Woods return delayed again… Woods return delayed again

first_imgTIGER WOODS’ return to the PGA Tour has been delayed yet again. Woods withdrew from the Safeway Open in Napa, California, yesterday.Woods released a statement on his website on the decision, saying he feels his game is “vulnerable and not where it needs to be.”In full, Woods’ statement reads:“After a lot of soul-searching and honest reflection, I know that I am not yet ready to play on the PGA Tour or compete in Turkey. My health is good, and I feel strong, but my game is vulnerable and not where it needs to be.“When I announced last week I was going to Safeway, I had every intention of playing, or I wouldn’t have committed. I spent a week with the U.S. Ryder Cup Team, an honour and experience that inspired me even more to play. I practised the last several days in California, but after a lot of hours, I knew I wasn’t ready to compete against the best golfers in the world. I will continue to work hard, and plan to play at my foundation’s event, the Hero World Challenge, in Albany.“I would like to apologise and send my regrets to Safeway, the Turkish Airlines Open, the fans in California and Turkey and those who had hoped to watch me compete on TV. This isn’t what I wanted to happen, but I will continue to strive to be able to play tournament golf. I’m close, and I won’t stop until I get there.”Woods hasn’t competed on the PGA Tour since finishing tied for 10th place in the Wyndham Championship in August 2015, in a last-ditch effort to qualify for the FedEx Cup playoffs.Last month, Woods announced his intention to play in the Safeway Open in October, followed by the Turkish Airlines Open on the European Tour in November and his own Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas in December. However, Woods’ announcement was made in tepid language, suggesting he could still back out of any or all of the intended appearances.“My rehabilitation is to the point where I’m comfortable making plans, but I still have work to do,” Woods said on his website in a September 7 post announcing his intended comeback. “Whether I can play depends on my continued progress and recovery. My hope is to have my game ready to go.”Now we know Woods will not compete this week or in Turkey in November, meaning the earliest we will see Woods compete again is at the Hero World Challenge in December.Ryan Ballengee is a Yahoo Sports contributor. Find him on Facebook and Twitter.last_img read more

Indian greats tip Kohli to topple all

first_imgFORMER India captains Sunil Gavaskar and Mohammad Azharuddin expect their contemporary Virat Kohli to shatter most batting records in the game after the 28-year-old toppled two cricketing legends with his double century against Bangladesh.And in an ominous warning for Australia’s bowlers, Gavaskar says “the mind just boggles” when he thinks about what Kohli could do against the Aussies in their upcoming four-Test seriesKohli’s innings of 204 in Hyderabad was the fourth time in consecutive Test series that he’d posted a double century, passing the previous record of three held by Sir Donald Bradman and Rahul Dravid.The right-hander now averages 68 from 23 Tests as India’s skipper, including nine hundreds, drawing level with Azharuddin’s mark of nine centuries from 47 Tests as skipper.Only Gavaskar stands in Kohli’s way in terms of centuries by an Indian skipper, the former opener notching 11 tons in 47 Tests in charge.And the older duo are in no doubt that the current skipper is on the path to legendary status.“He’s a great in my book,” Gavaskar told NDTV. “I think he’s on his way to becoming a legend.“That’s something which is eventually going to happen sooner rather than later.“The way he’s batting, he’s going to rewrite the whole record book.“Most of the batting records, if not all of the batting records, are going to be his the way he’s going about scoring runs and scoring big runs in all forms of the game.”Azharuddin, who scored 22 centuries in 99 Tests for India, agreed that most batting records were well within reach of a man whose thirst for runs seems unquenchable.“Records are meant to be broken and I think the form he is (in) at the moment most batting records will tumble,” Azharuddin told xtratime.in.“The hallmark of a great player is to do well in any condition and under any situation. Virat has proved that time and again in recent times.“The one thing that stays apart for me is his ability to stay focused and score runs in any format consistently.“He is well aware of what is happening and has the ability to read the situation.”Kohli’s double centuries against the West Indies, New Zealand, England (all last year) and now Bangladesh are his first in Test cricket having previously passed 150 just twice in his career.Of his nine centuries he has scored as captain, seven have been scores of 140 or more, while just one of his seven centuries he posted when he wasn’t been captain topped the 120 mark.It’s a record the skipper himself is fully aware of and says he made a conscious effort to turn all of his centuries into big, match-winning performances.“I think because of captaincy you tend to go on more than what you usually would as a normal batsman,” Kohli told BCCI.TV.“The room for complacency is no more present when you become captain.“That has something to do with me playing long innings. I have always wanted to play long innings and my first seven or eight hundreds were not even 120-plus scores.“After that I made a conscious effort to bat long, control my excitement or not be complacent.“I have worked on my fitness as well over the years. I feel like I can go on for longer periods now.“I don’t feel tired easily, and I definitely don’t get satisfied when I get a Test hundred.”“The way he’s batting, he’s going to rewrite the whole record book.“Most of the batting records, if not all of the batting records, are going to be his the way he’s going about scoring runs and scoring big runs in all forms of the game.”Azharuddin, who scored 22 centuries in 99 Tests for India, agreed that most batting records were well within reach of a man whose thirst for runs seems unquenchable.“Records are meant to be broken and I think the form he is (in) at the moment most batting records will tumble,” Azharuddin told xtratime.in.“The hallmark of a great player is to do well in any condition and under any situation. Virat has proved that time and again in recent times.“The one thing that stays apart for me is his ability to stay focused and score runs in any format consistently.“He is well aware of what is happening and has the ability to read the situation.”Kohli’s double centuries against the West Indies, New Zealand, England (all last year) and now Bangladesh are his first in Test cricket having previously passed 150 just twice in his career.Of his nine centuries he has scored as captain, seven have been scores of 140 or more, while just one of his seven centuries he posted when he wasn’t been captain topped the 120 mark.It’s a record the skipper himself is fully aware of and says he made a conscious effort to turn all of his centuries into big, match-winning performances.“I think because of captaincy you tend to go on more than what you usually would as a normal batsman,” Kohli told BCCI.TV.“The room for complacency is no more present when you become captain.“That has something to do with me playing long innings. I have always wanted to play long innings and my first seven or eight hundreds were not even 120-plus scores.“After that I made a conscious effort to bat long, control my excitement or not be complacent.“I have worked on my fitness as well over the years. I feel like I can go on for longer periods now.“I don’t feel tired easily, and I definitely don’t get satisfied when I get a Test hundred.”Gavaskar said the Australians had every right to be fearful of the Indian superstar as they seek to reverse their poor recent record in the subcontinent over the coming weeks.“Four double hundreds in four consecutive series against four different oppositions and there’s still Australia to come,” Gavaskar said.“The mind just boggles at the thought of what is going to happen in the next four Test matches.”last_img read more

Ohio seeks revenge on Akron

first_imgOhio seeks revenge on Akron Associated Press ___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditOhio (15-14, 7-9) vs. Akron (22-7, 12-4)James A. Rhodes Arena, Akron, Ohio; Tuesday, 7:30 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Akron goes for the season sweep over Ohio after winning the previous matchup in Athens. The teams last played on Jan. 25, when the Zips shot 56.9 percent from the field and went 13 for 23 from 3-point territory on their way to the 88-86 victory.center_img March 2, 2020 SAVVY VETERANS: Senior leadership has been on display for both of these teams. Loren Cristian Jackson, Xeyrius Williams, Channel Banks and Deng Riak have combined to account for 63 percent of Akron’s scoring this season. For Ohio, Jason Preston, Jordan Dartis and Sylvester Ogbonda have combined to score 49 percent of the team’s points this season, including 57 percent of all Bobcats points over their last five.CREATING OFFENSE: Preston has either made or assisted on 54 percent of all Ohio field goals over the last five games. The sophomore guard has 33 field goals and 35 assists in those games.UNDEFEATED WHEN: The Zips are 17-0 when they hold opposing teams to 67 points or fewer and 5-7 when opponents exceed 67 points. The Bobcats are 7-0 when the team records at least 10 steals and 8-14 when falling short of that total.TWO STREAKS: Ohio has dropped its last four road games, scoring 61.5 points and allowing 68.8 points during those contests. Akron has won its last three home games, scoring an average of 69.3 points while giving up 60.7.DID YOU KNOW: Akron has made 9.3 3-pointers per game as a team this year, which is most among MAC teams.last_img read more

Christmas’ low-post defense holds Loyola bigs at bay, creates opportunities for Syracuse offense

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 26, 2014 at 12:10 am Contact Jesse: jcdoug01@syr.edu | @dougherty_jesse During the day on Tuesday, before his team trudged through a win over Loyola, Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim peered at the Orange’s statistics through its first four games. And one figure stood out to him. “I had looked coincidentally today and (Rakeem Christmas) had only blocked six shots on the stat sheet I saw, and I think that was for the year too which surprised me,” Boeheim said after the game “I think that Chris (McCullough) had 12 and I was not aware that Rakeem hadn’t blocked that many shots this year. “I guess he must have gotten the message subliminally today because he was very good and made some really good plays.”The senior forward finished with six of the Orange’s nine blocks, one shy of his career-high, in SU’s (4-1) 70-37 win over the Greyhounds (2-3) in the Carrier Dome on Tuesday night. Loyola made just 10 field goals, none of which came from its frontcourt, and scored just six points in the paint despite grabbing 15 offensive rebounds. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textChristmas played a large role in holding the Greyhounds’ bigs completely at bay as his defense helped the Orange to 21 points off turnovers and 25 on the break. “I know how to block shots,” Christmas said, plainly, about a performance that also included 18 points and nine rebounds. Aside from a physical advantage over Loyola, with both his size and athleticism, Christmas’ six blocks were a product of the Greyhounds’ offensive approach. From the opening tip, which Christmas casually slapped out of bounds while Loyola’s Franz Rassman stood watching, the Greyhounds drew out possessions to keep the score low and the Orange on defense.While that helped Loyola stay within an arm’s length early on, it also helped Christmas key on forced shots at the tail end of possessions. “They were getting down in the wire for the shot clock for them, a couple seconds left, and I knew they had to get a shot off,” Christmas said. “I knew they had to get a shot off and I was just going to block it.”In the Orange’s first four games, Christmas picked up early fouls and had to hedge his aggression in the low post. But he entered the second half with just one foul on Tuesday night, and his defense jumpstarted SU’s offense as the hosts pulled away. With under 16 minutes left and the Orange a play or two away from closing the Greyhounds out, Christmas blocked a Tyler Hubbard floater and McCullough finished a dunk on the other end. Boeheim said Christmas wasn’t too sharp on the offensive end but the forward still led SU in scoring while finding other ways to affect the game. “(Christmas) is definitely guarding the hole down there,” SU point guard Kaleb Joseph said. “When guys break through the gaps in our zone he’s definitely down there holding the fort down. So I think it’s definitely good to have that safety net down there.” Commentslast_img read more

Coffs Coast offers hatted dining experiences

first_imgSource = Coffs Coast Tourism The Coffs Coast left well-dressed at this year’s Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide Awards with two of their restaurants scoring hats. Bonville Golf Resort’s Flooded Gums Restaurant was hatted for the first time this year, while No. 2 Oak Street held onto their two previously awarded hats.Flooded Gums Restaurant, located just ten minutes from the Coffs Harbour CBD, is Australia’s first and only golf course restaurant to receive a hat at the awards. This achievement now places Bonville as a leader in golf course dining. Bonville General Manger, Brad Daymond said:  “The entire Bonville team are ecstatic and extremely proud of being judged a one Hat restaurant in this year’s Guide. The Golf Course at Bonville has always been highly awarded and recognised but it is fantastic to see the restaurant receive this recognition.”Bellingen establishment No.2 Oak Street was also recognised this year, keepings it’s two hatted status for the second year running. The 2013 Good Food Guide Awards were held in Sydney on Monday evening where both restaurants received their hats. last_img read more