ORLANDO, Fla. – It immediately became one of those golf lore moments two years ago when Rory McIlroy ended a PGA Tour victory drought that had stretched nearly a year and a half. McIlroy had swooned all the way to 13th in the world ranking and was fresh off a missed cut at the Valspar Championship the week earlier when he arrived at the 2018 Arnold Palmer Invitational. In one of those blessing-in-disguise deals, the free weekend gave him the chance to work with putting guru Brad Faxon. The payoff was immediate. McIlroy held off Tiger Woods, Justin Rose, Henrik Stenson and Bryson DeChambeau with a closing 64 at Bay Hill for a three-stroke victory. That he led the field in putting for the week was lost on no one. The putting whisperer had worked his magic and, in retrospect, sent McIlroy on a path back to the world’s top ranking. But even in that Sunday twilight at Arnie’s Place, the Northern Irishman eluded to a much deeper transition. “Freed up my head more than my stroke,” McIlroy admitted. “I sort of felt like I was maybe complicating things a bit and thinking a little bit too much about it and maybe a little bogged down by technical or mechanical thoughts.” Arnold Palmer Invitational: Full-field tee times | Full coverage McIlroy’s slide in the world ranking and his absence of trophies was the byproduct of many factors. There were injuries that kept him from playing his best and plenty of doubt regarding his putting stroke. It is the natural inclination of every golfer to complicate things, and doing such was keeping McIlroy from living his best life, both on and off the course. What emerged from that benchmark moment was a clarity of thought that continues to evolve and impress. “Sort of feel like this was the start of a two-year journey to get back to this point,” McIlroy said on Wednesday at Bay Hill. “I spent an afternoon with Brad Faxon at the Bear’s Club, something stuck with me from that afternoon and I was able to win and that was my first win in 500-whatever days.” Since then he’s added victories at the ’19 Players Championship, RBC Canadian Open and Tour Championship, and this season’s WGC-HSBC Champions. He was voted last season’s PGA Tour Player of the Year and he’s missed just four cuts in his last 47 events. The brilliant simplicity of Faxon’s method for putting aside, this goes well beyond a friendly afternoon spent on the practice green at the Bear’s Club. For McIlroy this was a transformation of mind more than body or technique. The evidence is there when McIlroy talks about whatever book he’s reading at the moment or explaining his thoughts on complicated and nuanced subjects, like the proposed Premier Golf League, in simple and thoughtful terms. Golf Central Tweaks Rory would like to see the Tour make BY Nick Menta — March 4, 2020 at 1:46 PM Rory McIlroy said the Premier Golf League isn’t for him. But he is interested in making a few tweaks to the PGA Tour. It’s been there in victory and defeat. When he began last year with five consecutive top-5 finishes there was no degree of frustration or self-sabotage, just an unwavering belief that he was on the right path. It was a path that led to victory at TPC Sawgrass in his sixth start last year and set the foundation for his FedExCup winning campaign. Faxon’s steady hands certainly helped McIlroy’s putting and, Rory being Rory, he continues to make incremental and detailed gains based on areas he identifies as deficient – currently that list includes his bunker play and putts between 6 to 12 feet. But the real growth here can’t be quantified by ShotLink. “Mental more than the game,” he said when asked if he’s grown more mentally or as a player the last two years. “I have done things in the game previous to two years ago that were maybe higher than what I’ve done the past couple of years. But from a mental perspective, the consistency and showing up every week even when I don’t have my best stuff I’m able to still get in the mix and have a shot at winning tournaments. So mentally over these last few years I’ve definitely gotten better.” Part of that maturity was natural. He turned 30 last spring and was married in April 2017. He’s also gotten to the stage of his career where he’s comfortable with the road behind him even if he remains unsure what lies ahead. But most of all, he’s simply comfortable with himself. The journey that McIlroy began two years ago at Arnie’s Place has delivered him back to the world ranking promised land, but more importantly, it’s led him to a better place in mind and spirit.
Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. As the flu season continues through 2020, both the state and county are seeing typical influenza activity with 103 cases reported in Flathead County as of Jan. 11.Lisa Dennison, infectious disease coordinator for the Flathead City-County Health Department, says this influenza season has seen an average number so far but stresses the unpredictability of the virus.“I would say that for the most part of Montana, the data reflects what we most expect this time of year,” Dennison said.Dennison says Flathead County has seen eight influenza hospitalizations, which were all individuals over age 60.Statewide, there have been 1,646 cases reported as of Jan. 11. Gallatin County leads with 429 cases so far this year, according to the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS).Nationwide, there were 75,552 cases reported as of Jan. 11, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.Influenza B has influenced Flathead County more than Influenza A, which reflects the state and national trend, with the B strain accounting for 62 percent in the state and 67 percent nationally, according to the DPHHS.“With more influence of the B strain, that’s the tendency to have worse cases in children,” Dennison said.Of the 17 pediatric cases, which account for ages 18 and under, 12 were positive for Influenza B in Flathead County, Dennison said. She also noted that 92 percent of those cases did not receive a flu vaccine.Statewide, Influenza B has accounted for one-third of influenza hospitalizations reported for all ages and more than two-thirds for the pediatric population. Eighty-eight percent had not received an influenza vaccine, according to state data.Dennison reminds individuals with the flu to stay home to avoid transferring the disease to others and to contact a health care provider if they have a compromised immune system or are at risk of developing complications due to influenza. If your child has a fever over 104 degrees, bring the child in for medical care right away.“It’s not too late to get a vaccine,” Dennison said. Email
Previous articleRelief as missing Buncrana woman found safeNext articleThe Great British Bake Off 2015 returns for it’s sixth series News Highland Facebook Homepage BannerNews News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Consultation launched on proposal to limit HGV traffic in Clady Pinterest Harps come back to win in Waterford After a series of setbacks Jason Black has decided to abandon his bid to climb the K2 Mountain.The team were to begin their summit push today but had to scrap those plans when all of their equipment was lost in an avalanche.Poor weather was also hampering the attempt.Jason confirmed the news to return home in a blog post today in which he outlined the highs and lows of a ‘crazy emotional roller coaster. The full text of the blog can be read below:Monday 27th July Over the last few days and nights ive been riding a crazy emotional roller coaster of highs and lows unimaginable on K2. Starting out with the highs of weeks of seriously hard work climbing super high carrying heavy loads preparing the route to the summit with ropes ,tents, food oxygen and everything in between required for a successful push to the top of the toughest mountain in the world K2 to enduring the uncertain weather patterns of a very angry mountain weeping incredibly. This morning i can confirm that after days of frantic digging we have recovered some of the teams technical climbing equipment but most is damaged due to the sheer force beyond use , helmets crushed, crampons twisted, ice axes bent etc …..to add fuel to the now blazing fire i can also confirm camp three 7.300mts is totally destroyed everything is gone in what looked like a violent rock filled Avalanche, taking with it the tents, high altitude food, sleeping bags and high altitude clothing and more devastating the oxygen needed to survive above camp three, hanging our heads in our hands all that weeks and weeks of work carrying the gear into route position to be wiped out in one fawl swoop. As I’ve mentioned in earlier blogs that we would have been climbing from cam two to camp three at exactly the him this violent killing machine Avalanche stuck….mind blowing. The Abruzzi route to the summit of K2 lays now in tatters ….it’s just heart breaking. K2 lives up to its reputation as the stage mountain as I’ve witnessed the good the bad and the very ugly on this heart breaking expedition. Last night Sunday we had a team meeting and it’s decided that it’s over K2 has proven impossible to climb this year, Mother Nature and the mountain of K2 has spoken and we must listen, listen not and we pay the ultimate price. As i type this is hitting home with a tear in my eye it’s reality…it’s over, the painstaking preparation ,years of training mentally & physically ,all the sacrifices…..I can truly say i have given it my all and with my team members, we stood shoulder to shoulder in the pursuit of summit success on this magnificent mountain ,not a single stone was left unturned….. Today i will look at this objectively, learn from it humbly, Smile in the face of adversity positively and move on wiser and smarter than before… The wild forces us to live in the present ,and it doesn’t care about our past or future. It makes us a little vulnerable – and it’s hard to hide who we really are. And therein lies the beauty, We can’t pretent for long….what is important in life becomes the stuff that really matters on lives mountain…I’ve so any people to thank for helping me prepare for supporting my decisions that I stand on the shoulders of great people in my hometown that allow me to see further…for that I’m forever great full. Tonight i reflect on this powerful expedition and tomorrow turn bitter lemons into lemonade… Thank you all for the wonderful support I’m coming home….proud & humbled. Jason Twitter Facebook Google+ Google+ Twitter Jason Black to return home as he abandons K2 summit bid RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR DL Debate – 24/05/21 Pinterest Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty By News Highland – July 27, 2015 WhatsApp WhatsApp Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic
While growing up, one of the significant pillars of foundation in the personality of a child in sports and games. In some way or the other, the lessons learnt and experiences earned by playing some form of sport constitutes one of the cornerstones of the way a child behaves while growing up. Sports undoubtedly play a vital role in the physical, psychological and social development of a child. Nevertheless, apart from the apparent risk of injuries, can sports also have some negative effect on the child’s development? Can non-stop participation in sports, harsh treatment by the coaches/ trainers, pressure from parents and so many other factors risk causing an irreversible psychological trauma to a child which might evolve into troubling personality traits when the child grows up?What have been the prior attempts to solve the problem?Well, the aim has always been to rectify the warning signs at an early age so that they do not completely integrate into the children’s behaviour when they reach their late teens. One of the primary solutions of a child exhibiting troubling behaviour (like indulging in violence while playing a sport, self-isolating themselves after a bad result, depression, being bullied by peers etc.) which will improve their psychological health is the support and intervention of their parents/ guardians. A support system is always needed for children while growing up and especially at a stage where they are absorbing every little thing without any conscious filter. Whenever children find themselves directionless, running on low self-esteem and unmotivated for their next game, they look for a helping hand and guidance. Parents and guardians should always be on a lookout whenever they see these red flags in their child. Another solution of this issue was teachers, schools, coaches and any academic entity with which children are associated with steeping in the picture. The coaches/ trainers make sure that they do not put unnecessary on a child to perform week in week out at such a tender age. The teachers and school also ensure that a child’s academic performance is not affected in any way because of sports and a healthy balance are maintained between academics and sports so that they do not lag behind education and have an overall development. This avoids burnout, mood swings, decrease in enjoyment levels while playing their favourite sport, abrasive and aggressive behaviour.What are the proposed behaviour changes?The parents and guardians are primarily responsible for their child’s physical and mental health. The proposed behaviour strategy to avoid a child’s troubled personality and behaviour while growing up will initially start by parents addressing the elephant in the room directly. It is the parents who will determine which side outweighs the other. Whenever they come across a red flag in the behaviour of their child, they should not overlook it and try to understand how the kid is feeling. Suppose there are instances like eating disorders, anger issues, strained friendships, etc., while a child is training or even during an actual game. In that case, it should be addressed and pointed out by the guardians. Parents should try to change this behaviour in the children by personally indulging in activities and exercises with their child. They can try playing the sport along with their child, and if these issues come up during then, they should make sure to educate the child why such behaviour is not suitable for them. Parents should behave like the child’s teammate and try to ease out the situation through communication and love. They should also support their child’s efforts in sports by making sure that they are present at each match when their child is playing and cheer them from the sidelines. Another proposed behaviour change strategy is the ability to take criticism and work collaboratively. This advice/ suggestion is easier said than done. However, if done efficiently by the parents or even by the teachers, it will make the child more mature and conductive. Looking up to and idolizing their favourite athlete will also help in behaviour change and compliment a well-groomed, healthy development of a child. A child can integrate and acquire skills like work ethic, fair play, time management, teamwork, respect for others, ability to follow orders in his/ her behaviour and even learn leadership qualities if they have someone to look up to.What are the conditions under which such proposed suggestions would work?Handling a child’s health and development at a tender age is a very demanding, challenging and an uphill task. Obviously, there are so many factors which have to click and fall in place for the healthy overall development of a child. The conditions under which the earlier proposed strategies would work should be a very understanding, patient, loving and communication-oriented environment. The environment and individuals handling such a sensitive situation should be very mature and willing to go to the extra mile for the child. Another favourable condition should be an all-inclusive environment which complements and encourages a child’s interest in sports right from the grassroots levels. Open-mindedness and willingness to help a child out is a must as well. Acknowledging and confronting the problems are also a must. Awareness about the crucial roles that sports play in our society and the powerful psychological pressures they exert on children, families, and communities at times is essential as well. Children experience these troubling emotions just as adults do and an environment that encourages doing exercises is another great way to help combat these unwanted behavioural traits.Talking about the conditions under which the strategies will not work are bound to revolve around parents and individuals who have some authority. Parents who are overly invested, pushy, have delusional expectations, result-oriented, demeaning, critical and unaware of the mental health of their child will hinder a child’s health and development. Abusive treatment by the trainers and coaches, coupled with a hostile academic environment, will also add fuel to the fire.
78 years of hockey history.#WinterClassic | #GoStars pic.twitter.com/6FLPDRMkZr— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) November 6, 2019For the Stars’ part, the gloves are a nice touch as they represent the old days of hockey when everyone wore leather gloves but the NHL still hasn’t learned that light-colored pants just don’t work (yeah, who doesn’t remember, Roberto Luongo’s tweet from 2014’s Heritage Classic).But let’s focus on the jerseys. Every big-stage sweater always comes with Easter eggs that connect to the franchise and region’s history. Let’s take an in-depth look at the Stars’ Winter Classic classic look that they’ll don at the Cotton Bowl.Victory greenA solid green sweater that harkens back to the franchise’s origins in Minnesota when the Stars were the North Stars. Granted, back then, they wore the green on the road and not at home, but it is the first time since the franchise headed south that they will not have black in the jersey. And of course, it is victory green. (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/1f/d9/neal-broten-dallas-stars-110619-getty-ftrjpeg_azym6fhufj4n1gmeytjp3kn8y.jpg?t=1111183454&w=500&quality=80 (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/31/99/brian-bellows-minnesota-north-stars-0110619-getty-ftrjpeg_8btqci15r7uk1wmuor5ijrmd0.jpg?t=1109178438&w=500&quality=80 Deep in the Heart of Texas, the Dallas Stars unveiled their 2020 Winter Classic jerseys on Wednesday. The reveal comes a few days after their opponent, the Nashville Predators, unveiled the uniforms they’ll be sporting when the teams meet in the annual New Year’s Day NHL game. Of course, those came with mixed reviews across social media STARS with a StarAnother spin back to the old days — but this time when the team was already in Dallas. When the Stars moved to Texas in 1993-94, the chest was emblazoned with the word Stars and the ‘A’ as a star. While the font is different, and the star may not be as large as it was 16 years ago, it’s always solid when teams use vintage, well-recognized designs. Texas shoutoutsAnother peek back to the early days (see above picture), this jersey has the state of Texas on the shoulder. Back then, the logo had a “D” for Dallas situated where the city lies; this time it’s just a smack-dab in the middle. The collar actually has one of the nicest touches of the whole uniform as it is lined with the Texas state flag.This is a really nice touch inside the collar pic.twitter.com/W8sfLAnQje— Sean Shapiro (@seanshapiro) November 6, 2019History of hockey Hockey has a deep-rooted history in the state of Texas, and the Stars paid homage to the teams of yesteryear with the crest. Back in the day, the Dallas Texans roamed the American Hockey Association (1941-42) and United States Hockey League (1945-49). The team’s jersey’s had the word “Texans” running through the letter “D”. Let’s be honest, who doesn’t love tradition? Fantastic to see the 2020 jersey is set up in a similar fashion.
The Los Angeles Times has released what it says is the final interview with the rocker. It was conducted on Sept. 27, five days before Petty died at the age of 66 after going into cardiac arrest.Petty and the Heartbreakers wrapped up the six-month tour at the Hollywood Bowl on Sept. 25. He said in the interview he planned “to stop working for a time,” but the band had no plans to stop performing or recording. He mused that the only thing that would cause the band to fold would be if someone got sick or died.He said working “keeps me young.” LOS ANGELES | Tom Petty said in an interview days before his death that the just-concluded 40th anniversary tour with his band, the Heartbreakers, was the “big slap on the back we never got.” FILE – In this June 16, 2006 file photo, Tom Petty performs at the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Manchester, Tenn. Petty has died at age 66. Spokeswoman Carla Sacks says Petty died Monday night, Oct. 2, 2017, at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles after he suffered cardiac arrest. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File) FILE – In this July 1, 2017 file photo, Tom Petty of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers performs during their “40th Anniversary Tour” in Philadelphia. Petty has died at age 66. Spokeswoman Carla Sacks says Petty died Monday night, Oct. 2, 2017, at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles after he suffered cardiac arrest. (Photo by Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP, File)
1-6-17At the Traveller Pride Awards in Dublin today, Award receipient and all Ireland Boxing Champion, Patrick Mongan and World Champion Boxer Andy Lee.PIc Tommy Clancy – No – Fee June 19thLast 1652kg Brendan Irvine (Ireland) v Bathuhan Citfci (Turkey)91kg+ Dean Gardiner (Ireland) v Viktor Vykhryst (Ukraine) Olympic Boxing Club’s Pat Mongan will face the German boxer Artur Bril of Germany in the last 32 of the 60Kg Category at the European Boxing Championships in the Ukraine with the fight taking place on Sunday. Mongan will be the fourth Irish boxer in action at the championships following today’s draw with Sean McComb the first boxer in action today followed by Kurt Walker and Stephen Donnelly tomorrow. Emmet Brennan will take to the ring after Mongan on Sunday and Brendan Irvine, Dean Gardiner, Joe Ward and Darren O’Neill will be in action on Monday and Tuesday. Jun 17th:Last 3256kg Kurt Walker (Ireland) v Severiane Childaze (Georgia)69kg Steven Donnelly (Ireland) v Sergei Sobylinski (Russia) European Elite Men’s Championships Kharkiv, Ukraine June 14th/25thJune 16thLast 3264kg Sean McComb (Ireland) v Erik Agateljan (Czech Republic) June 18th:Last 3260kg Pat Mongan (Ireland) v Artur Bril (Germany)75kg Emmett Brennan (Ireland) v Bartosz Golebiewski (Poland) June 20thLast 1681kg Joe Ward (Ireland) v Matus Strnisko (Slovakia) or Bou Diabra (France)91kg Darren O’Neill (Ireland) v Ramazazaqn Musilimov (Ukraine) or Pawel Jakubowski (Poland)print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email
Box Score | Photo Gallery | Replay | Highlights | Tournament WebsiteHAMMOND, La. – No. 3 seed Sam Houston State defeated No. 5 seed Houston Baptist 6-1 in an elimination game in the Southland Conference Softball Tournament at North Oak Park in Hammond, La.Sam Houston State struck first with a three-run homer in the top of the first inning. Junior Hillary Adams hit her ninth home run of this season to score freshman Toni Koerselman and senior Taylor Gray. Adams led the Bearkats with three RBI, giving her 33 on the season along with her 35th hit this year.Houston Baptist would get on the board in the bottom of the first with a RBI single from junior Melissa Herman to plate second team all-conference player Lauren Schwirtlich. Schwirtlich reached base on a single to left field. Sophomore Shay Orsak sacrificed bunt advanced Schwirtlich to second to put HBU into scoring position. HBU would strand three as the Bearkats took a 3-1 lead heading into the top of the second inning.The Bearkats extended their lead in the fourth inning with a RBI single by senior Alyssa Coggins to score second team all-conference catcher Tiffany Castillo. Castillo went 2-for-4 on the day and would register her 33rd RBI in the fifth inning to plate Koerselman. Sam Houston kept the pressure on the Huskies after junior Jessica Slater singled to first base on a bunt, she would then steal second (18) to put the Bearkats in scoring position. Senior Amy Pelton sacrifice bunt would score Slater and Pelton would advance to second on error by HBU pitcher Kendall Stiefel. “When we hit the ball, we win,” Sam Houston head coach Bob Brock said. The Bearkats were shut out 1-0 by Central Arkansas in Thursday’s opening round, producing only four hits in the loss. “We know it’s a long haul to the finals today, but we’ve come through the elimination bracket to reach the finals the past two years and getting timely hits is how we did it.”Picking up the win in the circle was Shelby Lancaster (11-10), who gave up four hits while giving up only one run in a complete game effort. Shannon O’Connor fell to 8-8 on the year for Houston Baptist after giving up four runs on six hits in 3.1 innings of work. O’Connor was relieved in the top of the fourth by Stiefel who would finish the game after giving up five hits in 3.2 innings of work. Sam Houston State (27-26) advances to face the winner of the No. 4 seed Stephen F. Austin and No. 6 seed Central Arkansas elimination game later today at approximately 6:30 p.m. HBU finishes its season 22-28 after making its first tournament appearance in only its second season in the Southland.
Patrick Ewing is the most prominent athlete to come out of Georgetown University, a player for the ages that helped solidify the Hoyas, along with coach John Thompson, as a national powerhouse in the 1980s.Now Ewing is giving back to Thompson and Georgetown.Ewing and longtime agent David Falk are donating $3.3 million to the John R. Thompson Jr. Intercollegiate Athletics Facility, a $60 million, 144,000-square-foot building on Georgetown’s Washington, D.C., campus. It will house practice courts, training facilities, meeting rooms and offices. The facility will serve all 29 of the Hoyas’ scholarship sports.Georgetown is expected to break ground on the John R. Thompson Jr. Intercollegiate Athletics Facility this summer.“Coach Thompson was my coach, mentor and friend,” Ewing said in a release. “He guided me through a very formative period in my life and helped me prepare for success on and off the court. Giving back to the university in his honor is special.”Ewing and Thompson led Georgetown to the 1984 national title and reached the Final Four three times in four years. Falk, a prominent NBA agent who also represented Michael Jordan’s NBA career, once called Thompson “the most influential person in my life — other than my mother.”“This is a very special opportunity for me to honor a man I love and respect,” Falk said in a release. “To do it together with Patrick Ewing, who was a dominant figure in both John’s basketball program and in my career, makes it even more rewarding.”The donation amount of $3.3 million is an intentional callback to the No. 33 uniform Ewing made famous at Georgetown. In 2011, Falk, a Syracuse alumnus, pledged $15 million to his alma mater, helping to create the David B. Falk Center for Sports Management.