Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Fowler had another over-par round with a 54-hole lead — he’s 7 for 7 there — but birdied two of his final four holes to win from the third-round lead for the second time, with the 2017 Honda Classic the other.Fowler also had a double bogey on the par-4 fifth hole, becoming the first PGA Tour player to win with a double bogey and triple bogey or worse since 1983.“He really dug down and pulled it off,” Grace said.Fowler has experienced his share of heartbreak at the Phoenix Open. He had the 54-hole lead last year and shot a 2-over 73 to finish six shots behind Gary Woodlandr. In 2016, Fowler blew a two-shot lead with two holes to go before losing in a playoff to Hideki Matsuyama, twice hitting it into the water on the drivable par-4 17th.None of it compared to what happened to him Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT Rickie Fowler holds the champion’s trophy after the final round of the Phoenix Open PGA golf tournament, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Standing above a greenside bunker at TPC Scottsdale’s difficult par-4 11th hole, Rickie Fowler turned just in time to see his ball, one he had just placed after penalty, trickle into the water.Fowler had already seen his share of bad luck at the Phoenix Open. Now balls were rolling into hazards on their own.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college View comments MOST READ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Unable to catch a break, Fowler took it upon himself to create his own.Fowler shook off a bizarre triple bogey on No. 11 with clutch shots down the stretch, finally winning the tournament Sunday that had twice eluded him.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“I didn’t think it would be easy, but the way I was playing this week, I thought it would have been easier,” Fowler said. “It was kind of grind it out. I had a couple of tough breaks and had to deal with the punches — a couple big ones — but it feels good now.”After a pair of 64s and a 65, Fowler shot 3-over 74 in the final round on a soggy Sunday at TPC Scottsdale, highest by a winner in tournament history. He finished at 17-under 267 to beat Branden Grace by two shots for his fifth PGA Tour title. Fowler pulled his tee shot on 18 left, landing in the tall grass between the church pew bunkers. He hacked the ball out short of the green and got up-and-down for the long-awaited victory.“I think he’s going to get more out of something like that, showing resilience and coming back like that, as opposed to going out there and winning by four or five,” said Justin Thomas, who finished third, three behind Fowler after a 72.Maybe in the future. Right after the round, Fowler was wiped out after the emotional roller coaster.“I never want to go through anything like that again,” he said. “That was not fun.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Leading by four to start the day, he was up five shots stepping onto the tee on No. 11. The lead was one after a bizarre sequence of events at the long par 4.With rain picking up, Fowler hit his approach shot right of the green and his chip skipped past the flag into the water, incurring a two-shot penalty. He dropped next to a bunker and, as he stood on the green surveying his next shot, his ball rolled back into the water without being touched.PGA Tour rules official Slugger White determined Fowler’s ball was in play after the drop, so he was assessed a one-shot penalty. Fowler got up-and-down from there, knocking in a 17-foot putt for triple-bogey 7 — his seventh double bogey or worse when playing with a 54-hole lead.“That was a big kind of turnaround,” Fowler said. “At worst I make bogey with a semi-decent chip and I’m still very much in control of the tournament. But with everything that happened there, that was a (four-) shot swing pretty quickly. It sucks, but it’s just kind of put that behind me.”Grace made a 50-foot birdie putt just ahead on the par-3 12th and they were tied at 15 under when Fowler couldn’t get up-and-down from the bunker on the same hole. Grace went up one with a 3-foot birdie putt on No. 13.Fowler refused to cave.He reached the par-5 15th in two from 239 yards out and his two-putt birdie pulled him into a tie for the lead. Grace then pulled his tee shot into the water at the short par-4 17th, hit his third shot into the bunker after a penalty and took a bogey, giving Fowler a one-shot lead.Fowler drove the green on the 336-yard 17th and two-putted for birdie to stretch his lead to two shots.The drama didn’t end there.Grace got up-and-down for par from short right of the 18th green, finishing at 15 under after a 2-under 69. 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After playing three games throughout the tournament, Fort St. John found themselves in the tournament finals, entering the final game with a 2-1 record.The final game between Dawson Creek and Fort St. John was a close match, as a hat trick from Fort St. John’s Reid Arberry and lone goals from Ryan Booham and Paige Brown, along with some timely goaltending from Preston Borrows, resulted in the teams needing overtime to determine a champion.Following an intense but scoreless five minute sudden death overtime, the tournament was decided in a shootout.- Advertisement -Fort St. John’s head coach Lorne Hoskyn selected Logan Osterlund, Reid Arberry, Ryan Bookham, Ethan Semeniuk and Carson Johnson to shoot in the shootout, as the five successfully broke the tie for Fort St. John, sending the team home as tournament champions.
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Zurich, Aug 29 (AFP) US prodigy Noah Lyles heads the field at the first of the two Diamond League finals, in Zurich tomorrow, when he comes head-to-head with Turkey’s world and European champion Ramil Guliyev. Lyles remains the undisputed favourite going into the men’s 200m final, having already clocked up four wins on the Diamond League circuit this season. But Guliyev, along with Aaron Brown and Jereem Richards, will no doubt be breathing hard down the neck of the American, the defending Diamond Trophy champion. “I acknowledge that Ramil Guliyev is running fast,” said the 21-year-old Lyles, who ran a personal best of 19.65sec in Monaco in July. “I knew I had to get to the Diamond League Final. Now I’m here, winning is more important than running fast.” The 200m is just one of 16 Diamond League disciplines to be decided at the sell-out Letzigrund Stadion, with the remaining 16 disciplines to be decided in Brussels on Friday. The women’s blue riband event sees Britain’s newly-crowned European champion Dina Asher-Smith, who struck triple gold in Berlin after also winning the 200m and taking the 4x100m relay with her British team, take on a strong field over 100m. Asher-Smith will line up alongside Dutch sprinter Dafne Schippers, Nigerian Blessing Okagbare-Ighoteguonor, and proven Ivorians Marie-Josee Ta Lou and Murielle Ahoure. “There’s no place to hide in the Diamond League!” admitted Asher-Smith. “Sometimes it’s not just about winning and losing, it’s about the journey,” the Briton said, before adding: “I hope to end my season on a high.”advertisement South African Caster Semenya will look to wrap up the trophy in the women’s 800m. “My main aim tomorrow is win the trophy,” said the 27-year-old, the double Olympic champion (2012, 2016) and three-time world champion (2009, 2011, 2017) who is now unbeaten over the 800m since her elimination in the semi-finals of the 2015 worlds in Beijing. But Semenya has also come under the spotlight this season off the track as she turned to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in her challenge of IAAF rules on testosterone levels in female athletes to be introduced in November. Under the new regulations, “hyper-androgynous”, athletes like Semenya would have to chemically lower their testosterone levels to be able to compete, something the 800m runner says is discriminatory and in violation of the IAAF’s constitution and the Olympic Charter. “I respect my opponents and I expect the same thing from them,” Semenya said in Zurich. “My ultimate goal is always to entertain people.” In the field, Greece’s double defending title holder Ekaterina Stefanidi will bid to continue the form that saw her clinch European gold, up against American Sandi Morris. Morris beat Stefanidi in Birmingham, albeit in extraordinarily windy conditions, and the American’s season’s best is also superior to the Greek vaulter’s. Stefanidi, with the world, Olympic and European titles to her name, is a proven performer, however, making for what should be a thrilling contest.Also competing in Switzerland will be Norwegian teenager Jakob Ingebrigtsen. Aged just 17, he took gold in both the men’s 1500m and 5000m at the Berlin Euros. Following an injury to another racer, Ingebrigtsen received a call-up for a season swansong, racing over 1500m against Kenya’s world champion Elijah Manangoi, last year’s Diamond champion Timothy Cheruiyot and his older brother Filip Ingebrigtsen. Diamond Trophy disciplines Women: 100m, 800m, 5000m, 400m hurdles, triple jump, high jump, pole vault, javelin Men: 200m, 400m, 1500m, 400m hurdles, 3000m steeplechase, long jump, shot put, javelin. (AFP) ATKATK
Damian Lillard60.5%–– 2015-1624.5%15.2%16.9%5.1% 2017-1821.512.316.04.9 Source: Second Spectrum Stephen Curry46.7–– Even in the area where the duos are most similar — long-range sniping — they are still markedly different because of the disparate ways the players come by their threes. Lillard and McCollum have almost exact inverse splits between the percentage of their 3-point makes that have been pull-ups vs. catch-and-shoots over the past four years, per Second Spectrum, while Curry and Thompson’s splits have not lined up quite as cleanly. ––36.1% Klay Thompson14.0–– 2018-1921.710.014.14.6 Average22.612.915.84.9 ––84.8 ––58.7 CJ McCollum40.7–– The Splash Brother pairs shoot their threes in different waysShare of made 3-pointers in the regular season that were pull-up vs. catch-and-shoot, 2015-16 to 2018-19 Portland’s guards handle the ball moreThe time of possession rates* for each pair of players, 2015-16 to 2018-19 This, of course, is the natural result of the contrasting job descriptions of these players, which flow from the differing roster constructions in Portland and Golden State.Thompson is a classic shooting guard like you might have seen in the early 2000s. He works almost exclusively off the ball, flying off pin-downs and flare screens, spotting up when Curry runs pick and rolls or making split-cuts when Draymond Green has the ball in the post. Curry, meanwhile, may be Golden State’s point guard, but he is more of a co-lead ball-handler, along with Green and Durant, because that structure allows the Warriors to better weaponize his shooting abilities.By contrast, Lillard is essentially the prototype of the modern-day attack guard who is at the controls of the offense at all times, while McCollum splits his time: working off the ball alongside Lillard, on the ball as a de facto backup point guard in certain lineups and off the ball again in bench-heavy units alongside Evan Turner or Curry’s brother Seth. By wading into the tracking data on NBA.com, we can see that in each of the past four seasons, the ball has been in Lillard’s hands for a greater share of his time on the floor than Curry and Thompson’s shares combined, and McCollum has had the ball in his hands nearly as often as Curry and usually more than twice as often as Thompson. The NBA’s splashiest backcourt outside Oakland resides in Portland. Trail Blazers stars Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum have combined to make 1,645 threes over the past four seasons, more than any duo in the league besides Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson.1The four-year period starts when McCollum was elevated to the starting lineup — after the offseason departures of LaMarcus Aldridge, Wesley Matthews and Nic Batum — and became the Robin to Lillard’s Batman. Steph and Klay are also the only backcourt in the league to average more collective points per game over that span of time than Dame and CJ.The Splash Brothers are still (somewhat obviously) the superior pairing. Curry and Thompson are widely considered two of the greatest shooters of all time, and they completely warp opposing defenses. Thompson is also far and away the best defender of the four players. But when the quartet squares off in the Western Conference finals, which begin Tuesday night, the Blazers won’t just be bringing an inferior version of the Splash Brothers to the table. The Splash Brothers Lite are mostly just different — and there are even a few things Dame and CJ do a bit better than Steph and Klay.For starters, Portland’s guards attack off the bounce far more often than their Northern California counterparts. Lillard averaged 13.3 drives per game this season, per Second Spectrum tracking data on NBA.com, and his 7.7 points per game on drives ranked 17th among the 353 NBA players who appeared in at least 40 games. McCollum, meanwhile, averaged 9.4 drives that created 6.3 points per game, a figure that tied for 28th among the same group of players. Each of the Blazers’ guards averaged more drive-points per game than the Warriors’ backcourt duo combined.2Curry’s 7.7 drives per game created 3.9 points per game, (73rd) while Thompson’s 4.4 drives created 2.1 points per game (132nd), which means they combined for only 6.0 points per game off the drive.This isn’t a new phenomenon, either. The Blazers’ guard duo has consistently been more aggressive in attacking the paint than the Warriors have been — both before and after Golden State acquired Kevin Durant prior to the 2016-17 season. 2016-1722.513.615.94.9 YearLillardMcCollumCurryThompson Despite the fact that these guard pairings have carried similar usage rates them over these past four years (30.7 percent and 26.7 percent for Lillard and McCollum; 31.1 percent and 25.4 percent for Curry and Thompson), the above figures show that they have come by that usage in vastly different ways. This is further driven home by the fact that Curry and Thompson have been assisted on their baskets far more often (52 percent and 82 percent) than have Lillard and McCollum (29.6 percent and 38.5 percent).These differences naturally stem from the high-end talent disparity between the two teams. Curry and Thompson have had the benefit of playing alongside Green and Andre Iguodala for the entirety of their run, and they’ve had Kevin Durant as an additional wingman for the past three years. Lillard and McCollum, meanwhile, have spent the majority of their time playing alongside Moe Harkless and Al-Farouq Aminu, as well as one of big men Mason Plumlee, Jusuf Nurkic and Enes Kanter. Those three are all nice players, and they have each proven incredibly valuable for Portland at different times, but none of them brings anywhere close to the brilliance of Durant or Green, none has the versatility of Iguodala, and none is the caliber of playmaker any of the aforementioned Golden State players are.The Warriors thinned out their bench in their series against Houston, but not to the point that Curry and Thompson had less help on their side than Lillard and McCollum do — and anyway, Portland is not Houston. The Blazers don’t have the ability to go small as often or as dangerously as the Rockets did when they put P.J. Tucker at center, which means that Andrew Bogut, Kevon Looney and even Jordan Bell can be on the floor more often. As good as Lillard is, the Blazers don’t have a singular player who has broken the game quite in the same way James Harden. And they don’t have the deep wellspring of wing shooters Houston has, either.What they do have is a star guard tandem and a deep group of players who have supported Dame and CJ on this run to the conference finals. That construction has generally not been enough for teams to beat the Warriors in the past. It may not be now, either. But the Splash Brothers Lite will try to make it work.Check out our latest NBA predictions. Pull-upCatch-and-shoot * Calculated by dividing the number of minutes the ball was in a player’s hands by that player’s total minutes played during a given season.Source: Second Spectrum ––51.3
Wrestling Coach Tom Ryan announced redshirt junior Nick Heflin, redshirt senior C.J. Magrum, redshirt junior Ian Paddock and redshirt sophomore Logan Stieber as the 2012-2013 team captains on Thursday. “Our team members voted for captains and I am proud of who they chose and why they chose them,” Ryan said in a press release. “Logan, Cody, Ian and Nick are all very special men on and off the mat. We all look forward to them leading the Buckeyes in the 2012-13 season.” Helfin was a team captain during last season, finished second in the 174 pounds weight class at the 2011 Big Ten Championships, fifth at the 2012 NCAA championships and was named a 2012 All-American. His career record as a Buckeye is 51-19. Magrum is a 184-pounder and retaining his captain role for the third season in a row. He has a 67-39 career record and has qualified for the NCAA Championships three times. Last season, Magrum finished eighth at the Big Ten championshps but did not compete at the NCAA championships because of injuries. During the 2010-2011 season Paddock was a captain but was redshirted last year. While at OSU the 141-pounder has qualified for the NCAA Championships twice and complied a 42-24 career record. Stieber received the All-Big Ten, Big Ten Freshman of the Year and InterMat Freshman of the Year after winning 2011-2012 Big Ten and NCAA Championship at 133 pounds. He was a three-time Big Ten Wrestler of the Week and holds a career record is 38-5. Also, Stieber competed at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Wrestling Trials last spring. The Buckeyes wrestling team voted for their captains and will start the season Sunday at the UB Invitational in Buffalo, N.Y.
Timo Werner is aiming to emulate Germany’s 2014 World Cup success by firing in the goals for the upcoming tournament in Russia this summer The RB Leipzig forward has produced another impressive campaign this season with his 19 goals and eight assists in his 39 appearances having played an integral part of the club’s success in both the Bundesliga and the Europa League this season.At just the age of 22, Werner is expected to lead the front line for Germany in the World Cup this summer. In an interview with FourFourTwo, the young forward recalled being just a mere spectator back at home in the country’s glorious 2014 World Cup win.“I was with my friends, watching the game and just thinking ‘please win, please win!’” said Werner, according to the Bundesliga.“Everybody’s part of it when Germany win – everybody says ‘we won the World Cup.’ Four years ago I said it like that, but this year I hope my friends will be watching the tournament without me.”Report: Bayern are held by Leipzig George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Bayern Munich was held to another draw, this time by RB Leipzig.Bayern Munich finds themselves in the unfamiliar position of sitting third in the…Werner has already proven himself at the big stage with Germany with the forward having won the Golden Boot during their triumph in last summer’s FIFA Confederations Cup. The 22 year-old has currently scored a total of seven goals in 12 appearances at international level.“If it turns out that I’m the main striker for Germany at the World Cup, there’s no pressure for me. I’m very young and I just try to enjoy the moment,” he said. “To imagine winning the World Cup in 2018… it would be the best year of my life,” said the German.While acknowledging the strength of their fellow competitors, Werner is feeling optimistic over Germany’s prospects at winning the World Cup for a record-equaling fifth time alongside Brazil.“I think we have a good chance of doing it, even if it will be extremely difficult,” he said. “We have a great team, we have a really good mentality and we’re a tournament team – we save our best for the major competitions.”