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Charles Howell III has backed Tiger Woods to once again prove the doubters wrong and return to winners’ circle sooner or later. The 15-time Major champion withdrew ahead of the final round of last week’s PGA Championship as the injuries suffered in last year’s horror crash left him hobbling and struggling to load and push off his right leg.
It led to many saying that Woods should consider calling time on an illustrious career that has seen him scale just about every golfing mountain possible. But that will only fuel his fire further says Howell III, who knows Woods better than most from their time playing together in Orlando.
Asked by Colt Knost on Golf.com’s Subpar podcast (opens in new tab) whether he thought Woods could ascend to the top of one more leaderboard, he said: “I do, and I only say that because it is Tiger Woods. The more people that doubt him, the more people say that he can’t do it, he lives for that. I mean, that is why he gets up out of bed in the morning.
“Because, hey, listen, we all know financially he doesn’t need to play. We all know he loves hanging around Charlie and Sam. We all know he has different business ventures. So it’s not like he doesn’t have other things to do and other things to occupy his time.
“He is only doing this to win. And trust me, there is a deep-seeded part of him in there that he is doing this also to prove people wrong. And when he gets bull-headed in that way, he usually does it.”
Woods has only played competitively twice during his latest comeback and has shown glimpses of his very best golf, as well as an abundance of the sheer grit and determination that made him such an unstoppable force in his prime.
To his credit, the 46-year-old made the cut at both The Masters and the PGA Championship, a feat that even some of the current cream of the crop failed to match.
However, at Southern Hills, after exhausting himself en route to a one-under 69 on Friday, Tiger laboured in the cold conditions that swept through the Tulsa area on Moving Day, battling to a nine-over 79 that left many struggling to watch.
At the moment it’s unclear when Tiger will tee it up next. The US Open will likely be the earliest he will return to action but fans of the sporting icon may have to wait until the 150th Open at St Andrews in July.
The summer is getting closer, so where are we going on holiday this year? How about Dublin? One enterprising soul in the Irish capital listed a “private room” with “one bed” for just €59 a night on Airbnb. Sounds like a bargain, right? People were less happy when they discovered it was actually a small tent seemingly pitched in a concrete backyard.
The listing was “not a joke,” the Airbnb host said while offering people the chance to sleep on several couches in their living room.
So Ireland’s out. How about Greece? There have been numerous reports of late about extortionate prices being charged by restaurateurs on the swanky island of Mykonos. One pair of British tourists said they were charged €520 plus a €78 tip for two cocktails and a portion of crab legs (anyone reading this in Brussels is doubtless now thinking “sounds like a bargain, I pay that for a sandwich in the EU quarter”). The same restaurant also reportedly charged an American woman and her friends €1,539 for one plate of calamari, one order of lobster pasta, a salad and some bread. Maybe the bread was filled with diamonds or the salad is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Someone needs to do something about all these ripoffs, so our grand European tour takes us to Italy — Florence, to be exact — where a man called the police after being charged €2 for a coffee (and it wasn’t even that super fancy coffee that’s passed through the digestive system of a small mammal). The customer complained that the price was not displayed on a menu behind the counter. Spokespeople for every coffee shop in Brussels, London and Paris were unavailable for comment.
And the final stop in our European holiday search is good old Belgium and a shocking report revealing that the country’s drivers are rubbish. Belgian drivers were found to go too fast in roadworks and regularly “forget” to use their indicators. According to the study, more than half of Belgian drivers also use their horn (stop making up your own jokes!) aggressively in traffic, putting them equal with Italians and behind only the Spanish and the Greeks when it comes to, er, honking.
So that’s crap accommodation, food, drink and transport covered. Can’t wait for the summer to begin.
PK-W vs SL-W Dream11 Prediction, Fantasy Cricket Tips, Dream11 Team, Playing XI, Pitch Report, Injury Update of the match between Pakistan Women and Sri Lanka Women. They will play against each other for the first time in the three-match T20I series between them.
PK-W vs SL-W Match Details Sri Lanka Women Tour of Pakistan 1st T20I:
The 1st T20I match between Pakistan Women and Sri Lanka Women will be played on 24th May at the Southend Club Cricket Stadium.
This game is scheduled to start at 2:30 PM IST and live score and commentary can be seen on FanCode and CricketAddictor website.
PK-W vs SL-W Match Preview Sri Lanka Women Tour of Pakistan 1st T20I:
Sri Lanka Women is on a tour of Pakistan Women for a three-match T20I series, followed by a three-match ODI series. All the six matches ( 3 T20Is and 3 ODIs) will be played at the Southend Club Cricket Stadium, Karachi.
Pakistan Women is currently placed at a seventh position on the ICC Women’s T20I rankings while Sri Lanka Women is currently placed at the eighth spot on the rankings.
Aliya Riaz, Nida Dar, Javeria Khan and Diana Baig are some of the key players from the Pakistan Women’s side while Nilakshi de Silva, Hasini Perera, Chamari Atapattu and Ama Kanchana are the important players from the Sri Lanka Women squad.
PK-W vs SL-W Match Weather Report Sri Lanka Women Tour of Pakistan 1st T20I:
The temperature is expected to hover around 34°C on the matchday with 48% humidity and 24 km/hr wind speed. There are no chances of precipitation during the game.
PK-W vs SL-W Match Pitch Report Sri Lanka Women Tour of Pakistan 1st T20I:
The surface at the Southend Club Cricket Stadium provides a neutral wicket where both the departments are expected to receive a decent amount of help from the surface. Spinners can come lethal in the middle overs.
Average 1st innings score:
The average first innings score on this wicket is 136 runs.
Record of chasing teams:
The team batting second doesn’t enjoy good records here. They have a winning percentage of 20 on this track.
PK-W vs SL-W Match Injury Update Sri Lanka Women Tour of Pakistan 1st T20I:
(Will be added when there is an update)
PK-W vs SL-W Match Probable XIs Sri Lanka Women Tour of Pakistan 1st T20I:
All-rounders – Chamari Atapattu (C), Ama Kanchana, Nida Dar (VC)
Bowlers – Udeshika Prabodhani, Inoka Ranaweera, Anam Amin, Diana Baig
Suggested Playing XI No.2 for PK-W vs SL-W Dream11 Team:
Keeper – Muneeba Ali (VC)
Batters – Hasini Perera, Bismah Maroof (C), Nilakshi de Silva
All-rounders – Chamari Atapattu , Ama Kanchana, Aliya Riaz, Nida Dar
Bowlers – Udeshika Prabodhani, Inoka Ranaweera, Diana Baig
PK-W vs SL-W Match Expert Advice Sri Lanka Women Tour of Pakistan 1st T20I:
Chamari Atapattu will be a safe captaincy choice for the small leagues. Nilakshi de Silva and Aliya Riaz are among the punt-picks here. The best-suggested fantasy/Dream11 combination for this game is 1-3-3-4.
PK-W vs SL-W Match Probable Winners Sri Lanka Women Tour of Pakistan 1st T20I:
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama men’s basketball will be taking a trip to Europe this summer, the team announced in a release on Friday morning.
The Crimson Tide will travel to Spain and France over a 10-day stretch from Aug. 5-14, playing three games between Barcelona and Paris.
“We are excited to have the opportunity to have our program go on a foreign trip as a team to Barcelona and Paris,” Crimson Tide coach Nate Oats said in a statement. “It is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for our guys. It will give us all an opportunity to come together as a team before the season begins through the extra practices we’ll have, the educational and cultural experiences that we’ll encounter and the high-level competition that we plan on facing. It will be an experience that will remain with us all.”
Alabama will hold 10 practices prior to the tour, per NCAA rules. Two games will be played in Barcelona on Aug. 8-9, with one final game taking place in Paris on Aug. 12.
Opponents, tips times and locations of the games will be announced by the team at a later date.
Here’s the full release issued by Alabama athletics:
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Alabama Men’s Basketball Announces Foreign Trip to Spain, France in August
The Crimson Tide will play three games over a 10-day stretch from Aug. 5-14.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — The Alabama men’s basketball team will venture on a 10-day foreign tour to Barcelona, Spain, and Paris, France, in August, head coach Nate Oats has announced. The Crimson Tide will play two games and spend four days in Barcelona before traveling to Paris for another four days and one contest.
Per NCAA rules regarding a foreign tour, Alabama will hold 10 days of practices prior to departing Tuscaloosa. The Tide’s trip will begin on Aug. 5 when it departs Tuscaloosa for Atlanta. The Tide will arrive in Barcelona at 8:55 a.m. local time on Saturday, Aug. 6.
The two games in Barcelona will be played Aug. 8 and Aug. 9, with the team departing for Paris on Aug. 10. The lone contest in France will take place Aug. 12. The team will return to Tuscaloosa on Aug. 14.
“We are excited to have the opportunity to have our program go on a foreign trip as a team to Barcelona and Paris,” head coach Nate Oats said. “It is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for our guys. It will give us all an opportunity to come together as a team before the season begins through the extra practices we’ll have, the educational and cultural experiences that we’ll encounter and the high-level competition that we plan on facing. It will be an experience that will remain with us all.”
Further details surrounding the trip including opponents, tip times, locations and more will be announced at a later time.
Tears For Fears kicked off their tour in support of The Tipping Point last night in Cincinnati. Playing the Riverbend Music Center, the band performed a number of new tracks from The Tipping Point for the first time live, including “Long, Long, Long Time,” “My Demons,” and “Rivers Of Mercy.” The band also brought out Carina Round to sing “Suffer The Children” (from 1983’s The Hurting), which you can watch below. (Round is also on The Tipping Point singing backing vocals on “Long, Long, Long Time.”) The evening also featured plenty of classics, including “Head Over Heels,” “Mad World,” “Everybody Wants To Rule The World,” “Sowing the Seeds Of Love,” and Shout.” Continue reading →
ZIM vs NAM Dream11 Prediction, Fantasy Cricket Tips, Dream11 Team, Playing XI, Pitch Report, Injury Update of the match between Zimbabwe and Namibia. They will play against each other for the third time in the five-match T20I series between them.
ZIM vs NAM Match Details Namibia Tour of Zimbabwe 3rd T20I:
The 3rd T20I match between Zimbabwe and Namibia will be played on 21st May at the Queens Sports Club.
This game is scheduled to start at 4:30 PM IST and live score and commentary can be seen on FanCode and CricketAddictor website.
ZIM vs NAM Match Preview Namibia Tour of Zimbabwe 3rd T20I:
Zimbabwe and Namibia played two matches against each other in this five-match T20I series so far where both Zimbabwe and Namibia won one game and the series is currently standing at 1-1.
In the second T20I match, Namibia beat Zimbabwe by 8 wickets. In that game, Zimbabwe won the toss and decided to bat first. Coming to bat, Zimbabwe posted 122 runs on the board where Milton Shumba and Tony Munyonga smashed 29 runs and 23 runs respectively for them.
David Wiese picked up 3 wickets while Jan Frylinck grabbed 2 wickets for Namibia. Coming to chase, Namibia successfully chased down the target in the 18th over itself where Craig Williams hammered 62 runs for them.
ZIM vs NAM Match Weather Report Namibia Tour of Zimbabwe 3rd T20I:
The temperature is expected to hover around 19°C on the matchday with 51% humidity and 18 km/hr wind speed. There are no chances of precipitation during the game.
ZIM vs NAM Match Pitch Report Namibia Tour of Zimbabwe 3rd T20I:
The Queens Sports Club is a batting-friendly surface and is expected to aid the batters once again here. Pacers might get some help towards the latter half of the match while spinners may come in handy in the middle overs.
Average 1st innings score:
The average first innings score on this wicket is 166 runs.
Record of chasing teams:
The team batting second has great records here. They have maintained a winning percentage of 50 on this ground.
ZIM vs NAM Match Injury Update Namibia Tour of Zimbabwe 3rd T20I:
(Will be added when there is an update)
ZIM vs NAM Match Probable XIs Namibia Tour of Zimbabwe 3rd T20I:
Zimbabwe: Regis Chakabva, Craig Ervine, Tinotenda Mutombodzi, Milton Shumba, Sean Williams, Sikandar Raza, Ryan Burl, Wesley Madhevere, Tendai Chatra, Luke Jongwe, Wellington Masakadza
Namibia: Stephan Baard, Bernard Scholtz, Craig Williams, Jan Nicol Loftie-Eaton, Jonathan Smit, Jan Frylinck, JJ Smit, Merwe Erasmus, Ben Shikongo, Mauritius Ngupita, Ruben Trumpelmann
Top Picks For Dream11 Prediction and Fantasy Cricket Tips:
Milton Shumba is a left-handed batsman and left-arm orthodox spinner from Zimbabwe. He has marked 33 runs and took 3 wickets in this series so far.
Sikandar Raza is a right-handed batsman and right-arm off-break bowler from Zimbabwe. He has smashed 48 runs in this series so far.
Merwe-Gerhard Erasmus is a right-handed batsman from Namibia who leads the team. He has smacked 37 runs and took 1 wicket in this series so much.
David Wiese is a right-handed batsman and right-arm medium-fast bowler from Namibia. He has scored 27 runs and grabbed 3 wickets in this series so far.
ZIM vs NAM Match Captain and Vice-Captain Choices Namibia Tour of Zimbabwe 3rd T20I:
Captain – David Wiese, Merwe-Gerhard Erasmus
Vice-Captain – Milton Shumba, Sikandar Raza
Suggested Playing XI No.1 for ZIM vs NAM Dream11 Team:
The Tower of London is a World Heritage Site, drawing more than 3 million visitors a year from all over the world. I was fortunate to be able to visit the Tower in 2017, and it made a powerful impression on me.
Photos: Tower Bridge, and view of Tower of London from Tower Bridge.
Adjacent to the famed Tower Bridge, the Tower of London is a breathtaking site. But its history is even more fascinating. According to Historic Royal Palaces, William the Conqueror built the impressive stone tower at the heart of the castle in the 1070s. Today, the sprawling Tower property and history still intrigue and horrify.
Photo: Tower of London and Tower Bridge.
The Tower has served as a symbol of fear, with many royals imprisoning (and even torturing or executing) their rivals and enemies within it. Prisoners and victims, such as Anne Boleyn, wife of King Henry VIII; Lady Jane Grey; Sir Walter Raleigh; and, more recently, even German spies; were brought here and executed. Some say their ghosts still haunt the castle to this day.
Photo: The Tower Guard protect the entrance to the Crown Jewels.
The Tower is home to the priceless Crown Jewels (protected by the Tower Guard), the Yeomen Warders (also known as “Beefeaters”) and the legendary ravens, who guard the castle. As the most secure castle in the country, it also has been home to the Royal Mint, the Royal Armories and even a zoo.
The Beefeaters were originally part of the Yeomen of the Guard, the monarch’s personal bodyguards (who were allowed to eat as much beef as they wanted). Seven ravens live at the Tower, and these legendary protectors are cared for by the “Ravenmaster” (also a Beefeater). Legend has it that if the ravens leave, both the Tower and the kingdom will fall.
When in London, the Tower is a must-see as you get to know this world-class city.
Photos: The famed Tower ravens, and Tower of London grounds.
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The ATP and COSAT (the Confederation of South American Tennis) announced today that the city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, will host the first-ever ATP Challenger Tour workshop in South America from 14-15 July. Representatives from tournaments and national federations from across the continent will be welcomed to an interactive two-day forum, with the goal of making the burgeoning Challenger Tour circuit even stronger in the region.
The ATP Challenger Tour has made great strides in South America in recent years, as seen in the addition of 20 new tournaments since the start of the 2021 season. The forum aims to foster open dialogue between tournaments, federations and ATP staff, to enhance the existing structure in the region and provide new strategies for growth. The forum will also include the development of an integrated annual calendar in the region and discussions on global Challenger strategy, marketing and tournament standards.
Richard Glover, Vice-President of the ATP Challenger Tour, said: “South America is an exciting growth region for the Challenger Tour and we tip our hat to tournament promoters and federations for their contributions to professional tennis. This workshop aims to strengthen our partnership and provide a platform for strategic collaboration as we look to continue our growth in South America.”
Rafael Westrupp, President of COSAT, added: “The growth of the ATP Challenger Tour in South America is of great importance to all stakeholders across COSAT. We acknowledge that the circuit is the launch pad of professional tennis in the region, and its development is critical as we continue building a strong foundation for the future of South American tennis. The workshop is an important event, aligning with our strategic plan moving forward. We are excited by what’s to come for tennis on the continent”.
South America has long been a staple on the ATP Challenger Tour, since its first tournaments in Brazil in 1979. Since then, the circuit has traversed the continent, featuring in 62 different cities across Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela. Last year, the Uruguay Open in Montevideo became the first Challenger Tour event in South America to celebrate its 20th anniversary.
In addition, the recent growth of Challenger tennis in South America has been reflected on the court. Players have taken advantage of new playing opportunities and a streamlined player pathway in the region. Last year, a record-tying 20 Challenger champions hailed from Argentina, with an additional 12 winners from Chile, Peru, Brazil, Uruguay and Ecuador combined. In total, 23 players from the continent featured in the year-end Top 200 of the Pepperstone ATP Rankings, with two – Sebastian Baez and Juan Manuel Cerundolo – qualifying for the Next Gen ATP Finals.
The ATP Challenger Tour is the launchpad of men’s professional tennis, featuring over 150 tournaments across more than 40 countries each season. The competition is intense, with players battling for Pepperstone ATP Rankings points and prize money, while developing their game with the collective goal of progressing onto the ATP Tour. For fans, it provides the opportunity to witness world-class tennis and future stars as they launch their professional journeys. Live stream the action throughout the year via Challenger TV on ATPTour.com.
CLEVELAND, Ohio — Tears For Fears may have taken 17 years to release a new album, but the duo was certainly giving fans plenty of chances to “Shout” out the old songs in concert during that interim.
It was that steady touring, in fact, that inspired them to make “The Tipping Point,” which was released during late February.
“One reason we were keen on making this record is that we’ve been doing a lot of touring, says Roland, Orzabal, who formed Tears For Fears with classmate Curt Smith in 1981 in Bath, England. “That was the one thing we were invested in. Over the years we’ve become a very good live act — a very good live act, indeed. We started playing festivals, up against younger bands…and all of a sudden, the word was spreading, ‘Tear For Fears, you’ve got to get them in your festival. They’re great!’
“But,” Orzabal, 60, adds, “We got to a point where it really had become a greatest hits show. It was fantastic, but we’ve done it to death. We needed some new songs — for the fans, for ourselves.”
Smith, 60, agrees. “It literally started when, after playing live for a number of years we felt the need for new material,” he said. “But I don’t think we really had a sense of direction as to where we wanted to go with that new material.”
“The Tipping Point” — which debuted at No. 8 on the Billboard 200 and No. 2 on the U.K. charts, Tears For Fears’ best showing since 1989 and 1993, respectively — did prove to be a convoluted and troubled project, however.
Two of the new songs were written with Bastille’s Dan Smith as added cuts to 2017′s “Rule the World: The Greatest Hits.” But Orzabal and Smith were convinced by a former manager to write the rest with a variety of other, mostly younger songwriters.
“It was an interesting exercise,” Smith recalls from his home in California, “but in retrospect clearly not for us. We ended up with a whole bunch of songs that sounded like us attempting to write a modern hit single. And by then I was left with the feeling it was rather dishonest.” He bowed out first, followed by Orzabal “a bit later after he listened to it a bunch of times.”
So, they decided to regroup, with a nudge from Orzabal’s wife, Emily, who wondered why they weren’t writing with the people they knew best. “She said, ‘Why are you writing with all these strangers when you’ve got an amazing band you play live with?’ ” recalls Orzabel. In the end, he and Smith agreed.
The duo brought in guitarist Charlton Pettus to co-produce “The Tipping Point,” while keyboardist Doug Petty handled the string arrangement for the track “Please Be Happy.”
The album debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Rock Albums, Top Alternative Albums and Top Album sales charts, further validation that Orzabal and Smith had made the right choice.
“These are gonna be cracking songs live,” Orzabal predicts, as Tears For Fears prepares for its first North American tour since 2017, kicking off Friday, May 20, in Cincinnati, and playing Blossom Music Center on Saturday, May 21. “I’m already intending to start with (the song) ‘The Tipping Point’ in the live show,” says Orzabal. “We can start the intro and walk on to it and then go into the song and just go from there.”
Smith, meanwhile, predicts that shows “will be more exciting because we get to introduce new material for the first time in quite awhile.” That said, he expects that “the first bunch of shows will be flying by the seat of your pants a little bit, which is exciting in and of itself. The songs that work in rehearsal, you don’t know how they’ll work until you get in front of an audience — that has happened to us on many occasions.
“Until you’re in front of an audience you don’t know. It’s kind of like making an album — you need that ebb and flow, you need to segue everything to give it an arc and a flow to end, hopefully, with this crescendo. I’m looking forward to it.”
Both promise that fans will hear plenty of hits, however, including the likes of “Everybody Wants to Rule the World,” “Shout,” “Head Over Heels” and more. “We really are spoiled for choice now,” Orzabal notes. “Most of them go down easy. ‘Everybody Wants to Rule the World’ is an absolute joy to play live. You don’t even have to think about it — you just play your part, and the music takes care of itself. And ‘Head Over Heels’ is the one that always surprised me because we place it specifically such that when the intro comes in the crowd goes bonkers.
“We don’t take any of that for granted.”
The “Tipping Point” tour will take Tears For Fears back to the U.K. during the summer, with other territories later in the year. The album, meanwhile, begs the question of whether it will take Orzabal and Smith another 17 years between releases — for which Orzabal and Smith don’t have an easy answer.
“We have no idea,” Smith says. “I certainly don’t want to go through what we went through prior to making this album, which is doing it for the sake of doing it…and not for the right reasons. So, if we’re of the same frame of mind, say, next year, after we’ve toured a bunch, and we feel like we have something more to say, then we’ll do it. But that’s what it will take.”
Tears For Fears and Garbage perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. May 21 at Blossom Music Center, 1145 W. Steels Corners Road, Cuyahoga Falls. 330-920-8040 or livenation.com.