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Confident Woods plays practice round ahead of comeback

first_imgTiger Woods declared it was all systems go after sneaking in nine quick holes at Torrey Pines on Tuesday, two days ahead of his official PGA Tour comeback at the Farmers Insurance Open.On a sparkling winter morning in southern California, with not a cloud in the sky and barely a ripple on the Pacific Ocean, Woods showed he is still an early bird when he teed off shortly after the sun had risen over the Laguna Mountains.He played the back nine on the South Course and was finished by 9.30 A.M.Woods did not speak to reporters after his round, but had a quick word with ESPN while he was playing. He was confident that his game – and body – was heading in the right direction.“You have to beat balls for a little bit of time to build up your endurance and muscles. I feel like I’ve done that and now it’s time to play a tournament,” he said.Woods, who has barely played in three years due to a serious back injury, returned after a 10-month absence when he took part in the unofficial Hero World Challenge, finishing a respectable ninth out of 18 players and swinging with apparent freedom.“I’ve had a little more time to get ready for this event,” he said. “I’ve played a lot more golf and overall I feel like I’ve made some nice changes. I feel good.”Woods, 42, will play the first two rounds with fellow Americans Patrick Reed and Charley Hoffman.He hardly needs a practice round at Torrey Pines to know his way around. He has won on eight occasions here, seven times at the PGA Tour event and most notably at the 2008 U.S. Open.That 14th major title was perhaps his greatest achievement, coming as it did as he carried multiple leg injuries.Few thought at the time that nearly 10 years later he would not have added to his major haul.The US Open was played on Torrey Pines’ South Course, while the Farmers uses the South for three rounds while one round is contested on the easier North Course.Two years ago Woods gingerly limped off the course after playing just 11 holes of the first round, a week after shooting a career-worst 82 at the Phoenix Open.He returned last year but missed the cut, before playing one round at the European Tour’s Dubai Desert Classic and withdrawing due to back spasms.Soon afterwards, with multiple microdiscectomy surgeries seemingly having failed, Woods decided to have a spinal fusion operation last April in an attempt to reduce his searing back pain and allow him to play golf again.He will get a look at the North Course on Wednesday in the pro-am.Woods has won 79 times on the PGA Tour, second only to Sam Snead’s 82.last_img read more

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Brighton ensure survival with 1-0 win over Man United

first_imgBRIGHTON AND HOVE ALBION 1 MANCHESTER UNITED 0Brighton and Hove Albion made sure of Premier League football next season with two games to spare after a Pascal Gross goal gave them a memorable 1-0 home win over Manchester United on Friday.It was no more than Brighton deserved after outplaying their more illustrious rivals throughout the contest and they sent a passionate home crowd into raptures after Gross headed home a 57th-minute winner.The German forward got on the end of a sharp Jose Izquierdo cross from the left and the ball crossed the line before Marcus Rojo’s desperate attempt to keep it out.The result lifted Brighton into 11th place on 40 points from 36 matches and left them assured of finishing above the bottom three as they visit champions Manchester City on Wednesday before their final game away to Liverpool.United stayed second on 77 points ahead of Thursday’s trip to West Ham followed by a home game against Watford. The result also meant that they lost this season to all three promoted teams – Brighton, Huddersfield and Newcastle United.Brighton manager Chris Hughton was delighted after seeing the Seagulls, who beat United 1-0 in their last top-flight meeting at this venue in 1982, avoid relegation.“There’s a group of players with great belief and discipline,” Hughton told Sky Sports.“We learned after the first few games that the performances were good enough and we weren’t always going to get beat, and that gave us confidence.”The club’s chairman Tony Bloom said: “When we finally got to the Premier League, it was about nights like tonight. The players have been brilliant all season, and tonight was perhaps our best performance.”Hughton’s counterpart Jose Mourinho gave forwards Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial a rare start together but they failed to impress as the visitors looked disjointed and bereft of ideas, with their final pass going astray all evening.In fact, only a string of good saves by keeper David de Gea kept United afloat in the opening half as he kept out long-range efforts from Glenn Murray and Izquierdo before he denied Gross from close range.There was nothing the Spaniard could do after Izquierdo got the rub of the green to get past his marker and find Gross at the edge of the six-yard box, with the 26-year old from Mannheim showing sharp instincts in front of goal.United, who had 68 percent possession but few meaningful attempts, launched a fierce onslaught in the closing stages but Brighton’s defence held firm.An ecstatic Gross revealed he was initially unsure whether he scored before referee Craig Pawson awarded the goal.“I wasn’t sure,” said Gross. “Heading is not my strength, I tried to get it on target. We worked so hard all season but we always believe. We never stop and that’s why I think we won it.”Although Mourinho declined to name the players who performed below par, his scathing criticism made it clear who he was unhappy with.“You have the answer now when you ask ‘why always (striker Romelu) Lukaku?’,” he said.“We are probably not as good as people think we are individually. The players that replaced others did not perform at a good level and when individuals do that it is difficult for the team to play well.”last_img read more

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Torres announces retirement from football

first_imgFormer Liverpool and Chelsea striker Fernando Torres has announced his retirement from football.The 35-year-old Spaniard, who has been playing in Japan for Sagan Tosu since leaving Atletico Madrid last year, scored 81 goals across four seasons with Liverpool and won the Champions League, Europa League and FA Cup with Chelsea.A World Cup winner with Spain in 2010, Torres said on Twitter: “I have something very important to announce. After 18 exciting years, the time has come to put an end to my football career.”He will reveal more about his decision to retire at a press conference in Tokyo on Sunday at 1000 local time (0200BST).After breaking through at hometown club Atletico, Torres moved to Liverpool in July 2007 and scored 24 Premier League goals in his first campaign in England.He made a £50million deadline-day switch to Chelsea in January 2011 and, despite recording disappointing goal hauls in the league, his late goal against Barcelona in April 2012 sent the Blues to the Champions League final, which they would go on to win at the expense of Bayern Munich.Torres had already won both the 2008 European Championship and South Africa-hosted World Cup with Spain and he conquered Europe for a second time with La Roja in 2012.A loan spell at AC Milan from Chelsea preceded his return to Atletico in January 2015 before the Fuenlabrada-born forward made his move to Japan last July.Liverpool and Chelsea both wished Torres well in retirement, tweeting video highlights of his goals for their respective causes. Atletico, meanwhile, said they were: “Very proud of a legendary career.”last_img read more

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Ox and Ramsey are the future, says Arsene

first_img0Shares0000Arsenal’s Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain celebrates after scoring against Ludogorets Razgrad during a Champions League match at the Emirates Stadium on October 19LONDON, United Kingdom, Apr 23 – Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger expects the likes of Aaron Ramsey and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to step up and become leaders at the club.The two are part of a core of British players including Theo Walcott, Kieran Gibbs, Danny Welbeck and Jack Wilshere, and Wenger believes they are the future of the club. “They should lead and take responsibility to say ‘yes, that is how we want to behave, this is how we want to play, let’s go together’,” Wenger was quoted by the Daily Mail.“These guys have to take charge of what we have built and the values of the club. That’s why the club is admired. We have supporters all over the world because of that … because of the values that this club represents,” said the Frenchman.“It’s not only for the trophies that we win that is important. It’s also about the way you behave, the way you think,” said the Arsenal boss.Speculation has been rife that this could be Wenger’s last season as Arsenal manager. With the gaffer yet to put pen to paper on a new deal, Juventus’ Massimiliano Allegri has been linked with a move to the London club.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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This is why Arsenal, Liverpool, Man City and Man United all want this man

first_imgLyon striker Alexandre Lacazette is one of the most wanted men in European football.Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester United have all been linked with a summer move for him as, of course, have money-bags Paris St Germain.And, in fairness, it’s not hard to see why…last_img

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‘Klopp is the new Hodgson!’ – Liverpool fans blast manager after FA Cup exit

first_img Jurgen Klopp watches on as Liverpool lose to Wolves 1 Liverpool’s season has started to unravel, and defeat to Wolves on Saturday made it just one win in eight games since the start of 2017.The loss at Anfield saw the Reds knocked out the FA Cup at the fourth round stage, only three days after falling out of the EFL Cup by losing to Southampton.With 10 points between them and Premier League leaders Chelsea, it seems as if the Merseyside outfit are now out of the running for silverware this season – and fans are NOT happy.Whilst failure to win the Premier League can be forgiven given the strength of the Reds’ title rivals, and Southampton were a tough opponent to face in the EFL Cup semi-finals, this FA Cup collapse is not going down well.Despite needing a replay to beat League Two Plymouth, Jurgen Klopp kept faith in his young and inexperienced side against Championship outfit Wolves – and was punished for the decision.After a performance in which the Reds were lucky to even score one goal, and only concede two, fans took to social media to blast their manager.talkSPORT have collected some of the best reaction, and you can see it all below…last_img read more

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The Transfer Tavern podcast on talkSPORT – Sunday, July 23

first_imgNat Coombs is your host behind the bar of the Transfer Tavern, licensed to serve gossip, rumours and speculation from the world of football.Take a listen as he and Mark Langdon round up all the latest news, including West Ham’s impressive moves in the summer window and much, much more…last_img

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Termon comeback to clinch County Minor Championship.

first_imgTERMON PRODUCED a super final 16 minutes to come from six points down to beat a gallant Gaoth Dobhair team by four points to lift the county minor title in Convoy tonight.Termon 1-11 Gaoth Dobhair 2-4By Charlie Collins in Convoy Mark Gallagher’s goal in the 63rd minute finally clinched a brilliantly contested final at the excellent facilities at St.Mary’s Convoy for Trevor Alcorn’s team.Termon were hit by two first-half Gaoth Dobhair goals inside the opening sixteen minutes and were four behind at the break.When the opening 17 minutes of the second-half failed to produce a score by either team they showed great patience before out scoring their opponents by 1-7 to 0-2 in the final 16 minutes with a mixture of brilliant points from play by Aaron Reid, captain Ryan McFadden (2), Jack Alcorn and  Jamie Grant plus a couple of Reid close-in frees and Gallagher’s goal.We didn’t have a score for eight minutes before Aaron Reid pointed a free from an acute angle. Two more later Gaoth Dobhair hit back when Fiachra McCole finished off an excellent move by fisting the ball to the net , Jamie Doherty provided the final pass to him. Cathal Gillespie converted a 20m free and five minutes later the Gaoth Dobhair lads added a second goal when a sweeping move up the pitch involving a number of players ended with Stephen McFadden cross cum shot deceiving keeper Emmet Maguire as it flew into the far top corner of the net, 2-1 to 0-1 to Gaoth Dobhair after 16 minutes.After a scoreless period Termon replied with frees from Ryan McFadden and Aaron Reid, Fionnan Coyle added a Gweedore point from distance and just before half-time Ryan McFadden finally added a Termon point from play to leave it 2-2 to 0-4 at the break.The opening fifteen minutes of the second-Half failed to produce a score as defences dominated. Finally Aaron Reid broke that deadlock in the 48th minute with a super long and three minutes later Ryan McFadden kicked two mighty points from distance to leave just a point in it 2-2 to 0-7.A minute later Gweedore got their first score in 30 minutes when Stephen McFadden converted a 20m free. But two minutes later the sides were level as Jack Alcorn and Jamie Grant hit super Termon points from long range to bring the teams level 2-03 to 0-09.Back came Gaoth Dobhair with another Stephen McFadden free to edge ahead yet again with three minutes of normal time left. But back came Termon and two Aaron Reid frees after excellent attacks were ended by Gweedore fouls and he tapped them over to give Termon the lead for the first since the 8th minute .And they put the icing on the victory cake in the 63rd minute when after repelling a Gaoth Dobhair attack they raced down the field and Ryan McFadden set up sub Mark Gallagher to palm the ball to the net to complete a super comeback and give the Termon lads a deserved victory and County Minor Championship.It was a great effort by the Termon lads and their management must also be given credit for their use of bench as Stephen and Conor Black and goalscorer Mark Gallagher all made telling contributions to the victory but this was a real example of a squad been rewarded for a lot of hard work and togetherness when the going got tough.Gaoth Dobhair: David Roberts; Michael Doherty, Roan Tuc  Aiden Breathnach; Liam McFadden, Domhaill McBride, Cian McEntee; Dylan Dwyer, Fiacha McCole (1-0); Stephen McFadden (1-0), Eoin De Burca, James Doherty; Stephen McFadden (0-2f)  , Cathal Gillespie (0-1),  Fionnan Coyle (0-1). Sub: Shaun Paul McFadden for J.Doherty (59). Termon: Emmet Maguire; Michael Trearty, Jamie Grant (0-1),  Kevin McGettigan; Caolan Gallagher, Marty Steele, Conor McFadden; Jack Alcorn (0-1), Ryan McFadden (0-4, 1f); Bobbie McGettigan, Steve McDaid, Aaron Reid (0-5, 4f); Brian McGettigan, Adam McElwaine, Conor Cassidy. Subs: Stephen Black for Brian McGettigan (19) , Conor Black for McFadden (22), Mark Gallagher (1-0) for McElwaine (36), Evan Coleman for McDaid (47),  Luke Mc Garvey for Steele (57).Referee: James Connors (St Eunan’s)Termon comeback to clinch County Minor Championship. was last modified: September 11th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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U.S. troops doubt they will leave Iraq soon

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’“It’s just a study group. It’s not really going to affect the president. I don’t see any major changes happening until presidential elections start,” Wiacik said. “I think both sides will promise to get troops out and give timelines then, but not before.” The U.S. Army troops, based in the Sunni insurgent stronghold of Ramadi, are still reeling from learning two months ago that their tour was being extended until at least February. “We’ve been here for 12 months now and there’s been no progress,” said Spc. Richard Johnson, 20, of Bridgeport, Conn., as he manned a machine gun on the rooftop of an outpost ringed by a shallow moat of sewage. Nearby buildings have been leveled, and others are riddled with bullet holes. The neighborhood only has electricity a few hours a day and most streets are barricaded with barbed wire and blast walls. “It’s like holding a child’s hand. How long can you hold onto his hand before he does something on his own?” Johnson said. “How much longer do we have to get shot at or blown up?” The bipartisan Iraq Study Group, led by former Secretary of State James A. Baker III, and former Rep. Lee Hamilton, said Wednesday that the United States faces a “grave and deteriorating” situation after nearly four years of war in Iraq. The soldiers here also welcomed news that Robert Gates had been named to replace Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. Gates told a Senate committee Tuesday that “all options are on the table” about how to resolve the Iraq crisis. “Yes, please! All of us want to change what we’re doing because we’re not doing very much,” said Staff Sgt. Rony Theodore, 33, of Brooklyn, N.Y.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! RAMADI, Iraq – American troops in one of the most dangerous corners of Iraq are skeptical they’ll be leaving any time soon, despite a new U.S. defense chief and a bipartisan commission urging a new war strategy. The soldiers from Company C, 1st Battalion, 37th Armored Regiment welcomed the plans for change, but questioned the high-level U.S. panel’s recommendation Wednesday that most combat troops leave Iraq by early 2008. “There’s no way we’re leaving in two years no matter what any recommendation says,” said Spc. Eisenhower Atuatasi, 26, of Westminster He thought 2012 was more realistic. Sgt. Christopher Wiacik, 28, of Lavonia, Mich., also was pessimistic. last_img read more

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Scott Brown says semi-final can help drive Celtic to the title

first_imgThe 30-year-old said: “Yes, there are places up for grabs in those games and it is the big games you want to play in.“So I think everyone will be on their A game from now on.“They are a good team, they play some good football but as I say, they have a lot of games, we have a lot of games. “They are doing well in the Championship just now and we are still winning the Premiership so hopefully we can kick on a little bit now.” Scott Brown believes next month’s Scottish Cup semi-final against Rangers can help drive Celtic to five in a row in the league.The title race is very much alive with the Scottish champions just a point above Aberdeen but the Celtic captain is in no doubt his side will retain their Premiership crown.Brown believes April’s last four clash against their city rivals will leave members of the squad desperate to avoid being left out at the national stadium.The Scotland skipper and team-mate Ryan Christie swapped turf for the track at Knockhill Racing Circuit and he feels his team are still in pole position to claim a domestic double. Derek McInnes’ men continue to put pressure on Ronny Deila’s men and having vowed his team will come out on top after a defeat at Pittodrie in February, Brown remains confident he will be lifting the Premiership trophy in May.“We are top of the league, we have a game in hand and we need to get that five in a row,” he said. “We need to keep winning. We are Celtic and should be winning the league no matter what. “From now on there should be no excuses from us whatsoever, we need to keep winning games and keep getting points on the board. “It doesn’t need to be pretty football, it can be ugly football but three points is three points and hopefully we can get that five in a row.”last_img read more

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