Go easy, Tiger, Day urges ahead of comeback

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first_imgView comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH The 14-time major champion has not played since February after undergoing surgery following a recurrence of back problems which forced him to miss the 2015-2016 season.“There’s no pressure. I think it’s a 17- or 18-man field, there’s no cut, he’s playing at a tournament where last year I think he had the most birdies at,” Day said at the Australian Open in Sydney.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“From what I see on Instagram and what he’s been telling me, he says he’s ready and I’m hoping that he is, because from what I hear, he’s hitting it very long.“And if he’s hitting it long and straight, then that’s going to be tough for us because it is Tiger Woods. He’s always been a clutch putter and in amongst the best and it will be interesting to see.” Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LATEST STORIES Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Woods is included in an 18-man field which features many of world golf’s elite, including world number one Dustin Johnson and world number two Jordan Spieth.“I have no idea where his game’s at because the last time I spent time with him he wasn’t even hitting full swings yet,” Spieth said in Sydney.“But he was confident coming off of this last surgery to get back into it and to be able to have the time necessary and strength to practise as much injury free as possible.”‘Best he’s felt in years’Woods has not played competitively since February, when he withdrew from the Dubai Desert Classic.ADVERTISEMENT Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC He underwent surgery in April, his fourth operation on his troublesome back, and has been posting videos of himself in practice.He announced he would be making his comeback at the Hero World Challenge, an invitational event to benefit his charity foundation.“I did talk to him and he did say it’s the best he’s ever felt in three years,” said Day, a friend and confidant of Woods.“He doesn’t wake up with pain anymore, which is great. I said to him, ‘Look, it’s great to be one of the best players ever to live, but health is one thing that we all take for granted and if you can’t live a happy, healthy life, then that’s difficult’.“I totally understand where he’s coming from, because sometimes I wake up in the morning and it takes me 10 minutes to get out of bed, and for him to be in pain for three years is very frustrating.”Woods, who last won a major in 2008, has also battled personal demons. In May, he was arrested for driving under the influence after being found asleep in his Mercedes-Benz by a roadside.Woods, who was found to have five drugs including the powerful opioid hydrocodone in his system, later revealed he underwent professional treatment to help him manage his medications.Under a plea agreement reached in Palm Beach County, north of Miami, Woods will avoid jail time unless he commits major violations of his probation. Read Next Late rally pushes Lakers past Bulls Jason Day of Australia reacts to his tee shot during the second round of the WGC-HSBC Champions at the Sheshan International golf club in Shanghai on October 27, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / GOH CHAI HINJason Day assured Tiger Woods on Wednesday that he’s under “no pressure” ahead of his long-awaited comeback at an exclusive invitational tournament next week.Day, a former world number one, said Woods had told him he feels ready for his return at the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img

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Cavs owner gets ‘vile’ voicemails after LeBron’s ‘bum’ tweet

first_imgFILE – In this July 26, 2017, file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert answer questions during an NBA basketball news conference at the team’s training facility in Independence, Ohio. Gilbert says he received “vile, disgusting” voicemails after LeBron James called President Donald Trump “a bum” on Twitter. (AP Photo/Phil Long, File)CLEVELAND — Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert received “vile, disgusting” voicemails after LeBron James called President Donald Trump a “bum” on Twitter.Gilbert said he was flooded with phone messages when the NBA’s most celebrated player criticized Trump for rescinding a White House invitation to Golden State’s Stephen Curry to honor the team’s NBA championship.ADVERTISEMENT DAY6 is for everybody How to help the Taal evacuees Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson LATEST STORIES This week, James said he did not regret his comment about Trump.“Me and my friends call me that all the time,” James said during a news conference on media day. “I’m not his friend, though. He’s not my friend. No, when I woke up and saw what he said about Steph Curry. First of all, it’s so funny because it’s like you inviting me to your party, right? As a matter of fact, it’s not like you invited me.“It’s almost, like, ’Hey, I’m not going to be able to make it. I’m not coming and then you would be like, ‘LeBron, guess what? You’re not invited.’ I wasn’t coming anyways, so that was funny to me when I woke up and saw that. So, my first initial response was, you bum.”James also commended NFL players for protesting after Trump said owners should fire any players who kneel during the national anthem.Gilbert has ties to Trump, from his Quicken Loans mortgage lending company donating $750,000 to the president’s inauguration party. But Gilbert said in a statement this week that he supports both political parties.ADVERTISEMENT FEU rolls to 3rd straight win, routs UP “I received voicemails after LeBron tweeted that were some of the most vile, disgusting, racist,” Gilbert said on Friday on CNBC’s “Squawk Box.”“There’s an element of racism that I didn’t even realize existed in this country this much.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogGilbert said he had not told James about the voicemails. He called the comments unnerving.“And you could hear it in their voice — the racism,” Gilbert said. “It wasn’t even really about the issue, and that’s what really got me, because they went to who they really are, some of them.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide MOST READ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View comments “Our interests are in the policies at the federal level, and not the politics surrounding the elections,” he said. “We have often supported both political parties in the same election so that we have the ability to impact positive change, regardless of who occupies the offices.“Our focus with any office-holder or politician is about the communication of the still substantial needs of our former rust-belt cities that are now finally beginning the road to recovery and growth that other parts of America have been experiencing for a long period of time.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’last_img

Showdown unfolds at Eccles Health Centre

first_img– as REO refuses to pay contractor for botched work– visit reveals property now dumping groundTrouble is brewing between the Region Four Regional Democratic Council and a contractor, Vision’s General Construction Services, over the already delayed Eccles Health Centre, with Regional Democratic Council (RDC) officials demanding the contractor do the work according to stipulations and the contractor demanding payment for work already done. Region Four Executive Officer (REO) Pauline Lucas has indicated at the statutory monthly meeting of the Region Four RDC that she would continue to stand her ground when confronting issues with contractors of the region.Speaking on the $27 million Eccles Health Centre project, Lucas said the contractor, Vision’s General Construction Services, had previously been informed that the wrong roofing material had been used on the centre and that this would have to be corrected before he can be paid.In spite of all this, Lucas reported, the contractor still requested a payment, as he claimed he had “done some additional work.” But with a change in the engineering department of the RDC, a new engineer is expected to verify the status of several issues with the contract, including this supposedly additional work.As such, the REO noted, no payment would be made unless the work is verified by an engineer.“It was brought to my attention that some of the previous evaluations done by the previous engineer were wrong, and this was only brought to my attention after (the new engineer) took over the project,” REO Lucas declared.Lucas also noted that when the engineer who was previously responsible for the project departed, he did not hand over all the documents. These documents include the complete Bill of Quantities for the projects.She stressed that this has resulted in current Engineer Eon Austin encountering a number of challenges and difficulties. The REO revealed that the Region has placed some systems in place in an effort to rectify this situation.“I don’t want, at any stage, that we would have overpaid any contractor, as I have a responsibility and I will ensure that I maintain my position. I have made my position clear to the contractor — that he cannot receive any additional payment until he fixes the roof and the engineer would have reviewed and certified the work done,” REO said.The matter has been compounded, according to Lucas, by the fact that the Health Centre was supposed to be completed by the end of June. But despite being granted extensions, Lucas related, the contractor has still failed to complete the project.This publication paid a visit to the construction location over the weekend, where it was evident that others had found unsavoury uses for the long overdue site. Animals could be seen roaming in the yard, and the location was being used for illegal garbage dumping.The contract for the health centre was signed in 2015, but the project, expected to serve some 15,000 residents in the area, has experienced numerous delays. Overpayments to contractors have plagued successive regional administrations. In the 2016 Auditor General’s Report, it was found that overpayments on 98 contracts administered by various Ministries, departments and Regions in 2016 amounted to $82.6 million.last_img

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first_imgPORTLAND, Ore. – Derek Raivio scored 28 points and Gonzaga earned a spot in the NCAA tournament with a 77-68 victory over Santa Clara in the West Coast Conference championship game Monday night. Top-seeded Gonzaga (23-10) has been to the NCAA tournament the past eight years. It ended early for four-time champion Doug Swingley, the Lincoln, Mont., musher who withdrew after being injured in a spill on a slick and icy hill a few miles before the Rainy Pass checkpoint, just two days into the race from Anchorage to Nome. Race officials said Swingley, 53, may have broken ribs and possibly dislocated a thumb. Drifting opener postponed The 2007 D1 Grand Prix drifting opener, which had been scheduled for this Saturday at Irwindale Speedway, has been postponed because the Japanese organization had trouble transporting the competitors’ cars to Southern California, track spokesman Kevin O’Brien said. The series held its two previous openers at Irwindale. The track and event organizers are working on finding a new date. Penguins may leave town PITTSBURGH – The Penguins moved a step closer to leaving Pittsburgh by declaring an impasse in their new arena negotiations with state and local leaders and saying they actively will pursue relocation. The breakdown in arena talks came only three days after Gov. Ed Rendell said he felt an agreement was close. It also increases the possibility the Penguins will be playing in Kansas City next season. Restraining order revoked OAKLAND – A restraining order against former University of California football star Marshawn Lynch was revoked after the running back proved he never was notified of the court hearing. Alameda County Superior Court Judge Leo Dorado on Friday rescinded the order he originally granted in January to a woman who accused Lynch of choking, slapping and sexually assaulting her. Globe writer suspended BOSTON – The Boston Globe suspended veteran sports writer Ron Borges amid accusations he plagiarized part of a football column from another reporter. The Globe’s editor, Martin Baron, said in a story posted on the newspaper’s Web site that Borges had included in his football notes column last Sunday material written by Mike Sando, a reporter for The News Tribune of Tacoma, Wash. Shaq slated for reality show LOS ANGELES – Shaquille O’Neal will be taking a shot at a TV reality show focused on childhood obesity and health. The ABC summer series will feature the Miami Heat star and his effort to help Florida schoolchildren lose weight, officials said. Illinois players get booted URBANA, Ill. – Illinois football players Jody Ellis and Derrick McPhearson – accused of stealing wallets, cell phones and laptop computers – were kicked off the team just hours after pleading not guilty to felony burglary and theft charges. The wide receivers were arrested Friday night after police found suspected stolen wallets, cell phones, electronic devices and at least six laptop computers inside Ellis’ car. Duke lacrosse team No. 1 DURHAM, N.C. – Nearly a year after its season was canceled amid rape allegations against three players, Duke’s lacrosse team topped the national rankings for the first time in school history Monday. The Blue Devils (3-0) received six of 10 first-place votes in the USILA coaches poll to move past Georgetown for the top spot, and also reached No. 1 in the Nike/Inside Lacrosse media poll with 13 of 16 first-place votes. Nino-Romero suspended LAS VEGAS – The first boxer in Nevada history to test positive for methamphetamine after a fight was suspended for nine months and fined $18,750 by regulators. The ruling means Omar Nino-Romero won’t be able to fight in the United States during the term of the suspension. Notables NFL: Quarterback Kerry Collins re-signed with Tennessee as the backup to Vince Young … Brad Johnson signed a contract with Dallas, which wanted a veteran quarterback to team up with Tony Romo … Denver and running back Travis Henry have reached an agreement on a five-year deal with $12 million in guaranteed bonuses … Wide receiver Ashley Lelie signed a two-year contract with San Francisco. From staff, wire reports 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! CHICAGO – The Chicago Bears reached a preliminary agreement to trade running back Thomas Jones to the New York Jets for a second-round draft pick. Jones rushed for 1,210 yards and six touchdowns in helping the Bears reach the Super Bowl. The 28-year-old Jones must pass a physical and agree to a contract extension before the deal is complete. Swingley out of Iditarod NIKOLAI, Alaska – The 1,100-mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race is living up to its reputation as a tough, bruising race. center_img The Bulldogs, who finished the regular season one game ahead of Santa Clara, have won eight of the last nine WCC tournaments. Bears set to trade Jones last_img

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