Westwood Works Way Up Leaderboard At Masters 2012

Westwood Works Way Up Leaderboard At Masters 2012: Lee Westwood has an advantage in the first round at a major for the first time in his career.Not really the distinction he is trying, though.Westwood reeled off four straight birdies on the front on Thursday en route to a stress-free round of 5 – under-par 67 at the Masters, where he is still trying to win his first major championship.masters leaderboard
“I came close,” said Westwood. “I won everything there is to win other than a major championship. This is my primary objective and has been a long time to come around since the PGA last year.” One of Westwood’s closest call came two years ago at Augusta, when he started the final round with the lead. But he made a three putt bogey on No. 9 to give it away and ended up as a passer, while Phil Mickelson was handed his third green jacket.
This time, Westwood goes into Friday with a lead of a shot on Louis Oosthuizen and two in front of a group of six, including Paul Lawrie, Miguel Angel Jimenez and Francisco Molinari.The Brit, winner of 36 tournaments worldwide, he hit 16 greens in regulation after a light week of practice in a field that has always felt his game fits. He made four birdies in a row of numbers 5 to 8 and never needed a long putt of 10 feet.
“It ‘s nice to get off to a good start and have a platform to build from” Westwood said.He attacked the course of a soft, damp day that seemed ideal for scoring, but also included the pin placements tougher than usual to a Thursday, a set of golf balls on the fairways saturated confused when they disembarked.
In third place in the world, Westwood could well be the best player Without A Major. He finished in the top three six times since 2008, and has had much time to think about what they need to overcome the hump.
“When you’re in contention and not end up, go home and evaluate what did and what you can improve,” he said. “And this is what I did.” Bubba Watson, Ben Crane and Jason Dufner were other players in the tie at 3 under, with Peter Hanson also to that number, but still in progress.
Rory McIlroy shot 1 under 71 and Tiger Woods finished with a pair of bogeys to shoot even par-72. The bogey on 18 was actually a good save after his tee shot went into the trees and resulted in an unplayable lie.Woods opened its rattling around in his first tee shot from a tree and put the second in the creek well to the left of the second fairway. He recovered pars on both and felt pretty decent for the round, all things considered.
“I hit some of the worst rounds of golf I have ever hit today,” Woods said. “It ‘s OK. I just hung there, adjusted my way around the golf course, remained patient, who was at that time. I could have shot one, maybe two more, but I had a lot of that round.”
In search of his first major championship since the 2008 U.S. Open, Woods has come to play well. Two weeks ago, won his first PGA Tour event in 30 months. But on the driving range before his turn, said he felt something crawling on him.
“Old patterns. Some of my old stuff for a few years ago,” he said. “I’m trying to work through it. Occasionally, opens today and it popped up again.” Before Westwood finished his 5 senses, appeared larger story of the day would be Henrik Stenson, who spent most of the day and was in the lead at 5 under with a lead of two photos while on the tee box of 18 .
He hit that shot deep into the trees on the left and needed two more shots to reach the fairway. All part of a bad 8 a snowman that has dropped to 1 in 71 and in a tie for 15. “This is what happens here,” said Stenson. “It keeps Avalanche and I got the snowman at the end.”

Dennis Rodman Reportedly ‘Broke’ And ‘Sick’

Dennis Rodman Reportedly ‘Broke’ And ‘Sick’: It ‘s a story that we’ve all seen too many times. A famous athlete divorces his wife, both during his playing career, or just a few years removed from it, and endorsement opportunities are still rolling in. The athlete is labeled for child support and / or alimony payments which are in line with an income level that is reduced significantly within a few years. The famous athlete is then out late with payments. Toss in a hard partying lifestyle, too many appearances as a pathetic way too many public events, and have the case of the Basketball Hall of Famer Dennis Rodman.rodman
Calling Rodman “broken” and “very ill”, Dennis’ lawyers work pro bono are arguing in court that he is able to keep pace with their living expenses, let alone those of his ex-wife. Here’s the sad story from the Los Angeles Times:
Rodman is behind in its payments and faces a judge Tuesday in Orange. He faces up to 20 days in jail for failure to pay spousal and child support, according to a lawyer for his ex-wife. As of March 1, Rodman, 51, was $ 808.935 in back child support for the 9 – and 10 years who had children with his third wife, Michelle Rodman, said his lawyer, Jack Kayajanian, in court documents.
Rodman also has $ 51,441 on March 1 in spousal support for your back, Kayajanian lawyer said in court documents.Rodman ‘s, Linnea Willis, in the documents did not specify what she meant by “sick”. It is not clear if Dennis is suffering from some sort of illness, is broken by the weight of its debts, or if you’re referring to “well-documented problem with alcohol,” he told his manager about ABC News on Tuesday. What is clear is that this is just sad, sad, sad.
 Allen Iverson and other athletes who have gone bankrupt:
The former defensive player of the year and seven-time rebounding champ actually only had a season high salary as a player also by the relative definitions wage of his time. It ‘was one of the lowest paid players on his team until 1996-97 before making less than $ 9 million (including $ 9 million, but lost a piece that, because of a suspension of 11 games during the his second championship run with Chicago. The following season he made half of that charge in an incentive contract, because the Bulls were suspicious of his behavior.
Dennis has made no attempt to hide his night-hopping lifestyle Party Boy, but it should be noted that for each roll of bad taste or body spray vodka bar apparently Rodman struts, has compensated for his time. These appearances are paid, even if Dennis is performed in a D-list just above “Hobie” from Baywatch these days. That’s not to say that Dennis does not blow his money at these shindigs, but also if you have to think of the children every time you see him and his cap Ed Hardy on a red carpet somewhere.


Teams Are Taking It Easy On Sidney Crosby

Teams Are Taking It Easy On Sidney Crosby: Sidney Crosby’s return is the second of three games old, and, for the most part, he was – he registered five assists, an average of just over 16 minutes of ice time and the Penguins went 2-0-1.

It took Bruce Arthur, National Post thought: Why is it so?Apart from the obvious stuff, like “Crosby is a great player” and “Pittsburgh is a great team”, there is another explanation of the value of  87 to the peers that I can be treated with deference.
Moreover, the Post:
No one has yet approached the game with the player signing. Pittsburgh-Philadelphia snapped a 11 game win Streak on Sunday, as a rule, snarl-filled game, but Crosby was not the bloodied, or at least significantly bumped. During the 5-2 win over the New York Rangers on Thursday, Crosby was jostled and shoved the opportunity arose, and as he said, “They are trying to do too much? But I do not think they were up significantly.”
In 5-2 romp over the New Jersey Devils Saturday, Pittsburgh outshot New Jersey 44-14 and Crosby flew around and robbed by three goals in the Devils star Patrick Elias and his team was criticized for being too passive.

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“We were hesitant,” he told reporters. “Instead of going after them, we just kind of looking around … they are hockey players. They are good hockey players, hockey players, but they are just like us. We just need to play and I do not think, like many other things, who we are playing against. When we do, that we are okay, we have a good team. “Arthur then brings another intriguing point: Crosby’s teammate, Kris Letang – who missed 26 games this year, concussion of his own – has been a busy since returning to the composition (and in some cases, more than usual.), He received a blow from a New Jersey-‘s Eric Boulton , threw a Big Hit on Jaromir Jagr’s face, and even then Braydon Coburn was hit during a post-whistle scrum.

Remember, both Letang and Crosby will return to their concussions at the same time.It was the Rangers forward Brandon Dubinsky, who is returning to the game last Thursday before the Crosby-, offered up “we do not think [Crosby], because we really do not care about it,” quote. And it’s good, but the teams will start to think about Crosby, and care for Crosby – especially if he’s scored a point-per-game clip.”Sooner or later someone is going to hit Sidney Crosby, as it is Kris Letang”, Arthur says. “The question, of course, what will happen next.”

Interview With Vikash Dhorasoo & Fred Poulet

English: Vikash Dhorasoo arriving at the Parc ...

In his playing days, Vikash Dhorasoo was never one to follow the crowd. As comfortable reading Jonathan Coe or listening to Belle & Sebastian as he was dribbling through midfield for Lyon, Paris Saint-Germain and France, his venture into cinema was hardly likely to produce Escape To Victory 2. And it didn’t.

Made in collaboration with his friend, director Fred Poulet, Substitute chronicles Dhorasoo’s role as a barely-used squad member in France’s run to the 2006 World Cup final. Recorded in analogue on a hand-held Super-8, the film’s constant soundtrack is the whirr of the camera, accentuating the extraordinary intimacy that Substitute creates. In an era that presents every nuance and contour of the football landscape in airbrushed, HD glory, Substitute is a fascinating and unpolished peek backstage.

As the film develops, we see him sink further and further into a black mood, alone in his room on the periphery of the frenzy of excitement, feeling betrayed at being overlooked by coach Raymond Domenech, the man who gave him his first call-up for France Under-21s in 1994. Continue…

TCU Drug Bust Includes 4 Football Players

Authorities arrested 17 students at Texas Christian University on Wednesday as part of a six-month drug sting, an especially embarrassing blow to the school because it included four members of the high-profile football team.

Arrest warrants painted a startling picture of the Horned Frogs, with a handful of players who allegedly arranged marijuana sales after class or around practice and who told police that most of the team had failed a surprise drug test just two weeks ago.

According to police, players sold undercover officers marijuana during the season and as recently as last week.

“There are days people want to be a head football coach, but today is not one of those days,” coach Gary Patterson said in a prepared statement. “As I heard the news this morning, I was first shocked, then hurt and now I’m mad.”

The 17 people arrested were caught making “hand-to-hand” sales of marijuana, cocaine, ecstasy and prescription drugs to undercover officers, police said. They said the bust followed an investigation prompted by complaints from students, parents and others.

TCU has an enrollment of about 9,500 students, but the athlete arrests drew the most scrutiny. The bust came just one day after a thrilling overtime victory by the men’s basketball team over a ranked opponent and less than 24 hours after TCU released its football schedule for next season, its first in the Big 12 Conference. Continue Reading…

Lin Hits Game Winner as Knicks Beat Raptors

Even after his amazing week, this one took Linsanity to a whole new level. Against Toronto on Tuesday, it was Lin for the win!

Knicks sensation Jeremy Lin made a tiebreaking 3-pointer with less than a second to play to cap his finishing flurry of six straight points and New York rallied to beat the Raptors 90-87, extending its winning streak to six games.

“I’m just glad it went like this so we can calm the Linsanity down,” cracked Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni.

No chance of that. The NBA’s first American-Taiwanese player, Lin scored 27 points and added a career-high 11 assists in his first game since being named Eastern Conference player of the week.

“He continues to impress every night,” New York’s Jared Jeffries said. “Every game he plays better, he does more and more to help us win basketball games. You can’t ask any more of a kid coming into this situation.”

While he’s the one standing in the spotlight, Lin said sharing success with his teammates is as big a reward.

“It’s not because of me, it’s because we’re coming together as a team,” Lin said. “We started making these steps earlier but we were still losing close games and so obviously it wasn’t fun. But when you win, that solves a lot of problems. We’ve been winning and we’ve been playing together.”

Making just his fifth career start, Lin had no hesitation in taking the decisive shot. Continue Reading…