A lightning strike at the PGA Tour Championship injured six people in Atlanta over the weekend.The third round at East Lake was completed earlier in the day after it was called off Saturday when six people were injured after lightningstruck a pine tree just off the 16th tee. Atlanta police said all the injured fans, who were seeking shelter at the time in a VIP tent while playwas suspended, were treated and released.Watch lightning strike here:Meanwhile, Rory McIlroy is celebrating his second career FedExCup title after winning the TOUR Championship at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta. Thank you for your continued support of the #FedExCup! See you in 2020. https://t.co/Euki7djSUI— Rory McIlroy (@McIlroyRory) August 26, 2019 McIlroy fired a four-under 66 in Sunday’s final round to beat Xander Schauffele by four strokes.Justin Thomas and Brooks Koepka tied for third place at minus-13.McIlroy joins Tiger Woods as the only two-time FedExCup winners since it began in 2007.He takes home a record prize of 15-million-dollars.
A pair of bills that were filed this week in the state legislature would require businesses to provide paid time off to all new parents.The bills, Senate Bill 1194 and House Bill 899, would cover up to three months following the birth, fostering, or adoption of a child, as part of the Florida Family Leave Act.“The need for paid family leave has increased as the participation of both parents in the workforce has increased and the number of single parents has grown,” the Senate bill reads. “Despite knowing the importance of time spent bonding with a new child, the majority of workers in this state are unable to take family leave because they are unable to afford leave without pay.”To qualify, an employee must have worked for the company for at least a year and a half, at an average of 20 or more hours per week.The bills will be discussed during next year’s Florida Legislative session, which starts on January 14.If it passes, the new law would then go into effect on July 1, 2020.
Louis van Gaal has been sacked as manager of Manchester United, with former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho set to be named as his replacement.Van Gaal, 64, leaves after two years of a three-year contract and is currently discussing severance terms. The former Netherlands boss is believed to earn around £6.4m a year.Mourinho’s appointment is expected to be confirmed after the 53-year-old Portuguese meets with senior United officials on Tuesday.It is not yet certain what future Ryan Giggs, Van Gaal’s assistant, has at Old Trafford or what will happen to the rest of the coaching team.BBC Sport reported on Saturday that United’s FA Cup win over Crystal Palace would be Van Gaal’s last game in charge.BBC sports editor Dan Roan reported on Saturday that Van Gaal’s sacking would be confirmed on MondayHe arrived at Manchester United’s training ground at 0845 BST on Monday.Forty-five minutes later, League Managers Association lawyer Paul Gilroy QC also drove into Carrington.Gilroy is the same employment barrister who acted for David Moyes when he was sacked as manager by United in 2014.Gilroy arrived around 0930 and was initially refused entry.He returned approximately 15 minutes later and was allowed in, refusing to answer questions about the reason for his presence.According to his profile page on the Nine St John Street Chambers website,Gilroy has advised and acted for a number of football clients.They include Roy Hodgson, Martin O’Neill, Sir Alex Ferguson, Harry Redknapp, Roy Keane, Roberto Martinez, Sam Allardyce, Brendan Rodgers, Alan Pardew, Nigel Pearson and Steve McClaren.Van Gaal took control of United after leading the Netherlands to the semi-finals of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.The Old Trafford club finished fourth in the Premier League in his first season in charge to qualify for the Champions League.But they finished fifth this term and will play in the Europa League next season.They only scored 49 league goals, too, their lowest total since 1989-90.Saturday’s FA Cup success at Wembley gave United a first trophy since Sir Alex Ferguson delivered the Premier League title in 2013 in his last season before retirement, but it was not enough to stop Van Gaal from losing his job.Mourinho was sacked by Chelsea last December, just seven months after leading the London club to the Premier League title.Jose Mourinho won the Premier League with Chelsea in 2005, 2006 and 2015Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
CLEVELAND — Throughout spring ball, summer conditioning and even into fall camp there were many questions surrounding the state of the Wisconsin running game in light of Badger standout Brian Calhoun defecting to the NFL last April.Not only have these questions been answered in convincing fashion, it appears that the UW offense may not miss a beat without Calhoun in the 2006 season. The style of running just might look a little different.During Wisconsin’s 35-14 defeat of Bowling Green on Saturday, the Falcon defense was consistently hammered by a pair of bowling-ball-sized backs: P.J. Hill and Dywon Rowan. Hill plunged his way to 130 yards on 22 carries and a touchdown, whereas Rowan chipped in with 28 yards and UW’s first touchdown of the game.At 5-foot-11 and 242 pounds, Hill made a resounding statement in the first start of his career, literally hauling Bowling Green defenders down the field on many occasions. As a result, Hill averaged nearly six yards a carry on the evening.”I felt I was pretty good with my start. I had a few long runs. I didn’t get many losses of yardage,” said Hill, who only lost three yards from scrimmage. “I just stayed focused; I just went out there and just had fun and played my game.””He really runs hard, lowers his shoulder and got a lot of tough yards for us,” quarterback John Stocco added. “He was right on his blocks, right on everything, so I thought he did a great job for us.”With new coach Bret Bielema at the helm, most of Hill’s carries seemed to come in bunches, as he regularly ran the ball on two or three consecutive offensive plays during the night.”I have no problem being the workhorse as long as the coaches see that I’m helping to try and win this game,” Hill said.Rowan saw most of his action in the first half, but the 5-foot-9, 241-pound fifth-year senior helped the Badgers gain an early advantage. After Bowling Green eased down the field for a 7-0 lead on the first drive, Wisconsin answered with a 10-play, 66-yard drive capped by Rowan’s 7-yard dash to the left side of the end zone.”We were down. I just knew I had to bring the team back and get us in the end zone,” Rowan said. “Hopefully [I can get more red-zone touches]. Whatever I can do to help the team, I just want to be able to do that.”Hill, who didn’t find the end zone until 5:19 left in the fourth quarter, said he knows he can be more than a sufficient successor to Calhoun — a quicker and flashier runner.”I was pretty comfortable setting my mark, Brian Calhoun’s a good back, but I’m a different back,” Hill said. “We have two different kinds of running games. I just brought my game to the table.”That other style came from true freshman Lance Smith, who, on the first play of his career, broke free for a 14-yard carry up the middle. Two plays later, Stocco hit full back Bill Rentmeester for a 4-yard touchdown, pushing the UW lead to 28-14.Smith also earned some late-game work and turned in an eight-carry, 42-yard performance for the Badgers.On the other side of the ball, Wisconsin’s defense struggled to contain Falcon quarterback Freddie Barnes. In the redshirt freshman’s first start, Barnes all but destroyed the UW run defense, dashing for 158 yards and two scores.But that didn’t stop Wisconsin from matching the Falcons’ running game, equaling Bowling Green’s mark of 4.8 yards per carry as a team. In the end, Barnes’ two touchdowns were not enough as the Badgers were able to utilize the steady run power from Hill, Rowan and Smith to craft three touchdown drives of at least 66 yards.If the first game of Wisconsin’s season serves as any indication, Bielema will not hesitate to employ two, three or even four backs. Bielema acknowledged that Jamil Walker will be incorporated into the mix of running backs throughout the remainder of the year.”As coaches, we knew that there were probably [at least] three running backs that we felt comfortable with,” Bielema said. “As a drive wears on, that tailback’s been carrying the ball, those same defenders are out there. All of a sudden, you pop in a fresh set of legs. … [It’s] just a little change in speed.”
JEFF SCHORFHEIDE/Herald photoWhen the Wisconsin women’s hockey team won the national championship last season, it marked one of the finest seasons that the program had ever seen. It was the first time a team outside of Minnesota’s borders had won the national championship, in addition to head coach Mark Johnson receiving Coach of the Year honors and Sara Bauer being named Player of the Year. All of that happened in just one season. And now the Badgers have the opportunity to do it all again.The Badgers are just two victories away from another national title this weekend, as Wisconsin will take on St. Lawrence Friday in Lake Placid, N.Y. The winner will then take on either Minnesota-Duluth or Boston College in the national championship game Sunday.Sandwiched in the middle of the two games is the Patty Kazmaier Award presentation, which recognizes the best player in the country. UW senior forward Bauer, the reigning Kazmaier winner, is one of three finalists. Bauer, who has 66 points on the season, would become the first player to win the award in back-to-back seasons.While Wisconsin (34-1-4) has plenty going in its favor this weekend, the Badgers come off a tiring quadruple-overtime 1-0 victory over Harvard in the quarterfinals.”It was very difficult to stay in the game,” sophomore goalie Jessie Vetter said after last weekend’s game, which lasted 120 minutes. “It was hard for both teams to stay in it, but it was a really fun game, and we’re just glad that we came out with the win.”Whether Vetter or senior Christine Dufour starts, Wisconsin will have to look out for St. Lawrence’s leading scorer, junior forward Sabrina Harbec. She has racked up 70 points so far this season, good for second most in the nation. On top of that, the Saints are coming off a big upset from last weekend when they topped New Hampshire 6-2, and the team will certainly be playing with some confidence. “Right now, I don’t think there are really any concerns about St. Lawrence,” team captain Bobbi-Jo Slusar said. “Playing our game and recognizing situations on the ice and doing things [are what] we need to do.”However, history hasn’t exactly been on the SLU’s side. This will be the fourth consecutive year St. Lawrence has made it to the Frozen Four, but the Saints haven’t been able to make it past the semifinal game.”Their defense is very strong, and their forwards on the powerplay can do a lot of good things,” Slusar said. “But five-on-five is going to be important for us.”While many are looking for the UW women’s hockey team to defend its national title this weekend, the Badgers aren’t looking past the first game one bit.”I don’t think [we’ve thought about the second game],” Slusar said. “Right now, we’re concentrating on the first game against St. Lawrence.”It’s going to be a tough battle.”
Published on April 20, 2013 at 6:08 pm Contact David: email@example.com | @DBWilson2 WASHINGTON — Trailing by one heading into halftime against a lesser Georgetown team, Syracuse was in danger of its second consecutive loss to a mediocre opponent.Brian Megill knew it — it was like “Hobart all over again” — but he needed to energize his teammates.“I asked them if they like losing,” Megill said. “And everyone looked right back at me and said, ‘What are you talking about?’ ‘We’re still losing.’”Megill’s words struck a chord as the Orange rallied to stave off an upset, 9-8, in front of 2,736 at Multi-Sport Field. Buoyed by a four-goal third quarter, No. 3 SU (10-3, 4-1 Big East) dug out of a halftime hole and held off a late Hoya (5-8, 2-3) run to win its fourth one-goal game in 14 days.With the sheer number of games it’s played in the past two weeks, Syracuse was sluggish out of the gate. All five games during the stretch were decided by one goal and the strenuous two weeks finally took its toll against Hobart on Tuesday as the Orange fell to the Statesmen.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textFor 30 minutes on Saturday it was more of the same. SU committed too many turnovers, missed too many opportunities and went into halftime trailing by one.“I think it’s the number of games that we’ve had and one day to prepare for the Hoyas, the trip down here,” Syracuse head coach John Desko said. “I think we’re looking forward to having a couple days off.”Even with Syracuse out of sorts, Scott Loy found himself with a chance to position SU on top. In his first game back, the Syracuse midfielder fired a shot wide of the net in transition. No one was there to back up his shot. Georgetown took over.As Georgetown struggled, the Orange was simply unable to capitalize. SU turned the ball over on its final five possessions of the half and headed into the locker room trailing 5-4.“You’ve just got to stay composed,” Megill said. “You don’t want to get hostile with anybody on the team. You’ve got to remain as one and come together.”Five minutes into the second half, Maltz tied the game and ended a scoring drought that lasted nearly 19 minutes. GU midfielder Tyler Knarr responded immediately with a goal off the faceoff win, but SU found its rhythm.Syracuse turned to its bread and butter for the next goal: a feed from JoJo Marasco to Luke Cometti.Then Kevin Rice scored to give Syracuse its second lead of the day before Hakeem Lecky, who has struggled with his shot all season, cranked one from 15 yards out to send the Orange into the fourth quarter in control of the game’s tempo and scoreboard 8-6.“I thought we did better in the second half — a few less turnovers — but I think what we saw was the accumulation of some of the games in a couple of weeks,” Desko said, “and I’m very happy to get out of here with a win today.”A Cometti goal early in the fourth quarter stretched SU’s lead to 9-6, the largest for either team on the day. But Syracuse’s rhythm vanished quickly. The same mistakes that plagued the Orange early in the game resurfaced in the final 10 minutes.Shots found Georgetown goaltender Jake Haley instead of the back of the net. Jarring – but clean – hits were replaced by ones that drew whistles. Offense cycled without purpose, and led to the game’s only stall warning.The Hoyas, meanwhile, reeled off two goals in 48 seconds to cut Syracuse’s lead to one in the final two minutes.“We know we’re a good team,” Marasco said, “we know that we’re going to win and for us to bear down in all these close games is only going to help.”But the problems that plagued the Orange all day — the sloppiness, the boneheaded errors — now plagued GU. Now it was the Hoyas throwing balls away and forcing shots. Even on the game’s final possession, as SU was forced into a man-down situation after midfielder Steve Ianzito broke his stick, Georgetown shot itself in the foot.Dan McKinney stood 10 yards away from the net with a chance to tie the game. But his pass attempt to Reilly O’Connor sailed high. Even with all its mistakes, mostly unforced, Syracuse would escape with victory.“I refuse to lose, and so do the rest of the guys on this team,” Megill said, “and we really showed it coming out of halftime.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+
Related Stories Estime misses FanFest, rehabs sprained ankle during scrimmageFreshman linebackers impress and other defensive observations from Saturday’s FanFestShafer expresses happiness with turnout at FanFest Published on August 9, 2014 at 8:14 pm Contact Jesse: firstname.lastname@example.org | @dougherty_jesse Facebook Twitter Google+ Quarterbacks lined up in shotgun on every play, there were few huddles and there certainly wasn’t any waiting for the defense.The Syracuse offense stuck to the expected hurry-up scheme at the FanFest intra-squad scrimmage at SU Soccer Stadium on Saturday, and here are five takeaways from what it did. 1. Screens, screens, screensThere are only so many ways to throw a screen pass, and the Orange offense worked out every last option on just about every last play. Running backs were in motion on almost every play when Terrel Hunt was on the field — whether it was seniors Prince-Tyson Gulley and Adonis Ameen-Moore, junior George Morris II or freshman Ervin Phillips — and the screen served as both a first option and safety valve. Both wideouts and slot receivers also collected a bevy of screen passes. Screens were almost all that freshman A.J. Long threw while in the game. The SU offense didn’t seem to want to show too much in a live, open scrimmage, but the combination of tempo and speed suggests that the screens are here to stay.2. Austin Wilson, backup quarterback battle AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAside from Hunt — who connected on two deep balls to Jarrod West and another to Sean Avant — Austin Wilson was the only other quarterback who found success. A.J. Long was the first to relieve Hunt and seemed flustered by the pass rush. Mitch Kimble gift-wrapped an interception for freshman linebacker Colton Moskal before it went through his hands. Wilson relayed signals to Hunt for the first part of the scrimmage and then showed off his arm in the latter stages. After throwing high to Jeremiah Kobena on a 5-yard button hook, Wilson connected with Kobena for a touchdown that was called back for a make-believe sack. He responded by finding freshman Steve Ishmael for a sizable gain on the next play.Here’s a breakdown of all of the plays the four quarterbacks ran:*Screens are also passes in the chart3. Left tackle depth When Hunt was working with the first-team offense and Sean Hickey manned the left tackle spot, there wasn’t much activity in the backfield. But when Long played with the second-string offensive, Micah Robinson was around the quarterback on almost every snap. The coaching staff whistled plays dead before a quarterback was touched, but Robinson broke through for two would-be sacks in the beginning of the scrimmage and continued to provide pressure throughout the day. He mostly picked on sophomore Jamar McGloster and freshman Denzel Ward, exposing a lack of depth on the left side of the line.4. Sean AvantWith Brisly Estime not at FanFest due to a sprained ankle sustained in practice on Friday, Sean Avant was impressive in the H-back role. SU head coach Scott Shafer said that the offense ran around 70 plays in the scrimmage and Avant was targeted on nine plays. Eight of them were completions. The ninth was an attempted deep ball from Long that was broken up by sophomore safety Chauncey Scissum. Avant’s best play of the day came on a perfectly weighted fade pass from Hunt that hit him right on the left corner of the goal line.5. Jarrod WestThe first play of the scrimmage was a lofted pass to West that he hauled in before being knocked out of bounds. The rest of his day consisted of a lot of shorter passes, much like the rest of the receiving corps, but he did burn newly minted cornerback Corey Winfield for the longest touchdown of the day. West shook Winfield at the line before Hunt hit him in stride, and finished the 40 or so yards by himself. In a day filled with a lot of short gains, if anyone looked like Hunt’s No. 1 option, it was West. Comments
The popularity and influence of soccer worldwide have finally garnered attention in the United States.In fact, the USA women’s soccer team’s recent run to the World Cup Finals against Japan was the second-highest rated women’s soccer match on U.S. television.With the recent success the USC women’s soccer team has had over the last four years, which includes its first NCAA title in 2007 and four straight appearances in the NCAA tournament since coach Ali Khosroshahin came to USC, it’s had more success than the football program in the past couple years.No one at USC is saying soccer has replaced football.In fact, it’s “fútbol” that has replaced “soccer.”That’s not a misspelling.The USC women’s soccer team has re-dubbed itself “USC fútbol,” as just one of countless marketing ideas the USC athletic department has implemented to increase interest in the program, which averaged just 369 fans per game at McAlister Field last season.The idea is the brainchild of USC coach Ali Khosroshahin, who for years has run a “’SC Fútbol Academy” summer camp program.“[Fútbol] is the word used to describe the sport in the majority of the world,” Khosroshahin said. “It’s really a name recognition thing more than anything else.”The idea has garnered tremendous support from everyone in the athletic department.Khosroshahin said he first took the idea to Senior Associate Athletic Director Steve Lopes. Together they took the idea to marketing, and from there to Athletic Director Pat Haden, all of whom Khosroshahin said were “fired up” about it.“With our location here in Los Angeles, it’s vital to try to find a way to fit into this community,” Associate Athletic Director of Marketing Craig Kelley said. “Some of the people here feel somewhat disconnected from us, and this is a sort of way to bring them in.”Khosroshahin also said he hopes the name change will help the community around USC relate to the sport.“We have an international community here,” Khosroshahin said. “So we thought, ‘This is the world’s sport, let’s put the international moniker on it as well and see if we can get our international alumni and students to come out.’”Nearly 1,500 fans turned out to watch USC take on Stanford at the Coliseum last season, and the program later broke the NCAA attendance record for a regular season women’s soccer matchup with a turnout of 8,527 at the Coliseum against UCLA. Otherwise, the highest attendance of the season was 603.“I’d like to hope that with the logo and referring to ourselves as ‘fútbol’ that we can pull that international interest that we have on campus,” Khosroshahin said. “It’s something you can get into. We want to get people to come out, and if they come out and see us once, it might intrigue them enough to come back.”This sentiment also was echoed by the marketing department.“Our premise from a marketing strategy is to really hone in on four or five events a year,” Kelley said. “To really focus on getting people out to those games. If the fans come out and enjoy themselves, they’re going to come back.”To draw to those select events, the marketing department has also started a “Food Truck Friday” tradition. Every Friday home game will feature two specialty food trucks at McAlister Field.“There are eight, nine food trucks around campus on any given day because the students like them so much,” Kelley said. “The soccer field is so close to The Row and University Avenue and those dorms right there. It’s an opportunity for us to try and fill McAlister to capacity.”Last Friday — opening day for the Women of Troy — featured a taco truck and an ice cream truck. The next Food Truck Friday is scheduled for Sept. 9, when the Women of Troy take on Oklahoma State in the Trojan Invitational Tournament.
The Briton’s license was withdrawn by the British Boxing Board of Control last October and Fury said in a video posted to his official Instagram account on Wednesday that he had several options ahead of him as he prepares to get back in the ring.“Who knows, I might not even go back to the British Boxing Board of Control after how they have conducted themselves and the manner in which they behaved around the whole thing,” Fury said in the video, which has since been deleted.“So get it out of your mind that it’s cement I am going with you guys. Because I have a vast array of board of controls around the world with open arms welcoming the Gypsy King,” he added before using an expletive to describe how he feels he was treated.The 29-year-old, who has a 25-0 record, became WBA (Super), IBF, WBO and IBO world champion when he beat Ukrainian Wladimir Klitschko in November 2015 but has not fought since.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Former world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury has said that he may renew his boxing license with a different organization as he believes the British Boxing Board of Control treated him poorly after he was charged by UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) in June 2016.Fury, who tested positive for a banned steroid in February 2015, was cleared by UKAD on Tuesday to resume his career after agreeing a two-year backdated ban.
Manchester United’s last-16 Champions League tie against Marseille is delicately poised after an uninspiring goalless draw in the first leg.Darren Fletcher had United’s best chance but his 18-yard shot was gathered at the second attempt by the home side’s goalkeeper Steve Mandanda.It was a rare opening in a tight game of few chances.Marseille’s Andre Ayew dragged a shot across goal in the main threat to United at the Stade Velodrome.There was little to separate the sides after a first leg in which both teams were more functional than flamboyant, and it was a game that could best be described as a sparring exercise ahead of what will be a decisive return leg on 15 March.After failing to score in France, United will have to be wary of conceding an away goal at Old Trafford, although they can take confidence from a home record of 17 victories in 20 matches so far this season. The two legs against Marseille are sandwiched either side of a run in which United will play at Wigan, Chelsea and Liverpool in the Premier League before a home tie against either Arsenal or Leyton Orient in the FA Cup.It promises to be a defining period in United’s season and they made sure they started it without any hiccups.In the build-up to the game against the French champions United centre-back Rio Ferdinand, who was absent because of a calf injury, tweeted that “an away goal or two would be nice” as well as a “clean sheet”.In addition, he was also “looking for a solid, composed team performance” and, although it was hardly exciting, he got most of what he wanted.The closest the visitors came to giving their absent centre-back a goal came early on when they were almost rewarded for a pacy and purposeful start. A poor Nani free-kick cannoned kindly off the Marseille wall to Fletcher on the edge of the box but his shot was saved by Mandanda and gathered at the second attempt.That was as much as either keeper had to do for the rest of the first half as Marseille settled, and discipline and defence dominated over any attacking intent and invention that either side managed.In higher-profile games United boss Sir Alex Ferguson tends to play with a lone striker up front, and that meant Wayne Rooney was deployed on the left of midfield as Dimitar Berbatov led the line on his own for the Red Devils.Mraseille lacked the creativity to find a way through the 4-5-1 United line-up, and when the visitors switched to 4-3-3 during forays forward, they lacked the cutting edge to open up the hosts.United almost benefited from a mistake when Mandanda missed a Rooney cross to the far post on the hour mark, only for ex-United defender Gabriel Heinze to head away with Nani waiting to nod in. With both teams more intent on keeping a clean sheet than engineering a goal, a slice of fortune for the home side almost made a difference.Edouard Cisse’s shot was deflected to Ayew and he dragged his angled effort across goal and just out of the reach of team-mate Brandao.Rooney appeared to be dragged down late on when he threatened to break clear but the referee saw nothing wrong with the challenge as the game ended in a disappointing stalemate.Source: BBC