Wire-to-wire Scottish win for Annabel

first_img England’s Annabel Dimmock scored a wire-to-wire victory in the Helen Holm Scottish open strokeplay championship at Troon, with an 11-under par total for 54 holes.“It’s a relief! It’s always hard leading from the start because you feel you need to get the job done,” said the 17-year-old from Wentworth. She’s the second English player in a row to win this title, following last year’s success by Yorkshire’s Olivia Winning.Annabel also teamed up with fellow international Gabriella Cowley to win the Nations Cup for England.Altogether, five English players were in the top ten at the championship with Sarah-Jane Boyd (Truro) taking sixth place on three-under, Gabriella Cowley (Hanbury Manor) and India Clyburn (Woodhall Spa) sharing seventh on one-under, and Ellie Goodall (Selby) finishing 10th on level par.Annabel led by one shot after the first round and by five as she went into the third and final round. But she put the advantage out of her mind and set out to play aggressively to ensure she wasn’t caught. “I went straight out from the start to try and increase my lead,” she said.She played the last round, at Royal Troon, in two-under par 73 and held off the challenge of Scotland’s Connie Jaffrey, who shot 71.Annabel played steadily, with four birdies and two bogeys – one of which was a notable result. “I just had one tricky hole, the 11th, where I hit the ball in the gorse, tried to chop away at it, had an air shot and then took a drop. I only got a bogey in the end which was a really good result.”One of the strengths of Annabel’s game throughout the event was her three-wood which she played with super accuracy and it helped her set up birdies on the par fives.This win underlines Annabel’s great form in 2014 which began when she won the Jones Doherty Cup in the USA. Since then she has finished runner-up in the Spanish amateur, fifth in the European Nations Cup, a quarter finalist in the French Lady Junior Championship and won the Sunningdale Foursomes.“I went full-time at the end of last year and I’ve been putting in the work on my golf. I think I got some early confidence when I won in America and I’ve brought that back home to the tournaments in Europe,” she said.This latest success, coupled with Annabel’s other results this season, will improve her chances of making the GB&I Curtis Cup team for the match against the USA in Missouri in early June.  However she remarked: “I hope I get into the team but I’ll just take it as it comes.” 27 Apr 2014 Wire-to-wire Scottish win for Annabel last_img read more

Rogue Assaulted in New Kru Town

first_imgA badly injured young man, who neighbors accuse of being a rogue, and whose legs and head showed signs of violent trauma, was dumped near the Point 4 Elementary School in New Kru Town yesterday.Neighbors told the Daily Observer that no one in the community knew the young man and where he came from.“We heard the alarm,‘rogue, rogue’, and this morning we came to find him lying down here,” an eyewitness said. Upon inspection, the victim appeared to have been severely assaulted. He did not have the strength to even sit up or speak about his ordeal. He could not answer questions posed by our reporter.Not many who came to get a glimpse of the ‘rogue’ in their midst, expressed any sympathy for his condition. Instead they wished his attackers had continued their assault until he was dead, they said.“They could have killed him,” a young woman remarked, laughing. “These rogues come from other neighborhoods to steal, and they are sometimes armed with knives and other deadly weapons. So it is good for him.”Two police pickup trucks that drove to the scene did not offer any help. They took a good look at the victim and then drove away, neighbors said.“Later two other officers came here and took his picture with their cellphones,” another onlooker said.In a similar incident, 22 year old Prince Weah was last Thursday night caught near Caldwell, and his accusers decided to make an example of him.Family sources told the Daily Observer that Weah was caught by a vigilante group at about 2 a.m. They assaulted him “because they suspected him of being a rogue.”“He pleaded with the group not to kill him, but they decided to teach him a lesson so that he would not steal again,” a family member said.He said Prince Weah’s five fingers on his right hand were severed, his knees gashed and he was left to die in his condition. He said that the victim claimed he walked a girlfriend halfway, though many have denied his version of what took place.“He is presently at a local health center nursing his wounds,” said another family source at Borbor Garage in New Kru Town.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

‘Disturbia’ grabs movie-goers’ attention with $23 million debut

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LOS ANGELES (AP) — Movie-goers put the Peeping Tom thriller “Disturbia” under strong surveillance as the film took in $23 million to debut at the top of the weekend box office, according to studio estimates Sunday. Starring Shia LaBeouf as a housebound teenager who suspects a neighbor (David Morse) of murder, “Disturbia” continued a solid year for DreamWorks Pictures, whose No. 1 hits include “Blades of Glory” and “Norbit.” “We’re kind of hoping this could be habit-forming,” DreamWorks spokesman Marvin Levy said. “Disturbia” launches a breakout year for LaBeouf, whose long-rumored casting in the fourth “Indiana Jones” movie was confirmed Friday by producer George Lucas and director Steven Spielberg, one of the founders of DreamWorks. This summer, LaBeouf provides the lead voice for Sony’s animated penguin comedy “Surf’s Up” and stars in the science-fiction saga “Transformers.” “The person you want to be right now is Shia LaBeouf. I want to be Shia LaBeouf. I want to be 20 and have all this happening to me. It’s really great for him,” said Paul Dergarabedian, president of box-office tracker Media By Numbers. “2007 is Shia’s year. He proved he can open a movie all by himself.” “Blades of Glory” slipped to second place after two weekends on top, taking in $14.1 million to raise its total to $90.2 million. Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez’s double-feature “Grindhouse” tumbled in its second weekend. Released by the Weinstein Co., “Grindhouse” fell to No. 10 with $4.2 million, down a steep 63 percent from its surprisingly weak debut of $11.6 million over opening weekend. Harvey Weinstein — the company co-chairman whose previous outfit, Miramax, had great success with Tarantino and Rodriguez’s films — said last week he might re-release the two filmmakers’ chapters of “Grindhouse” as separate movies down the road. Rodriguez directed the zombie fest “Planet Terror” and Tarantino made the highway psycho killer tale “Death Proof” for “Grindhouse,” their homage to the gory B-movies they grew up on. The Warner Bros. battle epic “300” grossed $4.3 million to lift its total to $200.8 million, the first movie this year to cross that mark. Other new wide releases had so-so to poor debuts, led by Sony’s “Perfect Stranger,” the Bruce Willis-Halle Berry thriller that took in $11.5 million to finish at No. 4. Berry plays a tabloid reporter who goes undercover to investigate an advertising executive (Willis) she suspects of murder. 20th Century Fox’s “Pathfinder,” with Karl Urban as a Viking boy raised by Indians in pre-Columbus North America, came in at No. 6 with $4.8 million. Chicago Releasing’s auto thriller “Redline,” a street-racing tale featuring Eddie Griffin, debuted at No. 11 with $4 million. First Look Pictures’ animated “Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters,” a big-screen adaptation of the cult TV cartoon centered on three manic fast-food products, opened out of the top 12 with $3.1 million. Lionsgate’s crime thriller “Slow Burn,” starring Ray Liotta as a prosecutor taking on a gang leader (LL Cool J), flopped with just $800,000. In limited release, ParamountZZPT Vantage’s comic drama “Year of the Dog” opened with a strong $112,346 in seven New York City and Los Angeles theaters. Starring Molly Shannon as a lonely woman who goes to extremes to fill a void after her beloved dog dies, the film expands to the top-10 markets this Friday. Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Media By Numbers LLC. Final figures will be released Monday. 1. “Disturbia,” $23 million. 2. “Blades of Glory,” $14.1 million. 3. “Meet the Robinsons,” $12.1 million. 4. “Perfect Stranger,” $11.5 million. 5. “Are We Done Yet?”, $9.2 million. 6. “Pathfinder,” $4.8 million. 7. “Wild Hogs,” $4.6 million. 8. “The Reaping,” $4.6 million. 9. “300,” $4.3 million. 10. “Grindhouse,” $4.2 million.last_img read more

Galatasaray ‘beat Chelsea’ in race for Brazilian starlet

first_img1 Galatasaray are closing in on a deal to sign Chelsea target Doria on a season-long loan.The Botafogo starlet, 19, captained Brazil Under-20s to glory in the Toulon tournament earlier this summer and has been trailed by the west London club since last year.The centre-back, who has been compared to compatriot Thiago Silva, has an £11m buy-out clause in his contract which has a year left to run.And now, according to Turkish newspaper AMK, Galatasaray have won the race to land him, with their goalkeeping coach Claudio Taffarel – a former Brazil international – helping negotiations.It has been reported that the Turkish giants will pay a loan fee of around £1.6m with an option to buy the Brazil international for £9m this time next year. Doria last_img

Panel rejects strict limits on Amgen drug

first_imgA federal advisory committee voted Tuesday against imposing a new restriction on the use of anemia drugs to treat patients with kidney disease, offering a rare reprieve to Amgen, the manufacturer of the drugs. The panel, advising the Food and Drug Administration, voted 14-5 against an FDA proposal to set a fairly specific upper range on the drugs’ use. Several studies have linked overuse of the drugs to cardiovascular problems and deaths and, when used to treat cancer patients, to a worsening of tumors. Shares of Amgen, which had fallen sharply since safety concerns about the drug intensified in January, were up 3.27percent on Wednesday, closing at 55.64, following a 5 percent gain on Tuesday. The vote was also considered important to kidney dialysis chains such as DaVita and Fresenius that, under Medicare rules, profit from the use of the anemia drugs. Some panel members seemed swayed by testimony from Amgen and from some outside kidney specialists and patient representatives that setting too strict an upper limit would mean many patients would be undertreated, leaving them with debilitating anemia or needing risky and inconvenient blood transfusions. “Such an approach alone would undoubtedly return us to the days of frequent blood transfusions,” Dr. Allen Nissenson, a nephrologist at the University of California, Los Angeles, told the committee, speaking on Amgen’s behalf. Still, while Tuesday’s vote made it less likely that there would be drastic restrictions on the use of the drugs in kidney patients, the levels of use are unlikely to return to those common before the safety concerns took hold. Even while rejecting the FDA’s proposed ceiling, most panel members recommended a treatment target lower than what some dialysis clinics and kidney specialists previously used. Moreover, the FDA said it was proposing to remove assertions on labels that the drugs improved the quality of life for patients, saying the data to support such claims were insufficient. Amgen has proposed keeping some, but not all, the claims. The committee was not asked to vote on the matter. The panel’s outcome was “not as benign as the initial vote,” Jim Birchenough, a Lehman Brothers analyst, wrote in a note to clients. The drug most affected by the committee’s vote was Amgen’s Epogen, which is used to treat nearly all the roughly 350,000 dialysis patients in the United States. It had sales of $2.5 billion last year. Johnson & Johnson sells the same drug under license as Procrit. Both Procrit and another Amgen drug called Aranesp are used primarily to treat cancer patients and kidney disease patients who are not undergoing dialysis. Tuesday’s panel, which met in Gaithersburg, Md., was far easier on Amgen than one in May that considered the safety of the drugs for use by cancer patients. After that meeting, Medicare sharply reduced its reimbursement for cancer use. The Medicare action resulted in a drop in sales that contributed to Amgen’s decision last month to cut its work force by 12percent to 14 percent. The drugs work by raising the level of the body’s red-blood cells, which carry oxygen to tissues. Epogen, first approved for dialysis patients in 1989, has become a mainstay for such patients. But safety issues arose when researchers tried to use the drugs not merely to correct severe anemia but to try to raise kidney patients’ levels of hemoglobin – the oxygen-carrying component of red cells – to 13.5 or 14 grams for each deciliter of blood, nearly the level of a healthy person. Two clinical trials, one in dialysis and one in predialysis patients, showed that patients given additional quantities of the drugs to raise their hemoglobin to those levels suffered more heart problems and deaths than those treated with a hemoglobin goal of 10 or 11 grams a deciliter. In March, the FDA changed the labels to say that the drugs should be used as sparingly as necessary to avoid blood transfusions and that hemoglobin levels should not exceed 12 grams a deciliter. But Tuesday it proposed setting an upper target of about 11. The committee – in two 14-5 votes, one for dialysis and one for predialysis patents – rejected that idea, saying somewhat more flexibility was needed. Malazia Y. Scott, a kidney patient from Tuscaloosa, Ala., the patient representative on the panel, said, “At 11, I’m not in the bed, but I think most of the day is spent in bed.” Some panel members favored a range of 10 to 12 grams, which had also been proposed by Amgen. Still, that was lower than the 11-to-13 range that had been suggested by some kidney treatment guidelines. Many panel members said there was not enough data to distinguish the effects of 11 grams compared with 12 grams. The committee’s chairman, Dr. Richard Platt, decried the lack of data, saying it was “extraordinary” that 18 years after Epogen was first approved, doctors still did not know how to best use the drugs. He said the drugs’ developers should have conducted more thorough clinical trials. “As individuals and society,” said Platt, a professor at Harvard Medical School, “we should demand much better evidence much earlier on. We are in a very difficult situation here being asked to advise in the absence of data.”160Want 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

Most-wanted billboard vandalized

first_imgAn FBI billboard meant to speed the capture of a wanted man was vandalized Tuesday to curtail the effort. The billboard was unveiled Friday at Imperial Highway and Leffingwell Boulevard in Whittier and included photos of Emigdio Preciado Jr., a member of the Southside Whittier gang. The graffiti, which obscured Preciado’s face and name, was discovered by sheriff’s Norwalk Station deputies on patrol check at 9:20 a.m. Tuesday. “It’s disappointing for the community to have to deal with that element in the community that would deface public property,” FBI representative Laura Eimiller said. Preciado is Latino, 5 feet 5 inches tall and 180 pounds, and may have tattoos of “Susana” and “Alexa” on the left side of his chest. A reward of $150,000 is being offered for his capture. Anyone with information about Preciado’s whereabouts can call (888) 226-8443. Tips can always be given anonymously. airan.scruby@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Eimiller said the advertising company has been contacted and the FBI is working to replace or clean the billboard, which Eimiller said will be expensive. “It will cost anywhere from several hundred dollars to thousands of dollars depending on whether it needs to be fully replaced,” Eimiller said. Preciado is among the FBI’s 10 most-wanted fugitives for allegedly shooting a sheriff’s deputy in the head seven years ago. The deputy survived, but was severely injured. Sgt. John Fredendall discovered the graffiti. He said the billboard will be replaced, and that officials are still seeking information on Preciado. “We’d appreciate it if the public would be aware of that this individual is still wanted,” Fredendall said. “If anybody in the public has information on the person being sought, we’d appreciate a call.” last_img read more

ROSSES COMMUNITY SCHOOL TO HOST GAA COACHING SEMINAR

first_imgThe Rosses Community school in Dungloe are running a Gaelic football coaching seminar on Friday the 6th of March from 7.00pm – 9.30 pm. At 7pm Dr Eugene Young, Ulster Council Director of Coaching and Games Development with present the topic ‘ Player Pathway for the Minor’.At 8.30pm Christy Toye, Donegal Senior Player and All-Ireland medal winner will present the topic ” Lifestyle of the Elite Player’. The seminar is open to coaches from around the county who want to look at the management ot underage players.Refreshments will be provided on the night. Free admission.ROSSES COMMUNITY SCHOOL TO HOST GAA COACHING SEMINAR was last modified: March 4th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:NoticesSportlast_img read more

Uruguay ease past hosts Russia to secure top spot in Group A

first_img Torreira put in an eye-catching performance against Russia Cavani scored his first goal of the tournament against Russia 4 And just over ten minutes later, Cheryshev was taken off, substituted for Mario Fernandes after Igor Smolnikov’s dismissal for two yellow cards.The tactical change allowed Uruguay to solidify at the back, and they largely restricted Uruguay in the final third as the opening period wore on.The same could be said after the break, with La Celeste struggling to break through Russia’s rigid backline.The tournament hosts themselves managed a few good opportunities, but the final ball often let them down; once attack in particular could have finished with Fernandes through on goal, but the pass to him was slightly over-hit and the move broke down.Some questionable decision making from Fernando Muslera created another chance for Russia, with a poor pass out from the back ceding possession. However, when Artem Dzyuba was played in, he cut back onto his left foot and mishit the ball horribly, sending a shot high and wide from just inside the area.The game died down as the minutes drew on, with both teams probing but not looking likely to add to the two goals scored in the opening 45 minutes.But then, as injury time rolled around, Cavani pounced on a rebound in the area to poke Uruguay’s third past Akinfeev and round off the victory.STAR MANLucas Torreira put in a superb showing in Uruguay’s midfield. The 22-year-old was finding real joy in a holding role, suffocating Russia’s attack with relative ease. Sitting at the base of a diamond midfield, Torreira not only broke up play, he was also a key part of Uruguay’s approach moving forward as he looked to dictate the tempo of the match; his pass accuracy of 93.9 per cent was higher than any other Uruguay player who started the match. Admittedly, his job was made easier than usual due to Russia being reduced to 10 men, but that should not take away from how much he influence Uruguay’s style of play. 4 talkSPORT are with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ with over 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network. Akinfeev was unlucky to be beaten by Laxalt’s strike center_img 4 Uruguay secured top spot in Group A at the World Cup by defeating Russia 3-0 in Samara.Luis Suarez and a Denis Cheryshev own goal had put La Celeste in control before Igor Smolnikov’s dismissal ten minutes before half-time all but killed the match as a competitive prospect. Edinson Cavani rounded off the win with a third goal, his first of the tournament, in second half injury time. 4 The match started as an open affair, with it clear both teams were going for the win and three points that would guarantee top spot in the group and a potentially easier draw in the round of 16.Both sides had chances, but Suarez had the quality in front of goal when it mattered after ten minutes. Yury Gazinskiy brought down Rodrigo Bentancur on the edge of the Russia box, and Suarez stepped up to fire a low free-kick around the wall and into the bottom corner of Igor Akinfeev’s net for his second goal of the tournament.Cheryshev came close to equalising just moments later, but his strike after some fine interplay from Russia in the final third was straight at Muslera, who stood up well and diverted the ball wide.That shot was the highlight of Cheryshev’s match, as his next noticeable impact came in front of his own goal; the winger could do nothing when Diego Laxalt’s wild shot deflected off his leg and past Akinfeev to put Uruguay two goals to the good. Arsenal have been linked with signing Torreira, and their fans were going crazy over his performance on social media. You can see the full reaction here.MOMENT OF THE MATCHLuis Suarez opened the scoring with a fine free-kick, but Denis Cheryshev’s own goal, which made it 2-0, put Uruguay in total control and basically ended the match as a contest. There was nothing to be done about the strike, with Diego Laxalt firing miles wide before the ball struck Cheryshev and diverted into the opposite corner of the goal than the one keeper Igor Akinfeev had started to move towards. Uruguay were the better team on the day, but Russia can certainly call themselves unlucky about this finish.LINE-UPSUruguay: Muslera, Caceres, Godin, Coates, Nandez (Rodriguez 73′), Bentancur (De Arrascaeta 63′), Torreira, Vecino, Laxalt, Suarez, Cavani (Gomez 93′)Subs not used: Campana, Varela, Sanchez, Stuani, Gaston Silva, Maxi Pereira, Urreta, Martin SilvaRussia: Akinfeev, Smolnikov, Kutepov, Ignashevich, Kudryashov, Zobnin, Gazinsky (Kuzyaev 46′), Samedov, Cheryshev (Fernandes 38′) , Aleksey Miranchuk (Smolov 60′), DzyubaSubs not used: Lunev, Semenov, Granat, Anton Miranchuk, Golovin, Zhirkov, Erokhin, GabulovGROUP A TABLElast_img read more

Dennis Of Women’s Soccer Tabbed MVC Goalkeeper Of The Week

first_imgST. LOUIS –  Senior Brooke Dennis (Wauconda, Ill.) of the Drake University women’s soccer team was tabbed Missouri Valley Conference Goalkeeper of the Week, the league office announced Tuesday, Oct. 4. Dennis, the 2015 MVC Goalie of the Year, improved to 6-0 in the net this season with Drake’s 1-0 win over Kansas State on Oct. 2 at the Cownie Soccer Complex. She recorded two saves and finished with her fifth shutout of the season. In six games, Dennis has allowed one goal this season.  Print Friendly Versioncenter_img Drake enjoys a break before its next game as the Bulldogs return to the field Oct. 11 at UNI with first kick set for 7 p.m.last_img

Hittner and Jonas Set Career Marks For Women’s Basketball In 93-78 Victory Over Eastern Washington

first_imgAfter shooting a smoldering 70.6 percent in the first quarter, Drake slipped to just 38.9 percent in the second quarter. The Bulldogs made a pair of three-pointers to help take a 44-30 halftime lead. Hittner and Jonas each scored 11 points in the opening two quarters. Drake shot 57.9 and 56.3 percent from the field in the third and fourth quarter. Senior Lizzy Wendell (Blue Springs, Mo.) filled the stat sheet with 18 points, six rebounds, six assists and four steals in 25 minutes. Sophomore Sammie Bachrodt (Wichita, Kan.) added 10 points, six steals to tie her career-high, four rebounds and four assists. Hittner just missed her second career double-double with nine rebounds to go with four assists and two steals. The Eagles would get as close as nine points in the fourth quarter, but freshman Brenni Rose (Shawnee, Kan.) made a pair of free throws and Hittner a layup to go back up by double figures as Drake pulled away for the win in the first-ever meeting between the teams. Late in the first quarter, senior Cortni Rush (Mason City, Iowa) had a chance at a three-point play but missed the free throw attempt. However, the bucket by Rush put the Bulldogs up 15 points at 25-10. A run by the Eagles cut their deficit to 27-16 at the end of the first. PDF Box Score Story Links Next Game: Drake (7-4) finished at 56.3 percent shooting from the floor and scored 34 points off turnovers by Eastern Washington (5-6). Live Stats 1350 ESPN DES MOINES THE VALLEY ON ESPN3 Listen Live Watch Livecenter_img HTML Box Score NEW ORLEANS – Freshman Becca Hittner (Urbandale, Iowa) and redshirt sophomore Becca Jonas (Independence, Mo.) set new career marks in scoring with 19 and 24 points, respectively, to help lead the Drake University women’s basketball team past Eastern Washington, 93-78, Thursday, Dec. 22 in the consolation game of the Tulane Classic. Eastern Washington came out of halftime on a 13-2 scoring run to pull within three points at 46-43 and forced a timeout by Drake at the 7:38 mark. The Bulldogs regrouped after the timeout to build a bigger lead as they led 71-61 at the end of the third quarter. Jonas scored nine points in the period while Bachrodt, Hittner and Wendell all had six points each. at Wichita State 12/30/2016 – 7 PM Preview Full Schedule Roster After taking a break for the holidays, Drake will begin Missouri Valley Conference action at Wichita State on Dec. 30. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. and the contest will be shown online via The Valley On ESPN3.  Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more