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The Masters: Rory McIlroy has no concerns over where golf is going and expects Augusta National to pass test | Golf News

first_img “But I don’t mind this. This is nice. It feels like everything this year, it’s more subdued, it’s more relaxed. That’s the feel for me, anyway.“Obviously Bryson is going to be feeling a little different because the attention is on him and deservedly so coming off the back of a major win and basically disrupting the game of golf over the last few months. It’s a big story, and I’m just as intrigued as everyone else to see how that unfolds.” Rory McIlroy on Augusta National: “I still think this golf course provides enough of a challenge to challenge the best players in the world”; watch The Masters live on Sky Sports’ dedicated channel from Thursday to Sunday with Featured Group coverage from 12.30pm on Thursday Last Updated: 11/11/20 6:16am McIlroy, who is once again chasing a career Grand Slam this week, admits he has not been at his best playing with no crowds since the restart, but was encouraged by his performance last time when he tied for 17th place at the ZoZo Championship.“Look, the game feels pretty good,” added the Northern Irishman. “Before the world changed in March, I was playing pretty good. I got to No 1 in the world, was playing pretty consistent golf, and then after we came back out of the lockdown, there’s been really good stuff in there, but there’s been some lacklustre stuff, too, lapses of concentration. You know, sometimes feeling like you’re out there and it doesn’t really count. McIlroy tied for eighth place at the US Open in September McIlroy tied for eighth place at the US Open in September

Two Ghanaians shortlisted for Arsenal FC/WorldRemit coaching programme

first_imgTwo Ghanaian juvenile coaches have been shortlisted among sixteen other coaches for the FUTURE STARS programme by Arsenal Football Club and WorldRemitThe coaches will be rewarded for their contributions to their communities with Arsenal youth shirts for their team.Samuel Taylor, Coach of EM Sporting Club in Accra and Alhassan Iddi Manzah, Coach at Northern Women’s Football Clubs Association in Tamale-Dalun, made the shortlist.The rest are Five from Nigeria, Four from Kenya, Two from Uganda and Two for Zimbabwe.Eight out of the 16 shortlisted coaches for the Future Stars programme are women.WorldRemit and Arsenal launched the second edition of the Future Stars programme in August to recognise the valuable contributions that grassroots youth football coaches make to their communities by teaching the children they train life skills on and off the pitch. Through the programme, WorldRemit will sponsor two winners – one male and one female – to fly to London for a personalised training session with Arsenal Football Development coaches.Entries for Future Stars closed on 4 September, and the programme received over 1,400 entries from coaches from across Africa and the Americas.A panel of judges from WorldRemit and Arsenal Football Development reviewed the applications and selected 20 semi-finalists, including 16 coaches from Africa, based on the following criteria:The commitment of the coach to improving the lives of their communityThe impact the coach has had on young people within their community The strength of the coach’s proposal to pass on their training on their return homeIn recognition of their commitment to using football to bring their communities together, the 20 semi-finalists will receive Arsenal shirts for their youth squad.What’s next for the semi-finalists?From the 20 semi-finalists, the judging panel will select eight coaches – four male and four female – as finalists. Their stories will be shared on www.FutureStars.WorldRemit.com in late October and the two winners will be chosen based on a public vote on the website.Andrew Stewart, Managing Director for Africa and the Middle East, congratulated the 16 African semi-finalists. “Our business is all about connecting communities, no matter where they are in the world. We developed Future Stars to celebrate the amazing work that football coaches do to support young people and have been so impressed by the quality and diversity of the applications this year.”Simon McManus, Head Coach at Arsenal Football Development, added,  that Arsenal is thrilled to partner with WorldRemit to recognise coaches who use the power of football to inspire and support young people across the globe.“We have one of the most successful women’s sides in the world and are committed to encouraging greater participation in the sport among women. Through this edition of Future Stars, we hope to further amplify the positive impact that female coaches have on their communities.”Coaches in the Future Stars shortlist from AfricaNigeria1. Uzoma Kingsley Akanador, Coach at Unity International Charity Organisation in Lagos.2. Ademilokun Oluwaseun David, Coach at XPR Football in Lagos.3. Chinasa Ukanda, Coach at Help The Talent Academy in Lagos.4. Towobola Grace Iyanuoluwa, Head Coach at Hostel Football Team and Assistant Coach at CityBoys Football Club in Ibadan.5. Modupe Marilyn Jiwalde Pusmut, Coach at Future Stars FC Sabon Barki in Jos. Kenya6. Feisal Abdi Hassan, Coach in Nairobi7. Beldine Lilian Achieng Odemba, Coach at Kariobangi Sharks Academy in Nairobi.8. Susan Wanjiru Njoki, Coach at Kahawa Sportive Soccer Academy in Nairobi.9. Everline Achieng Onyango, Coach at Mukuru Starlets in Nairobi.Ghana10. Samuel Taylor, Coach at EM Sporting Club, Accra11. Alhassan Iddi Manzah, Coach at Northern Women’s Football Clubs Association in Tamale-DalunUganda12. Bakit Isaac Agogo, Coach at Watoto Sports Academy in Gulu.13. Andrew Amanya, Coach at Kigezi Soccer Academy in Kabale.14. Nabisenke Joan, Coach in KampalaZimbabwe15. Titus Tongesai Sanagurai, Coach at Big Stuff Youth Soccer Academy in Harare.16. Winnet Muranganwa, Coach at Zengeza Busters Soccer Academy in Chitungwiza.last_img read more

Reminder: Wellington Middle School to dismiss classes at 1 p.m. on May 1

first_imgSumner Newscow report — Wellington Middle School will be dismissing classes early on Friday, May 1 to have Fifth Grade Orientation day at 1 p.m. This will affect all current sixth through eighth graders. Please pick up your kids at that time. Follow us on Twitter.last_img

Tom Brady’s NFL Combine highlights: 40 time, bench press, old scouting reports & more

first_imgView this post on Instagram MORE: Why Brady is the NFL Athlete of the DecadeWe all know by now the opposite occurred. Thanks in part to Brady’s Combine showing being received as average at best, nobody saw a record six Super Bowl rings in his future. Brady famously slipped to the Patriots in the sixth round of the draft, at No. 199 overall. Only one of the six QBs picked ahead of the Michigan product (Marc Bulger, No. 168 by Saints) appeared in a Pro Bowl.Brady’s story now serves as an annual reminder to NFL Draft prospects who don’t test off the charts that their potential is not defined by a 40-yard dash, a vertical leap, a Wonderlic test score or anything else from the Combine.And yes, provided the context of the 42-year-old’s unprecedented success in the NFL, his Combine performance 20 years ago can be viewed as a comedic masterpiece.Below are the highlights (if one can call them that) and stats from Brady’s notoriously ho-hum workout in Indianapolis.MORE: Ranking Tom Brady’s best fits in NFL free agencyTom Brady Combine: The pictureThe photo makes the rounds on social media every late February and early March when NFL fans turn their collective attention to the Combine.Brady, shirtless, looking … not like a future Hall of Fame football player.With the NFL Combine starting today, we thought it’d be a good time to remember Tom Brady at the event in 2000. pic.twitter.com/uTBMyLhYcM— Sports Photos (@sportsphotos) February 26, 2019Brady has dealt with the viral nature of the photo for years, but he now cherishes the picture with good reason.”It’s actually a great thing for me to see because it reminds me of where I started,” Brady said during the NFL 100 All-Time Team finale last year, via NESN. “We all have our story, and I started at a place where I always felt like I was looking up at everybody. I was looking up at everybody in high school and then college and certainly when I started in the pros.”Through a lot of help and a lot of support, I just learned and I kept trying to get a little bit better and a little bit better and keep growing and keep evolving. I still feel like I’m trying to do that today.”Tom Brady’s 40-yard dash timeBrady ran a 5.28-second 40-yard dash, the second slowest time among QBs at the 2000 NFL Combine. Only Louisville’s Chris Redman (5.37) was slower.The fact that Brady’s straight-line speed was and is irrelevant doesn’t take away from the delight one experiences watching him sprint awkwardly in his floppy white tee.It’s worth noting that Brady evidently was faster in 2019 than he was in 2000. In July, he was timed running a 40-yard dash in 5.17 seconds.Must be the TB12 stuff.Tom Brady’s bench press & other statsWith the exception of the 20-yard shuttle, a drill in which Brady randomly posted a decent time, the QB’s Combine results made him seem as unathletic as the video did.One measurement that worked in Brady’s favor was his height; at 6-4, he and Michigan State’s Bill Burke were the tallest QBs in Indianapolis that week.Below are all of Brady’s stats from the 2000 NFL Combine, including the results of his workout and his measurements (via NFLCombineResults.com).Workout resultsDrillTime/measurementPercentile among QBs40-yard dash5.28 seconds0.7Bench pressN/AN/AVertical24.5 inches2.9Broad jumpN/AN/A20-yard shuttle4.38 seconds45.360-yard shuttleN/AN/AMeasurementsDimensionBrady’s measurementHeight76.4 inchesWeight211 poundsBMI26.03Arm length32.75 inchesHand size9.38 inchesMORE: All-time NFL Combine recordsAs for the throwing drills, Brady performed as well as a QB can when throwing to random wide receivers against no coverage or pressure.Below are the NFL’s complete highlights from Brady’s Combine performance, including some of those throwing drills.Tom Brady’s Wonderlic scoreBrady scored a 33 out of a possible 50 on the Wonderlic test at the 2000 NFL Combine, a solid number considering the average score for the Wonderlic is 20.Only one player, punter Pat McInally in 1975, has scored a perfect 50 on the Wonderlic test at the Combine. The high mark for quarterbacks, who average a 25.9 based on data from wonderlictestsample.com, is held by Ryan Fitzpatrick, who scored a 48.Of course, as Sporting News wrote in 2016, the Wonderlic test is a good cognitive measure for anything but football.”I can basically tell you, from what we see, it’s a huge waste of time and money,” University of Louisville business school professor Frank Kuzmits told SN.MORE WONDERLIC:Highest, lowest test scores in Combine historyTom Brady scouting reportsBrady himself is a recent source of some of the language used in the scouting reports that knocked his abilities ahead of the 2000 NFL Draft.In an Instagam post a few years back, the QB recollected the negatives and used them to encourage those who were participating in the 2017 NFL Combine.”Poor build … Skinny … Lacks great physical stature and strength … Lacks mobility and ability to avoid the rush … Lacks a really strong arm … Can’t drive the ball downfield … Does not throw a really tight spiral … System-type player who can get exposed if forced to ad lib … Gets knocked down easily.” I found my combine shirt from 17 years ago and it got me thinking. This is what they said about me then….. Poor build, Skinny, Lacks great physical stature and strength, Lacks mobility and ability to avoid the rush, Lacks a really strong arm, Can’t drive the ball downfield, Does not throw a really tight spiral, System-type player who can get exposed if forced to ad lib, Gets knocked down easily As @edelman11 always reminds me … “You can prove em right or you can prove em wrong!” Good luck to all of you this weekend!!A post shared by Tom Brady (@tombrady) on Mar 3, 2017 at 7:53am PSTBelow are a few more recollections of how Brady was viewed as the 2000 NFL Draft approached:— “I don’t like him. Smart guy. That’s it.” — Anonymous NFC scout (via The Athletic)— “I always thought you should look at any senior who is starting; maybe they have something. You watch four, five, six plays, and if they don’t show anything you leave them off the list. I watched Brady, and he was actually pretty good. He was very careful with his passes, very accurate, no interceptions. I wondered if his arm would be strong enough. If you saw him — and he was listed that day at 6-5, 195 pounds — he didn’t look good. He looked kind of emaciated, with no muscle definition. … “I put him on the list and figured, it can’t hurt. Let’s give him a grade and at least we can talk about him. Turns out nobody else (with the Giants) had his name down. I gave Brady a middle-to-late-round grade, and when I was in the draft room I guess I got drowned out. Whoever heard of Tom Brady?” — Giants scout Whitey Walsh (via ESPN)— “He had that great bowl game but I think he’s just very common. He’s a bony, very thin kind of guy. God, you can see his ribs on his build. His arm is just adequate. That bowl game against Alabama, he was just unconscious. Other than that, I didn’t like him. One thing he doesn’t do is force a lot of balls. He competed and hung in there.” — Anonymous NFC scout (via The Athletic)— “Very accurate, good toughness, good leadership. Has a chance to be a good player in the league in time. I think he’d be a real solid backup initially and end up growing into a starter.” — Bears director of college scouting Bill Rees (via The Athletic)— “Brady needs to work on reading blitzes and elaborate defenses. Like Brian Griese and Scott Dreisbach, his Michigan quarterback predecessors, he could use long-term training with a team that already features a prominent running game and a talented, veteran receiving corps — similar to Brady’s situation at Michigan with Anthony Thomas and Marcus Knight. Projected as a third-round pick, Brady is likely to wear the headset of a backup at first. He knows it will require a lot of patience before he will fit into an NFL team’s scheme.” — Sporting News— “Interesting, interesting guy. He looks like one of them poles you hang coats on. He’s got big knobs on his shoulders. But this guy is a very good deep passer. He’s highly competitive. He can’t run worth a lick but he has enough where he can step out of the way of people.” — Lions vice president of player personnel Ron Hughes (via The Athletic)— “I understand the players wanted (Brady) to play (over Drew Henson in 1998 and ’99). Brady handled it excellently. He was one of the captains, and had to display that. He’s got a lot of character about him. … I’ve seen him escape people. He’s not going to scramble around and light you up that way but he’s got a little feel to him … he has had some excellent games. He got sacked six times against Penn State and they won the game.” — Anonymous AFC scout (via The Athletic) — “I was a big advocate of Tom Brady’s. He looked like he belonged. He was comfortable in the pocket. He had good delivery mechanics. The knock on him was that he was slow-footed, but he played the game faster than he ran. He just stood tall in the pocket, scanned the field well, made his progressions from one receiver to the next. He looked like a team leader on the field, a decision-maker, and his ability to get the guys around him to play hard jumped off the tape. I wasn’t brilliant enough to put a first-round grade on Brady. I think I put a second- or third-round grade on him. I really liked him.” — Ravens offensive coordinator Matt Cavanaugh (via ABC News)— “Outstanding leader. Priest-like personality. Calm, wise and thoughtful. He’s accepting of what comes his way. Doesn’t appear to be dynamic. Has a calming demeanor. Well-liked, class kid. Has work ethic. Respected by his teammates. Two supportive parents who attend every game.” — Anonymous NFC scout (via The Athletic)Go figure: The person who nailed the scouting report on Brady ahead of the 2000 NFL Draft was Brady himself: “I think my best asset as a player is that in the fourth quarter, with the game on the line, I have the desire to win and the feeling that our team is not going to lose. Twenty years ago, the player who would go on to become the greatest quarterback of all time made his Hall of Fame-caliber future evident with an NFL Combine performance for the ages.This is what every NFL team not named the Patriots wishes it could say about its glimpse of Tom Brady a couple months before the 2000 NFL Draft.last_img read more