RENO, Nev. – Andres Gonzales had 11 birdies and a bogey in a 21-point round Friday for a share of the lead with Brendan Steele in the Barracuda Championship. Steele matched Gonzales at 26 points after two rounds in the PGA Tour’s only modified Stableford event, scoring 18 points with an eagle, seven birdies and a bogey at Montreux Golf and Country Club. Players receive eight points for double eagle, five for eagle, two for birdie, zero for par, minus one for bogey and minus three for double bogey or worse. J.J. Henry and Sweden’s Jonas Blixt were two points back. Henry had an 11-point round, and Blixt scored 12 points. Kyle Reifers was at 23 after a 14-point round. Geoff Ogilvy, the winner last year, had six points to miss the cut. Last season, he finished with a tournament-record 49 points for a five-point victory.
Russell Knox entered the world ranking in 2009 when he played his first Web.com Tour event at age 24. A year later, he cracked the top 1,000 with a tie for seventh in Knoxville. It took another four years before Knox cracked the top 100 following a top 10 at Hilton Head. And then two years later, he cashed in by winning a World Golf Championship in Shanghai to move into the top 50. And that’s where he stayed for 93 consecutive weeks, reaching as high as No. 18 after his victory in the Travelers Championship in 2016. Life was good. He was in all the majors, all the WGCs, and he even played in the Hero World Challenge that Tiger Woods hosts in the Bahamas. ”I saw how good a place that was,” Knox said after his playoff victory in the Irish Open. ”I think I tried to get better too quickly. I’ve kind of preached to myself and younger players my whole career that you get better slowly without forcing it, without trying to get better.” His golf got worse. Knox had only eight top 10s in his next 55 starts after winning the Travelers. He fell out of the top 50, and then he fell out of the top 100, dropping to No. 137 before slowly – there’s that word again – working his way back up until it culminated with a runner-up finish in France and a victory in Ireland. Knox now is No. 49 heading into the Scottish Open this week. ”You just naturally evolve as a golfer,” he said. ”I think I got to the point where I was really close to being right where I wanted to be – top 10 in the world – and I just pushed too hard and I got worse. It’s just hard. Once you lose your confidence, which I did a little bit – and I was tinkering with equipment – I just didn’t quite get it right. But I knew starting this year, I’d played good golf and I knew that eventually, something about was going to happen.” HERMAN’S TOES: An injury that might sound small turned out to be plenty big for Jim Herman. Imagine trying to play golf for a living and needing surgery on your toes. Herman was last seen trudging up the hill on the 18th at Riviera in the second round of the Genesis Open, and then facing an even steeper walk up the steps to the clubhouse. He immediately withdrew and didn’t play again until last week on the Web.com Tour in what amounted to rehab assignment. The issue? Herman noticed the nails on his baby toes (both feet) would fall off, grow back awkwardly, and then fall off again. It eventually became too painful to walk, and because he couldn’t shift his weight to his left side, it began affecting his swing. ”It got to point where I couldn’t make a swing without pain,” he said. Along the way, he developed plantar fasciitis, leading to a miserable year. Herman had surgery on his toes and wore a boot to deal with the plantar fasciitis. He returned last week at the Lecom Health Challenge, where he tied sixth. ”I’ve missed it. It was good to get back out,” Herman said. ”And it was nice to get this resolved.” He plans a few more Web.com Tour starts to make sure his feet can handle a full schedule. Because he won’t be in the FedEx Cup playoffs, Herman plans to take a major medical for next season, in which he will get 18 starts. CONSISTENCY PAYS: Kevin Na went 158 starts on the PGA Tour in nearly seven years before winning at Greenbrier for his second title. That puts him in a small, but peculiar group of players who shows that consistency pays off, even if that doesn’t meant a case full of trophies. Na joins Charles Howell III and Tim Clark as the only players with two victories to have at least $20 million in career earnings. Howell leads the way with $35,527,655, and while his only victories were at Kingsmill and Riviera, he has 16 runner-up finishes and 88 finishes in the top 10. Na now has $27,283,596 in official earnings. He has been runner-up six times since his previous victory in Las Vegas. Tim Clark, who hasn’t played in more than two years and now spends most of his time coaching, has $23,942,321. His two victories were the Canadian Open and The Players Championship. The South African had 13 runner-up finishes in his career. All three of them recorded top 10s roughly 17 percent of the time. RETURN TO THE OLD COURSE: Mark Calcavecchia is among those from the PGA Tour Champions who have three straight weeks of majors – the Senior Players Championship outside Chicago this week, the British Open at Carnoustie next week, followed by the Senior British Open at St. Andrews. Calcavecchia skipped the trip across the Atlantic last year, mainly because Royal Birkdale (Open) and Royal Porthcawl (Senior) are not among his favorites. St. Andrews is hosting the Senior Open for the first time, which will be Calcavecchia’s seventh time competing on the Old Course. The question is whether he’ll play the first hole ahead of Thursday’s opening round. Calcavecchia has a habit of walking out of the Old Course Hotel to the second tee and heading back to his room when he finishes the 17th hole. The only time he sees the first tee is when he has to show up at the clubhouse to register. Will history repeat itself? ”I don’t know,” he said. ”We’re not staying at the Old Course Hotel, so maybe. That would be a first for me.” SOMETHING FOR NOTHING: The Open Championship announced a $10.5 million prize fund this year, with $1,890,000 going to the winner. And to think golf’s oldest championship once had a hard time attracting top Americans because they wound up losing money from all the travel expenses. Sam Snead, for example, won 150 pounds when he won at St. Andrews in 1946. Times have changed, and so has the money. Majors now pay even the players who miss the cut. The R&A says last place will receive $13,500. The top 10 pros and ties who miss the cut will get $7,375, and the next 20 pros and ties will get $5,900. Everyone else gets $4,950. The U.S. Open and the Masters pay $10,000 to everyone who misses the cut. DIVOTS: Thomas Pieters was among five Europeans who took up PGA Tour membership this season, though the Belgian is not likely to last. Pieters has played just nine PGA Tour events going into the British Open and is No. 172 in the FedEx Cup. … Aaron Wise has missed the cut in four straight tournaments since winning the AT&T Byron Nelson. … Canadian Pacific has extended its title sponsorship of the Canadian Women’s Open for five years through 2023. The purse next year will increase to $2.25 million. … Players from the PGA Tour and LPGA Tour will compete separately next year for a $1 million bonus based on how they play select holes on their tours. It’s called the Aon Risk Reward Challenge. Players will be measured by how they play the risk-reward holes that are selected. Scoring and which holes will be highlights are among the details still to be sorted out. STAT OF THE WEEK In the eight years of the PGA Tour at the Greenbrier, Kevin Na (No. 65) and Angel Cabrera (No. 90) were the only winners ranked among the top 100 in the world. FINAL WORD ”Only difference really is the competition is a little bit steeper.” – U.S. Amateur runner-up Doug Ghim, on the difference between college golf and the PGA Tour.
Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(BALTIMORE) — Days after Baltimore City’s State Attorney Marilyn Mosby rallied around a fellow top prosecutor to speak out about the racially charged attacks they have experienced while in office, she received a 60-second voicemail flooded with “hateful rhetoric.”The anonymous voice started by chastising Mosby for traveling to St. Louis, Missouri, to support St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner for filing a civil rights lawsuit against the city and their police union for allegedly coordinating racist conspiracies meant to force her out of office.Mixed with half-recited, profanity-laced proverbs and racially biased opinions, the caller ended the message with a shocking suggestion. “If we’d known you all were going to be this much f—–g trouble, we would have picked our own f—–g cotton,” the caller said.Mosby received the rambling “hateful rhetoric” on Wednesday and posted it on her Twitter page on Thursday to further reiterate why she supported Gardner earlier in the week.This is why #IStandWithKimGardner and this hateful rhetoric only strengthens my resolve to continue fighting for justice and working to undo the blight of mass incarceration and its impact on communities of color.” #KeepersOfTheStatusQuo pic.twitter.com/GbP8fTjJbH— Marilyn J. Mosby (@MarilynMosbyEsq) January 16, 2020Gardner is the first black woman elected as the top prosecutor in St. Louis and the lawsuit appears to mark the first time an elected local prosecutor has brought a federal case against the police union for racially motivated civil rights violations.On Monday, Gardner held a press conference to announce the civil lawsuit she filed in the Eastern District of Missouri and was supported by other leading black female prosecutors from across the country including Mosby.“Quite candidly, Kim, like the others who stand before you today, has challenged the status quo and the keepers of the status quo don’t like that, which is why she is being personally and professionally attacked,” Mosby said the podium on Monday. “Every prosecutor here has had similar experiences to Kim.”Mosby also spoke out about receiving death threats since taking office in 2015, in particular, for indicting six police officers in connection to the death of Freddie Gray, who suffered a catastrophic spinal injury while in custody.A request for comment from Mosby was not immediately received. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
The transformer, which measured 23 ft (7 m) long, was being moved on an emergency basis as the original unit was involved in a train accident in South Carolina, says Beyel Brothers.In Rockledge, Beyel Brothers utilised its 400-tonne capacity gantry system to load the transformer from the railcar on to its 128-wheeled Trail King TK 600 trailer.Equipped with a Peterbilt pull truck and pusher unit from Pacific Truck, the convoy began the 100-mile (160.9-km) journey to the Gaco Substation. Due to the large overall height of the trailer configuration, there were multiple areas along the route where the convoy had to cross traffic in order to avoid overhead obstructions.After two days, the transformer arrived at the project site, where Beyel Brothers used a jack and slide system to move the cargo from the trailer to its foundation.beyel.com
Concerns over medicine Riyad Mahrez took while on duty with Algeria is a “problem for Manchester City”, says the Algerian Football Federation, who dismissed it as a “non-event”, BBC Sport reports.The 28-year-old was left out of Sunday’s Community Shield through fears he could fall foul of doping rules, following his triumph with Algeria at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in July where he captained the team.“This is a non-event from the moment the player took the medications after the Africa Cup of Nations,” said FAF.“It is a problem for Manchester City.”Mahrez returned to training last Friday, two days before Premier League champions City beat Liverpool on penalties at Wembley.Guardiola said he was left out of the squad because of the “risk”, as it is unknown what medicine Mahrez took and what it was for.“The doctors did not have exactly the medicines,” Guardiola said after the match.“We don’t have what he took. That’s why, for doping control, today was a risk because the doctors didn’t have it. That’s why he wasn’t in the squad to play some minutes.“Hopefully he will be back next game against West Ham and in the future, everything will be normal.”Related
Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds – 1. Lance Mari, Imperial, Calif., 672; 2. Chaz Baca, Mesa, Ariz., 671; 3. Brian Schultz, Casa Grande, Ariz., 602; 4. Cody Laney, Torrance, Calif., 595; 5. Ethan Dotson, Bakersfield, Calif., 550; 6. Ricky Thornton Jr., Harcourt, Iowa, 506; 7. Jason Noll, Peoria, Ariz., 489; 8. Hunter Marriott, Brookfield, Mo., 482; 9. Tim Ward, Harcourt, Iowa, 469; 10. Matt Guillaume, Haslet, Texas, 463; 11. Jordan Grabouski, Beatrice, Neb., 441; 12. Paul Stone, Winton, Calif., 428; 13. Brent Schlafmann, Bismarck, N.D., 405; 14. John P. Gober, Poolville, Texas, 401; 15. Ryan Gaylord, Lakewood, Colo., 385; 16. Zachary Madrid, Phoenix, Ariz., 378; 17. William Gould, Calera, Okla., 377; 18. R.C. Whitwell, Tucson, Ariz., 372; 19. Kevin Green, Waco, Texas, 366; 20. David Goode Sr., Copperas Cove, Texas, 360.IMCA EMI RaceSaver Sprint Cars – 1. Chase Parson, Abilene, Texas, 335; 2. Logan Scherb, Decatur, Texas, 331; 3. Robert Vetter, Wolfe City, Texas, 306; 4. 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Gregory Gutt, Burns Flat, Okla., 400; 9. Jody York, Lubbock, Texas, 398; 10. April Phillips, Abilene, Texas, 378; 11. Andy Roller, Waco, Texas, 374; 12. George Fronsman, Surprise, Ariz., 354; 13. Manny Baldiviez, Yuma, Ariz., 333; 14. Aaron Corley, Meadow, Texas, 330; 15. Cody Center, Mesa, Ariz., 325; 16. Lonnie Foss, Glendale, Ariz., 322; 17. Zach Spillman, Marble Falls, Texas, 321; 18. Zach Riley, Killeen, Texas, 314; 19. Joe O’Bryan, Round Rock, Texas, 309; 20. Jimmy Davy, Yuma, Ariz., 293.IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks – 1. Wesley Warren, Fairfield, Texas, 444; 2. Jason Beshears, Yuma, Ariz., 392; 3. Jim Robinson, Yuma, Ariz., 318; 4. Francisco J. Cordova, Somerton, Ariz., 303; 5. Matt Bice, Austin, Texas, 282; 6. Shannon Anderson, Des Moines, Iowa, 268; 7. Brady Bencken, Oakley, Kan., 266; 8. Harvey Quinn, Yuma, Ariz., 264; 9. John Watson, Des Moines, Iowa, 261; 10. Jeremy Oliver, Chilton, Texas, 260; 11. Bob Horton, Yuma, Ariz., and Brent Wofford, Yuma, Ariz., both 253; 13. Shay Simoneau, Damar, Kan., 243; 14. Cody Williams, Minneapolis, Kan., August Bach, Newton, Iowa, and Larry Underwood, Temple, Texas, each 232; 17. Aaron Norman, Carlsbad, N.M., 226; 18. Eric Stanton, Carlisle, Iowa, and Jay Crowe, Surprise, Ariz., both 222; 20. Richard Bennett, Mesa, Ariz., 220.Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center Southern SportMods – 1. Jeffrey Abbey, Comanche, Texas, 692; 2. Cory Williams, Slaton, Texas, 593; 3. Ronnie Welborn, Princeton, Texas, 558; 4. James Skinner, Burleson, Texas, 425; 5. Kamera Kaitlin McDonald, Keller, Texas, 411; 6. Justin Nabors, Kemp, Texas, 340; 7. Thomas Walp, Olney, Texas, 306; 8. Jon White Jr., Red Oak, Texas, 289; 9. Frank Lackey, Joshua, Texas, 281; 10. Taylor Florio, Copperas Cove, Texas, 271; 11. James Hanusch, Belton, Texas, 255; 12. T.J. Green, Robinson, Texas, 243; 13. Dean Abbey, Roanoke, Texas, 234; 14. Justin Long, Haslet, Texas, 232; 15. Austin Gooding, Fort Worth, Texas, 226; 16. Paul Scrivner, Hewitt, Texas, 223; 17. 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