Q&Gray: Rickie’s back at Honda; will Tommy win?

first_imgThe PGA Tour scene has shifted east, and some of the game’s biggest stars are set to tackle a difficult test at the Honda Classic. Here are four burning questions to consider before the action begins at PGA National, ranging from a recent Ryder Cup star to the fates of three of the reigning major champions: Is it time for Tommy Fleetwood to end his PGA Tour drought? Ample time is spent around bars and water coolers alike debating who might be the best player without a major. But there’s no debate about who is the best player in the world without a PGA Tour win. That distinction belongs to Tommy Fleetwood, who enters the Honda ranked No. 12 in the world. He’s the only player in the top 20 missing one, as Bernd Wiesberger (No. 23) is the next highest-ranked player without a Tour title to his name. Fleetwood has won five times on the European Tour, most recently in November, and his four runner-up finishes on the PGA Tour include the 2018 U.S. Open and 2019 Open. But he has yet to get into the winner’s circle in the U.S. despite making 63 career starts.  There’s reason to suspect that start No. 64 might be when he ends his drought, as Fleetwood is listed as a betting co-favorite this week alongside Brooks Koepka. Fleetwood finished fourth in 2018 in his lone prior appearance at PGA National, a track that rewards solid iron play which remains one of the Englishman’s strengths. Fleetwood closed 2019 with a fury and hasn’t lost a step since, following a runner-up in Abu Dhabi with top-20s in Dubai and Mexico. Golf Central Koepka, Fleetwood co-favorites at Honda BY Will Gray  — February 25, 2020 at 12:09 PM Brooks Koepka and Tommy Fleetwood have been installed as betting co-favorites for this week’s Honda Classic. Will the Honda crown another first-time winner? Last year Keith Mitchell drew some motivation out of a local headline touting “relative unknowns” leading the tournament at the halfway point en route to a breakthrough victory. But there’s no denying that PGA National has a tendency to crown first-time winners.  In the 13 years since the event shifted to PGA National, four players have made this their first career win – including Y.E. Yang, who won here in 2009 months before toppling Tiger Woods at Hazeltine. Perhaps it’s the penal rough, or perhaps it’s the treacherous nature of the Bear Trap, but there’s an element in play that allows for first-timers to contend and even overtake more accomplished peers. Honda Classic: Full-field tee times | Full coverage While the aforementioned Fleetwood doesn’t exactly fit the mold of a Mitchell or 2013 champ Michael Thompson, there are still several players in the field who could surprise and potentially leave with the trophy. Among them are South Africa’s Erik Van Rooyen, who tied for third last week in Mexico City and is making just his 11th career PGA Tour start this week, and Wyndham Clark. Clark held the 54-hole lead here last year before fading to a T-7 finish, but he returns to PGA National on the heels of two top-20 finishes earlier this month in California. Mitchell’s Honda victory proved that he could ‘handle the stage’ Can any of the major champions build momentum? While Woods is notably absent from an event held just a few miles from his Florida home, the Honda does feature each of the other three major champions from 2019: Koepka, Gary Woodland and Shane Lowry. And they’re each hoping to use this week’s stop as a springboard with the first major of 2020 just a few weeks away. Koepka is deserving of favorite status, the lone top-10 player in the field and a runner-up last year after a sizzling 66 in the final round. But after middling finishes to start the year and an injury layoff before that, he’s now down to No. 3 in the world – rarified air, but still his worst standing since March. Woodland was a runner-up here back in 2017 and already has three top-10 finishes to his credit this season, but he hasn’t factored down the stretch since holding off Koepka at Pebble Beach. Perhaps the champion most in search of a spark is Lowry, whose lone top-10 finish since Portrush came at the Hong Kong Open in January. Top-10 finish for Rickie at Honda? Tripp thinks so Will an unconventional schedule pay off for Rickie Fowler? Fowler wasn’t a part of the star-studded field two weeks ago at Riviera, and he opted to skip the first WGC event of the year last week in Mexico. It was an unconventional choice from a veteran who made four starts in January but didn’t get closer than four shots of the leader in any of them. But this is Fowler’s time to shine, as the 2017 Honda champ returns to a course where he was also a runner-up a year ago and T-6 in 2016. This also kicks off a key three-week stretch for Fowler, who is a staple in the Bay Hill field and then will turn his attention to TPC Sawgrass, the site of the biggest win of his career back in 2015. While each star has the liberty to craft his own itinerary leading into the first major of the year, Fowler has certainly trod a unique path. An attempt to shake things up by playing in Palm Springs didn’t exactly pay immediate dividends, but now he’ll have a chance to shine with plenty of rest and on a course where he’s historically had great success. Down to 25th in the latest world rankings, a high finish could go a long way toward getting him back into the upper echelon of the game where he has spent much of the past few years.last_img read more

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Amir freed early from jail

first_imgYoung Pakistani fast bowler Mohammad Amir has been released from jail after serving half of his six-month sentence in a spot-fixing case. VideoAmir, who was sent to jail on November 3 last year along with former captain Salman Butt and pacer Mohammad Asif for a plot to deliberately bowl no balls in a Test match against England in 2010, was released from Portland prison in Dorset, on Wednesday.ICC had banned Amir for five years, Asif for seven years (two years suspended) and Butt 10 years (five years suspended) from playing the game.The 19-year-old was due to be let out of Prison on Friday but the date, according to reports, was brought two days early to avoid media attention.It was said at the time of the pronouncement of the judgement that the cricketers might have to serve just half of their sentences as they can be released on license if their behavior is good.Amir has a visa to stay in England until the end of March.Amir and his two team-mates were sentenced in November 2011 at Southwark Crown Court after being found guilty of conspiracy to accept corrupt payments and conspiracy to cheat following a sting operation by now defunct ‘News of the World’.Asif, 29, was handed a one-year jail term, while Butt, 27, was sentenced to two and a half year imprisonment for their roles in the spot-fixing case.The sting operation proved that Asif and Amir bowled deliberate no-balls in the Lord’s Test against England in 2010.last_img read more

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Youth Trans Tasman Selectors

first_imgThe selector’s appointments will be made for the selection of the teams for this series only. Two (2) selectors will be appointed, one to assist the Boys the other to assist the selection of the Girls team.Please click on the attachment to read the rest of this document. Related Filesyouth_selectors_memo-pdflast_img

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a month agoWolves wing-back Adama Traore: Reading offers us momentum

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Wolves wing-back Adama Traore: Reading offers us momentumby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveWolves wing-back Adama Traore says they can build momentum with a Carabao Cup win over Reading tonight.Wolves go into the tie on the gap of their draw with Crystal Palace.Traore told the club’s website: “It will be important to build momentum, but whether it’s against Reading or whether it’s against anyone else, we always want to win.“It was the same against Crystal Palace – we got a point, but for everyone, we wanted to win. In any game, and whatever is the team, we go out to work and win.“But even if we don’t win games, we always have a positive mind. We have no excuses not to win games, and this is why we fight and work to do it.”On showing character at Selhurst Park, he continued: “It was a tough game and we wanted more, but we stayed in shape, we worked hard, and we kept believing – that is the important thing.“We had a lot of chances to score, the first-half in particular, but we didn’t finish it, so we have to think about the positive things, but we have to keep working, we have to improve in our game and we showed we can do it.“When you have chances and the goalie does well or it’s not going in, you get frustrated, but you have to keep going, keep believing and even if we have one man less, two men less, we will keep fighting together.” last_img read more

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Ohio State’s Eli Apple Claims The Atlanta Falcons Asked Him If He Likes Men

first_imgEli Apple talks about how the Atlanta Falcons asked if he likes men.eli apple asked if he likes menIt’s well-documented that coaches of NFL teams come up with some strange questions to ask NFL Combine participants. Ohio State’s Eli Apple may have been asked the strangest of all.Friday morning, Apple, appearing on CSN Philly’s The 700 Level, revealed that a coach on the Atlanta Falcons staff asked him if he likes men. Here’s the quote, via CSN Philly:“The Falcons coach, one of the coaches, was like, ‘So do you like men?’ It was like the first thing he asked me. It was weird. I was just like, ‘no.’ He was like, ‘if you’re going to come to Atlanta, sometimes that’s how it is around here, you’re going to have to get used to it.’ I guess he was joking but they just ask most of these questions to see how you’re going to react.” The Falcons, for the record, have already released a statement on the matter. In it, they apologize to Apple.You can see video below. Apple at first isn’t sure whether to answer the question truthfully – but obviously, he does.Your browser does not support iframes.Clearly, this isn’t a good look for either the Falcons or the NFL. We’ll see if there is any more fallout.last_img read more

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Statistics Canada says trade deficit narrows to 15 billion in October

first_imgOTTAWA – Canada’s merchandise trade deficit narrowed more than expected to $1.5 billion in October as exports improved for the first time since May.Statistics Canada said Tuesday that exports increased 2.7 per cent as imports fell 1.6 per cent for the month, shrinking the country’s trade deficit compared with the $3.4-billion shortfall in September.Economists had expected a deficit of $2.7 billion for October, according to Thomson Reuters.TD Bank economist Dina Ignjatovic noted that the recovery in export volumes in October fully erased declines in August and September and provides a stronger handoff for the fourth quarter.“Looking ahead, exports should manage to gain some traction, supported by a healthy U.S. economy and a Canadian dollar hovering around the 80 US cent mark.“Moreover, the strike at an auto assembly plant that weighed on exports through the first half of the month should lead to higher motor vehicle exports going forward.”The Bank of Canada is scheduled to make its next interest rate announcement on Wednesday. The central bank is expected to keep its key rate target on hold at one per cent after raising it by a quarter of a percentage point twice earlier this year.Ignjatovic wrote that the trade report, combined with last week’s Statistics Canada report that said 79,500 jobs were added in November, will be looked favourably upon by the Bank of Canada.“With most other areas of the economy evolving as expected by the bank, higher interest rates are not far off,” she wrote.Exports totalled $44.5 billion in October, as gains were made in nine of 11 sectors. Prices were up 1.5 per cent and volumes increased 1.2 per cent.Exports of basic and industrial chemical, plastic and rubber products gained 12.4 per cent, while metal and non-metallic mineral products increased 4.5 per cent.Meanwhile, imports fell to $45.9 billion in October, mainly due to a drop in motor vehicles and parts which fell 8.1 per cent. Import volumes fell 3.9 per cent while prices rose 2.4 per cent.Statistics Canada said passenger cars and light trucks were down 8.8 per cent in October, while work stoppages and planned shutdowns in the automotive industry led to a sharp decrease in the demand for automotive components.last_img read more

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Dawson Creek firefighters extinguish house fire late Sunday

first_imgDAWSON CREEK, B.C. – The Dawson Creek Fire Department had a busy Sunday night after a fire erupted at a home north of the Mile Zero City.Deputy Fire Chief Bob Fulton said that firefighters were called out to a fire at a house on the 217 Road north of the Hillside Garden Centre between the 210 and 212 Roads at around 11:00 p.m. Sunday.He said that the fire erupted in the area of the home’s attic, and quickly spread to consume most of the home’s roof structure. The home’s ten occupants were all able to escape the blaze uninjured but needed to find alternative accommodations due to the fire.Fulton explained that firefighters initially tried to attack the fire from the inside, but needed to pull back and fight the fire from the outside due to the danger posed by the fire.He said that the home’s roof was practically gone, while some structural damage occurred in the home’s living room. The rest of the house also suffered extensive water damage and damage from the burned roof materials falling onto the upper floor.At this point, it’s not known what the cost of the damage is since the fire department is still liaising with the insurance.The cause of the fire has also not been determined, but Fulton said that the fire is not currently deemed suspicious.last_img read more

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WorleyParsons awarded contract for Pipestone Processing Facility by Encana

first_imgCALGARY, AB – The contract for engineering, procurement, fabrication and construction (EPC) for the Pipestone Processing Facility in Alberta was awarded by Encana to WorleyParsons.WorleyParsonsCord will provide EPC services for the Pipestone Processing Facility, a 200 MMcf/day sour, shallow-cut gas plant with acid gas injection and 24,000 bbls/day of raw condensate processing capability.This contract award follows the completion of several recent projects by WorleyParsonsCord for Encana, including fabrication and construction of the Tower Gas Plant, the Saturn Gas Plant and the North Central Liquids Hub. “We are pleased to be awarded this contract by Encana and look forward to continuing our relationship and delivering this important project,” said Andrew Wood, Chief Executive Officer of WorleyParsons.Keyera Partnership, a subsidiary of Keyera Corp, will own the Pipestone Processing Facility and provide processing services to Encana once the facility is complete.last_img read more

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BC Coroners Service releases updated data on illicit drug overdoses

first_imgVICTORIA, B.C. – The B.C. Coroners Service has released reports looking at illicit drug overdose deaths and fentanyl-detected deaths.According to the report, provincewide in January 2019 there were 90 suspected drug overdose deaths. This number equates to about 2.9 deaths per day.Within the Northeast, so far this year, there have been three reported drug overdose deaths. When it comes to fentanyl-detected deaths, across the Province there were 68 deaths in January 2019. This number equates to about 2.3 deaths per day.Within the Northeast, during the month of January, there were two reported fentanyl-detected deaths.According to the Coroners Service, the report excludes deaths if the fentanyl was known to be prescribed or the death was suspected to be due to intentional self-harm.This data was compiled to better understand overall illicit drug overdose trends inBritish Columbia and to inform other agencies’ public safety strategies in a timely manner.Since the 2019 data reported is only for the month of January, data should be interpreted with caution and is subject to change as investigations conclude.For more information on these reports, you can visit the Government of B.C.’s website.last_img read more

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Ujwal Yogeshwar clear trials for Doha gymnastics World Cup

first_imgNew Delhi: Karnataka’s Ujwal Naidu pipped seasoned Ashish Kumar in the Floor event to grab a berth in the Indian men’s team while Yogeshwar Singh of SSCB emerged on top in Vault during the selection trials for the artistic Gymnastics World Cup in Doha. Five gymnasts appeared for the trials, conducted by the Sports Authority at the IG Stadium. The trials were for only two apparatus: Floor and Vault. “Ujwal Naidu of Karnataka emerged as the top gymnast on Floor while Yogeshwar Singh of SSCB emerged as top gymnast on Vault,” Riyaz Bhati, Vice President, Gymnastic Federation of India, said. Interestingly, the GFI had sent the entries of Ashish Kumar and Yogeshwar Singh for their respective event after they showed interest in competing but later SAI decide to hold trials for the two slots.last_img read more

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