first_img Press Association Higgins discovered he had 15 clubs in his bag – one more than permitted – on the first hole of a play-off in Local Final Qualifying at North Berwick on Tuesday, the two-shot penalty ending his hopes and seeing opponents Gareth Wright and George Murray progress. The 40-year-old explained in his regular column on that he felt his five-under-par total had little chance of being good enough, so had therefore dried and stored his equipment – including a spare rescue club – in his car. “I couldn’t believe it but (I) was delighted to see the way things were panning out as I moved up the leaderboard and became more confident that I could get one of the spots available in the play-off,” Higgins wrote. “I decided to go (to) the range to warm up again and hit a few balls. I just took (a) driver, mid iron and wedge. It was still raining really hard so I kept the rain cover on my bag. My caddy for the day, Monty, a local man that knows North Berwick like the back of his hand, had done a great job all day and was up for the play-off. “We headed for the tee. I hit a good tee shot and good second to about 15 feet. I was hunkered down reading my putt when the thought suddenly came into my head, ‘F***, did I take that other rescue out of the bag?’ “I stood up and felt a bit sick in my stomach as I walked over to the bag to check. And there she was looking up at me! B****x’ “It was a horrible thing to happen but I have no-one to blame only myself. I guess the excitement/adrenaline rush of getting another opportunity to play in the greatest golf event in the world clouded my judgement and I made a mistake.” center_img Ireland’s David Higgins has accepted full responsibility for the blunder which cost him the chance of a place in the Open Championship at Muirfield.last_img read more

first_imgCLEAR LAKE — Two Mason City men were charged on Tuesday with harboring a runaway connected with a recent missing juvenile case in Clear Lake.Clear Lake Police Chief Pete Roth says 38-year-old Eric Anderson and 59-year-old Leroy Lomholt were arrested on a charge of harboring a runaway against the wishes of a parent.Both were booked into the Cerro Gordo County Jail and were being held on $2000 bond. The missing juvenile is safe and was reunited with her family.Roth says the incident remains under investigation and no further information will be released at this time.last_img

first_imgAccording to Brightline spokesman Mike Hicks, the vehicle went around the gates that were already lowered as the train was approaching and was struck by the train.Pompano Beach Fire Rescue officials said the vehicle caught fire after the crash.Passengers were off-loaded from the train and directed to a nearby bus.There were no reports of any injured passengers on the train. BSO homicide investigators are looking into the death of a person who was killed Tuesday morning in a fiery crash involving a Brightline train in Pompano Beach.The crash was reported in the area of Atlantic Boulevard and North Dixie Highway.last_img

first_imgColumbia Basin Trust (CBT) Board member Kim Deane met with George Apel, Director of Biathlon BC and Director of the Hannah Creek Biathlon Society on Saturday, December 19 to announce a $60,000 grant toward the Society’s Hannah Creek Biathlon Enhancement Project.The project has seen the society expand trails, increase the number of lanes in the shooting range, establish a multi-sport stadium and acquire new equipment necessary to host national and international athletes for training, as well as competitions. Deane met with Apel during a BC Cup event, a competition that saw athletes come from across the province, Alberta and the United States. “We are happy to help the Hannah Creek Biathlon Society complete this enhancement project that will benefit Castlegar, Rossland and greater Trail as well as athletes from across the Basin as a regional service,” said Deane. Apel added that the Society was “extremely grateful for the support from Columbia Basin Trust,” and that they were eager to wrap-up the project with the anticipated arrival of the new equipment that the CBT funding supported, including Biathlon Union certified targets, mats, a new groomer and a snowmobile. Earlier this year CBT also supported Rossland’s Black Jack Cross Country Ski Club in its track and stadium enhancement with $75,000. Both projects have shown evidence that it will add to Rossland’s development toward becoming a four season resort destination, as well as making Rossland a desirable location by governing bodies of winter sports competitions.CBT delivers economic, social, and environmental benefits to the residents of the Columbia Basin. To learn more about CBT programs and initiatives, visit or call 1-800-505-8998.last_img read more

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – A memorial service for Camilla Simmons, who came to Whittier 79 years ago at the age of 14, will be held Wednesday at Quaker Gardens Chapel, 12151 Dale St., Stanton. Simmons died Nov. 17 at age 93. She was born to Daisy Dixon Vincent and Clifford T. Vincent on July 10, 1912, in Cortez, Colo. She also lived in the Colorado towns of Paonia, La Jara and Grand Junction before coming to California with her parents and older brother, Dixon (Dick) Vincent. After graduating from Whittier High School, Camilla attended Whittier College, graduating in the class of 1934, the same class as Richard M. Nixon. During her college years, she was president of the Palmer Society and also was elected Queen of the May. Because these were the years of the Great Depression, Camilla lived at home and worked her way through college with a job at Carnegie Whittier Public Library. She met her future husband, William L. Simmons, during college. They were married Oct. 24, 1935. They owned a citrus ranch in East Whittier for 14 years, during which time their two daughters were born. They sold the ranch and built a new home in East Whittier’s Friendly Hills. They lived there for 37 years and then moved to Quaker Gardens in Stanton. The Simmons were active members of East Whittier Friends Church. During her years in Whittier, Simmons also was active in United Society of Friends Women, PEO Chapter BJ, PTA, Girl Scouts, Los Angeles County Well Baby Clinic, and, since moving to Stanton, the Quaker Gardens Board of Directors, president of the Residents Association and secretary and chairman of Women’s Fellowship. Among her hobbies were traveling, painting, writing, water skiing, gardening and sewing. She is survived by daughters Elaine Simmons of Boise, Idaho, and Janet Cunningham of Kimmell, Ind., six grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bill, and her brother, Dick Vincent. From staff reportslast_img read more

first_imgALAMEDA — Zay Jones isn’t the demanding type, but promises to be ready if Derek Carr looks his way.Jones has 11 receptions for 88 yards. Since coming aboard by trade from the Buffalo Bills, Jones has played 226 snaps in five games and Carr has thrown in his direction 14 times. In a 34-3 loss to the New York Jets, Jones played 52 snaps and caught both passes thrown his way for five yards.“I feel very comfortable,” Jones said. “I can’t control targets, though. I feel like I’ve been doing my …last_img

first_imgStanford scientists are blaming evolution for our difficulty at golf, according to The Stanford Daily.  Working with rhesus monkeys, the researchers found that primate brains are too adaptable to changing conditions to become good at a repetitive tasks.  “One possible explanation for the observation is that evolution favored predators who could improvise, as they never face an identical situation twice when hunting prey,” explained reporter Daniel Novinson.  But with the D word designed used twice by Mark Churchland, what is the message?“The nervous system was not designed to do the same thing over and over,” said Churchland, a co-author of the study, to the Washington Post.  “The nervous system was designed to be flexible.  You typically find yourself doing things you’ve never done before.”Apparently no one asked the traditional follow-up question, “Who designed the designer?”Some weeks we may need a category for Stupid Evolution Quote of the Day.  Did it never cross their designed minds that a flexible nervous system is a good example of purposeful design?  Why give Charlie Chance the credit?  Meanwhile, if you hit the sand trap, blame yourself, not evolution.  Golf would not have evolved.  It has negative survival value.(Visited 11 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

first_imgGymnast Bianca Zoonekynd grew up in her mother’s gym in Port Elizabeth. She is now preparing — under the tutelage of her mother, Mandy Zoonekynd — to represent South Africa in The World Games in Poland.It can get boring to practise the same thing over and over again, says gymnast Bianca Zoonekynd. But her reward is being able to represent South Africa in international competitions. (Image supplied)Melissa JavanBianca Zoonekynd started doing flick flacks when she was three. Now 25, she is looking forward to representing her country as South Africa’s top female gymnastics tumbling athlete. “I spent most of my time upside down,” Zoonekynd says about her childhood.She is hard at work practising her tumbling, double mini trampoline and trampoline routines and hopes to take part in The World Games 2017, to be held in Poland on 20-30 July this year. The national gymnastics team that will attend this international event has not been announced yet.“I currently hold the record for the most difficult routines,” says Zoonekynd. “I like to push myself in this discipline and I hope to break my own record this year.” She brought home a bronze medal in February after winning third place for tumbling at the World Cup gymnastics in Baku, Azerbaijan.“I only missed second by 0.1 point. I know I can do better routines and didn’t do my most difficult ones today, but I did finish two good clean routines,” she told the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) at the time.Watch Bianca Zoonekynd in a competition:She bagged two gold medals in women’s open tumbling and double mini trampoline at the Coimbra Cup in July last year in Portugal. Then, in September, she was named African Champion in the women’s open double mini tumbling and was placed in trampoline at the 13th African Gymnastics Championships held in Walvis Bay in Namibia.Zoonekynd finished third in the ladies tumbling finals at the 2011 Trampoline Gymnastics World Cup in September 2011 in Salzgitter, Germany.In the South African Games, she is the Olympic development trampoline champion. Zoonekynd is also the World Games development double mini champion in the country and the South African Double Mini and Tumbling Champion.She is also the South African Tumbling and Trampoline Athletes representative.Watch:Brand South Africa journalist Melissa Javan spoke to Bianca Zoonekynd.Melissa Javan: Tell me about your family and their involvement in gymnastics.Bianca Zoonekynd: My mother, Mandy Zoonekynd, was an elite artistic gymnast and Eastern Cape springboard diver. She started coaching at Penny Anderson’s club when she was young. My mom was then asked to open a club at one of the local schools in Port Elizabeth and from there it grew.My two brothers and I grew up in the gym — all three of us started with artistic gymnastics. My mom then decided to move on to coaching tumbling and trampoline, in which all of us excelled. My oldest brother, Damon Budler (34), was an Eastern Cape champion. Lee Budler (32) and I competed internationally from the age of 10.MJ: How many hours a day do you practise?BZ: Three hours a day.MJ: When did you starting doing flips in the air, and how long did it take you to learn tumbling gymnastics?BZ: I was doing flick flacks at the age of three; I spent most of my time upside down.MJ: How did you feel when you finally could do that on your own?BZ: It feels pretty cool being able to do things most people can’t.MJ: Tell us about the training you give at your mother’s gym, your community work.BZ: I have a group of about 10 kids whom I coach in tumbling, double mini trampoline and trampoline. My mom sponsors community gymnasts in our classes at the club.MJ: How many hours a week do you coach?BZ: My class comes in twice a week for an hour and a half. I am unable to do more classes at the moment because of my training schedule.MJ: What have you learned while training others?BZ: All children are different and require individual attention. They have also taught me to have lots of patience.MJ: How do you train yourself mentally, especially ahead of a tournament?BZ: I do a lot of visualisation — seeing myself do my routines and then going through them over and over again. In this sport you never know what can happen, no matter how many times you have done it mentally and physically.MJ: You have said that gymnastics is about repetition and it can get quite boring. How do you stay motivated?BZ: It’s difficult to keep motivated, especially when I have to do the same thing over and over again. It’s about the reward at the end — when you get to stand on the competition floor with the best in the world representing my country.Also, being a role model to the children I coach and (who) train with me is a motivation for me.MJ: Your worst injury was a broken hand, which you got while playing around on an exercise ball. When was that?BZ: We were practising for our end of year display in December 2015 and I was playing on the ball doing back somersaults off the ball.It was an easy thing to do as I played with it often, and for some reason I didn’t get the pop off the ball and rolled off and landed on my hand. Obviously, everyone laughed at me. I then got shouted at for messing around and told I must back into my place for the display.MJ: How did that affect your gymnastics?BZ: Luckily it was the end of the year and I was able to take some time off. When we got back to training it wasn’t really a problem because I don’t really use my hands and could work around it.When Zoonekynd is not in the gym, she works as a bartender on some weekends. Her other love is being a horse riding instructor.Sources: Sascoc, Mandy’s School of Tumbling & Trampoline, The World Games 2017, G-Sport4Girls, and the South African Gymnastics Federation.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? 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first_imgBong Quinto led the Knights with 18 points and 10 rebounds while Jerrick Balanza had 16 points.Rey Nambatac struggled against the defense of Bolick as he put up just eight points on 3-of-13 shooting. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games PLAY LIST 01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Read Next For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kyrie Irving on opening night showdown vs. Cavs: ‘There’s no pressure at all’ Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa MOST READ Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSan Beda came through in the clutch and defeated rival Letran, 73-68, in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre.The Red Lions mounted an 11-2 game-closing run to take a 72-65 lead with 1:12 remaining in the fourth with Robert Bolick scoring four points in the charge.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City The defending champions improved to 16-1 and continued their winning streak to 15 games while the Knights dropped to 8-9, tying Arellano U and San Sebastian at the fourth spot.“It’s a rivalry game, we have to win this game to prepare us against Lyceum on our final game,” said Red Lions head coach Boyet Fernandez. “I commend Calvin [Oftana] for giving us a good start and Robert [Bolick] did a good job in the end.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutOftana’s seven points in the first period helped the Red Lions get a 21-14 edge in the first 10 minutes.Donald Tankoua, though, was the high-point man for San Beda with 15 points to go along eight boards while Oftana and Bolick had 13 points apiece. LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

first_imgjaron blossomgame seals win over Duke with a dunk.ESPNJust when you thought ACC basketball couldn’t be deeper, Clemson is throwing its name in the ring with an incredibly impressive win streak. The Tigers, picked to finish 12th in the league, have now won four straight against Florida State, at Syracuse, vs. Louisville, and now vs. Duke. Star forward Jaron Blossomgame led the way for the Tigers with 17 points, none bigger than the dunk which put Clemson up 66-63. Duke could not score on the ensuing possession, and Clemson held on for a 68-63 win.#SCtop10 Clemson ballin tonight— Asher Lucas (@AsherLucas) January 14, 2016(Click here for a better video, via ESPN.)With a 4-1 record in league play, the Tigers are making some serious noise.Brad Brownell has now beaten Syracuse, Louisville, & Duke back-to-back-to-back. That deserves a free meal folks. Palpable buzz at Clemson.— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) January 14, 2016The court rush left something to be desired, however.That moment when you watch Clemson beat Duke… @kendallsilvers— James Mattos DeHart (@MattyIceBaller) January 14, 2016Clemson is now 11-6 overall, and seem to be improving by the game. This is not a bad year at all for Clemson Tiger fans.last_img read more