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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Six polysilicon manufacturers could be wiped out by end of 2018

first_imgSix polysilicon manufacturers could be wiped out by end of 2018A new polysilicon market outlook report from Bernreuter Research predicts a rise in competition in the market, which will drive prices down and push some manufactures out of business, in the face of falling demand from the solar industry and increasing capacities. November 24, 2016 Sam Pothecary Finance Markets Markets & Policy Share Not always considered the most fashionable side of the solar industry, the turbulence within the polysilicon market over the last few years has made it difficult to keep all industry eyes off it. A new report from polysilicon market analyst Bernreuter Research, The Polysilicon Market Outlook 2020, predicts that the instability is set to continue, at least for the next few years, as increasing manufacturing capacity will be stung by a slight dip in demand.The report forecasts that competition in the polysilicon market will become so feverish by the end of 2018, that a number of polysilicon manufacturers will go out of business by the end of the year. This competition, the report went on, is likely to see prices fall below USD 12 per kg in 2018, from the USD 14 per kg that is the average price today.“We expect that some projects will be deferred, others will end up as stranded investments, and several existing manufacturers will disappear from the market,” commented Head of Bernreuter Research and author of the report, Johannes Bernreuter.This drop will be a result of a two-pronged attack on polysilicon prices: Firstly, new manufacturing capacities of 141,000 MT are expected to go online between 2017 and 2019, of which the majority will be in China. While simultaneously, the annual growth rate of new PV installations is expected to fall below 10%, ironically, this is mainly due to China decreasing its solar PV target, and loosening its support for the clean energy technology. This is particularly important, as the PV industry consumes 90% of the polysilicon produced globally.The industry saw a similar event take place a couple of years ago, as a surge in the solar industry resulted in an increased polysilicon manufacturing capacity, only to see demand drop off, and an oversupply push down prices. This took place in 2014 and 2015, and culminated in a record low price for polysilicon of USD 12.93 per kg in January 2016, which was then stemmed by a sudden increase in demand in China.“Only the massive Chinese PV installation rally in the first half of 2016 saved the polysilicon industry from even more serious oversupply,” continued Bernreuter.While this must come as concerning news for polysilicon manufacturers, those that do survive know that the demand for polysilicon is not going to diminish for long, as current market estimates expect sustained growth in the solar PV market from 2019 onwards.This content is protected by copyright and may not be reused. 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House, Senate Negotiators Agree on Cruise Ship Tax Provision

first_imgEarlier in the session Governor Bill Walker proposed the repeal of that credit for local taxes but that stalled in the regular session. By current law, the state’s share of the taxes collected is reduced by the amount of municipal head taxes charged by Juneau and Ketchikan. During an operating budget conference committee, Senator Anna MacKinnon says there have been concerns over equity raised and distribution issues that need to be looked at. The final operating budget has not yet been finalized so the issue may be revisited.center_img She asked communities that the proposal might impact to weigh in on it. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享House and Senate negotiators agreed on a provision Thursday that would put a stop to the state distributing cruise ship passenger taxes to communities where ships stop.last_img read more

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World champion Mao stays focused

first_img GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 Vancouver silver medalist Mao is poised to leave her Russian coach Tatiana Tarasova and look for a new coach next season, most likely a Japanese coach who has strength in technical guidance.Men’s world champion Daisuke Takahashi, meanwhile, looked back on the right knee injury that forced him out of competition in 2008-09 and said it was a necessity for his success.“Because I have suffered the injury, I could reaffirm the purpose of skating. The injury was a necessity to win a medal,” the Olympic bronze medalist said.Takahashi, with an eye on a second straight world title, will undergo surgery to remove a bolt in his right knee as early as May.After the operation, he will need to stop training on ice for a month for rehabilitation.Earlier in the day, Miki Ando’s Russian coach Nikolai Morozov revealed that he will move their training base to Moscow from New Jersey.“I’ll take Ando to Moscow,” said Morozov. He will not coach Nobunari Oda next season but will stay on as a coach of ice dance siblings Cathy and Chris Reed.Ando finished fourth in the world championships. Oda failed to qualify for the 24-man free skate. TURIN, Italy – Newly crowned world champion Mao Asada said Sunday she is determined to stay at the very top.“I have trained hard the last four years for the Olympics and the world championships puts an end to that effort. But I want to stay strong and continue being at the top.” Mao told a press conference a day after beating Olympic gold medalist Kim Yu Na to capture her second world title in three years.center_img KEYWORDS Mao Asada last_img read more

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Q&A with 330-pound MSU DT Nick James

first_imgMIAMI – Let’s just call this “Nick James: All Access.”Mississippi State’s 330-pound, quirky defensive tackle has been turned into a mini social media sensation: There are videos of him riding a horse after practice and saying, “I’m going to save America,” posts of him singing, clips of him trying (and failing) to return kickoffs during practice, videos of him tossing bales of hay and much, much more. James has never spoken to the media in his three seasons in Starkville. Orange Bowl media day changed that, as it requires every player who made the trip to Miami to be available. So, below is James speaking on several different topics. Enjoy. On the horse the 6-foot-5, 330-pounder was filmed riding after practice one day, saying “I’m going to save America.” We were around the facility and all of a sudden they brought a horse up in there. And them old boys didn’t think I could ride that horse, man. So, I got on that horse. And I rode that horse just like a cowboy would or something. … I felt real bad for the horse. Man, the horse was bucking a little bit. I’m not a small guy, man. I know he didn’t like that. But, man, that horse got through it. On his thoughts on Miami. I love it here. I’m from the coast. But the Miami coast is just, like, this is its own place, you know? Like, you look around and you see so many Porsche and Lamborghinis, man. I don’t know man. Crazy cool cars. On his own car, which is a truck with a massive decal of his number 88 on the hood. I put my number real big on the hood, so it looks like the duke of hazard truck or something like that, you know? Now you know it’s my truck when you see it. It looks good, real, real good. On his 40-yard dash time. I was sore one day and ran like a 4.8. I don’t know, man, I believe if you asked anybody on this team and I could probably run even faster man. I’m a big dude, man, but I got moves. On his bench press max. I could probably, man, toss up like 500 pounds. That ain’t no thing to me. On redshirting as a sophomore after he played as a freshman. I had to get my mind right and focus. My grades were low – real low. But it all worked out. It set me straight. I’m all straight and on that good path now. But, not going to lie, it was crazy for a while.last_img read more

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Aaron Finch becomes first player to appear for 7 different IPL teams

first_imgAaron Finch became the first player in the history of the Indian Premier League to appear for seven different teams.The Australian batting star, who made his IPL debut in 2010, played for Rajasthan Royals, Delhi Daredevils, Pune Warriors, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Mumbai Indians and Gujarat Lions up until 2017.IPL 2018, RCB v KXIP, Live Cricket ScoreOn Friday, Finch was picked for Kings XI Punjab for their blockbuster clash against Royal Challengers Bangalore in Bengaluru. Finch replaced South African southpaw David Miller.Finch did not play KXIP’s opening match against Delhi Daredevils. Incidentally, he got married on April 7, when the 11th edition of the IPL got underway. Glenn Maxwell, who recently joined Delhi for their second match against Rajasthan, was his best man.In 65 matches in the IPL so far, Finch has 1604 runs including 13 half-centuries.However, Finch did not get off to a great start and got out for a first-ball duck when he was trapped LBW by Umesh Yadav. Umesh followed it up with another wicket in the over, thus getting three wickets in his second to reduce Punjab to 36/3 from 4 overs.Punjab are coming into the match with their tails up, having started the season on a resounding note, beating Delhi Daredevils by six wickets.Local player KL Rahul, who scripted victory with the fastest-ever fifty in IPL, will be seeking to repeat his show, and he is playing at home.Rahul had smashed six boundaries and four sixes in his 16-ball-51.last_img read more

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9 months agoWolves boss Nuno: No cap for January signings

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Wolves boss Nuno: No cap for January signingsby Freddie Taylor9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo is not putting a cap on the number of signings the club will make this month.The Black Country club are still working on a deal to bring Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham, currently on loan at Aston Villa, to Molineux.But Nuno has hinted that that they might not be the only deal they complete this month.”There are no numbers,” he said.”It’s a squad and a shape you have, and you have to make the balance of who you have and what you want to build regarding the future.”It’s about who has made things well and we keep counting on, some other players not.”You have to make decisions. This is how we work, but there are no numbers.”It’s not about the system, it’s about the quality of the players.”A player can play in another system and be good for us.” last_img read more

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Smoke alarm sets off fire scare in Austrian Alpine tunnel

first_imgBERLIN – A fire alarm inside a railway tunnel being built under the Austrian Alps prompted workers briefly to take shelter in an underground safety area Monday, a project manager said.Eighteen people were working on a tunnel-boring machine inside the Brenner tunnel construction site when the alarm went off, said Konrad Bergmeister, the Austrian CEO of project management company BBT SE. It turned out to be a false alarm, he said.He said a smoke sensor set off the alarm, prompting people to take shelter in a safety container, but workers quickly determined there was no fire or smoke. Electricians were working to determine the cause of the alarm.Officials had earlier said the tunnel-boring machine had apparently caught fire or at least emitted smoke inside the tunnel.The Brenner tunnel aims to link the Austrian city of Innsbruck and central Europe with northern Italy.The Brenner Base Tunnel project, the main part of which is a 55-kilometre (34-mile) connection between Innsbruck and Fortezza in northern Italy, is supposed to be completed in the mid-2020s. It will consist of two single-track tunnels as well as a third tunnel that will eventually help with drainage.last_img read more

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Shhh How to stream March Madness when the boss isnt around

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – March Madness begins Tuesday. And that may mean strategizing to sneak in some games when the boss isn’t looking.Fortunately for you — though not your boss — all 67 games in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament will be available online. Many of the games, including the Final Four, will require a password through your cable or satellite TV subscription.Among the changes this year: a special stream to get the hot moments live when multiple games are played simultaneously during the first round. There are also new ways to subscribe to online TV packages, which stream many of the channels you’d get from a cable subscription.Here’s a viewer’s guide:___HAPPY STREAMINGThe best places to watch: http://www.ncaa.com/marchmadness or the NCAA March Madness Live app. All the games will be there, regardless of where they are televised.CBS is televising 21 games, including two of the quarterfinals. These games won’t require a cable or satellite password. To view on a streaming device such as Apple TV, Roku or Fire TV, you need a $6-a-month subscription to CBS All Access, or a subscription to one of those cable-like online packages.You’ll need a password for the remaining games, which are split among the Turner-owned cable channels — TBS, TNT and truTV. That includes the semifinals and championship game, known collectively as the Final Four. There’s a three-hour grace period on most devices. Games also will be available on individual apps for TBS, TNT and truTV — again with a password.On desktops and laptops, the March Madness website will have a “boss button.” One click replaces the game with a fake screenshot of a search engine, spreadsheet or PowerPoint-like app — your choice, but set it up ahead of time.___NO PASSWORD?Consider subscribing to an online television package. There are some new ones since last year’s tournament, including Google’s YouTube TV and Hulu with Live TV, joining AT&T’s DirecTV Now and Sony’s PlayStation Vue from before. The services cost $35 or $40 a month. Dish’s Sling TV costs $25, but doesn’t come with CBS. A sports-focused service, fuboTV, has CBS but not the Turner networks, so strike that.Even services that include CBS might not offer the local CBS station where you live. Check before you subscribe by entering your ZIP code. To get CBS, you can also subscribe to All Access or use an antenna.___KEEPING UPWith Vue on a PlayStation 4 device, you can watch three channels on the same screen at once. This means you can keep up with games being televised simultaneously on different channels, or have a talk show taking up one of the three streams. Vue offers just one game at a time on other devices.The March Madness app on Apple TV also offers three games simultaneously, up from two last year.Otherwise, you can have multiple browser tabs open or watch simultaneously on a phone and a personal computer.A new feature called Fast Break will switch from game to game automatically during the first round, depending on the action. It’s similar to the NFL RedZone or the Olympics’ Gold Zone. It’s available through the March Madness app on various devices and browsers.With Hulu, you can choose your favourite teams, and its live-TV service will send phone alerts and automatically record games involving those teams. Those with the basic Hulu service, without the live channels, will get condensed versions of games after they end.___HEARING ITWestwood One’s radio coverage of all games will be available with no password needed. You can also get this on Amazon’s Echo devices by asking the Alexa digital assistant for the score.___VIRTUAL REALITYIntel will be producing some games in virtual reality. This time, it’ll work with Google Daydream headsets as well, not just Samsung’s Gear VR. Details on prices and the specific games haven’t been announced yet. Keep in mind that VR is no replacement for television; TV can get you much closer to the action with camera zooms than VR, which typically anchors you in a fixed location.last_img read more

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Proportional Representation referendum ballots in the mail

first_imgVICTORIA, B.C. – Ballots for the B.C. Referendum on Electoral Reform will be mailed out starting Monday.Over 3.3 million voting packages will be distributed to registered voters in B.C. and event registered voters who are temporarily away from their homes in international locations like Korea, Kuwait and Zambia.“We expect the Interior, Northern BC, Richmond, Vancouver, and Vancouver Island north of the Malahat to receive their voting packages this week,” says Anton Boegman, Chief Electoral Officer. “Greater Victoria and the rest of the Lower Mainland should receive their packages next week, and we expect package delivery to be complete by November 2.” Elections BC encourages voters to get informed and vote in the referendum. Neutral information about the voting systems, short videos and a voter’s guide are available at elections.bc.ca/referendum.Elections B.C. says the rotating postal strike has not yet impacted the delivery schedule for voting packages.  The referendum voting period is October 22 to November 30, and this has not changed as a result of the rotating strikes.Elections BC says they are monitoring the situation closely, and the Chief Electoral Officer has the authority to extend the voting period for the referendum if necessary, should job action at Canada Post materially impact the referendum process. Any changes will be communicated with the public.To vote in the referendum, an individual must be:a Canadian citizen,18 or older as of November 30, 2018, anda resident of B.C. for at least six months immediately before November 30, 2018All registered voters in British Columbia will receive a referendum voting package in the mail. Eligible voters that do not receive a voting package by November 2 should contact Elections BC at 1-800-661-8683, or go online toelections.bc.ca/ovr to request a package.last_img read more

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