play was ok. One extraordinary event occurred as we were on the closing holes, a group of five in carts appeared on an adjoining fairway complete with a boombox blaring out very loud music for all to hear, most disconcerting and inappropriate.A few of the favourites coming into the competition had some bad luck, most noticeably Keith Norman who got a bum steer from his caddie who convinced him his drive on the second stayed up a tree so he reloaded only to find his original ball within a wedge of the green. Thereafter he lost his composure and didn’t play to his ability.Jimmy Carr also had drama in a bunker failing to get out after four attempts he picked up and disqualified himself.One who had no problems was the winner Daryl Vernon with an exceptional score of sixty-seven net, three clear of second-placed Gary Smith. A host of players were grouped on seventy-one and a few more also seventy-two and seventy-three, close enough to mount a challenge on day two. At this stage, Daryl will take a bit of catching as Greenwood is the type of course that suits his game, but golf is a funny game and who knows what will happen on Friday.The sartorial splendor award for the day went to Peter Kelly who always cuts a dash on the course. We need Roger Touhy and Keith Hemmings back to offer some competition.Friday, November 29th Greenwood B & C Club Championship Round 21st Robby Watts (9) 39 points2nd Gary Smith (13) 37 points3rd Garry Bright (12) 36 points4th Les Cobban (8) 35 points5th Geoff Parker (17) 34 pointsNear pins Gary Bright, Geoff Cox, Keith Norman, & Gary Smith.Keith Norman receives golfer of the month trophy from Jimmy Carr.A big day was in store for the Bunker Boys with both the Club Championship and Golfer of the Month to be decided. Twenty-two were on hand to participate under blue skies in nice conditions. As always the course was good, but a few bunkers had too much sand in them resulting in buried balls or at best, fried eggs.Competition was fierce with the lead changing hands at regular intervals. A few of the leading groups got off to a poor start and quickly faded out of contention, e.g. Daryl Vernon and Stuart Tinkler.It was cut and thrust all day between Gary Smith and Robby Watts with Tony Robbins at one stage mounting a challenge before having a disastrous ten on C4 to fade away thereafter. In the end, it was Robby who prevailed with a solid score of thirty-nine points, two ahead of Gary. This was Robby’s second Club Champion win in three years.The disastrous ten on C4 also put paid to Tony’s challenge for the golfer of the month, paving the way for Keith Norman to take the prize. Both played quality golf all month, but there could be only one winner.Back at Woody’s, there was much celebration with the lady of the house generously cooking up a storm with a surprise banquet of delicious Thai food. There were also various types of pizza available. Drinks flowed freely with the bell getting a good workout having been rung at least four times by Robby, Keith, Niall, and Tony.Sadly it was also time to bid farewell to Niall Glover, Gordon Melia, and Stuart Tinkler departing for the Christmas break. We look forward to their return in the new year.last_img read more

Rams take a memorable stance with gesture

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first_imgIn this Oct. 16, 1968, file photo, U.S. athletes Tommie Smith, center, and John Carlos stare downward while gesturing skyward during the playing of the Star Spangled Banner after Smith received the gold and Carlos the bronze for the 200 meter run at the Summer Olympic Games in Mexico City. Australian silver medalist Peter Norman is at left. (AP Photo/File)It wasn’t so much that the five St. Louis Rams who gave the “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” signal during pregame introductions were using sports to make a statement — it was the sort of statement they made that set them apart.American sprinters Tommie Smith and John Carlos set the standard for athletes hoping to take a political message to the highest level of sports — raising their gloved fists while atop the medals stand at the Mexico City Olympics in 1968.Carlos applauded the gesture made Sunday by the Rams — Kenny Britt, Stedman Bailey, Tavon Austin, Chris Givens and Jared Cook — saying if an athlete “thinks something is unjust, he has the right to say something about it.”“You have a right, as an athlete, to express who you are,” Carlos said in an interview with The Associated Press. “People can make their own determination as to whether you were right or wrong.”Carlos and Smith got booed out of the stadium and kicked out of the Olympics. During the racially charged 1960s, their Black Power gesture was deemed too political and divisive, both by a large segment of the public and the leader of the International Olympic Committee, Avery Brundage.HANDS UP, DON’T SHOOT’– Members of the St. Louis Rams raise their arms in awareness of the events in Ferguson, Mo., as they walk onto the field during introductions before an NFL football game against the Oakland Raiders, Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014, in St. Louis. From left are Stedman Bailey (12), Tavon Austin (11), Jared Cook, (89) Chris Givens (13) and Kenny Britt (81). The players said after the game, they raised their arms in a “hands up” gesture to acknowledge the events in Ferguson. (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson)Not everyone agreed with the Rams’ stance, either. The St. Louis Police Officers Association called on the NFL to apologize and discipline the players. The NFL and the Rams said Monday that the players would not be punished.The pose has come to symbolize a movement, even though witnesses offered conflicting accounts of whether 18-year-old Michael Brown had his hands up in surrender when he was killed by Ferguson officer Darren Wilson in August.The fact that the five Rams weren’t taking an easy stance could lend their moment a bit longer shelf life in this, the age of the 24-hour news cycle and the easily distracted consumer. They are the latest in a long line of athletes who have spoken out for political and social change: Among them, Muhammad Ali, Billie Jean King and, more recently, LeBron James and the Miami Heat, who took a team picture wearing hoodies, the same thing Trayvon Martin was wearing when he was shot to death in 2012.In this undated image posted to Miami Heat basketball player LeBron James’ Twitter page, Miami Heat players wear team hoodies. (AP Photo/LeBron James via Twitter, File)“This doesn’t have anywhere near the impact of doing what Smith and Carlos did on the Olympic medal stand, but NFL players in the middle of a heated controversy, that imagery will be remembered,” said Arthur Caplan, a doctor at New York University who serves on the school’s Sports and Society program. “It becomes part of the lore when athletes take a moral stand. It also has staying power because others reacted to it critically.”The officers association called the gesture “tasteless, offensive and inflammatory.”The exact circumstances surrounding Brown’s death will remain in dispute. Wilson, who is White, shot and killed Brown, who was Black and unarmed, on Aug. 9. A grand jury’s decision last week not to indict Wilson set off renewed protests, some of which turned violent.Wilson told the grand jury that he shot Brown in self-defense. But several witnesses said Brown had his hands up in surrender. Within hours, “Hands Up. Don’t Shoot!” became the rallying cry for protesters.Cornerback Chris Harris of the Broncos said he didn’t think the players should be punished, but knows they could pay a price in different ways.“It’s freedom of speech. This is the USA, and they had a choice of what they did,” Harris said. “But you’ve got to understand, the St. Louis police protects them, too. So, they’ve got to be careful of what they’re doing.”The Rams didn’t make players available for interviews Monday. After the game, those involved in the gesture said they stood by what they had done.“I don’t want the people in the community to feel like we turned a blind eye to it,” Britt said. “What would I like to see happen? Change in America.”That’s what Smith and Carlos were hoping for, as well, back in the 1960s, and it’s why Carlos was supportive of what he saw Sunday.“An athlete eats, sleeps, breathes and he’s going to die, just like anyone else,” he said. “If an individual gets hurt or killed, he’s as concerned as anyone. If he thinks it’s unjust, he has the right to say so.”___AP Sports Writer Arnie Stapleton in Denver contributed to this report.last_img read more

Peyton Manning named in sexual lawsuit against the University of Tennessee

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first_imgKNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Super Bowl-winning quarterback Peyton Manning was shining just a week ago when he probably walked off the field for the last time with that elusive Lombardi Trophy.That light has somewhat dimmed now.The Denver Broncos quarterback has been in a class action lawsuit a group of women filed against the University of Tennessee who accuse the school violated Title IX regulations in the way it has handled reports of sexual assaults by student-athletes.The lawsuit was filed by six unidentified women and focuses on five cases that were reported between 2013 and 2015, but it also references incidents involving Tennessee student-athletes dating to 1995. One paragraph in the 64-page document includes a sexual harassment complaint made by a Tennessee trainer in 1996 involving an incident that occurred in a training room while she was treating Manning.The trainer, Jamie Ann Naughright, settled in 1997, but sued Manning for defamation in 2002 after he discussed the incident in a book. The lawsuit was settled in 2003.Manning played for Tennessee from 1994-97.Naughright’s sexual harassment claim involved a 1996 incident in which Manning exposed his buttocks as Naughright, then known as Jamie Whited, bent over to examine his foot in a training room. Manning said at the time it was a prank intended for another athlete.The Title IX lawsuit says Manning had “sat on her face” while she was assessing the extent of an injury.The New York Daily News released a 74-page document Saturday that Naughright’s lawyers had filed on her behalf in 2003 while the defamation suit was still in litigation.last_img read more

Dragons roll past Obama for 3-peat

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first_imgJORDAN RAWLS, of Allderdice, controlled the boards with 8 rebounds in the Dragons win over Obama Academy. (Photos by William McBride)Allderdice (23-1) is the No. 1 team in the city, the No. 1 ranked Class AAAA team in Pennsylvania and just might be the greatest team in City League and WPIAL history!A crowd that included City League legend Sam Clancy, Will Herndon, Jason White, Rock Robinson, Kirk Bruce, Will Macon, Dap Porter, Chuck Franklin, Shawn Thompkins, Dr. Rahmon Hart and Jennifer Bruce Scott watched as Allderdice etched their name in the history books by beating Obama on Feb. 20 at the Petersen Event Center.It didn’t take long for Allderdice to put a stranglehold on the rhythm of the game, and the three-time city league defending champs did so with authority as they scored the first 18 points of the game.James Jackson is to high school basketball what Floyd “Money” Mayweather was to boxing—the best player pound for pound.last_img read more

Steel Sensations…Three key players to Steelers making playoffs

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first_imgSTEPHON TUITT takes down LeGarrette Blount. (Photo by Thomas Sabol)–The Steelers won their 3rd straight game on Sunday against a very solid New York Giants team in convincing fashion. They appeared to be clicking on all cylinders and if they keep that up, they’ll have a good chance of running the table over the last four weeks and getting a home playoff game as AFC North champions.Outside of the Killer B’s; Ben Roethlisberger, LeVeon Bell and Antonio Brown, the Steelers need a few other guys to shoulder some of the load and there are three guys in particular who will need to do so in order to key the success of the black and gold down the stretch.Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Ladarius Green scores a touchdown that put the Steelers out of reach of the New York Giants Sunday night in their 24-14 win at Heinz Field, Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016. (AP Photo/Jared Wickerham) (Jared Wickerham)The first guy is a man I’ve given some grief to over the first ¾ of the season but he showed up in a big way against the Giants. Ladarius Green. He needs to be the 2nd receiver on this team with the depletion of receiving depth over the season.  Green just entered the lineup a few weeks ago after overcoming his own injury woes and he needs to show why the team went out and paid top dollar for him. He did so on Sunday and if he can be that big target that Big Ben is looking for in the red zone and provide another deep threat as well, that would be a huge addition for the offense. Green has shown some good hands, has run solid routes and has a burst of speed for his size that makes him hard to cover.  He’ll become a bigger part of the game plan moving forward and his involvement could pay big dividends for an offense that desires scoring 30 points on a weekly basis.CLEVELAND, OH -James Harrison #92 of the Pittsburgh Steelers warms up prior to the game against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium on October 12, 2014 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)The next two players are on the defensive side of the ball. First is old reliable, the veteran and playmaker, James Harrison. Harrison became a starter a few weeks back and ever since his return, the team has begun to apply a heck of a lot more pressure on the quarterback.  Harrison has had five sacks in his last five games, which leads the team. He’s been in this situation before and the energy on the defensive side of the ball is palpable when he’s on the field. He brings a leadership to a unit that desperately needs it.Lastly, Stephon Tuitt. He’s a player who’s still developing and he’s going to need to speed that development up a bit now that Cam Heyward is done for the season. So far, Tuitt has answered the bell.  He needs to be the key run stopper, provide a rush from the end and generally lead the defensive line. He’s got the ability, he’s shown that, he just needs to keep it up and build upon it. If he does, the defense will continue the recent success they’ve had.Obviously, these three players are compliments to the big three on offense but if they can do their part and provide the black and gold with some leadership and a few big plays; this team has a strong opportunity to win the division.Mike Pelaia hosts the website Steel Nation Association http://www.steelnationassociation.com– Covering the Steelers and helping Children’s Hospital All Day Everyday. You can e-mail him at mike@steelnationassociation.com.last_img read more

Former Barça man Marc Valiente signs for Maccabi Haifa in Israel

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first_img Valladolid have thanked Valiente for his committment during his spell at the club and have wished him luck in the next phase of his career.  EFE Real Valladolid and Maccabi Haifa have reached an agreement for the former Barcelona defender Marc Valiente to move to the Israeli club.  CEST Upd. at 15:45 He formed part of Barcelona’s academy and made his debut for Barça in a Copa del Rey match in the 2006-07 season, replacing Juliano Belletti in the 46th minute. 19/07/2015 Valiente, who still had one year to run on his contract, leaves Valladolid after five years at the club.  During that time he has played 125 matches and has scored five goals. last_img

Catalonia squad announced for Basque friendly

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first_img Aleix Vidal, who has been unable to play for Barça yet due to the club’s registration ban, is among them, as are first team regulars Gerard Pique, Jordi Alba and Sergio Busquets.  23/12/2015 Defender: Martín Montoya (Inter), Aleix Vidal (Barça), Marc Bartra (Barça), Gerard Pique (Barça), Jordi Alba (Barça), De la Bella (R. Sociedad), Didac Vila (AEK Atenas), Víctor Alvarez (Espanyol) CET Catalonia will play the Basque Country on December 26 at Camp Nou.  Barcelona’s other team, Espanyol, meanwhile, have four players in Gerard Lopez and Sergio Gonzalez’s side.  Jordi Masip,  Marc Bartra and Sergi Roberto complete the Barcelona contingent.  Upd. at 14:51 Lopez is combining the Barça B management job with the Catalan role, while Sergio was recently sacked by Espanyol. center_img Several players – such as Stoke City’s Bojan – have not been included due to festive commitments with their club sides.  Xavi Hernandez is not in the squad, either.  Goalkeepers: Pau Lopez (Espanyol), Jordi Masip (Barça) Seven Barcelona players have been included in the Catalonia squad for the upcoming friendly against the Basque Country.  Sport EN Midfielders: Javi Marquez (Granada), Busquets (Barça), Joan Verdu (Fiorentina), Piti (Granada), Sergi Roberto (Barça), David Lopez (Napoli), Joan Jordan (Espanyol) Forwards: Sergio Garcia (Al Rayyan), Alvaro Vazquez (Getafe), Keita Balde (Lazio), Víctor Rodríguez (Getafe), Gerard Moreno (Espanyol)last_img read more

West Ham confirm signing of left-back Patrice Evra

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first_img “I’m just happy to be here, it’s really simple. You don’t realise how lucky you are and just to wake up this morning and know I am going to train with my new teammates made me smile!” West Ham have confirmed the signing of former France international Patrice Evra on a “short-term deal” believed to be in the end of the season.  El West Ham ficha a Evra IN SPORT.ES Víctor Vallespir Upd. at 18:50 CET “I’m really happy to be a Hammer, to be back in the Premier League and I love this game!” the former Manchester United player told the club’s website. center_img Evra left French side Marseille earlier this season after having his contract rescinded following an incident in which he kicked a supporter during a Europa League game.  “It’s amazing to be back and I am thankful to West Ham for giving me the opportunity to do my job. When I wake up and know I am going to work hard, to have fun with my teammates and give my best on the pitch, I want to say a massive thanks to West Ham, to the Chairman, to the manager to all my teammates, who have given me a nice welcome, my agent and my brother. Real Betis had also been interested in signing Evra, who left United for Juventus before moving to Marseille. The left-back is not allowed to play in European competitions, but is available to play in the Premier League, which is fine for West Ham.  Evra played 379 games for United during eight seasons in the Premier League. West Ham are currently 12th in the league with 27 points, three clear of the drop zone, and could make his debut against Watford on Feb. 10.  07/02/2018last_img read more

Xhaka on Russia knocking out Spain, and Sweden’s cunning strategy

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first_img On Sweden trying to get him sent off: “Well, this is not my first match, you know. Of course, I understand, my friends have been telling me about what the player (Mikael Lustig) said. It’s no problem for me. It’s about pre-match provocations, no problem at all. I think I’ve learned a quite few things in my playing career. I’m quite confident that I’m not being squeezed out of the game by them. Quite possibly I’ll be staying all the way to the end on the pitch and this is my objective, of course. Sport EN Upd. at 19:20 Xhaka: “El España-Rusia mostró que si no eres un equipo dan igual tus figuras” RELATED STORIES 02/07/2018 IN SPORT.ES Teamwork vs stars: “I don’t think that Russia has better individual players than Spain has. What we have seen are some teams who are very uniform in terms of how they gel, how they play together. In Croatia’s play we have seen how that is. If you are not a consistent team, no matter what players you have, got you are not going to win. Therefore, no matter what happens tomorrow, we have to appear as a team whether we are leading or we fall behind.” Granit Xhaka spoke ahead of Switzerland’s last 16 World Cup clash with Sweden on Tuesday in St Petersburg. Here are his key quotes. Neymar and Willian shine as Brazil knock Mexico out of World Cup CESTlast_img read more

FIFA World Cup 2018: Can the Danes beat the French legion tonight and advance…

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first_imgAdvertisement oyNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs2ig7dWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E53zaz( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 1rowWould you ever consider trying this?😱3m75dCan your students do this? 🌚mbw3Roller skating! Powered by Firework Advertisement Denmark will go head to head against one of the favourite teams in this World Cup, France, in their last group game of the World Cup.Both teams have faced each other 15 times in international matches with France having a much better track record of 8 wins to Denmark’s 6, plus 1 draw.Advertisement This is the pair’s third meeting in the FIFA World Cup: France prevailed 2-1 in 1998, whereas Denmark triumphed 2-0 in 2002, in what remains their last victory to date over France.Denmark will be without William Kvist, who suffered a rib injury against Peru.Advertisement France’s centre-back Samuel Umtiti has been struggling with a thigh strain and may be rested. Adil Rami is the most likely to take his place.The match will take place at Luzhniki stadium, Moscow and is scheduled to start at 7:30 pm IST. It will be telecast live on Sony Ten2, Ten3 and ESPN.The team line-ups:  Also read: India vs Ireland: Key players who can set the tone for the tourIndia vs Ireland: Key players for the Irish that can shock India Advertisementlast_img read more