Archive for May, 2019

  • Strong winds halt play at Pebble Beach

    Date: 2019.05.17 | Category: 南宁桑拿 | Response: 0

    When several balls moved after being marked by players on some of the more exposed greens at Pebble Beach, officials had little choice but to stop play.

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    Gusts of nearly 40 mph (64 kph) were recorded and officials began watering some of the greens in an effort to again make them playable.

    The PGA Tour event is played on three courses on California’s Monterey Peninsula, with Pebble Beach the most exposed.

    Rules official Mark Russell said the wind had caused similar problems at Monterey Peninsula, but not at Spyglass Hill, and that it was hoped that play would be resumed on Saturday.

    Walker, who was tied with Spieth after the second round, picked up one stroke to par in five holes at Monterey Peninsula to take the sole lead at 10-under when play was halted.

    He led Spieth, who had played two holes, and compatriot Hunter Mahan, through six, by two shots.

    Ruled out of contention was American D.A. Points, who was disqualified for an unusual rules violation.

    While waiting on the 18th tee during Friday’s second round, Points made a few practice swings with a green sponge ball under his right armpit.

    Using the ball during a round contravenes rule 14-3, which states a player may not use “any artificial device or unusual equipment.”

    The violation, which was captured on TV, was not brought to the attention of officials until after Points had signed his card, so he therefore was disqualified.

    “We were standing on the tee; it’s cold, it’s raining,” Points told GolfChannel广西桑拿,.

    “I pull out the ball and make some dry practice swings, just trying to loosen up. I come to find out it’s an unusual training device, something you wouldn’t have in your bag.”

    Points, who signed for a one-under-par 36-hole score, was allowed to continue playing in the pro-am section of the tournament with his partner, former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

    (Reporting By Andrew Both in Cary, North Carolina; Editing by Larry Fine)

  • Emotional Kearney counts cost of error

    Date: 2019.05.17 | Category: 南宁桑拿 | Response: 0

    There was no looking at positives or celebration of winning a medal of any sort from the 27-year-old from Vermont, the tears that flowed unabated told the tale of a woman who felt she had just blown four years of hard work.

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    The goal had been to become the first freestyle skier to win two gold medals but that all ended when, going last in the final, the American fluffed the landing off her first jump.

    While there was no lack of graciousness, Kearney clearly placed the blame for her third place finish on her own shoulders rather than credit the Canadian sisters who took the gold and silver, Justine and Chloe Dufour-Lapointe.

    “I feel like I let myself down,” said an emotional Kearney who has dominated the event since winning gold in Vancouver four years ago.

    “I wanted that gold medal and I skied for it but I made a huge mistake and you can’t win at the Olympic Games when you make a mistake.

    “You don’t prepare for this moment, you prepare for success but life does not always go according to plan,” she told reporters. “I have to treat this bronze medal as a reward for fighting but not for perfection.”

    Kearney has endured Olympic disappointment before.

    She arrived at her first Games in 2006 with a world title under her belt and confident of at least a spot on the podium, if not a gold medal, in Turin.

    The then-teenager was simply overwhelmed by the occasion, however, and stumbled after her first jump on her first run, placing 22nd in qualifying and failing to reach the final.

    A serious knee injury followed but she battled back to fitness in time for Vancouver where she broke the hearts of a nation by pipping defending champion Jennifer Heil of Canada to gold on the last run in the final.

    Although she will definitely not be back for the 2018 Olympics in South Korea, Kearney said she might continue competing for another World Cup season.

    “Right now I would very much like to ski again,” she said. “I will try my best to let it go, that will help my happiness levels.

    “All of my training and all of my focus has been on this moment. Now that is over I have to re-evaluate for other goals.

    “It’s tough when you know your Olympic career is over and it did not end well.”

    (Editing by Tony Jimenez)

  • Dufour-Lapointe sisters take moguls one-two

    Date: 2019.05.17 | Category: 南宁桑拿 | Response: 0

    The sister-act stunned overwhelming favourite Hannah Kearney in the third run of the final under the bright lights at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park to leave the tearful defending champion with a bronze.

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    They were the third pair of sisters to win gold and silver in the same event at a Winter Olympics. The others were Christine and Marielle Goitschel of France in 1964 and Doris and Angelika Neuner of Austria in 1992.

    “It just totally rocks. It is just really amazing,” Justine, 19, said.

    “Today I gave everything I had inside. I haven’t eaten since 12 this morning.

    “I really gave it my all. I felt the pressure, but I tried to just put that away and I said, ‘You know what, I’m going to roar and people will see me and remember who the real Justine is’.”

    Hopes of a family podium sweep had disappeared when the third sibling, Maxime, went out after the second run of the final but her sisters would not be denied in the final six-woman showdown.

    Teenager Justine slapped her skis on the snow four times before going down the slope third and capping a clean run with a perfect back flip to take the lead with a score of 22.44.

    Chloe came next, exhorted by her coach to “Attack, Attack Attack”, but her landing after the second kicker was less than perfect and she tallied 21.66, only good enough for second place.

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    With two medals for the family guaranteed, all eyes were now on Kearney, who was hoping to become the first freestyle skier to win back-to-back Olympic golds.

    The 27-year-old, who had topped the leaderboard after qualifying and the second run of the final, botched the landing after her first jump and was unable to recover sufficiently to score better than 21.49.

    “I feel like I let myself down,” said an emotional Kearney, who has dominated the event since winning gold in Vancouver.

    “I wanted that gold medal and I skied for it but I made a huge mistake and you can’t win at the Olympic Games when you make a mistake.”

    When Kearney’s score flashed up on the big screen, the Dufour-Lapointe sisters shrieked and embraced, their cries of joy echoed by their proud parents watching on.

    “It feels amazing,” said Chloe, 22. “It happened at the World Cup, but now it’s at the Olympics. We had to do three runs and we did it together. We’re just really happy.”

    There was also disappointment for Japan’s 34-year-old Aiko Uemura, who was competing in her fifth Olympics but narrowly missed out on a medal by finishing fourth for the second Games in a row.

    (Editing by Ed Osmond ad Clare Lovell)

  • Pocock already back to Test level: Mowen

    Date: 2019.05.17 | Category: 南宁桑拿 | Response: 0

    Brumbies captain Ben Mowen has lauded the return of Wallabies star flanker David Pocock, saying it’s taken just two games for his form to return to international standard.

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    Pocock showed no signs of the knee injury that cruelled his 2013 season during the Brumbies’ 67-0 trial thrashing of the ACT XV in Canberra on Saturday.

    “It was hard not to keep an eye on him (during the game) because he was turning over so much ball,” Mowen said.

    “I thought he was back to where he’s been at international standard.”

    Even more impressive is the speed at which Pocock’s confidence has returned after 11 months on the sidelines, as the mental barriers can be as difficult to overcome as the physical barriers.

    “I know myself when I came back from a knee recon, it usually takes you five or six games to get going,” Mowen said.

    “The positive signs for him is that he’s back to where he was – that’s really exciting.

    “He made a couple of good offloads, some really good carries over the gain line, and if you pair that up with his base game, which is a very high standard, you’re looking at a very complete player.”

    With the Brumbies just two weeks away from their Super Rugby season opener against the Queensland Reds, the No.7’s return to form sets up a salivating battle against flanker Liam Gill – set to provide a true indicator on exactly where Pocock’s form is at.

    “I always try and avoid making it a No.7 on No.7 battle,” Pocock said.

    “But (Gill) has been great and putting pressure on Michael (Hooper) for that spot over the Wallabies’ season, so it will be a big challenge.”

    In the meantime Pocock says he’ll continue to blow out the cobwebs.

    “It’s good to get a bit more rhythm and a bit more work in defence and attack,” he said.

    “You can do as much training as you want, but getting that match fitness is different. It’s good to be out there again.”

  • I want to stay at the Tigers, says Woods

    Date: 2019.05.17 | Category: 南宁桑拿 | Response: 0

    In-demand Wests Tigers prop Aaron Woods says he wants to stay at the club that has made him a representative star.

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    The NSW State of Origin forward has been linked to a big money move to Manly, but Woods is keen to continue to develop his promising career with the joint venture.

    Woods looked ready to take his game to a new level this season in the Tigers’ 32-8 trial win over Penrith at Kirkham Oval in Camden on Saturday.

    And the 22-year-old says he’s keen to have his future sorted before the Tigers opening game of the NRL season against St George Illawarra on March 9.

    “I grew up in Leichhardt and I would love to stay here,” Woods told AAP.

    “2040 (Leichhardt’s postcode) and all that stuff, me and my mates all grew up around there.

    “The only thing is that I grew up a Manly supporter.

    “We have a lot of good young kids coming through here at the Tigers, Luke Brooks, Mitchell Moses … and if I can play on the back of that it would be great.

    “Hopefully it will all be sorted soon.”

    The Tigers gave their fans plenty of cause for optimism this season against the Panthers in the first hitout of the year for both teams.

    Their attack clicked into gear early and they led 14-0 after 20 minutes.

    Their defence held firm for much of the contest, albeit against an understrength Panthers missing recruits Jamie Soward, Peter Wallace, Jamal Idris and Brent Kite.

    Woods says it’s vital the Tigers get a good start to the NRL season proper.

    “I played 30 minutes and it was fun to have a hit out with the boys,” he said.

    “It gives us a bit of confidence. We defended well on our line and we played a lot more direct. We aren’t going sideways, which is something we really worked on in the pre-season.

    “The first thing is I want is to get the Tigers on the front foot, we always start the year really slow, but if we can get a few wins early on it can lead you to anywhere.

    “There was a lot of disappointment last year … and we don’t want to be in that situation again.”