The PGA Tour may still be three weeks away from resuming tournament play, but the sport will take another star-studded step toward returning to competition this weekend. Last week’s TaylorMade Driving Relief match featuring Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson, Rickie Fowler and Matthew Wolff marked the first live televised golf since the Tour entered a competitive hiatus in March in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. This weekend it’ll be another four-man outing with the Champions for Charity match, albeit with only two Tour members. Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson will go head to head at Medalist Golf Club in Florida, 18 months after their initial duel in Las Vegas. But this time they’ll be joined by a pair of NFL quarterbacks past and present, with Peyton Manning joining Woods and Tom Brady pairing with Mickelson. Like last week’s match at Seminole Golf Club, charity will be a key component to Sunday’s competition. More than $10 million is expected to be donated to coronavirus relief. And just as golf fans saw when McIlroy and Johnson teamed to defeat Fowler and Wolff in a skins match that extended to a 19th hole, a unique format will once again be on display. The match at Medalist will be split into two nines, with the front featuring best-ball competition and the back nine utilizing modified-alternate-shot format. Manning and Brady may be elite on the football field, but they’ll need some help to keep pace with Woods and Mickelson in a best-ball format. As a result, both quarterbacks will be given shots on three front-nine holes: one par-3, one par-4 and one par-5. But the modified alternate shot over the final nine holes won’t provide any such cushion for Manning, who plays to a 6.4 handicap index, or Brady with an 8.1 index. All four players will tee off on each hole, with Manning and Brady playing from a forward tee, and teammates will alternate after choosing the better drive. Manning on ‘Tiger,’ ‘Phil’ code names for offense While the quarterbacks will look to provide a few highlights with their clubs instead of their arms, much of the interest will focus on their two decorated partners. Most Tour players have been out of action for nearly three months, but Woods’ hiatus extends a month longer. The reigning Masters champ hasn’t played since finishing last among those who made the cut at the Genesis Invitational on Feb. 16, clearly plagued by injury issues that led him to skip three subsequent events, including The Players. As a Medalist member, Woods will have home-course advantage and revenge on his mind after Mickelson edged him in their 2018 match in Vegas. But there are still questions to be answered by his southpaw counterpart, as Mickelson is now less than a month away from turning 50. Mickelson was hit or miss during 2020 before coronavirus halted play, mixing missed cuts with a pair of T-3 finishes. But he’s been staying busy recently in California, playing regular practice rounds with area pros like Xander Schauffele and Charley Hoffman. As for the team arrangements, the dividing lines were rather apparent. Woods and Manning have played together often over the years, teaming in five pro-ams including each of the last two years at the Memorial. Manning once shared that when he was leading the Indianapolis Colts, the team’s no-huddle offense included a snap-count call where “Tiger” meant hiking the ball on 1 and “Phil” meant hiking the ball on 2. “We’d say it a lot. ‘Tiger, Tiger,’ ‘Phil, Phil,’” Manning said. “Tiger was on 1, and Phil was on 2. Tiger always liked that. He could hear it. I think he liked the fact that Phil was on 2 a lot as well.” Their partnership means Mickelson will be joined by Brady, who recently moved to Florida after signing with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. It’s a duo that continues to successfully battle Father Time, with Brady about to enter his 21st NFL season and Mickelson still hitting bombs past players half his age. As with last week’s televised showcase, there’s sure to be some rust on display as players look to return to competitive form – and it likely won’t be limited to the play of the quarterbacks. But another chance to promote the game with a significant charitable aspect will be embraced by fans across the country, and it signals another important element of progress as the Tour inches closer toward a return to full-fledged competition after an unexpected hiatus.
Chandigarh, Feb 19 (PTI) With Haryana on the edge due to Jat agitation, Rio paralympic medallist Deepa Malik today appealed to the Jat community to put forth their demands in a peaceful manner so as not to sully their image.Recalling the unfortunate incidents which occurred last year as violence broke out during the Jat stir claiming 30 lives, Malik, a Jat herself said, “The thing you are fighting for, if it brings bad name to its very identity, then such a movement goes in a negative way.””I feel in a democratic country everyone has the right to put forward their views. My only appeal to everybody in this movement is that look at our sportspersons and take things in a sportsmans spirit.”We also fight for whatever we want in the play field, but with a feeling of brotherhood and with a feeling of sportsman spirit. Whatever you have to say, please adopt peaceful kind of way to do it,” Malik, who hails from Haryana, said here.Malik had won a silver medal in the womens shot put event at the Paralympics and was felicitated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at a function held at Gurugram in November last year with a cash award of Rs 4 crore.Malik, who made the entire country proud with her rare feat, said, “when one talks of things in a peaceful and and non-violent manner, when one keeps point of view in a peaceful manner, it holds more weight.””Being a Jat myself, its an appeal lets put forward everything in a peaceful manner so that we do not destroy the very significance and image we are standing for,” Malik told PTI here on the sidelines of a function.advertisementShe said the positive side was that the stir this year so far has remained peaceful.She also said that nobody wants a repeat of the incidents of violence as witnessed during last years stir.During the height of the Jat agitation last year, many sports personalities had appealed to the community to adopt peaceful ways of protest.Cricketer Virendra Sehwag, former national chess champion Anuradha Beniwal, boxers Vijender Singh and Manoj Kumar, had made an appeal to the Jat protesters to end the stir.Notably, as the protesting Jats are observing “Balidan Divas” (day of sacrifice) today, Haryana is on high alert with maximum deployment of forces to prevent any untoward incident.The agitation seeking reservation in education and government jobs for the Jat community among other demands entered its 22nd day today.The All-India Jat Aarakshan Sangarsh Samiti (AIJASS), the body spearheading the fresh stir, had announced that they would decide the future course of action today.PTI SUN DV
He has played two matches till now and has let in just one goal and that one goal also sneaked in because of the striker’s pure luck and he still has a chance to guide Iran to the Round of 16 in the 2018 FIFA World Cup.Alireza Beiranvand has been a solid figure for Iran at the back. Along with his hard-working defenders, he cuts a formidable figure under the sticks.On Wednesday, he conceded his first World Cup goal, against the mighty Spain, up against one of the best strikers in the business Diego Costa.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEHow did that goal happen though? It was a stroke of luck. Beiranvand was deceived because Costa’s strike got deflected, bounced back off the Spaniard and then went into the goal. Alireza Beiranvand kept a clean sheet against Morocco and pulled off some good saves versus Spain (Reuters Photo)Beiranvand’s determination to guard his goal perhaps comes from the staunch personality he has developed through the various struggles he has undergone to reach to the top of his country’s football.FIFA WORLD CUP: FIXTURES | POINTS TABLEHaving been born in a nomadic family and being the eldest son, he was a shepherd back in time. It was in his free time that he used to play football and a local game named Dal Paran, which involved throwing stones to long distances.It was at the age of 12 that his family settled down and he began training at a local club. Though he started as a striker, an injury to the goalkeeper meant he took the place, made a brilliant save and sealed his place.advertisementHowever, it was then that his real troubles began.Iranian women watch football in Tehran stadium for first time since 1979His father disapproved of him taking up football as a professional career, even tore his clothes and gloves. It was then that Beiranvand decided to leave his home.Borrowing money from a relative, he decided to take a bus to Tehran. It was in that bus that he met a football coach, Hossein Feiz, who managed a local team. Feiz told him that he could train at the club in return for some money.In Russia, a plea to support Iranian women to enter stadiumsOf course, Beiranvand had no money, no place to sleep.For days he slept at the roads. One day he decided to sleep outside the club where he trained on trial every day.”I slept by the club’s door and when I got up in the morning I noticed the coins that people had dropped for me,” he told the Guardian. “They had thought I was a beggar! Well, I had a delicious breakfast for the first time in a long while.”Finally Feiz took him in and asked the captain of the club to help him. He slept at the captain’s place for two weeks before starting to work at another colleague’s father’s dressmaking factory so he could sleep there.Iran captain says World Cup not the right place to discuss women issuesDespite coming such a long way, there was far more road to cover.He next used to wash SUVs for money and soon, he met a Naft-e-Tehran coach and moved there. In the beginning, he slept at the club’s prayer room but soon he had to move out.From working at a pizza shop to working as a street cleaner, Beiranvand was soon finding it difficult to stay fit and was soon sacked by Naft for training with another team and getting injured.He then went to another club, Homa, but the manager there was reluctant to take him in.However, it was a few days that luck finally decided to smile at him.The Naft U-23 manager called him asking him to come back if he had not signed elsewhere. He joined back and the rest is history. Alireza Beiranvand is Iran’s first choice goalkeeper in this year’s FIFA World Cup (Reuters Photo)He is now Iran’s first-choice keeper, playing at the biggest stage in world football and holding his ground.On June 25, he will have perhaps one of the toughest job in the world — stopping Cristiano Ronaldo from finding the back of the net — when Iran will take on Portugal in their final group game.Like he has shown in the two matches till now though, he will be up for the challenge.
Azpilicueta: Pulisic deal a warning to Chelsea playersby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta says the deal for Borussia Dortmund winger Christian Pulisic is a warning for the players.Azpilicueta has welcomed the USA international’s move to Stamford Bridge, but feels it also sends a message to the current group.He told the London Evening Standard: “Of course. Chelsea is a top club and the competition is very high.”Every moment we need to get results, we need to perform. That has been the case for a long time at Chelsea and will be the same now.”Obviously I am very happy that Chelsea have signed Pulisic. He is a talented young player and will come in the summer. “For the next six months he will be with Borussia, but I’m happy that we are getting young players. Hopefully he can be very good for us.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
OAKLAND, CA – SEPTEMBER 30: Baker Mayfield #6 of the Cleveland Browns tells to the crowd to be quiet after the Browns scored a touchdown against the Oakland Raiders at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on September 30, 2018 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)There are many who believe that Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield, who transferred in from Texas Tech a year ago, is going to wind up starting over Trevor Knight this fall. Perhaps the Sooners should also be taking a look at what other positions Mayfield can play. Friday afternoon, Mayfield posted a video of himself making a ridiculous turn-around one-handed catch on his high school’s practice field.The pass came from former Lake Travis High School quarterback Dominic DeLira, who is signed with Iowa State ahead of the 2015 campaign.Mayfield could be poised for a big 2015 – maybe Oklahoma should figure out a way to work him into the scheme, regardless of whether he wins the starting job.