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The Advocates Professional Golf Association strives to develop the careers of African Americans and other minorities in the game of golf through professional tournaments, mentoring, and career fairs as a means to increase diversity. [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nMzrpd-MC_U?version=3&rel=1&fs=1&autohide=2&showsearch=0&showinfo=1&iv_load_policy=1&wmode=transparent]Dozens of the nation’s top African-American golfers traveled to Chicago to play in one of the Advocates Professional Golf Association Tour’s premier events held at Harborside International Golf Course, 11001 S. Doty Ave., on June 24-25. The Advocates Professional Golf Association strives to develop the careers of African Americans and other minorities in the game of golf through professional tournaments, mentoring, and career fairs as a means to increase diversity. APGA hosts professional golf events in cities such as Chicago, Atlanta, Tampa, Los Angeles, and more. Ken Bentley, APGA president and executive director, said the organization began eight years ago under the original premise that a group of African American men would come together twice a year to play golf, discuss ideas, and raise money for community organizations. He said he received the initial funds to help produce the first three tournament sites in Tampa, Atlanta, and Los Angeles from Nestle (while he was employed by the company). By 2013, a breakthrough occurred. The PGA Tour took notice of the APGA’s growth and offered a five-year grant to make additions. Additionally, he said the Tour received a significant amount of support from African American donors.“We were the first minority organization to get support from the PGA Tour,” said Bentley. “They recognized what we were doing and looked at our organization as a way to bring diversity to golf.”AGPA prize money increased by 300 percent, event participation doubled, the number of events per year doubled, and the creation of the Adrian Stills Bonus Pool, which allows players to earn extra money while playing on the Tour, all occurred within the last five years, according to Bentley. The APGA Tour impacts players both on the course as well as with their own personal development. “Because there are so many African American golfers, it builds some camaraderie; guys become friends, they support each other, they travel together, the older guys serve as mentors to the younger guys, and so that’s been great to see,” said Bentley. “Our guys have started to play better. Two of our guys have already gone on to the PGA Tour. We also have guys on PGA Tour Canada, PGA Tour Latin America, and PGA Tour China.”Despite the rising success of the APGA, the Tour was not always met with optimism. Bentley said there was skepticism over the quality of the players on the Tour and the Tour’s ability to generate revenue was called into question. “The golf community didn’t embrace us, I think they wanted us to prove ourselves, and a lot of people said ‘If I don’t see these guys on TV, then they must not be that great,’” said Bentley. “One of the reasons we do this tour is to introduce the game to people because the people that come out and watch our events rarely get a chance to see professional golf and so now you get to see golf by people who look like you, who will be the next Tiger Woods, the next great golfers.” Beyond their excellence on the greens, APGA golfers give back to the surrounding community. Bentley said the organization partners with the AIDS Healthcare Foundation and introduces the game to youth. He said at least 50 youth participants attended events like free lessons in Chicago. “We talk to the kids about health and wellness and different kinds of career choices,” said Bentley.
By The Nelson Daily SportsThe Justin Umpherville rink, skipped by Kelvin Harper, is off to the provincials after stopping the rival Spenser Soukeroff rink 8-3 in the final of the West Kootenay Juvenile Zone Curling Championships Sunday at the Nelson Curling Club.The Trail rink, with Harper as skip, Justin Uumperville at third, Harlan Young at second and rookie curler Jonathan Mock at lead, broke open a close game with four in the fifth and two in the sixth to win the contest in six ends.The final game was necessary after Soukeroff bounced the Umpherville foursome 8-2 in the A final.Umpherville opened the playdown with a 13-3 thrashing of the Alexander Hurst rink of Nelson.Umpherville then edged Soukeroff 6-5 before blasting Alex Breen of Nelson 9-2.Nelson’s Breen defeated Evan Turgeon of Grand Forks 14-1 before losing to the two Trail rinks. Nelson’s other rink, the Hurst foursome, lost two straight in the double-knockout event.The Umpherville represents the zone at the B.C. Juvenile Championships in Cowichan in March.firstname.lastname@example.org
Elle Schlegel, with a hat trick, led LVR during the opening game Friday against Dr. Knox.Zoe Baxter, on nice far post pass from Gioia Valk, and Valk from a penalty stroke, also scored for the Bombers.Against Oliver, Baxter scored twice to lead LVR with Valk adding a single.Bomber keeper Nicola Anderson earned the shutout in goal.Saturday, against the toughest competition of the tournament, Schlegel scored a hat-trick to lead the Bombers to victory.After the teams played to a 2-2 draw at halftime, Schlegel struck with wonderful reverse stick hit from 14 meters out giving LVR the victory.LVR competed the sweep as Baxter, with a pair, Erica Potkins and midfielder Ariel Fulgin scored in the win over Pen-Hi of Penticton.LVR now travels to Chilliwack Friday to compete in a Senior Tournament. L.V. Rogers Bombers swept to a 4-0 record during a Junior Girl’s Fieldhockey tournament Saturday in Oliver.LVR defeated Dr. Knox of Kelowna 5-1, host South Okanagan Hornets 3-0, Maple Ridge 3-2 and Pen Hi Lakers 4-0 to claim top spot in the tournament.“The team played extremely well with midfielder Marisa Price playing double duty on the back line and in the midfield causing all kinds of trouble for the opposition with her fast running and quick checking,” said Bomber coach Bruce Walgren.“Newcomers Alba Zalbua, Africa Bajils-Garoz, Ruka Kato and Haruka Sugimoto and Paris Miesner really and provided the team with an extra dimension with some great speed and checking always keeping the opposition off balance.”
The Trail Smoke Eaters used just 12 seconds of overtime with Owen Ozar playing the hero to give the visitors a 5-4 victory and a 2-0 series lead in the best-of-seven Interior Division Semi Final against the Vernon Vipers on Saturday night. The Smoke Eaters were first on the scoreboard for the fifth time in the postseason as Braeden Tuck finished off a nice play and scored in his fourth straight game to give Trail a lead midway through the opening period. Carter Jones made a nice pass from the right boards to a streaking Tuck who tapped it in on his backhand for his 4th goal of the playoffs and a 1-0 Smoke Eaters lead at the 10:09 mark of the period. The period started to take a run of special teams play and it was the Vipers who took advantage of that with a pair of power play goals beginning at 16:01 with Teddy Wooding tipping in a shot. Wooding got a pass from the left-wing side from defender Carver Watson and deflected in the puck on the glove side of Smoke Eaters goaltender Donovan Buskey to tie the game at 1-1. Vernon added a late goal in the opening period to get their first lead of the game coming with just 18 seconds remaining in the period and came courtesy of another power play. Jack Judson took a right point shot that was deflected by Matt Kowalski in the right face-off circle and past the glove side of Buskey for a 2-1 Vipers lead heading into the dressing room. The Smoke Eaters fought back and scored three unanswered goals, beginning with a tying goal at the 14:48 mark of the middle stanza. Owen Ozar collected a loose puck after a scramble on the right side and had his shot slide through the glove side of Vipers goaltender Aidan Porter and hit the post before Trevor Zins banged in the puck for his 2nd goal of the playoffs and a 2-2 tie heading into the final regulation period. Trail continued to apply pressure in the 3rd period and earned their second lead of the game on a strong defensive play by Tuck that turned into a goal. The Smoke Eaters captain stripped a Viper of the puck inside of the offensive zone and set up Carter Jones with a pass on the glove side for his 3rd goal of the playoffs and a 3-2 lead coming at 6:24 mark of the 3rd frame. The depth of scoring continued for the Smoke Eaters as they took a two-goal lead midway through the 3rd period from an unlikely source of offence. Trail won a face-off in the offensive zone as Luke Gallagher passed to the left point for Kyle Budvarson who beat Porter with a shot through traffic for his 1st career BCHL playoff goal at the 9:29 mark for a 4-2 lead. The Vipers roared back late in regulation and scored twice in a span of 31 seconds to tie the game, beginning with a Connor Marritt deflection at the 18:54 mark to get Vernon within a goal. Marritt deflected a Michael Young point shot from the right side over the blocker side shoulder of Buskey to cut the deficit to 4-3 with just over a minute remaining. Vernon got Porter to bench again and found a way to get the puck through to even the score at 4-4 at the 19:25 mark of the period. Young got a pass from Judson at the top of the left circle and hit a one-time shot through the blocker side of Buskey to even the score and force overtime in Game #2. The overtime frame did not take long to decide a winner as just 12 seconds into the extra period, the Smoke Eaters earned a 2-0 series lead. Owen Ozar wound his way through center ice, cutting inside the blue line and let a shot go from just outside of the slot to beat Porter on the glove side for his 2nd goal of the playoffs and propel Trail to a 5-4 overtime win. Donovan Buskey stopped 26 of the 30 shots he faced in his 6th win of the playoffs while Aidan Porter turned aside 16 of the 21 shots thrown his way in his 3rd loss of the postseason. FINAL SCORE: 5-4 Smoke Eaters (OT)SHOTS ON GOAL: 30-21 VipersSMOKE EATERS PP: 0/6SMOKE EATERS PK: 3/53 STARS:1) Owen Ozar (1-1-2)2) Braeden Tuck (1-3-4)3) Michael Young (1-2-3)Fortis Energy Player of the Game: Connor Marritt (1-0-1)ATTENDANCE: 2,063 The Smoke Eaters head back home with a 2-0 series lead and look to continue their success on home ice in Game #3 of the Interior Division Semi Final against the Vernon Vipers. Puck drop is slated for 7:00 PM from the Trail Memorial Centre with tickets available for purchase at the Smoke Eaters Main Office as well as at the door ahead of the opening face-off.
The two teams continue the series Saturday with a first pitch set for 2 p.m. McNeese State 5, UIW 1LAKE CHARLES, La. – Catcher Cameron Toole drove in two runs Friday night and right-hander Kaleb Fontenot pitched seven solid innings to lead the McNeese State baseball team to a 5-2 victory over UIW. “The energy tonight was awesome,” said head coach Justin Hill. “Our staff did a great job of getting people out to the ballpark tonight and we ended up having our biggest crowd so far.” Hezekiah Randolph legged out a ground ball to avoid a double play and bring it to Sam Carriere who singled to center to bring in the tying run. The play also saw a two-base fielding error that accounted for the winning run. Darron McKigney nailed it down, retiring the Lumberjacks in order in the ninth and recording a strikeout to seal it. The win came before the biggest crowd of the season as more than 887 people filled the stands at Cowboy Diamond to see the Pokes top the Cardinals in the opening game of the conference weekend series. Jacob Seward led off the bottom of the first with a single to right field and advanced to third when Julian Service ripped a bounding single passed the Wildcats’ third baseman. The Lions had runners on the corners with no outs when Midyett, batting third in the lineup, deposited his team-leading fourth home run of the season over the fence in right-center. Saturday the Lions will send junior right-hander Jake Johnson (3-0, 0.93) to the mound against ACU left-hander Aaron Mason (0-2, 8.18). First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m. “I thought we played about as good as I have seen us play from top to bottom,” Hill said. “Everybody contributed to the victory today. Kaleb (Fontenot) and Cole (Prejean) did well and kept the innings small. It wasn’t the best conditions out there on the field but I thought both teams handled it well. It was just a good game all around. Service doubled the Lions lead in the fourth with a bases-loaded triple to left-center. He came home to score on a Midyett grounder that the first baseman struggled to corral. The Cowboys improved to 12-6 overall and 3-1 in Southland Conference play while Incarnate Word dropped to 7-11 and 1-3 in league action. McNeese has now won four straight at home and eight out of its last 10 contests. Fontenot (3-1) worked six innings for the win, limiting UIW to two runs (one earned) on eight hits with only one walk and six strikeouts. McNeese grabbed a two run lead in the bottom of the second when Toole shot a double straight down the left field line to score designated hitter Lucas Quary and shortstop Connor Lloyd. – Return to top – The game can be heard in the Hammond area on KSLU 90.9 FM, online and either the KSLU or TuneIn Radio smartphone apps. Fans can also keep up with the action through live statistics or by following SLUathletics on Twitter. Streaming video is available on LionVision, Southeastern’s subscription-based video stream. Links for audio, video, stats, tickets and promotions are available on the baseball schedule page at www.LionSports.net. “The name of the game is make the plays and we made the plays in the field. We had clutch hitting and pitching was good. Darron came in and did a heck of a job to close it down for us,” Privateers Head Coach Ron Maestri said. Garrett McMullen started the scoring off with a solo home run in the second inning, his only hit of the night. Eric DeJesus drew a bases loaded walk in the fourth to account for the only other Lumberjacks run. Gann was charged with the loss, going 7.1 innings and surrendering all three runs (two earned). The Cardinals cut the lead in half in the fourth frame as Brance Kahle lifted a single into right center to score Ethan McGill who reached base on a single and advanced to second on a throwing error. New Orleans 3, Stephen F. Austin 2 (8)NEW ORLEANS, La. – The New Orleans Privateers baseball team (7-10, 1-3) commenced a rally in the eighth inning to score a 3-2 win over the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks (5-14, 0-4) on Friday at Maestri Field at First NBC Ballpark. Capielano collected two hits and had a run and an RBI in the victory. “We’ve preached that and he (Capielano) knows. That’s all we do in batting practice and when he does that, he’ll hit for an average. Hopefully he’s getting back to that,” Maestri said. Junior pitcher Tate Scioneaux (3-1) locked down Abilene Christian’s bats, scattering six hits through seven innings, while Southeastern piled on the runs. McNeese State 5, UIW 1New Orleans 3, Stephen F. Austin 2 (8)Southeastern Louisiana 11. Abilene Christian 3 After being blanked by Cameron Gann in the first seven innings, the Privateers started a rally with a Ryan Calloway. Following that, Samuel Capielano drove in the first run of the game with an opposite field double. After a Preston Marsh single put runners on the corners with one out, the call was made to the pen for closer, Tyler Wiedenfeld. UIW was locked in and ready to make it interesting in the latter part of the sixth frame after juicing the bases with only one out in the inning. A wild pitch allowed UIW to score from third and cut the lead to just one run. However, Fontenot was able to settle down and pitch out of a dangerous situation by retiring the next two batters on a groundout and swinging strikeout. Parker Jones went 2-for-3 and the Privateers scratched 10 hits on the board. Shawn Semple battled through issuing a season-high six walks, going six frames and striking out seven batters while having strong success against the top of the order. Stephen F. Austin’s 1-through-4 hitters went 0-for-16 on the night. – Return to top – Southeastern (14-5, 3-1 Southland) moves within a half game of conference leaders Central Arkansas, Northwestern State and Sam Houston State, who all had games postponed because of weather. The win was the ninth in 10 games for the Lions and the first in school history against Abilene Christian (1-12, 1-3 Southland). General admission tickets for the game are $8 for adults and $5 for youth (ages 3-12). Children under the age of three are admitted free with a paying adult. Southeastern students are also admitted free with their university ID card. Southeastern Louisiana 11. Abilene Christian 3HAMMOND, La. – Daniel Midyett blasted a three-run home run in the first inning Friday and Southeastern Louisiana never looked back, cruising past Abilene Christian, 11-3, in Southland Conference play at Pat Kenelly Diamond at Alumni Field. Fans will be able to play baseball-themed bingo at Saturday’s game. Prizes will be given to the first 20 players to bingo and the first player to make an “S” on their bingo card will receive $100. Toole was 2-for-3 Friday with a double and two runs batted in. First baseman Connor Crane also gave a multiple-hit performance batting 2-for-4 on the night along with an RBI and a run scored. Seven Cowboys combined to give McNeese nine hits in the ballgame. Brett Hoffman (3-for-5), Chris Eades (2-for-3), Kennon Menard (2-for-5), Service (2-for-5) and Seward (2-for-3) all turned in multi-hit performances at the plate. Sophomore outfielder Ryan Byers extended his hitting streak to 12 games with a first-inning single. Southeastern added a pair of runs in the fifth, tacking on single runs in the seventh and eighth. Abilene Christian scored three runs, two earned, in the eighth. – Return to top – “It was good to come back home and you could just feel the energy seeping from our guys tonight,” Hill said. “We were on a road swing for a while and it was just nice to be back home and play. It was also out first night game at home since opening weekend because of all of the weather. Our guys were excited overall about tonight.” McNeese used a one out wild pitch to extend its lead to two runs in the seventh and added another in the eighth frame off of Lloyd’s RBI-groundout. Reliever Cole Prejean entered the contest in the eighth inning and picked up his first save of the season after having allowed only one hit and no runs. “Kaleb was in command of himself and the game throughout the game,” said Hill. “UIW was able to get some hits but I thought that our defense played really well. We had a couple of plays that we should have made but Kaleb pitch right around that and it didn’t seem to phase him.” A right-hander from Reserve, Louisiana, Scioneaux walked one and fanned eight on his way to earning the win. Dreagan Bethel and John Gremillion each tossed an inning for the Lions to finish out the game. Wildcat starting pitcher Garrett deMeyere (1-2) suffered the loss. The Cowboys will be back in action on Saturday when they face UIW in game two of the series with first pitch slated for a 3 o’clock start. The game will be available to listen to on Cajun Radio – 1470 AM and on CajunRadio.com. The Pokes stretched their lead to two runs in the fifth inning on an RBI-single from Crane that scored second baseman Joe Provenzano to make it a 3-1 score in favor of McNeese.
“Trust but verify” — it is a phrase used by Ronald Reagan in his nuclear weapons negotiations with the former Soviet Union. It’s actually a Russian proverb, and it is increasingly being used to describe how businesses should approach their dealing with cloud vendors.Businesses are putting great trust in their cloud vendors. To secure their data, to ensure up time, and to maintain their reputation.Gavan Egan, managing director of cloud at Verizon, said that “the biggest risk is giving up control of your data to someone else using different data centers in remote places. What happens in the event of a disaster? You’re also putting your data next to someone else’s.”Kamran Ikram, managing director at Accenture, said that “you can’t assume anything – it’s still your data and you are responsible for it.”Egan asks “do they understand the regulatory requirements governing payment card or health data, for example. And can they prove that they can do what they say they can do?”
Frustrated coach Phil Simmons has called on the West Indies Cricket Board to do more to get top players back into the Test team rather than playing in lucrative Twenty20 tournaments.Chris Gayle and a plethora of West Indies cricketers have lit up Australia’s domestic Big Bash League tournament, even as the Test team have endured an abysmal start to their tour Down Under.West Indies lost the series-opener in three days in Hobart and Australian pundits have questioned how deserving the tourists are of the marquee Tests of the home summer in Melbourne and Sydney.”I’m totally frustrated,” Simmons said at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Wednesday in the lead-up to the traditional Boxing Day Test.”It’s enjoyable to see (paceman Andre) Russell bowling at 140 clicks and (batsman Dwayne) Bravo hitting three of four sixes and Chris (playing) in (the Big Bash).”It is frustrating that we don’t have them yet playing in a Test series but it’s something that’s been going on for a while.”It’s up to the administration to work out how we get to the stage of, let’s say New Zealand, because they have similar things and they are getting all their players to play.”And it’s up to our administration and our bosses to find out how is the best way that we can get these guys on the pitch.”Explosive opener Gayle said last week he was still not ready for the rigours of Test cricket as he continues his recovery from a back injury.advertisementThe Boxing Day Test, the second in the three-match series, starts on Saturday.
Chelsea boss Lampard due crunch talks with Giroudby Paul Vegas3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea manager Frank Lampard will hold crunch talks with Olivier Giroud, according to The Mirror.The Frenchman has expressed his frustration at playing a bit-part role under Lampard this season.The impressive form of Tammy Abraham has kept the 33-year-old on the bench over the opening games.Inter Milan are one of a number of clubs interested in signing the Les Bleus striker, who could be out the door in January. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say