Bridesmaid revisited

first_imgTop of the leaderboard at Plutaluang was Charlie Cox who continued his good form of late and finished on 38 points, just beating Derek Thorogood who finished with the same score, on count back.  Our marathon man Richard Talbot took third spot with a very commendable 35 points after his recent handicap cut.1st Charlie Cox (17) 38pts2nd Derek Thorogood (15) 38pts3rd Richard Talbot (16) 35ptsWednesday, August 6, The Emerald – StablefordOn Wednesday it was off to a fairly damp Emerald where they had had quite a downpour the previous evening.  It did not prevent some pretty impressive winning scores, with my playing partner Roger Wilkinson showing the rest the way home with a remarkable 39 points.  He only just made it to No.1 after a count back, beating Monday’s winner Charlie Cox into second place.Now our blushing bridesmaid must have thought this was going to be his day when he returned with 38 points but our Derek had to be content with third place.1st Roger Wilkinson (12) 39pts2nd Charlie Cox (16) 39pts3rd Derek Thorogood (14) 38ptsFriday, August 8, Eastern Star – StablefordThe week ended for the TRGG on Friday with a trip over to Eastern Star where Daryl Ottaway rounded off a high scoring week with first place on 38 points.  It was tears before bedtime once again for Derek Thorogood who missed out on top spot for the third time this week.  Charlie Cox got a mention in dispatches, again finishing in the top three for the third time this week.  Well done Charlie and better luck next time Derek.Daryl Ottaway – winner at Emerald1st Daryl Ottaway (6) 38pts2nd Derek Thorogood (14) 34pts3rd Charlie Cox (15) 33ptsGood luck to all you golfers for the coming week and if you would like to play a round of golf with the TRGG please phone Fergus Brennan on 086 056 7019 or pop into the Ned Kelly Bar in Soi Lengkee and add your name to the weekly lists which are posted on the notice board. Travellers Rest Golf GroupMonday, August 4, Plutaluang – StablefordIt’s exactly 100 years since the start of the First World War for the Brits.  Life was never quite the same again as the lamps went out all over Europe and many thousands of people would never see them lit again.  So on Monday morning it was perhaps a moment to pause for thought and reflect for a while on how different things might have been for so many poor souls and their families.  A sobering thought indeed.Derek Thorogood in his bridesmaid’s gown.Step forward 100 years and the patrons of the TRGG had nothing further going through their minds than the battle about to take place at the Navy Golf Course at Plutaluang (East and South courses).  Now last week in my report I spoke about Derek Thorogood complaining that he always seemed to end up as the bridesmaid, always getting pipped at the post for first place.  Well this week he could be seen to have a point as he finished second twice and third once.  When I caught up with him crying in his beer and asked him for his thoughts he asked me to go forth and I didn’t quite catch the end of his sentence.  So I complemented him on his dress (see photo) and left.last_img read more

WKD Pool Super League

first_imgTeamPWDLFA+/-Pts. The Butcher’s Arms125521361043215 O’Leary’s Sports Bar1113789131-425 Results & Standings Dec. 27 (week12) Megabreak Pool Lounge11443114106812 Shoot Pool12426111129-1810center_img Shoot Pool Ladies126241281121614 The Boom Boom Bar12714121119215 The Stag’s Head1212998142-444 Results: Shoot Pool Ladies 11 v 9 Megabreak Pool Lounge, The Boom Boom Bar 9 v 11 O’Leary’s Sports Bar, The Butcher’s Arms 11 v 9 Shoot Pool, The Stag’s Head 6 v 14 Cheers Barlast_img

Watson simply amazing at Crystal Bay

first_imgThere was more excellent golf as  Big Steve Truelove (c/h 9) was right in the mix with 40 points, followed by Nigel Perry (24) and Dick Warberg (21) with 39 points each.  Finally John Davis (14) got the final call on count back with 38 points.  Wow.  Maybe a layoff is good once in a while.We also celebrated Lek’s birthday when we got back to base.  Lek is the owner of the BJ’s Holiday Lodge, the place Tropical Golfers call home. The Tropical Golf GroupFriday, April 21, Crystal Bay – StablefordThe Songkran break is over, people are slowly filtering back into town or emerging from hibernation, and it’s time to get back to the golf.  Ahhh… if only all that water had been saved for the golf courses.  After the “What did you do during Songkran?” conversations, nineteen golfers saddled up and headed out last Friday.Our return to golf was to Crystal Bay.  Yes, start on an easier one and we were assigned the B & C courses.  Some people hadn’t seen the B-course before or often, and it is probably the most scenic and difficult of the three.  The course overall was in good to excellent condition.  At least Crystal Bay knows to leave some grass on the fairways and the greens were quite acceptable.Bob Watson celebrates with birthday girl Lek.The day was rather hot, but an earlier tee time helped avoid some of the worst temperatures.  After a layoff you would think the scores would be worse than usual.  Well you would be wrong.  Scores were quite good and unless you shot well clear of your handicap your job was to sit and clap.What to say about Bob Watson?  Awesome, amazing, bow down to thee uber-golfer!  Bob won the day with 42 points off his minuscule 7-handicap.  Those good with math will realize Bob shot 73 gross, a single lipped-out putt over par.  Those who normally gripe about winners by saying “But look at his handicap” go mute. Near Pins: Tom Herrington, Barry Elphick, Mick Coghlan, Gerd Riedler.Best Nines (non-winner):  Derek Brook, Mick Coghlan.last_img read more

AP Source: Arkansas’ Chaney leaving for Pitt

first_imgJim Chaney (Photo Wesley Hitt/Getty Images/File)FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Jim Chaney is leaving Arkansas just as the program appears to have returned to Southeastern Conference relevance.The offensive coordinator, known for his dynamic passing offenses at schools such as Purdue and Tennessee, has left the Razorbacks to accept the same position at Pittsburgh, a person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press on Sunday night.The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because Chaney’s departure hasn’t been announced.The move was first reported by Sports Illustrated.Chaney, who turned 53 on Monday, joins longtime Michigan State defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi — who was hired as Pittsburgh’s head coach last month after Paul Chryst left to take the Wisconsin job.While at Arkansas the last two seasons, Chaney also coached Arkansas’ quarterbacks under head coach Bret Bielema. The Razorbacks reached a bowl game for the first time in three seasons last year, finishing 7-6 after a Texas Bowl win over Texas.Arkansas averaged 31.9 points in its second season under Chaney, up from 20.7 in his first season in 2013. The Razorbacks also jumped from 99th to 60th nationally in total offense this season, increasing their yards per game from an average of 357.2 to 406.Also, quarterback Brandon Allen threw 20 touchdown passes and five interceptions after completing less than 50 percent of his passes for 13 touchdowns and 10 interceptions the previous season.Chaney was heading into the final year of a three-year, $550,000 annual contract with the Razorbacks. The school signed defensive coordinator Robb Smith to a three-year contract last week, at which time it said a new deal for Chaney was being finalized.However, Chaney — who has also coached in the NFL with the St. Louis Rams — has elected to split from what has long appeared an odd mix with the balanced offensive approach of Bielema.Much of Chaney’s coaching success has come in the passing game, where he has tutored standout quarterbacks such as Drew Brees while with the Boilermakers from 1997-2005. He also oversaw the development of Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray, who broke the Volunteers single-game passing record with 530 yards passing in 2012.Chaney leaves behind an Arkansas offense that returns 1,000-yard running backs Jonathan Williams and Alex Collins next season, along with All-SEC honorable mention tight end Hunter Henry and Allen for his senior season.last_img read more

At The Finish Line…Where Only the Truth Matters

first_imgBILL NEAL•    Yes, I am at my spot . . . at Heinz Field . . . when the game is serious, I am serious.  None of that perimeter stuff man.  I am in the trenches.•    This can’t be an I told ya so moment cause I didn’t tell ya so, but I did tell ya this . . . after the first touchdown pass all the haters will love ’em.  Michael Vick stepped up . . . PITTSBURGH – HOW – YA – LIKE – ME – NOW!?!?•    Speaking of “Vick,” I hope you noticed and heard that it was the radio broadcasters keeping “the stuff” stirred about Vick and his past, not the callers.  Pay attention people . . . pay attention!!!•    One more time and just for the record, Straight Outta Compton is all that with “Salt on the Popcorn.”  I gave it 4 basketballs   If you’re late to the dance like me, do yourself a favor, catch it on the big screen before it’s gone!  Ice Cube, Easy E, and Dr. Dre were genius.•    What do Big Ben, Tony Romo, Jay Cutler and Drew Breeze all have in common?  Yes, they’re all injured, but no coincidence that they’re all over 30 years old.  Father Time wins all bets.•    Here’s to the greatness of the late great Craig “Ironhead” Heyward.  Father of Steeler Cam Heyward.  He would have been 49 years old last week.  A great, great guy I had the pleasure of knowing during my days at Pitt.  That apple fell right next to that tree.•    Hip – Hip – Hooray to “The Bus.”  Got his Hall of Fame ring tonight.  Well deserved and earned the hard way.•    City League both here and afar, your time is at hand.  The 2nd Annual Pittsburgh City League High School All-Sports Hall of Fame Awards upcoming on Saturday, October 17, 2015.  Reception 6:00 p.m.; show time at 7:00 p.m., the Wyndham Hotel (Oakland, not Downtown); limited tickets left, 3/4 sold out as we speak.  If you need a reason to come home City League graduates, this is it.  Call 412-628-4856 for more information.  Leave or text your e-mail address and we’ll get it to ya.  Tickets $40 in advance, $50 at the door, but don’t count on any being available at the door.  This is a sell-out people.  And here’s what ya get . . . elaborate hors d’oeuvres spread – celebrity gala featuring Steeler legends Dwayne Woodruff and Robin Cole, World Karate legend and Hall of Famer Master Jacquet Bazemore, NBA Skywalker Myron Brown, door prizes, vendors, autographs, photographs – AND – THE – AFTER – PARTY – AT – THE – SAVOY.  You can’t beat all that with a James Harrison stick!!!  Don’t miss the most historic event in Pittsburgh City League sports history.  City League, it’s your time . . . It’s your turn!!!•    < You Have Just Crossed the Finish Line >OH, HOLD UP, ONE MORE THING . . .STEELERS DEFENSE RIGHT HERERIGHT NOW!!!I’M OUTlast_img read more

Funniest Rick Pitino memes and tweets on escort scandal at Louisville

first_imgRick PitinoRick Pitino is under the most severe threat to his celebrated tenure at the University of Louisville after former players and top recruits said his staff paid strippers and escorts as recruiting devices to convince them to attend the basketball-rich school.A former escort spoke exclusively to ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” about how she helped coordinate stripper and escort parties inside the dormitories at U of L in order to convince blue-chip high school talents and prep All-Americans to choose Cardinal nation over other suitor schools.Five former Louisville players and recruits confirmed allegations that a former member of the basketball staff paid for escorts to dance at parties they attended, ESPN reports, and one former player said he had sex with a dancer after the staff member paid her.Prostitue-turned-author Katina PowellThe lid was blown off the program after a former escort, Katina Powell, wrote the barnstorming book, Breaking Cardinal Rules: Basketball and the Escort Queen. Powell details in her memoir that she was paid $10,000, per party, by former Louisville director of basketball operations Andre McGee to provide escorts to dance and have sex with recruits and players between 2010 and 2014. She said she organized at least two dozen of such parties during this time period.Where McGee (and others who paid for these parties) got the money is still a mystery and under investigation by the NCAA.Pitino, long a Hall of Fame-caliber and controversial coach, denies vehemently that he had any knowledge that such activities were popping off under his watch. But already many pundits and fans predict that his Titanic-sized image and program has hit the iceberg and will eventually sink to the depths of ignominy.Fans are also weighing in on the growing scandal, albeit in the most hilarious and witty ways via social media. Take a look at the funniest Rick Pitino memes and tweets about “hookers for hoops.” //platform.twitter.com/widgets.js//platform.twitter.com/widgets.jsSo it looks as if Rick Pitino and his players are the real Papa Johns #Louisville— Steven Shaw ℹ (@czechov) October 20, 2015//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js//platform.twitter.com/widgets.jslast_img read more

NBC analyst criticized over comment about Simone Biles

first_imgTrautwig later deleted the tweet. RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — An NBC gymnastics announcer has come under fire on social media over comments he made about the adoptive parents of American gymnast Simone Biles.The 19-year-old gymnast and her younger sister were adopted by their maternal grandfather, Ron Biles, and his wife, Nellie, after spending time in foster care. Simone Biles refers to them as her parents.Announcer Al Trautwig, though, on air has referred to Nellie and Ron as Simone’s grandparents. When a woman tweeted to Trautwig that he should refer to Ron and Nellie as her parents, Trautwig tweeted back: “They may be mom and dad but they are NOT her parents.” United States’ Simone Biles forms a heart shape with her hands at the end of the artistic gymnastics women’s qualification at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Aug. 7, 2016. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell) Trautwig later deleted the tweet.center_img He was criticized by Carrie Goldman, an adoptive mother who writes a blog, “Portrait of an Adoption.” Goldman said NBC needs to make sure its commentators are educated about adoption. She says the comments deeply disrespect adopted children and parents.When she was a toddler, Simone and her little sister, Adria, still in diapers, went to live with their grandparents in Texas while their mother struggled with addition to alcohol and drugs back in Ohio.The couple adopted Simone and Adria in 2000 when the birth mother’s parental rights were terminated.Ron and Nellie provided the structure that the girls needed and set the foundation that helped produce what could be the greatest gymnast of her generation.Simone is the three-time reigning world champion who has won 14 medals at worlds, including 10 gold, since 2013, and is poised in Rio de Janeiro to become the fourth straight American to win the Olympic all-around gold.Though Simone remains in contact with Shanon Biles, she is quick to correct anyone that calls Shanon her mother. Shanon Biles is her biological mother, she says; Nellie Biles is Mom.___AP Summer Games website: http://summergames.ap.org He was criticized by Carrie Goldman, an adoptive mother who writes a blog, “Portrait of an Adoption.” Goldman said NBC needs to make sure its commentators are educated about adoption. She says the comments deeply disrespect adopted children and parents.When she was a toddler, Simone and her little sister, Adria, still in diapers, went to live with their grandparents in Texas while their mother struggled with addition to alcohol and drugs back in Ohio.The couple adopted Simone and Adria in 2000 when the birth mother’s parental rights were terminated.Ron and Nellie provided the structure that the girls needed and set the foundation that helped produce what could be the greatest gymnast of her generation.Simone is the three-time reigning world champion who has won 14 medals at worlds, including 10 gold, since 2013, and is poised in Rio de Janeiro to become the fourth straight American to win the Olympic all-around gold.Though Simone remains in contact with Shanon Biles, she is quick to correct anyone that calls Shanon her mother. Shanon Biles is her biological mother, she says; Nellie Biles is Mom.___AP Summer Games website: http://summergames.ap.org,RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — An NBC gymnastics announcer has come under fire on social media over comments he made about the adoptive parents of American gymnast Simone Biles.The 19-year-old gymnast and her younger sister were adopted by their maternal grandfather, Ron Biles, and his wife, Nellie, after spending time in foster care. Simone Biles refers to them as her parents.Announcer Al Trautwig, though, on air has referred to Nellie and Ron as Simone’s grandparents. When a woman tweeted to Trautwig that he should refer to Ron and Nellie as her parents, Trautwig tweeted back: “They may be mom and dad but they are NOT her parents.”last_img read more

Sociedad strike Vela deal with Arsenal

first_img ““Real Sociedad have reached an agreement with Arsenal FC which will allow Carlos Vela to continue at the club on a permanent basis.  “This club, this team has the ambition to make it better, and I am convinced that we will perform an exciting year.” “The player meanwhile, has signed a contract extension which ties him to Real Sociedad for the next four seasons. The player’s previous contract was due to expire in June 2016. The Mexican striker has now formally signed his new contract.” Sam Marsden Upd. at 21:09 The Gunners were tipped to activate a buy-back clause they maintained on the player from when they sold him 2012, thought to be in the region of €4million, but instead have let Sociedad pay a reported a €11m to buy out the clause, with as much as €5m to be added on in future performance-related bonuses. The Mexican forward, who rejected the chance to go the World Cup with his country, said he was “happy” everything was resolved.center_img Real Sociedad released the following statement on their website: Carlos Vela will remain at Real Sociedad next season after the Basque club managed to come to an agreement with Arsenal over the player’s future. “We knew it would not be easy, but thankfully it is resolved and all parties are happy,” the 25-year-old explained.  24/06/2014 CESTlast_img read more

Aguero sits out Argentina training; Messi and Di Maria work on set plays

first_img Upd. on 22/11/2016 at 03:06 CET EFE He picked up the knock in his country’s 1-0 win over Uruguay on Tuesday night. Although he trained the following day, it was deemed best he took a breather on Friday.  Manchester City striker Aguero didn’t take part at all because of a pain in his shoulder.  Sergio Aguero did not train on Friday, while Lionel Messi and Angel Di Maria practiced free kicks away from the rest of their Argentina teammates. center_img On the pitch next to where the rest of the squad was training, Messi and Di Maria worked on dead ball situation with Sergio Romero in goal.  19/06/2015 Argentina have four points from two games in Group B at the Copa America and will take on Jamaica, who have lost both their matches, in their final game this weekend.last_img read more

Manchester City’s plan to sign Juventus defender Bonucci

first_img Miki Soria Now, with it impossible to sign Laporte, ‘Option Bonucci’ has been activated by City. After a first bid of around 46 million euros was rejected by the Italian side, Guardiola has spoken with the player to explain his interest in having him on board this coming season.  CEST With Stones, the transfer is following the expected direction. City have an agreement with the player and the English defender has asked Everton to let him leave if a suitable offer arrives, which should happen sooner or later. Laporte’s renewal with Athletic, though, ruined City’s plans. Plan A was over and they had to look for an alternative. That’s where Leonardo Bonucci’s name comes into play.  08/07/2016 Pep Guardiola had a plan when he arrived at Manchester City. His team needed two centre-backs and the first two names quickly became clear: John Stones and Aymeric Laporte. The profiles of the two players were obvious: young with top level experience, good on the ball, reliable… a series of conditions which made them more than adequate for a team playing in Guardiola’s style.  The Juventus defender has developed into one of Europe’s best central defenders in recent years and he demonstrated that point during Euro 2016. Not just because of his reliability in defence, but also because of his movement of the ball, as witnessed in Italy’s first goal against Belgium, when he set up Giaccherini with a pass from over 40 yards. Guardiola’s followed him with interest in recent months and praised him publicly after Bayern beat Juve in the Champions League.  Upd. at 19:25 In this sense, City hope that Bonucci will ask Juventus to facilitate his exit from the club for an amount which benefits both parties. If the first offer was 46 million euros, a second of between 50 million and 60 million euros could prove definitive. Juve need the money, Bonucci is 29 and he’s easier to replace than Paul Pogba or Paulo Dybala. In fact, the arrival of Medhi Benatia, who has been linked with the Turin club, would serve to fill the gap.last_img read more