“I didn’t see it as a rivalry.” – Brooks Koepka Too bad Brooks isn’t playing this week in China. Koepka might have had a chance to go head-to-head with Rory McIlroy, for the first time since declaring this non-rivalry-rivalry, in primetime at the WGC-HSBC Champions. There will be a time for that, when Koepka gets cleared after his latest injury. They’ll inevitably get paired together, either by scores or for promotional reasons since they’re ranked Nos. 1 (Koepka) and 2 (McIlroy) in the world rankings. Rivalries, as I’ve come to find in 35 years of covering Ryder Cups and major championship golf, needed a guy with an edge, perhaps a disrupter, as Jack Nicklaus was to Arnold Palmer or Seve Ballesteros to Paul Azinger. The best at it, I found to be, was Nick Faldo. Whether it was in Ryder Cup competition, where he set records, or in the battle for world No. 1 with Greg Norman and Seve Ballesteros, Faldo came across as cold-blooded. Let’s put it this way: You wouldn’t see him vacationing in the Bahamas with Rickie Fowler and Jordan Spieth, or working out together in Jupiter like Koepka and Dustin Johnson. In my interview last week with Sir Nick, the Hall of Famer acknowledged that he liked hearing what Koepka had to say. So, too, did PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan in his interview this week on “Morning Drive.” The PGA of America has to be happy, as well. The Koepka-McIlroy backstory should equate to dramatic head-to-heads in the FedExCup playoffs and the 2020 Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits. “This is a different time,” Faldo said, acknowledging immediacy and power in the age of social media. “From the outside I think it’s fine, I think it’s cool, a guy like Koepka who’s brutally honest in his confidence. In the past you were always meant to say, ‘Ya know I’m playing great, I hope I play great,’ and yet inside you’re saying, I’m going to beat everybody this week.” Faldo was old school, like Ben Hogan, in that he was always best at issuing the cold shoulder or failing to acknowledge eye contact. It was never verbal, but it seemed personal at times. “You stared someone up and down occasionally, and then you did it with your golf clubs and your putter,” Faldo told me. You never threw out something like [what Koepka said regarding McIlroy].” For all of golf’s rivalries, both big and small, two have always stood out to me. One because of the legendary participants. The other because of epic emotion. JACK VS. ARNIE Getty Images I came in on the back end of the Jack Nicklaus-Arnold Palmer rivalry, a rivalry many consider the greatest of all time. By my time, over two decades had passed since Jack beat Arnold in the epic 18-hole U.S. Open playoff at Oakmont in 1962. It was a unique loss that stung like no other in Arnold’s career and was one of the most gratifying in Jack’s. With that, a rivalry was born. By the mid-1990s, the Nicklaus-Palmer rivalry had transitioned into the building of their empires in golf course design. For the most part they were taking playful shots at one another instead of hitting shots in competition, until they got together for a Shell’s Wonderful World of Golf match at Pinehurst in 1994. “We’ve mellowed over the years,” Palmer admitted to the golf writers in assemblage. “We’ve found we both have some good things we enjoy about each other, things that we like. And that’s not bad, either. Maybe it’s the fact we’re getting old.” This isn’t to say that someday former No. 1 ranked players like Faldo, now 62, and Norman, now 64, will mellow together after their Masters and Open Championship battles. Or, that Koepka and McIlroy will become best buds (though, Rory said last week in Japan that he took no offense to Koepka’s comments and the two were cool.) But as you get older, and as we’ve seen with Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, chemistry can change. AZINGER VS. SEVE Getty Images The most intense rivalry of my time covering Ryder Cups and major championship golf would be Ryder Cup protagonists/antagonists Azinger and Ballesteros. Azinger shared with me last week a conversation he had with Ballesteros before the Spaniard died from brain cancer in 2011. “He wanted to know, ‘Why you say this about me?’” Azinger told me. “‘Why you call me the King of Gamesmanship?’” According to Azinger, that’s when the American listed the grievances that occurred at The Belfry in 1989, and Kiawah Island in 1991. With that, Seve said, “This is like old toilet water. We’ll just flush this.” It needs to be said that in the early-1990s, when Azinger was battling cancer, that Ballesteros was one of the first to call. “So all that went away,” Azinger said. Rivalries change over time. Once competition ends, the emotions mellow. But for the game, the fans, and the tours, there is nothing better than two of the game’s best battling, repeatedly, for the highest stakes.
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For the next few weeks, Galway Bay FM will be looking back at some recent glory days celebrated by the county. Before the Tribesmen ended their 29-year wait for the LiamMcCarthy Cup, they first had to overcome defending champions Tipperary in thethird instalment of their stunning trilogy of semi-finals over consecutiveyears.We all remember the winner, Joe Canning’s wonder point thatput Galway back into the All-Ireland Final.Relive a modern classic with Galway Bay FM’s commentary team of Sean Walsh, Conor Hayes and Liam Hodgins.Audio Playerhttps://download-galwaybay.sharp-stream.com/ALL-IRELAND%20SENIOR%20HURLING%20SEMI-FINAL%202017.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.==To get all the match reaction from this unforgettable semi-final, click HERE.==And to relive the 2017 All-Ireland Senior Hurling Final and Galway’s victory over Waterford, click HERE.==Scorers – Galway: Joe Canning 0-11 (6 frees, one ’65, 1 sideline), Conor Whelan 0-4, Conor Cooney 0-2, Johnny Coen 0-2, Cathal Mannion 0-1, Joseph Cooney 0-1, Padraic Mannion 0-1 (free).Scorers for Tipperary: Seamus Callanan 0-5 (3 frees), John McGrath 1-0, John O’Dwyer 0-3, Noel McGrath 0-3, Brendan Maher 0-3 (2 frees), Padraic Maher 0-2, Seamus Kennedy 0-1.Galway: Colm Callanan; Adrian Tuohey, Daithi Burke, John Hanbury; Padraic Mannion, Gearoid McInerney, Aidan Harte; Johnny Coen, David Burke; Niall Burke, Joseph Cooney, Joe Canning; Conor Whelan, Conor Cooney, Cathal Mannion. Subs: Jason Flynn for Niall Burke (45), Jonathan Glynn for Cathal Mannion (53), Shane Maloney for Conor Cooney (69).Tipperary: Darren Gleeson; Donagh Maher, James Barry, Michael Cahill; Seamus Kennedy, Ronan Maher, Padraic Maher; Brendan Maher, Michael Breen; Dan McCormack, Noel McGrath, Patrick Maher; John O’Dwyer, Seamus Callanan, John McGrath.Subs: Jason Forde for Michael Breen (34), Niall O’Meara for Jason Forde (61).Referee: Barry Kelly (Westmeath)print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Photo (c) gaa.ie Episode 7, by popular demand, goes back to the 2017All-Ireland Senior Hurling Semi-Final.
2 village execs nabbed in Bohol buy-bust Terrence Romeo added 20 and three assists for the Beermen, who climbed to third place with a 6-3 card, gaining a half-game lead over idle Barangay Ginebra (5-3).Blackwater erased an 88-79 deficit after going on a 9-0 run following three 3-pointers by KG Canaleta and Mac Belo inside the last two minutes to force overtime.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4Canaleta’s second triple during the crucial stretch with 56.6 ticks to go in regulation paved way for extra time with both teams knotted at 88.The Beermen went on their own 8-0 spurt in OT capped by a layup by Romeo to seal the game, 98-92, with 1:10 remaining. Mac Belo led the Elite (2-8) in scoring with 25 points on top of eight rebounds while Marqus Blakely had 24 points, 18 rebounds and four assists with six steals and three blocks to boot.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist LATEST STORIES Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee View comments Taal Volcano’s lava fountain weakens, but Phivolcs says it’s not sign of slowing down Phivolcs: Cloud seeding in ashfall affected areas needs study ‘People evacuated on their own’ MOST READ PBA IMAGESMANILA, Philippines—San Miguel Beer played all-Filipino and still managed to beat Blackwater, 99-96, in overtime in the 2019 PBA Governors’ Cup Wednesday night at Cuneta Astrodome.June Mar Fajardo put up import numbers with 30 points on 11-of-19 shooting from the field and 13 rebounds to help fill the void left by explosive reinforcement Dez Wells, who was sidelined with a severe left ankle sprain.ADVERTISEMENT 400 evacuees from Taal eruption take refuge in Mt. Banahaw UST knocks off FEU, moves on to face UP in stepladder semis ‘Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance PLAY LIST 01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:04Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown DSWD Bicol donates P1.5M worth of food packs for Taal eruption evacuees
He is survived by a daughter: Paige Brown of Salem, a step-son: Justin Young of Salem, two sisters: Karen Shelton and Gail Frost both of Salem and two grandchildren: Gavin Brown and Kelsea Hopkins.Cremation was chosen. Harold Lee Hopkins Jr age 59 of Salem passed away Sunday, July 2.Mr. Hopkins was born July 9, 1957 in Danville, Illinois the son of Harold Lee Hopkins Sr. and Jane E. Gilstrap Griffen. Lee married Rosa Johnson Hopkins on July 6, 2001 and she preceded him in death on May 16, 2017. He was also preceded in death by a son: Nicholas Hopkins and his parents.
Local artist make big sales at the Bonhams South African art auction in London. (Image: www.artnet.com) MEDIA CONTACTS • Julian Roup Bonhams + 0207 468 8259 [email protected] RELATED ARTICLES • Art for all at Joburg Art Fair • South African art • Top price for Tretchi painting • Global demand for South African artNosimilo RamelaLocal artists excelled at the Bonhams South African art auction in London on 24 March, selling 110 works for a grand total of R28.5-million (US$3.8-millon).The sale, the seventh of its kind in five years, showed how well-positioned modern South African art is internationally, Bonhams said, adding that “private buyers, collectors, museum and gallery curators from the US, Europe and beyond expressed strong interest”.Paintings by well-known artists such as Jacob Hendrik Pierneef, Gerard Sekoto and Maggie Laubser all beat their pre-sale estimates,” the auction house said in a statement.Pierneef’s An Extensive View of Farmlands went for R3.9-million – far exceeding the price it was expected to sell for, which was set between R1.3- and R1.9-million.Sekoto’s Market Street Scene, Cape Town sold for R2.1-million, also more than the estimation of between R1.3- and R1.9-million.Valued from R220 000 to R330 000, Laubser’s Woman Wearing a Red Doek, sold for R554 000.“Once again we have been delighted by the response from buyers. After five years of selling South African art I feel that this is not a blip or a fashion, but the start of a long march to real international recognition and appreciation of this vibrant art from the tip of Africa,” said Giles Peppiatt, director of South African art at Bonhams, after the sale.The privately owned Bonhams is the world’s largest and oldest fine art and antiques dealer in the world and maintains a strong presence on the global collectors’ market.The first South African art sale in London was held by Bonhams in May 2006 and attracted a wide range of buyers. Almost all works sold. The famous deal of the day was Sekoto’s self-portrait, which went for R1.8-million – 10 times its estimate.That same year Bonhams sold a further 17 works by Sekoto – including nine evocative watercolour scenes of the 1960 Sharpeville massacre – racking up a total of R4.2-million.Since then prices for work by black urban South African artists have soared by more than 300%, Bonhams said.Preserving historyThe South African flag flown by helicopter at Nelson Mandela’s presidential inauguration in 1994 and a signed copy of the Freedom Charter were also up for offer at this year’s sale, but sold privately before the auction.A South African businessman, who wishes to remain anonymous, bought the flag, and the charter was secured for South Africa in a deal brokered by Bonhams and the Liliesleaf Foundation.“This is the happiest possible outcome for the Freedom Charter. We are delighted to have been able to arrange a deal with this South African organisation which was determined to see the charter return to where it best belongs,” Peppiatt said.Leon Levy, the charter’s seller, agreed: “This was always my hope, that the charter would be returned to the state and I am delighted that this has now been achieved.”The charter forms a significant part of the country’s history, having been drawn up more than five decades ago as a blueprint for a democratic South Africa.It was compiled from a list of demands submitted by the country’s various liberation movements, which included the need for free and compulsory education – irrespective of colour, race or nationality, land to be given to all landless people, and wages and working hours to be improved.The Freedom Charter was officially adopted on 26 June 1955 at the Congress of the People meeting in Kliptown, Soweto, which was supported by 3 000 black, white, coloured and Indian South Africans. A much younger Mandela was among the delegates in attendance.
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Two Romanian nationals were indicted by a federal grand jury in Virginia Wednesday and charged with bank fraud, debit card fraud, and aggravated identity theft. Florin Bersanu, 31, and Viorel Naboiu, 43, are accused of installing skimming devices on ATMs in Virginia, West Virginia, and Florida according to the indictment. The skimming devices would capture the customer’s debit card numbers when they inserted their cards into the ATM slot during transactions. A federal search warrant obtained by Crime Insider Jon Burkett revealed that the two men lived in Henrico County and targeted Henrico banks. According to the indictment, the men are accused of stealing at least $42,756.80 from BB&T Bank and Henrico Federal Credit Union in Virginia, United Bank in West Virginia, and Pen Air Federal Credit Union and Eglin Federal Credit Union in Florida.A federal search warrant listed the number of affected accounts: • 63 accounts: BB&T bank in the 3200 block of Skipwith Road • 40 accounts: Other BB&T banks in Central Virginia • 10 accounts: Henrico Federal Credit Union • 87 accounts: BB&T banks in Newport News • 235 accounts: West Virginia • 226 accounts: Pen Air Credit Union in Pensacola, Florida“Bersanu and Naboiu also installed small, covert surveillance cameras, disguised to blend into the ATMs’ exterior, which videoed the finger movements of bank customers as they entered their PINs during the transactions,” according to court documents. “The defendants later encoded the skimmed debit card numbers onto blank plastic magnetic stripe cards, and using the videoed PINs they made cash withdrawals from the victim customers’ bank accounts.” Bersanu and Naboiu have been charged with conspiracy to commit bank fraud, bank fraud, aggravated identity theft and access device fraud. If convicted, they face maximum possible sentences of 30 years on the bank fraud and conspiracy to commit bank fraud charges, 10 years on the access device fraud charge, and a mandatory minimum of two years for aggravated identity theft. [Source: WTVR6 News]- Sponsor – Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox. Sign up now
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI)on Tuesday named former cricketer Ravi Shastri as coach for the upcoming Bangladesh tour. Shastri will be assisted by B Arun, who will be the balling coach; Sanjay Bangar, batting coach and R Shridhar, who will be performing the role of a fielding coach.Shastri, who served as team director during the tour of Australia and the subsequent World Cup earlier this year, is a stop-gap arrangement for the short tour as the BCCI is yet to decide on a full-time coach to replace Duncan Fletcher, whose contract has ended.”BCCI President Jagmohan Dalmiya has named Ravi Shastri as interim coach of the Indian team. This is for the Bangladesh tour and future decisions will be taken after this,” BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur said.India will play one Test and three One-Day Internationals during the tour of Bangladesh starting June 10. Shastri represented India in 80 Tests and 150 ODIs for India and was part of the side, which lifted the 1983 World Cup.Shastri had travelled with the Indian team to Bangladesh in 2007 as cricket manager after Greg Chappell resigned from India coach’s duty following the World Cup debacle that year.On Monday, the BCCI inducted former greats Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman into the newly-constituted cricket advisory committee to guide the Board and the national team on various “progressive steps” needed for future challenges.”The president of the BCCI, Mr. Jagmohan Dalmiya, has nominated Mr. Sachin Tendulkar, Mr. Sourav Ganguly and Mr. VVS Laxman as esteemed members of the Cricket Advisory Committee of the BCCI, with immediate effect,” BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur had said in a statement.advertisementSpelling out their role in the committee, the BCCI said the three legends’ guidance will be sought in preparing the national team for gruelling overseas assignments besides strengthening the domestic structure.
Roma Who is Cengiz Under? Roma finally have their replacement for Liverpool star Salah Mark Doyle Deputy Features Editor Last updated 1 year ago 16:00 23/2/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Roma Serie A Shakhtar Donetsk v Roma Roma v Milan Milan Shakhtar Donetsk UEFA Champions League Opinion The Turkish sensation initially struggled to settle at the Stadio Olimpico but the 20-year-old has now netted five times in his last four appearances Manchester City or Roma? That was the dilemma facing Cengiz Under last summer. The Turkish starlet had previously admitted he wanted to play in England more than any other country in Europe. Indeed, he hadn’t even mentioned Serie A while discussing his preferred leagues.However, it became a question of first-team opportunities. According to Cengiz’s agent, Omer Uzun, City were “working in collaboration with Freiburg” with a view to signing the attacker and immediately loaning him to the German side. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Cengiz wasn’t keen and instead opted to join Roma, with Monchi proving the “decisive factor”, according to Omer. Roma’s sporting director had forged a reputation as one of the greatest talent scouts in world football by turning several low-cost signings into superstars during his time at Sevilla and he convinced Cengiz that there would be far less obstacles placed between him and the senior squad at the Stadio Olimpico than the Etihad.The Spaniard proved true to his word. Cengiz started Roma’s Serie A opener, against Atalanta, on the bench, but he featured as a substitute during the following weekend’s meeting with Inter at San Siro before earning his first start at home to Verona on matchday three.Cengiz clearly hadn’t settled, though, either at Roma or in Rome, and his difficulties in acclimatising manifested themselves in poor performances. He had never lived alone before and he also struggled with the language. Unsurprisingly, he found the first few months “difficult”. Before the winter break, there were even reports that the €14.9 million signing would be loaned to Sassuolo in exchange for Matteo Politano, a Roma academy graduate who had also previously worked with coach Eusebio Di Francesco at MAPEI Stadium.This was unknown territory for Cengiz, whose career had progressed seamlessly and rapidly up until that point. After starring in Turkey’s second tier for Altinordu as a 17-year-old, he then took the Super Lig by storm with Istanbul Basaksehir, racking up nine goals and seven assists to force his way into the national team squad.By November of last year, he had netted three times in six appearances for his country, so coach Mircea Lucescu took a vested interest in the prodigy’s situation.He spoke Italian with him to help him improve his linguistic skills and urged him to remain at Roma and resist all loan offers.“I also advised Di Francesco to persist with him and work patiently with him because his qualities would’ve come out in the long run,” the Turkey boss revealed.”I’ll be counting on him a lot in the future. Cengiz will become a pillar of the new national team.”The Roma boss didn’t need convincing of the player’s, though. He wasn’t about to give up on Cengiz just yet.Aside from the youngster’s pace, excellent dribbling skills and powerful left foot – all of which combined to earn him the nickname ‘The Turkish Dybala’ – Di Francesco was impressed by Cengiz’s humility and work ethic. “Cengiz was a wise choice by the club, he needs to improve his choices, but since he arrived, he plays far more for the team than the individual,” the former Sassuolo coach enthused.“Cengiz is only 20, he came to Serie A from another world in football terms. We are not accustomed in Italy to waiting for young talent to develop and I say that with irritation. “People are so quick to point the finger and claim he’s not good enough even to play for the Primavera youth team. You must wait for players to develop.“Obviously a player like Cengiz needs a little more time to assimilate the change in league, the directives or movements that are asked of him.”At this moment, the player has this capacity, sharpness and exuberance to transform what I ask for into something remarkable. I hope he can continue like this, but he must never give up or lose his humility.“But if he keeps training with this determination and hunger, he can become a leader on the pitch.”As a result, he continued to make use of the 20-year-old as a substitute in December before starting him on the left wing against Sampdoria on January 24. Roma were beaten 1-0 in Genoa – their sixth game in a row without a win – but Cengiz had impressed. His reward was a start on his preferred right wing for Roma’s next outing, at Verona, and he took just 43 seconds to vindicate Di Francesco’s faith in him, cutting inside past two players before finding the bottom corner with a sweet strike of his favoured left foot.It kickstarted not only Cengiz’s career but also Roma’s season. They beat Benevento 5-2 the following weekend at the Stadio Olimpico before triumphing 2-0 at Udinese on Saturday. Cengiz was involved in four of those goals, scoring three and creating another. Six months after Mohamed Salah’s departure for Liverpool, it was quickly claimed that Roma had finally found a worthy successor and there was a clamour for Cengiz to retain his place in the starting line-up for the Champions League last-16 first-leg clash with Shakhtar Donetsk.The winger had not been afforded a single minute during Roma’s group-stage campaign but now Di Francesco felt the youngster was ready.”He is in the optimal psychological mindset and can make the most of any situation,” he enthused, “whereas a few weeks ago he was short on confidence and was hitting [shots] into the stands.”His remarkable transformation was underlined by the way in which he kept his composure to put Roma ahead in Kharkiv to mark his first Champions League appearance with his first Champions League goal.The Giallorossi ultimately fell to a 2-1 defeat but, ahead of this weekend’s crucial Serie A clash with a resurgent AC Milan, there is now no doubt that Cengiz will start at the Stadio Olimpico.Manchester City or Roma? It’s taken a while but Cengiz now knows that he made the right choice.