___The North Carolina High School Athletic Association will lift its dead period next week to allow for in-person workouts for prep athletes.The organization announced Monday that it would allow limited workouts beginning June 15, though education agencies across the Southern U.S. state must also permit it at a local level.Restrictions for the first phase of return include having workouts of no longer than 90 minutes, with no more than 25 people at outdoor venues and no more than 10 in gymnasiums. They also require daily temperature checks and social distancing, along with instructing schools to keep the same groupings of athletes working together each time.Locker rooms and weight rooms remain closed for now. The restrictions include no shared use of athletic equipment. Guidelines for future phases will be developed and shared at a later date. NASCAR fans won’t be allowed to attend when the Cup Series races at Martinsville Speedway on Wednesday night, but the sport’s impact will surely be felt by Henry County residents the next day.The Joey Logano Foundation, the NASCAR Foundation and Elevation Outreach are partnering to bring a Convoy of Hope to Martinsville with the goal of providing 40,000 pounds of food and supplies to approximately 1,000 families during a drive-thru distribution at NASCAR’s oldest track.The effort is similar to one conducted at Darlington Raceway in May.“After seeing how impactful Darlington went, we quickly moved forward and scheduled our next event with Convoy of Hope in Martinsville,” Logano, chairman of his foundation, said in a release. The COVID-19 pandemic forced NASCAR to pause its season in March. The race at Martinsville will be the seventh since the series went back to racing without fans last month. ___The Italian soccer federation has approved plans for a playoff or the use of an algorithm with no champion declared if the season is stopped again.Serie A has been suspended since March 9 because of the coronavirus outbreak. It is scheduled to resume on June 20.The plans were approved by an 18-3 vote at an FIGC council meeting. Italian soccer clubs had asked for no champion or relegations unless mathematically certain.Playoffs are the preferred idea but an algorithm will be used to determine the final standings if matches cannot be held because of time restrictions or the worsening of the pandemic. But there will not be a champion if the algorithm is used. The top two men’s divisions are the only ones set to resume their regular seasons. The women’s Serie A will not restart.___English soccer club Brighton is offering fans the chance to have cardboard cutouts of themselves in the stadium when the Premier League resumes.Games in the league will be closed to spectators for the remainder of the season because of the coronavirus pandemic.Five of Brighton’s nine remaining games are at home. The first is on June 20 against Arsenal. A statement by the Serie A women’s players says they are against it because “it doesn’t guarantee true fairness.”They say “we all go out on the field or no one does.”Juventus, AC Milan and Sassuolo are the only three clubs which have managed to resume training. Many of the clubs also have players who are still abroad.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Fans need to send in a photo wearing a Brighton jersey and pay $25.___Italy’s female soccer players are against the possibility of a playoff format to finish their season.A decision on whether and how the Serie A women’s league will resume is expected to be made during an Italian soccer federation meeting.One of the proposals is to have playoffs. That would involve half of the 12 Serie A teams. The Latest: Orioles GM Elias confident baseball will return Associated Press In a conference call with media on Monday, Elias said he was “very confident we’re going to play.” The return of baseball would be a bright spot in a year marred by the coronavirus pandemic, which prevented the season from starting.The draft is Wednesday and Thursday and has been shortened to five rounds because of the pandemic. Baltimore has three picks in the top 39, including the second overall, as Elias hopes to rebuild a team that has lost more than 100 games in each of the past two seasons. — David Ginsburg in Baltimore___ June 8, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Orioles general manager Mike Elias is currently focused on this week’s Major League Baseball draft, but he expects to soon turn his attention toward getting the team ready to play again.
Facebook Twitter Google+ CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. — Quarterback Tyler Murphy and offensive tackle Ian Silberman had no intention of playing a single down of football for Boston College.A gifted but raw athlete, Murphy was mostly spurned by Division I coaches who were wary of taking a chance on him at the quarterback position. Then Steve Addazio, Florida’s offensive coordinator at the time, persuaded then-UF head coach Urban Meyer to give Murphy a shot, and the quarterback joined Silberman as a Gator in 2010.Their time at Florida didn’t pan out the way they would have liked. But Murphy and Silberman have rejoined Addazio, now Boston College’s head coach, started every game and have led the Eagles (6-5, 3-4 Atlantic Coast) to a second straight season of bowl eligibility for a team that went 2-10 just two years ago.Murphy leads the nation in rushing yards for a quarterback with 1,059 and is 3 yards short of breaking the record for the most rushing yards by an ACC quarterback in a single season. Silberman anchors the right side of an offensive line that paves the way for the No. 2 rushing offense in the ACC.“I think when you’re rebuilding a program, any time you can plug in guys that can have a real impact, it’s obviously translated into performance and wins,” Addazio said on the ACC coaches’ teleconference Wednesday. “It’s been terrific.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThough they’ve excelled at BC, neither Silberman nor Murphy really starred during their time with the Gators.In four years at Florida, Silberman appeared in 20 games, starting in seven. Derek Chipoletti, Silberman’s offensive coordinator at Fleming Island (Florida) High School, said Silberman was frustrated with two shoulder surgeries and a host of coaching changes, which hurt his chances of consistently playing for the Gators.Murphy appeared in nine games in his time at Florida, starting six times. He injured his shoulder in a loss at Louisiana State in 2013, and tried to play through the pain in the next three games before finally sitting out the remaining three.“We both had some ups and downs at Florida,” Murphy said. “I know I wouldn’t have had the successful year I’ve had (at BC) without having the struggles or having to go through what I did at Florida.”Silberman said that the biggest thing he learned at Florida was how to play with power and speed, something he acquired from the guys he played and even practiced against. He hasn’t found a huge drop-off in play from the Southeastern Conference and it’s prepared him for this season as a mainstay on the BC offensive front.Addazio said his relationships with both Silberman and Murphy gave him an advantage when convincing them to join BC. Having recruited and coached at Florida, there was a level of trust already in place, the head coach said.Silberman said he was upset when Addazio left to become the head coach at Temple before the 2011 season, but said the opportunity to play for him once again was something he couldn’t pass up.“My son said he was surprised players weren’t leaving Florida for Temple when Addazio left,” said Peter Murphy, Murphy’s father. “Tyler loved him and jumped at the chance to play for him again at BC.”Murphy and Silberman weren’t planning to choose the same destination for their final year of collegiate football. After graduating from Florida in December of 2013, both decided to continue playing football elsewhere. The two used each other as a resource as they finalized their plans, Murphy said.Silberman and Murphy now room together and have developed a close relationship that didn’t exist at Florida. At BC, they have helped each other learn the offensive playbook and study film, while also competing in Madden and NCAA football video games in their free time.“It’s always nice to have someone there when coming to a new environment and a new program,” Murphy said after practice on Tuesday, laughing. “You can be a deer in the headlights. It’s not too bad when there are two deer, I guess.”Now, about to play in their final regular season game Saturday against Syracuse, the two graduate students are hardly upset that they’re only starting to enjoy success late in their football careers.“It’s not what you wanted, to have to wait for your fifth year,” Silberman said. “But now that it’s here, we’ve got to make the most of it.” Comments Published on November 28, 2014 at 1:18 pm Contact Liam: email@example.com
At the Engemann Student Health Center, students, faculty and other members of the USC community can often find a cheery dog prancing down the halls. Professor Beauregard Tirebiter, also known as “Beau,” is a full-time canine staff member that works as a wellness dog at the Office for Wellness and Health Promotion. Beau is not the only staff member that works at OWHP. In fact, the office proudly presents a program that provides USC students the opportunity to get involved in health promotion on campus. These students are referred to as wellness advocates and wellness links. After selection through a thorough application process, these students go through a training course that enables them to become aware of the tactics and strategies that enhance an individual’s state of wellness. Additionally, the students train to become familiar with available campus resources that aim to improve the well-being of USC students. “We have the benefit of having some very grounded, well-rounded, passionate, intelligent students who are really interested in not only increasing their own state of health and well-being, but increasing the health and wellbeing of the greater USC community,” said Diane Medsker, the health promotion specialist at OWHP.One of the primary purposes of these student volunteers is to allow OWHP to stay connected with the student body. The office hopes to achieve this goal by providing various free workshops for student groups.Wellness Advocates are trained to host CARE Workshops, which are sessions that focus on personal and community wellness. These workshops are broken down into various concentrations, like mind, body, connection and community. “Health promotion is different from health care, and people don’t really understand that,” said Paula Swinford, the director of OWHP. “It’s not about a bunch of people deciding what’s wrong with the population and fixing it, but it’s about the population itself figuring [out] how to empower itself, how to advocate for itself, how to work for itself.”Many students have benefitted from these types of services provided by OWHP. Last semester, Stacy Moroz, a wellness advocate, hosted “desk yoga” workshops. A sophomore majoring in health promotion and disease prevention, Moroz noted that she experiences difficulty in allocating time for herself to attend yoga lessons due to her busy schedule.Moroz’s workshop informed students about some easy stretches one could do behind a desk. These stretches intend to target areas where stress and tension build up. She advocates for these stretches because they provide students with an additional mental break. Furthermore, wellness advocates and wellness links are encouraged to develop their listening skills. “I feel like a lot of what goes on at the Wellness Office is conversation, and I feel like people often think that that’s a waste of time, which it isn’t,” Moroz said. Volunteers are instructed to employ motivational interviewing when dealing with a struggling peer. This technique focuses on listening to an individual’s personal concerns and guiding them toward finding their own solution. “It’s a technique that a lot of different practitioners use to help a person or elicit from a person to call on their own resources and to come up with their own plan of action,” Medsker said. OWHP promotes other events that deal with mental health. On Thursday, USC hosted a Mental Health Awareness Rally, sponsored by Student Counseling Services and AIM for Mental Health, at Alumni Park. This event aimed to raise awareness for mental health, as 25 percent of students struggle with mental health issues, according to Student Counseling Services.
Last season was one to forget for the Minnesota men’s basketball team.Three players were suspended in February after a sexually explicit video was posted on social media, and a fourth was suspended on a sexual assault charge. On the court, the Gophers went 8-23 with just two wins in Big Ten play.But Minnesota (15-4, 2-3 Big Ten) surpassed that win total from last season by early December of this season, and the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team will face a completely different program Saturday at Williams Arena in Minneapolis. Combined with the elimination of off-court issues and an overall improved team mindset, UW associate head coach Lamont Paris said he sees many differences in this year’s Gopher squad.“I feel like they share the ball maybe a little better,” Paris said. “Defensively, they’re a little more sound I think. I don’t know if the numbers back that up.”Men’s basketball: In a game of fouls, Koenig’s scoring spree lifted Badgers over WolverinesThe University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team’s win Tuesday over the University of Michigan was far from pretty, but it Read…The numbers do in fact corroborate Paris’ claim.Minnesota will enter its bout against Wisconsin (15-3, 4-1) leading the Big Ten in defensive field goal percentage, as opponents make just 37.9 percent of shots against them. They also lead the league in 3-point field percentage defense (28.4 percent), blocked shots (123) and defensive rebounding (29 per game).Junior guard Nate Mason leads Minnesota’s scoring efforts, averaging 13.9 points a game. Six-foot-eight freshman guard Amir Coffey, who’s been named Big Ten Freshman of the Week twice this season, contributes 11.9 points per game, and sophomore guard Dupree McBryer adds 11.7 points per game.“I think they’re grittier,” Paris said. “Their confidence is higher.”The pinnacle of the Gophers’ season thus far are two solid road wins against Purdue and Northwestern to start the new year. Since a Jan. 8 victory over Ohio State, they have lost two in a row away from home at the hands of Michigan State and Penn State.Despite this lull, redshirt sophomore forward, Ethan Happ, sees the Gophers as a dangerous team, especially at home.“Any team that’s on a losing streak is obviously looking to break it just like Ohio State was when they came in here,” Happ said. “We’re just going to handle business just like [facing] any other team.”Happ is in the middle of a solid second season, nearly averaging a double-double (12.8 points, 9.1 rebounds). The last three games, however, haven’t been pretty for Happ, who still leads the Badgers in field goal percentage (60.5). Against Purdue, Ohio State and Michigan – exposed to length and athleticism down low – Happ is shooting just 38.4 percent from the field (15-for-39).“I haven’t noticed anything different besides my own mistakes,” Happ said. “I’m not taking the first shot that’s available. I’m trying to work for the easiest shot. Usually I could take two dribbles and just do a jump hook, but as of late I’ve been worried about trying to get all the way to the rim.”Men’s basketball: No. 17 Wisconsin holds off fiesty Michigan 68-64Struggling teams are sometimes the toughest matchups, especially in college basketball, where anything can happen on any given night. The Read…Paris pointed out Happ excelled against Georgetown, which had two seven-footers, amassing 19 points and 15 total rebounds in that game. He said the Badgers will continue to feed the big man in spots he likes.“He’s finished at a high level around the basket,” Paris said. “Sometimes he’ll get in there too deep. I think that’s an advantage to a bigger guy.”As if stealing a win at the “Barnyard” against a vastly improved Minnesota team wasn’t a tall enough order with their starting five, the Badgers’ challenge may become even greater.Senior forward Vitto Brown is questionable for Saturday’s game, according to a report in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.Brown did not practice Thursday because of a lower-leg injury, a UW official told the Sentinel. Brown scored 13 points against Michigan Tuesday night and has started all 18 games this season.Come Saturday, it will be interesting to see how Happ navigates the defensively talented Minnesota squad. Game time is 3:30 p.m. and will be televised on the Big Ten Network.
The women’s basketball team has shown flashes of brilliance this season. The Trojans looked strong when they defeated No. 25 Texas A&M on the road in November and when they dominated Colorado to open up conference play — and even last weekend, when they heartbreakingly lost to No. 13 UCLA by just four points.However, the team has also experienced the lowest of lows, recently snapping a seven-game losing streak: a disastrous run that sent them plummeting down the Pac-12 standings. Part of their descent can be explained by the unexpected. There was senior guard Jordan Adams’ ACL tear in December, which may end her collegiate career (barring a medical redshirt). Sophomore guard Aliyah Mazyck’s foot fracture kept her out for two weeks, and the team’s leading scorer, junior forward Kristen Simon, had an unexplained three-game absence. But within all of the Trojans’ misfortune, there has been one pleasant surprise — the play of true freshman point guard Minyon Moore, which even she was not fully anticipating. “I didn’t come in here expecting to make such a big impact,” Moore said. “But as I’ve started to play and get in the groove of college basketball, I’ve started to get the confidence.” Averaging 10.8 points and 4.58 assists (eighth in the Pac-12), Moore is stepping up her game at a time when her team needs her the most. For her, the Trojans’ recent string of bad luck is no reason to back down or make excuses, especially considering what she had to overcome just to become a Division I basketball player. “I tore both my ACLs and meniscuses when I was high school,” Moore said. “Those were probably the biggest challenges that I’ve had to face. Just having back-to-back ACL injuries and surgeries and keeping my mindset correct because I had to work, work, work in order to get scholarships. That was the biggest adversity that I’ve had to face, but going through that experience has shown me that I can get through anything.” While Moore was scratching and clawing to receive scholarship offers after her injuries, her older sister Mariya Moore, a more heralded recruit out of high school, was already starring at Louisville. Now a junior averaging 12.8 points a game, Mariya continues to be a source of inspiration and rivalry for her younger sister. “Growing up we had a lot of competition,” Moore said. “Our dad would always have us go out and play one-on-one versus each other. Seeing her with all these accolades, and seeing her in college basketball and as a McDonald’s All-American has given me a goal to set for myself. It’s like she has that last name on the back of her shirt, so I need to go out and play for our last name. It’s given me something to work for.”When asked if she strives to one day be better than her older sister, Moore responds as one might expect a younger sibling to.“Yeah, definitely,” Moore said. “She and I joke around all the time about our teams, and if we play each other, who’s going to win. It’s always a family competition, but it’s all love.”When watching Moore, the most striking aspect of her play in both practice and games is how she conducts herself as a floor general, despite being among the youngest players on the team. Whether she is talking on defense, making commands on offense or screaming calls from the bench, the freshman’s presence is always felt. “Being a freshman, I don’t really consider it as, ‘These are upperclassmen so I can’t be a leader to them,’” Moore said. “Since I’m a point guard, I have to take that leadership role, and if my team doesn’t know where to go, I have to lead them. I think that I have adopted a leadership position even though I’m a freshman.”Despite her rapid ascent in such a short period of time, Moore knows she will need to improve parts of her game to reach the next level. “My shot and my left hand,” Moore said. “In the beginning of the season it was really easy for me, because I’m really right-hand dominant and teams didn’t really know about me yet, so I was able to go right every time and score really easily, but now that they’ve scouted me I need to change it up.” Quarterback Sam Darnold may be the most celebrated freshman at USC, but there is another newcomer on campus who is making waves. And like Darnold, she just may be the spark that turns a season around. “If we bring our effort and talent, we can win every game that we play from here on out,” Moore said. “I see these next upcoming games as opportunities for us to show that we’re bouncing back, and we’re coming out stronger.”
Share StumbleUpon Kambi and DraftKings agree on final closure terms July 24, 2020 Fonbet builds betting experience through ‘Alice’ voice assistant July 7, 2020 Kambi takes control of Churchill Downs BetAmerica sportsbook August 28, 2020 Share Related Articles Submit Some of the leading suppliers to the sports betting industry offered their insights into the future for sportsbook personalisation based on automated customer segmentation, advanced behavioural analysis and predictive AI-driven models.The first round table participant was SBTech, who this week was chosen by Gamesys as platform provider for the new Virgin Bet brand in the UK. The company was represented by its COO Dave Hammond.SBC: What role does pricing and risk play in the differentiation of a sportsbook offering?Dave Hammond (SBTech): The ability to offer and deliver differentiated trading strategies across both core and multiple territories is both one of our key principles and lies at the heart of the SBTech trading platform. We work side-by-side with our partners to precisely gauge their needs and requirements and measure every area of their offering. This then determines how and to what level we deliver a bespoke trading strategy.We can deliver a host of different pricing models and bespoke trading strategies, be it split by event, player segmentation, or if operators have a brand ambassador(s) or a marketing partnership with a specific team, for example. We can then create specific bonus boosts or the best price in the market using our highly configurable and flexible systems. We may, for instance, offer the best price but overlay that with different customer journeys to suit a partner’s specific strategy.An example of this is our work with MoPlay, who have a partnership with Manchester United and, through our pricing and trading strategy, have very strong prices on English Premier League (EPL) matches. We wanted to drive a high margin product, so we allowed them to be best price in the market and adopted aggressive price boosts on EPL and specifically Manchester United games. This has created a strong customer base and following from those supporters and is a great acquisition and retention tool for the brand.SBC: How can operators build on their customer analytics to both enhance player experience and drive higher margins?DH: At SBTech, we continue to invest in our ability to not just store data, but also to make it incredibly usable and powerful for our customers. We have both internal data analytics that we work on and are constantly focused on improving and offer our clients access to our data warehouses and live data streams so they can make decisions in-play and pre-match based on leading data science. Data analysis is a huge part of what we offer and will continue to grow in importance in the months and years to come.Our data is based on a variety of sources including our own data generation, player activity, quantitative trading models, customer acquisition model funnels, and predictive algorithms, all aimed at enhancing the customer journey and driving further revenue for our customers. 10 years ago, data was about managing risk, today it is about pre-emptive decisions, and predicting player churn and lifetime value, all of which goes towards us helping customers to minimise CPA costs and drive further growth. Our job is to drive customers to be better using our own internal data analysis and to help them enhance their data provision.SBC: How can AI and analytics be used to personalise and tailor the sports betting experience?DH: Our predictive AI-driven models help customers personalise their offerings and ensure that when their players log on, they are immediately presented with what they are looking for. Our AI models consider a series of markers based on areas such as past play, similar play, player life cycle and what we believe will be a player’s journey and lifetime value. As we continue to expand in more than 15 regulated markets, including the US that is seeing enormous growth, this area of the business is expanding rapidly. Our data scientists are constantly reviewing data structures, the output of data and how we continue to automate AI to benefit our customers and our business. It is not only about managing costs and the player experience at the front end, but also about making the most of our resources and manpower. AI is helping us form what we need to achieve and deliver this in line with our global roadmap.SBC: A lot has been said recently about gamification; what can it do for sportsbook?DH: Gamification has existed for almost 10 years with free-to-play and freemium sites and games benefiting from high levels of acquisition. We’re seeing this gradually move across into sports betting. Our Exploding Jackpots product enables operators to offer timed, must-drop jackpots across any supplier’s games or platform across both casino and sports betting, and is aimed at driving mass player engagement, presenting players with huge prizes during any event a brand wishes to market. Its flexibility enables brands to gamify sports and their players to win huge prizes they might not otherwise have seen. We see it as a key play in the US. Innovative conversion of players into sportsbook will require more gamification.
Basketball players of Široki today in Pecara will host the team of Spars, for the third semi-final match of play off of B&H championship.The result after first two matches is even and tonight’s match will decide on the finalist of the play -off, that will struggle for the title of B&H champion will Igokea.Široki in the first match of semi-finals in Pecara won with the result 79:45, while Spars in the return match in Skenderija managed to defeat the opponent with the result 102:95. This was the first victory for Spars in the second part of championship.The match Široki -Spars starts at 19:00.Igokea is qualified for the finals. Igokea was better than Mladost in two matches of semi-finals.(Source: Fena)
B&H Olympic Committee on 30 May at the stadium of the Sarajevo Athletes Club ( behind the stadium Koševo and near the Faculty of Sports and Physical Education ) will organize the celebration of “Olympic Day”.“Olympic Day”is celebrated in whole world. Thousands of people -young and old participate in sports activities, exhibition, musical events and educational seminars. This manifestation has spread Olympic ideals across the globe in the last two decades, announced B&H Olympic Committee.“Olympic Day” will be marked with a race of 2.000 m and many top athletes and Olympians of B&H such as: Damir Džumhur, Amel Mekić, Larisa Cerić, Kemal Mešić, Hamza Alić, Džemal Bošnjak, Emina Hadžiahmetović, Nihad Bašić, Edin Branković, Marko Rudić, Žana Novaković, Mladen Plakalović, Tanja Karišik and others have confirmed participation in this event.First 300 registered participants will receive the official shirt “Olympic Day” and medals will be awarded for nine top runners in three different categories.All participants of “Olympic Day Run”will receive diploma from the International Olympic Committee.(Source: Fena)
A statement read: “The Adjudicatory Chamber, having considered all the evidence, has found that Manchester City Football Club committed serious breaches of the UEFA Club Licensing and Financial Fair Play Regulations by overstating its sponsorship revenue in its accounts and in the break-even information submitted to UEFA between 2012 and 2016.”The Adjudicatory Chamber has also found that in breach of the regulations the Club failed to cooperate in the investigation of this case by the CFCB.”The Adjudicatory Chamber has imposed disciplinary measures on Manchester City Football Club directing that it shall be excluded from participation in UEFA club competitions in the next two seasons (2020/21 and 2021/22 seasons) and pay a fine of € 30 million.”The decision of the Adjudicatory Chamber is subject to appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). If Manchester City Football Club exercises that right the full reasoned decision of the Adjudicatory Chamber will not be published prior to publication of the final award by the CAS.””As noted by the Adjudicatory Chamber, the club has the right to appeal this decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. Therefore, UEFA will not be commenting further on this decision at this stage.”Manchester City responded with a statement on their official website, expressing its disappointment with the decision.But the English side is not surprised by the suspension and said UEFA made the decision even before the investigation had started. Manchester City has been banned from competing in the Champions League for two years.UEFA handed down the punishment, which includes a €30 million fine ($33m), to the Premier League giants for breaching Financial Fair Play rules. “Manchester City is disappointed but not surprised by today’s announcement by the UEFA Adjudicatory Chamber,” the statement said. “The Club has always anticipated the ultimate need to seek out an independent body and process to impartially consider the comprehensive body of irrefutable evidence in support of its position.”In December 2018, the UEFA Chief Investigator publicly previewed the outcome and sanction he intended to be delivered to Manchester City, before any investigation had even begun. The subsequent flawed and consistently leaked UEFA process he oversaw has meant that there was little doubt in the result that he would deliver. The Club has formally complained to the UEFA Disciplinary body, a complaint which was validated by a CAS ruling. “Simply put, this is a case initiated by UEFA, prosecuted by UEFA and judged by UEFA. With this prejudicial process now over, the Club will pursue an impartial judgment as quickly as possible and will therefore, in the first instance, commence proceedings with the Court of Arbitration for Sport at the earliest opportunity.”
16 Jan 2013 Double gold for Georgia on GB’s Sensational Sunday Georgia aims for gold for Team GB 19th January 2013 England’s Georgia Hall is leading the gold medal hunt for Team GB in the girls’ golf championship at the Australian Youth Olympic Festival in Sydney. The 16-year-old European number one holds a three-shot lead, with one round left to play, after she scored four-under 68 in the third round at Twin Creeks Golf Club. Georgia (Remedy Oak) has also helped GB into pole position in the team event, where they lead Australia by four strokes. Georgia’s scores count towards the team total alongside those of Chloe Williams of Wales and the Scots pair, Ewan Scott and Bradley Neil, But, before they could look ahead to continuing their challenge for team gold they had to survive a disqualification drama Team GB official Tegwen Matthews commented: “‘Super Saturday’, as traditionally referred to in the Olympics, very nearly turned into ‘Shocking Saturday’ for TeamGB. She explained: “A group, including Ewan Scott and Bradley Neil, teed off from an incorrect teeing ground on the short 6th hole. The tee had been moved some 30 yards left of its previous position and the group had not been advised of the change of tee or yardage. “Under the R&A rules of golf, the penalty is disqualification. Following an appeal, the committee reviewed the decision and, following discussion with R&A representatives, the disqualification was waived under ‘exceptional circumstances’, having found precedent from a similar incident in an international qualifying event. “The group of three, which included an Australian player, were asked to replay that hole from the correct tee. The score recorded from the hole, to stand as the correct score for the re-instated players.” Bradley finished with a three-under score of 69 and Ewan posted a level par 72. Tegwen added: “Everyone concerned was entirely grateful, most especially Team GB, and I think we can safely say, that every teeing ground will now be examined with extreme diligence!” The incident added to a turbulent day all round. At the start of play Five Team GB players still had to complete their second rounds, following a suspension because of record temperatures. England’s Ashton Turner finished on four-under par 68, to keep his lead in the boys’ individual. Scotland’s Lauren Whyte holed a15-footer on the last, to loud cheers from her teammates, to post a superb five-under par 67. So, at the halfway stage she was one of four GB players tied at the top of the girls’ leaderboard, alongside Georgia, Chloe and England’s Gabriella Cowley. As the third round got underway, temperatures dropped to 23 degrees – half those of the previous day – and were accompanied by showers and a challenging breeze. Georgia made her move with her fine 68 and is three shots clear of Australia, while Gabriella, who scored 73, is currently in the bronze medal position. England’s Amber Ratcliffe fired her tournament best of 70 and will be looking to improve on that again on the final day. Ashton Turner was disappointed with his 74, which dropped him into bronze position, behind Australia and China, but he’ll be hunting for gold in the final round. Fellow England players Jack Singh-Brar and Harry Ellis, shot their first sub-par rounds of the tournament, with 67 and 70 respectively. Tegwen commented: “Team GB spirits were revived following the boys’ re-instatement and everyone is in exactly the right frame of mind to maximise their performance tomorrow and contribute to the ever growing haul of medals from all the other Team GB athletes. “Let’s make it ‘Super Sunday’ for Team GB golf!” Leading scores. Par 72 Girls -5 Georgia Hall (Team GB, Remedy Oak) 71 72 68 -2 Celina Yuan (Australia) 72 73 69 E Gabriella Cowley (Team GB, Brocket Hall) 71 72 73 +1 Jienalin Zhang (China) 73 75 69 +2 Chloe Williams (Team GB, Wales) 74 69 75 +3 Danting Cai (China) 72, 76, 71; Lauren Whyte (Team GB, Scotland) 76 67 76, Weiwei Zhang (China) 75 73 71, Wenyung Keh (New Zealand) 76 71 72 +4 Amber Ratcliffe (Team GB, Royal Cromer) 75 75 70 Boys -15 Kevin Yuan (Australia) 69 68 64 -11 Zecheng Dou (China) 69 67 69 -10 Ashton Turner (Team GB, Kenwick Park) 64 68 74 -9 Brett Coletta (Australia) 70 67 70; Compton Pikari (New Zealand) 70 68 69 -8 Bradley Neil (Team GB, Scotland) 69 70 69 -7 Jin Zhang (China) 67 68 74 -5 Blake Proverbs (Australia) 74 66 71; Cheng Jin (China) 71 70 70; Ewan Scott (Team GB, Scotland) 72 67 72 -4 David Micheluzzi (Australia) 71 70 71 -3 Jack Singh-Brar (Team GB, Brokenhurst Manor) 73 73 67 -2 Harry Ellis (Team GB, Meon Valley) 72 72 70 Blistering heat forces suspension in Australia 18 January 2013 Blistering temperatures forced play to be suspended today in the second round of the golf championship at the Australian Youth Olympic Festival – but Team GB are coping well. Team leader Kyle Phillpots reported: “The weather forecast had promised high temperatures and by 8am it was 30C (86F); by 10am it was 40C (104F) and when it reached an area record of 45C (113F) at 12.30, play was suspended for the day. “This left players with up to four holes still to play and the round will be resumed at 6.45am tomorrow. “Despite the intensity of the weather the GB players were not to be deterred. Taking every advantage to find natural shade many of them also used their umbrellas to block out the direct sun. They also were constantly supplied with cold towels and of course, plenty of fluids.” Five Team GB players have completed their rounds at Twin Creeks Golf Club, Sydney: the England trio of Harry Ellis (Meon Valley), Georgia Hall (Remedy Oak) and Gabriella Cowley (Meon Valley) all returned scores of level par 72. Chloe Williams of Wales made up for her disappointment of a first round 74, with an excellent three-under 69, while Scotland’s Ewan Scott was even better on five-under. Of those still on the course, Jack Singh-Brar (Brokenhurst Manor) is one over with four to play and Bradley Neil of Scotland is on three under with two to play. Fellow Scot, Lauren White, was also three-under and had reached the 15th tee when play was halted. Amber Ratcliffe (Royal Cromer) was two-under when she marked her ball on the 15th green. The overnight leader, England boy international Ashton Turner continued his good form and stands at four under for the round with one hole to play. The highlight of another excellent performance from the Kenwick Park player came when he drove the green at the 433 yard 8th hole. “I knew I had hit it well, but not that well,” said Ashton. “I was looking for my ball from around 100 yards out, I couldn’t believe it when I saw it was on the green. That’s certainly my longest drive in competition.” Kyle Phillpots added: “There’s plenty more to come from this team – and the temperatures tomorrow will be much cooler.” After the first round Team GB were leading the men’s and women’s individual events and tied first with Australia in the team competition. Team GB take lead in Australia 17th January 2013 Team GB, led by England players, made a sizzling start to top all three leaderboards after the first round of the golf championship at the Australian Youth Olympic Festival (AYOF). Boy international Ashton Turner scored a superb eight-under par 64 at Twin Creeks Golf Club, Sydney, to lead the boys’ event by three. European number one Georgia Hall of Dorset and fellow international Gabriella Cowley, from Essex, both returned one-under 71 to top the girls’ leaderboard. Ashton, from Lincolnshire, said afterwards: “I am really pleased with my performance, it was a great start to the tournament and there are plenty of shots left out there, so I can push on tomorrow. “The heat out here is a big difference compared to home but you’ve just got to keep drinking water, keep putting the sun cream on and make sure we don’t get burnt. “It is an honour to represent Team GB at golf for the first time in over 100 years. I think the sport definitely deserves its space on the Olympic programme and it’s great to be part of the team that has introduced it back in again.” Ashton holds a three shot lead over China, followed closely by New Zealand on 68 and a host of players on 69, including Team GB member Bradley Neil. Meanwhile, Georgia and Gabriella are one shot clear of players from China and Australia who had level par scores of 72. Team GB are also tied first with Australia in the team event, thanks to the scores of Georgia Hall, Chloe Williams of Wales (74) and the Scots pair Bradley Neil and Ewan Scott (72). The team’s scores were compiled in temperatures are as hot as the golf. Play started at 7.30am and by mid-morning the mercury had risen to 35 degrees. Team official Tegwen Matthews commented afterwards: “All the players felt they left some shots out there – including Ashton who bogeyed the last in his scintillating 64! “However, with three more rounds to complete, there is plenty of opportunity for them to maximise their performance – and they are just itching to get out there and do just that!” Team GB individual scores. Par 72 Boys 64 Ashton Turner (Kenwick Park) 69 Bradley Neil (Scotland) 72 Ewan Scott (Scotland), Harry Ellis (Meon Valley) 73 Jack Singh-Brar (Brokenhurst Manor) Girls 71 Georgia Hall (Remedy Oak), Gabriella Cowley (Brocket Hall) 74 Chloe Williams (Wales) 75 Amber Ratcliffe (Royal Cromer) 76 Lauren Whyte (Scotland) Team GB prepare to tee off in Australia 16th January 2013 Team GB golfers – who include six English players – tee off tomorrow in the golf championship at the Australian Youth Olympic Festival (AYOF). Dorset’s Georgia Hall, the GB flag bearer at the opening ceremony, and her nine team-mates will be the first Team GB competitors in the sport of golf for over 100 years. Golf featured in the 1900 and 1904 Games and is returning to Olympic competition at the Rio 2016 Games. They will take on the challenge of Australia, New Zealand and China over 72 holes at the Twin Creeks Golf course in Ludenham, Sydney. They’re well prepared for what lies ahead. Golf team leader Kyle Phillpots said: “After four days of getting used to the heat, time difference and the course, the golfers are fully prepared and looking forward to the Youth Olympic challenge. “They are all fit, happy with their game and swinging well. They are all enjoying playing the course and there is no reason why they shouldn’t be successful. They all have the potential to reach the medal podium.” There are men’s and women’s individual competitions and a team event. The golf team includes six English players. They are Jack Singh-Brar (Brokenhurst Manor), Gabriella Cowley (Brocket Hall), Harry Ellis (Meon Valley), Georgia Hall (Remedy Oak), Amber Ratcliffe (Royal Cromer) and Ashton Turner (Kenwick Park). The line-up is completed by Bradley Neil, Ewan Scott and Lauren Whyte of Scotland and by Chloe Williams of Wales. It was Sensational Sunday for Team GB golfers with a haul of medals at the Australian Youth Olympic Festival in Sydney – and a historic double gold for England’s Georgia Hall. She became Team GB’s first gold medallist in an Olympic golf event for over a hundred years when she won both the individual women’s competition and team gold with compatriots Chloe Williams of Wales and the Scots pair Ewan Scott and Bradley Neil. England boy international Ashton Turner won silver in the men’s individual event while Chloe Williams won the bronze in the women’s competition. They helped Team GB to win a record breaking 40 medals in a single day and brought Great Britain’s overall total to 66 medals, comprising a superb 19 gold, 23 silver and 24 bronze medals. Georgia Hall – the European number one and world number four – went in to the final day at Twin Creeks golf course leading by three shots and could barely hold back the tears after her last putt when she realised she had done enough to secure the gold medal. The 16-year-old from Remedy Oak in Dorset said: “It feels amazing to have made history. I enjoyed it a lot and it was a great experience for me. I cried after the last hole because I was just happy it was over to be honest. It was a long week and I just wanted to make sure I won, so the pressure was there. “My aim all week was to not shoot over par and I did that, so I am pleased with my performance on the whole and to get a double gold medal in the individual and the team is fantastic. “I think the Rio 2016 Olympic Games is definitely closer for me now, having come to Australia. It gives me a hint of the style of competition and what to expect from everything that comes with it and hopefully I can make it in three years’ time.” She scored a final round of one-under 71 for a six-under total and a two stroke winning margin over Australia’s Celina Yuan. Chloe Williams returned an excellent four-under 68 to take the bronze on two-under overall. In the men’s event, Ashton Turner shot a superb five-under 67 to claim the silver medal, having been in a podium position all week. He finished on 15-under par and was three strokes behind gold medallist Kevin Yuan of Australia. Great Britain won the team gold by 12 shots over Australia – having been in first place throughout the event. They were tied with Australia after the first day but led by six shots after the second day and eight shots after the third. New Zealand won the bronze medal. Reflecting on Great Britain’s record breaking performance Chef de Mission Mark England said: “This has been an unforgettable five days for Team GB’s young athletes. Winning 66 medals is a truly remarkable accomplishment and one that the whole of Team GB can be extremely proud of. They have coped very well with the challenging conditions and extreme temperatures to produce record breaking results” He added: “A special mention goes to the golfers and in particular our Opening Ceremony Flag Bearer Georgia Hall, who created history by winning the first golf gold medals in an Olympic event for over a hundred years.” Image shows Georgia Hall and Ashton Turner Final GB individual scores. Par 72 Women Gold medal Georgia Hall (Remedy Oak) -6 (71 72 68 71) Bronze medal Chloe Williams (Wales) -2 (74 69 75 68) 5th Gabriella Cowley (Brocket Hall) +1 (71 72 73 73) 8th Amber Ratcliffe (Royal Cromer) +5 (75 75 70 73) 9th Lauren Whyte (Scotland) +6 (76 67 76 75) Men Silver medal Ashton Turner (Kenwick Park) -15 (64 68 74 67) 4th Bradley Neil (Scotland) -11 (69 70 69 69) 8th Ewan Scott -8 (72 67 72 69) 9th Harry Ellis (Meon Valley) -7 (72 72 70 67) 12th Jack Singh–Brar (Brokenhurst Manor) -1 (73 73 67 74)