Z. Johnson, Landry share 54-hole Texas Open lead

first_imgSAN ANTONIO – Zach Johnson birdied the par-5 18th Saturday at the Valero Texas Open for a share of the third-round lead with Andrew Landry, a stroke ahead of record-setting Trey Mullinax. Johnson shot a 4-under 68, holing a 10-footer on 18 to match Landry at 13-under 203 at TPC San Antonio’s AT&T Oaks. Landry birdied the 16th and 17th in a 67. Johnson won the event in 2008 and 2009, the last two times it was played at LaCantera. The 42-year-old Iowan is trying to win for the first time since the 2015 British Open. ”I’ve got 18 holes to get to that point,” Johnson said. ”I’ve got to do exactly what I did on the back side and that was give myself opportunities on every hole. I’m putting great, I’m seeing the lines well, my caddie’s reading the greens well, so it’s just a matter of committing and executing down the stretch.” The 30-year-old Landry is winless on the tour. ”I’m a good putter and I just need to give myself a lot of opportunities tomorrow like I did today,” Landry said. ”I’ll be looking forward to tomorrow.” Mullinax had a course-record 62. He played the back nine in 7-under 29, going 6 under on the last five with eagles on the par-5 14th and 18th and birdies on 16 and 17. He also birdied Nos. 10 and 12 and bogeyed 11. ”It’s probably one of the best rounds I’ve ever had,” Mullinax said. ”To go out there and shoot 62 on a hard golf course is really good.” Johnson played the front nine in even par with two birdies and two bogeys. He birdied Nos. 11, 14, 15 and 18 on the back nine. Full-field scores from the Valero Texas Open Valero Texas Open: Articles, photos and videos ”Different wind today early on, misjudged some numbers, misjudged some wind, made some bad swings, all of the above,” Johnson said. ”But truthfully, my short game was actually pretty good, my putting was great. I missed some putts, but I hit some really good ones, hit some lines and I gave myself opportunities especially on the back side.” Landry had a bogey-free round. ”I just did everything really good,” Landry said. ”I was staying patient and just trying to make a bunch of pars. This golf course can come up and bite you in a heartbeat.” Ryan Moore was two strokes back at 11 under after a 70. Sean O’Hair had a 65 to join 2015 champion Jimmy Walker (67), Chris Kirk (68) and 2013 winner Martin Laird (69) at 9 under. ”I just feel like I’m getting closer and closer to playing better and better golf, more solid golf, putting rounds together,” Walker said. ”I’m excited for the opportunity tomorrow.” Mullinax has made 42 of 44 putts from inside 10 feet this week. ”They just kind of remind me of greens from home,” Mullinax said. ”My caddie, David (Flynn), has been reading them really well. We trusted each other on our reads and I’ve been hitting good putts. Been working hard on putting on the weeks off that I’ve had so it’s good to see some results.” The 25-year-old former Alabama player chipped in for the eagle on 14 and the birdie on the par-3 16th. ”It was just a little bit down the hill,” he said about the 16th. ”All you had to do was just land it just past that little light grass spot. My caddie told me just read it like a putt, so I tried to just read it like a putt and it went in.” On 18, he hit a 3-iron from 255 yards to 15 feet to set up his eagle putt. He broke the course record of 63 set by Matt Every in 201 and matched by Laird in 2013. The tournament record is 60 at LaCantera, by Bart Bryant in 2004 and Johnson in 2009.last_img read more

Human trafficking: powerful business eluding statisticians

first_img Fact File Human trafficking is the dark side of migration. Rising global inequalities, visible in gaping wage differentials, together with easier transport and communication technologies, have turned people-smuggling for the purpose of labour exploitation into a thriving business.  Just how big a business it is eludes statisticians, law-enforcement officials and researchers. But the difficulty, as the introduction to “Human trafficking in Europe” makes clear, goes beyond the nature of trafficking as a clandestine activity. There is no generally accepted definition of the crime; no standardised collection of data, even within the EU; and vocal disagreements about who should be defined as a victim, primarily between civil-society groups providing assistance and national authorities. Gillian Wylie and Penelope McRedmond, the editors of this collection, are careful to acknowledge these difficulties upfront. They also explore the reasons behind the lack of hard data, and, in the conclusion to this volume, return to the importance of numbers as a driver of policy responses. Their openness about the prejudices that inform much scholarship on trafficking – including, to an extent, their own – is refreshing. Traditionally, researchers of trafficking have tended to see themselves as advocates of helpless victims, have been close to non-governmental groups and have therefore had an interest in playing up the numbers, although the quality of research has improved with maturity. The editors also concede that, in line with most research and public interest, the book’s empirical chapters are “skewed towards…trafficking in women for sexual exploitation”, when, actually, a significant share of trafficking, perhaps in the order of around one-third, takes place for the purpose of other forms of forced labour. Nevertheless, these empirical chapters – on Russia and Ukraine, Albania and Moldova, and, on the demand side, the UK, Greece, Cyprus, Germany and Ireland – add nuance to our understanding of trafficking, and remind us of the horrific crimes that often accompany trafficking. What makes this collection more valuable are the conceptual and policy discussions, above all in McRedmond’s chapter on trafficking and organised crime. She criticises the tendency – evident in a new EU directive on fighting human trafficking adopted in April, but also in a UN convention whose definitions have informed most other instruments – to describe all forms of trafficking as organised crime. This, she says, obscures the true nature of the crime. More seriously, such sweeping definitions would not appear to have made successful prosecutions easier; they are still far below even the lowest estimates of human trafficking in Europe. Human trafficking in Europe – character, causes and consequences Editors: Gillian Wylie and Penelope McRedmond (230 pages) Palgrave Macmillan, 2010. €70.00last_img read more

Jurgen Klinsmann ‘full of hope’ that Jozy Altidore will return

first_imgaltidore_v2NATAL, Brazil – Forward Jozy Altidore limped as he left the stadium late Monday night. He held on to the metal railings as he made his way onto the team bus. Whether he’ll return to action after injuring his left hamstring against Ghana is still to be determined but judging from Altidore’s post-game form, it doesn’t look good.The Americans arrived at their Sao Paulo base camp in the wee hours after their thrilling 2-1 victory. This afternoon they will begin preparations for Sunday’s game against Portugal in Manaus.How quickly Altidore comes back depends on his healing process, coach Jurgen Klinsmann said Tuesday. “With Jozy, we have to see how he reacts the next couple of days. We are full of hope that he comes back in this tournament.”U.S. TRAINING: Home away from home in Sao PauloKlinsmann said defender Matt Besler and captain Clint Dempsey, who suffered a broken nose, will play against Portugal.Although Altidore wasn’t at training because he was scheduled to get an MRI, he was the focus.Without Altidore as the target player, will the Americans have to make tactical changes for Portugal? “I don’t think so,” midfielder Graham Zusi said. “We have guys who can fill in that spot. Our depth was tested yesterday and it proved to be very good for us. We have guys who can fill that spot and do the same job Jozy can.”The biggest decision Klinsmann faces: who might take Altidore’s place?Presumably Aron Johannsson, who replaced Altidore after the injury, will be Klinsmann’s first option. He had middling results in his 67 minutes against Ghana. As the team struggled for possession time, Johannsson barely saw the ball. But his through pass to Fabian Johnson set up the corner kick that resulted in John Brooks’ winning goal.Johannsson, who was born in Alabama and raised in Iceland, brings qualities to the front line no other U.S. striker offers.“Aron is a player who is very unpredictable. An opponent will not know what he has in mind,” Klinsmann said during training camp. “He sometimes thinks two or three moves ahead. … He’s a very interesting kid who will only get better from now going forward.”The 23-year-old forward scored 26 goals for the Dutch club AZ Alkmaar this past season.United States forward Aron Johannsson (9) could see his role increase if Jozy Altidore is sidelined. (Kelley L. Cox, USA TODAY Sports)United States forward Aron Johannsson (9) could see his role increase if Jozy Altidore is sidelined. (Kelley L. Cox, USA TODAY Sports)“I’ve seen him a play a lot in Europe,” said two-time World Cup veteran Brian McBride. “He’s got great movement, loves to have the ball at his feet but also can run on the ball in space. He’s a smart player, technically sound and loves to get in the box.”Another option would be Chris Wondolowski, who has a knack for being in the right place at the right time. “He’s greedy in a very good way,” goalkeeper Tim Howard said. “He likes his goals.”His journeyman story is compelling as well. Throughout his career, Wondolowski, 31, piled up goals in Major League Soccer, but was continually overlooked by national team coaches. The final indignity? In his first extended run with the U.S. team last summer, his name was misspelled — Wondowlowski — on his jersey.In that Gold Cup game against Belize, Wondolowski scored a hat trick in the first half. Though he changed his jersey at half, the extra W stuck around. Now when Wondolowski puts on his national team jersey, the extra W is sewn inside.Another possibility is 19-year-old Julian Green, but his willowy frame and inexperience at this level probably makes him more of a second-half sub.No other forward can match Altidore’s size and strength and his ability to hold the ball to incorporate teammates into the attack.USA VS. PORTUGAL: 4 things the U.S. needs to do to winIn the 21st minute, while sprinting down the sideline, Altidore grabbed his left hamstring and fell to the pitch. As he was carried off the field in a stretcher, he covered his teary eyes with his hands. Klinsmann, at Altidore’s side, cradled his striker’s head. Altidore knew the game, and perhaps the World Cup, was over for him.Hamstring injuries don’t heal quickly, as Altidore knows from experience. In 2011, he missed the Gold Cup semifinals and final with a hamstring injury. He said Monday’s injury felt similar to that one.When he was asked about how difficult it is to come back quickly from such an injury, Altidore tried to sound upbeat.“I’m up for it, it’s a once in a lifetime to be in a World Cup and hopefully I can get better and play and if not we have great guys off the bench,” he said. Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 0:00Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%0:00 Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1ChaptersChaptersdescriptions off, selectedDescriptionssubtitles off, selectedSubtitlescaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedCaptionsAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window. An unanticipated problem was encountered, check back soon and try again Error Code: MEDIA_ERR_UNKNOWN Session ID: 2020-09-18:95dff60fcb39af59aa83b534 Player ID: videojs-brightcove-player-713563-3626793769001 OK Close Modal DialogCaption Settings DialogBeginning of dialog window. 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NFF’s Game Of Thrones With Gernot Rohr Risks Burning Eagles AFCON Chances

first_imgWith less than 10 days to Nigeria beginning their march to Cameroon for a second consecutive Africa Cup of Nations appearance (a feat the nation hasn’t achieved since 2010), uncertainty lies over the future of German coach Gernot Rohr.Appointed in August 2016 to steady the ship after a tumultuous period in Nigerian football wherein the nation failed to qualify for the 2015 and 2017 continental championships, had three managers (Stephen Keshi, Samson Siasia and Sunday Oliseh) take charge of the Super Eagles in the space of 18 months and witnessed the “angered retirement” from the national team by the country’s most capped player Vincent Enyeama, Rohr has indeed coped fairly well in charge of the high demanding African nation.His immediate task, on assuming the role, was to qualify the three times African champions for the 2018 World Cup, a task he managed to pull off superbly especially considering the quality of opposition in Nigeria’s group.Nigeria under Rohr’s tutelage finished highest in a group consisting of then Africa’s highest-ranked side – Algeria, the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon who were reigning African champions and 2012 Africa Cup of Nations winners, Zambia.This great achievement coupled with the introduction of young exciting players, the seeming togetherness of players in the camp and a new footballing philosophy introduced by the former Gabon manager seemed to endear him to football lovers around the country and members of the top echelon of his employers, the Nigerian Football Federation.His initial 2-year contract was quickly extended by a further two years, his needs were met on request; one such wish was his insistence on quality build-up games ahead of the 2018 World Cup in Russia.Fast forward to the World Cup proper and after picking up 3 points from his first two games, Rohr and his Super Eagles charges could have masterminded one of the shocks of the tournament.But, somehow, inexperience on his part, especially in terms of game management and impactful late substitutions coupled with the naivety of his players, most of whom were playing on the world stage for the first time, cost Nigeria a place in the second round as they crumbled in the final stages of the final group game against Argentina.The Nigerian press began questioning his tactical ability although he still retained the same levels of pre-World Cup backing from his employers, the NFF who gave him a vote of confidence to carry on preparations towards a first Nations Cup appearance in four years for Nigeria.Again, he delivered in excellent fashion in qualifying for the continental showpiece.Despite Nigeria finishing in third place in Egypt, Rohr’s reading of the game, his game management and penchant for delaying the substitution of flagging and spent players were brought to the fore and cries for him to quit and be replaced with a more tactically proficient manager got louder.Rohr has always insisted that he wants to be in the job long term saying he desires to build a team that will be ready to conquer the world at the Qatar 2022 World Cup.He has, however, come under increasing fire in recent weeks and looks to have fallen out of favour with his employers and reports point to several reasons why he may not be retained beyond the expiration of his current deal – a bizarre situation given his current deal expires halfway through the qualification process for Cameroon 2021.The NFF bigwigs are said to be displeased with Rohr for failing to honour certain parts of his contract (mind you, when the going was rosy, most of these terms were ignored).A few of them include him continuing to live outside the country and only “visiting” when Nigeria have engagements, his failure to watch and follow domestic league matches and integrate most of the players into the national team – 99% of Rohr squads since 2016 have always had foreign-based professionals and the straw which broke the Camel’s back was him reportedly applying for the vacant Cameroon and DR Congo jobs despite being under contract with Nigeria.Gernot Rohr meanwhile has his grievances with the NFF, one of which has been the reported delay in his wages recently, a report the NFF vehemently denies.But the question which begs an answer is why is the NFF taking a coach who they most likely won’t extend his deal into a qualifying series?With the players knowing their gaffer will depart in a few months, will they be willing to give a 100% and listen to his instructions?Also, why don’t you let Rohr go now (if you’ll eventually let him go in 6 months’ time) and employ a new manger to instil his fresh footballing philosophy in the team through the qualifying phase leading up to the Nations Cup, instead of employing a coach with just about 10 months and a handful of games to a major championship.A new coach will certainly come with a few new faces which will unbalance the current squad so why not give this “new coach” two full years to integrate these fresh faces and ideas into the Super Eagles fold?These are some of the questions the NFF hierarchy should ask themselves before embarking on making any decision on the Super Eagles’ handler.Whatever the case may be, Nigerian won’t be quick to forget the man who brought stability to the Super Eagles and returned Nigeria to their first Nations Cup since 2013 and who currently has one of the best win percentages of any Super Eagles manager in history. 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Wright gets hot as Phoenix stuns Meralco

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netRookie Matthew Wright found his touch late and Phoenix came back to beat Meralco, 94-90, in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Wright fired 17 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter, where the shorthanded Fuel Masters rallied from double digits.ADVERTISEMENT EDITORS’ PICK Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Bolts, who led by as much as 12, 71-59, slipped to 2-3 despite drawing a career-high 24 points from rookie Jonathan Grey.Wright, the Fil-Canadian swingman, scored 10 points inside the last four minutes including Phoenix’s last three points all coming at the free throw line in the final 30 seconds.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports MOST READ We are young PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Tanduay happy with PBA D-League Draft haul As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise Senators to proceed with review of VFA Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine “I’m just relieved. We lost last two games by an average of 31 points. It was like sleepless nights for all of us,” said Phoenix head coach Ariel Vanguardia, whose squad improved to 3-3.“But I just challenged the guys. Halfway point of the conference, we just have to be thankful that we’re 2-3 because the way we’re playing we could have been 0-5.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad AliThe Fuel Masters played without their two key veterans in JC Intal and Willie Wilson.“The guys stepped up with JC and Willie out tonight,” said Vanguardia. “Willie had amoebiasis even during our game against Star and he suffered from numbness due to complications with his meds while JC has a bruised rib.” View commentslast_img read more

McCollum has 43 points, Blazers top Wolves

first_imgSmart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports Andrew Wiggins scored 24 points for the Timberwolves. But Karl-Anthony Towns had just 11 points on 3-for-15 shooting and missed all six of his 3-pointers. Zach LaVine also was quiet with 13 points on 5-for-12 shooting and the Wolves fell to 9-11 in games in which they lead by double digits.“I shot good shots, put them up with the same form and they just weren’t going in,” Towns said. “I tried to do other things, try to make free throws when you got them, get rebounds, make assists. I don’t know. I shot good shots, they just didn’t fall.”Portland had lost seven of its last eight and was floundering with its star on the bench with ankle problems.Lillard was listed as doubtful for the game with that sprained left ankle. He worked out hard before the game and showed no noticeable limp, but the Blazers started McCollum at point guard again with two days off before their next scheduled game. McCollum, who was averaging 26 points per game with Lillard out, scored 13 points in a ragged first quarter and put up 16 in a 32-15 third quarter that helped the Blazers turn a 14-point deficit into a five-point lead going into the fourth.“Without Damian, that’s 28 points and a lot of defensive attention,” McCollum said. “Seven assists, six rebounds, so a lot more energy has to be utilized on my end. I have to try to keep guys involved and take over as a decision maker.”ADVERTISEMENT Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND Ginebra teammates show love for Slaughter Goal transformed into art: Wenger lauds Giroud’s ‘scorpion’ The Wolves came back to tie it with 7:23 to play, but Shabazz Napier hit a big 3, Turner hit a soft jumper and Allen Crabbe knocked down another 3 to put the Blazers in front for good.Before the game, Portland coach Terry Stotts said it was important for his players not to try to do too much with Lillard out.“I just said there might be a guy who scores 10 more than you expect,” Stotts said. “He scored 20 more than I expected.”TIP-INSTrail Blazers: Crabbe had 10 points and a career-high eight rebounds. … McCollum topped 30 for the seventh time this season. His previous career high was 37. … Napier scored three points, the only bench player besides Turner to score.Timberwolves: PG Ricky Rubio had a rough night, going 0 for 5 from the field and getting torched by McCollum on defense. He did not play in the fourth quarter. … Minnesota entered the game 10th in the NBA in free throw shooting, but missed six of them on Sunday night. … Towns did have 13 rebounds and six assists, all in the first quarter.MISSING MOTIEJUNASThe Timberwolves had a workout scheduled with free agent forward Donatas Motiejunas as they considered adding him to help them bolster a bench that has struggled mightily this season. After working out with New Orleans, Motiejunas took a flight to Minneapolis on Sunday. But by the time he got off the plane, he had an offer from the Pelicans on the table and canceled his workout with the Timberwolves.“We never got a chance to sit down with him,” coach Tom Thibodeau said.UP NEXT Senators to proceed with review of VFA Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes Portland Trail Blazers guard C.J. McCollum (3) receives a pass from forward Mason Plumlee 24) with Minnesota Timberwolves guard Ricky Rubio (9) pursuing during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Minneapolis, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017. APMINNEAPOLIS — When the Minnesota Timberwolves jumped out to a 12-point lead over Portland at halftime, the struggling Trail Blazers looked to be on their way to yet another loss.Turns out C.J. McCollum had the young Wolves right where he wanted them.ADVERTISEMENT PH among economies most vulnerable to virus We are young McCollum scored a career-high 43 points to carry the Trail Blazers to a 95-89 victory Sunday night.Mason Plumlee had 18 points and eight rebounds, and Evan Turner added 11 points for the Blazers. They were without star point guard Damian Lillard for the fourth straight game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad AliSPORTSWe are youngMcCollum made 16 of 25 shots, including a 30-foot 3-pointer with just over 2:30 to play to put the game out of reach.“We were being soft as a team and I think it showed in our performance,” McCollum said. “We knew that we needed to come out and compete.” MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. EDITORS’ PICK Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Trail Blazers: Portland travels to Golden State on Wednesday at which time Lillard could be ready to return to the lineup.Timberwolves: Minnesota hits the road to start a two-game trip in Philadelphia on Tuesday against Joel Embiid and the 76ers.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

Illegal mining creeps into southern Bahuaja-Sonene National Park

first_imgA large amount of fuel trafficking takes place Massiapo, the capital of the district of Alto Inambari, mostly for use in illegal gold mining operations.A regional committee against illegal mining in Puno is considering declaring the buffer zone of Bahuaja-Sonene National Park a mining exclusion zone. ALTO INAMBARI, Peru — There are some places that we always remember better than others. That is what David Araníbar says when he thinks about the district of Alto Inambari, seven hours away from the city of Puno in Peru’s Sandia Province.Araníbar, the director of Bahuaja-Sonene National Park, grew up in that area of the rainforest and still remembers seeing catfish racing downstream in the Inambari River, alongside otters who would run beside the catfish trying to trap them. Many years have passed since the last time Araníbar has seen an otter in the area. The area around the Inambari River, which has long been the otters’ preferred route to travel, is now filled with heavy machinery and barrels of mercury.It is an area that has been transformed by illegal mining.As the otter population decreases, the number of illegal stands selling fuel continues to climb. The fuel is there to facilitate mining in the area. An inspection by the provincial attorney specializing in environmental matters in Puno in late 2017 identified 36 points of illegal mining in the Inambari River Basin. Of those, 18 were in Alto Inambari. A large number of those illegal mines are located in the buffer zone of Bahuaja-Sonene National Park, just a little over one mile from the protected area. It seems like just a matter of time before illegal mining makes its way into the park itself.last_img read more