first_imgJim Cooper & Colin Smith.The Traveller’s Rest Golf GroupMonday, April 2, Khao Kheow – StablefordDivision 11st Mike Rushant (12) 36pts 2nd Paul Beck (8) 34pts3rd Allan Muir (13) 34ptsDivision 21st Richard Talbot (18) 38pts2nd Keith Seddon (32) 37pts3rd Bart Bingham (21) 36ptsIn six months Mike Rushant has played an incredible 117 rounds and has earned the respect of his fellow members for his integrity and dedication to the game.  Khao Kheow was the setting for Mike’s final game of his season and what a fantastic course to finish on.  He started slowly, recording 16 points but as the “machine” went through the gears and oiled up the cogs, he cruised home with 22 points to claim victory before heading back to Canada to hibernate for another six months.In division two our uniquely triple abbreviated swing, Mr. RC Talbot was at it again.  Controlling the uncontrollable swing, he posted an impressive 38 points, taking first place and thus proving that all the experts on the Golf Channel with their gizmos don’t know what they’re talking about.Tuesday, April 3, Green Valley – Stableford1st Colin Smith (17) 40pts2nd Neil Wilkinson (14) 35pts3rd Al Marumoto (11) 34ptsTuesday we were back at Green Valley and the man who has definitely found form lately was once again taking top honors.  Colin Smith who has been prone to writing his speech before the fat lady sings, finally managed to put two nines together and take out the coveted position of first place with an unassailable 40 points.  Taking second place today was Neil Wilkinson with a very respectable 35 points and third place went to Al Marumoto with 34.Wednesday, April 4, St Andrews 2000 – Stableford1st Jeff Moy (11) 35pts2nd Arthur Kimo (16) 33pts3rd Col Jenkins (18) 33ptsWednesday we took on the St Andrews course which was in brilliant condition.  Australia’s Jeff Moy got off to a flying start with 20 points, struggled a little bit on the back nine but accrued a further 15 points to finish the day in first place.  Fellow Aussie Arthur Kimo posted a stronger back nine and managed to hang on to second place while another Antipodean, Col Jenkins, completed the trifecta and rumour has it that the Match Committee are reviewing the tapes for evidence of ball tampering!Thursday, April 5, Phoenix – Stableford1st Keith Evans (16) 38pts2nd Jim Cooper (17) 36pts3rd Bart Bingham (21) 36ptsOnce again Mountain and Lakes were our challenge for the day and it was Englishman Keith Evans who took it on with consummate ease.  Posting a solid 38 points, he clipped the wings off the Phoenix and took out the number one spot.  Second place went to the handsome and charismatic Scotsman Jim “Coop’s” Cooper, his 36 points was a welcome return to form after managing only 15 miserable points on Tuesday, which nearly ended his golfing career. Third place and losing out on a count back went to our newest TRGG member Bart Bingham.Friday, April 6, Burapha – Stableford1st Jim Cooper (17) 43pts2nd Garry Parker (3) 40pts3rd Col Jenkins (18) 38ptsIn near perfect golf weather the man of the week Jim Cooper was out to prove he was not a one hit wonder and his 43 points (which could have easily been 47 plus) was a pleasure to watch.  Garry Parker, playing off a 3 handicap, found the course conditions suited him perfectly and a one over par off the stick was an excellent round but only secured him second place with 40 points.  Col Jenkins was back on the winner’s podium with an impressive 38 points which on any other day may have seen him in take the top spot.Saturday, April 7, Pattavia – Stableford1st Bart Bingham (13) 40pts2nd Ken Aihara (5) 38pts3rd Jon Dean (9) 34ptsSaturday the boys headed back up the 331 and through the pineapple plantations to arrive at Pattavia.  Bart Bingham was still sitting high in the saddle from Friday’s good score and shot an amazing 40 points to record his first victory with the TRGG.  Second place went to Ken Aihara with a very respectable 38 points and third place to Jon Dean with 36.last_img read more

first_imgPattaya United returned to winning ways last weekend with a 5-1 demolition of Samut Songkhram FC at the Nongprue Stadium in Pattaya on Sunday, March 8.Coming off the back of their loss to Thai Honda the previous week, the Dolphins were looking to get back on track against opponents who had also made a stuttering start to the Division 1 season, with just 2 points garnered from their opening three games. United’s two Serbian recruits for this season, Milan Bubalo and Nikola Komazec, have added a much needed edge to the Dolphins’ attacking play and the former was involved in the best moments for the home team at the start of the game against Samut Songkhram; firstly with a shot wide of the post and then setting up a chance for midfielder Wattana Plainum, whose shot clipped the outside of the visitors’ woodwork before going behind for a goal kick. Pattaya United’s Nikola Komazec (left) and Milan Bubalo (right) of Serbia celebrate the latter’s goal during first half stoppage time of their Thai Division 1 fixture against Samut Songkhram FC at the Nongprue Stadium in Pattaya, Sunday, March 8.The Dolphins continued to pile on the pressure and after Komazec’s inswinging free-kick was brilliantly saved by Samut goalkeeper Kouassi in the 30th minute, United’s Korean fullback Ri Kwang-Chon was the first to react to smash the ball home from 5 yards out.There was to be no respite for the visitors in a half totally dominated by Pattaya.  First Bureerat was unlucky to see his flashing header just clear the bar and then, on the stroke of halftime, Komazec played in Bubalo on the left and the winger turned the Samut defence inside out before calmly stroking the ball into the far corner of the net to give United a 2-0 lead.After the break, the pattern of the game continued much like the first half.  Komazec increased United’s lead on 48 minutes following some good wing play by Chaiyawat Buran and then Kittisak Hochin sliced through the Samut defence in the 63rd minute before nonchalantly chipping the ball over Kouassi to give Pattaya an unassailable 4-0 advantage.The visitors were able to gain a semblance of consolation 10 minutes later when United goalkeeper Piyapatrakitti could only parry a fierce shot from Boonmeerit and Ketkaew pounced to reduce the deficit to three goals.The home team would have the final say however as Chamratsamee rounded Kouassi with ten minutes to go and stroked the ball into an empty net to give Pattaya a 5-1 lead and their biggest league win in over 12 months.Pattaya United fans cheer the club’s largest league win for some time.Even in the early stages of this season, Pattaya are showing far more attacking intent than anything displayed in recent times, something which will come as a welcome relief to loyal Dolphin supporters who, over the previous 2 campaigns, have witnessed their team slip from the lofty heights of the Premier League to become Division 1 strugglers.United were due to play another home game against Air Force FC on Wednesday, March 11 before the league takes a break until April 4.In the Thai Premier League, Chonburi FC ‘Sharks’ were held to a 2-2 draw at home against BEC Tero Sasana FC last Sunday.  The visitors opened the scoring in the 13th minute through Montenegro forward Boskovic before Chonburi replied with second half strikes from Suttinun Phuk-hom and Leandro in the 51st and 66th minutes.  However, BEC would leave the home fans disappointed at the end as Boskovic scored his second of the game in the 80th minute to ensure a share of the points for both teams.Pre-season favourites Buriram United also slipped up last weekend with a 2-2 draw at Suphanburi to leave Army United top of the table on 10 points after 4 games.  Chonburi were due to play at Buriram this past Wednesday, March 11, in their biggest test of the season so far.last_img read more

first_imgWelcome back to the Kiwis, here on their annual trip; Geoff Christie, Dion Lane, John Low and newcomer, John Warwick PSC golf from The Outback Golf BarMonday, June 11, Burapha – Stableford25 Outbackers went to Burapha for our normal Monday outing and as per usual, we largely had the course to ourselves on a breezy overcast day.  We teed off early from the whites on C & D and had a leisurely four hour round on a course that is being prepared for the Mercedes Junior Championship later this week.  The tees and fairways were good and the greens were flat, fast and true but have many dry spots that make them (the greens) look ordinary; time will tell if they recover quickly. Friday winners and podium placers, from the left, Bob St Aubin, On, Eng, Paul Bourke, Capt’ Steve and Lamun Hanley.We had two divisions plus the ‘2’s.  The top score of the day and winner of Division 1 (0-13) was Lloyd Shuttleworth with 74 gross, 40 points of his 6 handicap, from Andy Todd with 36 points off his 10 handicap who beat Dion Lane (11) on a count back; and fourth went to Robert Barnes (13) with 35 points.Division 2 winner was Sunanta Duangwaw with 38 points on her 33 with from in second, Frank Mills with 34 points on his 16 handicap; third was Peter Stonebridge (15) with 32 points with fourth going to Nigel Wright (30) also on 32 points.There were four ‘2’s; Lloyd Shuttleworth on C5, Geoff Christie on C8, Wayne Cotterell also on C8 and Stephen Mann on D2.Div A (0-13)1st Lloyd Shuttleworth (6) 40pts2nd Andy Todd (10) 36pts3rd Dion Lane (11) 36pts4th Robert Barnes (13) 35pts Div B (14+)1st Sunanta Duangwaw (33) 38pts2nd Frank Mills (17) 33pts3rd Pete Stonebridge (15) 32pts4th Bob Lindborg (20) 32ptsMonday, June 11, Khao Kheow – StablefordKhao Kheow still isn’t creating much interest but the Outback will hang in there for a while, I’m sure it will come back into favour soon.  The condition was reported as improving.Five guys actually played but only four cards were returned with the clear win going to Paul Rodgers with 39pts.1st Paul Rodgers (18) 39pts2nd Sugar Ray Handford (16) 29pts3rd Murray Hart (14) 28pts4th Martin Kingswood (13) 27ptsTuesday, June 12, Pattaya C.C. – StablefordOn a fine and sunny day there was a little wind making it very pleasant for some golf on a deserted course, which was in very good condition with the fairways recently cut and the bunkers raked.  There were 11 Outbackers today, 3 ladies – all former caddies and 8 men.  The ladies have their own competition from the reds with men playing white first then blue.For the ladies it was ex Burapha caddy On (30) who came with a fine 39 points and for change, there were no ladies’ ‘2’s.Organiser of the day Chad – Barry Chadbourn (21) – showed his recent four rounds in Cambodia were put to good use as he came in with 42 points, evenly divided 21 off the whites and 21 off the blues.  Runner-up was his good Aussie mate, Geoff Moodie (27) with 35 points – helped with a chip in at the last hole for 4 points!There was just one official ‘2’, from The Colonel, aka Bob Pearce, on the 5th hole from the blue tees at 188 yards.  The other ‘unofficial’ ‘2’ came from Alan Pearce on the same hole off the white tee – playing 3 off the tee and walked off with a gross 4!Ladies1st On Lloyd (30) 39pts2nd Laong Gatepratum (21) 34pts3rd Noy Kamsantia (18) 33ptsMen1st Barry Chadbourn (21) 42pts2nd Geoff Moodie (27) 36pts3rd Nigel Cannon (21) 32ptsTuesday, June 12, Laem Chabang – Stableford17 Outbackers at Laem Chabang, playing the A and C courses on an overcast, cool and windy day.  As always the course was presented in good condition but the state of some of the bunkers was very ordinary as a lot of golfers/caddies either don’t rake the bunkers or don’t do a good job if they do.Again pace of play was an issue but I suppose with a sports day you have to expect some slow players but rounds bordering on five hours is not good, especially as the course was set up easy with a lot of the white markers on the ladies tees, particularly on the Par 5’s.We had one division with five places in the division plus the ‘2’s.  The winner for the day was Tim Knight with 38 points off his 18 handicap, from in second Geoff Christie with 36 points of his 6 handicap; in third was Robert Barnes (13) with 35 points, from Tony McDonough (14) in fourth with 33 points and in fifth spot was Roy Barrell (21) with 32 points.There were two ‘2’s from Rod Crosswell and Tim Knight.1st Tim Knight (18) 38pts2nd Geoff Christie (6) 36pts3rd Robert Barnes (13) 35pts4th Tony McDonough (14) 33pts5th Roy Barrell (21) 32ptsWednesday, June 13, Siam Plantation – Stableford20 Outbackers went just up the road to Siam Plantation to play the Sugar Cane and Pineapple courses on a cool and sunny day, great weather for golf.  The course was again presented in great condition and you have to acknowledge the wonderful job all the staff do from starters, ground staff, marshalls and caddies.The pace of play was great with all groups completing their rounds in under four hours even though it’s a sports day and the course was heavily booked.  The caddies do a great job and the bunkers were well presented and raked properly.Welcome to Paul Brown for his first game with the Outback.We had two divisions with three places in each division plus the ‘2’s.  Division 2 winner with the best score of the day was John O’Keefe (17) with 39 points, with Tim Knight (now 17), following up his success yesterday at Laem Chabang, with second place here on 38 points; in third place was Brian Maddox (21) with 36 points beating Tony McDonough on a count back.Division 1 winner was John Warwick with 38 points on his 13 handicap, who beat Capt’ Steve (9) on a count back, with third place going to Rosco Langoulant (13) with 35 points on his 13 handicap.There was only one ‘2’ for the day on the Sugar Cane third hole from Capt’ Steve and some putt it was too.Div A (0-13)1st John Warwick (13) 38pts2nd Steve Mann (9) 38pts3rd Rosco Langoulant (13) 35ptsDiv B (14+)1st John O’Keefe (17) 39pts2nd Tim Knight (17) 38pts3rd Brian Maddox (21) 36ptsWednesday, June 13, Eastern Star – StablefordWith Siam Plantation being full today, a small group of just five played down at Eastern Star today; by all reports the course was OK and good value with vouchers.  It must have been very good for Eng, aka Sunanta Duangwaw, as she fired her best score ever to see her handicap come tumbling down to 28.Wayne Cotterill had the only ‘2’.1st Sunanta Duangwaw (32) 43pts2nd Wayne Cotterell (12) 29pts3rd Sugar Ray Handford (16) 28ptsFriday, June 15, Green Valley – Stableford46 players played Green Valley and celebrated Bob St. Aubin’s birthday on a cool and cloudy day.  The course was presented in great condition and the greens are on the way to a full recovery from their recent coring and sanding.  12 groups teed off from 10am and all groups completed their rounds in just under four hours.On the whole the standard of play was exceptionally good, with nearly half the field (22 to be precise) scoring 34pts or more but it was the ladies who won the day with the best score being 42 points from Lamun Hanley who was the overall winner from On Lloyd who had 41 points to win her division (Div D) and both of you will receive handicap cuts, down to 13 for Lamun and 26.4 for On, who picked up her second win of the week – great golf ladies!We had four divisions with four places in each division and the scores recorded were very good and resulted in some big handicap changes.The closest fought division was Div C (15–18), where all four players on the podium scored 37pts; finishing in the following order after the count back, back 9, back 6 pts in brackets – fourth, Steve Milne (18,12); third, Ian Hart (18,14); second, John O’Keefe (19,12) and the winner, Terry Phur (19,13).Division B had the closest spread of handicaps, just three (12–14) but surprisingly had the lowest winning score of any of the four divisions; it came from the birthday boy himself, Bob St. Aubin with 35pts – and he was surprised too!  Ray Dell equalled his score but lost out on count back and one point further back were John Warwick and Murray Hart.In the premier division, all the top four players played to their handicap or better with Dennis Pelly & John Cunningham taking fourth and third, both with 36, the ever so consistent Paul Bourke with 37 and Capt’ Steve coming good again after his runaway win in Cambodia last week, with 39.Welcome to Outback newbie, Russ Rylance and goodbye to a couple of the boys with us last week in Siem Reap; Bill Rogers and Rick Forrest and also to Steve Plant who returns to the UK for a few months, to enjoy the summer there.  Nice also to see Jochiam back with us again and having a good game out there too, second in Div D with 36pts.Bob sponsored the novelty prizes and bought drinks for all the winners at the presentation.  The nearest the pins went to Steve Milne on hole 4, Andy Butterworth on hole 9, Sel Wegner on hole 12 and Tim Knight on hole 16 and the longest first putt was won by Sugar Ray and the longest drive by Lamun Hanley.Thanks for the day Bob and thanks as ever to Capt’ Steve for running the day.Overall Winner1st Lamun Hanley (15) 42ptsDiv A (0-11)1st Steve Mann (9) 39pts2nd Paul Bourke (8) 37pts3rd John Cunningham (5) 36pts4th Dennis Pelly (11) 36pts Div B (12-14)1st Bob St. Aubin (14) 35pts2nd Ray Dell (12) 35pts3rd John Warwick (13) 34pts4th Murray Hart (14) 34ptsDiv C (15-18)1st Terry Phur (18) 37pts2nd John O’Keefe (16) 37pts3rd Ian Hart (18) 37pts4th Steve Milne (16) 37ptsDiv D (19+)1st On Lloyd (28) 41pts2nd Joachim Oestreicher (22) 36pts3rd John Player (20) 35pts4th Sunanta Duangwaw (32) 34ptsNote:  The Outback Golf Bar is situated about 6km from Sukhumvit Road along Soi Siam Country.  All are welcome to come and join us for a beer and a hit.  Just call in and put your name down on the list or call Jack on 087 941 2474.last_img read more

first_imgThe Kiwi didn’t hesitate and drew on his experience and knowledge of the German sports car by pulling over on the back straight, shutting the car down and initiating a full restart that thankfully reset the gears, although this now placed him at the back of the field with a mountain to climb.A safety car period helped the team’s cause as Varney quickly caught up but then with just 3 minutes to go the right front brake caliper failed at turn 12, sending the Porsche into the gravel trap and just like that the season was over.Even though the team failed to finish the race they did finish in 2nd place for the overall driver’s championship behind Alif Hamdan, who showed great consistency throughout the season. Thomas Raldorf of Denmark drives the TR-Motorsports Porsche 911 at the Chang International Circuit in Buriram, Sunday, Oct. 28. (Photo/Thailand Super Series)After a positive result in Race 1 at the Chang International Circuit in Buriram last weekend, The Pattaya based TR-Motorsports team were confident of mounting a serious challenge for the Thailand Super Series title in Sunday’s season finale.Lead driver Thomas Raldorf of Denmark took control of the Porsche 911 for stint one and got off to the perfect start, overtaking 4 cars on the opening lap of the one hour race. With championship leader Alif Hamdan going well further up the field, Raldorf maintained his charge and quickly closed down Will Bamber in the B-Quik Racing Porsche. Both drivers jostled for position for several laps until the flying Dane found an opening and swept past the young Kiwi and hastened his pursuit of another B-Quik Porsche a few seconds ahead.Shortly after the pit window opened the B-Quik Racing team brought four of their cars in for the driver changeover. Raldorf stayed out for the next few laps then pitted with the car in a great position for the second stint.The TR-Motorsport pit crew did an outstanding job with a smooth driver transition and tire change and as New Zealand’s Shaun Varney raced down the pit lane all seemed well, however, Varney radioed back to the pits that there was an issue with the gears.last_img read more

first_img*Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton has a TV gig lined up for the off-season.The athlete is set to host the upcoming Nickelodeon series “I Wanna Be…,”which follows various kids on their quests to make their dreams a reality under the guidance of Newton and other experts.“Time in the spotlight has made me realize the importance of creating positive messages to inspire the next generation,” says Newton. “I’m very passionate about mentoring young people, and this show will be the perfect opportunity to help talented kids get the chance to pursue their dreams.”The 20-episode docuseries will air in 2016.last_img read more

first_img*And this year’s Heisman Trophy winner is … the Crimson Tide’s Derrick Henry! The 6-foot-3, 242-pound Alabama tailback won college football’s most coveted award Saturday night, becoming only the third running back to take the Heisman in the last 16 years. Henry is the second Alabama player to win the Heisman, joining 2009 winner Mark … Continue reading Alabama’s Derrick Henry Awarded 2015 Heisman Trophy →last_img

first_imgUnited States’ Simone Biles, gold medal winner, and silver medallist and compatriot Aly Raisman, left, wave after final results for floor routine during the artistic gymnastics women’s apparatus final at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2016. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky) NEW YORK (AP) — Bob Costas’ studio interview with American gymnasts Simone Biles and Aly Raisman following their gold and silver-medal winning floor routines was cringe-worthy television.With two champion Olympians on the set, the focus was on a surprise meeting, arranged by NBC, with actor Zac Efron, whether they’ll binge on bad food and a bad joke about Twitter that made Costas look like a clueless grandpa. He’s 64, his interview subjects are 22 and 19, so it’s best not to emphasize that gulf.“Is there anything to talk about concerning the competition?” Costas said at one point.Yes! Please, ask them! The emphasis on Biles and Raisman as personalities instead of athletes was most problematic. There’s nothing wrong with a little fun — this is prime-time television, not a doctoral thesis on gymnastics — but the segment felt like biting into a cake that was all icing. Raisman seemed to sense the awkwardness. After Costas compelled them to “throw” the broadcast into a commercial, she asked, “Was that your best interview ever, or what?”UPSET: Was it really an upset, as NBC’s Chris Marlowe insisted, that three-time gold medalist Kerri Walsh Jennings and her beach volleyball partner April Ross were beaten by a higher-ranked duo from Brazil on the Brazilian’s home sand? NBC can’t be blamed for being upset, losing one of its bankable prime-time stars earlier than hoped.TODAY’S TRAUTWIG: “We’re about to see uber gymnastics, and I don’t mean Simone Biles is taking a car somewhere,” said NBC’s Al Trautwig. “It’s just gymnastics at a high, high level.”JUST ASKING: Judging by their facial expressions from the stands, do you think Raisman’s parents enjoyed their time in Rio de Janeiro?SPORTSMANSHIP: Kudos to NBC and Tom Hammond for telling one of the best sportsmanship stories we’ve seen in a while, about New Zealand’s Nikki Hamblin and American Abbey D’Agostino helping each other over the finish line in their 5,000-meter heat after they bumped into each other and tumbled onto the track.A GAME!: With two minutes to go in the first half of Tuesday’s women’s basketball game between the United States and Japan, NBC’s Marc Zumoff and Ann Meyers Drysdale were juiced. They had a game! The U.S., which had won its first five games by an average of 45 points, was up by only two. Zumoff and Drysdale were excited by the “pesky” and “entertaining” Japanese players, who came after their better-known rivals relentlessly. “Japan is putting up a great fight,” Zumoff said. By the second half, the U.S. put the hammer down. It was 89-59 when NBC’s cameras caught the U.S. men’s team in the stands; they were all staring at their devices. The Americans won by 46.QUOTE: “He just took a little run to warm up today.” — NBC’s Hammond on Usain Bolt, after he eased to the finish line in his 200-meter heat.STREAM TIME: While NBC’s prime-time television ratings are down, fans are seeking out the Olympics on other devices. The network said Tuesday it had surpassed 2 billion minutes of live streamed action from the Rio de Janeiro Games. Not only does that comfortably surpass the 818 million streamed minutes for the London Games, it beats by 500 million the number for all previous Olympics combined. An estimated 24.3 million people watched Monday night’s prime-time telecast on NBC, the level rising by 5 percent to 25.5 million when streaming and cable coverage is added in. For the same Monday night in London four years ago, there were 26.6 million viewers. And the Olympics appear to be big in Utah this year. NBC said that for nine of the 11 prime-time nights of Olympics action, Salt Lake City was the market with the best ratings in the country.VIRTUAL REALITY: NBC and Samsung have been touting their virtual-reality coverage, but the quality of the video has been such that Olympians look like video-game characters on Samsung’s Gear VR headset. Meanwhile, 360-degree still images from Getty Images haven’t gotten as much attention, but have been stunning. NBC’s VR video relies on cameras at fixed locations off to the sides of the fields of play. With no camera operator, there’s no control over the shots. Getty gave a 360-degree camera to each of its photographers, and they’ve been able to capture the flexibility and strength of Simone Biles on the vault and Argentina’s Juan Martin del Potro diving into the crowd after winning his tennis gold medal. The images are available for free on the 360 Photos app on the Gear VR and Oculus Rift headsets.___AP Technology Writer Anick Jesdanun in New York contributed to this report.___Follow David Bauder at twitter.com/dbauder. His work can be found at http://bigstory.ap.org/content/david-baudercenter_img Raisman seemed to sense the awkwardness. After Costas compelled them to “throw” the broadcast into a commercial, she asked, “Was that your best interview ever, or what?”UPSET: Was it really an upset, as NBC’s Chris Marlowe insisted, that three-time gold medalist Kerri Walsh Jennings and her beach volleyball partner April Ross were beaten by a higher-ranked duo from Brazil on the Brazilian’s home sand? NBC can’t be blamed for being upset, losing one of its bankable prime-time stars earlier than hoped.TODAY’S TRAUTWIG: “We’re about to see uber gymnastics, and I don’t mean Simone Biles is taking a car somewhere,” said NBC’s Al Trautwig. “It’s just gymnastics at a high, high level.”JUST ASKING: Judging by their facial expressions from the stands, do you think Raisman’s parents enjoyed their time in Rio de Janeiro?SPORTSMANSHIP: Kudos to NBC and Tom Hammond for telling one of the best sportsmanship stories we’ve seen in a while, about New Zealand’s Nikki Hamblin and American Abbey D’Agostino helping each other over the finish line in their 5,000-meter heat after they bumped into each other and tumbled onto the track.A GAME!: With two minutes to go in the first half of Tuesday’s women’s basketball game between the United States and Japan, NBC’s Marc Zumoff and Ann Meyers Drysdale were juiced. They had a game! The U.S., which had won its first five games by an average of 45 points, was up by only two. Zumoff and Drysdale were excited by the “pesky” and “entertaining” Japanese players, who came after their better-known rivals relentlessly. “Japan is putting up a great fight,” Zumoff said. By the second half, the U.S. put the hammer down. It was 89-59 when NBC’s cameras caught the U.S. men’s team in the stands; they were all staring at their devices. The Americans won by 46.QUOTE: “He just took a little run to warm up today.” — NBC’s Hammond on Usain Bolt, after he eased to the finish line in his 200-meter heat.STREAM TIME: While NBC’s prime-time television ratings are down, fans are seeking out the Olympics on other devices. The network said Tuesday it had surpassed 2 billion minutes of live streamed action from the Rio de Janeiro Games. Not only does that comfortably surpass the 818 million streamed minutes for the London Games, it beats by 500 million the number for all previous Olympics combined. An estimated 24.3 million people watched Monday night’s prime-time telecast on NBC, the level rising by 5 percent to 25.5 million when streaming and cable coverage is added in. For the same Monday night in London four years ago, there were 26.6 million viewers. And the Olympics appear to be big in Utah this year. NBC said that for nine of the 11 prime-time nights of Olympics action, Salt Lake City was the market with the best ratings in the country.VIRTUAL REALITY: NBC and Samsung have been touting their virtual-reality coverage, but the quality of the video has been such that Olympians look like video-game characters on Samsung’s Gear VR headset. Meanwhile, 360-degree still images from Getty Images haven’t gotten as much attention, but have been stunning. NBC’s VR video relies on cameras at fixed locations off to the sides of the fields of play. With no camera operator, there’s no control over the shots. Getty gave a 360-degree camera to each of its photographers, and they’ve been able to capture the flexibility and strength of Simone Biles on the vault and Argentina’s Juan Martin del Potro diving into the crowd after winning his tennis gold medal. The images are available for free on the 360 Photos app on the Gear VR and Oculus Rift headsets.___AP Technology Writer Anick Jesdanun in New York contributed to this report.___Follow David Bauder at twitter.com/dbauder. His work can be found at http://bigstory.ap.org/content/david-bauder,NEW YORK (AP) — Bob Costas’ studio interview with American gymnasts Simone Biles and Aly Raisman following their gold and silver-medal winning floor routines was cringe-worthy television.With two champion Olympians on the set, the focus was on a surprise meeting, arranged by NBC, with actor Zac Efron, whether they’ll binge on bad food and a bad joke about Twitter that made Costas look like a clueless grandpa. He’s 64, his interview subjects are 22 and 19, so it’s best not to emphasize that gulf.“Is there anything to talk about concerning the competition?” Costas said at one point.Yes! Please, ask them! The emphasis on Biles and Raisman as personalities instead of athletes was most problematic. There’s nothing wrong with a little fun — this is prime-time television, not a doctoral thesis on gymnastics — but the segment felt like biting into a cake that was all icing.last_img read more

first_img The new terms on the table are vastly improved, within the club’s means, although that is to be expected considering Sanchez’s current deal doesn’t place him among the top earners at Cornella-El Prat. It is expected that the new proposal will show how highly the club value him.  Sam Marsden A new date has been set to advance the talks though — this coming Monday — and new Espanyol boss Sergio Gonzalez has already shown his desire to ensure Sanchez remains at the club next season. The Pericos know they need to act soon though, as Villarreal have shown an interest in taking the midfielder to El Madrigal. Espanyol have the advantage as Sanchez appears set on staying in the city of Barcelona for now and, as he still has one year remaining on his current deal, his current club would have to accept on offer from Villarreal to facilitate a transfer this summer.  Talks over Victor Sanchez’s contract renewal at Espanyol are underway, but they have hit a minor setback this week. The aim had been to finalise the agreement at a meeting on Tuesday, although that meeting had to be postponed due to a health issue which prevented his agent from being in Barcelona.  Upd. on 10/06/2014 at 18:10 CEST 04/06/2014 Espanyol have made it clear that they want to keep the player though and will only sell to Villarreal — who will play in the Europa League next season — if they can’t tie Sanchez down to a contract extension.  Monday will be key. As for Villarreal, they would be able to offer the 26-year-old a better salary than Espanyol, however Sanchez is considering much more than just money. He is from Rubi in Barcelona and has just become a father for the second time, so he is loathe to up and move his family at this stage in his life. In any case it will now be next week when all these issues will be resolved. last_img read more

first_imgAlexis Sanchez will try to continue writing his name in golden letters on to English football’s history as he takes on Manchester City with Arsenal on Sunday afternoon. The Chilean is going all out to try and upset his compatriot, Manuel Pellegrini, City’s manager.  18/01/2015 Upd. at 15:02 CET Arsenal, recognising Alexis’ one-man war on English defences, have compared him to Sylvester Stallone’s Rambo, because of this picture of the Chilean wearing a band around his head. The battle of the Etihad is not one that Sanchez plans on losing.center_img The British press has surrendered themselves to the charms of Alexis. He’s the undisputed leader of Arsenal’s attack, with spectacular figures. He’s the player in the squad with the second most minutes, behind Per Mertesacker, accumulating 12 goals and 7 assists in the Premier League. The closest to him? Giroud, on five goals.  Alfonso Callejas Playing Arsenal is one of City’s toughest tests ahead of their Champions League clash with Barcelona. They also have to travel to Stamford Bridge in a couple of weeks’ time. last_img read more

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo posted a message to his ‘haters’ via his Instagram account on Sunday night after Real Madrid slipped up against Sporting Gijon in their opening league game.  Sport EN The Portuguese international then quoted one of his own phrases on the social network:  Upd. at 17:17 CEST Ronaldo ended the match against Sporting angry after the Catalan referee Estrada Fernandez refused to give him a penalty. “Your love makes me strong, your hate makes me unstoppable,” he posted.  Neither Ronaldo nor any of his teammates could find the breakthrough against La Liga’s new boys as the Rafa Benitez era began with a goalless draw.  24/08/2015last_img read more