Spieth’s 64 gives him a reprieve from a MC

first_imgSILVIS, Ill. – Through 22 holes at TPC Deere Run, Jordan Spieth looked aggravated and played uninspired. An early exit was a very real possibility and an earlier-than-planned trip across the pond would have been worth consideration. Then he flagged his approach and tapped in for birdie at the par-4 14th. “I had like a 2-footer to get going,” he said. And off he went. Spieth went on a tear, playing a seven-hole stretch from No. 14 to No. 2 in 6 under on Friday. It was part of a 7-under 64 that got him off the cut line and into contention at the John Deere Classic. Quote Spieth: “Solid round when I needed to play well just to avoid going home.” The latter option looked like a real possibility after an opening 71 left him eight shots out of the lead. Spieth admitted after Thursday’s round that he was shaking off a decent amount rust that had built up during his post-U.S. Open break. He took a full week off from golf of any kind to head to the Bahamas and then spent the next week exclusively in the practice area.                Asked what changed from Thursday to Friday: “Just another round of golf,” he answered. “This is the third round of golf I’ve played since the U.S. Open, with the pro-am Wednesday being the first full round and then yesterday. It’s just repetitions. I’m getting on-course reps, and it’s making a difference.” John Deere: Articles, photos and videos The real difference was his putter, which refused to cooperate in Round 1 and then wouldn’t stop pouring the ball in the hole in Round 2. Spieth needed to use it only 25 times Friday, compared to the 31 he needed Thursday, when he missed seven birdie chances from inside 15 feet. He went from 125th in the strokes gained-putting in Round 1 to first in Round 2. Yes, the 2-footer at No. 14 got him going, but it was his birdie make from 24 feet on the par-3 16th that set him up for a run. “That putt on 16 was really big,” he said. “I knew I had a lot of birdie holes left, but I knew I needed to steal one that I maybe didn’t think I could get. And then, obviously, from there, that stretch of 18-1-2 went perfect.” Perfect as in birdie-birdie-eagle. He made three straight 3s, capped off by an eagle at the par-5 second. After finding the fairway, Spieth ripped a second shot from 241 yards that landed short of the hole and rolled to 4 feet. It was his first red number of any kind on a par 5 this week, after turning in two-putt pars on each of his first five attempts. He seemed poised to add yet another birdie at the uphill par-3 third but – at that point surprisingly – missed a putt from 8 feet. It was a miss that nearly stalled his momentum. Spieth, for the second time in as many days, smacked his drive at the par-4 fourth off the tree that splits the middle of the fairway. The ball bounded into the right rough and could barely be seen from just a few feet away. Unable to get any spin on the ball, he couldn’t hold the green. After how poorly he chipped Thursday – it was his short game he spent the most time bemoaning after that round – Spieth seemed poised to give a shot back. Instead, he hit a high flop 4 feet from the cup, sank the putt, and got out of there. Two holes later, following a birdie at 5, he made his worst swing of the day with an iron, pulling his approach from the middle of the fairway well left of the green and nearly into an unplayable area. This time the flop didn’t get nearly as close. Staring at a 12-footer, he made it again. Those two par saves and Nos. 4 and 6 kept what could have been a leaky ship afloat and immediately led to birdies on both 5 and 7. With the putter and the wedge game looking typically sharp, Spieth will need to clean up his play off the tee if he wants to win his second Deere title this weekend. In addition to the mishap at No. 4, he clipped a tree at 17, and wound up lucky to make par after a 180-yard drive. His only dropped shot of the day, at the par-4 eighth, was set up by a wayward drive that required a pitch-out. “I’m still searching for answers with the driver,” he admitted. “My driver is not treating me well this week.” Neither did the putter and wedges on Thursday. And look what happened Friday.last_img read more

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Feature Photo: Vintage Rallies

first_img Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. Gary Enderson stands next to a 1953 Studebaker Hawk, left, and a 1951 Kaiser Henry J, right, at Whitefish Lake Lodge. “Vintage Rallies” is organized by Rich and Jean Taylor and consists of up to 50 exotic car owners traveling on a weeklong trip through the Rockies. The group travels more than 1,000 miles during that week and stays at different hotels each night. Emaillast_img read more

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Farmers to lobby TDs and Senators on beef crisis today

first_img Facebook Farmers to lobby TDs and Senators on beef crisis today Donegal hoteliers enjoy morale boost as bookings increase Facebook Twitter Farmers are today lobbying TDs and Senators on the beef crisis. They say there are many factors involved, including poor prices, rising costs, the weakness of sterling and uncertainty surrounding Brexit.IFA President, Joe Healy, says compared to this time last year, farmers are finding it almost impossible to sell their stock.Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/headfgdfgdfgdfgly7am.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Twitter Hospitalisations rise as Donnelly suggests masks will stay ’til autumn Previous articleDestination Clonmel for Glengad UnitedNext articleDevelopments in Inishowen not getting green light over new regulations News Highland WhatsApp WhatsApp Pinterestcenter_img Pinterest Google+ Consultation launched on proposal to limit HGV traffic in Clady RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By News Highland – February 13, 2019 AudioHomepage BannerNews Disruption to cancer service will increase mortality – Oncologist 45 new social homes to be built in Dungloe Google+ Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegartylast_img read more

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Mikel joins Turkish club

first_imgNigeria international midfielder, Mikel Agu has joined Turkish Super Lig club Bursaspor on a season-long loan from Portuguese giants FC Porto.The 24-year-old, who has only made two appearances for Porto, spent the 2016/17 season on loan at Portuguese side Vitória Setúbal where he made 34 appearances last season.Agu joins Nigerian compatriot, William Troost-Ekong at the club.It is Agu’s third loan move since joining FC Porto’s youth set up in 2012. “I’m delighted to join Bursaspor, I came here for business and I can’t wait to show everyone what I can do,” Agu told the club’s official website.He said, “I spoke with some players who had previously played here in Porto and received positive feedback. I also found out during my own research that this is a great club.”His performance in Portugal caught the eye of Nigeria coach ,Gernot Rohr and he was handed his Super Eagles debut in a 3-0 friendly win over Togo in June.last_img read more

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Fifties for five India batsmen in Sydney warm-up

first_imgSYDNEY, (Reuters) – India had a useful outing on the second day of their only warm-up match before the test series against Australia with five of their batsmen hitting half centuries on Thursday against a Cricket Australia XI. The opening day of the four-day non-first class match against an understrength representative side was washed out by torrential rain but the storms abated on Thursday.The Virat Kohli-led tourists suffered a mini collapse towards the end, losing their last five wickets for 11 runs to be dismissed for 358, but will be pleased to have got so much time in the middle for their top and middle orders.India’s 19-year-old opening batsman Prithvi Shaw caught the eye with a sparkling 66, hitting 11 boundaries in his 69-ball knock. Kohli, who scored an unbeaten 61 in India’s win in Sydney on Sunday to tie the three-match Twenty20 series, also signalled his rich vein of form with a 64 off 87 balls.The world’s top-ranked test batsman hit seven fours and a six in his knock before offering a simple return catch to seamer Aaron Hardie, 19, who finished with 4-50.Number three Cheteshwar Pujara spent some quality time at the crease during his knock of 54, while vice captain Ajinkya Rahane pitched in with 56 before retiring out to let others bat. Middle-order batsman Hanuma Vihari made 53. Rohit Sharma, who made a comeback to the test squad after a poor show in South Africa earlier this year, did not get to the half century mark but scored a stroke-filled 40, studded with five fours and a six.Opening batsman Lokesh Rahul has not been in the best of form and missed out again. He scored three and was the first wicket to fall for India.The test series begins in Adelaide on Dec. 6, with further matches in Perth, Melbourne and Sydney over the following month.last_img read more

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On football: Terrell Owens belongs in Canton

first_imgIRVING, TX – Wide receiver Terrell Owens #81 of the San Francisco 49ers celebrates in the end zone after scoring a touchdown against the Dallas Cowboys with 12 seconds left on December 8, 2002 at Texas Stadium in Irving, Texas. The 49ers beat the Cowboys 31-27. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)When Pro Football Hall of Fame voters meet the day before the Super Bowl to choose the Class of 2018, the decision to select Terrell Owens should take less time than it does to microwave a bag of popcorn.T.O. belongs in Canton. It’s a no-brainer.Owens is second to Jerry Rice in all-time receiving yards and third in touchdown catches behind Rice and Randy Moss, a finalist in his first year of eligibility.No. 81 was a five-time All-Pro, a six-time Pro Bowl pick and one of the most entertaining players of his generation.Owens deserved first-ballot induction. Case closed. Yet, he’s been snubbed twice because voters are punishing him for his off-field and locker room “antics” during a sensational 15-year career.But there is no “character clause” for the Pro Football Hall of Fame _ and that’s not saying Owens should fail it.Owens was never arrested nor suspended by the NFL. He didn’t have legal issues or drug problems.Still, he’s been kept out because of questionable behavior and the perception he was a malcontent.Sure, Owens often spoke his mind and sometimes got under the skin of teammates and coaches. He threw some of his quarterbacks _ Jeff Garcia, Donovan McNabb and Tony Romo _ under a rapidly moving bus. He also defended Romo from criticism and famously cried once while doing it.Owens should be judged for his value on the field. He made every one of the five teams he played for better. He wasn’t the perfect teammate and he was disruptive at times, but when he stepped on the field, he was exceptional and durable.Owens only missed 12 games in his long career, plus the nine he didn’t play in 2005 after Andy Reid kicked him off the Philadelphia Eagles following a nasty feud with McNabb and a dispute with management over a new contract.That came only several months after Owens helped McNabb have his best season, and then heroically returned from ankle surgery _ against doctor’s orders _ to play in the Super Bowl. Owens would’ve been MVP of that game against the New England Patriots if McNabb didn’t throw three interceptions in the 24-21 loss.Anyone who covered the T.O. circus in Philadelphia and the aftermath knows Owens wasn’t solely to blame for the way things went down. McNabb was overly sensitive and didn’t like all the attention Owens received. McNabb was booed by Eagles fans at the 1999 draft and he never forgot it. The same fans embraced Owens from the second he arrived in Philadelphia after eight seasons in San Francisco. More than 20,000 people went to see his first practice of 2004 training camp at Lehigh University. That led to jealousy issues with McNabb that finally escalated a year later.After things got ugly in Philly, the locker room was divided between McNabb supporters and Owens supporters. If the mess was entirely Owens’ fault, some of the well-respected veterans who sided with him wouldn’t have done so.But it was easier for Reid to dismiss a 32-year-old receiver who wanted more money than a 28-year-old franchise quarterback who never ruffled any feathers.Owens ended up in Dallas and had three excellent seasons with the Cowboys before he wore out his welcome. He played one year in Buffalo and one more in Cincinnati.Those who argue that Owens bounced around the league because teams couldn’t wait to get rid of him should consider that Rice played for three clubs, and Hall of Fame receiver James Lofton also played for five. Lofton is on the 48-member selection committee and voted for Owens last year.This really shouldn’t be a difficult decision. It certainly doesn’t compare to the steroid dilemma Major League Baseball Hall of Fame voters face each year.Terrell Owens is one of the greatest players in the history of the sport and earned the right to receive a gold jacket.When he finally puts one on, getcha popcorn ready because it’ll be the most must-see induction speech ever.___More AP NFL: https://pro32.ap.org and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL___Follow Rob Maaddi on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AP_RobMaaddilast_img read more

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Conor McPhillips appointed Connacht Backs Coach

first_imgA former player with Connacht Rugby from 2003 – 2008, McPhillips was appointed Head Performance Analyst for the province in 2010 and was given greater responsibility within the coaching team last season in his additional capacity as Assistant Attack Coach.McPhillips had previous coaching experience with St Marys RFC as well as a Director of Rugby role with Newbridge College in Co. Kildare. He was also Head Coach of the Connacht Sevens’ side that finished 3rd in the Limerick World Club 7’s last August.Connacht Rugby can also announce the appointment of Simon Kavanagh as the new Head Performance Analyst for the coming season. Simon joins Connacht Rugby from Avenir Sports – Ireland’s leading Performance Analysis company and the Master Distributor of Sportstec Products for the 32 counties.It has also been confirmed that Eric Elwood, former Connacht Rugby player and head coach and currently Domestic Rugby Manager, will be involved with the senior setup on an advisory basis to work closely with the goal kickers.Coaching team 2016/17Pat Lam                            Head CoachJimmy Duffy                    Forwards CoachConor McPhillips            Backs CoachDave Ellis                          Skills CoachEric Elwood                      Goal KickingSimon Kavanagh             Head Performance Analyst  “I believe that any team is only as good as the quality of the management team and the coaching group in place to run the programme. By striving to improve each player to become a better rugby player and a better person, we will improve as a team and I have a lot of confidence and belief in our coaching group that we can continue to do that.” Commenting on the new appointments, head coach Pat Lam said:“I’d firstly like to thank Andre (Bell) for all his hard work and dedication to the team over the past two years. Andre spent many hours working with our young back line and gave them the confidence and skills to execute our game plan effectively. We all wish him well as he returns home to New Zealand to be with his family and we have no doubt he will add value to whatever group of players he works with in the future.“I’m delighted that Conor has agreed to step into a fulltime coaching role after doubling up as the Head Performance Analyst and Assistant Attack Coach for last season. Conor is hugely passionate about Connacht and has given many years of service – first as a player, then an analyst and now a coach. He has an impressive rugby brain with an eye for the fine detail that makes a big difference. I have every confidence that he will build on the good work that Andre has done and take it to another level necessary for next season.“I’m very pleased that Eric (Elwood) has agreed to come on board in an advisory capacity for our goal kickers. There is no one at all who comes close to having the knowledge and expertise of the intricacies of kicking at the Sportsground. Eric will be an invaluable resource for our team and all our players will benefit massively from his vast experience.“I’d also like to welcome Simon (Kavanagh) to the team. His knowledge and expertise in IT, as well as the software products we use, will undoubtedly take our detailed analysis to another level moving forward. print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Connacht Rugby have confirmed that Conor McPhillips will take over as Backs Coach for the senior team from the start of the 2016/17 season. Andre Bell, who had previously held the role as Backs & Kicking coach for the last two seasons, has returned home to New Zealand to be with his family.last_img read more

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Five things you need to see from this week’s Europa League action

first_imgMissed the week’s Europa League group stage action? Here are five things you need to see from Thursday night’s games.Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored a winner for Manchester United, while Irish part-timers Dundalk upset the odds once again, beating Maccabi Tel-Aviv.Francesco Totti showed that he’s still got it, while Mauro Zarate scored a stunning double for Fiorentina.And Sparta Prague piled the misery on Inter Milan. Watch the action below.last_img

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Text to Save Lives: Mobile Giving Takes Off

first_imgTags:#mobile#Trends#web Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Last month, both China and Myanmar suffered natural disasters of such huge proportions that they received the attention of the world. The combination of the quake and the cyclone left a death toll that is today approaching 200,000, but has affected millions more. Many of us have read the news but have been so caught up in our day-to-day lives that we haven’t been able to find time to give. However, new mobile “text-to-give” services will help make charitable donations faster and easier to do. Last month, we informed you how you could use social media for social change. Today, we’ll tell you how to use something a little closer at hand: your cellphone.Help China & Mynmar Starting today, customers of Verizon Wireless in the U.S. can donate to a charity called “Save the Children,” who has mobilized in this time of crisis to provide lifesaving assistance in these two affected regions. Verizon customers can text to the address 4SAVE (47283) with the keyword “quake” to contribute to earthquake relief or the key word “cyclone” to contribute to cyclone relief. They will then receive a reply asking them to confirm their donation of $5.00, which will appear on their next monthly bill. In China, they’re doing the same thing – China Mobile customers can text the number ‘10699988’, and write the amount they would like to donate (from 1RMB to 30RMB) in the body of the text. The money will is deducted from either their phone bill or prepaid card.Text to Give PayPal has had a section of their web site devoted to charities that you can donate via text. Currently, the charities you can donate to this way include Amnesty International, UNICEF, and Starbright. Anytime you see an ad that says “Text To Give,” it’s simply a matter of texting the code to the number provided. PayPal calls you back to confirm your donation and then you’ll receive your receipt by email. To use PayPal mobile, you must first activate your phone. Then, select one of these current codes: Text AMNESTY to 78787 to donate $10.00 to Amnesty International Text WATER to 78787 to donate $10.00 to UNICEF’s program to help supply those in need with clean drinking water. For the Starlight Starbright foundation, you can donate one of three different amounts to help seriously ill children: Donate $5: Text 5 to 78787Donate $15: Text 15 to 78787 Donate $30: Text 30 to 78787 Of course, once your phone is registered, you can send money to anyone via PayPal’s SMS commands. Mobile Giving/Social GivingThere’s also a new site that’s involved in allowing people to donate to charities via text. The site is called mGive, and here, non-profits can register themselves and the keyword they want in order to receive a short code for mobile donations. The texters pay the donation amount on their mobile bill and mGive collects that from the cell companies and distributes it back to the non-profit. One of mGive’s current campaigns involves Alicia Keys’ efforts with the Keep a Child Alive Foundation, which is a response to the AIDS pandemic in Africa. U.S. users can text “ALIVE” to “90999” to donate $5 towards this cause. This service works on AT&T, Nextel, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon.mGivemGive works with a group called the Mobile Giving Foundation, a newly launched effort with a large amount of support from Qualcomm. The Mobile Giving Foundation was set up to help move the money from the cell phone carriers to the charities. This organization is currently working with over 20 large charities, like Keep a Child Alive (mentioned above), and more. Since the foundation has just launched, there are only a limited number of campaigns running, but its current roster that includes ASPCA (text Give to 27722), Alicia Keys Keep a Child Alive Campaign (text ALIVE to 90999), and FIT to UNITED (864833). In the future, there will be campaigns with PBS, IFAW, and others. More SoonMobile Giving is certainly a growing trend meant to capitalize on the ubiquity of cell phones and their heavy use by members of the younger generation. We’ll definitely start seeing more of these “text to give” campaigns in the future, but it seems that, today, only Verizon seems to offer a campaign for China and Myanmar aid, which is disappointing.A rise in mobile giving will also give rise to mobile charity scammers – in fact, it already has, both in China and in the U.S., so be on guard against unsolicated SMS text messages asking for donations. Do you know of any good text-to-give campaigns? Let us know in the comments. Related Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …center_img sarah perez Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

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Wall Street Journal Unveils Online China Econtracker

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#international#web China Econtracker offers outlays of data based on gross domestic product, industrial value added, fixed asset investment, exports, imports, trade balance, foreign exchange reserves, consumer price index and bank credit. It provides a source for each set of data and allows users to post the results to their Twitter account or Facebook page. Whether your are among those likely to wind up “fighting it out with journalists at the State Council Information Office or getting lost for hours in the maze of Beijing’s Internet” as Tom Orlik writes on China Real Time’s post on the Econtracker, or just someone who wishes to be more informed about one of the most important economies on earth, the site looks to provide a real utility. One commenter on the post, however, said:“Chinese export statistics originate in individual customs declarations. These declarations include an ever expanding and now very likely statistically material amount of trade ’roundtripped’ through Bonded Logistics Parks in China in order to realize export VAT refunds. One of the many reasons that this statistic, like any other in China, is simply not reliable.”Now, if you understand that enough to agree or disagree, you may not need this tool. For the rest of us, though, I still think it will prove useful, however reductive and unreliable statistical collections may be.Government office photo by Daniel Gao | other sources: China Digital Times curt hopkins Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting China Real Time, the Wall Street Journal’s blog devoted to the world’s second-largest country, has developed and launched China Econtracker, a valuable tool to access and understand economic data on the country. Dealing with the statistical bureaus of the world’s second-largest economy is even less pleasant than it sounds. So the Journal has created this well-organized, graphically effective and easy-to-use site. It organizes data by month-to-month and year-over-year presentations and users can switch from one to the other. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

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