Kim takes 3-shot lead into Mediheal final round

first_imgDALY CITY, Calif. — Sei Young Kim shot a 4-under 68 on Saturday at Lake Merced to take a three-stroke lead in the LPGA Mediheal Championship. Playing through a back injury that has forced her to alter her swing, Kim rebounded from an opening bogey with an eagle on the par-5 fifth. The 26-year-old South Korean added birdies on the par-4 11th and par-5 15th and 18th to take a 10-under 206 total into the final round. Your browser does not support iframes. Full-field scores from the LPGA Mediheal Championship Charley Hull was second after a 70. The Englishwoman missed a chance to pull closer when her 6-foot birdie try on No. 18 slid left. Puerto Rico’s Maria Torres was 5 under after a 71. Minjee Lee, coming off a victory Sunday in Los Angeles that moved her to No. 2 in the world, had a 67 to match Lexi Thompson (69), Amy Yang (70), Louise Ridderstrom (72) and Eun-Hee Ji (73) at 4 under. Second-round leader So Yeon Ryu shot a 79 to drop into a tie for 20th at even par. She had four bogeys and a triple bogey in the par-4 16th.last_img read more

Comedian Ralphie May dead at 45

first_imgThe comedian’s body was discovered at a private residence in Las Vegas.  May had been battling pneumonia as of late, and had canceled several dates so he could recover.  The cause of death was cardiac arrest.   Related Just two days ago, May had been named Casino Comedian of the Year at the Global Gaming Expo, and had performances scheduled through the end of 2017 as part of his residency at Harrah’s Las Vegas. May, born in Chattanooga, TN, won a contest to open for his idol Sam Kinison when he was 17.  Kinison advised May to move to Houston, TX, where he graduated from the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts.  He subsequently moved to L.A., and in 2003, he competed in the first season of Last Comic Standing, coming second.  Jason Squires/Getty Images for Pollstar(LAS VEGAS) — Comedian Ralphie May has died, ABC News has confirmed. May is survived by his wife, Lahna Turner, and his children April June May and August James May.Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMatico May released his first album, Just Correct, in 2005.  He’s starred in four Comedy Central specials, including 2012’s Too Big to Ignore, and two Netflix specials, including 2015’s Imperfectly Yours.last_img read more

Jazz hope to start fast against Chicago after 3 straight sluggish starts

first_imgYou expend so much energy trying to battle back. Guys get tired, you try to sub and keep guys fresh. (There are) offensive rebounds, turnovers, those things at some crucial times that stop runs. Those things take your energy too. – Quin SnyderSALT LAKE CITY — Following a second-straight dispiriting loss Saturday night — a 106-94 defeat to New Orleans a night after losing convincingly at Golden State — the Utah Jazz need to figure out how to start games faster.In both losses, the Jazz fell behind by big margins in the first half that were too large to climb out of in the second half.On Friday, the Jazz trailed by as many as 29 points before closing to 12 in the final quarter. On Saturday, the Jazz closed a 17-point deficit to five points heading into the fourth quarter, but could never get any closer in the final period.It’s the same problem the Jazz had against Oklahoma City earlier in the week, but in that game they were able to overcome an early large deficit and come away with a victory.But the Jazz know they can’t keep digging themselves big holes and expect to have any chance of winning — especially with top NBA teams like Chicago (Monday, 7 p.m.) and the L.A. Clippers (Saturday night) coming to EnergySolutions Arena this week.“We can’t work our way into it,’’ said Jazz coach Quin Snyder. “It takes too much energy when you play like that at the beginning of the game. It takes too much energy to come back and then you’re drained.’’On their five-game road trip back East a week earlier, the Jazz got out of the blocks early, enjoying a lead after the first quarter in four games and being tied in the other.However, since returning home, they’ve had a problem getting untracked in all three games.Against Oklahoma City, the Jazz only scored 14 points in the first quarter and fell behind by as many as 17 points in the first half.Against Golden State, the Jazz were never in the game, falling behind 12-0 out of the gate and trailing by 15 after the first quarter and by 22 at halftime. Against New Orleans, the second quarter was the killer as a 27-27 tie turned into a 57-40 halftime deficit.“You expend so much energy trying to battle back,’’ said Snyder. “Guys get tired, you try to sub and keep guys fresh. (There are) offensive rebounds, turnovers, those things at some crucial times that stop runs. Those things take your energy too.’’The Jazz players are aware they can’t keep starting so slow and expect to win games.“We dug ourselves too big of a hole,’’ said forward Gordon Hayward. “We fought back and I’m proud of the effort we had in the second half, but we didn’t have enough to get enough stops. We made a furious comeback in the third quarter, but we just have to play the whole game like that.’’Hayward led the second-half charge, scoring 21 of his team-high 31 points in the second half. But other than second-year guard Trey Burke, who had perhaps his best offensive game of the year with 20 points on 8-of-12 shooting, Hayward didn’t get enough help on the night.Burke agrees that the Jazz have to figure out a way to get started quicker.“We came out slow again and that’s something we have to get better at,’’ he said. “Collectively as a group we have to make a choice, we have to come out with a different mindset with a high level of focus. It’s not one thing you can point to, it’s not one individual, it’s a team thing that we’re going to have to make a constant effort to come out with more focus.’’JAZZ NOTES: The Bulls come to Utah with an 8-5 record after losing to Portland 105-87 Friday night. In that loss, only two players scored in double figures — rookie Nikola Mirotic with 24 off the bench and Aaron Brooks with 12. … The Bulls have been ravaged by injuries this year with Derrck Rose out several games with a sprained left hamstring and Kirk Hinrich (chest) and Pau Gasol (calf) both missing Friday’s game. Then in that game Taj Gibson suffered a sprained ankle and will miss the Jazz game. … Hinrich is listed as doubtful, Gasol as questionable, and Rose as a game-time decision for Monday’s game. … Fourth-year guard Jimmy Butler leads the Bulls with 20.4 ppg game on 49.7 percent shooting. … First-round draft choice Doug McDermott is averaging 4.2 points and 1.8 rebounds in 13 minutes per game. … Former Jazz first-round draft pick Nazr Mohammed is playing in his 17th year in the NBA with his eighth team in Chicago. … In between the Chicago and Clipper home games, the Jazz will play at Oklahoma City Wednesday night. … The Jazz and Bulls play again in Chicago on Jan. 7. Related Rose, other injured Bulls could play against Jazz tonightlast_img read more

International fleet competes at Transworld Regatta

first_imgMatti Sepp and his crew celebrate victory in the Transworld Regatta 2018, held at Ocean Marina from March 2-4.Ocean Marina in Na Jomtien welcomed crews from around the world to the Transworld Regatta 2018, held from March 2-4.  Three of these countries taking part, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, currently represent the most active region in the World for Platu racing and will hold the 2018 Platu World Championship in Riga, Latvia this August.  Chris Way brought his Easy Tiger team from Australia and Rolf Heemskerk travelled from Malaysia.  These crews were supported by two local teams from Thailand, with ex-pats from several different countries on board.As usual the 3 day regatta was preceded by a one day event of three races so that crews could acclimatize themselves to the local conditions and also shake of their jet lag.  The day saw winds up to 18 knots, quite big seas and many big shifts to keep the tacticians busy.  The result was a sign of things to come as the first three boats went on to finish on the podium of the main event.  Congratulations to Harles Liiv from Estonia in first place.The first two days of the regatta itself again saw winds up to 18 and 19 knots, metre high waves, and lots of shifts of 20 degrees and more.  The format of 30 minute races was again used so that there were 6 races on day one and 7 on day two.  With a windward mark at half a mile, races of 1, 2 and 3 laps were set to test suitability and best race format.  The general consensus was that 30-minute, two lap races were best so this became the norm.Strong winds and big shifts, but after two days and 13 races it was all to play for between Matti Sepp and Rolf Heemskerk who were separated by only three points. The third day was much calmer than the previous two with a flat sea and winds of 6 knots as the racing began.  This gradually built however to 14 knots and a few white caps to again make the crews hike hard.The tension was building, not only for these two crews, but for all crews, and the first race of the final day saw chaos on the start line and a general recall necessary.  The second start was a little bit better organized and crews finally got away for the first of 4 races with the final race being worth double points.  It was hard to separate Mati and Rolf as they finished race 1 and 2 only metres apart.  But then Mati decided that match racing was not the way to go and simply sailed fast to a win and a second place in the final two races.  But a great effort from Rolf, the current holder of the Coronation Cup, who gave it everything, but it simply was not enough on this day.Platu craft compete on Day 2 of the regatta.Another close battle between four boats also ensued as they finished within a ten point spread after all 17 races.Four races meant that crews were back in the marina before two o’clock so that they could enjoy some food and a well earned beer or two before the presentations took place.last_img read more

Blacky wins three in a row and inaugural Monthly Mug

first_imgEveryone was running early so we departed the G.S. in 2 minivans 10 minutes ahead of schedule at 8.20 am and after an excellent run through Pattaya Monday morning traffic we arrived at the course just 55 minutes later.  The course was, yes – you guessed it, almost deserted and after a relaxing preparation time and putting practice for some we sent our first group, once more a Gosnells Golf Club four-ball away 18 minutes early at 9.42 am. PSC golf from The Growling SwanMonday, June 25, Royal Lakeside – StablefordA good low season contingent of 14 golfers assembled at The Growling Swan in readiness for the longish road trip to the challenging Royal Lakeside and we welcomed first timers Ebrahim & Bernie McCart.  We also welcomed back Frank Donnelly from his 3 week stint as a tourist guide showing family from Australia around.  A hearty “Bon Voyage” was afforded to Dick Braimbridge who will shortly be returning to Queensland, Australia for about 3 months and also Dr Brian Vale & Wayne Harman who are off back to Perth, Western Australia in the next couple of days. Monday Compass winner Brian (Doc) Vale, Deefa the Dog & winner Peter Blackburn.The new caddies’ uniforms looked very smart and we teed off into a very stiff breeze which indicated it was going to be a tough day for some and indeed that’s the way in turned out.  The golf course was in fantastic shape with the greens as good as I’ve ever seen them and to top it off our caddies were disciplined, informative whilst being lots of fun at the same time.The breeze did cool things down somewhat although at times it did seem fairly hot and after a sub 2 hour front nine we continued at a cracking pace and finished our round in three hours & fifty minutes.With the smallish field we had just the one flight with five podium spots and there were rewards for long putts on holes nine & eighteen with sponsorship help from Mike “Hunter” Gosden.As mentioned previously the going was quite tough with not one golfer able to play to their handicap or better.  After a last start win your writer managed to continue his good form and finished in first place with 35 points, one ahead of Bo Cardwell in second place with Jerry Dobbs third one point further back.A count back was necessary to determine fourth & fifth places with Ken “let’s hear it for” Bernek (14 point back nine, 10 points on last 6 holes & 6 points on last 3 holes) edging out Alain “Inspector Clouseau” Taddei (14 point back nine, 10 points on last 6 holes & 5 points on last 3 holes).  Both of them had 31 points.1st Peter Blackburn (12) 35pts2nd Bo Cardwell (23) 34pts3rd Jerry Dobbs (22) 33pts4th Ken Bernek (16) 31pts5th Alain Taddei (18) 31ptsLong Putts:  9th – Wayne Harman; 18th – Wayne HarmanDr Brian Vale also had back to back wins but alas, it was the Compass Cap (awarded to the golfer with the worst score on the day) so at least he finished his stay with us on a winning note!  Deefa the Dog was of course present and paraded by Hunter resulting in many donations to charity from our generous Growling Swan group.Ken Cornwall, Jerry Dobbs & Peter Blackburn.Back at The Growling Swan afterwards the main topic of conversation was the upcoming inaugural Monthly Mug which was in 3 days time.  Even as we sat there drinking we had two more golfers sign up which left us with just one spot to fill.  Dick rang the bell due to his imminent departure which was appreciated by all.Thursday, June 28, Treasure Hill – Monthly Mug/StrokeThere was a terrific buzz in the air on this morning as we assembled at The Growling Swan, all keen to compete for the very first Growling Swan Monthly Mug.  Peter Grey’s complimentary tea & coffee was flowing and we had many old and new faces in the record field of 25.We welcomed first timers Rhys Allen (son of Andrew) from Melbourne, Noel Moore from Philippines/Australia, and Aussies Peter Starr, Tony Olcorn & Vince Romeo along with Dave Norman from the A Team Bar here in Pattaya.  It was also great to have back for another 6 weeks Talkeshi Hakozaki from Japan, Hugh O’Donnell from Spain, Don Richardson from Ireland and of course Graham Buckingham after his trip to Bangkok to compete in an International Scrabble Tournament.Several people elected to drive to the Treasure Hill course and the rest piled into 2 minivans as we departed the G.S. right on our scheduled departure time of 8.30 am.  After a 48 minute drive we arrived at the course to find that despite being a Sport’s Day with a 500 baht green fee the course was practically deserted.  We were in no hurry as we prepared for this special occasion and our first four-ball consisting of myself, Mashi, Hunter & Buckers teed off 5 minutes ahead of our scheduled 10.00 am tee time.The weather was terrific although a bit overcast at first but we knew that nothing was going to put a damper on this special day.  I must once more mention the improvement in this golf course as it was in terrific condition with the greens absolutely superb and a credit to the green keeper & his staff.  It was of course a Monthly Mug which meant playing a stroke round and sure enough this tough layout caught one or two golfers out.Buckers was going great guns until the 12th hole where he got into all sorts of trouble and ended up with an eleven which effectively put paid to his chances of winning the Mug.  Hunter & I were travelling quite well and neck & neck down the home stretch while Mashi, although fairly consistent was not having one of his better days.  We proceeded at a very good pace considering it was a stroke round and even with 2 drinks breaks we completed our full round in four hours & ten minutes.A terrific day’s golf at a lovely though challenging course with very good company.  It was very pleasing to hear the comments from all after that the day was an outstanding success and everyone was looking forward to the next Monthly Mug at Mountain Shadow in July.With the 25 starters we were able to have 2 flights and there were rewards for nearest the pins on the four par threes plus nearest first putts on the ninth & eighteenth greens.  As we had nine players who not yet had handicaps they were put in the second flight which we named the Callaway Grade & their scores were calculated using the Callaway Scoring System.Your humble organizer & correspondent continued his form of the last 2 outings and managed to win the very first Growling Swan Monthly Mug on a count back from Mike (Hunter) Gosden.  We both had a net 73 but my net 33 on the back nine got me home as Hunter had net 35.In third spot came Takeshi Hakozaki with a net 74 and the luckless Graham Buckingham finished fourth with a net 75.  In a count back for fifth & sixth Don Richardson (net 77 with net 36 on the back nine) edged out Bo Cardwell (net 77 with net 39 on the back nine).In the Callaway Grade the winner of the Growling Swan Monthly Glass was Ken Cornwall with a net 73, one better than runner up Bernie McCart.  In a count back for third place with both golfers on net 76, Vincent Romeo (51 back nine) took the honors with Fred Dineley (53 back nine) just missing out.Monthly Mug1st Peter Blackburn (12) net 732nd Mike Gosden (11) net 733rd Takeshi Hakozaki (13) net 744th Grahsm Buckingham (24) net 755th Don Richardson (13) net 776th Bo Cardwell (23) net 77Callaway Comp1st Ken Cornwall net 732nd Bernie McCart net 743rd Vincent Romeo net 76Near Pins:  2nd – Mike Allidi; 6th – Peter Starr; 13th – Ebrahim; 17th – Stu RifkinLong Putts:  9th – Ken Cornwall; 18th – Mashi KanetaThe winner of the Compass Cap (awarded for the worst score of the day) went to Aussie Jerry Dobbs and Hunter paraded Deefa the Dog who of course collected many donations to charity from our very generous Growling Swan crew.Presentations of course were back at The Growling Swan on this occasion and many thanks go to Peter Grey for sponsoring this event and providing a delicious chicken meal for everyone.  Yours truly took advantage of the “I won the mug, you fill it up” rule and along with most of the others stayed for several hours of fun and merriment.Note:  Growling Swan Golf welcomes golfers of any persuasion – low & high handicappers alike, female golfers and beginners.  We generally play Mondays & Thursdays, meeting at The Growling Swan (formerly The Bunker Bar) in Soi Chaiyapoon at 8.00 am with transport departing at 8.30 am.  For bookings or more information please contact Peter on 0806 351 386 or email to [email protected]last_img read more

Traffic mayhem in Officer

first_imgA man in his seventies has been taken to the Alfred Hospital by road ambulance in a serious condition following…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img