14 Jul 2016 Sammie’s win completes a full set of titles Cornwall’s Sammie Giles has won the English women’s amateur championship at West Lancashire – and completed a full set of national titles. She has already won the English women’s stroke play, played last year on another Lancashire course at St Annes Old Links, and she captured the English women’s mid-amateur at Bath in 2014. The 21-year-old from St Mellion (Image © Leaderboard Photography) described herself as excited by her latest win, scoring one-under par over 72 holes, and said: “This one is the most important because it’s the closed championship and you’re playing against all your England team-mates.” Giles, who helped England to victory in the 2015 Women’s Home Internationals, finished ahead of a host of other internationals. Lizzie Prior (Burhill) had to settle for second place for the second year in a row after she finished on level par. Alice Hewson (Berkhamsted) was third on one-over, while Gemma Clews (Delamere Forest) and Sophie Lamb (Clitheroe) were fifth on two-over. Girl international Amelia Williamson (Royal Cromer) achieved her own target with a sixth place finish on three-over. The host club’s Hollie Muse finished 11th on nine-over while Eloise Healey was 32nd. At the start of today’s final 36 holes the lead was shared by Prior, Lamb and Cloe Frankish (Chart Hills) who were all three-under. Giles was tied fifth and marked time in the third round with a level par score which put her three behind Prior, who was the sole leader going into the final round. In the afternoon Giles made her move with two-under 72 which pipped her challengers. “There’s a tough stretch on the back nine, from the 10th to the 13th, and I managed to come out of that one-under, and that was the turning point,” said Giles. “This morning I played pretty steadily but I made so many clubbing errors because the wind was so difficult, it was straight across and really difficult to judge. My short game was great, though, and I made up and down for par pretty much every time I mis-clubbed. “This afternoon we got the clubbing better and I gave myself far more birdie opportunities,” added Giles who, as usual, had her father on the bag. She’s now taking a short break from golf to re-charge after this event and after playing in her regional County Match Week. Her next big date is the defence of her stroke play title at Bristol & Clifton from 16-18 August. Click here for full scores
In this May 27, 2014 file photo, Tennessee Titans quarterback Jake Locker (10) passes during NFL football minicamp as coach Ken Whisenhunt watches in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A coaching change always creates excitement, bringing the promise of more wins and elusive playoff berths.Ken Whisenhunt’s resume is loaded enough that the Tennessee Titans believe their new boss can end their losing ways.“He understands what perfection looks like,” receiver Nate Washington said. “He understands what a Super Bowl looks like. He understands what getting to that top tier in the NFL is going to take, so his expectation right now is much needed. He understands what it’s going to take for us to get to where we want to be, and that’s hoisting the Lombardi Trophy at the end of the day.”That’s bold talk for a franchise that last reached the postseason in 2008 and last won a playoff game in January 2003. The Titans had losing records four of the past five seasons. New president Tommy Smith fired Mike Munchak after a 7-9 record and went outside team ties in hiring a man with Super Bowl experience.Whisenhunt took the 2008 Arizona Cardinals to the Super Bowl, and won a championship ring three years earlier as Pittsburgh Steelers offensive coordinator.The Titans made a bunch of other changes, too. They cut one-time 2,000-yard rusher Chris Johnson, long-time kicker Rob Bironas, right tackle David Stewart and quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. General manager Ruston Webster brought in a batch of veterans, including Pro Bowl punt returner Dexter McCluster, linebackers Shaun Phillips and Wesley Woodyard, and right tackle Michael Oher. He also re-signed safety Bernard Pollard and kick returner Leon Washington.Whisenhunt brought in Ray Horton as defensive coordinator, and he’s starting to move the Titans from the 4-3 scheme they’ve played for a couple of decades to a 3-4. Webster continues tinkering with the roster, helping ramp up the pressure to perform.“That’s what it needs to be like,” Pollard said. “Guys need to walk around on eggshells. That’s how it needs to be, and I think guys are understanding. Guys are seeing what it’s really like. … With our coaching staff, they eat football, they sleep football. They smell like football, and that’s what we needed.”Some things to watch for at the Titans’ training camp:ALL EYES ON LOCKER: How the Titans fare depends heavily on quarterback Jake Locker. He has missed 14 of 32 games since being chosen the starter, which is why Tennessee did not pick up his 2015 option. But the Titans have made it clear Locker is the starter. Charlie Whitehurst was brought in as the backup.Locker didn’t miss a session on the field this offseason and will go into training camp healthy.“Jake works hard,” Whisenhunt said. “He’s doing a great job as far as studying the offense and understanding his reads, really done a good job with a lot of the little things. His footwork, his technique, we’ve seen improvement there, and that’s really exciting to see.”NO MORE CJ: Johnson was cut in April, so the Titans must replace the NFL’s second-leading rusher since 2008. Bishop Sankey, a second-round pick out of Washington, has a chance at the starting job with veteran Shonn Greene coming off his second knee surgery in the past year. Veteran Dexter McCluster also will be used at running back after catching 53 passes in Kansas City last year. With Johnson, the Titans averaged 4.1 yards per carry in 2013.REPLACING VERNER: Pro Bowl cornerback Alterraun Verner signed with Tampa Bay rather than returning to Tennessee, and the Titans didn’t sign a veteran to replace him. Instead, Blidi Wreh-Wilson, a third-round draft pick in 2013 out of Connecticut, is competing with Coty Sensabaugh to start opposite veteran Jason McCourty.BRAND NEW KICKER: Tennessee unexpectedly cut Bironas in March and brought in Maikon Bonani, who only kicked one field goal in the preseason with the Titans last year. Bonani, a Brazilian native who played at South Florida, at least spent most of the preseason in Tennessee. Travis Coons, an undrafted free agent from Washington, also is competing for the job.TOP DRAFT PICK: The last team to sign its first-round draft pick a year ago, the Titans may cut it close again with left tackle Taylor Lewan. The 11th pick overall out of Michigan remains unsigned. Right guard Chance Warmack missed the first four practices of camp before getting his deal last year.___Online:AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL
It was not the start to the playoffs the Nelson Leafs players wanted.Allan Pruss scored twice to lead the Beaver Valley Nitehawks to a 5-0 trashing of the Leafs in Game one of the Murdoch Division Semi Final Friday in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action in Fruitvale.Game two is Saturday back at the Hawks’ Nest.Pruss, who finished the game with three points, scored twice in the third period to put the game away for the home side. Sam Swanson and Jace Weegar scored in the first and second periods, respectively, to give the Hawks a 2-0 advantage after 40 minutes.Taylor Stafford scored a shorthanded marker late in the game to complete the scoring.Drake Poirier stopped all 22 shots to register the shutout.Nelson struggled to muster any offence during the game, registering only five shots in the second period.Dylan Williamson, back from an injury, was Nelson’s game star while Poirier was named player-of-the-game for Beaver Valley.The series shifts to Nelson for Game three and four, Monday and Tuesday.Puck drop is 7 p.m.Beaver Valley has eliminated Nelson from post season play in three of the past four seasons.