CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Angel Cabrera never knows when he’s going to play his best golf. This could be shaping up as one of those weeks at the Wells Fargo Championship. On a Quail Hollow course that lets the Argentine hit driver on just about every hole, two exquisite short-game shots late in the second round carried Cabrera to a 3-under 69 on Friday and a share of the lead with Martin Flores going into the weekend. It was the first time Cabrera had at least a share of the 36-hole lead on the PGA Tour since the 2007 U.S. Open at Oakmont. The last time he was part of the lead after any round was in the 2013 Masters. With one of the most powerful and reliable swings in golf, the mystery about the 44-year-old Argentine is that his only two wins on the PGA Tour are majors – Oakmont for the U.S. Open, and Augusta National when he won the Masters in a playoff in 2009. ”I’m of course happy to be in position to win this tournament, but every time I go out and play, I’m hoping to win,” Cabrera said. ”It’s difficult to know exactly when you’re going to play well. I don’t think anybody knows when they’re going to play well.” Flores couldn’t ask for a better start, and his finish wasn’t too bad, either. Flores began his second round birdie-eagle when he holed out with a wedge from 105 yards in the 11th fairway. He added a pair of birdies late in his round for a 68. Wells Fargo Championship: Articles, photos and videos They were at 9-under 135, one shot ahead of Justin Rose, who had a 67. Phil Mickelson and Rory McIlroy went the other direction. Mickelson, one shot out of the lead to start the second round and perfect conditions ahead of him, seemed to miss every putt that he made on Thursday. He had a 75 and fell seven shots out of the lead. ”I can’t believe the difference in putting from yesterday to today,” Mickelson said. ”Yesterday, I saw every ball go in the hole. And today I couldn’t get them to fall and was three-putting, which is funny because the greens today were so perfect. … I struggled today. I don’t have any great reason. It didn’t feel far off. ”I just struggled getting the ball in the hole.” So did McIlroy, starting with a three-putt from 18 feet on the second hole. He drove behind a tree on the third hole and hit into a bush on the fourth hole, both times taking a penalty drop and making double bogey. He wound up with a 76 and made the cut on the number at 1-over 145. McIlroy missed five putts from 6 feet or closer. ”I just didn’t have my game today,” McIlroy said. ”Off the tee it was good. I didn’t get the ball close enough. My putting didn’t feel as comfortable as it did yesterday.” The 16th hole sized up his day. McIlroy blasted a tee shot beyond the crest of the hill, a 375-yard drive that left him a simple wedge to the green. He wound up making bogey when he missed from just inside 4 feet. The biggest turnaround in the other direction belonged to Brendon de Jonge, who grew up in Zimbabwe and now lives in Charlotte. He opened with an 80, and followed that by tying the course record at Quail Hollow with a 62. Now he’s tied with Mickelson. ”Strange game,” de Jonge said. The leaderboard was filled with players trying to win for the first time. Flores is in his fourth full season on the PGA Tour and has never finished in the top three. Shawn Stefani had a 68 and was two shots behind, while Kevin Kisner had a 66 and was three back. And there are plenty of major champions who haven’t been heard from much over the last few years. Martin Kaymer (2010 PGA Championship) had his second straight round of 69. Stewart Cink (2009 British Open) salvaged bogey from the water on the 17th and finished with a birdie for a 70. They were in the group at 6-under 138. Geoff Ogilvy (2006 U.S. Open) had seven birdies in his round of 67 and was four shots behind. Leading the way was Cabrera, who only seems to win majors. He made his move late with four birdies, and the last two were superb. Cabrera hit 8-iron over the lip of a fairway bunker on the par-5 seventh hole, but left himself 40 yards from a front pin. He played a pitch-and-run to about 5 feet behind the hole for a birdie to tie for the lead. ”The chip was more complicated,” he said. ”I needed to decide if I wanted to bring it up or keep it low and let it bump, so I ended up doing that. It was a great shot.” Then, he judged perfectly with a flop shot out of the rough from in front of the short par-4 eighth hole, and made the 3-foot putt for birdie to take the lead. He drove into the rough on the ninth, clipped the top of a tree and sent his ball into a bunker and failed to save par.
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Mallard’s Source for sports would like to applaud the success by the students by naming organizers Team of the Week.The SROAMazing race team includes Trip Hershey III, Ben Johnstone, Patrick Stewart, Andrew Warren, Irina Smolina, Pasha Perepelytsia, Guido Calvo, Miguel Morel, Ryan Brudner, Kent Wakeman, Eddie Learmont, Dryw Smith, Danielle McGovern, Mara Guerra, Mike Groberman, Mackenzie Booth, Ben Evoy, Alannah Freise, Ashleigh Gray, MJ Iniguez and Kale Pendlebury. The Selkirk College Ski Resort Operations and Management program gives students a unique blend of management skills and industry knowledge to prepare you for lasting leadership roles.Those leadership roles were put to the test during the recent fourth annual Selkirk College Ski Resort Operations and Management program SROAMazing race.And the students did not disappoint instructors as the event attracted 20 teams in total and raised mroe than $1800 for Avalanche Awareness Beyond the Boundaries Society.
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid goalkeeper Courtois: No problems with Keylorby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois insists there’s no tension with Keylor Navas after winning the Club World Cup final.Courtois’ arrival has come at a cost for Keylor, who now struggles for minutes despite winning three successive Champions league titles.”I respect him a lot, like the other players here who have won three Champions Leagues,” Courtois said after victory over Al Ain.”It’s never nice to be on the bench, I guess for him it’s the same, but I see him working well.”There isn’t a bad relationship, all the goalkeepers train hard.”
Facebook Eugene Brave Rock As Alberta’s film business continues to thrive, and hopefully grow with the opening in the new Calgary Film Centre, Postmedia’s Eric Volmers takes a look at local up and coming actors, directors, producers and other talents who made an impact this year in Calgary, across the country and around the world.Actor and stuntman Eugene Brave Rock. Courtesy, Jennifer Marie Studios Advertisement Advertisement Courtesy, Michelle C. Smith LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement David CormicanProducer: BetweenThis 34-year-old Lethbridge native has made significant waves in Canadian TV and film since switching careers from thespian to producer. He currently has a number of irons in the fire with Don Carmody Television, which he co-founded with the veteran producer in Toronto. Cormican is one of the producers behind the hit series Between, a co-production with Netflix about a small town coping with a disease that wiped out everybody over the age of 21. Hollywood Reporter recently named Corsican in its Next Generation Canada.From the film, Goalie: Life and Death in the Crease.Buddy and Geordie Day and Clint Malarchuk.Courtesy, Pyramid ProductionsBuddy Day, Geordie DayDirectors: Goalie: Life and Death in the Crease, Carisa Hendrix: Girl on Fire, Unnatural Enemies: The War on Wolves Brothers Geordie and Buddy Day offered a harrowing portrait of Clint Malarchuk in the documentary Goalie: Life and Death in the Crease, chronicling the troubled former NHL player’s battles with mental illness and alcoholism through interviews and dramatizations. Buddy Day followed it up this year with Carisa Hendrix: Girl on Fire, an equally intriguing account of the Calgary performer’s interesting background and attempts to launch an ambitious show in Vegas that showcase her unique talents in fire-eating, magic and theatre. Meanwhile. Geordie’s 2015 documentary Unnatural Enemies: The War on Wolves, earned a prestigious Genesis Award this year from the Humane Society of the United States.Filmmaker Kurtis David Harder.Kurtis David HarderDirector: InControlKurtis David Harder was one of many local talents to impress crowds this year at the Calgary International Film Festival, where he screened his creepy and assured sophomore feature InControl. The low-budget film delved into heady territory about identity, culpability and human nature. Harder, who is part of the Calgary-based Umbrella Films Collective, is now producing a horror film called Still/Born that was also shot in Calgary.Director John Kissack. Courtesy, Sarah PukinJohn KissackDirector: A Miracle on Christmas LakeCalgary filmmaker John Kissack made his directorial debut with A Miracle on Christmas Lake, about a troubled youth who discovers a magic hockey rink at the other side of the lake. The seasonal family film was picked up by Sony Home Pictures Entertainment for a DVD Release just in time for Christmas. Login/Register With: Actor, Stuntman: Batman v. Superman, Wonder WomanEugene Brave Rock’s screen-time in Batman v. Superman is fleeting — that’s him standing beside Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) in a 1918 black-and-white photo Bruce Wayne discovers online — but his appearance had fanboys and girls abuzz over the possibilities of who the mysterious “Chief” actually is. We’ll find out this summer, when Wonder Woman hits theatres. Until then, the 38-year-old actor and stuntman from Kainai First Nation can only confirm that he spent five months in London this year on the mega-budgeted film’s secretive set. Brave Rock has starred in Hell on Wheels and Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee and also spent part of this year in Budapest shooting a TV series called Jamestown about the first British settlers in America.David Cormican. Courtesy, Don Carmody Television Twitter
New Delhi: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Friday said that the BJP would get a bigger mandate than in 2014 in the general elections and the “New India” is a positive India which does not accept the “negativism of Rahul, Arvind Kejriwal, Mamata Banerjee and TDP”. In a blog post, “Has the Congress Thrown its Hands up?”, Jaitley said voting for the first three rounds of the elections covering 303 parliamentary seats is over and electoral battle now enters the Hindi heartland. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework He said that in most of the states where elections are to be held in the coming rounds, it is a direct contest between the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the opposition party “is in no position to effectively take on the regional parties or the BJP”. “Therefore, the only issue in the future rounds is the width of the margin of victory of the BJP. Will it be a repeat of 2014 in terms of votes, or will it be more? A euphoric reaction at the ground suggests a mandate larger than 2014. A 65 per cent to 70 per cent approval rating for an incumbent Prime Minister is unprecedented in India. It is reflecting in the groundswell,” Jaitley said. Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygen He said the Congress has announced 424 seats, though the proposed grand alliance at the national level died before it was born. Jaitley said that Congress President Rahul Gandhi, in the last one year, built up “a fake narrative” on Rafale and loan waiver to business houses, which was contrary to the truth. “The fake issues evaporated and now strike no chord with the electorate. Having to apologise to the Supreme Court for false public narrative significantly diminishes the credibility of a political leader. Rahul became a victim of his own falsehood,” Jaitley said. The BJP leader said that the “desperation reached a peak” when Gandhi, “without realising that Arvind Kejriwal was playing games with him”, offered him four seats contrary to the advice of the party’s state unit and “displayed the desperation of a loser”. Attacking the Congress leader further, Jaitley said that instead of sharing the nationalist mood in the country post Balakot, Gandhi positioned his party against both the national interest and the national mood. “He considered Balakot not a blow to Pakistan-sponsored terrorism but to the Congress party. When the Kashmir parties take a position of soft separatism, the Congress has been unable to reveal either its stand for or any opposition to it.” Jaitley said that the desperation reached climax when the Congress and the NCP had to “outsource” the job of attacking Prime Minister to MNS leader Raj Thackeray without realising the fallout of such a move in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and other north Indian states. He said the Congress manifesto on national security was completely against the nationalistic mood in the country. “Rahul had to seek cover at Wayanad and Priyanka had to skip Varanasi and feel satisfied not to contest because there was no Wayanad available to her. The ‘New India’ is a positive India. It does not accept the negativism of Rahul, Arvind Kejriwal, Mamata Banerjee and TDP. The ‘New India’ wants to look up rather than be cynical and critical about their own country,” he said. Jaitley said that the Congress and Rahul Gandhi are 48 years behind the times. “2019 and 1971 are 48 years apart. India’s social combination and economic profile has completely changed. The Congress is contesting the 2019 election on the 1971 agenda. It is not in tune with the times. The writing on the wall is loud and clear. Those who lived a life of entitlement all through, give up when office seems to be a distant dream,” the Minister said. He said that in the North East, Bengal and Odisha, the contest was between the regional parties and the BJP and the party also appears to be making significant gains in the east. Among the southern states, Karnataka appears to be going the BJP way. “With the regional parties dominating Andhra and Telangana, the Congress in both states and the TDP are staring at a washout.”
New Delhi: As many as 20 lakh security personnel were deployed in the seven-phase Lok Sabha polls, rendering the exercise bigger than India’s well known ‘Operation Brasstacks’ in the 1980s, which was larger than any NATO exercise since World War-II, officials said Monday.The ‘Operation Brasstacks’ was a major military exercise of the Indian Army in Rajasthan. It took place in 1986 until its execution in 1987. The scale of the 2019 general election itself is massive and growing over time as between 1989 and 2019, the number of parties in the fray have increased over 20 times, the size of the electorate has increased by over 80 per cent, the number of polling stations has nearly doubled and the number of contesting candidates has increased by nearly 35 per cent. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroad”Effectively, nearly 20 lakh personnel of the police and central paramilitary personnel were involved during the elections. The mobilisation of such a large scale is rare anywhere in the world. In fact, India’s best known Army exercise ‘Operation Brasstacks’ (1986-87), where nearly 6-8 lakh personnel were said to have been involved, itself was bigger than any NATO exercise since World War-II,” a Home Ministry official said. The extent of mobilisation of the security forces has also been massive with nearly 25 per cent of the overall strength of central paramilitary forces being deployed for elections this year, indicating involvement of over three lakh paramilitary personnel. Also Read – Firms staying closed 10 days a month due to recession, govt doing nothing: Priyanka GandhiHowever, since these officials are redeployed at various locations in different phases, the effective deployment is almost 2.35 times the number of troops actually involved. Thus, if the elections in 2019 were to be conducted on a single day, the effective requirement would be for over 10 lakh personnel. Similarly, in the 2014 general election, the actual and effective deployments were of the order of 2.5 lakh and 6 lakh, respectively. In addition to the paramilitary forces and state armed battalions, extensive participation of police personnel belonging to civil police and district armed reserve, along with home guards and special police officers in various capacities, have also been seen. Even if the participation is taken at 50 per cent of actual strength, this would mean the involvement of nearly 8-10 lakh additional personnel, the official said. Apart from the mammoth size of election-related mobilisation, the duration is also considerable. This year’s general elections were conducted over a period of nearly 40 days (April 11 to May 19) with counting of votes scheduled to take place on May 23. Timely mobilisation of nearly 20 lakh personnel within 40 to 45 days is a humongous task. A well thought planning with the Indian Railways, state and various forces play a crucial role in completing the requirement of the Election Commission, another official said. More than 150 special trains were utilised for mobilisation of troops. These troops criss-cross length and breadth of the country to meet the requirement of respective state, the official said. The core duties of the paramilitary personnel deployed for election duty include instilling a sense of confidence and security among people to exercise their franchise freely without any fear. The additional responsibilities include maintaining law and order, preventing poll violence and guarding the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs). The Election Commission, in coordination with the Home Ministry, which has the administrative control over the central paramilitary forces, has made an assessment of all aspects having bearing on the election process, including the state-wise and phase-wise requirement of security forces, the official said. The ministry prepared a deployment plan of various forces like the CRPF, BSF, CISF, ITBP, SSB and the Assam Rifles keeping in view their role in border guarding, counter-insurgency operations and other commitments.
We rolled out our NFL Elo ratings last week, giving us a set of computer power ratings for each team, each week, going back to the 1970 AFL-NFL merger. There are a lot of cool things we can do with these numbers; for example, I used them Monday to quantify how upset-heavy Week 1 of the 2014 season was compared to past opening weeks.But one of the best features of Elo ratings is that they represent a rolling estimate of a team’s strength, informed by new outcomes and previous results. After computing them, we can measure when a team appeared to be at its strongest (or weakest). So, in this edition of “Fun With NFL Elo Ratings,” let’s pinpoint when each NFL franchise hit its all-time (well, since 1970) high and low points.For example, the Seattle Seahawks currently have an Elo rating of 1685, which is very nearly the best they’ve ever had as a franchise (their all-time high, 1761, was achieved the night of their dominant Super Bowl victory over the Denver Broncos in February). Meanwhile, Washington’s current rating of 1374 is very nearly the worst in the team’s post-merger history (a mark the team set in December after a 20-6 loss to the New York Giants). And for some franchises, such as the New York Jets, their current rating (1470) is almost exactly halfway between their all-time high (1680, achieved after a win over the Jacksonville Jaguars in 1999) and their all-time low (1250, achieved after a loss to the Miami Dolphins in 1996).We’ve summarized that information for each team in the following chart. The gray dots represent the best and worst Elo ratings achieved by the franchise since 1970, and the red dot represents the team’s current rating. It’s a good way to show where on the spectrum of its historical performance a team is residing, as well as the kind of variance it has had between good and bad teams in its history.A few observations: The New England Patriots have experienced the highs and lows of the NFL like no other team — the difference between their best (1845) and worst (1238) rating was bigger than that of any other franchise. At the other end of the spectrum, the Carolina Panthers, Baltimore Ravens and Houston Texans have had the smallest range of Elo values, which makes sense, given all three came into existence in the mid-1990s or later.Among long-standing teams, the Pittsburgh Steelers have had the smallest range; their worst-ever Elo rating (1390) was easily higher than any other team’s worst mark. That fact plays a major role in why the Steelers also have the highest midpoint between their best-ever and worst-ever ratings (1582). Meanwhile, the poor Detroit Lions have the lowest midpoint between their best and worst ratings (1431), and they also have gone the longest time since achieving their high-water mark.
Now and then a Game 7 can be an anticlimax, like when the Kansas City Royals won the 1985 World Series by blowing out their cross-state rivals, the St. Louis Cardinals, 11-0 in the finale. But Game 7 of the Rangers-Capitals playoff series lived up to every inflated expectation. Like the previous six games of the series, Wednesday’s featured some great goaltending: Netminders Henrik Lundqvist of the Rangers and Braden Holtby of the Capitals combined to stop 72 of 75 shots (96 percent). And like the other six games, it was decided by one goal, with the Rangers coming back to win 2-1 on Derek Stepan’s overtime goal.The Rangers have now played 14 straight one-goal games in the playoffs, an NHL record. All five games of their first-round series against the Pittsburgh Penguins were decided by one goal. So were the final two games of their Stanley Cup Final last year against the Los Angeles Kings.What are the odds of a streak like this? More NHL playoff games are decided by one goal than you might expect. The NHL has become a low-scoring league — but also, the sudden-death playoff overtime format facilitates one-goal margins, since every game that goes to OT will be won by exactly one goal by one team or the other.Specifically, since the start of the low-scoring “dead-puck era” in 1998,1Some hockey authorities designate the “dead-puck era” as having started earlier. But 1997-98 featured a particularly sharp decline in goal scoring, from 2.92 to 2.64 goals per game. 722 of 1,453 NHL playoff games have been decided by one goal. That’s 49.7 percent, or almost exactly half.So playing 14 consecutive one-goal games is roughly equivalent to having a fair coin come up heads 14 times in a row. The probability of that is 1 chance in 16,384. This has been a pretty unlikely and uncanny streak for the Rangers.You can quibble with that calculation if you like. The Rangers have a great goalie in Lundqvist, who might lead to tighter and lower-scoring games. They also have a pretty good offense, though, at least by contemporary standards, having tied for third in the NHL in goal scoring during the regular season. If you supposed that the probability of a Ranger playoff game being decided by one goal was 60 percent instead of 50 percent, the streak would still be unlikely: a 1 in 1,276 chance.The Rangers have also come back from near-certain death. With 1:41 to go in the third period in Game 5 on Friday, they trailed 2-1 in the game and 3-1 in the series. Their chance of winning the game was down to about 4 percent, according to rinkstats.com, which means their chance of winning the series was around 1 percent.2Assuming Game 6 and Game 7 were about 50-50. But Chris Kreider scored, then Ryan McDonagh did in OT, then the Rangers won Games 6 and 7.Game 7 also contributed to the case for this having been one of the best playoff goaltending battles ever. In the series, Lundqvist and Holtby together had a .946 save percentage and a 1.71 goals against average. And based on the metric that I developed Wednesday, they combined for 2.4 wins above average relative to average playoff goaltenders. That ranks the series as the eighth-best goaltending duel since 1988: COMBINED STATS 51993Maple Leafs (Potvin)Blues (Joseph)70.9382.062.6 82015Rangers (Lundqvist)Capitals (Holtby)70.9461.712.4 91999Maple Leafs (Joseph)Flyers (Vanbiesbrouck)60.9461.462.3 Lundqvist’s next test will be the Tampa Bay Lightning, who led the NHL in goal scoring and shooting percentage this year. Given the Rangers’ comparative lack of superstar talent and their relatively even distribution of goals and assists from their skaters so far in the playoffs, Lundqvist should be the favorite for the Conn Smythe Trophy if the Rangers bring home the Stanley Cup. Just don’t expect it to be easy. 41997Rangers (Richter)Devils (Brodeur)50.9611.152.6 102002Hurricanes (Irbe)Maple Leafs (Joseph)60.951.252.3 32011Bruins (Thomas)Canucks (Luongo)70.9362.162.6 62002Senators (Lalime)Flyers (Cechmanek)50.9611.052.6 SEASONSERIES WINNER (MAIN GOALIE)SERIES LOSER (MAIN GOALIE)GAMESSAVE%GAANET GT WINS 22007Canucks (Luongo)Stars (Turco)70.9511.362.9 71994Rangers (Richter)Devils (Brodeur)70.9291.962.6 11994Devils (Brodeur)Sabres (Hasek)70.9431.613.3
Dreaming about a shot at making the NFL helped Brian Banks get through the last 10 years of his life, which were marked by five years in prison and five wearing an ankle bracelet because he was falsely accused and convicted of rape when he was 16. Exonerated when the accuser recanted her story last month, Banks got a measure of his life back — and a chance to fulfill that dream.NFL teams offered training came invitations to the one-time outstanding linebacker who was recruited by USC, among other colleges before the bogus charges. This week, Banks is at the Seattle Seahawks’ three-day mini-camp, and he seems to be making the most of his opportunity.“Obviously there’s a little rust out there,” Seahawks linebackers coach Ken Norton said. “But the idea is can he line up and can he chase the ball? So far, it’s about making a first impression, and I like the first impression he left.“Does he look like a ballplayer? Yes,” Norton said. “Does he move well? Yes. Is there a chance? Absolutely.”Still, it is unlikely he will get an invitation to training camp. The decade away from the game, especially not playing in college, has hurt him. Here is what Norton had to say on the team’s website about Banks: “This is the NFL — the best of the best — so it’s going to be really tough for (Banks). Just the fact that he came out here and gave it a shot and didn’t shy away from it, you’ve got to give him a plus for that. But again, this is the best of the best, the highest level of athlete, and he’s been out of it for 10 years. So it’s going to be really, really tough. … Right now, he has a chance. But it’s going to be really, really tough.”Surely, Banks went in knowing that. Just to get an opportunity after so much strife — unnecessary strife — has to mean a lot to him.