Scott moving to No. 1 without playing is OWGR nightmare

first_imgPONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – Here’s a suggestion for how Adam Scott should spend Sunday afternoon in the Bahamas. Go out to the practice green and throw a ball down about 10 feet from the cup, maybe longer if he wants to add some drama. And then whisper to himself, as so many young golfers have done over the years, with one minor change in the wording. ”This putt to go to No. 1 in the world.” The alternative is to follow what Nick Faldo, Ian Woosnam and Lee Westwood did the first time they reached the top of the world ranking. Nothing. This is the official nightmare of the Official World Golf Ranking. Scott had four mathematical chances over the last two months to replace Tiger Woods at No. 1 in the world. His best chance was to win at Bay Hill, only he couldn’t hold a seven-shot lead on the weekend. His most recent opportunity was The Players Championship, where he would have needed a 68 on Sunday. He closed with a 73. And now that he has a week off, Scott will go to No. 1. It won’t be official until next week, but here’s what we know. Woods keeps losing points without being able to replace them because he is recovering from back surgery and has not played a tournament in more than two months. Scott will move past Woods this week, and the field at the Byron Nelson Championship is not strong enough that Matt Kuchar could surpass them even if he were to win. Is it awkward? Sure. Unprecedented? Not even close. Of the 17 players who reached No. 1 for the first time, Scott will be the fifth who did not play that week. The list includes Bernhard Langer, who was No. 1 in the inaugural world ranking on April 6, 1986. This will be the 57th change at the top, and the 13th time that a new No. 1 didn’t play the week before he got there. That includes Woods – twice. Faldo won the Masters and British Open, and tied for third in the U.S. Open in 1990. He still didn’t get to No. 1, back when the formula was different and the ranking moved at the speed of Kevin Na. Faldo injured his wrist at the PGA Championship, where he shot 80 in the third round and tied for 19th. He took off three weeks to let it heal, and when he showed up at the European Open, he was No. 1. And don’t forget about Westwood. He completed only two tournaments in a three-month stretch in 2010 because of a calf injury. Coming off the Ryder Cup, he took off three weeks and went to No. 1 while watching TV at home in England. The most confounding of all was in 1999, the summer when Woods and David Duval were the best two players in golf. They were so good that IMG created a made-for-TV exhibition on Monday night called the ”Showdown at Sherwood,” a battle between No. 1 and No. 2. Woods was ranked No. 1 and on the course, closed out Duval on the 17th hole. Both took the rest of the week off, and thanks to the mathematical wonder of the world ranking, Duval went back to No. 1. Not that Duval cared how he got there. ”I guess that’s the story right there,” he said Monday on his way to Dallas. ”I don’t remember.” He remembers the first time he got to No. 1. In front of a hometown crowd, and on the same day his father won on the Champions Tour, Duval won The Players Championship to replace Woods atop the ranking. That’s a lot more fun than being at home. Rory McIlroy reached No. 1 for the first time by winning the Honda Classic. Luke Donald made his debut at No. 1 when he won the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth in a playoff over Westwood, whom he replaced at No. 1. Donald has gone to No. 1 four times, three of them by winning. Greg Norman won five times out of the 11 occasions he got to No. 1 – with four of those wins on different continents. Woods won six times to get to No. 1, including two majors, the ideal way to reach the top of the ranking. Then again, he first reached No. 1 with a tie for 19th in the 1997 U.S. Open. Pretty riveting. Ultimately, it doesn’t matter how a player gets to No. 1. And ultimately, all of them would just as soon win a major than be No. 1. Scott, a former Masters champion, said as much before leaving the TPC Sawgrass. ”I think it’s a nice feather in the cap,” Scott said. ”I mean, if I was never world No. 1 when I’m this close, I’d be disappointed. But I’d also much rather win the U.S. Open and not be No. 1 at all this year. That’s what it comes down to.” Even so, being No. 1 should not be dismissed. It doesn’t define the best player in the world, rather who has performed the best over the most recent two-year period. And as Westwood correctly noted when he got to No. 1, ”It’s a fairly elite list.” So lace up your shoes, grab a putter and head to the practice green, Adam. Make a putt. Pretend it’s to be No. 1 in the world. And then take a bow.last_img read more

NASCAR Playoffs preview: Key story lines, predictions

first_imgThe Southern 500. The NASCAR Playoffs.Two pillars of the NASCAR schedule, coming together for the first time to kick off a 10-race stretch destined for drama, intensity and, eventually, the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series champion.NASCAR.com has you covered for this premier event from every conceivable angle. Read our full coverage below to get ready for Sunday’s Cook Out Southern 500 (6 p.m. ET on NBCSN/NBC Sports App, MRN and Sirius XM NASCAR) and stay tuned to this page throughout the playoffs to catch up and see what’s to come.RELATED: Darlington starting lineup | Ways to follow | Weekend scheduleSouthern 500 Outlook, Race AnalysisAnd starting up front…: Chase Elliott nabs Busch Pole Award for Darlington | 📖: Read moreBest or worst: Darlington preview: Who has the best or worst outlook? | 📊:  See the ranksTime machine: Darlington Throwback: See NASCAR drivers (and more) as kids | 👶 : See the photosOld schemes, new goals: Preview Show: Old-school schemes meet new goals at Darlington | 🎥: Watch the videoCrown-jewel kings: Active drivers with crown-jewel victories | 💎:  See the listBackseat Drivers: Jimmie Johnson misses the playoffs and Darlington looms | 🗣: What they’re sayingDenny Yarborough?: @nascarcasm: Darlington throwback driver mash-ups | ❌: See the monstrosities Race-Week StaplesPaint Scheme Preview: See the throwback looks for this weekend’s races | 🎨: See the schemesPower Rankings: Does Chase Elliott line up as a Championship 4 favorite?  | 📈: See the ranksFantasy Fastlane: Breaking down the plays to make in Fantasy Live for Sunday | 📖: Read moreWell that’s odd: NASCAR betting: Odds, lines for Darlington Southern 500 | 💰: See the listGet caught up: Darlington TV times, key statistics, revised procedures and more | 🔢: Get the 101Just the pits: Darlington NASCAR Cup Series pit-stall assignments for Sunday’s race | 🚗: See pit roadFinish Line: Move Clint Bowyer to a favorite? | 🤔: Hear from the expertsPlayoff PictureGet your team ready: How the 2020 Fantasy Live game works for the playoffs | ⭐️:  Fantasy infoWho said what now?: What drivers are saying about the playoffs | 📖 : Read moreRespect over rivalry: Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick aim to carry heavyweight bout into playoffs | 🤝: Read moreStrengths and weaknesses: Meet the 2020 NASCAR Playoffs field | 🏃‍♂️: Get the rundownWho’s in, who’s out: 2020 NASCAR Playoffs field set | ✂️: See who made the cutTrack-by-track: 2020 NASCAR Playoffs track-by-track breakdown | 📝: See the listFinding Smoke’s fire?: Kyle Busch primed for a Tony Stewart-style resurgence in 2020 playoffs | 🔥: Read moreWho’s going to win it all?: 2020 NASCAR Cup Series championship odds | 📝: See the listTurn up the heat: NASCAR Cup Series drivers who turned it up in the playoffs | 🧯: See the listThe champ is here: Kevin Harvick presented Regular Season Championship trophy at Daytona | 📖: Read morePicking the winners: Predicting every 2020 NASCAR Cup Series playoff race winner | 🏁: See our picksCatch ’em napping?: Aric Almirola OK with sleeper label, aims to maximize playoff potential | 💤:  Read moreBeen here before: NASCAR Cup Series drivers with playoff appearances in elimination era | 😒: See the listClassic Kes: Brad Keselowski on playoff motivation: ‘I don’t like to suck’ | 🤬: Watch the videoRemember when: Most memorable NASCAR Playoffs moments | 🏆: See the momentsLet the dogs out?: Cole Custer, Austin Dillon ready to keep playoffs interesting as underdogs | 🐶: Read morelast_img read more

Highlights of the Month: August 2015

first_imgFirst Gemini Offshore Substation in Place (11 Photos)The first offshore transformer station at the Gemini offshore wind farm was placed on top of the jacket foundation yesterday.ABB Installs World’s Most Powerful SubstationABB has installed DolWin beta, the world’s most powerful offshore converter station in the North Sea.Barge Accident Scars Foundation Off Rhode IslandFollowing the commencement of Block Island offshore wind farm construction, the developer was struck by a hazard.Gemini Offshore Substations Sail OutThe FICG consortium of Cofely Fabricom, Iemants and CG, which was selected by Van Oord for the Gemini offshore wind project in the Netherlands, has finalized the construction of the two HV offshore substations and has shipped them out to their final destination.World’s Largest Floating Turbine Sails Out“Fukushima Shimpuu”, the largest floating offshore wind turbine in the world, left Onahama port on July 28th and arrived at the testing area the next morning.DONG Acquires Hornsea Two & Three OW ProjectsToday, DONG Energy acquired the Hornsea Zone and the project rights to Hornsea Project Two and Three, which have the potential of 3 gigawatts (GW) of offshore wind capacity.Large Wind Farms Yield Less Energy, New Study SaysA new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences by an international group headed by scientists of the Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry in Jena evaluated the effects of large wind farms on the atmospheric flow and its implications for how much renewable energy these can generate.last_img read more

24 hours later: Five takes from SEC title game

first_img Session ID: 2020-09-18:82ba71346091524c164ffb92 Player ID: videojs-brightcove-player-584030-4648962118001 OK Close Modal DialogCaption Settings DialogBeginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsDefaultsDoneClose Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Alabama is first in the nation in run defense, second in total defense and third in scoring defense. The numbers don’t lie, but Harris’ comment about Alabama not being “hard to figure out” is interesting. He saw something to say that. The question is will Michigan State see the same and be able to take advantage of it.3. No. 56. Tim Williams isn’t Lawrence Taylor, the greatest defensive player of all time, but has the same number as him and comes off that edge like another Alabama rush end before anyone even called it that — the late Derrick Thomas. Williams got a jump on the sack of Harris that was either one the best ever or he was offsides.Regardless of how you look at it, Williams is a handful off the edge.Commentary: Dantonio has mentality to match SabanPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 0:00Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%0:00 Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1ChaptersChaptersdescriptions off, selectedDescriptionssubtitles off, selectedSubtitlescaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedCaptionsAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window. The Video Cloud video was not found. Error Code: VIDEO_CLOUD_ERR_VIDEO_NOT_FOUND Session ID: 2020-09-18:1f6a5334c7b4131cefc56093 Player ID: videojs-brightcove-player-774881-4649264636001 OK Close Modal DialogCaption Settings DialogBeginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsDefaultsDoneClose Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.1. Taking hits: Derrick Henry ran for 189 yards, scored a touchdown and won game MVP honors, but Florida made him earn it. The Gators got some good shots on the big man.Seeing quarterback Jake Coker run the option further confirms Alabama is trying all sorts of ways to generate rushing yards without giving the ball to Henry every time. Henry has 90 rushes in Alabama’s last two games. He’s always going to keep coming, but will Henry wear down in the playoff?Remember, Alabama needs two wins, not one, to win a national title.Freshman Ridley rising up for Crimson TidePlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 0:00Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%0:00 Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1ChaptersChaptersdescriptions off, selectedDescriptionssubtitles off, selectedSubtitlescaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedCaptionsAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window. The Video Cloud video was not found. Error Code: VIDEO_CLOUD_ERR_VIDEO_NOT_FOUND Alabama linebacker Ryan Anderson (22) sacks Florida quarterback Treon Harris (3) in the SEC Championship Game in Atlanta, Ga. on Saturday December 5, 2015.Alabama linebacker Ryan Anderson (22) sacks Florida quarterback Treon Harris (3) in the SEC Championship Game in Atlanta, Ga. on Saturday December 5, 2015.Sorry about the wait. Took a little longer than 24 hours to get to this.Had plenty of work to do as you’ll see below.So with no delay, here are five takes from Alabama’s 10th consecutive win of the season as the No. 2-ranked Crimson Tide beat Florida, 29-15, in Saturday’s SEC title game at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 0:00Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%0:00 Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1ChaptersChaptersdescriptions off, selectedDescriptionssubtitles off, selectedSubtitlescaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedCaptionsAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window. The Video Cloud video was not found. Error Code: VIDEO_CLOUD_ERR_VIDEO_NOT_FOUND Session ID: 2020-09-18:77bbe3a6f86c2b95d988ea2 Player ID: videojs-brightcove-player-403059-4649227072001 OK Close Modal DialogCaption Settings DialogBeginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsDefaultsDoneClose Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.5. Wide open. It has come to the conclusion that Alabama doesn’t want to throw the ball to junior tight end O.J. Howard out of Prattville. He was wide open numerous times and didn’t see the ball. Unfortunately when he did, Howard dropped it.It remains a mystery how someone this talented doesn’t catch a pass in the conference championship game. For the season, he has just 335 yards receiving and hasn’t caught a touchdown.SMH.Advertiser reporter Matthew Stevens contributed to this report.center_img Session ID: 2020-09-18:5ae26f3cffad32b489bf3a27 Player ID: videojs-brightcove-player-938338-4648922017001 OK Close Modal DialogCaption Settings DialogBeginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsDefaultsDoneClose Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.4. Dome specialist: JK Scott is a quality punter, but he is all world in domes. He dropped five of his six punts inside the 20 with one landing inside the Florida 5 and averaged 51.2 yards a punt. Alabama’s next game is at AT&T Stadium. Expect the same production against Michigan State on New Year’s Eve.Saban, Malzahn different takes on departing coordinatorsPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 0:00Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%0:00 Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1ChaptersChaptersdescriptions off, selectedDescriptionssubtitles off, selectedSubtitlescaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedCaptionsAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window. The Video Cloud video was not found. Error Code: VIDEO_CLOUD_ERR_VIDEO_NOT_FOUND Session ID: 2020-09-18:cd6c6f7cd9d0e816fd6cc89a Player ID: videojs-brightcove-player-557382-4648339149001 OK Close Modal DialogCaption Settings DialogBeginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsDefaultsDoneClose Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.2. He’s kidding right?: After the game, Florida quarterback Treon Harris made some interesting comments about Alabama’s defense. “They (Alabama) stopped the run game and we have to get better on that. Those front five and linebackers can move but they ain’t the best defense that I’ve seen. Not the best defense I’ve played against. It’s something that I know deep down. They’re not hard to figure out what they’re doing at all if you can handle it. They’re just very physical and strong.”I can respect his honesty, but you shouldn’t say this after getting sacked five times, completing just 9-of-24 passes for just 165 yards, throwing an interception and posting a bleak 5.1 QBR.In addition, Harris also said LSU had the best defense he’s faced all season. Harris had his best game of the season against the Tigers in completing 17-of-32 passes for 271 yards, two touchdowns and no picks in a 35-28 loss in Baton Rouge.Alabama only CFB Playoff returneePlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 0:00Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%0:00 Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1ChaptersChaptersdescriptions off, selectedDescriptionssubtitles off, selectedSubtitlescaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedCaptionsAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window. 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Penguins, Flyers 2019 Stadium Series Uniforms Spotted Early

first_imgAll Activity Penguins, Flyers 2019 Stadium Series Uniforms Spotted Early Penguins, Flyers 2019 Stadium Series Uniforms Spotted Early January 29, 2019 – 15:29 PMNeither of the teams scheduled to play in next month’s NHL Stadium Series game at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh has actually unveiled their uniforms for the annual outdoor showdown, yet both of the jerseys were out on sale at a Toronto-area […] Read More… Posted January 29, 2019 Share on other sites SportsLogos.Net Sign in to follow this   2,511 posts SportsLogos.Net News Share this post ×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead 521 ×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL. By SportsLogos.Net News, January 29, 2019 in Sports Logo News 521 557   Only 75 emoji are allowed. Quote hormone 0 0 You can post now and register later. Link to post Link to post SportsLogos.Net Desktop Tablet Phone Location:City of Champions and the Pirates NewsBot Penguins, Flyers 2019 Stadium Series Uniforms Spotted Early Posted January 30, 2019 BrianLion If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account. 557 Go To Topic Listing The complaint department is closed. Game isn’t in Pittsburgh, it’s at Lincoln Financial Field in Philly.,  SportsLogos.Net News Penguins, Flyers 2019 Stadium Series Uniforms Spotted Early Sign in to follow this   1,450 1center_img Share on other sites Forums Home With this and the 2 color all star game jerseys, it screams cheap and lazy to me. Quote 1,450 Followers 0 Location:Pennsylvania Followers 0 2,894 posts 1,450 SL.N News 557 Recommended Posts BrianLion Share this post ×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor 1,233 posts Insert image from URL Link to post Quote × Members ×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead Share this post Reply to this topic… All Activity Sports Logo News Share on other sites Sports Logo News Sports Logos Submit Reply Posted January 29, 2019 Reply to this topic Members Join the conversation 521 Forums Home Sports Logos Members hormonelast_img read more

Activists arrested in Moscow after demanding investigation of alleged torture of gay men

first_img Related Sasha Mordovets/Getty Images(MOSCOW) — Five LGBT activists have been arrested in Moscow as they tried to deliver a petition calling on Russian authorities to investigate the alleged detention and torture of dozens of gay men in Chechnya.One of the activists from the group LGBT Network, Nikita Safranov, spoke to ABC News from inside the police station where he and the four others were being detained. Safranov said they were arrested today while walking toward the offices of Russia’s prosecutor general, Yury Chaika, in central Moscow.The group was carrying large stacks of boxes stamped with the words “Justice for the Chechen 100” and filled with copies of the petition. Safranov said they expected to be charged with staging an unsanctioned demonstration.The group’s petition, which was launched on Change.org, calls for Russia’s prosecutor to investigate recent reports that more than 100 men have been kidnapped and tortured by authorities in Chechnya as part of an alleged roundup targeting the gay community there.Reports of the alleged roundup emerged in early April after the independent newspaper, Novaya Gazeta, published articles detailing accounts of how Chechen security forces were detaining the men and holding them in secret prisons. The newspaper said sources in Chechnya’s security services and the LGBT community described the detentions as a “prophylactic purge” against homosexuals in the southern Russian republic, where homosexuality is widely viewed as shameful.Since then, testimonies have emerged from some of the men detained, detailing brutal tortures. One man, who requested anonymity in an interview with ABC News last month, described how Chechen law enforcement agents had kept him in jail for a week, beat him with plastic rods and tortured him with electric shocks.Testimony from the man, whom ABC News is identifying as Z., and from other men published in Novaya Gazeta, The Guardian and The New York Times said the agents demanded that those detained name other gay men, forming a chain of terror.Irina Gordienko, a reporter at Novaya Gazeta, told ABC News that the newspaper believes around 200 men had been detained and that it has proof that at least three men had been killed during the purge.Z., who spoke on condition of anonymity out of concerns for his safety, told ABC News he was released after the agents could find no proof he was gay. But he then fled Chechnya when a mutual acquaintance was detained, fearing authorities would return for him again.Some of the victims said police had handed them back to their families after the detentions and told them they should kill them themselves to save their honor.Chechen authorities have denied that the detentions are taking place. A spokesman for Ramzan Kadyrov, the region’s president, has said such persecutions were impossible because Chechnya does not have gay men.The regional branch of the Prosecutor’s Office in Chechnya has opened an investigation into the reports, but the denunciations from Kadyrov, who personally controls law enforcement in the region, has cast doubt that it will find anything.The Kremlin has also been reluctant to respond to the reports. President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, initially told reporters that anyone suffering abuses should report them to law enforcement.Putin himself commented publicly for the first time on the reports last week, saying he would ask federal law enforcement to investigate.The alleged detentions have prompted condemnation from around the world. The foreign ministers of Germany, Britain, the Netherlands, France and Sweden sent a joint letter last week calling on Russia to investigate.U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley issued a statement in April saying the abuses “cannot be ignored.” The State Department said it was “deeply disturbed” by the reports.LGBT Network has been helping gay men to leave Chechnya. To date, it has helped 42 people escape, the organization told ABC News.Some of these men have been provided with safe-houses in Russia, but the organization is trying to get them asylum abroad in Europe or the United States.Igor Kochetkov, the group’s director, said three European countries were examining the possibility of offering asylum, but no offers have been made so far.Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMaticolast_img read more

The Donkey romps to a hat-trick

first_imgColin’s Bar Golf SocietySunday, August 27, Silky Oak – Stableford1st Stuart Mann (21) 37pts2nd Steve Coghlan (34) 34pts Just 6 die hard golfers turned up at Silky Oak to find the course packed.  Only Stuart Mann played anywhere decent on one of the easiest courses in the area and won the day with 37 points ahead of Steve Coghlan.Monday, August 28, Khao Kheow A & C – Stableford1st Colin Davis (20) 38pts2nd Simon Kendal (13) 33ptsWe arrived at Khao Kheow to find they had had 4hrs of torrential rain and the course was very wet with the lakes and streams overflowing.  Carts were not allowed on the fairways so ‘lift, clean and cheat’ was the order of the day.The Donkey & Simon Kendal had a good battle today but the former stayed the course over the inward nine and took the day with 38 points.Wednesday, August 30, Bangpra – Stableford1st Colin Davis (21) 36pts2nd Stuart Mann (22) 33ptsNear Pins: Colin DavisA small party of 7 players today for a rain soaked Bangpra.  The course was very wet with carts confined to the cart paths only but the greens were in the best condition I have ever seen them, still fast downhill but putting true.Stuart Mann had a tough time on the front side but a good back-nine to take second place with 33 points.  Out in front once again though was The Donkey who took his second consecutive win with an even par round.Friday, Sept. 1, Eastern Star – Stableford1st Colin Davis (19) 30pts2nd Tore Eliassen (19) 28ptsA change of venue today as Crystal Bay was rained off so we ended up at Eastern Star.  The course was in excellent condition with a bit of run on the fairways.  We elected to play from the white tees at 6575-yards on the card but with most of the tee markers back it played over 6,600-yards.  The greens were quite quick as we soon found out and we all struggled but the results stayed the same.For the third game in a row The Donkey Simon stole the show, this time with just 30 points on his card but it was still enough to finish two clear of Tore Eliassen in second place.last_img read more

Rio Ferdinand: Ronaldo was mocked for his dress sense at United

first_imgRio Ferdinand laughed off Cristiano Ronaldo’s claim about not getting on well with him. “He’s gone off me!” said the former centre-back while working as a pundit for BT Sport. “He used to live next door to me. Unbelievable.” Upd. at 01:42 Sport EN “At the moment everyone’s talking about Barcelona and he’s not happy with that. And that’s his competitive streak coming out. Ronaldo spoke at a press conference and wehn asked about the good relationship Barcelona’s MSN share, he said that it wasn’t important because he didn’t speak much to Ferdinand, Scholes or Giggs. The BT Sport man continued: “That [the Ronaldo press conference] just shows the emotion he’s got in him and the desire to win and the desire to get back on top. center_img When Gary Lineker, also on the show, suggested he should have gone round and cooked Ronaldo something, Ferdinand replied: “He didn’t like my cooking!” 17/02/2016 CET But Rio implied that wasn’t the case. “I actually used to take the mick out of him in the changing rooms, I think he’s got the hump. He used to come in in tight jeans and we used to murder him. He didn’t get it.”last_img read more

Connacht GAA Club Championship Fixtures

first_imgAIB Connacht Club Intermediate Football Championship 2016:Quarter final: Monivea Abbey 1-16 Kilmore (Roscommon) 0-9Semi Final 1: Ballinamore (Leitrim) v St Molaise Gaels (Sligo); Sunday, Nov 6th 2.30pm Carrick on ShannonSemi Final 2: Monivea Abbey v Kiltimagh/Westport/Shrule Glencorrib (Mayo); Sunday, Nov 6th 2.30pm MacHale Park, Castlebar 2.30pmFinal: Sunday, Nov 20th Connacht GAA AIB Club Junior Football Championship 2016:Semi Final 1: Creggs (Roscommon) v St Michaels (Sligo); Sunday, Nov 6th 2.30pm Markiewicz ParkSemi Final 2: Oranmore Maree v Louisburgh (Mayo); Sunday, Nov 6th 2.30pm Tuam StadiumFinal: Sunday, Nov 19th Quarter final: Tourlestrane v Castlebar Mitchells or Knockmore; Saturday, Nov 5th 2.30pm Markiewicz ParkSemi Final 1: Corofin v Tourlestrane/Castlebar or Knockmore; Sunday, Nov 13th 2.30pm MacHale Park, Castlebar (or Galway venue if Tourlestrane win)Semi Final 2: St Brigids (Roscommon) v Aughawillan (Leitrim); Sunday, Nov 13th 2.30pm Venue TBCFinal: Sunday, Nov 27th AIB Connacht Club Senior Football Championship 2016: With the Galway county finals now completed in hurling and football, 5 clubs will now look forward to participating in the upcoming Connacht Club Championships, while senior hurling champions St Thomas’ go straight into the All Ireland semi finals in February. Senior football champions Corofin, Intermediate football champions Monivea Abbey and Junior football winners Oranmore Maree are joined by Intermediate Hurling champions Ahascragh Fohenagh and Junior Hurling winners Micheal Breathnachs in provincial action over the next few weeks, all hoping to make it all the way to Croke Park in early 2017! Connacht GAA AIB Club Junior Hurling Championship 2016:Semi Final: Calry St Josephs (Sligo) v Cluainín (Leitrim); Monday, Oct 31st 2.30pm Leitrim VenueFinal: Micheal Breathnach v Calry St Josephs or Cluainín; Sat Nov 5th Connacht GAA CentreAll Ireland Quarter Final: Connacht Winners v Britain; Nov 19th/20thprint WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Connacht GAA AIB Club Intermediate Hurling Championship 2016:Semi Final: Tooreen or Ballyhaunis (Mayo) v Oran or Four Roads (Roscommon); Monday, Oct 31st 2.30pm AthleagueFinal: Ahascragh Fohenagh v Tooreen/Ballyhaunis or Oran/Four Roads; Sunday, Nov 6th Athleaguelast_img read more

Herrera fires United ahead on the hour in Wembley semi-final

first_imgMANCHESTER UNITED and Tottenham go head-to-head in the semi-final of the FA Cup on Saturday.With both looking to finish the season with a trophy, it is expected to be a close affair between the two premier League sides.last_img