The Latest: German Cup soccer final postponed indefinitely

first_imgThe Latest: German Cup soccer final postponed indefinitely The German soccer federation says the final will no longer be played on May 23 in Berlin as planned but it’s still sticking to a June 30 deadline to finish the season.Federation president Fritz Keller says “it is extremely unfortunate that in all likelihood this special game will have to take place in a stadium without spectators.”There are also no dates for the postponed semifinals. They were originally scheduled to be played earlier this week with champion Bayern Munich hosting Eintracht Frankfurt and fourth-division club Saarbrücken welcoming Bayer Leverkusen.___France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris says resuming soccer leagues should not come at the expense of people’s health amid the coronavirus pandemic. ___The governing body of field hockey says it has extended the international Pro League seasons by one year to run through June 2021.The nine men’s and nine women’s national teams were scheduled to play January-to-June annually.Games in the 2020 season were stopped because of the coronavirus pandemic. Germany has yet to play in the women’s competition while leader Argentina has played eight of its 16 games.The International Hockey Federation says the new time frame gives it the best chance “to deliver on broadcast and commercial partner agreements.” Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The German Cup soccer final has been postponed indefinitely and will likely take place without fans. Associated Press April 24, 2020 The subsequent season will run from September 2021 to the following June.___England will try to reschedule its test series with the West Indies after announcing there will be no professional cricket played in the country until July 1 at the earliest because of the coronavirus pandemic.The inaugural season of The Hundred is due to start on July 17 and has not yet been canceled. The England and Wales Cricket Board has arranged a meeting for next week to discuss whether it can go ahead.No domestic competitions have been scrapped for this year. Talks are ongoing in leagues around the world as to when the season can restart. South Korea’s K-League will kick off on May 8 in empty stadiums. The Bundesliga in Germany is discussing playing again on May 9.Lloris says “there’s so much at stake financially for clubs … But above all of that there is health.”Lloris plays for Tottenham in the Premier League. The team has nine matches remaining this season.Lloris says in an interview with Le Parisien newspaper that “if we have to finish the league without fans then we will.”But the World Cup champion adds that “soccer remains totally secondary given the current situation.” The ECB says the international season in England will now be played from July to the end of September. The three-test series against the West Indies that was due to start on June 4 has been postponed.ECB chief executive Tom Harrison says his organization is following advice from the government and health experts and that “our plan is to reschedule international matches as late as possible in the season to give the best chance of play.”___More AP sports: and,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

Swift turnaround for Tipp champions.

first_imgSarsfields and Tipperary forward Lar Corbett felt that they got better as the Championship went on and that it all clicked for them in yesterdays final. Thurles Sarsfields can start preparing for a Munster Club Hurling Semi-Final with Cratloe in Ennis this Sunday.That’s after they captured the Dan Breen Cup, beating the 2013 champions Loughmore-Castleiney in yesterday’s County Senior Hurling Final.They dominated the game, eventually winning by 2-22 to 3-11.last_img

BGC members suspend TV and radio advertising during lockdown

first_imgShare Share BGC lauds success of whistle to whistle ban August 21, 2020 StumbleUpon Related Articles UK gambling adopts toughest online advertising code to protect underage audiences August 27, 2020 Submit BGC calls for updates to ‘outdated’ payment regulations August 21, 2020 Members of the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) will voluntarily remove all TV and radio product advertising during the COVID-19 lockdown.The announcement is the latest in the series of new measures introduced by BGC members to ensure that punters are protected during the current pandemic, despite a drop in advertising spend in addition to a 10% drop in the volume of TV sport and casino advertisements.BGC Chief Executive Michael Dugher said: “From day one of this crisis we have sought to protect customers potentially at risk, including announcing stepping up safer gambling measures as part of our ten pledges for covid-19 in March. “This latest move by the regulated industry further underlines our commitment to safer betting and gaming with many people cut off and feeling anxious.“We have been working closely with our member companies since this crisis began to monitor the impact of betting and gaming. There hasn’t been an explosion in people betting online as some had predicted – in fact, the opposite is true with total revenue down by up to 60 per cent. “Overall gambling levels have also fallen significantly as a result of betting shops and casinos closing and the suspension of live sport. And whilst advertising levels on sports and casino are also down, again contrary to some assertions, we recognise that removing product advertising will act as a further safeguard during covid-19.”Direct marketing has also significantly dropped, while BGC members have also ramped up the visibility of safer gambling tools. Existing TV and radio advertising slots will be replaced by safer gambling messages, donated to charities or removed from broadcast where contracts permit.The decision, which will be reviewed once current lockdown measures are relaxed, is due to be implemented ‘no later than Thursday 7th May’. The commitment will remain in force for six weeks until at least 5th June. Dugher continued: “This major announcement by our members will result in the removal of half of all product advertising on TV and radio. I hope now that other major gambling operators like the National Lottery follow our lead. “Throughout this crisis, as the new standards body, the BGC has worked very closely with the Government. Ministers and the regulator all deserve credit for their steadfast and consistent determination to have an evidence-led approach and to rightly call for higher standards. “There will always be alarmist noises from anti-gambling prohibitionists who just want to grab headlines, but it is this serious, constructive and evidence-led approach by the BGC’s regulated members that has resulted in this further major change.“We are determined to do everything we can to protect customers potentially at risk during this lockdown period and beyond – and we are determined to drive the high standards that the public expect from us. I hope others follow our lead.” The impact of advertising is due to be discussed on Day 5 of SBC’s Digital Summit. With global business communities in the grip of the COVID-19 crisis, the Summit was created as a platform for the industry to connect and share knowledge amid critical and unprecedented conditions.The SBC Digital Summit runs from 27 April to 1 May 2020 and features seven conference tracks, a virtual exhibition and virtual networking lounges, attracting an estimated 10,000 delegates logging in from around the world.There is still time to register for the event, with company discounts available: read more

Gov. Whitmer announces MI Mask Aid: 4 million free masks to protect vulnerable populations from COVID-19

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisLANSING, Mich. – Four million free masks are being provided to Michigan residents who are most vulnerable to COVID-19 through a partnership involving the state, Ford Motor Company and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced today.Low-income residents, seniors, schools and homeless shelters will benefit from the MI Mask Aid partnership that is part of the Mask Up Michigan campaign.Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist II“Michigan needs to continue to ‘mask up’ to protect us all from COVID-19,” Gov. Whitmer said. “Vulnerable populations may have difficulties buying masks and our schools need face coverings to keep students, staff and community members safe. I am thrilled that the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), Ford and FEMA are working together to help control the spread of the coronavirus.”The project is in partnership with Gov. Whitmer’s Michigan Coronavirus Task Force on Racial Disparities chaired by Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist II.The irony of this pandemic that requires physical distancing is that it reveals how connected we truly are—how much we rely on one another every day,” Lt. Governor Gilchrist II said. “I’m thankful for our partners at Ford, FEMA and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services for coming together in a big way to ensure that our communities, particularly those hardest hit, have what they need to get through these tough times. By delivering four million masks at no cost to Michiganders, we can provide a proven, lifesaving device to countless residents as they go back to work, school, and define new way of living during this pandemic.”The free masks include 1.5 million from FEMA that the state has already sent to organizations that include local Community Action Agencies serving low-income residents, MDHHS offices, Area Agencies on Aging, homeless shelters and Native American tribes.Another 1 million face coverings from FEMA and 1.5 million from Ford will go to low-income schools, the City of Detroit, Federally Qualified Health Centers, some COVID-19 testing sites and to many of the organizations listed above to reach vulnerable populations – including minority residents who have been affected by the public health crisis as a result of racism.“Masks are proven to reduce a person’s chance of spreading COVID-19 by about 70 percent. There’s also growing evidence that masks can protect the wearer’s life, by reducing the severity of COVID if they get it,” MDHHS Director Robert Gordon said. “It’s critically important to make sure communities most impacted by COVID-19 have greater access to masks at no cost. The MI Mask Aid initiative is a critical step in this effort.”Ford’s involvement makes MI Mask Aid a public-private partnership that can provide even more free masks. Ford assembles more vehicles and employs more hourly workers in the U.S. than any other automaker.“Manufacturing is the backbone of America and from World War II to fighting COVID-19, Ford has a rich history of stepping up in times of crisis to help Michigan and our country,” said Ford Motor Company president and CEO Jim Hackett. “And today we continue in our efforts, with the State of Michigan and in coordination with the Task Force on Racial Disparities, by donating face masks to serve communities especially vulnerable to COVID-19. We also will continue to look for ways to address urgent needs of our communities by leveraging our partnerships through the Ford Motor Company Fund.”Anyone interested in receiving a free mask can find a distribution  location by calling the COVID-19 Hotline at 888-535-6136 or looking up their local Community Action Agency online.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious ACC’s Van Lare Hall receives faceliftNext Fourth annual Poker Run, Walk, Trot fundraiser kicks-off Saturday, Aug. 29last_img read more

President Goodluck, Minister meet over FIFA ban

first_imgAs the zero hour approaches swiftly for Nigeria to reinstate the Aminu Maigari-led NFF board today or risk an indefinite ban from FIFA, the Minister of Sports and Chairman National Sports Commission, Dr.Tamuno Danagogo is expected to hold a crucial meeting with President Goodluck Jonathan, where a decision on whether to reinstate the Maigari board would be made to forestall a worldwide clampdown on Nigeria.Nigeria was suspended on August 9 by FIFA , who ordered that Nigeria should reinstate the board by today or face an indefinite worldwide ban from football. The ban will effectively rule Nigeria out from next month’s FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Canada and many other international events.In an attempt to present their side of the story, the Ministry of Sports sent a team to Brazil to meet FIFA. The team has returned back to Nigeria and was scheduled to brief Danagogo last night. At the time of filing this report, the meeting was yet to start.It was gathered that the team to Brazil was expected to tell the Minister what transpired during their meeting with FIFA and make appropriate recommendations on what to do to beat the impending ban.“The team that went to Brazil to meet FIFA would brief the Sports Minister and tell him what unfolded there and possibly make recommendations on the way forward. I do not know the exact time that the meeting would start but I it will hold tonight”, said a Ministry insider, who added that the Minister of Sports would disccuss the recommendations of the team with President Jonathan today.“The Minister is scheduled to meet President Jonathan( today) and brief him on what transpired so that Nigeria can find a way out of the current problem,” the source said.last_img read more

Ella Ann-Marie Leonard, 3 months, Wichita: May, 31, 2016 – Aug. 31, 2016

first_imgElla AnnMarie LeonardAfter three short months in our world, Ella Ann-Marie Leonard died in her mother’s arms on Wednesday, August 31, 2016. She was born on Tuesday, May 31, 2016 at 10 a.m., weighed 6 pounds, 8 ounces and was 18 inches long. She was eagerly welcomed by her loving mother, Melissa Nicole Leonard. Although she was little in size, Ella made an enormous impact in the lives of those who knew her.She leaves behind her mother, Melissa Leonard of Wichita; father, Kyle Sanderson of Wichita; her brother and sister, Blake and Brianna Burris; grandparents, Kathleen and Dale Havens of Wichita and Pamela and Marty Dobson of Derby, Kansas. She was also loved by her aunt, Carrie Howard of Belle Plaine, and godfather, Larry Cox of Udall.A visitation will be held at the funeral home from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, September 2, 2016. Funeral services for Ella will begin at 11 a.m., Saturday, September 3, 2016 in the chapel of Cornejo | Day Funeral Home, Wellington.Interment will follow at Prairie Lawn Cemetery, Wellington.Those wishing to help the family can make contributions to the Ella Leonard Funeral Fund established with the funeral home. Please visit to make a contribution, share a memory or leave condolences.Arrangements are by Cornejo|Day Funeral Home & Crematory, 1030 Mission Road, Wellington.last_img read more


first_imgBEEN STUDYING HER SWITCHES TO GRASS AS SHE HEADS A FIELD OF 12 SOPHOMORE FILLIES IN SATURDAY’S $200,000 CALIFORNIA CUP OAKS AT ONE MILE ON TURF RACE IS PART OF LUCRATIVE GOLDEN STATE SERIES FOR CALIFORNIA-BRED OR SIRED HORSESARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 15, 2020)–KMN Racing’s homebred Been Studying Her, a two-time stakes winner on dirt, will try turf for the first time on Saturday as she heads field of 12 sophomore fillies in the $200,000 California Cup Oaks, to be contested at one mile over the Santa Anita turf.Other top Oaks contenders would appear to be Benjamin and Sally Warren’s homebred Warren’s Showtime, a one mile turf stakes winner and trainer Peter Miller’s Bulletproof One, a two-time stakes winner who will be stretching out to a route of ground for the first time.The Cal Cup Oaks is part of the lucrative Golden State Series.  Sponsored by the CTBA, the Golden State Series for eligible California-bred or sired horses.BEEN STUDYING HEROwner: KMN Racing, LLCTrainer: Dan WardA scintillating 3 ¼ length winner of the seven furlong Golden State Juvenile Fillies two starts back on Nov. 1, she was a disappointing fourth, beaten 10 lengths as the 2-5 favorite in the one mile Soviet Problem Stakes at Los Alamitos on Dec. 14.  A first out open maiden special weight winner going 5 ½ furlongs at Sacramento on July 20, this California-bred daughter of the Medaglia d’Oro stallion Fast Anna, out of Maddie’s Odyssey, by Kitten’s Joy, then took the six furlong Generous Portion Stakes versus statebreds at Del Mar on Aug. 28.  Subsequently fourth, beaten 5 ½ lengths by multiple Grade I winner Bast in the Grade I, 1 1/16 mile Chandelier Stakes here on Sept. 27, she’s won three out of her five starts and looms the class of the Oaks field with Mike Smith up.WARREN’S SHOWTIMEOwner: Benjamin & Sally WarrenTrainer:  Craig LewisBy Clubhouse Ride out of Warren’s Grade I stakes winning mare Warren’s Veneda (by Affirmative), this chestnut filly broke her maiden going one mile on turf in her second start on Aug. 21 at Del Mar and with her one mile turf Surfer Girl win two starts back Oct. 6, has two wins from three starts at the Oaks trip.  Most recently a troubled third, beaten four lengths by Been Studying Her in the seven furlong Golden State Juvenile Fillies Nov. 1, Warren’s Showtime has to be accorded a big look in Saturday’s Cal Cup Oaks.BULLETPROOF ONEOwner: Gary Barber, Cecil Barber, Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners & Wachtel StableTrainer:  Peter MillerOriginally based at Golden Gate Fields, this extremely quick California-bred daughter of Idiot Proof was sold privately following her second start, a 9 ¼ length romp in the 5 ½ furlong Everett Nevin Stakes at Pleasanton on July 6. A subsequent 6 ¼ length winner of the CTBA Stakes going the same distance at Del Mar July 31, she made the early lead in the Generous Portion on Aug. 28, but finished 9 ¾ lengths behind Been Studying Her as the 1-5 favorite.  Most recently beaten 8 ½ lengths by the top selection in the Golden State Juvenile Fillies on Nov. 1,Bulletproof One is the speed of the Oaks field and will hope to shake loose in her first two turn assignment.THE $200,000 CALIFORNIA CUP OAKS WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDERRace 8 of 9  Approximate post time 4 p.m. PTAlmost a Factor–Flavien Prat–124Wise Rachel–Juan Hernandez–124Bulletproof One–Ruben Fuentes–124Been Studying Her–Mike Smith–124Warren’s Showtime–Jorge Velez–124Smokin Hot Bobbie–Rafael Bejarano–124Midnight Sunrise–Geovanni Franco–124Homehome–Mario Gutierrez–124Smiling Shirlee–Umberto Rispoli–124Cholula Lips–Tyler Baze–124California Kook–Drayden Van Dyke–124Warrior’s Moon–Abel Cedillo–124First post time for a nine-race card on Saturday is at 12:30 p.m. For additional information, please visit or call (626) 574-RACE.last_img read more

Prolific Princess upsets in Ahwhofah feature

first_imgRunning on, strongly leaving the furlong pole, PROLIFIC PRINCESS scored a 10-1 upset in the inaugural running of the Ahwhofah Sprint over 1200 metres for overnight allowance horses at Caymanas Park yesterday.Ridden by Paul ‘Country’ Francis for trainer Neive Graham and popular owner O’Shaun Connection, the 4-y-o chestnut filly won by 11/4 lengths from long-time leader DREAMLINER under leading jockey Omar Walker with a similar margin to highly fancied ROYAL ASSAULT (5-2) in third. Fourteen ran.As expected, TALENTED TONY K (5-1) led in the early stages before giving way to DREAMLINER and ROYAL ASSAULT, leaving the half mile as the 2-1 favourite BERRANCA raced off the early pace in fifth.In the straight, PROLIFIC PRINCESS showed how much she had improved. She stormed through on the outside, passing the battling leaders DREAMLINER and ROYAL ASSAULT on the rails at a crucial stage for a decisive win, her fifth from 15 starts this season.SECOND WINNERGraham and O’Shaun Connetion teamed up for a second winner on the card in 2-1 chance JUNIOR DON, ridden from off the pace by Walker in the fifth race over 1400 metres.Also notching two winners was trainer Paul ‘Sleeper’ Charlton in the divided straight five race with 7-2 chance AFRICA and 6-5 favourite BOLD SYMPHONY, both easy winners, as well as top apprentice Bebeto Harvey, who booted home DEMOLITION BOY (2-1) and 6-5 favourite RUNNING STAR.Shocker of the day came in the third race for maiden two-year-olds in which the howling 1-9 favourite PONTIUS PILATE, racing for the first time since fetching the record price of $5 million in last year’s TOBA yearling sale, could only manage third to 44-1 outsider THUNDEREBLE with Ricardo Duhaney riding for trainer Gary Subratie.Ridden by outgoing champion Shane Ellis for trainer Anthony Nunes, PONTIUS PILATE, by Forest Danger out of Sea Treaty, was outpaced in fourth in the backstretch as SHE’S A LEGACY and THUNDEREBLE disputed the lead to the last furlong and, although staying on, never looked like catching the leaders and finished two lengths third.last_img read more

Co rues dwindling number of Mapua players due to injuries

first_imgFor the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “Unfortunately, they got injured in our practice. Wala na nga akong players, nai-injure pa (I no longer have any players, and even the ones I have still get injured),” the PBA legend rued as his rotation dwindled down to just eight men.Estrella has been the Cardinals’ leading scorer, averaging 16.5 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 4.5 assists, while Gabo, who was still able to play minimal minutes in the game, has been netting 10.8 markers, 3.2 boards, and 3.4 dimes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Still in disbelief with the turn of events, Co shared that it was disastrous practice session on Thursday for his Mapua squad.“Gabo got (his ankle) sprained when he landed in our scrimmage. Andoy inadvertently pushed one of his teammates and (Almel) Orquina landed on his knee. He didn’t hear any pop, but after that, he had a hard time walking,” he said. Andoy Estrella. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netAs if Mapua’s roster couldn’t get any more depleted, coach Atoy Co had to face another wave of bad news as top guys Andoy Estrella and Leo Gabo fell to injuries prior to the Cardinals’ game against San Beda on Friday.ADVERTISEMENT Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Teen gunned down in Masbate End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend LATEST STORIES 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Ebondo, Scorpions move on from tough semis Game 1 loss Mapua takes a 12-day breather before facing JRU on August 22. Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her MOST READ 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Co suspected that Estrella suffered an MCL injury, as he kept his team’s leading scorer off of Mapua’s game on Friday. Gabo, meanwhile, fought through the pain but could only muster two points in the four minutes he played in the game.Their absence were truly felt in the Cardinals’ 66-55 loss to the Red Lions, which sent them to their fifth straight defeat and further down the cellar at 1-6.Though Co got a huge boost in the emergence of Christian Bunag, who racked an eye-popping 20 points and 18 rebounds, the mentor knows that won’t be enough as he hopes to get more surprises from his line-up.“From the start of the season, all I wanted is to have a good showing, not necessarily winning. Winning is a bonus. But I always tell them that we will play good basketball,” he said.“We have to play good basketball, disciplined basketball, take the open shot and not the hurried shot. There are losses that are still good shows. It’s basketball, there will be winners and there will be losers. It’s just that we lack the manpower.”ADVERTISEMENT Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite View commentslast_img read more

There’s a story behind Spieth’s ‘Go get that’ line to caddie

first_imgJiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina The next stage is keeping a full tour card, followed by winning.At the close of a year that saw him win Colonial for his second PGA Tour title and make his first U.S. team at the Presidents Cup, Kisner noticed something else about his change in fortunes.“The tournaments I play now, I don’t even see half the guys I used to see all the time,” he said.There’s also the case of Scott Brown, one of his best friends who grew up with Kisner in Aiken, South Carolina, and is a member with him at Palmetto Golf Club.“It’s almost three levels of the tour,” he said. “But that’s fine. It’s part of it.”Brown was a rookie in 2012, and Kisner had returned for a second season on the PGA Tour after losing his card. They played 23 of the same 24 events that year, the difference being Brown played the Valspar Championship at Innisbrook and Kisner played the Houston Open.Fast forward five years, and Brown played 32 times in 2017. Kisner was only in 17 of those tournaments. The seven tournaments Kisner played that Brown didn’t were three majors (Masters, U.S. Open and British Open), three World Golf Championships and the Tour Championship.Kisner doesn’t play the tournaments he did in 2012. He builds his schedule around the big events.“Any time you move up in the world ranking, you change your schedule and your outlook,” Kisner said. “You start working around majors and World Golf Championships instead of playing every tournament you want to play.”WORLD RANKING Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Chappell attributed the difference to some back issues and untimely illnesses that kept him from getting any momentum.What made this year memorable was playing on his first Presidents Cup team. He earned the 10th and final spot by 0.073 points over Charley Hoffman, and went 1-1-1 in a resounding victory at Liberty National.And he won’t be waiting until the January to get started on a new year. He leaves for Maui right after Christmas.DIVOTSTwenty players who began 2017 outside the top 50 finished the year in the top 50. The biggest jump belonged to Patrick Cantlay, who had been out of golf for nearly three years and started at No. 1,866. He ended the year at No. 38. … Tiger Woods ends the year at No. 656 in the world, just four spots lower than he began in 2017. He played seven rounds of golf and had a missed cut, a withdrawal and a tie for ninth in the 18-man field at the Hero World Challenge. … Dustin Johnson has to keep his No. 1 ranking for seven weeks to start 2018 to become only the fifth player to hold the No. 1 ranking for an entire year.STAT OF THE WEEKJason Day and Rory McIlroy ended last year at No. 1 and No. 2 in the world. Neither won a tournament and ended this year out of the top 10.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lewis Hamilton issues apology after shaming nephew for wearing princess dress OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award He was telling Michael Greller to get his ball from the cup as Spieth stood to the side of the 15th green, still soaking up the significance of such a long eagle putt that restored his lead with three holes to play.And there’s a story behind it.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkThe reaction, while entirely spontaneous, might not have happened except for Spieth being in the makeshift gym all week at Royal Birkdale.“I had been watching replays of the Open in the gym,” Spieth said. “There was a TV in there, and they were playing old Opens. For whatever reason, it intrigued me earlier in the week that the guys, when they made putts, they never went and picked their ball out of the hole. The caddie went and got it on long putts. And I guess that stuck in my head: ‘You don’t have to pick the ball out of the hole. Michael can go get it.’” MOST READcenter_img Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Either way, Greller went and got it. Spieth added two birdies and his name was etched into the silver claret jug.MASTERS UPDATESome of the best mail during the holidays is a simple white envelope from Augusta National, officially extending invitations to those who have met criteria for the Masters (and for past major champions no longer exempt who will be honorary invitees).At the end of the year, 80 players already were eligible and expected to compete, a list that includes (for now) Tiger Woods.That’s two fewer than at this time a year ago, increasing the odds that the Masters again will meet its target of having fewer than 100 players at Augusta National the first full week in April. Having a small field is important to the club. The Masters has not had more than 100 players since 1966.One spot awarded next month is reserved for the Latin American Amateur champion. No more than 13 spots will be available for winners of PGA Tour events (except for the new Dominican Republic event held opposite the Match Play). One of those is at the Sentry Tournament of Champions, where all but seven players at Kapalua already are exempt.There also is one more chance for players to qualify by being among the top 50 in the world on March 25.TOUR LEVELSKevin Kisner has learned all about the different levels of the PGA Tour based on performance.It starts with getting a PGA Tour card, a big deal until players realize they are limited in where they can play. Kisner didn’t play a tournament with guaranteed money and no cut until two years ago at the Bridgestone Invitational. Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense AP FILE PHOTOWith three words, Jordan Spieth delivered a British Open moment as memorable as the 50-foot eagle putt that prompted his famous line.“Go get that.”ADVERTISEMENT Only one award is given for the Official World Golf Ranking, and Dustin Johnson earned that three months ago. He will be presented next year with the Mark H. McCormack trophy for most PGA Tour events in a calendar year.But to look only at ranking points earned in 2017, it was tight at the top.Jordan Spieth earned 450.43 points, finishing one-third of a point ahead of Johnson (450.12). PGA Tour player of the year Justin Thomas kept it even closer by earning 446.43 points. They were followed by Jon Rahm and Justin Rose.The other players in the top 10 were Rickie Fowler, Hideki Matsuyama, Marc Leishman, Brooks Koepka and Tommy Fleetwood.TALE OF TWO YEARSKevin Chappell won his first PGA Tour title this year at the Texas Open, sending him to Kapalua for the first time.But was it his best year? Better than last year?“Good question,” Chappell said. “I won this year, but I didn’t have as many chances.”A year ago, Chappell was runner-up three times, losing in a playoff at the Tour Championship (won by Rory McIlroy) and to a birdie-par finish by Jason Day at Bay Hill. He had seven top 10s, was No. 8 in the FedEx Cup and finished the year at No. 32 in the world.The Texas Open was his only serious chance to win this year. He finished at No. 27 in the FedEx Cup and ends the year at No. 34. There was more to the moment, of course.Two holes earlier, Spieth missed the 13th fairway so far to the right that it hit a spectator in the head and caromed into the dunes. When he found it, he realized the driving range was not out of bounds, took a drop, had to take relief from the equipment truck and sent Greller toward the green to scout out the shot. The whole process took some 20 minutes as Matt Kuchar waited at the green.On the 15th hole, Kuchar was in a bunker in two and blasted out to about 6 feet, and then Spieth made his 50-foot eagle putt.“Michael, when I looked over, he’s laughing,” Spieth said. “For whatever reason, I didn’t want to walk all the way up there. It was pretty far away. He started to walk toward the bag, but I was already walking toward the bag and I was really intense at that point. ‘Michael, go get that!’“It was half being serious, like: ‘Go get it quickly because Kuch still needs to putt and we don’t need to drag this on. I’ve already been in his way too much the last couple of holes. Let’s not do that anymore.’ And it was half intense — ‘Pick that ball out of the hole.’”ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more