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Win over Woods worth more than $9 million, says Mickelson

first_imgBy Steve Keating(REUTERS) – Bragging rights will be worth more than the $9 million prize money to Phil Mickelson when he takes on Tiger Woods in an 18-hole winner-takes-all pay-per-view showdown in Las Vegas.For two of the world’s richest athletes the prospect of pocketing millions for playing an afternoon round at Shadow Creek Golf Club tomorrow may not set the heart racing.But for Mickelson the thought of forever being able to wave that cheque in Woods’ face was something priceless that left him giddy with excitement ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday clash.“It’s great to win the $9 million but I just don’t want to lose to him and give him the satisfaction because the bragging rights are what is going to be even worse than the money,” Mickelson said at a news conference on Tuesday to drum up interest in ‘The Match’. “Every time I see you I want to be able to rub it in. I want to sit in the Champions locker room at Augusta and talk smack. I want that.”That was about as close as Woods and Mickelson, two of the most fascinating and successful golfers of their generation came to trading shots as they attempted to help sell the pay-per-view duel which can be seen for a modest $19.99.Despite their best efforts the obligatory trash talk around the golfing cage match has been forced and limp.Fifteen years ago the dislike was real and palatable, the jabs they took at each other stung. But that once frosty relationship has thawed to the point that they play practice rounds together.LOVE-INAnyone expecting the sort of foul mouth baiting that is part of boxing and UFC promotions were left sadly disappointed as the news conference turned into a love-in.The 42-year-old Woods and Mickelson, 48, spent so much time lavishing praise on each other that it was hard to remember there was a time when they actually disliked each other.Even an attempt to end the news conference with a traditional boxing nose-to-nose stare down ended in farce with neither man able to keep a straight face for more than a few seconds before breaking into laughs and a hug. “He’s one of the greatest players to ever pick up a golf club,” said Woods, the winner of 14 major titles. “Greatest of all-time,” replied Mickelson, who has five majors in his trophy case.One aspect of the event not manufactured is the competitiveness Woods and Mickelson bring to the golf course.The showdown will be highlighted by several side bets and Mickelson wasted no time throwing down the gauntlet by betting Woods $100 000 that he would birdie the first hole. Woods took the bait but not before upping the ante, telling Mickelson, “Why not $200 000”.“So you think you can make birdie on the first hole,” said Woods smiling. “Double it.” The biggest bet being put down, however, is the one made by WarnerMedia and Turner Sports who are gambling that there is enough interest to make the unique pay-per-view event a success.“This is me versus him, this is winner-take-all and it has a unique special feel golf doesn’t have all the time, or rarely has ever had, if ever,” said Mickelson.“I am hopeful that this is received well, I am hopeful we provide a glimpse into the future of what sport-watching is all about.”last_img read more

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Rangers miss out as Huenemeier’s return to Germany is confirmed

first_imgSee also:Luongo back at QPR after recent break Uwe Huenemeier will return to his native Germany when his Brighton contract expires this summer, it has been confirmed.QPR wanted the 32-year-old centre-back but Huenemeier had indicated that he was keen to return home rather than stay in England. He will rejoin SC Paderborn, the club he left to join Brighton three years ago.AdChoices广告Brighton manager Chris Hughton told the Seagulls’ website: “Uwe has been an outstanding player and professional for this club since the day he arrived, and while we are very sorry that he will leave us this summer, we completely understand his desire to play regularly.” Embed from Getty Imagescenter_img Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Report: Mullen emerging as possible candidate at Michigan

first_imgDan Mullen could be emerging as a leading candidate to fill the coaching vacancy at Michigan, according to a Saturday morning report.Football Scoop reports that Mullen at Mississippi State and UCLA’s Jim Mora have likely emerged as Michigan’s top two candidates to fill the spot left by Brady Hoke. Michigan fired Hoke on Dec. 2.The report isn’t entirely clear though.It states:When I asked sources familiar with Michigan’s search if they would characterize Mullen as a lead candidate, the response was “I don’t know that (interim AD Jim) Hackett felt that way last week; but it certainly seems like he considers him a very viable candidate now.”It also states that Mullen and Mora are not the only candidates. Michigan could meet with as many as 10 or more candidates next week, which could include coaches in the NFL. It’s likely those conversations would take place after the NFL regular season, which has three games remaining.Mississippi State athletic director Scott Stricklin said last week, he expect to extend Mullen after this season. He told reporters Mississippi State extended the coach successfully in five previous offseasons. He expects this one to be no different.“We want to make sure we reward Dan for what he’s done and also continue to invest going forward not only in him but his whole staff,” Stricklin said. “I think we’ll be in position to do that. We’ve had productive conversations and I’m hopeful we’ll get that wrapped up.”Scott Stricklin ‘optimistic’ in extending Dan Mullen’s contractMullen currently makes about $3 million. A raise can be expected with a potential extension. Ole Miss agreed to a raise with its coach Hugh Freeze for $4.3 million. It’s the same salary as LSU’s Les Miles.“Dan, in his defense, his focus has been recruiting, being in bowl prep,” Stricklin said. “But I’m optimistic we can get that wrapped up pretty soon.”Michigan announced on Friday that it had hired the search firm Korn Ferry for assistance in hiring a coach.“Our process is moving along and many potential candidates have reached out and expressed an interest in the position,” Michigan’s athletic department said in a statement. “Korn Ferry is screening applicants, narrowing that list and identifying the best possible candidates for our institution.”last_img read more

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GFC whips Pele in KFC U20 football

first_imgGeorgetown Football Club [GFC] dismantled Pele 10-2, when the Georgetown Zone of the KFC Independence U20 Club Knockout Football Championship, continued yesterday at the National Training Centre, Leonora. Kelsey Benjamin tallied a helmet trick in the rout, with three of his conversions occurring in the first half.Benjamin tallied goals in the 16th, 21st and 33rd minute, before returning adding his name to the scorer’s sheet once more in the 49th minute to complete his haul.Dwayne Robeiro provided ample support with a first half double in the 10th and 28th minute. Further goals were recorded by the quartet of Michael Richmond, Adrian Aaron, Rondell Peters and Rueben Mille in the 40th, 42nd, 46th and 69th minute respectively. For the losers, Dorwin George and Zion Gray netted in the 61st and 70th minute correspondingly. Meanwhile, Beacons defeated Eastveldt after it was discovered by the organizers that the East Ruimveldt side fielded an ineligible player.At the time of the discovery, the scoreline was locked at 2-2. The event continues on Saturday at the same venue with another round of matches.last_img read more

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Nations Cup Final takes place at Barcelona this weekend

first_img Tags: Team Ireland Equestrian’s showjumping team will battle for victory in the Longines FEI Nations Cup Final, which takes place at Barcelona (ESP) from 5th to 7th October. Fifteen nations will be represented at Barcelona, with the final competition taking place on Sunday at 14.00 IST. There will be a total of €1.7 million on offer at the Spanish venue. Ireland, who finished second in the European Division 1 group, will be hoping for success over the three days of competition.Elsewhere on the showjumping circuit, Irish riders fly the flag at Sacramento California (USA), Columbus Johnstown Ohio (USA), Vilamoura (POR), Birmingham HOYS (GBR), Tryon North Carolina (USA), Opglabbeek (BEL), Oliva Valencia (ESP), Riesenbeck (GER) and Wiener Neustadt (AUT). In eventing action takes place at Leesburg Virginia (USA) and in endurance at Medlam (GBR).All Irish international entries for this week’s shows are now available to view by clicking on the individual shows under ‘FEI Entries & Results’. Live links to results from this week’s shows are also available. Follow your Team Ireland Equestrian riders on the HSI website, Facebook (Team Ireland Equestrian) and Twitter (@TeamIRLEq). Nations Cup Final takes place at Barcelona this weekend 3 October 2018, 13:04 Home  »  Disciplines News  »  Showjumping News  »  Nations Cup Final takes place at Barcelona this weekend last_img read more

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Koke: It seems as though the media want to get rid of Simeone

first_img 21/12/2016 Atletico Madrid midfiedler Koke has given his backing to manager Diego Simeone.  The Rojiblanco have struggled in recent weeks, losing league games against Real Sociedad, Real Madrid, Sevilla and Villarreal.  On top of that there’s been speculation Simeone may be keen to leave the club in the summer, but Koke says the press are wrong to doubt Simeone’s intentions.  He added: “Our aim is to be third but if we finish higher, all the better.” “The media always asks the same question, if he will continue…it seems as though you want to get rid of Cholo,” he said. “We are well and working hard, we’ve been doing the same things for five years now. CET Sport EN “He has a contract [until 2018] and it seems that his intention is to respect it. “Teams go through spells and we are working hard. We’ve had a fantastic 2016 and we hope 2017 will be even better. Koke did admit that Atletico “need to be more consistent in La Liga” but suggested winning the title is not an aim. Upd. at 13:36 last_img read more

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Dylan puts the word out

first_imgBy ANEEKA SIMONIS NOT many 12-year-olds can say they have written a book. But go-getter Dylan Beaumont, a student at…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

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Spain crush Liechtenstein to close in on World Cup spot

first_imgSpain hammered Liechtenstein 8-0 as Alvaro Morata and Iago Aspas both struck twice to maintain their country’s lead over Italy at the top of World Cup qualifying Group G on Tuesday.The victory in Vaduz took Spain to 22 points from eight games, three ahead of the Italians who beat Israel 1-0 in Tel Aviv thanks to Ciro Immobile’s second-half strike.Julen Lopetegui’s Spain side scored three goals in the first 16 minutes to ensure the rest of the game was a formality against the overwhelmed hosts.Spain beat Liechtenstein by the same score in Lopetegui’s first match in charge last year, and this was another example of the verve and style he has his team playing with.Other scores from Tuesday are:Moldova 0Wales 2Republic of Ireland 0Serbia 1Austria 1Georgia 1Italy 1Israel 0FYR Macedonia 1Albania 1Iceland 2Ukraine 0Kosovo 0Finland 1Turkey 1Croatia 0last_img read more

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Laiser Hill out to defend Metropolitan title

first_img0Shares0000Laiser Hills Aggrey Sajera against Passenga in action.PHOTO/Raymond Makhaya.NAIROBI, Kenya, July 13- Laiser Hill Academy will launch their campaign for a second consecutive Metropolitan Region boys’ football title against Machakos’ Muvuti when the Kenya Secondary School term 2B ball games kick off on Thursday morning at the Nyayo Stadium in Nairobi.Laiser Hill will be counting on their experience playing in the Kajiado County League where they are currently placed third in the 15-team league to push for a second title and coach Antony Kirimi remains confident they can replicate their performance from last year. Speaking to Capital Sport, Kirimi says he expects a stiff challenge and has called on his charges to put their best foot forward from the first game.“Playing in the County League has been of great help for us because we have built cohesion as a team and gained considerable experience and match fitness. I believe this will be vital for us but all the same we expect stiff competition,” Kirimi said.Laiser will not be as strong as they were last year when they beat Upper Hill on post-match penalties to win the Metropolitan title with several of their key players having left.Goalkeeper Samuel Wanjema, who was the shoot-out hero last year, as well as midfielder John Macharia and Alwyn Chamla have all completed school.Macharia has since joined second tier side Kariobangi Sharks while Chamla is in Georgia having signed with FC Saburtalohas.However, the Kajiado champions will be looking on the experience gathered by three of their players who were part of the Harambee Stars under-20 team.Musa Masika, younger brother to Harambee Stars winger Ayub Timbe will be the key figure around Laiser side but they will also have support from Kennedy Owino and David Owino, who were also in John Kamau’s under-20 team.“I am hoping they will have some influence in the team because they have had high level training with top coaches. But our strength has always been on team work and I believe that will be our strong point,” Kirimi added.He expects competition from perennial rivals Upper Hill as well as Machakos side Utithi who were winners of the term 2A under-15 games.Laiser, who have produced some of the country’s finest footballers including Sweden based forward Michael Olunga, will be out seeking revenge with coach and school Principal Peter Orero confident his boys can do it.Kwanthanze 2015 Volleyball champions./PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaCompetition will not only be expected on the football pitch but on the volleyball court as well.Defending champions and perennial winners Kwanthanze, who have dominated over the last five years, will open up their campaign against Kajiado’s Noonkopir while the boys champions Hospital Hill serves off first against Oloitoktok Boys High School.Kwanthanze, the regional, national and East African champions coached by Justine Kigwiri will be hoping to keep their status as the undisputed women’s volleyball champions.Coach Justine Kigwiri though does not expect an easy ride but he keeps faith in his girls for safe passage to the national championships.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Stoke City 2-0 Manchester United: Is this the end for Louis van Gaal?

first_img1 Louis van Gaal can’t bear to watch as Manchester United lose at Stoke With Jose Mourinho lurking in the shadows like the ghost of Christmas future, Louis van Gaal suffered the sort of nightmare afternoon that would give anyone sleepless nights.Since Mourinho was sacked by Chelsea earlier this month, rumours have been rife he will be offered the chance to take charge at Old Trafford, and this latest loss will surely signal the end of Van Gaal’s reign.The Dutchman was under growing pressure going into this early Boxing Day fixture following a run of six games without a win, and he could only watch on in horror from the dugout as his side capitulated in the first half at the Britannia Stadium.Captain Wayne Rooney insisted earlier this week he and his team-mates were ready to fight to save their manager’s job, but his reward for his rallying cry was to be dropped to the bench.And it also appeared his words had a distinctly hollow ring to them because, in the opening 45 minutes at least, Manchester United turned in a performance so lacking in festive spirit Ebenezer Scrooge himself would have been proud of it.They were 2-0 down within 25 minutes, with the opening goal in the ninth minute summing up the shocking lack of confidence running through the squad.Memphis Depay made a dreadful error in trying to head the ball back to David de Gea, failing to take into account the windy conditions at Stoke, and his attempt fell woefully short.Full-back Glen Johnson pounced immediately on the mistake to square for Bojan Krkic and, with De Gea hopelessly stranded, the Spaniard kept his composure to pass the ball into the net despite the close attention of two United defenders.That was the worst possible start for Van Gaal and, before the game was a third old, it had turned even bleaker.This time there could be no blame attached to De Gea or his defenders as Marko Arnautovic smashed an unstoppable 25-yard shot into the net, but the needless handball by Ashley Young that led to the free-kick which saw the ball rebound into Arnautovic’s path could certainly have been avoided.Arnautovic could then have added a third which really would have killed the game off as a contest before the interval, but he fired wide from a good position, but the gaps in the United rearguard were alarming.Van Gaal responded at the break by replacing Depay with Rooney, and it was the England skipper who created the 62nd minute opportunity that would have got United back into the game.He took a ball from Ander Herrera and wriggled to the byline before pulling the ball back for Marouane Fellaini, but the Belgian’s weak finish from eight yards out was brilliantly saved by Jack Butland.Stoke seemed happy to settle for a ‘we hold what we have’ approach in the second half, switching to a more defensive formation but, that Fellaini chance apart, Butland was called into action on only two more occasions to deny Anthony Martial and Juan Mata as a toothless United huffed and puffed.So there was to be no Christmas miracle for Van Gaal, and his critics will be sharpening their pencils as they prepare to write his Old Trafford obituary.Remember, the last time he faced the press he demanded an apology from them before walking out of the media briefing and, although it may have been in the (very recent) past, it’s likely that outburst will come back to haunt him in the present during the post-match inquest into this defeat.As for the future? Well, we’re not expecting a Dickens-style happy ending…last_img read more

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