Three for One

first_imgRANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. – Lexi Thompson is the one without scars. Yeah, you can’t see them on Michelle Wie and even the legend, Se Ri Pak, but they have struggled to return to this kind of stage, to a weekend on the leaderboard at a major championship. Sure, their stories are vastly different, but Wie and Pak share a common struggle in giving themselves the chance to win this Kraft Nabisco Championship. There’s still a long way to go, but if Wie or Pak is going to walk away with the Dinah Shore Trophy Sunday at Mission Hills Country Club, they might have to go through the big-hitting, youthful Thompson to get there. With an 8-under-par 64 Friday, Thompson shot up the leaderboard to gain a share of the lead with Pak (70). Thompson left Mission Hills with momentum after posting the best round of the day. At 7-under 137, Thompson and Pak were a shot ahead of Wie (71) after two rounds. Thompson is just 19, but she’s already a three-time LPGA winner. When she won the Navistar Classic at 16, she was the youngest player to win an LPGA event. When she was 12, she played in her first major, becoming the youngest player ever to qualify for the U.S. Women’s Open. Kraft Nabisco Championship: Articles, photos and videos “This is one of my goals, to win a major this year,” Thompson said. Thompson is full of confidence and youthful ambition. She’s the kind of fearless player that Wie said she used to be when she was young. “You don’t know what failure is,” Wie said after Thursday’s first round. “I’ve had my ups and downs.” Wie, a two-time LPGA winner, knows failure. She has battled through injuries, slumps and burnout but looks poised for what swing coach David Leadbetter calls her “second coming.” She said her swoon is part of who she is today. “You just go out there and you’re grinding and grinding, and you don’t see any improvement,” Wie said. “I think that’s when you get most frustrated, with the least confidence. “I’m just really grateful that I went through that because I know how I overcame that. If I ever get where I’m not confident, I know how to get past it now.” Wie’s swing looks free again. Her ball-striking this year has been impressive. That’s partly due to the fact that she is less technical and analytical. She’s trying to play with the feel she played with as that young phenom. Wie is so committed to that, she quit looking at video of her swing. “It’s always a battle for me because I’m such a perfectionist,” Wie said. “I try to do everything perfectly. I’m really trying not to look at my swing, just really feel it and just try not to be perfect, just kind of hit some shots instead of trying to make a perfect swing. “It was hard. I almost felt like a bit of an addict. I really wanted to look, `Am I doing it right?’ But once I stopped looking at it, I don’t even want to look at my swing anymore. I don’t want to rely on my eyes again.” Wie is playing golf again, instead of just making swings. “When I was young, way younger, I just tried to hit the ball hard, to hit it far,” Wie said. “I definitely think I’m kind of going back towards that.” Wie’s putting, with that unorthodox “tabletop stance,” has been mostly good, but there’s still the occasional short miss between good par saves. She missed a 2 ½-footer for par on Thursday. She missed a 3-footer for birdie on Friday. “I was really proud of myself for making those par saves today,” Wie said. And a little good fortune never hurts. Wie got a lucky break at No. 2, her 11th hole. She hooked her tee shot hard toward the out-of-bounds stakes, but it hit a tree and bounced into the middle of the fairway. She made birdie. “Pretty lucky shot there,” Wie said. Pak, 36, is feeling fortunate to get herself in position to win her sixth major championship, her first Kraft Nabisco. Pak, of course, inspired a nation of South Korean girls with her U.S. Women’s Open and LPGA Championship titles in ‘98. A Hall of Famer, Pak has won 25 titles but just one over the last seven seasons with her last major coming eight years ago. Burned out after her meteoric rise, Pak came to a crossroads. “One moment, all of a sudden, I just hated golf,” Pak said. Pak found herself on driving ranges not wanting to be there, but she said she’s finding balance in her life. “I now understand the game of golf,” Pak said. If she found herself hoisting the Dinah Shore Trophy come Sunday, Pak said she might relish the moment more than she did winning majors in her youth. “Right now, this moment is probably the best I’ve ever had,” Pak said. “I find my game, I find my life. It’s just great to be out here.”last_img

Mat Insiders: Two Indy Wrestling Promotions Take to the Mat in NE Ohio This Weekend

first_imgAbsolute Intense Wrestling card for 12/18Doors open about 6:30 at Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Cleveland Singles matchEthan Carter III vs Chuck TaylorEC3 is back in AIW for the first time since he lost the TNA Championship. Will the Dudes on TV help EC3 in this match? If you have not seen Chuck Taylor before check him out on YouTube (hyperlink) he is one of the most entertaining guys out there.Singles matchLouis Lyndon vs Amazing RedLouis Lyndon has been on a roll this year in AIW. He has beaten Colt Cabana, Brian Meyers, Tommy Mercer (Crimson) , 2 Cold Scorpio, ACH. Cedric Alexander, and Candice LeRae. Meanwhile Amazing Red faced off with Johnny Gargano back in Big Trouble in Little Cleveland back in October. Should be a very good match. Tag Team matchBunkhouse Buck & Jock Samson w/ Col. Robert Parker vs Dick Justice & Marion FontaineAt Faith No More in September Dick Justice was facing off with Nightmare Freddy who has been haunting him since May. During their match Nightmare Freddy was unmasked to be Jock Samson during their match. With Jock Samson getting the upper hand for several months by beating Dick Justice senseless, Justice finally got some back up at Hell on Earth in November. That back up was Marion Fontaine with a team of Justice and Fontaine, Samson had to start looking for a partner after some looking he made a call to Bunkhouse Buck. Will Justice get beat senseless once again even with Marion Fontaine by his side?6 way Scramble match for the Intense TitleGregory Iron (c) vs JERRY vs Shinnya Ishida vs Davey Vega vs Cloudy vs Rex BrodyAt Faith No More, Gregory Iron won a six man scramble match for the Intense Title and has been holding it since. Although Iron has been retaining the title in multiple defense he has had some help from the members of his stable , The Iron Curtain. With JERRY being a member of The Iron Curtain will he help out Greg or will he think for himself? Will we have a new Intense Champion? Will Davey Vega regaining his title once again? Absolute Title matchEthan Page (c) vs Tim DonstBack at I Choo-Choo- Choose You, Tim Donst had to relinquish his Absolute Title because he had a tumor in his kidney that could have given him cancer. Donst did not know if he would ever wrestle again. Back in May during the J.T Lightning tournament on night two Donst had a big announcement for the fans. The announcement was interrupted by Nick Gage saying that no body cares what he has to say because he will never wrestle again although he was wrong. Donst announced that he has been cleared to wrestle and challenged Gage to a match at Absolution X. Since his return Donst has beaten guys like Paul London, Hardcore Holly, Nick Gage, and Chris Hero. Donst has not lost yet since his return and is determined to win back his title that he never lost. Meanwhile Ethan Page turned heel on the night of Big Trouble in Little Cleveland when former champion Rickey Shane Page had beaten Raymond Rowe who has only lost one time. Ethan claimed that he was the only one that believed in Rickey and that Rickey didn’t even believe in himself. At Hell on Earth it was Rickey Shane Page against Ethan Page where Ethan Page used a fire ball to beat Rickey for the title. 10 man tag matchTeam Johnny (Johnny Gargano, Alex Daniels , Brian Carson , Joshua Singh, and Dr. Daniel C. Rockingham ) vs Team Candice (Candice LeRae, Frankie Flynn , “Worldwide” Alex Kellar, “Weird Body” Evan Adams , and Kaplan) A 10 man tag match that stars all of the AIW trainees along with their two trainers Johnny Gargano and Candice LeRae. This match will be good with the trainees giving it their all like they always do. Plus Johnny tweeted to Pro Wrestling Gorilla fans that it is not goodbye but it is see you later.4 way Tag MatchBlack & Wild (Flip Kendrick and Eric Ryan) vs Nation of Intoxication( Lucky tHURTeen & Danny Havoc) vs Beaver Boys (Alex Reynolds & John Silver) vs Dudes on TV (Matt Cross and DJ Z)The last time Nation of Intoxication was in AIW Lucky tHURTeen was flipped over the barricade and was kicked in the face. Will this happen again? The Beaver Boys return for the first time since April. This match is bound to be a crazy!3 Stages of HellEddie Kingston w/ The Duke vs Josh ProhibitionEddie Kingston is one of the funniest heels there is in AIW. You honestly cannot hate this man. These two have been feuding since Faith No More in September and last month after The Duke interfered once again Josh Prohibition challenged Kingston to a 3 Stages of Hell match. Will this feud end and who will prevail?Tag Team match for the AIW Tag Team titlesTo Infinity and Beyond (Colin Delaney and Cheech) (c) vs Hot Sauce Entertainment (Tyson Dux and “Hot Sauce” Tracy Williams)To Infinity and Beyond have been the Tag Champs since Gauntlet for the Gold 10 in March beating The Forgotten (Jimmy Jacobs and BJ Whitmer) . Ever since March To Infinity and Beyond has been defending their titles and retaining. This time around Hot Sauce Entertainment faces off with the tag champs for the title. The last time these two faced off was at Absolution 10 in which Hot Sauce Entertainment had lost, since then they have been a team longer, can that possibly give them the edge? To Infinity and Beyond has beaten tag teams like the Young Bucks, Acquaintances At Best( Colt Cabana and Chuck Taylor) , The FBI (Little Guido and Tracy Smothers), and Dudes on TV (DJ Z and Matt Cross) . Will there be new tag team champions? Pages: 1 2 Related TopicsAbsolute Intense WrestlingMega Championship Wrestling Payton Vince Payton Vince is either talking about sports or watching sports. He covers sports for Metro Networks and is also a writer for LastWordOnSports.com. He grew up in Brooklyn Heights,Ohio for most of his life then around senior year of high school moved to Cleveland. A fan of the Cleveland Indians, Cavaliers, and a Pittsburgh Steelers, he graduated from Cuyahoga Heights High School (Class of 2014) and also graduated from the Ohio Center for Broadcasting in 2015. He bowled and played baseball in high school, and is a huge fan of independent wrestling and WWE, and can almost always find him at an independent show. Lastly, Payton is a backstage interviewer for Mega Championship Wrestling in Elyria, and is one of the three on ‘That Sports Show’ which airs daily from 2-4pm on AllSportsCleveland.com.last_img read more

Boro’s Forshaw wary of Fulham threat

first_imgFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook Middlesbrough midfielder Adam Forshaw has said he expects Fulham to be tough opponents on Saturday. Boro are one of four teams scrapping it out for the two automatic promotion spots in the Championship, with just two games remaining.And former Brentford star Forshaw believes Fulham, who are now mathematically safe, will want to put in a good performance in their last home game of a difficult season.AdChoices广告He told his club’s website: “They haven’t had a great year so maybe this is a time for them to make a good game of it.“They’re a good team, they have good players and it’s a good club but it’s tough to put your finger on it [why Fulham have struggled].“It’s been proven that teams that have come down can struggle. Obviously the teams that have come down, their momentum isn’t great.“Then the teams that come up – especially this year with sides like Brentford and Wolves – have proven that momentum can take you quite far in the other direction.”Forshaw though said he felt Middlesbrough were more than capable of securing a victory that would pile the pressure on front-runners Watford and Bournemouth.He said: “We’ve just got to approach the Fulham game as we have with all of our games this season and we’re more than confident that we can go and get the three points if we do everything right.” See also:Brentford keen to bring Forshaw back on loanlast_img read more