Rose one back of Reed, eyes RTD crown

first_imgDUBAI, United Arab Emirates – Justin Rose made the best start of the three players looking to become Europe’s top player for 2017 at the season-ending World Tour Championship in Dubai with a 6-under 66 Thursday. An eagle from the greenside bunker on the 14th hole and a stunning approach shot to 2 feet for birdie on the 18th handed the Englishman the early initiative in his attempt to win the European Tour’s Race to Dubai crown. The other two players in contention for the crown – leader Tommy Fleetwood and reigning Masters champion Sergio Garcia – opened with rounds of 73 and 70, respectively. DP World Tour Championship: Articles, photos and videos Full-field scores from the DP World Tour Championship Patrick Reed was the first-round leader after shooting 7-under 65. Fleetwood had a lead of 256,737 points going into the final event of the season and needs to equal or better Rose’s finishing position to claim the title. If Rose doesn’t finish in the top five and Garcia doesn’t win, Fleetwood will have done enough. Sixth-ranked Rose is chasing his third straight tournament success after wins in China and Turkey. ”Really happy with that as a start,” the Olympic champion said Thursday at Jumeirah Golf Estates. ”I kind of wanted to come out today with good intent and sort of get myself moving forward quickly.” Fleetwood started poorly, making a double bogey on the first and then missing a short birdie putt on the second before another bogey on the third. But the Englishman was hopeful of getting his act together over the next three rounds. ”As of right now, it is kind of out of my hands a little bit after that start, but you never know what can happen,” Fleetwood said. ”Three days to go, that’s the luxury of four rounds of golf. I’ve got three more to go, and let’s see what happens.” Reed, who is yet to win a tournament this year, started with birdies on his first two holes, and then added five more on his back nine despite suffering from back pain while warming up in the morning. ”I woke up this morning, had this really awful pain in my back, close to my shoulder. The warm-up wasn’t how I wanted,” Reed said. ”Any time you can start birdie-birdie, it gets you started and I was able to right the ship and make some putts and hit some good shots.” Australia’s Scott Hend (66) shares second place with Rose, while defending champion Matthew Fitzpatrick of England started with a 5-under 67. Sweden’s Henrik Stenson – the reigning Race to Dubai champion – is out with a rib injury.last_img read more

No. 16 Minnesota opens the season undefeated

first_imgNo. 16 Minnesota opens the season undefeatedThe Gophers scored 30 runs to start the season 5-0.Carter Jones, Daily File PhotoMaKenna Partain swings at a pitch during a game against Northwestern on Saturday, April 15, 2017 at Jane Sage Cowles Stadium. Drew CoveFebruary 12, 2018Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintThe Gophers opened the season with a bang this weekend.No. 16 Minnesota (5-0) swept the opening weekend of the season at the UNLV SportCo Kickoff Classic with five victories.“We came into this saying our mission was to win the tournament,” head coach Jamie Trachsel said. “Find different ways to win, whatever it is, whatever it takes.”Minnesota started the weekend in Las Vegas with games against two teams from Utah: Southern Utah and  Utah Valley. For the Gophers, it did not matter which Utah team they played, scoring eight runs against each of them. Minnesota won its first game of the season 8-5 against Southern Utah, then got a second victory in a 8-3 win over Utah Valley.On the first day of games, the reigning Big Ten Player of the Year picked up where she left off. Catcher Kendyl Lindaman collected her first two home runs against the team’s first two opponents.“They were great, just getting back into the swing of things,” Lindaman said. “Things don’t always go your way, but I did have a good weekend, so that’s just a great start for myself.”Lindaman broke the Gophers record for home runs in a season last year with 20. Through the first two games, she was 4-7 with three RBIs.The second day, the Gophers pitched a shutout in both games. The first game was against North Dakota State. Minnesota stifled the Bison in a 4-0 shutout. The second game was against UNLV and the Gophers shut the Rebels out 3-0. Minnesota used two pitchers in the first four games, junior Sydney Smith and sophomore Amber Fiser. Smith started the first and fourth games of the weekend. In her Gophers debut, she went six innings with three strikeouts. The junior transfer from LSU came back in the fourth game of the weekend and shut out UNLV with seven strikeouts in all seven innings of work.Fiser played in the first, second, third and fifth games of the weekend. She came in to record her first collegiate save in the first game, but started in the second and third game to lead the Gophers to two victories.“This year, I feel a lot more confident and comfortable,” Fiser said. “Whatever happens, happens and I have confidence in the defense behind me.”Fiser played again in the fifth game of the weekend and held the score close until Minnesota found a way to break the game open offensively. She played all seven innings of the game and found her way to a new personal best.Fiser retired the final batter of the game with her 10th strikeout, which is the most in one game for her career.Fiser led Minnesota to finish the weekend with a game against Creighton, which was a close match until the final inning of play. The Gophers scored six runs in the top of the seventh inning to lead Minnesota to a 7-3 victory.The Gophers are now 5-0 and will head to the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. They have two games against Notre Dame and Florida State.“Winners find a way to win,” Trachsel said. “You have to win different ways.”last_img read more

Burns Howff Club Banish Ghosts and Vampires at Their Hallowe’en Supper

first_imgJim Brown in full flow AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInMembers and friends of the Burns Howff Club assembled in the Globe Inn for their traditional Hallowe’en Supper and were welcomed by President Colin Gibson whose first task was to firmly banish any ghosts or vampires thought to be abroad on that date.After dinner, guest speaker Jim Brown from New Cumnock, regaled the company with a witty and informative talk on the origins and customs of “All Hallow’s Eve”, the ancient Celtic Festival of Samhuinn” which had Pagan roots and featured the worship of the dead until it was Christianised by the early church which introduced the practice of lighting candles on the graves of the dead. A custom now died out.  Hallowe’en gave birth to the American custom of “Trick-or treat” by children on 31st October and the Scottish equivalent of “Guising” when youngsters would visit house in disguise and receive fruit or small gifts in return for a song or recitation, well described by Robert Burns in his epic poem, “Hallowe’en”. Contributing to a stellar entertainment programme was Leonard Brown on the accordion with an eclectic selection from “The Flying Scotsman”, traditional airs, a Ukrainian Polka and a snatch from “The Good Old Days” TV show.  Leonard brought the house down with his hitherto unsuspected humour and finished to thunderous applause. A comprehensive Vote of Thanks from junior vice president Rab Walker followed by a raucous rendition of “Auld Lang Synne” brought a particularly enjoyable evening to an end. Also appearing was past president David Miller with a droll recitation of “Holt Willie’s Prayer”, complete with candle and goonie,  past president John Caskie put his rich tenor voice to the test with a repertoire of songs, old and new.center_img Mr Brown, a former secretary of New Cumnock Burns Club and noted authority on the poet, was thanked by the President and accepted an inscribed tankard. Award winning Burns’ reciter Bobby Jess demonstrated his prowess with a performance of the “Address to the Deil”, the poets’ satirical farewell to “Auld Nick”.last_img read more

Orioles don’t overthink tabbing Rutschman as new face of their rebuild

first_imgA switch-hitting catcher with a tricky last name to spell and already used to wearing orange and black.The Matt Wieters comparisons were made long before the Orioles officially made Oregon State’s Adley Rutschman the first overall pick of the 2019 amateur draft and the first selection of the Mike Elias era Monday. Wieters didn’t live up to the immense expectations — remember MattWietersFacts.com? — as the fifth overall pick of the 2007 draft despite still being a four-time All-Star selection and a two-time Gold Glove winner, but Rutschman being the consensus top pick throughout the pre-draft process and only the sixth catcher ever to be taken first overall speaks to how special the baseball world believes him to be with some going as far as calling him the best draft prospect since Bryce Harper nine years ago.Not even Wieters’ legend at Georgia Tech included being walked with the bases loaded in an NCAA tournament game like Rutschman was last week. He was also the Most Outstanding Player of last year’s College World Series, giving him an advanced winning pedigree with a national championship under his belt.Just days after acknowledging the risks of overthinking the No. 1 pick, Elias came to the same conclusion as the many pundits that Rutschman projects as a franchise catcher, an entity so rare in today’s game that it’s become devalued by some. And considering Houston selected a catcher no earlier than the third round in Elias’ tenure helping run its drafts from 2012-18, you can’t accuse the Baltimore executive of overvaluing the position. It’s worth noting, however, that Elias began his scouting career in St. Louis where Yadier Molina has anchored the Cardinals for 15 years and been a major part of two World Series titles and an additional National League championship.In other words, he’s seen how special a catcher able to impact both sides of the ball can be and believes the 21-year-old Rutschman will be that caliber of player.“He’s a team leader on and off the field,” said Elias in a statement. “He’s everything you want and he plays a premium defensive position with athleticism that gives him versatility to play elsewhere, as needed. Adley is a future fixture for this organization.“The amount of work that goes into what he’s done and becoming the No. 1 pick is not something that’s ordinary. I met Adley this winter and was immediately struck by him and impressed by his maturity and leadership.”Of course, there are no guarantees, especially at a position where careers are historically shorter than at other defensive spots. Perhaps time will prove Bobby Witt Jr. as the better long-term investment, but you must mention misses like Tim Beckham and Matt Bush if you’re going to cite Carlos Correa, Alex Rodriguez, and Chipper Jones as lucrative successes in support of drafting a high school shortstop first overall.Some have argued Rutschman will develop too rapidly for the rebuilding Orioles to take full advantage of his prime catching years, but the value of having an already-established above-average defensive catcher nurturing young pitchers in the coming years shouldn’t be diminished. A rebuilding team doesn’t just go from really bad to really good overnight, so an asset like Rutschman could aid in the acclimation of young arms to the majors.“They always talk about how he’s so good at hitting, but I don’t think they understand how good he is behind the plate dealing with pitchers, blocking balls, and throwing guys out,” Orioles infield prospect and former Oregon State teammate Cadyn Grenier said. “Just about everything you could want from a catcher, he does it phenomenally. He’s an amazing teammate. He’s a really hard worker, he’s a lot of fun to be around, he’s really easy to like.”If Rutschman approaches the territory of Joe Mauer, the last catcher drafted first overall in 2001, Elias and the Orioles will obviously be thrilled, even if he too moves to first base eventually. If the first decade of Rutschman’s career resembles former NL Most Valuable Player and three-time World Series champion Buster Posey, the pick will be a wild success no matter what happens after that.Even if Rutschman doesn’t reach his ceiling and has a career more comparable to that of Wieters, Elias probably won’t be as devastated as you’d think considering the former Orioles catcher’s 18.3 career wins above replacement rank seventh in the 2007 draft, just two spots lower than where he was originally drafted. We so often evaluate players based only on our initial expectations without considering what the alternatives were at the time. There is no definitive crystal ball, no matter how refined predictive analytics are becoming.Supporters of any pick will always imagine the best possible outcome while critics of a choice envision the worst-case scenario, but no one can know for sure — including Elias. The truth is even the first overall pick of a draft won’t make or break an entire rebuild, but the Orioles need Rutschman to help speed up the process at the very least.A catcher going first overall is rare and comes with some risk, but Rutschman may prove special enough to carry the great responsibility of being the new face of the Orioles’ rebuild and a franchise player.In the end, Elias didn’t overthink that consensus belief.last_img read more

Chelsea ‘appalled’ and ‘frustrated’ over Matic ban

first_imgChelsea say they are “appalled” and “frustrated” that Nemanja Matic still has to serve a ban after the Football Association reduced the midfielder’s three-game violent conduct suspension to two matches.The Blues midfielder will miss Sunday’s Capital One final against Tottenham and next Wednesday’s Premier League encounter at West Ham.Matic was sent off for pushing Ashley Barnes after the Burnley striker had caught the Serbian high on his shin with a late tackle during Saturday’s 1-1 Premier League draw at Stamford Bridge.The FA’s independent regulatory commission reduced Matic’s three-game ban by one match on appeal on Tuesday evening, but Barnes escaped punishment completely.And Chelsea were unhappy with the outcome, insisting that the 26-year-old had been “unjustly punished”.“The Chelsea Football Club Board is extremely disappointed and frustrated that the FA Regulatory Commission has today decided not to reduce Nemanja Matic’s suspension to the maximum extent permitted under FA rules,” read a statement posted on the Blues’ website, headlined ‘Chelsea FC appalled with the FA’s decision on Matic’.“Chelsea FC challenged the standard three-match suspension which automatically followed the red card issued to Matic by referee Martin Atkinson during Saturday’s Premier League match against Burnley.“There has been universal condemnation of the reckless challenge made by Ashley Barnes on Matic and it is the club’s view that he has been unjustly punished with a two-match ban for his reaction to a career-threatening tackle.“It is Chelsea’s opinion that referees and the football authorities must do more to protect players at all levels of the game from dangerous challenges. This decision also clearly demonstrates a need for consistency and fairness in the disciplinary process.” 1 Chelsea’s Nemanja Matic last_img read more

4 Villains of the freelance life

first_imgSet up alerts from online job boards to receive gigs in your inbox based on certain keywords. Pick only the job boards that seem worth your time (normally industry-specific boards). This ensures that you keep browsing and querying on a regular timetable.Subscribe to Meetup networking groups to get notified of their events.Send an email to clients as the project ends — every time. Thank them. Then every 6 months or so, send them a follow-up reminder about who you are. Get creative about it — here are some tips.UnderlingUnlike most villains, this one is not very confident or bossy. In order to achieve their gig goals, they’re willing to backslide, negotiate down prices, and bow to most client whims. Rather than setting clear boundaries and managing client expectations, this villain expects to do everything — and ends up almost killing themselves.How to defeat Underling:Know how much you’re worth. Know what you’re willing to negotiate in terms of price and conditions before you go in to the meeting.Stop undercharging for your work. If possible, attend networking events where other freelancers are or ask a freelancer friend if they’re willing to be open about what they charge.Manage the client process, from first meeting to final sign-off. It’s your responsibility to be the professional and to set expectations for the kind of relationship you have with your clients. Make sure they understand that you are a professional, not a technician, and that your concepts matter. Learn more about managing client process here.Get the right contract. Include all the right contract terms — especially ones about kill fees and the appropriate number of revisions.The TakerThe Taker believes that it’s a dog-eat-dog world out there, and in order to own your own business, you need to keep everything close to the chest: your clients, advice about freelancing, your contacts, your best practices. This villain is happy receiving such advice from other people, but doesn’t take the time to give back.How to defeat The Taker:Give back to your local economy. Support local food and local businesses.Keep a file of other freelancers names that you’ve met in business or at networking events, just in case your client is looking for someone.Help other freelancers. (Here are 16 ways you can do that.)Start a Love Bank. It also happens to be the best thing you can do to expand your business.Understand what a 360 Freelancer is — and how to get there.What “bad” forces prevent you from being your full heroic freelance self? Let us know in comments! (Evil cackles welcome.) I think all of us have a hero and a villain in us.-Anson MountIn a dark, secret lair, there’s a group of villains who use subterfuge and guile to try to ruin great freelance careers across the country. They’re bad, they’re crooked, they’re — dun dun dun — The Freelance Supervillians!All joking aside, it is (famously) true that our worst enemies are ourselves. Here are just a few forces that prevent us from being entrepreneurial heroes in our own lives:The IsolatorA dastardly foe common to almost every freelance hero, The Isolator locks us up in our own little world, avoids human interaction, and works on projects after sundown when we should really be seeing other people.How to defeat The Isolator:Attend a networking event once a month or more. Check out ours or ones on Meetup.Set an established day (once a month, “the third friday of every month”) that you set aside to go on a date with your significant other or friends group. Set it aside. Make it sacred.Don’t work for 8 hours a day without talking to someone. Call your mom. Take your dog out for a walk. Take yourself out for a walk. Watching Netflix does not count.Take a lunch break. But don’t take it in your house — it’s nice weather, so at the very least you should go to a local park (where there are other people), at a coffee shop (where you can people watch), or take a 9-5 friend out to lunch.Go to a local board game or card night. Who doesn’t love board games? There are board game Meetup groups across the country, and in my experience, they’re some of the most welcoming. Bring your friend if you’re nervous.Marketer Schmarketor“You can wait until the end of your project to start marketing again!” “You can build a website when you get more portfolio pieces!” This is what Marketer Schmarketor says (with a scoff). This villain makes you vulnerable to dry spells.How to defeat Marketer Schmarketor:Sit down right now (turn away from this computer screen) and write down your goals for May in terms of social media marketing. Make them stupid-easy, include a deadline and the amount of time you think it’ll take.“I will set up a Twitter account and tweet 2 times a week in May — on Monday mornings and Saturday mornings. It’ll take me 25 minutes to set it up and 3 minutes for each tweet.”“I will update my LinkedIn profile with my latest gigs in May. It will take me around 30 minutes.”last_img read more