Mitsuka holds on for first win

first_img IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES RIFU, Miyagi Pref. – Tour rookie Yuko Mitsuka hung on to her overnight lead by shooting a 71 to win her first career title with a one-shot victory at the Miyagi TV Dunlop Ladies Open on Sunday. Mitsuka, who stormed into the lead after a second-round 66, carded two birdies and a bogey while fighting off a late charge by Tomoko Kusakabe for a winning total of 8-under-par 208 on the Rifu Golf Club course. Mitsuka kept herself in front with birdies on both of the front-nine par-5s — at Nos. 2 and 8 — before dropping a shot at the ninth. “I have been too nervous to sleep and eat well since last night and I can’t even remember how I played all day,” Mitsuka said.last_img read more

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Alaska’s “Walk For Apraxia” Going Virtual In September

first_imgThe funds raised through the Alaska Walk for Apraxia benefit Apraxia Kids, the leading nonprofit that works to strengthen the support systems in the lives of children with childhood apraxia of speech. This organization educates both families and speech-language professionals, endorses evidence based research, and spreads awareness about this disorder so that children can reach their highest communication potential through accurate diagnosis and appropriate, timely treatment. Information on how to attend the 2020 Alaska Walk for Apraxia can be found online. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Apraxia Kids will host the 2020 Alaska Virtual Walk for Apraxia to continue the efforts of supporting children, families, and professionals affected by childhood apraxia of speech. Registered participants will have the opportunity to view the privately released virtual ceremony on September 5 and are encouraged to spread awareness by walking in their own local areas. All Walk for Apraxia events in North America were changed to a virtual experience to ensure the health and safety of all participants.center_img Childhood apraxia of speech is a motor speech disorder that makes it difficult for children to speak. Children with this diagnosis generally have a good understanding of language and know what they want to say, but have difficulty learning or carrying out the complex sequenced movements that are necessary for intelligible speech. There is no cure and treatment often requires many years of intense speech therapy. Sarah White, Chair of the Board for Apraxia Kids discusses how their organization has had to adapt during the COVID-19 emergency: “Our 45 online support groups on Facebook are active and providing parents with a safe and supportive outlet for asking questions, sharing frustrations, and offering hope. We continue to share resources across social media, including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Articles, downloads, and webinars are available to help parents and children work towards speech goals while staying at home. We are developing new content as quickly as we can while continuing to ensure that the information we share is evidence-based and accurate. Our staff is working harder than ever to support you from the safety of their homes.”last_img read more

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2019 Africa Games: Rabat Agog For Opening Ceremony

first_imgThe opening ceremony of the 2019 African Games will hold later today at the Prince Moulay Abdellah Stadium in Rabat, signifying the commencement of Africa’s version of the Olympics.Although events such as beach volleyball, football and judo have already taken place, Tuesday, 20 August marks the first proper day of competition with boxing, handball, rowing, snooker and table tennis all scheduled to begin at the tournament which will run until 31 August.Morocco offered to host the Games when Equatorial Guinea pulled out over financial problems last year and thus marked their return after a politically motivated 40-year absence stemming from their ban – lifted in 2017 – by the African Union in 1978 over a territorial dispute over Western Sahara. Rabat 2019 general manager Abdellatif Obbad told Radio France International: “Considering the time we had to organise and welcome all these countries- it is a big operation. It is a challenge that we have embraced, and we will succeed.”A record 7,000 athletes from 54 nations are expected to compete in 26 sports with the following events – Athletics, rowing, canoeing, karate, swimming, weightlifting, beach volleyball, tennis, cycling, judo, wrestling, taekwondo, table tennis, fencing, sports shooting, archery, badminton and triathlon serving as qualifiers for next year’s Olympic Games in Tokyo. Nigeria will be represented by 462 athletes and officials at the Games with the country competing in athletics, football, table tennis, tennis, wrestling, weightlifting, badminton, judo, beach volleyball, boxing, canoe-kayak, chess, cycling, gymnastics, golf, handball, karate, rowing, shooting, swimming, basketball, handball and taekwondo.At the Brazzaville games in 2015, Nigeria fielded 573 athletes and officials in 21 sports as the country finished second with 47 gold, 55 silver and 42 bronze medals behind Egypt which had 85 gold, 64 silver and 65 bronze medals. Already, Morocco leads the medal table with a total of 10 medals made up of 2 gold, 4 silver and 4 bronze medals.Nigeria has so far recorded a 1-1 draw against Burkina Faso in the men’s football event last Friday while the women spanked South Africa 3-0 a day later. In the beach volley event, both male and female teams fell at the quarter-final hurdle.Seventeen venues will be used in total, with the cities of Casablanca, El Jadida and Khemisset playing hosts to athletes alongside Rabat. The closing ceremony on 31 August will also be staged at the Prince Moulay Abdellah Stadium in Rabat.RelatedSuper Falcons Qualify For 2019 All Africa GamesFebruary 18, 2019In “Africa”12th All-Africa Games: Aigbogun Picks 18 for Rabat 2019August 12, 2019In “Africa”2019 African Games: Nigeria Volleyball Federation Lists Four For Beach VolleyballAugust 15, 2019In “Volleyball”last_img read more

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Chelsea have to settle for point at Everton

first_imgSee also:Everton v Chelsea player ratingsConte stands by team selection after Chelsea draw Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook Chelsea had to settle for a point despite dominating the game at Goodison Park. In a one-sided first half, Everton defender Phil Jagielka produced goal-line clearances to deny Tiemoue Bakayoko and then Willian after Marcos Alonso had delivered a great cross from the left. As the visitors continued to press, Everton keeper Jordan Pickford kept out a shot from Pedro, who also dragged an effort wide of the target.The one-way traffic continued after the interval and Chelsea were again denied by a goal-line clearance, this time by Ashley Williams, who prevented Alonso scoring from the rebound after Pickford had saved Pedro’s low shot.And Williams had a lucky escape when he headed Victor Moses’ right-wing cross against his own bar.Having been under pressure for most of the game, Everton almost snatched a victory when the excellent Michael Keane headed over in injury time.Chelsea: Courtois; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Rudiger; Moses (Zappacosta 80), Kante, Bakayoko, Alonso; Willian (Batshuayi 71), Hazard, Pedro (Fabregas 63). Subs not used: Caballero, Drinkwater, Cahill, Hudson-Odoi.center_img Embed from Getty ImagesEverton 0 Chelsea 0last_img read more

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Reading v QPR player ratings

first_imgQPR were unlucky in a 1-0 defeat at Reading. Here’s how we rated each R’s player. Joe Lumley: 7Beaten by a cracking strike from John Swift. Produced a double save in the first half and in the second did well to push away a shot from Lucas João.Todd Kane: 6Offered little of note before a superb injury-time cross which nearly led to an equaliser by Jordan Hugill.AdChoices广告Grant Hall: 7Had a decent game at the back but missed a good chance to score when he headed wide in the second half.Toni Leistner: 6Steady alongside Hall. Kept things simple and was imposing in the air.Ryan Manning: 6Quiet before getting forward to good effect during a second-half rally by Rangers.Geoff Cameron: 5Nowhere near effective enough in midfield, where Charlie Adam pulled the strings for Reading and the home side were frequently able to attack Rangers’ back four with relative ease. Luke Amos: 6Unable to impose himself but showed flashes of his ability, including a fine ball out to the right to Kane.Bright Osayi-Samuel: 5Exciting – but this game showed he still has improving to do. Wasteful, giving away possession a number of times, and his failure to tee up Jordan Hugill soon enough led to the striker being offside when he netted after eventually receiving the ball. But Osayi-Samuel did manage to find Ebere Eze when Rangers very nearly equalised after the pair combined.Marc Pugh: 5Offered very little before going off and arguably does not have the legs at this stage of his career to play in the role he was deployed in behind Jordan Hugill.Ebere Eze: 7Not at his best but still QPR’s stand-out player. An outrageous piece of skill after combining with Osayi-Samuel deserved a goal but Eze was denied by a goal-line clearance on a frustrating night.Jordan Hugill: 7The unfortunate Hugill had a goal disallowed and, in injury time, smashed Kane’s cross straight at the face of keeper Raphael Cabral. A goal would have been a just reward for a hardworking display up front, where he was often isolated, although he arguably should have done better when he was denied by Raphael when following up after Ilias Chair hit the bar.Ilias Chair: 7Did well after coming and was desperately unlucky when his shot from near the edge of the penalty area struck the woodwork after he had controlled the ball beautifully.Matt Smith: 6Neat and tidy after coming on for Cameron. See also:Unlucky QPR suffer defeat at Reading’Heated words’ after QPR defeat – WarburtonRangel to be assessed ahead of Hull gameWarburton eyes loan signings and predicts ‘very low-key’ January for QPR Embed from Getty Images Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Lakes 8 volleyball: Muskegon Catholic wins first conference championship in school history

first_img Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. Fox Sports Go Displayed poorly Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. Share Displayed poorly Shop Now Sports Illustrated $19.29 Add Comments (Max 320 characters) Displayed poorly LocalSportsJournal.comThe Muskegon Catholic volleyball team took home the first conference championship in school history on Saturday after winning the Lakes 8 conference tournament.The Crusaders defeated Ludington (25-17, 21-25, 15-9) in the semifinals before defeating Manistee (25-16, 25-19, 25-22) in the finals.The tournament title, combined with the regular season standings, gave the Crusaders the league title.Zoie Price led Muskegon Catholic with 29 kills, 13 digs, and four blocks while Amelia Heminger added 64 assists. Calvinnae Simmons had 11 kills for Muskegon Catholic while Maria Sanocki and Caitlyn Fodrocy each had 13 digs.Muskegon Catholic is 26-14 overall.Western Michigan Christian finished second in the conference overall season and tournament results.The Warriors went 1-1 in tournament action on Saturday, losing to Manistee (20-25, 25-11, 13-15) but defeating Ludington (25-22, 25-21) in the third place match.Anna Sytsema led Western Michigan Christian with 12 kills, 13 digs, four blocks,and two aces while Chloe Mitchell had 33 assists, 11 digs, and two aces. Meghan Heiss had 26 digs for the Warriors while Anika Eenigenburg had six blocks.Western Michigan Christian is now 25-22-1 overall on the season.Ludington posted a 1-2 record in the tournament.The Orioles  defeated Muskegon Heights (25-9, 25-9) before falling to Muskegon Catholic (17-25, 25-21, 9-15) and Western Michigan Christian (22-25, 21-25).Abby Millspaugh led the Orioles with 13 kills on the day while Mackenzie Luce had six aces and 12 digs. Courtney Gerovac had 25 assists for Ludington. $20.00$233.61 Not relevant Add Comments (Max 320 characters) ENDS IN Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. $9.99 (8133) Other Inappropriate / Offensive Inappropriate / Offensive Bestseller Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. Share Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. Bestseller Not relevant Add Comments (Max 320 characters) Bestseller Report a problem This item is… Other Add Comments (Max 320 characters) Add Comments (Max 320 characters) DEAL OF THE DAY × $14.99 Report a problem This item is… Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. ENDS IN FOX Sports: Stream live NFL, College Footbal… $0.00 (832) (3879) NBC Sports DEAL OF THE DAY × × DEAL OF THE DAY Inappropriate / Offensive Report a problem This item is… Not relevant Other Not relevant × (32825) Bestseller ENDS IN Nuun Sport: Electrolyte Drink Tablets, Citru… Bestseller ENDS IN Displayed poorly DEAL OF THE DAY Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. Other Inappropriate / Offensive Other (5153) $0.00 ENDS IN 0 ENDS IN Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Special… Not relevant × Twelve Add Comments (Max 320 characters) Report a problem This item is… Bestseller × Inappropriate / Offensive Displayed poorly Report a problem This item is… Displayed poorly Report a problem This item is… Report a problem This item is… Other DEAL OF THE DAY (35309) Inappropriate / Offensive (1445) Other Other Displayed poorly Report a problem This item is… Not relevant Not relevant ENDS IN $22.99 Mail Lemedy Women Padded Sports Bra Fitness Wo… DEAL OF THE DAY Bestseller Add Comments (Max 320 characters) Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. × $0.00 ENDS IN Ads by Amazon DEAL OF THE DAY Inappropriate / Offensive DEAL OF THE DAY Displayed poorly Inappropriate / Offensive Not relevant (975) Add Comments (Max 320 characters) Shares Bestseller × Ads by Amazonlast_img read more

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“The Hitman’s Bodyguard” and “Logan Lucky” among this week’s new releases

first_img Related Lionsgate/Jack EnglishOpening nationwide on Friday:* The Hitman’s Bodyguard — Ryan Reynolds plays a bodyguard tasked with protecting his mortal enemy, a notorius hitman — played by Samuel L. Jackson — so he could testify at the International Court of Justice. Rated R.* Logan Lucky — Channing Tatum and Adam Driver star in this comedy about siblings who attempt to pull off an elaborate heist during a NASCAR race in North Carolina. Also starring Riley Keough, Katie Holmes and Daniel Craig. PG-13. Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMaticolast_img read more

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Five things from the Premier League

first_imgHere, AFP Sport looks at five talking points from Sunday’s action in the Premier League:Alexander-Arnold’s auctionTrent Alexander-Arnold’s Black Lives Matter boots. POOL/AFP/Shaun BotterillLiverpool right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold showed his support of Black Lives Matter by wearing boots with the movement’s name printed on them.The pair will be auctioned with profits going to the Nelson Mandela Foundation, according to broadcaster Sky Sports.Forgetful ManeSadio Mane takes a knee to prior to kick-off despite originally forgetting to do so. POOL/AFP/Jon SuperAs was the case throughout the Premier League this weekend, each match was proceeded with players taking a knee but Liverpool attacker Sadio Mano seemed to forget to do so.As the referee blew to kick off, Mane sprinted off the halfway line to start the game with the remaining 21 players on the field dropping to the ground.The former Southampton forward then stopped running before turning back to join in with his team-mates and opponents.Giroud’s Werner warningOlivier Giroud joined Chelsea from Arsenal in January 2018. POOL/AFP/Catherine IvillWorld Cup winner Giroud scored the winner as Chelsea moved five points clear of fifth-placed Manchester United with a 2-1 victory over Aston Villa.Earlier this week, Frank Lampard’s side announced RB Leipzig forward Werner will head to Stamford Bridge over the summer to challenge France’s Giroud for a starting spot.Giroud scored his third goal in four games, continuing his form from before the coronavirus break.If he keeps it up, he will put his hand to up to compete with the Germany striker who cost the Blues a reported 60 million euros ($67 million).Joelinton joyJoelinton (L) celebrated his first home Newcastle goal with Jamaal Lascelles and Miguel Almiron. POOL/AFP/LAURENCE GRIFFITHSBrazilian forward Joelinton joined Newcastle last July for a club record fee of 44 million euros ($49 million) having scored 11 goals and claimed nine assists for Hoffenheim, but had to wait until Sunday for his first goal at St James’ Park.The 23-year-old would have hoped to mark the moment in front of a packed Gallowgate End but was forced to celebrate just with his teammates at an almost empty ground.He placed the ball under his shirt and sucked his thumb, suggesting he had more than just breaking his home goal duck to celebrate.Spraying St James’Officials spray disinfectant at St James’ Park. POOL/AFP/LAURENCE GRIFFITHSStrict health regulations have been put in place at all English top-flight grounds since the campaign restarted last week and on Sunday cleaners appeared in full suits to disinfect St James’ Park.Staff in the white all-in-one outfits sprayed cleaning product on the ground, advertising boards and in the stands of the 52,000 capacity ground before and during the game.last_img read more

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Fiji beat South Africa to win Hong Kong Sevens title

first_imgHong Kong (AP) — Fiji won the Hong Kong Rugby Sevens for a record-extending 17th time last Sunday, beating South Africa 22-0 in a lopsided final to win their first tournament since the Rio Olympics.Still rebuilding after several senior players and their former coach Ben Ryan left after winning the Olympic gold medal, the South Pacific Islanders ended their lean run this season in spectacular fashion by claiming the most prestigious event on the World Series circuit for the third year in a row.Running their opponents ragged with a combination of power, pace and improvisation, Fiji opened up a 10-0 at halftime after tries from Sevuloni Mocenacagi and Mesulame Kunavula then put the result beyond doubt when Kalione Nasoko crossed twice more in the second half.The Fiji rugby team celebrates after winning the final against South Africa at the Hong Kong Sevens rugby tournament in Hong Kong, Sunday, April 9. (AP Photo)“There’s been a lot of pressure,” said Fiji captain Oseo Kolinisau. “At the start of this tournament, I told the boys let’s not think about the three-peat, let’s chase it like we’re gunning for our first Hong Kong title.” The relief was evident too for new coach Gareth Baber, though the Welshman said the result would not reduce the expectations on Fiji to keep winning.“There’s always huge expectations on. They are the world champions and the Olympic champions for a reason,” he said. “Ben did a fantastic job and now I have to try and pick up that baton and move it on.“And even though we’ve got Olympians in there, they’re still humble enough to know they can still add to their skill set.”For South Africa, the current World Series leaders, the long wait for their first Hong Kong title goes on after the Blitzboks finished runners-up for the fourth time.Australia, beaten 33-12 by Fiji in the semi-finals, defeated the United States 26-19 to win the third-place playoff, their best result of the season.last_img read more

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Woods gets 1 last crack at Firestone for WGC final edition

first_imgIn this Aug. 4, 2013, file photo, Tiger Woods holds the trophy after winning the Bridgestone Invitational golf tournament at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio. The biggest win for Tiger Woods this year was simply getting a chance to play. He narrowly qualified for the Bridgestone Invitational, which is being held for the last time on the Firestone course where Woods has won eight times. (AP Photo/Phil Long, File) Firestone will host the world’s best players for the last time at the Bridgestone Invitational, and it wouldn’t be the same without Woods. He has won it eight times, a PGA Tour record for most victories on the same golf course. Woods didn’t finish out of the top 5 in his first 11 appearances on the venerable South Course, seven of them victories. It also was the last of his 79 victories on the PGA Tour in 2013, right before back problems started to surface.One problem.Having played only four tournaments in 29 months because of four back surgeries, Woods returned in December at No. 1,199 in the world. He started his PGA Tour season in January at No. 647. His only hope was to move into the top 50 in the world after the British Open, or to win a tournament.His tie for sixth in the British Open moved him to No. 50 on the button.“I was just hoping to one, play the tour long enough to be able to get an opportunity,” Woods said Wednesday, his first time at Firestone in four years. “But I also had to play well to do it. … And within a year to get down to 50 I think is a pretty good accomplishment. But it also got me into this event.”Bridgestone decided not to renew as title sponsor of the World Golf Championship, said to be an annual price tag of about $15 million. The company next year sponsors the Senior Players Championship at Firestone, while the WGC event moves to Memphis, Tennessee.“This event has been very special to me over the years, and it’s sad to see it leave Firestone,” Woods said. “We certainly understand it. But for me, I’ve always had such great memories of this golf course.”Where to start?Was it the first victory in 1999 when he beat Phil Mickelson by one shot? The next year was even better when Woods raced to finish in the dark, made one last birdie to finish at 21-under par and won by 11 shots. He won in playoffs that lasted four holes against Stewart Cink (in 2006) and seven holes against Jim Furyk (in 2001). He won by eight shots in 2007 against Rory Sabbatini, who had said earlier in the year that Woods looked “beatable as ever.”“There isn’t just one,” Woods said. “I’ve done it so many different ways.”Ticket sales spiked when it was disclosed after the British Open that Woods reached No. 50 and would be back at Firestone. He became the face of this tournament over the last two decades, even through some rough patches when he was coping with scars on and off the golf course.It would be a fitting conclusion at Firestone for Woods to walk off with yet another trophy, except it’s not that simple. He has yet to win this year, and while Woods used to own the short fields in these World Golf Championships with 18 titles, the competition is stiffer than ever.Dustin Johnson affirmed his position at No. 1 in the world by winning the Canadian Open last week for his third PGA Tour title of the year. He won at Firestone two years ago and, like Woods, calls it one of his favorite stops of the year because it is big, tree-lined and doesn’t have many frills.Rory McIlroy is coming off a runner-up finish in the British Open. He won at Firestone in 2014, sandwiched between victories in the British Open and PGA Championship. McIlroy has eight consecutive rounds in the 60s.“I really think it is horses for courses. There are just courses that fit your eye better than some others,” McIlroy said. “Tiger has proved that with here, with Bay Hill, with Torrey Pines, with … well, actually, anywhere.”Woods hasn’t been back to Firestone since 2014, when he hurt his back early in the final round. He hasn’t been eligible since then.He raised expectations, certainly among his fans, with his strong showing at Carnoustie, where Woods had the lead for a couple of holes on Sunday, only to fall back with a double bogey. He wound up three shots behind, with the only consolation being a spot at Firestone.“He’s going to play well this week,” Justin Thomas said. “This place is like Augusta for him. He could probably take two, three weeks off and he’s going to get it around here fine because he knows how to. He’s won here as many times as I’ve won everywhere in my career. I grew up watching him win a lot of tournaments here, hitting the shots in the dark. … So he’s going to be very, very comfortable here.” AKRON, Ohio (AP) — This is one farewell party Tiger Woods didn’t want to miss.last_img read more

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