Pattaya Sports Round up – Friday December 18 – December 24,…

first_imgFridayDFiT, Dusit Thani Pattaya: Visitors using the group fitness membership can avail of the THB 2,000 offer for five visits to the gym after their membership has expired.  The offer includes unlimited use of DFiT facilities including tennis courts.  For more information, call 038-425611 ext. DFiT.1:00 p.m. The Pattaya Bridge Club meets upstairs at Altos Restaurant, 144/99 Thappraya Road near flyover. Contact Jeremy Watson 085 818 2172, www.bridgewebs.com/jomtien.2:00 p.m. Pattaya Sports Club Bowling at PS Bowl on the top floor of Tops Supermarket at the junction of Central and Second Roads. Contact La at PS after 1:30 p.m.SaturdayPattaya Archery Club meets between 10am and 12 midday every Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday at our dedicated shooting range within easy reach of Pattaya, near the new railway road.  Beginners of all ages are welcome, and equipment and coaching are free.  For more information call Eric, the club President , on 089 535 1193 or visit www.pattayaarcheryclub.com Ocean Marina Yacht Club invites experienced sailors and learners for racing weekends and funsail/training weekends.  The club has 5 star clubhouse facilities and a fleet of 25′ racing yachts available. www.omycsailing.com, phone Kev Scott 087 825 0011.8:00 a.m. Diving with Mermaid’s Dive School.  Contact Mermaid’s Dive Center, tel. 038 232 219 – 20, email: mermaids@loxinfo.co.th8:00 a.m. – noon & 2 – 6 p.m. (Sat & Sun – Also Monday to Friday) Horseback riding at the Horseshoe Point Riding Academy, the biggest equestrian center in South-East Asia.  Show jumping, hacking, trail, dressage and classical dressage.  Training courses from beginners to advanced riders with English speaking instructors.  Leisure trail riding, group and private classes.  All levels of riders welcome.  Over 100 horses and ponies available.  Located on 1,500 acres of beautiful tropical garden land just outside Pattaya.  Free shuttle service available.  For more information: phone (+66) 3873 – 5050 (ext. 4016-18), fax (+66) 3873 – 4973 or email: ridingschool@thehorseshoepoint.com8:30 am. -10:00 am. International Players Academy meets every Sat. morning for Jr. Intermediate level Tennis at Ambassador City Tennis Courts. Visitors are welcome, just bring your tennis racket, ages range from 10-16. For more details call CJ on 086 086 2121Indoor Lawn Bowls Free at Coco Club every Saturday for school or college aged children from 11.00am – 2.00pm, with Male – English and Female Thai tutors.  Parents can sit at the bar and watch.  New champions needed!  Call Sue on 087 135 8357 or pop in to the club at Baan Amphur – signposted behind Phoenix Golf.12:30 p.m. Pattaya Sports Club Softball plays slow pitch recreational pick-ups games every Saturday at the soccer stadium right behind the National Indoor Stadium on Chayapreuk 2 Road.  New players always welcome regardless of skill level, experience, age or time away from the game.  For more information and directions see the softball page at the Pattaya Sports Club website www.pattayasports.org or contact Dirk Brijs at dirk_brijs@yahoo.com or 088-218-8148SundayBadminton players are invited to play 3 mornings a week at Mama Badminton Club on Soi Khao Noi, Tuesday, Friday and Sunday from 10am-12 noon. For more information, visit www.pattayasports.org/sports/badminton.The Amazing Sunday Golfers are a friendly group of average index who welcome new players.  Each Sunday they have friendly games on different courses with a meeting point at the course.  Contact Philippe at 082 546 0770 or email 2012tasg@gmail.com to be updated each week for the upcoming game.8:00 a.m. Diving with Mermaid’s Dive School.  Contact Mermaid’s Dive Center, tel. 038 232 219 – 20, email: mermaids@loxinfo.co.th3:00 p.m. Pattaya Jungle H3 meets every 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month and departure is from the Lek Hotel on 2nd Rd at 3pm.  For more info please call Kai on 01 863 5095.Monday1:00 p.m. The Pattaya Bridge Club meets upstairs at Altos Restaurant, 144/99 Thappraya Road near flyover. Contact Jeremy Watson 085 818 2172, www.bridgewebs.com/jomtien.3.15 p.m. Pattaya Hash House Harriers: The club for drinking people with a running problem meets every Monday at 3:15 p.m. in Pattaya Third Road, in front of the Buffalo Bar close to soi Lengkee, and just down the road from the Boxing Roo. We depart at 3:30 p.m. sharp. More info at: www.pattayah3.com.TuesdayChess and Scrabble Club: every Tuesday 12pm – 5pm at Hoek-Van-Holland in Jomtien. Take Thappraya Road to intersection with Beach Road. Dong Tan Police sub-station is right there. Walk back towards Pattaya 10 meters along walking path. Hoek-Van-Holland is on the right, before the parking lot. Bring your own chess set and/or scrabble board. For more information please see website www.hoek-van-holland.com – Everyone welcome.The Pattaya Chess Club meets every Tuesday evening from 6:30 p.m. onwards at Brauhaus on 2nd Road between Soi 7 and Soi 8. Learners and anybody who would like to play chess are most welcome. Boards and clocks are provided.Pattaya Ladies Netball Club: 7.30 pm every Tuesday at Fairtex Sports Club.  All ages and abilities are welcome.  100 baht per person.  Please email pattayanetballclub@gmail.com to confirm or find us on Facebook – ‘Pattaya Ladies Tuesday Night Netball’Wednesday1:00 p.m. The Pattaya Bridge Club meets upstairs at Altos Restaurant, 144/99 Thappraya Road near flyover. Contact Jeremy Watson 085 818 2172, www.bridgewebs.com/jomtien.4.00 pm – Club Petanque Thailand plays Wednesdays and Saturdays from 4 p.m. until 9 p.m.  The court is open for groups every day. New and bigger surface. Very good drainage as well as better lighting.  No membership fee. Find us at Soi Nernplabwan 100/2 Moo7, next to Sutawas Temple and small Banglamung Police station. Contact: 085 280 7182, fax 038 248 067, email: petanque.Th@gmail.com (English, French, German, Scandinavian); (Thai & Chinese: 080 618 2831.)Thursday4.00 p.m. Pattaya Cricket Club practice nets at Thai Polo Club. All ages and abilities welcome. Please contact Simon at chairman@pattayacricketclub.com or visit the club website for more information and ground location: www.pattayacricketclub.com.7:00 p.m.  Pattaya Panthers Rugby training every Thursday night at Horseshoe Point next to Siam Country Club. New players are always welcome – we are a very sociable team! Please contact Damian McCoy on Telephone 086 111 2816, Adrien Simon 095 705 0822 or send email to info@pattayapanthers.com.last_img read more

Hall heady on Pattavia success

first_imgWe had a very good roll-up of golfers for the first medal round of the month.  Car parks looked empty as we arrived at the course so we checked in and teed off without delay to enjoy an uninterrupted round.The condition of the course was its usual high standard with well grassed fairways and greens that were good to putt on.  Despite the challenging nature of the course, scoring was of a high standard.  The inform Geoff Parker returned the best score of the day with a net sixty-eight; rumour has it that Geoff threw out an anchor on the closing hole to protect his new dodgy handicap of sixteen, no doubt he will come to the attention of the handicapper very soon.After an indifferent start to his current tour, Stuart Tinkler found the form we know he is capable of and returned a very nice card of net seventy-two, with Colin Greig starting to come through with his first appearance on the scoresheet two further back.  Colin also bagged two near pins as well as one each going to Gary McPhail and Stan Reay, both visiting from Newcastle in the UK.Wednesday, May 10, Greenwood (white tees) – Stableford1st Colin Greig (11) 40pts2nd Mike Brett (17) 40pts3rd Les Cobban (9) 38ptsNear Pins: Geoff Parker, Neil Carter, Mike Brett.One of the upsides to a major Buddha day is the lack of traffic on the roads.  After a very fast trip to the course we found another benefit with a green/caddie fee of nine hundred and fifty baht.  Conditions were almost as good as it gets; no wind, pleasant temperatures and a course in excellent condition.Play was completed at a leisurely pace with no hold-ups, however on the last hole the rain, which had been threatening for a few holes, unleashed on us and drenched the last two groups.Colin Greig, who constantly whines about this course and only plays under protest, didn’t appear to have any problems today, taking first place with forty points.  One might reasonably ask, what is the problem?  Michael Brett on the same score lost on count back.Only three near pins were claimed, with Neil Carter almost getting a hole in one.Friday, May 12, Pattavia (white tees) – Stableford1st Les Hall (24) 43pts2nd Geoff Parker (14) 36pts3rd Peter Alan (30) 35ptsNear Pins: Colin Greig, Tony Robbins, Neil Carter, Dave Gow.Attendance numbers remain strong for the low season and the golfers made their way to Pattavia for the last game of the week on Friday.  As we arrived we found an empty course and seemed to be the only ones playing.  Conditions were hot and humid with dark threatening clouds all around, however we completed a rain free round.Once again those pesky little black flies were on hand to make life miserable.  As you travel around the course they are no problem, however, when you stand still to drive or putt they get in your face, ears and nose as well as hands and prove to be a real distraction.  I am reliably informed that tiger balm is the answer so I intend to test the theory next round.The range of scores varied from very ordinary to exceptional.  Les Hall proved to be the man of the moment by returning a score of forty-three points, top shelf by any measure.  Les is an accomplished bowler and snooker player, both of which demand a keen eye and no doubt this is of great benefit on the greens.Geoff Parker is intent on staying in the race for the “Golfer of the Month” and secured second place a whole seven strokes back, with Peeter Allen a stroke further back.  In Peter’s case the ‘trouble and strife’ was on hand to take care of the winnings.Making the presentation, Neil Carter made a real faux pas by announcing the winner as the laughing Les Burns, not the less laughing Les Hall.  One who struggled with an indifferent round today was another Les, Les Cobban, who managed an eagle on the last by holing out from the bunker.  If anyone thinks that there were only three with the name Les there was one more, Les Humphries.A trip to Kabin Buri is being planned for Wed 24th with a very good deal on two rounds of golf plus overnight accommodation.  Anyone interested should contact the club for further details. The Bunker Boys Golf SocietyMonday, May 8, Khao Kheow (white tees) – Medal1st Geoff Parker (16) net 682nd Stuart Tinkler (14) net 723rd Colin Greig (11) net 74Near Pins: Colin Greig (2), Gary McPhail, Stan Real.Les Hall.last_img read more

Hayes flies in for the win

first_imgMartin Hayes & Jonathan Pratt.The player of the day was Martin Hayes (16), almost recovered from his jetlag, who scored 40 points.  Jonathan Pratt (10) followed good with 38 stable ford points.The near pin awards went to Jonathan Pratt, Martin Hayes and Willem Lasonder.Note: Siam Country Resort, 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 2535440 (Willem Lasonder) for scheduling or enquiries. PSC Golf from Siam Country ResortTuesday, Oct. 6, Silky Oak – ScrambleOn Tuesday we were invited to take part in a scramble at Silky Oak as an introduction for the course’s upgrade to 18 holes.  It is a real improvement; the greens were very slow and need some extra attention but the course was good.  We participated with  2 flights and enjoyed it very much.  Unfortunately none of our players mansaged to fall in the prizes. Meanwhile, one group went on Tuesday to Phoenix and Neil Harvey (H/cap 16) won with 35 stableford points.Thursday, Oct. 8, Burapha – StablefordOur venue was Burapha on Thursday and we played the A & B courses.  The course was in good condition and the greens were good and fast.  The weather was also nice and we had an enjoyable round.last_img read more

Cleaver the standout at Greenwood

first_imgTravellers Rest Golf GroupIt was good to see an increase in the turnout this week after the gradual decline of the last couple of weeks.  It would appear that the terrible weather in the USA and Europe has had a side effect of persuading a number of golfers to head off to warmer climes in Thailand.  With the increased competition it also meant that two divisions were needed most days and it was also good to see different names appearing on the top of each leader board as the prizes were shared around.Monday, Feb. 10, Greenwood – StablefordOn Monday it was off to the ever-popular Greenwood (A and B courses) and with no rain for more than a month now the fairways were looking a little bare and it was more like playing links golf, with the ball running on a considerable distance and the greens very fast.  Maybe that would explain why only one golfer played to his handicap. Jim Cleaver.Division 1’s Jim Cleaver was that man, taking a well-earned rest from nappy changing.  I should clarify that I meant changing his new son’s nappies and not his own, he is not that old yet.  Alan Thomas, a man in form, was second and Neil Bramley was third.In Division 2 it was gentleman Jack Macnamara who took the honours by just pipping Jim Cooper on count back, with Reg Glass close behind in third.Div. 1 (0-12)1st Jim Cleaver (9) 36pts2nd Alan Thomas (5) 35pts3rd Neil Bramley (10) 33ptsDiv. 2 (13+)1st Jack Macnamara (17) 34 pts2nd Jim Cooper (14) 34 pts3rd Reg Glass (15) 33ptsTuesday, Feb. 11, Green Valley – StablefordTuesday it was back to Green Valley with just one division.  Alan Thomas once again proved that cream rises to the top as he showed the rest the way home with a very creditable 38pts.  Ken Brehm, despite a cut to his handicap, came through into second place and my cribbage partner Derek Thorogood took third.1st Alan Thomas (5) 38pts2nd Ken Brehm (15) 36pts3rd Derek Thorogood (16) 36ptsThursday, Feb. 13, The Emerald – StablefordOn Thursday the largest field of the week headed off to Emerald to keep up the green theme going.  In Division 1 Martin Cooper took the green blazer, with Trevor Nash second and disgruntled Man U fan Ben Durham in third.  Don’t worry Ben you are not alone, I keep running into disgruntled Man U fans I am happy to tell you.In Division 2 it was good to see the ladies get into the act after a long absence.  Tewin Poopay Lamthong took off her nurse’s uniform after nursing other half Fergus Brennan back to health and stormed off with first prize, with Mod Chaviraksa looking a new woman in second.  Jim Cooper trooped in third.Div.1 (0-11)1st Martin Cooper (4) 38pts2nd Trevor Nash (11) 36pts3rd Ben Durham (10) 33ptsDiv.2 (12+)1st Tewin Poopay Lamthong (12) 35pts2nd Mod Chaviraksa (12) 34pts3rd Jim Cooper (14) 32ptsSaturday, Feb. 15, Crystal Bay – StablefordThe week’s competitions drew to a close on Saturday at Crystal Bay (B and C courses).  In Division 1, Irishman Niall Cronin held off the ever-sprightly Larry Simpson but only on count back, with Ed Brubaker in third.Tewin ‘Poopay’ Lamthong.In Division 2, master of the curving golf ball Tim Dalton proved too good for the rest but only just.  It took another count back to separate him from Derek Thorogood in second and John Baxter snuck into third.Div.1 (0-14)1st Niall Cronin (12) 38pts2nd Larry Simpson (9) 38pts3rd Ed Brubaker (14) 36ptsDiv.2 (15+)1st Tim Dalton (19) 38pts2nd Derek Thorogood (16) 38pts3rd John Baxter (15) 36ptsGood luck to all you golfers for the coming week and if you would like to play a round of golf with the TRGG, please phone Fergus Brennan on 086 056 7019 or pop into the Ned Kelly Bar in Soi Lengkee and add your name to the weekly lists which are posted on the notice board.last_img read more

Beach Volleyball Olympic stars head to Bangsaen

first_imgThailand will host the last stop on 2012 FIVB Beach Volleyball Swatch World Tour.  The tournament is called the Bangsaen Thailand Open powered by PTT and will be held at Laemtean, Bangsaen from 23–28 October.  Thai fans will be able see over 60 teams in action including the cream of the women’s beach volleyball teams who competed in the Olympic Games in London.  Admission is free and for the first time on the World Tour in Thailand, feature matches will be played in the evening under lights. This year’s season finale has drawn the best women’s beach volleyball teams from around the world to Bangsaen; including current World Champions and Olympic bronze medalists, Julian and Larissa from Brazil.  They will be battling it out for the year-end No 1 ranking with China’s Xue and Zhang Xi, who finished fourth in the Olympics and are the reigning champions of the Thailand leg of the World Tour.City officials, tournament organizers and sponsors pose for a photo at a press conference held to announce the 23–28 October Beach Volleyball championship.Olympic silver medalists Kessy and Ross from the USA who are currently occupying the No 5 spot in the world rankings have also entered along with Olympic quarter-finalists; Cicolari and Menegatti from Italy, the Schwaiger sisters from Austria, Holtwick and Semmler from Germany and Kolocova and Slukova from the Czech Republic. To date, 60 teams from 21 countries have already entered including; Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Czech Republic, France, Finland, Germany, Greece, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Netherlands, Norway, Russia , Slovak Republic, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, USA and Vanuatu.  Entries are open until the end of September.Thailand as host country is allowed 2 automatic slots in the main draw, which have been given to the 2 top teams; Radarong and Udomchavee and Sannok and Tenpaksee.  The Thai teams have been successful in Asia, with Radarong and Udomchavee winning 3 Asian Tour events and the gold medal at the Asian Beach Games.  Currently Radarong and Udomchavee are competing in the FIVB Beach Volleyball Swatch World Tour event in Finland.The Bangsaen Thailand Open powered by PTT is played over 6 days of competition.  Matches start from 09.00 daily, with evening feature matches being played from 24–26 October.Current World Champions, Julian and Larissa from Brazil.The semi-finals on Saturday 27 October and finals on Sunday 28 October will be held from 16.00–18.00, with a “live” TV broadcast on both days on NBT and T-Sports in Thailand and internationally to over 700,000,000 households worldwide.Supporting the main event are a number of activities including the PTT Schools Cup and PTT Beach Volleyball camps on the finals weekend and a large sponsor activity zone featuring sponsor booths, a beer garden and games and competitions for beach volley fans.  Admission to the tournament is free throughout the week.The Bangsaen Thailand Open powered by PTT is supported by the Sports Authority of Thailand, PTT Public Company Limited, Chonburi Provincial Administrative Organization, Saensuk Municipality, the Tourism Authority of Thailand, Thai Beverage Marketing Co., Ltd, TOT Public Company Limited, FBT, Philips Lighting and T.P Link.Umbrella sponsors of the FIVB Beach Volleyball Swatch World Tour are Swatch, Mikasa and Descente.For more information on the tournament, please contact Pentangle Promotions Co., Ltd at Tel: 02 311 3414/5 or via the website at www. pentanglepromotions.com.last_img read more

Super Bowl the final act of the NFL’s worst season

first_imgNFL Commissioner Roger Goodell speaks during a pre-Super Bowl XLIX NFL football news conference, Friday, Jan. 30, 2015, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)PHOENIX (AP) — Domestic violence. Questionable discipline. Player safety. Confusing officiating. Deflated footballs.The disturbing headlines that began last February never slowed down for the NFL this season. The problems — most of them made worse by the ineffectual handling — mushroomed into an imperfect storm that hurt the league’s credibility and turned the lead-up to Sunday’s Super Bowl into a time for damage control, not celebration.“It never ceases,” said Orin Starn, a Duke professor who studies sports in society. “It was one crisis and PR challenge after another and I didn’t envy Roger Goodell at all.”At the commissioner’s contentious news conference Friday — Goodell fielded one question about whether he thought he should be fired and another about taking a pay cut — he was hit with a barrage of questions that spoke to the wide range of problems that punctured the league’s integrity, though not its popularity.“On the one hand, you’ve got a league that’s never been more profitable, never been more popular,” agent Leigh Steinberg said. “On the other hand, there was less-than-deft handling and anticipation of some major issues that have hit the third rail. They’ve transcended the hardcore football fans to become household issues.”It’s a tribute to America’s obsession with football that what feels like a trivial tale about flatter-than-normal footballs hasn’t abated as the week’s top story, even with a looming matchup between New England and Seattle. The Patriots were accused of providing under-inflated footballs for their AFC championship win, and an investigation will be concluded after the title game. That was the lead story on all three major-network news broadcasts one evening.Another story that won’t end: Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch’s refusal to play nice with the media and the NFL’s uncertainty about how, or whether, to enforce rules that compel players to do interviews.“I did 35 radio interviews this week,” Steinberg said. “That’s all anyone wanted to talk about.”But it’s issues such as Deflategate, the confusing rules and the competence of the NFL’s officials that could damage the league most.There’s a general assumption, Steinberg said, “that the contests are performed with equal rules, equal officiating and the games turn on coaching and players who play on the field.“Any suggestion that something else is happening, that there may be cheating or unfair enforcement, is an existential threat to the NFL,” he said.The domestic violence crisis that exploded when Ray Rice — the former Baltimore Ravens running back — punched his fiancée and Adrian Peterson — the Minnesota Vikings star — whipped his son with a tree branch has been treated mostly in general terms this week.Goodell used the words “domestic violence” only once during his nearly 50-minute news conference, instead referring to it more than once as part of a set of “complex issues.”Domestic violence accusations against players garnered as much attention for the NFL’s handling of them — most notably, Rice’s two-game suspension that was made indefinite when video of the punch surfaced, then overturned by an arbitrator — as the charges themselves.That doesn’t thrill people on the front lines in fighting domestic abuse, though they do give the NFL credit for pumping money into increasing awareness. The NFL is footing the bill for a 30-second public-service announcement during the Super Bowl (half-minute spots are selling for around $4.5 million) about domestic violence that will reach tens of millions.“I’d call it the first step of the NFL taking this conversation to the next level,” said Ruth Glenn, the executive director for the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.Neither the domestic violence crisis, nor the ongoing murder trial of former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, nor any other off-field issue deterred fans or sponsors — who foot much of the bill for a $9 billion business that Goodell hopes to grow by more than double over the next decade. NFL games accounted for 45 of the 50 most-watched shows from Labor Day to the end of 2014. The Super Bowl, as always, is a near lock to be among the most-watched programs of all time.It’s not guaranteed to last forever, said George Daly, a Georgetown professor of management who consulted the NFL decades ago.“All these things are risky,” Daly said. “If you look back to, say, 1950, the NFL title game brought in less money than the Rose Bowl. Things can change.”The health and safety of the league’s players poses another long-term threat. While the NFL used the week to tout a 25-percent decrease in concussions recorded this season, another study spelling out the dangers football presents to children made headlines, as well. So did an Associated Press report detailing flaws in about three-fifths of state youth concussion laws passed in all 50 states since 2009 at the urging of the league.News about overuse of painkillers, the league’s implementation of a human growth hormone testing program that isn’t as effective as it could be and the efficacy of the league’s penalties for marijuana also made headlines.All this comes against the backdrop of lawsuits. Most notably, the NFL is waiting for final resolution of a lawsuit by former players who accused the league of hiding what it knew about brain injuries so they would stay on the field. The proposed settlement is worth an estimated $1 billion.It’s money the league can afford.But this season exposed some unseemly chinks in the NFL’s armor —forcing leaders to rethink the way they do business. Already, they’ve revamped their investigative process, are considering changes among their officiating crews and announced they’ll hire a new chief medical officer.“They have to look and say, ‘What are the threats and what are the opportunities?’” Daly said. “From what I see, there are real threats out there.”___Follow Eddie Pells on Twitter at http://twitter.com/epels___AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and http://twitter.com/AP_NFLlast_img read more

Column: Two icons near the end, as Father Time wins again

first_imgOne played into the final hours of the Thanksgiving weekend, laughing when a 3-pointer that would have kept his team in the game hit nothing but air. The other stood at the same time on the sidelines on a snowy night in Denver, watching a much younger replacement help his team find a way to hand the New England Patriots their first loss of the year.Kobe Bryant was going somewhat willingly, finally accepting that after 20 years of long nights on the hardwood neither his body nor his team were going to miraculously recover anytime in the near future. He could afford to laugh at himself because his future is clear after years of injuries and aborted comebacks.Denver Broncos’ Peyton Manning looks to pass against the Seattle Seahawks during the second half of the NFL Super Bowl XLVIII football game Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)Peyton Manning put his best game face on, but had to know his time is coming, if not here already. The Denver Broncos seem smitten with their new quarterback, and even if Manning recovers from his foot injury there’s no guarantee he will get back on the field.Both are in an awkward dance with Father Time that neither will win. Bryant, though at least has the consolation of going out on his own terms.It’s not a bad way to end a great career. Bryant is still getting paid an NBA-high $25 million to showcase his declining skills, and his immediate future includes a trip around the league where he will surely be serenaded by adoring crowds.It’s a farewell tour he will enjoy, even if there has been little to enjoy while watching Bryant and the hapless Lakers this year.“There’s nothing I would love more than to be able to play this entire season, to go through all of these tough times, to be able to suit up and play on the road in these buildings for the last time,” Bryant said.For Manning, there will be no sentimental swing around the league. There rarely is in the NFL, where you’re only judged on your last game and there’s always someone waiting in line to take your place.Two iconic players. Two very different sports.A season that began with some promise for Manning went south quickly when he was sidelined with a partially torn tendon in his foot. It’s the kind of thing that happens to an aging player, and there were already plenty of indications Manning was nearing the end before he was unceremoniously ushered to the sidelines to cheer his teammates on.It got worse Sunday night as he watched in the snow when Brock Osweiler led the kind of comeback the Broncos were used to getting from Manning. It came against the undefeated Patriots in prime time on NBC, and it may have sealed Manning’s fate.Nothing personal, just the way the NFL does business. One day you’re breaking the NFL’s all-time passing record, the next you’re wondering if you still have a job.Tom Brady seemed to sense that when he met Manning at midfield before Sunday’s game to exchange pleasantries. Instead of the customary handshake, though, Brady hugged his longtime rival.Manning’s victory lap will likely be from the bench. There’s no public outcry from the Broncos faithful for him to return, and the offense favored by new coach Gary Kubiak doesn’t suit his pass-happy talents.If this is the end for Manning, he’ll leave a conflicted legacy. Yes, he’s the most prolific passer of all time, but with just one Super Bowl title in 18 years he doesn’t even own the most rings in his family.Manning is a certain Hall of Famer, but when talk begins about the all-time greats it starts with quarterbacks like Joe Montana and Brady. They have four Super Bowl wins apiece, while Manning is 1-2 in the big game, including a blowout loss to Seattle two years ago where he wasn’t even a factor.It’s similar in a way for Bryant, even though his five NBA titles elevate him to at least being in the conversation among the top 10 NBA players ever. He will come up just short in his chase of his role model Michael Jordan, while Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar will likely be rated above him by most as the greatest Lakers ever.Still, Bryant leaves a legacy of sorts for his incessant work and the way he played with a chip on his shoulder up until the end. He also served as a role model of his own for countless other aspiring NBA players, including LeBron James.“I wanted to be just like him, man,” James said Tuesday.Both Bryant and Manning had great careers, yet both wanted more. They desperately chased it even as the years began to run out and their bodies began letting them down.In the end they, like so many before them, couldn’t find a way to beat Father Time.____Tim Dahlberg is a national sports columnist for The Associated Press. Write to him at tdahlberg@ap.org or http:twitter.com/timdahlberg,The other stood at the same time on the sidelines on a snowy night in Denver, watching a much younger replacement help his team find a way to hand the New England Patriots their first loss of the year.Kobe Bryant was going somewhat willingly, finally accepting that after 20 years of long nights on the hardwood neither his body nor his team were going to miraculously recover anytime in the near future. He could afford to laugh at himself because his future is clear after years of injuries and aborted comebacks.Denver Broncos’ Peyton Manning looks to pass against the Seattle Seahawks during the second half of the NFL Super Bowl XLVIII football game Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)Peyton Manning put his best game face on, but had to know his time is coming, if not here already. The Denver Broncos seem smitten with their new quarterback, and even if Manning recovers from his foot injury there’s no guarantee he will get back on the field.Both are in an awkward dance with Father Time that neither will win. Bryant, though at least has the consolation of going out on his own terms.It’s not a bad way to end a great career. Bryant is still getting paid an NBA-high $25 million to showcase his declining skills, and his immediate future includes a trip around the league where he will surely be serenaded by adoring crowds.It’s a farewell tour he will enjoy, even if there has been little to enjoy while watching Bryant and the hapless Lakers this year.“There’s nothing I would love more than to be able to play this entire season, to go through all of these tough times, to be able to suit up and play on the road in these buildings for the last time,” Bryant said.For Manning, there will be no sentimental swing around the league. There rarely is in the NFL, where you’re only judged on your last game and there’s always someone waiting in line to take your place.Two iconic players. Two very different sports.A season that began with some promise for Manning went south quickly when he was sidelined with a partially torn tendon in his foot. It’s the kind of thing that happens to an aging player, and there were already plenty of indications Manning was nearing the end before he was unceremoniously ushered to the sidelines to cheer his teammates on.It got worse Sunday night as he watched in the snow when Brock Osweiler led the kind of comeback the Broncos were used to getting from Manning. It came against the undefeated Patriots in prime time on NBC, and it may have sealed Manning’s fate.Nothing personal, just the way the NFL does business. One day you’re breaking the NFL’s all-time passing record, the next you’re wondering if you still have a job.Tom Brady seemed to sense that when he met Manning at midfield before Sunday’s game to exchange pleasantries. Instead of the customary handshake, though, Brady hugged his longtime rival.Manning’s victory lap will likely be from the bench. There’s no public outcry from the Broncos faithful for him to return, and the offense favored by new coach Gary Kubiak doesn’t suit his pass-happy talents.If this is the end for Manning, he’ll leave a conflicted legacy. Yes, he’s the most prolific passer of all time, but with just one Super Bowl title in 18 years he doesn’t even own the most rings in his family.Manning is a certain Hall of Famer, but when talk begins about the all-time greats it starts with quarterbacks like Joe Montana and Brady. They have four Super Bowl wins apiece, while Manning is 1-2 in the big game, including a blowout loss to Seattle two years ago where he wasn’t even a factor.It’s similar in a way for Bryant, even though his five NBA titles elevate him to at least being in the conversation among the top 10 NBA players ever. He will come up just short in his chase of his role model Michael Jordan, while Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar will likely be rated above him by most as the greatest Lakers ever.Still, Bryant leaves a legacy of sorts for his incessant work and the way he played with a chip on his shoulder up until the end. He also served as a role model of his own for countless other aspiring NBA players, including LeBron James.“I wanted to be just like him, man,” James said Tuesday.Both Bryant and Manning had great careers, yet both wanted more. They desperately chased it even as the years began to run out and their bodies began letting them down.In the end they, like so many before them, couldn’t find a way to beat Father Time.____Tim Dahlberg is a national sports columnist for The Associated Press. Write to him at tdahlberg@ap.org or http:twitter.com/timdahlberg Los Angeles Lakers forward Kobe Bryant talks at news conference on why he decided to announce his retirement prior to an NBA basketball game against the Indiana Pacers in Los Angeles, Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015. The Pacers won 107-103. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)last_img read more

WTA Tour CEO assails ‘alarming’ criticism of female players

first_imgVictoria Azarenka, left, of Belarus, speaks to Serena Williams, as tournament director Raymond Moore stand by after Azarenka defeated Williams in a final at the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament, Sunday, March 20, 2016, in Indian Wells, Calif. Azarenka won 6-4, 6-4. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (AP) — The former tournament director at Indian Wells who now runs the WTA Tour calls his successor’s critical comments about women’s tennis players “disappointing and alarming.”Before Sunday’s finals at the BNP Paribas Open, current tournament director Raymond Moore told reporters that the women “ride on the coattails of the men.” He later issued a written apology.Moore’s longtime colleague at Indian Wells, Steve Simon, became the WTA’s CEO last fall.“As the tournament director of one of the pre-eminent events in professional tennis, the comments made today by Raymond Moore were extremely disappointing and alarming,” Simon said in a statement late Sunday.“The WTA stands on its own and was founded on the principles of equality and empowerment. I am proud of all the strong athletes on the WTA who put in hard work and sacrifice every single day. Tennis as a whole is enriched by the contributions and accomplishments of every player, both male and female.”The president of the U.S. Tennis Association also repudiated Moore’s comments Monday. Katrina Adams, who played on the WTA Tour for 12 years, reiterated the USTA and U.S. Open’s commitment to player equality.“There is no place in this sport for antiquated, sexist or uninformed ideologies,” she said in a statement, “and the comments made yesterday in no way reflect the beliefs of the vast majority of those in the tennis world.”Moore, a 69-year-old former touring pro from South Africa, oversees the $7 million tournament in the California desert featuring the men’s and women’s tours.“In my next life when I come back I want to be someone in the WTA because they ride on the coattails of the men. They don’t make any decisions and they are lucky. They are very, very lucky,” he said. “If I was a lady player, I’d go down every night on my knees and thank God that Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal were born, because they have carried this sport.”He also referred to women’s players as “physically attractive and competitively attractive.” Moore later apologized, calling his comments “in extremely poor taste and erroneous.”“I am truly sorry for those remarks, and apologize to all the players and WTA as a whole,” the statement said. “We had a women’s final today that reflects the strength of the players, especially Serena and Victoria, and the entire WTA. Again, I am truly sorry for my remarks.”Serena Williams and Victoria Azarenka also criticized Moore’s comments after they played in the final Sunday.“Obviously, I don’t think any woman should be down on their knees thanking anybody like that,” Williams said after she lost 6-4, 6-4.last_img read more

‘The Parallel Game’ June 24 in McKees Rocks features former Courier managing editor Ulish Carter

first_imgLike us at https://www.facebook.com/pages/New-Pittsburgh-Courier/143866755628836?ref=hlFollow @NewPghCourier on Twitter  https://twitter.com/NewPghCourier ULISH CARTER“The Parallel Game,” an award-winning short film based on African American baseball and history, created and produced by Eric Newland and George Dalton, will kick off the seventh annual Pittsburgh Independent Film Festival at the Father Ryan Arts Center in McKees Rocks Saturday, June 24 at 10 a.m. Tickets are $10 at the door. “The Parallel Game” takes its roots in Pittsburgh’s Hill District arching from The Great Migration through the Double V campaign orchestrated by The Pittsburgh Courier.The premise of “The Parallel Game” is that Negro League Baseball set the stage for the Civil Rights Movement and opened the doors for Jackie Robinson and those who came after him. “The Parallel Game” relied on the generosity of the Carnegie Museum of Art and Curator of Fine Arts, Louise Lippincott, making available the photo archives of Charles “Teenie” Harris, interviews with University of Pittsburgh history professors Laurence Glasco and Rob Ruck along with former Courier managing editor Ulish Carter and Pittsburgh’s own Robert Goode.“The Parallel Game” concludes with compelling outtakes with former Negro League players Buck O’Neil, Double Duty Radcliffe and Gene Benson. These men were “hidden figures” before such a phrase was coined. The Parallel Game brings to life this important slice of American History, June 24 at 10 a.m.last_img read more

Murray off to winning start at Wimbledon

first_img Fernando Verdasco was the subject of the biggest shock. Sport EN Upd. at 19:16 Australia’s world number 58 Marinko Matosevic beat the Spaniard, who fell to Murray in the quarter-finals last year, in four sets. CEST Defending Wimbledon champion Andy Murray got his title defence of to a dream start on Monday afternoon. Seeded third for the event, the Briton will meet Slovenian Blaz Rola in the second round later this week. The home favourite, up against Belgium’s David Goffin, eased his way to a 6-1, 6-4, 7-5 win and departed Centre Court to a rousing ovation from the home fans. Elsewhere on day one, sixth seed Thomas Berdych beat Romania’s Victor Hanescu. Despite losing the first set, the Czech eventually prevailed 6-7 (5-7), 6-1, 6-4, 6-3. 23/06/2014 Ernests Gulbis, Mikhail Youzhny and Grigor Dimitrov all moved into the second round without too many problems.last_img read more