LaVar Ball, eccentric patriarch of basketball prodigies

first_imgIt’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson “Tell Donald Trump to have a great Thanksgiving because Big Baller is,” Ball quipped in the interview.That in turn triggered a predawn tweetstorm from Trump on Tuesday, with the president disparaging Ball as a “poor man’s version” of notorious boxing promoter Don King before branding Ball an “ungrateful fool.”In many ways the Ball-Trump smackdown unfolded entirely predictably, the classic collision between unstoppable force and immovable object.For anyone who has followed LaVar Ball’s rise, the latest controversy came as little surprise.Always ‘a master plan’Ball’s sons first gained attention for their exploits in helping Chino Hills High School in Los Angeles go a whole season unbeaten in 2016. The team was acclaimed as the best high school side in the country.LaVar Ball has compared himself to Joe Jackson, the domineering father of Michael Jackson and the Jackson Five who plotted his children’s musical success. LaVar’s wife Tina says her husband “always had a master plan.”“Some people want to invest in property, stocks, something,” LaVar said in an interview with the Orange County Register earlier this year. “I always thought, ‘I’m going to invest in something that’s mine.’”So far, the master plan is on track. Lonzo was snapped up by the Los Angeles Lakers earlier this year and although his professional career is off to an uneven start, he has shown flashes of precocious talent.LaVar, however, has regularly drawn the ire of pundits with a stream of outlandish statements about his and his sons’ talents. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny LATEST STORIES Lonzo Ball signed this year for the Los Angeles Lakers. LiAngelo is a rookie at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) set to follow his elder brother’s path to the NBA. LaMelo is a high school student who might be the best of the lot.But for all the athletic success of his children, it is 50-year-old LaVar Ball who has shown the greatest flair for grabbing the headlines, mostly through wildly extravagant claims that invite ridicule on sports websites and television.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throneThis week, however, Ball has found himself in the crosshairs of the world’s most powerful man, incurring Donald Trump’s wrath after refusing to thank the US president for securing son LiAngelo’s release after his arrest in China.LiAngelo was arrested with two UCLA teammates for allegedly shoplifting in Hangzhou earlier this month while his team was in China for an exhibition game. They were jailed at first, then ordered confined to their hotel room. Pacquiao teases ‘real boxing match’ with McGregor in 2018 LaVar Ball (L), father of basketball player LiAngelo Ball and the owner of the Big Baller brand, sits with his other son LaMelo Ball during a promotional event in Hong Kong on November 14, 2017.UCLA players LiAngelo Ball — the younger brother of Los Angeles Lakers rookie star Lonzo Ball — and teammates Cody Riley and Jalen Hill were arrested on November 7 in Hangzhou ahead of their regular-season-opening game against Georgia Tech in nearby Shanghai this past weekend. ESPN reported that they were nabbed on suspicion of stealing from a Louis Vuitton store and later freed on bail but ordered to remain in Hangzhou. / AFP PHOTO / Anthony WALLACEWhether it’s about Donald Trump, legends of the NBA or conventional wisdom, LaVar Ball is happy picking a fight with anyone over anything at any time.In the space of two years, the larger-than-life hoops fanatic has risen from obscurity to prominence as the eccentric father of basketball prodigies Lonzo, LiAngelo and LaMelo Ball.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene 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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In the past year alone he has claimed that he would have beaten Michael Jordan in his prime in a game of one-on-one — Ball had a brief career in both professional basketball and football — while stating bluntly that Lonzo is a better player already than Golden State Warriors superstar Steph Curry.Better, in fact, than any other player in the world.Help or hindrance? Some have wondered aloud whether LaVar’s overbearing personality and relentless courting of the spotlight might end up hindering his sons’ development.“The fact that everybody keeps talking about him, he seems to be accomplishing whatever he’s trying to accomplish, because the things he says are so outlandish,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr told ESPN in March.“I don’t think it’s helping his kids. I think it’d be better for them if they can just play and have fun and not have to hear that every day — but whatever.”As well as overseeing his sons’ development, LaVar Ball is constantly promoting his Big Baller Brand of sportswear, selling basketball sneakers for an eye-watering $495 (418 euros) a pair.“People say, ‘Oh, LaVar’s crazy,’ Ball says. “Well, they thought Tiger Woods’ dad was crazy. They thought Venus and Serena’s dad was crazy.“These are all great (athletes). So I’d say we’re on the right path. I want them going for the highest.” Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Trump took credit for helping to engineer the players’ release and return to the United States after raising the matter with Chinese President Xi Jinping during his recent Asian tour.‘Ungrateful fool!’Yet LaVar Ball reacted with indifference when asked by the ESPN sports network for his thoughts on Trump’s role in securing his son’s release. “Who?” he asked.Trump responded angrily on Twitter. “I should have left them in jail,” he wrote.Undeterred, LaVar Ball then went on CNN on Monday to double down on his earlier remarks, again refusing to thank Trump, and using his appearance instead to tout his clothing company — Big Baller Brand.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? 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West Ham’s pursuit of in-form striker Yilmaz OVER, reveals Slaven Bilic

first_imgSlaven Bilic says West Ham have been told they must buy Burak Yilmaz because Galatasaray are not interested in sending him out on loan.The Hammers have been strongly linked with the Turkish striker, who has hit 65 top-flight goals in 105 appearances since his arrival from Trabzonspor.Bilic has enquired about the 30-year-old’s availability but has been told that a loan spell is out of question.On Yilmaz, he said: “We are in the market to take one on loan. His club do not want to loan him. They only want to sell.”The West Ham boss is also keen on a loan move for Emanuel Emenike, the Nigeria striker who has hit seven goals in 11 appearances on loan at Al Ain.The Hammers now want to seal a loan spell of their own for the 28-year-old, who is contracted to Fenerbahce.But Bilic said: “Emenike is complicated. He is a Fenerbahce player but he’s on loan to Al Ain.” 1 West Ham target Burak Yilmaz last_img read more

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WORST GORSE FIRES IN YEARS RAGE THROUGH WEST DONEGAL

first_imgThe blaze in Glenties todaySOME of the worst gorse fires seen in Donegal in years raged into the early hours of this morning as fire crews battled the inferno.It proved to be a very busy night for fire crews from both Glenties and Donegal TownAt approximately 9.30 two units from Glenties and Donegal Town responded to a large hill and gorse fire in the Frosses / Mountcharles area which wasn’t got under control to around 1 am. Half an hour later – at 1.30am – Glenties crews were called out once again, this time to a large forest fire on the main Glenties to Killybegs Road where they remained til 6 am this morning Saturday.While at the scene of this fire the Glenties Fire Crew were called to a road traffic accident also to which the Dungloe Brigade had to respond to and casualties were transferred to Hospital in Letterkenny.Dungloe, Gweedore and Falcarragh have had a busy Friday also with Gorse Fires“It has been an extremely busy 12 hours,” said a Fire Service spokesman. “We have dealt with fires right across the west of the county overnight.” WORST GORSE FIRES IN YEARS RAGE THROUGH WEST DONEGAL was last modified: April 26th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:glenties gorse firelast_img read more

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New Ediacaran Fossils: Do They Ignite the Cambrian Explosion?

first_imgWell-preserved fossils of seaweed-like colonies have been reported from China.  They are dated by the scientists at 600 million years old, from the Ediacaran period.  Can these be missing links, lighting the fuse of biodiversity that culminated in the Cambrian explosion?    PhysOrg summarized the findings published in Nature.1  “In addition to perhaps ancient versions of algae and worms, the Lantian biota – named for its location – included macrofossils with complex and puzzling structures,” the article said.  “In all, scientists identified about 15 different species at the site.”  Pictures of the seaweed-like fossils show fronds with a distinctive holdfast, like modern seaweed use to cling to the seafloor.    The paper in Nature shows pictures of frond-like and tube-like organisms “with uncertain phylogenetic affinities,” but no clear Cambrian-like body plans.  A couple of them, Guy Narbonne speculated in the same issue of Nature,2 are “probable ancestors of radial and bilaterian animals.”  The discoverers mentioned a hopeful case: “The axial structure in Types D and E is puzzling and it could represent the digestive structure of worm-like animals,” they hinted; “In an animal model, the holdfast and stalk of Type D would be alternatively interpreted as the proboscis of an early worm-like organism.”  The photos are not compelling.    Both papers spent much of their space discussing what effects varying levels of oxygen in the oceans might have had on the evolution of life.  For instance, “To reconcile the conflicting geochemical and palaeontological indicators of palaeoredox conditions, we propose that the Lantian basin was largely anoxic but punctuated by brief oxic episodes,” the original paper said, harking back to the jargon of punctuated equilibrium, if that somehow helps evolution.  “These oxic episodes were opportunistically capitalized on by benthic macroeukaryotes that were subsequently killed and preserved by frequent switch-backs to anoxic conditions.”  Evolution did not seem to be going in any particular direction toward complex animal life.    The paper claims the Lantian biota is “probably older than and taxonomically distinct from the Avalon biota,” the previous record setter for “earliest-known fossil assemblage with macroscopic and morphologically complex life forms” at 579-560 million years old.  That suggestion, however, does not create any evolutionary linkage between the two independent groups.  Even so, neither fossil beds show any of the complex organs seen in Cambrian phyla.  The paper calls them multicellular eukaryotes.  The focus of the research was not so much on evolution upward and onward from these seaweed-like impressions, but “suggests that morphological diversification of macroscopic eukaryotes may have occurred in the early Ediacaran Period, perhaps shortly after the Marinoan glaciation, and that the redox history of Ediacaran oceans was more complex than previously thought.”1.  Yuan et al, “An early Ediacaran assemblage of macroscopic and morphologically differentiated eukaryotes,” Nature 470 (17 February 2011), pp. 390�393, doi:10.1038/nature09810.2.  Guy Narbonne, “Evolutionary biology: When life got big,” Nature 470 (17 February 2011), pp. 339�340, doi:10.1038/470339a.Even with the most generous concessions to Mr. Darwin, these fossils do not help explain the Cambrian Explosion.  They are simple frond-like colonies of eukaryotic algae, with no clear differentiation or body plans typical of Cambrian animals.  No amount of acquiescence to the evolution-incestuous dating methods can link these imprints with trilobites and vertebrates by an evolutionary sequence.    That’s why they changed the subject to talking about rising and falling oxygen levels in the oceans.  It’s a distraction and a red herring, intended to give a false impression that they are making some kind of progress solving this super-falsification of evolutionary predictions (01/07/2011). (Visited 13 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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SA woman surfer shines in Peru

first_imgSouth Africa’s Bianca Buitendag clinched the biggest victory of her professional surfing career on Sunday when she defeated Hawaii’s Alana Blanchard in the final of the ASP six-star rated Movistar Women’s Pro in Piura, Peru. DominantBuitendag, who has based herself in France, where she has already won three consecutive ASP Women’s Pro Junior (under-20) events since matriculating last year, was dominant throughout the event in Peru. The victory moved Buitendag, the 2011 ASP World Junior Surfing champion, up to fifth place on the ASP World Star women’s rankings, which makes her the highest ranked surfer not on the 2012 ASP Women’s World Championship Tour (WCT). SAinfo reporter Semi-finals Bianca Buitendag (RSA) def Sofia Mulanovich (Per) 16.25 to 15.50 Alana Blanchard (Haw) def. Sarah Baum (RSA) 13.95 to 11.40 ‘An incredible feeling’“I never thought that I would make it past the quarter-finals, let alone past Sofia (Mulanovich) in the semi-finals. So to make it to the finals and win the contest is such an incredible feeling. 30 July 2012 Final Bianca Buitendag (RSA) def Alan Blanchard (Haw) 15.00 to 12.90 Baum up to number 12 in the ASP World Star women’s rankings with her third place finish. She overcame ASP number eight ranked Paige Hareb of New Zealand and ASP number 10 Rebecca Woods twice on her way to the semis where she was narrowly beaten by Blanchard. “This was such a fun contest and I’m thankful for making it to the finals,” said Blanchard. “It’s a shame I never got a good second wave to back up my score, but Bianca was unstoppable throughout the entire event and she deserved the victory.” ThirdCompatriot Sarah Baum, the only other South African in Peru, placed third to record her best result in an ASP six-star event. She won her opening encounter and then placed second behind local heroine and 2004 ASP women’s world champion, Sofia Mulanovich to move into the round of 24, where she again won to reach the quarter-finals. ASP WOMEN’S STAR 2012 – TOP 10 Courtney Conlogue (USA) 9 730 pointsMalia Manuel (Haw) 8 280Sally Fitzgibbons (Aus) 7 000Sage Erickson (USA) 6 750Bianca Buitendag (RSA) 6 663Rebecca Woods (Aus) 6 530Pauline Ado (Fra) 5 980Paige Hareb (NZ) 5 910Sofia Mulanovich (Per) 5 640Alana Blanchard (Haw) 5 400 In the final day one-on-one heats, Buitendag defeated Port Elizabeth-born Australian Philippa Anderson before getting revenge over Mulanovich in their semi-final match-up. “I feel really emotional and very happy with my victory,” said Buitendag on the podium. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material With eight of women ahead of her in the rankings currently competing on the ASP Women’s WCT – five of whom will probably re-qualify – Baum is now firmly in contention for a spot on the 2013 ASP Women’s WCT, with five ASP Star Series events still to be run this year. Competing in excellent one-metre waves at the left hand point break of Lobitos, Buitendag used her powerful forehand attack to post a heat total of 15.00 points (out of a possible 20), earning scores of 7.0 and 8.0 on her two best rides, to Blanchard’s 12.90 (7.9 and 5.0). “Alana surfed really well, the waves were excellent throughout the whole week, and this is the most important moment for me in my early career.” RESULTSlast_img read more

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Geocache Hider: Tips to Level Up Your Geocache

first_img SharePrint Related3 Tips for New Geocachers – Geocaching.com Weekly NewsletterSeptember 12, 2012In “Groundspeak’s Weekly Newsletter”DIY “Wow Power” for Your Next LogJune 8, 2014In “Geocaching Quizzes”Groundspeak Weekly Newsletter – February 9, 2011February 9, 2011In “Groundspeak’s Weekly Newsletter” What advice would you offer to new geocache hiders? Share your maker advice in comments below or on the Geocaching Facebook page.Share with your Friends:More Let’s paint a mental picture: on cold, dark, rainy, frost-bitten, locust-infested nights—and all other nights—your geocache waits, hoping for intrepid explorers to sign the logbook. But if your geocache is lonelier than you expected, it might ultimately be waiting for a very special someone: you. Geocaches don’t just require maintenance; some may need some more tender loving care. If your geocache isn’t getting the “Found it!” after “Found it!” logs you think it deserves, there are options to help up the find count.Rewrite the description: Be creative, add some humor, local insight and upload a few pictures to the geocache page.If you’re not fundamentally changing the experience, choosing a sturdier container or adding a splash of personality to your geocache will help cultivate Favorite Points and lead more people to your adventure.Double-check your coordinates. People might be trying to find your geocache, but are led astray.Did you choose a container size on your geocache page? If the container is listed as “size not chosen” it might discourage people from searching for your geocache.Get advice from a notable geocache maker in your neighborhood, attend a Maker Madness event to up-level your geocaching hiding game.And if you’re not interested in maintaining the geocache anymore, it’s okay to archive your geocache and open up the location to other hiders, or even adopt it out to another geocacher.  ​center_img Revisit Your Geocaches, Leave Them Feeling Newlast_img read more

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Encounter breaks out in J&K’s Pulwama

first_imgAn encounter broke out between security forces and militants in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Sunday, police said.Security forces launched a cordon and search operation in Pinglish area of Tral in south Kashmir district after receiving specific intelligence input about presence of the militants in the area, a police official said. He said as the forces were conducting the searches, the militants fired upon them. The forces retaliated the firing, triggering an encounter, the official said. The exchange of firing is going on, he said, adding that further details were awaited.last_img

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Archers destroy Tigers, near twice-to-beat bonus

first_imgMOST READ Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Chan, Constantino top NGAP tourney “It worked to our advantage that Salem is sick and Gaye had something wrong with his foot,” said Adamson coach Franz Pumaren. QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Mbala scored 17 points in just 19 minutes to lead seven others who finished with at least six points as the Archers fashioned out their most lopsided victory of the season to close in on a twice-to-beat Final Four bonus.“I’m happy I was able to rest,” said the Cameroonian big man. “Mayhem (the defense that La Salle plays) is not something that’s easy to do, especially when you stay in there for more than 20 minutes. But if it’s less than 20 minutes and the team is still doing good, at least it means somehow that the second group is also doing well so its good for us.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutLater, Adamson pounced on a shorthanded National U squad for a 90-77 victory that assured the Falcons of a playoff for a Final Four spot after improving to 8-4.Jonathan Espeleta and Jerrick Ahanmisi led an early barrage by the Falcons to finish with 16 points each as Adamson put NU’s postseason hopes in peril after the Bulldogs fell to 4-7. While NU is in danger of missing out on the Final Four, the Tigers are in a far more miserable state as they have two games left to avert a winless season. The Tigers’ 12th straight loss saw them trail by 42 points at one point.“We’re doing our best, but the results have not gone our way,” UST guard Marvin Lee, who had 25 points, said in Filipino. “We just have to learn and improve and prepare for next season. It’s frustrating, especially with our record right now.”The Archers pulled away in the second period after Ricci Rivero caught fire with 11 of his 16 points.Santo Tomas scored just eight points in that stretch.The Bulldogs sorely missed gunner Matt Salem, who was out due to an illness, while big man Issa Gaye played just 15 minutes due to an injury.ADVERTISEMENT La Salle didn’t need reigning Most Valuable Player Ben Mbala to play heavy minutes and help the Green Archers destroy University of Santo Tomas.The Green Archers had more than enough firepower in cruising to a 94-59 triumph over the struggling Tigers on Sunday for their 10th win in 12 games in UAAP Season 80 at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next View comments John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101last_img read more

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Training camps are a deciding factor in ensuring a win

first_imgWhen people are expecting big things from you, it is obviously quite hard to live up to them. While India can be proud of reaching the finals of the singles events in tennis, we have been disappointed by the results of the doubles and the mixed events.A tally of one gold, one silver and two bronze is certainly not what the public was expecting from us. The biggest positive to come out, in my opinion, was Sania Mirza’s great return to form. The grit and determination she showed in the final against top seed Anastasia Rodionova from Australia was fantastic.But Sania and Leander Paes’s shock exit from the mixed doubles event was followed by another shocker in the men’s doubles when Leander and Mahesh Bhupathi lost on Saturday.With their 13-year-long winning streak in Davis Cup, nothing but a gold was expected of them, but Paul Hanley and Peter Luczak were far too experienced and gritty to let the home crowd assist the Indians.Which is why India’s lone hope of a tennis gold rested on top seed Somdev Devvarman and he did not disappoint. Somdev is a picture of total professionalism and delivered what the public was waiting for.As for me, Rohan Bopanna and I had a tough draw and we lost to top seeds Hanley and Rodionova in the first round itself. It took us almost five to six games to get used to each other’s playing styles.Despite not having practised even once together, I guess we did quite well because we pushed the top seeds into three sets. I think we could have planned the lead-up to the Games a bit better. It should be mandatory for all players to attend a camp leading up to events like these.advertisementOnly then can we practice with different combinations for doubles and mixed doubles. Australians have dominated the scene in tennis, having snapped up four (five) gold. Their singleminded focus is something that demands appreciation.In other news around the Games Village, I think this is the first time I have seen the paragames being held along with the main games.At the dining hall, there is more “food for thought” when you see somebody in a wheelchair, or without a hand, yearning to excel in sports. It really makes us realise how trivial many of our problems are.In conclusion, I feel the CWG has been a success. Starting from the spectacular opening ceremony, India has risen to the occasion. That is not to say everything has passed off without glitches. But I hope we can learn from this experience and make ourselves more ready in the future.last_img read more

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Tiger Woods ties Sam Snead’s record of 82 PGA Tour wins

first_imgChief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Becoming his own man “I think the player got the captain’s attention,” Woods said.Woods’ approach shot on the 12th found the greenside bunker. He blasted out and left himself a long par putt that he missed for bogey, cutting the lead to two strokes.But that was the only time he would falter.Matsuyama missed a short birdie putt on the par-5 14th with a chance to cut the lead to a stroke. Woods, playing in the group behind Matsuyama, made a birdie putt on 14 to restore the three-stroke lead.Matsuyama cut the lead to two with a birdie on par-3 16th. On 18, his drive went into the bunker at the side of the fairway, and he hit into the greenside bunker before saving par.Woods’ approach at the par-5 18th found the greenside bunker. He blasted to 10 feet and made the birdie putt.Woods last played in an official tournament in Japan in 2006 at the Dunlop Phoenix, where he lost in a playoff to Padraig Harrington. He won the Dunlop Phoenix the two previous yearsIt was a wild debut for the PGA in Japan. Torrential rain washed out play Friday, forcing the second round to be moved to Saturday. To make up for the lost day, the players started the fourth round immediately after finishing the third to get in as many holes as possible.The course took on over 8 inches of rain Friday and was in remarkably good shape when play resumed on Saturday for the second round.Woods got in 11 holes and played 29 holes Sunday before having to come back for a 7:30 a.m. start. “This was certainly demanding,” Woods said “Being in the lead for the better part of five days puts a stress on the mind, it’s not easy to do…it’s stressful, it wears one out but somehow I was able to finish out on top and made key putts this week.”On tying Snead’s record, Woods attributed it to consistency.“It’s a big number,” Woods said. “It’s a lot of consistency and doing it for a long period of time, Sam did it into his 50s and I’m in my early to mid-40s so it’s about being consistent and doing it for a very long period of time. I’ve been very fortunate to have the career I’ve had so far.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next This jewelry designer is also an architect Trump draws boos when introduced to crowd at World Series LATEST STORIES Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical MOST READ Tiger Woods of the United States poses with his trophy after winning the Zozo Championship PGA Tour at the Accordia Golf Narashino country club in Inzai, east of Tokyo, Japan, Monday, Oct. 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)INZAI CITY, Japan — Tiger Woods shrugged off an early bogey Monday to win the Zozo Championship and tie Sam Snead’s PGA Tour record of 82 victories.The 43-year-old American returned Monday to play the final seven holes in the rain-hit tournament, completing a 3-under 67 to beat local favorite Hideki Matsuyama by three strokes at Accordia Golf Narashino Country Club.ADVERTISEMENT “It’s just crazy. It’s a lot,” Woods said. “I’ve been able to be consistent most of my career. … Today was one of those days where I was able to pull it out.”Woods had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee two months ago — his fifth on the same problem joint. He was making his first start in his 23rd season on the PGA Tour.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practice“I can still manage my way around the golf course,” Woods said. “I know how to play. I was able to do that this week.”The fourth round was suspended because of darkness Sunday, and Woods took a three-stroke lead over Matsuyama into Monday in the first official PGA Tour event in Japan. Someone from the Philippines could win a $208 million jackpot this week! Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers View comments He bogeyed his first hole of the day, the par-4 12th, but was solid the rest of the way with birdies on Nos. 14 and 18 to finish at 19-under 261. Matsuyama also closed with a 67Rory McIlroy, the highest ranked player in the field, completed his round with two birdies for a 67 to tie for third at 13 under with Sungjae Im. Im had a 65.Woods opened with consecutive 64s, with a day off in between because of rain. He had a 66 on Sunday in the third round.“It’s been a long week,” Woods said. “Five days at the top of the leaderboard is a long time.”As the U.S. Presidents Cup captain, Woods was asked about picking himself for the team.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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