Kaymer locked in tense battle

first_img Kaymer held a two-shot advantage overnight thanks his course record-equalling 63 on Thursday and was five clear of the field when he added a 69 on Friday for a halfway total of 132, 12 under par. But that lead was cut to a single shot by rising star Jordan Spieth, the American the only player in the field without a single bogey in the first 36 holes. Press Association The 20-year-old added a flawless 66 to his opening 67 as he looks to win golf’s so-called ‘fifth major’ just a month after almost becoming the youngest Masters champion in history. Spieth only turned professional in December 2012 and was a 19-year-old special temporary member on the PGA Tour when he won the John Deere Classic last July, the youngest winner on Tour since 1931. But he held a two-shot lead after seven holes of the final round at Augusta before finishing joint second behind Bubba Watson. Kaymer had birdied his last four holes in the opening round and was soon making further progress when he holed from 25 feet on the third, but dropped his first shot of the week on the seventh after driving into a fairway bunker. A birdie on the ninth took the 29-year-old out in 35 and three more birdies and one bogey on the back nine meant Kaymer – who secured the point to ensure Europe retained the Ryder Cup in 2012 – set a testing target for the later starters. Kaymer, who won the US PGA Championship in August 2010 and became world number one the following February for eight weeks, said: “It was very difficult today. “It was a little tougher especially when you shoot such a low score, your expectations are very high and you need to find a way to lower those expectations and see it as a new day, so 69 was a very good score today. The pins were in some corners and it was more windy, so I am very pleased. “I didn’t hit as many fairways as yesterday, but I managed my way quite nicely around the golf course, had a couple of nice up and downs and two longer putts went in. I think I kept it really well together and kept myself in the tournament. “It’s a great start, but we are only halfway.” Ryder Cup hero Martin Kaymer has a battle on his hands to claim a £1million payday in the Players Championship at Sawgrass. Kaymer’s last win in a full-field event came in 2011 but the German has been moving in the right direction this season and added: “I’ve had a lot of good finishes. “I was very happy the way I played golf the last four or five weeks, so the next step is just putting yourself in contention, hopefully win. If not, it’s okay, but as long as you put yourself in contention for the next few weeks, especially now we’re coming up to the US Open and British Open. “It would be nice to gain even more confidence and if you sneak in a win here and there it would be nice. If not, it’s still good golf and good performances.” Lee Westwood, Justin Rose and Sergio Garcia were all six shots off the lead after adding rounds of 71 to their opening 67s, with England’s Brian Davis a shot behind after a 67. Adam Scott endured a long wait before discovering his latest bid to become world number one remained alive, the Australian rebounding from his opening 77 – which featured double bogeys on the 17th and 18th – to return a 67 with three birdies in his last four holes. Scott, who could have overtaken the absent defending champion Tiger Woods by simply staying at home, needed at least a top-16 finish and eventually discovered his level-par total made the weekend right on the mark. “I don’t think I played that much better than yesterday to be honest,” said Scott, who revealed he married his long-term girlfriend Marie Kojzar in a small ceremony at his home in the Bahamas last month. “Hopefully it will be good enough to play the next few days. If not it will be disappointing.” Rory McIlroy also made the cut on level par, the 25-year-old recovering from a front nine of 42 with birdies on the 12th, 13th, 16th and 18th in his 74. Henrik Stenson, Bubba Watson and Matt Kuchar were also able to overhaul Woods depending on their results, with Stenson needing a top-six finish, Watson to finish alone in second and Kuchar requiring a victory. European number one Stenson and two-time Masters champion Watson were three under, with Kuchar two under after a second consecutive 71. last_img read more

Wisconsin returns to form in 3-0 rout

first_imgMATTHEW KUTZ/Herald photoThe Wisconsin Badgers volleyball team returned to its winning ways Wednesday night as it clawed past the Northwestern Wildcats 3-0 (30-17, 30-27, 30-19).Bouncing back against Northwestern from last Saturday’s defeat by the No. 4-ranked Penn State Nittany Lions was essential for the Badgers not only to prove there was no hangover left from the loss, but also as part of its goal to win the Big Ten conference.Recovering from the Penn State loss had an added importance for senior co-captains Sheila Shaw and Aubrey Meierotto, who both posted negative hitting percentages in the Penn State match.Both Shaw and Meierotto got back on track Wednesday with 10 and nine kills, respectively.”[Bouncing back from the loss is] a good feeling,” Meierotto said. “It shows that our team, just because we did take that one loss, we’re not going to hang our heads about it. We’re going to take it as a learning experience and move on from there.””The team had time to get over that [loss],” head coach Pete Waite added. “We focused on what our goals are in getting better. We had a couple of good practices and they came with more of an attitude and [were] very confident tonight.”UW got off to a fast start and never looked back following a 7-0 run in the first match, led by a number of Taylor Reineke kills and assisted blocks.Reineke finished the night with 10 kills and no errors on 19 attempts (.526 attacking percentage) and seven block assists — an impressive stat line. However, Reineke did it in a quiet manner behind Audra Jeffers’ team-high 15 kills.”That’s a great night, and often she does it in a silent way,” Waite said of Reineke’s performance. “She hurt [Northwestern]. She was a weapon offensively and a force blocking.”However, the Wildcats did give Wisconsin a challenge in the second game behind Brittney Aldridge’s seven kills.Northwestern pulled within two points at 28-26, but after a Wisconsin time out, the Badgers regrouped and put the game away with a kill each from Audra Jeffers and Maria Carlini.While Aldridge, one of the more consistent attackers in the Big Ten (third in the conference, with a hitting percentage of .363), led Northwestern in a close game two, Wisconsin limited her to only two other kills in the match.Courtnie Paulus led the Wildcats with a team-high 13 kills on a number of drop shots that caused problems for Wisconsin.”I think we adjusted between games two and three,” Waite said. “We changed our defense a little bit to put people in those spots, and they didn’t [get those dump shots off] after that. They didn’t succeed after that.””It wasn’t hard,” Reineke added. “They’re usually very active at the net with dumping and we were ready for that because we practiced it.”Another adjustment Wisconsin had to make was in its defense versus the unorthodox offense that Northwestern head coach Keylor Chan runs for the Wildcats.With two setters — one in the back row and one in front — Northwestern’s style of offense is definitely uncommon. However, the Badgers had no problems at all against it in the three-game rout.”I didn’t think it was too difficult,” Waite said. “[Their offense was] different, but not too hard.””Our serving was good enough that we kept them off the net so that [setter Stephanie] Jurivich wasn’t able to score,” Waite added.The Badgers got back on track in game three after a somewhat shaky game two, finishing off Northwestern with a 30-19 win.Game three was ample opportunity for some of Wisconsin’s bench to see action, as Katie Lorenzen relieved Jackie Simpson at setter and recorded 15 assists.Amanda Berkley also saw more minutes in the back row, as she was able to dig seven balls, and freshman outside hitter Morgan Salow recorded the game-winning kill.Wisconsin has only one day of practice before it tips off against Indiana Friday at the UW Field House. Waite will be seeking his 100th Big Ten win, and Meierotto needs nine kills to reach 1,000 for her career.last_img read more

Dunk City loses its top gun

first_img“Inside the 20s” runs Thursdays. To comment on this story, email Nick at [email protected] or visit dailytrojan.com. When center Dewayne Dedmon announced Wednesday that he was forgoing his senior season and entering the NBA draft, you couldn’t help but wonder what new head coach Andy Enfield thought of the move.Many believe there is a very small chance that Dedmon, who averaged 6.7 points and 7.0 rebounds per game last season, will get drafted. And Enfield, with four years of NBA coaching experience, must have known this before Dedmon made his decision.But my guess is that Enfield’s primary concerns were with his own team, not Dedmon’s potential next one.Enfield arrived in Los Angeles with one main goal: to generate some excitement about the USC basketball program that has been anything but exciting in recent years. Florida Gulf Coast’s “Dunk City” moniker has inevitably followed Enfield to the West Coast, and in his introductory press conference, Enfield expressed his desire to continue his fast-paced, above-the-rim style at USC.But with Dedmon’s announcement, Enfield’s plans might need some re-thinking.At FGCU, much of the credit for the Eagles’ high-flying style was given to senior captain Sherwood Brown and point guard Brett Comer, who led the team in scoring and assists, respectively. But FGCU’s thunderous throw downs were only made possible because of bigs, such as Chase Fieler and Eric McKnight, who could run the floor and make dynamic finishes off of lobs and no-look passes.The only player the Trojans had who fit that description just left the building.In Dedmon, USC had a player that fit perfectly into Enfield’s style. Already at 7-feet tall, his long arms, leaping ability and strong motor would have made him an alley-oop waiting to happen in an up-tempo system. Now, though, the Trojans will struggle to find players who fit that type of play.Junior center Omar Oraby figures to see the biggest increase in minutes, but he struggled with stamina last season and implementing a fast pace would only seem to make it tougher for him to stay on the court. And forcing him into playing more when he’s fatigued would make Oraby an even bigger liability on defense, where the Cairo, Egypt, native averaged 2.1 fouls per game despite playing only 14.6 minutes per contest.After Oraby, the cupboard gets pretty bare in the frontcourt. The next-tallest player on the team is 6-foot-9 freshman Strahinja Gavrilovic, who played just 11 total minutes last season and is very much an unknown. Next is freshman Zach Banner who, also at 6-foot-9, is an offensive lineman for the football team and, at a listed weight of 335 pounds, should not figure to take well to Enfield’s style.After those two, redshirt junior Ari Stewart is the team’s only forward. At 6-foot-7, he could be a valuable stretch-four and will most likely thrive in an up-tempo system, but having such an undersized player at the power forward position would be a huge detriment.As far as incoming players are concerned, the only big man that USC has signed for its 2013 class is Nikola Jovanovic of Serbia. He’s 6-foot-10 but, at only 215 pounds, should not be expected to make large contributions during his first season with the program.So what is Enfield going to do now that one of his main assets has left? I think he should stay the course. “Dunk City” might not happen for the 2013-14 season, but the best thing for an undersized team to do is run, run and run some more, and that’s still Enfield’s main goal.USC definitely still has the personnel to get up and down the floor, with Stewart, junior guard J.T. Terrell (who made his share of highlight-reel dunks last year) and sophomore guard Byron Wesley all coming back next season. The Trojans also have a pair of freshman guards returning in Chass Bryan and Brendyn Taylor, as well as a trio of incoming perimeter players in Kahlil Dukes, Julian Jacobs and Gatorade California player of the year Roschon Prince.But this team still has plenty of struggles ahead of it. USC had the luxury of three seven-footers last season, and that number has now dwindled to one. Having the ability to essentially use Dedmon and Oraby as a platoon at center instantly gave the Trojans a leg up on every other team, but now they are left with only one experienced big man who might not even fit in with Enfield’s style.In addition, the Trojans will break in a new starting point guard next season with the loss of team captain Jio Fontan, but no one knows exactly who that will be. FGCU had Comer to run the show and figuring out who will play that role at USC next season should still be Enfield’s top priority.Fans should still be excited to see what Enfield can do with this small-ball type of lineup, but if they are expecting to see Dunk City take over the Galen Center, they might just have to keep waiting.last_img read more

Oxford staves off late Norwich rally with 60-50 victory

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Oxford Wildcats held a 60-26 lead in the fourth quarter, before Norwich scored the final three touchdowns to make it a respectable 60-50 game.Oxford opened the game taking a 16-6 first quarter lead on a Silhan 14-yard touchdown run followe by a Haskins 1-yard touchdown run.Norwich narrowed the margin to 16-12 on a 5-yard touchdown run. But Oxford scored three touchdowns and led 38-18 at the half. The  Wildcats to touchdowns by Norris and Haskins to expand the lead to 54-26 going into the fourth.A Norris 10-yard run made it 60-30.Norwich 6 12 8 24 50Oxford 16 22 26 6 60 1st QuarterOxford: Silhan 14 yard TD run (PAT Haskins run)Norwich: 45 yard TD pass Jacob Norris to Lohrman (PAT fail)Oxford: Haskins 1 yard TD (PAT Dexter Norris run)2nd QuarterNorwich: Norris 5 yard run (PAT Fail)Oxford:  Haskins Kick off Return 70 yards (Haskins PAT run)Oxford: Norris 24 yard run (PAT fail)Oxford: Norris to Keown 25 yard TD Pass (PAT Haskins run)Norwich: Norris 2 yard run (PAT Fail)3rd QuarterOxford:  Norris 1 yard TD run (Norris to Shimkus PAT)Norwich: Norris 6 yard pass to Lohrman (PAT Norris run)Oxford: Haskins 2 yard run (Norris run PAT)4th quarterOxford: Norris 10 yard run ( PAT fail)Norwich:  Norris to Goebel 11 yard pass (PAT Norris to Lohrman)Norwich:  Norris 7 yard run ( PAT Norris run)Norwich: Norris to Lohrman 19 yard TD (PAT Norris to Goebel) Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more