McIlroy tips wide field for Masters

first_img Since Darren Clarke and Keegan Bradley won the last two majors of 2011 when ranked 111th and 108th in the world respectively, the lowest ranked winner of a major has been Ernie Els, who was 40th when he won the 2012 Open at Lytham. Last year, Adam Scott was ranked seventh when he won the Masters, Rose fifth before his US Open triumph at Merion and Phil Mickelson also fifth before his Open victory at Muirfield. Jason Dufner was 21st when he won the US PGA Championship at Oak Hill. The list of winners on the PGA Tour this season does not have such a familiar ring to it, with the likes of Matt Every, Steven Bowditch, Matt Jones, Scott Stallings and Russell Henley all tasting victory. Former Masters champion Zach Johnson is the only member of the world’s top 10 to have won a strokeplay tournament in 2014, with world number four Jason Day out of action with a thumb injury since his victory in the WGC-Accenture Match Play. The quality of the 24 rookies – the most since 1935 – in the field also cannot be overlooked, with 2013 rookie of the year Jordan Spieth, FedEx Cup leader Jimmy Walker and WGC-Cadillac Championship winner Patrick Reed among those aiming to become the first player to win a green jacket on their Masters debut since Fuzzy Zoeller in 1979. But Rose believes the unique challenges of Augusta National mean that McIlroy’s estimate of 70 potential winners is way too high. “I think Augusta is different,” said Rose, who was fifth here in 2007 and has led at some point during every round without leading when it really matters. “There’s so much course knowledge that you build up through the years that definitely swings the pendulum in the favour of the more experienced player. Press Association “I think if you’re outside the top 50 in the world this week, you’ve got a great chance,” Rose said, a tongue-in-cheek reference to some of the lesser-known winners of big events in 2014. But when the 78th Masters gets under way on Thursday at Augusta National, statistics suggest the cream will again rise to the top, even without the injured world number one and four-time Masters champion Tiger Woods. “I would say 15 guys separate themselves a lot from the field. Always you can have the unknowns that can happen, but I would say 15 guys are pretty strong favourites.” Rose includes himself, McIlroy, Sergio Garcia, Lee Westwood and Ian Poulter in that 15, which is good news for those hoping for an end to a 15-year European victory drought in a major championship which had previously provided a rich seam of success. European players recorded eight wins between 1988 and 1999 and seven out of nine from Sandy Lyle’s triumph in 1988 to Nick Faldo’s third title in 1996. However, the last continental player to don the famous green jacket remains Jose Maria Olazabal in 1999, despite Luke Donald, Westwood, Martin Kaymer and McIlroy all being world number one at some point since October 2010. Henrik Stenson can become the latest European player to top the rankings by finishing second or better on Sunday – Scott and Jason Day can also claim top spot – while McIlroy is rated the tournament favourite despite a best finish of 15th in five previous Masters appearances. That came when he held a four-shot lead heading into the final round before collapsing to a closing 80, but the former world number one believes there will be no excuses if he does put himself into contention come the back nine on Sunday. “I certainly feel comfortable on the golf course here,” the 24-year-old McIlroy said. “There’s a lot of guys that seems like once they drive up Magnolia Lane, something sort of lights up inside them. “I’m disappointed that my best finish was only 15th. I feel like I’ve played better than that and haven’t quite got the results. Hopefully I can change that this week.” At least one omen is in McIlroy’s favour, with Irish golfers winning the last four major championships that Woods has missed through injury; Padraig Harrington won the Open and US PGA in 2008, McIlroy claimed the 2011 US Open and Darren Clarke won the Open at Sandwich a month later. Whether McIlroy, Clarke or Graeme McDowell can continue that remarkable streak remains to be seen, but one thing is certain. “This event produces something special no matter what,” defending champion Scott said. “It’s not going to involve Tiger this year, but it will involve someone else and it will be a memorable event anyway.” Rory McIlroy believes almost three-quarters of the 97-strong field can win the US Masters, while Justin Rose neatly summed up an unpredictable season so far.last_img read more

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ACC, Pac-12 have canceled basketball tournaments because of the coronavirus.

first_imgACC, Pac-12 have canceled basketball tournaments because of the coronavirus. March 12, 2020 Associated Press center_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditLAS VEGAS (AP) — ACC, Pac-12 have canceled basketball tournaments because of the coronavirus.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img

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Albert Pujols excited for first visit to St. Louis with the Angels

first_imgHe’s also tried not to think of how he’ll feel when he actually steps into the batter’s box for the first time, with longtime teammate Yadier Molina behind the plate.“I don’t know and I don’t want to know because if you start thinking about it and it doesn’t go that way you might be a little disappointed,” Pujols said. “But I’m pretty sure it’ll be emotional. And then having Yadi behind the plate, he’s like my little brother and we had success together.”Over 11 years with the Cardinals, Pujols hit .328 with a 1.037 OPS, averaging 40 homers a season. The Cardinals also won the World Series in 2006 and 2011 with Pujols, the latter coming in the final season before he signed a 10-year, $240 million deal with the Angels.The Angels and Cardinals then met in interleague play in 2013 and 2016, but both times the series was in Anaheim.Although it was widely assumed that the schedule would bring the Angels to St. Louis in 2019, Pujols said he was excited when it became official last year. Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Pujols said he got “a lot of texts” from friends and family, many of whom will be using the $35,000 worth of tickets that he said he bought for this weekend.“The best fans in baseball, no doubt,” Pujols said of the St. Louis fans. “A great atmosphere. They know the game. From young boys to 80-year-old people, they are always into the game. I think the best thing about it is players like Ken Griffey Jr. had milestones there and they were getting a standing ovation by our fans. They know baseball. They love the game. They love their team. Whether they are winning or losing, it’s going to be a packed house. It was a great atmosphere every time I took the field for 11 years and I’m pretty sure it’s going to be that way this weekend too.”Despite the hoopla, Pujols said he plans to keep his focus on winning the games, because he wants to try to have some of the success with the Angels that he had in St. Louis.“We’ve missed the playoffs seven out of my eight years here and hopefully we can get a good roll here and have the best player in the game play in a big spot, which is the playoffs and the World Series. And that’s (Mike Trout). Hopefully, the fans can get to do that this year.”ALSOThe Angels traded outfielder Cesar Puello to the Miami Marlins for cash considerations. Puello had been designated for assignment to make room for Justin Upton when he was activated on Monday. …Shortstop Andrelton Simmons, who is rehabbing from an ankle sprain, was set for a second rehab game at rookie-level Orem (Utah) on Wednesday, after which the Angels will decide whether he needs more time or can be activated. …Trevor Cahill was sent to Salt Lake City to throw about 75 pitches in a Triple-A game on Friday night. Cahill, who is out with an elbow issue, is expected to be ready after one game, Manager Brad Ausmus said. It’s unclear in what role the Angels would use Cahill after he returns, or who he would replace on the roster. …Related Articles Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros JC Ramírez felt good after his rehab outing on Tuesday night with Salt Lake, Ausmus said. Ramírez, who is rehabbing from Tommy John surgery, is expected to use just about all 30 days of his rehab assignment, which means he would rejoin the Angels around June 29. The Angels haven’t yet decided on a role for Ramírez because “we don’t know what will happen between now and then,” Ausmus said. …Keynan Middleton, who is also rehabbing from Tommy John surgery, has not started facing hitters, and Ausmus said he’s not sure when that will happen. …Matt Harvey, who is out with a back injury, has resumed baseball activity, but there’s no timeline for his return, Ausmus said. …Justin Bour, Tommy La Stella and Kevan Smith did the EdgeWalk at the top of the CN Tower. Supported by a safety rail, visitors can walk around the outside of the observation deck 116 stories above the ground. “There were a couple times when I wasn’t sure all the members participating were going to go through with it, but we all did and I’m glad we did,” Bour said.UP NEXTAngels (LHP Jose Suarez, 2-1, 4.50) at Blue Jays (LHP Clayton Richard, 0-3, 7.52), Thursday, 4:07 p.m., Fox Sports West, 830 AM TORONTO — Albert Pujols is days away from a moment he’s been anticipating for years.The Angels will open a three-game series in St. Louis on Friday, offering Pujols the first chance to play in front of the fans who cheered him for the first 11 years of a career that will send him to the Hall of Fame.“I think it’s going to be emotional,” Pujols said Wednesday. “I don’t get too emotional, but for myself, it will be like that. When I got to St. Louis I was 21 and when I left I was 32. I got there as a baby and left as a man. You can’t ignore the success I had there, individually and team accomplishments, winning championships. It’s pretty awesome. I’m excited.”It’s unclear exactly how the Cardinals will honor Pujols throughout the weekend series. So far all he knows is that he’s having a press conference on Friday afternoon, but he’s unsure about what sort of on-field ceremonies or presentations there might be.center_img Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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Skating rink in Winfield closes due to not paying sales tax; but owner says it will reopen

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (4) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +4 Vote up Vote down Melinda · 286 weeks ago you are blaming this on ONE DAY that the bank was closed??? What about every day before then??? Good Grief. Sounds like a lousy excuse if you ask me. Report Reply 0 replies · active 286 weeks ago +7 Vote up Vote down JustMe · 286 weeks ago You don’t rack up $44,000 in sales tax payments over the weekend. Obviously a problem for quite some time. Report Reply 0 replies · active 286 weeks ago +5 Vote up Vote down Guest · 286 weeks ago It can be very difficult to keep a small business afloat in this economy. I hope they are able to get everything squared away and reopen. Report Reply 0 replies · active 286 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down beenthere · 286 weeks ago Small business owners just don’t stand a chance these days. Taxed to death!!!! Report Reply 0 replies · active 286 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments By Shane Farley, Newscow.net — Interskate 77 in Winfield will resolve its sales tax issues with the state of Kansas and reopen soon, rink owner Keith Anglemyer said Monday.“If the banks were open, we’d have it settled today,” he said.On Sunday, the state seized the business, located at 515 Main, for failure to pay $44,000 in sales tax. The rink will remained closed until the matter is settled and assets could be auctioned off to pay taxes owed if a settlement is not reached.Officers seized all known bank accounts, on-site cash, inventory and personal property assets belonging to Anglemyer.In a brief interview with KSOK News, Anglemyer said the average number of skates had dropped in the past couple years. That in turn caused income flow problems.“We are starting to see increases in skate activity,” he said. “Especially birthday parties. We hope this doesn’t become an issue in the future.”Anglemyer said he has been working with state tax officials since the seizure and hopes to have the skating rink open this week.“It’s never been about making money,” he said. “But obviously we didn’t want the business to get into this shape. We’re working to have it resolved but the banking holiday has complicated matters.”Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

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