The first prize of £500,000 will certainly fund a replacement for his current four-year-old Mondeo, with Fitzpatrick’s dream car – an Ascari A10 – costing around £425,000. The victory also lifts Fitzpatrick from 111th in the world rankings to within sight of his goal of a place in the top 50 to secure a return to the Masters in April. After winning the US Amateur title in 2013, Fitzpatrick played alongside defending champion Adam Scott and US PGA winner Jason Dufner at Augusta in 2014, missing the halfway cut by a shot. “If you’re in the top 50 it opens so many doors and my dad says it’s self-perpetuating,” Fitzpatrick added. “The money is bigger, ranking points are bigger and your card is easier to keep.” Kjeldsen, Zanotti and Lowry were all left to rue missed opportunities on the greens, with Zanotti three-putting the 13th and Kjeldsen and Lowry missing numerous birdie chances. “I played great today, I really did. But I struggled on the greens,” said Kjeldsen, who won the Irish Open in May. “As well as I played the long game, that’s how much I struggled on the greens.” In his second tournament since winning the Bridgestone Invitational, Lowry added: “I t was another day of playing good golf and holing nothing. Woeful putting is the only term I can use. It’s just frustrating and it’s hard. I lost confidence on the greens. But my golf is good enough to finish in the top three putting bad, so there a lot of positives to take.” Fitzpatrick carded a closing 68 at Woburn to finish 15 under par, two shots ahead of Paraguay’s Fabrizio Zanotti, Denmark’s Soren Kjeldsen and Ireland’s Shane Lowry. The 21-year-old from Sheffield, who was the youngest player in the field, said: ” It’s unbelievable. It’s not going to sink in for a long time. A first professional win, British Masters, in England, with my family here; it does not get any better. “W inning wire to wire is something most players dream of. Jordan Spieth did so when he won the Masters and for me to be in the same category as him is pretty special. I have spent a little time with him (they share apparel sponsors) and I would love to get a (congratulatory) text from him.” Fitzpatrick insisted he did not feel he had his ‘A’ game this week, revealing he had phoned coach Mike Walker after each of the first three rounds, despite leading after an opening 64 and sharing the lead on Friday and Saturday. “We were just trying to fix a couple of things and today I probably hit it the best I have all week,” added Fitzpatrick, who moves to 12th in the Race to Dubai and top of the early Ryder Cup qualifying standings. After starting the final round tied with Thailand’s Kiradech Aphibarnrat, a level-par front nine left Fitzpatrick two shots adrift of Zanotti and Kjeldsen, but birdies on the 11th and 12th drew him level before a massive turning point on the par-five 15th. Kjeldsen looked set to gain the upper hand when he found the putting surface in two, only to run his eagle putt off the green and narrowly miss the birdie attempt. In the group behind, Fitzpatrick holed from 20 feet to take the outright lead for the first time and things went from bad to worse for Kjeldsen when his pushed drive on the 16th finished at the base of a narrow tree. From there the 40-year-old could only advance his ball to within 50 yards of the green and when he failed to get up and down, Fitzpatrick had a two-shot lead which he maintained in brilliant fashion with a birdie from four feet on the 17th after Zanotti had holed from outside. “This year my goal was to keep my card and I was not 100 per cent sure I was going to be able to do that after the start I had, but I managed to start to play well and the past two months have really got going and made a lot of money,” Fitzpatrick added. England’s Matt Fitzpatrick admitted life could not get any better after claiming his first European Tour title with a wire-to-wire victory in the British Masters on Sunday, taking his season’s earnings to more than £1million. Press Association
For all the Latest Sports News News, Tennis News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Rome: Australian firebrand Nick Kyrgios was disqualified from the Italian Open after an expletive-laden rant on Thursday as defending champion Rafael Nadal swept into the third round along with top seed Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer. Kyrgios grabbed the headlines when he suffered a spectacular meltdown on Court Three against Norwegian qualifier Casper Ruud.The controversial 24-year-old, who had marked his presence in Rome by criticising Djokovic and Nadal in an interview on Wednesday, starting arguing with the umpire in the third set.World number 36 Kyrgios had levelled the match at one set all but was given a game penalty early on in the third set for swearing.His response was to kick out at a water bottle before throwing a chair onto the court, packing his bag and then storming off court, shouting I am fuc**** done”Kyrgios was automatically disqualified with Ruud winning 6-3, 6-7 (5/7), 2-1 to advance to the third round against former US Open champion Juan Martin del Potro.Kyrgios had already been at the centre of controversy during Wednesday’s washout when he told the NCR Tennis Podcast that Djokovic had “a sick obsession with wanting to be liked” and that the Serb’s post-match celebration was “cringeworthy”. Nadal was described by the Australian as “super-salty”.Meanwhile, Nadal crushed France’s Jeremy Chardy 6-0, 6-1, with Federer, a four-time runner-up, easing past Portugal’s Joao Sousa 6-4, 6-3, and Djokovic beating Canadian Denis Shapovalov 6-1, 6-3.All three are in action again later in the day to make up time after play was washed out on Wednesday.Nadal meets Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili, with Federer up against Croatian Borna Coric, and Djokovic facing Germany’s Philipp Kohlschreiber.For 37-year-old Federer, returning to Italy for the first time since 2016, it was like a practice session. “Like any other practice day when you play twice a day, you finish the first session, take a shower, eat something, relax, get ready for the next one,” said the 20-time Grand Slam winner.”I think it gives me some good information. I believe it’s going to be similar conditions in the match this afternoon,” he added.Nadal said it was a “good start” as he targets a first title on clay this season before he starts the defence of his French Open crown from May 26.”That’s important for what’s coming up,” said the eight-time Rome winner.World number four Dominic Thiem slammed tournament organisers after he was dumped out 4-6, 6-4, 7-5 by Spain’s Fernando Verdasco.Austrian Thiem complained competitors were left hanging around during the rain-impacted day 24 hours earlier.”I really dislike how we players get treated at this tournament because yesterday was, in my opinion, not acceptable,” said last year’s French Open runner-up.”I’m quite pissed about it. I was tired, exhausted, today because of all these shitty things,” he added.Japan’s Kei Nishikori, the sixth seed, got past American Taylor Fritz 6-2, 6-4 and next meets Jan-Lennard Struff.In the women’s competition, world number one Naomi Osaka fought back after losing her serve early to ease past Dominika Cibulkova 6-3, 6-3 against the 33rd-ranked Slovak who she also beat last week in Madrid.The Japanese star hit 44 winners and 12 aces, despite 25 unforced errors.Osaka, the US Open and Australian Open champion, reached the third round in Rome for the first time in three appearances.She was at risk of losing her world number one ranking to Simona Halep but the Romanian was knocked out by Czech teenager Marketa Vondrousova losing 2-6, 7-5, 6-3 having needed to win the tournament to regain top spot she last held in mid-January.Halep’s defeat also guarantees Osaka’s top seed at the French Open.Next up for the Japanese player on the clay of the Foro Italico is Romania’s Mihaela Buzarnescu.Czech second seed Petra Kvitova eased past Yulia Putintseva of Kazakhstan 6-0, 6-1.
— Two people with direct knowledge of the deal have told The Associated Press that the Jets and former Panthers guard Greg Van Roten agreed to terms on a three-year contract. The 30-year-old Van Roten played left guard during three seasons with Carolina. New York also worked out a one-year deal with Rams safety Marqui Christian, according to a person familiar with the package.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-DUKE-JONESDuke guard Tre Jones declares for NBA draftDURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Duke sophomore Tre Jones says he will enter the NBA draft.The point guard was named to the third team of The Associated Press All-America team on Friday after being named Atlantic Coast Conference player of the year by the league and runner-up for the same award from the AP. March 21, 2020 — Former Real Madrid president Lorenzo Sanz has died at age 76 from the new coronavirus, according to his family. He had been in intensive care since the beginning of the week while being treated for the virus. Sanz presided over Madrid from 1995 until 2000, leading the club to two European titles, a Spanish league championship and a Spanish Super Cup crown.— AC Milan great Paolo Maldini has tested positive for COVID-19. The team says the 51-year-old Maldini became aware of contact with a person who subsequently tested positive for coronavirus and began to display symptoms of the virus himself. Maldini serves as Milan’s technical director.— Paulo Dybala is the third Juventus player to test positive for COVID-19. Juventus says the Argentine soccer playmaker is in voluntary home isolation in Italy and is asymptomatic.— The president of Mexico’s Liga MX soccer league has tested positive for coronavirus. League President Enrique Bonilla said in a statement Friday that he doesn’t have serious symptoms but will remain in isolation and keep up with the situation of Mexican first-division soccer.— A member of the Canadian Football League’s B.C. Lions operations department has tested positive for COVID-19. The person has not been named and is currently at home in isolation. Associated Press Similarly, the Norwegian Olympic Committee says the Games shouldn’t take place until the coronavirus outbreak “is under firm control” worldwide.In other virus-related developments:— A second Ottawa Senators player has tested positive for COVID-19. The player was part of the recent road trip that included NHL games in San Jose, Anaheim and Los Angeles. Of the 52 people in the Senators’ traveling party, 44 have shown no symptoms and eight have been tested. Everyone on the California trip was instructed to self-quarantine on March 13.— The International Ice Hockey Federation has canceled the men’s world hockey championships amid health concerns and travel bans. The 16-team tournament was to be held in Switzerland in May.— Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton says he has been self-isolating for more than a week and showing no symptoms of the coronavirus. Hamilton was at a charity event in London on March 4 also attended by actor Idris Elba and Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, the wife of the Canadian prime minister. Both were later found to have the virus. Hamilton said he hasn’t been tested because test kits are in short supply and “there are people who need it more than I do.” The leader of track’s international federation says there’s no need to hold the Tokyo Olympics at any cost, adding that a decision about the future of the games “may become very obvious very quickly in the coming days and weeks.”World Athletics president Seb Coe said the Olympic world is managing the coronavirus day by day and “increasingly hour by hour.”USA Track and Field CEO Max Siegel urged the federation to advocate for the postponement of the Games, which are to start July 24. The track federation joins USA Swimming, which sent a similar letter to the USOPC on Thursday.A board member of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee countered leadership by criticizing the IOC amid concerns of the coronavirus pandemic. Board member and former USA bobsledder Steve Mesler wrote in a blog Friday that the IOC … “has not shown the leadership we Olympians desire out of those who are in charge.” Mesler added that his thoughts were coming “as an Olympian and not those of the USOPC, its Board of Directors, or its leaders.”Brazil’s Olympic Committee is calling for the Tokyo Games to be postponed until 2021. The Brazilian body said in a statement published on Saturday that the decision is a necessity due to the seriousness of the pandemic and “the consequent difficulty for athletes to keep their best competitive level.” The eight-time Pro Bowler said in a conference call Saturday that he knows he can still play at a high level.In other NFL news:— The Raiders have agreed to a one-year contract with free agent receiver Nelson Agholor (AG’-oh-lohr), according to a person familiar with the deal. The person also said the Raiders agreed to a one-year deal to keep backup running back Rod Smith. Offensive lineman Eric Kush also confirmed that he agreed to a deal with the Raiders, and tight end Nick O’Leary’s agency said its client has a deal in place with the team.— Saints general manager Mickey Loomis says free-agent wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders has agreed to a two-year contract with the team. The 5-foot-11 Sanders caught 36 passes for 502 yards and three touchdowns for the 49ers last season. His contract is said to be worth about $16 million with bonuses that could push the total value as high as $19 million.— Running back Kenyan Drake has agreed to sign his one-year, $8.5 million tender to stay with the Cardinals. The 26-year-old Drake came to Arizona in a mid-season trade from the Miami Dolphins. He ran for 643 yards and eight touchdowns in eight games with the Cardinals, including a four-TD game against the Browns in Week 15. Update on the latest sports — Gulfstream Park has dropped purses for its seven stakes races on Florida Derby day by 20.5%. Track officials say the changes for next Saturday were necessitated by the loss of on-track handle and revenue from the track’s casino.NFL-NEWSRivers signs with ColtsUNDATED (AP) — Philip Rivers has officially ended his 16-year tenure with the Chargers by signing the $25 million deal with the Indianapolis Colts he agreed to earlier this week.The 38-year-old quarterback thinks he has plenty to offer even after one of his worst seasons. Rivers threw 23 touchdown passes last season, his lowest total since 2007. His 20 interceptions in 2019, match the second-highest total of his career. But now, with a fresh start, a strong running game and one of the league’s top offensive lines, Rivers insists he will prove the critics wrong this season. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSMore criticism as Olympic officials prepare for Tokyo GamesUNDATED (AP) — Calls for the postponement of the upcoming Tokyo Olympics continue to grow louder. Jones averaged 16.2 points and 6.4 assists for the Blue Devils, the highlight being his buzzer-beating shot off his own intentionally missed free throw to force overtime in a wild comeback win at North Carolina on Feb. 8.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6
Meanwhile, Shane Lowry is tied for the lead at the Waste management Phoenix Open in the US.The Offaly man is 6 under alongside Rickie Fowler and Hideki Matsuyama, who finished their rounds before play was stopped due to bad light.Paul Dunne is 1 under after 13 but Padraig Harington ended 3 over. Irelands Jack Hume has won the South African amatuer open .The Kildare man finished ahead of Tullamore’s Stuart Grehan, who was second. Graeme Mc Dowell has ended bellow the cutline on 1 over.Rafa Cabrera-Bello leads by one on 10 under.
Asante Kotoko Striker Kofi Nti Boakye says their triumph in the Super Cup will boost the team’s confidence ahead of the upcoming football season.Asante Kotoko beat New Edubiase 2-0 to lift the Ghana Super Cup at the Accra Sports stadium on Saturday.Striker Kofi Nti Boakye scored twice, one in each half with individual efforts that capped a good game for the man of the match. The former Liberty Professionals attacker is delighted at his team’s first trophy of the season. “I’m very excited I scored three goals to hand my team the trophy”. He told JOY Sports“This season will be better than last season because we have the materials to compete keenly in the league and in Africa”.“We hope to build on this performance to the premier league and our participation in the CAF Champions league”. Champions Asante Kotoko will begin their title defense at home to newly promoted side Amidaus professionals on October 7.
The Ghana Football Association has expressed joy at the return of the Ayew brothers, saying it is satisfied with President Mahama’s intervention in persuading them to return to the Black Stars.This follows the decision of the Olympique Marseille duo – Andre and Jordan Ayew – to call off their self-imposed international break from the Black Stars early this year. They cited various reasons behind their decision.The two missed this year’s Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa after they were overlooked by coach Kwesi Appiah.Speaking to XYZ Sports, the vice president of the Ghana FA Fred Crentsil described the news as a good development.“They have rescinded their decision and that is good for the team and the FA, every Ghanaian who qualifies to play for the national team must be given the chance, so if at the end of the day someone who decided to retire from the team wants to come back again then is a great development and it will enhance our chances of making another appearance at the World Cup in Brazil,” he said.The duo changed their minds after a crisis meeting with Ghana president John Dramani Mahama on Tuesday. The two players are therefore going to be available in September when the Black Stars take on Zambia in the final World Cup qualifier in Kumasi.Andre Ayew who broke into the Black Stars’ back in 2007 has made over 40 appearances and scored four goals while Jordan sticks with 10 games since 2010 he joined the team.
Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Moreno was frustrated enough with the performance that he led the move to fire Ausmus, who had two years remaining on his contract, and replace him with Maddon.If the Angels are to make a quick turnaround in 2020, they will need more than just a new voice coming from the manager’s office. They will need plenty of starting pitching, which Maddon conceded.“If you look at it, there’s no getting around it, if the pitching gets better, the win-loss record is going to get better,” Maddon said.Free agents – most notably Orange County native Gerrit Cole – could certainly help push the Angels in the right direction, and Maddon seemed to be encouraged that the Angels would be players in that market.“Arte has never been worried about spending money,” Maddon said. “There are a lot of great plans in store.” By hiring a fan favorite, the Angels brought some good news to an organization that has been rocked lately by revelations about the details of Tyler Skaggs’ death. Angels media relations official Eric Kay reportedly told the Drug Enforcement Administration that he supplied opioids to Skaggs, possibly leaving the team open to legal liability and sanctions from Major League Baseball.Maddon was not asked about that situation during his radio interview.Against that backdrop, Maddon, 65, returns to an organization in which he spent three decades. He was a catcher in the minors for four seasons, and in 1979 began a coaching career.Maddon rose through the system and finally joined the major league staff in 1994. He twice served as an interim manager, including the end of the 1999 season after Terry Collins resigned.Maddon remained as the bench coach when Scioscia was hired as manager prior to the 2000 season. Maddon was part of the staff when the Angels won the World Series in 2002, and remained through 2005, when he left to manage the Tampa Bay Rays.The Rays had lost at least 90 games in the first eight years of their existence, and in the first two seasons under Maddon they lost 101 and 96. In his third year in 2008, Maddon led the Rays to a remarkable turnaround, as they won 97 games, a division title and an American League pennant. They lost to the Philadelphia Phillies in the World Series.The Rays went to the playoffs four times in six seasons, from 2008-13. After a losing season in 2014, Maddon opted out of his Rays deal to explore other opportunities. He was quickly hired by the Cubs.Coming off a rebuilding plan that included four consecutive losing seasons, the Cubs brought in Maddon prior to the 2015 season and they won immediately. From 2015-18, the Cubs reached the postseason four years in a row, including their 2016 World Series title.The playoff streak ended this season, with a September collapse. The Cubs had been in a playoff spot for most of the season, either leading the NL Central division or holding a wild-card spot, until they fell out of it by losing 10 of their last 12 games.With Maddon’s contract set to the expire at the end of the season, the Cubs and Maddon announced on the final day of the regular season that he would not be back.A day later, the Angels fired Ausmus, which to many observers indicated they would go after Maddon.Ausmus had gone 72-90 in his only season as the Angels manager, losing more games than any Angels team had lost since 1999, before Scioscia.Related Articles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros “Everyone wants to know strategies and hit and runs and bullpen management and lineups and all that stuff, but it starts with relationships,” said Maddon, who on Wednesday was in his hometown of Hazelton, Pa. “I already had that built. I loved the idea of working with Arte and John and Billy. And that’s where it began.”The Angels also interviewed former managers Buck Showalter and John Farrell and Padres hitting coach Johnny Washington.“We are thrilled that Joe is coming back home and bringing an exciting brand of baseball to our fans,” Eppler, the Angels’ general manager, said in a statement released by the team. “Every stop he has made throughout his managerial career he has built a culture that is focused on winning while also allowing his players to thrive. We believe Joe will be a great asset for our club and look forward to him leading the team to another World Series Championship.”Maddon said he hopes to bring back the style of play that marked the organization’s play in earlier decades.“There’s a specific style of baseball, which I’m really into,” Maddon said, likely referring to an emphasis on fundamentals and aggressiveness on the bases. “We did it with (Mike Scioscia) and Marcel (Lachemann) and before that Gene Mauch. There definitely was an Angel method.” The Angels and Joe Maddon agreed Wednesday to bring the veteran manager back to the organization in which he spent his first 31 years in baseball.Maddon and the Angels agreed to a three-year deal, which ended three weeks of speculation about the seemingly inevitable reunion. Maddon’s deal is worth $12 million, according to a source.Maddon, who had led the Chicago Cubs to their first World Series title in 108 years and had come up as a coach in the Angels’ system, had been widely assumed to be the Angels’ next manager even before Brad Ausmus was fired following his only season at the helm.Maddon, who will be introduced to the media at a press conference next week in Anaheim, spoke to the Angels flagship radio station on Wednesday about how his relationships with owner Arte Moreno, president John Carpino and General Manager Billy Eppler led him back.
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DES MOINES — June, July and August were all drier than normal months for the state — after we saw a wet spring.The DNR’s Tim Hall tracks the groundwater and stream flows across the state. “That three inches of deficit has sort of made up for in a way some of the really wet weather that occurred prior to that,” Hall says.Cities that get their drinking water from underground sources are always watching the levels. “The only area where our Geological Survey folks have a little bit of concern is way along the eastern border of the state along the Mississippi River. The counties running in the southeast corner of the state along the river,” according the Hall. “We’ve got a slight concern over groundwater availability, and that’s back away from the Mississippi River.”He says part of the issue is the time of year. “It’s really just a product of the growing season where you have all of the row crops pulling moisture out of the ground for their development — combined with a shortage of rainfall. It’s just dried up some of the soil moisture,” Hall says.The three dry months are also showing up on a wider scale. “We’re up to over 50% of the state is now showing as abnormally dry. And about 12% of the state is in moderate drought — just some patchy areas across the state — and it’s just really crept up on us since August,” Hall says. He says fall is the time of year when a lot of rainfall is not needed as the growing season comes to an end.“We’re getting into that time of the year when rainfall starts to decline. We want to get enough rainfall to keep the subsoil moisture replenished before the ground freezes, there’s plenty of time for that to happen,” Hall says. “There are no indicators or trends that are getting anybody really alarmed. It’s just really interesting to see how the state has flipped from being just excessively wet — to starting to dry up in some places.”Hall says the nationwide picture also looks pretty good and there are not big concerns that about drought that might creep into Iowa.
However, critics have suggested those changes will simply play into the hands of the bigger clubs with deeper squads.Neutral venuesPremier League clubs appear to have won their battle to have games played in their own grounds rather than on neutral sites.However, the UK’s national lead for football policing confirmed last week that a “small number” of fixtures will take place at neutral venues.That is likely to include any match that could see Liverpool crowned champions for the first time in 30 years, to try and avoid crowds gathering at Anfield.Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is unconcerned by playing at neutral venues, with results from four rounds of Germany’s Bundesliga showing no advantage for home sides in a closed-doors environment.“We will not have the help from the crowd but no team will have that, so where is the advantage?” Klopp told the BBC.“Whoever we play it is the same situation, which is why I’m not too worried about it.”VARThe use of VAR could also be dispensed with for the rest of the season should the clubs wish to further cut the number of people required for games to go ahead.However, the Premier League’s CEO Richard Masters is keen for it to remain.“VAR has its own social-distancing issues, but we think there is a way of completing the season with VAR,” Masters told Sky Sports.Share on: WhatsApp Premier LeagueLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | The Premier League’s return is just two weeks away but there are plenty of details for the 20 clubs in the English top-flight to work out before competitive action resumes on June 17.AFP Sport looks at what is on the agenda at the latest in a series of meetings between the clubs on Thursday.What happens if season is stopped again?There have been squabbles over how final league standings should be decided if the season cannot be completed but clubs need a contingency arrangement if a spike in coronavirus cases wrecks their plans.Most of the teams in the bottom half of the table are reportedly pushing for relegation to be scrapped if the season is not completed on the field.That still seems highly unlikely, with the English Football Association and English Football League both insisting on promotion and relegation throughout the pyramid.A points-per-game formula is the most likely option and is part of the reason why the restart will begin with two matches on June 17, to ensure every side has played the same number of games.Fixture listOnce the two outstanding games — Manchester City v Arsenal and Aston Villa v Sheffield United — have been played, all 20 sides will have nine games remaining.No dates for other matches have yet been released, but fixtures are expected to continue from where they left off in March and be crammed into just five weeks ahead of the FA Cup final on August 1.Substitutes and squad sizesA long lay-off, little time together in contact training and a gruelling schedule mean players’ bodies will be pushed to the limits.In an attempt to minimise injuries and fatigue, world governing body FIFA has allowed leagues to temporarily change their rules to allow five substitutes.Chelsea have also reportedly proposed increasing the number of substitutes available from seven to nine.