How the Ryder Cup works

first_img– Scoring –Each 12-man team will compete in one session of foursomes (alternate shot) and four-ball (best ball) matches on both Friday and Saturday with 12 final singles matches staged on Sunday.Each team must omit four players for each of the pairs sessions, but everyone plays on the final day.Each match victory earns one point. Any matches that are halved — all square after 18 holes — bring both teams half a point.Because a match can be decided before all the holes are completed, some will end without reaching the 18th.– Winning –With 28 matches in all, each team needs 14 1/2 points to clinch victory.If the score finishes level on 14-14, then the previous Ryder Cup winner — in this case the United States — retains the trophy. It can happen that the holders reach 13 1/2 points and “go dormie” in a match, clinching half a point by achieving a lead that equals the number of holes remaining.Barring an unlikely disqualification, that would ensure a team retains the trophy, even though it takes 14 1/2 points to “win” the Cup.– Foursomes –In foursomes, also known as alternate shot, each two-man team plays with one ball.Players take turns hitting shots until each hole is completed. Players alternate hit tee shots with one leading off on odd-numbered holes and the other on even-numbered holes.The team with the low score wins the hole. If scores are level, the hole is halved.– Four-balls –In four-ball, or best-ball, each member of each two-man team plays his own ball.That puts four balls in play on every hole. The lowest of two scores on each hole counts for a team. Lowest overall score wins the hole. If the lowest scores are level, the hole is halved.– Concession –Unlike in stroke play, players do not have to finish off a hole in match play. Players can concede a stroke — generally a putt. The opponent picks up the ball, takes the score he would have made by holing on the next stroke and continues to the next.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000The United States and Europe will fight it out for the Ryder Cup © AFP / Lionel BONAVENTURESAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France, Sep 25 – How will the scoring work in the 42nd Ryder Cup between Europe and the United States, which begins Friday at Le Golf National near Paris?AFP Sport runs through the essentials:last_img read more

Real Madrid deny Ramos doping breach allegations

first_img0Shares0000Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos won the Euro 2012 final with Spain in KievMADRID, Spain, Nov 23 – Real Madrid denied on Friday allegations their captain Sergio Ramos breached anti-doping regulations on the night of the 2017 Champions League final. According to the German magazine Der Spiegel Ramos failed to declare he had taken dexamethasone ahead of the match at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, in which Real beat Juventus 4-1. In a statement the European champions said that Ramos “has never breached the anti-doping control regulations” and that UEFA “closed the matter immediately”, following the “verification of experts from the World Anti-Doping Agency, AMA, and UEFA itself”.The club continued: “Regarding the rest of the content from the aforementioned publication, the club will not pronounce on evidence that is so insubstantial.”Dexamethasone is a glucocorticoid on the banned list of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). The substance can have anti-inflammatory effects and increase concentration.WADA does not prohibit players taking dexamethasone before games, as long as it is declared during a doping test. Der Spiegel claims Ramos and the Real Madrid team doctor instead registered betamethasone, another glucocorticoid on WADA´s banned list.However the magazine also reports that UEFA were satisfied the mistake was an administrative error and took no disciplinary action.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Smalling extends Man Utd contract to 2022

first_img0Shares0000Manchester United defender Chris Smalling (centre) has signed a new contract until 2022 © AFP / Ben STANSALLLONDON, United Kingdom, Dec 15 – Manchester United tied down centre-back Chris Smalling to a new three-and-a-half-year contract on Saturday with an option to extend the deal for a further year.“Manchester United is delighted to announce that Chris Smalling has signed a new contract that will keep him at the club until June 2022, with the option to extend for a further year,” the club said in a statement. “This is my ninth season with the club and I am delighted to be continuing my progression with this team,” said Smalling.“It is a real honour to play for Manchester United and we are all now concentrating on the busy schedule of games throughout the festive period.”The 29-year-old has won two Premier League titles, one FA Cup, one League Cup and the Europa League in 307 appearances since joining from Fulham in 2010.Smalling’s previous deal ran out at the end of the season.United manager Jose Mourinho has made no secret of his desire to buy another centre-back, but welcomed the news of Smalling’s stay.“I am very happy Chris has signed a new contract,” said Mourinho in a club statement.“Chris has been with the club for a number of years and is now one of the senior players within our squad.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Llorente bags treble as Spurs crush Tranmere

first_img0Shares0000Tottenham’s Fernando Llorente celebrates after scoring their second goal in the rout of Tranmere © AFP / Paul ELLISLONDON, United Kingdom, Jan 5 – Tottenham swept into the FA Cup fourth round as Fernando Llorente hit a hat-trick and Serge Aurier struck twice in a 7-0 rout of fourth tier minnows Tranmere on Friday.There are 74 league places between the sides and Tottenham, third in the Premier League, underlined the gulf in class as they demolished Tranmere, who sit ninth in League Two. Mauricio Pochettino’s team took control of the third round tie through Aurier’s powerful strike late in the first half and Spain forward Llorente added to their lead after the interval.Aurier netted again and South Korea winger Son Heung-Min produced a superb solo effort as the goals flowed.Llorente struck twice more to complete his treble before Harry Kane came off the bench to seal Tottenham’s biggest win since a 9-1 thrashing of Wigan in 2009.“It was a very professional performance. I’m very pleased,” Pochettino said.“The first goal that opened the game was a little bit lucky, but I feel the second half was better.“I’m happy because we kept our level and we keep going in the competition.”After the hectic Christmas schedule, Tottenham will be relieved their 11th game in 33 days was a stroll at Prenton Park, especially with the League Cup semi-final first leg against Chelsea looming on Tuesday.“It’s so important to manage the squad to try and give some rest to the players in a very busy period,” Pochettino added.Tottenham haven’t won the FA Cup since 1991 and silverware has been in short supply ever since, with the 2008 League Cup their most recent trophy.Although Pochettino is still searching for the first prize of his four-year reign, he admits the FA Cup ranks way behind the Premier League and the Champions League on his list of priorities.— Extra class —With that in mind, it was no surprise to see only Son, Dele Alli and Davinson Sanchez start from the line-up that beat Cardiff on Tuesday.Son was in fine form after scoring six times in his last five appearances and he should have put Tottenham ahead in the seventh minute.Alli’s pass put him clean through on goal, but he shot straight at Tranmere goalkeeper Scott Davies.Tottenham finally made their extra class pay off in the 40th minute when Ivory Coast right-back Aurier smashed a swerving 25-yard strike into the top corner for his first goal of the season.There was a hint of controversy about the goal as television replays showed the ball was moving illegally when Son took the quick corner that led to Aurier’s rocket.Tottenham pressed home their advantage with a second goal in the 48th minute as Llorente met Son’s cross with a cool close-range effort.Based in Birkenhead, Tranmere have spent their entire history in the shadows cast by Liverpool and Everton on the other side of the River Mersey.They were playing non-league football last season after crashing out of the four professional leagues and, while they are on up again, Micky Mellon’s side were no match for Tottenham.Aurier increased the visitors’ advantage in the 55th minute, putting the finishing touch to a fine piece of approach play from Son.Serge Aurier scored twice for Tottenham at Tranmere © AFP / Paul ELLISSon’s influential display was rewarded in the 57th minute when he raced through the Tranmere defence before slotting home.Llorente had scored only once this season but he was making the most of his rare chance to shine.In the 71st minute, Oliver Skipp’s pass picked out Llorente and he scuffed his shot past Davies and 60 seconds later he scored again, this time turning in Lucas Moura’s cross.There was still time for Kane to dink in his 19th goal of the season in the 82nd minute as he became the joint fourth highest scorer in Tottenham’s history.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Kenya’s Star Field Sports partner with South Africa’s Gary Kirsten Cricket

first_img0Shares0000South Africa’s Gary Kirsten Cricket to Partner with Star Field SportsNAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 13 – Kenya’s sports development company Star Field Sports has formed a strategic partnership with South Africa’s Gary Kirsten Cricket (GKC) to spearhead the development of cricket in the East African region through a series of high profile sports events.High Performance Coaching Camps, Coach Education Courses and private academies and some of the events that the country is set to benefit on. Gary Kirsten is the iconic South African cricket legend, and India’s World Cup winning coach in 2011.He played 101 Test matches and 185 One Day Internationals for South Africa between 1993 and 2004, mainly as an opening batsman.His vision is to develop an internationally renowned cricket services business to develop the game and help spread his coaching legacy globally. His state-of-the-art facility in Centurion, Gauteng Province provides coaching for cricketers from around the world.Speaking at the conclusion of the negotiations, Director of Star Field Sports, Karan Kaul said.“We believe this partnership will double down on the strengths of each organization – Gary Kirsten Cricket’s expertise, experience and reputation combined with Star Field’s market knowledge, work ethic and drive is a perfect fit to take over the East African market and develop the game of Cricket.”The partnership with Star Field Sports in Kenya will aim to support cricket development, starting in April 2019 with a High-Performance Camp and Coach Education Workshop run by GKC at The Nairobi Gymkhana. The camp is open to both professional cricketers in East Africa and young aspiring cricketers. Kirsten’s foray into East Africa is a first for his organisation.Star Field has in the past, organized highly successful Youth Cricket Tournaments that attract players from East Africa, India and South Africa – the most recent of which was the Hayer One Starfield Youth League in August 2018.0Shares0000(Visited 5 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

All set for classy 2019 AFCON draw in Cairo

first_imgHeads of various Federations have already arrived in Cairo with the coaches and Team Managers having come earlier for yesterday’s workshops.This will be the first time ever that the Cup of Nations is held in the middle of the year after being moved from the traditional January/February dates while it will also be the first time involving 24 teams after the expansion from 16.Coaches are looking forward to Friday’s draw with each eager to know who they will land in the first expanded edition of the tournament.-Interesting tournament“We are looking forward to the draw and it will be an interesting tournament because if you win, you have to work hard compared to the other editions. But we are ready for anyone, a draw is a draw. Every team is tough and you can’t select who you want to face,” Ghana’s Kwesi Appiah who led the Black Stars to a top spot finish in qualification ahead of Kenya told Capital Sport.Neighbors Uganda will be led by Sebastien Desabre for the tournament with the tactician being in the tournament for his first time ever.The Frenchman is eagerly awaiting to know who Uganda faces as they seek to perform better than 2017 when they failed to make past the group stages.“For us we are not the favorites but we are here to make our presence felt. We are ready for anyone and we won’t choose who we will face,” Desabre, a close friend to Kenya’s Sebastien Migne said.-Madagascar debut 0Shares0000The set up for the 2019 African Cup of Nations in Giza, where the world famous pyramids are locatedCAIRO, Egypt, Apr 11 – Preparations are almost complete for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations draw set to be conducted in Cairo, Egypt on Friday evening in Giza, in front of the famous Egyptian Pyramids.On Thursday evening, workers at the venue were putting up the final touches on a beautiful venue ahead of the draw to pool the 24 participating teams. Madagascar will be making their first ever appearance at the tournament. Also coached  by a Frenchman, Nicolas Dupuis who has formed close acquaintance with Desabre and Migne, the debutants are looking to perform well in their first appearance.“First we are excited to be here and our aim is to do well. This is our first time and we can’t wait to get started,” the Frenchman stated.Cameroon who are under the tutelage of Dutch legend Clarence Seerdoff will be looking to successfully defend the crown after the tournament was taken away from them due to ill preparedness while Egypt who are the home side are looking to clinch it after losing the final last season.Morocco under the tutelage of Herve Renard are also looking to make their World Cup experience count by battling for the crown they last won in 1976.-Timothy Olobulu is reporting from Cairo, Egypt- 0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Story lines go flat during a dull race

first_imgFONTANA – Strange, passionless race, this Sharp Aquos 500. Almost as if it didn’t matter. An exhibition in the middle of the Nextel Cup season. Not yet the Chase for the Cup. But the essential purpose of the season’s first 26 races – to determine the 12 drivers who get into the 10-race, championship-deciding Chase – hardly applied Sunday because the top dozen were all but locked up even before race No. 25 began. So hardly anyone was charging out there. The season’s top guys just wanted to stay out of trouble and get to the finish line and clinch their Chase spots. The also-rans had trouble taking advantage because, well, if they were serious contenders they wouldn’t have come here buried in the standings. So it wasn’t like J.J. Yeley or Dave Blaney were going to take control. Did fans pick up on that? The built-in lack of compelling story lines? They certainly didn’t turn out in numbers. If it wasn’t the smallest crowd for a Nextel Cup race in Fontana, it was depressingly close. Reporters estimated 72,000 at the track. Some 40,000 short of a sellout. Or about 18,000 fewer than USC drew the night before for a football game with Idaho. Ask folks who trekked to Fontana what they will remember about the day, and they likely will cite the heat, the blazing sun, the heat, the sunburn and the heat. It was 100-something degrees when the green flag dropped, and maybe 140 on the track. For the race, fans had to settle for subplots. Many of them involving Dale Earnhardt Jr., the most popular driver never to win a championship. Would he keep alive his longshot drive for the Chase? Could he win his first race of the season? Would he blurt out what number will adorn his car next season when he leaves the team his father founded and joins Hendrick Motorsports? The answers were yes, no and definitely not. Little E was one of the few guys on the starting grid with reason to drive like a maniac. He needed to cut into a deficit of 168 points to give himself at least a ghost of a chance to snake the No. 12 spot at Richmond next weekend. And he did. Much to the delight of his legion of fans. He was in the top five most of the race, led six times for 15 laps, but at the end he just wasn’t as quick as Jimmie Johnson, Carl Edwards, Kyle Busch and Jeff Burton, the four guys who finished ahead of him. Junior’s Chase chances hang by a thread. He is 128 points behind Kevin Harvick for the 12th spot, and he’s out of championship contention, no matter what he does, if Harvick finishes 32nd or better at Richmond and 11th-place Kurt Busch finishes 36th or better. When he was done with nearly four hours behind the wheel of the Budweiser Chevrolet, Earnhardt was asked how he felt. “It’s hot,” he said. “I’m tired, real tired.” And left needing something approaching a NASCAR miracle to make his season meaningful past Richmond. “I don’t know much about the system,” he said. “I just go out and run as hard as I can. “It doesn’t look like we’re going to make it, but we’re not going to quit trying until they tell us we’re not.” And his number for next year? Keep guessing. It won’t be the familiar 8, of course. Evil stepmom Teresa, owner of Dale Earnhardt Inc., won’t let 8 go. It won’t be 38, either, though it would be so tidy, his late father’s No. 3 and his No. 8. But the Yates team has 38 and isn’t giving it up. So now 81 is the hot rumor. Well, everything was hot, Sunday. Weather was the prime topic all along, and the drivers looked as flushed and drained at the end of 500 miles as if they had run them. “That was a long 500,” Burton said. “It felt like a marathon.” The racing was less than compelling, as generally is the case here. Track officials trumpeted 30 lead changes involving 16 drivers, but Johnson or Kyle Busch led 181 of the 250 laps, so it wasn’t like it a dozen guys seemed capable of winning. And the lead changes seemed mostly a function of the 11 caution flags. A track record. It was a race that will be little noted nor long remembered – because it decided so little. Other than reaffirming that nobody is keen on watching cars drive in circles for four hours when it’s 100 degrees in the shade. Read my blog at local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Let Californians have a say on Iraq war

first_img(But) Is there any bigger challenge for the country than the Iraq war? And shouldn’t Californians have an opportunity to speak out in a democratic way? Schwarzenegger hasn’t indicated whether he’ll sign or veto SB 924, sponsored by Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata of Oakland. ? Political insiders think he’ll wait until the last minute to announce his decision. When he does, he should be bold and put the war in Iraq on the ballot. – San Jose Mercury News 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! California is paying a high price for the Iraq war. No single fact is more persuasive than this: Of the 3,752 U.S. soldiers killed there, 401 – more than 10 percent – have been Californians. All states and U.S. territories have lost sons and daughters in the controversial war, and based on population, our sacrifice is not disproportionate. But it is significant. And that gives Californians both the right and the responsibility to take a stand. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger can help them exercise that right. He should agree with the Legislature and allow an advisory measure about the war to appear on the February ballot. ? Normally, we don’t support the use of the ballot in this way. States don’t make foreign policy. ? last_img read more

Fiscal new year arrives with no resolutions

first_img? (But) being willing to hold out until the last minute and beyond is an advantage for lawmakers with thick hides and safe districts. ? Moving the fiscal-year deadline only gives Congress more time to find ways of missing it. – Dale McFeatters Scripps Howard News Service 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Sunday night was a new year’s eve in the nation’s capital. But you didn’t miss anything. Sept. 30 is not so much an event as an accounting device. It is the end of the federal fiscal year. ? Congress’ principal annual duty ? is to pass the dozen spending bills that fund government operations, from the Pentagon to pest control, for the coming year. It is chronically unable to do so. Not one of the 12 bills has reached President Bush’s desk. ? The fact is, neither party has a particularly distinguished record (on budgeting). The last time all the spending bills were passed by the Sept. 30 deadline was in 1994, when the Democrats controlled Congress. The voters rewarded them by tossing them out. ? Congress (also) met the deadline in 1989 and 1977, and that’s it for the past 30 years. Various fixes have been proposed ? (such as) giving Congress 12 months instead of nine to craft a budget from what a president first proposes. ? last_img read more

Man City on verge of mega deal as personal terms agreed

first_img1 Kevin De Bruyne Manchester City are edging ever closer to signing Kevin De Bruyne from Wolfsburg.talkSPORT understands the Belgian is eager to join the Premier League side and his representatives have already agreed personal terms on a long-term contract.City are now in advanced negotiations with Wolfsburg over a fee and hope to conclude a deal imminently.The Bundesliga side are resigned to losing the star playmaker but want more than £50million for the former Chelsea man.Man City are understood to rate the 24-year-old closer to £40m but are confident of reaching an agreement with the German outfit.Should De Bruyne finalise his switch to the Etihad, he will become the fourth major addition to Manuel Pellegrini’s squad in this transfer window.Nicolas Otamendi arrived from Valencia on Thursday for a fee of around £28m, while Raheem Sterling was signed from Liverpool for £49million and Fabian Delph joined in an £8m deal from Aston Villa earlier this summer.last_img read more