Latham leads by seven with a round to go

first_img Lincolnshire’s Richard Latham will take a seven shot lead into tomorrow’s final round of the English senior men’s championship at Kirby Muxloe in Leicestershire.The 2013 champion consolidated his position at the top of the leaderboard today with level par 71 in his second round at Rothley Park and is four-under for the championship.Meanwhile his closest first round challengers dropped back as cold temperatures and strong winds took their toll – and, in the case of Nigel Chesters, the effects of a migraine.Their place has been taken by three tough campaigners: 2009 champion Chris Reynolds (Littlestone), and the internationals Andrew Stracey (Denham) and David Niven (Newbury & Crookham) who are all three over for 36 holes.They were all on solid form, with Reynolds and Stracey returning one over 72 at Rothley Park, while Niven mounted a successful salvage operation for two-over 73 at Kirby Muxloe. One shot behind them is David Nelson (Northenden) who added 74 to his opening 72.But it was Latham (pictured top), the general manager at Woodhall Spa, who controlled the scoring today – and his only disappointment was a three-putt bogey on the last hole.However, he had plenty to cheer about earlier in the round, including a rapid start with a birdie on the fourth and a chip-in eagle two on the driveable fifth. “That was a bonus!” he remarked.He dropped a few shots around the turn and counted the cost of a bad bounce, but added: “I had a lot of good things happen so I mustn’t complain. It was a good round and I played solid.”Tomorrow Latham will aim to add a second title to his 2013 triumph and he commented: “I’m looking forward to it. I shall get stuck in and do my best, just keep doing what I’m doing.”The chasing pack may be seven shots back but David Niven summed up the approach when he said: “It’s good to be up there somewhere. I shall try and hang on tomorrow – you never know what’s going to happen.”Today, he started on the back foot, feeling a bit tight and swinging a little too fast and, after four holes he was three-over. But a good back nine of two-under rescued his score.“I found the groove and was pleased to salvage a score after not getting off to a good start,” he said afterwards.Niven, who has had top four finishes in this event for the past two years, had much praise for the course and particularly the greens. “The greens are beautiful, they have done a fantastic job to present the course, it’s outstanding,” he said.Former Brabazon champion Charlie Banks (Stanton on the Wolds) and senior international Alan Mew (Stoneham) joined Latham with the best scores of the day with level par 71 at Rothley Park. Banks is currently tied sixth while Mew shares 14th place.Nigel Chesters (Hawkstone Park) was in joint second place after the first round but played today with the additional handicap of a migraine, commenting: “I couldn’t focus on the greens to read the putts.” He managed 77 and is currently tied sixth.After today’s round the field was cut to the leading 80 players and ties. A total of 85 players made the cut on 157 to play tomorrow’s final round at Kirby Muxloe.Click here for full scores.Image © Leaderboard Photography 2 Jun 2016 Latham leads by seven with a round to go last_img read more

UMass basketball player announces he’s gay

first_imgDerrick Gordon had kept his secret for too long.He couldn’t be himself. He considered giving up the sport he loved. Because he was gay, he distanced himself from teammates.“I was living life in shame,” the UMass guard said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press. “It took a toll on me.”Gordon became the first openly gay player in Division I men’s basketball on Wednesday, making the announcement on ESPN and Outsports. Now he hopes to inspire others in similar situations.“It’s crazy that I’m the first,” he told the AP. “I didn’t know that it would be this long, but if I’m the first, then I’ll start it off.”Previous announcements by NBA player Jason Collins and Missouri All-American defensive end Michael Sam made his decision easier. Gordon said he talked with Collins several times before making his announcement.“There was a time that I didn’t want to play basketball anymore and that’s the worst feeling ever,” he said. “Right now I’m happy. I’m free just to live my life.”Gordon was the Minutemen’s fourth-leading scorer with 9.4 points per game last season. UMass went 24-9 and reached the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1998. It lost its first game to Tennessee on March 21.Nine days later Gordon told his parents, who have been supportive. The sophomore informed UMass coach Derek Kellogg the next day.“He said it didn’t matter. He’s still going to love me for who I am,” Gordon said. “He said ‘It just might make you play a lot better next season than you did last season.’ So we joked around a lot.”Two days later, he told his teammates at an emotional meeting. They, too, supported him.Center Tyler Bergantino roomed with Gordon as freshmen.“The fact that he’s gay doesn’t change anything,” Bergantino said. “We didn’t know he was gay before. We know he’s gay now. But he’s the exact same person.”Gordon said some teammates at the Amherst, Mass., school probably have known since last summer. He sat out the previous season after transferring from Western Kentucky to be closer to his family in New Jersey, where he played at high school powerhouse St. Patrick.“They could sense it because I kind of separated myself from the team,” Gordon said. “I didn’t really hang out with them as far as going to parties and stuff. I really kind of kept to myself, kept quiet. We went on road trips — I’d sit by myself and they were always wondering why. I did it because I didn’t want to put myself in a situation where maybe something happens and they end up finding out. Then what? I’m not going to know how to handle the situation.”Gordon held off making the announcement to keep from diverting attention from the NCAA tournaments, which ended Monday night for the men and Tuesday night for the women.“I’ve been getting tons and tons of support,” Gordon said. “I’m barely getting anything negative.”That may be coming, but he’s confident he can handle it.“I’m not too concerned about any away games in terms of the crowd. I have a tough skin for that,” he said. “They can say whatever they want.”During the year he sat out, he considered giving up the sport but changed his mind “just because I don’t want to feel like I can’t be myself because our society doesn’t accept it,” Gordon said. “I want to be able to live my life happy and play the sport that I love.”And help others who haven’t come out.“I just hope I can give kids in general the confidence to just come out and live their lives and be free,” he said.Collins made a trailblazing announcement last April when he came out in an interview with Sports Illustrated. In February, he became the first openly gay male athlete in the four major North American pro sports leagues when he signed with the Brooklyn Nets.He tweeted that he was “so proud” of Gordon: “Another brave young man who is going to make it easier for so many others to live an authentic life.”Collins later said after the Nets played the Magic in Orlando that he had spoken with Gordon before the UMass player made his announcement.“I’ve always said I’m like an added resource to them in their process, especially when it comes to the world of sports and other athletes,” Collins said. “We’re all here to help each other live our authentic lives.”Sam, projected as a middle-round prospect in next month’s NFL draft, came out in interviews with ESPN, The New York Times and Outsports in February after his college career ended.Sam also tweeted congratulations to Gordon: “You have so many in your corner and we’re all proud and rooting for you.”Current NBA players Kyrie Irving of Cleveland and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist of Charlotte played with Gordon in high school.“I thought it was a great day for him and his family,” Irving said before the Cavaliers hosted the Detroit Pistons. “I’m proud of him. It’s a big step, not only in his life but in his career to get the weight of the world off his shoulders.”“Derrick was a great teammate and is an even better friend,” Kidd-Gilchrist said before the Bobcats’ game in Washington. “I admire his courage and willingness to share his story.”Kellogg praised Gordon’s “courage” and hopes the announcement will help others feel comfortable coming out.“Some years from now, it might have a place in history,” he said.For now, Gordon has a more immediate goal — returning to the court with his teammates.“They’re ready to get back in the gym just as much as I am,” he said. “I can’t wait to get back with them and get ready for this upcoming season.”___AP Sports Writers Tom Withers in Cleveland and Joseph White in Washington, D.C., and AP freelance writer Bill Fay in Orlando, Fla., contributed to this report. University of Massachusetts basketball guard Derrick Gordon, 22, faces reporters on the school’s campus, Wednesday, April 9, 2014, in Amherst, Mass. Gordon has become the first openly gay player in Division I men’s basketball. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)last_img read more

Just 2 months after signing, Luka Jovic may be on his way out of…

first_imgAdvertisement 8dNBA Finals | Brooklyn VsbnWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ekb8( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 4zhtf5Would you ever consider trying this?😱2dqCan your students do this? 🌚6z42Roller skating! Powered by Firework Luka Jovic, the former Frankfurt striker arrived at Real Madrid for a total fee of 62mil Euros but now has become an ambiguity.Advertisement Real Madrid have complete revamped the roster with massive transfers. Eden Hazard from Chelsea , Ferland Mendy , Eder Militao and Jovic were the highlight of the transfer window. But, reports from Madrid suggest that Jovic is not good enough to start for Zidane.Advertisement Although Benzeme is still the number 1 striker at the club, Jovic’s inability to break through to the starting line up can become a serious concern in a few months time.Zidane, however, has underplayed his side’s poor preparations for the campaign ahead of their first game away to Celta Vigo this weekend.Advertisement “The summer is over and we are ready for the league season and we want it to start now,” he said.“I’m with these players until death and we want to have a great season. We’re only focusing on Saturday.” Advertisementlast_img read more

Mason killed in Bagotstown accident

first_img– mother in anguish over losing first-bornBy Shemuel FanfairA mother will find it difficult to find any joy in today’s observance of Christmas, following the demise of her first born, who was killed in a hit-and-run accident over the weekend at Bagotstown, East Bank Demerara.The dead pedestrian has been identified as 38-year-old carpenter and mason Shahabb “Vincent” Scippeo, who met his demise late Saturday into Sunday morning, as he was struck down by a minibus that was reportedly speeding at theThe cake and ginger beer that the deceased man never got to consume for his 38th birthdaytime.Police indicated on Sunday that they were hunting the driver of minibus BLL 3140 which was reportedly involved in the accident at Bagotstown. According to information obtained from investigators, the minibus was proceeding south at a fast rate when Scippeo, a resident of the nearby village of Peter’s Hall, allegedly crossed the public road from west to east and was said to have been hit by the front and centre of the bus.Scippeo was reportedly flung onto the road as a result of the impact, and was dragged for several feet before the vehicle came to a stop. Reports are that theThe dead pedestrian’s bag that the mother says she removed from the scene with his lunch packed insideminibus BLL 3140 plies Route 32 (G/town-Parika), and its driver, whom investigators identified as Dumaine Wallcott, fled the scene sometime after the accident. This publication was told that the body of the dead man was on the road for at least one hour before it was removed from the accident scene.Guyana Times was told that it was in this window period that the driver was allowed to escape. Information received however, indicated that the conductor has been taken into custody, and the bus has been impounded at the ProvidenceDead: Vincent ScippeoPolice Station.At the time of the accident, the bus was allegedly overloaded.Scippeo had been rushed in an unconscious state to the East Bank Demerara Hospital at Diamond, where he was pronounced dead on arrival. His body is presently at the Lyken Funeral Home awaiting a post-mortem examination as police continue to pursue leads to find the elusive driver.Mother’s anguishWhen Guyana Times visited Shahabb’s mother, Zurena Scippeo, she was still sitting in disbelief over the death of her son. She claimed that up to late Sunday afternoon she was not allowed to see her son’s body, since she was allegedly sent to the parlour without a Police escort.“3 O’clock this (Sunday) morning the Police make me a fool. Got me on the road, and de man at Lyken Funeral Parlour said, ‘You can’t see the dead without a police’,” she bemoaned.The domestic worker, who has been a single parent for over 20 years following her husband’s death, recalled the many early mornings she would rise up and prepare meals for her son, who would venture out early to ply his trade in carpentry, masonry and painting. In outbursts of great frustration, the grieving mother deemed her son’s death as “cruel”, since the driver did not render assistance.She also said she is dissatisfied with the response of the Police, who reportedly told her that several ranks were sent away on Sunday morning to be stationed at patrol for the passage of the President.“This is slackness going on in this country! You got a dead and can’t see the dead at the mortuary,” the mother stated.It was only on Friday that the carpenter had celebrated his birthday, but he never got to eat the cake that his mother bought him, nor the ginger beer that she purchased for him to consume on Saturday, as he was working long hours.In fact, the mother opened the sealed cake when this publication visited her on Sunday.“Me want to know if that driver would give me back a son, a thirty-eight-year-old son… You know what is it to lose your first-born?” the mother expressed.At the same time, she called on Police to curb the unfavourable behaviour of many bus drivers, who, according to her, inflict upon passengers loud and obscene music, speeding and overloading of their buses.She vowed to pursue all avenues to get justice for her son.His friends recalled that he was a quiet and reserved individual, who often kept to himself and supported his mother. The young men who were visiting Scippeo’s mother noted that they were in utter shock that their childhood friend had met his demise at such a young age.“When I hear he get knock down I was surprised, because I know he does walk at all the back roads just to avoid the main road,” his friend “Nick” told this publication.The dead man leaves to mourn three siblings, his mother, other relatives and friends.last_img read more

Coutinho wouldn’t regret Barca move -Paulinho

first_imgThe 29-year-old has now revealed that he wants to see long-time Barcelona target Coutinho to take the plunge and join him at Camp Nou.“I advise him (Coutinho) to be calm, to leave anxiety on the side. I also went through that moment when I was in China,” Paulinho told Spanish paper Mundo Deportivo.“Keep calm and get it right. You have to think about the decision you are going to make.“What I think is that if (Coutinho) has the opportunity to come here, he won’t regret it.“He has a way of playing that everyone appreciates, both in Liverpool and Brazil. He is a very fast player, very agile, with a unique technique, which gives many options for those who play in the center of the field.“He provides many pass options and also looks for free spaces to place the ball and go to goal. His high quality and technique are the factors that makes the difference.”He added: “Now, I just have to encourage him (to leave Liverpool) so the transfer can happen.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Philippe Coutinho bagged his fifth goal of the season in Liverpool’s 3-0 win over SouthamptonLONDON, United Kingdom, Dec 27 – Brazil midfielder Paulinho has encouraged his compatriot Philippe Coutinho to make the move and leave Liverpool in order to sign for Barcelona.Paulinho joined Barca from Chinese outfit Guangzhou Evergrande in August and has been relishing his football with the Catalans, scoring six goals in 16 La Liga appearances this season.last_img read more

COLM McFADDEN NAMED MAN OF THE MATCH – AND SUPERDAD!

first_imgDONEGAL’S Colm McFadden was named RTE’s Man of the Match after his superb display against Down at Breffni Park today….just four days after the birth of his son Matthew.The St Michael’s man scored some wonderful points in the Ulster semi-final win over the Mournemen.The RTE panel including Pat Spillane nominated Colm, Anthony Thompson and Neil McGee on their shortlist. But it was the St Eunan’s College teacher who came out on top.“It was a very tough game,” said McFadden.“Every time we pushed ahead, Down came right back at us. They really put it up to us. We couldn’t shake them off.”And was he worried about missing today’s game? “Our new son Matthew arrived on Wednesday evening so it was a bit touch and go that he might come this weekend,” he said.“It’s been a good week all round.”And of course, that’s another nephew for a certain Uncle Jim.The RTE panel was drooling over the Donegal frontline of McFadden, Murphy and McBrearty.“Colm McFadden was by far the best player on the field,” said Spillane. “He was last year’s leading scorer. He is one of the most beautiful strikers of the long distance ball in the modern game or in any era,” said the Kerry legend.COLM McFADDEN NAMED MAN OF THE MATCH – AND SUPERDAD! was last modified: June 24th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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)Tags:COLM McFADDEN NAMED MAN OF THE MATCH – AND SUPERDAD!last_img read more

Softball Falls at Loyola, 3-0

first_img ESPN+ PDF Box Score Nicole Newman (Madison, Wis.) lost her first game in the circle to a Valley opponent and it was Newman’s first loss since March 9 at Oklahoma State. She allowed three runs on four hits with four walks and five strikeouts as her record fell to 17-3. Story Links Missouri State 5/5/2018 – 12 PM Watch Live Next Game: Frank had her second hit in the fifth inning, but she was the only baserunner for the Bulldogs until the seventh inning. With two outs, Tasha Alexander (Eddyville, Iowa) and Mandi Roemmich (West Des Moines, Iowa) walked back-to-back to bring Frank to the plate as the potential tying run. However, Frank was retired for the first time all game with a grounder to third as the game ended. Drake nearly cut the lead in half in the next inning, but Kailee Smith (Murrieta, Calif.), who reached on a leadoff walk, was thrown out at the plate to end the frame trying to score after a throwing error by DeChant at third base on a ball hit by Newman.center_img Drake (38-10, 21-1 MVC), which clinched the 2018 Missouri Valley Conference Regular Season title with its doubleheader sweep at Loyola (22-25, 8-14 MVC) Saturday afternoon, was held to just two hits in its first MVC loss of the season. Full Schedule Roster Junior Kennedy Frank (Chesterfield, Mo.) had both hits for the Bulldogs, who did draw seven walks from Ramblers’ pitcher Kiley Jones. However, Drake struck out nine times and stranded eight baserunners. CHICAGO – The Drake University softball team had it program-record 24-game winning streak snapped Sunday with a 3-0 loss at Loyola. Preview Buy Tickets Live Stats After Drake failed to score with the bases loaded in the top of the third, Loyola scored its first two runs in the bottom of the frame. The inning started with a base hit from Peyton DeChant, DeChant moved over on a sacrifice bunt, Newman then walked the next two batters, and after a strikeout, Brooke Wilson singled to center field to score two runs with two outs. Following its final road trip of the regular season, Drake returns to Buel Field to host Missouri State, May 5-6. All three games against the Bears will be broadcast on ESPN+.Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Women’s Tennis Completes Second Day of Gopher Invitational

first_imgDoubles Hsieh/Kezuka (ISU) def. Petushkova/ Tatarnikova (DU) 6-0Petushkova/Tatarnikova (DU) def. Proudfoot/Carr (UNI) 6-2        Moreira/Fain (UNI) def. Palumbo/Webb (DU) 7-5Ochoterena/Amano (ND) def. Palumbo/Webb (DU) 6-2Fuentes/Perova (MIL) def. Haleas/Hunt (DU) 6-2Yasunaga/Sullivan (ND) def. Haleas/Hunt (DU) 6-4 Print Friendly Version Freshman Kendal Hunt earned the Bulldogs’ lone singles victory with a 6-3, 6-1 win over Agata Jurczak of Milwaukee. Sophia Haleas dropped a hard-fought semifinal match to Oumaima Aziz of Iowa State, 6-2, 4-6, 6-3. Haleas will play Lucia De Santa Ana of Minnesota Sunday for third place in the “D” bracket. SinglesA – Ashleigh Jacobs (IOWA) def. Carmen Palumbo (DU) 6-2, 6-3B – Liza Petushkova (DU) vs. Kim Zizek (UNI) – double withdrawC – Kaede Amano (ND) def. Maria Tatarnikova (DU) 6-7 (4), 6-4, 6-3D – Oumaima Aziz (ISU) def. Sophia Haleas (DU) 6-2, 4-6, 6-3E – Isabella Lambert (MINN) def. Kelsey Neville (DU) 6-2, 6-3F – Anika Tylek (MIL) def. Megan Webb (DU) 6-4, 4-6, 6-1F – Kendall Hunt (DU) def. Agata Jurczak (MW) def. 6-3, 6-1 Results MINNEAPOLIS – The Drake University women’s tennis team completed its second day at the 2019 Gopher Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 21.center_img In doubles, Liza Petushkova and Maria Tatarnikova rebounded from their first loss of the day with a 6-2 victory over Proudfoot/Carr of UNI. The Gopher Invitational concludes Sunday at the University of Minnesota’s Baseline Tennis Center. Story Linkslast_img read more

Scottie Pippen: Kevin Durant should leave the Warriors

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos or video on a mobile deviceThursday night’s electrifying, nationally televised clash between the Warriors and the Toronto Raptors had sports radio and television buzzing about a possible NBA Finals matchup. But it also provoked more ominous talk of Kevin Durant possibly leaving Golden State after the season.At least one all-time great, Scottie Pippen, believes Durant should be ready to pack his bags.Appearing on ESPN’s “The Jump,” the …last_img read more

Big 5 shines on day one of Lakin tourney

first_imgThe opening round of the Charles Lakin Humboldt-Del Norte League Tournament was a good day for the Big 5 — Eureka High and Arcata to be exact — as the conference swept all four first-round games against its Little 4 opponents, Tuesday in Arcata.Baseball — Eureka 3 Ferndale 0Pitcher David Vagle produced a complete-game shutout win for the Eureka High baseball team as it blanked Ferndale 3-0 in the first-round of the Lakin Tournament, Tuesday night at the Arcata Ball Park.Vagle recorded eight …last_img read more