McIlroy struggles as Villegas finds form


first_imgRory McIlroy’s slow start to the new season continued as he began the defence of his Honda Classic title at Palm Beach. The world number one was level par for his first round, placing him six shots behind leader Camilo Villegas. McIlroy has struggled to rediscover the form that has elevated him to the top of the world rankings so far in 2013 – after moving to new sponsor Nike – highlighted by his first-round exit at the Accenture Match Play Championship to countryman Shane Lowry last week. “It’s hard to commit to the shot that you need to play every time,” McIlroy told “I felt like I hit the ball okay, not as good as I can, but it’s getting there.” The 23-year-old was steady as he remained level with the card through his first five holes but dropped a stroke at the par-four sixth. He recovered the shot at the ninth before beginning his run home in near-perfect conditions in south Florida. And it was more of the same on the back nine as he picked up a shot on the 14th but bogeyed the last. It was a very different story for 2010 champion Villegas, who eagled the 18th to finish off a blemish-free round. It was quite a charge from the Colombian, who was one under through 12, then picked up five strokes over the last six holes. Behind him was a group of four players on five under – Branden Grace, Graham DeLaet, Rickie Fowler and Robert Streb. South African Grace stole a share of the second after he made a mockery of Palm Beach’s ‘Bear Trap’ – the three famed holes from 15 to 17 – to finish his round of 65 with four successive birdies. Co-leader DeLaet did not fare as well through the late test, recording his only blemish for the round at 16, but it did not matter as he recovered the stroke at 18 to go with his five earlier birdies, while Streb, like Villegas, eagled the last. A group of 10 players was a stroke further back including England’s world number nine Lee Westwood and Americans Boo Weekley and Dustin Johnson. Westwood carded four birdies in a blemish-free round, two on the front nine and two more on the back. Tiger Woods, who was runner-up to McIlroy last year, had to settle for an even round of 70 after battling back from bogeys at the 10th, his opener, and 13th. The 14-time major winner took until the par-five third to card his first birdie, sinking a six-footer, before he somehow escaped with par at the sixth after hooking his drive left and having to play out of a marsh. Woods earned immediate reward with birdie at the next to go level par for the first time. McIlroy’s fellow Northern Irishman Graeme McDowell was three under and Justin Rose two under, but two other Englishmen had a day to forget. Paul Casey and Brian Davis were tied, along with David Duval, for 140th on eight over par. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Football News Manchester United will have to wait for Premier League title after Everton thrashing: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer


first_img Manchester: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admitted on Tuesday that Manchester United will not be capable of competing for the Premier League title next season in a stark assessment of the current gulf between his side and Wednesday’s opponents Manchester City. United take on City at Old Trafford on Wednesday 22 points behind the reigning champions and 24 adrift of leaders Liverpool, despite coach Solskjaer initially going a dozen league games unbeaten after succeeding the sacked Jose Mourinho. The weekend’s 4-0 hammering at Everton was their third defeat in their five matches since and the 46-year-old called for patience when asked if he thought his squad was capable of competing for the title next season.     “I don’t think we’ve got the consistency to do that,” said the former United striker. “Over the last 18 games, we’re not far away from them but it’s doing it over the course of a season. We’ve done it for half a season now. Let’s see. You can never say never.”      ‘Realistic’     United has last crowned champions in 2013,  and Solskjaer added: “You cannot expect things to happen overnight and we know that. It will happen gradually and we have to be realistic enough as a club that we have to take it step by step.RELATED     “That’s not changing 10 players now and bringing 10 players in. It’s slowly, slowly but surely. It has to be the right quality, the right personality, the right standards to get us back to where we want to be.”      Solskjaer has often spoken at length of the need for his players to take personal pride in playing for one of the world’s biggest club and following their recent rotten run of six defeats in eight matches in all competitions he also said that the pain of falling behind United’s two major local rivals was acute.     “For me, the motivation is towards something, to win something yourself,” he said. “We have to want to overtake them, not because it’s City and Liverpool. But of course, because it’s City and Liverpool, for a supporter as I am, and as a manager now as well, because they’re so close in the vicinity as well, we want to be the best. We have been the best, and it’s not nice seeing those two at the top,” he admitted.     Solskjaer’s emotional post-match response at Goodison Park saw him warn some of his under-performing stars that they will not be at the club long-term.     “I think now is not the time to make drastic changes, but of course we do plan ahead… we know who we want to bring with us,” he said.     “There are many of these players who will stay at the club for so many years and be successful, and I’m going to do everything I can to be successful and hopefully these players can come out with a response the next four games. But we’re still planning long term, and that’s just natural. That’s the cycle of a team, that it changes.”-AFP via PTI- Manchester United suffered their worst defeat in five matches.Manchester United’s top four chances have taken a big hit.Manchester United were thrashed 0-4 by Everton. highlightscenter_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Wellington Heat are now 2-0 after throwing 1-hitter over the Denver Cougars


first_imgUpdate: The Wellington Heat made it 2-0 with a 7-1 victory over the Denver Cougars Saturday evening. The competition will get tougher tonight when Wellington hosts the El Dorado Broncos. The pitching was exceptional. The Heat held the Broncos to a 1-hitter. In other Heat news, the official count for Friday’s game was 692. They were around the 400 mark Saturday night.The line score is as follows:Denver 000 000 010 — 1 1 2Wellington 001 030 300 — 7 8 2••••Story concerning the game on Friday…by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — It would be hard to paint a more perfect debut for the Wellington Heat at Sellers Park.The Wellington Heat defeated the Denver Cougars 10-1 Friday night in front of a near capacity crowd at Sellers. The event lived up to its “Pack the Park” billing. Estimates range widely the number of people in attendance, but over 400 people is a good estimate. More pictures of the event can be found here.The weather was perfect, and the evening was fun. It had a minor league atmosphere, and everyone seemed to have a good time. Taking advantage of six Cougar errors while ripping off 10 hits, the Heat would roll to victory.The Heat would take advantage of three Cougar errors in the bottom of the second and would add a double and two singles to open up a 5-0 lead.Wellington would add a run in the fourth and three runs in the fifth en route to an easy 10-1 victory.“We have a good ball club,” said Adam Niesius, associate head Heat coach. “We have a few players who aren’t here yet. We have a few that just got done playing college ball and we have a few who haven’t played for a month.”Niesius, who is also the head coach at Friends University, said it’s fun to play NBC ball because many of the players on the team are from rival teams.Whether that will materialize to a plethora of wins for the Heat throughout the season is yet to be seen. But for Friday night, the Heat owned Wellington’s world.One thing the Heat has already accomplished is the crowd. Haysville didn’t sport this kind of crowd last season.“Nothing against Haysville, but that is why we wanted to be in Wellington,” said Niesius, who is in his second year as the coach of the Heat. “This town has such a rich baseball tradition. We are excited to be playing here.”Friday’s game almost seemed secondary as Heat fans enjoyed an evening of festivities, that included a first pitch by Mayor Roger Stallbaumer, an air guitar solo by a young fan with a Heat player in a white wig, a race around the bases by two fat guys in drag, a roll your tire contest by a couple of young men who had been at the beer garden, and a rendition of the Village People’s classic song “YMCA.”What no “Take me out to the ballpark?”“I personally like ‘Sweet Caroline,’” Niesius said. “We’ll probably change the songs up every night.“We want to make sure the fans are having fun.”Opening night at Sellers Park was most certainly that. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! 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Thank you for your input. -8 Vote up Vote down notlla · 375 weeks ago To much heat in the beer garden,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, Report Reply 1 reply · active 375 weeks ago +14 Vote up Vote down Hmmm…… · 375 weeks ago Mind your own business and it shouldn’t bother you. There has to be something wrong with everything……… Report Reply +12 Vote up Vote down Wes Smith · 375 weeks ago Enjoyed the game. I hope Wellington can keep supporting this team. One thing I do find nice is a few of the players out front to greet people and thank them for attending….nice touch. Report Reply 0 replies · active 375 weeks ago +7 Vote up Vote down Sally · 375 weeks ago For once Wellington has something new and entertaining and then you have negativity. If the beer garden is to heat then stay out of it or stay home. So Stupid. Report Reply 0 replies · active 375 weeks ago +5 Vote up Vote down anonymous · 375 weeks ago Could you please post and expanded box scores? Will only take a few extra mins to include names of who doubled, tripled, homered and pitcher who got the W. Report Reply 0 replies · active 375 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down Old Timer · 375 weeks ago I have enjoyed both games and looking forward to more. Report Reply 0 replies · active 375 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. 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