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Quiet please: A PGA with no fans and the new normal for golf

first_img SUBSCRIBE TO US Written By Last Updated: 7th August, 2020 07:16 IST Quiet Please: A PGA With No Fans And The New Normal For Golf To those overserved boors who insist on screaming “Mashed Potatoes!” every time Dustin Johnson or Brooks Koepka unloads with their driver, we have one simple request for you WATCH US LIVE First Published: 7th August, 2020 07:16 IST Associated Press Television News center_img COMMENT FOLLOW US To those overserved boors who insist on screaming “Mashed Potatoes!” every time Dustin Johnson or Brooks Koepka unloads with their driver, we have one simple request for you.Please come back.For this week at the PGA championship, the same goes for every lunkhead who snapped a photo in the middle of a backswing, every 50-year-old who crowded out a kid in an autograph line, every scampering porta-potty seeker who incurred the wrath of an over-officious caddie.When golf returned eight weeks ago from its coronavirus-inflicted hiatus, we were grateful. Grateful simply to have something new, and live, to watch. Someone to cheer for. Or against. Only problem: There was hardly any cheering. And, as Rory McIlroy put it about midway through a largely silent, largely joyless, very sanitized restart to the 2020 season: “Every tournament has felt the same.“Now the stakes are higher. It’s the PGA. The year’s first major under the pandemic-shuffled schedule. Players are making their way around the grounds of Harding Park in San Francisco in virtual silence. And, true to McIlroy’s word, except for the marine layer, a few more stocking caps, that neck gaiter Tiger Woods is wearing and the live shots of players getting ready for their rounds in the parking lot, this one looks the same as they all have this year: empty, silent, sterile.“You miss the positivity, the energy,” said Martin Kaymer, whose round of 4-under 66 put him within one of the lead after the morning action Thursday. “But you have to create it somehow yourself.”The day began with the usual pomp of the opening-tee introductions. “Now on the tee, please welcome, from Dallas, Texas, Scottie Scheffler.” The starter used a microphone. Why?Some things never change. Woods still draws the biggest crowds. But it was only reporters and cameramen following him around the course, this time. And Koepka, in search of his third straight PGA title, still plays under the radar. Of course, this week, he’s not the only one not being seen.“That’s the way it’s going to be for the foreseeable future, unfortunately,” McIlroy said.The PGA trimmed its roster of volunteers from around 3,500 to fewer than 300 for a tournament that was supposed to take place in May but is now taking place in August. There is no need for crowd control, for shuttle buses, for people taking your credit card at the merchandise tent, which has been converted into what might just be the largest player’s locker room in golf history.“I’ve played in tournaments where there’s nobody around so it’s kind of normal for me,” said Jeff Hart, one of the 20 club pros in the field this week. “But it was odd, and it was just — you didn’t even feel like you were at a major championship.”About halfway through the day, journeyman Bud Cauley made a snaking, 70-foot putt for a birdie that pulled him within one shot of the lead. It was so quiet out there, you could hear the ball hit the bottom of the cup. Adam Hadwin started his afternoon by jarring the ball off the stick and into the hole on No. 1 for an eagle. He received warm applause from the 20-or-so volunteers, staff and scorers surrounding the green.But if you’re inside the gates, you are among the lucky few who have undergone and passed COVID tests and been deemed essential to make this tournament run.“We’re going to celebrate what we’ve got,” PGA of America CEO Seth Waugh said about the week’s eerily silent arrangement.Not all fans were taking ‘no’ for an answer.Jason Day, whose 65 gave him the lead after the morning rounds were complete, spotted fans peering through a hole cut through a blue tarp that walled off the 12th tee box from the outside. That’s as close as they’ll get this week.“I actually miss playing in front of fans because you obviously work off that, especially in a major championship.,” Day said.This week, though, instead of fans surrounding the tee boxes, there are a hand-sanitizer dispensers. And instead of roars echoing through the cypress trees, it’s the quiet congratulations of a fellow playing partner: “Nice shot. Great putt. Good one.”But no “You Da Man.” No “Baba Booey!”. No “Get in the hole!” for a putt that has barely started rolling off a player’s putter.Is that good? Or bad?“It’s just different,” Woods said. “That’s probably the only way to say it. This is what we’re going to have to get used to in the near future, and for probably for a while.”Image credits: AP LIVE TVlast_img read more


A.H. Fisher Diamonds Joins with Catholic Charities to Help Residents Hit…

first_imgRED BANK – The Monmouth County Board of Catholic Charities has joined with A.H. Fisher Diamonds for the 2013 Ray of Hope Gala Committee to raise funds to benefit area residents affected by Super Storm Sandy.Each year the gala supports Catholic Charities’ programs that provide temporary and permanent housing, trauma counseling, child and family counseling and addiction treatment. All of these programs will be involved in the disaster relief response efforts for those impacted by Sandy.The programs benefit people in need in Monmouth County, regardless of religious affiliation.The collaborative effort between A.H. Fisher Diamonds and the gala committee will raise funds that will benefit these programs and help individuals and families that suffered loss and/or damages as a result of the storm. The fundraiser is called, Shop for the Shore.Through Dec. 31, A.H. Fisher Diamonds will make the donations to Catholic Charities of:$50 for every purchase made over $500$100 for every purchase made over $1,000$1,000 for every purchase made over $10,000As an additional bonus, customers who spend a minimum of $500 will receive a $100 A.H. Fisher Diamonds Gift Card that can be redeemed toward a purchase at the store in 2013.For almost 10 years, the Red Bank-based A.H. Fisher Diamonds has proudly supported Catholic Charities’ Ray of Hope Gala.“It has been our pleasure to work with the Gala committee to raise funds that provide a variety of services to the residents in our communities who require assistance,“ said Alan Fisher, president of A.H. Fisher Diamonds.Fisher, a lifelong resident of the Jersey Shore, has many friends and customers who have been adversely affected by the devastation of Super Storm Sandy. As a way to help them and the thousands who need assistance, A.H. Fisher Diamonds will make these donations in collaboration with Catholic Charities and the Ray of Hope Gala.“For many years, Catholic Charities has helped people meet challenges, so it made sense for us to join forces with this established organization that already has an established network of programs that help people in our communities,” Fisher said .“Catholic Charities helps hundreds of residents every year in Monmouth County with challenges related to housing, mental health, specialized children’s services and addiction treatment,” said Robert Hodnett, associate director of Children’s and Family Services for Catholic Charities. “A natural disaster such as Hurricane Sandy adds to our area’s challenges, but we are fortunate to be able to incorporate our resources and work with our business partners like A.H. Fisher Diamonds to help those affected.“The Monmouth County Board of Catholic Charities will host the 16th annual Ray of Hope Gala on Friday, April 26, at Eagle Oaks Golf and Country Club in Farmingdale. Sponsorship opportunities are available.To learn more about the gala and Catholic Charities, visit www.catholiccharitiesternton.org/monmouth.last_img read more


Get the brooms out, Rebels within a win of KIJHL title

first_imgCastlegar can complete the sweep Saturday in Armstrong when the two Conference champions meet in Game four.The Rebels scored the only goal the team would need with 15 seconds remaining in the opening period.Vlanich and Travis Wellman set up Castlegar’s playoff leading scorer Stuart Walton on the power play to give the Rebels the 1-0 lead.Brendan Heinrich provided some insurance with a second period goal.Then it was Castlegar’s pressure defence, combined with Gluck in goal in the third, that took this game home.The Rebels out shot the Knights 32-24 before an announced crowd of 500 fans.It was the third straight game Castlegar has out shot the Knights. Castlegar is one win away from its first Kootenay International Junior Hockey League title since 1996.Jordan Gluck made 24 saves and Jamie Vlanich had two assists to power the Rebels to a 2-0 victory over the North Okanagan Knights Friday in Armstrong.The Rebels now lead the best-of-seven KIJHL Championship series 3-0.last_img read more


South Okanagan halts Bomber winning streak

first_imgHowever, poor weather made the pitch unplayable forcing coaches to cancell the game.The teams will meet this week in West Kootenay High School Fieldhockey League play on Thursday in Castlegar, at 4:30 p.m. at Pass Creek.The West Kootenay zones are set for October 23 at Pass Creek.The winner advanced to the B.C. High School AA Girl’s Fieldhockey Championships in West Vancouver.Meanwhile the LVR Junior Bombers scored a pair of wins over Rossland and South Okanagan.Emma Borhi scored a hat-trick to pace LVR to a 5-1 win over Rossland.Emma Wheeldon added two goals for LVR.Jena Wheeldon and Andrea Stinson are the last Bombers to register three goals in a game.Saturday, the Bombers continued to rock on offence, shutting out South Okanagan 5-0.Borhi scored twice while Naomi Perkins, Chiara Chirico and Ava Strautman added singles. The L.V. Rogers Bombers suffered its first loss of the 2013 High School Fieldhockey season as South Okanagan Hornets of Oliver scored a 3-1 victory in the West Kootenay Tourney this past weekend at Pass Creek pitch in Castlegar.Naomi Perkins scored the lone goal for the Bombers in the five-team tourney.”This was a very good side,” said coach Val Gibson.The Bombers opened the tourney Friday by drawing 2-2 against host Stanley Humphries Rockers of Castlgar.Sarah Wade scored twice to lead the Bomber offence while Allie Zondervan added a pair of assists.The contest marked the first time Bomber keeper Tara Yowek has allowed two goals in a game.Saturday the Bombers were scheduled to play the J. Lloyd Crowe Hawks.last_img read more


SA ends Netball World Champs on a high

first_imgSouth Africa, though, had other ideas and hit back hard in the second quarter as they took over control of the midcourt. By the break, Amanda M ynhardt’s team led 28-26. In a tight match, South Africa capitalised on Irish errors to run out 46-41 victors and set up a clash with African champions Malawi for fifth place. “I’m over the moon,” Burger told Netball South Africa after winning the prestigious award. “It was really unexpected. I don’t have words to express how proud I am.” ContrastThe South African side’s fifth place finish and the sense of optimism that came with it was in stark contrast to how the team performed and how it felt after its opening Pool C game against Jamaica on 4 July. Back footThe loss in their opening encounter set South Africa’’s challenge on the back foot, and meant they needed to win their next two pool matches to reach the quarterfinals of the tournament. The Proteas’ early loss to Jamaica left them with a very tough quarterfinal showdown against world number one New Zealand. NemesisThe Malawians had finished fifth in the previous edition of the World Championships and had proven to be South Africa’s nemesis in recent times. It appeared that story would continue when the Malawi opened up a 15-10 lead after the first quarter in the battle for fifth. Shut downSouth Africa started brightly and led 11-10 after the opening quarter. After that, however, they were shut down by the Silver Ferns, with former South African star Leana de Bruin performing brilliantly on defence on her way to a player of the match winning performance as the Kiwis went on to a 58-28 victory. FinalAustralia successfully defended their world title in a scintillating final against New Zealand, which went to extra time. In front of a very loud crowd, the Diamonds edged it 58-57. The Jamaicans were ranked just above South Africa in the world rankings and the sides appeared well matched as the game got under way. It was goal for goal until the end of the first quarter when the Jamaicans managed to open up a four-goal advantage at 15-11. They then dominated the next quarter 19-9 to go into the half 34-20 ahead. From there they pulled well clear to record a big 72-45 win. Narrow leadBotswana, ranked 10 places below South Africa, came out of the blocks strongly and led 11-9 after the first quarter. South Africa won the next quarter 14-7 to take a narrow 23-18 lead into half-time.center_img As a result of their loss to New Zealand, South Africa was left to battle it out for fifth to eighth places with Northern Ireland, Malawi, and Trinidad and Tobago. First up for the South Africans was Northern Ireland. Former South African Irene van Dyk starred for New Zealand, scoring 34 points on 34 out of 35 shooting. With Jamaica having defeated Botswana and South Africa’s neighbours having beaten Singapore in the tournament opener, it came down to South Africa versus Botswana to decide which Pool C team joined the Jamaicans in the quarterfinals. In their next game, hosts Singapore were well supported by a patriotic crowd and started strongly to lead 15-13 after the first quarter. South Africa’s netball team finished the World Netball Championships in Singapore on a high on Saturday when they claimed first place in Africa and fifth place in the world rankings. Putting the cherry on the top, Erin Burger was named Player of the Tournament. After the restart South Africa took charge and two 17-10 quarters saw them to a convincing 57-38 victory. They continued their dominance in the third quarter, taking it 17-9 to lead 45-35, which looked like a comfortable margin, but the Malawians were not yet done. Their goal shooter Mwayi Kumwenda and goal attack Sindi Simtowe were in fine form and ultimately missed only one of 50 shots in the game, and they combined to bring Malawi within breathing distance of South Africa in the final quarter. However, it was too little too late for Malawi as they came up two goals shy, with South Africa claiming a 52-50 victory. 11 July 2011 South Africa turned the contest on its head in the second quarter, however, dominating it 19-6 to take a 32-21 lead into the break. They continued to put space between themselves and the hosts in the remainder of the game and triumphed 70-33. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more


Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast September 18, 2019

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Dry today through Sunday. We should continue to see decent sunshine through that period, although there will be more clouds around both Saturday and Sunday. Temps will continue to push into above normal levels, but will be limited by clouds on any given day.Our next rain event is still on tap for overnight Sunday night through Monday. Rain totals are not impressive, from a few hundredths up to .7″, but it will take thunderstorms to get to the upper end of the range, and we do not see thunderstorm threats as being as big this morning vs. yesterday’s look . Rain coverage will be around 60%. The system just looks like it is losing steam as it heads into the far eastern part of the corn belt.Tuesday should be partly sunny and dry for next week, but we may have to keep an eye out for a few scattered showers from US 30 northward for next Wednesday. Moisture totals will be limited to a tenth or two there, and the rest of the state remains dry. Partly to mostly sunny and dry to finish the 10 day period next Thursday and Friday.10 day cumulative rain potentialThe extended period has no changes either. A chance of scattered showers develops for the second half of next weekend, from next Saturday night through Sunday morning. Rain totals stay at a few hundredths to a few tenths with  40% coverage. Our best chances are in far NW OH and far southern Ohio. Dry and cooler to finish the extended 11-16 day period.last_img read more


UAAP Season 80 Preview: UP Fighting Maroons looking for results

first_imgCoach: Bo PerasolLast Season: 5-9 (6th Place)Holdovers: Paul Desiderio, Diego Dario, Javi Gomez de Liaño, Noah WebbAdditions: Juan Gomez de Liaño, Jun ManzoKey Losses: Jett Manuel, Dave MoraldeADVERTISEMENT For coach Bo Perasol, it’s high time for University of the Philippines to not settle with just fighting but also start winning.And this UAAP Season 80, the Fighting Maroons are setting the bar high.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We really would want to enter and barge into the Final Four. That is really our ambition this season,” he said. “It’s going to be really tough for us, but we have to up the ante in terms of what we want to happen with our program. We were able to get five wins last season so we don’t expect to get a lower win-loss slate this coming season. The logical direction for us is to have that Final Four spot.”Cebuano scorer Paul Desiderio will lead the Maroons along with uard Diego Dario and sophomore Javi Gomez de Liaño and promising neophytes Juan Gomez de Liaño and Jun Manzo. Only in his second year at the helm, Perasol is firm in his belief that for the first time in a long time, UP truly has nowhere to go but up.“That’s really our direction. We aspire to win because I know with my players, they have the capacity, we have the skills, we have the experience to achieve that and dream towards making it to the Final Four,” he said.However, Perasol admitted that from time-to-time, shades of the Fighting Maroons’ old losing habits inevitably resurface. That’s why the mentor is doing everything he can to diffuse the doubts in preparation for this year’s campaign.“There are still remnants of our mindset that we could only go to a certain level, so this is going to be a new territory for us. We’re barging and wanting to be in the Final Four, and for the longest time, I don’t think that is the mindset of our program. It’s easy to say but it’s hard to do with the strong lineups of every team, but we are up to the challenge,” he said.The Fighting Maroons are out to prove that last year’s feel-good story is no fluke.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next San Beda’s Fernandez, Bolick, Doliguez, Benilde’s Young suspended for 1 game “It’s always in our moniker, that we’re the ‘Fighting Maroons.’ But we’ve been fighting for so long and it’s getting stale. We need results and we need to win,” he said. LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnessescenter_img Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. View commentslast_img read more


Warriors look to cement a spot among immortal champions

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  “We already know each other. We already know what to expect from each other. Just makes me so much more confident to be back and to come in every day and practice.”They also added free agents Nick Young and Omri Casspi to a formidable lineup, living up to their Strength in Numbers motto.“This year reminds me of two years ago, with the continuity, almost the exact roster coming back, having all of those guys comfortable with what we’re doing already,” Golden State coach Steve Kerr said.Tuning out ‘noise’ The Warriors raise a second championship banner in three seasons and their fifth overall on Tuesday when they open the season at home against Houston.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Golden State seeks a fourth consecutive berth in the NBA Finals and 10th trip overall. Only the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers have reached more finals and only they and Michael Jordan’s 1990s Chicago Bulls have captured more crowns.“I think mentally it’s really going to test us,” Iguodala said. “How do we respond to, I wouldn’t say adversity, but just defending the championship again?“There’s always a lot of noise surrounding us and we have to continue to be resilient through the noise, because it can weigh on us sometimes.”The only teams to reach at least four consecutive finals were Boston in the 1960s, the 1980s Lakers and Celtics and LeBron James-led Miami from 2011-14. But the only team to have the best regular-season record those same four years was the Celtics more than a half-century ago.Durant averaged 25.1 points, 8.3 rebounds and 4.9 assists last season while Curry, who led the team in scoring for a fifth consecutive campaign, contributed 25.3 points, 4.5 rebounds and 6.6 assists a game and Thompson produced 22.3 points a game.Curry says having so much talent doesn’t cause a problem with keeping everyone involved in the attack.“The way we play, everybody touches the ball. Everybody is involved,” Curry said. “Everybody should be a threat when they’re on the floor. And with the high IQ guys we have on this team, we just find a way for it to blend and work.“And we don’t have guys that are selfish at all, that are jealous of anybody else’s success or going to create drama if they get five shots one game and 15 shots the next game — as long as we win.” Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday PLAY LIST 03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday02:25Raptors or Warriors? PBA players take their pick of NBA champ01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games View comments LATEST STORIES MOST READ BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary ‘Superteams’ rise to challenge Warriors for crown Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “You can’t win anything, you can’t be successful unless you have a great team around you -– a great group of people that you rely on, that you learn from,” Durant said. “We’ve got a number of those guys in this organization.”In the off-season the Warriors spent nearly $330 million on new contracts for Durant, Curry and starting big man Zaza Pachulia plus key reserves Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutGeorgian center Pachulia warns the Warriors have a chance to fine-tune an already formidable squad.“I think we have a luxury and an opportunity to pay attention to the small details so we can move to the next level,” Pachulia said. Golden State Warriors’s NBA player Kevin Durant (L) slam dunks during the NBA Basketball Game between Golden State Warriors and Minnesota Timberwolves in Shanghai on October 8, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / CHANDAN KHANNAWashington, United States — Golden State will begin the chase for a third NBA title in four seasons and a place among the league’s most legendary dynasties when the Warriors’ 2017-18 campaign opens Tuesday.Kevin Durant, who joined the Warriors last season after leaving Oklahoma City, realized his dream of an NBA crown last June, joining Stephen Curry, Draymond Green and and a stellar supporting cast for a record 16-1 playoff run, downing Cleveland in the finals.ADVERTISEMENT Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Read Nextlast_img read more


Bolick shrugs off fatigue to deliver in clutch for San Beda

first_imgJohn Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Luckily, his screams were enough to give not only himself but his San Beda teammates the needed lift as the Red Lions scored the 94-87 Game 1 victory over Lyceum on Friday.Bolick seemed to have went on auto-pilot in the final minute and a half as he scored nine of San Beda’s last 11 points, enough to allow the Red Lions to prove that they could topple the erstwhile-undefeated top seed.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I just had to find motivation to play. That’s how I am. Whenever I shoot, I shout because I want to feel the crowd,” said the 6-foot-1 guard, who finished the game with 24 points, four rebounds, and two assists.It took San Beda three tries to beat Lyceum and Bolick drew motivation from those first two meetings heading into their finals duel. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Inquirer Varsity Seven: San Beda’s Robert Bolick PLAY LIST 01:18Inquirer Varsity Seven: San Beda’s Robert Bolick02:12San Beda, Lyceum early favorites ahead of NCAA Season 9302:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games ONE: Team Lakay bets Pacio, Iniong score KOs MOST READ LATEST STORIES CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netFacing what he regards as the toughest team he has ever faced in his career in the NCAA Season 93 Finals, Robert Bolick could only do one thing to bring out the best in him: scream.“I’m already tired. All I could do is shout because I was trying to find a motivation. I know we can’t let this game go,” he said on Friday.ADVERTISEMENT Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “I let the team down in our games against Lyceum. I had a lot of miscues, free throws missed, and a lot of turnovers. So I just told myself I have to find ways to stay motivated. Even though I was already tired, I was just shouting and I gave everything I had for the team,” he said.The Red Lions are now a win away from a successful title defense and Bolick knows that the job still isn’t over, expecting a tougher fight from Lyceum once Game 2 rolls on next Thursday.“LPU is really a great defensive team. When you turn around, they’re always there. They’re really a tough team and they bring out the best in us. I’m pretty sure that in Game 2, they’ll be better, so we should be more composed. We have to double our effort,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. View commentslast_img read more


Patriots make 3rd straight Super Bowl, beat Chiefs 37-31 OT

first_imgUS judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem “We put ourselves in position to win the game, that’s what makes it so tough,” Reid said. “If it’s a rout, you chalk it up to experience. But this one right here, where you’re in it to win it, that’s a tough deal. We gave ourselves every opportunity to do it, and they got us in overtime.”The Chiefs hadn’t been blanked in any half this season, but they barely were a presence in the first 30 minutes, when they had the ball for 8:53. Mahomes was sacked three times for 43 yards; Kansas City’s record-setting attack ran only 16 plays and gained a mere 32 yards.The zero disappeared quickly in the third quarter. Finally given solid protection, Mahomes unleashed a 54-yard completion to Sammy Watkins over All-Pro cornerback Stephon Gilmore. He then hit another All-Pro, tight end Travis Kelce, on a slant to make it 14-7 — and awaken the slumbering crowd.But one of several bad decisions further damaged Kansas City when Tyreek Hill, the All-Pro flex player, retreated deep in Chiefs territory returning a punt. Eventually, KC had to punt and the Patriots had excellent field position, setting up a 47-yard field goal by Stephen Gostkowski.Not one to be shy about innovation, Mahomes completely sidearmed a throw to Watkins for 10 yards on a third down, then a dump-off to Williams covered 33. Kelce drew a pass interference call on J.C. Jackson in the end zone, and Mahomes threw a strike to Williams for the score.Although the Chiefs were on their heels much of the night, they were down only 17-14.LOPSIDED FIRST HALFJust as they did last week in manhandling the Chargers early and cruising, the Patriots delivered a message — and a touchdown — on their first series. It was a classic, covering 80 yards in 15 plays and using up more than eight minutes. Michel, who had 113 yards rushing, scored from the 1.But Brady made a rare mistake on the next dominant drive. His third-down pass from the 1 for Rob Gronkowski was short and Reggie Ragland picked it off.Brady had never thrown an interception from the 1. Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town “This is crazy,” said Brady, who was 30 of 46 for 348 yards. “What a game.”It’s the first time both conference title games went to OT. The last time both visitors won conference championship matches was 2012; New England was 3-5 on the road this season.“We knew what our record was, but we didn’t let that dictate us,” said defensive end Trey Flowers, who led a staunch charge on Patrick Mahomes. “Whatever happened in the regular season happened. We came out and did it when it counted.”Several times, the Patriots appeared to have it won, only to see Kansas City (13-5) come back in spectacular fashion.Brady, at 41 already the oldest quarterback to have played in a Super Bowl, drove New England 65 yards in 1:24 to Burkhead’s go-ahead 4-yard touchdown with 39 seconds left in regulation. That was enough, though, for his far younger counterpart, the 23-year-old All-Pro Mahomes, to take the Chiefs 48 yards to Harrison Butker’s 39-yard field goal with 8 seconds left to force overtime.ADVERTISEMENT When the Chiefs finally got a trademark big play on Mahomes’ 42-yard completion to Hill, it went for naught. Mahomes overthrew a wide-open Williams near the end zone, then took a 14-yard sack to send KC out of field goal range.Big mistake.The Patriots kept dominating the line of scrimmage, Brady took them 90 yards and connected with Phillip Dorsett over sloppy coverage by Steven Nelson to make it 14-0 with 27 seconds left in the half.STATSIn Week 6, the Patriots beat the Chiefs 43-40 in a game featuring 946 yards total offense. This one had 814. … New England has played in eight straight AFC title games, but this is its first road playoff win since the 2006 season vs. San Diego. … Brady matched former Patriots K Adam Vinatieri, now with the Colts, for the most wins in NFL history (236). … Kansas City’s defense tied for first in the NFL with 52 sacks, but had none on Sunday. New England had four.COIN TOSSReid’s decision to defer after winning the opening coin toss proved unwise as New England had 22 plays in the opening period, and Kansas City had seven. Then, the Chiefs lost the more important toss before overtime. Less than five minutes later, they were headed to the offseason.UP NEXTThe Patriots head to Atlanta to play the Rams in the Super Bowl. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Blown call, Greg Zuerlein’s 57-yard FG send Rams to Super Bowl MOST READ ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes View comments PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady celebrates after defeating the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Championship NFL football game, Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)KANSAS CITY, Mo. — It’s the dead of winter, meaning the weather in New England can be brutal. And that the Patriots are headed to the Super Bowl.It took them overtime and more of Tom Brady’s brilliance to get there — for the third straight year. While the folks back home dealt with a frigid storm, Brady blew through Kansas City’s exhausted defense on a 75-yard drive to Rex Burkhead’s 2-yard touchdown run in a 37-31 victory Sunday for the AFC championship.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next It was a sizzling offensive showing in the fourth quarter after defense had been in charge most of the way. Indeed, the Chiefs were blanked in the opening half for the first time all season.And they never saw the ball in overtime, which along with the two replay decisions might call into play NFL rules and officiating.“I thought if we got the chance,” Mahomes said, “we’d score.”Mahomes finished 16 of 31 for 295 yards and three touchdowns.New England became the third franchise to reach three Super Bowls in a row. And Belichick now has 30 postseason victories, more than Bill Walsh and Don Shula combined. That Hall of Fame coaching duo also won five Super Bowls; Belichick shoots for No. 6 in two weeks.An apparent muff by the usually reliable Julian Edelman on a fourth-quarter punt return was overturned by a lengthy video review, prompting raucous booing and some demonstrative arguing from the usually laid-back Andy Reid. Edelman definitely touched his next try when Brady’s pass deflected off his hands directly to safety Daniel Sorensen. His 22-yard return set up Kansas City at the Patriots 23, and Damien Williams, who scored three times, had no defender near him down the left sideline for the score that made it 21-17, KC’s first lead.Back came Brady, engineering a 75-yard march on which Chris Hogan’s diving one-handed catch on third down appeared to touch the ground. Reid challenged — and lost.Minutes later, rookie Sony Michel scored from the 10, his second TD of the night.With 3½ minutes remaining, there was plenty of time for more points. Williams’ 2-yard run gave the Chiefs a 28-24 edge that New England took up most of the remaining time overcoming. The Patriots were helped by an offside call on linebacker Dee Ford that negated an interception which would have clinched a KC victory.Butker’s field goal sent it to overtime. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte LATEST STORIES The drive, during which New England (13-5) had three third-down conversions, was reminiscent of when the Patriots beat Atlanta in the only Super Bowl to go to OT two years ago.“Overtime, on the road against a great team,” Brady said. “They had no quit. Neither did we. We played our best football at the end. I don’t know, man, I’m tired. That was a hell of a game.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsAwaiting them in Atlanta are the Los Angeles Rams, who won 26-23 in overtime in New Orleans for the NFC championship. The Rams (15-3) last made the Super Bowl in 2002 while based in St. Louis, losing to the Patriots.New England benefited from two critical replay reviews and made its ninth Super Bowl with Brady at quarterback and Bill Belichick as coach. 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