McIlroy fights back

first_img Press Association Rory McIlroy roared back on the second day of The Barclays with a brilliant six-under-par 65, but the world number one still trails joint leaders Adam Scott and Cameron Tringale by five shots heading into the weekend. McIlroy’s efforts left him on three under for the tournament, alongside the likes of Sergio Garcia (68) and Charl Schwartzel (70), although they were some way off the leading duo at the Ridgewood Country Club. Scott, the world number two and defending champion, matched McIlroy’s 65 – the Australian recording seven birdies and a bogey – while American Tringale followed up his opening-day 66 with a 68. Scott felt his round could have been even lower, saying on “I played the par fives in one over today, so I could find four (strokes) there for you, and missed so many 10‑footers…” They hold a one-shot lead over a group of three Americans in second place, Kevin Chappell (67), Brendon Todd (69) and Jim Furyk (69). Swede Henrik Stenson leads the European challenge on six under after a brilliant 64, alongside Scotland’s Russel Knox, who shot a two-under-par 69. Overnight leader Van Pelt (71) and Kevin Na (66) are also in the six-man group on six under, along with Jason Day who matched Stenson’s magnificent round of 64 – the lowest of the day – after recording four birdies in his final six holes, and Ernie Els. Els, 44, said after his second successive 68: “I’m starting to feel like the old Ernie again on the greens. So it’s exciting.” Among those to have missed the cut are English duo Ian Poulter and Luke Donald, South Africa’s Louis Oosthuizen and Martin Kaymer of Germany. center_img McIlroy, looking to add to his victories at the Open Championship, WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and US PGA Championship, suffered a nightmare start on Thursday as he carded a 74 that left him nine shots behind pacesetter Bo Van Pelt. However, the Northern Irishman enjoyed a much better day on Friday, recording a blemish-free round that included three birdies on the front nine and three more on his way back – including the 12th and 13th holes, where he dropped three shots in total on the first day. last_img read more

Aussies spin way to massive 333-run win to humiliate India

first_img..O’Keefe returns career-best figures of 6-35, Smith compiles his 18th Test century..By Sudipto GangulyPUNE, India-(Reuters)-Left-arm spinner Steve O’Keefe picked up 12 wickets to guide Australia to a first win in India since 2004, the 333-run thrashing in the opening Test also bringing the home side’s 19-match unbeaten streak to a juddering halt on Saturday.The 32-year-old, who returned matching career-best figures of 6-35 in both innings for a maiden 10-wicket Test haul, shone with the ball after his skipper Steve Smith had recorded his first Test century on Indian soil to anchor Australia’s batting.India, who had not lost a home Test in 20 matches since a 2012 defeat to England in Kolkata, were once again unable to cope with O’Keefe’s probing lines after they were bundled out for a paltry 105 in the first innings.Chasing a massive victory target of 441, India scored just two more runs in their second innings to capitulate inside three days at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, making its debut as a Test centre.Australia’s captain Steven Smith celebrates a fighting hundred in Pune on the 3rd day.“We’ve got to hold our heads high, take it on the chin and accept the defeat, they completely outplayed us,” home captain Virat Kohli said after India fell 1-0 behind in the four-match series.“That was probably our worst batting display in the last two years. I’m sure the guys will bounce back strongly but the batting was more disappointing than the bowling.”Arriving in India on the back of nine straight defeats in Asia, Australia were in control of the contest once they scraped together 260 in the first innings and tasted victory in India for the first time since a 342-run Nagpur victory in 2004.“I’m really proud of the way the boys have performed in this test match,” Australia captain Smith said.“Steve O’Keefe was absolutely outstanding throughout. I think it’s been 4,502 days since Australia’s won a Test here in India. I know it to the day and I’m really proud of that achievement.”SLOPPY FIELDINGFour of O’Keefe’s six wickets in the second innings were leg before dismissals while he also got the prized scalp of Kohli, who completed a forgettable display when he shouldered arms to a straight delivery and saw his off-stump uprooted for 13.Spin colleague Nathan Lyon provided able support, picking up the other four wickets in India’s innings for 53 runs.Earlier in the day, Smith capitalised on India’s sloppy fielding with a brilliant century to help his team make 285 in their second innings after the visitors had resumed on 143 for four.Smith, the world’s top-ranked Test batsman, was eventually out leg before to left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja for 109 after he compiled his 18th Test ton to guide Australia to a winning advantage.The 27-year-old right-handed batsman, who was unbeaten on 59 overnight, was dropped three times on Friday and was handed another lifeline on 67 but maintained his concentration on a tricky surface to bring up his 18th test hundred.He also enjoyed another slice of fortune on 73 when a strong appeal for leg before off Jadeja was turned down by the umpire with replays indicating the decision would have been overturned on review had India not already used up their two referrals.After Smith reached three figures with a couple of runs off Jadeja, he punched the air and planted a kiss on his helmet before soaking up the applause from the sparse morning crowd and his team mates.Smith and Mitchell Marsh added 56 for the fifth wicket and the Australia captain contributed to two more significant stands with Matthew Wade (20) and Mitchell Starc (30) as Australia piled on the runs.The second match starts in Bangalore from next Saturday.AUSTRALIA 1st innings 260 (M. Renshaw 68, M. Starc 61; U. Yadav 4-32) India 1st innings 105 (L. Rahul 64; S. O’Keefe 6-35) Australia 2nd innings (Overnight: 143-4)D. Warner lbw b R. Ashwin 10S. Marsh lbw b R. Ashwin 0S. Smith lbw b Jadeja 109P. Handscomb c Vijay b R. Ashwin 19M. Renshaw c I. Sharma b J. Yadav 31M. Marsh c Saha b Jadeja 31M. Wade c Saha b U. Yadav 20M. Starc c Rahul b R. Ashwin 30S. O’Keefe c Saha b Jadeja 6N. Lyon lbw b U. Yadav 13J. Hazlewood not out 2Extras (b-4 lb-9 nb-1) 14Total (all out, 87 overs) 285Fall of wickets: 1-10 D. Warner,2-23 S. Marsh,3-61 P. Handscomb,4-113 M. Renshaw,5-169 M. Marsh,6-204 M. Wade,7-246 S. Smith,8-258 M. Starc,9-279 N. Lyon,10-285 S. O’KeefeBowling: R. Ashwin 28 – 3 – 119 – 4,R. Jadeja 33 – 10 – 65 – 3,U. Yadav 13 – 1 – 39 – 2, J. Yadav 10 – 1 – 43 – 1(nb-1),I. Sharma 3 – 0 – 6 – 0.INDIA 2nd innings (Target: 441 runs)M. Vijay lbw b O’Keefe 2L. Rahul lbw b Lyon 10C. Pujara lbw b O’Keefe 31V. Kohli b O’Keefe 13A. Rahane c Lyon b O’Keefe 18R. Ashwin lbw b O’Keefe 8W. Saha lbw b O’Keefe 5R. Jadeja b Lyon 3J. Yadav c Wade b Lyon 5I. Sharma c Warner b Lyon 0U. Yadav not out 0Extras (b-8 lb-4) 12Total (all out, 33.5 overs) 107Fall of wickets: 1-10 M. Vijay,2-16 L. Rahul,3-47 V. Kohli,4-77 A. Rahane,5-89 R. Ashwin,6-99 W. Saha,7-100 C. Pujara,8-102 R. Jadeja,9-102 I. Sharma,10-107 J. YadavBowling: M. Starc 2 – 2 – 0 – 0,N. Lyon 14.5 – 2 – 53 – 4,S. O’Keefe 15 – 4 – 35 – 6 J. Hazlewood 2 – 0 – 7 – 0.last_img read more

Becoming a starter for Syracuse football has given Christopher Fredrick a ‘taste’ of what he came to SU for

first_imgAs training camp finished, Christopher Fredrick didn’t like having to look up on the depth chart as a safety-turned-cornerback. He saw four players ahead of him. That’s not exactly the way he wanted to start his redshirt freshman year.“I was kind of struggling, frustrated with that,” Fredrick said.So he went to safety Rodney Williams and cornerback Juwan Dowels for advice. “Don’t focus on it too much,” Fredrick said of what they told him. “Just go to practice every day just working on getting better every day so that when my time does come I’ll be ready.”The time came against then No.17-Virginia Tech on Oct. 15 — Syracuse’s biggest win of the year. A secondary decimated by injuries lost cornerback Cordell Hudson before the game, thrusting Fredrick into his first starting role. Fredrick has now started at corner for SU (4-5, 2-3 Atlantic Coast) each of the last three weeks. Hudson came off the injury report last week but didn’t play, leaving Fredrick to start once again in his place.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThough he’s had an up and down first year, Fredrick is determined to hold on to the starting role that he got the chance to grab.“It is a great feeling actually working hard and finally getting to display what you’ve been working toward,” Fredrick said. “It’s really satisfying.”His playing time through the first six games consisted mostly of special teams and garbage time work. He recorded one tackle, on a kickoff in the first quarter against Louisville, but that was it.Then the Orange lost Dowels for the season in Week 2 and Hudson, who has yet to return, heading into Week 7. Fredrick leap frogged over Carl Jones, who had been the third option at corner, when Hudson went out.Fredrick packed on the pounds in the last year, bumping up from 173 when he first got to Syracuse to about 194 now. His long arms help in press coverage and knocking down balls and improving his footwork to pick up the slack. He’s spent extra time in the film room, starting with before the VT game, to figure out where he’s supposed to be on plays and what he’s supposed to do.“He’s just been sitting back, staying the course, keep working hard,” Williams said after the win over Virginia Tech. “… Going forward I think he’ll give us a really good chance to win.” There’s been the good: a four-tackle outing against the Hokies that started off with a tackle behind the line on a reverse. Fredrick delivered several big hits, including a key stop on third down. The run defense is where he thinks he’s performed the best.Then there’s the bad: allowing touchdown passes against Virginia Tech and Clemson. VT’s was a 12-yard fade to Isaiah Ford that Fredrick was in position for but didn’t look up when the receiver did. Fredrick went for Ford’s hip instead as the ball floated overtop. At Clemson, Fredrick was the victim of a 65-yard pass down the sideline. The receiver got in his blind spot, he said, and sped by.“Not good at all,” Fredrick said of his game against Clemson.Fredrick insists he took a step back in his performance against Clemson. But he’s trying to make sure he doesn’t slip too far away from where he now is.He’s focused on open field tackling heading into the game against North Carolina State and keeping players out of his blind spot.For the most part, though, he’s happy with where he’s at.“You know where you were at before,” Fredrick said. “Now you’re getting the taste of what you really came here for. You got to keep going. Keep getting better so you won’t be back at that place you were before.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 10, 2016 at 11:47 pm Contact Jon: | @jmettuslast_img read more


first_imgDonegal U14 girls county panelDONEGAL’S U14 girls footballers will be out and about at O’Donnell Park on Sunday – fundraising for a trip to the All-Ireland blitz.Forty-four girls from 23 clubs across Donegal will be travelling to Mullingar on the weekend of May 15 and 16 to take part in the tournament.And the girls will be hoping the Donegal public gets behind them when Rory Gallagher’s men take on Monaghan at O’Donnell Park in Letterkenny tomorrow in the Allianz National League Division One clash. The girls were pictured earlier today after a training session hosted by CLG Ghaoth Dobhair.The county coaches want to thank Sharkey Waste & Recycling of Annagry for sponsoring new jerseys and the Sandhouse Hotel Rossnowlagh for sponsorship of new track suits.And they also want to thank CLG Ghaoth Dobhair for hosting the girls for their training session today.The girls will be collecting on all roads leading to O’Donnell Park on Sunday from noon. Please give generously.  DONEGAL LADIES U-14 FOOTBALLERS IN O’DONNELL PARK FUNDRAISER was last modified: March 7th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Countydonegaldonegal girlsfund raisingfundraierMonaghanO’Donnell ParkU14’slast_img read more