Commentary Like old times The Masters is Tiger Woods v the field

One of the most exciting tournaments in golf is finally here. The top players in the world will stroll down Magnolia Lane to tee it up at the legendary Augusta National Golf Course for The Masters, the first of four annual major championships on the Professional Golfers Association Tour. The 93-player field will feature top players, past champions and even the youngest competitor in Masters’ history: 14-year-old Tianlang Guan from China, who won the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship in November to punch his ticket to Augusta, Ga. (I couldn’t imagine doing anything of this magnitude at age 14). This year’s edition features a common theme from past Masters tournaments: Tiger Woods versus the rest of the field. With three wins in five starts on the 2013 PGA Tour, and regaining the No. 1 ranking in the world after a whirlwind three years, I think Woods is a shoe-in to win for the fifth time at Augusta National. Woods is definitely my favorite to win the Masters, but here are my top-10 players who can also win the green jacket: 1. Brandt Snedeker: If there is anyone in the world who is as hot as Woods, it’s the 32-year-old from Nashville. The winner of the season-long race for last year’s FedEx Cup, Snedeker carried that momentum into 2013, posting a win and four top-three finishes in just seven starts so far on the PGA Tour. 2. Matt Kuchar: After finishing T-3 in last year’s Masters, and picking up a win earlier this year at the World Golf Championship Accenture Match Play Championship, Kuchar’s consistency over the last three years with 21 top-10 finishes makes him a key player to look for this year. 3. Justin Rose: The Englishman hasn’t finished worse than T-17 in eight events on the PGA and European tours this season. Expect him to be in the mix late afternoon on Sunday. 4. Rory McIlroy: The 23-year-old Northern Irishman has had an eventful year so far, highlighted by the switch to Nike golf clubs and inconsistent play so far. But last week’s second-place finish at the Valero Texas Open gave him the confidence he needed to try to win his third major championship. 5. Dustin Johnson: The big-hitting American’s power of the tee will be crucial to his success this week. Look for him to score some low numbers on the par-5s, and this could be the year for him to break through for his first major championship. 6. Phil Mickelson: A three-time Masters champion playing in his favorite event? You know Lefty is going to bring his A-game to Augusta this week. 7. Lee Westwood: His success in majors in astonishing, except for one stat: wins. Westwood has yet to win that first major, despite having eight top-10 finishes in the last 16 majors. 8. Bubba Watson: The emotional roller-coaster, and last year’s Masters’ champion, Watson knows what it takes to win at Augusta, especially with his incredible shot-shaping abilities. 9. Ian Poulter: The 37-year-old Englishman knows how to thrive on golf’s biggest stages. A Ryder Cup hero for the Europeans, Poulter will look to improve from his seventh place finish last year. 10. Keegan Bradley: Another big-hitting American, poised to add a second major championship to his impressive resume. When he won the 2011 PGA Championship as a rookie, everyone knew he could handle the pressure of a big-time tournament. read more

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Mens volleyball set to open season in Hawaii

Then-sophomore middle blocker Grayson Overman attempts to block an opposing spike during a match against Lewis March 4, 2011, at St. John Arena. OSU won, 3-0.Credit: Cody Cousino / For The LanternThe Ohio State men’s volleyball team is set to start the 2014 season in a location where the climate is quite the contrary to what Ohio has been facing lately.The Buckeyes are scheduled to travel to Honolulu for the fifth straight year to take part in the Outrigger Hotels and Resorts Invitational.In what marks the 20th anniversary for the tournament, No. 12 OSU is slated to take on top teams in No. 14 Hawaii, No. 7 UCLA and No. 11 Penn State.“The Outrigger Volleyball Invitational is one of the oldest non-conference tournaments in college men’s volleyball. It traditionally includes Hawaii and a team from the (Mountain Pacific Sports Federation), Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association) and (Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association) in its four-team field,” said Nancy Daniels, the director of public relations for Outrigger Hotel and Resorts.The Buckeyes have made five appearances, Penn State has made 19 appearances with two titles, UCLA has made 13 appearances with a record eight titles and Hawaii has played in all 20 tournaments, winning six times, Daniels said.OSU is set to kick off play Thursday facing the host of the tournament, Hawaii. Hawaii leads the overall series with OSU, 3-1. The Buckeyes picked up their first win over the Rainbow Warriors last year, beating Hawaii in five sets during the first round of the 2013 Outrigger Hotels and Resorts Invitational. Friday, OSU is set to take on UCLA at 9 p.m. The Buckeyes are set to finish the invitational Saturday against Penn State at 9 p.m.The Buckeyes are coming off a 2013 season in which they finished 19-8 overall and 9-5 in MIVA conference play, good for third.OSU hosted the first round of the MIVA Tournament, falling in five sets to Grand Canyon. To end the 2013 season, OSU lost seven seniors, including experienced middle blockers John Tholen and Grayson Overman.In coach Pete Hanson’s 28th season at the helm, the Buckeyes are led by a pair of experienced redshirt juniors in setter Peter Heinen, opposite Andrew Lutz, junior outside hitter Michael Henchy and redshirt-junior middle blocker Shawn Herron.Upon returning from Hawaii, the Buckeyes are scheduled to take on Lees-McRae in Columbus, Jan. 17 at 7 p.m. read more

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Icy Conditions Persist On The Seward Highway

first_imgDOT: “We ask that every driver use caution, drive the posted speed and get to where you are going safely. Please watch for all non-motorized users and give them room.” DOT is paying extra close attention to MP 113, just before the Potter Creek viewpoint, of the Seward Highway for signs of melt. In an effort to reduce hazards in that area DOT is working to push traffic away from the cliff. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Department of Transportation has issued a snow and ice melt advisory for a portion of the Seward Highway. According to DOT because the traffic control devices shift the highway into a pull out area, speeds are reduced in this area.center_img As daytime temperatures rise, we get snow and ice melt throughout our transportation network, according to the advisory. DOT is currently monitoring and pushing snow further into ditches, scraping any pack ice, and thawing culverts on the stretch of the highway.last_img read more

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Louisville Falls to No 3 North Carolina 8370 in ACC Quarterfinal

first_imgStory Links PDF Box Score Postgame Quotes Listen Live CBS Matchup History Postgame Notes Next Game: vs. Minnesota 3/21/2019 | center_img Preview CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Luke Maye had 19 points and nine rebounds, Coby White added 17 points, seven rebounds and six assists – and committed just one turnover – and North Carolina beat Louisville 83-70 on Thursday night in the Atlantic Coast Conference quarterfinals.”I’m trying to make the easy play,” White said. ”I’m trying not to force it.”White’s controlled play has the second-seeded Tar Heels in line for a run at their second ACC Tournament championship in four years and a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.”I get on him about his shots and I get on him about his turnovers,” Williams said. ”But he is making much better decisions. It’s attack, attack, attack. That’s what we talk about all the time. We want to attack like crazy and be under control.”Maye was stellar as he has been for most of his career with the Tar Heels, taking over on the glass in the second half and scoring from all three levels on offense – attacking the basket, knocking down mid-range jumpers and stroking 3-pointers.Cameron Johnson chipped in with 14 points – all in the first half – to help the Tar Heels (27-5) extend their winning streak to eight games.Dwayne Sutton had 14 points for Louisville (20-13).The Cardinals beat North Carolina by 19 on Jan. 12 in Chapel Hill – Williams’ worst home loss ever as Tar Heels coach – using their size and length to disrupt shooters and control the glass.North Carolina had no trouble in the rubber match between the teams.The Tar Heels built a 45-35 lead at the half behind Johnson and White, who got the basket with ease. But the lead hovered around 10 for most of the second half until the Tar Heels got their transition game going with eight straight points on run outs – including four by Kenny Williams – to stretch the lead to 18 with 6:24 left.Louisville coach Chris Mack called North Carolina’s transition game ”phenomenal.””They are as fast as any team I’ve coached against,” Mack said. ”And you talk about it, you talk about it, but talking doesn’t prepare you sometimes. And you give those guys credit, they were shot out of a cannon, that ball was up the floor and in such a hurry and got to the rim.”AVENGING LOSSMaye, who grew up in the Charlotte suburb of Huntersville, was excited to get a win in his return home especially after the Tar Heels lost here in the second round of the NCAA Tournament to Texas A&M.”I love coming back to Charlotte and this was a big win for us,” Maye said.WELL PREPAREDMack believes the Cardinals are well prepared for the NCAA Tournament after competing in the ACC with three teams ranked in the top five in the country.”I told these guys in the locker room that we have played the best teams in the country,” Mack said. ”I mean there’s a reason that y’all are talking about a possibility, not saying it’s going to happen, a possibility of three No. 1 seeds. That’s incredible. … It’s the best conference in the country, in my opinion.”BIG PICTURELouisville: Despite the loss, the Cardinals appear to have a good chance to get an at-large berth in the NCAA Tournament as a 20-win team in a tough conference.North Carolina: The Tar Heels arrived in Charlotte chasing a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament and if they continue to play like this over the next two days they’ll be a lock to get one.UP NEXTLouisville: Will await word on an NCAA Tournament bid.North Carolina: Will face the winner Duke-Syracuse winner in the semifinals Friday night. Full Schedule Roster Game Highlights Photo Gallery Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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Exercise helps people overpower depression

first_imgThe study divided 62 individuals with diagnosed clinical depression into three groups, in which two participated in two different types of exercise with a physiotherapist twice a week for 10 weeks while the third, the control group, did not participate in systematic exercise.”In our follow-up interviews for the study, participants spoke about how they felt alive again and became more active. One woman expressed… the workout ‘kickstarts my body and helps me get the strength to crawl out of this cocoon that I am in’,” said PhD student Louise Danielsson.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’People who participated in exercise aimed at increasing their physical fitness clearly improved their mental health compared with the control group. Even participants who were taught about their basal body awareness by the physiotherapist reduced their depressive symptoms, although not as significantly.The studies show that the participants who exercised felt that they had the strength to do more at home and engage with more social contacts.”Our results show that exercise can be used within primary care with the rehabilitation of people with depression,” Danielsson said.last_img read more

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Nicolas de Tavernost president of French commerci

first_imgNicolas de Tavernost, president of French commercial broadcaster M6, has said he will remain vigilant on Canal Plus’s implementation of its acquisition of free-to-air channels Direct 8 and Direct Star following the French competition authority’s green light for the deal.Speaking to analysts, De Tavernost said that M6 would analyse the competition authority’s decision in detail when it was published and had not ruled anything out at this stage. He said the conditions imposed by the regulator appeared to be “relatively light”.M6 was hit by a weak advertising market in the second quarter, with the main channel’s ad revenues declining by 6.6%.last_img

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Internet TV service FilmOncom has signed a conten

first_imgInternet TV service FilmOn.com has signed a content sharing deal with news channel France 24, whereby FilmOn.com will deliver programming from the international news channel.FilmOn.com users will be able to view France 24’s rolling package of news and current affairs on PCs and smartphones via FilmOn.com, which already has deals with news services BBC News, Associated Press, Russia Today and Al Jazeera.“We are delighted to welcome France 24 to the growing stable of national broadcasters who are choosing to make their content available via FilmOn.com,” said FilmOn.com CEO Alki David. “This deal follows similar agreements with TVE of Spain and Deutsche Welle of Germany and it leaves us poised in a strong position to achieve our goal of conquering multiple territories around the globe.”FilmOn.com delivers about 500 branded live channels and 45,000 video-on-demand assets across a wide range of genre.last_img read more

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Synamedia set out its vision and investment focus

first_imgSynamedia set out its vision and investment focus as a newly independent company at IBC, stressing that innovation will be at the heart of its strategy.The company, formed from the sale of Cisco’s video processing and video solutions business to private equity firm Permira funds, said it will help customers to develop new offerings and optimise their current infrastructure while adopting IP distribution.Securing revenues and tackling illegal streaming will be another priority, with Synamedia planning to bring to market products and services that “go beyond watermarking” to help customers with piracy prevention.The company will also be investing in research and development around targeted advertising technology – across both live and on-demand services such as cloud DVRs. Synamedia said this will be particularly attractive to free-to-air TV broadcasters and channels aiming to increase their revenue via OTT services including live streaming, catch-up TV and cloud DVR.“We are looking forward to helping our DTH and cable customers embrace IP distribution to complement and expand consumer choice and convenience, as well as helping telco customers and new entrants to pay TV take advantage of our end-to-end platform offering,” said Yves Padrines, the incoming CEO for Synamedia and Cisco’s current vice president of global service provider for Europe, Middle East, Africa.“At this pivotal time in the industry when the market faces a number of challenges, we will work with our customers and partners to reinvent the way people are entertained and informed.”Synamedia set out plans to work with data analytics firms, network equipment providers and application developers supporting the Synamedia Infinite Video Platform. It also plans to expand its professional services offerings with the aim of becoming “the richest and most flexible hybrid broadcast OTT platform in the market.”The company plans to support Android TV and RDK as well as devices like games consoles and connected TVs with its Infinite Video Platform. It will also improve the quality of experience with multicast ABR streaming and broadcast-equivalent streaming latency.On the Cloud DVR front, Synamedia said it will expand its solution with support for hybrid and multi-cloud environments and will work on developing a fully-managed service.“I’m particularly excited about our plans to help customers secure their revenues and enhance the consumer experience by taking advantage of the convenience of OTT technologies,” said Synamedia chairman Abe Peled.“We will be starting with a robust and secure platform and will further develop our security offerings to tackle illegal streaming. In addition, we will leverage our expertise in targeted advertising to enable our clients to create new revenue streams.”last_img read more

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