McIlory tied for fourth in Shanghai

first_imgMeanwhile, Seamus Power is still in contention ahead of the final round at the Sanderson Farms Championship in the States.The Waterford man, who represented Ireland at the Rio Olympics, is 12 under par after a third round 70.Luke List and Chris Kirk share the lead on 14 under par. A closing 66 saw the world number three finish the weekend on 15 under par alongside Bill Haas.Hideki Matsuyama finished 23 under par and seven shots clear to become the first Japanese player to win a World Golf Championships title.Shane Lowry hit double bogeys on the eighth, ninth and 11th holes to sign off the weekend on 4 under par after a final round of 77.last_img read more

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Nine-star Belgium book Euro place, Dutch fight back to beat N. Ireland

first_imgLukaku scored twice as Belgium reached Euro 2020 by putting nine past San MarinoParis, France | AFP |  Belgium became the first team to qualify for the 2020 European Championship finals as Romelu Lukaku scored twice in a 9-0 thrashing of San Marino in Brussels on Thursday, while the Netherlands needed a late comeback to beat Northern Ireland.Lukaku took his record Belgium international tally past 50 goals as Roberto Martinez’s Group I leaders opened up an unassailable 11-point lead over third-placed Cyprus with three games remaining.The world-number-one ranked side booked their spot at next year’s tournament, which will be played at 12 venues across Europe, after seven straight qualifying wins.Russia appear set to take the second automatic slot from the group, after a 4-0 win over Scotland moved them eight points ahead of Cyprus.Belgium will be one of the favourites as they look to lift a first major international title when the Euros get underway on June 12.“In my eyes, nine countries have the talent to win the Euro,” said coach Martinez. “What will make the difference is how you face adversity. It’s necessary to sacrifice yourself for your teammates.”Their victory at the King Badouin Stadium matched their record winning margin of nine goals, having previously beaten Zambia and Gibraltar 9-0 in 1994 and 2017 respectively and hammered San Marino 10-1 in 2001.“Nine-nil is a good result but we would have loved to have scored one more and broken that all-time record,” said Inter Milan striker Lukaku.The first breakthrough arrived when Leicester midfielder Youri Tielemans fed Lukaku, who fired home his landmark goal in the 28th minute.The floodgates then opened, as Nacer Chadli slotted into the corner from the edge of the area three minutes later, and visiting defender Cristian Brolli scored a comical own goal 10 minutes before the interval.Lukaku wasted little time in making it 51 Belgium goals, before Toby Alderweireld and Tielemans made it six before half-time.Substitute Christian Benteke drilled in number seven with 11 minutes remaining, 18-year-old Yari Verschaeren scored his first international goal from the penalty spot, and Atalanta defender Timothy Castagne completed the rout in the 90th minute.– Dutch break Northern Irish hearts –Memphis Depay’s late brace rescued the Netherlands a 3-1 win over Northern Ireland which sent Ronald Koeman’s men top of Group C. The Oranje, bidding to reach a first major finals since finishing third at the 2014 World Cup, are level on points with both Germany and Northern Ireland, who have played a game more, but lead on head-to-head record.Michael O’Neill’s visitors were dreaming of a first-ever away win over the Dutch when substitute Josh Magennis headed them in front with a quarter-hour to play.But Depay levelled in the 80th minute, and Luuk de Jong bundled the ball home at the back post in the first minute of injury time to deny Northern Ireland a crucial point before Depay grabbed his second.“We are devastated with the nature of the defeat,” O’Neill told Sky Sports. “We have to win our two remaining games, they are very difficult, Netherlands home and Germany away.”Russia sent Scotland tumbling to a fourth straight qualifying defeat which leaves the Nations League playoffs next March as the Scots’ only possible route to Euro 2020.Artem Dzyuba’s excellent double and goals from Magomed Ozdoev and Aleksandr Golovin mean Russia will qualify with a draw in Cyprus on Sunday.– Croatia close on qualification –Croatia took control of Group E by beating Hungary 3-0 in Split, while Slovakia jumped into second despite being held to a 1-1 home draw by Wales.Luka Modric’s fifth-minute strike and two goals for Bruno Petkovic sent last year’s World Cup runners-up Croatia four points clear of third-placed Hungary.Slovakia fell behind in the first half when former lifeguard Kieffer Moore scored on his international competitive debut for Wales, but secured a draw thanks to Juraj Kucka’s brilliant 53rd-minute volley.Elsewhere, Robert Lewandowski netted a hat-trick, taking his tally this season to 18 goals for club and country, as Poland won 3-0 at Latvia to strengthen their position at the top of Group G.They sit three points clear of closest challengers Austria, who saw off Israel 3-1.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

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Dorset club hits the mark with a national first

first_img Sturminster Marshall Golf Club in Dorset has just become the first in the country to achieve England Golf’s new GolfMark award. “It’s always nice to be first,” said club owner and PGA professional Mike Dodd. “We are a pro-active club working at grass roots to get people into golf and this award underlines that we’re doing everything the right way.” GolfMark, which was originally started in 2006, has been updated and relaunched to make it more relevant in today’s challenging commercial landscape. The new scheme has an increased focus on development and business support and a GolfMark club is one which takes positive action to: •    to recruit and retain members •    to plan effectively for the future •    to offer coaching and playing opportunities for all golfers •    to have the right policies and procedures in place to safeguard members of all ages. GolfMark, which incorporates Sport England’s ClubMark award, has been hugely successful since it was first launched in 2006. A total of 766 clubs achieved the award under the previous system and over 200 are already working towards the new award. They’re led by Sturminster Marshall, which has long been a supporter of the scheme and was one of the first clubs in Dorset to get the original GolfMark award. “It helps you to focus on any areas where you need to tune up and it keeps you on your toes, makes sure everything is up to scratch,” said Mike Dodd. He bought the club eight years ago and has developed it as a centre for new and improving golfers. “We have a short nine-hole course and a purpose built driving range with a classroom and a practice area,” said Mike. “We have about 250 members and probably 200 of them will have come through our coaching programmes. Some move on to other clubs but we always have new people and our membership never goes down.” The club works closely with the Dorset Golf Partnership and is one of its Get into golf centres, offering a course of six group lessons for adult beginners for £30, together with a range of other packages. The club is involved in the Dorset Tour, which offers playing opportunities to new golfers who have gone through the Get into golf scheme. Sturminster Marshall also hosts Feel Inspired sessions for golfers with disabilities. Mike has a thriving junior academy and he set up the EZGO Junior Tour which gives children of all standards the chance to play different courses and meet other golfers. He is also one of the coaches with the Dorset Academy. Dee Wood, who recently retired as Dorset County Development Officer, worked with Mike to achieve the new GolfMark and commented: “All credit to him. Mike thrives on working with beginners and juniors and there’s always something for everyone going on at the club.” For more information about GolfMark please click here Caption: Mike Dodd with Dee Wood (left), who has just retired as Dorset County Development Officer, and Elaine Barrow, who has taken on the role. 12 Nov 2014 Dorset club hits the mark with a national first last_img read more

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No Intercity Transit Service on Thanksgiving Day

first_imgFacebook18Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Intercity TransitIntercity Transit will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 28, 2019. Regular local bus, Express, Dial-A-Lift, and Village Vans will not operate. Customer Service located in the Olympia Transit Center and the business office will also be closed.The Dial-A-Lift reservation line will be closed, but customers can leave ride requests or cancellation messages on Dial-A-Lift’s voicemail at 360-705-5827. Intercity Transit reminds Dial-A-Lift customers with standing rides to cancel their unneeded rides for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.We will operate on normal schedules Friday, November 29, 2019.For route and schedule information, visit intercitytransit.com/bus/routes or contact Customer Service at 360-786-1881.last_img read more

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