Dahmen finishes strong to share lead in DR

first_imgPUNTA CANA, Dominican Republic — Joel Dahmen birdied five of his last six holes Thursday for a 6-under 66 and a share of the first-round lead in the PGA Tour’s Corales Puntacana Resort and Club Championship. Dahmen rebounded from a bogey on the par-4 third with four straight birdies and closed with another birdie on the par-3 ninth. Winless on the PGA Tour, the 31-year-old former University of Washington player was tied with Matt Jones and Paul Dunne. “Slow start,” Dahmen said. “I bogeyed the par 5 early, but knew that the front was gettable. The wind was pretty consistent all day, which was nice. Then just made a couple nice putts.” Full-field scores from the Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship Sungjae Im, trying to move from No. 59 in the world into the top 50 to get into the Masters, was a stroke back. The winner doesn’t earn an automatic Masters spot because the event is being played opposite the World Golf Championships event in Texas. Former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo had a 79. Playing as an amateur, the CBS analyst bogeyed three of the first four holes and had a triple bogey on the par-4 eighth. He also bogeyed the par-4 13th, failing to make a birdie in the round. “I think it’s somewhat nerves early on,” Romo said. “Missed a few short putts that you feel you normally make and then just a bad swing on 8 that cost me a triple bogey. Hard to make birdies out here, just the wind.” Romo was tied for 128th, ahead of only two players. He missed the cut and finished last a year ago. “I think you want to really compete with yourself, see how good you can get,” Romo said. “I play with a lot of these guys, you see how talented they are and how good. The thing that stands out is the consistency, the ability to do it over and over again. In this game one or two swings costs you a day. Today, that was a little bit of my day.” Dunne birdied three of his last four, finishing on the front nine. The Irishman won the 2017 British Masters. “I like the golf course. I feel comfortable here,” Dunne said. “The couple of loose tee shots I normally hit in a round I can get away with here, so play to my strength a little bit. The breeze blowing for the week is nice, we’re used to that.” Jones also had a strong finish, birdieing three of the last five on the back nine. The Australian won the 2014 Shell Houston Open for his lone PGA Tour title and also won the 2015 Australian Open. “Just hit a lot of quality iron shots and got it close to the pin,” Jones said. “Six under was a good score. It was probably the worst score I could have shot today.” Aaron Baddeley was at 68 with Roberto Diaz, Sepp Straka, Brady Schnell, Jonathan Byrd, D.J. Trahan and Sam Burns. Defending champion: Brice Garnett shot 71. Davis Love III and son Dru each shot 72.last_img read more

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Tema hosts final phase of Inter Allied Consult soccer camp

first_imgThe final phase of the Inter Allied Sports Consult soccer camp will begin on Thursday, February 18 at the Tema Sports Stadium.The three-day exercise, organised in collaboration with France-based sports firm Noga Sport Management, is aimed at unearthing talented players for European Clubs.Omar El-Eter, Chief Executive Officer of Inter Allied Sports Consult told GNA Sports that 48 players selected from top leagues of seven West African countries will be participating in the rigorous exercise.He said players who make the mark will be signed on by Spanish La Liga sides namely Barcelona, Sevilla, Athletico Madrid and Malaga, who are represented at the event by their scouts.El-Eter explained that his outfit in partnership with his French counterpart, Olivier Noah, have signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the respective Clubs, which gives players the license to join the respective clubs outright without subject to trials.He added that 10 players will be selected after the exercise, which will come of in the form of friendly matches against lower division sides. Various scouts from top notch European clubs are also in the country for the event, which ends on Saturday, February 20, 2010.The Chief Executive Officer observed that his outfit intends to make the soccer camp an annual affair, with two camps.The first phase of the Soccer Camp lasted from Saturday, February 13 to Monday, February 15 at the Presec Park, Legon.The second phase which ended on Wednesday, February 16 was also held at the Tema Stadium.Source: GNAlast_img read more

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Changing their fortunes

first_imgClick on arrows to view more photos:Spencer/Columbus looks for a championshipBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterSPENCER – The Spencer/Columbus Catholic wrestling team has finished second at the Cloverbelt Conference Meet in each of the past three seasons.The Rockets are looking to change their fortunes, but first have their sights set on a regular-season title.Following a dominating 62-12 win over Abbotsford/Colby on Jan. 18 at Spencer High School, the Rockets improved to 6-0 in Cloverbelt Conference duals and can wrap up an outright regular-season championship with a win at Osseo-Fairchild/Augusta/Fall Creek on Thursday at Osseo-Fairchild.“We’re rolling pretty good,” Spencer/Columbus Coach Jake Zschernitz said. “We’re wrestling good right now, a few injuries, a little banged up. We’re looking at getting healthier and some guys possibly cutting some weight, I don’t know, that will play itself out. I think we’re wrestling really well at the right time, and we’ll see what happens.”All five of the Rockets that won Cloverbelt titles a year ago are back looking for another.Senior Hunter Luepke, a defending WIAA Division 2 state champion at 195 pounds, has moved up to 220 and is as dominating as ever. Luepke is 33-0 this season and is looking for his fourth-straight conference title.Logan Zschernitz, a junior who was third at 285 at the state tournament, is 28-2 this year, and he will be going for back-to-back conference titles.Ashton Ackman (106 pounds), Dominick Wichlacz (120), and Carson Hildebrandt (170) also will defend their Cloverbelt championships at the conference tournament Feb. 3 at Osseo-Fairchild.Wichlacz won his 100th career match in placing third at the St. Croix Falls Invitational on Jan. 20 and is 27-7 this season.Luepke won a title at the tournament, with Bryce Shaw (22-6) placing second at 145. Leo Rodriguez (113) and Hildebrandt took fourth, Caden Schillinger (152) was seventh, Colton Schillinger (132) finished eighth, as the Rockets took eighth place out of 20 teams at the meet.The depth and experience of the Rockets’ lineup has the team psyched for a strong postseason run.“I knew coming into the season we had a really good team,” Jake Zschernitz said. “It was senior night tonight and the seniors (Wichlacz, Shaw, Caden Schillinger, and Luepke) have really stepped up all year. The underclassmen have been winning matches when they need to be.“It’s pretty fun to watch (Luepke and Zschernitz). We’re pretty fortunate to probably have the two best athletes to ever come through this gym at the same time, on the same team. It’s pretty awesome.”Following the Cloverbelt meet, Spencer/Columbus will compete in the WIAA postseason in Division 2, with regionals at Medford on Feb. 10 and sectionals at Amery on Feb. 17. The WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament is Feb. 22-24 at the Kohl Center in Madison.Paul Lecker is the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com, a contributor to Hub City Times Sports. You can reach him by email at [email protected]last_img read more

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Bit.ly Sees The Private Gap Between What You Click and What You Share

first_imgalicia eler In another example, Mason looked at Bit.ly links from Tunisia over the past year, where a revolution occurred in January 2011. “The way people consume social media changes as their government changes,” said Mason. “Human activity is reflected by something so simple as the number of people clicking links.” At today’s Web 2.0 conference, Bit.ly Chief Scientist Hilary Mason reminded us that what we share is only a part of what we’re clicking. Her talk delved into the difference between the links we’re sharing versus the links we’re just clicking and most likely reading, and also took a look at the ways topics are discussed differently based on geography. The real focus of the talk was centered on what happens between identity and privacy, that space where the secrets of our subconscious come out.Using word clouds, Mason looked at how pizza was discussed in New York, where slice was the biggest keyword, in Rome where it’s all about the cheese and San Francisco, which is far more artichoke-focused. If we can see how people are feeling about pizza based on their geographical location, that’s just the beginning.Take a politician for example: Discussions about Herman Cain varied depending on geography, too. In the midwest, more people were talking specifically about his 9-9-9 plan, whereas Floridians were listening to Bill O’Reilly and South Carolina was mostly paying attention to how Cain was leading in that state’s polls. This data map shows some of the top headlines by state. Tags:#web#Web 2.0 Summit 2011 A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… What Does This Mean for Privacy?What you share is your identity, and what you read is your privacy. There’s a space in-between, and that’s what Mason is most interested in. Yesterday, 80 million links were fed into bit.ly, and 27% of those were from the U.S. She breaks it down by the top shared posts from yesterday, which include a Fast Company story about the great tech war of 2012, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle noses, a press release about free RIM stuff and a news article about the oldest marathon runner. What do these all have in common? They make us go “wow,” or satisfy our entitlement to free stuff from tech companies who we feel like have screwed us over. We share those stories with our fellow man, who we believe probably feel the same way. We receive more shares, likes and clicks, and we feel better. The top most-clicked stories from yesterday look at lot different. They probe our inner thoughts – they are our private lives, the parts we don’t share publicly. They are a story called “Know Your Neighbor: He’s Racist,” an animated boob GIF on Tumblr and a story about Hilary Duff revealing if her baby is a boy or a girl. Racism, oddly sexual imagery and ambiguous gender – is that what we’re all really thinking about? According to bit.ly, the answer is yes.“We need better tools to curate, search and analyze in order to consciously curate the things we keep private and the things we share,” said Mason. But don’t be fooled – bit.ly isn’t trying to help you, per se – they are just trying to “build products that help people express themselves in the way they want to express themselves,” said Mason. We might want to appear like Superman, but we’re really all a bunch of Clark Kents, right? What if we’re a little bit of both? And if we are, why shouldn’t our identity reflect that?Images courtesy @hmason.center_img Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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Cheer On & Shop Your Favorite Brands At Curran J’s 3rd Annual KRT Tees Vs. Tanks Brand Basketball Tournament – Saturday, June 21

first_img Curran J. Swint is one of the city’s hottest emerging style entrepreneurs, and his blog and lifestyle brand, Kings Rule Together (K.R.T.) has received major accolades from some of today’s top artists, tastemakers and celebs.  This month, Curran J brings back one of his hottest concepts back for the third year, The KRT Tees Vs. Tanks Brand Basketball Game in West Philly. On Saturday, June 21 KRT will join over 30 brands that will descend upon Parkside Evans Playground to compete for the championship trophy — and the top player from the winning team will also take home the MVK “Most Valuable King” trophy. The event will also include a three point shootout and a slam dunk contest prior to the championship game.  Always looking to give back, KRT is also inviting attendees to bring their gently used clothes, which will be donated to Big Brothers Big Sisters Southeastern Pennsylvania. In addition to rooting for their favorite brands, onlooker will also have the chance to shop merchandise from each of these companies — just in time for summer. So, spread the word and get out to support the return of this classic Philly giveback. KRT Tees Vs. Tanks Brand Basketball Game  When: Saturday, June 21, 12 – 4 p.m.  Where: Parkside Evans Playground located at 53rd and Parkside Cost: Free  More Info: Click here.  Check out this KRT recap of last year’s Tees Vs. Tank Tournament! Curran J. Swint(M. Edlow for GPTMC)last_img read more

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MALENY OPENS THE DOOR FOR AUSTRALIAN OPEN MIXED TEAM

first_imgThe Maleny Touch Association at Witta was full to overflowing on Friday 24 November 2006 as the Sunshine Coast Affiliate played host to the 2007 Federation of International Touch World Cup Australian Open Mixed Team.The reigning World Cup Champions traveled from their 3-day training camp base in Brisbane to play an exhibition game against a Maleny President’s 14 team on Friday evening.The small country locality turned on the hospitality and out in force to greet the Australian Team who captivated the locals with their fleet of foot and sleight of hand in a slick performance that had the crowd on their feet.400 spectators lined the sidelines to see Touch Football at its best with the Australian Open Mixed Team turning on a sharp display against a local outfit led by Senior Men’s Queensland ‘A’ representative and Maleny President, Tim Evans.Evans led a host of enthusiastic young guns that relished the opportunity to play against the best the sport has to offer in this Country at Mixed Open level.Local Sunshine Coast Australian Mixed Open products Ben Roberts and Hayley Rogerson received big cheers, whilst Australian Mixed Co-Captain Tony Eltakchi held court as the “King of the Kids” and was equally popular amongst the mum’s who clamored for an autograph.The Australian Coaches spoke to the crowd and introduced the teams, provided commentary, explained the finer points of Mixed, and aspects of the 2007 Australian World Cup campaign. The biggest cheer of the night was reserved for the Maleny team who scored the town’s sole touchdown right on full time.The Aussie players were pleasantly besieged by a sea of kids requesting their autographs and one young lady, Nicole Sommer aged 12, who found herself without a pen and paper, was given the game ball signed by the Australian Mixed Open team.Nicole’s mother Maree, whose three children all play touch, was full of praise for the Australian Mixed Team and the game.“She loves touch, she has been playing it since she was four, and she has been looking forward to the Aussie Team coming for days. She is on cloud nine, and can’t believe her luck to be given the ball. I will probably have to pries the ball out of her hands when she falls asleep, she is that proud, it’s such a great gesture. The whole town is rapt to have you all here and we will be monitoring the World Cup results in January” Maree said.Australian Co-Captains Tony Eltakchi and Mary Steele were both interviewed after the game and spoke to the crowd about how impressed they were with the response from the locals.“This is excellent, thank-you all so much for coming out and showing your support. We have a tough job ahead of us to retain the World Title, but night’s like tonight make you appreciate the responsibility you have been given to represent your Country and your sport – it’s definitely been worth the travel and we hope to come back again one day.” Eltakchi said.Mary Steele was equally pleased by the town’s response.“Definitely unexpected, everyone has been great and the Maleny team fought hard and gave us a good run, you never know, we might see some of these youngsters in the green and gold in the future! It’s a great boost knowing that you have people in the sport behind you and willing you to do well. Let’s hope we can do the job for everyone.” Steele said.The “Little Big Men” of the Aussie Mixed team, Brad “BJ” Holden and Ben “Boozer” Mc Cullen were clear favourites with the crowd.Whilst standing on the sideline next to the “Tall Timber” of Ben Roberts and Matt Tope, Boozer and BJ drew an interesting comment from a diminutive young fan to his father: “Dad, those two ‘little boys’ there can play real good, there not much bigger than me, I could do that.”Thanks to “B1 and B2” The young man now has his heart set on playing in the Maleny Junior Touch competition… but no one had the heart to tell him that whilst Boozer and BJ might have been around his height, they were just a little too old to play in his age division!Maleny Junior Touch Coordinator Tony Yorkston, who was instrumental in bringing the Australian Team to Maleny, organized a post game dinner for the players and was delighted with the response from locals.“It has been wonderful, people from all the areas up this way are here tonight. We have never had a team of this calibre here before and it is a real privilege. The standard was something of an eye opener for us, and the Aussie team have been excellent ambassadors for the sport – we’d love to do this again in the future. It really brings grass-root level touch and the elite level together. Kids can see people like Hayley and Ben, people they see around the traps, get to this level and it doesn’t seem so far away. It’s just fantastic.”Yorkston said.The Australian Mixed Open Team’s foray to the country has opened the door for the possibility of taking National camps to affiliates across Australia in the future.The Australian Men’s Open camp will be conducted in Rockhampton in Central Queensland on 15-17 December and this is another opportunity for the game to showcase the sport at the highest level, but bring the excitement and build up to the World Cup to our affiliated members and raise the profile of the game in the general community.last_img read more

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a month agoPatrice Evra: Players must want to bleed for Man Utd

first_imgPatrice Evra: Players must want to bleed for Man Utdby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the lovePatrice Evra says Manchester United players must want to “bleed” for the club.The Red Devils are undergoing a transition period with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer becoming the fourth manager since Evra left the club in 2014. The Frenchman is happy with Solskjaer’s appointment and now wants to see the players buy into the club’s philosophy.”We’ve had too many managers, David Moyes, [Louis] van Gaal, [Jose] Mourinho. I just think for the players it’s difficult,” Evra told Sky Sports.”One manager wants to play one way, another manager wants to play another way, you need to know the value of the club and Manchester United.”That’s why I think Ole is a good appointment for the club. He knows the philosophy of the club.”It’s difficult when you come to Manchester United from the outside, people don’t accept you straight away. You need to bleed for this club before people accept you.”We are a big club. We want to win trophies. We don’t want to spend more than 10 years without winning the league again. It’s not easy but the fans have to believe – it’s a process.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Bali volcano ash drifts 47 miles high airport shut 3rd day

first_imgKARANGASEM, Indonesia – An erupting volcano with a deadly history on Indonesia’s Bali, one of the world’s most popular resort islands, has spread drifting ash 7,600 metres (4.7 miles) into the atmosphere and closed the island’s international airport for a third day Wednesday.Authorities have told 100,000 people to leave an area extending 10 kilometres (6 miles) from Mount Agung as it belches grey and white ash plumes, the low clouds hanging over the volcano at times hued red from the lava welling in the crater. The volcano’s last major eruption in 1963 killed about 1,100 people, but it’s unclear how bad the current eruption might get or how long it could last.Officials extended the closure of Bali’s international airport for another 24 hours due to concerns the thick volcanic ash could harm aircraft.Airport spokesman Ari Ahsanurrohim said more than 440 flights were cancelled Tuesday, affecting nearly 60,000 passengers, about the same as Monday. The closure was in effect until Thursday morning. Without aircraft, getting in or out of Bali requires travelling hours by land and taking a boat to another island, enduring choppy seas in Bali’s rainy season.Ahsanurrohim said Wednesday morning that volcanic ash has not been detected at the airport yet, but observations from the Darwin Volcanic Ash Advisory Center show the ash has reached an altitude of 25,000 feet (7,600 metres) and was being blown southward and southwestward toward the airport.“I don’t know, we can’t change it,” said stranded German traveller Gina Camp, who planned to go back outside and enjoy another day on the island, which attracts about 5 million visitors a year to its famed resorts and world-class surf spots. “It’s nature and we have to wait until it’s over.”Experts said a larger, explosive eruption is possible or Agung could stay at its current level of activity for weeks.“If it got much worse, it would be really hard to think of. You’ve got a huge population centre, nearly a million people in Denpasar and surroundings, and it’s very difficult to envision moving those people further away,” said Richard Arculus, a volcano expert at Australian National University, adding that an eruption in 1843 was even more explosive than the one in 1963.“There are many examples in history where you have this kind of seismic buildup — steam ejections of a little bit of ash, growing eruptions of ash to a full-scale stratosphere-reaching column of ash, which can presage a major volcanic event,” he said.A NASA satellite detected a thermal anomaly at the crater, said senior Indonesian volcanologist Gede Swantika. That means a pathway from the storage chamber in the volcano’s crust has opened, giving magma easier access to the surface.Indonesian officials first raised the highest alert two months ago when seismic activity increased. More than 100,000 people living near the volcano fled their homes, many abandoning their livestock or selling them for a fraction of the normal price. The activity decreased by late October, and the alert was lowered before being raised to the highest level again Monday.Nearly 40,000 people are now staying in 225 shelters, according to the Disaster Mitigation Agency in Karangasem. But tens of thousands of villagers have remained in their homes because they feel safe or don’t want to abandon their farms and livestock.“Ash has covered my house on the floor, walls, banana trees outside, everywhere” said Wayan Lanus, who fled his village in Buana Giri with his wife and daughter.Flows of volcanic mud have been spotted on Agung’s slopes, and Arculus warned more are possible since it’s the rainy season.“They’re not making a lot of noise. It’s just suddenly coming like a flash flood out of nowhere,” he said. “You do not want to be near them. Stay out of the valleys.”Indonesia sits on the Pacific “Ring of Fire” and has more than 120 active volcanoes.___Mason reported from Jakarta. Associated Press writer Ali Kotarumalos in Jakarta contributed to this report.last_img read more

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