PCP: Tiger ready to roar?

first_imgBraun: Since his miraculous performance at the U.S. Open last June, golf fans have been anticipating the return of the world’s greatest golfer, Tiger Woods.I hate to break it to you, but that miracle last summer won’t be repeated this weekend when Tiger hits the links at the Accenture Match Play tournament.The world’s No. 1 player will face off against No. 64 Brendan Jones, who has never won a PGA event. Yes, Woods will probably win in blowout fashion, but will it really mean he’s back for good? Let’s just say Tiger will need a bit more practice to roar like he did in the U.S. Open.Tiger did the right thing by coming back for a match play event. Instead of having to face an entire field, he’ll be up against one person each round and can really take a lot of chances with his shots against a player like Jones in the first round.If you were to say Tiger isn’t going to dominate at least his first opponent this weekend, then you’re probably a bit misinformed about who’s playing. But don’t let his imminent destruction of Jones be a precursor for the rest of his year.When Woods wins his matches this weekend, it will mean one thing — he’s back in the mix, and he’s ready to compete again. What it doesn’t mean, however, is that he’ll come back in top form.The field already plays behind Tiger, but no matter what sport you play, a torn ACL and a stress fracture in the same knee — especially the one he uses to get most of the power in his swing — causes a bit of worry. Simply put, he’ll recover, but just not yet.Solochek: Tiger Woods will finally make his return to the PGA Tour this week at the Accenture Match Play after eight months rehabbing his knee and being home with the kids.The question now remains: Can Tiger only add the legacy he has built to himself, especially after winning the PGA Championship on one leg and basically blowing away the competition last year?The answer is, obviously, yes. Starting this weekend, Woods will come out strong at the Match Play tournament and reestablish his dominance on the Tour. Phil, Vijay and the rest of the guys had their chance to shine, but now that the best golfer in the world is back, there is no doubt he will reaffirm his dominance on the links.With all the rest he has had, not only will he dominate the Accenture Match Play tournament this weekend, but he will be able to get a strong start on the rest of the PGA season. With the Masters just a few months away, you know Tiger will want to be at 100 percent to win his fourth green jacket and his 15th major.Not only will Woods come back on a strong foot, but golf needs him to continue his domination, especially in major tournaments. Without him, golf will lose the ratings and the popularity it has been able to build up with Woods succeeding at such a high level on the tour.After this weekend, there will no longer be a competition for first place. Instead, the field will only play to be runners-up to Tiger Woods.last_img read more

March Madness 2019: These upset predictions could bust your NCAA bracket

first_imgMORE: Need an upset pick? Oregon, Saint Louis look like bracket bustersSouth Region: No. 13 UC Irvine. The Big West is not a league of heavyweights, but there was something about the way the Anteaters dominated their championship game that against Cal State Fullerton that ought to have NCAA opponent Kansas State concerned. (There’s also something about that nickname: Anteaters). UCI won road games at Texas A&M and Saint Mary’s, so one cannot accurately say the Anteaters’ 30-5 record is purely the product of a suspect conference. This is not a great offensive team, ranking 125th in efficiency with a leading scorer, Max Hazzard, getting 12.5 points per game. By the way: Hazzard’s grandfather is the late UCLA legend, Walt Hazzard.West Region: No. 7 Nevada. It was rather surprising to see this once-fearsome offense limited to just 56 points and 6-of-24 3-point shooting by a San Diego State defense the Wolf Pack punished for 81 points just a week earlier. We saw what they were capable of in their comebacks against Texas and Cincinnati in last year’s tournament. They still could shoot their way into prominence, though one wonders if Caleb and Cody Martin and Jordan Caroline — all averaging 32 minutes or more — might be a bit out of gas. Perhaps losing in the Mountain West semis gave them the break they need. SN’s MARCH MADNESS HQPrintable bracket | Predictor tool | Best bracket names | TicketsMarch Madness bracket predictionsUpset alertEast Region: No. 9 UCF over No. 8 VCU. It’s hard to explain to anyone who hasn’t seen UCF 7-6 center Tacko Fall how thoroughly he wrecks the game for Knights opponents. His vast presence makes challenging the rim impossible at times, forcing teams to rely more heavily on the 3-point shot. This is not good news for the Rams, who rank near the bottom of Division I in 3-point offense. Now, VCU certainly can force an opponent into turnovers, and that’s what they’ll have to do to UCF. That way, they can race down for layups before Fall is in the neighborhood to reject their shots.South Region: No. 12 Oregon over No. 5 Wisconsin. In a matchup against a lesser coach, Wisconsin’s uncommon style might allow the Badgers to grind their way through this one and maybe into the Sweet 16. But Dana Altman is not a lesser coach. He is only two years removed from a Final Four and rescued this Ducks team from possible oblivion to direct them through the Pac-12 Tournament for an automatic NCAA bid. The Ducks are a dynamic group and they have a reliable, proven guard in Payton Pritchard. The Badgers’ shooting has been too sporadic of late, dropping them all the way to 52nd in the nation in offense.SN’s BRACKET PICKS:Mike DeCourcy’s expert bracket, predictionsBill Bender’s expert bracket, predictionsRyan Fagan’s expert bracket, predictionsMidwest Region: No. 10 Seton Hall over No. 7 Wofford. This is one region the committee seemed to balance well. But if you have to make a call, it would be feasible to see Seton Hall become another high-major squad to handle the Terriers. It seemed at first this might be cheating the category a bit, that the seeding might be countered by Vegas making the Pirates the betting favorite. In fact, Wofford is giving 3 points. The Terriers have come a long way in a short time.West Region: No. 12 Murray State over No. 5 Marquette. The Racers are far from an elite defensive team, but this will be an important showcase for Morant. He has an opportunity to demonstrate that his elite athleticism can translate into elite defense. Howard is the most creative scorer in the tournament, capable of conjuring shots few others can imagine. Morant has the size to frustrate him, if he shows he can defend with great precision and intensity in a game that will demand it.MORE BRACKET TIPS:KenPom | Play the odds | Idiot’s guideSleeper teamsEast Region: No. 4 Virginia Tech. They are not deep into the field, but think about this: The Hokies earned a 4-seed while playing for six weeks without top-notch point guard Justin Robinson, who averages 13.7 points and 5.2 assists and had 35 against Syracuse just a game before he went down with a foot injury. Tech beat Duke without him – yes, the Devils were without Zion, but still — and went 7-5 without him, with two of the losses coming to Florida State in overtime. They might be capable of something special as a complete team.Midwest Region: No. 13 Northeastern. The Huskies are extremely well-coached by Bill Coen, who delivered his third 20-win season in the past five years and is making his second NCAA Tournament appearance of his 13-year tenure. Once part of a loaded staff that included future head coaches Tim O’Shea and Ed Cooley, Coen did a brilliant job in the Colonial Tournament to get the Huskies past a dynamic Hofstra team that was 27-7. This is not a great defensive team, but senior guard Vasa Pusica, a 40-percent 3-point shooter this season who hit seven 3s in the CAA title game, is the kind of player who barges into view in March. It wouldn’t be March Madness without a few bracket-busters. To help keep your 2019 NCAA Tournament bracket somewhat intact, Sporting News college basketball writer Mike DeCourcy offers up his picks for the upsets and sleeper teams to watch out for in each region. You’ve been warned.Bonus: Check out each region preview linked below for Final Four picks, star players to watch and more. last_img read more

Uganda come top, bounce back to cricket division 3

first_imgTeamPlayedWonLostPointsNNR Bermuda5142-1.065 Ugandan captain receives the trophy. PHOTO ICC MEDIA Player of the TournamentBen Stevens – Jersey****Source: ICC cricket comShare on: WhatsApp Uganda 90 all out, 37 overs (Charles Waiswa 34, Riazat Ali Shah 22; Ben Stevens 4/22)Jersey 83 all out, 35 overs (Anthony Hawkins-Kay 24, Harrison Carlyon 22 not out; Frank Nsubuga 4/20)Malaysia beat Bermuda by 89 runs at Kinrara Cricket OvalMalaysia 257-8, 50 overs (Anwar Arudin 60, Syed Aziz 52; Janerio Tucker 3/34)Bermuda 168-9, 50 overs (Kamua Leverock 61, Janerio Tucker 55; Muhammad Wafiq 3/35)ICC World Cricket League Division 4 final standings  Malaysia and Jersey remain in ICC World Cricket League Division 4, Vanuatu and Bermuda are relegated to Division 5 Denmark53260.349center_img Kuala, Lumpar, | THE INDEPENDENT  | On another exciting final day’s play at an ICC World Cricket League tournament, this time Division 4 in Malaysia, both Uganda and Denmark secured qualification to Division 3.With Saturday’s matches being replayed Sunday, all positions were up for grabs. At UKM Cricket Oval Uganda beat Jersey by seven runs to win Division 4 and secure a Division 3 spot. Whilst Denmark who weren’t playing, could only watch on, as they narrowly secured the second position by net-run-rate from Malaysia in third position who now remain in Division 4, alongside Jersey.Vanuatu and Bermuda are both relegated to Division 5, after finishing in fifth and sixth place respectively.Uganda bounces back to Division 3 from which they were relegated last year, in the tournament held in Kampala. As recently as 2015, Uganda was a regular in Division 2, having reached a high by playing World Cup qualifiers in 2009. A poor tournament run from 2015 so them relegated to Division 3 then Division 4.Uganda v JerseyThere was a low scoring match at the UKM Cricket Oval between Uganda and Jersey, where a number of different permutations meant either teams, or Malaysia or Denmark could still qualify for Division 3 at the start of the day’s play. Jersey’s Ben Stevens would have felt he had to put his team in with an excellent chance after taking four wickets for 22 runs, but Uganda had other ideas.Uganda’s Charles Waiswa (34), Riazat Ali Shah (22) and Frank Nsubuga (13) were the only ones to get into double figures for the Ugandan batting line up, as they totaled 90 runs after being bowled out in 37 overs. Elliot Miles (2/9), Harrison Carlyon (2/18) and Charles Perchard (2/12) all took two wickets apiece.In reply, Jersey lost early wickets as Uganda put the pressure on the European team, with Player of the Tournament Ben Stevens bowled out by Frank Nsubuga (3/7) for 12 runs. With 11 runs needed for victory, Jersey were 80/6, but three wickets for Roger Mukasa swung victory to the African team. Anthony Hawkins – Kay who top scored with 24 runs was bowled by Mukasa, and the last three wickets fell for three runs as Cornelis Bodenstein (0), Charles Perchard (0) and Elliot Miles (0) all failed to score. Winning by seven runs, Uganda celebrated promotion to Division 3.Malaysia v BermudaMalaysia who were also still in with a chance of qualification to Division 3, batting first did their chances no harm by scoring 257 runs for eight in their 50 overs. Anwar Arudin put in another captain’s innings in this tournament scoring 60 runs from 49 balls including three fours and four sixes. Syed Aziz (52) and Ahmed Faiz (50) also scored half-centuries for the hosts. Bermuda’s Chare Smith (3/42) and Janerio Tucker (3/34) took three wickets apiece.Malaysia knew they had to improve their net-run-rate to be in with a chance of taking one of the top two spots, and started off in the best possible way, taking early wickets as Bermuda were on 37 runs for six wickets after 15.4 overs. Muhammad Wafiq’s figures of three for 35, supported by Pavandeep Singh (2/17) and Muhamad Syahadat (2/41) put the Asian team in a great position. However, a partnership between Kamau Leverock (61, 111b, 2×4, 5×6) and Janerio Tucker (55, 81b, 3×4, 3×6), allowed Bermuda to reach a total of 168 runs for nine wickets in 50 overs, therefore sending Denmark to ICC World Cricket League Division 3 on net-run-rate.Uganda beat Jersey by 7 runs at UKM Cricket Oval Jersey52340.044 Uganda54181.175 Vanuatu5234-0.677 Malaysia53260.322last_img read more

Lake Lois Park “Earth Day” Volunteer Opportunity

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0LACEY, WA, March 29, 2012: Join volunteers and staff from Lacey Parks & Recreation topull ivy and restore trails at Lake Lois Park. The “Earth Day” work party is scheduled forSunday, April 22, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The park is located at 6020 7th Ave SE, Lacey.Volunteers may park at the rear of the Safeway store, 6200 Pacific Ave SE in Lacey, near theloading dock.Individuals, families, and groups are welcome (volunteers under the age of 14 must beaccompanied by an adult). To encourage teen participation, Alpine Experience, an outdoorequipment store located in dowtown Olympia, has challenged each high school in ThurstonCounty. The high school with the most volunteers will earn $500 for their Associated StudentBody (ASB). Additionally, each student that registers by April 16, 2012, and volunteers onEarth Day will receive a free t-shirt at the event!All volunteers should bring a water bottle and wear weather-appropriate outdoor clothing, work gloves, sturdy shoes or boots, and rain gear if necessary. Bring rakes and pruning tools too—ifavailable.Please visit the City of Lacey website at www.ci.lacey.wa.us/parks-volunteer to access the Earth Day 2012 High School Challenge Registration Form for groups, and the Waiver Form forindividuals. For additional information, please call the Lacey Parks and Recreation Department at (360) 491-0857.last_img read more