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Portrush gets McIlroy backing

first_img “Royal Portrush would be a great first international major,” Bishop said. “I think given the powerful effect that Irish golfers have on the professional game today, that might be a good place to start.” The R&A denied reports this summer that the Open Championship was set to be held at Portrush in 2018. R&A chief executive Peter Dawson admitted earlier this year that it is “a fantastic golf course,” but concerns remain over the infrastructure required to stage a major and Dawson feels the current nine-course Open rota is “about right.” Portrush has not hosted a major championship since the 1951 Open, but the Irish Open drew massive crowds there in 2012. McDowell, whose brother works at the club, said: “It’s always been a dream of mine to play the Open there but the US PGA would do nicely. “It’s very bizarre and an amazing statement. I couldn’t believe it and read it three times. I had heard the US PGA was looking at going global, which is a very positive step forward, but I was expecting Asia, not the north coast of Ireland. “Even if it never comes to fruition it’s a great boost to be mentioned in that breath. My brother Gary is on the greenkeeping staff there and he will have a spring in his step. “Having three majors in America with the global nature of the game nowadays is a little too weighted. It’s the fourth major of four so taking it somewhere else would really boost the interest. Asia, Australia or Europe would really embrace it.” McIlroy revealed the PGA of America had sought his views on the subject a few months ago, adding: “I spoke to Ted about it. He did not mention Portrush, just Ireland, but he has always liked Ireland as a venue. Press Association The PGA of America confirmed last month that a committee is studying the impact of holding the event outside the United States, with the earliest possible date in 2020. It had been thought that Asia would be the most likely venue, but PGA of America president Ted Bishop told Golf Channel’s ‘Morning Drive’ programme on Thursday that he was interested in Northern Ireland’s Portrush. “It’s a long way down the road, maybe 10 years or so, but I would love to play a major championship at home. “They (the PGA of America) are very forward-thinking and want to think outside the box. It’s something the other majors have not done, they can’t really go elsewhere. I think it’s a good thing. It would be great to see. “It would be huge. The Irish Open had a huge impact and everyone saw how well it was supported. “Asia is the fastest growing region of the world in people playing the game and China are trying to produce the next Olympic champion so maybe down the line that will also be an option.” Former world number one Rory McIlroy has welcomed the news that Royal Portrush has emerged as a surprise contender to stage the US PGA Championship, a possibility Portrush native Graeme McDowell described as “very bizarre”.last_img read more

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Ayo gets key pieces as Cansino stays, NCAA Jrs stars join UST

first_img‘Home is where the heart is’ as SJ Belangel commits to Ateneo The do-it-all swingman averaged a league-best 24.6 points, 12.9 rebounds, 3.0 assists, and 1.4 steals in his senior year for the Tiger Cubs, leading UST High School to the stepladder semifinals before falling to the NU Bullpups.Cansino has been unwavering in his commitment to UST, shunning offers from other schools. “Got loyalty inside my DNA,” he said in a tweet.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Got loyalty inside my DNA. 🤷🏼‍♂️🐆 pic.twitter.com/Ra2MRDDiZB— Cj Cansino (@cjcansino1) March 2, 2018 But Cansino was not the lone haul Ayo got from the high school ranks.In a report of The Varsitarian, also joining the Growling Tigers next season are Mike Enriquez from Malayan High School, Joshua Marcos from La Salle Greenhills, and Toby Agustin and Kobe Caballero from JRU.Enriquez was the NCAA Season 91 Juniors MVP and helped the Red Robins contend during his stay where they won the NCAA Season 92 juniors championship. His last two years in the high school ranks, however, was plagued with injuries as he saw Mapua lose to La Salle Greenhills this past season.Cub ➡️ Tiger pic.twitter.com/dl3UC0N0kBADVERTISEMENT — Aldin (@AyoAV_official) March 5, 2018Marcos, meanwhile, was a pivotal part of the Greenies’ historic title run this past NCAA Season 93, where he averaged 10.7 points.On the other hand, Agustin, who averaged 16.3 markers and 7.5 rebounds in his senior year, and Caballero, who netted 14.3 points and 4.4 assists, were key cogs of the Light Bombers’ campaign this past season in a highly-competitive NCAA tournament.The quintet’s arrival will be a big boost for UST’s campaign, which went 1-13 last season under coach Boy Sablan.Marvin Lee, Jordan Sta. Ana, and the returning Renzo Subido will provide the leadership for the Growling Tigers’ guards this upcoming UAAP Season 81. Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano LATEST STORIES Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player awardcenter_img GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Looking to replicate his fast-paced system implemented in Letran and La Salle, University of Santo Tomas coach Aldin Ayo has already started putting together the key pieces for his new-look Growling Tigers.Ayo secured the services of CJ Cansino as the UAAP Season 80 Juniors Most Valuable Player decided to remain in España.ADVERTISEMENT Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikinalast_img read more

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Warriors-Raptors cheatsheet: Rematch comes with Steph, Draymond in place

first_imgThe Warriors (19-9) will look to earn their sixth straight victory Wednesday night when the Raptors (22-7) come to town.Here’s everything you need to know about the matchup…When/Where: Oracle Arena, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSBA,ESPN)Raptors’ projected starters: Serge Ibaka, Pascal Siakam, Kyle Lowry, Danny Green, Kawhi Leonard Raptors stock report: Toronto has struggled since the last time these two teams matched up, going 3-3 over its last six games.Over the stretch, all-star guard Kyle …last_img

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“SIXTY SECONDS IN TOUCH”

first_imgWelcome to the post-Easter addition of 60 seconds in Touch… * Well, taking a break from delving my way through the mountain loads of chocolate I received over Easter, we’re back for another edition of 60 seconds in Touch. (If only writing this burnt off what I’m eating, I’d have no problems.) With the long weekend bringing too many tragedies on the road, I hope that everyone within our sport has had a safe and happy weekend, celebrating the death and resurrection of Jesus. * The Senior sides have been chosen and the letters of offer sent out…the phone is already ringing hot with acceptances and deposits due by April 20th, the sides will be announced on the ATA website on April 29th so make sure you keep up to date on what’s happening via the ATA website. * Congratulations to ATA Media Manager Rachel Moyle and boyfriend Duncan Grant, who have just announced their engagement! Stay tuned for an October wedding! * NSW Touch have bid farewell to Matt Kenny who has resigned from the role of Northern NSW Development Officer. Jarrat Wood has been given the position and ATA would also like to offer their thanks to Matt for the work he has put in and wish Jarrat luck in his position. Development Officers Australia-wide work long and hard hours for the sport, often without recognition and reward. Thank you to all! * There’s a new poll on the ATA website, launched this morning and asking what you think was the most memorable team performance from the 2005 NTL. There are 5 different options, could easily be more in what was the most hotly contested NTL ever, but the poll is limited to five possible answers! Make sure you check it out and get your vote in for your favourite. * The Queensland 2005 Country Cup has been postponed due to teams and officials being unavailable following events such as NTL and the Easter break, in addition the drought is playing havoc with the fields. The event will be held in September/October at a date to be advised. * The 2005 Victorian Touch Team Titles at Stephenson Reserve, Sale (April 2 & 3), are now just a couple weeks away. Interest is mounting for what promises to be another fantastic weekend of Touch footy and socializing hosted by Sale Touch Association. The VTA website has all the info for anyone interested in the event. * For a complete list of where all sides finished at the 2005 NTL and all award winners for both players and referees, check out the following story: http://www.austouch.com.au/index.cgi?sID=20&intArticleID=1173&det=1 For a complete list of all the player and referee awards for 2005, check out this story: http://www.austouch.com.au/index.cgi?sID=20&intArticleID=1174&det=1 * ATA is launching a new online newsletter, run by Lisa Plummer and Rachel Moyle, we’re looking for a name! There’s a $50 merchandise voucher up for grabs, make sure you think of a name and email it to [email protected] * The ATA is calling for nominations for the National Referees Panel, the nomination form is found on the ATA website, with nominations due in by the 13th April. You will find the form on the ATA website from this afternoon. * Remember if you need any help with media or stories written for your local press, please contact Rachel Moyle [email protected]last_img read more

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4 days agoThiago Motta confirms he’s taking charge of Genoa

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Thiago Motta confirms he’s taking charge of Genoaby Carlos Volcano4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveThiago Motta has confirmed he’s taking charge of Genoa.Motta has accepted Genoa’s offer to become their new coach, replacing Aurelio Andreazzoli.The 37-year-old former midfielder played for the Rossoblu during the 2008-09 campaign.He retired from professional football at the end of 2017-18 and spent last season coaching PSG’s Under-19 team.TMW caught up with Motta as he arrived in the Ligurian capital and told its correspondent he was “ready to get going”. last_img

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Baylor, TCU, Oklahoma Now 1-2-3 In ESPN’s FPI

first_imgA closeup of Bob Stoops wearing an Oklahoma Sooners visor.NORMAN, OK – SEPTEMBER 5: Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops talks on the field before the game against the Akron Zips September 5, 2015 at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Oklahoma. Oklahoma defeated Akron 41-3.(Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)The Big 12 was the only major conference without a playoff participant last year, but in 2015, it certainly looks like history will not repeat itself. The league currently has three undefeated teams – Baylor, TCU and Oklahoma State – and a fourth, Oklahoma, with just one loss. Furthermore, as you’ll see below, the conference now has the three top spots in ESPN’s FPI. Baylor, TCU and Oklahoma are 1-2-3. Ohio State is the highest-ranked non-Big 12 school, at No. 4. Oklahoma State is No. 14.Here’s a reminder of what the FPI measures.The Football Power Index (FPI) is a measure of team strength that is meant to be the best predictor of a team’s performance going forward for the rest of the season. FPI represents how many points above or below average a team is. Projected results are based on 10,000 simulations of the rest of the season using FPI, results to date, and the remaining schedule. Ratings and projections update daily.Alabama is currently the top-ranked SEC squad. USC, at 5-3, is the highest Pac-12 team, at No. 5. Clemson, the ACC’s top dog, is No. 7.espn FPI baylor tcu oklahomaWhat do you think, college football fans? How accurate is this tool?last_img read more

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Former Ohio State wide receiver Ray Small arrested

Former Ohio State receiver Ray Small was arrested in Meigs County, Ohio Sunday evening by the Ohio State Highway Patrol for allegedly possessing over 200 suspected Oxycontin tablets. According to a report from the Pomeroy Daily Sentinel, Trooper James Trelka of the Gallia-Meigs Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol arrested Small, 24, Sunday evening at 5:56 p.m. The report said that Small allegedly possessed 243 Oxycontin pills, an undisclosed amount of suspected heroin, hand-rolled marijuana cigarettes and a loaded 25-caliber pistol. The Lantern was able to confirm with the Meigs County Sheriff Office that they had Small in custody until Monday evening. Small was scheduled to report to Meigs County Court Monday where, reportedly, he was charged with the possession of a schedule II narcotic. According to the report, Small has since been released, although further charges are pending. The Ohio State Highway Patrol did not immediately respond to The Lantern‘s request for comment. It’s not the first time Small has been in hot water. Small, who was suspended a number of times throughout his career, told The Lantern last spring that he sold OSU memorabilia for cash, opening the floodgates on the OSU football tattoo scandal that began in December, 2010. The Lantern attempted to contact Small using the phone number he responded to during the May interview, but the number is no longer active. During his controversial career as a Buckeye, Small totaled 61 receptions for 659 yards and three touchdowns from 2006-09. read more

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Commentary Ohio States Jared Sullinger isnt what we thought

Maybe Jared Sullinger isn’t who we thought he was. Maybe Ohio State’s sophomore big man is a square peg we’ve tried to put in a round hole. Sullinger is obviously an exceptional basketball player. He’s proven over his past two years at OSU that he is among the best forwards in all of college basketball and was named a first-team All-American in the 2010-11 season. Because he’s been so productive and his teams have been so successful, he’s been anointed a superstar. But I think that’s a misnomer. I think Sullinger’s reputation has exceeded his ability. He’s playing the part of a superstar in a role player’s body. Let’s look at what makes Sullinger so good. His offensive fundamentals are phenomenal. He has a repertoire of inside post moves to give himself space and top-notch touch around the basket. He has a big sturdy frame and is strong enough to overpower most defenders off the block (although some would argue Sullinger’s weight loss hampered this ability). He has a high motor and passes well out of the post. Those are great attributes, but the typical superstar has a little bit more. In addition to refined skill, superstars have elite athleticism, explosiveness and the ability to make plays when everything else in a game is crumbling. Sullinger doesn’t have those qualities. Before almost every home game, sophomore guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. and sophomore forward J.D. Weatherspoon have a dunk contest. They do windmills, tomahawks, bank balls off the backboard and even come close to converting between-the-legs dunks. Before OSU lost to Wisconsin Feb. 26, Sullinger decided to make a brief cameo in the competition. Sullinger ran in from the 3-point line and attempted a windmill dunk. The 6-foot-9 man unimpressively leapt from the ground and missed the dunk. Badly. The fact is Sullinger just isn’t that athletic and doesn’t have the height to make up for it. During games, when things are crumbling for OSU, the team looks for Sullinger to make plays. OSU feeds him the ball inside, but Sullinger hasn’t been able to convert. He’ll catch the ball and try to make a move, but when a double team or quality defender arrives, he either flops for a foul or forces a bad shot. Sullinger is in no way a bad player. He’s just not what we’ve made him out to be. Monday, Sullinger was named the Big Ten Player of the Week for his performances against Michigan State and Northwestern. He totaled 36 points and 28 rebounds in the two last two Buckeye wins and proved he can be dominant. He was named first team all-conference and as the Buckeyes head into postseason play, Sullinger’s play will dictate OSU’s success. Maybe Sullinger will prove me wrong. Maybe he’ll dominate the Big Ten Tournament and lead OSU on a deep run in the Big Dance. But Sullinger and the Buckeyes need to be realistic. The Buckeye big man is the best and worst thing OSU has going for them. He has more skill than anyone on the team, but if he overextends himself and tries to be what something he’s not, it spells trouble for the Buckeyes. Sullinger is no role player, but he’s no superstar either. To be successful, OSU and Sullinger will have to find the middle ground. read more