Lee, Perez among four tied in chilly Tampa

first_imgPALM HARBOR, Fla. – Matt Every made the best of the worst conditions Thursday at Innisbrook. Danny Lee, finally, seems to be playing good golf in any weather. They were among a four-way tie for the lead after the opening round of the Valspar Championship, a day so challenging that 3-under 68 was the highest score to lead after the first round in the 14-year history of this event. Pat Perez and Greg Chalmers also had 68s to share the lead. Valspar Championship: Articles, videos and photos Every was the only one among the leaders to play in the morning, when the temperatures were in the mid-50s and felt even colder because of a strong wind. He had three birdies on his last four holes, all of them about 15 feet or longer, and was five shots better than he would have hoped when he teed off. ”I would have been satisfied with 2 over today,” Every said. ”It was tough. This morning you couldn’t feel your hands. The wind was brutal.” The temperature warmed under full sunshine in the afternoon, though that only helped a little. Only three players broke 70 in the morning, with the average score nearly 3 1/2 shots over par. Eight players broke 70 in the afternoon, and the average for the day turned out to be 72.6. Lee was in the last group, and how he got to Tampa Bay explains why he was one of the leaders. The former U.S. Amateur champion had missed every cut this year, and six straight dating to the OHL Classic in Mexico last November. That changed last week in the Puerto Rico Open, when he posted all four rounds in the 60s to finish second to Chesson Hadley. That got him into the field at Innisbrook, and Lee kept right on rolling. He ran off three birdies in five holes to start his round and was the only player all day to reach 4 under with a birdie on the par-5 first. He dropped his only shot on No. 6 when he failed to get up-and-down from the bunker. ”I gained a lot of confidence after last week playing with the finish in Puerto Rico,” Lee said. ”It really helped me a lot with that confidence stuff, and I’m hitting it really well right now. My ball striking is the best it’s ever been, especially with the putting. I got the new claw grip – still working great, which is fantastic.” Only 25 players managed to break par. Matteo Manassero, who didn’t break 74 in four rounds at Doral last week, was in the large group at 69 that included Nicolas Colsaerts and Bill Haas. Russell Knox, who lost in a four-man playoff two weeks ago at the Honda Classic, was in the group at 70. John Merrick made bogey on his last two holes for a 70, while Peter Uihlein made birdie on two of his last three holes, including a 35-foot putt on his last hole, for a 70. This is a big week for Uihlein, a European Tour member, who is No. 73 in the world. He has only two more tournaments to try to get into the top 50 in the world and become eligible for the Masters. Justin Rose, at No. 7 the highest-ranked player in the world at Innisbrook, Luke Donald and 20-year-old Jordan Spieth were among those at 70. More cold was expected Friday morning before the warming trend returns the rest of the week. That means Lee, Perez and the others could face wind and cold at the start of their second round. Lee can only draw comparisons with his game, not the course or the conditions. He had never been to the Copperhead course, regarded by many as perhaps the best tournament course in Florida. He played a practice round Tuesday and jokingly said he would have shot about a 90. ”I was shocked how hard it was,” he said. ”Without the wind and the cold weather – even we’re playing in nice weather – it’s a very tough golf course.” Every traded birdies and bogeys until a strong finish. He made birdie putts of 15 feet on the sixth and seventh holes, and then made a 20-foot birdie putt on the par-3 eighth and he made par from a fairway bunker on his last hole. ”I’ve played enough to know the first round doesn’t matter that much,” Every said. ”This place is just going to be about not making doubles and taking yourself out of the tournament.” Perez played well on the West Coast, earning nearly $1 million, and then took three weeks off. He worked a little with his coach, but felt some rust early, so he was happy to get around Innisbrook at 68. And he was lucky to be playing late. ”Definitely the guys that teed off at 7:40, 7:50, they had the hardest of what we’re going to see this week,” Perez said. ”I think so far we got the good side.” DIVOTS: Angel Cabrera opened with a 72 with a backup set of clubs and rain gear belonging to swing coach Charlie Epps. Cabrera took one airline from Buenos Aires through Santiago and into Miami. The last he heard, his clubs and luggage were being shipped on another airline through Los Angeles. … Blake Adams withdrew with a hip injury after opening with a 78. Adams missed all but two tournaments last season with surgery on his left hip.last_img read more

National Life sets record for earnings and sales in 2016

first_imgVermont Business Magazine National Life Group once again set records for earnings and sales in 2016, a year that also saw the company’s culture receive national attention. Mehran Assadi, the president and chief executive officer, said National Life set a number of historic milestones in 2016. “Across the board, top line and bottom line, we had yet another record-setting year,” said Assadi. “Our extraordinary performance reflected our long history of financial strength and our deep roots on Main Street, America.”Asked to single out key metrics from 2016, Assadi focused on two:Total coverage of life insurance provided to customers – known as life insurance in force – passed the $100 billion mark;Benefits paid to policyholders in 2016 hit $2 billion.“The $100 billion shows that we are helping more and more individuals, families and small businesses prepare for the future, while the $2 billion shows we are delivering on the promises we have made in the past,” said Assadi. He added that the company has tripled its life insurance in force in the past 20 years.National Life’s sales growth has made it the fastest growing life insurance company in America during the past 10 years. In industry rankings maintained by LIMRA, the company has climbed from being the 32nd largest life insurance company in 2011 to the 18th largest company in 2016 for individual life insurance sales.“Our success is not an accident,” he said. “It can traced to the fact that we know our why. We are a mission-driven organization.”Assadi said he was he was very proud that National Life’s culture of servant leadership received national attention in 2016 following the publication of the book CAUSE by leadership experts Jackie and Kevin Freiberg who have spent 25 years distilling the practices of best companies around the globe. The book focuses on National Life’s mission-driven employee culture. As they wrote:“The people of National Life are grounded in timeless principles – love and friendship, assuring the American dream and making good on a promise. They live those principles out loud daily because the noble, heroic cause for which they fight depends on it. They are not just a company; they are a movement that is growing stronger one relationship at a time.”Assadi said: “Our values are do good, be good and make good. Those six words are so simple and yet so powerful.”The company released its 2016 consolidated financial results this week.Among the highlights:Core earnings of $209.9 million, an increase of 10% and the first time the company’s core earnings topped $200 million;Assets under management hit a record $33.1 billion;Total life and annuity sales of $419 million, an increase of 14%;Assadi also said he was very proud that in 2016 S&P Global upgraded National Life to a financial strength rating of A+*. The rating agency coupled the action with a very positive and reaffirming commentary about our financial risk profile, capital management and distribution. S&P wrote “we now view the insurer’s financial risk profile as extremely strong, compared to our prior opinion of very strong.”National Life’s employees set a record in 2016, using the company’s paid time off policy to donate almost 5,400 hours volunteering for community non-profits. National Life gives each employee 40 hours of paid time off to volunteer during business hours.National Life Group has been based in Montpelier, Vermont since the chartering of National Life Insurance Company in 1848. It has more than 1,000 employees divided between campuses in Montpelier and Dallas, Texas.Source: MONTPELIER, Vermont (March 15, 2017) – Vermont Life Group. *Financial strength rating for National Life Insurance Company and Life Insurance Company of the Southwest. A+ rating is ranked as “Strong,” 5th out of 21 rankings. Ratings are subject to change.last_img read more

Tim O’Donnell signs with Argon 18

first_imgArgon 18 is building a strong roster of elite triathletes to raise the profile of its E-114 bike. The Montreal based company has announced a new collaborative agreement with American triathlete Tim O’Donnell. The new ITU Long Course World Champion will be using Argon 18’s reputed E-114 for the next three seasons.This latest deal follows the signing up of Estonia’s Ain-Alar Juhanson, Australian Luke Bell and Canada’s Samantha McGlone, who recently re-signed with the company.The addition of Tim O’Donnell to the already strong group of athletes working with Argon 18 is particularly significant since his last season was nothing less than remarkable – with a total of 11 podium placings, including 5 victories and 3 course records.These results led the USA Triathlon (USAT) Athlete Advisory Council to make him the ‘Non-ITU’ Athlete of the Year. For 2010 O’Donnell will concentrate on Ironman 70.3 events, with a special focus on the World Championship in Clearwater at the end of the season.The signing of Tim O’Donnell with Argon 18 confirms the high level of interest the Canadian company has for the most prestigious events of the Ironman and Ironman 70.3 series.www.argon18bike.com Relatedlast_img read more

Judge blasts MoJ’s ‘systemic failure’ over Crown court backlog

first_imgA Crown court judge has accused the government of ‘systemic failure’ for not conducting trials in a reasonable time.Judge Keith Raynor, at Woolwich Crown Court, refused to further extend the custody time limit for a teenager who had been held in prison waiting for his trial for 321 days.In a damning ruling, he slammed the government’s failure to fund the criminal justice system adequately and the Ministry of Justice’ slow response to the coronavirus crisis. Judge Raynor said the government had ‘failed to organise its legal system’ to allow the courts to comply with human rights law by ensuring that trials of defendants remanded in custody are dealt with in a reasonable time.The judge said a package of measures announced at the weekend – to allow suspects to be held in custody for up to eight months before trial, install plexi-glass to divide jurors and open eight more extra ‘Nightingale’ courts – have no ‘realistic prospect’ of reducing the backlog of criminal cases.More than 43,000 cases are awaiting trial in the Crown court, up from 37,500 before the lockdown. Tesfa Young-Williams, 19, was arrested in October 2019 and charged with drugs offences. He has been held in custody for 321 days, which is 139 days longer than the usual 182-day limit and 83 days longer than the extended 238 days.Judge Raynor said: ‘He is innocent until proven guilty. That is at the forefront of my mind.’  He said neither the lack of available courtrooms to hear jury trials nor the ‘lack of money provided by parliament to provide sufficient space for trials to be conducted’ presented a good enough reason to further extend the custody time limit in this case.Young-Williams remains in custody in connection with other alleged offences.This is the second time that Judge Raynor has refused to extend a custody time limit.In a highly unusual remark, he appeared to suggest that the senior presiding judge, Lady Justice Thirlwall, had attempted to interfere with certain judges’ ability to hear time limit applications. He said on 12 August he received an email indicating that the senior presiding judge had decided that all contested  extension applications should be heard by members of a small panel of judges. Lady Justice Thirwall declined to comment. Paul Keleher, QC, acting for Young-Williams, told the Gazette: “The criminal justice system was on its knees as a result of budget cuts before Covid-19 struck. The judgment sets out in great detail, with a larger body of supporting evidence, why the judge has been forced to come to his decision – because the government’s response to Covid has been wholly inadequate.’last_img read more

“I’m not here to stay forever” – Everton player speaks about…

first_imgTosun joined the Toffees from the Super Lig club just over 12 months ago, but he’s struggled to make a real impact since arriving at Goodison Park.In an interview with the Turkish media outlet the 27 year old was asked about his move to England: “My ultimate aim was to play in the best league in the world. For me, the Premier League is the best league in the world. I worked very hard to come here, I sacrificed a lot of things. At the end, I am here now, and I am very pleased to play here.”The Everton attacker went on to say he would love to return to Turkey at some point in his career: “I am loving the life here. But of course, I am missing my country and my friends. I am not here to stay forever, I came here to represent Turkey and our flag. Of course, I want to return to Turkey when the timing is right.”During the last transfer window there reports Tosun could be heading back to the Super Lig with his former club Besiktas interested in taking him back on loan. However, the player has maintained he wanted to prove himself at Everton and in the Premier League.Despite remaining with the Merseyside club he’s struggled for games under Marco Silva in recent weeks and played no part in the victory over Chelsea at the weekend.The player’s last start for Everton came against Watford on February 9th, and his last minutes were in the March 3rd draw with Liverpool.by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksTrending TodayForge of Empires – Free Online GameIf You Like to Play, this City-Building Game is AddictiveForge of Empires – Free Online GameUndoRaid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadEven Non-Gamers Are Obsessed With This RPG Game (It’s Worth Installing!)Raid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadUndoDating.comThe Most Handsome Guys In Hong Kong On This Dating SiteDating.comUndoPerfect-Dating.comAre You Ready to Meet Cool Guys in Tung Chung?Perfect-Dating.comUndoKeto减肥1個簡單的妙招一夜「融化」腹部贅肉(今晚試試)Keto减肥Undo熱門話題小心會長過頭…網友推爆:「真的長得超誇張!」熱門話題UndoSingles50Hong Kong: A 40+ Dating Site That Actually Works!Singles50UndoCoworking Space | Search AdsThe cost of shared office in Hong Kong might surprise youCoworking Space | Search AdsUndoInstant Voice Translator43 Languages Instant Voice Translator Flying Off Shelves in Hong KongInstant Voice TranslatorUndo Everton striker Cenk Tosun has spoken to Turkish TV station TRT Spor about life in England after signing for the Premier League side from Besiktas.last_img read more

More tests needed in death of Syracuse sprinter at NYC hotel

first_imgSabrina Cammock (Facebook Photo)NEW YORK (AP) — More tests are needed to determine the cause of death of a Syracuse University sprinter found in a Times Square hotel room during spring break, medical examiners said Sunday.Sabrina Cammock’s autopsy was conducted Sunday, but the results were awaiting further studies, medical examiners’ spokeswoman Julie Bolcer said.Police say there were no signs of criminality when Cammock was found at around 9:20 a.m. Saturday at the Hotel Edison. The hotel declined to comment on the death, first reported Saturday by the Daily News.Specializing in sprinting, Cammock competed as recently as the previous weekend, when she was on the women’s 4×400 relay team at the 2015 ACC Indoor Championships at Virginia Tech, according to Syracuse’s sports website.“Sabrina was a wonderful and remarkable person and student-athlete,” Syracuse track and field coach Chris Fox said in a statement Saturday. “Our team and coaching staff are devastated by her loss.”Cammock, a senior, was studying public health at Syracuse’s David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics, Dean of Student Affairs Rebecca Reed Kantrowitz said in a statement. The university is on spring break.Cammock had recently done an internship involving medical quality assurance in an oncology unit, giving a presentation about the subject as part of an internship symposium at her school in December.A member of a school record-setting 4×100-meter relay team, Cammock won a Syracuse scholar-athlete of the week award last April. She also was named to the 2012-13 Big East conference All-Academic Team.As a high-school student, Cammock ran for The Mary Louis Academy, a Catholic girls’ school near her home in the Jamaica Estates section of Queens.“She’s better than anybody you know,” her cousin Kemal Brown told the Daily News. “She’s a baby, and she’s gone.”last_img read more

King of the Cage showcases MMA at the Meadows

first_imgI’m nervous.  I think I’m sweating actually, even though I haven’t run anywhere.  My mind however, is racing as I walk into the Meadows Casino to meet Jeff Michalec, the VP of operations for King of the Cage.This is my first MMA fight.  I’m usually either trying to get away from fights that I’ve seen or trying to stop them.  As Jeff seats me right next to him, ringside, in the best seats in the house, it starts to really set in.  Not sure how I feel about it, definitely excited, but thinking, I’m so close, am I going to get these men’s blood and sweat on me?  Fights I’ve seen in my life have always scared me, I didn’t know how I was going to feel watching someone get the crap beat out of them right in front of me.  I feel bad and scared for them.As the first fight started and I looked in each of the fighters eyes as they touch gloves, I see this is not what like I have seen before.  They both want this, they love it.  I watch fight after fight and see the determination and passion in each one of the fighter’s eyes as they begin the fight.  I see how the person feels as the other guys arm is raised at the end and I FEEL how the opposing fighter feels as his arm is raised by the ref determining him the winner.  I started out worrying about getting blood on me and shortly into it, seeing how close I can get to the action with my Nikon.Jennifer WeifenbachOnce the championship fight is over, I and my partner begin trying to catch these guys for an interview.  I first met with Jordan Griffin from Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  Jordan was there to defend his title, fought a great fight but in the end had to hand over the belt for this one.  Jordan has been fighting since he was 19 yrs. old, over 7 years. When asked about his bow before he fights, he speaks of having respect for his opponent.Jordan teaches a martial arts class in Milwaukee, and that’s what they teach.  Respect. Jordan explains, “This is a rough sport, physically, mentally, and I think that when you don’t show respect for your opponent, show respect for others, it makes it even harder, so I try and show respect for my opponents by bowing before the fight. I put a beating on them, and bow when it’s over. After that, we leave the cage, and we have good blood. Loser buys beers”.While Jordan was buying them tonight, he did it holding his head high and with respect to his opponent and now title holder Juan Archuleta.What touched me most about this experience and really changed how i viewed MMA fighting, now that I’ve seen it first hand, is when we asked about advice he would give to young fighters. Jordan actually got emotional with this question and I saw just how much passion he has for this sport.He answered, “Just dedicate yourself to the sport, don’t give half of yourself to it and expect to make it to the UFC, it doesn’t work that way, you have to put hours, and hours, and hours, and never give up.”I began to realize the amount of heart, work and determination it takes for these fighters, and I am not scared for them anymore, rather inspired by what these guys endure for the love of the sport.I was invited back for the next one and I won’t be sweating because I’m nervous, I’ll be sweating because I’m running to get my ringside seat, back in the action.last_img read more

Bad News weekend for Nelson Leafs

first_imgSam Swanson, Nolan Percival and Peace sandwiched goals around a marker by Leafs Keenan Crossman to give the defending KIJHL Champs the one-goal advantage.Nelson sniper Ryan Cooper tied the game with six minutes remaining before Peace pieced the hearts of the Leafs with the late-game tally.Nelson outshot the Hawks 36-30 in the contest with Liam Coulter in the Beaver Valley nets registering a second win over the Leafs.Williams, who had registered shutouts in four previous games, took the loss in goal for Nelson.Despite the setback, Nelson remains tied for top spot in the Murdoch Division with Castlegar Rebels, each team with 57 points.Beaver Valley, which has won six straight games, closes the gap on the leaders and now trails top spot by eight points.Nelson will have a week to lick their wounds before taking to the road for a pair of Murdoch Division games.Friday, the Leafs travel to Spokane to meet the Braves before venturing west on Highway 3 to play the Border Bruins on Grand Forks.ICE CHIPS: Nelson bounced back after Friday’s loss to Beaver Valley by edging Grand Forks 4-1 Saturday at the NDCC Arena. Game Star Ryan Cooper scored twice while Ryan Piva and Logun Wullum added singles. Reese Tambellini scored the lone goal for Grand Forks, which trailed 1-0 after 40 minutes. Caiden Kreitz was in goal to pick up the win for Nelson. . . . After winning five consecutive games before the Prospects Games weekend in Kelowna, Nelson has dropped two of three. The good news, if there is any when a team drops two of three games during a three-game weekend, is the Nelson Leafs won’t see the Beaver Valley Nitehawks until the final game of the season.The bad news is the Hawks stole the Leafs thunder for the second time in three days, scoring the winning goal in the final minute of the game to edge Nelson 4-3 in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action Sunday afternoon in Fruitvale.The game was rescheduled from December 29th when a power outage postponed the contest in the first period with Nelson leading 1-0.Morgan Peace provided the heroics for the home side, scoring an unassisted tally past Josh Williams in the Leaf nets.Friday, Beaver Valley ended Nelson’s five-game winning streak with a 4-1 victory in the Heritage City.Trailing 1-0 after one period on a goal by Leafs Sawyer Hunt, Beaver Valley outscored the Leafs 3-1 to grab a 3-2 lead after 40 minutes.last_img read more

Whitewater’s Woodward finishes second at Freeride Junior World Championships

first_imgBen Woodward of Whitewater placed second Thursday at the Freeride Junior World Championships at Kappl, Austria.Woodward finished second to Dylan Lavenex of Switzerland with Abel Moga of Spain third in the men’s ski event.According to the FJWC website Woodward put together a textbook run, fluidly linking-up three critical airs, which included a stylish 360 and a big stomp to close out a solid performance. The FWT is the worldwide circuit of freeride snowboarding and skiing with the best riders in the world competing on the most legendary and challenging alpine faces and the most renowned ski resorts across the world.Woodward was one of four athletes representing Canada at the Freeride World Jr Championships this Thursday in Austria.last_img read more

Simon Lowry wins gold in golf at the Special Olympics

first_imgSimon Lowry from Kilreakle who plays out of Lough Rea Golf Club has won gold at the Special Olympics World Games in Abu Dhabi. Simon was 4 shots behind heading into the final days play but produced a brilliant final round to secure the Irelands latest gold medal. He hit an albatross on the par 5 7th hole (-3 under) and finished up on 69 for the round which was a massive 16 shots better than he shot the first day (an 85). print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img