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  • With title on mind, Gaughan back in NCWTS

    first_imgAfter a successful eight-race stint in 2012, Brendan Gaughan will return to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series full-time in 2013.Gaughan will team up once more with crew chief Shane Wilson for a full season, this time in the Richard Childress Racing No. 62 South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet Silverado.Last year Gaughan had four top-five finishes in eight starts. His best outing was a second-place finish in the American Ethanol 225 at Chicagoland Speedway. Gaughan also drove 10 races in the NASCAR Nationwide Series.Gaughan has completed six full Camping World Truck Series seasons since making his series debut in 1997. His best overall finish was fourth in 2003. Gaughan took a 26-point lead into series finale that year, but was involved in an accident that wrecked his championship hopes.That near miss was the driving point for the 37-year-old to return full-time.“I’m thrilled to be back in the (NASCAR Camping World) Truck Series for a full season,” Gaughan said. “I would have been thankful to compete full time for Richard Childress Racing in any series, but returning to the trucks will provide me a second chance to go out and win the Truck Series championship that was stolen from me in 2003. I can’t wait to be reunited with my former crew chief Shane Wilson. … We’re going to do all that we can to get that championship we should have brought home years ago.”All total, Gaughan has eight Camping World Truck Series victories and 67 top-10 finishes in 195 starts. He and Wilson first teamed up for four races in 2000, and the duo has the type of steady relationship that is often the difference between wins and top-fives.“I’m looking forward to being reunited with Brendan,” Wilson said. “We have some unfinished business we need to take care of next season. With our resources from Richard Childress Racing, Brendan being a veteran Truck Series driver and our former history, I think it’s safe to say that we will be a very competitive team in 2013.” Former crew chief Shane Wilson also back on boardlast_img read more

  • Europe lead despite early struggle

    first_img However, four-time major winner McIlroy rose to the occasion with a birdie from 35 feet across the 17th green to keep the match alive, before Garcia smashed a stunning five wood from the rough 229 yards onto the 18th green to set up another and snatch the most unlikely of half points. “That was probably as good as a win, to come back from where they were,” said European captain Paul McGinley, who had kept faith with his big names after they lost two of the last three holes in a fourball defeat to Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley earlier on. “We needed it, we really did,” a relieved McIlroy said. “We were making life difficult for ourselves out there. I don’t think either of us was playing from the fairways very much. “We just wanted to ask them a question and get them going and we were able to do that. And Sergio had the shot of the day at the last. It was big, and at least we got something out of the day. We played two really tough matches and we have half a point to show for it.” Garcia, who was later forced to respond to being called “useless” in Europe’s defeat at Valhalla in 2008 by his then-captain Nick Faldo, added: “We knew we weren’t playing good. We fought as hard as we could. Half a point is just huge.” By the time of the dramatic finish, Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson had already secured their second win of the day, beating Hunter Mahan and Zach Johnson 2&1 to follow a commanding fourball win over an out-of-sorts Bubba Watson and Webb Simpson, who failed to register a single birdie. Lee Westwood and Jamie Donaldson had been left out of the opening session but were sent out in the first foursomes match and responded with a two-hole win over Jim Furyk and Matt Kuchar, whose duffed pitch on the 18th sealed the result. And with Graeme McDowell and rookie Victor Dubuisson then seeing off the previously unbeaten Mickelson and Bradley 3&2, Europe had the early edge in their quest for an eighth win in the last 10 contests. But what a sensational half point it was, and what it could mean to the final outcome given the way it was achieved on a rollercoaster day at Gleneagles. Two down to Rickie Fowler and Jimmy Walker with two holes to play, McIlroy and Garcia – ranked one and three in the world respectively – were staring at their second defeat of the day, with European talisman Ian Poulter having earlier suffered his heaviest Ryder Cup loss ever. Europe claimed a 5-3 lead after the first two sessions of the 40th Ryder Cup, despite their star trio of Rory McIlroy, Sergio Garcia and Ian Poulter contributing just half a point. It made for a stark contrast to the mood after the opening session was lost 2.5 to 1.5, Rose and Stenson’s 5&4 win cancelled out by victory by the same margin for rookie duo Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed over Poulter and home favourite Stephen Gallacher. The writing was on the wall the moment Poulter missed from three feet for par on the first and Gallacher’s birdie on the second was the only one they managed between them all day. ”The first tee was magic, just exactly what I was expecting,” said Gallacher, who lives just 35 miles from the course. ”The fans have been great all the way around. Just a shame we never really got the birdies today to compete with them.” Poulter, who had won his previous seven matches and 11 of his last 12, added: ”Clearly in this format you have to hole putts. We didn’t do that. They did and obviously it’s a point on the board for them.” Thomas Bjorn and US Open champion Martin Kaymer looked set to claim a win as they reached the 16th tee two up on Walker and Fowler, only for an inspired Walker to chip in on the 16th – he had already holed a bunker shot on the ninth for an eagle – and hole from six feet on the last to snatch a half. And the situation was then almost replicated in the final match, Bradley holing from 10 feet for an eagle on the 16th and Mickelson making a birdie on the last to claim victory over McIlroy and Garcia. Spieth and Reed were surprisingly left out of the foursomes and US captain Tom Watson said: ” ‘They were very upset with me for not playing them. I said, I know you’re going to be mad at me, but you’ll be playing tomorrow for sure.” He was as good as his word and that meant facing Bjorn and Kaymer in the third match, with Rose and Stenson out first against Watson and Kuchar followed by Donaldson and Westwood against Furyk and Mahan. Despite his final-hole heroics, Garcia was left out as McGinley put Poulter alongside McIlroy, no doubt hoping for a repeat of their memorable Medinah win over Jason Dufner and Zach Johnson, when Poulter birdied the final five holes. Press Associationlast_img read more

  • 7-foot-2 Providence transfer Paschal Chukwu picks up Syracuse offer on visit

    first_imgProvidence transfer Paschal Chukwu picked up an offer from Syracuse on his weekend visit, per a source. The 7-foot-2 center has already visited Kansas, Michigan State and Nebraska, with several other schools in the mix.Chukwu would have to sit out the 2015-16 season, per NCAA transfer rules, but would have three years of eligibility remaining. He averaged 2.6 points and 2.4 rebounds for the Friars in his freshman season while blocking 23 shots.Syracuse’s current pair of centers includes the injury-plagued DaJuan Coleman and rising junior Chinonso Obokoh, who averaged less than a point per game in 13 contests played last year.Chukwu was ranked the No. 61 prospect in the Class of 2014 by Rivals.com and would likely play an integral role in the middle of the 2-3 zone. At the 1:00 mark in this video, SU point guard Kaleb Joseph is shown in a highlight reel that includes Chukwu when the two unofficially visited Providence in June 2013. Chukwu is shown starting at the 1:18 mark.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Comments Published on June 27, 2015 at 10:36 pm Contact Matt: [email protected] | @matt_schneidmancenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

  • Sunday racing in Thurles

    first_imgTipp FM’s David Lawlor tells us what we can expect: Stock photo of horse racing | Photo © Pixabay Irish action today is at Thurles with a 7 race card.Eight runners will go to post in the feature Mares Novice Chase worth €57,500.The first is off at 1.20pm.last_img

  • Flyers continue rough stretch

    first_imgThe Fort St. John Senior Flyers lost suffered their third loss in four games on Saturday night, dropping a 6-4 decision to the Hythe Mustangs. Tied 3-3 heading into the third period, the Flyers took a lead on a Jeff Fast goal 7 minutes in.  But, in a familiar storyline, the Mustangs scored three straight even-strength goals in the third, to win the game 6-4.Ian Munro, Bryan Lewis, and Paul Weins scored the other Flyer goals, while Brenan Rycroft (2), Marty Jones, Mike Lefley, and Ryan Lizzotte responded for Hythe.  Lizzotte secured the win with an empty-netter with 36 seconds remaining in regulation.- Advertisement -It was the second time this season the Mustangs have beaten the Flyers at the North Peace Arena, the other being a shootout win on Nov. 21st.  The Flyers beat Hythe 5-4 in Fort St. John on January 9th, and will look to respond when they visit Hythe on Thursday Jan. 21st.  You can hear Thursday’s game live on Moose FM starting with the pre-game show at 8:15pm.last_img read more

  • LETTERKENNY GOLFERS REMEMBER THEIR FRIEND JOE DORRIAN – PIC SPECIAL

    first_imgGolfers from the Glencar Inn Golf Society remember their friend Joe Dorrian this weekend as they competed for the Joe Dorrian Memorial Cup at Barnhill.The first prize went to the master – the postmaster that is when Ed Margey took first place followed by Jimmy Gleeson, Paddy O’Gorman and Michael McElhinney.CAT 1 – 1st M P O’Donnell – 2nd – Mervyn White CAT 2 – 1st – Paddy McClafferty – 2nd Martin Murray – CAT 3 – 1st –Sean Gilroy – 2nd Francis Goulding – CAT 4 – 1st Martin Devlin – 2ndPadraig McAleerVisitors prize – Michael O’Reilly – 2’s – Francis Goulding and Ronan Curran Nearest the Pin – Sean Gilroy – Longest Drive – Paul Margey – Front 9– Michael Gibbons – Back 9 – Martin GibbonsThe Glencar Inn Golf Society would like to thank the Dorrian family for their contunied support of this event.Next 0uting will take place at Moyola Golf Course, on bank holiday Monday, 3rd June with a tee-off time of 10.30am.LETTERKENNY GOLFERS REMEMBER THEIR FRIEND JOE DORRIAN – PIC SPECIAL was last modified: May 7th, 2013 by StephenShare 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:Glencar Inn Golf SocietyJoe Dorrian Cuplast_img read more