first_imgBack to the golf, and it was Jeff Wylie (8) scoring 38 points to lead the way home, while Bob Edwards (8) was a point behind.  Near pins went to Jeff, Rick, Stefan & Jonathan.Thursday, March 13, Plutaluang – StablefordThursday saw us travel down to Plutaluang, with the East & South combination being our test of the day.  The course was in good order, although the it was quite dry in some areas of the fairways, with greens on the slow side when compared to some of the other local courses.Jonathan Pratt (11) showed some return to form to lead the way with 35 points, after a stellar front 9 of 21 points, while Bob Edwards (8) rallied with a couple of late birdies to shoot 33 points, and edge Tom on count back 17/16.  Near pins went to Jeff with both on the East course, while Neil & Willie shared the South course ones.Note:  Siam Country Resort, Restaurant & Bar is located just off Siam Country Club Rd, after going under the arch past the 7/11, turn right after 50 metres, with the venue on the left another 200 metres along.  Golf from here is generally played on Tuesday & Thursday, with the Resort hosting prompt presentations on both days.As a PSC affiliated venue we welcome ALL golfers, including ladies & seniors (>60s) who have opted for the “Silver” tee option.  Call 089 094 1841 for scheduling or enquiries.  Hope to see you there, cheers & good golfing! PSC golf from Siam Country ResortTuesday, March 11, Pleasant Valley – StablefordPleasant Valley was the venue for Tuesday’s game, under clear skies with a light breeze to lessen the humidity.  The course was in generally good order, although a tad over watered in some places, which necessitated casual water relief.   We were joined today by one of Pattaya’s characters, the Bike Man, Rick Bevington, with mates Paul Taylor & Stefan Hoge.  Rick does a lot of good work for kids in the area and is worthy of support, so when next we see him SCR will be making a donation for his “Bikes for Tykes” project.  Anyone else feeling benevolent could do a lot worse than help Rick in his endaevours.Jonathan Pratt shows some form on the tee.last_img read more

first_imgNew Zealand lost Raval and Kane Williamson (14) before lunch, and when play resumed after the break other opener Tom Latham (18) and Ross Taylor (22) fell to leave the visitors struggling on 57-4.Just when Nicholls and BJ Watling, 20 not out, appeared to settle, Lyon had Nicholls caught by Travis Head at silly point to end a 66-minute long resistance by the fifth-wicket pair.Watling was hit flush on his face mask by fast bowler Pat Cummins and required attention on the field before continuing.Starc followed up his 5-52 in the first innings with relentless pace and bounce to unsettle the New Zealand batsmen.When Lyon had skipper Williamson caught at short leg by Matthew Wade with his first ball it was a telling blow to any hopes New Zealand had of saving the test match.Australia’s Matthew Wade, left, is about to catch New Zealand’s Kane Williamson, right, during play in their cricket test in Perth, Australia, Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Trevor Collens)Lyon, who dismissed Tim Southee to end the New Zealand first innings was on a hat-trick across two innings, but Taylor comfortably negotiated the delivery.Australia declared its second innings on 217-9. Resuming the day on 167-7, the home side lost the overnight batsmen Cummins (13) and Wade (17) in the space of six balls.Starc then smashed 23 runs off 21 balls with four boundaries before he was caught by Taylor at third man when Paine declared.Australia lasted 53 minutes on a surface that is beginning to play up and down with the cracks widening and putting doubt in the batsmen’s minds.Wade, the last recognised batsmen, took a painful blow on his hand when he fended a Neil Wagner delivery that bounced disconcertingly.Swing bowler Southee claimed Starc’s wicket to finish with 5-69 — his ninth five-wicket haul in his 70th test — and a match-haul of 9-162. Leftarm swing bowler Wagner took 3-59 for a match return of 7-151. Ireland’s Michael Conlan, left, and Russia’s Vladimir Nikitin fight during the eighth round of a WBO intercontinental featherweight boxing match, Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Michael Owens)Perth, Australia (AP) — Offspinner Nathan Lyon spun Australia close to victory in the series-opening test as New Zealand slumped toward a heavy defeat on the fourth day under lights on Sunday.Set to make 467 runs for an unlikely victory on a pitch that is deteriorating rapidly as the temperature soared to 40 Celsius (107 F) for the fourth consecutive day, New Zealand was struggling on 98 –5 at tea when Henry Nicholls (21) fell to the last ball before the break as Lyon snared 3-33.Leftarm fast bowler Mitchell Starc claimed 2-32 in the New Zealand second innings, claiming opener Jeet Raval caught at gully by Lyon for one.A win here will give Australia a perfect record under lights after it had won its previous six day-night fixtures on home soil, and also its third straight test win following the 2-0 drubbing of Pakistan in the opening series of the summer.last_img read more

first_img“Ichi Ban”, meaning “first” in Japanese, was a more than appropriate moniker for two of the standout winners at the recently concluded 2012 edition of the Phuket King’s Cup sailing regatta, held off the Kata Beach Resort in Phuket from Dec. 3-9. Matt Allen’s victory on Ichi Ban in the IRC 2 class was one of the stories of the 26th running of this now world famous maritime event, held annually in honour of His Majesty the King of Thailand’s birthday.  The Adams 10-meter boat, built in 1976, had been lying unused and moored up in Sydney only 7 weeks before the Phuket regatta and was snapped up on a whim by Allen who spotted its potential and fancied it could fare well as an IRC 2 racing craft. Hurriedly shipped over to Thailand prior to the event, the crew on Ichi Ban set to work the long hours preparing the boat and were still “patching up the rigging and bolting things down on the morning of the first race day,” said Allen.  “It was amazing to sail on the first regatta day – the first time we ever put the sails up,” he added.The fact that he and his crew then went on to win the first two races and finish second in the third on the opening day speaks volumes of the hard work put in by Aussie skipper and his team and vindicated his decision to enter the boat in this year’s regatta at such short notice.  Against a very competitive IRC2 fleet, including a strong Thai Navy team, Ichi Ban continued to dominate over the following days of racing and had all but sown up victory in its class with one day to spare.  The Royal Thai Navy 1 boat skippered by CPO.1 Wiwat Poonpat took the final day honours to finish second overall, with Peter Dyer’s Kata Rocks in third.Ichi Ban’s namesake in the IRC1 class, the Beneteau 44.7 chartered by David Fuller and helmed by Jamie Wilmot fought a titanic week-long duel with Bill Bremner’s Foxy Lady 6, with the outcome of the class not decided until the final day of racing, however, Steve Manning’s Sydney GTS 43 Walawala 2 stole the limelight on the last day with 2 wins to scupper the last remaining chances for Bremner’s team.  It was a special victory for Wilmot who has now helmed winning boats on seven separate occasions.In what could almost have been deemed as royal providence, the rainy squalls that had been dogging the southern part of Thailand throughout November suddenly cleared on the weekend prior to the regatta start date and the event was blessed with blue skies and a mixed bag of wind conditions, ranging from benign to gale force, that tested the sailing abilities of the entire fleet throughout the week.The IRC Zero class was notable for some absentees this year, including Neil Pryde’s Team Premier, however the smaller than normal fleet didn’t detract from the excitement as Pattaya based Kevin Whitcraft, the President of the King’s Cup Regatta Organizing Committee, skippered Won Ma Rang to three race victories and four seconds as they pushed Frank Pong’s Jelik all the way to the line.  The Royal Malaysian Navy entered the fray for the first time this year with their DK 47 Utarid, skippered by Mohamad Razali Mansor, and the newcomers performed well to take third place in class.Scott Duncanson made some history of his own in the regatta this year as he helmed Tuay Lek to victory in the one-design Platu 25 class to garner his fourth overall success and join Bill Gasson and Neil Pryde as the other illustrious names to have achieved this honour.  Duncanson was followed up the podium steps by the Japanese duo of Junichi Ishikawa (Beaver) and Makiko Matsuishi’s (IPPAI) who finished second and third respectively.Defending champion Roger Kingdom’s hopes of retaining his title in the Firefly 850 class were put firmly on hold as he and the rest of the fleet could only sit back and watch as Hans Rahmann and his crew on Voodoo put on a dominating performance during the week to wrap the title up with races to spare.  Peter Dyer’s Dyer Straits took second overall, some way behind the flying Voodoo.In the larger multihull class, there was a similar runaway success for Peter Wilcox’s crew on the Schionning Gforce 1500 Mojo as the much anticipated duel with Andrew Stransky’s Seven Seas 50 Fantasia failed to materialize, with the latter having to settle for a distant second while Henry Kaye’s Sea Cart 26 Sweet Chariot skippered by Mark Thornborrow took third overall.Richard Dobbs Swan 68 Titania of Cowes defended its Premier Cruising title in style despite Thailand’s Ithinai Yingsiri X-55 Pine-Pacific scoring two wins on the final day and William Lo’s Hanse 545 easily secured victory in the Cruising class ahead of Jack Christensen’s Linda and Patinyakorn Buranrom on Sansiri.Simon Morris’ Sirius 1935 literally cruised to victory as the only entrant in the Classic fleet while Barry Cunningham’s chartered S&S 47 Patrice III took home the Modern Classic class honours ahead of Peter Wood’s Commanche 42 Windstar and Nick Band’s Tartan 48 Emerald Blue.The ever increasing Russian presence at the regatta was outlined in the Bareboat charter category with three out of the top four places going to crews from that nation.  Kirill Sakhattzev’s First 47.7 Sail Plane topped the field and only Aussie Graeme Sheldon’s Hanse 400e Agility International in second place prevented a Russian one-two-three.Finally, this year saw a return of the windsurfers, adding a new dynamic to the regatta and attracting, along with the dingy class, a whole new raft of young sailors who will cherish the memories of having taken part in such a prestigious event and fire up their ambitions to become the sailing stars of the future.Singha Corporation, the Title Sponsors of the 2012 regatta, and Host Sponsors The Kata Group provided a superb closing party and prize-giving ceremony in front of hundreds of sailors at the Kata Beach Resort on the final night of the event that capped off another superb week of racing and socializing at Asia’s premier sailing festival.  34 nationalities were represented this year across the fleet of boats making it a truly international event.This year, a lot of regatta aficionados came back again and Mom Luang Tri Devakul, one of the originators of the Phuket King’s Cup Regatta – and perennial supporter of this great event –was very happy to see the regatta continuing to flourish.At the closing ceremony, all the winners in the numerous classes went forward to meet H.M the King’s Personal Representative, M.L. Admiral Usnee Pramoj, himself a “regatta repeater”, officiating in the first in 1987 and, thereafter, 1990 right through to the 26th this year.  This makes ML Usnee a 24-time participant.Frank Pong accepted the permanent trophy, as winner of the IRC zero class, designed by M.L. Tri and all winners received the most elegant replicas.  The splendid trophy, graciously bestowed by HM the King, features nine silver sails rising up from a silver sea, super-imposed by the symbol of H.M the King, called the “Tra Sanyalak”, along with the King’s initials, and the Thai Numeral Nine for the Ninth Chakri Dynasty.  The Royal Crown over-arcs the total trophy, indicating the King’s Royal Patronage.After 26 years, the future of the Phuket King’s Cup Regatta looks brighter than ever.  The next 12 months will no doubt have sailors the world over keenly anticipating the next edition in 2013.last_img read more

first_imgAndre Van Dyk (from left) with Don Carmody and Rob Brown.PSC Golf from the Tropical Golf GroupTuesday, Feb. 26, Royal Lakeside – StablefordRoyal Lakeside was in typically great condition and as the golfers hit drives on the par-five, hole number 1, it looked likely to be a great day with a few clouds, and a nice breeze. On the back nine it started to rain however, and players and caddies huddled under umbrellas or at drink stands. Play continued, as the storm faded, but the course was soggy as we completed our rounds.Andre Van Dyk got off to a great start under the early, fine weather, and was able to continue scoring well, despite the rain and wet conditions. Andre’s 43 points was the score of the day, leading the field by six points. Rob Brown carried the A flight (0–15) with 37 points from his new, even lower, handicap of four. Second went to Brian Parish (13) with 36. Landis Brooks’ (9), 35 points was good for third place and John Davis (11) claimed fourth with 34. Mashi Keneta had the top nine-hole score among non-placers with 20 points.In the B flight (16–24), Andre Van Dyk (17) took first with 43 points, Graham Buckingham (24) was second on 39, Paul Weatherly (16) took third with 37 and Brian Gabe (17) claimed fourth on countback over Mick Coghlan, both with 34 points however Mick took the best nine with 19 points.In the C flight (25 and up), Don Carmody (26) was in the winners’ circle again, this time with 36 points. David Bailey (26) was second with 34, Gordon Clegg (25) third also on 34 and Barry Elphick (26) fourth with 31. Roland Raeber’s claimed the best nine score with only 15 points.last_img read more

first_imgThe Outback Golf BarMonday, Nov. 20, Burapha – StablefordPeter Stonebridge doubled his career aces today at Burapha and in the process collected a 10,000 baht voucher donated by Andre Coetzee.  Peter also collected the top spot with an impressive 40 points.Robert Mitchell, a tourist from Australia and playing of off 2, claimed second place on a count-back over Mr Acco, both with 38 points while The Sugarman was fourth with 36. Monday, Nov. 20, Siam Plantation – StablefordEleven players took on the Plantation course and Chris Davison proved to be a cut above the rest as he won the day with a fine round of 40 points.  Brendan Moylan came second six points back on 34 and Mark Rossiter was third with 32.There were two ‘2’s, coming from Mark Rossiter and Chris Davison.Wednesday, Nov. 22, Royal Lakeside – StablefordA round dozen golfers were supposed to play Royal Lakeside on a hot humid day but one got lost on route.Rob Mitchell took top spot on the day, edging out Steve Mann on count-back after both scored 40 points overall.  Third place went to Bill Macdonald with 39.Rob Mitchell recorded the only ‘2’ of the day.Friday, Nov. 24, Green Valley – MedalThe Outback monthly medal attracted a field of over 40 players and 9 podium places were up for grabs.Topping the field and going forward to next September’s medal winners comp was Stefan Hoge with a great round of net 68.4 players came joint second on net 71, those being Peter Nixon, Peter Lenoury, Vic Hester and Howard Marson, while a further three, Bill Macdonald, Steve Mann and Chris Kerr were tied on net 72.  Kevin Mackintosh and Jim Black were also locked on net 74s and completed the podium.Peter Nixon, Kevin Macdonald and Barry Copestake recorded the only ‘2’s of the day.last_img read more

first_imgThis Aug. 8, 2010 file photo shows Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom arriving at the Teen Choice Awards in Universal City, Calif. (AP Photos/Chris Pizzello, file)•    So here’s the truth and trust me you’re not going to want to hear it, but you and I both know the reality, “You are the result of your decisions!” . . . “You are the result of your decisions!”  Lamar Odem has been blessed beyond his wildest dreams.  When you decide to spend $75,000 at a hooker’s ranch and snort up Peru with a Viagra chaser . . . “You are the result of your decisions!”•    And if you want to know where Lamar may have picked up some of his bad habits, you only need to see his former high school coach on national T.V. with his wool hat matching his tie in a 1972 kind of way . . . c’mon man . . . Freddie’s dead!!!•    Mark my words and remember you heard it here first, Hillary Clinton will destroy Donald Trump head to head.Bill Neal•    Will the Michael Vick bashers please stand up, please stand up?  Not nearly enough said about the job he’s done.  If the coaching decisions against the Ravens had been better, he would be 2 and 0.•    Ain’t no party like a Poindexter party cause a Poindexter party don’t stop.  Hell, for all I know, Big Dex and his boys are still at the Genuine Pub!  Great weekend Dex.  Happy trails.  Love ya man!•    Steelers win Sunday against Arizona, but it won’t be easy.  The Cardinals put a lot of points on the board and Carson Palmer has been reborn at Q.B.•    The 2nd Annual Pittsburgh City League Hall of Fame Awards is sold out!  I tried to tell ya, but nooooo you didn’t want to hear it.  You can try the overflow room at the door at cost, but there’s no guarantee and there are only 50 seats there!< You Have Just Crossed the Finish Line >last_img read more

first_imgIn this June 16, 2014 file photo, Denver Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders (10) calls out to wide receiver Cody Latimer (14) during an NFL football organized team activity at the team’s training facility in Englewood, Colo.  (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)PITTSBURGH (AP) _ The “Young Money Crew” spent three years growing up together in a corner of the Pittsburgh Steelers locker room, a trio of wide receivers with talent and attitude to burn.Too much, it turns out, to stick together.Mike Wallace split for millions in Miami. Emmanuel Sanders traded Ben Roethlisberger for Peyton Manning. Antonio Brown is the only one remaining, the contract extension he signed in 2012 now looking like one of the NFL’s best bargains.Brown and Sanders will share a field for the first time in two years on Sunday when the Steelers (8-5) host the Broncos (10-3), a reunion that’s not exactly leaving Brown wistful of what might have been if business hadn’t gotten in the way.“We all had growth in that time, obviously in that time that’s where we were at,” Brown said. “We’re at different times now.”Then again, Brown can afford to not get caught up in what might have been.In this file photo from Jan. 15, 2011, Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown (84) celebrates with Emmanuel Sanders after Brown’s long pass reception during an NFL divisional football playoff game against the Baltimore Ravens in Pittsburgh. Sanders and Brown began their careers as members of the “Young Money Family.” The former Pittsburgh Steeler teammates will be on opposite sides of the field when Denver visits on Sunday. (Keith Srakocic, File/Associated Press)Wallace is toiling in relative anonymity in Minnesota and Sanders is trying to develop a rapport with Brock Osweiler as Manning recuperates from a series of injuries.Meanwhile, Brown is an All-Pro and the unquestioned leader of perhaps the best receiving group in football along with Markus Wheaton and Martavis Bryant.While Brown _ who’s second in the NFL in receptions (100) and yards receiving (1,397) _ isn’t one for comparisons, there are similarities between the group Brown grew up with and the one he now leads.Former teammates Miami Dolphins wide receiver Mike Wallace, left, and Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown (84) swap jerseys on the field after an NFL football game in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013. The Dolphins won 34-28. (AP Photo/Tom E. Puskar)Bryant, like Wallace, is the field stretcher, although one that comes in a considerably bigger package at 6-foot-4. Wheaton, like Sanders, lacks Bryant’s quickness or Brown’s seemingly video-game inspired moves but is plenty capable of breaking out when defenses scramble to keep his teammates in check.Wheaton’s 18.8 yards per reception rank third in the league and he had a career-best 201 yards against the Legion of Boom in a loss to the Seahawks last month.“We have a competitive, positive group, young and exciting similar to what we had when Mike Wallace and Emmanuel were here,” Brown said.The numbers are near mirror images of each other. During their peak years together in 2011 and 2012, Brown, Wallace and Sanders caught a combined 26 touchdowns and averaged 14.35 yards per catch. Brown, Bryant and Wheaton have combined for 39 scores and 14.67 yards per grab since the start of the 2014 season.“I see, me, Mike and AB (in them) and the Young Money Crew has taken over again and the whole world has taken notice,” Sanders said. “Those guys have got speed over there.”The kind of speed that made it impossible for the Steelers to keep the original crew together.Antonio Brown (AP Photo/File)All that production early in their careers offered Sanders and Wallace the opportunity to sign more lucrative contracts elsewhere. Wallace landed a $60 million deal from Miami in 2013, but has yet to approach the numbers he put up in Pittsburgh.Sanders, meanwhile, blossomed when he arrived in Denver in 2014, setting personal bests in receptions, receiving yards and touchdowns and earning his first Pro Bowl nod. Of course, that tends to happens to guys who make a living catching passes from Manning.“It’s hard to think about what could have been in Pittsburgh but I’m having so much success over here and so much fun over here,” Sanders said.Sanders praised the Steelers for “showing me how to be a pro” and is looking forward to seeing the Terrible Towels waving, but is wary of the reception he’ll receive.“I hope I don’t get booed because it’s all love because I’ve got so much appreciation for that organization,” he said.Here’s where things get tricky. Sanders created a stir shortly after he signed with Denver when he pointed out he never met a quarterback who prepared like Manning. Some of the Steelers took it as a dig at Roethlisberger, even if Sanders insists that wasn’t the case.“It was no shot at Ben, it was a shot at uplifting my quarterback now,” Sanders said.Roethlisberger said he “let it go” though he pointed out Sanders hasn’t made any attempt to contact Roethlisberger to hash it out either.Not that Roethlisberger or the Steelers appear to care as they take a nine-game December winning streak into their home finale against the AFC West leaders.Pittsburgh has the NFL’s second-ranked offense, one that appears to be gaining momentum as the playoffs approach and is the only team in the league who has had three different receivers top 150 yards in a game.How much longer the current group sticks together is unclear. Brown and Bryant have two years left on their current deals. Wheaton has one. If the trio keeps producing at their current rate, finding a way to keep them all happy financially could become onerous. No wonder the Steelers are embracing the now.“Guys make decisions for themselves,” Brown said. “It’s a business first and guys are going to go where they think they should go to get opportunities.”NOTES: LB Bud Dupree (back), TE Heath Miller (rib), S Mike Mitchell (shoulder) and TE Matt Spaeth (knee) did not practice on Wednesday. CB Will Gay and LB James Harrison were given the day off.___AP NFL website: and read more

first_imgLeBron James dedicated his Instagram page to Duncan, despite the fact that Duncans Spurs beat LBJ teams two-out-of-three times in NBA Finals series.San Antonio Spurs forward and five-time NBA champion Tim Duncan announced his retirement early Monday after 19 seasons with the team that picked him first overall in the 1997 NBA draft. He’s universally considered a notch above Elgin Baylor, Kevin McKale and Karl Malone as the greatest power forward of all time and one of the top 10 to 15 players to ever play the game.The quiet giant is also the only person in league history to win a title in three different decades, winning his first in 1999 and his final one in 2014.As great as he was, Duncan rarely spoke for himself, if he spoke at all (except to protest calls on the court). Therefore it was left for Duncan’s contemporaries and adversaries to speak on his behalf. Many took to Twitter to pay respect to Duncan’s career, legacy and impact on the league.// read more

first_img CET “I knew I was going to hurt my knee. Everything was going too well for me and I knew I was going to hurt it,” he said.  However, Valdes showed his character to come back from the injury. “I was close to retiring,” he said, “But I have three children.” Upd. at 16:15 Valdes made a 360 degree turn against Celta Vigo in March, which injured his knee.  Victor Valdes has reconnected with football in Manchester. He spoke to El Pais, where he reviewed his journey through the desert, back from injury, which fortunately finished with a happy ending – signing for Manchester United. center_img “I knew from the beginning it was broken. When I tried to support the leg I heard a crunch in the knee and I knew it was broken.” 02/02/2015 Sport EN He now works with David De Gea, the current Man United No 1. “David is the best goalkeeper in the world right now, in terms of pure performance,” he said.last_img read more

first_img “It’s a lot easier for a striker when you have a playmaker like Pirlo behind you,’ he added. ‘He makes even the most difficult things look easy. 22/04/2015 Paulo Dybala has poured cold water on the idea that he will leave Italy this summer. Sport EN But the Argentine forward said: “I love Italy. This is the country that made me famous and I would love to stay in Serie A. The Palermo forward, who many of Europe’s biggest side want to sign, including Barcelona, Chelsea, Atletico Madrid and PSG. “There are some big teams out there who don’t play in Champions League and I can’t deny that I’d love to play in Europe’s most prestigious competition. Upd. at 21:16 CESTlast_img read more

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