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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

Djourou makes Hamburg switch

first_imgHamburg have signed Switzerland defender Johan Djourou on loan from Arsenal. Djourou said on Hamburg’s official website: “I’m very happy now that everything is sorted. HSV are a big club, with a lot of quality and great fans. “I am convinced that this is the right step for my career.” Hamburg’s director of sport Oliver Kreuzer said: “Johan was a priority as the defence is a very important part of our team. He has leadership qualities but is also fast, good in the air and very good on the ball.” The versatile Ivory Coast-born defender joined Arsenal as a 16-year-old in 2003 and has made 144 appearances for the Gunners. Press Associationcenter_img The 26-year-old has moved to Hamburg on an initial one-year loan deal with the Bundesliga club having the option to make the move permanent next summer. Djourou, who undertook his medical with the northern Germany club on Monday morning before putting pen to paper on his contract, spent the second half of last season on loan with Hamburg’s Bundesliga rivals Hannover after joining during the January transfer window. last_img read more

Mark Hughes dismisses claims of complacency

first_img There have been various examples of that sort of mix of results for the club since Hughes took charge in the summer of 2013 – the opening months of his first season saw a 3-2 win over Chelsea come not long after a 1-0 home defeat to Norwich. Stoke on Wednesday host the Canaries – who are just above the relegation zone – for the first time since that fixture, before entertaining present league leaders Arsenal on Sunday. And Hughes said on Tuesday about losses against sides like Norwich: “I don’t think it’s through complacency or underestimating the challenge of different teams. “We know every Premier League game gives you problems and you have to have the answers. “In certain games we’ve been unlucky, other times we’ve not performed and you also have to give credit to the opposition. “Teams have come here, frustrated us and at times got breaks to take games away from us. “For the most part we’ve been okay, ideally we want to be solid in the top half for the rest of the season now, and this game will hopefully help us create that gap between us and the bottom half.” Hughes is set to recall a host of first-team regulars for Wednesday’s match after resting them last weekend. The Potters, currently 10th in the Barclays Premier League, have enjoyed some notable victories against major opposition this term, beating Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United. But they have also lost a number of games they might have expected to win, with the likes of West Brom, Watford and Crystal Palace all triumphing at the Britannia Stadium. Press Association Stoke boss Mark Hughes insists his players have not been guilty of complacency when suffering unanticipated slip-ups this season. The attacking quartet of Bojan Krkic, Xherdan Shaqiri, Marko Arnautovic and Ibrahim Afellay sat out Saturday’s 2-1 FA Cup win at Doncaster and are poised to return. Arnautovic, whose contract ends in the summer of 2017, is currently in negotiations with the club over a new deal. And Hughes has scoffed at reports of the Austria international demanding £100,000-a-week wages, saying: “Figures being bandied about are just supposition by people taking a stab in the dark who really have no real idea. “Negotiations are ongoing and it is not affecting him adversely, so there is no issue with it.” Meanwhile, in terms of the transfer window Hughes has reiterated his hope of keeping hold of striker Peter Crouch – who netted on what was only his eighth appearance of the season on Saturday – while also not dismissing talk of being interested in West Brom frontman Saido Berahino. When asked about the Berahino link, Hughes said: “I can’t really comment on players at other clubs. “We have an interest in a number and if we are in a position to progress deals we’ll try to do that.” Hughes also confirmed Stoke’s Steve Sidwell is receiving interest. The midfielder is being linked with his former clubs Fulham and Reading. last_img read more

20 Players Begin Camping for 2016 ITTF World Juniors

first_imgThe National Training Centre of the Lagos National Stadium will come alive today 20 players made up of 12 boys and eight girls begin camping for the ITTF World Junior Championships in Cape Town, South Africa.The camping would be used to select the players that will represent the country at the global championship under the watchful eyes of seven-time Olympian, Segun Toriola as part of his efforts to inspire young players.Some of the players were part of the team that featured at the ITTF African Junior Championship in Algiers where they qualified for the World Juniors. Also, the outstanding players from the National U-16 tournament also made the list of players invited to camp.According to the President, Nigeria Table Tennis Federation (NTTF), Wahid Oshodi, the camping is necessary as some of the players would gain from the experience of Toriola, who has been celebrated globally for his consistency and discipline in the sport.“We are blessed with talents just like Aruna Quadri and we don’t want to lose the momentum by ensuring that we come through with our programmes. This camping becomes necessary as we want to select the best hands among the junior players so that they can also test might with their foreign counterparts at the world juniors. With the experience of Toriola and Michael Oyebode, who were both in Rio Olympic Games, I am confident that camping would have impart on the players and prepare them for the championship,” Oshodi said.He added: “The selected players will later go into close camping before the championship in November and they will continue to train in readiness for the competition.Toriola will surely depart to his base after the camping and we hope the coaches around can continue to sharpen the skills of the players before the tournament which has Egypt, Nigeria, Algeria and Tunisia representing Africa in Cape Town, South Africa.”The invited players are Abayomi Animasahun, Azeez Solanke, Amadi Umeh, Michael Abayomi, Augustine Emmanuel, Jamiu Ayanwale, Ololade Oyenekan, Tobi Falana, Etim Orok, Babafemi Babatunde and Umar Ibrahim for boys and the girls include Tosin Oribamise Agnes Onoja, Ajoke Ojomu, Alimot Ayinla, Rofiat Jimoh, Iyanuoluwa Falana, Vivian Akpan and Sukurat Aiyelabegan.NTTF will cater for the players’ feeding and accommodation while their states are expected to offset their transport fare.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

South Haven boys fall in SCBL Tourney championship; Dukes place 5th in Chaparral, girls start play in Mulvane…

first_imgCentral-Burden– Bannister 5, Moore 6, Beavers 9, Liebau 2, Hilario 4, Loewer 4. Totals 14 (1) 1-4 30.Oxford– Norris 9, Payne 11, B. Metz 13, Whitlock 3. Totals 9 (0) 18-31 36.Third place: Sedan 42, Cedar Vale 30 Wellington 44 Belle Plaine 42 by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The South-Central Border League and Chaparral Roadrunner Tournaments were wrapped up this weekend. While the South Haven girls won the SCBL Tournament (see story below), the South Haven boys were upset by Central Burden in the championship game. Wellington finished 2-1 at Chaparral and placed fifth. Wellington girls open the Mulvane Tournament tonight. The Wellington Middle School basketball teams are off…SCBL Tournament —The Central-Burden Raiders pulled off a huge 53-51 upset over the No. 2 ranked South Haven boys to win the SCBL Tournament Championship.“We were absolutely terrible from the free-throw line,” said Darren McDorman, South Haven head boys basketball coach. “We were 1-6 in the fourth quarter. Free throw shooting has been our nemesis all year long and they finally got us.”South Haven was 6-of-15 from the charity stripe while Central was 11-of-19.It also didn’t help that, Central’s Jake Fischer scored 18 points.Hunter Ray had 15 points and Lane Cully had 14 for South Haven. The team’s leading scorer Austin Showman was held to 6 points against Central.Central opened with a 16-13 first quarter lead, and held a 28-27 advantage at the half. Neither team could shake one another throughout the second half. Central led by three after three quarters.South Haven was 21 of 63 from the field for a 33 percent success rate. The Cardinals were especially inefficient from the 3-point line, going a paltry 3 of 19 for 16 percent.Central was 19 of 41 for 46 percent from the field and 4 of 11 from beyond the arch.Other scorers for South Haven were: Andrew Lowe 9, Justin Harris 2, Bryce Byers 5.Other scorers for Central were: Brett Magner 6, Zach Koppelmann 8, Bryant Lawson 6, Cole Loewer 10, Austin Mettling 5. CV/Dexter98183—38 Udall– Loos 13, Perez 2, Aldrich 9, Benvin 6,l D. Holmes 5, A. Hoffman 6, K. Hoffman 3. Totals 14 (4) 12-20 44.Caldwell – T. Isaacs 17, Rice 5, Ward 6, York 19, Lebeda 4, Arnold 6, Arnett 2. Totals 19 (1) 20-34 59.Fifth place: Oxford 36, C.-Burden 30 Belle Plaine1061385—42 Wellington10111337—44 West Elk – Wilson 3, Jn. Englebrecht 6, Koch 3, Smith 10, Jennings 4, Loudermilk 8. Totals 13 (4) 4-7 34.Sedan – Cunningham 5, Chee 15, Unruh 10, Filtingberger 12, Mills 6, K. Smilko 4. Totals 18 (4) 12-14 52.Third place:Udall 61 Oxford 40. No box scores were available.Girls basketball scores:Seventh place: Caldwell 59, Udall 44 Caldwell4111318—46 Box scores for other SCBL Tournament games:Seventh place: Caldwell 46 Cedar Vale/Dexter 38 Udall7151012—44 Cedar Vale81354—30center_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (2) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. 0 Vote up Vote down Duke Fan · 394 weeks ago Traci Where is the “see below” story on the South Haven girls? Report Reply 0 replies · active 394 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down CueballSumnernewscow 94p · 394 weeks ago Sorry Duke Fan for being confusing. I was talking about the story written on Saturday night. I should have said “see related story.” Report Reply 0 replies · active 394 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments West Elk12868—34 Sedan – Haughn 10, Jones 7, Williams 4, Powell 4, Pray 4, Smith 13. Totals 14 (1) 13-25 42.Cedar Vale – Berkley 3, Kuntz 2, Rhodd 11, Burdette 2, Stord 2, Artherton 6, Clapp 4. Totals 12 (0) 6-12 30.•••••Chaparral TournamentWellington would finish fifth in the Chaparral Roadrunner Tournament with an exciting overtime victory over Belle Plaine.The Crusaders would outlast the Dragons in overtime. Both teams were tied 10-all at the end of the first quarter before the Crusaders built a 21-16 half-time lead. The two teams traded baskets in the third quarter scoring 13 points apiece. In the fourth, Wellington went into a tremendous shooting slump scoring just 3 points.Still the Dukes held the Dragons to 8 points to get into overtime. Wellington would win in its first extra period of he season 7-5.The Crusaders finished 2-1 in the tournament after beating Kingman 63-44 on Friday. The Crusaders are now 5-7 for the season. Wellington won’t have another game until Tuesday, Jan. 29 when it travels to Rose Hill.Belle Plaine is now 2-11. It too won’t play until Jan. 29 when it hosts Wichita Trinity. Sedan681018—42 Caldwell1819814—59 Central-Burden69411—30 Wellington: B. Peck 11, N. Becker 10, A. Weiss 9, T. Nance 5, L. Woodbridge 4, E. Carroll 4, B. Miles 1Belle Plaine: B. Happy 15, G. Schnieder 7, Q. Hervey 6, A. Johnson 6, C. Throop 4, B. Gann 2, B. Gooch 2Clearwater would win the tournament with a 52-40 victory over Mulvane in the championship game.•••••Mulvane Tournament tonightThe Wellington girls basketball team get back into action when they play the Wichita Defenders in the first round of the Mulvane Wildcat Classic tonight at 7:40 p.m. The Wichita Defenders are a team made up of home-school students. The team is a bit unknown and haven’t played any common opponents with Wellington.Wellington will play either the winner or loser of Garden Plain (9-1) and Arkansas City (0-9) on Thursday. The bracket is as follows: http://www.sumnernewscow.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/2013-Wildcat-Classic-Bracket.pdf Oxford613710—36 Caldwell – Halling 6, Ward 12, Dierkins 7, Webster 7, Yorke 14. Totals 15 (3) 13-22 46.CV/Dexter – Boatman 6, Ames 17, Hollingshead 2, Helpingstine 9, Massey 4. Totals 13 (4) 8-11 38.Fifth place: Sedan 52, West Elk 34 Sedan14141410—52last_img read more

PUBLIC WARNED AFTER FAKE €50 NOTES PUT INTO CIRCULATION AROUND COUNTY

first_imgBusiness owners and the public around Letterkenny have been warned that fake €50 notes are in circulation around the town.The notes are of good enough quality but do not have good watermarks.The bogus notes first came to light when a local taxi-driver went to pay his car tax and found a fake €50 in his wallet. “I had a number of €50 notes in my wallet to pay my tax and I noticed this one did not look good.“I took it to the Garda station and they told me it was fake,” he said.A Garda spokesman said there could be a number of the notes in circulation.“It was a busy weekend in the town and people might have been in a rush and did not check these notes. “We believe there could be a few in circulation.“WE are asking the general public and business owners to check when they receive €50 notes. If they suspect there is anything wrong with them, then they should contact us immediately,” he said. PUBLIC WARNED AFTER FAKE €50 NOTES PUT INTO CIRCULATION AROUND COUNTY was last modified: February 6th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:fake €50 notesGardailetterkennylast_img read more