The near pins went to Dave Smith and Willem Lasonder.Thursday, July 2, The Emerald – StablefordThe Emerald was our venue for Thursday and the course was in good condition. It was an exciting finish between Paul Davies and Willem Lasonder but Paul kept his nerves under control better and won with 37 points, beating Willem on count-back. Third was birthday boy Dave Smith who, after a very good front nine, fell away on the back-nine to finish with 36 points.The near pin awards were claimed by Stephen Ford, Daniel Oshiro and Willem Lasonder. Stephen Ford (left) with Willem Lasonder.PSC Golf from Siam Country Resort PattayaTuesday, July 24, Greenwood – StablefordOn Tuesday we went the long way to Greenwood and arrived to find a beautiful well-maintained course. That’s the reward for the long drive. We had very nice weather – it was dry and a bit cloudy with a nice cool breeze.Stephen Ford again showed his good form and won with 39 points ahead of Willem Lasonder in second place with 34.
FridayDFiT, Dusit Thani Pattaya: Visitors using the group fitness membership can avail of the THB 2,000 offer for five visits to the gym after their membership has expired. The offer includes unlimited use of DFiT facilities including tennis courts. For more information, call 038-425611 ext. DFiT.2:00 p.m. Pattaya Sports Club Bowling at PS Bowl on the top floor of Tops Supermarket at the junction of Central and Second Roads. Contact La at PS after 1:30 p.m.Saturday Pattaya Archery Club meets between 10am and 12 midday every Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday at our dedicated shooting range within easy reach of Pattaya, near the new railway road. Beginners of all ages are welcome, and equipment and coaching are free. For more information call Eric, the club President , on 089 535 1193 or visit www.pattayaarcheryclub.comOcean Marina Yacht Club invites experienced sailors and learners for racing weekends and funsail/training weekends. The club has 5 star clubhouse facilities and a fleet of 25′ racing yachts available. www.omycsailing.com, phone Kev Scott 087 825 0011.8:00 a.m. Diving with Mermaid’s Dive School. Contact Mermaid’s Dive Center, tel. 038 232 219 – 20, email: firstname.lastname@example.org:00 a.m. – noon & 2 – 6 p.m. (Sat & Sun – Also Monday to Friday) Horseback riding at the Horseshoe Point Riding Academy, the biggest equestrian center in South-East Asia. Show jumping, hacking, trail, dressage and classical dressage. Training courses from beginners to advanced riders with English speaking instructors. Leisure trail riding, group and private classes. All levels of riders welcome. Over 100 horses and ponies available. Located on 1,500 acres of beautiful tropical garden land just outside Pattaya. Free shuttle service available. For more information: phone (+66) 3873 – 5050 (ext. 4016-18), fax (+66) 3873 – 4973 or email: email@example.com:30 am. -10:00 am. International Players Academy meets every Sat. morning for Jr. Intermediate level Tennis at Ambassador City Tennis Courts. Visitors are welcome, just bring your tennis racket, ages range from 10-16. For more details call CJ on 086 086 2121Indoor Lawn Bowls Free at Coco Club every Saturday for school or college aged children from 11.00am – 2.00pm, with Male – English and Female Thai tutors. Parents can sit at the bar and watch. New champions needed! Call Sue on 087 135 8357 or pop in to the club at Baan Amphur – signposted behind Phoenix Golf.12:30 p.m. Pattaya Sports Club Softball plays slow pitch recreational pick-ups games every Saturday at the soccer stadium right behind the National Indoor Stadium on Chayapreuk 2 Road. New players always welcome regardless of skill level, experience, age or time away from the game. For more information and directions see the softball page at the Pattaya Sports Club website www.pattayasports.org or contact Dirk Brijs at firstname.lastname@example.org or 088-218-8148SundayBadminton players are invited to play 3 mornings a week at Mama Badminton Club on Soi Khao Noi, Tuesday, Friday and Sunday from 10am-12 noon. For more information, visit www.pattayasports.org/sports/badminton.The Amazing Sunday Golfers are a friendly group of average index who welcome new players. Each Sunday they have friendly games on different courses with a meeting point at the course. Contact Philippe at 082 546 0770 or email email@example.com to be updated each week for the upcoming game.8:00 a.m. Diving with Mermaid’s Dive School. Contact Mermaid’s Dive Center, tel. 038 232 219 – 20, email: firstname.lastname@example.org:00 p.m. Pattaya Jungle H3 meets every 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month and departure is from the Lek Hotel on 2nd Rd at 3pm. For more info please call Kai on 01 863 5095.Monday3.15 p.m. Pattaya Hash House Harriers: The club for drinking people with a running problem meets every Monday at 3:15 p.m. in Pattaya Third Road, in front of the Buffalo Bar close to soi Lengkee, and just down the road from the Boxing Roo. We depart at 3:30 p.m. sharp. More info at: www.pattayah3.com.TuesdayChess and Scrabble Club: every Tuesday 12pm – 5pm at Hoek-Van-Holland in Jomtien. Take Thappraya Road to intersection with Beach Road. Dong Tan Police sub-station is right there. Walk back towards Pattaya 10 meters along walking path. Hoek-Van-Holland is on the right, before the parking lot. Bring your own chess set and/or scrabble board. For more information please see website www.hoek-van-holland.com – Everyone welcome.The Pattaya Chess Club meets every Tuesday evening from 6:30 p.m. onwards at Brauhaus on 2nd Road between Soi 7 and Soi 8. Learners and anybody who would like to play chess are most welcome. Boards and clocks are provided.Pattaya Ladies Netball Club: 7.30 pm every Tuesday at Fairtex Sports Club. All ages and abilities are welcome. 100 baht per person. Please email email@example.com to confirm or find us on Facebook – ‘Pattaya Ladies Tuesday Night Netball’Wednesday4.00 pm – Club Petanque Thailand plays Wednesdays and Saturdays from 4 p.m. until 9 p.m. The court is open for groups every day. New and bigger surface. Very good drainage as well as better lighting. No membership fee. Find us at Soi Nernplabwan 100/2 Moo7, next to Sutawas Temple and small Banglamung Police station. Contact: 085 280 7182, fax 038 248 067, email: petanque.Th@gmail.com (English, French, German, Scandinavian); (Thai & Chinese: 080 618 2831.)Thursday4.00 p.m. Pattaya Cricket Club practice nets at Thai Polo Club. All ages and abilities welcome. Please contact Simon at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the club website for more information and ground location: www.pattayacricketclub.com.7:00 p.m. Pattaya Panthers Rugby training every Thursday night at Horseshoe Point next to Siam Country Club. New players are always welcome – we are a very sociable team! Please contact Damian McCoy on Telephone 086 111 2816, Adrien Simon 095 705 0822 or send email to email@example.com.
3rd John McCall (14) 35pts4th David Hutchison (0) 35ptsWith a heavy week’s schedule ahead of us one or two guys decided on taking a break and getting ready for the Soi Dao trip, however it was good to welcome back some regulars and a couple of newbies. Amongst them were Cliff Wenzel, Noel Pittard, David Hutchison, John McCall, Jay Burns and Ian Brimble, nice guys all and some pretty handy golfers too! For the places we had count backs for what seemed the umpteenth time lately, with the 3 guys locked on 35 points. Suffering worst was our senior pro from Australia, David Hutchison, and he took 4th. One better and this time having to go down to a back 6 count back was one of our Scotsmen, John McCall.The Karaoke gang in full voice.Taking second spot was Karsten Kristensen with a nice solid round of golf. But topping the lot and one point better was Martin Zimmerman, who continues well in his quest to chop some shots off his handicap.Tuesday, November 22 – Soi Dao (Day 1)A Flight1st Bob Newell (7) 40pts2nd Kyle Roadley (5) 36pts3rd Mark Reid (9) 35pts4th Ernie McInerny (9) 35pts5th Dale Shier (12) 35ptsB Flight1st Mike Craighead (17) 37pts2nd Keith Worboys (13) 37pts3rd Joe Mooneyham (15) 37pts4th Gary Emmett (17) 34pts5th Brad Gearie (14) 34ptsNear Pins: Mark Reid, Bob Newell, Mike Craighead, John McCallWith a whopping 41 players and assorted wives and girlfriends this was shaping up to be a trip of outstanding success and we were not let down. A big thank you goes out from all at the Golf Club for continuing to support our endeavours and making these away trips so memorable.The scribe Bob Newell with Ally on the 1st at Soi Dao.It was also promising to be a trip with top-class golf, courtesy of no fewer than 16 single figure handicappers and 3 current professional tour caddies in Kyle ‘roachy’ Roadley (Marcel Siem), Mark ‘woody’ Sherwood (Peter Hanson) and Lee Adelly (Ian Woosnam). These guys are all great supporters of the Golf Club and have lavished some fantastic golf memorabilia on the bar and, to cap it all, they are top blokes and none too shabby at knocking the ball around.Continuing the theme of top blokes and generosity we had some superb prizes donated by Dale ‘catalogue man’ Shier and Paul ‘Champ’ McNally which enabled us to have near pin prizes on all 4 par 3’s on both days, 4 bottles of booze from Dale and through Paul’s company, Champ, goody bags of soft spike sets, quality spike wrench, shoe horn, tees etc. All excellent products from the Champ range. Paul also presented every player with a collection of their newly designed golf tees.With a 2-tee start and white tee competition we ventured out in beautiful sunshine, taking in all the magnificence this course has to offer. Whilst never in truly great condition, course-wise, its still a fantastic playing experience.With this many players we had 2 flights, with the cut off being made at 12. In ‘B’ flight it was no surprise to find us using count back again on all 5 places. Fighting it out on 34 points were 2 of our Antipodean boys Brad ‘flyboy’ Gearie and Gary ‘Mr Concrete’ Emmett. Gary ‘laid’ (get it?) into Brad and ‘cemented’ 4th place.Yet again our top 3 couldn’t be separated first time around, all on 37. Now these were the serious athletes. Liberal amounts of horse liniment and counterpain couldn’t, however, disguise the squeaky sound of plastic hips and knees and bad backs though. Through the marvels of modern medicine our 3 BUPA sponsored lads battled it out finishing in the 1, 2, 3 order of Mikey ‘Michelle’ Craighead, ‘smokin’ Keith Worboys and ‘mighty joe’ Mooneyham. Well done boys, top class stuff.Vic Hester after his 41 points at Treasure Hills.In the senior flight, surprise, surprise, we had a count back for 3rd, 4th and 5th, 35 points being the score this time. Fittingly one of the sponsors, Dale, got in the frame but, sadly for him, it was only 5th spot. Ernie ‘big’ McInerny edged him out for 4th and, after the early stress of misplacing his car keys and thus having no kit, Mark ‘H2O’ Reid nabbed 3rd, thanks to a quality back 9.Roachy managed something his pro player didn’t all year, and that was to finish second and clear with his 36 point offering. But on this occasion, way out in front with an impressive 40 points, and I cant think of a nicer bloke for it to have been, was me! Unlucky son!All that was left then was the evening’s frolics and festivities. With the karaoke booked and lashings of beer, red wine, vodka, cheese and biscuits piled high there was only ever one outcome, some great fun and sore heads the next day.Wednesday, November 23 – Soi Dao (Day 1)Blue Tees1st Jay Burns (4) 34pts2nd Kyle Roadley (5) 32pts3rd Steve Mulberry (11) 32pts4th John McHugh (9) 31ptsWhite Tees1st Gary Emmett (17) 33pts2nd Brad Gearie (14) 32pts3rd Steve Coughlan (33) 31pts4th Jean Morel (19) 30ptsNear Pins: John Emmerson, Kyle Roadley, Simon Kendall, Joe MooneyhamDay two’s competition varied in that there was a separate blue tee option for those monster hitters who were on the trip. At almost 7,200 yards it was not for the faint hearted and, surprisingly, there were plenty of takers. Being one of the shorter hitters I’d rather have stayed away from them but, being the previous day’s winner, a mixture of personal pride and plenty of goading insured I’d be teeing it up with the big boys.Looking at the winners list there were 2 or 3 names that cropped up the day before but mostly it was new faces on the podium, on these trips I always like to see the prizes being shared out as much as possible.In the white flight a minor miracle occurred, there was no count back! Jean Morel prevented an Aussie clean sweep of the places by taking 4th with 30 points. One better was Steve Coughlan. Steve is another who is a great supporter of the Golf Club when he’s over and it was good to see him in the money. That Brisbane belter Brad Gearie followed his placing on the first day , this time he got second with 32. Top of the pile and the third of the Aussies was Steve’s sidekick Gary Emmett, which concluded a successful trip for him.In the blue flight it was certainly a different golf game back there and it was no surprise to find 4 of the longer hitters occupying the places. Johnnie McHugh, put together a 31 point total for 4th and one of his brothers-in-arms, Steve Mulberry, got 3rd, just losing out on the dreaded count back to Roachy. Roachy’s 2nd place, along with the previous days 2nd and today’s near pin rounded off what was probably the best individual performance of the trip. That near pin was, by all accounts, rather special. A 5 iron from 220 into a wind to a few feet! That’s not right mate!But the man of the match performance of the day belonged to the 4 handicapper Jay Burns. Getting anywhere near handicap off those tees was a really terrific performance.So, all that was left was to make our way back to town, presentation at the Golf Club and start planning our next trip!Friday, November 25, Treasure Hills – Stableford1st Vic Hester (15) 41pts2nd Jay Burns (4) 37pts3rd Brad Gearie (14) 35ptsRounding off a hectic week of golf saw us take on the tough challenge of the lovely Treasure Hills. Still undergoing a huge tree planting and tee box restoration programme meant one or two temporary tees but, nevertheless, it was in great shape with, perhaps, some of the best greens we’ve played on all year. They were fast, true and undulating, fine if you’re a great putter, not so if you’re a little shaky with the short stick!Following up his good play down at Soi Dao, Brad Gearie notched 3rd place with a very good 35 points, testament to some very solid and consistent golf of late. Unluckiest guy of the day and also a man with good current form was Jay Burns. He blitzed the back nine, making 3 birdies and finishing with a great 37 points (usually good enough to win here) only to find someone had turned in a simply outstanding performance.Announcing on the first that he thought we should play sixes, not a team game, because he hadn’t played for 5 weeks, Vic Hester then proceeded to blast it round the front nine in one over gross for a huge 24 points! Making my decision to play with him in an England/Scotland match against the Wood/McCall pairing the best thing I did all day. Not quite so effective on the back he still amassed a grand total of 41 and cruised home the winner. PSC golf from The Golf ClubMonday, November 21, Green Valley – Stableford1st Martin Zimmerman (16) 36 pts2nd Karsten Kristensen (8) 35pts
3rd Jimmy Carr (16) 31ptsNear Pins: Les Hall (2)It made a refreshing change to play a round of golf under blue sunny skies with no threat of rain as has been the case in the past two weeks. The course was in very good condition despite recent rain with only a few places that were wet. The greens had recently been cored and sanded but still were pretty good to putt on. A nice cooling breeze was ever present and made conditions comfortable but also added to the difficulty of the course.Support Pattaya Mail – Click HereScoring is always difficult on this challenging course and today was no different to previous visits. The winner on the day with thirty-four points was Neil Carter followed by Michael Brett in second on thirty-three points. Both missed opportunities to post better scores. Third went to Jimmy Carr on thirty-one points. Les Hall won the only two near pins taken and thereby scooped the pool with all four.A salutary lesson was learned by Les Cobban on the way to the course when he was relieved of one thousand baht for not wearing his seatbelt in the back seat of Gerry’s car. It’s a timely reminder to all residents and visitors in the coming months to obey the laws of the Kingdom and save some cash in the process.Wednesday, Oct. 18, Greenwood – Stableford1st Neil Carter (13) 32pts2nd Michael Brett (16) 30pts3rd Takeshi Hakozaki 30ptsNear Pins: Gerry Cooney, Geoff Cox.Two games in a row under bright sunny skies is a trend that could catch on. Conditions were perfect for golf with the course in excellent condition and only a slight breeze blowing. We were allocated A and B nines and for some reason that only he himself knows the marshal started us on the B nine following a very slow group that had just finished the A nine so the inevitable happened, we were held up on every hole for the first nine, thereafter we were able to play at a good pace and finished in just four hours.Despite the good conditions scoring was of a low standard with nobody rising to the challenge. For consecutive games, Neil Carter took first place with a score of thirty-two points followed by Michael Brett on thirty, beating Takeshi Hakozaki on countback into third. Only two near pins were won by Gerry Cooney and Geoff CoxFriday, Oct. 20, Bangpakong – Stableford1st Michael Brett (16) 68 net2nd Les Cobban (7) 70 net3rd Neil Carter (13) 70 net4th Jimmy Carr (16) 70 netNear Pins: Les Cobban (hole in one), Neil Carter, Les Hall, Michael Brett.The second medal round of the month was played at the Bangprakong Riverside Course. This is a course not like by some as its “too easy” and appreciated very much by others. The layout may not be to everyone’s liking but it’s hard to fault the presentation of the course, always excellent fairways and greens that run true. Conditions were perfect today with blue skies and no rain in sight.Enjoying a rich vein of form lately Les Cobban threatened to tear the course apart with a hole in one and a forty foot putt for par on the front nine, however, even that was only good enough for second place with a net seventy beating both Neil Carter and Jimmy Carr on count back.The winner on the day was Michael Brett with a net sixty-eight despite a serious stutter on the back nine. It was looking like yet another fade out but he managed to get it all back together on the closing holes, a nice change from past efforts.Near pins were shared by Les Cobban, Les Hall, Neil Carter and Michael Brett. The race for “Golfer of the Month” is delicately poised with Neil Carter showing great desire to go back to back. The Bunker Boys Golf SocietyMonday, Oct. 16, Eastern Star – Stableford1st Neil Carter (13) 34pts2nd Michael Brett (16) 33pts
Former Pittsburgh Steelers running back Jerome Bettis, left, is consoled by former Oakland Raiders wide receiver Tim Brown, right, as Bettis talks about his parents as the NFL Pro Football Hall of Fame class of 2015 is introduced Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)PHOENIX (AP) — One by one, the newest members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame stepped onto the stage as their names were called. When the eighth man elected Saturday, the late Junior Seau, was announced, his two sons stood with the group.“I wish,” 25-year-old Tyler Seau said later, “he was here in person with us.”A field-covering, hard-hitting linebacker, the charismatic Seau, who committed suicide at age 43 in 2012, was the only first-time eligible candidate in the Hall’s class of 2015. Also getting in Saturday, a day before the Super Bowl, were modern-day players Jerome Bettis, Tim Brown, Charles Haley and Will Shields, contributors Bill Polian and Ron Wolf, and senior selection Mick Tingelhoff.Bettis was a burly running back nicknamed The Bus who began a 13-season career by earning Rookie of the Year honors for the Rams. He capped it by winning the 2006 Super Bowl with the Steelers in a game played in his hometown of Detroit.His 13,662 yards rushing rank fifth in history.“To think a little fat kid who had never played football until high school,” Bettis said, “to think I can ascend to this level, this is something I never thought of, never dreamed of.”When Brown retired after the 2004 season, he ranked No. 2 in NFL history with 14,934 yards receiving, No. 3 with 1,094 catches, and No. 3 with 100 touchdown catches. This was his sixth year of eligibility.“You know you have to wait your turn,” the 1987 Heisman Trophy winner said. “I came in this year hoping for better things.”Haley, a defensive end and linebacker, needed to wait 11 years to get in after becoming the first player in NFL history to play on five Super Bowl-winning teams. He called the late 49ers coach Bill Walsh “a father figure to me.”Shields was a guard for Kansas City from 1993-2006, never missing a game in his 14 seasons. He was a first-team All-Pro three times, a second-team All-Pro four times, and was a member of the NFL’s All-Decade Team of the 2000s.Polian and Wolf were general managers who built Super Bowl champions. Tingelhoff retired in 1978 after starting all 240 games of his career as the center for the Minnesota Vikings.“It’s hard when you come into a group of men that have done what they’ve done, at their caliber, and they’re sharing stories and memories that they had together and playing against each other,” Tyler Seau said. “It makes you emotional.”Researchers who studied Junior Seau’s brain said it showed signs of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a disease connected to repeated head injuries, including concussions.His death, less than 2 1/2 years after the end of his playing career, resonated among players in the league, raising worry about the physical and emotional toll the sport takes.Junior Seau played in the NFL for 20 seasons, the first 13 with the San Diego Chargers, followed by three with Miami and four with New England. He was Defensive Player of the Year for San Diego in 1992, made six All-Pro teams, and was a member of the league’s All-Decade team of the 1990s.“He never really needed an award to solidify how good he was. This kind of stuff was more for his family, for his mom, his dad, his brothers. Just to make them proud, make his family proud,” Tyler Seau said. “For him, he knew what work he put in. So he knew where he was and where he stood amongst these men. And he’s rightfully in.”Patriots coach Bill Belichick said this week he “loved” having Seau on his roster.“I can’t imagine having a Professional Football Hall of Fame without Junior Seau in it,” said Belichick, whose team plays the Seattle Seahawks in Sunday’s Super Bowl.“I’d say the one word that comes to me when I think about Junior and football is ‘passion.’”Five nominees were eliminated in Saturday’s final vote: Tony Dungy, Kevin Greene, Marvin Harrison, Orlando Pace and Kurt Warner. Earlier in the day, the 46 members on the selection committee reduced the list of 15 modern-day finalists by cutting players Morten Andersen, Terrell Davis and John Lynch, and coaches Don Coryell and Jimmy Johnson.A candidate needs 80 percent of the vote to get in.The induction ceremony is in August at Canton, Ohio.___AP Pro Football Writer Rob Maaddi contributed to this story.___Follow Howard Fendrich on Twitter at http://twitter.com/HowardFendrich___Online:AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and AP NFL Twitter feed: http://twitter.com/AP_NFL Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Snoop Dogg is seen at the 2015 DIRECTV Super Fan Fest on Friday, Jan. 30, 2015 in Glendale, Ariz. (Photo by Donald Traill/Invision/AP)PHOENIX (AP) — Super Bowl weekend isn’t just about the championship game for Snoop Dogg — it’s also a reminder that the next generation of NFL greats need to develop.The rapper has for years sponsored a youth football league that has now seen several players turn pro.Running back Ronnie Hillman, who was in Dogg’s league growing up, was part of last year’s Denver Broncos team that made it to the Super Bowl.The Broncos lost, but Dogg said it’s may only be a couple of years before one of his boys becomes a Super Bowl champion.“They’re coming out left and right,” Dogg said Friday before performing at the DirecTV Super Fan Fest.“We did a great job as far as establishing this football league years ago,” he said.Dogg is hosting his youth football event, Snooperbowl 2015, at a Phoenix-area high school on Saturday. He said the event is about giving the players “hopes and aspirations to make it on and off the field,” the rapper said.Dogg, who got his career started on Suge Knight’s Death Row Records label, was mum on the arrest of the former rap mogul on suspicion of killing a man in Compton by running over him with his truck.He dropped his head and stayed silent. He said, “I had to get Marshawn Lynch on you,” referencing the Seattle Seahawks running back who answers reporter’s questions with silence or the same answer over-and-over again.
In this Oct. 20, 2013, file photo, United States goalkeeper Hope Solo pauses on the field during the second half of an international friendly women’s soccer match against Australia in San Antonio.(AP Photo/Darren Abate, File)PITTSBURGH, PA – The City of Pittsburgh will host a World Cup Watch Party at Schenley Plaza in Oakland on Sunday, July 5, to cheer on the United States Women’s National Team (USWNT) as they take on Japan in the 2015 Fifa Women’s World Cup Final.Festivities begin at 5:00 p.m. with a musical performance from Element on the Citiparks Show Mobile. Pre-game coverage begins as 6:30 p.m. prior to a 7:00 p.m. kickoff between the United States and Japan.The Watch Party is presented in part by the Pittsburgh Dynamo Youth Soccer Association.The family friendly event will be free and open to the public. Fans are encouraged to wear red, white and blue in support of Team USA. Alcoholic beverages and grills are not permitted. Rain or shine.
Tennis star and five-time Grand Slam winner Maria Sharapova came forth to admit that she had failed a drug test at the Australian Open for a banned substance that she claims she was unaware became illegal on January 1.The woman who has less than four times the Grand Slam victories than Serena Williams (she has 21), yet nevertheless has been the highest-paid female athlete in the world for 11 straight years, according to Forbes, got little sympathy in the urban community for the obvious and blatant disparity in endorsement earnings for someone who is much less accomplished than Serena.Moreover, it did not help that Sharapova took unsolicited shots at Williams’ love life with an alleged married man prior to one of their recent matches — despite the fact that Sharapova had not beaten Williams in over a decade. Yes, an entire decade.So when Sharapova was found to have taken the banned substance meldonium, social media had fun tearing into her — and laughed even harder when some of Sharapova’s flagship endorsers such as Nike and Porsche left skidmarks running away from the doped up athlete.Social media had a lot more to say. Check it out.
AUBREY BRUCEHere we round the mulberry bush, again. It seems that Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Martavis Bryant’s penchant for the “herbs and spices” has again taken precedent over his on the field value to the Black and Gold.When I generally think of Bryant, four words come to mind, talented, talented, talented, selfish, stupid and sideways. That is only four words, the word talented was repeated. Bryant is being accused of and is again facing suspension for a second time for allegedly violating the NFL’s illegal substance abuse policies, again.According to an article Posted by Mike Florio on profootballtalk.com on March 12, 2016, Florio wrote that: “Martavis Bryant apparently hasn’t chosen football over marijuana. Dejan Kovacevic of dkpittsburghsports.com reports that Bryant is “facing a season-long suspension.”If this flows from the continuation of issues that Bryant said after serving a four-game suspension in 2015 “are behind me now,” it’s unclear why Bryant has skipped over the 10-game suspension and went straight to what would be, technically, a banishment with the ability to apply for reinstatement after one calendar year passes.It’s possible that, while facing a 10-game suspension for a violation of the policy, Bryant committed a separate violation.”There are many excuses about alcohol and drug abuse but it is my opinion the majority of the reasons that many psychologists’ and sociologists present to justify the use and abuse of drugs in American society is “one big crock.”Society needs to classify sins of pleasure as diseases’ in order to “invent treatments” to make money. The following countries; Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Brunei.India (only in the states of Gujarat, Manipur, Mizoram and Nagaland, and the union territory of Lakshadweep.) Iran, Kuwait Libya, Saudi Arabia are just a few of the countries that prohibit the consumption of alcohol by natural born citizens.A few of these countries will sell alcohol to foreigners’ and tourists’ in public places such as hotels etc, but prohibit natives from partaking in and enjoying wine and spirits. However, Afghanistan is one of the world largest growers of the “poppy flower” one of the main sources of opiates, (the foundation of heroin) in the world and the population has a problem with the abuse of opiates.I could not find any alcohol abuse treatment centers listed in Afghanistan because alcohol consumption is forbidden and is not the drug of choice but the abuse of opiates is a serious problem. Notice I said alcohol is not the drug of choice as opposed to not being the disease of choice.According to the www.state.gov website; “In 2010, the United States [supported] 30 residential drug treatment centers – 75% of all centers – making it the largest contributor to drug treatment services in Afghanistan.” Now we have exported our failed drug treatment methods to the Middle East. Providing a flawed crutch and reasoning for their populace to indulge in drug activity. People can only abuse drugs that are readily available to them.The consumption of drugs and alcohol is not a disease. Getting high makes one feel good, no ifs’, ands, or buts. Diseases do not make you feel good. Logical human beings do not seek to ingest and have their bodies inhabited by a disease.Cancer is a disease, Ebola is a disease. No one leaves their house at 1AM in the morning to chase down a dealer in a questionable part of town just to ask the question; “Hey, you got any of that cancer or heart disease, if you do how good is it?”Martavis Bryant does not need traditional rehab. Mr. Bryant needs the Gap Band method to successfully kick the weed habit. I am positive that the ole “oops up side your head” treatment if implemented before it is too late will suffice for Mr. Bryant if it is implemented, post-haste.”Ask former NFL running back Ricky Williams if he regards smoking “Chronic” as a disease? Now Martavis Bryant is allegedly and supposedly seeking treatment for “depression,” which may also be a crock of you know what. Why? Because if you, me or the gatepost stood to lose a hundreds of thousands of yen just because of playing the “Puff the Magic Dragon” game after hours instead of video games, hell, we would probably be depressed too.How can any sane human being justify destroying potentially Hall-of-Fame career just to get high?The real high is supposed to be derived from competing as an NFL athlete, not competing as to whose lungs have the largest capacity to smoke the most “ganga.” Martavis Bryant will only cease to illegally smoke marijuana when getting high on football becomes more important that getting high on weed.Aubrey Bruce can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org or 412.583.6741Follow him on Twitter@ultrascribe
None of that matters to Ernie Els when Woods returns to competition this week.Els is more curious about what’s going on in his head.“The talent’s there. It’s been proven. It doesn’t go away,” Els said. “It’s what you think of yourself. It’s what you think where you are. We look at this great player, but he’s not seeing the same stuff in his own mind. A lot of us are like that. When you’ve achieved as much as he has … it’s a shock to the system not to play as good as you have been. To look at other people looking at you like, ‘Hey, you’re not the same guy,’ that’s hard to take.”Els, perhaps more than any other player, has a deep golfing connection with Woods.He was the player Woods sought out 20 years ago at Royal Lytham & St. Annes when deciding whether to turn pro. They had so many meaningful battles, and Woods almost always got the better of him. Els was runner-up to Woods seven times, the most of any player.Els designed the Albany golf course where Woods comes back from the longest layoff of his career. He plans to be in the Bahamas, and he is as eager as anyone else to see how a guy who won 79 times on the PGA Tour, including 14 majors, stacks up against a generation that grew up in awe of how Woods played golf.The Hero World Challenge is a holiday tournament with an 18-man field and no cut. Even so, it commands as much attention as any tournament this year. Woods has been a star attraction his entire career, and the appetite is even stronger after an absence that dates to Aug. 23, 2015.“I can’t wait to watch, either, just to see him play,” Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III said. “The last time I saw him play, I won. It’s hard to believe it’s been that long. I’ve seen his swing. I’ve seen him on video. He’s sent me clips, and I’ve heard the description of how he feels. I’m excited to see him play.”“You’ve got to start somewhere,” he added. “And I want to see the start.”Woods already has had one false start. He signed up to play the Safeway Open, only to pull out three days later because he said he felt “vulnerable.” That followed a week as assistant captain at the Ryder Cup, and cramming in practice the week before with results that made him want to wait.Love won the Wyndham Championship last year in August at age 51, and it could easily have served as a model for Woods — a power player no longer in his prime, not among the biggest hitters anymore, but with enough experience and talent to find a way to score and to win.“It has to motivate him that Vijay Singh is lasting until 53, that Ernie is still competitive, that Davis is still competitive,” Love said. “He knows Jack Nicklaus won the Masters in 1986 playing part-time. He knows what everybody has done. I know he’s working hard not to come back and be average. He wants to come back and win again.”That might be expecting too much, way too soon.Woods hasn’t won a tournament since his seven-shot victory in the Bridgestone Invitational in 2013, the year he won five times and was PGA Tour player of the year. He hasn’t had a serious chance at winning since his tournament three years ago when it was at Sherwood Country Club. Zach Johnson holed a wedge from the drop zone to force a playoff, and won when Woods missed a 5-foot putt in the playoff.No other player has ever faced so much scrutiny, especially now.“I won’t be able to turn the TV on, or the radio on, or look at my phone without knowing what he shot,” Jim Furyk said. “The expectations are so high. … Every pitch shot, every putt, every 3-footer, it’s not under public scrutiny like he has. I guess you live by the sword, die by the sword. That’s why he’s Tiger Woods. It’s a tough situation.”Woods said his health had nothing to do with pulling out of the Safeway Open, and Els believes him. He says Woods is in better shape than some players in their 20s. Then again, he has accumulated plenty of emotional baggage over the last several years, on and off the golf course.“They physical side is not an issue. It’s the other side that’s an issue, whatever is blocking him,” Els said. “But you’ve got to get on the horse. You can’t be standing on the sidelines. You’ve got to get out there. … Hopefully, he plays well, really, for his own goodness, his own sake, his own mental sake. If he plays well, it would be great. He’ll have hope and start a good schedule. If it goes the other way, he’s behind the 8-ball again.”,None of that matters to Ernie Els when Woods returns to competition this week.Els is more curious about what’s going on in his head.“The talent’s there. It’s been proven. It doesn’t go away,” Els said. “It’s what you think of yourself. It’s what you think where you are. We look at this great player, but he’s not seeing the same stuff in his own mind. A lot of us are like that. When you’ve achieved as much as he has … it’s a shock to the system not to play as good as you have been. To look at other people looking at you like, ‘Hey, you’re not the same guy,’ that’s hard to take.”Els, perhaps more than any other player, has a deep golfing connection with Woods.He was the player Woods sought out 20 years ago at Royal Lytham & St. Annes when deciding whether to turn pro. They had so many meaningful battles, and Woods almost always got the better of him. Els was runner-up to Woods seven times, the most of any player.Els designed the Albany golf course where Woods comes back from the longest layoff of his career. He plans to be in the Bahamas, and he is as eager as anyone else to see how a guy who won 79 times on the PGA Tour, including 14 majors, stacks up against a generation that grew up in awe of how Woods played golf.The Hero World Challenge is a holiday tournament with an 18-man field and no cut. Even so, it commands as much attention as any tournament this year. Woods has been a star attraction his entire career, and the appetite is even stronger after an absence that dates to Aug. 23, 2015.“I can’t wait to watch, either, just to see him play,” Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III said. “The last time I saw him play, I won. It’s hard to believe it’s been that long. I’ve seen his swing. I’ve seen him on video. He’s sent me clips, and I’ve heard the description of how he feels. I’m excited to see him play.”“You’ve got to start somewhere,” he added. “And I want to see the start.”Woods already has had one false start. He signed up to play the Safeway Open, only to pull out three days later because he said he felt “vulnerable.” That followed a week as assistant captain at the Ryder Cup, and cramming in practice the week before with results that made him want to wait.Love won the Wyndham Championship last year in August at age 51, and it could easily have served as a model for Woods — a power player no longer in his prime, not among the biggest hitters anymore, but with enough experience and talent to find a way to score and to win.“It has to motivate him that Vijay Singh is lasting until 53, that Ernie is still competitive, that Davis is still competitive,” Love said. “He knows Jack Nicklaus won the Masters in 1986 playing part-time. He knows what everybody has done. I know he’s working hard not to come back and be average. He wants to come back and win again.”That might be expecting too much, way too soon.Woods hasn’t won a tournament since his seven-shot victory in the Bridgestone Invitational in 2013, the year he won five times and was PGA Tour player of the year. He hasn’t had a serious chance at winning since his tournament three years ago when it was at Sherwood Country Club. Zach Johnson holed a wedge from the drop zone to force a playoff, and won when Woods missed a 5-foot putt in the playoff.No other player has ever faced so much scrutiny, especially now.“I won’t be able to turn the TV on, or the radio on, or look at my phone without knowing what he shot,” Jim Furyk said. “The expectations are so high. … Every pitch shot, every putt, every 3-footer, it’s not under public scrutiny like he has. I guess you live by the sword, die by the sword. That’s why he’s Tiger Woods. It’s a tough situation.”Woods said his health had nothing to do with pulling out of the Safeway Open, and Els believes him. He says Woods is in better shape than some players in their 20s. Then again, he has accumulated plenty of emotional baggage over the last several years, on and off the golf course.“They physical side is not an issue. It’s the other side that’s an issue, whatever is blocking him,” Els said. “But you’ve got to get on the horse. You can’t be standing on the sidelines. You’ve got to get out there. … Hopefully, he plays well, really, for his own goodness, his own sake, his own mental sake. If he plays well, it would be great. He’ll have hope and start a good schedule. If it goes the other way, he’s behind the 8-ball again.” Tiger Woods (AP Photo/File)NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) — Tiger Woods has gone through two back surgeries since he last played a golf tournament 15 months ago. He had another back surgery that knocked him out of the Masters for the first time in 2014. He had four knee surgeries before that.