McIlroy might be rounding the corner; he’s got a weekend tee time to prove it

first_imgCHARLOTTE, N.C. – Friday afternoon at The Players Championship in March Rory McIlroy figured he was close. “Like with anything, the slightest change in your swing is going to feel uncomfortable for a while. It’s not like it’s that far away,” he said at TPC Sawgrass. Two weeks later at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, he offered a similar assessment of his game: “I played solid,” he shrugged. “I played solid and kept it in play and holed some good putts when it mattered. Yeah, just happy.” Another fortnight down the road, another Friday and an even more upbeat evaluation at the Masters: “I mean, honestly, I’m quite encouraged with how I hit it on the way in,” he said. If you couldn’t tell by the tone or tenor of those quotes, a common theme here is that McIlroy didn’t play the weekend at any of those stops. In fact, he’s not played a meaningful round of golf on Saturday or Sunday in two months which would explain why the normally breezy lad had an even lighter step Friday at Quail Hollow Club. Wells Fargo Championship: Full-field scores | Full coverage Not only will McIlroy be around for the weekend at the Wells Fargo Championship, but he’ll be within a lob wedge of the lead thanks to a second-round 66 that moved him to 4 under par for the week.  “Going to put it in the GPS in the Quail Hollow Club, yes, I’m going be here,” he laughed when asked if he’d be able to find the course on Saturday. Friday was much more on brand for McIlroy with the type of high-octane game that makes even a big and burly track like Quail Hollow gettable. He gained 5.73 shots on the field in strokes gained: tee to green for the day. It was his best ball-striking display since 2019, although the always thoughtful Rory digested that tidbit in his own unique way. “I only hit five fairways. There you go. Take that, traditionalists,” he said with a smile. After missing the cut by 10 shots at The Players, he said he was close. After failing to advance to the knockout stages at the WGC-Match Play, he preached patience. Even after rounds of 76-74 at the Masters, which always hurts a little more than other MCs, he talked of progress. But did he believe all that psychological mumbo jumbo? Not really. “When you play the way I played sort of through that stretch in March and into April, you’re going to feel like you’re not as close as you probably are,” McIlroy said. This is hardly a “Rory” issue. Playing cat and mouse with reality is a part of everyday life on Tour. It must be, otherwise the fragile spirit would pin its self-worth on a game that takes so much more than it gives. “I’ve had some times Friday nights, just felt really awful. That’s just kind of the nature of this business,” said Peter Malnati, whose string of missed weekends in individual events stretched back to January before he turned things around at Quail Hollow. “But I never woke up Saturday morning and said I need to go find something new – I need to find a new philosophy, a new swing, a new anything.” Being optimistic is normally the easiest thing for professional athletes, but there is a point of diminishing returns. For McIlroy that likely came at Augusta National where he’ll face another year of unanswered questions and unfulfilled legacies. In many ways it likely felt like rock bottom for the 32-year-old. Another Saturday, another weekend to figure out – or maybe it’s fixate – on everything that’s not right with his game. Rory winced when asked what he’d been up to the last two months of Saturdays. Rory McIlroy two off the lead at Wells Fargo Championship “Actually, I was saying we went to the Bahamas for four days after Augusta and I was saying to Stewart Cink, I actually enjoyed watching him play Hilton Head,” he said. “We would go to the beach in the morning and come back up at 3 or 4 p.m. and I would watch the back nine of the golf. I thought it was really cool just seeing him and [Cink’s son/caddie] Reagan win there.” After a week off to clear the mind, McIlroy was back at it alongside his camp’s newest set of eyes, swing coach Pete Cowen. “I put my head down and worked hard and at least felt better about everything coming in here,” he said. There was a legitimate level of confidence when he arrived at Quail Hollow. Perhaps it was misplaced and manufactured or perhaps it was rooted in a soul that’s played golf at the highest level before and a course that’s been something of a playground for most of his career. Even after Thursday’s 72 he was confident. He was close, right? McIlroy’s second-round 66 suggests he is closer than we all might have thought and, even more encouraging, he finally has a weekend tee time to prove it.last_img read more

Payless ShoeSource to close store on Shawnee Mission Parkway

first_imgPayless ShoeSource is closing at 11207 Shawnee Mission Parkway in Shawnee.In the midst of bankruptcy and store closings nationwide, Payless ShoeSource is closing its location on Shawnee Mission Parkway.Payless is conducting liquidation sales that will continue “until at least the end of March, with most continuing through the end of May,” according to the company’s corporate website.Staff said they were told the store at 11207 Shawnee Mission Parkway in Shawnee would probably close in late May. In the meantime, products in store are marked down 30 to 50 percent.The Topeka-based footwear retailer noted on its website that company leaders voluntarily filed for bankruptcy.“While we have worked diligently with our suppliers and other partners to best position Payless for the future, we have been unable to operate our North American businesses on a sustainable basis,” the corporate office stated. “As part of the process, we have made the difficult decision to close our stores in the U.S., Puerto Rico and Canada, and we have wound down our e-commerce site.”Payless has operated more than 2,000 stores in North America and about 400 in South America and Central America.A company spokesperson could not be reached for comment.last_img read more

Ovechkin and Oshie Help Caps Blank the Avs, 3-0

first_imgAlex Ovechkin made no mistake about who the best player on the ice was on Tuesday night at the Verizon Center. The Gr8 scored the game winning power play goal in the first period off of a nice Dmitry Orlov feed and assisted on T.J. Oshie’s second tally of the night late in the third period to close out a 3-0 Caps victory over the Colorado Avalanche.The Caps improved to 2-0-1 on this young season and they’ve taken over first place in the Metropolitan Division.Ovi was everywhere in this one with nine shot attempts, five of which were on net, three takeaways, two hits, and a whole new rash of penalty minutes (three minors). His goal and assist were his first points of the season and his line with Oshie and Evgeny Kuznetsov had 15 of the 40 shots on goal the Capitals would throw at Semyon Varlamov in this tilt. If not for Varly, it would’ve been more of a blowout.Oshie (two goals) led the Caps with six shots on net and he was downright dominant on the boards and in front of the net. His first goal was a power play marker in the slot that came off of a sweet feed from Nicklas Backstrom. Washington’s power play looked really strong against Colorado going two for five and improving it on the season from John Blutarsky’s grade point average (0.0) to 15.3% (2 for 13) overall. Special teams were strong in this one for the Caps since they also blanked the Avalanche on all three of their shorthanded situations.The Caps have now played 185 minutes of hockey and have allowed exactly one even strength goal and just three overall. With Braden Holtby, who was honored in the pregame for his 2015-16 Vezina Trophy winning season with his adorable family present, sitting this one out to prepare for Florida on Thursday and the Rangers on Saturday, Philipp Grubauer received the call between the pipes and he posted his first NHL shutout. Grubauer didn’t have to make too many big saves, but he made them when they counted and stopped all 18 biscuits he faced. Yes, you read that correctly, the Avalanche only had 18 shots on goal.Part of that was the fact that Colorado did the Capitals a huge favor by knocking off the Penguins on Monday night in overtime and then coming in tired for this game. The other factor was Washington’s dominant skating and effort. The Caps were simply all over the Avs from the opening puck drop, outshooting them 20-5 in period one, and never really gave Colorado a chance to win the game.The closest opportunity they had to get in the game was late in period two when Nathan MacKinnon had a wide open cage, but missed the net when the puck rolled on him. Had the 2012 #1 NHL pick scored there, it would’ve been a 2-1 affair, but he misfired and the Capitals once again gave up minimal chances in the final frame to provide Grubauer with likely the easiest shutout he’ll ever have.Going up and down the lineup, it was hard to find a Washington player that did not perform well. Orlov had a highlight reel hit on Avs superstar Matt Duchene and played a strong two way game. His shot is a real asset to the offense. Brett Connolly received his first sweater of the season and had some quality scoring chances. Overall, #10 had four shots on goal and four hits in 11:47 of ice time. He fit nicely on the line with Justin Williams and Lars Eller. Tom Wilson, playing with Daniel Winnik and Jay Beagle, had a quality game and he got under the skin of future NHL Hall of Famer, Jarome Iginla, and coerced #12 to take an instigator penalty in the middle stanza. That infraction was costly for the Avs since Oshie notched Washington’s second tally of the night on the ensuing power play.On defense, John Carlson and Matt Niskanen each played over 22 minutes while Orlov and Karl Alzner were right around 19 minutes. Brooks Orpik, who was +1 and very solid on the back end, logged 16:29 while Nate Schmidt saw just under 13 minutes of action. Coach Barry Trotz and assistant coach Todd Rierden have been able to rotate their defensemen fairly well in the three games this season, which should help keep everyone fresh and healthy.Simply put, this was a complete effort and strong performance from the Caps. In the three games they’ve played, they have looked very good and have started quickly in all of them. Faster starts and a killer instinct were things this team wanted to work on this campaign and so far, so good. Their only blemish was losing in the skills competition in Pittsburgh, and those things are coin flips.On Tuesday night, the special teams were back clicking and Washington was doing a nice job of putting pucks on the net with traffic. Those types of things add up to lots of victories.Most importantly on this evening, the Captain came to play and he was downright dominant. The Gr8 showed that when he’s focused, he’s the best goal scorer this game has ever seen.Notes: Shot attempts were 61-36 for the Caps, that’s pure domination…Marcus Johansson had two power play assists…the Caps won the faceoff battle, 31-27, Backstrom went 13-4 and Beagle was 6-3…no Capital played less than 10 minutes and none played over 24 minutes, that’s balance…Carlson led the Caps in ice time with 23:42…the Avs were 2-0 coming into this game…Washington is in Florida on Thursday at 7:30 pm and home against the Rags at 7 pm on Saturday night.last_img read more

Anthony Martial one goal away from equalling CR7’s Manchester United record

first_imgAdvertisement uqs95NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs2m3Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Eth3g( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 5hxfeWould you ever consider trying this?😱4dwCan your students do this? 🌚vmRoller skating! Powered by Firework The 22-year-old Frenchman can now join the likes of Ronaldo, Eric Cantona and Ruud van Nistelrooy in scoring in six consecutive Premier League games.Advertisement Eighteen players have scored on their Premier League debut for Manchester United. From Paul Scholes to Ruud van Nistelrooy and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.Advertisement Anthony Martial’s debut goal against Liverpool in September 2015 is surely one of the most memorable Old Trafford moments since Sir Alex Ferguson retired.After the then French teenager had moved to the club from Monaco for what many saw as an exorbitant fee, his immediate impact against his new club’s arch-rivals rearranged the description: here was the future of European football, snapped up by United before their rivals could react.Advertisement But Martial’s start at the career has been far from near perfection. Shunted out wide, Martial had to watch Ibrahimovic and Wayne Rooney take the central role in Jose Mourinho’s first season at the club, and the same happened with Romelu Lukaku in 2017-18.The Belgian’s struggles this season have, though, opened the door for Martial and Marcus Rashford and, with goals in each of his last five Premier League appearances, the France international has grabbed his big chance.Should he score against Crystal Palace on Saturday, Martial will become the first United player to net in six successive league games since Cristiano Ronaldo in April 2008. Advertisementlast_img read more

Fyfe rescues Nelson as Leafs edge Rebels 3-2.

first_imgTyler Fyfe had a goal and an assist to lead the Nelson Leafs to a 3-2 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League victory over the Castlegar Rebels in Murdoch Division action Wednesday night in the Sunflower City.Fyfe, who came to the Leafs late last season, scored the winning goal unassisted with just over two minutes remaining in the third period.Nicholas Ketola and Rayce Miller also scored for the Leafs, which led 1-0 after one period.Tayden Woods and Nick Headrick replied for the Rebels. The Leafs out shot the Rebels 41-21 making a winner out of netminder Patrick Ostermann.Nelson, improving to 7-5 on the season and 4-2 in October, moves to within four points of second-place Castlegar in Murdoch Division standings.Beaver Valley is tied with Castlegar for the lead in the Murdoch Division, but the Rebels have played one more game.The Leafs return home to host Grand Forks Border Bruins Friday at the NDCC Arena.Puck drop is 7 p.m.Sunday, North Okanagan Knights invade the NDCC Arena for a 2:30 p.m. contest.Castlegar host North Okanagan Saturday at 7 p.m. in the Complex Arena.last_img read more

MATCH TRACKER – All-Ireland Minor football final Galway V Kerry

first_imgWelcome to our Sunday Sports MATCH TRACKER of the All-Ireland Minor Football Final between Galway & Kerry, Croke Park 1pm. FULL TIME: Kerry 0-21 Galway 1-14 A Trojan effort from the Galway lads but Kerry make it 5-in-a-row – Thanks for your company – Gerry MurphyAnd, they add another from play. Kerry 0-21 Galway 1-14Games is fizzling out…Kerry have another free in…..another free? another point. Kerry 0-20 Galway 1-14Eanna McCormack comes in for Matthew Cooley60+1 Oisin Gormally pegs one back for Galway. Kerry 0-19 Galway 1-14There will be 6 minutes of added time60′ Another for the Kingdom. Kerry 0-19 Galway 1-1359′ Falvey adss another and put 2 between the sides. Kerry 0-18 Galway 1-1359′ That man Paul Walsh kicks a point. Kerry 0-17 Galway 1-1355′ Lavel again…Tomo Culhane with a lovely score. Galway 1-13 Kerry 0-16Cian Hernon comes on to the Galway team54′ Kerry back in front Begley with a point from play. Kerry 0-16 Galway 1-1253′ Paul Kelly levels it again with a fine point from play. Galway 1-12 Kerry 0-1550′ Cathal Sweeney off injured….Conor Halbart comes in47′ Begley points for Kerry, they’re back in the lead. Kerry 0-15 Galway 1-1146′ Daragh Rahilly answers straight away …level again. Galway 1-11 Kerry 0-1446′ Tomo Culhane kicks a beauty for Galway. Galway back in front. Galway 1-11 Kerry 0-13Oisin Gormally on for Aidan O’HalloranTom Culhane comes in for Daniel Cox44′ Matthew Cooley levels it again from a free. Galway 1-10 Kerry 0-13Yellow Card for Kerry’s Dan Murphy42′ Dylan Geaney puts Kerry into the lead. Kerry 0-13 Galway 1-942′ All square Rahilly points with his left foot. Galway 1-9 Kerry 0-1239′ Dylan Geaney dances through the Galway defence and points for Kerry. Galway 1-9 Kerry 0-1138′ Oisin McCormack comes on the Galway team in place of Sean Horkan38′ Cheap free given to Kerry. Paul Walsh gets the point. Galway 1-9 Kerry 0-1036′ Another goal chance for Galway…saved and out for a 45. That is missed on this occasion.35′ Kerry get the opening score of part 2. Galway 1-9 Kerry 0-9Yellow Card for Tony GillSECOND HALF UNDERWAYHALF TIME: GALWAY 1-9 KERRY 0-8.30+2 Killian Falvey adds another, Galway 1-9 Kerry 0-830+1 Paul Walsh tags on a point for Kerry. Galway 1-9 Kerry 0-7There will be 2 minutes of added time.29′ Conor Raftery kicks his second point of the game. Galway 1-9 Kerry 0-627′ Another point for Kerry Daragh Rahilly. Galway 1-8 Kerry 0-626′ Killian Falvey answers for Kerry. Galway 1-8 Kerry 0-525′ Liam Judge now gets on the score sheet. Galway 1-8 Kerry 0-424′ GOALLLLL for Galway…Tony Gill finishes a brilliant Galway team score. Galway 1-7 Kerry 0-422′ Another free in for Galway. Matthew Cooley makes no mistake. Galway have score 6 points in a row. Galway 0-7 Kerry 0-421′ Matthew Cooley slots a sublime free from pout the field. Galway 0-6 Kerry 0-419′ Captain Conor Raftery puts Galway into the lead. Galway 0-5 Kerry 0-4Tom Culhane replaces Daniel Cox on the Galway team….blood sub17′ Free in for Galway…..over the bar by Matthew Cooley. All-square…Galway 0-4 Kerry 0-416′ Great chance of a goal for Galway as Eoghan Tinney tries to palms the ball into the net….saved by the Kerry goalkeeper!15′ Eoghan Tinney narrows the gap with his first of the game. Kerry 0-4 Galway 0-310′ Matthew Cooley lands a lovely point for Galway: Kerry 0-4 Galway 0-29′ Free for Kerry pointed by Paul O’Shea…that was for over 50 metres! Kerry 0-4 Galway 0-17′ Kerry’s Paul Walsh adds a third. Kerry 0-3 Galway 0-15 ‘ Another point for Kerry from play Kerry 0-2 Galway 0-1. Centre back Dan McCarthy4 Mins: Point from a 45 for Kerry from their Captain, Paul O’Shea. Galway 0-1 Kerry 0-122 seconds: Opening score for Galway Ryan Monaghan comes from the back and finishes a good team move. Galway 0-1 Kerry 0-01 pm. GAME ON!print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more