September 24, 2020

COVID-19: Diamond League postpones June events

first_imgRelatedPosts Organisers announce Diamond League new dates London Diamond League meeting cancelled – UK Athletics Coe re-elected for second term as IAAF President Diamond League events in Eugene and Paris have been postponed while the event in Oslo will be staged as an “alternative competition” due to the COVID-19 pandemic, organisers said on Thursday.The events in Eugene and Paris were due to take place on June 7 and June 13 respectively, while Oslo’s meet is scheduled for June 11. “Today, we are sad to announce the postponement of further meetings in Eugene and Paris,” Diamond League said in a statement.“The Bislett Alliance today announced plans to host an alternative athletics competition under Norwegian coronavirus regulations on June 11, the original date of this year’s Oslo Diamond League meeting.”The conventional competition format has been done away with for the Oslo event.Instead, athletes will take part in an hour-long event while observing Norway’s coronavirus regulations and social distancing protocols.Officials said the full programme is yet to be confirmed and subject to changes. “This is really positive news for athletes and fans and promises, even in this early stage, to be another great night of athletics from the Bislett stadium,” World Athletics president Sebastian Coe said.“Congratulations to the Oslo Bislett Games for dreaming this up and following it through, working within the pandemic guidelines set out in Norway.”The next scheduled meet is to be held in London on July 4 followed by Monaco on July 10.Diamond League events in Stockholm, Naples and Rabat that were scheduled for late May were postponed last month, while meets scheduled for Doha and an unspecified host city in China were also moved.Tags: Bislett AllianceDiamond LeagueSebastian Coelast_img read more

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Report: New Federal Document Cites PBC as “Emerging COVID-19 Hotspot”

first_imgPalm Beach County officials say they were surprised Saturday by a national news story that flagged a rise in coronavirus infections here.The Yahoo News report cited a federal document that contradicts Florida data. The story says the government piece cites Palm Beach County as one of three “emerging” COVID-19 hot spots around the country.According to the story, the document was circulated Friday by the Department of Homeland Security and used data that was collected by the Federal Emergency Management Agency on May 12, the day after Palm Beach County reopened many businesses. “Palm Beach County, FL reported a 71% increase in new cases the last 7 days compared to the previous 7 days,” the document notes.“That state data and the federal data cited by Yahoo raise concerns about Palm Beach County’s push to reopen quickly. The Sun Sentinel examined the data and found that Palm Beach County reopened even though infection rates were not decreasing.” https://t.co/ExTudB57H6— Christina Vazquez (@CBoomerVazquez) May 17, 2020 Meanwhile, state data show a 20.7 percent increase in cases in the county during the week preceding May 12. The week before that, from April 28 to May 5, Palm Beach County saw a 17.8 percent rise in its cases.The two data reports have raised concerns about the county’s push to reopen. The Sun Sentinel examined the data and concluded that Palm Beach County reopened on May 11 even though its infections were not decreasing, a factor which was included in the state and federal guidelines for reopening.County officials say they have read the Yahoo News article, which cites the county along with San Bernardino County, Calif., and Marshall County, Ala. However, they reportedly have not seen the document cited by Yahoo News, and were not contacted by Yahoo News before publication, according to county spokeswoman Lisa De La Rionda.last_img read more

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Men’s basketball looks to rebound against Oregon

first_imgAfter a three-game home stand, the USC men’s basketball team will head up to the Pacific Northwest to take on Oregon and Oregon State.The Trojans (9-8, 1-4) are coming off three straight home games that saw them go 1-2. After winning the first against the California Bears, the Trojans have lost two straight  games to Stanford and crosstown rival UCLA.USC will come into the game relatively fresh, as the Trojans have had the past week off, and they hope the extra practice time will pay off following a disappointing loss the UCLA Bruins last Wednesday. Despite keeping the game close in the first half, the Trojans were blown out in the second half and ultimately fell 83-66.Second-year big man Nikola Jovanovic had a strong game, scoring 20 points and grabbing five rebounds. However, the rest of the team struggled and couldn’t get the offense going. As a team, the Trojans shot just 41 percent from the field and were out rebounded 41-20 by the Bruins.“We just got to be tougher. Simple as that,” Clark said. “They outplayed us. They out-toughed us on the boards. We got punked.”The Bruins were led by backcourt duo Bryce Alford and Norman Powell who combined for 43 points. The Bruins had their way in the paint and had a drastic advantage on the boards due to their size advantage.The Trojans will look to turn things around when they take on the Oregon Ducks (12-6, 2-3). The Ducks are coming off two straight losses of their own and will look to turn their fortune around against the struggling Trojans.Senior guard Joseph Young, the second-highest scorer in the   Pac-12, highlights an experienced Oregon squad. The Ducks will also cause problems for the Trojans in the front-court. Led by forwards Elgin Cook and Dwayne Benjamin, the Ducks average roughly 40 rebounds per game. Freshman Jordan Bell also averages the second-most blocks per game in the Pac-12 with 3.5 and rounds out a solid front court rotation for the Ducks.After being killed on the glass against the Bruins, USC will need to put extra emphasis on boxing out and rebounding as a team. USC has struggled mightily this season with rebounding as highlighted by Jovanovic after the UCLA loss.“As a team we didn’t do a good job boxing-out or squeezing the ball with our hands,” Jovanovic said. “I tried to do my best but everyone needs to contribute. That’s why we lost. We need to put our things together.”Jovanovic, who started out the season slowly after being hyped up for his offseason play with the Pac-12 All Stars, has started to find his groove. The Serbian has scored in double digits in 12 straight games while shooting well above 50 percent during that stretch.The Trojans know what they have from their second-year big man, but will need their young core of freshmen to step up if they hope to compete on the road. Freshman guard Jordan McLaughlin has struggled since returning from an elbow injury.Fellow freshman Malik Martin has failed to contribute in the past few games, with bench player Darion Clark steadily outplaying him. With Oregon having such a strong front court and Clark averaging almost double the amount of rebounds as Martin per game, don’t be surprised if head coach Andy Enfield opts to give the second-year player a couple of extra minutes.Oregon has been extremely susceptible to the 3-point shot this season and with Ducks having one of the best shot blockers manning the paint, the Trojans should take full advantage of the outside shot.The Trojans have struggled mightily against Oregon in years past, their last win coming in 2009. If the Trojans can continue to grow and play as a team- they have shown flashes this season, they can give the Ducks a run for their money.USC will face Oregon on Thursday, Jan. 22 in Eugene, Oregon. Tipoff is set for 8 p.m. PST and will be aired on the    Pac-12 Network.last_img read more

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Mixed fortunes for Tipp clubs in UBL

first_img© IRFU The North Tipp side ran out 22 points to 17 winners. In the Ulster Bank League, Cashel traveled to Armagh in a repeat of last weekends clash in Division 2A of the Ulster Bank League.Cashel ran out winners last week, however, today Armagh were the victors 37 – 19.And Nenagh Ormond went up against Blackrock College where they had some better fortune.last_img

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Art in the Loft Offers Quick Solution for Lunch: ‘Foodie Friday’

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisWho doesn’t love food, but on Friday’s, it’s even better. Creating a new way of having a tasteful meal between work hours is the goal for Art in the Loft.Christensen-Cooper said the lunch break is the perfect way to mix and mingleToday’s menu featured homemade pizza. If you’re looking for an escape from the office and a great bite to eat the next ‘Foodie Friday’ will be next Friday, February 23rd and again on March 9th.For details contact Art in the Loft at 989–356–4877.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Ella White Elementary Celebrates 100 Days of SchoolNext WBKB News Team Takes A Plunge For a Great Cause!last_img read more

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Free Masters live stream: Watch Tiger Woods’ entire Sunday round at Augusta

first_imgMORE: Watch the Masters live and on demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial)But fret not: Masters.com and the Masters app offer a free live stream throughout the day. That’s the best (and cheapest) way to follow the scores, but there are more ways to watch the Masters. Here is everything to know so that you never miss a hole. Masters live: How to watch Tiger Woods, Round 4Masters 2019 TV scheduleThe final round of the Masters on Sunday has been moved up due to the threat of afternoon rain. CBS will begin its broadcast at 9 a.m. ET. You can also live stream Round 4 by signing up for fuboTV, which offers a free seven-day trial.DateTimeTV ChannelThursday, April 113-7:30 p.m. ETESPNFriday, April 123-7:30 p.m. ETESPNSaturday, April 133-7 p.m. ETCBS/fuboTVSunday, April 149 a.m. ETCBS/fuboTVTIGER TRACKER: Follow Tiger Woods’ Round 4 at the MastersTiger Woods’ tee times for Round 3Due to the threat of inclement weather, Tiger Woods will tee off at 9:20 a.m., despite being in the last group. He will play with Tony Finau and leader Francesco Molinari. A full list of tee times is below.RoundTimePairing111:04 a.m. ETHaotong Li, Jon Rahm21:49 p.m. ETHaotong Li, Jon Rahm32:05 p.m. ETIan Poulter49:20 a.m. ETTony Finau, Francesco MolinariOther ways to watch the MastersThere will be a live stream of the Masters on CBSSports.com in addition to Masters.com. You can also watch Rounds 3-4 on Saturday and Sunday by signing up for fuboTV, which offers a free seven-day trial. Tiger Woods is in pursuit of a 15th major championship — and his first since 2008 — this week at the 2019 Masters.Woods, ranked 12th in the world upon arival at Augusta National, is scheduled to tee off at 2:05 p.m. ET Saturday to open Round 3. The problem? The Masters isn’t broadcast on television until 3 p.m. ET (because reasons), making it difficult to watch Woods and the rest of the morning action. LIVE: Full Masters leaderboardWhy isn’t the Masters on TV in the morning?The answer isn’t too complex, but the Masters isn’t on television in the morning simply because Augusta National officials say so. The course itself has long been very exclusive, and that carries over to television, with officials wanting to keep its brand intact.Although the Masters isn’t broadcast on TV in its entirety, it wasn’t long ago that it had even less television coverage. The full final round wasn’t shown until 2000, and you couldn’t watch the first two rounds on TV at all until 1995. 2019 Masters tee times, pairingsSunday, Round 4Time (ET)HolePairing7:30 a.m.1Aaron Wise, March Leishman, Si Woo Kim7:30 a.m.10Kyle Stanley, Viktor Hovland, Charley Hoffman7:41 a.m.1Matthew Fitzpatrick, Kevin Tway, Patton Kizzire7:41 a.m.10Kevin Kisner, Bryson DeChambeau, Takumi Kanaya7:52 a.m.1Henrik Stenson, Hideki Matsuyama, Cameron Smith7:52 a.m.10Rory McIlroy, Keegan Bradley, Gary Woodland8:03 a.m.1Jordan Spieth, Tommy Fleetwood, Corey Conners8:03 a.m.10Jimmy Walker, J.B. Holmes, Charles Howell III8:14 a.m.1Jason Day, Bubba Watson, Lucas Bjerregaard8:14 a.m.10Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Kevin Na, Alvaro Ortiz8:25 a.m.1Justin Thomas, Phil Mickelson, Jon Rahm8:25 a.m.10Patrick Reed, Devon Bling, Keith Mitchell8:36 a.m.1Adam Scott, Patrick Cantlay, Thorbjorn Olesen8:36 a.m.10Tyrrell Hatton, Satoshi Kodaira, Andrew Landry8:47 a.m.1Louis Oosthuizen, Dustin Johnson, Rickie Fowler8:47 a.m.10Bernhard Langer, Rafa Cabrera Bello, Eddie Pepperell8:58 a.m.1Matt Kuchar, Justin Harding, Xander Schauffele8:58 a.m.10Branden Grace, Martin Kaymer, Haotong Li9:09 a.m.1Brooks Koepka, Webb Simpson, Ian Poulter9:09 a.m.10Emiliano Grillo, Zach Johnson, Billy Horschel9:20 a.m.1Tiger Woods, Tony Finau, Francesco Molinari9:20 a.m.10Trevor Immelman, Alex Norenlast_img read more

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Lakers sink in offensively muddled loss to Jazz

first_imgPreviousLos Angeles Lakers head coach Luke Walton looks at the scoreboard during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz Friday, Jan. 11, 2019, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45) dunks on Los Angeles Lakers center JaVale McGee (7) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 11, 2019, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)Los Angeles Lakers guard Josh Hart (3) shoots as Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 11, 2019, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsUtah Jazz guard Kyle Korver (26) and Los Angeles Lakers guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (1) race to the ball during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 11, 2019, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball (2) goes to the basket as Utah Jazz’s Rudy Gobert, left, and Derrick Favors, right, defend during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 11, 2019, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45) shoots as Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball (2) defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 11, 2019, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45) celebrates after dunking on Los Angeles Lakers center JaVale McGee during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 11, 2019, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)Los Angeles Lakers coach Luke Walton shouts to his team during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz on Friday, Jan. 11, 2019, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)Los Angeles Lakers center JaVale McGee (7) shoots as Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 11, 2019, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45) talks to the Los Angeles Lakers’ bench during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 11, 2019, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)Utah Jazz coach Quin Snyder shouts to his team during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday, Jan. 11, 2019, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45) shoots as Los Angeles Lakers center Ivica Zubac (40) defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 11, 2019, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma shoots as Utah Jazz forward Derrick Favors defends during the first half of Friday’s game in Salt Lake City. Kuzma was 4 for 18 from the field on a night the Lakers shot 36 percent. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma (0) looks up after falling to the court during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz Friday, Jan. 11, 2019, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)Los Angeles Lakers head coach Luke Walton, center, looks on during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz Friday, Jan. 11, 2019, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) defends against Los Angeles Lakers forward Michael Beasley (11) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 11, 2019, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell celebrates during the final minutes of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday, Jan. 11, 2019, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma (0) dunks on Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell, right, during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 11, 2019, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)Los Angeles Lakers guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (1) waits to go on the court during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz Friday, Jan. 11, 2019, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)Utah Jazz forward Jae Crowder (99) drives around Los Angeles Lakers guard Lance Stephenson (6) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday,Jan. 11, 2019, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)Los Angeles Lakers coach Luke Walton argues with referee Scott Foster (48) during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz on Friday, Jan. 11, 2019, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma watches from the bench during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz on Friday, Jan. 11, 2019, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert, left, defends against Los Angeles Lakers forward Brandon Ingram (14) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 11, 2019, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball (2) catches a pass during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz Friday, Jan. 11, 2019, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)Los Angeles Lakers forward Michael Beasley (11) leaves the court after sustaining an injury during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz on Friday, Jan. 11, 2019, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)Utah Jazz forward Joe Ingles (2) drives around Los Angeles Lakers guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (1) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday,Jan. 11, 2019, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball (2) looks on from the bench during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz Friday, Jan. 11, 2019, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)Los Angeles Lakers head coach Luke Walton looks at the scoreboard during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz Friday, Jan. 11, 2019, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45) dunks on Los Angeles Lakers center JaVale McGee (7) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 11, 2019, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)NextShow Caption1 of 27Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45) dunks on Los Angeles Lakers center JaVale McGee (7) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 11, 2019, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)ExpandSALT LAKE CITY — There was 3:48 left in the game when Joe Ingles buried a 3-pointer for the Utah Jazz, then waved to the crowd, as if to bid them goodnight.The lead was 24 points at that juncture, but the game had been over long before.It was a chilly night in Vivint Smart Home Arena for the Lakers (23-20), who struggled for any sense of offensive identity in a 113-95 loss Friday night. They never led.It was all the more of a disappointment to lose to the short-handed Jazz (22-21), a team jockeying right behind them and threatening now to take over the No. 8 spot in the cutthroat Western Conference. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers“We couldn’t ever get our rhythm going,” Coach Luke Walton said. “We couldn’t find it.”Second-year star Donovan Mitchell was pivotal to the Jazz’s success, scoring a game-high 33 points with nine assists on a night when they were without all three of their normal point guards.JaVale McGee, who was the victim of a furious second-quarter dunk, seemed to take issue with the Lakers’ drop coverages on Mitchell’s pick-and-roll attack that gave him room to get to the rim.“I don’t know how we would have adjusted, but an adjustment needed to be made, obviously, because they were scoring,” he said. “They were setting good screens, and he was getting to the rim and (Rudy) Gobert was dropping really hard so it was kind of a conundrum being in between the Gobert lob or the Donovan Mitchell layup.”Mitchell’s night made it all the more glaring that none of the Lakers emerged to lead on the other end. How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.A hero who scored 41 in his last start, Kyle Kuzma (11 points) had a rough return to Salt Lake City, shooting 4 for 18 and not hitting any of his eight first-half shots. Brandon Ingram (15 points) scored only three points in the final three quarters, turning invisible after starting with some fire.Lonzo Ball struggled from the floor again (3 for 13, seven points). While his seven assists gave the Lakers some rare bursts of energy, his flirtation with sinking below 40 percent shooting for the season continued.It gave an icy edge to a deadpan quote Walton gave before the game, when asked to analyze his offense in the nine games since LeBron James has been injured (in which the Lakers are now 3-6).“How would I analyze it?” he said. “It’s gone down.”The highest-scoring Laker was Michael Beasley, who put together a gritty 17 points on 6-for-15 shooting. Beasley injured his right hand toward the end of the game reaching in against a shooter, but X-rays were negative. The forward said postgame that his fingers were sore, but he wasn’t concerned about his availability for Sunday’s game against the Chicago Bulls.Related Articles Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers A third-quarter rally was the Lakers’ best chance to make the evening at least competitive: With a small-ball lineup featuring Beasley. The lead was closed to 10 points, but the Jazz pulled away again to open an 83-68 lead before the third-quarter break.“The last minute and a half, two, we didn’t convert transition buckets,” Kuzma said. “That was the biggest thing. We had a big opportunity and we let it slip.”The start was merely cold, which has been normal for the Lakers this season. With Mitchell cooking early, they were soon down in a 15-5 hole. A strong response by Ingram helped them rally back to a 20-all game.But from there, defensive slippage and missed shots cost them.Even though the Jazz were missing all three of their normal point guards (Ricky Rubio, Dante Exum and Raul Neto), Mitchell capably manned the offense, getting to the hoop and dishing off as needed. The Lakers’ first-half defensive lapses included losing spot starter Royce O’Neale several times, and he started out 3 for 3 from behind the arc.The Lakers regained some defensive composure, but never really found a rhythm and shot just 36 percent from the field for the night. They scored just 15 points in the second quarter, trailing by 21 at halftime.It hurt that the team was in foul trouble, too, with Ball picking up three fouls early in the first half, and Josh Hart getting his fifth early in the second. The Jazz shot 30 free throws, making 20.Ball yielded on saying the defeat was a step back for the Lakers, who were coming off their first back-to-back wins without James.“I would say four out of those six losses we beat ourselves,” he said. “It’s not like we’re not getting the job done. It’s just that we got to lock in for that fourth quarter and just play with each other the whole game.”Was Friday night against the Jazz a game where they beat themselves?“No,” Ball said. “We got beat.”center_img Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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Wyndham Championship: Byeong-Hun An, Sung-jae Im share lead

first_imgWith a win, Sungjae Im will move inside the #WyndhamRewardsTop10.This birdie tied him for the lead.#LiveUnderPar pic.twitter.com/bq2kLjCCh4— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) August 1, 2019The No. 55 and No. 65 players in the world, respectively, come in looking for their first-ever wins on the PGA Tour.An has three runner-up finishes in his career and three wins internationally. It was a great day for South Korea at the Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, North Carolina as Byeong-Hun An and Sung-jae Im took a share of the lead at 8 under after 18 holes.Both An and Im shot bogey-free 8-under 62s to take one-shot leads over a pack of four in second place. Four birdies on his opening nine. 🙌Sungjae Im is looking to make an afternoon charge @WyndhamChamp, with the help of 🎯 like this.#LiveUnderPar pic.twitter.com/q7MOvOB7RT— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) August 1, 2019Trailing the pair in third place are Mackenzie Hughes, Rory Sabbatini, Patrick Rodgers and Johnson Wagner, who all shot 7-under 63s on the day.Jordan Spieth sits in a massive tie for seventh at 6 under, along with Webb Simpson.Elsewhere on the course, Ernie Els withdrew and Luke Donald sits in a tie for 141st at 2 over.last_img read more

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Mourinho set to take control at United

first_imgLondon, United Kingdom | AFP |Jose Mourinho was expected to join Manchester United on Friday after drawn-out negotiations, marrying one of the world’s richest clubs with one of the most successful — and outspoken — managers.Mourinho has been in talks with United since Louis van Gaal’s sacking on Monday and British media claimed an agreement is now in place for the former Chelsea boss to fulfil his long-held ambition to manage the Premier League club.United are now set to officially confirm the 53-year-old’s appointment after the deal was delayed due to discussions over Mourinho’s image rights.The 20-time Premier League champions have turned to Mourinho after a frustrating spell since the retirement of Alex Ferguson, with first David Moyes and then van Gaal failing to restore former glories.Mourinho, who has won the Champions League with both Porto and Inter Milan, is said to have been offered a three-year contract that will pay him between £10 million ($14 million, 13 million euros) and £15 million per season.It was also reported Mourinho, who was sacked by Chelsea in December, is set to be given bonuses that will pay £5 million and £2.5 million respectively if he leads United to the Champions League or Premier League title.Talks between Mourinho’s agent Jorge Mendes and United’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward have resolved problems with Chelsea’s control of his image rights, paving the way for the charismatic but controversial boss to fulfil his long-held dream of managing the Manchester giants.Carry-out wineMourinho was seen strolling back to his town house in the upmarket London district of Belgravia wearing a smart black suit and carrying a bag from a wine shop on Thursday, shortly before reports emerged that he had agreed the deal.Mourinho, always conscious of his public persona, was said to have spent part of Thursday crafting his message to United fans in a statement which will accompany the club’s announcement of the deal.The former Real Madrid, Inter Milan and Porto boss will take charge of United for the first time when the club face Borussia Dortmund in Shanghai on July 22 on the first leg of a two-game tour of China.However, Mourinho should appear on the home bench at Old Trafford before then because he is due to take charge of an England XI in a charity game for Unicef against a Rest of the World XI on June 5.One of the main obstacles to Mourinho’s pursuits of silverware with United will be found across Manchester where his old rival Pep Guardiola is due to start work as City manager next week after moving to Eastlands from Bayern Munich. Mourinho and Guardiola exchanged barbs throughout their time at Real Madrid and Barcelona respectively and the renewal of their bitter feud promises to be one of the most fascinating aspect of the coming season.Although United legend Eric Cantona this week claimed Mourinho, renowned for his negative tactics, was not a good fit, former defender Rio Ferdinand was quick to welcome his impending arrival.‘Mourinho way’“I have heard many say the ‘Mourinho way’ is not the Manchester United style of playing football,” Ferdinand said.“However, the Chelsea team that Jose put together first time round when he entered the Premier League played with wingers and hurt teams with quick attacking play.“One thing I can tell Manchester United fans is that they have got themselves a true winner in all aspects. His CV shows success.”United icon Cristiano Ronaldo, now at Real Madrid where he played under Mourinho, added: “I hope United get back to being what they were because it’s an impressive club but in the last years they lacked an identity a bit.”Mourinho is reported to already be lining up new signings as he seeks to bolster an unbalanced squad that limped to a fifth place finish in the Premier League before ending the unlamented van Gaal era by beating Crystal Palace in the FA Cup final on Saturday.Even without the lure of Champions League action next season, Mourinho is hopeful of making several top-class additions.Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who worked with Mourinho at Inter Milan, is one target and on Thursday he hinted a move to Old Trafford could be on the cards.The Sweden striker has left Paris Saint Germain and, asked if there had been an offer from United, Ibrahimovic said with a smile: “I think it’s a great move (by United) — you want action, you bring in Mourinho.“I don’t give guarantees but there are concrete offers from the Premier League, so let’s see what happens.”Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

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Man City survive shoot-out to reach League Cup semis

first_imgThe Belgium midfielder was making his first start since being injured in City’s League Cup win over Fulham on November 1.Riyad Mahrez was making his first return to Leicester following his move to City in the close-season.The Algeria winger almost doubled City’s lead when he pounced on Brahim Diaz’s shot and smashed a volley just over.Muric kept his side’s lead intact when he sprawled to the left to repel a long-range drive from Demarai Gray that appeared destined for the bottom corner.– Muric shines –Sergio Aguero, back from an injury that sidelined him for three weeks, should have put City two up moments after half-time.However, the Argentine forward shot too close to Ward after running onto Mahrez’s pass.Leicester drew level in the 73rd minute when Wilfred Ndidi lofted a pass that picked out Albrighton’s run behind Oleksandr Zinchenko and the substitute slammed a fierce strike into the far corner.Guardiola’s men had beaten Leicester on penalties at the same stage of the League Cup last season.Leicester had more recent spot-kick success after beating Wolves and Southampton on penalties in the previous two rounds, but it was City who prevailed again.Leicester’s Christian Fuchs and City’s Raheem Sterling both shot over.Muric seized the moment with saves to deny James Maddison and Caglar Soyuncu before Zinchenko drilled in the winner.Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2 London, United Kingdom | AFP | Manchester City survived a penalty shoot-out to reach the League Cup semi-finals as young keeper Arijanit Muric starred in the dramatic finale to the holders’ win over Leicester on Tuesday.Pep Guardiola’s side took the lead when Kevin De Bruyne marked his return from injury with a fine finish in the first half at the King Power Stadium.Marc Albrighton cancelled out De Bruyne’s first goal since April with a late equaliser to set up the 3-1 shoot-out win.Muric, making his second City appearance in place of the rested Ederson, stole the spotlight as the 20-year-old Kosovo international made two penalty saves to clinch his team’s last four berth.Just hours after Guardiola’s old rival Jose Mourinho was sacked by Manchester United after their worst start for 28 years, City could afford to make eight changes and still went through as they chase the third trophy of the Guardiola era.No wonder City fans cheekily chanted “bring back Mourinho”.“A tough game, it is always difficult at Leicester. We played with a guy (Eric Garcia) who is 17 years old and some injured players, but it was a good game,” Guardiola said.De Bruyne added: “I feel stiff but I am happy to contribute. To be out for so long and to play 70 minutes is a good sign for me.“We want to win titles so there’s two games more and we can battle for another trophy.”City had 87 percent of the possession in the early stages and their pressure was rewarded in the 14th minute.De Bruyne took control on the left edge of the Leicester area, cleverly shifted the ball onto his right foot before unleashing a low drive that zipped through the legs of Hamza Choudhury and past goalkeeper Danny Ward.It was a cathartic moment for De Bruyne in only his seventh appearance of a frustrating season ravaged by two knee injuries.last_img read more

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