first_img25 Jul 2016 Rosanna, 12, is England’s Ômost improved’ girl golfer Twelve-year-old Rosanna Halls claimed the title of England’s most improved girl golfer after she sped away to a five-shot win in the Abraham Trophy final. Rosanna, from Gaudet Luce in Worcestershire (image © Leaderboard Photography), shot eight-under net 64 on the Signature course at The Nottinghamshire Golf and Country Club. Her gross score was 79 – and it was the first time she had broken 80 in competition. Her closest rivals were three girls who tied with net scores of three-under 69: Georgia Ann Pritchard (Beau Desert), Jess Baker (Gosforth Park Ladies) and Lexi Dart (Churston). They were among 20 girls who contested the final, having qualified on the basis of handicap reduction. Rosanna, who held a 36 handicap last year, is now playing off 15 – and will be having another hefty cut after today’s round. “I’m really, really pleased with my score,” she said. “It’s just been a pleasure to be here today.” Her father, Richard, introduced her to golf about four years ago and she now boasts a lower handicap than him – and she loves the game. “I think it’s an amazing sport, you meet new people and the courses you get to play are fantastic. It’s a lovely sport to play,” she said. Click here for the full scores Image © Leaderboard Photographylast_img read more

first_img Lily Hirst produced a commanding performance to become the first Yorkshire player to win the English Girls’ County Champion of Champions tournament at Woodhall Spa.Hirst stood head and shoulders above the rest of the field – securing a convincing win on the challenging Hotchkin Course.The Yorkshire Champion carded rounds of 72 and 78 to claim a six-shot victory on four over par 150. That was more than enough to see the Yorkshire girls’ champion finish six shots ahead of England Girls’ squad member Rafiah Banday from Surrey.Hirst’s sensible play kept her well ahead of the pack. She explained: “There were a couple of different holes with the bunkers in play and some of the greens played tough. I think I had a couple of bad holes in the second round and I dropped back and played safe for a while. I kept it risk-free throughout the round.”She didn’t expect to win, but found she wasn’t the only one who enjoyed the result. Hirst said: “It was a massive surprise, I thought I might finish in the top 10 so I’m really surprised to win. I was so shocked [coming off the 18th] I looked over to my dad and he had a massive grin on his face.”Runner-up Banday posted two rounds of 78 to clinch second place two shots ahead of Gloucestershire’s Jessica Brown and four in front of Lili Rose Hunt from Worcester & Hereford. Sussex champion Chloe Burdon closed with a 76 to finish fifth on 161.Hirst joins Suffolk’s Alice Barlow (2016), Bedfordshire’s Georgia Staroscik (2017) and Sophie Wheeler (2018) from Essex as past winners of the event.View the full table of results here. Tags: Girls’ County, Lily Hirst, Woodhall Spa 9 Sep 2019 Lily Hirst becomes Girls’ County Champion of Champions with emphatic win last_img read more

first_imgBy Bruce Fuhr,The Nelson Daily SportsIt’s clear watching video of Saturday’s 4-2 loss to the Fernie Ghostriders the Nelson Leafs need to make plenty of improvement before the club can even begin to think about competing with the league’s heavyweights.Bolstered by a lineup filled with veterans ready to host the Cyclone Taylor Cup in April of 2011, the Eddie Mountain Division leaders dominated the Leafs for most of the contest to skate away with its sixth consecutive Kootenay International Junior Hockey League win of the season.Despite losing for the fifth time in seven games, the mood in the dressing room was rather upbeat as Leaf assistant coach Jason Rushton is confident there are better days ahead.“From the day the kids arrived (in camp) to now has been a complete 180,” said Rushton, who along with assistant Sean Dooley formed the brain trust behind the Leaf bench with skipper Chris Shaw serving a three-game suspension for using “non-approved” players.“Even over the last week of practice we’ve seen then come together more and more,” added Rushton, who played for the Leafs during the first season of Junior A hockey in the Rocky Mountain days. “There’s more chatter on the bench. There more team camaraderie. So we’re only going to grow and we’re only going to get better.”Saturday, the Leafs (2-5) got a taste of one of the early favourites to win it all this season. The Ghostriders, under the guidance of coach and GM Will Verner, are not in this league to develop players. The main, and only, goal of the franchise is to win.Fernie boasts a roster of more than a dozen players in the twilight of their junior hockey careers. In contrast, Nelson, which graduated more than 15 players from last season’s KIJHL finalist to college or junior A teams, is filled with players fresh from the minor hockey ranks or midget AAA. And that roster of Riders totally dominated the Green and White for most of the game, including a spell in the opening frame that saw the visitors ring up a 12-0 score on the shot clock ticker.“We didn’t have the greatest first period . . . and we didn’t come out as strong as we could have,” said Leaf sniper Gavin Currie, finishing the weekend with five points.“We were thinking here comes another game where the team we’re playing is more skilled,” added Currie. “They do have a lot of veterans because they’ve been buying players since the start of the year.” Still this was a winnable game for the Leafs.After surviving the first period only down a goal, Nelson tied the contest with a power play marker by Tanner Burns five minutes into the second period.Fernie regained the lead with a power play marker minutes later. But Nelson once again pulled even when Colton Schell notched his team-leading fifth goal of the season with the period winding down.However, in the third Fernie picked up the tempo, firing shot after shot at Nelson goalie Marcus Beesley. The pressure paid dividends when a scramble in front of the Leaf net results in a penalty shot call be referee Jim Maniago.The Trail official ruled a Nelson defenceman grabbed the puck over the crease area. Thomas Abenante, with his second of the game, converted the opportunity, drilling a low shot past Beesley.“Our D-man tried to protect the net and his body just took over his mind,” Currie explained. “He did something I’m sure he’s feeling pretty (bad) about right now. But it’s a play he made and you have to live with those mistakes and take it in stride.” There was a glimmer of the positive Rushton talked about Friday in Grand Forks. Nelson opened play by stomping the Border Bruins 8-3.Currie, with four points and Schell, scoring twice, powered the Leaf attack.Dallon Stoddart, Colton Malmsten, Riley Henderson, Marcus Dahl and Adrian Moyls also scored for the Leafs. Thompson led the Bruins with two goals while Nick Van Damme added the final marker.The Leafs return to action Wednesday when third-place Murdoch rival, Spokane Braves invade the NDCC Arena. Game time is 7 p.m.ICE CHIPS: Nelson was also without the services of defenceman Raymond Reimer. The 6’4”, 205-pound rearguard was suspended for one game for receiving a game misconduct in the final ten minutes of Sunday’s 3-2 Nelson win over Penticton Lakers. Reimer missed Saturday’s game due to family commitments. . .. Forward Cody Abbey and defenceman Tyler Parfeniuk also missed the weekend games due to [email protected]last_img read more

first_imgBarcelona presidential candidate Joan Laporta believes Paul Pogba would choose the Spanish giants over Manchester City.The Frenchman looks likely to be on the move this summer with clubs all around Europe desperate to sign the midfielder.City are reportedly leading the chase having put together a £60million package for the 22-year-old.However, Laporta insists Pogba would prefer a move to the Nou Camp and claims he is working on a deal for the powerful midfielder should he return as president.“I have a good relationship with [Pogba’s agent Mino] Raiola,” the 52-year-old, who was previously in charge of the Spanish giants from 2003 to 2010, told Spanish radio station Onda Cero.“If there is a possibility we must try to bring Pogba to Barcelona, because he has some fantastic qualities.“[Eric] Abidal has already been in talks with some of the players we are following, I’m not sure if he’s spoken with Pogba yet.“In any case we must target the player, and we’re working on it. If he had to choose between us and [Manchester] City, I’m sure he’d come to Barca.” Paul Pogba in action for France 1last_img read more

first_img9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… News broke earlier this week of a new hack to Nintendo’s Wii U that would allow gamers to play unauthorized (read: pirated) games. Nintendo immediately disputed it. But whether it’s true or not, the Wii U will most certainly be hacked before long — and that fact tells us a lot about the increasingly tense arms race being waged between console manufacturers and hackers.Users have been hacking their consoles — in the sense of writing new games and implementing new functions of their operating systems — since the dawn of gaming. But back when the hardware of your 1970s era console only slightly resembled the inside of your computer, it was more of a hobby and less of a widespread movement. In fact, you can blame game developers, not ordinary users, for modern anti-hacking measures. The Atari 2600, released in 1977, had no software restrictions at all, and neither did competing consoles. This left developers free to create a flood of terrible and low quality games that overwhelmed consumers and led to the great video game crash of 1983 — the industry’s first major recession. Nintendo Clamps DownThat changed with the rise of Nintendo, which sought to reverse Atari’s openness in favor of tight control over console technology and a business model that relied on revenue from licenses sold to game developers. Nintendo sought to ensure high-quality games by retaining the sole right to approve them — and by locking out rivals and hackers who might create their own.Overnight, the challenge for hackers flipped from exploiting the potential of Atari’s open platform to finding ways to circumvent Nintendo’s lockout chip. It’s a cycle that’s continued to this day. Today, the Internet makes it easier than ever for hackers to collaborate and distribute exploits that allow even average players to bypass the lockdowns on their consoles.If the Wii U has indeed been hacked, then it will join the ranks of the Playstation 3, Playstation 2, XBox 360, Xbox, Wii, Nintendo DS, and PSP. All of these consoles can be jailbroken like iPhones, ready to run whichever programs their owners choose. That could mean running an operating system like Linux on your XBox, loading homebrew, or original, games on your Wii, or playing pirating copies of commercial games on your PS3. Hackers Rev Up The Arms Race…Obviously I don’t endorse piracy, and even at its most innocuous, console hacking lies in a legal gray area. (The Electronic Frontier Foundation is trying to change that.)But it’s hard to imagine that hackers will — or can — be stopped. Locking down consoles seems to do little, if anything, to slow down people intent on hacking anyway. The more restrictions console manufacturers apply, the more it appears to spur hackers into trying to remove them. Or just enrage them. For instance, Sony’s PlayStation Network —its online game service — was hacked shortly after Sony removed support for Linux on the PS3. Sony’s retroactive cutoff of the one place hackers could play around in the console could easily have incited the attacks in response. Of course, the PSN hack was very different from console “jailbreaks,” not least because it may also have resulted in credit-card fraud following the theft of user data.…And So Do Game CompaniesYet console manufacturers won’t give up, either. Their lockdowns are mostly ineffective against hackers, but they do plenty to make it not worth the average player’s time. If there was no lockdown at all, anyone could burn illegal copies of games on CDs to share.The big console makers also have an incentive to hold onto all the money they can get. Aside from pirates, consoles face a slew of big challenges, not least among them a robust second-hand game market they would dearly love to kill off and a profusion of 99-cent game apps that are frequently just as fun to play as the $60 monsters produced by big game developers.Of course, this entire mode of thinking could go out the window when the Ouya is out this summer. The world’s first “pre-hacked” console is a throwback to the fully open Atari. The very fact that it earned $8 million while still a concept shows a high demand for a open-source system, but time will tell if it inherits the Atari’s woes or finds a way to make it work.Photo courtesy of Nintendo Related Posts 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App lauren orsinicenter_img 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… Tags:#Console#gaming#hack#Homebrew#Wii U 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnoutlast_img read more

Alabama rolled over the Notre Dame Monday night, 42-14, to easily claim its second straight national championship and third in four years and reinforce its position as the top program in the nation.From beginning to end, the Crimson Tide dominated and sent the resounding message that the SEC reigns above all conferences. To wit: ‘Bama’s title is the seventh straight for the SEC.Led by quarterback AJ McCarron and running back Eddie Lacy, the Tide alternately bruised and picked apart the Irish defense, making star linebacker Manti Te’o, a Heisman Trophy finalist, and his cohorts look like Alabama roadkill.“They just did what Alabama does,” Te’o said after the game.Notre Dame was undefeated and No. 1 in the country coming into the game, but it had not faced a team like Alabama. The Crimson Tide used a lethal combination of power and finesse to overwhelmed the Irish on both sides of the ball. Lacy ran right through the Irish defense on a 20-yard touchdown in the game’s opening minutes, capping  an 82-yard drive, which was the longest given up on the season by the Irish.It was a harbinger of dominance to come.McCarron led his team down the field on their second possession for 61 yards, climaxed by a 3-yard touchdown pass to tight end Michael Williams, who was standing in the back of the end zone unattended. The Tide went up 14-0, and they were just beginning to roll.Alabama running back T.J. Yeldon put the Tide up 21-0 on the first play of the second quarter on a 1-yard run. The Crimson Tide got to that point on the strength two long McCarron completions: one to  receiver Kevin Norwood for 25 yards and the second to freshman extraordinaire Amari Cooper for a 27-yard gain.Once Yeldon scored, all Irish hopes of winning their first national championship since 1988 vanished into the warm Miami night air. Irish fans were hushed and their players were in awe.”We’ve got to get physically stronger, continue close the gap there,” Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said. ”Just overall, we need to see what it looks like. Our guys clearly know what it looks like now – a championship football team. That’s back-to-back national champions. That’s what it looks like. That’s what you measure yourself against there. It’s pretty clear across the board what we have to do.”Already up 28-0 at halftime, the Crimson Tide opened the third quarter with the similar control, making it 35-0 on a 34-yard hook up from McCarron to Cooper. If it was not already over, it was then.And so, Tide coach Nick Saban sits atop the college coaching mountain with four national championships, three at Alabama.“We’ve had a lot of really great football players who’ve worked really hard,” Saban said. “Because we’ve had a great team, we’ve been able to have a significant amount of success.”Kelly took the hard lesson from the defeat: His team still has a ways to go.“We made incredible strides to get to this point,” he said. “Now it’s pretty clear what we’ve got to do to get over the top.”Lacy finished with 140 yards on 20 carries and was voted the game’s offensive MVP. McCarron, who was last year’s MVP, threw for 264 yards and four touchdowns on 20 of 28 passing.The stoic Saban said: “Whether I look it or not, I’m happy as hell.”But he said he gets back to work in two days. No extended rest for champions. read more

first_imgVinicius Junior’s agent, Frederico Peña, is convinced that the Brazilian youngster will win the hearts of everybody sooner than expected.The main talk of the week despite all detractors has been Vinicius Junior without question, the new Real Madrid talent who has brought back hope to all the Madridistas that were heartbroken after Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure.Every single week that the fans looked at what the Portuguese player was doing in Italy, most of them wept because of how much they missed Ronaldo.They really needed a “pick me up” in the form of a new talent who could get them back on track, they believed that Neymar or Mbappé were the only answer for this void that Cristiano left.But they never imagined that Florentino Perez had an 18-year old ace up his sleeve in the form of Vinicius Junior, the Flamengo prodigy who is already making an impact in the club and has everybody in Madrid longing for a new star to be born.The lad’s development was delayed due to Julen Lopetegui’s ineptitude and inability to recognize talent in front of his very eyes, it was clear that Vinicius had something different the club needs right now and he could’ve saved the Spaniard’s career but his ego was bigger than that.HASTA FINAL, VAMOS REAL!! 💪🏾⚽️⭐️ pic.twitter.com/ex6OLWymmb— Vinicius Jr (@vini11Oficial) November 3, 2018Now that Santiago Solari has given him the chance to shine, the lad has seized the opportunity and sparked a worldwide debate about his role in Real Madrid despite his age.While there are still a lot of incredulous people who keep mocking the kid, the reality is that he has managed to change the landscape for Real Madrid overnight, Santiago Solari is even deciding right now if the lad is good enough to start the game against Viktoria Plzen in the Champions League.But looking at the people who are closest to him, his manager Frederico Peña is one of the people who are convinced of the player’s talents and he predicted that everybody will see Vinicius for what he truly is very soon: one of the best players in the world.Por ser quem sou e por tudo que superei na vida, eu te agradeço Deus 🙌🏿⚽️🤩 pic.twitter.com/5LOhi32YPS— Vinicius Jr (@vini11Oficial) November 4, 2018Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“Vinicius has enamored the fans because he is a natural born winner. He truly hates losing and the fans love that about him,” said Peña to Diario AS.“Watching him play really is a gift, but I still amaze with thinking that he still has so many years ahead of him to improve even further. He is growing little by little as a player.”“We are hoping that he becomes part of the starting eleven very soon, but Vinicius is the first one who knows how difficult this is because the squad has great quality. Isco, Asensio, and Bale are all established players inside the team.”Although it’s also true that in football, everything can change in a matter of seconds. I obviously don’t think he is the team’s leader right now, he still needs to adapt to this new country, the language, and the culture.”It’s very important for Vinicius to go step by step, he is far too young to be the leader of the squad right now. However, nobody will stop ‘Vini’ once they give him enough confidence.”“He is aware that he will have to endure a lot of pressure if he wants to be a big player for Real Madrid, he also knows that he will have to give that extra effort. Right now, he already is delivering excellent performances.”“He isn’t scared of anything and he has a strong mind to go through any type of situation, everything is happening so fast for him.”“Every single player feels pressure, Vinicius feels it as well because he is human. But he does have an advantage with it because he already lived pressure back in Brazil,” he concluded.#UCL 🤩🔝 pic.twitter.com/wjCucdNdAa— Vinicius Jr (@vini11Oficial) November 6, 2018How long do you think it will take Vinicius to become a part of Real Madrid’s starting eleven? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more