Woods takes three-shot lead at Tour Championship

first_img0Shares0000Tiger Woods looked in a class of his own as he carded a five-under-par 65 to leave himself on 12 under for the tournament at Atlanta’s East Lake course © GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA/AFP / SAM GREENWOODATLANTA, United States, Sep 23 – Tiger Woods is one round away from ending his five-year victory drought after storming into a three-shot lead on day three of the Tour Championship in Atlanta here Saturday.Woods, 42 looked in a class of his own as he carded a five-under-par 65 to leave himself on 12 under for the tournament at Atlanta’s East Lake course. With one round remaining, Woods leads by three from Rory McIlroy, who moved to nine under with a four-under-par 66.Woods’ last victory came 1,875 days ago in August 2013 when he captured the WGC–Bridgestone Invitational.The 14-time Major winner is a two-time former Tour Championship winner and enjoys a remarkable record of winning 54 of 57 PGA Tour events when holding the 54-hole lead.The 42-year-old returned to golf this season after missing most of the previous two years with a debilitating back injury.However Woods has progressed steadily during his comeback season, leading the British Open during the final round in July before finishing second at last month’s PGA Championship.He fired a 62 earlier this month and has also done enough to force himself into the USA team for next week’s Ryder Cup.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Real play down striker woes

first_img0Shares0000MADRID, Spain March 11 – Real Madrid assistant boss Aitor Karanka played down concerns about his strikers’ inability to find the net after two more goals from Cristiano Ronaldo guided them to a 2-1 win over Celta Vigo.Madrid created a host of clear opportunities in the first period but a combination of poor finishing and fine goalkeeping from Javi Varas meant it took until just after the hour mark for them to find the breakthrough as Ronaldo swept home a loose ball from close range. Celta levelled moments later when Iago Aspas’ effort deflected in off Pepe but Ronaldo rescued his side once more as he converted his 42nd goal of the season from the penalty spot 19 minutes from time after Varas had fouled Kaka.And despite Karim Benzema and Gonzalo Higuain again failing to fire in front of goal, Karanka remains confident that both will eventually find the fine form they showed last season.“The important thing is to create the chances,” he told reporters.“Last year almost everything went in and this year that hasn’t been the case but, with time, they will start to score again.”Karanka was, though, frustrated with Madrid’s profligacy in front of goal which could even have cost them two points when Park Chu-Young headed against the crossbar for the hosts in stoppage time.“The first 20 minutes it was difficult for us to get into the game, we couldn’t find our rhythm, but in the last 15 minutes of the first-half we controlled the game better.“We could have killed the game off but the goals didn’t arrive. They had chances too and at the end they could have equalised which would have been a shame.”Jose Mourinho had taken the opportunity to rotate his squad once more as only four of the side that started the 2-1 victory over Manchester United in midweek also started at Balaidos.Pepe was one of those recalled to the line-up and he stressed that it is important for Los Blancos to continue winning in the league, even if the Champions League and Copa del Rey are now their primary targets.“We missed quite a lot of chances in the first-half but the team knew how to get through the difficult moments, fought hard and in the end the victory was deserved,” he said.“As Real Madrid players we are very concentrated on what we have to do.“It will be very difficult to fight for the league but any player that puts on the Madrid shirt always has to be motivated and honour the jersey.”Celta boss Abel Resino meanwhile thought his players deserved more for their efforts, but is looking forward to a huge match with Galician rivals Deportivo la Coruna on Friday, with both sides rooted in the bottom three.“The players are hurting because they have put in a great effort without getting any recompense,” he told reporters.“But we have to lift ourselves because on Friday we have to give everything at the Riazor.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Scoop Clothing holding food drive for Women’s Resource Society this month

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — A local clothing store is holding a food drive until the end of November for the Fort St. John Women’s Resource Society, with donors getting a chance at winning a big prize.Scoop Clothing Manager Haley Born said that the store has ditched the mannequins from its front window, and will be filling the space with all of the donations that get dropped off this month. Born said that the store hosts the fundraiser every year, and is especially looking for donations of non-perishable food items like baking goods and food for kids’ lunches.Born said that anyone that drops off a non-perishable food item or adds $5 to a purchase at Scoop will be entered into a draw for a $1,000 shopping spree at the store.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Gunmen shoot, injure 17-year-old before fleeing

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NORTH HILLS – A 17-year-old boy was in stable condition after he was shot in the armpit by two males for reasons that weren’t yet clear, police said. The drama began yesterday about 5 p.m. in the 16200 block of Nordhoff Street. Two males, described as Latino, approached the boy and shot him before taking off on foot, said Los Angeles Police Officer Kevin Mailberger, a department spokesman. The boy, who was hit in the armpit, was taken to Northridge Hospital Medical Center where he was in stable condition. The gunmen were not arrested. Mailberger said he did not know whether the shooting was gang related.last_img read more

For Pete’s sake, future looks bright

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson He’s asking himself what the future will be like. And you know what? I think he plans to enjoy that as much as he’s enjoying this. This week, Carroll agreed to a five-year contract extension with USC, somewhat easing the minds of Trojans fans who feared the Rose Bowl would be the coach’s springboard back to pro football. A few days later, at a Rose Bowl news conference in Beverly Hills, Carroll said what keeps him at USC isn’t the bumped-up salary but the fun of “being challenged by how long you can stay on top.” On his way out of the room a few minutes later, he was asked what exactly he meant by “stay on top.” Does that mean he has to keep the Trojans at No. 1 to be fulfilled? Does that mean he has to keep them winning national championships? Does he think his job will be as fun next season if LenDale White doesn’t fill Reggie’s cleats, Mark Sanchez struggles at quarterback and the team – cover your ears – loses a few games? “I think every year’s got a totally different feel to it,” Carroll said. “You didn’t hear me say (he has to stay) ‘No. 1.’ I’m not going to let what pollsters say in the third week of the season affect who we are. It’s a little more subjective than some people might think. We may lose some games but do a better job preparing, and find that it’s just as satisfying.” It would have made sense if Carroll wrapped up a third consecutive Associated Press national title Wednesday – which would be a college-football record – and then looked to get out while the getting is good. There will be a lot of head-coaching jobs open in the NFL this off-season. It’s the perfect time to put his services up for auction. Before Leinart graduates, Bush declares for the draft, and Carroll’s aura of invincibility goes with them. “I think that’s what’s dictated a lot of people’s thinking about what I should do,” Carroll said. He meant the perception that the Trojans can’t be as good next year as they have been the past three years. “I don’t know what it’ll feel like if we don’t win all our games,” said Carroll, who probably has forgotten the sensation since the Trojans’ last loss, 35 games and 827 days ago. “But I know how we’ll deal with it.” You get the idea that, in a funny way, he looks forward to that test. Wednesday’s game marks the last go-round for Leinart and Bush, thefirst Heisman Trophy winners to play together. Bush, a junior, is expected to turn pro – and White, also a junior, hasn’t ruled it out. The Trojans can lose all that talent and still be one of the best teams in the country next fall. But if their winning streak is still going after they face Texas in the Rose Bowl, they’ll have a hard time stretching it to the all-time collegiate record of 47 by Oklahoma in 1953-57. Carroll stifled a laugh Saturday when a reporter asked if he’s thought about winning No. 47. “I’m not concerned about that at all,” he said. “I think it’s a big deal (to think about) when you’ve won 46.” More likely, after building the Trojans from a 6-6 record in his first season in 2001, to 11-2, 12-1, 13-0 and (with a win Wednesday) 13-0, Carroll will spend next season breaking in the replacement superstars. And hoping it’s not a case of replacing Barney Fife with, um, the guy who replaced Barney Fife. By agreeing to the extension worth about $3 million a season, Carroll has told recruits he expects to stay at USC and told professional owners the bidding starts at about $3,000,001. In the L.A. fan’s dream, he holds off the NFL suitors until the league puts a team here, then takes over that franchise’s front office and sideline. “I’m glad Pete is (staying) because it’s great for college football,” Texas coach Mack Brown said. “Pete smiles a lot, and he works the kids hard, but has fun in college football. … We’re going to lose our coaches if we continue to be miserable on a day-to-day basis.” Nobody makes coaching football look as fun as Pete Carroll does. Of course, it’s easy to have fun when you’re winning a national title every year. Wednesday brings the ultimate game, and then September will bring more games, and we’ll see how much he enjoys what’s next. A lot, I’ll bet. Kevin Modesti’s column appears in the Daily News three days a week. He can be reached at heymodesti@aol.com. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Pete Carroll is looking past Texas. Wait, that came out wrong. center_img I mean the USC coach is looking past Wednesday’s Rose Bowl game, past winning or losing this season’s national championship, past Matt Leinart and almost certainly Reggie Bush, past the here-and-now he loves so much. He’s looking ahead to life after the national-title streak, after the winning streak, after the greatest collection of skill-position talent that any coach can expect to have. last_img read more

Rapid Bus coming to Sepulveda

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Officials say last fall’s opening of the Orange line proved there was a demand for public transportation in the Valley that has yet to be met. The new bus line will run weekdays between 5 a.m. and 10 p.m. , with stops every 10 minutes during peak rush hour and every 20 minutes at off-peak hours. rachel.uranga@dailynews.com (818) 713-3741 Touting San Fernando Valley’s growing bus ridership, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and top transit officials announced today the opening of a new bus line along the Valley’s busiest corridor. Begining Monday, the MTA will run a new Rapid Bus line along Sepulveda Boulevard. The line – the third such in the Valley – runs 25 percent faster than other lines, with less frequent stops and the ability to control traffic signals. Officials also announced the addition of 41 high capacity buses along the Valley’s most clogged corridors – Van Nuys and Ventura boulevards. “They say good things come in threes and this is certainly true for the Valley,” Villaraigosa said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Man United plot £95m Griezmann bid, De Ligt nears £66m move, Liverpool eye Fekir

first_img Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer targets TOP WORK Chelsea will not take up the option to buy Croatia midfielder Mateo Kovacic from Real Madrid, with the 25-year-old set to join Inter Milan instead. (Daily Mail)West Ham are close to signing Villarreal attacking midfielder Pablo Fornals for £24m. (The Guardian)Wolves have made contact with Burnley over signing 26-year-old defender James Tarkowski, although Leicester City are also keen. (The Times)Kyle Walker is set to open talks over a new contract at Manchester City. (The Sun)LIVE BLOG: Keep up to date with the transfer news and gossip on talkSPORT.comNewly-promoted Premier League side Aston Villa are set to make a £14m bid for Leeds United’s 23-year-old English midfielder Kalvin Phillips. (Daily Telegraph)Juventus sporting director Fabio Paratici has reportedly arrived in London to conclude a deal to bring Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri to Turin. (Calciomercato)But it is claimed Chelsea will refuse to let Sarri leave until the Italian champions meet their compensation demands. (Daily Mail)] Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing Griezmann has agreed to join Barcelona, but Man United will make a late attempt to hijack his transfer Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January three-way race The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Atletico Madrid’s chief executive has confirmed Antoine Griezmann will join Barcelona this summer. (Sport)However, it is claimed Manchester United want to make a late bid to sign Griezmann and are prepared to offer Atletico £95m for the French forward. (The Sun)Red Devils striker Romelu Lukaku has said Inter Milan boss Antonio Conte is the ‘best manager in the world’ and that he has ‘always dreamed’ of playing in Serie A. (ESPN)United will reportedly hold out for at least £150m for France midfielder Paul Pogba this summer, amid interest from Real Madrid and Juventus. (Daily Mirror)Manchester United have finally ended their pursuit of Real Madrid and Wales forward Gareth Bale. (Evening Standard)Matthijs de Ligt’s agent Mino Raiola has met Paris Saint-Germain sporting director Antero Henrique over the transfer of the 19-year-old Ajax defender. The clubs are close to reaching an agreement of around €75m (£66.6m). (RMC Sport) Tottenham line up bid for West Ham star who was labelled a ‘monster’ by Mourinho LATEST TRANSFER GOSSIP Liverpool have renewed their interest in Lyon playmaker Nabil Fekir, but will not pay the £53m fee they agreed for the 25-year-old last summer. (Le Progres)Liverpool would only consider letting defender Dejan Lovren leave this summer if they receive an offer of at least £25m, with AC Milan reportedly interested in the Croatian. (The Times)Arsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira has admitted there are not many things he enjoys about life in England after moving from Italian side Sampdoria last summer. The 23-year-old has been linked with a move to AC Milan. (Ovacion)Gunners target Yannick Carrasco has said he hopes to leave Chinese club Dalian Yifang and return to Europe this summer. (Daily Mirror)Arsenal are reportedly in advanced talks to sign 18-year-old Saint-Etienne defender William Saliba. (Le10Sport)Tottenham’s pursuit of Lyon midfielder Tanguy Ndombele, 22, is being complicated by his €75m (£66.6m) price tag. (The Guardian) 3 LIVING THE DREAM Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father REVEALED center_img 3 Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ targets moving on Getty getty 3 IN DEMAND Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti talkSPORT.com rounds up all the latest transfer news and football gossip from Thursday’s papers and online Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland LATEST Fekir almost joined Liverpool last summer, and is wanted by the Reds again after finishing the season with 12 goals and nine assists Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? target last_img read more

St Mirren confirm appointment of Alan Stubbs as manager

first_imgSt Mirren chief executive Tony Fitzpatrick said: “We’d like to thank all who applied for the role as St Mirren manager.“There were a number of good applicants for the role but we felt that Alan was the outstanding candidate.“I look forward to working with him over the coming weeks and months as we gear up for the Premiership.”During his time in charge of Hibs, Stubbs ended the Easter Road outfit’s 114-year wait to lift the Scottish Cup when they defeated Rangers in the 2016 final.However, he left the club that summer after failing to achieve promotion to the Premiership at the second time of asking.Stubbs’ next job was at Rotherham but he only lasted five months in charge at the New York stadium after they started poorly in the Championship.Since leaving the Millers in October 2016 he has been working as a pundit whilst awaiting his next opportunity in coaching. Saints chairman Gordon Scott said on Wednesday, however, that he favoured a manager with experience of the Scottish game as the side aims to build on their promotion and re-establish themselves in the top flight.Stubbs told St Mirren’s official website: “I’m delighted to be appointed the new manager of St Mirren.“I’m really excited by the challenge ahead and look forward to building on the good work that’s been done here already.“Now the hard work starts to get the squad ready for an exciting season ahead.” St Mirren have announced the appointment of Alan Stubbs as the club’s new manager.The former Hibernian head coach has signed a three-year deal to take charge of the Buddies as they prepare for their return to the Premiership.Stubbs emerged as the favoured candidate to succeed Jack Ross, who left the club to join Sunderland last month.Former Barcelona forward Patrick Kluivert, ex-Ross County boss Jim McIntryre, Micky Mellon and Gary Caldwell were amongst others who applied for the post.last_img read more

Gogo empowers children to be the best

first_imgMponegele Le Iterele Orphan Centre in Limpopo has not only fed and educated the children of GaMagoa Village, but also helped many of them become professionals in various fields therefore lifting them out of poverty. (Image: Shamin Chibba)Throughout rural South Africa, orphaned and vulnerable children face the same sorts of challenges: they are not fed well enough, many live with their grandparents, and they live in communities where crime, alcoholism and drug abuse is rife.Yet there are people like Matjididi Mokono, who have devoted their lives to helping these children rise above their dire circumstances and leap above their expectations for themselves. Mokono, a former school principal, started Mponogele Le Iterele Orphan Centre in the village of GaMagoa, Limpopo, to feed and educate the local children.Brand South Africa and Eskom were at Mponegele for Mandela Month to refurbish the centre. New troughs were built, the walls were repainted and new plumbing was installed.Rodney Moloko, Brand South Africa’s stakeholder relations manager, said one did not need to have money or distribute it to make a difference. “It is the little that you do for others that can make this country a better place.”Rhulani Matshidze, the general manager of Eskom Limpopo, said that selflessness was the key to building a stronger South Africa. “We are not born to think of ourselves only. We have to be selfless.”Mponegele Le Iterele Orphan Centre before it was renovated for Mandela Day this year. Matjididi Mokono obtained the premises in 2005, and could start serving the children food within these walls instead of under a tree as she had been doing.  (Image: Mponegele Le Iterele Orphan Centre)IT STARTED UNDER A TREEMokono was motivated to help the children in her village after hearing about two brothers and a sister who were separated after their parents and grandparents died. “When I asked the sister, ‘My girl, where are your brothers?’ she said ‘Some people took them. I don’t even know.’ They were taken by relatives that the girl didn’t even know. It means they will grow up scattered.”She started Mponegele to “help the children and support their family members who feel overloaded too”. The first thing she did was gather the children under a tree, and give bread to them.Not long thereafter, she opened six orphanages, each of which was run by retired teachers. But since they did not put their hearts into it, Mokono did most of the work. In the end, she gave each retiree a centre. Three of the six centres are still running today.The orphans stayed with close relatives, said Mokono. They go to the centre after school where they are fed and taught how to read, write, garden and sew. More importantly, the centre has a computer room where children are taught to use computers. The computers were donated by various companies in the past, including Eskom. “I told them computer [literacy] is compulsory so we hone their computer skills.”An artist plays his part for Mandela Day as he paints a mural on Mponegele’s wall. (Image: Shamin Chibba)FUNDS ARE TIGHTThere is just one benefactor in Polokwane who donates bread, chicken and maize meal once a month. “There is food to feed but there should be people to prepare. People who prepare must get a stipend. But there is no money,” said Mokono.Though she said finding funds to keep the centre running was her biggest challenge, she did receive aid from Friends of Mponegele, a charity in the UK. Set up by Sylvia Weir, the organisation not only helps the orphan centre with financial donations, but it also provides funds for the children’s tertiary education.Some of the young men and women who went to Mponegele for support have gone on to become professionals in various industries. Thabiso Mashatola has a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Wits University and is currently completing his Masters. “Myself and others from Mponegele have proven that this facility has and continues to play a huge role in assisting and changing the lives of many deserving children in our communities,” he said.Madjadji Mailula took a course in hospitality at Capricorn FET College and with the help of Mponegele, has completed her level four certificate. “Mponegele was like a biological parent to me. It ensured that I didn’t go to bed and to school with an empty stomach and it gave me a better education.”last_img read more

Open Source: Half of Organizations Say OS provides Them Competitive Advantage

first_imgPrimary reasons for many organizations to adopt Open Source software has been lower cost and easier accessibility to source code to enable tighter customization and control.  Now many organizations are citing yet another reason: competitive advantage.  Laurie Wurster, research director at Gartner, says that “gaining a competitive advantage has emerged as a significant reason for adopting an OSS solution, suggesting that users are beginning to look at OSS differently – they can customise the code to make it unique to their company, they have created a competitive advantage. ”The Gartner survey found that now more than half of organizations feel that Open Source provides them competitive advantage.  “Although a search for reducing costs by adopting OSS continues to be a major driver, with this survey we see more respondents looking at OSS as having much-greater value than simply getting something for free,” said Wurster.Bob Igou, Gartner researcher and co-author of the Gartner report, commented that “OSS components and building blocks are utilized together with internally developed software to augment and enhance existing systems through integration and automation, as well as to improve business efficiencies and security.”   Over the last five years, companies have become much more savvy and learnt how to integrate Open Source components with proprietary software components so as not to infringe on software licensing restrictions.The Gartner report found that the use of Open Source software to be pervasive.  22 percent of organizations say that they use Open Source in all parts of their business and another 46 say that they have selectively deployed Open Source for specific departments and projects in their organization.  By the end of 2012, Gartner reports that on average, Open Source software will account for 30 percent of most organization’s total software assets — compared to just five years ago when less than 10 percent of software assets were Open Source.  24 percent of organizations say that the selection of Open Source software was a strategic business decision for them.  Another 31 percent said that the decision to use Open Source was a strategic decision made by their IT groups.last_img read more