Dustin Johnson powers his way to win at Kapalua

first_imgOSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Johnson stretched a two-shot lead to six shots at the turn, then delivered the biggest moment of the week with a drive on the par-4 12th hole that stopped 6 inches from the cup for a tap-in eagle. He also drove the par-4 14th hole.He finished at 24-under 268. The eight-shot margin of victory was his largest ever, and it was one short of the tournament record set by David Duval since this event moved to Kapalua in 1999. Jordan Spieth also won by eight shots in 2016.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“I knew I was playing well, and it’s a golf course I’m really comfortable on,” Johnson said. “I was really driving it well this week. I knew as long as I could keep doing that, I was going to do well.”Jon Rahm made his Kapalua debut by closing with a 69 to finish second. The 23-year-old from Spain moved to No. 3 in the world. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours The way Johnson was playing, everyone was playing for second.“It’s no easy task,” said Rahm, who lost to Johnson in the final of Match Play a year ago.Johnson won for the 17th time on the PGA Tour, and the fifth time dating to the Genesis Open at Riviera last February. He has 11 straight seasons winning at least one tournament, the longest current streak on the PGA Tour.This one wasn’t even close.He lost a six-shot lead in the final round of the HSBC Champions in Shanghai last fall, his most recent PGA Tour start. It only crossed his mind when it was mentioned to him on Saturday. Johnson doesn’t let much cross his mind.ADVERTISEMENT View comments “I try to forget everything,” he said. “Whether I win or lose.”And then he produced another memorable round.He had a two-shot lead over Brian Harman, who struggled mightily with his speed on the greens and fell back quickly. Johnson effectively ended the tournament when he made three birdies on the opening six holes, saved par from a front bunker to a back pin on the par-3 eighth, and then birdied the par-5 ninth for a six-shot lead.One shot defined the tournament — a drive on the 433-yard 12th hole that went 432 yards and 6 inches.Johnson, who on Saturday holed a 70-yard chip down the hill for eagle, ripped his drive, picked up his tee and walked away. It’s a blind shot over the hill, with a strong wind at his back, so he never saw the ball race down the hill, onto the green and head straight to the cup until stopping 6 inches away.He played the 12th hole in four shots on the weekend.That stretched his lead to seven shots, and the rout was on.Johnson joined Stuart Appleby (three times) and Geoff Ogilvy (twice) as the only multiple winners at Kapalua. He also won in 2013 when it was shortened to 54 holes because of wind so strong the start of the tournament was delayed for three days.Harman closed with a 72 to finish third, while Hideki Matsuyama (66), Pat Perez (69) and Rickie Fowler (70) were another shot behind.Johnson went 66-65 on the weekend. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finalscenter_img He now takes a week off before going to the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship against another strong field, this one on the European Tour.“I got off to a great start, and I want to keep it going,” Johnson said. “Everything is going in the right direction.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Dustin Johnson watches his approach shot take flight on the fourth fairway during the final round of the Tournament of Champions golf event, Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018, at Kapalua Plantation Course in Kapalua, Hawaii. (AP Photo/Matt York)KAPALUA, Hawaii — A new year brought out the best in Dustin Johnson, who powered his way to an 8-under 65 and an eight-shot victory Sunday in the Sentry Tournament of Champions.In a field that featured the top five players in the world, Johnson made a strong opening statement that a No. 1 ranking he has held for nearly a year might be difficult to take away.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Boris Becker calls for fight against racism amid tweet spat LATEST STORIES Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Conelast_img read more

Bochy inches closer to milestone win in blowout led by Giants veterans

first_imgClick here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device.BALTIMORE — The bad days have outnumbered the good for both Jeff Samardzija and Evan Longoria since they joined the Giants, but on Sunday in Baltimore, the veterans shared the spotlight in a game the duo can consider one of its best.Longoria tied his season-highs with three hits and three RBIs while Samardzija recorded his fourth quality start in the last two years in a 8-1 series-clinching win over the worst team in …last_img read more

Full text: Jacob Zuma’s tribute to Nelson Mandela

first_img“I have the honour, today, to announce that the Union Buildings Amphitheatre, where Madiba was inaugurated as president in 1994, and where his body will lie in state, will, with effect from today, be called the Nelson Mandela Amphitheatre,” South African President Jacob Zuma said.(Image: Government Communication and Information System) READ MORE • Mandela on Media Club South Africa • Nelson Mandela: the world mourns • Nelson Mandela – a timeline  • Barack Obama’s tribute to Mandela  • Watch: World reacts to Mandela’s death • Infographic: Mandela family tree • Nelson Mandela’s words of wisdom • The women in Madiba’s life • Tutu leads memorial at the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory • High-res photos: In 2010, Nelson Mandela wishes good luck to Bafana BafanaMama Graça Machel, Mama Winnie Madikizela Mandela and the entire Mandela family and the abaThembu clan,Excellencies heads of state and government,Excellencies former heads of state and government,Deputy presidents and representatives of governments,Heads of international organisations in all regions of the world,The leadership of the ANC and alliance partners,Leaders of fraternal political organisations in Africa and abroad,Activists of the former antiapartheid movement,Eminent persons, friends of South Africa from all over the world,Fellow South Africans,Sanibonani!Good day!Molweni!Dumelang!South Africans sing a popular freedom song about former President Nelson Mandela.We sing that he is one of a kind, that there is no one quite like him. Nelson Mandela, Nelson Mandela akekho ofana naye.The song is one of the most accurate descriptions of this global icon who is the founding President of a free and democratic South Africa and also the former President of the oldest liberation movement in the continent, the ANC.His passing has marked an unprecedented outpouring of grief across the world. Yet, it is grief, tinged with admiration and celebration.Everyone has had a Mandela moment, when this world icon has touched their lives.Let me begin therefore, by thanking all the Heads of State and Government and international delegations present here today.We also extend our deepest gratitude for the messages of condolence that we continue to receive.The Mandela family, the South African people and the African continent as a whole, feel stronger today, because we are being comforted by millions throughout the world.Dear South Africans,That we are Madiba’s compatriots and have lived during his time, is a cause for a great celebration and enormous pride.Never before has our country celebrated a life as we are doing with that of Madiba.We do not call Madiba the father of our rainbow nation merely for political correctness and relevance.We do so because he laid a firm foundation for the South Africa of our dreams – one that is united, non-racial, non-sexist, democratic and prosperous.We do so because Madiba was a courageous leader.Courageous leaders are able to abandon their narrow concerns for bigger and all-embracing dreams, even if those dreams come at a huge price.Madiba embodied this trait. He was a fearless freedom fighter who refused to allow the brutality of the apartheid state to stand in the way of the struggle for the liberation of his people.Being a lawyer, he understood the possible consequences of his actions. But he also knew that no unjust system could last forever.He said at an ANC Youth League conference in 1951;“True, the struggle will be a bitter one. Leaders will be deported, imprisoned, and even shot.“The government will terrorise the people and their leaders in an effort to halt the forward march; ordinary forms of organisation will be rendered impossible. But the spirit of the people cannot be crushed…until full victory is won”.The struggle became Madiba’s life.He was at the forefront of the radical change in the ANC in the 1940s, advancing the long walk to freedom.He became a Volunteer in Chief during the Defiance Campaign in the early 1950s and became the first Commander in Chief of the ANC’s armed wing, Umkhonto We Sizwe, in the early 1960s.He paid dearly for his beliefs and actions through imprisonment.He stated in 1962;“I was made, by the law, a criminal, not because of what I had done, but because of what I stood for, because of what I thought, because of my conscience.”Arrested and sentenced to life imprisonment during the Rivonia Trial later in 1964, he never lost his fighting spirit.For 27 years, the South African people spoke about him in hushed tones, out of fear. In fact, if the apartheid government had its way, they would have been banned even from thinking about Madiba.But the powerful name of Nelson Mandela lived on.He continued to inspire our people every single day, from inside prison walls.He demonstrated unique leadership in starting negotiations with the enemy whilst in prison. He also negotiated for the release of his fellow political prisoners first before his own release.His release from Victor Verster prison on the 11th of February 1990 was one of the most remarkable and moving moments in world history.The world came to a standstill watching this tall imposing figure walking out into a world he had left behind 27 years before.The emotions and feelings we felt on that day are difficult to express in human language.A downtrodden people who had been dehumanised and made to feel like pariahs in the land of their birth, suddenly saw signs that freedom would be attained in their lifetime.South Africa needed a leader like Madiba to help us through a difficult transition from apartheid to a free democratic society.In the bumpy road to our historic first free and fair elections, there are many times that he brought our nation back from the brink of catastrophe.The massacre at Boipatong in 1992 and the killing of the popular leader of our people, Chris Hani in 1993, are some of the occasions when our country faltered in its long walk to freedom, when we stared into the heart of darkness.It is at these times that Madiba restored a sense of calm and purpose and brought us back on the road to freedom.South Africa’s first democratic elections were largely peaceful because of this leadership that he displayed.Indeed, there is no one like Madiba. He was one of a kind.Today, on International Human Rights Day, we celebrate Madiba the man of peace. Today is the 20th anniversary of his being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, on the 10th of December 1993.This freedom fighter had always stated that the ANC had resorted to arms because of the intransigence of the apartheid regime which responded with violence, bannings and detentions to simple demands for equal citizenship, human rights and justice.To him, for South Africa to attain peace, the armed struggle was inevitable, but it was a means to an end but not an end in itself.Madiba’s love for peace was also evident in the work he did in the continent. The people of Burundi enjoy peace and democracy today because of the seeds of peace planted by Madiba.Following the historic national elections on 27 April 1994, an unprecedented number of Heads of State and Government and eminent persons from around the world descended upon our shores for Madiba’s inauguration as the first president of a free and democratic South Africa.Today, the whole world is standing still again, to pay tribute to this greatest son of South Africa and Africa.Fellow mourners,There is no one like Madiba, he was one of a kind.The world speaks fondly of Madiba’s promotion of unity, reconciliation and non-racialism during his Presidency.He had declared as follows during trial in 1964;“The ANC has spent half a century fighting against racialism. When it triumphs it will not change that policy’’.Thus his promotion of non-racialism and reconciliation during his tenure as President of the Republic was not surprising.Compatriots and friendsSpeaking at the adoption of a new Constitution of the Republic adopted in 1996, Madiba outlined the vision of the new society.He said;“Let us give practical recognition to the injustices of the past, by building a future based on equality and social justice.“Let us nurture our national unity by recognizing, with respect and joy, the languages, cultures and religions of South Africa in all their diversity.“Let tolerance for one another’s views create the peaceful conditions which give space for the best in all of us to find expression and to flourish. Above all, let us work together in striving to banish homelessness, illiteracy, hunger and disease.”With the magnitude of challenges facing the young South Africa in mind, Madiba set about uniting the nation.He carefully managed the anger and frustrations of both the oppressors and the oppressed, and reminded us of our common humanity that transcended racial boundaries.He also managed both the fears of the minority and the high expectations and impatience of the majority.He told us that the promises of democracy would not be met overnight and that the fears of the few would not be allowed to derail the newly won freedom.We all agreed with him, as Madiba never hesitated to speak his mind when it was necessary to do so, regardless of how uncomfortable the words may be to recipients!Many leaders, some of whom are present here today, have experienced his sharp tongue.Realising the power of sport to conquer prejudice, former President Mandela embraced South Africa’s 1995 Rugby World Cup ambitions, donning the Springbok jersey at a time when it was much-maligned by the majority of the population.This would be a hallmark of his Presidency.Our sports teams yearned for the Madiba Magic that his visit would bring, each time they faced formidable opponents.Beyond promoting reconciliation, Madiba also laid a firm foundation for transformation as well as reconstruction and development.He knew that reconciliation without transformation and reconstruction, would be meaningless.Under his leadership, the new democratically elected government focused on addressing historical injustices and creating new institutions to facilitate the building of a democratic society based on the principles of non-racialism and non-sexism.Close to 800 racist apartheid laws were removed from the statute books in the first 10 years of democracy.The dismantling of the legal framework of apartheid and transformation of many state institutions led to the visible improvement of the socio-economic conditions of millions of people.Thus, Madiba laid a foundation for a better life for all, which was the rallying cry of his Presidency.Madiba also laid the foundation for our country’s now successful fight against one of the greatest scourges of our time, that of HIV and AIDS, while still in office and during his retirement.The global 4 666 4 campaign gave birth to Mandela Day, a global call to action, mobilising people to spend at least 67 minutes helping those in need.In November 2009, the United Nations General Assembly declared the 18th of July as “Nelson Mandela International Day”.Each year on the 18th of July, the world comes together to celebrate Mandela Day, recognising Madiba’s selfless sacrifice in betterment of others.Indeed, Madiba was one of a kind.Bantu baseNingizimu Africa,Silahlekelwe kakhulu ngobaba wesizwe uTata uMadiba.Siyazi benimthanda kakhulu, futhi nisamthanda kakhulu namanje.Leliqhawe liyibekile induku ebandla. Sikhumbula namhlanje leliVolontiya elikhulu likaKhongolose.Sikhumbula umkhuzi wokuqala wamabutho oMkhonto weSizwe.Sikhumbula iqhawe elalizimisele ngisho nokufa imbala, ukuze abantu abamnyama bathole inkululeko.Sikhumbula iqhawe elalwela ukuthi abantu baseNingizimu Africa baphile ngentokozo ezweni elingenakho ukwesaba, elingenanhlupheko nalapho abantu belingana bonke khona.Yingakho nje sithi akekho ofana no-Tata uMadiba.Compatriots and friends,While saying Madiba was one of a kind, we also remember that he believed in collective leadership and that he never wanted to be viewed as a messiah or a saint.He emphasised that all his achievements were derived from working with the ANC collective, among whom in his own words, were men and women who were more capable than he was.Thus, the South Africa that you see today, is a reflection of Madiba and many others like him, who sacrificed their lives for a free nation.We thus remain truly grateful to his peers, Walter Sisulu, Oliver Reginald Tambo, Govan Mbeki, Raymond Mhlaba, Dorothy Nyembe, Florence Mophosho and countless others who left indelible marks in the history of our struggle.Compatriots and friends,Today Madiba is no more.He leaves behind a nation that loves him dearly.He leaves a continent that is truly proud to call him an African.He leaves the people of the world who embraced him as their beloved icon.Most importantly, he leaves behind a deeply entrenched legacy of freedom, human rights and democracy in our country.In his honour we commit ourselves to continue building a nation based on the democratic values of human dignity, equality and freedom.United in our diversity, we will continue working to build a nation free of poverty, hunger, homelessness and inequality.As the African continent led by the African Union, we will continue working to fulfil his desire for a better Africa and a more just, peaceful and equitable world.Tomorrow, our people will accompany Madiba on his last journey to the seat of government, the Union Buildings in Pretoria, where his body will lie in state for three days.I have the honour today, to announce, that the Union Buildings Amphitheatre, where Madiba was inaugurated as President in 1994, and where his body will lie in state, will, with effect from today, be called the Nelson Mandela Amphitheatre.This is a fitting tribute to a man who transformed the Union Buildings from a symbol of racism and repression to one of peace, unity, democracy and progress.Compatriots, comrades and friends,We extend yet again, our deepest condolences to Mama Graca Machel, Mama Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, the children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and the entire extended family.Madiba has run a good race. He declared in his own words in 1994;He said;“Death is something inevitable.“When a man has done what he considers to be his duty to his people and his country, he can rest in peace.“I believe I have made that effort and that is, therefore, why I will sleep for eternity.”I thank you.last_img read more

Narvasa remains defiant: I’m fighting for principle

first_imgRead Next “I hope people will understand the principle behind it. I’m fighting for the office of the Commissioner because nobody, no matter how powerful they are, should be able to frighten it, scare it, or threaten it,” he said in an emergency press conference Thursday at PBA Office in Libis.READ: PBA board opts not to renew Narvasa’s term as commissionerFEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutGovernors from seven teams, namely TNT, NLEX, Meralco, Alaska, Rain or Shine, Phoenix, and Blackwater, held a special board meeting earlier in the day and agreed to no longer renew the term of Narvasa, saying they have already lost confidence on his leadership over his controversial decisions during his two-year tenure, with the last straw being the approval of the controversial San Miguel-Kia trade involving top overall selection Christian Standhardinger.Meanwhile, Narvasa  has the support of five teams — San Miguel, Ginebra, Star, GlobalPort, and Kia, with all five conjuring a statement saying that the move to take him out of his commissionership is unlawful based on PBA by-laws. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Standing his ground, the 55-year-old executive said that he has no qualms relinquishing his post but argued that grounds for his expulsion must be done the right way.READ: SMC group stands by Narvasa, questions move by ‘renegade’ PBA governors“I’m willing to resign. There’s no problem with that. But what I’m saying is that procedures have to be followed and the reasons have to be clear. They have to know what the loss of confidence is constituted, and what the procedure is. It could have been discussed within the Board. Why did they have to go through all of this exercise and cause public shame?” he said.“What is it that we’re fighting for? Why am I still here? It’s a matter of principle. I’ve always been a stickler for rules, and all we’re asking is we want to find out if were the proper issues followed? If they were, then they will also have no problem in not renewing or voting to end my term. They say that you serve at the pleasure of the board, and the only time we can take you out is if we have two-thirds of the vote. They say that I only have one year in my term. They should have done it in the proper forum, which is inside the boardroom. As long as they follow the procedures and the rules, we’re ok. We’re not fighting against them. We’re fighting for the principle that the rule has to be followed.”Narvasa then urged the Board to convene as one unit and come up with a solid decision with regard to his post, saying that he only wants the league rules to be observed.ADVERTISEMENT QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort LATEST STORIES View comments Chito Narvasa. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netAs of now, Chito Narvasa is still the commissioner of the PBA.The beleaguered executive said that he will fight for his post amid calls for his ouster from seven members of the Board of Governors.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ “Let’s be a league of rules, not of men,” he said. “If it’s for principle, then I must stay. I hope that the Board will be able to determine really what is the right procedure. They should come up with the right decision.”The embattled executive is also hoping to find a compromise before the 43rd season of the PBA opens on December 17.“I will not abandon the PBA. We have a long, long time before the opening, so we will see how everything will work out. I’m hoping and praying that you will understand. I’m willing to sacrifice for the PBA as long as all these things are in place,” he said. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding 2 Rings! Astros’ Carlos Correa makes post-title proposal US Defense chief says alliance with Philippines remains strong PLAY LIST 02:57US Defense chief says alliance with Philippines remains strong00:50Trending Articles02:50Philippines reaffirms commitment to United Nations01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Wine tasting experience with Matthew Jukes

first_imgMatthew Jukes is returning to Canberra to host the 2013 Wine Dinner in conjunction with the 2013 Touch Football Vinnie-Yard.The dinner will be held at Old Parliament House on Friday, 8 November from 6.30pm.This is a unique opportunity to taste some of the season’s best wines and meet the wine makers from Brindabella Hills, Capital Wines, Clonakilla, Collector, Eden Road, Four Winds, Gallagher, Mt Majura, Nick O’Leary and RavensworthTickets are now available for purchase via the website below for $150 per person or a table of 10 for $1400 – www.vinnies.org.au/matthew-jukes-dinner-act.For more information on the 2013 Touch Football Vinnie-Yard event please click on the article below. Related LinksVinnie-Yard Wine Dinnerlast_img read more

10 months agoEx-Real Madrid president Calderon: Mourinho only coach Florentino trusts

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Ex-Real Madrid president Calderon: Mourinho only coach Florentino trustsby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon can see Jose Mourinho making a return.Calderon’s successor at Real, Florentino Perez, has been in contact with Mourinho – though that was before his sacking by Manchester United this week.Perez wanted Mourinho to replace Julen Lopetegui before he handed Santiago Solari a three-year contract.Calderon said, “A return for Mourinho to Real Madrid? Everyone here knows that it’s up to the president. I think he is the only coach he respects. The current president does not really trust the coaches. But in the case of Mourinho, he really, really supported him several times in difficult times. “When Lopetegui left, I said, ‘I’m sure Mourinho will be here and I do not exclude that he will be in Real in the near future’.” last_img read more

a day agoIFK chief explains sale options for Wolves, Watford target Alhassan Yusuf

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say IFK chief explains sale options for Wolves, Watford target Alhassan Yusufby Paul Vegasa day agoSend to a friendShare the loveIFK Gothenburg whizkid Alhassan Yusuf is facing frustration over hopes of a move to England.Wolves and Watford are keen on the midfielder, along with Anderlecht.However, IFK chief Pontus Farnerud admits a lack of qualifications for a UK work permit are likely to work against him.He told GT: “When it comes to sales, we must make sure that it is as good as possible for all parties. Then there is a regulatory framework to take into account and when it comes to a Premier League club, work permits are difficult. Then you have to look at what is best for the player together with the buying club.”Wolves could yet buy Yusuf and send him back to IFK on-loan.Farnerud added: “These are the solutions that exist and there is no secret behind it, but I would like to point out that we are not there now.” last_img read more

Brent Venables Stars In Funny Video About Construction Of Clemson’s New Football Facility

first_imgNo college football program does social media better than Clemson, and they’ve had a lot of fun with the ongoing construction of the Tigers’ new football practice facility, even though it isn’t expected to be complete until 2017. A few weeks ago, Dabo Swinney checked in on the progress Undercover Boss style. Now, defensive coordinator Brent Venables had his turn, starring in a very funny clip where he coaches up some of the guys working on the project.Coach Venables is ready to use the new Football Ops Facility……maybe a little too ready. #Clemsonhttps://t.co/n9Fo1BjYFx— Clemson Football (@ClemsonFB) May 31, 2016We wouldn’t want to be a player at the opposite end of the stare at the 30 second mark.venables starevenables stare 1last_img read more

Michigan State Players Star In Well-Produced Locker Room Dance Video

first_imgMichigan State players walking down a tunnel.YouTube/MSUSpartanVideoMichigan State is the defending Big Ten champion, and while Michigan and Ohio State have been getting most of the attention in the league as we near the season, the Spartans appear pretty pumped for the year to kick off.On Thursday, a group of Michigan State players created a locker room dance video, and with help from the program’s video team, it is incredibly well-produced. The video is set to Future’s hit “Wicked” from his 2016 mixtape Purple Reign.Michigan State opens its season with FCS squad Furman, but things heat up pretty quickly from there. The Spartans have a week two bye, and then head to South Bend to play a very strong Notre Dame team, and follow that game up with Wisconsin at home. At +825, the Spartans are tied for the third best odds to win a Big Ten title this year with Iowa, but are fairly well behind Ohio State (+168) and Michigan (+233). If they repeat, they certainly will have earned it.last_img read more

Ohio State mens soccer defender David Tiemstra wont let anybody beat him

Near the end of Thursday’s soccer practice, Ohio State senior defender and team captain David Tiemstra stood with his hands on his knees, trying to catch his breath. His gray practice shirt was soaked with sweat. As associate head coach Frank Speth yelled out instructions for the next conditioning drill, a still winded, Tiemstra stepped up to the line with three of his teammates and begins his sprint: running about 10 yards, stopping on a dime to change direction and then 10 yards back. He crossed the finish line a step ahead of the others. Success hasn’t come easily for the senior. He’s worked toward being a great soccer player since his playing days began between the ages of 5 and 6. “It’s the only thing I’ve done my whole life,” Tiemstra said. “As long as I can remember I’ve been playing soccer and it’s what everything has been centered around.” As a senior at Hinsdale Central High School of Illinois, Tiemstra was named an All-American and all-state twice. Tiemstra said he credits his father for teaching him humility and not letting the accolades go to his head. “(My father) always made sure that I wasn’t getting cocky or anything,” Tiemstra said, laughing. “When I’d talk about upcoming things, he’s always talk to me about how nothing is certain.” Tiemstra’s father seemed prophetic as few Division I schools expressed interest in his son. The decision came down to two schools: Ohio State and Michigan. After a visit to OSU, Tiemstra said the Michigan coach dismissed him from consideration, making the choice a simple one. Coach John Bluem said that Speth, a Chicago native, had been aware of Tiemstra and thought to recruit him. “He came in right from the beginning and played centrally on our defense,” Bluem said. “We knew we were getting a good athlete.” Tiemstra has started all 77 games in his career as a Buckeye. Though a defender by trade, Bluem said Tiemstra’s athleticism has shown in the unlikely form of offense. “He has scored some very timely goals for the program,” Bluem said. “He was a big part of the 2009 regular season and tournament championship for us.” Near the end of his sophomore year in 2009, Tiemstra was able to get some revenge against the coach and team who had snubbed him. On Nov. 7, 2009, Tiemstra fielded a corner kick inside the box and scored with two seconds remaining in the first half to give OSU a 1-0 lead against rival Michigan. That is all the Buckeyes needed as they won the game by the same score and earned the Big Ten regular season championship. “There was definitely some added motivation,” Tiemstra said, smiling. “I think scoring that goal on Michigan to win the Big Ten really was a highlight for me.” Then on Nov. 15, Tiemstra scored in the final minute of the contest on a throw-in to give the Buckeyes a 1-0 victory against Penn State for the Big Ten tournament championship. There were no heroics from Tiemstra on Saturday as the Buckeyes fell to conference foe Indiana in a game that could have locked up a regular season championship for the Buckeyes, but the senior helped hold the Hoosiers to a single goal, fewer than Indiana had scored in its previous five contests. Junior defender Chris Gomez said he benefitted from playing with Tiemstra. “I like to attack a lot, so when I go up I know he’s on my side and he’ll defend for me,” Gomez said. “And just watching him defend one-on-one, I try to see what he does so I can put that in my game too.” “Every time I come out I work my hardest and the guys see that,” Tiemstra said. “I hope they take that away from my game.” As conditioning concluded during Thursday, Tiemstra, visibly tired with his hands on his hips, smiled and put his hand on fellow senior Nick Galiardi’s shoulder. Tiemstra had just bested Galiardi in the last sprint of practice. Coach Bluem smiled too. “He’s not gonna let anybody beat him,” Bluem said. read more