Oliver Wilson reinvents himself by, well, not reinventing

first_imgEnglish golfer Oliver Wilson is coming out of some dark times and continued his re-emergence as an elite golfer on Saturday as he fired a five-under-par 67 at Sun City to storm into fourth place, just three shots off the lead, in the Nedbank Golf Challenge.But he is not trying to regain the game he once had which took him into the top-50 of the world rankings, instead the 39-year-old is trying to completely reinvent himself.Back in 2008, Wilson was considered an outstanding talent as he was runner-up four times on the European Tour, was chosen for the Ryder Cup and beat Phil Mickelson.But by 2011 he had lost his European Tour card and in 2014 he considered quitting professional golf.But then he pulled off an astonishing victory in the 2014 Alfred Dunhill Links Championship: playing on a sponsor’s invite he fired a 64 at Carnoustie to hold off Rory McIlroy and Tommy Fleetwood.It proved a false dawn, however, and in 2016 he lost his card again.It was last year’s South African Open that marked another turnaround in his fortunes, however, as his top-three finish qualified him for the Open Championship and then the next weekend he finished in the top-five at the Alfred Dunhill Championship at Leopard Creek.He has been a pretty consistent performer in the last year, with three top-10 finishes taking him to 64th in the Race to Dubai.His tour card is very secure.But in this comeback he has consciously tried to move away from how he played in his greatest period of success a decade ago.“I’m definitely trying to reinvent myself. I don’t want the game I had 10 years ago because it would drive me insane. Sure, I did well – I was in the top-50 in the world – but it was very stressful and I wasn’t really enjoying my golf. This year I’ve enjoyed my golf more than ever. It’s about having fun and constantly challenging yourself, just trying to improve. It’s like a puzzle you want to solve.“My career has been up-and-down, I’ve had extreme highs and extreme lows, but now I have some perspective. My little boy is coming up to two years old, having a family made me realise golf is not that important. Things like family, relationships and friends are way more important. Golf still means a lot to me and I enjoy the good times out there because you never know when it will be over, but it’s not the same as 10 years ago,” Wilson told The Citizen on Saturday.Wilson has admitted that, like a person with a sweet tooth constantly being drawn to the chocolate in the checkout aisles of a supermarket, he used to love trying different things in his golf game, which eventually caused him to lose his swing.“I’m very inquisitive – I like to learn, and I read a lot and see what other people are doing to try and get better. The downside of that, though, is that it can fill your head with a lot of other things which take you off-track from moving forward. You need people around you who are a sounding board and have experience, who can give you a structure and blueprint and make sure you keep to that. I’ve got those things in place now,” he previously wrote in a player blog for the European Tour website.“I’ve never been a good driver of the ball and that’s what cost me in the end. So that’s an area of the game that I’m trying to become much better in, while keeping my strengths in my short game and putting. My approach game is better too because I’m fitter and stronger and I’ve played some golf recently that is the golf I always dreamt of playing. That’s what helps drive me forward – knowing I can compete in the biggest tournaments because my good golf is becoming really good, it’s showing me what I can do,” Wilson said on Saturday.For more sport your way, download The Citizen’s app for iOS and Android.last_img read more

‘El Chiringuito’: Carvajal has an offer to move to the Premier League

first_img 09/11/2018 Juan Linares (@Jlinares91) Upd. on 12/11/2018 at 09:06 CET Dani Carvajal is not having his best moment at Real Madrid. Even though he remains in good form when he plays, internal problems in the dressing room are affecting him. His recent comments in defence of Lopetegui, the recently sacked coach, did not go down well with the board — and even annoyed some members of the playing staff.  ‘El Chiringuito’: Carvajal tiene medio pie fuera del Real Madrid The defender has been out injured for the last few weeks but returned to full training on Thursday. Madrid believe he could be back in contention for this weekend’s game against Celta Vigo. In his absence, Lucas Vazquez, Nacho Fernandez and Álvaro Odriozola have all taken his spot. IN SPORT.ES For the moment, the situation is tense and we will have to see how it develops. But Carvajal could have one foot outside the Santiago Bernabeu.  Pipi Estrada, during ‘El Chiringuito’ on MEGA, has confirmed that Carvajal’s situation is worrying and that he currently has an offer from the Premier League which he’s still not turned down. The Spain right-back could see it as an escape from his current situation at Madrid. That he’s listening to other clubs is bad news for Madrid. last_img read more

Nelson Nordic Ski Club plays host Teck Kootenay Cup

first_imgSunday, classic skiers raced longer distances on a beautiful course on the club’s Busk and Clearwater trail system, which was upgraded this year thanks to contributions from a Trail Enhancement Grant from Columbia Basin Trust. More fresh snow fell early in the morning but the sun did eventually shine and glazed the tracks making it challenging to wax for the conditions. Nevertheless, racers persevered and kicked and double-poled their way around the course in speedy times.The youngest racers were only four years old, while the oldest were in their 60s and 70s, but good times were shared by all. As one race volunteer put it to the youngest racers at the start line of their race: “Whoever has the most fun wins.”As these races were the last of the season for the 2020 Teck Kootenay Cup series, the aggregate award was delivered to Kimberley Nordic, who claimed the Kootenay Cup and bragging rights this year. Congratulations, Kimberley!Race results can be found at https://zone4.ca/event/2020/F8FCD752/ and Kootenay Cup final standings at www.crosscountrybc.caCelebrations were held in the warming hut at Apex and awards were given outside in the great weather. Nelson Nordic Ski Club would like to thank the many local businesses who were so generous in their support, providing food and draw prizes for the race. Without their support, this race weekend would not have been possible. The success of the weekend is also due to the contributions of the many volunteers who set up race courses, marshalled the courses (to ensure everyone made the turns), timed the racers and served soup for lunch.Competitors, young and old, participated at the Teck Kootenay Cup races at Nelson Nordic Apex Trails this past weekend. — Submitted photo This past weekend — Saturday and Sunday, February 15-16 — Nelson Nordic Ski Club was pleased to host the final Teck Kootenay Cup races of the 2020 season.More than 115 Nordic skiers participated, including racers from Fernie, Valhalla Hills (Hills), Revelstoke, Strathcona Nordic, Nickel Plate (Penticton), Larch Hills (Salmon Arm) and Black Jack (Rossland), as well as a strong contingent from the local club in Nelson.Saturday, skate skiers took over the meadow at Apex for King’s Court sprints in powdery fresh snow. In the morning, the youth racers (U6 to U14) raced in heats to crown their champions and after a short break the U16s faced off against the Masters. Lots of fun and team spirit was shown out on the race course. It was an exciting spectator race for all who attended. last_img read more

Man Utd push Norwich to the brink of relegation

first_imgManchester United maintained their push for a Champions League place after a Juan Mata goal on Saturday pushed Norwich City to the brink of relegation.The Spanish international midfielder again showed his taste for tormenting the Canaries as he scored his fifth goal against them with his 72nd-minute winner.Cameron Jerome had Norwich’s best chance with a header only to be denied by the excellent David de Gea but a mistake from Sebastien Bassong allowed Wayne Rooney to burst through and find Mata, who provided an excellent left-foot finish.In a game of few chances and little excitement, United were left content with a victory that moves them to within one point of fourth-placed Manchester City.Norwich, though, are plunged into deeper turmoil in 19th place with just two games left.last_img read more

Golden start for Australia on day of records

first_imgHungary’s Katinka Hosszu ended her long wait for Olympic victory and Australia captured two gold medals in an exhilarating first day of swimming competition that saw three world records smashed in Rio on Saturday.Hosszu, five times a world champion but without a medal from three previous Olympics, demolished the world record by 2.07 seconds in the final of the women’s 400 metres individual medley.Australia’s women retained their Olympic title by winning the 4x100m freestyle relay in world record time, with sisters Bronte and Cate Campbell swimming the last two stages to overhaul the United States, despite the efforts of Katie Ledecky on the anchor leg.Mack Horton’s victory in the men’s 400 freestyle also meant Australia had already doubled their gold medal tally from a disappointing showing four years ago.The day’s record spree began with Britain’s Adam Peaty, who broke his own world mark of 57.92 in the heats of the 100 breaststroke when he clocked 57.55.Tipped to become the first British man to win an Olympic gold since 1988, he then swam 57.62 in the semi-finals.FIRST HONOURS TO JAPANIn the first of four evening finals, Japan’s Kosuke Hagino won the men’s 400m individual medley, the gruelling discipline that combines butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke and freestyle.Hagino, the bronze medallist in 2012, won with a time of four minutes, 6.05 seconds to end a U.S. stranglehold on the event dating back to 1996.Chase Kalisz of the United States, who had been fastest in the heats, finished second and Japan’s Daiya Seto took the bronze.In the men’s 400 freestyle, Australia’s Horton edged out defending champion Sun Yang of China and Italy’s Gabriele Detti, pulling ahead in the final quarter after shadowing Britain’s James Guy and Conor Dwyer of the U.S. for much of the race.Hosszu then grabbed the spotlight with a stunning victory in the 400 individual medley.Having suffered a nightmare Olympics in London, where she started as a hot medal prospect but came away empty-handed, she led from start to finish and stormed down the final length with the crowd roaring her on to the record.“It’s just crazy that I’ve been able to swim two seconds faster than anyone ever, ever did. It’s just crazy,” said the Hungarian, who will also contest the 200 IM, 200 butterfly and 100 and 200 backstroke.In the women’s relay, the Australians led off with Emma McKeon while Brittany Elmslie swam the second leg before Bronte Campbell overhauled the Americans and handed over to sister Cate, who touched in three minutes, 30.65 seconds, beating the previous world record of 3:30.98 they set in Glasgow in 2014.“Definitely my favourite race ever,” said Cate Campbell. “In an Olympic final with my sister and two girls I have known since I was 12, 13 years old – and a gold and a world record.”Medals table after Day One of competitionOlympic Games medals tableRank Country G S B Total1. Australia 2 0 1 32. Hungary 2 0 0 23. U.S. 1 4 0 54. South Korea 1 1 0 25. Japan 1 0 4 56. Argentina 1 0 0 16=. Belgium 1 0 0 16=. Russia 1 0 0 16=. Thailand 1 0 0 16=. Vietnam 1 0 0 111. China 0 2 3 512. Italy 0 1 1 212=. Kazakhstan 0 1 1 214. Indonesia 0 1 0 114=. Denmark 0 1 0 114=. Brazil 0 1 0 117. Poland 0 0 1 117=. Uzbekistan 0 0 1 117=. Spain 0 0 1 117=. Canada 0 0 1 1 Total 12 12 14 38last_img read more

Surfing association sets up resource centre

first_imgThe SAPNG Education Resource Centre was set up in honour of patron of Tupira Surf Club, Justice Nicholas Kirriwom.It was officially launched during the staging of the 2017 PNG KUMUL World Longboard Championships in March at Tupira Surf Club, Ulingan Bay, Bogia District in Madang Province.The centre has been established in line with SAPNG’s ‘No School – No Surf’ policy which focuses on empowering children with the fundamentals of education in lieu of access to surf boards.The books for the centre were donated by the Buk Bilong Pikinini.Co-founder of SAPNG Andrew Abel said it was a significant milestone for SAPNG as it marks 30 years since foundation.Abel said they are expanding their community service initiatives and obligations, underpinned by their home grown model and policies in empowering traditional resource custodian host communities. “We thank all the staff at Buk Bilong Pikinini for the invaluable support to SAPNG,” Abel said. “We look forward to rolling out the other resource centres in all our affiliated surf clubs around the nation, including Bougainville and Manus, in the coming year with your continued support.”Other resource centres are now being set up around PNG where SAPNG has established its affiliated surf clubs in partnership with the traditional resource custodian host communities.(Tupira Surf Club – Madang. Picture: ASDP)last_img read more

No sweep as Ateneo deals La Salle first loss in UAAP Season 79

first_imgTaiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND BREAKING: Solicitor General asks SC to forfeit ABS CBN’s franchise The Blue Eagles were unflagging amid the vaunted Green Archers’ pressure defense while returning the favor with their scrappy, unselfish brand of basketball.“La Salle’s still the number one team. They’re really tough to beat,” said Ateneo coach Sandy Arespacochaga.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSCone plans to speak with Slaughter, agent“We just played a very good game. We have to give credit to the players. They displayed a lot of heart. We’re thankful that we came up with this victory.”The Eagles hiked their record to 7-4 while also dashing the Archers’ unblemished streak which ended at 12-0. Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ateneo gave La Salle a taste of mayhem with a jarring 83-71 win, stopping what had seemed to be an interminable streak in the UAAP Season 79 men’s basketball tournament Saturday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine EDITORS’ PICK Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Brad Pitt wins his first acting Oscar as awards get underway La Salle shot just 29% from the field and had 20 turnovers with only 10 assists. Ateneo shot 51%, out-rebounded its opponent, 48-43, and scored 26 points off turnovers. Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports View comments PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 We are young 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capas Striegl draws inspiration from Pacquiao: ‘I always press the action’ Ateneo got significant contributions from top to bottom from reliable big men Rafael Verano and Isaac Go to its bevy of guards led by Aaron Black.Black came off the bench and had 16 points and seven rebounds in his best game since returning from a foot injury.Go and Verano combined for 16 points and 13 rebounds. They also teamed up in containing La Salle’s Ben Mbala and Abu Tratter.Mbala still came away with 17 points and 10 rebounds but the Cameroonian center didn’t make a field goal until the third quarter and went just 5-of-13 from the field. Tratter only had three points on 1-of-9 shooting.Graduating forward Jeron Teng, who missed La Salle’s 97-81 win over Ateneo in the first round, led the Green Archers in scoring with 18 points.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READlast_img read more

Fate of Finals protagonists rests on big shoulders

first_imgIt’s been called a clash of Titans. Might as well keep an eye on the big men.ADVERTISEMENT “I’m scared because they have all the weapons,” he explained.And the main threat is Fajardo. The 6-foot-10 center weaponizes every basketball tool in the San Miguel roster. He frees up guys like Marcio Lassiter, Ronald Tubid and Alex Cabagnot for open shots by simply camping at the post and waiting for other defenders to pitch their tents around him. His ability to pass out of double teams creates open lanes for slashers. More than his numbers, his mere presence is a statistic in itself:No. of June Mar Fajardos: Beermen 1, Kings, 0.And that’s saying a lot since his numbers are pretty impressive: 19.4 points on 64% shooting from the field (a clip lowered only because he sometimes takesthose “settle” jumpers from 10 to 12 feet out), 15.2 rebounds (which purchase possessions for the Beermen that make up for those missed jumpers), 2.4 blocks (which make other big men settle for jumpers too) and 1.5 assists (a “fake” stat because it doesn’t include the other extra passes created out of his initial kick-out pass that leads to bail-out jumpers).Cone will need Aguilar to be super in this matchup.It won’t be a pure matchup in the sense that Aguilar and Fajardo should not be even guarding each other. But when Cone plays three guards (Thompson, Mercado, Tenorio) and then pairs Aguilar with either Joe Devance (doubtful due to injury), Kevin Ferrer or Jervy Cruz up front, Ginebra doesn’t have much of a choice.But then again, neither does San Miguel Beer. The beauty of the mismatch is Cone could make it worth both ways. Leo Austria has to play Fajardo major minutes and Fajardo will have several looks at the kind of a lineup from Ginebra, meaning he may have to defend Aguilar. And Aguilar can make his one distinct edge to work by letting his offense be his defense.Aguilar should have one thought after every successful Ginebra defensive stop: Run. Run hard and get into the offense quickly. The ploy is to lure Fajardo into expending energy chasing after him. Forcing San Miguel Beer’s MVP to work hard defensively might take away some of the offensive sting and make it easier for help defenses to come to Aguilar’s rescue at the post.Aguilar’s offense (15.5 points per game) generates enough attention so that Fajardo won’t slack off and allow him a few extra paces. And if Fajardo does catch up, Aguilar can widen the space between the San Miguel giant and the rim by using that jump shot of his (one of the few times you’d actually cheer for a 6-foot-9 guy taking jumpers), to create openings for the likes of Scottie Thompson to poach rebounds and produce extra possessions for the Gin Kings.Ginebra has had a lot (relatively, when compared to the rest of the league) of success against Fajardo lately. They turned him into a granite statue in the Governors’ Cup semifinal decider and then held him to single digits during their elimination round showdown. Beggar dead in Quezon hit-and-run incident Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely China counts sharp rise in coronavirus cases, 2 in Beijing Taal Volcano continues to emit steam, ash from weak explosions If the Kings continue to do that, the Beermen’s weapons that Cone fears so much could end up being duds.But if the Beermen can reverse the order of their offense by heating up their shooters to create space for Fajardo or if Fajardo has his way and abuses Aguilar down low, this series may be over before anyone can say “Perpetual Trophy.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Defending champion San Miguel Beer tries to hurdle the last obstacle to its chase for the Philippine Cup Perpetual Trophy when it battles Barangay Ginebra in a best-of-seven series that kicks off Friday.It would have been fun to sift through both teams’ rosters to hunt for the x-factor that could decide the series but why even bother?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 returnThis series revolves around June Mar Fajardo. Even if San Miguel fails to tab the Perpetual Trophy, it has the league’s Perpetual MVP and every challenger to the Beermen’s has to run through the Kraken’s massive physique.And Barangay Ginebra will try to counter with, well, Japeth Aguilar.center_img Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member LATEST STORIES 2 ‘bookies’ bet collectors held in Quezon View comments Not that Tim Cone has much of a choice. With Greg Slaughter decommissioned by injury, Aguilar is the Kings’ best big man and in the Finals, how he will fare against Fajardo will determine how Ginebra can overturn a manpower disadvantage.Because, yes, Ginebra will be paper underdogs in this series. And we didn’t even have to pore over statistics and wrack our brains to arrive at that decision.Tim Cone did it for us.“We’re the underdogs here,” said Cone. See?And he didn’t have to dig deep either to find the reason.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Battle-tested Beermen ready for the Finals, says Rosslast_img read more

GAWU says transfer of remaining Wales workers “forced labour”

first_imgThe transfer of some 374 workers currently attached to the now closed Wales Sugar Estate to Uitvlugt Sugar Estate has been likened to “forced labour” by the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU).GAWU made the characterisation in response to the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) Senior Communication Officer Audreyanna Thomas, who in a letter published Tuesday, contended that the entity could not be compelled to pay workers their severance.Workers attached to the Wales Estate fled from a meeting with several Government officials, including Agriculture Minister Noel HolderGAWU, through an official statement on Thursday, noted that the letter was just “another sad attempt to justify the company’s wrong decision to deny some 300 workers from Wales Estate their rightful severance entitlement”.Thomas had argued that cane harvesters and cane transport operators could become entitled to the payment of severance or redundancy allowance “only if their contracts were terminated in accordance with sections 12 and 21 (1) of the Termination of Employment and Severance Pay Act (TESPA)”, suggesting that redundancy must be determined specifically by the employer.But GAWU retorted that the Corporation has forgotten that the decision to end sugar production at Wales in effect made the workforce redundant. “All hell will break loose across Guyana if the employer has to decide about their entitlement that is why workers over the years have fought for their rights with trade unions,” GAWU President Komal Chand recently told Guyana Times.The Union on Thursday further disagreed with the Corporation’s interpretation of TESPA, noting that a worker was entitled to severance if he/she was sent to a location more than 10 miles away from his/her base location.“On this we wish to point out that Uitvlugt Estate, not taking into account the journey into the cultivation areas, is some 22 miles away from Wales. Clearly, the section of the Act referred to by GuySuCo must be taken account of and it supports the workers’ cause. We see the Corporation’s assertions as mere semantics intended to divert and distract from the truth of the matter,” GAWU pointed out.GuySuCo further contended that the Wales workers would be paid a disturbance allowance for their journey to Uitvlugt, in keeping with the 2004 Collective Labour Agreement (CLA). However, GAWU has clarified that GuySuCo omitted that the very CLA does not speak to any permanency of the allowance.“Having regard to the need to move field and factory workers between and among estates, from time to time…” quoted GAWU from a section of the agreement.“In this regard, GuySuCo, by its ill-thought-out attempt, may be guilty of yet another disrespect of the CLA,” GAWU noted.GAWU further stressed that GuySuCo was operating “contrary” to local laws by allowing conditions that were unsuitable for work and by the denial of severance.“It is disheartening to register, at this time, when our nation is observing the centennial anniversary of the end of indentureship in our country, that the Corporation is engaging in schemes that promote forced labour and is paying pay no, or little, or selective recognition of the laws, the CLA, and customs and practices which seek to promote and protect workers and which have been won due to their arduous and self-sacrificing struggles,” GAWU strongly expressed.It was on Tuesday that the GAWU President condemned the Sugar Corporation’s disclosure that for the requisite categories, it was under no legal obligation to pay the workers severance.The workers attached to Wales Estate had gathered on Monday outside the factory gates where they had reiterated calls for their outstanding severance benefits. At the Wales Community Centre on Friday last, workers bolted from a meeting with several Government Ministers when Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan had disclosed that GuySuCo could not afford to pay workers severance benefits.Government ended sugar operations at Wales Estate as a result of billions of dollars it accrued in losses over the years. However, the closure has affected hundreds of workers, their families and the surrounding communities. Many workers told Guyana Times of the difficulties they have encountered finding employment, while many women who traditionally were housewives have sought out jobs to support their families. It was at high-level sugar consultations last year with GuySuCo, the Union and the Opposition that Government disclosed that only three estates across the country would be kept.last_img read more

North East BC Emergency & Public Alerts

first_imgDAWSON CREEK, B.C. – The Peace River Regional District recently set up North East BC Emergency & Public Alerts.North East BC Emergency & Public Alerts is a community-wide notification system.Residents who subscribe will be alerted about emergencies and other important community news by signing up to the North East BC Emergency & Public Alerts. This system will provide residents with critical information quickly in a variety of situations, such as severe weather, unexpected road closures, evacuations and public events near you.Residents can sign up to receive time-sensitive messages on their home, mobile or business phone, email address, or by text message.To sign up for the North East BC Emergency & Public Alerts; CLICK HERE – Advertisement –last_img