Tiger says he is ‘progressing nicely,’ no date for return

first_imgTiger Woods spoke at a news conference Monday at the Quicken Loans National, a tournament which benefits his foundation and is held at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md. (Associated Press Photo)BETHESDA, Md. (AP) _ Tiger Woods grimaced as he took three warmup swings after sitting in a chair for 30 minutes on a cool, blustery Monday morning at Congressional talking about his upcoming tournament. Hitting a ceremonial shot from a forward tee on the par-3 10th hole, he chunked his first attempt into the pond short of the green.He asked for another ball. That one splashed, too. With officials from his foundation egging him on, he tried one more time. The last one cleared the pond, but not by enough. It landed on a steep bank and rolled down into the water.His efforts at Congressional _ home to the Quicken Loans National, which he hosts and which benefits his foundation _ put to rest most of the lingering questions about whether he’ll be ready to return to competitive golf anytime soon.“I have been practicing at home, and I’m progressing nicely. I’m hoping to play,” Woods said. “That’s the overriding question I keep hearing: When are you coming back, when are you playing? I get it all the time. If I knew, I’d tell, you, because it’d be fun to know.”Tiger Woods hits one of three ceremonial golf balls from the 10th tee during a Quicken Loans National tournament media availability at Congressional Country Club, Monday, May 16, 2016 in Bethesda, Md. All three shots went into the water. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)Woods, who underwent two back surgeries last fall, said he’s getting stronger and hitting the ball better. The tournament at Congressional will be played June 23-26, the week after the U.S. Open, and it certainly appears that Woods will attend only in a noncompetitive role.Woods, 40, hasn’t played since last August, and he’s fallen to no. 524 in the world ranking. He said Monday he can’t spend nearly as much time practicing as he used to. He’s been playing friendly games at Medalist, his home club in Florida, but he’s yet to play 18 holes, although he said he’s physically capable of playing a full round.“Everything about my game is coming around. Now it’s just a matter of being consistent with it,” Woods said. “And then being able to do that not only at home against the boys at Medalist and trying to take their cash, but trying to come out here and doing it against the best players in the world is a completely different deal.”If he were healthy, June would be a busy month for Woods, starting with the Memorial and then the U.S. Open at Oakmont, where he tied for second in 2007, followed by the Quicken Loans National, which he’s won twice. While Woods did not confirm that he would be absent from those events, he said it’s frustrating not to be able to play at places where he’s been successful.“I want to play. Trust me, I want to,” he said. “The plan is to get well, and whether that’s by next week or it’s a year from now, I don’t know. My doctors don’t know, I don’t know.”Woods also said he considered walking away from the game after his first back surgery, a microdiscectomy in 2014.“Do I want to go through that whole process again of getting back? Some part of me said yes, some part of me said no. Because it is hard,” Woods said. “Nerve pain _ if you’ve never experienced it, man, it’s something else.”He said he no longer has any nerve pain, although he’s not pain-free.Still, Woods believes he can still generate the same clubhead speed that he did when he was younger, and he showed little interest in changing his aggressive style of play to protect his body.“Ironically enough, my speed’s higher than it’s been in a few years. And I’m not trying. My technique just changed. That’s a good sign. When I get stronger and I do crank it up, I’ll have the speed I used to have, which will be nice,” Woods said. “… Guys who are on the shorter side have success, but when they’re not quite on their game, they’re missing cuts.”While sidelined, Woods has watched admiringly as his friend Jason Day has solidified his hold on the No. 1 ranking. The two are in touch frequently and Day, who won the Players Championship on Sunday, has spoken about the valuable advice he’s gotten from Woods.“I think it’s fantastic how he’s playing, how he’s handling himself, how focused he is and how committed to improving” he is, Woods said. “He practices with purpose and you can see it when he plays.”___Follow Ben Nuckols on Twitter at https://twitter.com/APBenNuckols . His work can be found at http://bigstory.ap.org/content/ben-nuckols.last_img read more

Justin Kluivert: I dream of playing at FC Barcelona

first_imgJustin Kluivert made his debut for Ajax’s first team last Sunday. At 17 years old he is one of the most promising talents of their academy and in an interview with goal.com he revealed his dream. 23/03/2017 “I have not spoken with my father about a move to PSG. Of course we have joked about it but it doesn’t go further than that.” “My dream club is Barcelona, but English football is very good too. I like the Premier League a lot as a competition, I would like to play there,” he said.  Javier R. Marzo Justin Kluivert: “Sueño con jugar en el Barça” When asked about his long-term future, he said: “Where do I see myself in seven years? At Barcelona of course. But before that I would like to play in England too, if it’s possible.center_img Although his father, Patrick Kluivert is now PSG’s sporting director, Justin has not forgotten his Blaugrana past and his desire is to one day play at Camp Nou.  CET Upd. at 19:04 IN SPORT.ES However he also added: “The player I admire most is Cristiano Ronaldo. Not just for his qualities, which are very obvious, but for the way he lives, what he eats and how he trains. His work ethic is a good example for me.”last_img read more

Who will tie up the loose threads?

first_imgBy Melissa MeehanRESIDENTS and art lovers are concerned about the limited access to the Cardinia Cultural Centre and worried about…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Students reap what they sow

first_imgBy Kyra Gillespie Richmond Football Club’s Steve Morris visited Officer’s Bridgewood Primary School to host an Idea Harvest on Tuesday…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Superb Dutch destroy sorry Spain 5-1

first_imgBy Neil MaidmentStunning goals from Dutch captain Robin van Persie and Arjen Robben ensured an awful start to Spain’s World Cup defence as the Netherlands destroyed one of the tournament favourites 5-1 in Group B on Friday.In complete contrast to the tetchy World Cup final between the sides in 2010 which Spain won 1-0, the Dutch took revenge with a pulsating display capped off by two goals each for Van Persie and Robben and one by Stefan de Vrij.Spain, also 2008 and 2012 European champions, took a 27th- minute lead through a Xabi Alonso penalty after Brazilian-born striker Diego Costa went down under a challenge from de Vrij, only for Van Persie to equalise brilliantly in the 44th minute.The Dutch forward stole in between Sergio Ramos and Jordi Alba to meet a searching Daley Blind cross with a powerful diving header that left goalkeeper Iker Casillas rooted.Moments before Van Persie’s goal Spain missed a glorious chance to double their lead when midfielder David Silva’s cheeky chip was pushed wide for a corner.It was a wasted chance they came to rue.After the break the Dutch poured forward and went ahead after 53 minutes when Robben got on the end of another superb Blind lobbed pass before turning Gerard Pique and holding off Sergio Ramos to fire home from seven metres.The match opened up but in the Netherlands’ favour with De Vrij stealing in on 64 minutes at the back post to convert a free kick after Van Persie put Casillas under pressure.It got worse for Spain as Van Persie added a fourth after taking advantage of a sloppy touch by Casillas to slot home in the 72nd minute and Robben stunned a raucous crowd as he toyed with the Spanish defence and Casillas before belting home in the 80th.The defeat was the heaviest for Spain under coach Vicente Del Bosque.last_img read more

WAEC Maintains June 27 for 12th Grade Exams

first_imgYesterday the West African Examination Council’s Monrovia office announced June 27 to July 1 as the new schedule to administer this year’s WAEC tests to 12th graders across the country.Dele G. Gboto, WAEC Head of Test Administration, advised all registered 12th graders to remain calm, adding, “Come what may, the set June 27 to July 1 schedule will not be changed for any reason.”Mr. Gboto spoke via mobile phone with the Daily Observer after the newspaper reported unconfirmed claims of deferment of the exam to next year.Similarly, the Ministry of Education (MOE) in collaboration with the WAEC said it is constrained to inform the public that the Liberia Senior High School Certificate Examination (LSHSCE) will be administered from Monday to Friday, June 27 to July 1.“Rumors circulating about the postponement or cancellation of the WAEC exams are untrue and misleading,” MOE said in a release. The ministry said education stakeholders including parents, candidates, school authorities, and the public are advised to adhere to the examination dates, which automatically will remain unchanged.WAEC, the release said, “is very confident of administering the exams from June 27 to July 1 as was previously scheduled.”MOE has also notified all 12th graders that no school administrations or candidates will be charged for the re-run of the exam.MOE further advised that there will be “No collection of flexibility fees; candidates should not be denied their WAEC identification card (ID) number for not paying project fees; candidates are encouraged to abide by all rules and regulations governing the exams.” Yesterday the Daily Observer reported the deferment of this year’s exam to next year. The paper’s report was based on comments WAEC Monrovia office, John Y. Gayvolor, Sr., made via mobile phone with this newspaper on Saturday that his team of administrators is committed to administering the exam, but did not say when the exams would be administered. “We are still keeping to the exam schedule as everything is being done to avoid the reoccurrence of what we just experienced leading to the leakage of the tests,” Mr. Gayvolor told our reporter before hanging up.Up to press time last night, what was not clear was whether WAEC had secured the amount of US$300,000 required to reprint the exams, fueling speculations of the deferment to 2017. The excitement of thousands of 12th graders died down when it was announced that the WAEC examination was cancelled “because test materials have been stolen from their location at the Konola SDA high school campus.”Following the stunning disclosure, the MOE said the new dates are from June 27 to July 1. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Tagging offers new online organization

first_imgThe people most likely to be taggers are typical early adopters, the survey found: They are under age 40, use broadband Internet and have above-average income and education. It was the first time Pew asked about tagging, so it couldn’t to say how fast the phenomenon is growing. In commentary accompanying the survey results, David Weinberger, a fellow at Harvard University’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society, contrasts the use of tagging to older methods of organizing information, such as the Dewey Decimal system used in libraries. The Dewey system is a hierarchal system in which each book belongs only to one category, while tagging lets users organize things in multiple categories that are useful to them. “You may want to tag, say, a Stephen King story as `horror,’ but maybe to me it’s `ghost story’ and to a literature professor it’s `pop culture,”‘ Weinberger writes. The beauty of the system is all those views can co-exist. The survey polled 2,373 adults Nov.30 to Dec.30 by phone, of which 1,623 were Internet users. It had a margin of sampling error of percentage points. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Internet users are taking avidly to sites that let them label photos, movies and blogs with their own descriptive tags, providing a major new way of organizing information online, according to a survey by the Pew Internet & American Life Project. The December survey, released Wednesday, found that 28percent of Internet users have tagged content; 7percent have done so on a typical day. Tagging is used to organize photos on Yahoo Inc.’s Flickr, Web site bookmarks on Yahoo’s del.icio.us and video on Google Inc.’s YouTube. Google’s Gmail e-mail service also uses a form of tagging, although its “labels” are for personal rather than group organizing. With tagging, a YouTube video of a python attacking rabbit gets tags such as “python, snake, rabbit, reptile, eat, devour, food, chain,” helping to guide people who search the site looking for any of those things. last_img

Man pleads no contest in desert hit-and-run

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event“We couldn’t determine if he was outside or inside the white line on the roadway. The location where this occurred, it was dark, no lights. It would have been difficult for anyone to see the victim.” Eisele was charged in the Aug. 21, 2005, death of 65-year-old Russell Attwood of Lancaster, whose body was found near the Lancaster landfill after a 31/2-hour search because Eisele had driven to a friend’s house before calling authorities and didn’t know where he had hit him. California Highway Patrol officers said they got a call about 2:45 a.m. Aug. 21 from Eisele saying he thought he had hit someone on Challenger Way near Avenue F, which is 11/2 miles from where the dead man was found. CHP officers and sheriff’s deputies searched up and down the two-lane road looking for a victim. A passenger who had been in Eisele’s vehicle went along with them to try to point out the spot where the man had been hit. The body was found just after 6 a.m. on Division Street near Avenue F-6, CHP officers said. karen.maeshiro@dailynews.com (661) 267-5744160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LANCASTER – A drunk-driving suspect accused of hitting a man walking at night on a desert road pleaded no contest Wednesday to a vehicular-manslaughter charge. Leevon Eisele, 28, of Quartz Hill surrendered Wednesday to start serving a 360-day jail sentence and will be formally sentenced in April 2007 to ensure that he serves his entire sentence, prosecutors said. Eisele pleaded no contest to vehicular manslaughter without gross negligence but with intoxication. He was given the jail term plus three years’ probation and will be ordered to make restitution, the amount of which will be determined at a later hearing, prosecutors said. “There was some question about where the victim was when he was struck by the car,” Deputy District Attorney Kelly Cromer said. last_img read more

Conte fears Chelsea will miss out on transfer targets Koulibaly and Romagnoli

first_img Antonio Conte has bought in N’Golo Kante and Michy Batshuayi so far Chelsea boss Antonio Conte fears he could be left frustrated in his bid to strengthen the Blues squad before the transfer window closes.Conte has brought in big-money signings in the shape of midfielder N’Golo Kante and forward Michy Batshuayi this summer but has yet to add the defensive reinforcements he desperately needs.The Blues have long been linked with Kalidou Koulibaly but have been unable to lure him away from Napoli, while AC Milan say they have knocked back a bid for Alessio Romagnoli.Conte admits his current squad is not deep enough and with Wednesday’s transfer deadline looming the Italian knows time is running out. “I must be honest, I think we’ll have a problem to reach our targets,” he said.“I hope, through this transfer market, to improve the squad but we understand our targets are very difficult to reach.“I think most important thing is to work to improve the squad and improve your players. You know that when you start the season it is already very tough.“It’s important to have many players to face these situations, but this market is very crazy and we are seeing that it’s very difficult to reach our targets.“I’ve been working with these players for only 40 days and we know we can improve a lot, but we also it’s important to have the right number of players in the squad to face all the other teams.“We know Chelsea is a great team and a great team must fight to the end for the title. But also we know last season the players were 10th. Not fourth, fifth or sixth, 10th! Don’t forget this.” 1last_img read more

Oxford Dictionary’s Word of the Year Is “Toxic”

first_imgOxford Dictionary just released its Word of the Year for 2018, and they went with . . . “toxic.”  And NOT because they just discovered the Britney Spears song from 15 years ago. Oxford’s runners up included gaslighting . . . incel . . . overtourism . . . and BIG D*** ENERGY. They say they went with “toxic” because it was the word that did the best job, quote, “reflecting the ethos, mood, or preoccupations of the passing year, and has lasting potential as a term of cultural significance.” “Toxic” DID come up a lot of different ways, from metaphorical use like “toxic political environment” and “toxic masculinity” to literal use like “toxic algae” and “toxic waste.” One day we’ll go back to a time when all of the dictionaries’ Words of the Year aren’t super depressing references to our modern dystopia.  One day.last_img read more