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US Open: Juan Martin Del Potro beats John Isner and heat to reach semi-finals

first_imgJuan Martin Del Potro overcame sweltering heat and a tough fight from John Isner to reach the semi-finals of the US Open on Tuesday at the Arthur Ashe Stadium.The three hour and 31 minute long quarter-final was played in suffocating humidity and it was so extreme that officials had to suspend junior matches on the outside courts for more than two hours.Play continued on Arthur Ashe with temperatures around 37.7 degree Celsius and it left Isner and Del Potro struggling as they went on in their competitive quarter-final clash before Del Potro finally won it 6-7 6-3 7-6 6-2.”I weigh 238 pounds, so I have always said it’s pretty difficult to play in hot conditions,” said Isner, who had 11 shirt changes during match. “I weigh a lot and I sweat a lot.”It takes its toll on bigger guys, in my opinion.”I don’t know what I weighed before the match. I did not weigh myself, but I can tell you I lost a lot of weight out there.”Raw energy.Raw emotion.Pure [email protected]#USOpen pic.twitter.com/qYkGEi8bJ2US Open Tennis (@usopen) September 4, 2018Anyone looking for serve and volley came to the wrong place as the pair traded bombs from the baseline with Isner, bidding to become the first American since Andy Roddick in 2006 to reach U.S. Open semi-finals, belting 26 aces and Del Potro 14.Break chances were few and far between, Isner managed just three and was unable to convert any, while Del Potro had 11, cashing in on three, including one to close out the match.advertisementIt was enough to see Del Potro, the 2009 U.S. Open champion, through to the last four at Flushing Meadows for a third time where he will face Rafael Nadal.Leaving it all out on the court:Massive respect for both these competitors…#USOpen pic.twitter.com/pX9YD9vJeVUS Open Tennis (@usopen) September 4, 2018″I think I played very solid this game,” said Del Potro. “In particular I made good returns every service game.”I saw John a little bit tired also. That’s give me a little bit more energy to keep trying.”I don’t know if I’m playing my best tennis ever but I’m feeling good. I reach another semi-finals in this grand slam, which means something big to me.”The Argentine had the sole break chance in the opening set but the third seed could not convert, while Isner had a mini-break at 3-3 in the tiebreak and turned that into a 1-0 lead.It was the first set surrendered by Del Potro at the tournament this year and a positive omen for 11th seed Isner, who was 24-2 at Flushing Meadows when winning the first set.But Del Potro would not drop another set as the Argentine appeared better equipped to deal with the conditions even though he joked he did not want to come back on court following a 10-minute break between the third and fourth sets.”I had a shower, lay on the table and I didn’t want to come back again,” laughed Del Potro.”It was too hot for tennis.”(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

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A SET OF SIX – VOLUME THREE

first_imgTouch Football Australia brings you this rapid fire “Set of Six” news ‘plays’ from around the Country. TFA’s Media Scholarship Holder Henry Holland and TFA’s National Media Coordinator Karley Banks will bring you up to date every week with a selection of six ‘plays’ on the latest news, views, and events nationally.Welcome to Touch Football Australia’s A Set of Six – volume 3. WESTERN AUSTRALIA (WA)Play: # 1  WA teams’ first training day for 2007 Barbarians CupThe Western Australian (WA) Men’s, Women’s and Mixed Open State teams came together on Sunday 20 May. The training session was the first step in preparation for the 2007 Barbarians Cup in Darwin. Players from various WA affiliates went through their paces at the Northern Districts Touch Club. A follow-up session is scheduled for Sunday 27 May from 9am at the same venue.WA players will compete against the Northern Territory at the Barbarians Cup on 13- 14 July 2007. Last year Perth hosted the inaugural Barbarians Cup, which was won by WA. The 2007 Cup is also the selection tournament for the Barbarians team to contest the 2008 National Touch League, to be played in Coffs Harbour.Other Events: North West Championships and North West Junior Development Camp in Broome next weekend, 2-3 June 2007.Touch West web-site: www.touchwest.comNORTHERN TERRITORY (NT)Play: #2                                                                                                               Dennis Coffey conducts Level 1 Coaching Course in Darwin National Coaching Director and World Cup Coach Dennis Coffey conducted a Level One Coaching course in Darwin from 18- 20 May 2007. Participants attending the course explored aspects such as general principles of Touch, basic rules, and Grids and Drills. During the course Dennis also assessed some of the coaches’ presentation skills in order to allow the Northern Territory to become self-sufficient and conduct their own courses in the future. All participants enjoyed the course and are very keen to put their new skills into practice.Other Events: Level One Coaching Course to be conducted by Dennis Coffey in Alice Springs this weekend.The Touch Football Northern Territory Web-site: www.touchnt.com.auQUEENSLANDPlay: # 3Delfin Junior Tri-Series Tournament – Round OneThe first tournament in the 2007 Queensland Junior Tri-Series was held at Redlands Touch on Sunday 20 May 2007. The Arthur Davis Memorial Junior Carnival attracted 70 affiliated teams from South Queensland and Border Districts, the South West Queensland Region, and the Brisbane Metropolitan Touch Association (BMTA). Boys and girls competed in under-10s, 12s, 14s, 16s and 18s.SWQ and SQBD teams are competing for the Delfin Tri Series Trophy in all age divisions. The champion affiliate will be crowned at the completion of the third leg of the Series with the trophy being awarded to the affiliate who performs best across the three tournaments in all divisions.Overall Divisional winners will be awarded a set of Delfin Tri-Series Champion Team commemorative t-shirts to mark their victory.Winners in each division contested at Redlands were:10 Years Girls: Gold Coast10 Years Boys: BMTA12 Years Girls: Gold Coast12 Years Boys: Gold Coast14 Years Girls: BMTA14 Years Boys: Redlands16 Years Girls: Toowoomba16 Years Boys: Redlands18 Years Girls: First Contact18 Years Boys: BMTAThe second tournament in the tri-series will be held in Toowoomba on the 10 June 2007. The Toowoomba tournament will be open to teams from the same regions as the Redlands Tournament. The final event will be held on the Gold Coast on the 24 June 2007. The Gold Coast tournament shapes as the biggest in the series, with between 70-100 teams expected to compete. The Tri-series, in its second year in existence, will be used by teams as a warm up and selection process for the inaugural Queensland Junior State Championships on the Queen’s Birthday long-weekend, and the  Queensland Junior State Cup from 5-8 July 2007. Other events: SQBD Junior Development Camp at Tallebudgera Recreation Camp this weekend.The Touch Football Queensland website: www.qldtouch.com.auAUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY (ACT)                                                         Play: # 4ACT Touch Contingent heads for Dubbo this weekendACT Touch will send four teams away to the NSWTA Country Championships in Dubbo this weekend. Several ACT based referees will also attend the event under the capable coordination of newly elected ACT Referees Association President, Michael Camplin. This year’s tournament is the first time that non-NSW teams have the opportunity to win the championships. Last year interstate teams were invited but played off in an interstate challenge instead of progressing through the main draw. ACT players are excited about the opportunity to take on the best from NSW. ACT Touch would like to thank NWSTA for the opportunity to play and participate fully in the tournament.Other events:The Inaugural ACT Touch junior winter competition starts at Deakin this Monday night.The Boys High Schools Gala Day will be held on 25 May 2007. This event will take place a week before the Girls High Schools Gala Day on 1 June 2007. ACT Touch is pleased to announce that its strong relationship with ACT Health continues for 2007/08, with ACT Touch receiving continued funding under the Health Promotion Grants scheme. ACT Touch is running a two-part Level 1 Selectors course in June. ACT Head Selector Sandra Hughes will deliver the course. Further details can be obtained by contacting Chris Tarlinton on telephone 6212 2880 or e-mail [email protected] The ACT Touch Association web-site: www.acttouch.com.auVICTORIA:Play: # 5TFA-Victoria awarded $40,000 Grassroots Sports Grant from Victorian Sport and RecreationThe Victorian Government has awarded Touch Football Australia – Victoria a Grassroots Sport Grant, worth $40,000 over two years. The grant will assist TFA-Victoria development officers promoting grassroots Touch Football in the target areas of outer metro Melbourne and regional Victoria. The grant is a clear sign of the increasing recognition of Touch Football by the Victorian Government as a great game for all ages, especially juniors.TFA-Victoria is confident that several more key project grants will be awarded over the coming weeks from the Victorian Sport and Recreation Department.TFA-Victoria State Manager David Brady, commended Game Development Officer Carly Goodrich for her initiative and work helping the sport to secure Grassroots Sport grants.  “Carly’s work has been tremendous in this area, and we will look to use the grant to increase our affliated membership base,” Mr. Brady said.Other events:Touch Football Australia Acting CEO Colm Maguire visited the brand new Touch Football Australia – Victoria offices at Sport House in Melbourne. Colm was provided a tour of the facility, the current offices and the new offices that will become the home business base of Touch Football in Victoria.Touch Football Victoria website: www.victouch.com.auSOUTH AUSTRALIA: # 6Play:Mitchell Cup High Performance WeekendThe Mitchell Cup High Performance Weekend will take place this weekend from the 25 – 27 May at City Touch Clubrooms Park, 17 Greenhill Road, Eastwood, Adelaide. The weekend is the major selection event for the South Australian Open Men’s, Women’s and Mixed teams to compete at the Canberra Cup in November. 59 players have been accepted for the High Performance Camp. 2007 Australian World Cup Representative stars Tony Eltakchi, Jason Stanton, Gary Sonda and Amy Fong will attend to mentor players.Touch Football Australia’s High Performance Coordinator Wayne Grant, and 2007 World Cup Australian Mixed Open Assistant Coach and current 20 Years Mixed National Coach Karley Banks will also be attending to run the rule over South Australia’s best players and coaches and help them develop key aspects of their High Performance Program.Other events:Touch SA’s Special General Meeting, a part of the dissolution process, will be held on the 22 May – 7.30pm at Office B, 20 Greenhill Road, Wayville SA.Touch Football South Australia website: www.touchsa.com.auThat’s it for the third edition of “A Set of Six”.Be sure to check the affiliated State web-sites for further information and all the latest news in Touch Football this week.last_img read more

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10 months agoLazio table 5-year contract offer to Liverpool striker Bobby Adekanye

first_imgLazio table 5-year contract offer to Liverpool striker Bobby Adekanyeby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLazio have tabled a five-year contract offer to Liverpool striker Bobby Adekanye.Corriere dello Sport says the 19-year-old has been talking to the Rome club for the last month.If he can agree terms, he will leave Anfield next summer.Adekanye has trained with the first team this season but has been unable to break into the side.The Nigerian, who represents the Netherlands, joined Liverpool from Barcelona three years ago.He has also previously played for Ajax and PSV Eindhoven. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

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DP World Australia Terminals Secure Swires PNG PI Services

first_imgzoom Port and terminal operator DP World Australia has announced the return of Swire Shipping’s Papua New Guinea (PNG) and Pacific Islands (PI) service to its Brisbane and Sydney terminals.The first service to return to DP World Australia will call at Sydney on September 8, 2016, and in Brisbane on September 13, 2016.“We are delighted to win back Swire Shipping’s Pacific Islands service to Brisbane and Sydney,” Brian Gillespie, DP World Australia Chief Commercial Officer, said.DP World Australia operates four ports across Australia including Brisbane, Fremantle, Melbourne and Sydney.Swire Shipping’s PNG service operates three multi-purpose vessels from Australia to PNG and the Solomon Islands.The company’s PI service is a multi-purpose service catering for container and breakbulk cargo. The service links Australia with New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Fiji, the Samoas, Tonga, Kiribati and the Marshall Islands.last_img read more

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The top iPhone and iPad apps on App Store

first_imgApp Store Official Charts for the week ending January 6, 2019:Top Paid iPhone Apps:1. Heads Up!, Warner Bros.2. Minecraft, Mojang3. Facetune, Lightricks Ltd.4. Plague Inc., Ndemic Creations5. Bloons TD 6, Ninja Kiwi6. Toca Hair Salon 3, Toca Boca AB7. Geometry Dash, RobTop Games AB8. NBA 2K19, 2K9. Stardew Valley, Chucklefish Limited10. The Game of Life, Marmalade Game StudioTop Free iPhone Apps:1. Color Bump 3D, Good Job Games2. Polysphere, Playgendary3. Netflix, Netflix, Inc.4. Words Story, ZHOU JIAPING5. YouTube: Watch, Listen, Stream, Google LLC6. TikTok – Real Short Videos, musical.ly Inc.7. Instagram, Instagram, Inc.8. Snapchat, Snap, Inc.9. Bitmoji, Bitstrips10. Messenger, Facebook, Inc.Top Paid iPad Apps:1. Minecraft, Mojang2. Procreate, Savage Interactive Pty Ltd3. Notability, Ginger Labs4. GoodNotes 4, Time Base Technology Limited5. Bendy and the Ink Machine, Joey Drew Studios Inc.6. Amazing Frog?, FAYJU7. Toca Hair Salon 3, Toca Boca AB8. Heads Up!, Warner Bros.9. Geometry Dash, RobTop Games AB10. Stardew Valley, Chucklefish LimitedTop Free iPad Apps:1. Kick the Buddy: Forever, Playgendary2. Netflix, Netflix, Inc.3. Tomb of the Mask, Playgendary4. YouTube: Watch, Listen, Stream, Google LLC5. Paper.io 2, Voodoo6. Color Bump 3D, Good Job Games7. Wordscapes, PeopleFun, Inc.8. Amazon Prime Video, AMZN Mobile LLC9. Roblox, Roblox Corporation10. Magic Tiles 3: Piano Game, Amanotes Pte. Ltd.__(copyright) 2019 Apple Inc.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Nasa finds pulsar speeding in space at 4 mn kmhour

first_imgWashington DC: NASA has discovered a pulsar hurtling through space at nearly four million kilometres an hour — so fast that it could travel the distance between Earth and the Moon in just six minutes. Pulsars are superdense, rapidly spinning neutron stars left behind when a massive star explodes. This one, dubbed PSR J0002+6216 (J0002 for short), sports a radio-emitting tail pointing directly toward the expanding debris of a recent supernova explosion, NASA said in a statement. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US”Thanks to its narrow dart-like tail and a fortuitous viewing angle, we can trace this pulsar straight back to its birthplace,” said Frank Schinzel, a scientist at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) in the US. “Further study of this object will help us better understand how these explosions are able to ‘kick’ neutron stars to such high speed,” said Schinzel. Pulsar J0002 was discovered in 2017 by a citizen-science project called [email protected], which uses time on the computers of volunteers to process Fermi gamma-ray data. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsThanks to computer processing time collectively exceeding 10,000 years, the project has identified 23 gamma-ray pulsars to date, NASA said. Located about 6,500 light-years away in the constellation Cassiopeia, J0002 spins 8.7 times a second, producing a pulse of gamma rays with each rotation. The pulsar lies about 53 light-years from the centre of a supernova remnant called CTB 1. Its rapid motion through interstellar gas results in shock waves that produce the tail of magnetic energy and accelerated particles detected at radio wavelengths using the VLA. The tail extends 13 light-years and clearly points back to the centre of CTB 1. The team was able to measure how quickly and in what direction the pulsar is moving across our line of sight. The result supports the idea that the pulsar was kicked into high speed by the supernova responsible for CTB 1, which occurred about 10,000 years ago. J0002 is speeding through space five times faster than the average pulsar, and faster than 99 per cent of those with measured speeds. It will eventually escape our galaxy, researchers said. At first, the supernova’s expanding debris would have moved outward faster than J0002, but over thousands of years the shell’s interaction with interstellar gas produced a drag that gradually slowed this motion. Meanwhile, the pulsar, behaving more like a cannonball, steadily raced through the remnant, escaping it about 5,000 years after the explosion. Exactly how the pulsar was accelerated to such high speed during the supernova explosion remains unclear, and further study of J0002 will help shed light on the process. One possible mechanism involves instabilities in the collapsing star forming a region of dense, slow-moving matter that survives long enough to serve as a “gravitational tugboat,” accelerating the nascent neutron star toward it.last_img read more

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RBI cuts key interest rate by 025 pc to 6

first_imgMumbai: The Reserve Bank of India Thursday cut benchmark interest rate by 0.25 per cent for the second time in a row to bring interest rate to the lowest level in one year on softening inflation. The central bank, however, kept monetary policy stance at ‘neutral’. In the second policy review under Governor Shaktikanta Das, the six-member Monetary Policy Committee voted 4:2 in favour of the rate cut. The benchmark interest rate was cut by 0.25 per cent to 6 per cent, a move that will result in lower cost of borrowing for the banks that are expected to transmit the same to individuals and corporates. The RBI had on February 7 had last cut interest rate to 6.25 per cent from 6.5 per cent. Last time repo rate stood at 6 per cent was in April 2018. The rate cut is in consonance of achieving the medium term objective of maintaining inflation at the 4 per cent level while supporting growth, RBI said in a statement.last_img read more

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La Liga set for big finish despite Barcelona procession

first_imgMadrid: Barcelona might have their eighth title in 11 years all-but sewn up but, with six games left to play, La Liga is far from finished. Atletico Madrid are battling city rivals Real Madrid for bragging rights and second place while Sevilla, Getafe and Valencia are in a three-way scrap for the last Champions League spot. Real Betis, Athletic Bilbao and Alaves could all make the Europa League, and at the other end of the table, seven clubs are facing the threat of relegation, with five of them separated by only three points. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhHere, AFP Sports takes a look at what is left to play for ahead of round 33 this weekend. Barcelona sit nine points clear of Atletico and will be confirmed as champions later this month if they beat Real Sociedad on Saturday, Alaves and then Levante at Camp Nou on April 27. The title could be wrapped up sooner if Atletico slip up, with Diego Simeone’s side away to Eibar on Saturday before a tricky game at home to Valencia next week. Ernesto Valverde is likely to rest players to keep them fresh for their Champions League semi-final against Liverpool but it is important to maintain momentum too, not only for those two legs but also the Copa del Rey final against Valencia next month. Barca have a treble in their sights. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterFinishing ahead of Real Madrid for a second consecutive year might not make up for Atletico’s early exit from the Champions League or their timid title challenge but it would still be an impressive achievement for a club that continues to punch above its weight. For Real and Zinedine Zidane, making up the four-point gap would be scant consolation for a miserable season that cannot end soon enough. They play at home to in-form Athletic Bilbao on Sunday, when focus will again be on Zidane’s selections and any clues as to who might stay or go in the summer. Gareth Bale, left out against Leganes on Monday, looks likely to be on his way. They were title challengers in November, doubtful to make the top four in March and now Sevilla are favourites to take the final Champions League spot ahead of Getafe, whom they visit on Sunday. Four wins, including one over rivals Real Betis last weekend, and a draw since Joaquin Caparros swapped his role as sporting director for coach has put Sevilla one point ahead of Getafe, whose own challenge will go down as one of the most remarkable stories of the season. Valencia are only three points back and will profit whatever the result at Coliseum Alfonso Perez, as long as they win on Sunday away at Betis. That qualifying for the Europa League might end up as something of a disappointment for Getafe speaks volumes for their season but, as well as Valencia, in contention for the top six are also Athletic Bilbao, Alaves and Betis. Bilbao were facing a relegation battle after winning only one game before December but a surge under new coach Gaizka Garitano means they are now only three points off sixth. Alaves were fighting for the top four only a few weeks ago but have tailed off while Betis might have to beat Valencia this weekend to keep their hopes of a European place alive. Huesca look doomed at the bottom of the table and Rayo Vallecano, five points adrift of safety, may have left themselves with too much to do, even if they win at home to Huesca on Saturday. But three points separates Real Valladolid in 18th and Girona in 14th, with Villarreal, Levante and Celta Vigo in between. Valladolid have the most to do while Girona are highest but arguably in the worst form, closely followed by Levante, who still have Real Madrid and Atletico to play. Villarreal have a knack of self-destructing but should survive and Celta seemingly cannot win without Iago Aspas, although he is back from suspension on Saturday, for a crunch game at home to Girona. Fixtures (times GMT) Friday: Alaves v Valladolid (2000) Saturday: Celta Vigo v Girona (1200), Eibar v Atletico Madrid (1515), Rayo Vallecano v Huesca (1730), Barcelona v Real Sociedad (1945) Sunday: Levante v Espanyol (1100), Getafe v Sevilla (1300), Real Madrid v Athletic Bilbao (1515), Villarreal v Leganes (1730), Real Betis v Valencia (1945).last_img read more

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Tiger Woods May Not Get A Better Shot At Another Green Jacket

2007Zach Johnson613016460513 2011Charl Schwartzel224564199620 Strokes gained tee-to-green was the top category (or tied for the top) for 46 percent of the Masters winners over that span,2No other category was above 38 percent. and 62 percent of winners ranked among the Top 10 in the statistic — like Woods does this year. (This is consistent with my previous research that driving distance and approach accuracy are the two secret weapons players can possess at Augusta, causing them to play better in the Masters than their overall scoring average would predict.)I haven’t mentioned Tiger’s putting numbers yet, and with good reason. Woods used to be the greatest putter in the world, but so far this season he ranks just 74th in strokes gained with the flatstick, adding only 0.19 shots above average per round. Last year, he was better — 48th on tour — though he still wasn’t the putting maestro who once showed me and countless others the fundamentals of a great stroke. However, Augusta has frequently seen putters who rank far worse than Woods win during the era of detailed PGA Tour tracking data. (In fact, more than half of qualified Masters winners since 2004 have ranked worse than 78th in putting.) Putting performance is so random from year to year — much less from tournament to tournament or even round to round — that it’s a lot easier for a good tee-to-green player to get hot on the green for a weekend than for a good putter to suddenly have an uncharacteristically amazing weekend off the tee.Because of all this, it’s not hard to understand why Woods is a strong 12-to-1 bet to win the Masters. But it’s also not hard to imagine that this could be the 43-year-old’s last, best chance to win another green jacket. Using our research on historical major winners from a few years ago, here’s what the aging curve for championship golfers looks like: Average34.531.970.018.486.121.2 Masters winners do their best work from tee to greenStrokes gained rankings by category for Masters Tournament winners during the seasons they won, 2004-18 2018Patrick Reed104742297224 2009Ángel Cabrera3748169636351 YearMasters WinnerOff TeeApproachAround GreenTee to GreenPuttingTotal 2014Bubba Watson2476371098 2008Trevor Immelman116501131191113 As the world’s greatest golfers convene in Augusta, Georgia, this week for the Masters, it’s time for every sports fan’s annual rite of spring: wild speculation about whether Tiger Woods can add a fifth green jacket to his closet. Picking Woods used to be a trendy bet; then it began to feel like a totally futile exercise. Well after he last won the event in 2005, there was a period when Woods was in the news constantly for everything except golf success. In fact, it wasn’t too long ago that Woods’s relevance as a winning golfer seemed finished, along with his bid to chase down Jack Nicklaus’s record for all-time majors won.But that all changed last season, when Woods put everything back together again to finish eighth on the PGA Tour money list and win the season-ending Tour Championship in September. Now Woods is back, in his best position in years to win another Masters. According to VegasInsider, Woods has the third-best odds of any player to win this weekend; he’s also playing even more inspired golf than he did during last year’s comeback campaign. But at age 43, will this be one of Woods’s last chances to win at Augusta before his days of being a viable champion are over?Certainly, Tiger has been outplaying many of his much younger rivals these past few seasons. Since the end of his lost 2017 campaign, Woods ranks sixth among qualified1Minimum 30 total rounds measured by ShotLink, the PGA Tour’s real-time scoring system. PGA Tour players in total strokes gained per round, trailing only Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas, Justin Rose, Rory McIlroy and Tommy Fleetwood. He’s mostly regained his old mastery of irons on approach shots and still has some of the game’s best feel for shots around the green. In terms of strokes gained, Woods is picking up 1.67 shots (relative to the average player) per round so far in 2019, an even better mark than the 1.60 he posted last season — which itself was easily his best performance in five years.One of the most impressive aspects of Woods’s early play this season has been improved accuracy off the tee. According to the PGA Tour, Woods has hit 65.2 percent of possible fairways on his drives this season, which ranks 54th out of 214 qualified players. That might not sound amazing, but by Woods’s standards, it is ultraprecise accuracy. Last year, he hit only 59.4 percent of fairways, which ranked him 127th, and he struggled to break 55 percent over the four injury-plagued seasons before that. (Even during his really great pre-scandal/injury seasons, hitting fairways was an Achilles’ heel. In 2007, when he made the most money playing golf of his career, Woods ranked 152nd in driving accuracy and failed to hit 60 percent of fairways.) When Woods is scuffling, the first indication is often a wayward drive that requires subsequent artistry just to make par.With the help of that improved accuracy, Woods now ranks 72nd in strokes gained on drives this year — he was 100th last year — and ninth in strokes gained from the tee to the green, picking up 1.48 shots per round before ever setting his spikes on the putting surface. Classic Tiger was always a tee-to-green monster, ranking either first or second in the category every healthy season from 2006 to 2013, so his strong performance in that category this year is another signal that Woods is returning to vintage form.It’s also a very good sign for his chances at Augusta. That’s because, as Todd Schneider wrote about for FiveThirtyEight a few years ago, the Masters often comes down to a player’s skills with the long clubs — contrary to the tournament’s reputation for being a putting contest.Great PGA Tour players generally assert themselves most on approach shots and drives anyway, gaining about 4 strokes relative to average from tee to green for every extra shot they pick up on putts. But the recent history of Masters winners also suggests that a great long game is the true prerequisite for winning the green jacket. The average winner since strokes gained was first tracked in 2004 (excluding the 2016 and 2017 winners, Danny Willett and Sergio Garcia, because they lacked enough PGA Tour rounds to qualify for official leaderboards) ranked only about 86th in putting performance per round but 35th in strokes gained off the tee, 32nd in strokes gained on approach shots and 18th in total strokes gained from tee to green. 2015Jordan Spieth15117492 2013Adam Scott21677510811 PGA Tour Rank 2017Sergio García—————— 2010Phil Mickelson66532513312 Garcia and Willett didn’t play enough rounds to qualify for the PGA Tour’s rankings during their Masters-winning seasons.Source: PGAtour.com 2004Phil Mickelson7224351289 2005Tiger Woods44128451 2012Bubba Watson1598431606 2016Danny Willett—————— 2006Phil Mickelson124664405 That spike in wins for players in their early 40s came from 42-year-olds Ernie Els, Darren Clarke, Payne Stewart, Tom Kite and Gary Player, and it was the last actual uptick on the chart — and Woods is now on the wrong side of it. Jack Nicklaus famously won his final major at age 46, but most great golfers are largely done winning by their early to mid-40s. And the game has only gotten younger in the twilight of Woods’s career; while the average major-winner in our data set above (through 2014) was 31.9, that number is just 29.6 in the years since. With his own early career dominance and popularity, Woods has inspired a younger generation of gifted golfers that he now must do battle with.Woods is a special talent and in the conversation for the greatest golfer ever.3Even though most fans still give Nicklaus the nod. He’s playing as well heading into Augusta as he has in a long time and excelling in exactly the right categories. But between aging effects and his own injury history, he may never have a better shot at winning another Masters than he does right now. Once upon a time, Tiger was legendary for pouncing on every opportunity left in front of him. 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Ohio State Pride Night aims to raise awareness advocacy for LGBT Community

“You can play,” was the message some fans sported on their shirts during the Ohio State men’s hockey team’s second annual Pride Night.Executive Director of the You Can Play Project and former NFL player, Wade Davis, spoke Saturday at the Schottenstein Center before the Ohio State men’s hockey team (11-6-1, 1-2-1) took on Michigan State (6-10-3, 0-2-2).You Can Play is an organization that seeks to bring equality, respect and safety to all athletes regardless of their sexual orientation. Before the game, which ended in a 1-1 tie with Michigan State winning the shootout, Davis spoke about the challenges he faced as a gay athlete.“I didn’t have the courage to exist in the world as I really was,” Davis said. “The safest place for me was with my teammates because I wasn’t thinking about the idea that I was gay.”It was that mindset that led Davis to his involvement with You Can Play. Davis said that when it comes to sports, one’s race, gender, ethnicity or sexual orientation should not matter.“You Can Play addresses the idea that athletes really don’t care about your sexuality,” Davis said. “They only care about if you can help the team win.”The Board Room in the basement of the Schottenstein Center filled up at 5 p.m. with hockey fans, students and families who came out to support OSU’s partnership with Gay Hockey Ohio in an effort to show the university’s commitment to ensure equality amongst all athletes. At Pride Night, Davis spoke about how his experience being open about his orientation as an athlete has been both “liberating and awful.”“There is a common misconception that sports culture is a culture that is really homophobic, but actually in a lot of ways, sports is one of the few places where athletes are used to dealing with someone who is different,” Davis said.Pride Night aimed to raise awareness and advocacy among both athletes and students at OSU through team videos expressing support of the You Can Play Project.A video message from Mayor Michael Coleman played on the jumbotron opened the game in support of the project and OSU’s decision to promote the program.“Tonight is about our sportsmanship and the strength and diversity of our community. These are values we embrace and honor right here in Columbus,” Coleman said in the video. “I take pleasure that we celebrate this kind of diversity.”Davis said a huge idea that You Can Play stresses to athletes is that they need to treat each other with respect regardless of their sexual orientation in order to help other athletes play freely and openly.There was also a silent auction held prior to the game to help raise money for the project. A hockey stick signed by current Columbus Blue Jackets goalie Sergei Bobrovsky and other signed merchandise was available to purchase.Brooke Cartus, a second-year law student at OSU’s Moritz College of Law, said OSU is the first Big Ten university to host a pride night. Cartus is the co-chair of The Outlaws, an organization within Moritz that seeks to understand legal issues that affect the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities. She called the organization “an opportunity for open communication and education.”Ben Brown, a first-year in agricultural engineering, supported the project along with many other students who attended the hockey game.“If you have a love for the sport, it shouldn’t matter your orientation and if you’re good at the sport, it shouldn’t matter,” Brown said. read more

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