Littler, U.S. Am and U.S. Open champ, dies at 88

first_imgSAN DIEGO — Gene Littler, whose fluid swing carried him to 29 victories on the PGA Tour and a U.S. Open title at Oakland Hills, has died. Littler died Friday night with his family at his side, son Curt Litter said Saturday. He was 88. Littler held his own among the golfing greats to emerge from San Diego with a tempo to his swing that made the game look easy. Gene Sarazen once said Littler had a perfect swing, like Sam Snead, ”only better.” Mickey Wright, asked in 2011 for the best swing she ever saw, mentioned Ben Hogan before quickly adding, ”I had my favorites, like Gene Littler, whom I just loved.” He was known as ”Gene the Machine,” and he won the first of his tour titles in the 1954 San Diego Open while still an amateur. He won the 1955 Los Angeles Open for his first pro victory and went on to win three more times that year. A testament to the quality of his swing was that Littler had a malignant tumor removed from the lymph glands under his left arm in 1972 when he was 42, and he won four more times. Little won three times at age 45 in 1975. ”His rhythmic swing that earned him his distinctive nickname remains in our minds a thing of beauty,” PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan said. ”It was a pleasure to watch Gene Littler hit a golf ball. San Diego has produced great champions like Billy Casper, Phil Mickelson and Mickey Wright. Gene Littler stood there right there beside those giants of the game.” Your browser does not support iframes. Littler was born July 21, 1930, in San Diego and grew up at La Jolla Country Club. He joined the Navy in 1951 and while in the service, won his first major title in the 1953 U.S. Amateur in Oklahoma City. A month after winning the San Diego Open, he turned pro and finished one shot behind Ed Furgol in the U.S. Open at Baltusrol. His most productive year was in 1959 when Littler won five times, was runner-up three times and finished No. 2 on the PGA Tour money list behind Art Wall. Two years later, Littler rallied from three shots behind in the final round at Oakland Hills to win the U.S. Open. That was his only professional major, though he nearly won the 1977 PGA Championship at Pebble Beach until losing to Lanny Wadkins in the first sudden-death playoff in a major. Even so, Littler felt his 1973 title at the St. Louis Children’s Hospital Open was as big as any. It was his first victory since recovering from cancer. ”I was ecstatic after winning the Open, of course,” he once said. ”But I was absolutely overcome by winning in St. Louis. I realized I was the only player who had ever come back from that kind of surgery.” Littler played on six Ryder Cup teams, all U.S. victories, compiling a 14-5-8 record. He was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1990 and in 1973 received the Bob Jones Award, the highest honor by the U.S. Golf Association that recognizes distinguished sportsmanship in golf. ”I worked on tempo a lot, and I think my tempo was really pretty good,” Littler once said. ”I think maybe that’s what gives the impression of a terrific swing. I don’t know if mechanically it was that sound or not, but it must have been OK.” Littler didn’t have as much fanfare, and liked it that way. Curt Littler said his father had ”an amazing sense of humor,” which he often displayed as he reached his 60s and 70s, and someone would ask if he was Gene Littler. ”I used to be,” he would tell them with a wry grin. Littler is survived by his wife of 68 years, Shirley, son Curt and daughter Suzanne.last_img read more

Trump administration backs Asian-Americans in Harvard discrimination case

first_imgHarvard University(WASHINGTON) — The Justice Department on Thursday sided with a group of students rejected for admission by Harvard University who allege the school discriminates against Asian-American applicants.Filing a “statement of interest” in the years-long case, the Justice Department insists Harvard can’t show it’s following legal restrictions established to limit how race is used as a factor in admissions, essentially agreeing with the plaintiffs in the case, Students for Fair Admissions.“Harvard has failed to carry its demanding burden to show that its use of race does not inflict unlawful racial discrimination on Asian Americans,” the statement filed in Massachusetts District Court said.“To the contrary, the record evidence demonstrates that Harvard’s race-based admissions process significantly disadvantages Asian-American applicants compared to applicants of other racial groups — including both white applicants and applicants from other racial minority groups,” it continued.The initial lawsuit was brought in 2014 on behalf of a group of Asian-American students, and since then many groups have filed briefs weighing in on the litigation. Recently, Harvard filed a motion for summary judgment – asking the judge to rule without a full trial.“Harvard strives to ensure that its students come from broadly diverse backgrounds—geographically, socioeconomically, and racially—and it may consider an applicant’s self-identified race or ethnicity as one of many factors in its admissions process,” the defense’s filing in June says.In its filing Thursday in federal court, the Justice Department is objecting to summary judgment, urging the court to look at all of the facts and legal arguments, and then make a ruling.A department official said there is “strong evidence” that “Harvard is using race” against Asian-American applicants.“Harvard is actually very proud of the fact that it uses race” to achieve diversity, the official said.The University responded Thursday.“We are deeply disappointed that the Department of Justice has taken the side of Edward Blum and Students for Fair Admissions, recycling the same misleading and hollow arguments that prove nothing more than the emptiness of the case against Harvard. This decision is not surprising given the highly irregular investigation the DOJ has engaged in thus far, and its recent action to repeal Obama-era guidelines on the consideration of race in admission,” the Harvard statement said.“Harvard does not discriminate against applicants from any group, and will continue to vigorously defend the legal right of every college and university to consider race as one factor among many in college admissions, which the Supreme Court has consistently upheld for more than 40 years. Colleges and universities must have the freedom and flexibility to create the diverse communities that are vital to the learning experience of every student, and Harvard is proud to stand with the many organizations and individuals who are filing briefs in support of this position today,” the statement continued.The official said previous Supreme Court rulings establish a “high burden” for schools to use race in admissions decisions, and schools can only use such considerations on a temporary basis, they must be “narrowly tailored,” and they must be a “last resort.” But Harvard has not overcome this high burden, and it has failed to adequately explain how it specifically uses race in admissions, the official said.The Justice Department official said that the department’s Civil Rights Division is continuing to investigate Harvard’s admissions process.The university denies that its practices violate the law, saying that ethnicity is optional on the application and is one of many factors that contribute to getting into the college. In addition, it argues that having a diverse student body contributes to the educational process.The Justice Department official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said the federal government has a vested interest in the case because Harvard takes millions yearly from the federal government – with the assurance that they won’t discriminate on the basis of ethnicity during the admissions process.All of the other Ivy League schools supported Harvard, court documents show.Last year, a controversy erupted when reports surfaced that DOJ was looking for lawyers to investigate an administrative complaint filed by a coalition of 64 Asian American associations in May 2015 that the Obama administration never resolved.The Justice Department also maintains evidence shows that Harvard uses a “personal rating” that may be biased against Asian Americans. The government claims that “based solely on a review of the applicant’s file, Harvard scores its applicants based on “subjective” factors such as “likability” and being a “good person” with “human qualities.”Justice officials said Harvard admits that, on average, it scores Asian-American applicants lower on this “personal rating” than applicants of other races. Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Sugiyama reaches doubles final in last tournament of pro career

first_img Making a move: Russia’s Maria Sharapova hits a return to Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanska in the Toray Pan Pacific Open semifinals on Friday. Sharapova defeated Radwanska 6-3, 2-6, 6-4. | KYODO PHOTO IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 RELATED PHOTOS Former world No. 1 Sharapova overcame a sticky patch to beat Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanska 6-3, 2-6, 6-4 at Tokyo’s Ariake Colosseum, leaving only Jelena Jankovic standing in the way of a first tournament win for the Russian since returning from shoulder surgery in May.World No. 8 Jankovic beat Li Na of China 6-4, 6-3 in the day’s earlier semifinal, but Sharapova is proving to be the dark horse of the competition and admits her form is exceeding her own expectations.“It’s way better than I thought I would do,” she said. “When you lose early in a Grand Slam you have a few weeks to prepare but you never know how it’s going to transition from the practice courts to the matches. I’ve been really fortunate that with every match I’ve been able to step it up against different opponents and produce good tennis when I needed to.”Sharapova had few problems taking the first set, but her momentum was checked when Radwanska jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the second.Radwanska seized the opportunity to level the match and broke Sharapova again early in the decisive set, but the Russian unleashed a string of booming shots to put herself back in the driving seat, finally clinching the deal with a vicious crosscourt backhand.“I felt like my level dropped in the second set and she played some of the best tennis that she’s played against me,” Sharapova said. “I was down a break in the third set and got it back, and from then it was up and down. At that point you just have to keep going for it.”Sugiyama and Slovakian partner Daniela Hantuchova recovered from a 4-2 deficit to take the first set of their semifinal against Gisele Dulko and Nadia Petrova, but looked to have let a glorious opportunity to finish the match slip by losing their service game at 5-3 in the second set.When another chance presented itself at 6-5, however, Sugiyama popped up at the net to spark a clinical final game, sealing a 7-6 (7-4), 7-5 win and setting up a final showdown against Alisa Kleybanova and Francesca Schiavone in what will be the last match of Sugiyama’s 17-year career.“We’ve got nothing to lose,” the 34-year-old said. “We might lose the match, but we have a great challenge in front of us and we are going to enjoy it.“To win the title would be perfect but it’s not just about the result. It’s already been a miracle that we’re here, and we want to have no regrets when it finishes.”Jankovic found herself a break down at 2-1 after getting the better of a hard-hitting first set against Li, and ran into more problems when an arm injury forced her to take a medical timeout. The interruption proved to work in the Serbian’s favor, however, as she returned to break Li’s serve and take control of the match. “I started to feel some pain in my arm, and the balls were very heavy and humid so it was very difficult,” Jankovic said. “I received some treatment and took some medicine, and I was just trying to not think about the arm and fight every point.”Jankovic will now face Sharapova more than a year after their last encounter, but the Russian’s enforced absence from the game has left her opponent guessing at how the final will pan out.“I haven’t played against her for a really long time because she was away, and I don’t really know how she is playing,” Jankovic said. “But I will just go out there and play my game the best I can, so we will see. Hopefully I can win the tournament.” center_img Maria Sharapova moved within one win of capping her comeback from injury with a title by reaching the Toray Pan Pacific Open final on Friday.Ai Sugiyama, meanwhile, ensured her career will end with a bang after securing safe passage to the same stage of the doubles competition and staving off retirement for one last day. GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMESlast_img read more

West Ham ‘enthralled’ by player – At least €25m – Hammers…

first_imgThe Premier League club have been linked with several players from Italian football in recent months, but the report focuses on just one.That man is Christian Kouame, a big favourite of Genoa fans.The club are currently 13th in Serie A, and still in at least a little danger of relegation.Kouame, playing up top, has scored four goals and added five assists so far this season, and is determined to help the club avoid the drop. The 21 year old wants to give something back to a club which believed in him, signing him from Cittadella in 2018.West Ham are described as ‘enthralled’, and it’s claimed a Hammers official will travel to watch Genoa’s derby match against Sampdoria at the weekend.The club would want at least €25m for a summer sale, but surely the English side or anyone else would try to bring that down a Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksTrending TodayForge of Empires – Free Online GameIf You Like to Play, this Strategy 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.comWhere do attractive singles meet in Tung Chung?Dating.comUndoPerfect-Dating.comReveal Tung Chung As The Best City to Date for Love & RomancePerfect-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UndoCNBC InternationalHere’s How Big Businesses in Singapore Are Managing the Impact of COVID-19.CNBC InternationalUndo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 AdsUndo Edin Dzeko isn’t the only Serie A player attracting interest from West Ham United right now, report Calciomercato on Tuesday.last_img read more