Cricket News Patience could be key in fickle English weather, says Ajinkya Rahane

first_imgBirminghan: India’s attack will have to show patience to take 20 wickets and in the fickle English weather, it could be a virtue for the batsmen as well, Vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane said on Monday.The five-Test series starts with the first match in Birmingham on Wednesday.“There is always help for bowlers in England, but that doesn’t mean it is easier for the bowlers. They need to be patient and bowl in the good areas. They have to back their own skills instead of trying to take wickets from both ends” Rahane said.During a media interaction two days prior to the series opener, the batsman added, “If one bowler can play the support role well then it will lead to wickets. To bowl patiently and on spot is crucial to success.“It is a great opportunity for the bowlers to prove that we can take 20 wickets in a Test match consistently, like we had done in South Africa. Nobody expected us to take 20 wickets in all three Test matches.“At the same time they should not put extra pressure on themselves and they should just look to enjoy the moment. They need to back themselves and believe that our bowling unit is the best in the world.”As far as his team’s bowling attack was concerned, Rahane was brimming with optimism, despite the absence of strike bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar.“Our pace bowlers are very experienced. Mohammed Shami and Umesh were here in 2014 as well. They’ve been doing so well for us, not only in India but outside as well. In South Africa, we got all 60 wickets (during the Tests) and our fast bowlers bowled really well.“It is a challenge to bowl in England but I am really confident about them – not only Umesh and Shami but also Ishant, who came here and played some county games.“We have Jasprit Bumrah as well. We have an attack that can disrupt opponents. But yes, it will be a challenge for them to bowl patiently and bowl in the right areas for a long period of time,” he added.India had an intense practice session at Edgbaston after their extra practice session on Sunday was washed out owing to heavy rains. Rahane said that they have had ample practice and the rest will come down to mindset.“In England, patience is the key. It depends on the weather—if it’s sunny it’s good to bat, but if it gets cloudy then definitely it’s good for the bowlers. As a batting unit, I feel that challenging yourself and backing your own game rather than copying someone else is important.“If you’re set, try to play a big innings. If the weather changes, it’s important for the batsman to hold back, respect the bowler and respect the conditions. If you’re set here, you should really make it count,” he said.With his team aiming to win their first series in England since 2007, Rahane stressed on the need to have better communication.“You have to communicate well. In this weather, in these conditions, communication will be very crucial. If someone is really set, batting on 70 or 80, they will have to hold back if the weather changes.“They will have to respect the conditions and bowlers. From both teams, bowlers are going to bowl well. As a batsman you should respect that. Acceptance will be the key.”The Indian vice-captain had enjoyed the tour of England in 2014, when he had scored a match-winning hundred on a green top at Lord’s and finished with 299 runs in five Tests with two other half-centuries.“We were here in 2014 and we know what it takes to play good cricket here. For us, we want to play good cricket rather than think about the result. If you think about the result you put pressure on yourself.“This time we just want to express ourselves. Guys are in good shape. Personally I enjoy those challenges of playing abroad. You know here in England the ball does a bit, in Australia there’s bounce, and again in New Zealand the ball does a bit.“My mind is in the present, one match at a time. I’m really looking forward to this series,” he said.India have a few selection calls to make with Kuldeep Yadav making a strong case during the limited-overs’ leg for inclusion in this Test.“We are not worried at all as both are really quality batsmen. It just takes one good innings to get into your rhythm. We all back them. Ultimately the coach and the captain will take the decision.“As far as I’m concerned they both are really quality batsmen and are batting really well in the nets. It just takes one innings,” Rahane said.“I’m not sure about the combination,? he said, talking about Kuldeep.“He is definitely an x-factor in our team. He bowled really well in the ODIs and T20Is. We will have to see how the wickets will be like tomorrow and day after.“We don’t have to forget R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja. They’ve been doing really well for us. Ashwin especially with his batting and bowling, he’s been doing really well,” he added.Last but not the least, there has been a lot of debate about leg spinner Adil Rashid’s call-up to the England squad for this first Test. Rahane said that they fully expected his inclusion.“No not at all (surprised). He bowled well against us in the ODIs. He’s a very good bowler. Wrist spinners, we all know, they are wicket takers. When we played our practice game, it was like playing in Mumbai or Chennai.“He’s a quality spinner. We don’t want to take anyone lightly, be it Adil or Moeen Ali or any of their fast bowlers. We want to focus on our game,” Rahane signed off. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Cricket News Congratulations skipper! Pakistan cricket fraternity to Imran Khan

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: They couldn’t stop gushing about Imran Khan’s leadership prowess as Pakistani cricketers—past and present—congratulated the World Cup-winning former captain for leading his party to power in the country’s general elections. “Congratulating the new Prime Minister of our Country. It was all very formal but I still got to call him Skipper.#ImranKhanPrimeMinister,” tweeted Wasim Akram, a former teammate of Imran and himself a former captain.“A cricketer who became a politician? Or a man who was born to serve this nation, protect our people and lead us in to our own. And one day they will say, that this same man was once a phenomenal cricketer. The time is now for change, Our country Our history!,” read one of his earlier tweets, lauding Imran’s journey.Imran’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has emerged as the single largest party in the polls but is short of the majority mark. Imran currently leads the race to be the country’s next Prime Minister.Another former teammate Waqar Younis was equally effusive in his praise of the man who first spotted his talent after watching him for just a few minutes on TV.“A special speech from a Great Leader..Very simple, honest and practical..Feeling so proud to be a student of such a Mentor.. Congratulations Skipper,” he tweeted after Imran’s rousing Television address to the nation after the results came out yesterday.“It was in your leadership skip @ImrankhanPTI  that we became world champions in 1992. It is in your leadership that we can again become a great democratic country,” stated one of his earlier tweets on Imran.Flamboyant all-rounder Shahid Afridi and pacer Mohammad Amir also congratulated the former cricketer, who has demigod status in the country and is fondly called the ‘Kaptaan’.“Congrats PTI and @ImranKhanPTI on a truly historic victory! The 22 yr old struggle has finally paid off & deservedly. Pakistanis have a lot of expectations from u I really hope u lead from the front! I request all opposing parties& media to accept the result and help rebuild,” the recently-retired Afridi tweeted.“Congrats to @ImranKhanPTI  i hope u guys will do the best for pakistani nation INSHALLAH,” added Amir. Left-arm pacer Wahab Riaz called Imran a model of sincerity.“That was one inspiring speech, had the honesty and sincerity of a leader who feels the people of Pakistan My daughter and the children of this generation are going to be part of #NayaPakistan. No words to describe that feeling. Congrats @ImranKhanPTI I’m praying for ur success..,” he tweeted.For all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez, Imran’s victory is the beginning of a new era for Pakistan.“Ma Shaa Allah @ImranKhanPTI U done it once again, Long Marathon Struggle against corruption, A man of Strong Believe, #GREATLEADER  #IRONMAN,” he tweeted.Imran was also congratulated by some Indian cricketers, including veteran off-spinner Harbhajan Singh.“Many congratulations to @ImranKhanPTI for becoming the Prime Minister of Pakistan! I hope you bring about peace and happiness amongst all, and work towards a bigger and brighter future! Wishing you all the best.”Also lauding his journey was former batsman Sanjay Manjrekar.“Imran is the epitome of setting the bar high and reaching it. Congratulations & good luck to my cricketing hero, Imran Khan!”  last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_imgNFL-LEAF ARRESTRyan Leaf arrested for domestic batterPALM DESERT, Calif. (AP) — Former NFL quarterback Ryan Leaf was arrested in Southern California on Friday.The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department said the second player taken in the 1998 draft was taken into custody on a domestic battery charge in Palm Desert, about 110 miles southeast of Los Angeles. Leaf was being held on $5,000 bail at the Larry D. Smith Correctional Facility.Leaf finished third in Heisman Trophy voting in 1997 and led Washington State to the Rose Bowl. Drafted by the Chargers, he won just four of 18 games as a starter in three seasons with the team. He was 0-3 with the Dallas Cowboys in 2001 and finished his four-year career with 14 touchdown passes and 36 interceptions. In other developments related to the coronavirus pandemic:— Canada’s NHL teams have offered season ticket-holders rebate or refund options in acknowledgment that no more 2019-20 regular-season games will be played in front of fans in their respective buildings. The Canadian Press says all seven teams contacted their season ticket bases last week with options and/or deadlines to make a decision.— The Washington Nationals have changed their plans for a virtual World Series ring ceremony after players decided they would rather wait until they could reunite in person to receive their new jewelry. The Nationals previously announced they were going to give out the rings during a show broadcast on television and online. They still plan to unveil the design of the ring Sunday, the anniversary of the date they began their turnaround from a 19-31 record to World Series champs.— The Alaska Baseball League has canceled its summer season, which was scheduled to begin on June 29. The five-team league is made up of college players from mostly the Lower 48 states but also from places as far away as Taiwan. Amid the coronavirus pandemic, travel and housing would have been a logistical challenge during the seven weeks of play.— President Donald Trump played golf Saturday for the first time since declaring the pandemic a national emergency more than two months ago. His return to the course is one more sign that he wants the country back to pre-outbreak times, even as the U.S. death toll from the virus nears 100,000. That’s twice what he once predicted it would be. The outing was Trump’s first to any of the money-making properties he owns since March 8, when he visited his private golf club in West Palm Beach, Florida. — Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson are getting ready for another made-for-TV match, this time with friends from the NFL. Woods and Peyton Manning take on Mickelson and Tom Brady in what’s being billed as “The Match: Champions for Charity.” It will be the second straight Sunday live golf is on TV. The purpose is to raise $10 million for COVID-19 relief efforts and to provide entertainment.— Eleven of China’s professional soccer teams have been disqualified for failing to pay wages and for five teams closing shop on their own terms. The 11 include Chinese Super League side, Tianjin Tianhai. Low attendance and gaudy contracts for overseas signings were already weighing heavily on the industry, even before the outbreak forced it into total shutdown.— Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez has announced that the soccer league in Spain will be allowed to resume June 8. It’s not clear when the first games will be held. The top tier, La Liga, has said it wants to resume play on June 12. There has been no play in the top tier due to the coronavirus crisis since March 12.— Around 13,000 cardboard cutouts helped fill the stands at a key soccer match in Germany Saturday. Fans took pictures at home and paid for a cardboard cutout to be placed in the stands at the Bundesliga (BOON’-dehsh-lee-guh) game in Dusseldorf, which could help decide Champions League qualification.— The Czech soccer league has restarted under strict conditions. Teplice beat visiting Liberec 2-0 without spectators in the first match in the First League in 73 days. Six rounds of games in the regular season and the playoffs remain in the league, which is scheduled to be completed by July 15. Update on the latest sports The league is in talks with The Walt Disney Company on a single-site scenario for a resumption of play in Central Florida in late July. It’s the clearest sign yet that the NBA believes the season can continue amid the coronavirus pandemic.The National Basketball Players Association is also part of the talks with Disney.Games would be held at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, a massive campus on the Disney property near Orlando. NBA spokesman Mike Bass said the conversations were still “exploratory,” and that the site would be used for practices and housing as well.ESPN is primarily owned by Disney, one of the NBA’s broadcast partners.Space won’t be an issue, even if Major League Soccer — which is also in talks to resume its season at Disney — is there at the same time as the NBA. The entire Disney complex is roughly 40 square miles, with nearly 24,000 hotel rooms owned or operated by Disney. May 24, 2020 SKI-VEITH RETIRESOlympic ski champion Anna Veith retiresVIENNA (AP) — Olympic ski champion Anna Veith has retired as a racer.Veith twice returned to the top from serious knee injuries but called it a career a year after blowing out her knee for the third time. Veith announced her retirement live on Austrian TV. She says it was not a difficult decision.Veith’s main triumphs were super-G gold at the 2014 Sochi Olympics and back-to-back overall World Cup titles in 2014 and 2015. She called winning the super-G silver at the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics “the most emotional day of my career.” — Jockeys and stall handlers in Britain will be required to wear masks when horse racing hopes to resume next month. The British Horseracing Authority is hoping to get government approval to return on June 1 for the first time since March.NFL-SAINTS-MOVESSaints adding ex-Steelers linebacker Anthony ChickilloUNDATED (AP) — Linebacker Anthony Chickillo has agreed to a contract with the New Orleans Saints after playing his first five seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers.The former sixth-round pick played in 11 games for the Steelers last season, finishing with 11 tackles and half a sack. Chickillo has played in 65 regular-season games with nine starts while also contributing as a regular on special teams. Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSNBA talking with Disney about resuming seasonUNDATED (AP) — The NBA could become a Mickey Mouse operation, although the idea isn’t Goofy. OBIT-EDDIE SUTTONEddie Sutton, Hall of Fame basketball coach, dies at 84UNDATED (AP) — Eddie Sutton, the Hall of Fame basketball coach who led three teams to the Final Four and was the first coach to take four schools to the NCAA Tournament, died Saturday. He was 84.Sutton’s family says in a statement that he died of natural causes at home in the Tulsa, Oklahoma, area, surrounded by his three sons and their families. Wife Patsy died in 2013.Elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on April 3, Sutton was 806-328 in 37 seasons as a Division I head coach — not counting vacated victories or forfeited games — and made it to 25 NCAA Tournaments.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

Tipp clubs look to advance in FAI Junior Cup

first_imgClonmel Celtic v Clodaigh Rangers, 12.00pmKilsheelan United v Donohill and District 2.30pmTipperary Town v Cloughjordan, 2.30pmNenagh Celtic v Peake Villa, 2.30pmSt Michael’s v Glengoole United, 2.30pmBansha Celtic v Clonmel Town, 12pmCullen Lattin v Ballymackey FC, 2.30pm The do-or-die set of fixtures get going from midday.These are the matches due to be played this afternoon:FAI Junior Cup 3rd Roundlast_img

Everything that happened minutes before Kobe Bryant’s helicopter crashed

first_imgAround 9:42 a.m. PT (5:45 pm in Ghana) Hours before their fatal helicopter crash, Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna were taking communion before an early-morning church service.Minutes before the crash, their pilot was trying to get special permission to fly though foggy conditions.Seconds before the crash that killed all nine people on board, the pilot told air traffic control he was trying to avoid a cloud layer. It was the last time anyone on the ground heard from him.While federal investigators try to determine what caused the crash, excerpts of air traffic control recordings help build a timeline of what happened in the flight’s final moments. The Sikorsky S-76B helicopter takes off from Orange County, California, according to the flight tracking site FlightRadar24.com.The helicopter was headed from the southern Los Angeles area to the northern Los Angeles suburbs.Bryant was supposed to coach a youth basketball team, the Lady Mambas, at their 12 p.m. game in Thousand Oaks, California. Gianna, 13, was on that team. Two other girls in the helicopter, Alyssa Altobelli and Payton Chester, were also on board. Around 9:21 a.m. PT (5:21 pm in Ghana) Around 9:24 a.m. PT (5:24 pm in Ghana)An air traffic controller says “it’s gonna be a little bit” before the pilot can continue.“OK, we’ll continue holding,” Zobayan replies.A National Transportation Safety Board member later said there was a delay because of traffic.Around 9:33 a.m. PT (5:33 pm in Ghana) Source: CNN 9:06 a.m. PT Sunday (5:06 pm in Ghana)center_img The helicopter heads north. Air traffic control tells the pilot to “follow the 5 Freeway” and maintain SVFR conditions.The pilot confirms he heard the instructions: “Maintain special VFR at or below 2500, I-5 northbound.”Later, the Burbank air traffic controller tells the pilot to switch to Van Nuys air traffic control.The pilot contacts the Van Nuys tower: “Van Nuys, Helicopter 2EX with you for the special VFR transition. We are currently at 1400.”The controller tells the pilot: “Wind calm, visibility 2 1/2 , ceiling 1100 overcast, Van Nuys altimeters 30.16. Cleared into Van Nuys Class D northeast of Van Nuys.”At one point, the pilot requested flight following, which is radar assistance for a flight that helps the pilot avoid traffic, NTSB member Jennifer Homendy said.But air traffic control said the helicopter was too low to provide flight following assistance, Homendy said.The pilot told air traffic control he was going to climb higher to avoid a cloud layer. It was his last transmission. An air traffic controller tries to contact the pilot, but gets no response.“72EX, you’re following a 1200 code. So you’re requesting flight following?” the controller asks.“Say intentions,” the controller adds. “You’re still too low level for flight following at this time.” 9:45 a.m. PT (5:45 pm in Ghana)The helicopter falls off the radar, the NTSB said.9:47 a.m. PT (5:47 pm in Ghana)The first 911 call comes in about the crash, Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said.12 p.m. PT (8:00 pm in Ghana)The Lady Mambas’ basketball game is scheduled to begin at Bryant’s Mamba Sports Academy in Thousand Oaks. The helicopter starts circling over Glendale, California, close to the city of Burbank.“Helicopter 2EX, hold outside Burbank Class C airspace. I have an aircraft going around,” an air traffic controller says.“2EX, holding,” the pilot replies.Air traffic control audio indicates the pilot, Ara Zobayan, had requested SVFR clearance, or special visual flight rules clearance.SVFR clearance allows a pilot to fly in weather conditions worse than those allowed for regular visual flight rules. Sunday morning, the Los Angeles Police Department had grounded its helicopters because of low visibility from fog.Pilots sometimes request SVFR clearance mid-flight if weather conditions suddenly change. Those granted permission typically keep closer contact with air traffic control. Tags: GiannaHelicopter crashKobe Bryantlast_img read more

Dodgers’ rotation shuffle lands Kenta Maeda in the bullpen for now

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO – The atmospheric river that drenched the Bay Area on Friday washed Kenta Maeda all the way out of the Dodgers’ starting rotation.Maeda was scheduled to start Friday’s postponed game. It would have been his second start of the season. Maeda struck out 10 Giants in five scoreless innings a week ago.He will move to the bullpen now and won’t get another start until next weekend at the earliest. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said left-handers Alex Wood and Hyun-Jin Ryu will start the two-game series against the Oakland A’s at home Tuesday and Wednesday. That series is bracketed by off days Monday and Thursday.“With the weather there had to be some changes obviously,” Roberts said. “It takes some give from each one of these guys. For us to have seen Kenta out of the ‘pen helps. “It’s one of those things – with the off days, with the rain, we kind of have to make some adjustments.”Between the rainout and a pocket of off days on the schedule, the Dodgers will play just four games in an eight-day span. Wood will have five days’ rest before his start Tuesday. Ryu will have eight days off before his second start of the season on Wednesday.Roberts said Maeda will be folded back into the rotation at some point during the Dodgers’ series against the Arizona Diamondbacks next weekend.If anyone from the rotation needs to move to the bullpen, the right-hander is an obvious choice. Maeda was dominant in a bullpen role during the Dodgers’ postseason run last fall. Deployed almost exclusively against right-handed hitters, he allowed only one run on five hits while striking out 10 in 10-2/3 innings.He made his first relief appearance of this season in the seventh inning Saturday, preserving a tie with one scoreless inning. Maeda gave up a leadoff double and an infield single but struck out Buster Posey and Evan Longoria to escape without damage. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img But any move to the bullpen is a costly one for Maeda. His contract with the Dodgers includes a low base salary ($3 million plus a $150,000 roster bonus) and relies on a series of bonuses for games started and innings pitched to boost his take-home pay. Those bonuses will be more difficult for him to reach if he spends time pitching out of the bullpen.“I know we value his starts as does he,” Roberts said. “But for this short period of time, to have him be out of the ‘pen, I think it makes the most sense for everyone.”JANSEN STILL SEARCHINGDespite the rainout Friday, Roberts said most of the Dodgers made their way to AT&T Park for workouts or treatment.Kenley Jansen was one of them. The struggling closer said he was at the park most of the afternoon Friday, playing catch, throwing briefly off the mound in the batting cage and watching video.Jansen acknowledges now that a minor hamstring injury in early March combined with a light workload this spring combined to throw off his mechanics and led to his poor start, characterized by diminished velocity. Jansen said his video work Friday was focused on watching his outings from May and June of last season – “that’s when I was really dealing,” he said.Jansen said he could see that he had gotten “lazy” with his front leg – the one with the injured hamstring – and was over-rotating to try to generate power. His stride, usually one of the longest in baseball at 7 feet, has also been compromised and shortened significantly.Jansen said he took this knowledge into his throwing sessions and tried to recapture the muscle memory from last season.“For now, I’m just going to focus on hitting my spots,” he said. “The velocity will come. It might not come tonight or tomorrow. But in the next two weeks, it will come.”Jansen showed only slight improvement Saturday. He escaped the 12th inning without giving up a run despite allowing back-to-back singles to start the inning. His cutter was mostly 90-91 mph but did touch 92 mph. It had been 88-89 mph in his first two appearances this season.PROUD PAPAReliever Josh Fields returned from paternity leave and was reinstated to the Dodgers’ roster Saturday.Fields left the team in order to be with his wife for the birth of their first child, a son named Harrison Kane Fields. Harrison checked in at 8 pounds and 1 ounce. The birth went off without any complications, said Josh Fields who made it home in time for Harrison’s arrival on Wednesday.UP NEXT: Dodgers LHP Clayton Kershaw (0-2, 2.25 ERA) at Giants LHP Ty Blach (1-1, 5.79 ERA), Sunday 1 p.m., SportsNet LA (where available)last_img read more

Robert Williams III leaves first Celtics start after scary fall

first_imgOn the play in question, Williams attempted to put back a Marcus Smart miss, but lost his balance and fell directly to the floor on his back.Robert Williams III has left the game after falling on his back vs the Hornets 😔 (@AAANe_MAnews) #AAANortheast pic.twitter.com/9SIXEnDIGg— Celtics on NBC Sports Boston (@NBCSCeltics) March 23, 2019He stayed on the ground for a good amount of time before leaving the game. Celtics guard Marcus Smart fined $50K after shoving 76ers star Joel Embiid This is not how Robert Williams III wanted his first start with the Celtics to go.The 2018 first-round pick out of Texas A&M had to leave Saturday’s matchup with the Hornets after a scary fall. Related News The team announced soon after Williams would not be returning.#NEBHInjuryReport Rob Williams has suffered a lower back contusion and will not return to tonight’s game.— Boston Celtics (@celtics) March 23, 2019Williams came into the game averaging 2.6 points and 2.2 rebounds in 2018-19.last_img read more

Coby White’s reaction to UNC teammate Cam Johnson going No. 11 is one of draft night’s great moments

first_imgJohnson, of course, was not expected to become a lottery pick in the 2019 NBA Draft. And while he did move up in most mocks as the draft approached — Sporting News projected him at No. 23 overall to the Grizzlies — no one thought he’d be taken so early.Johnson, a former three-star recruit out of high school, turned in such a fantastic senior season (16.9 points, 5.8 rebounds, 2.4 assists) for UNC that Phoenix seemingly thought he was worth the risk at No. 11. He and White led the Tar Heels to a 29-7 campaign in 2018-19 and a Sweet 16 berth.White’s reaction to the whole thing just makes it that much sweeter. “I’m getting chills.” @CobyWhite couldn’t contain his excitement when he heard his @UNC_Basketball teammate Cam Johnson was drafted No. 11! 🙌#NBADraft pic.twitter.com/oZq580yxKq— NBA TV (@NBATV) June 21, 2019MORE: Grades, analysis for picks in Rounds 1-2 So many great moments occurred during the first and second rounds of the NBA Draft on Thursday, from Zion Williamson shedding tears after being taken with the first overall pick to Jordan Bone’s surprise selection at No. 57.Add Coby White’s reaction to UNC teammate Cam Johnson becoming a lottery pick to that list. White was told of Johnson’s selection at No. 11 overall while speaking to media in the backroom, then provided a reaction of pure, unadulterated joy after seeing his teammate taken so high.last_img read more

Tiger Woods in control at Torrey Pines

first_imgby Doug Ferguson AP Golf Writer SAN DIEGO (AP) — Due to the fog that wiped out an entire day of golf, the Farmers Insurance Open was never going to end on Sunday.Tiger Woods just made it look as if it was over.Hands thrust in the pockets of his rain pants, Woods walked off Torrey Pines in the chill of twilight with a six-shot lead and only 11 more holes standing in the way of winning on the public course along the Pacific Ocean for the eighth time in his pro career.He drove the ball with superb control in the third round on his way to a 3-under 69 to build a four-shot lead after three rounds. He lost control with his driver in the fourth round and still managed three birdies in seven holes.“All we can do tomorrow is go out and try to make him think about it a little bit and see what happens,” said Nick Watney, one of two former winners at Torrey Pines who faced the tough task of trying to make up six shots on Woods.The other was defending champion Brandt Snedeker.“I’ve got a guy at the top of the leaderboard that doesn’t like giving up leads,” Snedeker said. “So I have to go catch him.”Woods was at 17-under par for the tournament and will resume his round on the par-3 eighth hole. CBS Sports wants to televise the Monday finish — no surprise with Woods in the lead — so play won’t start until 2 p.m. EST.Snedeker played 13 holes of the final round. Watney played eight holes. Both were at 11-under par.Woods played 25 holes. He started with a two-shot lead and tripled it before darkness suspended the final round.“It was a long day … and I played well today,” Woods said. “Overall, I’m very pleased that I was able to build on my lead.”Thick fog washed out all of Saturday, forcing players to go from sunrise to sunset Sunday. They finished the third round, took about 30 minutes for lunch and went right back onto the golf course. IN CONTROL–Tiger Woods pulls his driver from the bag as he gets ready for his tee shot on the fourth hole at Torrey Pines during the third round of the Farmers Insurance Open golf tournament, Jan. 27, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)last_img read more

Mount Sentinel edges Wolves to capture WK Junior Boy’s Basketball crown

first_imgIn the contest Mount Sentinel went to the free throw line 21 times to LVR’s six and the Bombers were called for 19 fouls to the Cats nine.Abrosimoff was the top scorer for Mount Sentinel with 15 points while Sookeroff had seven and Miller five.For the Bombers Brock Dixon had eight points while Curtis Young and Dixon’s brother Dyllen each added six points.LVR, which lost to Stanley Humphries Rockers 52-24 in the consolation final to finish fourth in the tournament, advanced to the semi final round by stopping the J. Lloyd Crowe Hawks 40-20 Friday.The Bombers led 11-8 after one quarter and 20-11 at the half.In the third quarter, LVR out scored the Hawks 10-4 to put the game away.Dyllen Dixon led all scorers with 17 points, including three baskets from behind the arc.Jairo Mangapot and Young each added four points.In the consolation final, Aject Dhaliwal scored 11 points and Morgan Lynn added eight to spark the Rockers to the lopsided win over LVR.The Rockers, taking third place, built a 21-3 lead after the first quarter and never looked back.Dyllen Dixon scored eight points for LVR while power forward Jack Roberts had five points, including a three-pointer at the buzzer. Brandon Sookeroff scored 14 points to lead the Mount Sentinel Wildcats to the West Kootenay Junior Boy’s Basketball Championship with a 36-33 win over host Grand Forks Wolves Saturday in the Boundary City.The Wildcats, the top ranked team going into the seven-team tournament, needed a late rally to secure the win as Mount Sentinel trailed the Wolves for most of the contest.Aaron Abrosimoff added nine points and Kie Miller had eight.Mount Sentinel advanced to the final with a thrilling 31-29 victory over the L.V. Rogers Bombers.In the game, the Bombers had a chance to tie the game but LVR was called for a lane violation with less than three seconds remaining in the game.Mount Sentinel, entering the contest with three straight regular season wins over LVR, led 8-6 after one quarter before LVR took a 14-12 advantage into recess.Mount Sentinel, trailed 29-27 late in the fourth period before reeling off four straight free throws to secure the lead and the win.last_img read more