McIlroy raring to go at Gleneagles

first_img McIlroy did suggest, though, that there may be a few “interesting pairings” in Paul McGinley’s line-up. The four-time major winner, who has won five points from his nine Ryder Cup matches, said: “I’m very lucky that I get on well with a lot of the guys. Graeme McDowell obviously is a big friend of mine, Poults (Ian Poulter) I’ve played with before, Sergio Garcia’s another one where we’ve got a good chemistry. “So there’s a few guys I can play with. You might see a few interesting pairings next week, I’m not going to give much away here… “I think we’ve got a good mix of guys and I think the pairings that we’re going to have are going to be very very strong.” McDowell, meanwhile, admits he would love to link back up with McIlroy – but concedes he will not be the only one. He wrote in his BBC Sport column: ” Myself and the other 10 guys would all love to be paired with the world’s number one player. There would be a queue out of the door of players wanting to partner Rory and, absolutely, I would be among them. “Yes, it has been a rough time over the last couple of years on the business side of things for both me and Rory because he has been involved in a lawsuit with my management company. “And it certainly has put a stress on our relationship, but we have put those things behind us this year. If anything, our friendship has been strengthened by what we have experienced. “We have talked about it and we would certainly love to renew our partnership again.” It has been confirmed that McIlroy’s charitable foundation, The Rory Foundation, will become the official tournament host of the Irish Open from next year. The event is due to be held from May 28-31 in McIlroy’s native Northern Ireland at Royal County Down, the venue of his final appearance as an amateur, in the 2007 Walker Cup. The Rory Foundation, set up at the start of last year to raise funds for children’s charities across the world, will also become the tournament’s official charity, with the beneficiaries to be chosen by the Foundation in conjunction with the European Tour. He said: “Since making my debut in 2005, the Irish Open has always been a special tournament to me. “I am excited to be partnering with George O’Grady and the European Tour, especially for next year’s tournament at Royal County Down.” One of the major beneficiaries of The Rory Foundation, the Cancer Fund for Children, is located just a few miles from Royal County Down, in Newcastle. O’Grady said: ” The European Tour is thrilled that Rory and his Foundation would wish to partner with the Tour and become more closely involved in the development of the Irish Open. “Today’s announcement further demonstrates Rory’s uniquely special qualities and his commitment not simply to his national Open, but also to the European Tour.” Rory McIlroy says winning the Ryder Cup would be “the icing on the cake” of an incredible year for him. McIlroy heads to Gleneagles with his European team-mates this week sitting at number one in the world rankings and having won four tournaments in the last five months, including the Open and the US PGA Championship. It has been a stunning return to form for McIlroy, who had slipped to as low as 11th in the rankings following a disappointing 2013, and now the Northern Irishman is looking to add another Ryder Cup success to his list of triumphs. He said on Sky Sports’ Goals on Sunday programme: “Personally for me it would just be the icing on the cake of what’s already a fantastic year. “It feels like everyone involved is just so passionate about it, and even the public get so much more passionate about it than the majors or individual tournaments. “So it’s great to be a part of; I’ve been a part of two winning European teams and obviously would love to make that a third this week.” McIlroy helped Europe lift the cup in 2010 and 2012 and the 25-year-old revealed they were the best experiences of his career as he was able to celebrate victory as part of a team. However, McIlroy acknowledges that playing in a team brings different pressures and he also understands just how much will be expected of him – as the world number one – in Scotland this week. He said: “I’m gonna have to be one of the leaders and be expected to lead by example, and that’s a big responsibility, but one I want to try and handle and try and get a few points on the board early for the team. “It’s way better to win as part of a team. The best experiences in my golf career have been the Ryder Cup and to be able to celebrate with all these guys. It’s very special.” McIlroy has been almost exclusively paired with countryman Graeme McDowell in his previous two Ryder Cups but it remains to be seen if the duo will link up again this week. Press Associationlast_img read more

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Women of Troy dethrone rival Bruins

first_imgIn a battle for L.A. supremacy, No. 2 USC women’s volleyball took down No. 1 UCLA 3-1 at the Galen Center on Wednesday night. Though the Women of Troy started slow out of the gate, they more than made up for it with a blistering fourth set in which they outscored a talented Bruins team 25-17.Rivalry debut · Freshman Samantha Bricio is officially a veteran after squaring off against No. 1 UCLA and delivering 19 kills on .260 hitting. The 6-foot-2 outside hitter has a wealth of international experience, having competed for Mexico’s Senior National Team. at age 16. – Chris Pham | Daily TrojanLed by freshman outside hitter Samantha Bricio, who finished with a career-high 19 kills to go along with seven aces, USC dominated every facet of the match. The Women of Troy shined at the net where freshman Alicia Ogoms and sophomore Alexis Olgard used their superior height to control the battle upfront, posting four combined blocks.“That’s why we inserted [Ogoms] into the lineup,” USC coach Mick Haley said. “I knew we needed size against the Bruins to slow down their big girls — and when I say slow down, I mean that’s all we could do. They’ll be ready next time when we go over there and it should be fun.”Bricio started out a little cold in the first set with only four kills, but broke out in the second set and stayed hot after that. Whether she was hitting from the outside or from the back row, the Mexico native looked and played like a veteran.“I was a little nervous, but then I just went out there and starting playing, “ Bricio said. “I felt good because I had the support of my teammates around me.”Setting her the ball was sophomore Hayley Crone, who did an outstanding job distributing the ball with 53 assists on the night. Like any great setter, Crone fed the hot hand all night, whether it was Bricio, senior Katie Fuller or junior Sara Shaw, and even displayed great court awareness with four dinks for points.“We played awesome defense, and you really have to give credit to Natalie [Hagglund] for digging all those balls down the line,” Crone said. ”I was able to read the blocks and just put the ball in the spots I needed to.”USC fell down 12-15 early in the first set, but Crone fed Olgard for an easy kill and the comeback was on. Behind senior opposite Katie Fuller, who had seven kills in the match, the Women of Troy refused to yield and Olgard came away with another big kill to tie the match at 23 apiece. After the two teams traded kills, USC would capitalize on UCLA’s missed opportunities including a hit out of bounds to take the set 28-26.Maintaining the momentum from the last set, USC jumped out to an early 6-1 lead. Following a UCLA timeout, it turned into the Samantha Bricio show, as the freshman had four kills in a span of seven points to put the Women of Troy up 14-9.UCLA outside hitter Tabi Love, who was a force all day, took hold of the set with back-to-back kills to keep the Bruins’ hopes alive.But, Bricio put USC up for good with three successive kills. A Crone-to-Fuller connection ended the set with USC coming out on top 25-20.“Katie [Fuller] is our workhorse, and if you look it up she actually had more kills than Bricio [she had 21 tying a career high]. Even though she got tired at the end, any time we needed a big hit she was there, “ Haley said.In the third set, Bricio continued to dominate from the back row early on, but with the score knotted at seven, UCLA seized control of the momentum. Behind the stellar play of Love and fellow senior Rachael Kidder, who had a team-high 18 kills, the Bruins kept a one-point lead all the way to the finish. With USC and UCLA trading kills, mostly from Bricio and Fuller, the momentum stayed with the Bruins. Even after Hayley Crone set a winner over on two to pull USC into a 21-all tie, UCLA’s Love hit three kills in the last six points to push the Bruins to a 26-24 victory.In the fourth and final set, both teams came out strong with the score tied at five apiece. With Bricio in full force and Fuller starting to heat up again, the Women of Troy forced UCLA to start pressing and the game turned after an early stalemate. Once USC went up 12-7 in the middle of the set, the Bruins couldn’t overcome several unforced errors and the outstanding serves by USC proved too much to handle. A block by Olgard fittingly sealed the match at 25-17.last_img read more

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Syracuse to open 2017-18 season at home against Cornell

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ AdvertisementThis is placeholder textCornell finished the 2016-17 season 8-21 and 4-10 in the Ivy League under first-year head coach Brian Earl, the 1999 Ivy League Player of the Year at Princeton and former longtime assistant with the Tigers.Last season, his Big Red got trounced to the Orange, 80-56, on Dec. 27. (SU leads the all-time series 91-31.) Syracuse, which finished the year 18-13 and 10-8 in conference, lost in the second round of the National Invitation Tournament to Mississippi.This past week, it was also announced the Orange will host Maryland in late November, as part of the ACC-Big 10 Challenge, and Buffalo. Here is the full slate below.Saturday, Nov. 10: CornellFriday, Nov. 17: Texas SouthernSaturday, Nov. 18: Texas SouthernMonday, Nov. 20: OaklandWednesday, Nov. 22: ToledoSaturday, Dec. 2: Kansas (at American Airlines Arena, in Miami)Tuesday, Dec. 5: Connecticut (at Madison Square Garden)Conference:Home/Road: Boston College, Pittsburgh, Wake Forest, VirginiaHome: Clemson, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Virginia Tech, Notre DameRoad: Florida State, Miami, Georgia Tech, Duke, Louisville Comments Published on June 11, 2017 at 9:35 am Contact Matthew: [email protected] | @MatthewGut21center_img Syracuse will host Cornell to open the 2017-18 season on Saturday, Nov. 10 in the Carrier Dome, according to a tweet by CBS insider Jon Rothstein. SU Athletics later announced the matchup.It sets up a meeting between SU head coach Jim Boeheim and his oldest son, Cornell incoming freshman Jimmy Boeheim. Jimmy announced March 1 that he committed to the Big Red, after he averaged 23.3 points per game as a senior at Jamesville-DeWitt (New York) High School. He recently completed a prep year at New Hampton (New Hampshire) School.last_img read more

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