PSC Golf from Siam Country Resort PattayaTuesday, March 8, Pattavia – StablefordOn Tuesday we faced up to the 331 on our way to Pattavia. The reward was a nice well-maintained course, only the greens are always a challenge for us here. We were playing today with 3 groups and in spite of the warm weather we had good results. The star of the day was Sam Gettinby (H/cap 24), winning with 44 stableford points and playing very consistently. Some distance behind but still a very respectable 40 points was Willem Lasonder (19) in second place while George Gamble (24) took third with 39.Nears pins went to Jonathan Pratt (twice), Neil Harvey and George Gamble.Thursday, March 10, Khao Kheow – Stableford Khao Keow was our venue for the Thursday and the course was in quite good shape but the greens were not at the level we are used to here. It was a hot day and it had its influence on the results with no high scores today.Willem Lasonder, Sam Gettinby and George Gamble.George Gamble and Willem Lasonder fought for the win and Willem was the lucky one, beating George on the count back after both came in with 31 points each.The nears pins were claimed by Willem Lasonder (twice) and Sam Gettinby.Note: Siam Country Resort Pattaya, Restaurant & Bar is located just off Siam Country Club Rd, after going under the arch past the 7/11, turn right after 50 meters, with the venue on the left another 200 meters along. Golf from here is generally played on Tuesday & Thursday, with the Resort hosting prompt presentations on both days. As a PSC affiliated venue we welcome ALL golfers, including ladies & seniors (>60s) who have opted for the “Silver” tee option. Call 089 253 5440 (Willem Lasonder) for scheduling or enquiries.
FRISCO, Texas – Lamar senior wide receiver Mark Roberts was named the Southland Conference Offensive Player of the Week, the league office announced Monday. Abilene Christian junior cornerback Jonathan Epps earned defensive player of the week award while Lamar sophomore kicker/punter Juan Carranco was named the special teams player of the week. Defensive Player of the Week: Jonathan Epps, Abilene ChristianEpps had two interceptions in his first career start at cornerback to help lead Abilene Christian to a 52-35 upset win against Central Arkansas. The junior from Fort Worth, Texas (Boswell H.S.), recorded his first interception late in the first half, returning it 29 yards to the ACU 35-yard line to help set up a field goal right before halftime. Epps snagged his second interception in the fourth quarter, returning it 68 yards for a touchdown to push the Wildcat lead to 45-28 with 7:50 remaining in the contest. Epps also added four tackles and one pass breakup in the win. Each school’s sports information director nominates and votes for the players of the week, though is not permitted to vote for his own player. To receive honorable mention, a player must receive votes from 25 percent of the Southland sports information directors. Honorable Mention: DaQuan Stewart, Lamar; Michael Wade, Sam Houston State; Nick Ginn, UIW; Damon Medcafe, Northwestern State. Honorable Mention: Keshawn Hill, Sam Houston State; Kade Munden, Abilene Christian; Ed Eagan, Northwestern State. Honorable Mention: Lachlan Edwards, Sam Houston State. Special Teams Player of the Week: Juan Carranco, LamarCarranco accounted for 12 of Lamar’s points in the Cardinals’ 72-14 win against Houston Baptist. The sophomore from Dayton, Texas (Dayton H.S.), went 9-for-10 in PATs while connecting on a 43-yard field goal, his lone attempt of the game. Carranco has recorded a 31-yard punt on the night. Offensive Player of the Week: Mark Roberts, LamarRoberts had a record-setting performance in Lamar’s 72-14 win against Houston Baptist. The senior from Orange, Texas (West Orange Stark H.S.), became the school’s all-time leader in touchdown catches with 19 after his four scores against the Huskies. In one half of action, Roberts recorded 205 receiving yards and touchdown catches of 31, 61, 81 and 26 yards. Roberts tied the school record for points in a game (24) and notched the third-most receiving yards in a single game in program history.
Wolves Europa League tie Slovan Bratislava to feature 5,000 strong crowdby Paul Vegas14 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveA 5,000 strong crowd is likely to attend Wolves’ Europa League match away to Slovan Bratislava on 24 October – even though it is officially being played behind closed doors.Uefa sanctioned the Slovak champions after fans made racist chants in a play-off game against PAOK of Greece.But Uefa rules will allow accompanied children aged 14 and under to attend.In addition, 200 Wolves fans will be allowed in to see the game, providing they hold ‘category one tickets’.Uefa ruled in August that Slovan must play their next two European games behind closed doors as a consequence of racist behaviour by their supporters at a play-off match against Greek side POAK Salonika. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
SASKATOON – Streets and basements were flooded, trees were blown over and power was knocked out in some areas when a slow-moving thunderstorm packing heavy rain and hail rolled into Saskatoon Monday evening.Videos posted on social media show cars splashing through water-logged streets and some properties covered in so much hail, it looked like a snowstorm in July.One photo shows people apparently swimming along a street, while another features two men canoeing down another.Environment Canada meteorologist Brad Vrolijk says the storm dumped hail about the size of quarters, which appeared to block storm sewers and may have contributed to the flooding.Police dealt with a number of intersections left awash in runoff and vehicles stranded in high water, while Saskatoon Light and Power repaired four major outages before 10 p.m.Related weather systems dumped a large volume of hail in the Cypress Hills region and pushed wind gusts to more than 100 kilometres an hour in Estevan, but dropped only minimal rain on Regina.Vrolijk said a low-pressure system was moving through southern Saskatchewan on Monday, primarily along the Trans-Canada Highway corridor, when the pattern changed late in the afternoon.“A line of very slow-moving thunderstorms developed pretty much right on top of Saskatoon,” he said. “It took over an hour for it to finally move through the city.”Saskatoon resident Dave MacIntosh said he saw lightning hit a power line just down the street from his home.“A big lightning flash then a crack and I just happened to glance down the street and you could see this light lighting up,” he said. “You could hear the power going through the lines still; they were kind of dancing on the grass.”Kate Morrison was out disc-golfing with friends at a park when the storm hit.“We ended up hiding under a tree using Frisbees as shields for our heads while we waited until we could make a break for our vehicle. Safe and sound but soaking wet for sure.” (CJWW, CKOM, CKRM)
EDMONTON – Aurora Cannabis Inc. has signed a loan deal with the Bank of Montreal for up to $250 million.Aurora chief executive Terry Booth called it the largest traditional debt facility in the cannabis industry to date.Under the agreement, Aurora will receive a $150-million term loan and a $50-million revolving credit facility, both of which will mature in 2021.A short period after Ottawa’s legislation to legalize and regulate recreational marijuana comes into effect in October, the company may request an increase of up to $45 million for the term loan.BMO will also provide up to $5 million in other credit instruments.The debt facility will be primarily secured by Aurora’s production facilities.Companies in this story: (TSX:ACB, TSX:BMO)
David Wright2.0.83549.7 PLAYERAVERAGE PROSPECT RANKPROJECTED OPSCAREER WAR Matt Wieters1.1.94113.6 Kris Bryant1.7.881— The names on this list combine for three MVP awards, 34 All-Star appearances and 273.2 wins above replacement3Baseball-Reference.com version. (a statistic that measures the overall value of a player, combining his hitting, baserunning and defense). Bryant’s predicted OPS, relative to the league average, is higher than the comparable projections for all the players on the list before they entered the league.Several of the above players are potential Hall of Famers (Miguel Cabrera, David Wright, Joe Mauer), while others have been merely very good (Jose Reyes, Jay Bruce). Notably, there’s not a true bust among them. Melvin Upton (formerly B. J.) isn’t a good hitter anymore, but he was excellent for the first six years of his career (just less than the seven years for which the Cubs will control Bryant).A few of these players (such as Profar and Wieters) have fallen victim to injuries. This is the kind of problem that can end the career of any young player, no matter how bright his future might be. But Bryant has yet to suffer any serious injuries, whether in the minors or in college before that.4Whereas both Profar and Wieters lost time in the minors due to injury. To the extent that players can be injury prone, Bryant has so far shown no such inclination.Bryant has won the acclaim of both the projections and the scouts. Rarely are the two in such resounding agreement. He is likely to be great, and while it may be too soon to be planning a parade, it’s not too early to begin envisioning a long period of Cubs offensive dominance led by Kris Bryant. Jay Bruce1.1.84914.3 Evan Longoria2.6.79940.0 Miguel Cabrera2.0.76259.4 Even the messiah can strike out three times on his first day in the majors. Last Friday, Kris Bryant, the Cubs’ anointed savior, was called up from the minors after weeks of debate about whether he should’ve just started the season in the majors. There is an aura of myth to Bryant’s arrival, as though the stars have aligned to offer the Cubs a chance to fulfill a prophecy. Yet Bryant is still an untested prospect, and, as Cubs fans know too well, even the best prospects can fail to live up to expectations.But Bryant really is special — he’s the rare prospect that has both scouts and stats in complete agreement. Because of the unique intersection of scouting know-how and minor league data, Bryant is likely to match the hype.Let’s start with the stats. In this case, all we have to go by are projection systems, which take the minor league data of previous prospects and compare it with their MLB results to predict what up-and-coming players will accomplish. That’s no easy task — the minor league data is sparse, and performance is confounded by the effects of the league and the age differences between players.In Bryant’s case, however, the projections are so high that there is little room for doubt. No matter whether you look at FanGraphs’ Steamer (.260/.333/.498) or Baseball Prospectus’s PECOTA (.265/.356/.525), all the algorithms are in agreement in their preseason projections: Bryant is going to be a fantastic hitter.1This kind of agreement among separate systems often means greater certainty in the resulting prediction. ESPN’s Dan Szymborski, who runs another algorithm called ZiPS, tweeted that Bryant’s is the best prediction he’s ever given to a prospect.There’s no mystery as to how Bryant arrived at these projections — the guy hit between 60 percent and 120 percent better than average while in the minors, depending on the level. Still, Bryant’s projection is so extreme that at one point, the developers who run the projection systems became worried. In a mid-winter Twitter consultation, baseball projection system developers compared Bryant’s projections to make sure that they weren’t out of line. There was consensus: All of their independently developed algorithms were giving Bryant one of the top hitting lines in the majors.Even so, not all prospects hit as well as their projections say they should. The computers, operating solely on minor league performance, can fail to notice fatal flaws in a hitter’s swing, flaws that can be exploited ruthlessly at the major league level. That’s partly why projection systems aren’t as good as scouts at predicting how prospects will perform in the major leagues. So, despite their depiction in “Moneyball,” scouts are an integral part of evaluating baseball players, and that goes double for prospects.Scouts look at the shape of a hitter’s swing, if he can generate power, and how easily he adapts to a pitcher’s shifting tactics. Bryant’s ludicrous numbers in the minors were no guarantee that the scouts would love the tools he used to achieve those numbers.The scouts are every bit as high on Bryant as the projections. He was ranked the No. 1 prospect in baseball for 2015 by venerable scouting organization Baseball America. FanGraphs also put him at No. 1, Baseball Prospectus put him at No. 5, and a host of others ranked him similarly. All publications praised his rare, top-notch, seemingly effortless power. As with the projection systems, a consensus quickly developed, and that consensus proclaimed Bryant the best prospect in baseball.The highest-rated prospects of the past 25 years have tended to become great major leaguers — on average. Yet there are some notable busts, players who the scouts thought were destined for greatness but who ended up falling short. Orioles outfielder Delmon Young, for example, consistently rated among the best prospects in baseball four years in a row, only to turn in a disappointing, journeyman career. Projection systems aren’t immune to mistakes, either. Once upon a time, Eduardo Nunez was PECOTA’s favorite, but he’s since become better-known for hitting a preponderance of popups. There’s no foolproof way to tell how a player will develop or respond to the challenges of the major leagues.Independently, then, each source has its share of errors. Often, the scouts will disagree with the predictions, or vice versa. Scouts might see future potential that never manifests in the majors. Or PECOTA will fail to consider a player’s unfixable weakness against major league competition.But Bryant has the approval of both stats and scouts, which is why he’s so special. Using data on historical prospect rankings2Which are generously provided by Chris St. John. and PECOTA projections going back to 2004, I looked for players who received comparable acclaim from both PECOTA and the scouts. Here is a complete list of the players in my data set who received a consensus prospect ranking better than fifth and a PECOTA-projected OPS greater than the projected league average. Jurickson Profar1.7.678-0.1 Joe Mauer2.2.82346.3 B. J. Upton3.0.78013.8 Jose Reyes2.0.72336.2
In high school, Daniel Herron acquired the nickname “Boom” because when he came up to the line carrying the ball, he would blow it up.Ohio State fans can only hope they will be yelling that nickname after each of Herron’s carries this upcoming season.“Boom” is not the first Herron to experience success on the football field, however. David, his older brother, was a linebacker for Michigan State before signing with the Minnesota Vikings and most recently, the Kansas City Chiefs. For Herron, having a sibling that has already experienced football at the collegiate level has been helpful throughout his own career with the Buckeyes. “It has helped with him being older and going through college before me,” he said. “He has definitely told me a lot. What to do. What not to do. All the right decisions to make.” Giving advice has been a one-way street, as “Boom” said it’s hard to tell a professional athlete what to do. The brothers critique each other’s games and call from week-to-week. “It’s hard for me to try to give him advice, because he’s the older brother,” said Herron. “He gives me all types of advice, watching my games, calling me and telling me what I can do better. He just tries to help me out however he can.” Herron began his OSU career sitting out a season with a redshirt, and he uses that experience to encourage teammates who are in the same situation. “If I could go back, I would definitely stay redshirt. I tell all of the guys that in the long run, they’ll be glad,” he said. “As a redshirt you get a great opportunity to look at the other guys and learn from them.” Last season, Herron assumed the running back position that had been vacated by Chris “Beanie” Wells while sharing carries with Brandon Saine. He finished the 2009 season with 13 touchdowns and 600 yards, which he felt was an underachievement. “I wasn’t too satisfied with last season,” Herron said. “With me getting hurt, that kind of pushed me back, and then I missed a couple of games. I think I didn’t play to the best of my ability. I just wasn’t impressed with my performance.” In the midst of preparing for his junior year, Herron finds himself already looking ahead to next season. “Next year Brandon will be gone and there will be a lot of guys following in my footsteps,” he said. “I have to be a leader. I’m ready to be a leader.”
Former Chelsea midfielder Claude Makelele has heaped praise on Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho, insisting the Portuguese loves his job with the English club.The Portuguese gaffer has cut a frustrated figure at United amid a frustrating summer transfer window and a disappointing start to the Premier League season, which has seen the Red Devils lose two of their opening four matches.There have also been reports of a falling out between Mourinho and United’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward over transfers, the Portuguese boss had requested two players before last month’s deadline but the club failed to meet his demands.However, Makelele, who won two Premier League titles under Mourinho while the pair were still at Chelsea insists the 55-year-old is happy in Manchester.Vidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.“I think Jose [Mourinho] loves the job he does. He loves football,” ex-France international Makelele said, according to FourFourTwo.“He’s one of those amazing managers, I learnt a lot with him. He’s a competitor. He wants to give love to his players all the time. He wants to progress with the players he has.”“Sometimes everywhere is different. Football changes a lot, it’s like black and white, black and white, and he’s still there. I wish him good luck for this season in the Premier League.”
Arsenal great Martin Keown is far from impressed with the club’s decision to let Aaron Ramsey leave this summer, despite his importance to the teamThe Wales international is set to become a free agent this summer once his existing deal at Arsenal expires, which will bring an end to over a decade of service, following a breakdown in talks over an extension last year.Now Ramsey has reportedly turned down interest from the likes of Real Madrid and Bayern Munich in favour of signing a pre-contract agreement with Juventus for next season.Speaking after another impressive display from Ramsey in Arsenal’s 2-0 win over Chelsea on Saturday, Keown announced his frustration with the Gunners’ handling over Ramsey – who continues to leave their highest earner Mesut Ozil benched.“It’s the saddest thing of all really, how well he executed the plan today but in possession and out of possession,” Keown said on BT Sport.“He’s obviously doing that to such an extent that [Mesut] Ozil can’t get near the team.“But Ramsey’s not going to be part of their future and I find that sad.“I find it a little bit sickening that he’s going to be leaving, they’re trying to make progress and one player who was singly so important won’t be a part of Arsenal’s future.”Meanwhile, former Arsenal player Joel Campbell backed Ramsey’s move to Turin and stated that he would be a great coup for Juventus.Lukaku backed to beat Ronaldo in Serie A scoring charts Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Former Inter Milan star Andy van der Meyde is confident Romelu Lukaku will outscore Cristiano Ronaldo in this season’s Serie A.Since arriving from Cardiff City in 2008, Ramsey has managed 62 goals and 64 assists in 358 appearances for Arsenal across all competitions.The 28-year-old midfielder also memorably scored the match-winner in two of the three FA Cups he’s won at Arsenal.Following last weekend’s London derby victory, Unai Emery’s side will next face Manchester United in the FA Cup on Friday.”I find it a little bit sickening that he’s going to be leaving.””He’s going to one of the best teams in Europe and Arsenal have lost him.”Martin Keown speaking straight from the heart on the Aaron Ramsey situation 😞 pic.twitter.com/CY2ZGttivJ— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) January 19, 2019
Newcastle are reportedly considering making an approach for Mario Balotelli for this month’s transfer windowRafael Benitez’s side have claimed the second-fewest goals in the Premier League with just 15 from 21 games and currently sit two points above the relegation zone in 15th-place.Therefore, the Daily Mirror claims that Newcastle are eyeing up an approach for Balotelli in order to add some badly needed firepower to the squad.The Italian striker’s stay at OGC Nice appears to be coming to an end after manager Patrick Vieira gave him an additional few days off to decide his future.“I have given Mario a few extra days off to think about his future and what he wants to do,” Vieira said.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“He’s under contract here and everything is possible, if we can come to a common agreement who knows.”After a prolific two seasons at the Allianz Riviera, Balotelli is yet to find the net in all of his 10 Ligue 1 appearances this term following a failed summer move to Marseille.Now it’s understood that Vieira and Nice will allow Balotelli, who will be out of contract in June, to leave for Newcastle if they decide to make an approach.The 28-year-old previously played in the Premier League for Manchester City and Liverpool.