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Monday Scramble: Different roads to Augusta

first_imgMarc Leishman celebrates with family, Rory McIlroy keeps trending, Anna Nordqvist goes low, Tiger Woods reports emerge and more in this week’s edition of Monday Scramble: The first Arnold Palmer Invitational without its beloved host went about how you’d expect. Sam Saunders, Graeme McDowell and Peter Jacobsen were the epitome of class, the frontmen for what Palmer stood for and what this tournament means going forward. Touches of Palmer were everywhere – players signed a commemorative flag in his office, and there was a 13-foot bronze statue near the first tee, and there was signage with inspirational messages scattered throughout the course, and Palmer’s cart (with two sets of clubs strapped to the back) was positioned near the 16th tee, his favorite spot to watch golf. Players honored Arnie in different ways, from wearing custom shoes to stitching the colorful umbrella logo to hats, bags and shirts, to taking more time to sign autographs, because that’s what Palmer would have done. What happens to the Bay Hill tournament is largely up to the players. In Year 1 without Palmer, they stepped up in a big way.  1. Leishman’s victory at the API was one for the family. It was for his 5-year-old son, Harvey, who kept pestering his dad about why he never wins. And it was for his wife, Audrey, who emerged from two years of medical hell almost completely healthy, pregnant for the third time. Here’s my piece from Sunday night on what the victory meant to the Leishmans.  2. Leishman didn’t look like he was part of the picture until the last hour of the tournament. Facing a 50-foot for eagle, the big Aussie readjusted his line after remembering that he’d stroked a similar putt earlier in the week. This one was center cut, and it allowed him to leapfrog the leaders at 11 under. After a wayward drive on 18, Leishman laid up short of the green. Helping him was that the hole location wasn’t in its traditional Sunday position, tucked over the pond in the back-right corner. He had the entirety of the green in front of him, and he bumped his chip to 3 feet for a solid par to close. Leishman finished the week first in greens hit in regulation and second in strokes gained-putting – usually a winning combination.  3. Leishman went from watching the Masters at home to a potential sleeper pick. At No. 62 in the world, he needed a big week at Bay Hill or this week’s WGC-Match Play to qualify for the year’s first major. His victory at the API secured an invitation, and he improved to 32nd in the world. Leishman has been hit-or-miss at Augusta throughout his career, with three missed cuts in four appearances, but he also had a chance to win in 2013, when he tied for fourth. His booming drives, sky-high irons and strong putting (he’s ranked second on Tour on the greens) could lead to another shot at the green jacket.    4. After a rough start to the week, McIlroy made an Arnie-like charge to nearly steal the title. Making only his third start of the year, McIlroy opened with a 74 and was in danger of missing the cut. He climbed his way back into contention with a third-round 65 (which tied the low round of the week) and then made seven birdies during a final-round 69. His most spectacular shot was his second shot on the par-5 16th, after another massive drive. He hooded a wedge and hit a hook around a tree, the ball scooting over the green. He nearly holed the pitch shot and walked off with a tap-in birdie. When he teed off on 18, he was in a share of the lead, but that scenario changed once Leishman eagled 16. McIlroy’s problem on the finishing hole wasn’t the first putt but the approach. With only a wedge into the green from 153 yards, he flared his second shot about 30 feet right of the flag, leaving a must-make putt that was fast and had plenty of break. He raced it 7 feet past and missed the comebacker. “I gave the putt a run, that’s for sure,” he said. “Too much of a run.”   5. McIlroy shot 10 under on the weekend and appears as confident as ever with the driver. With most players dialing back because of the firm and fast conditions, the world No. 2 continually pounded the big stick, smoking four drives of at least 360 yards on Sunday. He led the field in driving distance and also ranked first in strokes gained-approaches. In other words, he’s trending nicely toward Augusta.   6. Kevin Kisner doesn’t have the highest apex height, launch angle or spin rate, and it cost him Sunday when he couldn’t hold two critical shots on the increasingly firm greens. Leading by three on the back nine, Kisner came home in 2-over 38 and failed to make a birdie after the seventh hole. Even more frustrating was that Kisner thought he’d hit good enough shots to win. On 15 and 16, he looked in prime position to make birdie, but both times his ball ended up in difficult spots from which to make par. He finished a shot behind Leishman. “That’s just the nature of the beast on Sunday on the PGA Tour,” he said. “The golf course turns and gets very difficult, and you’ve got to be in the right position and I was not in the right position on either hole.”   7. Muirfield might be back in the Open rota – and likely in line for 2022 – after voting to admit female members for the first time, but the club hasn’t exactly been praised for finally entering the 20th (let alone the 21st) century. It was revealed that only 80.2 percent of members voted to allow women, which means that, even after a worldwide scolding, and with the specter of never again hosting an Open, one-fifth of the club’s members STILL didn’t want women to become members. That’s why McIlroy was so outspoken about Muirfield’s exclusionary practices, calling it “obscene” and “ridiculous” and “horrendous” that it even took this long to get with the times. “We’ll go back there for the Open Championship at some point,” he said, “but I won’t be having many cups of tea with the members afterward.”  8. The paths to earn a Masters invitation are narrowing. The top 50 in the world at the end of this week’s WGC-Match Play will earn a spot in the year’s first major. Here is how the bubble looks (* already exempt): 45. Jeunghun Wang 46. Martin Kaymer* 47. Bill Haas* 48. Charley Hoffman* 49. Lee Westwood* 50. Zach Johnson* 51. Byeong-Hun An* 52. Kevin Na* 53. Ross Fisher 54. William McGirt* 55. Chris Wood* 9. Here is your viral video of the week, courtesy of Cody Gribble, who, apparently content with winning one Tour title, whacked a gator on the tail.  This seems foolish, of course, but Gribble wasn’t concerned in the slightest. “They’re quick, but they’re not that quick,” he said. And then: “If you think that’s crazy, you should meet my father, Bill. He loves all types of animals.” Tournament officials had some fun at Gribble’s expense before the start of his second round: 10. Riding the momentum of a third-round 61, Anna Nordqvist cruised to a two-shot victory Sunday at the Founders Cup over a host of major champions. It was Nordqvist’s seventh career title, and the first since she lost the U.S. Women’s Open in heartbreaking fashion, when she was penalized two shots for grazing the sand on her takeaway. Her 25-under total was two shots off the LPGA record. 11. Finishing in a tie for second – again – was Stacy Lewis. It was her 13th runner-up since her last victory, in summer 2014. She also has 19 top-5s and 29 top-10s in the 63 tournaments during that span. “Hit a lot of good shots and didn’t quite get rewarded for them,” she said. “I played well. Hard to be too upset.”  12. In perhaps a preview of what’s to come this spring and summer, about a dozen protesters assembled last week at the LPGA’s Founders Cup event in Phoenix. Holding signs like “LPGA: Take a Mulligan: Dump Trump,” a group of protesters for UltraViolet, formed to fight sexism and expand women’s rights, assembled at the front entrance of the course Saturday before being asked by security to leave private property. The U.S. Women’s Open will be staged this July at Trump Bedminster in New Jersey. The event is hosted by the USGA, not the LPGA, a point the women’s tour attempted to drive home again in a statement. “When it comes to decisions regarding venue, purse, TV, etc.,” the statement read, “those are solely made by the USGA. We respect and support the decisions made by the USGA on this matter.”   13. Amateur golf enthusiasts were concerned last week when it was revealed that the U.S. Walker Cup team will announce all 10 members at the same time. That’s a departure from previous years, in which the squad was essentially split into two announcements – those who were no-brainers and those who earned their spot with a strong summer push. The uneasiness about the change stemmed from the fact that those in the mix for a Walker Cup berth might not want to wait around to turn pro if they don’t know for sure that they’ll be on the team. It’s a non-issue. Two years ago, the first wave of players was announced two weeks before the U.S. Amateur, after which the rest of the team is finalized. More college kids than ever before are turning pro after the NCAAs in June because they want to take advantage of the maximum seven sponsor exemptions allowed to non-members and try and earn a card or qualify for the Web.com Tour Finals. Turning pro in early August, then, would be pointless. The season is almost over. And besides, even though the USGA sticks to its arcane policy of secrecy over transparency, nothing will keep captain Spider Miller from giving his studs a heads-up about their standing. (They should be able to figure it out for themselves, anyway.) This new rule keeps everyone playing through the summer – especially at the Western Am, arguably the most grueling test in amateur golf – allows the best chance for players to prove themselves and removes the notion that the final five selections barely made the team. There are many reasons to question the Walker Cup selection process, but this isn’t one of them.  With two and a half weeks to go, the will-he-or-won’t-he game has begun in earnest.  Tiger Woods was on “Good Morning America” on Monday to promote his book, for which he’s holding a signing in New York City. It’s his first public appearance since Feb. 3 in Dubai. He didn’t play Bay Hill. There have been scant updates on his progress. He would appear doubtful to play the Masters; though, he said Monday that he’s “trying everything” to play. This is common sense. A published report confirmed as much, via unnamed sources, who said that Woods “didn’t look good” and would be rushing back to play at Augusta. Again, common sense, but the report prompted a strong rebuke from Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg, who unwittingly confirmed the original news – that Tiger is doubtful for the Masters. “We’re not in a situation to even talk about playing in the Masters now,” said Steinberg, while adding that he didn’t want to get into specifics about Woods’ progress. The Masters begins in 17 days. If they’re not even talking about playing in the Masters now, that’s not a good sign. This week’s award winners …  (Un)welcome to the Tour, part 1: Steve Stricker. With a two-shot lead with three to play in his PGA Tour Champions debut, Stricker whiffed a 4-footer for par on 16 and then hit a 3-wood, not a driver, into the water on the long finishing hole to lose to Tom Lehman.  (Un)welcome to the Tour, part 2: Curtis Luck. The reigning U.S. Am champion and top-ranked amateur in the world made his PGA Tour debut at Bay Hill. In his final tuneup for the Masters, the talented Aussie shot rounds of 79-82 and was disqualified for signing an incorrect scorecard. Oy.  Good Vibes: Matt Every at Bay Hill. Mired in a yearlong slump, all Every needed was a return trip to Arnie’s Place, where he won in back-to-back years. His tie for 62nd snapped a streak of 18 consecutive missed cuts.  Teethless Tour: LPGA. What’s gotten into these ladies? Four of the five events this year have been won with a four-round score of 19 under or lower (and the Founders Cup was the third event with a winning score at least 22 under). Birdie-fests are fun, but are they necessary every week?  Streaking: Bernhard Langer. He now has a Champions record 32 consecutive rounds under par. The longest streak on the PGA Tour is 26; Lydia Ko shares the record on the LPGA, with 30. Best Club Toss: Emiliano Grillo. Melting down Saturday on the par-5 sixth hole, where he already put two in the drink, Grillo, in one seamless motion, chucked his offending 3-iron into the pond. The 78 knocked him out of contention, but he rebounded with a final-round 68 to tie for seventh. Not Yet Found His Form: Brooks Koepka. A trendy pick for breakout star in 2017, Koepka has instead gone the other way, fast. His missed cut at Bay Hill (which included a Thursday 78) was his fourth early exit in six starts, and he doesn’t have a finish better than 42nd. Peaking for Augusta, he is not.   Blown Fantasy Pick of the Week: Henrik Stenson. A popular pick in one-and-done formats, Big Stense shot 75 in the miserably cold conditions Thursday, then rolled up his pants and twice splashed out of a pond en route to a Friday 74 and his first career missed cut at Bay Hill (five consecutive top-15s here). Sigh.last_img read more

Emergency services attend scene of serious road traffic collision in Gweedore

first_img Facebook Pinterest Previous articleDeputy Pringle says protests will continue despite water services bill being signed by PresidentNext articleTop Gear trio’s great escape screened News Highland Pinterest Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Homepage BannerNews Twitter WhatsApp 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Google+ Emergency services attend scene of serious road traffic collision in Gweedore Emergency services are at the scene of a serious road traffic collision in Gweedore.The crash happened on Sunday evening in the Curransport area close to the Glenea FC pitch.It is understood one man has been seriously injured.Gardai have yet to confirm any other injuries or how many vehicles were involved.The road has been closed to facilitate a technical examination and diversions are in place.center_img By News Highland – December 28, 2014 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pregnant women can receive Covid vaccine at LYIT’s vaccination centre Google+ Lárionad Acmhainní Nádúrtha CTR to take part in new research project Twitter WhatsApp Facebook Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal LUH still not ready to restore IT systemslast_img read more

1,500 Santas will fill the streets of Burlington on Sunday, December 6

first_imgVermont Business Magazine The 5th Annual Ri Ra 5K Santa Run presented by New England Federal Credit Union to support Camp Ta-Kum-Ta will be held on Sunday, December 6, 2015. The race starts outside of Ri Ra Irish Pub on Church Street at 10 am and concludes back in front of Ri Ra Irish Pub. The Ri Ra Santa 5k run returns to Burlington, VT again this year after proving to be a big hit the last four years for the community. Runners from all over New England and Canada will join in on the fun.  All race participants receive a Santa suit to be worn during the event and to keep. Plus FREE, full hot breakfast for all participants after the race courtesy of Ri Ra Irish Pub.Runners are encouraged to collect pledges in support of their run for Camp Ta-Kum-Ta!  The runners who raises the most money will receive a gift certificate to Von Bargen’s Jewelry. Donations are accepted online and on race day.  Every donation helps Camp Ta-Kum-Ta give a child those most precious gifts: fun, joyful memories and the freedom to be a kid.“The Ri Ra Santa 5k is a fun way to bring the community together to celebrate the holidays, promote health & wellness and support Camp Ta-Kum-Ta” said Hattie Johnson, Acting Executive Director at Camp Ta-Kum-Ta.A portion of the proceeds will benefit Camp Ta-Kum-Ta, a nonprofit organization established in 1984.  Camp Ta-Kum-Ta provides a safe, loving place where children from Vermont and New York who have, or have had cancer can play, swim, share, and heal. In short, Camp T-K-T is where kids go to reclaim a childhood robbed by cancer.  Until there’s a Cure….There’s a Camp! For more information, contact Hattie Johnson, Executive Director at Camp Ta-Kum-Ta at 603-496-1323 or [email protected](link sends e-mail).  For more information about the race, visit www.santa5k.com(link is external).last_img read more

IPA takes home 11 GLAStar Awards

first_imgIPA Management was recognized by the Property Management Association of Michigan as Management Company of the Year for a sixth time. The GLAStar Awards, an annual industry event, was held Friday, October 9 at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center in East Lansing, Mich.IPA received 10 additional awards including:Assistant Manager of the Year, Alicia Key, WaterchaseCommunity Support Staff of the Year, Carrie DanekExcellence in EducationHousekeeper of the Year, Kandice Piper, WaterchaseLeasing Person of the Year 300 Units and Up, Amanda McClure, WaterchaseLeasing Team of the Year 300 Units and Up, WaterchaseLeasing Team of the Year 1 – 299 Units, The Village at 48westMaintenance Team of the Year 1 – 299 Units, The Village at 48westManager of the Year 300 Units and Up, Kelly Thomson, Arbors of TraverseStar Student Community of the Year, The Village at 48west“To be recognized in multiple categories as a leader by and among our industry peers is a direct reflection of our incredible team and the work that they do,” states Jamie Springer, director of multi-family property management-MI. “It is their dedication to creating the best communities for our residents and delivering the best service that makes IPA Management an award winner year after year.”In addition to being awarded Management Company of the Year, six of the past 12 years, IPA has received the Excellence in Education and the Star Student Community of the Year for three consecutive years. The Excellence in Education award is given to the Management Company who demonstrates their commitment to education in the property management industry.“84 percent of our team members attend association education events, all IPA employees complete an intensive 3-day training “bootcamp” when they are hired and are encouraged to attend local and national trainings,” adds Springer. “Our commitment to training provides a strong foundation for our team.”last_img read more

Can you write your way to happiness?

first_imgThe Guardian:The premise that keeping a journal is good for you often comes back to the seminal work of American social psychologist James Pennebaker, based at the University of Texas at Austin. In the 1980s, Pennebaker revealed that, compared with writing about a trivial topic, writing about important emotional events for a set period was linked to study participants being emotionally churned up in the short term but making fewer visits to health professionals in the six months that followed. The practice has since been linked by researchers around the world to myriad health benefits, from improving mental health to helping wounds heal faster.…Pennebaker is also aware of the issue of predicting who will benefit. “I think this is one of the biggest challenges facing the expressive writing literature,” he says. According to Pennebaker, the lack of benefit in some trials might also be a consequence of the intervention lasting for such a brief period: “Even most medical procedures take more time and also have very, very low effect sizes over weeks or months.”…But Annette Stanton, professor in health psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles, is more equivocal, pointing to a study from her team that found some benefits for women with breast cancer who took up blogging, including improvement in depressive symptoms and life appreciation.However, she also warns that benefits can be dependent on circumstances, with one of her studies finding that the impact of expressive writing was different for women who had recently received a diagnosis of breast cancer compared with those who had known their diagnosis for some time.Read the whole story: The Guardian More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

Tough Khao Kheow wins the day

first_imgThe test for the day was to be the C & B nines in that order and off we went with a strong wind around us.  The course was in good condition and as we were playing off the yellow tees some of the shorter hitters would find the going hard, but it was reasonably dry so we got plenty of run. PSC Golf from the Tropical Golf GroupTuesday, Dec. 1, Khao Kheow – StablefordThis is the first name on the program every month for one good reason – it is a great course!  On this day we had a good turnout and were soon signed in and off the first tee a little early. Brian Gabe (left) and Tom Cotton (right) with one of BJ Lodge’s finest.The greens looked really fast and in very good condition but played slower than usual here.  This is a course where if you make a mistake you get punished and seemingly all the players had a hard time.  And as we went on and the day got hotter it became a real fight.Back early in Pattaya we got on with the results just as quick.  In the A Flight, 0 to 18, the winner was Brian Gabe with 34 points ahead of a count back on 32 that saw Tom Herrington in second, Takeshi Hakozaki in third and Richard Kubicki just missing out.In the B Flight we had a count back for first on 34 points that saw Tom Cotton take the top spot ahead of Carole Kubicki in second.  In third was Jim Ferris with 32 points.Near Pins: Jim Ferris, Landis Brooks, Takeshi Hakozaki, Dave Cooper.Friday, Dec. 4, Greenwood – StablefordA Flight (0–17)1st Landis Brooks (9) 34pts2nd Brian Parish (13) 33pts3rd Ted Morris (14)33ptsB Flight (18+)1st Torsten Bishoff (31) 33pts2nd Don Carmody (25) 30pts3rd Brian Gabe (18) 29ptsNear Pins: Daryl Evans, Landis Brooks, Brian GabeAfter our last trip up the 331 it was with some trepidation that 20 hopefuls met at our golfing home, The BJ Holiday Lodge, for breakfast and transport arrangements for the days outing to Greenwood.  Not only were we thinking of long stretches of road works underway on Hwy 331, there was a light drizzle.  However, off we went and by the time we reached the course the rain had all but stopped and the sky was looking promising.Torsten Bishoff (left) with Landis Brooks.The check in was swift and all enjoyed the special packages currently on offer, 1,150 THB with a cart or 950 THB to walk.So under clearing skies we were soon off to negotiate our way around the well manicured, but wet “B” and “C” nines.  With no carts allowed on the fairways and ‘ball-in-hand’ in effect the longer white tees were selected.  With little or no roll on the fairways and greens running at a good speed, the course had the advantage his day.  Now, would the golfers take the challenge of the long and wet conditions and turn in some respectable scores?Play moved along at a reasonable pace and soon all cards were in, the transport loaded up and back through the road construction and Friday holiday traffic to BJ’s for a late lunch and the results.With two flights split at handicap 18, and considering the conditions, we certainly did have respectable scores.  Congratulations to both Landis Brooks and recent returnee, Torsten Bischoff for turning in the best of the day for their respective flights.last_img read more

Despite U.S. Open loss, Serena Williams is still the greatest of all-time

first_imgLike us at https://www.facebook.com/pages/New-Pittsburgh-Courier/143866755628836?ref=hlFollow @NewPghCourier on Twitter  https://twitter.com/NewPghCourier SERENA WILLIAMS (Photo: Si.robi/Wikimedia Commons)by Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire CorrespondentSerena Williams lost her bid for what would have been her sixth U.S. Open Singles title.It was the second straight year that Williams lost in the finals.But, with 23 Grand Slam tournament titles and a .850 career winning percentage, Williams legacy as the world’s greatest tennis player was solidified a long time ago.“Serena Williams’s legacy is sealed, whether or not she ever hits a tennis ball again,” Tera W. Hunter, a professor of history and African American studies at Princeton, wrote in an op-ed for the New York Times.“It’s sad she didn’t beat Bianca Andreescu at the finals of the U.S. Open Championships and match Margaret Court’s record of 24 Grand Slam singles titles. But her contributions to the game are much bigger than reaching another Grand Slam Final,” Hunter wrote.Williams, 37, began playing tennis at the age of 5 in Compton, California.Under the tutelage of her father, Richard Williams, Serena and her sister Venus rose to stardom in the 1990s.The duo took the tennis world by storm with Serena Williams ultimately surpassing her sister and others as easily the best in the sport.Serena Williams, who has earned approximately $100 million in her career, won her first Grand Slam title at the age of 17 and she hasn’t looked back.Here are just some of her accomplishments:At the 1999 U.S. Open, became the second African American woman to win a Grand Slam title at 17 years old.By winning the 2001 Australian Open doubles championship with Venus Williams, became the fifth pair to complete a Career Doubles Grand Slam and the only pair to win a Career Doubles Golden Slam.At the 2001 U.S. Open, marked the first time in the Open Era, and the second time in 117 years that sisters met in a Grand Slam final (with Venus)At the 2002 Roland Garros final, she became the first younger sister to defeat her older sister in a Grand Slam singles tournament.By winning the 2003 Australian Open, became the fifth woman to hold all four Grand Slam singles titles simultaneously.By winning the 2003 Australian Open, became the first African American to win the championship.By winning the 2003 Wimbledon ladies’ title, Williams became just the fifth woman in the Open Era to win back-to-back Wimbledon crowns.By reaching the final of the 2003 Australian Open, she and sister Venus became the first players to compete in 4 consecutive slam finals.By winning the 2005 Australian Open, became the only player in tennis history to win three Grand Slam singles titles (1999 U.S. Open, 2002 Roland Garros) by beating the top two ranked players.By winning the 2007 Australian Open became the first unseeded player since 1978 to win a slam; she was ranked #81 in the world.By winning the 2010 Roland Garros doubles with sister Venus, they became the first pair since 1998 to hold the four doubles slams at the same time.By winning the 2010 Roland Garros doubles with sister Venus, they became the first pair in the Open Era to complete the Career Doubles Golden Slam twice (2001 & 2003 Australian Open, 1999 & 2010 Roland Garros, 2000 & 2002 Wimbledon, 1999 & 2009 U.S. Open, and 2000 & 2008 Olympic gold medalists).In 2012 Wimbledon, in her semifinal match against Azarenka, she hit a record 24 aces in a match.At the 2012 Wimbledon Championships, she set a record for most aces served in a tournament, hitting 102 aces in the tournament, which was the most of men or women at the Championships that year.In 2014, she won her 6th U.S. Open title, the most in the Open Era (tied with Evert)In 2017, she won her 7th Australian Open title, the most in the Open Era (stands alone).Four-time Olympian (2000, 2008, 2012, 2016); Four-time Olympic medalist (4 golds)Rio 2016 Olympic Games, T-9th (singles); T-17th (doubles)London 2012 Olympic Games, gold (singles, doubles)Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, gold (doubles), T-5th (singles)Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, gold (doubles)“She’s without question the embodiment of strength, character, and accomplishment,” said Julio C. Rodriguez, of Université Paris-Sorbonne.The Undefeated Magazine’s managing editor Raina Kelley summed up why Williams is the Michael Jordan and Muhammad Ali of her sport.“Serena Jameka Williams did not come just come to play—she came to slay. And you are alive to see it,” Kelley said.“Is Serena the GOAT? She reinvented tennis. She invented #BlackGirlMagic. She has all of the trophies ever, and she stands for equality of women around the globe. Is Serena the greatest athlete of all time? Please,” Kelley said.last_img read more

Dani Alves is offered to former club Sevilla

first_img Valencia are offered the chance to sign Barcelona outcast Aleix Vidal CEST PSG’s Brazilian right back, Dani Alves, could be set for a move away from French capital this summer. Alves has been offered to Sevilla, the club Barcelona signed him from back in 2008, according to various media outlets. An intermediary told Sevilla that Alves is available for transfer, opening the door for a possible return to the Sanchez Pizjuan for the Brazilian. Alves could return to Sevilla and become part of Pablo Machin’s new project at the club. It’ll be up to Machin and Joaquin Caparros, their director of football, to decide whether or not to accept a deal to bring back Alves to Sevilla. The Brazilian international’s contract expires next summer but he won’t be forced out of PSG due to his close friendship with Neymar. SPORT EN IN SPORT.ES RELATED STORIEScenter_img Upd. at 10:46 Dani Alves, ofrecido al Sevilla Apparently Alves doesn’t fit the profile that new PSG coach Thomas Tuchel is looking for. A situation that is further aggravated by the fact Alves is recovering from a serious knee injury which has ruled him out of this month’s World Cup. 04/06/2018 Barcelona’s ultimatum to Atletico star Griezmannlast_img read more

Minister teams up with Anna Geary to launch Ireland’s First National Fitness Day

first_imgMinister for Tourism and Sport Patrick O’Donovan TD was on hand to launch to Ireland’s First National Fitness Day which will be held on Friday 16th September. Anna Geary, Cork Camogie legend and host of Ireland’s Fittest Family, joined the Minister. Fitness Day is a celebration of the role physical activity plays in Ireland and the positive impact fitness has on people’s live. The initiative is being led by Ireland Active, the representative body for Ireland’s leisure and fitness industry and is supported by both Healthy Ireland and Sport Ireland. Pictured at the announcement of Ireland’s first National Fitness Day which will take place on the 16th September and being led by Ireland Active and supported by Healthy Ireland and Sport Ireland are Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Patrick O’Donovan TD and Anna Geary All Star Camogie player. National Fitness Day is a celebration of the role physical activity plays in Ireland, the positive impact fitness has on people’s lives and will showcase the many different ways available nationwide to partake in physical activity. Ireland Active is the national association for active leisure and fitness and represent over 200 leisure centres, gyms, swimming pools, education providers and outdoor recreation facilities on the island of Ireland. Pictured today Anna Geary (All Star Camogie Player), Nadine Lattimore (former Paralympic athlete) and Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Patrick O’Donovan TD at the launchMandatory Credit ©INPHO/James Crombieprint WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email REPRO FREE***PRESS RELEASE NO REPRODUCTION FEE***Launch Of Ireland’s First National Fitness Day, Trinity College, Dublin 20/7/2016Pictured at the announcement of Ireland’s first National Fitness Day which will take place on the 16th September and being led by Ireland Active and supported by Healthy Ireland and Sport Ireland are Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Patrick O’Donovan TD and Anna Geary All Star Camogie player. National Fitness Day is a celebration of the role physical activity plays in Ireland, the positive impact fitness has on people’s lives and will showcase the many different ways available nationwide to partake in physical activity. Ireland Active is the national association for active leisure and fitness and represent over 200 leisure centres, gyms, swimming pools, education providers and outdoor recreation facilities on the island of Ireland.Pictured today Sibha Bhoja (7yrs old) and Anna Geary (All Star Camogie Player)Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/James Crombie Pictured at the announcement of Ireland’s first National Fitness Day which will take place on the 16th September and being led by Ireland Active and supported by Healthy Ireland and Sport Ireland are Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Patrick O’Donovan TD and Anna Geary All Star Camogie player. National Fitness Day is a celebration of the role physical activity plays in Ireland, the positive impact fitness has on people’s lives and will showcase the many different ways available nationwide to partake in physical activity. Ireland Active is the national association for active leisure and fitness and represent over 200 leisure centres, gyms, swimming pools, education providers and outdoor recreation facilities on the island of Ireland. Pictured today (L-R) Cormac MacDonnell (Sport Ireland), Ronan Toomey (Healthy Ireland), Anna Geary (All Star Camogie Player), Nadine Lattimore (former Paralympic athlete), Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Patrick O’Donovan TD, Conn McCluskey (CEO Ireland Active) and Cloadagh Kilmurray (Ireland Active)Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/James Crombiecenter_img Ireland Active’s members comprised of leisure facilities, gyms as well as other fitness professionals and providers shall on the day hold taster and “come and try” sessions free of charge across their facilities but also in public spaces nationwide promoting the wide range of physical fitness opportunities available in Ireland as well as offering encouragement for people to get involved. Get Ireland Walking, the CARA Centre for Inclusive Physical Activity and Swim Ireland have also committed to providing opportunities for the public to get active on the day. Speaking at the launch Minister for Tourism & Sport, Patrick O’Donovan TD said:“Increasing physical activity levels was the driver behind the development of the National Physical Activity Plan by the Department of Transport, Tourism & Sport in partnership with the Department of Health last year. Achievement of the physical activity targets set out in that plan will require co-operation from all involved in the provision of physical activity in our community from National Governing Bodies of Sport, Local Sports Partnerships, Leisure Facilities, Sports Clubs as well as general recreational facility owners and providers nationwide. National Fitness Day provides an ideal platform for all the stakeholders to come together and make a concerted effort to convince people that there really is something for everyone to get involved with.”Minister for Health Promotion, Marcella Corcoran Kennedy said:“Since the adoption of the cross-governmental Healthy Ireland Framework, the promotion of health and wellbeing is and will continue to be a key Government priority. Being physically active has many benefits for physical and mental health. I hope that National Fitness Day will provide an opportunity and incentive for people currently not engaging in physical activity to become aware of the opportunities for being active in their local community and try something new which, hopefully might provide the platform for continued participation. I encourage everybody to get involved and to enjoy this exciting event.” Anna Geary said:“Fitness and physical activity has played a key role in my life playing sport growing up, my involvement with Cork Camogie in particular and has remained a huge passion following my retirement from inter-county sport. I have seen first-hand the positive impact of regular physical activity on the health & wellbeing of people no matter their age. We see this in Ireland’s fittest family where every member of the family contributes. I am delighted to support the National Fitness Day which, will hopefully highlight the many different ways in which people can get physically active. There really is something for everyone.”John Treacy, CEO, Sport Ireland said:“Sport Ireland has made increasing participation in sport and physical activity a key strategic priority. We are delighted to support National Fitness Day and I would encourage everyone to get involved. The value of participating in sport and physical activity cannot be underestimated; even small improvements in participation levels will confer health, social and economic benefits both for the individual and for society as a whole.”Information on the opportunities to be provided and made available to the public can be found on www.nationalfitnessday.ie which, will be continuously updated in the lead up to September 16th. Information will also be made available across Ireland’ Active’s social media channels (@fitnessdayIRL, https://www.facebook.com/NationalFitnessDayIreland, @irelandactive, www.facebook.com/IrelandActive). Fitness providers, facility and gym owners interested in getting involved in National Fitness Day are being asked to get in touch with Ireland Active directly at ([email protected]) or (01-6251192)Pictured at the announcement of Ireland’s first National Fitness Day which will take place on the 16th September and being led by Ireland Active and supported by Healthy Ireland and Sport Ireland are Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Patrick O’Donovan TD and Anna Geary All Star Camogie player. National Fitness Day is a celebration of the role physical activity plays in Ireland, the positive impact fitness has on people’s lives and will showcase the many different ways available nationwide to partake in physical activity. Ireland Active is the national association for active leisure and fitness and represent over 200 leisure centres, gyms, swimming pools, education providers and outdoor recreation facilities on the island of Ireland. Pictured today Conn McCluskey (7yrs old) and Sibha Bhoja (7yrs old)Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/James CrombiePictured at the announcement of Ireland’s first National Fitness Day which will take place on the 16th September and being led by Ireland Active and supported by Healthy Ireland and Sport Ireland are Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Patrick O’Donovan TD and Anna Geary All Star Camogie player. National Fitness Day is a celebration of the role physical activity plays in Ireland, the positive impact fitness has on people’s lives and will showcase the many different ways available nationwide to partake in physical activity. Ireland Active is the national association for active leisure and fitness and represent over 200 leisure centres, gyms, swimming pools, education providers and outdoor recreation facilities on the island of Ireland. Pictured today (L-R) Conn McCluskey (7yrs old), Anna Geary (All Star Camogie Player), Nadine Lattimore (former Paralympic athlete) and Sibha Bhoja (7yrs old)Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/James Crombielast_img read more

Over 370 pupils take over the National Basketball Arena for first ever Irish Jr…

first_imgKillester BC (Dublin)St Francis of Assisi, Belmayne – Philadelphia 76ers Neptune BC (Cork)Scoil Oilibhéir, Cork – Minnesota Timberwolves Ongar Chasers (Dublin)St Benedict’s NS, Ongar – Portland TrailblazersCastaheany Educate Together – Phoenix Suns East Cavan Eagles (Cavan)St Mary’s NS, Virginia – Atlanta HawksSt Killian’s NS, Mullagh – Brooklyn NetsSt Clare’s NS, Ballyjamesduff – Charlotte Hornets Tralee Imperials (Kerry)Scoil Eoin, Tralee – Los Angeles LakersSt Brendan’s NS, Tralee – Memphis Grizzlies Liffey Celtics BC (Kildare)Tiermohan NS – OKC Thunder and New York Knicks Templeogue BC (Dublin)St Colmcille’s Knocklyon, Dublin – Boston CelticsSt Dominic’s NS, Tallaght, Dublin – Sacramento Kings The National Basketball Arena in Tallaght was taken over by more than 370 primary school pupils today for the first ever Irish Jr NBA festival of basketball proudly supported by DeCare Dental. Ej Sligo All Stars (Sligo)Scoil Mhuire agus Iosaf, Collooney – Utah JazzNaomh Eanna, Carraroe, Sligo – Washington Wizardscenter_img Titans BC (Galway)Scoil Iognaid, Galway – Denver NuggetsGaelscoil Mhic Amhlaigh, Galway -Detroit PistonsMercy Primary & Scoil Bhríde, Shantalla Galway – Golden State Warriors Limerick Celtics (Limerick)Limerick School Project – Indiana PacersLimerick Educate Together – Los Angeles Clippers Ulster University Elks (Belfast)Ballyclare High School, Belfast – Chicago BullsAbbey Community College, Belfast – Cleveland CavaliersBlessed Trinity College, Belfast – Dallas Mavericks 26 teams from ten different counties across the country flocked to the arena for a day of games, skills and fun, and also got to meet NBA ambassador, Ronny Turiaf, who was on hand to show them some skills and tricks on the day. The pupils also got to take part in a healthy living workshop with DeCare Dental. 12 December 2018; Irish basketballer Jason Killeen speaking during the Basketball Ireland Jr NBA Festival of Basketball at the National Basketball Arena in Tallaght, Dublin. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile Many of the schools are in their first year of playing basketball, and there was huge excitement as they got to experience the big court at the National Basketball Arena alongside their friends, classmates and teachers.Speaking afterwards, Basketball Ireland’s Conor Meany stated: “We are thrilled to have hosted the first Irish Jr NBA at the arena today along with DeCare Dental. Seeing so many kids getting involved in basketball for the first time has been absolutely fantastic and we hope that they will go on now and link up with the clubs in their area to keep learning more about the game.“The Jr NBA is all about fun, respect and teamwork and the 26 teams here today certainly showed just that. We were honoured to have Ronny Turiaf as our ambassador for the event, and there was great excitement for all the kids who got to meet him and chat to him. We can’t wait for next year’s event already!”The Jr NBA is a global programme run in over 70 countries and is built on the principles of fun, teamwork and respect.Jr. NBA Basketball Ireland League 2018Athlone BC (Westmeath)Coosan NS, Athlone – San Antonio SpursSt Ciaran’s NS, Baylin – Toronto Raptors Irish basketballer Jason Killeen speaking during the Basketball Ireland Jr NBA Festival of Basketball at the National Basketball Arena in Tallaght, Dublin. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfileprint WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more