Scott Stallings claimed his second US PGA Tour title at the $3 million True South Classic by firing a final-round 68.
There would be no final-hole drama at Annandale Golf Club. This was all wrapped up by him. heavy rain throughout the week wreaked havoc with the schedule but contributed to low scores on the softened course, even then, Stallings, 27, finished the event with a 24-under par total of 264, a tournament record at Annandale.
Jason Bohn finished second on 266, with a five-under 67, two shots ahead of Billy Horschel who carded a 71 for 268. Stallings had moved to the top of the leaderboard with back-to-back 64s in the second and third rounds – finishing up his third round along with much of the field before heading out for the final round. Stallings’ rookie season last year was highlighted by his victory in the Greenbrier Classic.
Stallings led by two at the turn, but made his only bogey of the day at 14, where he was right off the tee. He bounced back with birdies at 16 and 17. At 16 he landed his approach within three feet for a short birdie and drained a 12-footer at 17. Bohn made a birdie on 18, but it didn’t matter. A short putt for par was hit by Stallings that won the tournament. The victory was a sign that Stallings getting back to his 2011 form. Stallings
Injuries made struggle through much of 2012, including torn cartilage in his ribs and two herniated disks in his back. He made the cut in just five of 18 events before blazing through Annandale. The rib injury suffered in January was the most painful for Stallings. He fully recovered from the injury in about five months. He also worked some with a sports psychologist to get back his mental edge.
Stallings said that he hurt his confidence and hurt everything that came along with it. He added that he learned a lot of lessons through that
Horschel was impressed by what he saw from Stallings. He said that Stallings played really well, he swung the club well, made the putts when he needed to make the putts, and that’s the way you win.
Meanwhile, RBC Canadian Open 2012 that commences on July 23. Stallings will be participating in the same. The outrights for the tournament are Matt Kuchar 12, Hunter Mahan 14, Webb Simpson 14, Jim Furyk 18, Ernie Els 25, Scott Stallings 66.
In the opening set, the second-seeded former world No. 1 Nadal was tested mightily before ultimately cruising to a 7-6 (7-0), 6-2, 6-3 victory over Brazilian fellow lefthander Thomaz Bellucci. This match was held on the famed Centre Court at the All England Club. Before turning things around on Day 2, Nadal lost the first four games of the match. Compared to three breaks for Bellucci, Nadal moved on in 2 hours, 15 minutes with the help of six service breaks.
11 Grand Slam titles are owned by Nadal that includes a pair of Wimbledon championships and seven French Opens. The super Spaniard has appeared in the last five major finals, going 2-3, including another big win in Paris a few weeks ago. In last year’s Wimbledon finale, he lost to Novak Djokovic.
In the first round overnight, Australians Matthew Ebden, Lleyton Hewitt and Bernard Tomic crashed out of Wimbledon. The All England Club will be without any male Australian players in the second round for the first time since 1938 after the defeats follow the previous night’s loss by Marinko Matosevic.
Bernard Tomic lost to an old-schoolboy rival in the first round at Wimbledon. He has failed to justify his new status as one of the senior boys on the tennis tour. The 19-year-old Australian smashed another racquet after his final forehand went wide to seal Goffin’s 3-6 6-3 6-4 6-4 upset victory, repeating his tantrums.
Andy Murray showed himself to be a genuine contender for this title in his first outing at Wimbledon 2012. He eviscerated Nikolay Davydenko in what was arguably his most complete performance on Centre Court. On his way to a 6-1, 6-1, 6-4 win, he lost only six games that will send vibrations through the rest of the field. Pointing an index finger at the sky as he came off the court, he left many in a little mystery too.
Also on Tuesday, on-the-mend American Mardy Fish, former U.S. Open champ Juan Martin del Potro and flashy Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga reached the second round at tennis’ most prestigious event. The 10th-seeded world No. 12 Fish handled 34-year-old Spaniard Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo 7-6 (7-3), 7-5, 7-6 (7-1) on Court 12. Meanwhile, a ninth-seeded del Potro defeated Dutchman Robin Haase 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (7-3), 7-5.
The Mens Wimbledon Outrights has Novak Djokovic 8/5, Rafael Nadal 57/25, Roger Federer 9/2, Andy Murray 62/5, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 33.
Chicago Cubs (18-32, 6-17 away) and San Francisco Giants (27-24, 14-11 home) meet in Game 1 (10:15 PM ET, June 1, 2012) of the four game series at AT&T Park, San Francisco, California. The Cubs just completed their first series sweep of the season and extended their winning streak to a season-high three games by defeating the Padres on Wednesday, heading into a long road trip. Chicago will be looking to carry that momentum against the Giants in the four game series. The betting odds have the Giants (11/18), while the Cubs (17/11).
On a season-long 12-game losing streak, the Cubs had entered their series against the Padres. Chicago manager Dale Sveum is glad that the losing streak of his club is history. Since the franchise made its way from Manhattan to the Bay Area, Melky Cabrera is coming off one of the best months for the Giants. He is helping the Giants send the Chicago Cubs to their longest road-losing streak in six years Friday night, while he will try to continue his hot hitting into June.
Since the team relocated to San Francisco, Cabrera had 51 hits in May to tie the most by one Giants player in a month. Bill Terry set a franchise record with 54 for the New York Giants in August 1932 and Randy Winn had 51 hits in September 2005. On Wednesday, Cabrera went 1 for 4 during a 4-1 loss to Arizona to finish May with a .429 average, 15 extra-base hits and 17 RBIs over 29 games.
Chicago now is headed out for its longest road trip thus far this season after an off-day Thursday and they have stopped at home for three games against the Padres. Starting with four games at San Francisco, the Cubs will spend 10 days on the road, and then play a three-game set in Milwaukee and finally three more games in Minnesota.
The club is scheduled to fly a total of 6,770 miles during the trip, traveling to the West Coast and as far east as Pittsburgh. since a nine-game skid Aug. 25-Sept. 10, 2006, the Cubs (18-32) now try to avoid dropping eight straight on the road for the first time and they could use a more efficient outing from Paul Maholm (4-3, 4.62).
During his return to Pittsburgh, the left-hander allowed two runs and four hits Saturday, where he played his first seven major league seasons. However, he used 94 pitches to get through five innings in the 3-2 victory and walked a season-high five batters.
Men’s top seed Novak Djokovic slammed tennis chiefs for not consulting players over a contentious new blue surface at the Madrid Open. Rafael Nadal was not happy with the blue surface either. over Madrid’s experimental blue surface, the world number one fired a barb at tour chiefs and added that “all players” hoped it would not cause injuries.
American wildcard Venus Williams, 31, crashed out of the Madrid Open. She went down 6-4, 6-1 to German 12th seed Angelique Kerber in round two. Williams suffered from auto-immune disease and she had pulled out of both the Malaysian Open and the Australian Open, before reaching the quarter-finals in Charleston and Miami.
Despite the “early” start time of 11:00 am, Serena Williams secured a 6-3, 6-1 win in her opening match against Russia’s Elena Vesnina. With a 6-2, 6-3 defeat of New Zealand’s Marina Erakovic, reigning women’s champion Petra Kvitova kick-started her title defense. The third-seeded Wimbledon title-holder made it into the second round in 67 minutes, producing 28 winners and firing five aces.
China’s Li Na had a smooth progress. She beat Spanish hope Silvia Soler-Espinosa 6-3, 6-1. with a tough three-set win over American teenager Christina McHale, Samantha Stosur survived another midnight encounter to reach the third round of the Madrid Masters. Second-ranked Sharapova swatted aside the 56th-ranked Begu who was making her debut in the Spanish capital. The Russian will be looking at Roland Garros starting later this month to complete her collection of Grand Slams. It is the only one of the four that she has not won.
13th-seeded Ana Ivanovic brushed by Mathilde Johansson of France 6-4, 6-1, while the 12th-seeded Angelique Kerber beat Johanna Larsson 6-1, 6-4 to advance to a second-round match with Venus Williams. In a 7-6 (7), 3-6, 6-4 win over Ksenia Pervak of Kazakhstan, sixth-seeded Caroline Wozniacki served six aces. American Varvara Lepchenko upset 11th seed Francesca Schiavone 6-4, (8) 6-7, 6-3 and Roberta Vinci of Italy defeated 14th-seeded Dominika Cibulkova 6-3, 6-2.
Other winners included Yanina Wickmayer, Nadia Petrova, Lourdes Dominguez Lino, Shahar Peer, Maria Kirilenko, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Anabel Medina Garrigues, Czech qualifier Andrea Hlavackova, Estonia’s Kaia Kanepi, Russia’s Ekaterina Makarova, Italian Sara Errani and Lucie Hradecka.
The Womens Mutua Madrid Open Outrights have odds – V Azarenka-3; M Sharapova-53/10; Serena Williams-5; Petra Kvitova-7; Samantha Stosur-19.
Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins meet in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals – Game 1 (Wed, Apr 11, 7:30 PM ET). In the last 10 games Philadelphia are 5-4-1 while Pittsburgh 6-4-0. In the regular season, the Flyers and Penguins met six times with the Flyers winning four of them, including three in regulation and one in overtime. It is the Battle of Pennsylvania, the Keystone State Rivalry. These are two teams and two fan bases that do not like each other very much. This season, they have exchanged both physical and verbal. Now they are on center stage in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.
It appears that both Danny Briere and Nicklas Grossmann will return to the Flyers’ lineup for Game 1, after missing the last three games of the regular season. On April 1, both got hurt in the Flyers 6-4 win at Pittsburgh. Ilya Bryzgalov will be making his first career appearance at Consol Energy Center. This season, Bryzgalov appeared in three games against the Penguins, but they were all at Wells Fargo Center. Last season, he did not play in Pittsburgh while with the Coyotes. Consol Energy Center is only two years old.
With the Coyotes, Bryzgalov won only three of 11 playoff games. He was 0-4 last season with a 4.36 goals-against average and .879 save percentage. He is also coming off an injury (chip fracture in his right foot) that limited him to playing in only two of the final six regular season games. However, after the All-Star break, he won 15 games and posted a 1.84 GAA.
The Penguins went into the playoffs without Sidney Crosby (concussion) and Evgeni Malkin (knee) in the last season. They are now hungry and healthy with Game 1 looming. In 75 games, Malkin won the Art Ross Trophy with 109 points. Against the Flyers, he had nine points in six games.
In 14 games, Crosby has 25 points (six goals, 19 assists) since making his second celebrated return to the lineup this season. With 37 points in 22 games, he finished his regular season including four points in three games against the Flyers.
Pascal Dupuis brings a 17-game point-scoring streak into the playoffs. He will start the series on Crosby’s wing. James Neal and Steve Sullivan should be ready to go for Game 1 after each missed the last two games of the regular season.
Neal (lower body) and Sullivan (lower body) should be OK for Pittsburgh while Briere (back) and Grossman (back) should be clear for the Flyers. The Flyers are still without James van Riemsdyk (left foot) and Andrej Meszaros (back). Ben Lovejoy (knee) has been cleared, although the Penguins are not sure when Matt Niskanen (upper body) will return.
The best betting odds for the Flyers are 17/11, while for the Penguins 3/5.
New York Rangers will compete against Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center (Tue, Mar 27 8:00 PM ET). In this season, this is the first and the sole meeting between these two teams. The Rangers have a (47-21-7, 101pts) record, while the Minnesota have (31-34-10, 72pts) record. The betting odds from various bookmakers have New York Rangers (6/11) and Minnesota Wild (28/17).
The Rangers are continuing to lead the Eastern Conference by the slimmest of margins over the Pittsburgh Penguins, although the Wild are eliminated from the postseason contention. The Rangers and the Pens are separated by only one point; therefore, beating teams like the Wild is very important, if New York has any hope of staving off the blistering-hot Pens.
On Saturday, the Rangers picked up a 4-3 shootout victory in Toronto, although John Tortorella did not think it was a pretty win. In this season, the shootout victory improves to 9-2-2 in the second half of back-to-back games this season. Tortorella credited the win to the defense and penalty-killing unit, although Marian Gaborik scored twice, including a beauty off a great pass from Brad Richards.
Minnesota led the NHL on Dec. 12 with a 20-7-3 record and 43 points. Since that point, in the League’s bottom five in the standings, the Wild are 11-27-7 and in the mix for a draft lottery spot. They have won two in a row at Xcel Energy Center, although they have dropped two straight. The Wild lost in Washington on Saturday as they lost Matt Cullen to a broken finger during a 3-0 loss.
Coach Mike Yeo said that he is sick of talking about injuries and he feels it is ridiculous. He added that it stinks to lose Matt Cullen and to have guys out of the lineup. He further added that they have a job in their hands. Coach Mike Yeo said that he is sick of talking about injuries and he feels it is ridiculous. He added that it stinks to lose Matt Cullen and have guys out of the lineup. He further added that they have a job in their hands.
Coach Mike Yeo said that he is sick of talking about injuries and he feels it is ridiculous. He added that it stinks to lose Matt Cullen and have guys out of the lineup. He further added that they have a job in their hands.
The Rangers recently lost Mats Zuccarello to a broken wrist. The wild injury list is quite long. Pierre-Marc Bouchard (concussion/groin), Mike Lundin (sports hernia surgery), Guillaume Latendresse (post-concussion symptoms) and Jarod Palmer (upper body) are on Minnesota’s IR. Against the Caps, Matt Kassian, Niklas Backstrom and Justin Falk all missed the game.
This month, Wild has allowed 10 power-play goals in 12 games. They have an abysmal 74.4 percent and they have only been shorthanded 39 times. The Rangers in their past 19 chances have just two power-play goals, one of which came off an end-to-end rush by Brad Richards.
Since losing to Brock Lesnar at UFC 100 in a fight for the UFC heavyweight title, Mir, 14-5 in his career, has won two of three fights. He knocked out Mirko Filopovic at UFC 119 as well as he forced Cheick Kongo to submit at UFC 107. At UFC 111, his last loss was via knockout to Shane Carwin.
Including Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai, boxing, Kenpo Karate and wrestling, Mir is a former heavyweight champion who uses a variety of styles in the ring. Via submission, he has won eight of his 14 fights.
Even though Nelson also has quick-strike capability that has led to eight knockouts, he is 15-5 in his career, has the ability to force opponents to submit, winning five fights that way. His style is a mix of Shaolin Kung Fu and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Nelson lost to Junior dos Santos by decision at UFC 117 in his last fight after beating Brendan Schaub in the finale of The Ultimate Fighter and then Stefan Struve at UFC Fight Night in March 2010.
Both fighters are moving into the late stages of their MMA careers as they are in their 30s. In this fight, a victory for either one could propel the winner to a shot at the top of the division. This fight is a -115 pick’em in UFC 130 Odds.
Rick Story boldly asked for a step up in competition after defeating Johny Hendricks in December 2010 as he wanted to fight the third ranked welterweight in the world, Thiago Alves. Story will get his wish at UFC 130 in Las Vegas May 28.
In UFC lines, Alves is a -210 favorite and Story is a +165 underdog.
By using his mix of Muay Tai and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu styles, Alves, 18-7 in his career, has 11 knockouts. In his division, his quick-strike capability has made him one of the more dangerous fighters. Even though Alves had lost his previous two bouts, including a title shot against Georges St-Pierre at UFC 100, he beat John Howard in his last fight at UFC 124.
Alves represents his toughest test yet in his UFC career as for Story his desire to fight Alves was simple. Story will head into his fight with Alves on a five-fight winning streak as his strength is wrestling and he has a 12-3 career record. Including names like Jon Fitch, Alves, St-Pierre and B.J. Penn, Story has been on a quest to prove he’s as good as the top competition in his division.
Story will have to give Alves as little space as possible to avoid the punishing quick strikes that Alves is known for in order to defeat Alves, who is known for his training habits. As Alves is really strong at takedown defenses, Story also will have to work to get Alves on the ground.
In the second leg of their Champions League semifinal battle, Barcelona host Real Madrid. In the first leg at the Santiago Bernabeu last week, Barcelona holds all the cards following their controversial 2-0 victory. To move ahead in the final at Wembley, defending a two-goal lead at home, make the Catalans huge favorites.
Real Madrid will have to implement a more belligerent stance than they did in the Bernabeu, though they will not switch their team about in too great a fashion for this encounter. Mesut Ozil must be given a more critical role, while Emmanuel Adebayor should be deployed in attack to unsettle the home defense with his physical attributes.
Jose Mourinho will not be in the dugout following his dismissal last week, while Pepe and Sergio Ramos are both banned, posing troubles to the defensive unit. Midfielders Sami Khedira and Fernando Gago are injured.
It is worth commenting on the fact that Barcelona will have some serious injury apprehensions ahead of the second-leg of the Champions League semi-final, before mentioning the pride excitement, belligerence and stupidity of El Clasico matches. Eric Abidal, French left back is unavailable following surgery, while Skipper Carles Puyol is out. Real Madrid need to collect at least two goals against the Barca side cannot afford to be left lacking at the back. However, Andres Iniesta is likely to make an appropriate come back.
The internet sportsbooks betting sites have Barcelona as favorites. In the betting picks, Barcelona is 7/10 and Real Madrid is 21/5.
The New York Yankees and the Baltimore Orioles meet in a three-game series this weekend. These two teams are division rivals in the AL East and it should be a solid series as these two teams have had decent starts to the season.
The Yankees are an 8-1 favorite to win the World Series in MLB Futures but don’t forget to check out live betting USA for some in play action.
The AL East is definitely one of the tougher divisions in Major League Baseball as they have a lot of talent in the division. The Yankees are atop the division with a 9-6 record on the season. They are the only team in the division with a record better than .500.
The Orioles are at 7-9 on the season, but that is actually a better start than many people thought they’d have. With so many talented teams, most people thought they would be in the cellar of the division, but they are still 2 games ahead of the Red Sox in the standings.
The Orioles have a number of veteran hitters that have been stars in the past and may have the potential to be good again. Vlad Guerrero, Andruw Jones and Derrick Lee are all former all-stars and could find their place again with the Orioles. If they do, they’ll be a tough match for any team they face this season.
The Yankees have played 11 of their 15 games at home this season and they’ll have to show that they can win on the road against the Orioles. They are just 1-3 on the road to this point in the season and they may struggle as they head out to Baltimore.