Spieth wins US Open after late drama

first_imgBy Mark Lamport-StokesMasters champion Jordan Spieth added another chapter to golf’s record books with a nerve-jangling, one-shot victory at the US Open on Sunday after Dustin Johnson blew his chance to force a playoff by three-putting the last.American young gun Spieth sank a curling 28-footer to birdie the 16th and forge three ahead, then shrugged off a double-bogey at the 17th before becoming just the sixth player to slip into a green jacket and hoist the US Open trophy in the same year.Though Spieth birdied the par-five 18th to end a wildly fluctuating final round of high drama with a one-under-par 69, he then had to watch as fellow American Johnson, in the last pairing, had a 12-foot eagle putt to win it at the 18th.Johnson’s putt slid past the cup and he then missed a four-foot birdie putt coming back to squander the chance of forcing an 18-hole playoff on Monday at Chambers Bay.The 21-year-old Spieth posted a five-under total of 275 on a challenging links-style layout that firmed up under a baking sun as he became the youngest winner of the US Open since Bobby Jones in 1923.“I’m still amazed that I won, let alone that we weren’t playing tomorrow,” Spieth told reporters. “So for that turnaround right there, to watch that happen, I feel for Dustin.“But I haven’t been able to put anything in perspective yet. When I finished, I was just hoping to be playing tomorrow. I can’t seem to wrap my head around the finish of today.”The victory saw Spieth join Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Ben Hogan and Craig Wood as the only players to have won the Masters and US Open in the same year.“It’s cool to be able to have two legs of the grand slam now, and to conquer golf’s hardest test,” said Spieth. “The US Open is conquering the hardest layout in all of golf.“The fact that we did it is amazing. We really grinded this week. Didn’t have my best stuff ball-striking at all and we really grinded over those four or five-footers … that was the difference.”Spieth, who stunned the golf world with a wire-to-wire victory by four shots at the Masters in April, became the youngest player to win back-to-back majors since Gene Sarazen in 1922 (US Open and PGA Championship).Johnson, seeking his first major crown, had to settle for a share of second place with South African Louis Oosthuizen, who sensationally birdied six of the last seven holes, including five in a row from the 12th, for a 67.It was further major heartbreak for the big-hitting Johnson, a nine-time winner on the PGA Tour who came desperately close in his title runs at the US Open and PGA Championship in 2010.South African Branden Grace, who’s hopes evaporated with a double-bogey at the 16th where his tee shot ended up on railroad tracks out-of-bounds, carded a 71 to share fourth place with Australians Adam Scott (64) and Cameron Smith (68).Johnson, one of four players tied for the lead overnight in the year’s second major, appeared to have the title within his grasp when he moved two strokes clear at the turn on a picture-postcard afternoon in the Pacific Northwest.However, he lost his way with bogeys at the 10th, 11th and 13th, leaving Spieth and Grace effectively duelling for the lead.Spieth then benefited from a three-shot swing at the 16th after he sank a left-to-right breaking birdie putt from 28 feet and Grace ran up his double, before further drama unfolded over the last two holes.World number one Rory McIlroy had earlier sent a tremor of excitement across the course as he racked up six birdies in his first 13 holes to reach two under for the tournament, just two off the lead.The Northern Irishman drained a 70-footer at the par-four 13th to spark thunderous roars from the grandstands but bogeyed the 15th and 17th on the way to 66 and a tie for ninth at level-par.“I hit some good shots early on, made some nice putts and just got a little bit of momentum going there,” McIlroy, who won the 2011 US Open at Congressional by eight shots, told reporters.“I feel like it’s sort of one that got away, especially the way I putted this week. I don’t think I’ve ever hit the ball as well in a major championship.”Low scoring was plentiful, especially for the early starters, on a par-70 layout made more receptive by overnight watering and a set-up at its shortest yardage of the week.The links-style venue became the longest course to stage a US Open when it measured 7,695 yards for the second round, but was cut back to 7,384 yards for the final round.last_img read more

Jazz halt streaking Warriors

first_imgPalace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Heat stay alive with overtime win over Cavs Warriors coach Steve Kerr, his team already assured of home court advantage throughout the playoffs, was careful with the playing time of his stars.Klay Thompson had the night off and Stephen Curry’s strong night ended after three quarters during which he scored 28 points.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return“Steph, I just wanted to give him his usual run, but I didn’t want him to finish the game,” Kerr said. “He played the whole third quarter, had a great run, shot the ball well… you know with the playoffs starting Saturday or Sunday, no point in bringing him back in this game.”Kevin Durant added 16 points, 10 rebounds and six assists in his second game back from a knee injury. SpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape test Canadian military mobilized to help Newfoundland dig out LATEST STORIEScenter_img Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Dozens wounded as Iraqi protesters up pressure on government After a quiet first half, Durant scored eight points in the third quarter, including an explosive move past Jazz guard Dante Exum for a dunk.The win kept the Jazz tied for fourth seed in the West with the Clippers, who routed the Houston Rockets 125-96.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Utah Jazz’ Joe Johnson (6) shoots over Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, April 10, 2017, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)The Utah Jazz, fighting for a playoff position in the Western Conference, up-ended league-leading Golden State 105-99 on Monday, snapping the Warriors’ 14-game NBA winning streak.With 20 points from George Hill and 17 points and 18 rebounds from French big man Rudy Gobert, the Jazz kept pace with the Los Angeles Clippers in the battle for the fourth seed in the Western Conference, despite the injury absences of top-scorer Gordon Hayward, forward Derrick Favors, guard Rodney Hood and guard Raul Neto.ADVERTISEMENT Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos On the edge of America, census begins in a tiny Alaska town Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town View commentslast_img read more

To Help Gov’t Collect Revenue Under WTO: 2 Foreign Companies Express Interest to Invest

first_imgFollowing a successful holding of the first steering committee forum in Monrovia by members of the Liberia Post Accession Plan (LPAP) of the World Trade organization (WTO) and members of the 53th National Legislature, two foreign companies have expressed interests to invest in the country’s economy.The two companies are Webb Fontaine Group (WFG), set-up in Ivory Coast, with headquarters located in Dubai and Switzerland, and the Inspection and Control Service (ICS) Company of India with a sub office in Nigeria.According to the chief executive officer of ICS, Mr. Infan Sarfraz, his interest to invest in Liberia is to help enhance revenue collection under the WTO process.He said if accepted by the government through the LPAP steering committee of the WTO to do business with ICS, there would be no project failures or significant delays because of technical issues in their projects.“My company provides e-Government solutions designed to facilitate trade and enhance customs and tax revenues,” he said. “Through its flagship product, MicroClear®, ICS offers governments a platform for multi-agency collaboration that facilitates paperless cross-border trade, speedier customs processing, and more transparency and visibility, while still maintaining appropriate controls and security.”Mr. Sarfraz, who has investments in West Africa, said he would love to jump-start his investment in Liberia, adding, “We would be glad to be given the green light for commencement in the areas mentioned.”He said the company also offers logistics-related services in emerging markets, including industrial real estate management, ground handling and airport services, customs modernization, and remote infrastructure and life support.The company also has two main lines of business. Through its Global Integrated Logistics (GIL) business, ICS works with companies in diverse industries and markets to move, manage, and distribute the goods that underpin global commerce, he added.For his part, Pushpa Joseph also spoke on his company’s (WFG) activities and its deep interest in investing in Liberia.Mr. Joseph said if accepted, his company will submit a draft business proposal within three weeks, operate for six months and open a window for market. He said the group has many offices around the world as well as research and development centers in Europe and Asia.“Webb Fontaine offers advanced e-Government solutions to modernize government agencies and facilitate international trade,” said Joseph.He said WFG company is particularly specialized in providing integrated platforms for the Single Window for Foreign Trade (GUCE), complete solutions for the automation of commercial procedures as well as the implementation of goods valuation analysis based on the most recent procedures.Earlier, the Minister of Commerce Axel Addy thanked officials of the two companies for their interests to come to Liberia.However, Minister Addy informed the steering committee of LPAP of WTO about the two companies in the country and what they can do to impact the process and enhance revenue collection if given the opportunity to serve.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Man on trial for rape of underage girl

first_imgThe trial of Julius Tejowah commenced on Wednesday morning before Justice Navindra Singh at the High Court in Georgetown. The accused has denied allegations that on July 31, 2015, he engaged in the sexual penetration of a child under 16 years. The matter was said to have occurred in the county of Demerara.Tejowah is being represented by defence counsel Maxwell McKay, while Prosecutor Tuanna Hardy is leading the State’s case. On Tuesday, a 12-member jury was empanelled to hear the case in which several witnesses are expected to testify.last_img

Messi returns to training ahead of Real clash

first_img0Shares0000Barcelona’s Argentinian forward Lionel Messi, pictured in action on September 20, 2015, hasn’t featured for Barca since sustaining knee ligament damage in a 2-1 victory over Las Palmas (AFP Photo/Lluis Gene)MADRID, November 17 – Barcelona star Lionel Messi returned to training with his team-mates on Monday following a knee injury, ahead of the league leaders’ trip to Real Madrid this weekend. Messi hasn’t featured for Barca since sustaining knee ligament damage in a 2-1 victory over Las Palmas at the end of September, but is in line to make his comeback in Saturday’s first Clasico of the season at the Santiago Bernabeu. “(Monday’s training) session included the presence of ‘Leo’ Messi, who is in the process of recovering from a left knee injury suffered on September 26,” read a post on Barca’s club website.Barca have performed well in the absence of the four-time Ballon d’Or winner, with four straight league victories propelling Luis Enrique’s men to the top of La Liga, three points ahead of arch-rivals Madrid in second.Neymar and Luis Suarez have scored 10 goals apiece since the Argentine was sidelined, and the duo could again lead the line at the weekend with Spanish media suggesting that Barca may not rush Messi back into the starting line-up as a precaution.Croatian midfielder Ivan Rakitic also returned to training after injuring his calf in a 3-0 Champions League group stage victory over BATE Borisov at the start of the month.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Environment dominates conference

first_imgThe nonpartisan conference was started 20 years ago as a government initiative and supports several nonprofit programs. Other conference participants included Queen Rania Al-Abdullah of Jordan, singer Katharine McPhee, actress Jamie Lee Curtis, boxer Laila Ali and a pair of Nobel laureates. Schwarzenegger apologized to the crowd for not coming to Long Beach for the annual conference hosted by his wife Maria Shriver. “I think it would be better that I’m here with the firefighters,” Schwarzenegger said, drawing applause from the audience at the Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center. Tying in his role in the fires with the two main themes of the conference, leadership and the environment, Schwarzenegger described the role he and his staff are playing. “I think the most important thing is to jump into action as quickly as possible,” he said. Schwarzenegger also thanked President Bush for declaring a state of emergency in California. Schwarzenegger was scheduled to be on stage with Blair for a discussion on leadership and the environment moderated by New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman. Following Schwarzenegger’s update, Friedman asked Blair to recall crises he faced while in office and how he handled them. “You just have to focus on it, handle it, be there on the spot,” Blair said. Blair added that Schwarzenegger did well by passing up this year’s Women’s Conference, in which he has appeared every year while he’s been in office, to be at the scene of the fires. “I think that was the right decision,” Blair said. Friedman then turned to questions and commentary about the environment and global warming. “I’ve got this feeling I’m going to end my career in journalism almost glued to the Weather Channel,” Friedman said. Blair said that even if we are wrong about global warming, if the world takes action then we will have reduced pollution and found better ways to live. don.jergler@presstelegram.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Blair, who was in Long Beach to discuss leadership and the environment at the Governor’s Annual Conference for Women, was joined on stage briefly via satellite by Schwarzenegger. Schwarzenegger appeared on a large video screen to give an update on the plague of wildfires in Southern California. But the favorite topic of both men echoed throughout the conference in the form of speeches, a compostable lunch served en masse to more than 12,000 people, a grass-covered couch and thousands of energy-efficient light bulbs handed out to attendees. Actor Ed Begley Jr.’s entrance on an environmentally friendly hybrid electric bicycle, and a heart-to-heart discussion between conference host Maria Shriver and the spouses of five of the presidential candidates were other conference highlights. This year’s conference theme was “Remarkable Lives. Remarkable Legacies. What’s Yours?” FORUM: Fire forces governor to skip annual women’s event his wife hosted in Long Beach. By Don Jergler STAFF WRITER It took one of the worst fire seasons in California history to keep former British Prime Minister Tony Blair and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger from meeting in Long Beach as planned to discuss the environment Tuesday. last_img read more

Arsenal vs Cardiff: Incredible manager statistic suggests win is unlikely

first_img Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade no dice Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars A victory against the Gunners is always going to be a tough ask although never impossible but over the years manager Neil Warnock hasn’t had much luck when it comes to visiting north London.During the manager’s previous tenures in the Premier League he has faced Arsenal away in the league just three times with all the games coming in different decades.Cardiff manager Neil Warnock reveals ‘brilliant’ dressing room clash between two former players – ‘He’s gone over and headbutted him!’Unfortunately for the current Bluebirds boss, he’s lost all of them and hasn’t seen his side score a single goal.His first match came with Notts County in 1991 with Alan Smith and Ian Wright giving the Gunners a 2-0 triumph.Goals from William Gallas and Thierry Henry sandwiched a Phil Jagielka own goal in 2006 as Sheffield United lost 3-0 at the Emirates, and Queens Park Rangers were beaten 1-0 on New Year’s Eve 2011 thanks to a Robin van Persie strike. BEST OF huge blow REPLY Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card RANKED Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury REVEALED shining ADVICE MONEY center_img Cardiff City manager Neil Warnock REVEALED 1 Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Arsenal host Cardiff City tonight as the Premier League returns but we don’t hold much hope for the Welsh side.The Bluebirds have had some recent good form in the top flight, winning once and drawing twice in their last five, leaving them 18th in the table. Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won LATEST FOOTBALL STORIES Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Warnock also missed out on facing Arsenal away in the Premier League on two occasions due to being sacked, once with QPR and once with Crystal Palace.last_img read more

Ajax skipper De Ligt considering options after mega money PSG offer

first_img Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion revealed latest PAYBACK JIBE Mino Raiola, one of the most powerful agents in world football, is De Ligt’s advisor and has already held talks with PSG sporting director, Leonardo.Premier League duo Manchester United and Liverpool, in addition to LaLiga giants Barcelona, will now have to now at least match PSG’s mouthwatering offer to persuade De Ligt to join their respective clubs. Ajax skipper Matthijs De Ligt is yet to decide where his future lies SORRY Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update TROPHY ‘I’ll get him’ – Robertson further endears himself to fans with revenge vow to Mane Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ center_img Lampard appears to aim dig at Mourinho for handling of Salah and De Bruyne at Chelsea The Ligue 1 giants have offered Ajax £62m plus add-ons for the 19-year-old, who starred for the Dutch giants last season as they clinched a league and cup double, while also reaching the Champions League semi-finals.De Ligt was a star performer in Holland’s Nations League semi-final victory against England last week too, making it 1-1 on the night with a thumping header.Ajax are prepared to sell for £62m, so they’re now just waiting for the defender to decide which club he wants to join. The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 MOST READ IN FOOTBALL LATEST Ajax skipper Matthijs de Ligt is considering his options after being offered a whopping £340,000-a-week by French giants Paris Saint-Germain, according to reports.The Guardian claim De Ligt, whose preferred destination is believed to be Barcelona, is yet to make a decision on his future. Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos scrap Liverpool update ‘Champions Wall’ after ending 2019 as European and world champions 1last_img read more

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang goal gets Arsenal off to winning start vs Newcastle

first_img New job Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS OFF Former Crystal Palace and West Brom manager Pardew takes over at Dutch strugglers LATEST Getty Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman targets Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update But the Gabon international was not to be denied and fired his side ahead six minutes later when full-back Ainsley Maitland-Niles picked off Dummett’s attempted pass to substitute Jetro Williams and then crossed for the frontman to control before lifting the ball over the advancing Dubravka.Bruce sent on winger Allan Saint-Maximin with 24 minutes remaining and the Frenchman wasted little time in forcing his way into the game with a dangerous run and cross within seconds of his arrival, then forcing Leno into a late save after cutting inside, but his efforts ultimately proved in vain. Redknapp calls Son ‘petulant’, but Holloway says red card for Rudiger kick was ‘soft’ Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang ensured Steve Bruce’s reign as Newcastle head coach began with a defeat as Arsenal launched their new Premier League campaign with victory on Tyneside.Aubameyang’s assured 58th-minute strike was enough to secure a 1-0 victory in a tight encounter at a rain-soaked St James’ Park. Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Getty Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang opened his scoring account for the season 2 That changed within minutes after Almiron turned and broke swiftly before setting up Javier Manquillo to send a cross just over the head of Joelinton, who sent a glancing effort just wide after Matt Ritchie had recycled the ball.Leno was saved by the frame of the goal after Shelvey’s deflected 20th-minute shot had eluded his outstretched arm, although Dubravka was relieved to see Henrikh Mkhitaryan sky his effort high over at the other end with Nacho Monreal causing problems down the left three minutes later.Joelinton fired straight at Leno after barging his way through a flimsy looking Gunners rearguard as Newcastle warmed to their task, but Dubravka was called upon for the first time with 14 minutes of the first half remaining to beat away Aubameyang’s stinging drive at his near post.Almiron cleared the crossbar with a speculative 39th-minute attempt from distance, but the sides remained locked together as the half-time whistle sounded.The visitors almost forced the breakthrough when Granit Xhaka picked out Aubameyang with an astute pass, but Paul Dummett blocked the striker’s 52nd-minute shot and saw the ball loop up on to the roof of the net. FAREWELL stalemate 2 Matic one of two players for sale with ‘two Premier League clubs’ interested latest What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas BIG PRESENTS UP TOP The game was played out in front of a crowd of 47,635, almost 5,000 below capacity, as some fans staged a boycott over owner Mike Ashley’s running of the club, and while the Magpies gave as good as they got for long periods – Jonjo Shelvey hit a post before the break – they struggled to create chances and were made to pay for it.Arsenal boss Unai Emery largely kept his powder dry as summer signings Dani Ceballos, Nicolas Pepe and Gabriel Martinelli were introduced from the bench, but they headed home satisfied with a sixth win in seven visits to St James’ Park.Both sides started with intent, the Gunners moving the ball confidently at the back and looking to find space for Aubameyang, while Newcastle debutant Joelinton put himself about up front, with Miguel Almiron probing behind him.Arsenal enjoyed the better of the possession but, with defences on top, keepers Martin Dubravka and Bernd Leno spent the first 15 minutes of the season as virtual spectators. deals on target Matteo Guendouzi battles with Joelinton last_img read more

Barry Smith announced as new Raith Rovers manager

first_imgRaith Rovers have announced the appointment of Barry Smith as the club’s new manager on a two-year deal. Smith will lead the club in what they hope is a promotion bid after they dropped from Championship to League One. He succeeds John Hughes, who left Stark’s Park after the team suffered relegation through the play-offs with a defeat to Brechin City on penalties.The 43-year old began his management career with Dundee, taking over when the club entered administration in 2010.  He was in charge at Dens Park for three years and subsequently had spells with Alloa and Aldershot Town. Smith was appointed as East Fife manager in December and took them to sixth place in League One this season.last_img