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Petchdam working on careful strategy against Rodtang

Jul 15. 2020Petchdam Petchyindee Academy and Rodtang JitmuangnonPetchdam Petchyindee Academy and Rodtang Jitmuangnon

By THE NATION

Former ONE Flyweight Kickboxing World Champion Petchdam “The Baby Shark” Petchyindee Academy is ripped and ready to go ahead of his high-profile rubber match with reigning ONE Flyweight Muay Thai World Champion Rodtang “The Iron Man” Jitmuangnon.

The two Thai warriors are scheduled to face off in the ONE Championship ring in the main event of ONE: NO SURRENDER on Friday, 31 July in Bangkok, Thailand. It’s the third meeting between Petchdam and Rodtang, and one that will break the tie in their rivalry.

The 22-year-old Petchdam is thrilled for the opportunity and is preparing well to exact revenge on his peer.

“I think Rodtang is a superstar. I am so happy that I have a chance to fight with this superstar,” Petchdam told ONE Championship.

“We fought each other two times before, so I know him well. He is good, and he doesn’t have any weak points, plus he has very strong punches. Since we are fighting with 4-ounce gloves on, I have to be careful.”

Petchdam met Rodtang for the first time in 2017 at Bangkok’s famed Rajadamnern Stadium. He won a close decision after a tough bout. In their rematch almost a year later, it was Rodtang who came out on top at the same venue.

“I got hit so hard by Rodtang and showed my weakness. The referee didn’t [administer a] count, but I could not walk straight and lost to him by decision,” said Petchdam.

The two left their rivalry at one win apiece, and later on both joined ONE Super Series.

Petchdam strung together a trio of impressive wins to kick off his ONE Championship career, eventually earning the right to challenge for the ONE Flyweight Kickboxing World Title, which he captured with a technical decision over Elias Mahmoudi in May of 2019.

However, “The Baby Shark” was hit with a setback when he was stopped by Ilias Ennahachi months later, surrendering the title to the Dutch Moroccan superstar. Petchdam bounced back with a majority decision over Momotaro this past January, setting up the blockbuster showdown with Rodtang.

Working with various trainers to prepare himself for the onslaught that Rodtang will surely bring, Petchdam is confident his skills, and a solid game plan, will bring him to victory.

“My trainer ‘Boonberkfah’ trains me hard about protecting myself and footwork, so I can avoid Rodtang’s hits or get hit as little as possible. My other trainer, Chatchai Sasakun, trains me specifically on my boxing,” said Petchdam.

“I am confident that I can win this fight, but not by walking forward and backward [like Rodtang would want]. The point is, I will not play his game. That is for sure.”

Petchdam needs to bring his A-game into the ring on 31 July, if he plans to upset the reigning champion, who many consider the pound-for-pound best in Muay Thai today. Rodtang is unlike any opponent Petchdam has faced before, and will require every bit of strength in his body to beat convincingly.

The co-main event at ONE: NO SURRENDER features reigning ONE Featherweight Muay Thai World Champion Petchmorakot Petchyindee Academy who is set to defend his title against the legendary Yodsanklai IWE Fairtex. Also a co-main event is a ONE Super Series Kickboxing Super-Bout between Sitthichai Sitsongpeenong and Superbon Banchamek.

Mixed martial arts bouts for the card are expected to be announced soon.

Veterans vs rookies: MotoE™ ready to race in 2020 #ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย

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Veterans vs rookies: MotoE™ ready to race in 2020

Jul 15. 2020

By THE NATION

The inaugural FIM Enel MotoE™ World Cup made headlines for all the right reasons. Season two only promises even more…

The time is finally nigh and the FIM Enel MotoE™ World Cup is ready to get back on track. After an incredible first season packed full of awesome races that went right down to the wire, season two returns with a few familiar faces – and a few new ones.

The Circuito de Jerez-Angel Nieto hosts the opener and it’s a track the grid know well from testing, which could make for a bit of a leveler for the newcomers. Reigning Cup winner Matteo Ferrari (Trentino Gresini MotoE) is most definitely the man with a target on his back as season two begins though, and he looks to have lost none of his pace in testing. That added to the confidence of returning as the man to beat will only add to the mountain the rest have to climb, but the grid will be as close as ever.

Eric Granado (Avintia Esponsorama Racing), the 2019 third place man, is sure to be a contender for both the Cup and the first win of the year. The Brazilian aced testing ahead of the inaugural Cup before the best laid plans of mice and former European Moto2™ Champions went awry, but by the end of the season he was on a roll and ended the year with a double win. He’ll be looking to pick up where he left off and more.

The other 2019 winners – Mike Di Meglio (EG 0,0 Marc VDS) and Niki Tuuli (Avant Ajo MotoE) – will also have their eyes on the prize. Consistency and injury respectively hurt their campaigns last year, but now it’s a complete reset for a new season and they’ll be wanting to stay near the top – or at it – in what’s a competitive field. Xavier Simeon was another fast man in 2019 and he’s now at LCR E-Team alongside Niccolo Canepa, and the likes of Alex De Angelis (Octo Pramac MotoE), Mattia Casadei (Ongetta SIC58 Squadra Corse), Maria Herrera (Openbank Aspar Team) and Josh Hook (Octo Pramac MotoE) all bring their experience back for season two.

And then there are the new faces. Moto2™ race winners Dominique Aegerter (Dynavolt Intact GP) and Jordi Torres (Pons Racing 40) move to MotoE™ this year, as does Moto3™ veteran Jakub Kornfeil as the Czech rider gets the call up to replace Bradley Smith at WithU Motorsport. He’s going in almost blind too, just to add to the challenge – and will likely be the busiest man in the test on Wednesday.

Lukas Tulovic (Tech 3 E-Racing) is another new to the class – and another with plenty of Moto2™ experience – and a good few faces he now races in the Moto2™ European Championship are also heading from their season openers in Estoril and Portimao in the FIM CEV Repsol to get back on track in MotoE™. They include Tuuli, Alessandro Zaccone (Trentino Gresini MotoE), Alejandro Medina (Openbank Aspar Team) and Xavier Cardelus (Avintia Esponsorama Racing), all of whom will be eager to hit the ground running.

Tommaso Marcon (Tech 3 E-Racing) is another of a similar profile, but the Italian is instead on the way back from an injury sustained in testing. Will that affect his debut? Or will the shorter race distance of MotoE™ and his couple of weeks of recovery time work in his favour?

It’s a mouthwatering cast of riders in the 2020 FIM Enel MotoE™ World Cup. From experienced veterans to fresh faces, every CV is packed with experience from 125s and 250s to Moto3™, Moto2™ and MotoGP™, as well as WorldSSP, WorldSBK and more – making a true melting pot of a grid. Who will strike first?

Find out from the 17th to the 19th of July at Jerez, after a day of testing on Wednesday gives us a glimpse of the how the cards may have shuffled ahead of lift off.

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China’s Li excited to be back at Memorial, WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational

Jul 15. 2020Haotong Li (Getty Image)Haotong Li (Getty Image)

By THE NATION

China’s Haotong Li is anxious to see how his golf game will stand up against the stars from the PGA TOUR when he makes his long-awaited return to golf in this week’s Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide and World Golf Championships-FedEx St. Jude Invitational later this month.

It has been nearly four months since the 24-year-old Chinese star last struck an official golf shot before the coronavirus pandemic forced all major tours around the world to suspend competition. During the break, he focused on getting stronger and sharper in his game and hopes to reap the fruit of his labour over the next few weeks.

“I’m very excited and can’t wait to get back to the game. It’s been more than three months since I left the tour and I really miss everything on the course,” said Li, who is exempted into Muirfield Village this week and TPC Southwind later this month by virtue of being a member of the 2019 Presidents Cup International Team. “To be honest, I was imagining it’s me on the tee or on the green while watching the video and highlights on TV (when the PGA TOUR resumed play).”

The slender Li, who was the 2014 Order of Merit winner on PGA TOUR Series China and a regular on the European Tour where he has won twice, placed T37 in the Memorial Tournament and T20 in the WGC event last season.

A second appearance at the Memorial, which is hosted by golf legend Jack Nicklaus, is a mouth-watering prospect as 82-time PGA TOUR winner Tiger Woods will also be making his first competitive appearance since the break.

“The course is very good for me and it’s a big honour to play in Jack Nicklaus’ tournament,” said Li. “Jack is one of the legends of golf and I’ve been playing on a course designed by him (Lake Malaren Golf Club, Shanghai) since my childhood. I‘m looking forward to a better result in this event. The line-up will be strong and challenging in the World Golf Championships event but personally there is not much difference for me. I just hope to keep myself in a good state (of mind).”

Li expects some competitive rust but believes the physical work he has put in will pay off. “I think it’s about getting back into the pace of the game and putting myself in the best condition to play against the top golfers. Obviously, it may take some time but I’m confident in myself,” he said.

“I always pay attention on physical training. Both my swing speed and distance have increased during the past couple of months. It looks like every player has improved and I am really surprised by them, especially Bryson (DeChambeau). It’s unbelievable. Fitness is the basis of golf so we cannot fall behind in this regard.

“It’s always been one of my dreams to have a place on the PGA TOUR and that’s still what I’m thinking about at present. There is, of course, a difficulty under the unusual circumstances this year. However, I still have confidence in myself and I’m excited about the next few weeks.

“I hope I can keep healthy first of all and to be able to find my pace back and improve my world ranking. Of course, it would be great if I can win a championship.”

Activists, politicians, players weigh in on Redskins name change: ‘Start of the new era’ #ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย

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Activists, politicians, players weigh in on Redskins name change: ‘Start of the new era’

Jul 14. 2020A helmet with the team logo is painted on artificial turf outside FedEx Field, home stadium of the Washington Redskins. The team announced Monday that it was retiring the name. MUST CREDIT: Washington Post photo by Katherine FreyA helmet with the team logo is painted on artificial turf outside FedEx Field, home stadium of the Washington Redskins. The team announced Monday that it was retiring the name. MUST CREDIT: Washington Post photo by Katherine Frey

By The Washington Post · Roman Stubbs, Scott Allen · SPORTS, FOOTBALL 

In the minutes after Washington’s NFL team announced Monday morning that it would be retiring its Redskins name and logo, some Native American leaders across the country quietly celebrated.

It was a relief for some, surreal for others. The announcement brought a semblance of closure for Ray Halbritter, the Representative of Oneida Nation who had started the Change the Mascot campaign to fight the team’s name years ago.

“It closes a painful chapter of denigration and disrespect toward Native Americans and other people,” Halbritter said. “This is about our children, about our future.”

Some Native American advocacy groups wondered about that same future Monday, about the momentum they now have in fighting against other sports teams using Native American names and iconography. But Monday was also a time for reflection – not just for activists who had protested the name for decades, but for politicians, sports journalists and current and former players.

“It’s sort of surreal after three decades and then poof,” said David Glass, a member of the White Earth Band of Ojibwe and president of the National Coalition Against Racism In Sports and Media, which has long called for Washington to change its name. Glass was among those who said that the franchise and owner Daniel Snyder was “forced” into the change, noting the recent pressure from sponsors like FedEx, but he said that the announcement was nonetheless a positive development.

“Let’s not kid ourselves. Money talks at the end of the day,” Glass said. “Our efforts have had an effect on FedEx, Nike, PepsiCo, and some of the minority shareholders. Having acknowledged that, we will take the congrats and revel in the change with more to come.”

Glass, like Halbritter and hundreds of other Native American activists, had pleaded with the team and the NFL to have input on the name-change in the days after the team announced it would launch a review on July 3. Many questioned whether Snyder, who has staunchly opposed changing the name for years, really cared about Native American voices as he weighed the potential change.

Mike Florio, the founder of Pro Football Talk, an NBC analyst and a longtime critic of the Washington team name, said the franchise’s statement struck him as “one final act of defiance” by Snyder. The team used the former name and logo in the statement, and won’t change the name on its official materials until it has a new name in place.

“Why are you saying we’re going to retire the name later when we have a new name?” Florio told NBC Sports Washington. “You’re acknowledging that this name has to go, but . . . the name was plastered all over the press release and the logo was plastered on the press release. Why are you not just abandoning the name now and waiting to unveil the new name when you have all the trademarks lined up?”

The embattled owner’s intentions were at the forefront of the conversation Monday.

“The reality of the situation is that if Daniel Snyder’s bottom line wasn’t being affected . . . there would be no change,” ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith said Monday on “First Take.” “Daniel Snyder did not change this name out of the goodness of his heart. He changed the name because financial pressure was brought to bear.”

Eleanor Holmes Norton, the District’s nonvoting delegate to the House of Representatives, said in a phone interview that FedEx and other sponsors deserve credit for applying financial pressure on Snyder to change the name. But she, like Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser, said they were nonetheless pleased with the announcement.

“This reflects the present climate of intolerance to names, statues, figments of our past that are racist in nature or otherwise imply racism are no longer tolerated,” Norton said.

Former Washington cornerback Fred Smoot said he knew a name change was inevitable from the time he saw a group of Native Americans protesting outside Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City before his first preseason game with the Redskins in August 2001.

“I took the time to think to myself then, ‘We’re going to look this in the face one day,'” Smoot said Monday while co-hosting a show on The Team 980. “That day is today; 2020 has been the year of corrections, has been the year of clarity, has been the year of change. . . . Today is the start of the new era and that’s how we should look at it.”

For Smoot, the impetus of Snyder’s decision matters little.

“Everybody is going to say, ‘[Snyder] only did it because they forced [him] to do it.'” Smoot said. “Well, guess what? Once you need change, I don’t care why the change happened.”

As for the next generation of players, Washington quarterback Dwayne Haskins said in a Twitter post that as someone who went to high school in the D.C. area, “it’ll always be #HTTR,” referring to the team’s “Hail to the Redskins” motto. But, he added, he is “looking forward to the future.”

Racing Ahead: are you ready for Jerez? #ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย

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RacingAhead: are you ready for Jerez?

Jul 14. 2020

By THE NATION

After months of anticipation, the ‘if’ became ‘when’. But now the biggest question is who’s ready… and who’s not

Since the flag flew to mark the end of the 2019 MotoGP™ season, it seems in some ways like an eternity has passed, or like our world has been stuck in a tiny infinity. Off season, preseason, training, team changing, gearing up and settling in – it had all been done and the stage was set for the throttles of the MotoGP™ field to twist in their first spectacular of the season. And then, they just didn’t. In some ways it feels like the Qatar Test was yesterday, and in others it feels like it might have happened in an alternate reality, aeons ago. This weekend though, we’re BACK.The Gran Premio Red Bull de España will see the Circuito de Jerez-Angel Nieto host our return to competition, with the question of when we would race again now replaced by a million more. Back in March, it was Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) in the spotlight as we wondered if the reigning Champion would be ready to go at 100% after shoulder surgery, but now eyes turn to key rival Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) after he injured his collarbone in training only a few weeks ago. Will he be ready? Can he afford to not be? Will Fabio Quartararo (Petronas Yamaha SRT) be straight back at the top of the timesheets? What can Valentino Rossi (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) do? Will Team Suzuki Ecstar’s Alex Rins and Joan Mir turn up with the same searing pace they threatened in testing? Does Maverick Viñales (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) still have that target on his back from some ominous timesheets in preseason?A one-day test at Jerez on Wednesday – for all classes – will give us some snippets and glimpses ahead of the race weekend, but these are the questions, and more, for which we will only truly start to get answers on Sunday. And there really are more! Have Honda got more up their sleeve than we saw in testing? Will Jack Miller (Pramac Racing) come out swinging, flush with his new 2021 seat at the factory Ducati team? Or will Danilo Petrucci (Ducati Team) make it his mission to leave the squad on a high? Can Franco Morbidelli (Petronas Yamaha SRT) convert raw pace into a first premier class podium this year, and right after his renewal with the team for 2021? And what about Johann Zarco (Reale Avintia Racing)? Can the Frenchman get up to speed on his new machinery and overhaul teammate Tito Rabat?Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda Castrol), meanwhile, will be aiming to strike early in the fight for top Independent Team rider against the likes of Petronas Yamaha SRT, so can he push to get back up the timesheets after some seemingly tougher testing? It looks like it could be his last season with the team, too. Will Francesco Bagnaia (Pramac Racing) be able to pull out the stops in his sophomore season and challenge the likes of Quartararo, Miller and Crutchlow? Will KTM turn up the wick and Pol Espargaro (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) and Miguel Oliveira (Red Bull KTM Tech 3) make their experience pay? Espargaro is now confirmed as off to Honda next season, so 2020 is his last chance to add more results to his tally with KTM. How will the new Aprilia fare after the encouraging signs in preseason – and this time in the hands of Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini) and his teammate, replacement rider Bradley Smith?All that is without even mentioning the new faces on the grid, too! Who will take the first spoils in the fight for Rookie of the Year? In 2020 it’s Alex Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) vs Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) vs Iker Lecuona (Red Bull KTM Tech 3), with plenty on the line for each of them – and Marquez and Binder especially with some nice Jerez races on their past CVs. Marquez is also set to only race this season in Repsol Honda colours for now as well, after it was announced he has signed for HRC to race with LCR next season… so there’s that added incentive to boot.Catch your breath, buckle up and get ready to find out. We will look different on track, but we’ll race just the same; race for the thrill and love of the fight, race for the adrenaline and the competition. Race for the points and the trophies, race to show what we’ve got as contract negotiations continue and questions hang in the air. Race to feel the air scything past us on track and the freedom of the bike beneath us, race to push the limits of technology and traction. Race for the people who have waited so patiently, the people we inspire and the people who inspire us. Race to create another chapter in a more than 70-year history, and race to push towards a future that had seemed on pause. Race for those who have cared for us and helped us, race for those who have been struck by the maelstrom of 2020 more than many. Race for those who support us and always have, race for the fans who can’t be with us trackside just yet. Race for you, and each other, racing together; ahead. For the sheer love of the sport, because MotoGP™ is racing… and MotoGP™ is back.The stage is the Circuito de Jerez-Angel Nieto, and we cannot wait to see you. The curtain call is Friday the 17th of July, with race day set for Sunday the 19th.
 
Moto2™ reset, reload and get ready to race
The season opener was a stunner… so what’s in store in Round 2?
In March, Tetsuta Nagashima (Red Bull KTM Ajo) took an incredibly popular win under the floodlights of Qatar, and he arrives into Round 2 at the Circuito de Jerez-Angel Nieto as the Championship leader. Now, he needs to find that momentum all over again – as do his rivals on the Moto2™ grid – after a long break that has doubtlessly been a mental and physical challenge for everyone. Can Nagashima pick up where he left off?A very different track, searing temperatures and the shuffled pack of unknowns arising from the particular circumstances in 2020 say it’ll be a bigger challenge that most normally face after having taken the first win of the year. Nagashima’s teammate Jorge Martin will be one of the first hoping to hit back – and on home turf – as will the likes of Luca Marini (Sky Racing Team VR46) and Augusto Fernandez (EG 0,0 Marc VDS) after their Qatar went awry. Remy Gardner (ONEXOX TKKR SAG Team), Tom Lüthi (Liqui Moly Intact GP), his teammate Marcel Schrötter and Jorge Navarro (HDR Heidrun Speed Up) will have their eyes on the prize too, and Sam Lowes (EG 0,0 Marc VDS) will also be back in the mix. That mix made for pretty stiff competition even despite the drama in the desert that unfolded, too.Joe Roberts (Tennor American Racing) put together an awesome weekend at Losail to come out swinging, only narrowly missing out on his first podium – and from pole – and the American will be raring to get back and track to show his form in the very different conditions of Andalucia. Enea Bastianini (Italtrans Racing Team), meanwhile, also put in a stunner and took third, and the Italian was a standout performer in qualifying to boot. Aron Canet (Inde Aspar Team Moto2) shone with an amazing debut in the intermediate class and can’t be forgotten either, especially racing on home turf. But then there’s Lorenzo Baldassarri (Flexbox HP 40)…The Italian took a second place to open his account in 2020, but Baldassarri also happens to be the man who won in Jerez both last year and the year before. Can he do it again as we prepare to blast out of hibernation and go racing again? Only time will tell…After a day of testing on Wednesday, tune in for the Gran Premio Red Bull de España from the 17th to the 19th of July to see who comes out swinging in Round 2.
Moto2™ Championship Standings
Tetsuta Nagashima – Red Bull KTM Ajo – Kalex – 25Lorenzo Baldassarri – Flexbox HP 40 – Kalex – 20Enea Bastianini – Italtrans Racing Team – Kalex – 16Joe Roberts – Tennor American Racing – Kalex – 13Remy Gardner – ONEXOX TKKR SAG Team – Kalex – 11
 
Moto3™ gear up for more mayhem and miracles
The Circuito de Jerez-Angel Nieto beckons. Who’s going to come out swinging in the lightweight class?
If there’s one thing we can probably say for sure ahead of the Gran Premio Red Bull de España, it’s that the Moto3™ class will be far from rusty. Always walking the line between madness and genius, the lightweight class know how to put on a show and that will be no different as we get back on track – finally – for Round 2. From the floodlights of Losail we head to the baking summer of southern Spain, and as luck, or skill, would have it, it’s a Spaniard who arrives at the top of the pile.Albert Arenas (Gaviota Aspar Team Moto3) is most definitely a veteran now, and his ride in Qatar stamped some early authority on the title fight as he took his third win in style. On home turf he’ll be keen to keep his advantage, but the cast of home heroes is a big one to contend with – from the more experienced likes of Jaume Masia (Leopard Racing) to the younger guns like Sergio Garcia (Estrella Galicia 0,0) and Jeremy Alcoba (Kömmerling Gresini Moto3), all of whom will be fired up.In terms of the Championship though, Arenas likely already has an eye on the man he beat to the top step in Qatar – John McPhee (Petronas Sprinta Racing). And McPhee likely likewise. The Brit is another veteran who knows how to win and will be aiming for the top – but will also, like Arenas, know consistency is king. Especially in a season that already looks so different…So who else could they be fighting? As it’s Moto3™, probably most of the field. But based on Qatar – and previous form – Ai Ogura (Honda Team Asia) should be one to watch. The Japanese rider gained traction in a big way throughout much of 2019 and began his sophomore season on the rostrum. Veterans and SIC58 Squadra Corse teammates Tatsuki Suzuki and Niccolo Antonelli will also be aiming high – and Antonelli’s emotional win at the venue last year was a stunner. Gabriel Rodrigo (Kömmerling Gresini Moto3), meanwhile, will want in, and the Rivacold Snipers Team of Filip Salac – who shone in Qatar – and Tony Arbolino – expected to challenge for the crown – can’t be overlooked. Rookie Raul Fernandez (Red Bull KTM Ajo) also impressed in Qatar, so there’s no shortage of names likely to be fighting it out in the freight train.There really is nothing in the world like Moto3™, so make sure you tune in for the test on Wednesday and the race weekend proper, from the 17th to the 19th of July at Jerez.
Moto3™ Championship Standings
Albert Arenas – Gaviota Aspar Team Moto3 – KTM – 25John McPhee – Petronas Sprinta Racing – Honda – 20Ai Ogura – Honda Team Asia – Honda – 16Jaume Masia – Leopard Racing – Honda – 13Tatsuki Suzuki – SIC58 Squadra Corse – Honda – 11

Woods headlines field at the Memorial Tournament #ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย

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Woods headlines field at the Memorial Tournament

Jul 14. 2020

By PGA Tour.com

Five-time Memorial Tournament winner seeks record-breaking 83rd PGA TOUR victory

The PGA TOUR announced today the field for the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide, scheduled for July 16-19 at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio. The 133-player field includes five-time tournament champion and 82-time PGA TOUR winner Tiger Woods, who will be making his first start on the PGA TOUR since The Genesis Invitational in February, as well as each of the top five players in the Official World Golf Ranking.

Woods is making his third attempt at breaking the PGA TOUR record for all-time victories since tying Sam Snead’s mark of 82 at the ZOZO CHAMPIONSHIP in October. In his previous two attempts, Woods finished T9 at the Farmers Insurance Open and 68th at The Genesis Invitational. He has won the Memorial Tournament five times, most recently in 2012, when he tied tournament founder and host Jack Nicklaus for second on the all-time PGA TOUR wins list (73). Woods, who finished T9 at the 2019 Memorial Tournament, will make his 18th start in the event.

Among the top-five players in the Official World Golf Ranking, No. 1 Rory McIlroy has the most top-10s at the Memorial Tournament (4) while No. 3 Dustin Johnson has made the most starts at the event (11). No. 2 Jon Rahm has made just one start, missing the cut in 2017, but is in the field alongside No. 5 Justin Thomas at this week’s Workday Charity Open at Muirfield Village Golf Club. FedExCup leader and World No. 4 Webb Simpson will make his eighth start in the Memorial Tournament.

The Memorial Tournament marks the third event out of six since the PGA TOUR season resumed that includes each of the top five players in the Official World Golf Ranking, with the Charles Schwab Challenge and RBC Heritage being the first two. The last time the Memorial Tournament featured the top five was in 2016 (Jason Day, Jordan Spieth, McIlroy, Bubba Watson, Rickie Fowler).

Twenty-six players who qualified for the 2019 TOUR Championship are in the field (the most of any event this season), including Bryson DeChambeau, who is currently No. 4 in the FedExCup standings. DeChambeau is on a streak of seven consecutive top-10s on TOUR and is the only player to finish in the top 10 in each event since the season resumed, highlighted by a win in his last start at the Rocket Mortgage Classic.

The Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide is scheduled to get underway on Thursday, July 16, and will conclude Sunday, July 19, with coverage in the United States available on Golf Channel and CBS. Additionally, PGA TOUR LIVE, the PGA TOUR’s Over-The-Top subscription service, can be viewed via subscription on NBC Sports Gold (www.nbcsports.com/pgatour) and Amazon Prime Video Channels (amazon.com/video/pgatourlive). Audio coverage is also available on SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio (Sirius 208, XM 92), and streams free via PGATOUR.COM (pgatour.com/liveaudio) as well as the TOUR’s official iPhone, iPad and Android apps.

The Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide is the sixth tournament conducted since the PGA TOUR resumed competition on June 8 amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Six weeks and seven events remain until the start of the 2020 FedExCup Playoffs, the culmination of the 2019-20 PGA TOUR Season.

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Symetra Tour resumes after long break

Jul 14. 2020

By THE NATION

After a four-month hiatus from competition, the 2020 “Road to the LPGA” resumes with the second stop taking the Symetra Tour to Battle Creek Country Club in the Great Lakes State for the seventh annual FireKeepers Casino Hotel Championship from July 24-26.

“We are excited and grateful to get back on the road,” said Mike Nichols, the Chief Business Officer of the Symetra Tour. “With support from sponsors like FireKeepers Casino Hotel—partnering with us now for seven years—we are able to start back up and provide opportunities for our members to continue to play in 2020.”

Greeting the 144-player field in Battle Creek is a total purse of $175,000. Individuals are set to compete in a 54-hole stroke play format with a cut to the low 60 players and ties after 36 holes. The winner’s share for the event is $26,250.

“FireKeepers Casino Hotel and the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi are honored to be the first stop back for the Symetra Tour,” said Tournament Director and FireKeepers Casino Hotel CEO Kathy George. “We are thrilled to have been in partnership for seven years now and look forward to having a great week of professional golf here in southwest Michigan.”

Defending champion Ssu-Chia Cheng (Taipei, Chinese Taipei) is not among the competitors, as she finished at No. 4 in the 2019 Volvik Race for the Card to secure LPGA Tour membership. The win was the first of her professional career and one of seven top-10 results in her sophomore season on the “Road to the LPGA.”

“Winning the 2019 FireKeepers Casino Hotel Championship is one of the top highlights for my career,” Cheng said. “It was my first victory as a professional, helped me to also win the Potawatomi Cup and is a big reason why I am back competing on the LPGA Tour this year. I’m so thankful for all that FireKeepers provides to make a difference in the community and women’s game, and help our dreams come true.”

The FireKeepers Casino Hotel Championship also marks the first of two events in this year’s Potawatomi Cup series. As well as the normal purse payout for each event, players receive “Potawatomi Points” with $20,000 in bonus money to be distributed at the conclusion of the Four Winds Invitational at Blackthorn Golf Club in South Bend, Ind., from Sept. 4-6. The top five players in the points standings receive a sum from the prize pool including $10,000 to the Potawatomi Cup winner and $5,000 to the runner-up.

Action gets underway at 7:30 a.m. EDT all three days with play starting off No. 1 and No. 10 tees in each round. A trophy presentation on No. 18 green is set to follow final round play.

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Manchester City’s two-year Champions League ban overturned

Jul 13. 2020

By The Washington Post · Matt Bonesteel 

The Court of Arbitration for Sport in Switzerland announced Monday that it has overturned Manchester City’s two-year European competition ban over violations of UEFA’s Financial Fair Play policy. CAS also reduced the fine the English Premier League team must pay from approximately $34 million to around $11 million.

Manchester City is second in the Premier League standings and now will qualify for next season’s Champions League, a financially lucrative competition that will generate millions in revenue for the club. Manchester United, which currently sits fifth in the table, now must work its way into the top four with four matches remaining to qualify.

UEFA, European soccer’s governing body, handed down Manchester City’s ban in February after leaked club emails were published by German magazine Der Spiegel in November 2018. They appeared to show that the club misled UEFA by overstating sponsorship deals from 2012 to 2016 and hid the source of revenue linked to state-backed companies in Abu Dhabi (the team is owned by a private-equity firm headed by a member of the Abu Dhabi royal family). Manchester City appealed the ban to CAS, saying the emails were stolen and reported out of context.

A three-judge CAS panel found that the alleged violations uncovered by UEFA Club Financial Control Body, which conducted the investigation, “were either not established or time-barred,” meaning the statue of limitations had expired. However, CAS maintained the financial penalty against Manchester City, albeit in a reduced fashion, because of the club’s “obstruction” of the UEFA investigation.

“Whilst Manchester City and its legal advisors are yet to review the full ruling by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), the Club welcomes the implications of today’s ruling as a validation of the Club’s position and the body of evidence that it was able to present,” Manchester City said in a statement. “The Club wishes to thank the panel members for their diligence and the due process that they administered.”

UEFA acknowledged the CAS ruling in a statement of its own but said “it will be making no further comments on the matter.” The body established its Financial Fair Play rules in 2009 to prevent the European soccer clubs that qualify for continentwide competitions from spending more than they earn in the pursuit of success.

According to the Associated Press, UEFA could appeal the ruling to Switzerland’s supreme court, though it is unlikely to be successful. Paris Saint-Germain, AC Milan and Galatasaray also have won CAS appeals against UEFA in recent years.

The UEFA sanction did not apply to this year’s Champions League, which has been delayed by the novel coronavirus pandemic. Manchester City holds a 2-1 lead over Real Madrid after the first leg of their round-of-16 matchup. The second leg will be played Aug. 7.

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Petchmorakot, Yodsanklai prepare for blockbuster showdown at ONE: NO SURRENDER

Jul 13. 2020Petchmorakot Petchyindee Academy and Yodsanklai IWE Fairtex Petchmorakot Petchyindee Academy and Yodsanklai IWE Fairtex

By THE NATION

Reigning ONE Featherweight Muay Thai World Champion Petchmorakot Petchyindee Academy is ready to put his title on the line against the legendary Yodsanklai IWE Fairtex in what is sure to be an instant classic.

The two Nak Muay will go head-to-head in the co-main event of ONE: NO SURRENDER, set for Friday, 31 July in Bangkok, in ONE Championship’s first event back after announcing resumption of its flagship event schedule.

As such, both Petchmorakot and Yodsanklai have been working hard in the gym, preparing for the toughest match of their respective careers.

“I am ready to rock the world,” Petchmorakot said in a short clip shared to his Instagram page.

The clip depicted Petchmorakot in intense training, as he showcased the speed and power of his kicks. After sucking down some oxygen from a tank, Petchmorakot proceeded to rail off 21 consecutive high-impact kicks, the last one delivered with dramatic impact.

Petchmorakot captured the inaugural ONE Featherweight Muay Thai World Championship with a unanimous decision victory over Pongsiri P.K. Saenchaimuaythaigym last February, before Covid-19 ravaged the globe and caused lockdowns in nearly every country.

He’s currently on a three bout win streak, and is staring at perhaps the biggest victory of his career should he defeat Yodsanklai.

On the other side of the spectrum, the challenger Yodsanklai also took to Instagram to show himself getting ready for another war. In contrast to Petchmorakot’s kicks, Yodsanklai instead worked the pads and displayed his powerful boxing combinations.

Yodsanklai, conversely, has not had an ideal start to his ONE Super Series run.

The Thai legend brought a 32-bout win streak into ONE Championship, but was met with adversity early on, dropping a shocking unanimous decision loss to Samy Sana in just his fourth outing for the promotion.

He was then knocked out in the second round by Jamal Yusupov in late 2019.

The bout against Petchmorakot represents a chance for redemption for Yodsanklai, and another opportunity to put a world championship up on his mantle, should he be able to rise to the occasion.

At 35 years of age and a veteran of many memorable ring campaigns, Yodsanklai still has speed and pop in his punches. He will, however, need to be in the best shape of his career if he wants to upset the much younger champion in the 26-year-old Petchmorakot.

ONE Championship returns on Friday, 31 July, with ONE: NO SURRENDER. The main event features ONE Flyweight Muay Thai World Champion Rodtang “The Iron Man” Jitmuangnon defending his title against the phenom, Petchdam “The Baby Shark” Petchyindee Academy.

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Lessons to learn for promising pro Thanapat as veteran Thaworn turns the clock back

Jul 13. 2020Thaworn WiratchantThaworn Wiratchant

By THE NATION

Veteran Thaworn Wiratchant summoned all his experience when he needed it most, as he came back from trailing by three shots to beat the up-and-coming Thanapat Pichaikul for his first All Thailand Golf Tour title in five years on Sunday.

The final round of the Bt4-million Thongchai Jaidee Foundation tournament was filled with excitement as rising star Thanapat was on the brink of victory, leading by three strokes with only three holes to play at the 13th Military Circle Sports Centre in Lopburi province.

Out of nowhere, the Mississippi State University student committed back-to-back bogeys whereas the cool and calm Thaworn, 53, sank two straight birdies to turn the situation around and went on to win with an  eight-under-par 202, a shot ahead of his young rival.

“I was trailing three shots after 15 holes but I never thought it was over,” said the record 18-time Asian Tour winner. “I just kept trying as long as there was still the 18th hole to play,” added Thaworn, who has won a total of eight All Thailand Golf Tour titles.

It’s been five years since Thaworn has won at the open level. The last time he savoured victory was at the Singha E-San Open in Khon Kaen five years ago. In fact he has concentrated on the Japan Senior Tour where he won the Order of Merit last year. Winning against young players proved more valuable for him though.

“It’s hard to describe my feelings to still win a tournament like this at my age. Even I used to have a lot of achievements, I still love to enter tournaments like this to meet with young players and compete with them. I’m looking for fun and put all pressure behind,” added Thaworn, who won the winner’s cheque of Bt600,000.

Thanapat Pichaikul

SEA Games gold medalist Thanapat admitted he let his nerves get the better of him going into the 16th hole.

Thanapat had won his maiden title in the Singha Championship at Rayong Green Valley in August 2019 when he was still an amateur. He just turned pro in this tournament and is studying kinesiology online in his last semester.

“What I learned today is a good experience for me. It’s such a way to start my professional career,” said Thanapat, who signed off with a seven-under-par 203. He earned Bt380,000 as runner-up.

At joint third place were Namchok Tantipokhakul and Itthipat Buranatanyarat after a 204 each.