Rose wins Quicken Loans in playoff over Stefani

first_imgBETHESDA, Md. – Justin Rose has won enough times on the strongest golf courses to appreciate how one mistake can make a difference. He got away with one Sunday at Congressional to win the Quicken Loans National. Shawn Stefani did not. With the poise and the putting touch of a U.S. Open champion, Rose atoned for a 4-iron he hit into the water on the 18th hole to make a 15-foot bogey putt that got him into a playoff and gave him new life. On the 18th hole in the playoff, Stefani hit the same type of shot that rolled into the same pond left of the green. There are no second chances in a sudden-death playoff. Rose won with a par on the first extra hole for his first victory since the U.S. Open last summer at Merion. This one required about as much work, with Congressional far more difficult and unrelenting than when it hosted a soggy U.S. Open three years ago. ”Congressional got its reputation back after the U.S. Open,” Rose said. ”I really enjoy this type of golf and this type of test. I think it tested all of us. I’m delighted.” Quicken Loans National: Articles, videos and photos The Englishman was far from delighted after thinking he had thrown this one away. Tied for the lead as he played the 18th, Rose tried to squeeze a 4-iron through a tiny gap in the trees from 209 yards away, playing toward the right side of the green for a chance at par. Instead, he turned it over and realized when he jogged toward the fairway that it was headed for the water. His caddie, Mark Fulcher, told Rose that Stefani had just made bogey behind them on the 17th. ”Everything else was forgotten at that point,” Rose said. ”I wiped the slate clean and just focused on my putt on 18. An amazing feeling in any sort of championship when you make a putt like that. That means something. That’s special. ”And then the playoff, it was just up to me to not do what I did the first time around.” He left that to Stefani, who had drilled his tee shot in regulation and narrowly missed a 20-foot birdie putt for his first PGA Tour victory. In the playoff, Stefani pulled his tee shot in the trees and got relief from grandstands blocking his view of the green. He chose a 6-iron to punch it around the trees. ”The grass closed the club down,” Stefani said, ”and it went left into the water. I was trying to play it down the right side and have a chance at a putt, two putts for a par. That’s the way it goes. It was great to have a chance to win.” Both closed with a 1-under 70 and finished at 4-under 280 on a course that looked like a U.S. Open, and played like one the way so many contenders – seven players had at least a share of the lead at one point – tumbled down the leaderboard. Only six players broke par in the final round. And it was only the second time this year that the winning score was higher than the 36-hole lead (6 under). That also happened at Torrey Pines, which like Congressional, previously hosted a U.S. Open. No one crashed harder than Patrick Reed, who had a two-shot lead to start the final round, still had a two-shot lead at the turn and didn’t even finish in the top 10. He made back-to-back double bogeys, shot 41 on the back and closed with a 77 to tie for 11th. ”This definitely burns and definitely gets me more fired up for more events coming up,” Reed said. Even though he got a reprieve with the clutch bogey putt, Rose looked like a U.S. Open champion the way he put himself into position. He hit 5-iron to 5 feet for one of only four birdies on the 11th hole Sunday. Staring at potential bogey from deep rough on the 14th, he boldly hit 3-wood up the hill and between the deep bunkers to the middle of the green. It was a par, but Rose called the 3-wood his ”shot of the day.” And before his blunder on the 18th, he holed an 8-foot sliding par putt on the 17th. ”I felt like all aspects of my game were tested this week, and it’s really nice to win in that fashion,” Rose said. Stefani, whose only major experience was at Merion last year, plodded along like a U.S. Open veteran with one par after another. He joined Rose in the lead with a 15-foot birdie putt on the 16th. So many others fell back. Brendon Todd was tied for the lead until a double bogey in the water on the 10th. Marc Leishman three-putted for bogey on No. 7 and made bogey on the easiest par 4 at Congressional. Brendan Steele made a late rally, only to take on too much from the rough on the 18th and find the water for double bogey. This was the first British Open qualifier on the PGA Tour – the leading four players not already exempt from the top 12 at Congressional get into Royal Liverpool next month. Stefani earned one spot as the runner-up. Charley Hoffman (69) and Ben Martin (71) each birdied two of the last three holes to tie for third. Steele got the last spot with a 71 that put him in a three-way tie for third with Andres Romero and Todd, who already is exempt. Steele earned the spot over Romero because he has a higher world ranking. Romero closed with a 68, the low score in a final round when the scoring average was 73.7.last_img read more

Indians Manager Terry Francona Says Kipnis and Hanley Ramirez Scheduled to Play Monday

first_img Matt Loede As spring training continues in Goodyear, Indians fans should pay close attention to Monday’s affair for the Tribe as they take on the San Diego Padres, as a couple players that could be key to the 2019 roster will be in action.One player who will return to the field is second basemen Jason Kipnis, who has appeared in just one game so far this spring due to a quad injury.Saturday Kipnis told reporters that he was feeling a lot better, and manager Terry Francona confirmed he’s scheduled to play in Monday’s game.“He’s going to go out and sprint today, possibly even run the bases, which could come tomorrow,” Francona said.“Tentatively we have him in there Monday playing.”While Kipnis will be back on the field, a lot of eyes will also be on the newest Indian, former Red Sox slugger Hanely Ramirez, who the team came to terms with on a deal late last Saturday.Ramirez has been working out with the Indians, and he will look to make a comeback as he hasn’t played in a regular season game since May 24th of last year when he was with Boston.The Red Sox released him on June 1st, and he did not sign with another team but played this last offseason in Winter Ball as he looked to impress enough to make a team want to sign him, which the Tribe did. The Indians will give him that shot, hoping he can get back to the form of even two seasons ago when he hit 23 homers with the Red Sox, driving in 62 runs and hitting .242. Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE.center_img Related TopicsfeaturedHanely RamirezJason KipnisTerry Franconalast_img read more

9 months agoLingard implores Man Utd to retain De Gea

first_imgLingard implores Man Utd to retain De Geaby Freddie Taylor9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United must keep ahold of David De Gea to achieve success, winger Jesse Lingard has claimed.De Gea made 11 saves in Sunday’s 1-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur.United have triggered a clause that will keep De Gea for another season, but Lingard thinks he deserves a long-term deal.”He’s one of the best keepers in the world, if not the best,” Lingard said.”We want him to stay. Having a keeper like that gives you extra confidence. He’s a great goalkeeper.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img

US stocks swing back to gains Dow up 330 on turbulent day

first_imgA late-afternoon rally reversed steep losses for U.S. stocks Friday, lifting the Dow Jones industrial average more than 300 points and capping a turbulent week on Wall Street that left the market with its steepest weekly slide in two years.The big point swings that pummeled stocks reflected a return of volatility after an unprecedented period of calm. Until this week, the market had not endured a 5 per cent drop since January 2016.“There’s a fair amount of volatility in the market, and our belief is the volatility is leaving investors riddled with stress and uncertainty, which is likely to continue,” said Terry Sandven, chief equity strategist at U.S. Bank Wealth Management.The swiftness of the market’s slide into a correction, or a drop of at least 10 per cent from a recent peak, was unparalleled. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index, the benchmark for many index funds, took only nine days to fall 10 per cent from its all-time high on Jan. 26.“The S&P 500 hasn’t moved into correction mode this quickly, ever,” said Lindsey Bell, investment strategist at CFRA Research.Since hitting that high last month, the S&P 500 has lost about $2.49 trillion.For a while Friday, it was anybody’s guess whether the weeklong sell-off would ease or worsen. Stocks struggled to stabilize much of the day as investors sent prices climbing, then slumping in unsteady trading a day after the market entered its first correction in two years.The Dow Jones briefly sank 500 points after surging more than 349 points earlier in the day and then swung to a 330-point gain in the final hour of trading. The blue chip average suffered its second 1,000-point drop in a week on Thursday.At one point, the market was on pace for its worst weekly decline since October 2008, at the height of the financial crisis.“History does show that, even though we haven’t seen this quick of a movement from a peak to correction mode, what we do know is the swifter the way down, the sooner the market will bottom and start moving up,” Bell said.All told, the S&P 500 rose 38.55 points, or 1.5 per cent, to 2,619.55 Friday. The Dow gained 330.44 points, or 1.4 per cent, to 24,190.90. The Nasdaq composite added 97.33 points, or 1.4 per cent, to 6,874.49.The three indexes finished the week down more than 5 per cent. They’re also now all in the red for the year.Technology companies accounted for most of the broad gains, outweighing losses in energy stocks, which slumped as U.S. crude prices declined. The price of oil fell below $60 a barrel for the first time this year.Bond prices also fell. The yield on the 10-year Treasury rose to 2.86 per cent from 2.83 per cent late Thursday.U.S. stocks started to tumble last week after the Labor Department said workers’ wages grew at a fast rate in January. Investors worried that rising wages will hurt corporate profits and could signal an increase in inflation that could prompt the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates at a faster pace, putting a brake on the economy.Also contributing to the big swings this week was the blow-up of exchange-traded products that were built to profit if markets remained calm. Once volatility spiked, it led to huge losses for the investments, which may have exacerbated the market’s swings. Other automated trading programs, which sell stocks when volatility rises, may have also contributed, among others.The market, currently in its second-longest bull run of all time, had not seen a correction for two years, an unusually long time. Many market watchers have been predicting a pullback, saying stock prices have become too expensive relative to company earnings.Not only are corrections common during bull markets, they’re seen as entirely normal and even healthy. They allow markets to remove speculative froth after a big run-up and allow investors to buy stocks at more reasonable prices.Analysts warned that stocks had become too expensive. As of Jan. 26, the S&P 500 traded at 18.6 times its expected earnings — a popular measure of stocks’ value — compared with a median level of 15.2 since 2000. The measure dropped to 16.4 as of Thursday, meaning stocks were less expensive but still not cheap.The prospect of ballooning deficits also stoked jitters among investors this week after Congress agreed to a $400 billion budget deal just weeks after voting to slash taxes.Rising deficits could drive interest rates higher. That’s because growing deficits force the U.S. Treasury to issue more bonds, and investors are likely to demand higher rates before buying them.The market’s reversal came just as Jerome Powell took over as Federal Reserve Chairman.The central bank may have to more aggressively raise short-term rates to offset the economic stimulus from higher government spending and lower taxes, which also unnerves investors.The economy is already running hot, with the nation’s unemployment rate at a 17-year low of 4.1 per cent. The extra stimulus threatens to send inflation higher.Even so, Wall Street analysts note that the outlook for corporate America and the broader global economy remains positive. Major economies around the world are growing in tandem for the first time since the Great Recession, and corporate profits are on the rise. The housing industry is solid, and manufacturing is rebounding.“By many metrics, the earnings picture looks good, and higher earnings provide the basis for valuation support and, I think, still higher stock prices if you look toward the end of the year,” Sandven said.Benchmark U.S. crude lost $1.95, or 3.2 per cent, to settle at $59.20 per barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Oil has not been below $60 a barrel since Dec. 28. Brent crude, used to price international oils, slid $2.02, or 3.1 per cent, to close at $62.79 in London.In other energy futures trading, wholesale gasoline fell 7 cents to $1.70 a gallon. Heating oil shed 7 cents to $1.86 a gallon. Natural gas fell 11 cents, or 4.2 per cent, to $2.58 per 1,000 cubic feet.The price of gold declined $3.30, or 0.3 per cent, to $1,315.70 an ounce. Silver lost 20 cents, or 1.2 per cent, to $16.14 an ounce. Copper fell 5 cents to $3.03 a pound.The dollar fell to 108.53 yen from Thursday’s 108.84 yen. The euro dipped to $1.2231 from $1.2263.The turbulence in U.S. stock indexes followed a broad slide in global markets.In Europe, Germany’s DAX fell 1.2 per cent, while France’s CAC 40 lost 1.4 per cent. Britain’s FTSE 100 shed 1.1 per cent. Asian markets fell more sharply. Tokyo’s Nikkei 225 lost 2.3 per cent and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng gave up 3.1 per cent.___Associated Press writers Stan Choe in New York and Paul Wiseman in Washington contributed to this report.last_img read more

Airbnb says it hasnt reversed West Bank policy

first_imgJERUSALEM — Airbnb says it hasn’t reversed its plan to stop listing properties in Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank.Earlier Monday, Israel’s tourism minister, Yariv Levin, said Airbnb pledged “not to implement” its decision during a meeting between the two sides. Airbnb’s plan would affect around 200 properties.But Airbnb says that report was inaccurate. The San Francisco-based company says it is developing the tools needed to implement its policy while it continues to talk with stakeholders.The company announced last month that it would stop listing properties in the settlements, which are considered illegal by most of the world.The decision prompted uproar in Israel. Officials accused the company of anti-Semitism and threatened to impose taxes on its operations in Israel. Lawsuits were filed in Israel and the U.S._____Isabel DeBre in Jerusalem contributed to this report.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Trans Mountain pipeline plan coming by end of month possibly guided by

first_imgAn official close to the plan says that includes possibly hiring a former senior judge, possibly a retired Supreme Court of Canada justice, to advise on what would constitute meaningful consultation with Indigenous communities to satisfy the conditions of the court.The Liberals intend to announce the next steps before the end of September.The government wants to have the pipeline’s fate decided within the next six to eight months before the next federal election and also before Alberta’s provincial election in May. OTTAWA, O.N. – A senior federal source says the Liberals are considering hiring a former top judge to guide a renewed consultation with Indigenous communities on the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.The Federal Court of Appeal last month quashed the approval given to the project, saying the consultation with Indigenous communities wasn’t good enough and criticizing the lack of attention paid to the environmental impact of increased tanker traffic off the coast of British Columbia.The Liberals are still considering whether to appeal the decision, but are looking at how they can do what the court said was lacking in order to get the pipeline work back underway.last_img read more

North Peace Secondary School to remain closed Wednesday

first_imgThe District says they are completing the repairs as quickly as possible.For more updates, watch this website or visit the School Districts website at prn.bc.ca FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – North Peace Secondary School will be closed on Wednesday, February 13.School District 60 announced the school would be closed on February 12, due to a burst pipe that had caused electrical issues in the building.  The ELC at the Pomeroy Sport Centre will remain open.The School will continue to be closed until repairs are made.last_img

200 thousand Moroccan manipulate the law to benefit from RAMED program

first_imgRabat- In a shocking figure revealed on Wednesday by Moroccan Minister of Health El Hussein El Ouardi, more than 200 thousand Moroccan citizens have registered for the System of Medical Assistance known as RAMED while being enrolled in the Mandatory Health Insurance, according to Akhbar Al Yaoum in its issue of Friday, January 24th.RAMED is a national solidarity program based on the principles of social welfare in favor of the poor. However, the recent figures revealed by the Health Ministry show that there are thousands of Moroccans who are already covered by the Mandatory Health Insurance and tend to register for RAMED in order to benefit from the free –of- charge services it provides at the expense of the poor who are truly in need.The same source went on to add that in spite of being overseen by the Interior Ministry, the distribution of RAMED cards demonstrates a deep inequity and a blatant manipulation of the law. El Ouardi stressed that the Government will retrieve the value of medical treatments from those who have benefited from RAMED program outside the law and make sure that only those who are uncovered will have access to a RAMED card.The Minister also said that the Government would try the private sector option to overcome the problems facing RAMED by means of allowing private institutions to treat RAMED beneficiaries.5.6 million is the number of people registered for RAMED at the end of October 2013, including 4.4 million in situation of poverty and 1.1 million in situation of precariousnes.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Salah is not a worldclass footballer – Cheryshev

first_imgFormer Russia international Dmitri Cheryshev doubts that Mohamed Salah can be considered on par among the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi as he prepares to make his World Cup debut for Egypt against the hostsThe 25-year-old had a sensational debut campaign at Liverpool that saw him win the Golden Boot award by scoring a new Premier League record of 32 goals in a single 38-game season.In all competitions, Salah scored an impressive 44 goals and has been compared among the other great football stars on the planet right now.However, an unfortunate shoulder injury from last month’s Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid caused Salah to miss Egypt’s 1-0 defeat to Uruguay in what was their first World Cup game in 28 years.But the Egyptian Football Association has since confirmed that Salah will be available for selection for their crucial game against Russia for Tuesday’s game in St Petersburg.Regardless though, Cheryshev doubts that Salah will be able to repeat his performances at Liverpool for Egypt.“He is an exceptional player, but [he is] not a world-class football star who can compete for the [World Cup] Golden Boot,” Cheryshev told KingFut.Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, LiverpoolMo Salah laughs off Sadio Mane incident with a brilliant video Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Mohamed Salah laughed off his little spat with Liverpool team-mate Sadio Mane by posting a brilliant video showing they’ve made up.“Right now [the contenders for the award] are Ronaldo, Messi, Neymar and maybe [Harry] Kane.“Liverpool uses Salah properly, here, in the Egyptian national team, things will be different.”Russia began their World Cup campaign on home soil with a convincing 5-0 win against Saudi Arabia last week.While Cheryshev is confident they can replicate last Thursday’s display, he warned the national team about the threat of Egypt boss Hector Cuper.Cheryshev added: “The team is getting ready for Egypt.“I played against [Egypt head coach Hector] Cuper’s teams before, he is the most tactical coach, you never know how to approach his teams. Any chance we might have we should use [in that match].”last_img read more

Marcelo Bielsa unfazed by derby atmosphere

first_imgLeeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa has squashed rumors of crowd violence and intimidation when they face Millwall in what may be a hostile atmosphere on Saturday.Bielsa revealed he believes the police and the stadium security will prevent any potential problems and deal with any issues – should they occur.“I have been doing this job for the last 30 years. I have never been affected by the lack of civility by the fans,” explained former Argentina boss Bielsa.“I have been insulted in my career, spat upon, they have thrown bottles to me – never nothing serious happen to me.“We have to admire how much the (Millwall) fans love their club and England has been the country who try to eliminate violence in football.Solskjaer reveals he plans to build his team around Pogba Manuel R. Medina – July 17, 2019 The Manchester United manager wants to end the speculation that the Frenchman is leaving the Red Devils.“Hooligans do not exist anymore in English football and all the countries who suffer from this thing take England as an example to solve the problem.Bielsa said: “You don’t have this kind of thing in football. It doesn’t exist because the authorities don’t allow it. So I wouldn’t share an analysis that makes you think that violence is possible.”“I can’t think of any public, any fans, that could have more influence than ours,” Bielsa said.“It is very important to us to receive support and we have to get prepared to assimilate the support the other team receives from their fans.”last_img read more