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Taniguchi leads Diamond Cup field

first_imgOARAI, Ibaraki Pref. – Tour veteran Toru Taniguchi climbed to the top of the leaderboard after a 2-under-par 69 at the midway point of the Mitsubishi Diamond Cup on Friday.Teeing off in a tie for fifth, Taniguchi made six birdies against four bogeys at the par-71 Oarai Golf Club to close with a 36-hole total of 1-under 141. Taniguchi, whose most recent victory came at The Golf Tournament in Omaezaki last July, leads South Korea’s Kim Jong Duck by one stroke. IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMEScenter_img Kim made three birdies and as many bogeys en route to his second straight 71.Sonoda’s Suginami Gakuin high school teammate Ryo Ishikawa, who at 15 became the youngest winner on the men’s professional tour at last week’s Munsingwear Open KSB Cup, is not taking part in this event. last_img read more

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Mike Sorensen: Hey, USGA, how about Utah event?

first_imgThis week the granddaddy of United States Golf Association events is being held in New York where the U.S. Open seems to be played about every other year lately.The Open is usually played somewhere in the East, although it comes out West once or twice a decade, usually at Pebble Beach in California. In 2008, San Diego’s Torrey Pines will host the Open.If you listened to Johnny Miller when his Thanksgiving Point Golf Course opened in 1997, the U.S. Open should have paid a visit to our fair state by now. Back then he said that a U.S. Open could come to his course early in the next century.It didn’t and it’s not going to happen any time in the future, near or far.Heck, how can Utah host a U.S. Open when it has never even hosted a USGA event of any kind — ever — one of just a handful of states never to have done so. If we can’t even get the U.S. Girls Championship to come here, we’re never going to get the Open.You’d think with all of the beautiful golf courses in the state and the fact that the USGA plays host to 13 national championships on an annual basis and one every two years (U.S. Team Championships) that Utah would have hosted at least one USGA event by now. Even North Dakota has hosted a USGA event.But Utah is one of three states, along with Alaska and New Hampshire, that has never hosted a USGA event. This year there are a couple of USGA events scheduled very close to Utah, in Pueblo, Colo., (Women’s Public Links) and Flagstaff, Ariz., (U.S. Mid-Amateur), as well as two events in Oregon and one in Washington.A couple of years ago, there was some talk about the Salt Lake Country Club perhaps hosting the U.S. Senior Open, one of the big three events the USGA hosts.While the course would have been worthy with a few modifications, the logistics of hosting such an event wouldn’t work in the Sugar House location.Soon after that, the club had the opportunity to host the U.S. Team Championships, an event where three-person teams from all over the country compete, in 2007. However, that relatively new event was voted down by the CC board on a 5-4 vote.So is anything else is on the horizon?It doesn’t look like it.Mark Passey, a Utah native who works for the USGA as a director of regional affairs has been trying to get a USGA event in Utah for years. However, he said “nothing is imminent” and that Utah is “at least five years away” from hosting a USGA event.”Utah is not on the golf map and has no political clout,” Passey said. “The quality of the golf courses is very good, but you’d have to match one of them up with the right event.”Thanksgiving Point is still a candidate for a USGA event because of its length and location. But the course has problems because it’s hard for players to walk.A course such as Glenwild in Park City, which is hosting the Rolex Junior Girls Championship on the American Junior Golf Association Tour this week, is a possibility, as is the new Soldier Hollow Course in Midway, according to Passey.Courses or clubs still have to bid to host a USGA event and then compete against other courses from around the country. “It’s not a matter of reluctance on the USGA’s part,” Passey said. “We just haven’t found the right matchup yet.” E-mail: sor@desnews.comlast_img read more

Raritan softball looks to take home SCT title

first_img By MATTHEW ROCCO Correspondent RARITAN The Raritan High School softball team is looking to bounce back from a loss in the state tournament with a trip to the Shore Conference Tournament (SCT) semifinals.The Rockets, who fell to Robbinsville High School by one run in an NJSIAA Central Jersey Group II quarterfinal game, proved to be a resilient postseason team. Just two days later, Raritan got a burst of offense to advance from the SCT’s Round of 16.Michelle Nestor went 3 for 3 with two RBIs, and Bethany Budner, Alexa Sammarco and Brianna Rinaldi each drove in a pair as No. 11-seeded Raritan toppled sixth-seeded Jackson Liberty High School, 12-3.Raritan tallied 15 hits in support of Nicole Coppolino. The junior pitcher threw seven innings, allowing just two earned runs on six hits.The victory earned Raritan (19-9) a shot at third-seeded Middletown High School South in a SCT quarterfinal game scheduled for May 27. The Rockets are playing for a semifinals slot against No. 10-seed Matawan Regional High School or No. 15- seed Red Bank Catholic High School.On the other side of the bracket, No. 4- seed Donovan Catholic is facing No. 5-seed Wall High School, and No. 9-seed Middletown High School North will get a crack at undefeated St. John Vianney High School, the SCT’s top seed and this season’s Monmouth County Tournament champion.The semifinals will be played May 30 at Wall with first pitch at 10 a.m. for Game 1 and noon for Game 2.For Raritan, the SCT offers one more opportunity to bring home a title in 2015. The Rockets already have a win against a higher-seeded opponent. They’re looking for at least one more against Middletown South (22-4).“I know the team will give me everything they’ve got, just like they have all season,” Raritan head coach Aado Kommendant said.The Rockets had a strong showing in their division. They finished right behind St. John Vianney in the A Central standings, taking the public school title. In fact, their only two division losses this spring came against the non-public Lancers. Raritan also started the NJSIAA tournament with an 11-1 blowout over No. 10-seed Delaware Valley Regional High School. In the sectional quarterfinals against Robbinsville, the seventh-seeded Rockets couldn’t pull out a win in extra innings.Michaela Petito scored the winning run for Robbinsville, the No. 2 seed, with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning. Coppolino mostly scattered 16 hits as she gave up three earned runs over 8 2/3 innings. Raritan jumped to a 2-0 lead after three innings, and then Robbinsville put three runs on the board. In the seventh inning, the Rockets evened the score at 3-3 to send the game to extras. Nicole Kirse belted a home run and scored twice in the loss. Sammarco and Ashley Marino had one RBI apiece. One more victory puts Raritan at 20 wins, which would be the program’s fourth 20-win year over the last seven seasons. But the Rockets want more out of the 2015 season. “Winning the next game is always the most important goal. We don’t want to be satisfied with 20 wins,” Kommendant said, adding that Raritan has been successful this season because of its tenacity on the field. “We always try our best to play the whole game.” Leading the charge has been a senior class consisting of Budner, Rinaldi, Bethany Evans and Daniella Marino. Raritan expected veteran leadership this season, and the seniors delivered.“Their impact is going to be felt for years to come,” Kommendant said, noting how the seniors have left an impression on Raritan’s up-and-comers. “I’ve been fortunate to have a great senior class every year. This year’s class is no exception.”Elsewhere in local softball, St. John Vianney was slated to begin its quest for a South Jersey Non-Public A title with a quarterfinal game May 26 against Bishop Eustace Preparatory School. The Lancers had a first-round bye. The semifinals will be played May 29.Middletown’s crosstown rivals could meet in the Central Jersey Group III title game. Top-seed Middletown South needed a win over Wall, and No. 2-seed Middletown North was set to face Hamilton Township’s Steinert High School.In Central Jersey Group II, eighthseeded Matawan advanced to the semifinals opposite No. 5-seed Governor Livingston High School.Championship games for both sections are scheduled for May 29.last_img read more

Pilipinas Warriors set sights on Paralympics

first_imgIt may be a shot with a slim chance of even hitting the rim, but the Pilipinas Warriors are setting their sights on a Paralympics stint.ADVERTISEMENT Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos On the edge of America, census begins in a tiny Alaska town And decorated Canadian coach Mike Frogley is helping the national wheelchair basketball team with a four-day clinic that kicked off Wednesday.“Success cannot be done overnight. It’s a process that we have to carefully take,” said Frogley, who will spearhead the training sessions with the Pilipinas Warriors along with the Canadian wheelchair national basketball team at Rizal Memorial Sports Complex in Manila.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnFrogley steered Canada to back-to-back gold medals in the 2000 (Sydney) and 2004 (Athens) Paralympics and a silver finish in the 2008 Beijing Games.“It can be done, but it requires tons of hard work,” said Frogley. Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte MOST READ Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Canadian military mobilized to help Newfoundland dig out Dozens wounded as Iraqi protesters up pressure on governmentcenter_img View comments Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Global slams Myanmar club SpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape test More Taal volcanic quakes recorded despite weaker eruptionslast_img read more


first_img…depthThe address by President Anthony Carmona of T&T to the Commonwealth Magistrates and Judges Association (CMJA) Conference, suggested that Burnham might’ve thrown out the baby with the bathwater when he did away with the “titular” Presidency. Carmona demonstrated with panache why one needs some sober and educated voices at the top of the state – to balance the inevitable partisanship of an Executive Presidency.Our own Arthur Chung, like Carmona, was also a judge and by the time he acceded to the Presidency as designed by the British in a reflection of their own “titular” Monarch, he’d been imbued with wisdom about the faults and foibles – as well as the strengths – of the Guyanese people. Carmona reminded all of us in his speech about “what might’ve been”.He reminded us, as another one did the English way back in 1936, that justice was not a cloistered virtue. When Judges handed their judgements from their Olympian chambers, what is the ordinary plebes to do when all they get is the effect passed down by the ubiquitous Policemen at various and sundry roadblocks? He pleaded (pun intended!) for judges to write their opinions in plain and ordinary language. The Americans have made this mandatory decades ago… and the sky hasn’t come crashing down. Carmona suggested that the Bar Association ought to place a greater role in making the public an “informed” one, as far as the “law” and their rights.Carmona also suggested that perhaps our local judges oughtn’t to be such pedants about “positivism” in interpreting the law – “what is” cannot ignore “what ought to be”. How else are we ever going to have an “autochthonous law” to go along with our “West Indian Civilisation” that is now taught in our Law Schools? Carmona accepted that while judges have to know the law, he spoke about judges being “steeped in a type of social and global consciousness” that -as in the US – guide the evolution of law.This was brought out even clearer in his pointed exhortation for the judiciary to be “intellectually ambitious” so they can craft the necessary “transformational judgement law” that gives life to the constitution. Too often we see in Guyana rather pedestrian judicial opinions – with the noted exception of former Chief Justice Ian Chung. Say what you may about the man – but he was “intellectually ambitious”.And that reminds this Eyewitness about one of his pet peeves in judicial interpretation: the painful insistence of our judges not to use the opening of Justice Brennan in Mabo to extend the rights of our Indigenous Peoples to THEIR land.How long are we going to split hairs to maintain the status quo?…settlementPressie gave his 15 minute in the spotlight at the UN to push our case for the Venezuelan sword of Damocles over our (development) head, be removed. He called the recent Venezuelan shenanigans (extending maritime boundaries, chasing off oil exploration ships from our waters, etc,) “a scandalous revival of the conquistadors all disease that once plagued their own history. They are a crime against our humanity clothed in the verbiage of national honour. “Whew!! Talk about a “feral blast”!!”Since the Venezuelans placed their concocted Border Controversy in the hands of the UN Secretary General (SG), Pressie called upon the incumbent Ban Ki-moon to leave as his legacy a solution. Among the options the SG has is a “juridical settlement” – meaning we and Venezuela present our cases to the World Court at The Hague.Problem is… Venezuela has to agree. But with their case so weak, they ain’t going down that road willingly.last_img read more

Intrinsic Values from Olympic Games

first_imgAs the world gathers in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from August 5-21, to celebrate another milestone in the Olympic history, it is important that those who have had the benefit of Olympic education enlighten others of the key benefits of participating in the games.The Summer Games in Rio will also involve the Paralympic Games, to recognize the ability of those who are physically disabled.Unlike any other competition, participating in the Olympic Games is not based on how well a country did in the previous Olympics, which is held every four years.For example, Liberia has participated in the Olympic Games since 1954, when the late Professor Joseph Namah led a team of Liberians to represent Liberia in Melbourne, Australia. Although since then Liberia has sent representatives to the four-year festival, not much tangible success in winning medals has been realized, save for the spirited performance of (Dr.) Grace Ann Dinkins in the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games.Yet, Liberia is always at the Olympic Games –not yet for the Paralympic Games. Some attempts were made years ago to organize the Liberia National Paralympic Committee but the advent of the civil-war snuffed the effort. And the need is waiting to be filled in.The Paralympic Games is a major international multi-sport event, involving athletes with a range of physical disabilities, including impaired muscle power (e.g. paraplegia and quadriplegia, muscular dystrophy, post-polio syndrome, spinal bifida), impaired passive range of movement, limb deficiency (e.g. amputation or dyslexia), leg length difference, short stature, hypertonia, ataxia, athetosis, vision impairment and intellectual impairment. Brazilian Ambassador to Liberia Luiz dos Santos told the Daily Observer in an interview that the Paralympic Games would be celebrated with pomp and pageantry to express Brazilians and the world’s appreciation to those who are physically challenged.There are winter and summer Paralympic Games, which since the 1988 Summer Games in Seoul, South Korea, are held almost immediately following the respective Olympic Games. All Paralympic Games are governed by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC).Meanwhile the following are five main universal principles that govern the celebration of the four-year Olympic Games:JOY OF EFFORTYoung people develop and practice physical, behavioral and intellectual skills by challenging themselves and each other in physical activities, movement, games and sport.FAIR PLAYFair play is a sports concept, but it is applied worldwide today in many different ways. Learning fair play behavior in sport can lead to the development and reinforcement of fair play behavior in the community and in life.RESPECT FOR OTHERSWhen young people who live in a multicultural world learn to accept and respect diversity, and practice personal peaceful behavior, they promote peace and international understanding.PURSUIT OF EXCELLENCEA focus on excellence can help young people to make positive, healthy choices, and strive to become the best that they can be in whatever they do.BALANCE BETWEEN BODY, WILL AND MINDLearning takes place in the whole body, not just in the mind, and physical literacy and learning through movement contribute to the development of both moral and intellectual learning.So there you have the basic principles, and the various sports federations and associations must add the above principles as part of their agenda as they are adequately supported by the Liberian government to develop athletes at home and abroad for their participation at the Olympic Games.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Nigel Adkins sacked as Reading manager

first_imgReading have confirmed the departure of Nigel Adkins as manager in the wake of Saturday’s humiliating 6-1 defeat at Birmingham.Adkins, who took the reins at the Madejski Stadium in March 2013, leaves with the Royals in 16th position in the Championship following the heavy loss against Gary Rowett’s men.The Royals have also confirmed the exits of assistant manager Andy Crosby and first-team coach Dean Wilkins.A club statement read: “The board of Reading Football Club have this afternoon relieved manager Nigel Adkins of his duties.“The club met with Nigel in person today and we would like to place on permanent record our thanks to him for his hard work and diligence since his appointment in March 2013.“Following this weekend’s 6-1 defeat at Birmingham, the board feel that a change in manager is necessary, with the club 16th in the Sky Bet Championship.“As part of this process, assistant manager Andy Crosby and first team Coach Dean Wilkins will also be leaving the club, and we would also like to thank them for their efforts.“The board of Reading Football Club are committed to taking this club forward and will make a further announcement to our supporters in due course.”Adkins took over from Brian McDermott and presided over relegation from the Premier League before delivering a seventh-placed finish in the 2013/14 season – the Royals missing out on the play-offs on the final day of the campaign.However, results have been far more patchy this term, with Reading losing seven of their last 11 Championship games to sit seven points clear of safety, with the thrashing at Birmingham their worst league defeat in 15 years. 1 Axed Reading manager Nigel Adkins last_img read more

German flyers set to rival Tottenham for star centre-back

first_imgTottenham face a battle with Wolfsburg to sign Torino defender Kamil Glik, according to reports in Italy.Mauricio Pochettino has been linked with a move for the Poland international who has been impressive for the Serie A side this season.With Younes Kaboul set to leave the club at the end of the season, the Spurs head coach is looking to strengthen his back-line.Italian newspaper Tuttosport claims the north London club sent scouts to watch him in action during the local derby against Juventus on Sunday, but they were also joined by representatives of Wolfsburg.The Bundesliga side are determined to challenge Bayern Munich for the title next season and hope they can win the race to sign Glik at the end of the season. Torino defender, and captain, Kamil Glik 1last_img read more

Consensus backs Vasquez Rocks interpretive center

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsThe scoping meeting Wednesday at the Agua Dulce Women’s Club was a constructive start for a project that has seen its share of hurdles over the years – a site proposed in 2001 met local opposition because it was deemed too close to homes.Pasadena-based Sapphos Environmental is preparing environmental studies for the project on behalf of the county departments of Regional Planning and Parks and Recreation. A draft report is expected in August.The 2,700-square-foot center is slated for 4.15 acres at the county natural area park’s entrance. It would replace a ranger’s residence – a 1950s vintage ranch home – and an office trailer, though there are two alternate plans that would preserve the home, which is currently abandoned.“I would hate to see (the ranger’s residence) torn down unless there’s a reason,” Brown said. “There’s history there, too.”Lee Jennings, 34, was a bit skeptical about the proposal. She’s been to meetings like these in the past, though nothing was built. Still, she supports a center, even the proposed 30,000-square-foot parking lot, as long as it’s not paved with asphalt. AGUA DULCE – For the modest crowd gathered at a planning meeting for the proposed Vasquez Rocks Interpretative Center, it’s a matter of bringing the county’s vision into focus. Take local resident Alan Brown. He believes a center intended to preserve and present the 950-acre county park’s geology and history would be a boon for the local wonder – if done right.“It’s a beautiful place,” said Brown, a 20-year resident of this town of some 4,000 near the jagged rock formations where the native Tatavium people left pieces of their culture.“I think it deserves it. There is a tremendous amount of history in that park.” “I thought, `oh, again?”‘ she said of the meeting. “It would be great if it could happen. To me, it’s all about the kids. … How great for kids down below who only have a patch of grass for a park to be able to come here to a place like this?”The town, about halfway between Santa Clarita and the Antelope Valley, also is fiercely protective of its semirural lifestyle, though most residents don’t seem to mind the extra traffic. The park receives about 105,000 visitors a year, and a center is expected to add 5,000.“It wouldn’t be all bad,” Brown said. “It won’t bring more residents.”Others, such as Charlie Cooke, 70, of Acton are concerned about the center’s cultural impacts. Remains of the indigenous Tatavium people are still found at the park, and it’s also the site of petroglyphs left by natives thousands of years ago.“There are traditions with how they lived and used plants and the structures they built and the artifacts – it’s important for the people to know we’re still around,” said Cooke, who is of Tatavium and Chumash descent.Brown recalled unearthing history while attending a community dance at the rocks.“You go like this,” said Brown, shaking his dancing feet. “And you find pottery shards.”John R. Johnson, curator of anthropology at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, said an interpretive center documenting the Tatavium has been long needed.“There’s actually very little about them – there are some in Santa Clarita and Rancho Camulos,” he said. “No one knows the particular context this art was created – is it ceremonial in nature or secular? … Nobody interviewed a Tatavium person about it.“There is a lack of public knowledge about the native peoples in the area. This will be an opportunity to interpret some of that.”“It’ll be like walking though history,” said Sandra Dininger, superintendent of the Vasquez Rocks Natural Area Park.Though he hasn’t seen the draft of the center’s plans, Rudy Ortega Jr., tribal administrator for the Fernandeno Tataviam band of Mission Indians, said he would welcome a facility that could help tell the story of his ancestors.“That site is sacred to us,” said Ortega, who represents about 900 of the estimated 1,500 known Tatavium descendents. “For it to go up sometime, it’s great. … It shows that we were here and continue to exist here.”Ortega said he looks forward to seeing his tribe’s artifacts on display at the proposed center. Though the group has helped monitor sensitive cultural sites at the park, unearthed artifacts are held by the county.“Even our generation hasn’t seen them,” he said. “It could be shared about the tribal members and the community members.” eugene.tong@dailynews.com(661) 257-5253160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img