Kaymer builds commanding lead

first_img Press Association Martin Kaymer is on the brink of a fourth HSBC Abu Dhabi Golf Championship after an impressive third round. “I hit the ball just as well as I did yesterday and gave myself so many chances but I didn’t convert any. I was very wasteful today. It looks like I’m playing for second place tomorrow. “You’re always trying to improve and get better and I’m going to have to do something a bit better on the greens to shoot a good number and finish the tournament off well.” Kaymer’s nearest challenger is Belgium’s Thomas Pieters, whose third round 70 contained three birdies and just one bogey, on the 17th hole. Austria’s Bernd Wiesberger, who carded seven birdies and one bogey for a round of 66, is a shot further back alongside France’s Alexander Levy, who managed a 67 – the highlight of which was an eagle on the 18th. South Africa’s Charl Schwartzel and France’s Gary Stal are alongside McIlroy on 12 under, with France’s Victor Dubuisson (64), Wales’ Jamie Donaldson (65) and another South African, Dawie van der Walt (65), benefiting from good third rounds to join America’s Peter Uihlein (70) a shot further back. The US Open champion maintained the momentum with birdies on the seventh, eighth, 11th and 13th to move to 20 under par. Kaymer told Sky Sports: “Hopefully it’s going to be enough – I’ve really enjoyed the course. “I’ve had a very solid three days, with only two bogeys in the first round. “I’m a little bit surprised the way I played but the first round showed me I made the right choice taking it a little bit easy over the winter.” Rory McIlroy’s challenge wilted with a round of 71, which leaves the world number one sharing fifth place – eight shots behind Kaymer. The Northern Irishman got his third round moving with a birdie on the sixth and made another shot on the 12th – but the momentum was immediately halted as he bogeyed the next hole. The world number one admitted he was left feeling deflated after failing to take advantage of several promising situations with his putter. He said: “I feel like punching myself. I’m very disappointed, I just didn’t putt well – yesterday or today. The German carries a six-shot advantage going into the final 18 holes, after a round of 65 at Abu Dhabi Golf Club. Kaymer, winner of this tournament in 2008, 2010 and 2011, started brightly with birdies on the first two holes, before trimming another shot on the fifth. last_img read more

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Festive field raises $1,550 in annual Santa Run

first_img Taylor VorthermsSports Editor at The Ellsworth AmericanTaylor Vortherms covers sports in Hancock County. The St. Louis, Missouri native recently graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism and joined The Ellsworth American in 2013. Latest posts by Taylor Vortherms (see all) Part 1: Invisible, incapacitating concussions are sidelining high school athletes – July 19, 2016 Latest Posts ELLSWORTH — On a foggy Sunday morning, some 100 runners clad in holiday-themed costumes took off at the start of the fourth annual Santa Run.Outfits ranged from the classic Santa Claus suits and elf ears to Christmas trees and angels. A St. Bernard dog even added some color to the race by wearing a red and green tutu.The fundraiser — organized by Robin Clark and Sandra Finley — raised $1,550 for the Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center.The 5K course began at the Down East Family YMCA and ended at the Ellsworth Elementary-Middle School, where participants feasted on cookies and hot chocolate afterward.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textThirteen-year-old Matt Shea of Ellsworth was the first male finisher in 20 minutes. Robin Clarke, 45, of Ellsworth was the top female finisher in 22:49.Top finishers in each age group are listed below:Female age 1-19: Abigail Mazgaj, 12, of Ellsworth (23:24).Male age 1-19: Jack McKechnie, 17, of Sargentville (20:03).Female age 20-29: Veronica Wentworth, 25, of Franklin (23:24).Male age 20-29: James Perry Jr., 26, of Eastbrook (21:05).Female age 30-39: Rachel Pelletier, 36, of Bar Harbor (25:54).Male age 30-39: Chris Wentworth, 37, of Franklin (23:01).Female age 40-49: Kimberly Formby, age 47 (25:14).Male age 40-49: Rob Shea, age 42 (20:44).Female age 50-59: Lisa Kearns, age 52 (25:44).Male age 50-59: Tom Kirby, age 59 (23:23).Female age 60-99: Robin Emery, 69, of Lamoine (32:41).Male age 60-99: Steven Gee, age 60 (26:23).On a foggy Sunday morning, James Kearns (center) and some hundred runners clad in festive costumes take off at the starting line of the Santa Run. PHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMSAmanda and Steve Corson run the last stretch of Sunday’s Santa Run. PHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMSBecka Gagne smiles while running in Sunday’s Santa Run. PHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMSWith the finish line in sight, Jack McKechnie and Matt Shea pick up the pace as the first two finishers in Sunday’s Santa Run. PHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMSFind more photos of Sunday’s Santa Run here.center_img Bio Part 2: When the injury is inside your head, some “don’t get it” – July 26, 2016 EHS names new boys’ soccer coach – July 13, 2016last_img read more

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The Latest: Bundesliga players to be reminded about protocol

first_img May 18, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Bundesliga soccer players will be reminded not to celebrate goals together after Hertha Berlin’s team shared hugs and high fives over the weekend. ___Celtic has been declared Scottish champion after the country’s top soccer league was cut short because of the coronavirus outbreak.It is Celtic’s ninth straight title.The Scottish Professional Football League says clubs expressed a unanimous view that there is no prospect of completing the season.The SPFL says it has accepted their decision and is now able to pay out $8.5 million in fees “to help clubs stay afloat.” Associated Press The Spanish soccer player who threatened to quit his team rather than risk being infected by the coronavirus has returned to training.Cádiz defender Fali Giménez rejoined his teammates at the second-division club about a month after saying he wouldn’t play again unless there was a vaccine for COVID-19 or if he was assured 100% that he wouldn’t get infected after being back on the field.Giménez did not practice last week as the rest of the squad returned to training nearly two months after soccer was halted.The 26-year-old Spaniard had said it didn’t make sense to play soccer while people were dying because of the virus. He said he would not forgive himself if he got infected and passed the virus to a family member.Cádiz lauded Giménez’s return and published photos and videos of him training with his teammates. He underwent alternative drills because he missed last week’s sessions. Most teams have stuck to restrained arm bumps when they score but Hertha’s more exuberant celebrations in the 3-0 win over Hoffenheim on Saturday prompted criticism they were undermining the league’s social distancing guidelines.Bundesliga International CEO Robert Klein says clubs “are speaking with (players) day in, day out to tell them and remind them of what needs to be done to ensure that we can earn the right to go to a second match day and a third match day and then to finish the season.”Klein says overall the guidelines were “well respected” as the top two divisions in German soccer returned to action amid the coronavirus pandemic.Players can’t be fined or banned for celebrating together.___ Rayo Vallecano was in 11th place when the second division was halted in mid-March. The Spanish league hopes the season will restart on the second weekend of June.___The English Football Association says it is in discussion with clubs in the top women’s league about the possibility of cutting short the season because of the coronavirus pandemic.The FA says there are “significant challenges” in completing the season and the governing body is seeking views on the “most appropriate sporting outcome.”Manchester City leads the Women’s Super League by one point. Chelsea is second and has played one game fewer. There have been no games in the Scottish Premiership since March 13 because of the pandemic. Final season placings have been determined by points per game up to that point.Celtic had 80 points from 30 games so has 2.66 points per game. Rangers finished second with 2.31 points per game.Hearts has been relegated.___A soccer player in Germany for third-division club Chemnitz has tested positive for the coronavirus. No league games have been played since February.___UEFA says it has postponed an executive committee meeting by three weeks because of issues regarding the venues for the rescheduled European Championship in 2021.The 24-team tournament was pushed back a year because of the coronavirus pandemic. It is scheduled to use 12 stadiums in 12 nations.UEFA wanted the host cities to confirm they could still stage games.center_img The governing body of European soccer says its executive committee will meet on June 17 instead of May 27 “due to the existence of some remaining open points regarding a small number of proposed venues” for Euro 2020.UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has said Euro 2020 can be staged without all 12 stadiums.___Premier League clubs have agreed on the measures that will allow non-contact training sessions to resume this week amid the coronavirus pandemic.The protocols for socially distanced training in small groups were signed off by the clubs during a conference call following a government decision to ease lockdown restrictions in England. The Latest: Bundesliga players to be reminded about protocol The league says it will try to accommodate the club’s wishes amid the coronavirus pandemic.The measure could be used by clubs to avoid playing famous clubs or bitter rivals in front of empty stands for matches that usually draw many fans and generate big ticketing revenue.All sporting competitions in Belgium will remain suspended until July 31 because of the health situation and all mass events have been banned until Aug. 31. The first round of soccer matches for next season will likely be played without fans when the league resumes on Aug. 7.Club Brugge was awarded its 16th Belgian title last week after the league announced the end of the season with the current standings declared final.___ Italian clubs resumed training on an individual basis on May 4 when lockdown measures in the country started to ease. They were slated to return to training together on Monday but they have not yet been given the green light to do so by the Italian government’s scientific panel.The medical protocol for the resumption of Serie A has proved contentious but a revised document was delivered to Sports Minister Vincenzo Spadafora on Sunday and is expected to be given to the scientific panel on Monday.Serie A plans to resume on June 13.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Contact training and matches have yet to be allowed by the government.The Premier League season was suspended in March with Liverpool leading by 25 points with nine games remaining.Coronavirus testing is due to take place twice each week at clubs on up to 40 players, coaches and support staff.___Belgian soccer clubs have been allowed the possibility to designate three teams they don’t want to host in empty stadiums next season. Players from Spanish soccer club Rayo Vallecano have refused to practice in protest against reduced salaries.The players from the second-division club want to be taken off furlough before they return to training. They want to resume earning full salaries now that soccer is starting to come back.Spanish media say the players practiced at home instead of going to the team’s training center for the start of group sessions.Players from second-division club Elche also refused to practice at the team’s training center last week and the club eventually complied with their demands.Most Spanish clubs used government furloughs to reduce their labor costs after the soccer season was halted because of the coronavirus pandemic. Most players had their salaries and working hours reduced by 70%. Chemnitz did not name the player but the club says he is “completely symptom-free.” That player and two other players who had contact with him will spend 14 days in isolation.Chemnitz says the player tested positive in a sample taken Saturday but had tested negative in a sample from two days before that. The club says it can still return to full team training on Tuesday.The first and second divisions in Germany returned to play Saturday but the third-division restart was postponed last week from its planned date of May 26. Some clubs have still not received clearance from local authorities to play or hold full training sessions.___Soccer players in Italy will have to wait at least another 24 hours before restarting full team training.last_img read more

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Women’s soccer prepares for Big Ten tourney with NCAA bid on the line

first_imgIt’s a new season for the Wisconsin women’s soccer team. The 10 wins, six losses, two ties, an impressive 6-2-2 road record and an up and down season with remarkable wins and demoralizing losses has come to an end. The end of the regular season marks the beginning of what the players and coaches are calling a “new season” for the Badgers as they head to Champaign, Ill., as the six seed in this year’s Big Ten Conference tournament. The Badgers (10-6-2, 5-5-1 Big Ten) earned a berth into the tournament by beating Northwestern this past Saturday and will kick off the tournament against the third seed, Penn State Nittany Lions (13-5-1, 7-4-0 Big Ten), Wednesday.Winning just two out of seven games heading into the Northwestern game, the Badgers put themselves in a must-win situation. Having been shutout in their previous two games, head coach Paula Wilkins was happy to see her team bounce back with three goals and gain some momentum before the Big Ten tournament.“Yeah it gave us some confidence,” Wilkins said. “I think the biggest thing was getting three goals and getting a lot of opportunities. I think that was something we needed to do. We had a lot of opportunities against Minnesota and Indiana but just weren’t able to complete them, so that was important as well as getting the win.”Wisconsin’s opponent Wednesday, Penn State, beat the Badgers in their only matchup of the season earning a 2-1 win in Madison in early October. Penn State comes into the tournament having won three out of their last five games with senior Maya Hayes leading the way. One of, if not the best players in the Big Ten, Hayes leads the Big Ten in points (70) and goals (31) by a long shot. The next closest player in each category has just 46 points and 20 goals. Penn State also leads the Big Ten in goals (70), goals per game (2.69), assists (85) and assists per game (3.27).It will undoubtedly be a tough test for the young Badgers squad, but junior Cara Walls understands the challenges the Nittany Lions will present them and the key to stopping such a high-powered offense.“They have a lot of really good one-on-one players,” Walls said. “So we’re going to have to defend smartly and as a group. But we know that they’re a beatable team right now so we just have to exploit their weaknesses and defend well.”With 18 of the 26 players on the team being freshmen or sophomores and just one senior in the starting lineup, the Badgers come into the tournament as one of the younger teams in the eight team field. Despite being the lone senior in the starting lineup, Alev Kelter, sees her fellow teammates as a unified team with each player providing their own leadership role.“I think everyone has a leadership role on the team,” Kelter said. “So I think as far as my role goes, just bringing the aggressiveness and doing the little things well. We’re going to stay cohesive as a unit and do the simple things well.”Wilkins also believes that there isn’t just one leader on this Badger squad but sees a leader at each position group on the team.“Everybody can lead us,” Wilkins said. “[Genevieve Richard] has been a consistent factor for us in the back and I think she’s done a great job. I think you look for some leadership from your seniors on the field and I think [Alex Heller] has done a great job essentially in the back. And again from [Rose Lavelle], our freshman, she needs to do something special.”That something special from Lavelle, who was named Big Ten Freshman of the year, or any other player, will try to push the Badgers through the Big Ten tournament and into the NCAA tournament. It will be a tough challenge for UW with Nebraska (1), Michigan (2), Indiana (4), Illinois (5), Iowa (7) and Minnesota (8) rounding out the rest of the field for the tournament.Despite being the third lowest seed, Walls, Kelter, Wilkins and the rest of the Badgers’ team are upbeat about their chances not just Wednesday, but for the rest of the tournament, realizing it’s a new season and their work throughout the year culminates to the next couple of days.“This is a new season, a new start for us,” Walls said. “We get to go at winning a Big Ten championship and it’s something that we should go for.”“It’s a fresh start,” Kelter added. “We’re going to keep being simple and play our game. We just know that it will be a new season from now on.”It will be about consistency and focusing on one game at a time in the single elimination tournament according to Wilkins.“It’s one game at a time,” Wilkins said. “We have to focus and put everything in that one little moment that we can. The details are going to matter. Everything we’ve done the whole entire season is leading up to this.”Wednesday’s game is slated to kick off at 10:30 a.m. from the University of Illinois with the victor taking on the winner of the Michigan (2) and Iowa (7) game.last_img read more

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