Watson wins second Masters title

first_imgAmerican Bubba Watson claimed his second Masters title in three years on Sunday as the weight of history finally proved too much for Jordan Spieth. Spieth was unable to conjure up more magic from a greenside bunker on the fifth, but a brilliant tee shot to the sixth set up another short birdie putt which he converted after Watson had holed from 10 feet for a two. Another birdie on the seventh took Spieth to eight under par and two shots clear, but that turned into a two-shot deficit just 20 minutes later. A three-putt bogey on the eighth was followed by another on the ninth when his approach span back off the green, while Watson got up and down from over the eighth green and then holed from 12 feet on the ninth. Watson dropped a shot on the 10th – where he won his play-off with Oosthuizen – but then saw Spieth find the water in front of the green on the 12th to fall two behind again. Length off the tee has often been a major advantage for Watson and a drive of more than 360 yards down the 13th set the 35-year-old up for a birdie to stretch his lead to three. And when he holed a testing putt for par on the 17th to maintain that cushion, the energetic fist pump told its own story. Westwood’s record winless streak in majors stretched to 64 and the 40-year-old said: “It’s a little bit disappointing. “I needed to get a quick start but was three over after four and that’s not ideal. I had a chance, although Bubba is eight under at the moment, but seventh is my best result this year and the work I am doing with my coach is taking me in the right direction. The Masters probably came a couple of weeks too early.” Spieth was looking to eclipse Tiger Woods as the youngest ever Masters champion and the 20-year-old held a two-shot lead after seven holes, aided by holing a bunker shot on the fourth. But that two-shot lead became a two-shot deficit in the space of two holes and with no-one able to mount a challenge, Watson held his nerve on the closing stretch to ensure a sixth Masters victory by a left-hander since 2003. European hopes of a first winner since Jose Maria Olazabal in 1999 had been high, but Jimenez – also looking to become golf’s oldest major champion – paid the price for a front nine of 38, while Lee Westwood was never in contention after playing the first four holes in three over. Rory McIlroy’s best Masters finish was little consolation for a frustrating week which also saw the former world number one outscored by his marker in the third round, the 24-year-old joint eighth with 56-year-old two-time champion Bernhard Langer. The previous three winners had come from outside the last group, but the final round was largely a duel between Spieth and Watson, who had won just once in seven attempts when in the lead after 54 holes. Spieth, who only turned professional in December 2012, hit poor tee shots on the opening two holes but made par on the first and then holed from 15 feet for birdie on the par-five second. The par-three fourth hole had already cost Westwood a double bogey and also saw Matt Kuchar four-putt for a double bogey when tied for the lead, but Spieth had no such worries as he holed out from a greenside bunker for an unlikely birdie. Watson had bogeyed the third and was briefly three behind, but the left-hander then calmly holed from five feet for his own birdie to close the gap. Watson carded a closing 69 to finish eight under par, three shots ahead of Spieth and Sweden’s Jonas Blixt, with Spain’s Miguel Angel Jimenez another shot behind in fourth. The 35-year-old was embraced by his wife and their son on the 18th green, he and Angie having adopted Caleb just days before his victory over Louis Oosthuizen in a play-off two years ago. Press Associationlast_img read more

40 Employees Treated for Scabies at Jupiter Medical Center

first_imgAbout 40 employees at Jupiter Medical Center received treatment for scabies in recent days, the facility announced Thursday.According to a hospital spokesperson, a critical care cancer patient was admitted to the facility last month and was identified as having scabies while being treated.The hospital says it is now past the peak of the outbreak, and the original patient is no longer at the hospital.The case was also reported to the Florida Department of Health on Thursday. It was apparently isolated to that one patient and one unit of the center, which has since been decontaminated, the hospital says.Scabies is a contagious skin condition caused by a microscopic mite. Symptoms may include itching, a rash and sores.“Jupiter Medical Center is closely working with the Department of Health and is following recommended scabies treatments outlined by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,” a statement reads. It continues, “Jupiter Medical Center is proud of our patient safety record and overall five-star national quality rating from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.”last_img read more

Florida University System Leaders Approve Reopening Plan

first_img“What we know from COVID-19 today is that things change and what we know about COVID-19 going forward is that things are likely to change,” Criser said.Under the blueprint that was approved Thursday, universities are required to develop plans “to quickly respond to significant increases in virus infections and hospitalization rates.”The schools will also have to set thresholds for campus infections that would trigger a return to tighter social distancing guidelines.In addition, university leaders will create plans to determine who to test for the virus, and how often to do so, in conjunction with area hospitals and health officials.Florida guidelines do not mandate the use of face masks at all university campuses, instead allowing each school to determine rules about the use of face coverings.The Board of Governors’ guidelines do not mention whether students, faculty and staff should have their temperatures checked before entering campus buildings or classroomsCriser emphasized the need for “shared responsibility” in the community, in order to successfully implement the universities’ plans. He added that each university should demonstrate that the  health and safety of the campus is a responsibility to be shared by students, employees, vendors, volunteers and visitors, in addition to surrounding community members and businesses. The Florida university system’s governing board on Thursday approved a basic blueprint for reopening campuses in the fall.Each of the 12 schools will spend the next two weeks finalizing their individual plans.State university system Chancellor Marshall Criser told the Board of Governors that each university will have the flexibility to determine details such as which individuals will need to be tested for COVID-19, in addition to rules for the use of face masks, and alternatives for students, faculty and staff who could be at high risk of getting sick.“The need for flexibility for all students, faculty and staff is ultimately going to be the foundation for the agility we need, and the resiliency we need, as we reopen our campuses,” Criser said during Thursday’s BOG virtual meeting.University officials have pledged to return to in-person or hybrid instruction for the fall semester since classes went virtual in March due to the coronavirus pandemic.The guidelines approved on Thursday mention that a resurgence of the virus in the fall could force classes to return online, or it could lead to other changes to the plans the universities will submit to the Board of Governors by June 12.The Board is currently considering approval of the State University System of Florida Blueprint for Reopening Campuses. Tune in to listen live via https://t.co/fh22c7KQqM or visit our website for more information. https://t.co/cyLInYWRmR— Board of Governors (@FLBOG) May 28, 2020last_img read more

Head coach of Victoria Kings satisfied with performance

first_img… aiming to win the second halfHEAD coach of Victoria Kings, Rawle ‘Jug-head’ Huntley, expressed to Chronicle Sport his satisfaction with the team’s performance in the first half of the GFF-Elite League and he isVictoria Kings coach Rawle `Jug-head’ Huntleyaiming to top the second half.“I feel fully satisfied with the performance of the team, after the first game when we were humiliated by the Army, and this was because of distractions off the field that led to us not being focused.“After that we united as a team and got stronger with the rallying point being the very next game which we drew 0-0 with Conquerors.Thereafter, we grew from strength to strength and we are still building because there is always room for improvement. One of the major problems we had was indiscipline of some players, but ‘all-in-all’ it was a good all-round team effort throughout. Veteran defender Sherlock Dowden was consistently outstanding,” Huntley stated.The Kings who ended in 3rd position with 8 points are in their first season of the Elite League and according to coach Huntley a lot was learnt. “I must admit the first half was a true learning experience for us as a team and for me personally.“I learnt a lot, especially from the Army, whose dominance was due to their superior organisational capacity; of course they have the resources.”“There is still a lot of work to be done by all the teams, including the Army, as we strive to reach a level of quality football in the Elite League. But I think a lot could be learnt by all the teams from the Army’s flawless run. Their organisation on and off the field and their fitness are components worthy of emulating,” Huntley advised.It has not been smooth sailing for the head coach who emphasised his loyalty to the team but is calling for support, “I am willing to work a hundred and fifty percent for the team, but the kind of support I have been getting is kind of ‘fishy’. There is so much that goes on off the field that is counter-productive and I intend to address these issues when we meet, this weekend, for the first time since the first half ended.“The players, management and coaching staff, fans and administrators of the club must have a good working relationship if we are seeking success,” Huntley stressed.The Kings head coach is relishing the long break ahead for the Elite teams, as well as the upcoming transfer period and has promised to triumph once the club gets organised properly. “I feel the break is adequate and will do good for the players and for the coaches who will have enough time to correct problems while getting better prepared. In fact, I intend to fully utilise the period as the second round is expected to be more competitive.“I am looking forward to the transfer window when we will strengthen the squad. Negotiations have already begun with several players and once the necessary support from the club’s administrators is there, we intend to win the second round and that’s our goal. The key is getting ourselves organised.”The rookie coach of the Elite League season two also showered praise on the competition with special mention of the Army.“The Elite League is the only way forward for Guyana’s football and there are lots of opportunities and benefits for players and officials alike.“From what I have seen, the GDF team seem to be the best prepared and they looked well organised for the entire first round and that is why they are at the top. I indeed learnt a lot from them,” Huntley acknowledged.last_img

Australia Big Bash League

first_imgBotha proves the difference as Sixers cruise homeTHE Sydney Sixers produced a sublime spin bowling display and a composed run chase to dispatch the Perth Scorchers by six wickets at the Sydney Cricket Ground.The Sixers restricted Scorchers, who elected to bat, to 8 for 130, on what appeared to be a good batting surface. Mitchell Marsh was left to salvage the innings with an uncharacteristic subdued unbeaten 29-ball 31 after they slumped to 8 for 107.Sam Billings began Sixers’ chase with a 30-ball 40. The inventive right-hander was promoted to the top of the order after his England teammate Jason Roy was withdrawn from the line-up after injuring his back at training. Johan Botha finished the job with a composed unbeaten 30 and was thoroughly deserving of the Man-of-the-Match award for an excellent all-round display.The Scorchers produced a dominant batting display in their tournament opener on a fast WACA surface. There, they took 56 in the powerplay overs against Adelaide Strikers to set up a big win.At the SCG, Sixers employed their spinners for five of the six powerplay overs, and it worked brilliantly. The Scorchers scored just 34 runs from those five overs for the loss of Michael Klinger. Shaun Marsh managed just three from eight deliveries on his return from injury before falling to Doug Bollinger. Sixers spin trio of Botha, Steve O’Keefe and Will Somerville applied the squeeze in the middle overs; their combined figures read 4 for 59 in 10 overs.Botha has played 123 international matches for South Africa across formats, the last of which was in October 2012.Prior to this tournament, Botha was given Australian citizenship after he complied with the eligibility criterion. He produced a stunning all-round display against the Scorchers, taking 1 for 26, including bowling in the powerplay, and scoring 30* off 19 balls to see his side home.He also took an outstanding catch on the boundary to remove Sam Whiteman. Considering Australia picked a 43-year-old Brad Hogg for the 2014 World T20, there’s perhaps a case of Botha being considered for the shortest format.Scorchers coach Justin Langer has impressed upon his side the need to have a flexible batting line-up; the need to have left-right batting partnerships throughout the innings. But the timing of the dismissals meant that the dangerous Mitchell Marsh walked out at No. 6 in the 12th over and in-form Ashton Turner batted at No. 8 despite producing a match-winning 19-ball 44* against the Strikers prior to Christmas.Marsh had to play a subdued role to steady the ship while Turner was forced to hit-out straight away.Andrew Tye produced one of the best spells of the tournament so far. He deceived Brad Haddin with a clever knuckle ball and conceded just two runs in his first over. He went on to add the wickets of Moises Henriques and Jordan Silk to his kitty, finishing with 3 for 15.He has represented Australia in three T20 internationals and his variety of slower balls, changes of pace and yorkers make him a difficult bowler to get away.last_img read more

Lafayette looks to extend streak vs American

first_img February 25, 2020 ___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditLafayette (17-10, 9-7) vs. American (14-13, 10-6)Bender Arena, Washington; Wednesday, 7 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Lafayette looks for its eighth straight win in the head-to-head series over American. Lafayette has won by an average of 8 points in its last seven wins over the Eagles. American’s last win in the series came on Jan. 18, 2017, a 71-57 win. Associated Press center_img STEPPING UP: The versatile Sa’eed Nelson has put up 18.3 points, 5.2 rebounds and 4.8 assists to lead the charge for the Eagles. Stacy Beckton Jr. has paired with S. Nelson and is maintaining an average of 9.7 points and 4.9 rebounds per game. The Leopards are led by Myles Cherry, who is averaging 10.2 points and seven rebounds.OFFENSIVE THREAT: S. Nelson has accounted for 55 percent of all American field goals over the last three games. S. Nelson has 32 field goals and 10 assists in those games.UNDEFEATED WHEN: American is a flawless 5-0 when its defense holds opponents to a field goal percentage of 40.4 percent or less. The Eagles are 9-13 when allowing opponents to shoot any better than that.STREAK SCORING: American has won its last four home games, scoring an average of 75.3 points while giving up 64.DID YOU KNOW: Lafayette as a collective unit has made 8.9 3-pointers per game this season, which is second-most among Patriot League teams. Lafayette looks to extend streak vs Americanlast_img read more

Ilechukwu Wants Kano Pillars Scalp as Birthday Gift

first_imgHead Coach of Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries Football Club of Lagos, Fidelis Ilechukwu, has told his wards to give him a befitting birthday gift by coming out top in their next league match against Kano Pillars Football Club of Kano.The newcomers will be the guests of the former league champions, Kano Pillars FC in tomorrow’s Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) Match-day 28 clash scheduled to take place at the Sani Abacha Stadium in Kano.Speaking to his wards after his team’s final training session at the Prayer City training ground on Wednesday, Coach Ilechukwu who became a year older yesterday told his players that a victory over the Sai Masu Gida would be a perfect gift for him. He began “Our game against Kano Pillars is a very important match for us for many reasons and I want you all to make me and our supporters happy after the game on Saturday‎.“I will be a year older on Thursday (yesterday), I need the three points as birthday gift. I believe in you guys and I know that you can win the match for me to have a remarkable 38th birthday celebration.“If they can come to Lagos and share the points with us in the first leg, I see nothing stopping us from grinding out a victory on Saturday,” said the youthful tactician.The Lagos-based team claimed the 9th spot on the leaderboard with 36 points from 25 league matches. They are three points behind the host who sits in 5th position.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Big East : Trio of teams search for on-court leadership

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 7, 2012 at 12:00 pm Contact Jon: jdharr04@syr.edu For Pittsburgh, the 2011-12 season has been one full of streaks — both good and bad.After starting off the season 11-1, including a stretch in which the team won nine straight games, Pittsburgh lost its next eight games. The Panthers were once last in the Big East with a 0-7 conference record.Fast forward more than two weeks and Pittsburgh has won four straight games behind point guard Tray Woodall, who missed 11 games earlier this season.‘He’s our point guard, and he gives us ball handling,’ Pittsburgh head coach Jamie Dixon said on the Big East coaches’ teleconference Jan. 26. ‘But he’s a fourth-year junior, he’s a leader and probably our most vocal leader — no question about it. He understands what we’re trying to do.’Meanwhile, Connecticut (15-8, 5-6) and Seton Hall (15-8, 4-7) find themselves moving backward. The Huskies, ranked No. 13 just three weeks ago, have lost five of their last six games. Connecticut’s lone win in those last half-dozen games came against Seton Hall, losers of six straight. Four weeks ago, the Pirates were ranked No. 24 and looked like the surprise team of the Big East. Now, it just has the feel of a typical Seton Hall year.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAnd it’s starting to look more like a typical Pittsburgh team with the return of Woodall. He scored 26.5 points per game in wins versus West Virginia and Villanova. Woodall’s return also allowed senior guard Ashton Gibbs — leading the Panthers with 16.8 points per game — to go back to the shooting guard position.‘He’s really been the most vocal guy as far as directing traffic and telling guys what to do,’ Dixon said on the teleconference. ‘So a lot of experience with him and I think the guys really have a lot of confidence in him, and he was playing at a high, high level before he went down.’While Woodall’s return gives Pittsburgh a boost in performance and leadership, Connecticut is still searching for players to step up to replace leaders Kemba Walker and Donnell Beverly from last year’s national championship team.‘I think guys are trying to do it and trying to step up,’ said George Blaney, Connecticut’s associate head coach, on the teleconference Thursday. ‘I think one of the problems we’re having is we really are so very young.’Blaney lists sophomore guard Shabazz Napier, sophomore forward Jeremy Lamb and junior center Alex Oriakhi as those he would like to see assume leadership roles on the team. Lamb has been working hard to become a leader on the team, Blaney said, although it’s not typical of his personality to do so.Blaney said he hopes Napier and Oriakhi will step up as the season progresses. But it’s not all about leadership.The Huskies also have to execute.In a 58-44 loss to No. 12 Georgetown, the Huskies went 1-of-18 from the field during a 12-minute portion of the game. Connecticut also struggled from beyond the arc, going 2-of-20.‘I think first off that offense is the hardest thing, and offense can sometimes come and go,’ Blaney said. ‘We thought at one time that we kind of solved the problem a little bit by getting the ball off the floor and really pushing it at people. We’ve done it at times, but we don’t seem to be able to maintain it.’Oriakhi’s production has also been down, as he’s averaging just 6.6 points and five rebounds per game this season. Oriakhi produced 9.6 points and nearly nine rebounds per game last season.‘Alex is struggling a lot,’ Blaney said. ‘He’s working at it and trying to figure it out, and we’re trying to figure it out for him. He hasn’t played with the same dominating defensive ability and dominating rebounding ability that he showed last year, and that’s where we need to get him back to.’And the Huskies will have to improve without head coach Jim Calhoun, who took an indefinite medical leave of absence Friday. He has been suffering from spinal stenosis for several months. The condition causes him severe pain and hampers mobility.Connecticut ended its four-game losing streak Saturday with a 69-46 win over Seton Hall, extending the Pirates’ losing streak to six games.Seton Hall looks like it needs even more work than Connecticut.‘Seton Hall kind of did the same thing that we’ve done,’ Blaney said. ‘Got really high in the rankings, won some games in a row and all of a sudden, as many teams do in this league when you’re playing tough games every single night, you get caught in a cycle where it doesn’t seem you can get yourself out of it.’Seton Hall head coach Kevin Willard said in the teleconference Thursday that his team hasn’t been able to capitalize on opportunities as of late, as the Pirates have missed open shots that have led to easy buckets for its opponents.And one key to turning it around this season will be keeping star senior guard Jordan Theodore healthy. Theodore is averaging 15.4 points and 6.8 assists per game this season. Willard said he would like to give Theodore two or three minutes of rest in the second half to keep him fresh at the end of the season.But rest or no rest, the Pirates still need some shots to fall.‘The last couple games we’ve missed a lot of layups and a lot of opportunities to kind of give us a chance to get a W,’ Willard said. ‘We’ve just been struggling to put the ball in the basket. We’re playing hard, we’re playing good defense, we just got to try to take advantage of some shots.’Big East game of the weekNo. 12 Georgetown (18-4, 8-3) at No. 2 Syracuse (23-1, 10-1)Wednesday, 7 p.m., ESPNBoth are coming off huge wins: Georgetown beat South Florida by 30 points on Saturday, while Syracuse defeated a young St. John’s team 95-70 on Saturday. Both indicate the latest game between the two bitter rivals should be a good one.Sophomore center Fab Melo returned to the Syracuse starting lineup on Saturday, bringing in 14 points but only three rebounds in 21 minutes of work. Also emerging was freshman Michael Carter-Williams, who scored 13 points.And the Orange will need to play tough against a physical Georgetown team, which is led by senior guard Jason Clark and junior forward Hollis Thompson. Clark is averaging more than 15 points per game, while Thompson is scoring nearly 14 points per game and bringing down more than five rebounds per game.jdharr04@syr.educenter_img Commentslast_img read more

Tipp minors preparations continue

first_imgMoyle Rovers Stephen Quirke will play no part in Sundays game having picked up a knee injury against Clare playing with the minor hurlers last Thursday night. Having edged out Clare in the semi final the team face into an even tougher final when they head to Killarney on Sunday. Tipp selector Shane Stapletonsays the despite any injury concerns the team are in positive mood ahead of the game.last_img

Smarkets revamps executive leadership team for critical 2019

first_img Smarkets gains green light to enter Swedish market July 28, 2020 Share Share Online betting exchange Smarkets, has moved to significantly strengthen its executive leadership team, announcing a quartet of C-level appointments.Updating the market, Smarkets confirms that former enterprise team member Robin Harrison has returned to the company as Chief Technology Officer (CTO).Harrison re-joins as Smarkets technology lead, having spent a year as Head of Engineering for Santander Bank backed fintech start-up ASTO.Further strengthening, the betting firm’s day-to-day operations, Smarkets confirms the appointment of former Hero Gaming executive Chris Baldacchino as Chief Compliance Officer.The new executive, appointments will be supported by the promotions of Tom Hardman and Céline Crawford as Chief Operations Officer (CPO) and Chief Communications Officer respectively.Smarkets revamps its executive leadership team, as the betting group prepares to launch its best-price sportsbook product in 2019, powered by the firm’s proprietary platform and systems.Backing Smarket’s new executive team, company Founder and CEO Jason Trost stated – “Robin, having been a team lead at Smarkets previously, is well-placed to develop and advance our class-leading product further, while Chris’s industry expertise will be invaluable as we look to expand to new territories, such as the emerging US market and other European countries.“Both Céline and Tom are integral employees who have been with the company for many years and fully deserve their promotions, having played a big part in our recent success.” Related Articles Submit Bookies Corner: Trump Presidency sinks as US 2020 enters its 100 day countdown July 29, 2020 Bakhshi and Shaddick launch ‘Art of the Possible’ podcast tracking US 2020 developments August 10, 2020 StumbleUponlast_img read more