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Terps start fast on offense, then their defense finishes off Purdue #ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย

Published January 19, 2020 by SoClaimon

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Terps start fast on offense, then their defense finishes off Purdue

Jan 19. 2020
Maryland forward Darryl Morsell puts up a shot as Purdue's Matt Haarms defends during the first half of their game Saturday at Xfinity Center in College Park, Md. MUST CREDIT: Photo by Will Newton for The Washington Post

Maryland forward Darryl Morsell puts up a shot as Purdue’s Matt Haarms defends during the first half of their game Saturday at Xfinity Center in College Park, Md. MUST CREDIT: Photo by Will Newton for The Washington Post
By The Washington Post · Emily Giambalvo · SPORTS, BASKETBALL 

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The tension around Maryland’s basketball program had heightened in the wake of back-to-back road losses, one disappointing for how lopsided it was, the other for the team’s failure to execute late. But as soon the Terrapins tipped off Saturday against visiting Purdue, a strong start quelled the concern and eventually helped them survive a second-half slump.

The No. 17 Terps didn’t fall into a familiar early hole and halted a two-game losing streak with a 57-50 win against the Boilermakers. Even though Maryland led by 18 during its impressive first half, Purdue climbed back when Maryland’s second-half shooting went cold.

Maryland's Jalen Smith releases a shot during the first half Saturday against Purdue. Smith finished with a double-double and was a force on the defensive end. MUST CREDIT: Photo by Will Newton for The Washington Post

Maryland’s Jalen Smith releases a shot during the first half Saturday against Purdue. Smith finished with a double-double and was a force on the defensive end. MUST CREDIT: Photo by Will Newton for The Washington Post

“We needed a win,” Coach Mark Turgeon said. “Obviously, it’s an understatement. … Probably what we did the best is coming off a tough loss on the road, a game that we probably could have won but we didn’t. Our guys responded, showed you a little bit about our guys, the way we came out, started the game and played terrific.”

Defense has powered the Terps to wins in other games this season, and Saturday it helped them hang on after Purdue’s late surge. With about four minutes to go, the Terps (14-4, 4-3 Big Ten), who led by double digits most of the game, saw their lead whittled to three. But Jalen Smith’s thunderous dunk, followed by key defensive stops let the Xfinity Center crowd exhale one final time. Maryland held Purdue without a field goal in the final six minutes.

“We came out slow in the second half,” Smith said. “Coach Turgeon reminded us at halftime to not do that and we just let it slip, but [we] recovered, tried to hold them off as best as we could.”

Smith, a sophomore forward from Baltimore, led Maryland with 18 points and 10 rebounds. His defense helped contain Purdue’s big men, Trevion Williams and Matt Haarms. The entire Maryland team played well defensively, but when asked about Smith, Turgeon said, “It’s amazing what he’s doing.”

Freshman Donta Scott became the “X factor” in Maryland’s strong first half, Purdue Coach Matt Painter said. Scott has continued to justify his starting role and delivered again Saturday, scoring a career-high 13.

The Terps leaped ahead of the Boilermakers (10-8, 3-4) with their best start of the season. Positive moments early in games have become a rarity for Turgeon’s team. Maryland had been outscored in the opening five minutes in 13 of 17 games coming into Saturday. The Terps had a seven-point lead after five minutes against the Boilermakers and pushed it to 12 less than a minute later.

Maryland’s typically strong defense held Purdue scoreless for more than four minutes to open the game while the offense moved the ball well, racking up seven assists on the team’s first seven field goals. Eric Ayala, starting for his second straight game, hit a 3 early and his teammates followed suit. Smith, Scott and Aaron Wiggins each made a pair of 3s in the first half.

“It was just a big energy boost,” Wiggins said. “We all continued to build off that. Having that lead makes us comfortable. … Not having to fight to get back into the game or anything. That’s always good for our team.”

Wiggins’ recent struggles led Turgeon to bring the sophomore off the bench in Maryland’s previous game, at Wisconsin. Wiggins still played 34 minutes in that game, but Turgeon said he thought Wiggins seemed more comfortable in that role. So Wiggins again started the game on the bench Saturday and repeated his performance from earlier this week with another strong outing. He hit a 3-pointer immediately after entering the game and finished with 12 points – the second straight confidence-boosting game for a player fighting through a slump, particularly from 3-point range.

The Terps shot 7 of 15 from deep in the first half and took a 36-20 lead into halftime. They shot only 28 percent during the final 20 minutes and missed all nine 3-point attempts as Purdue pushed closer. Turgeon said his team became a bit stagnant in the second half, but Purdue is also the best defensive team Maryland has faced.

“Sometimes in the second half, when you can’t figure out how to score, it snowballs,” Turgeon said. “And that’s what happened today.”

Purdue cut Maryland’s advantage to seven near the midpoint of the second half, forcing Turgeon to call a timeout. Maryland responded with a dunk from Wiggins, then a jumper from Smith with the shot clock running down. Smith then blocked Williams’ attempt on Purdue’s following possession.

The Boilermakers continued to hang around even after Scott tipped in Wiggins’ miss to restore a double-digit lead with under seven minutes to go. Isaiah Thompson’s 3-pointer trimmed the margin to five with under six minutes remaining, the smallest it had been since the opening minutes.

The Terps missed seven straight shots and then fouled Sasha Stefanovic on a 3-point attempt, and he made all three free throws to cut the lead to 53-50 with just under four minutes remaining. From there, Maryland’s defense responded, and that early offensive burst gave the Terps a cushion they needed late.

“It’s going to be an up-and-down season when you’re in a great league,” Turgeon said. “… What was important was how we responded when everybody [was] thinking the world’s coming to an end.”

Saudis dash Thai Olympic hope #ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย

Published January 19, 2020 by SoClaimon

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Saudis dash Thai Olympic hope

Jan 19. 2020
Thailand team after their defeat (Photo by Wanchai Kraisornkhajit)

Thailand team after their defeat (Photo by Wanchai Kraisornkhajit)
By THE NATION

Thailand’s hope for Olympic debut was shattered after they lost to Saudi Arabia 0-1 in the AFC U-24 Championship at the Thammasat Stadium on Saturday.

A penalty kick by Saudi Abdullah Al Hamdan in the 78th minute put the end of journey for the Akira Nishino’s team which reached their first ever quarter-final in the tournament before.

“Our players dealt with the pressure well since the group stage. However there were moments that they should have done better in their pressing game. It’s something the players have to improve as they still need more experience,” said the national coach Akira.

Referee Ahmed Al Kaf awarded the penalty after confirmation of the offence by the Video Assistant Referee. The decision of Al Kaf sparked controversies among infuriated Thai fans on the social media.

However for Saudi manager Saad Al Shehri, he believed that his team would still prevail even without the penalty.

“The Thai team didn’t have many opportunities but we did. I believe we could convert any opportunities even we were not awarded the penalty,” Al Shehri said whose team is through to the next round and keep their hopes of a first Olympic appearance since 1996 intact.

Top three teams in the AFC U-23 Championshill will qualify for the Olympics in Japan this year.

Stamp to defend ONE atomweight title against Todd in Singapore #ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย

Published January 19, 2020 by SoClaimon

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Stamp to defend ONE atomweight title against Todd in Singapore

Jan 19. 2020
By THE NATION

ONE Championship returns to the Singapore Indoor Stadium on Friday, 28 February for ONE: King of the Jungle, set to showcase the absolute best in world-class martial arts talent.

In the main event, two-sport ONE World Champion Stamp Fairtex of Thailand is scheduled to defend her ONE Atomweight Kickboxing World Title against Janet “J.T.” Todd of the United States.

Stamp returns to ONE Super Series action to defend her ONE Atomweight Kickboxing World Title. After going 4-0 in mixed martial arts competition thus far, the 22-year-old phenom has taken the world by storm, captivating audiences across the globe with her striking prowess and unmistakable charm.

Stamp was most recently in action at ONE: A NEW TOMORROW at home in Bangkok, where she finished Puja Tomar via first-round technical knockout. Now she makes the quick turnaround to defend one of her prestigious belts.

Todd, a two-time Pan-American Muay Thai Champion, challenged Stamp in early 2019 for the inaugural ONE Atomweight Muay Thai World Championship, but ultimately fell short of victory after five close rounds. Despite the setback, Todd remains Stamp’s toughest test to date. The two now look to reprise their epic battle, this time with the ONE Atomweight Kickboxing World Championship on the line.

In the co-main event of the evening, reigning ONE Strawweight Kickboxing World Champion Sam-A Gaiyanghadao of Thailand will take on Rocky Ogden of Australia for the ONE Strawweight Muay Thai World Title.

Sam-A was spectacular in his most recent bout, a unanimous decision nod over Wang Junguang last December. Recognized as one of the most accomplished Muay Thai competitors of all time, Sam-A has put together a stellar professional career spanning more than 400 bouts. He has captured Muay Thai World Titles across several weight classes. He joined ONE Super Series in 2018, and not long after became the inaugural ONE Flyweight Muay Thai World Champion. Although he would surrender that title, he would capture the ONE Strawweight Kickboxing World Title in his most recent contest. Sam-A now attempts to capture a another belt, the ONE Strawweight Muay Thai World Championship, when he goes against ONE Super Series newcomer Ogden, a WPMF Bantamweight World Champion.

In a lightweight contest, former ONE World Title challenger Amir Khan of Singapore will take on ONE Warrior Series contract winner Kimihiro Eto of Japan.

Khan, a Singaporean Muay Thai champion, has faced the biggest names in ONE Championship, including former ONE Lightweight World Champion Eduard Folayang and former ONE Featherweight World Champion Honorio Banario. Eto, on the other hand, is a national Greco-Roman and Freestyle wrestling champion who has a penchant for notching impressive submissions.

Veteran Yoshihiro “Sexyama” Akiyama of Japan and Korea returns to action against Sherif “The Shark” Mohamed of Egypt in a welterweight mixed martial arts contest. Akiyama seeks his first victory on the ONE Championship global stage against a seasoned opponent, while Mohamed looks to get back to the winner’s circle by downing a legend.

Top women’s atomweight and former ONE World Title challenger Mei “V.V” Yamaguchi of Japan continues her march to the top of the weight class, this time by facing formidable Chinese adversary, Meng Bo. Yamaguchi is known for her well-rounded striking and grappling skills, as well as veteran experience. She has faced the biggest names in her division throughout her career, which includes challenging Angela Lee twice for the atomweight belt. Meng, meanwhile, is a winner of her last four bouts, three of which have come inside the distance.

Unbeaten American bantamweight contender Troy Worthen has no doubt impressed thus far in his ONE Championship career, winning his first two bouts for the promotion — both technical knockout victories over game opponents. Worthen will take on New Zealand’s Mark Fairtex Abelardo, a ONE Warrior Series contract winner.

Former ONE Featherweight World Champion Honorio “The Rock” Banario of the Philippines battles Thai superstar Shannon “OneShin” Wiratchai in a featherweight contest. Both Banario and Wiratchai are looking for statement-making wins to kick-start their year, but only one man will leave the ONE Circle with their hands raised in victory.

Fan-favorite and former ONE World Title challenger Tiffany “No Chill” Teo of Singapore makes her highly-anticipated return to action against dangerous grappler Ayaka Miura of Japan. Teo’s most recent outing saw her claim victory over Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu world champion Michelle Nicolini. Miura, conversely, is coming off a scintillating performance against Maira Mazar earlier this month. Teo certainly knows how to deal with grapplers, but Miura is riding a wave of momentum into this contest that may prove tough to overcome.

Indian wrestling sensation Ritu “The Indian Tigress” Phogat goes for two-in-a-row in her budding mixed martial arts career when she locks horns with China’s Wu Chiao Chen. Phogat sizzled in her ONE Championship debut late last year, when she finished Nam Hee Kim in the first round by technical knockout. Phogat will need to be at the top of her game against Wu, who is looking to make an impact in her ONE Championship debut.

In a ONE Super Series kickboxing contest, WFKO Kyokushin Karate World Champion Hiroki Akimoto of Japan faces OneSongchai R1 Champion Azwan Che Wil of Malaysia. Representing Evolve MMA in Singapore, Akimoto is coming off a thrilling victory over Kenny Tse last year, showcasing his toughness and aggressive striking style. He will need every bit of power he can muster if he wants to stop his determined Malaysian foe.

Lastly, ONE Strawweight Indonesian Tournament Champion Adrian “The Papua Badboy” Mattheis of Indonesia aims to bounce back from a tough loss to countryman Stefer Rahardian by claiming victory over CMPC 2015 Fighter Of The Year, “Wolf of the Grasslands” Hexigetu. Local hero Radeem Rahman, the first Singaporean martial artist in ONE Championship, goes head-to-head with Canada’s Jeff Chan.

ONE: KING OF THE JUNGLE

Friday, 28 February

Singapore Indoor Stadium, Singapore

Main Event

ONE Atomweight Kickboxing World Championship

Stamp Fairtex (C) vs Janet Todd

Kickboxing: 52.2kg

Co-Main Event

ONE Strawweight Muay Thai World Championship

Sam-A Gaiyanghadao (C) vs Rocky Ogden

Muay Thai: 56.7kg

Main Card

Amir Khan vs Kimihiro Eto

Mixed Martial Arts: 77.1kg

Yoshihiro Akiyama vs Sherif Mohamed

Mixed Martial Arts: 83.9kg

Mei Yamaguchi vs Meng Bo

Mixed Martial Arts: 52.2kg

Lead Card

Troy Worthen vs Mark Fairtex Abelardo

Mixed Martial Arts: 65.8kg

Honorio Banario vs Shannon Wiratchai

Mixed Martial Arts: 70.3kg

Tiffany Teo vs Ayaka Miura

Mixed Martial Arts: 56.7kg

Ritu Phogat vs Wu Chiao Chen

Mixed Martial Arts: 52.2kg

Hiroki Akimoto vs Azwan Che Wil

Kickboxing: 63.5kg

Adrian Mattheis vs Hexigetu

Mixed Martial Arts: 56.7kg

Radeem Rahman vs Jeff Chan

Mixed Martial Arts: 65.8kg

Kuchar hits the front #ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย

Published January 19, 2020 by SoClaimon

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Kuchar hits the front

Jan 19. 2020
Matt Kuchar of the United States

Matt Kuchar of the United States
By THE NATION

Matt Kuchar of the United States showed his star power by signing for a nine-under-par 62 to take a three-shot lead into the final round of the SMBC Singapore Open on Saturday.

 

Kuchar’s third round superlatives would have been the course record if not for the preferred lies ruling in play at the Serapong Course, Sentosa Golf Club where the US$1 million event, sanctioned by the Asian Tour and Japan Golf Tour Organisation (JGTO), is being held this week.

Kuchar, the 2016 Olympic Games bronze medalist and a nine-time winner on the PGA TOUR,  kept the galleries enthralled from start to finish with four birdies in his front-nine, followed by another five in his inward-nine for a three-day total of 17-under-par 196.

Defending champion Jazz Janewattananond returned with a 67 to share second place with Philippines’ Miguel Tabuena, who posted a 66 to remain on course to surpass his previous best finish of tied-fourth at the 2016 edition of the Singapore Open.

Korean teen sensation Joohyung Kim remained steady under pressure as he sunk a 15-footer to save par on the last hole to keep himself in contention for his second Asian Tour title.

The 17-year-old’s third round 67 meant he will start his final round four shots back of Kuchar in a share of fourth place with Canada’s Richard T. Lee, who posted a 65 for a 200 total.

Henderson, Inbee atop Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions #ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย

Published January 18, 2020 by SoClaimon

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Henderson, Inbee atop Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions

Jan 18. 2020
Inbee Park of South Korea reacts after a birdie on the 14th green during the first round of the Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions at Tranquilo Golf Course at Four Seasons Golf and Sports Club Orlando on January 16, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

Inbee Park of South Korea reacts after a birdie on the 14th green during the first round of the Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions at Tranquilo Golf Course at Four Seasons Golf and Sports Club Orlando on January 16, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
By THE NATION

A pair of major winners lead the field at -9 heading into the weekend at the 2020 Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions presented by Insurance Office of America.

Brooke Henderson, a nine-time LPGA Tour winner with one major title, shot Friday’s round of the day with a 5-under 66 and vaulted up the leaderboard after starting the day in solo 10th. Inbee Park, the 19-time LPGA Tour winner with seven majors to her credit, is bogey-free through 36 holes, following Thursday’s 65 with a 3-under 68 on Friday.

“It’s a really nice way to start the year. I haven’t made many mistakes on the golf course, and that’s what I really look to do all year,” said Park. “Hopefully, I can keep that going for the next two days. Today was definitely a little bit tougher conditions with the wind. I hit a lot longer clubs and missed a few greens, but I was able to make some great up and downs.”

Gaby Lopez sits in solo third at -8 after a second-round 69, with Celine BoutierSei Young Kim and Nasa Hataoka tied for fourth at -7. First-round co-leader Danielle Kang was 2-under on her round after nine holes but closed with four bogeys on her back nine to fall to -6 and heads into the weekend in seventh.

After opening with a 3-over 74, defending champion Eun-Hee Ji rebounded with a 4-under 67 on Friday and heads into the weekend tied for 17th.

The celebrity portion of the competition has a three-way tie for the lead with defending champion John SmoltzChad Pfeifer and Mardy Fish all at +74. First-round leader Mark Mulder is fourth at +69, with Eric Gagne rounding out the top five at +67.

“I’m very confident. I’ve just got to see more putts go into the hole,” said Smoltz. “They’re touching the hole. Every one of them is close, but if I keep putting like this, it’s going to be really good.”

CLOSING EXCITEMENT FOR BROOKE HENDERSON

It was a colorful closing stretch for Brooke Henderson. After making a birdie at No. 16, the Canadian superstar nearly holed out for double eagle at the par-5 17th, hitting her 3-wood from 230 yards out. For a few moments, it looked like her ball would hit the cup at the Aon Risk Reward Challenge hole, but she instead settled for a 4-inch tap-in eagle.

“It was pretty downwind. I was kind of contemplating between 7 wood and 3 wood,” said Henderson, who was third on the LPGA Tour in eagles in 2019 with 16. “At the last second, it sort of switched to maybe a little bit more crosswinds, so we pulled the 3 wood, and I’m really glad I did. I hit it, and I thought I hit it pretty well. (Caddie and sister) Brit (Henderson) was telling it to sit down, so I’m not sure where it hit on the green there, but it was nice to walk up and have that short putt for eagle.”

A bogey at 18 for the second straight day put a slight damper on her round, but Henderson still sits atop the leaderboard heading into the weekend, tied with fellow major champion Inbee Park. Henderson comes into 2020 on a streak of four consecutive years with at last two victories, dating to 2016.

GABY LOPEZ MASTERS WINDS TO JUMP INTO THIRD

When Gaby Lopez started her second round in the Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions, the winds were just beginning to make their presence known. As the day progressed, sustained winds of 10-20 mph gave way to gusts up to 28 mph.

“Today was really windy at the beginning, so I couldn’t play aggressive,” said Lopez, who carded a 1-over 35 on the front nine that included two bogeys. “I had to pick my target, and if I was in a fairway bunker, I had to just hit to the middle of the green. That’s some of the things I didn’t do. The conditions are going to determine how I play but going to be aggressive when I can.”

Sitting third at the halfway point, Lopez added that she “probably didn’t have the amount of weeks that I wanted to practice” before the season opener. Even so, the 2018 Blue Bay LPGA champion is drawing on positive memories from the 2019 TOTO Japan Classic, where she finished tied for sixth.

“I played very well in Japan last year, the second to last event,” Lopez said. “I’m kind of bringing those memories back to how I mentally play the game. That for sure has been helping me. Also, taking it easy. I know it is a long season and the more patient I stay, the better I play.”

SEI YOUNG KIM CONTINUES IMPRESSIVE STREAK

Today’s round of 2-under 69 marked the 17th consecutive under-par round for 10-time LPGA Tour winner Sei Young Kim. The last time Kim recorded a round over par came on Oct. 17, 2019, when she shot a 1-over 73 in the first round of the Buick LPGA Shanghai.

“I’m very happy with that,” said Kim, who closed the 2019 season with a win at the CME Group Tour Championship. “Normally my play style is not consistent, very aggressive.”

Kim particularly enjoyed today’s walk around the course at Four Seasons Golf and Sports Club Orlando thanks to a fun grouping with Roger Clemens and Grant Hill. Kim is a third-degree black belt in taekwondo and she chatted with Hill about his daughter’s jiujitsu training. “He said his daughter keeps trying to fight somebody,” she said with a laugh.

CELINE BOUTIER RECORDS FIRST ACE OF 2020 LPGA TOUR SEASON

Celine Boutier made the first hole-in-one of the 2020 LPGA Tour season, acing the 178-yard fifth hole with a 4-iron.

“Super happy, excited,” said Boutier, who became a Rolex First-Time Winner at the 2019 ISPS Handa Vic Open. “It’s my second one, but my first one was like eight years ago, so it was definitely time for another one.”

For that ace, CME Group will donate $20,000 to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, which is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. The 2019 LPGA Tour season saw 32 aces from 31 different players, which more than covers the average cost of $425,000 needed to treat a pediatric cancer patient.

Jazz moves one clear #ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย

Published January 18, 2020 by SoClaimon

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Jazz moves one clear

Jan 18. 2020
Jazz Janewattananond

Jazz Janewattananond
By THE NATION

Defending champion Jazz Janewattananond of Thailand made a spirited charge up the leaderboard by carding a second round six-under-par 65 to head into the weekend in pole position at the SMBC Singapore Open on Friday.

 

Jazz, who started his round two shots off the pace, did not get off to the best of starts as he bogeyed the second hole. But he quickly found his rhythm with three birdies on holes four, eight and nine.

The 2019 Asian Tour Order of Merit champion then raced towards the summit with another four birdies in his back-nine for a two-day total of 10-under-par 132 at the Serapong course, Sentosa Golf Club.

“It makes me really happy to be back here to play in the course that I won in a year ago,” said the in-form Thai.

“There are still two more days and anything can happen. There are a lot of good players here. Kuchar and Rose are still within reach and I will just stick to my plan and hopefully will take a win for the weekend,” he added.

Philippines’ Miguel Tabuena matched Jazz’s efforts when he also returned with a 65 to share second place with Korean teen sensation Joohyung Kim, who signed for a 66 at the US$1 million event which is sanctioned by the Asian Tour and Japan Golf Tour Organisation (JGTO).

American Matt Kuchar and former world number one Justin Rose of England also underlined their star credentials when they posted a 68 and 66 respectively to share fourth place.

Canada’s Richard T. Lee, a two-time Asian Tour winner, slipped to sixth place (69), having started the round in tied for second while Thailand’s Gunn Charoenkul returned with a 70 to stay four shots back of Jazz together with Japan’s Tomoharu Otsuki and India’s Rashid Khan in a share of seventh place.

66 players made the weekend cut which was set at one-over-par.

Ovechkin’s dazzling hat trick sparks Capitals past Devils #ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย

Published January 17, 2020 by SoClaimon

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Ovechkin’s dazzling hat trick sparks Capitals past Devils

Jan 17. 2020
Capitals goaltender Ilya Samsonov (30) makes a save as Devils forward Michael McLeod lands on him during the second period of Thursday night's game between Washington and New Jersey. MUST CREDIT: Washington Post photo by Toni L. Sandys

Capitals goaltender Ilya Samsonov (30) makes a save as Devils forward Michael McLeod lands on him during the second period of Thursday night’s game between Washington and New Jersey. MUST CREDIT: Washington Post photo by Toni L. Sandys
By The Washington Post · Samantha Pell · SPORTS, HOCKEY 

WASHINGTON – Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin was stewing on the bench in the first period Thursday night. His mouth was bloody after taking an uncalled high stick, and the look on his face revealed a man determined to settle a score against the New Jersey Devils.

Or, in this case, three scores. So with 4:18 remaining in the third period, Ovechkin deposited a nifty pass from Tom Wilson into the back of the net, his third goal of the night, triggering a rain of hats onto the Capital One Arena ice, the final tally in a 5-2 win.

Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8) celebrates his second goal of the night during the first period of Washington's game against the New Jersey Devils at Capital One Arena on Thursday night. Ovechkin finished with a hat trick. MUST CREDIT: Washington Post photo by Toni L. Sandys

Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8) celebrates his second goal of the night during the first period of Washington’s game against the New Jersey Devils at Capital One Arena on Thursday night. Ovechkin finished with a hat trick. MUST CREDIT: Washington Post photo by Toni L. Sandys

“Yeah, I was little mad, and I just punished them,” Ovechkin said of his response after catching the high stick from Miles Wood that required stitches early in the first period.

It was the 25th hat trick of Ovechkin’s NHL tenure and left him at 689 goals for his career, just one behind Pittsburgh’s Mario Lemieux for 10th on the all-time list. With 25 hat tricks, Ovechkin is tied for ninth all time with Cy Denneny.

“I could just tell when he got that high stick in the first there and then he got pissed off, and he always plays better when he’s a little pissed off,” Nicklas Backstrom said. “So, there you go. That was drawn up like that, I think. So, came back, got a little mad, scored two and then I was just waiting for the third. That’s the story of Ovi.”

The win left the Capitals 32-11-5, once more atop the NHL in points with 69. They visit the Islanders on Saturday before taking a week off for the all-star break. Ovechkin’s final goal provided a bit of insurance in a game that at first seemed well in hand before a tense third period.

Carl Hagelin’s goal in the opening seconds of the second period – completing a smooth sequence of passes started by Richard Panik and Lars Eller – made it 3-0 and set up what looked like a cakewalk.

But New Jersey’s Wayne Simmonds struck back less than a minute later, and the visitors trimmed the margin to one at 3:34 of the third period on a shorthanded tally from Blake Coleman, who converted a turnover into a breakaway and beat Ilya Samsonov. Coleman’s was the third shorthanded goal the Capitals have yielded in their past four games.

Jakub Vrana gave the Capitals a little breathing room, converting a rebound for his 21st goal at 6:42.

“I just try to stay in the area between the hash marks,” said Vrana, who is easily on his way to surpassing his career-high 24 goals of last season. “I mean there was a bad turnover right on my stick, and I just tried to shoot it quick, and it went in. So I was happy for that.”

Then Ovechkin completed his trick, reaching the 30-goal mark for the 15th consecutive season. He is one of two players in NHL history to reach that mark in each of their first 15 seasons, along with Mike Gartner. (Jaromir Jagr also had 15 consecutive 30-goal seasons, but that streak started in his second season.)

“It never gets old, but without my team, without my teammates, I’d never reach that milestone, I’d never reach those numbers,” Ovechkin said. “Obviously it’s a team effort. It’s really cool. . . . Just have to keep going.”

Ovechkin has tallied five goals in the past two games, accounting for both scores in Monday’s 2-0 win against the Carolina Hurricanes. In both contests, rookie Samsonov was in net, his first stretch of consecutive starts as an NHL goalie.

He stopped 32 shots Thursday to win his ninth straight start, a franchise record for most consecutive wins as a rookie. He is 14-2-1. Samsonov has become the 10th rookie goaltender in NHL history to win nine consecutive decisions and the first since Jordan Binnington in 2018-19. Before Binnington, the feat hadn’t been accomplished since 1982.

Ovechkin’s first goal came on a five-on-three chance for the Capitals at 15:17 of the first, a one-timer from his sweet spot in the left faceoff circle with assists from John Carlson and Backstrom. It marked the third straight game the Capitals’ power play produced a goal, the first time the team has strung together such a stretch since early November. Barely four minutes later, Backstrom won a faceoff and quickly found the captain for his second goal.

“We actually drew up another [play],” Backstrom said of the faceoff. “We were going to do another faceoff play, but I didn’t win it clean, and I had to kick it back there, so he jumped. . . . It used to be working a lot easier. I think teams are jumping from the inside there a little harder, and, obviously, they know we like to do that play, too. So you need to come up with new ideas and new ways to score.”

Backstrom has 10 points (one goal, nine assists) in his past 10 contests.

After letting in two goals off the Capitals’ 15 first-period shots, Devils goaltender Louis Domingue exited with a lower body injury, and Cory Schneider replaced him. The change didn’t stop the Capitals.

“Last two games I think we had a really good jump, right off the hop. So that is the plan, to not give them any chance from the beginning, and it worked well,” Vrana said.

Svitolina leads charge of tennis stars for next month’s Hua Hin meet #ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย

Published January 17, 2020 by SoClaimon

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Svitolina leads charge of tennis stars for next month’s Hua Hin meet

Jan 17. 2020
Elena Svitolina (from Elena Svitolina Facebook)

Elena Svitolina (from Elena Svitolina Facebook)
By THE NATION

Tennis World No 5 Elina Svitolina of Ukraine will be the centre of attention at the GSB Thailand Open 2020 presented by EA at True Arena Hua Hin from February 10-16.

The 13-time WTA champion will make her Thai debut at the Kingdom’s biggest tennis event, which offers total prize money of US$275,000 (about Bt8.8 million).

Svitolina, whose career highlights include victory at the 2018 WTA Finals in Singapore and semi-finals at both Wimbledon and the US Open last year, will try to become the second Ukrainian to hold a trophy in Hua Hin after teenage rising star Dayana Yastremska won the inaugural edition last year.

The competition will also boast a slew of Chinese players.

World No 41 Zheng Saisai is back after being forced to withdraw from the 2019 edition due to health problem. She’ll be joined next month by No 51 Wang Yafan, 71 Zhu Lin, 104 Peng Shuai and 134 Wang Xiyu.

Other top 100 players flying in will include World No 35 Hsieh Su-wei of Taiwan, 43 Magda Linette from Poland, 82 Danka Kovinic from Montenegro, 83 Tatjana Maria from Germany, 95 Paula Badosa from Spain and former Grand Slam champion Samantha Stosur of Australia.

Thailand’s former world No 19 Tamarine Tanasugarn will make her return to the WTA Tour in the doubles competition.

Patcharin Cheapchandej has received a wildcard for the singles main draw and Mananchaya “Mai” Sawangkaew is wildcarded for the qualifiers.

Unheralded Hamamoto fires opening 65 to seize clubhouse lead #ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย

Published January 17, 2020 by SoClaimon

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Unheralded Hamamoto fires opening 65 to seize clubhouse lead

Jan 17. 2020
By THE NATION

Thailand’s Kosuke Hamamoto showed he can be the man for the big occasion when he signed for an opening six-under-par 65 to take the first round clubhouse lead at the SMBC Singapore Open on Thursday.

 

Despite playing at the US$1 million Singapore showpiece for the first time, the 20-year-old  displayed maturity beyond his years as he outplayed several of the tournament’s marquee names that include former world number one Justin Rose of England, Sweden’s Henrik Stenson, American Matt Kuchar and 2019 Asian Tour Order of Merit champion, Jazz Janewattananond of Thailand.

Play was suspended for slightly more than an hour in the afternoon due thunderstorms at the Serapong Course, Sentosa Golf Club.

The first round subsequently could not be completed due to fading light in the evening, leaving 45 players having to resume their round at 7.40am on Friday morning.

 

Thailand’s Gunn Charoenkul showed his consistency yet again by signing for a 66 to trail Hamamoto by one shot in a share of second place that included Canada’s Richard T. Lee, Japan’s Rikuya Hoshino and American Matt Kuchar, who managed to complete his round in near darkness.

17-year-old Joohyung Kim of Korea, who is the youngest player in the field and making his SMBC Singapore Open debut, continued to show his potential as he posted a 67 to end his day in tied-sixth place alongside Korea’s Inhoi Hur and Jazz.

Jazz started his title defence with a promising 67 while Rose and Stenson are a further shot back from the defending champion in tied-ninth place after returning with matching 68s.

Jazz ready to top the charts again at the SMBC Singapore Open #ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย

Published January 16, 2020 by SoClaimon

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Jazz ready to top the charts again at the SMBC Singapore Open

Jan 16. 2020
Jazz Janewattananond

Jazz Janewattananond
By THE NATION

Thailand’s Jazz Janewattananond is ready to light up the stage again as he aims to become the second player in the history books of the Singapore Open to successfully defend his title when the SMBC Singapore Open starts on Thursday.

 

It has been more than a decade since Australia’s Adam Scott retained the iconic Singapore Open title at the Serapong Course in Sentosa Golf Club in 2005 and 2006, which is also the Home of the Asian Tour.

But with the form that the 2019 Asian Tour Order of Merit champion is currently enjoying, he is once again expected to be one of the favourites for the Singapore showpiece, which continues to be part of The Open Qualifying Series for the fourth consecutive year.

“Winning the SMBC Singapore Open last year really opened a lot of doors for me last year. I managed to break into the world’s top-100, got into many tournaments and had many other new opportunities. I have to thank this tournament and I am really happy to be back this year. I got the same locker as last year so hopefully this year the same magic happens. If you play well here, you can get started to get the ball rolling for the year,” said the Asian Tour No 1.

Jazz enjoyed a season like no other in 2019 when he swept aside all his rivals with four victories along with capturing the coveted Order of Merit trophy.

“It is a very big week and a good start for the year. I think it is important to be strong mentally, especially on the golf course when you have to hit the straight and long shots. I need to pick which tournament would be the best for me out of all the tournaments. If I am playing America, I would just stick to that country for that period, and likewise for Europe or Asia,” he added.

Korea’s Doyeob Mun, who secured one of the four spots to The Open at the SMBC Singapore Open last year, still holds vivid memories of his last outing to the Lion City and is relishing the challenges at the Serapong course again.

Singapore’s highest ranked professional Quincy Quek is also back on home soil along with promising amateur James Leow, ready to fly the country’s flag.

Quek, a two-time Asian Development Tour (ADT) winner, emerged as the best amateur at the 2007 edition while Leow won the South East Asian (SEA) Games individual Gold medal in Philippines last December.

Quek also finished tied-26th for the tournament, which remains his best result at the SMBC Singapore Open so far.

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