Tiger ready to roar again at Dunlop Phoenix

first_imgMIYAZAKI – Tiger Woods will be looking to reproduce the kind of performance that helped end his longest drought since turning professional when he begins his defense of the Dunlop Phoenix title on Thursday.Woods’ eight-shot victory at last year’s tournament, his first in Japan, halted a run of 20 straight stroke-play events without a win and put him back on track to return to the top of the world. GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5center_img The 29-year-old world No. 1 reclaimed top spot in the money rankings by beating Phil Mickelson at the Ford Championship at Doral in March and has captured six titles this year, including two majors — the Masters and the British Open.After second-place finishes in his last two events at the Tour Championship and last week’s HSBC Champions in Shanghai, Woods was confident he could win at Phoenix Country Club in the southern Japanese resort of Miyazaki.“It would be nice. I’m starting to play a little bit better. Some of the things I’ve been working on this fall are starting to come together, which is exciting,” Woods told reporters Wednesday.“Last week (in Shanghai) I hit the ball very well but just didn’t quite make enough putts. Hopefully with the greens being a little bit faster and smoother I can hit the ball the same as last week and make a few putts,” added the 10-time major winner.This year’s event has a stronger field with New Zealander Michael Campbell, who shattered Woods’ hopes of an annual grand slam with a two-stroke victory at the U.S. Open, European No. 1 Colin Montgomery and American Jim Furyk also appearing at the 200 million yen tournament.“Certainly we have got more major championship winners here and the field’s gotten stronger and I think this is going to be a wonderful tournament,” said Woods.“It’s a great tournament each and every year. When you look at the past champions list it’s a pretty impressive list. This year certainly with the field being this deep you would expect it to be tough defending the tournament.”The Dunlop Phoenix is the richest tournament in Japan and the winner will take home 40 million yen on Sunday. last_img read more

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Bembry has career-high 33 points in Saint Joseph’s 82-71 win

first_imgAMHERST, Mass. (AP) — DeAndre Bembry scored a career-high 33 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to lead Saint Joseph’s over Massachusetts 82-71 on Wednesday night.Isaiah Miles added 15 points for the Hawks (12-15, 6-9 Atlantic 10), who snapped a three-game losing streak and won on the road for the first time in nine away games. Bembry scored in double figures for the 24th game in picking up his fifth double-double.Cady Lalanne scored 14 points and had 13 rebounds for his 12th double-double this season to lead the Minutemen (16-12, 9-6), who have lost three straight following a six-game winning streak.The Hawks shot 47.4 percent and were 9 of 13 for 69.2 percent from the 3-point arc. The Minutemen shot just 33.8 percent.The Hawks led 76-71 with 1:24 left before Bembry scored on a layup and dunk and Chris Wilson added two free throws for the final score.last_img read more

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Treadwell will be ‘full go’ by fall, Freeze gives other injury updates

first_imgLaquon TreadwellLaquon TreadwellOXFORD – Hugh Freeze spent most of his time on the Southeastern Conference spring football teleconference running down a long and winding list of injuries. At one point, Ole Miss’ coach stopped midsentence to ask, “Who am I forgetting?”The build of injuries, especially along the offensive line and at wide receiver, certainly hampered some of the Rebels’ progress during spring practice. But Freeze seemed optimistic most will be back in time for fall camp – most notably wideout Laquon Treadwell. Treadwell, who dislocated his ankle and fractured his fibula when lunging into the endzone against Auburn, called himself “85 percent” healthy this spring. He was held out of all contact drills, but got some work running routes on air. Freeze said he expects Treadwell, a projected first round draft pick in next year’s NFL Draft, to be “full go” by fall camp. “We’ll put him in some contact. You have to. It won’t be every day. It will certainly be guarded,” Freeze said. “But he’s got to be back to feeling comfortable and playing in this league, with how physical it is. We held him out in spring. That should give him enough extra time. We think he’ll be full go when camp starts.” Freeze also provided an update on Laremy Tunsil, whose path to recovery is almost one month behind Treadwell’s. The All-American left tackle suffered the exact same injuries in Ole Miss’ Peach Bowl loss to TCU. Freeze said the training staff sent him video on Monday of Tunsil running for the first time. Tunsil entered spring camp still on crutches, then was placed in a walking boot for the final two weeks. “He looked good. We’re very optimistic,” Freeze said. “Doctors feel like everything is healing nicely.” So are most of the other injured offensive linemen, Freeze said. At one point during spring, the Rebels practiced with just eight healthy offensive linemen. They finally got to 10 healthy options just in time for the Grove Bowl. Freeze said Daronte Bouldin has been cleared after having shoulder surgery in the offseason. The rest of the once-walking-wounded offensive front won’t be far behind him. Sean Rawlings will be cleared in a week. Robert Conyers had a second knee surgery to repair a torn meniscus this spring and is expect back within the month. Aaron Morris still has a month left before he’ll be released to start running on his injured knee. However, Freeze said sophomore Davion Johnson’s football-playing days are probably over after battling through concussions during his career. “We certainly wish we had a healthy spring with the offensive line. We got to get those guys healthy,” Freeze said. “They’ll play a big part to our success this year, along with our quarterback play. We’re very confident in the fact that the ones we had out there for our 15 days (pf spring practice) got better.”last_img read more

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Men’s college basketball: Late surge lifts Nicholls over Northwestern State

first_imgNATCHITOCHES – Northwestern State fought back from a 10-point deficit to grab a lead midway through the second half, but Nicholls finished stronger and recorded a 78-72 win Wednesday night in the Southland Conference basketball opener for both teams at Prather Coliseum. “We didn’t rebound like we needed to down the stretch. We did some good things. Our pressure defense created some problems. Vonte Ott, Brandon Hutton, Malik Metoyer, Brian White and whoever we had in the post with them created havoc, but we didn’t get enough points out of that,” said McConathy. Doug Ireland The Demons missed four shots, three of them behind the 3-point arc, and had a turnover in a minute-long stretch as the Colonels secured the win. Ishmael Lane led the Demons with 14 points and nine rebounds. Jacob Guest nailed four 3-pointers for a  career-high 12 points while freshman point guard Brian White, playing in only his third collegiate game, scored 10 and had three assists with no turnovers in 28 minutes. NSU sank 15 of 18 first-half free throws to offset 29 percent overall shooting, but got to the free throw line only five times afterward. Nicholls, after just six first-half free throw tries, sank 13 of 16 in the final 20 minutes to hold off the Demons. “Our intensity level was a lot, lot better than it has been recently,” said McConathy. “We’re knocking on the door, but didn’t take advantage. Maybe we were pressing too hard, wanting to win so badly, and it didn’t pan out. We’ll hopefully learn from this and be better here on Saturday.” Brandon Moore had a double-double for the visitors with 16 points and a game-best 13 rebounds. Jeremiah Johnson scored 11. Nicholls, winning its third straight, got a game-high 24 points from Gavin Peppers, who bombed in 5 of 9 on 3-pointers. He scored 19 by halftime as the Colonels led 43-38 after being up 39-29 on one of his treys. Northwestern State Assistant Athletic Director/Media Relations “We’re not yet in the position of being confident and comfortable about what we need to do down the stretch,” said NSU coach Mike McConathy, whose team lost for the first time in four games. “Brandon Moore did an unbelievable job for Nicholls, just wore us out. He kept them in the game when we had a chance to stretch it out,” said McConathy. “They did a really nice job of taking advantage of what they had and they made baskets down the stretch with the game on the line. Each team had 41 rebounds and 11 turnovers. Nicholls shot 43 percent overall to 38 percent for NSU. The Colonels (8-6) hit four straight shots to overtake the Demons (5-9) and never trailed in the final 5:13 on the strength of a decisive 11-2 run. Northwestern closed within 71-69 with 1:22 remaining on Malik Metoyer’s driving dunk, but the visitors scored seven unanswered to prevail. The Demons play at home Saturday at 3 against McNeese, which opened league play with a victory at Incarnate Word to go to 5-9 overall. The women’s teams will begin Saturday’s doubleheader with a 1 p.m. contest at Prather Coliseum.Top Expat InsuranceExpat Living in Hong Kong without Health Insurance?Top Expat Insurance|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTheTopFiveVPNThe Secret Netflix Doesn’t Want You To Know To Unblock RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPN|SponsoredSponsoredUndoAspireAbove.comRemember Abby from NCIS? Take A Deep Breath Before You See How She Looks NowAspireAbove.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndoPerfect-Dating.comAre You Ready to Meet Cool Guys in Tung Chung?Perfect-Dating.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTheTopFiveVPNThe Trick Netflix Doesn’t Want You To Know To Unlock RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPN|SponsoredSponsoredUndoCelebsland.com9 Celebrity Before-And-After Plastic Surgery DisastersCelebsland.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndolast_img read more

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Jason Dietrich not the right fit for Mississippi State

first_imgJohn Cohen's search for a replacement for Butch Thompson continues.John Cohen’s search for a replacement for Butch Thompson continues.STARKVILLE — Jason Dietrich is no longer a candidate to replace former Mississippi State pitching coach Butch Thompson, the Clarion-Ledger confirmed on Monday.Sources told the Clarion-Ledger that the two parties held conversations Monday morning regarding the MSU’s vacant pitching coach opening. After the talks, Mississippi State and Dietrich decided the partnership wouldn’t have been the best fit.Dietrich, Cal State Fullerton’s pitching coach, flew into Starkville on Friday. He departed without signing a deal.Multiple media outlets reported last week that Dietrich and Mississippi State had to agreed to terms. The Clarion-Ledger could only confirm that Dietrich was MSU’s top choice to fill the void at pitching coach.Dietrich spent the last three seasons at Call State Fullerton. The Titans advanced to the College World Series last year built on a staff ERA of 2.89, which was the worse during his three-year tenure.Dietrich built his career on the west coast. Prior to Cal State Fullerton, he worked as the pitching coach for UC Irvine. He coached the Anteaters for five seasons. Prior to his stint in Irvine, Dietrich was the recruiting coordinator for UC Los Angeles, a Division II school. He also coached in the junior college ranks at Los Angeles City College.His only experience outside of the west coast came in 2004 and 2005 with the Hyannis Mets in the Cape Cod League.Thompson took the head coaching job at Auburn last week after spending the last seven years at Mississippi State.Contact Michael Bonner at mbonner@jackson.gannett.com. Follow @MikeBBonner on Twitter.last_img read more

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Palace v Chelsea: Remy starts

first_imgLoic Remy starts for Chelsea at Crystal Palace, who are without injured defender Scott Dann.Remy gets a chance to impress because Diego Costa continues to struggle with an ongoing hamstring complaint. Didier Drogba is among the Blues substitutes, as is youngster Dominic Solanke. Crystal Palace: Speroni, Kelly, Hangeland, Delaney, Ward, Bolasie, Jedinak, McArthur, Ledley, Puncheon, Campbell.Subs: Mariappa, Guedioura, Doyle, Zaha, Hennessey, Gayle, Chamakh. Chelsea: Courtois; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Matic, Fabregas; Willian, Oscar, Hazard; Remy.Subs: Cech, Zouma, Filipe Luis, Mikel, Salah, Drogba, Solanke.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Brighton reject offer from Russia for midfielder, case getting interesting

first_imgBefore we start writing another big story about Alexis Mac Allister, we better recall what has happened in the past few moths. Brighton signed the player on a €8m deal in January. Since he couldn’t get a work permit, the Seagulls left him at his club Argentinos Juniors for six more months.The loan spell has now come to an end, and Mac Allister still can’t get work permit. In fact, his father has admitted that the process to get a EU passport hasn’t even started, and could take a year.That’s why several clubs started pursuing him, including Boca Juniors, Racing, Independiente and Estudiantes. And yesterday, it was reported the La Bombonera had agreed to have him for one year.Embed from Getty ImagesNow Argentine newspaper Olé comes up with a few more details of what has been happening.They say that despite the ‘yes’, Brighton and Boca Juniors will discuss this weekend how much of his salary each club will pay, and also if there will be a buying option in the contract.Olé also reports that Russian side Spartak Moscow have made a ‘multimillionaire offer’ to land the player. It’s not claimed if it was for a loan or a permanent deal, but either way, Brighton chose to keep the midfielder in Argentina, ‘prioritising’ the sporting factor.by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksTrending TodayForge of Empires – Free Online GameIf You Like to Play, this City-Building Game is a Must-Have. No Install.Forge of Empires – Free Online GameUndo聽多多 Hearmore.asia1969年前出生的香港居民現可免費試戴頂尖的歐洲助聽器聽多多 Hearmore.asiaUndoDating.comThe Most Handsome Men In Hong Kong On This Dating SiteDating.comUndo熱門話題小心會長過頭…網友推爆:「真的長得超誇張!」熱門話題UndoRaid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadEven Non-Gamers Are Obsessed With This RPG Game (It’s Worth Installing!)Raid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadUndoMisterStocksThese Hilarious Photos Were Captured On The SubwayMisterStocksUndoKeto减肥1個簡單的妙招一夜「融化」腹部贅肉(今晚試試)Keto减肥UndoSmart Tech TrendOver 55? You Have to Try Those Revolutionary Glasses!Smart Tech TrendUndoInstant Voice Translator43 Languages Instant Voice Translator Flying Off Shelves in Hong KongInstant Voice TranslatorUndolast_img read more

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Stamen Belchev: CSKA is 90% ready, the new ones are great!

first_imgStamen Belchev shared his expectations for the new season. The coach of CSKA is adamant that the new additions are great players.“The preparation went well, under very good conditions in Pancharevo. My expectations are to show perseverance in the game, to be dominant on the field in all matches. and make a good finish.CSKA confirmed the reduction of tickets for the first match of the new seasonSee what they wrote on the club’s official website The new ones are great players. They just need a little more time to show their true potential. Are more new ones expected? Yes, a matter of time and arrangements. If they can agree, we will most likely have new additions. There were three controls. At this stage they are sufficient. Are we ready, I think there is always something to be desired. We are 90% ready. Whenever there is an audience in the stands, it is good for football and for us. The players are ready. The most important thing is for each of them to show their true potential and I am sure that things will be fine.. CSKA has very good players. You don’t have to change a lot of things. In the short time we work together, I certainly have a lot of requirements – especially to be more compact, better organization and lasting control of the ball.The important thing is to win. The fact that we scored three goals is a joy for everyone. I hope we continue in this spirit, but there is always something to improve in the game and not to be satisfied with what has been achieved “, Belchev commented. Petar Zhekov: Ljupko and Kruscic only interfered! CSKA must start with a victory!“The other team will not dare to call during the first match”last_img read more

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Trinidad & Tobago Central Bank predicts tight belts for 2016

first_imgIn its first Monetary Policy Announcement for 2016, the CBTT noted that crude oil and natural gas production fell during October to November 2015 for the Caribbean country, “with the slippage in gas output in particular continuing to negatively impact the downstream industries.”In June last year, oil was being sold in excess of US$100 on the global market, but the price has since plummeted to just over US$30, forcing the government to warn about tighter measures to deal with the significant loss of revenue.The CBTT said “available data over this period also allude to tepid activity in some of the non-energy sectors, most notably distribution and construction.“Although there have been recent reports of lay-offs across the construction, manufacturing and energy sectors, labor market conditions still appear broadly favorable, with demand for low to semi-skilled workers remaining relatively buoyant.” The Central Bank of Trinidad and Tobago in Port of Spain. Low oil prices could further affect economy The Central Bank of Trinidad and Tobago (CBTT) says the persistence of low oil prices on the global markets “suggests that fiscal stimulus to the economy is likely to be severely constrained in coming months.”last_img read more

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