Joe Liffey (Green Jacket), with Guy Stewart (L) and Mick Dunning (R).PSC Pattaya Links Golf SocietyFriday, Nov. 1 Khao Kheow C+A StablefordThe weather forecast for this day was for plenty of rain but cooler temperatures. Well, almost correct, as we certainly had a much cooler day than for a long time, very pleasant indeed. However, although grey and overcast for the entire round, there was, thankfully, no rain. A perfect day for golf.What is a perfect round of golf? We are not sure, but big hitting Andrew Purdie, in red hot form right now, is coming close. Following on from his great 44 points at Burapha two days ago, he has continued in that vein to score 42 points to once again lead the field and win the A flight. Let’s not forget, his handicap is (maybe now was) just #9.Running a close second on a high scoring day was Joe Liffey, playing his second game with Links, scoring 41 points.Kevin McEntee reckons he is going to have a Green Jacket made for himself as he can’t seem to win one, even with really good scores. Today he was third with 39 points.Francis McGuigan has been having some good games recently and took fourth spot on a countback with 37 points to edge Grant Pride out of a place.It’s hard to believe that Tom Herrington could be in B flight but his handicap says that he is. He won the flight nicely with a score of 40 points.Barry Horman was a regular “wig” wearer a week or two ago but now is having a big reversal of form to take second spot with 38 points.Matt Cronin has just returned to Pattaya and did well with 36 points for third, while Barry’s travelling buddy, John Evans, has also found form and took fourth with 35 points.Near pins: Matt Doyle (A flight), Joe Liffey (A flight), John Evans (B flight), Stu Thompson (B flight).A Flight (0-16)1st Place – Andrew Purdie (9) – 42 pts2nd Place – Joe Liffey (16) – 41 pts3rd Place – Kevin McEntee (10) – 39 pts4th Place – Francis McGuigan (16) – 37 pts c/backB Flight (17+)1st Place – Tom Herrington (17) – 40 pts2nd Place – Barry Horman (25) – 38 pts3rd Place – Matt Cronin (19) – 36 pts4th Place – John Evans (25) – 35 ptsBest Front Nine (non-winners) Darren Beavers 22 ptsBest Back Nine (non-winners) Wayne Peppernell 20 ptsGuy Stewart has had some adventures in the past couple of weeks, having been to Cambodia and Vietnam on golf trips. He’s lost things, injured himself and had an interesting haircut. It was thought that the “wig” would cover the haircut for a short while.Mick Dunning had to survive a countback for the worst nine hole score to wear the “silly hat”.Khao Kheow was in excellent condition again, with fairways having some run and greens playing truly and with good pace. Once again the tee boxes are having some renovations and some were a bit scruffy, but, as can be seen by the good scoring, it was a day out enjoyed by all thirty four players.
Oliver’s Bar7164263-212 TeamPlayedWonLostForAgainstDiff.Pts. Results: Walkabout 7 v 8 Simple Simons, Winners Bar 10 v 5 Wombat Bar, Hot Legs 7 v 8 Shenanigans, Country Road 3 v 12 Flying Dolphins, Punch & Judy 5 v 10 Take Care Bar, Cosy Bar 8 v 7 Oliver’s Bar, DK Bar 5 v 10 Woaw’s Pub Country Road76163422112 Winners Bar76162431912 Woaws Pub734574896 Punch & Judy7345664-86 DK Bar7435946138 Walkabout734555056 Simple Simons743535218 Wombat Bar7163471-372 Shenanigans7254659-134 Hot Legs7254758-114 Cosy Bar7344263-216 Take Care Bar743574898 Flying Dolphins77071343714 Results & Standings June 30 (week 7)
Pittsburgh Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen (22) stands with former Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Barry Bonds during opening day ceremonies before the baseball game between the Pirates and the Chicago Cubs on Monday, March 31, 2014, in Pittsburgh. Bonds, and former Pirates shortstop Dick Groat, both former NL baseball MVP award winners with the Pirates, were in town to present the 2013 MVP trophy to McCutchen. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic/File)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — After a nearly decade-long prosecution, the U.S. Department of Justice on Tuesday formally dropped what was left of its criminal case against Major League Baseball career home run leader Barry Bonds over allegations he received performance-enhancing drugs.The prosecution of Bonds for obstruction of justice ended quietly with the Justice Department’s one-paragraph court filing announcing that its solicitor general would not ask the U.S. Supreme Court to consider a lower court’s reversal of Bonds’ felony conviction.A jury convicted the former San Francisco Giants star in 2011 of obstruction of justice for giving a meandering answer to a federal grand jury when asked about steroids injections. An 11-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned that conviction in April.The DOJ had to ask the solicitor general’s office for permission to appeal the ruling, said Rory Little, a former federal prosecutor who now teaches at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco. The DOJ said in its court filing that the solicitor general would not appeal the case, meaning the reversal of Bonds’ conviction would stand.Little said the decision was not a surprise. Though the 9th Circuit’s ruling exposed confusion over the federal obstruction of justice law, it was not a good candidate for review by the U.S. Supreme Court because it generated four different opinions.“You have 11 judges splitting four ways,” he said. “That’s not a very clean vehicle for Supreme Court review.”Bonds attorney Dennis Riordan declined to comment early Tuesday, saying he needed to speak with his client before discussing the case publicly. Major League Baseball had no immediate comment on the Justice Department decision.The U.S. Attorney’s office in San Francisco didn’t respond immediately to a phone call seeking comment.The decision brings an end to the case against Bonds, which stemmed from an investigation of the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative that began in 2002 and saw the convictions of Olympic track gold medalist Marion Jones, elite sprint cyclist Tammy Thomas and former NFL defensive lineman Dana Stubblefield along with coaches, distributors, a trainer, a chemist and a lawyer.The investigation also helped lead to the drafting of the Mitchell Report, which called out many of baseball’s best players, including Roger Clemens, for alleged steroid use. Clemens was acquitted in 2012 on all charges that he obstructed and lied to Congress in denying he used performance-enhancing drugs.Bonds was called before a grand jury investigating BALCO in 2003. He was charged four years later with lying to the grand jury about receiving performance-enhancing drugs and went on trial in 2011.A jury convicted him of obstructing justice because of the answer he gave the grand jury when he was asked if his personal trainer Greg Anderson ever injected him with steroids.“That’s what keeps our friendship,” Bonds replied. “I was a celebrity child, not just in baseball by my own instincts. I became a celebrity child with a famous father. I just don’t get into other people’s business because of my father’s situation, you see.”Anderson refused to testify at trial and was imprisoned on contempt of court citations. The jury failed to reach verdicts on three counts charging Bonds with making false statements, and the government later dismissed those charges.The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in April said Bond’s answer when asked whether Anderson ever injected him with steroids didn’t amount to obstruction. The court said the answer wasn’t “material” to the sprawling federal investigation into sports doping.After the 2011 trial and conviction, a federal judge sentenced Bonds to 30 days of home confinement, two years of probation, 250 hours of community service in youth-related activities and a $4,000 fine. Bonds served the home confinement before his conviction was overturned.Bonds ended his career after the 2007 season with 762 career home runs, surpassing Hank Aaron’s long-standing record of 755.Though Bonds is no longer a felon, many fans — and even some baseball peers — have concluded that he cheated by using performance-enhancing drugs. Tuesday’s decision to drop the case against him is not likely to help him with Hall of Fame voters.In his third year on the Hall of Fame ballot this year, Bonds received 202 votes for 36.8 percent from the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. A player must garner at least 75 percent of the vote to be elected.
In this April 8, 1974 file photo, Atlanta Braves’ Hank Aaron eyes the flight of the ball after hitting his 715th career homer in a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Harry Harrris, File)ATLANTA (AP) _ Japan honored former home run king Hank Aaron with one of its highest awards on Thursday, saying he is a symbol of its close relationship with the United States and their shared love of baseball.The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette was presented during a ceremony and reception at the home of Japan’s consul general in Atlanta, Takashi Shinozuka.“It is an honor for Japan to have such a wonderful friend,” Shinozuka said.The 81-year-old Aaron was singled out for his long relationship with Japan’s home run leader, Sadaharu Oh, and their efforts to bring young people together through the World Children Baseball’s Fair, which recently celebrated its 25th anniversary.Oh was unable to travel to Atlanta, but the 75-year-old sent videotaped remarks.Aaron sat through most of the ceremony, next to his wife, Billye. He now must use a cane to get around after undergoing hip-replacement surgery.“The communication between the two countries is great,” Aaron said. “Baseball has always played a pivotal role in whatever happens in everyday life.”Aaron first met Oh shortly after breaking Babe Ruth’s record for most career homers in 1974. Aaron went on to hit 755 homers in his career, a major league mark that has since been eclipsed by Barry Bonds.Oh, who played his entire career in Japan, has more homers than any professional player in baseball history, finishing with 868.Aaron and Oh are co-founders and honorary directors of the World Children’s Baseball Fair, a weeklong event held each summer that brings together children from Japan, the U.S. and countries around the world for clinics and cultural exchanges.“For 25 years, we’ve been going back and forth trying to help young kids,” Aaron said. “Not to make them home run hitters, but just to make them pen pals. By that, I mean someone that can write letters and be able to communicate with each other. The Japanese people have helped me out quite a bit. I want to thank them for all they do.”Aaron’s brother-in-law, U.S. Rep. David Scott, called the Hall of Famer a “God-blessed man and a God-sent man” who overcame racial prejudice to break one of the most hallowed records in sports and helped bring Atlanta together during the turbulent civil rights era of the 1960s.“Atlanta would not be Atlanta if not for Hank Aaron,” said Scott, a Georgia Democrat.Coming out of the bitterness of World War II, baseball helped forge a tight bond between the U.S. and Japan, Scott added, calling that relationship particularly important in today’s world, given the tensions with North Korea.“Baseball has kept our two nations together,” the congressman said.Shinozuka pinned the medal to the lapel of Aaron’s jacket, then played a 3-minute video made by Oh.“This makes me happier than if I had received the decoration myself,” said Oh, who spoke in Japanese with English subtitles.Derek Schiller, an executive vice president for the Braves, toasted Aaron with a glass of sake.A longtime executive in the Braves front office, Aaron has played a largely ceremonial role with the team in recent years, though he has used his stature to push for more African-Americans in the game.He said he is pleased by the recent hiring of two minority managers, former teammate Dusty Baker by the Washington Nationals and Dave Roberts by the Los Angeles Dodgers.After the toast by Schiller, Aaron took a small sip of sake and smiled.“You’re forever an Atlanta Brave,” Schiller said. “We’re very proud of that, everything you mean for us. You’re our hero. You’re our champion.”___Follow Paul Newberry on Twitter at www.twitter.com/pnewberry1963 . His work can be found at http://bigstory.ap.org/content/paul-newberry .
Pittsburgh Penguins’ Patric Hornqvist (72), of Sweden, celebrates as he leaves the ice after defeating the Nashville Predators 2-0 in Game 6 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final, Monday, June 12, 2017, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey) The parade will begin at 11 a.m. and follow a similar route to parades following the 2009 and 2016 championships, along Grant Street and Boulevard of the Allies. But this year’s parade will continue into Point State Park, where the players, coaches and other dignitaries will take the stage to deliver remarks.The parade after last year’s championship drew about 400,000 fans, the biggest celebration for any of the team’s five Stanley Cup championships.Other details were still being finalized Monday and will be announced later.The Penguins beat the Nashville Predators 2-0 in Game 6 of the final on Sunday. PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Penguins’ Stanley Cup championship victory parade will be held Wednesday morning.
The touch to get the ball out of his feet was excellent, the second to rifle it home was even better. Japan: Kawashima, Uchida, Morishige, Yoshida, Nagatomo, Yamaguchi, Hasebe (Endo 53), Okazaki, Honda, Kagawa (Kakitani 86), Osako (Okubo 67). Bony nodded home from an Aurier cross from the right and then Gervinho did the same moments later, in a carbon copy of the first goal. Booked: Bamba, Zokora. CEST Goals: Bony 64, Gervinho 65. The former Chelsea star didn’t get on the scoresheet but the game changed after he was introduced. Match facts Didier Drogba inspired the Ivory Coast to a stunning comeback over Japan in Recife. Upd. at 05:08 Receiving the ball from Shinji Kagawa on the edge of the box he burst past one man and then flashed a drive into the top left corner. Sport EN Japan had taken the lead in the first half through Keisuke Honda’s brilliant individual goal. Ivory Coast: Barry, Aurier, Bamba, Zokora, Boka (Djakpa 73), Tiote, Yaya Toure, Die (Drogba 62), Gervinho, Bony (Konan 77), Kalou. Ivory Coast came close through Bony, but Japan were well on top until the interval. Booked: Yoshida, Morishige. Japan will be disappointed that they couldn’t maintain their performance, Ivory Coast delighted that they are on course to make it through the group stage for the first time. Goal: Honda 16. 15/06/2014 But after the break they lost their way dramatically and Ivory Coast came back into the game, showing why they are tipped to make it out of the group. Serge Aurier was the creator in chief, assisting both of Wilfried Bony and Gervinho’s goals with pinpoint crosses. Referee: Enrique Osses (Chile)
He added: “It was a complete game, the team played really well and we could have finished them off with a second goal. “I admire him as a coach and a person, I hope he continues in the job. 05/05/2016 On a second final in three years against Atletico, the 31-year-old is expecting a close encounter. Sport EN As for the win, which put Madrid into the Champions League final against rivals Atletico Madrid, Ronaldo was happy with his side’s performance. The Portuguese international had missed the last three games, but returned to feature in the Champions League semi-final success at the Bernabeu. “It’s a final and it’s going to be even,” he said. “The fact we’re from the same league shows the quality of our domestic competition.” Finally, he praised the work being done by Zinedine Zidane, who took over in January and has led the club to the Champions League final and kept them in the title race. “It was a tight scoreline but it’s enough. We worked really hard and we’re in the final. We knew we had to score; in the first leg we deserved to score. Upd. at 00:31 CEST Cristiano Ronaldo said he didn’t suffer a relapse of his thigh injury in Real Madrid’s 1-0 win over Manchester City on Wednesday. “We’ve always been behind Zidane because he is a humble person who likes to listen, and that always makes things easier.” “Zidane is doing a great job. He’s helping us and we are helping him,” Ronaldo said. “I didn’t suffer a relapse of my injury,” he confirmed after the game. “I think that we were the better team and we deserve to be in the final.”
The defender passed the semi-final test against Die Mannschaft with flying colours and looks sets to keep his place in Didier Deschamps’ starting 11 at the Stade de France against Portugal on Sunday. Upd. at 12:20 08/07/2016 “I feel good, I try to stay calm and believe in my qualities as I always have,” he concluded. Sport EN CEST “For me, to play and win without conceding a goal is fantastic, I’m satisfied.” “When you play with great players you adapt quickly,” the 22-year-old began, “We had to be very good defensively against a technically strong Germany team. Umtiti is now preparing for his first European Championship final with Les Bleus, but the new Barça addition is ready for the challenge and solely focused on winning France’s third title in the competition. Samuel Umtiti was particularly humble about his development as a player after helping France defeat Germanty 2-0 in the Euro 2016 semi-finals. “I don’t look too far ahead, July is a good month and I hope it remains that way [with Euro 2016 glory].”
The captain of Real Madrid Sergio Ramos and Welshman Gareth Bale have returned to the group in the second weekly training session, to prepare the league clash against Celta Vigo on Saturday. With Cristiano and Coentrao working separately from the main group, another two players did not take part with their teammates, both Karim Benzema and Keylor Navas. They will also be missing at the weekend. Also on Wednesday morning, the Portuguese duo Cristiano Ronaldo and Fabio Coentrao increased their rhythm, as they worked for a part of their session with the ball. Upd. at 22:33 24/08/2016 However, Real Madrid expect to be without Cristiano Ronaldo for the game against Celta, at the Santiago Bernabeu. EFE CEST He hopes that the player will not be called up by his national team, for a friendly and their first qualification game for the 2018 World Cup. The forward is totally recovered from his knee injury, suffered during the Euro 2016 final, but Zinedine Zidane is closer to reserving him for after the international break. After being absent from Tuesday’s session, Ramos and Bale were back for a workout which the club’s website descibed as the toughest of the week, lasting almost two hours. An initial part involved a physical circuit in the gym and on the pitches, followed by a series of ball possession and pressing phases, crosses from wide with finishes and matches on small-sized pitches.
¡Hola!: Messi and Antonella now have a date for their wedding Antonella Roccuzzo and Sofía Balbi, partners of Barcelona players Leo Messi and Luis Suarez respectively, opened their boutique shoe store on Avenida Diagonal in Barcelona on Wednesday. In addition to footwear (shoes, sandals, platforms, dancers…), the boutique will sell wallets, accessories, perfumes and a line for men as well. Sarkany has 57 stores open in South America and has now landed in Europe through the door of Barcelona. 17/05/2017 Upd. on 18/05/2017 at 00:16 CEST Antonella y Sofía abren la boutique Sarkany en Barcelona PRESTIGE In Argentina Also not wanting to miss the launch were various Barça players, among them Messi and Suarez, who wanted to support the venture. Neymar, Busquets and ter Stegen were also there, as was Chelsea’s Cesc Fabregas, joined by his partner Daniella Semaan. IN SPORT.ES Boutique Sarkany, located on Avenida Diagonal 419 in Barcelona, will sell the brand’s footwear — it is one of the biggest brands in Argentina and Latin America and considered a reference in design. RELATED STORIES Roccuzzo and Balbi’s store is the first in Europe of the popular South American designer Sarkany, which was founded in 1985 by Ricky Sarkany, who was also present at the opening in the Catalan city. sport.es Antonella Roccuzzo’s Instagram message after Barcelona lashed Villarreal 4-1