Injured while kissing daughter, Jason Day gets a lot better

first_imgSarah Geronimo’s ‘Tala’ enters Billboard’s world digital song sales chart Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Sarah Geronimo’s ‘Tala’ enters Billboard’s world digital song sales chart Jason Day, of Australia, holds his back on the fourth tee during the first round for the Masters golf tournament Thursday, April 11, 2019, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)AUGUSTA, Ga.— Jason Day began the Masters by throwing his back out while leaning down to kiss his daughter on the practice green.He played his way onto the leaderboard a day later after receiving a scolding from his wife.ADVERTISEMENT “It’s the Masters, you need to suck it up,” Day said his wife, Ellie, told him Friday morning.Day, who has a history of being bothered by medical issues, did better than just sucking it up. He went out and shot a 5-under 67 to move into a tie for the second-round lead.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsAnd that had him feeling a lot better.“I can’t complain about it too much,” Day said. “She’s birthed three children and I haven’t, so she’s a lot stronger as a person than me with regards to pain, and I just hit a little white golf ball around a course.” MOST READ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES He does stretches and therapy for 20-30 minutes at night and the same in the morning. He blows into a balloon to, he said, move his rib cage into proper position.And he deals with the negative fallout on social media when he leaves a golf tournament because of medical issues. At the age of 31 that’s happened nine times already, and that doesn’t include when he collapsed on the ninth green in the opening round of the U.S. Open in 2015 because of vertigo.After his withdrawal at Bay Hill someone posted a photo on social media of Day walking around with his family at Disney World the next day.“Pain is a funny thing, it goes up and down, and everybody’s pain threshold is different,” he said. “Someone that is in a lot of pain might feel, you know, something totally different compared to me, so it’s hard. Every day I feel like I wake up with some sort of aches, you know, and I think you just kind of learn to live with it and you just go along the way.”Day, an Australian native who lives in the U.S., has won 12 times on the PGA Tour, including his lone major, the PGA Championship in 2015. He won twice last year and has played relatively well this year, with three top-10 finishes, and is ranked 14th in the world.The Masters is his favorite tournament and one he might have expected to win by now. He finished tied for second in his first Masters in 2011.If anything, Day says, he might want the green jacket too much. And, in a funny kind of way, his bad back might ease the pressure this week.“Yeah, definitely. Especially at a place like this,” he said. “… How big and the distraction of wanting to win this tournament so bad, and sometimes it’s almost a blessing in disguise with regards to it just brings down the expectation of going out there and trying too hard.” Boxing’s new leader steps into fight to keep Olympic status Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Day birdied all the par-5s on Augusta National to get to 7-under-par going into the weekend. That followed a 2-under 70 the day before, when Day said he injured himself kissing his daughter just a few minutes before walking to the first tee.Day’s trainer followed him around the course in the opening round, giving him treatment at one point as he lay down on the second tee box. Day said he briefly considered pulling out of the tournament but decided to play in hope his back would loosen up.Exercise and treatment helped enough that he was relatively pain free in the second round, and Day took advantage. He was particularly effective on the reachable par-5s, making birdie on all four after birdieing three the day before.“The whole goal is to try and take advantage of the par 5s here this week,” Day said. “The par 3s can be difficult at times, and then some of the par 4s, you need to get through. But you know, over the last two days, I’ve played the par 5s nicely.”Just being able to play this year has been difficult at times for Day, who withdrew from the Bay Hill tournament earlier this year because of back issues.ADVERTISEMENT Tim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’ View comments P260,000 each in aid to displaced Marawi folk released by US Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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Script for strike not all fun and games – well, maybe

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat Kings “The studios think we are having a horrible time out here,” said Richard Potter, a screenwriter who made “Strike Dancing,” a YouTube video showing pickets bebopping in formation to “Play That Funky Music.” “What’s actually happening is we’re having a great time.” The video is one of dozens on YouTube – most of them humorous, or trying to be – that are helping the union win the public relations war. A nationwide poll released on Nov. 14 by Pepperdine University found that 63percent of Americans sided with the writers. No one contends that writers would prefer to be walking in circles and shouting into megaphones than working. Today, the union and the studios will resume contract negotiations for the first time in 22 days. Writers are crossing their fingers that the studios will agree to give them a bigger cut of the proceeds from Internet reruns and that the strike will soon be over. Still, certain perks in picketing are undeniable. For a lot of writers, picketing at a studio’s front gate is the closest brush with the movie industry’s halls of power they have ever had. They can wave to Steven Spielberg as he drives onto the lot and rub elbows with notably successful people in their field, such as Steven Bochco, Tina Fey and J.J. Abrams, the creator of “Alias” and “Lost.” When the 12,000 members of the Writers Guild of America decided on Nov. 4 to strike, Hollywood wondered how hard the white-collar group would fight. The guild addressed the worry before the first pickets hit the streets. “In years past, our picketing schedule has gone: Picket on Mondays for two hours and then meet at a bar until the following Monday,” said David Young, the union’s director, early this month. “That’s not how we’re going to do it this time.” Studio executives rolled their eyes, but they soon blanched as well-organized pickets fanned out across Los Angeles and New York, and only grew in intensity. It turns out, many union members say, that striking in Hollywood – at least short term – is not that bad. A lot of strikers say they are enjoying networking, taping YouTube videos, organizing theme days and dreaming up placard slogans. center_img Even some prominent screenwriters have been star-struck. “I didn’t know J.J. at all, except as a geeky fan,” wrote John August, the writer of the “Charlie’s Angels” movies and “Big Fish,” on his blog. In another posting, August offered to chat with screenwriting students while marching. “Get to know some film and TV writers and talk to them about their work,” he wrote. “I was delighted to finally meet Gary Whitta,” a screenwriter and comic-book author. There have been other attractions for striking writers. A special theme day, Picket With the Stars, drew celebrities such as Ben Stiller, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Ray Romano in Los Angeles. Susan Sarandon and Robin Williams turned up in New York. To help cheer up striking members, and to keep reporters interested, the union helped organize impromptu concerts. The pop singer K.T. Tunstall performed an acoustic set outside an NBC parking lot in Burbank, while Alicia Keys headlined a rally last Tuesday that tied up sections of Hollywood Boulevard. “Forget the strike, I’m just here to be entertained,” remarked Toni Perling, a television writer whose credits include “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman,” as Keys got started. She had come to the right place. “When somebody is doing us wrong, they must go!” Keys shouted, before sitting down at a piano on the back of a truck. Several dozen writers jostled to take her picture with their camera phones. Pickets have been well-fed. The longshoremen’s union sent turkey baskets, and stars have played caterer roles. Justine Bateman brought tacos, Jay Leno chipped in doughnuts, and Jimmy Kimmel contributed burritos. Eva Longoria handed out slices of pizza. Some union members say they are criticized no matter what they do on the picket line. At first, they drew comments about boring signs. “People would say, `You people are writers – where is the creativity?”‘ recalled Joe Medeiros, head writer for “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno.” Early in the strike, most pickets carried signs reading simply, “On Strike.” Writers took note. “They Wrong, We Write” became popular, as did slogans ridiculing J. Nicholas CounterIII, president of the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, which represents studios. “Nick Counter Hates Babies and Puppies” was a favorite, and Katherine Heigl, a “Grey’s Anatomy” actress, weighed in with “Nick Counter is a Wiener.” One person mounted a typewriter on the end of a metal crutch and waved that in the air. The seeming contradiction between the serious strike and the circus sideshow was on display at the Hollywood Boulevard rally, which drew more than 4,000 people. Writers pumped their fists in the air, cheered speeches by union officers and shouted slogans such as, “On strike, shut ’em down. Hollywood’s a union town.” Even the Teamsters were impressed. “Wow,” said Leo Reed, the gruff secretary-treasurer of Teamsters Local 399 and director of its motion picture division. “You are acting like a militant union.” At other times, the protest more closely resembled a Halloween parade. A man in a full Spider-Man costume picketed, as did someone dressed as the Incredible Hulk. Seven elderly actors who played munchkins in “The Wizard of Oz” rode by in a carriage, waving. “How about a round of applause for the Lollipop Guild?” a union speaker said. Roxana Brusso, an actress picketing in support of the writers, made an adjustment to her Ugg boot and shrugged. “Well, that’s Hollywood for you,” she said. While some union-sanctioned theme days have included “Bring Your Kids” and “Performers With Disabilities,” C. Jay Cox noticed that there was no day for gay and lesbian writers. So Cox, who wrote the screenplay for the movie “Sweet Home Alabama,” organized one. “We’ll get a chance to catch up with some old friends,” his invitation said, “oh-so-casually check out some potential new ones and make snide comments about one another’s attire.” Silvio Horta, writer-producer of “Ugly Betty,” declared the gay-theme day “like a party at my house.” About 200 people attended, eating Pinkberry yogurt and grooving to an iPod playlist as they marched. Nia Vardalos, the writer and star of “My Big Fat Greek Wedding,” handed out fruit bars. Not everyone in the Writers Guild of America appreciated the effort. “Every other day I get some new mass e-mail from the WGA about what `fun’ themed strike event is coming up,” a writer on an industry blog said. “Is this a strike or a social event?”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Podcast: Sportsday on talkSPORT 2, June 3

first_imgHere are your Friday headlines as England beat 10-man Portugal 1-0 at Wembley in their last friendly ahead of Euro 2016 while Andy Murray is in French Open semi-final action and Hull KR thump Wakefield Wildcats 54-16 at Belle Vue.Plus, there is the latest from the managerial merry-go-round as we hear from Garry Monk, Nigel Pearson and Alan Stubbs.All brought to you by Russell Hargreaves and the team.last_img

LETTERKENNY’S €1MILLION MAIN STREET IS UNVEILED

first_imgTHE OFFICIAL opening of the newly refurbished Letterkenny Main Street took place yesterday with the promise that the Cathedral Town is very much open for business.It might have been two weeks behind schedule due to the snow but the €1million facelift has been given the thumbs-up from business owners and the public alike.An array of movers and shakers from the Cathedral Town turned up to see Mayor Tadhg Culbert officially unveil the plaque to mark the opening. Colr Culbert said it was fitting that the Main Street had undergone such a facelift and would stand proudly alongside any Main Street in the country when the town celebrates its 400th anniversary next year.“I must pay tribute to everyone involved from the contractors to the Chamber of Commerce, the town council and to the council employees.“I know people had reservations about finishing on time and about disruption but everyone who had something to say was listened to and a way was found around every obstacle.“It is fitting that we will have a marvellous Main Street when thousands of people come to visit here for the 400th anniversary celebrations next year,” he said. County Mayor Cora Harvey said it was fitting that Letterkenny now had a Main Street that would rival any in the country.“I wish all the people of Letterkenny many years of happy shopping and they should be very proud of their Main Street,” she said.The upgrades work on the street, the majority of which was carried out by contractor Dean Public Works, includes new paving, underground lighting, archways, benches, boxed trees and ornate railings.CEO of the Chamber of Commerce, Paul Byrne, on his last official function, said he was proud to be involved with the upgrade of the Main Street which he said was a huge step forward for the town.“Coming as it does at a time when it is hard to get any money, this upgrade is even more of an achievement. “If the people of the town of Letterkenny cannot be proud of their Main Street, then how can they expect visitors to be? I am glad to say that the people of Letterkenny can be rightly proud today,” he said.Among the many who attended the opening ceremony were County Manager Seamus Neely, members of the clergy, local town and county councillors, many business owners and townspeople.EndsLETTERKENNY’S €1MILLION MAIN STREET IS UNVEILED was last modified: December 14th, 2010 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Arsenal and Spurs both admit FA charge in north London derby

first_img Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update latest BEST OF Fines of £45,000 and £50,000 have been handed to the Gunners and Spurs respectively.A melee broke out when an equalising goal was scored by Eric Dier to make it 1-1 in the Premier League match at the Emirates. RANKED scrap Dier put his finger to his mouth after scoring and then celebrating Spurs players clashed with Arsenal substitutes. The home side went on to win the match 4-2.In the same match, a Tottenham fan threw a banana skin at Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as the striker celebrated a goal in front of the Spurs fans. Arsenal and Spurs players clash in the north London derby on December 2 ‘I’ll get him’ – Robertson further endears himself to fans with revenge vow to Mane huge blow revealed Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur have both been fined for failing to control their players during the north London derby on December 2.Both clubs admitted the FA charge of ‘failing to ensure that their players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion’. Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ He was later fined and banned for the “targeted gesture” which had a “racial element”. Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos LATEST Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury gameday cracker 2 Dele Alli clashing with the Arsenal substitutes The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion 2 Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT PAYBACK Most Read in Sport SORRY last_img read more

Motherwell come from behind to rescue point against Partick Thistle

first_imgScott McDonald headed a late equaliser for Motherwell after Partick Thistle failed to finish off their visitors at Firhill.Chris Erskine capitalised on Steven Hammell’s mistake in the 31st minute to net his sixth goal of the season but Ade Azeez squandered three excellent opportunities to double their lead.McDonald came alive after moving from left midfield to a more natural striker’s role and he had a goal controversially disallowed before he rose to head home Richard Tait’s 83rd-minute cross and seal a 1-1 draw.Thistle lost Callum Booth to illness before the game while Adam Barton came in for the suspended Abdul Osman and impressed in the anchor role. The recent signing allowed Ryan Edwards, Steven Lawless, David Amoo and the advanced Erskine to move around and cause Motherwell problems in front of him. Thistle’s flexibility of movement gave them an early edge but they were lacking a threat in the final third and Hammell created the first chance when his diagonal ball was misjudged by Liam Lindsay. However, Ryan Scully stopped Ryan Bowman’s attempted lob at full stretch.Hammell soon inadvertently set up Thistle. The left-back attempted to pass across the 18-yard line towards Ben Heneghan but it turned into a perfect assist for Erskine, who slipped the ball past Craig Samson.The Jags had a great chance early in the second half when Azeez held off Stephen McManus at a high ball and got a return pass from Erskine that sent him clear, but the former Wimbledon striker dragged his shot wide.Amoo had a shot saved after getting past Hammell and Azeez again shot wide after being played through by Barton. But the visitors began to look more dangerous after McDonald and Louis Moult swapped places with the latter going back into a four-man midfield.The Australian turned and fired over after making himself available for Keith Lasley’s free-kick and soon nodded home from close range in the 64th minute after Heneghan had headed on another delivery from the Motherwell skipper. The offside flag was raised but footage apparently showed the Australian was on.Samson blocked from Azeez from another one-on-one before Erskine went off injured while Moult made way for James McFadden.Thistle came close again when a long-range shot from Edwards skimmed the post.McManus and Heneghan could not convert after set-pieces caused Thistle problems and Samson denied Amoo before McFadden set up Tait to cross for McDonald, who headed into the top corner from six yards.Motherwell pair Bowman and Chris Cadden plus Thistle sub Kris Doolan all had late efforts saved as both teams chased a winner.last_img read more

Photo of the Week: Vincent’s Passion

first_imgFor the past eight years, our downtown development authority has held a public art exhibition on the main road of Canton Township. Each piece has been created by a Midwest artist and is on exhibit for one year, as part of the Midwest Sculpture Initiative (MSI). I’ve enjoyed exploring our main thoroughfare each year to discover new artists and their work. This piece is a close up view of Vincent’s Passion by Douglas M. Gruizenga of Interlochen, Michigan. Gruizenga has a Master of Arts degree in sculpture and furniture design. His outdoor sculptures have been shown in various cities in the Midwest, and he’s participated in the 2011, 2012, and 2013 ArtPrize events in Grand Rapids, Michigan. From the artist:Every viewer brings with them, individual experience and understanding. It is my hope that my sculpture will be pleasing to the eye, without limiting the observer’s creative ability to interpret the subject matter involved.It is an honor to have even one person take the time to view an object that I have created. It is amazing to think that an indelible image of that event is recorded forever in their mind.I love the ever-changing art on our main road. I only wish the MSI provided more information about the artist’s work, their medium, and the piece. Perhaps next year, they’ll be more more background.And if you’re wondering, here’s the full view of the sculpture where it’s been installed in front of our local theater.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading…RelatedPhoto of the Week: Sunny Tree TopThe blue color caught my eye as I walked down the sidewalk, on my way to lunch with family members at one of our favorite restaurants. I smiled as I looked up and saw bright bluebirds with yellow legs perched on the structure, peering out over the shopping center area.…In “Michigan”Photo of the Week: Ancient NobilityThis year’s 11th annual sculpture exhibition brought ten new pieces of public art made of steel, concrete, wood, aluminum and metal to my hometown. The annual public art display on Ford Road in Canton Township, Michigan features beautiful sculptures created by Midwest artists. Each piece is sponsored by a local…In “Michigan”Photo of the Week: GustometerThis year’s ninth annual sculpture exhibition in Canton Township brought ten new pieces of public art on the main thoroughfare of our community. Each piece has been created by a Midwest artist and is on exhibit for a year. This year’s exhibit (as in 2013) is part of the Midwest…In “Michigan”last_img read more

Climate change is making trees bigger, but weaker

first_img As global temperatures rise, trees around the world are experiencing longer growing seasons, sometimes as much as three extra weeks a year. All that time helps trees grow faster. But a study of the forests of Central Europe suggests the higher temperatures—combined with pollution from auto exhaust and farms—are making wood weaker, resulting in trees that break more easily and lumber that is less durable.“I worry that wood may not be as strong as it used to be,” says Richard Houghton, an ecologist at the Woods Hole Research Center in Falmouth, Massachusetts, who was not part of the new study. He says the findings mean that forests may suffer more damage from storms and may be less efficient at soaking up the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide (CO2) than scientists had thought.For the past 100 years, trees have been experiencing growth spurts in temperate regions from Maryland to Finland, to Central Europe, where the growth rate of beech and spruce has sped up nearly 77% since 1870. 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To check, they started with 41 experimental plots in southern Germany, some of which have been continuously monitored since 1870. Pretzch and his team took core samples from the trees—which included Norway spruce (Picea abies), sessile oak (Quercus petraea), European beech (Fagus sylvatica), and Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris)—and analyzed the tree rings using a high-frequency probe.They found that in all four species, wood density has decreased by 8% to 12%, they report online in Forest Ecology and Management. “We expected a trend of the wood density like this, but not [such] a strong and significant decrease,” Pretzsch says. Increasing temperatures, and the faster growth they spur, probably account for some of the drop. But another factor, Pretzsch says, is more nitrogen in the soil from agricultural fertilizer and vehicle exhaust. Previous studies have linked increased fertilizer use to decreased wood density.As the density of the samples dropped, so did their carbon content, by about 50%. That means the trees have been sucking up less CO2 from the atmosphere every year, Houghton says. But Pekka Kauppi, an environmental scientist at the University of Helsinki, says another factor more than makes up for the climate impact: the faster-growing forests. “The negative change of wood density is by far less important than the positive change” of a global turnaround from shrinking to expanding forests, he says. Higher temperatures and more pollution could cause trees to break more easily in storms. Climate change is making trees bigger, but weaker imageBROKER/Alamy Stock Photo By Lakshmi SupriyaAug. 22, 2018 , 11:00 AMlast_img read more