Monthly Archives: May 2011
A grand spectacle — with two flags on each green, pink golf balls and even John Daly thrown in for good measure — was stirring, and it went by the name of PowerPlay.
The inaugural event at Celtic Manor was subtitled, for dramatic emphasis, ‘Ignition’. This nine-hole contest had the lofty ambition of transforming golf in the amateur ranks, and in one sense it succeeded. Caroline Hedwall, Helen Alfredsson and Paula Creamer made up the three women in this 12-strong field and they finished first, second and third.
If the PowerPlay innovation prevails, it has the potential to transform a sport with the same permanence as Twenty20 cricket. Read more…
LUKE DONALD won European golf’s war of the world at Wentworth yesterday after Lee Westwood fell victim to a cruel fate in sudden death at Wentworth’s controversial closing hole.
Donald soared past his fellow Englishman to the summit of the global game and clinched the biggest stroke- play victory of his career with a birdie on the first tie hole.
Ashley Young today claimed England can cope without Wayne Rooney and beat Switzerland to cement their place at the top of Group G.
Rooney is suspended after picking up a second yellow card of the qualifying competition in March’s 2-0 victory over Wales at the Millennium Stadium.
Young is one of a number of players who have thrived in a central position similar to Rooney, notably producing an impressive performance against Denmark as a second half substitute in February.
The Aston Villa winger, who has been heavily linked with a number of clubs including Manchester United, Liverpool and Tottenham, has started England’s last two matches and is a strong candidate to face the Swiss at Wembley on Saturday.
“Wazza is a great loss but we have got a lot of players who can come in and play in that position.
World Environment Day (WED) is set to take place on the 5th June. It’s an event that has taken place every year since 1972 and just one way in which the UN promotes awareness of environmental issues in the global community. More significantly, it’s a day when the people of the world are encouraged to come together and work towards a more environmentally sustainable future.
World Environment Day is hosted in a different city with a different theme each year. In 2011, the event will be hosted by New Delhi and the focus will be on the world’s forests. Entitled Forest: Nature At Your Service, the theme is particularly apt considering the role forests play in the battle against climate change by storing carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen into the atmosphere.
Luke Donald of England hits a drive during his World Match Play semi-final against Martin Kaymer at Finca Cortesin. Photograph: Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images
Luke Donald and Ian Poulter, the last two winners of the WGC-Accenture Match Play in Arizona, progressed to face each other in an all-English final of the World Match Play at Finca Cortesin in Spain.
Donald, who needs to take the title to become the world No1 for the first time, repeated his victory over Martin Kaymer in February’s final at Dove Mountain, with an even bigger 5&3 margin this time.
Donald won three holes in a row from the 2nd and, after running up a double-bogey seven on the next, birdied the long 8th and then took the 226-yard 10th when Kaymer double-bogeyed.
The next four were shared and Donald did not even have to putt at the 15th after his opponent found a greenside bunker.
In the other semi-final, Poulter saw off Nicolas Colsaerts of Belgium at the first extra hole in a play-off.
NEW YORK – A report by “60 Minutes” says George Hincapie, a longtime member of Lance Armstrong’s inner circle, has told federal authorities he saw the seven-time Tour de France winner use performance-enhancing drugs.
A segment of the report aired Friday night on the “CBS Evening News,” one day after it broadcast an interview with another former member of Armstrong’s U.S. Postal Service team, Tyler Hamilton, who said he also used PEDs with Armstrong.
Hincapie has often been depicted as one of Armstrong’s most loyal teammates and was with him for all seven Tour victories.