first_img Press Association Hoffman was one of just 12 players to record an under-par round on Thursday as many struggled with two-time major winner Martin Kaymer firing a 10-over-par 82. It was also a disappointing day for Graeme McDowell who was forced to withdraw from the tournament with an ankle injury. The Northern Irishman suffered the problem during practice on Wednesday and, although he managed to play his opening nine holes on Thursday, he pulled out of the tournament before setting his sights on getting fit for the Masters which begins on April 9. McDowell, tweeted: “Apologies to everyone at @valerotxopen for my withdrawal. Strained my lower left leg/ankle area practicing y/day and played with heavy strapping on it in the pro am and this morning. “With The Masters upcoming I decided that getting fit is imperative. Don’t like WDs. “The week here at @valerotxopen had everything I wanted. Great people and great course. Disappointed this has happened. Thanks to everyone.” Back out on the course, Hoffman took advantage of calmer winds in the afternoon to record five birdies and finish the day a shot clear of Australia’s Aaron Baddeley. The American picked up shots on the second, third, ninth, 11th and 17th to post the round of the day but the shot of the day undoubtedly belonged to the man a shot behind him. With the wind behind him on the 336-yard par-four 17th, Baddeley took on the green but missed left and had to go back to the tee after finding an unplayable lie. That presented the 34-year-old with no problem, though, as he holed what was his third shot to record an improbable birdie. Charley Hoffman carded a blemish free 67 to take a one-shot lead after the first round of the Valero Texas Open on a day when the wind played havoc in San Antonio. That had put him in the lead at the time following birdies on the first, second, eighth and 15th and a single bogey on seven but Hoffman overhauled him. A birdie-birdie finish from Max Homa saw him move into third a further shot back as he overcame a poor start. The 24-year-old dropped shots at one and five but birdies at six and eight saw him reach the turn level and four birdies and a single bogey on the back nine catapulted him into contention. Phil Mickelson also had a birdie-birdie finish to get to two under alongside Ryan Palmer after a broken club had briefly contributed to him slipping over par on the back nine. The five-time major winner reached the turn one under after a bogey and two birdies and dropped a shot on 10 before putting his tee shot on 12 into a bunker. His club head then snapped off the shaft upon impact as he played his bunker shot and he dropped a further shot before birdies on 14, 17 and 18 saw him finish strongly. There was then a group of seven players at one under including Jordan Spieth, Jimmy Walker and Zach Johnson. last_img read more


first_imgClayton Kershaw’s scoreless-innings streak has ended. His dominant pitching for the Dodgers, however, is very much in tact. Kershaw threw a complete-game, three-hit, 11-strikeout gem, leading the Dodgers to a 2-1 win over the San Diego Padres on Thursday at Dodger Stadium.Kershaw’s scoreless-innings streak came to an end at 41 when Chase Headley homered to center field with two outs in the sixth inning, but the 50,332 fans gave Kershaw a standing ovation. Two, actually.Although the streak was over, it was a dandy — the fifth-longest scoreless-innings streak since the expansion era began in 1961. He hadn’t allowed a run since June 13. It wasn’t the streak’s end that bothered Kershaw.“I guess (I was) disappointed I gave up the homer,” Kershaw said. “I really don’t care about the innings streak. We’re not supposed to give up runs. That’s our job. More than anything, that tied the game.”As Kershaw was interviewed on the field after the game, fans chanted “MVP! MVP!”Kershaw improved to 11-2 for the Dodgers, who lead the NL West. He won his last eight starts and is 8-0 with a .74 ERA over that span. His next appearance will be in the All-Star Game on Tuesday.Kershaw received a standing ovation after Headley’s homer off a slider and another as he walked to the dugout. The focused Kershaw never looked up. The score was tied, after all. However, he knew, and he welcomed it. “That’s really cool they know what’s going on and they have a feeling for it and they appreciate what you’re doing,” Kershaw said. “That’s really cool.”What wasn’t cool for Kershaw were the countless questions on his feelings over the streak’s end. By the third one, a frustrated Kershaw said: “Not good. It tied the game. I don’t really care about the streak.”To know Kershaw is to know that he cares about winning, and the Dodgers are in good position with three games remaining before the All-Star break.When Kershaw’s streak ended, there could’ve been a letdown. Not so.“You’re not going to find Kershaw on a start day unfocused,” said outfielder Scott Van Slyke.Orel Hershiser holds the longest scoreless-innings streak in baseball history at 59 innings in 1988, the last time the Dodgers won the World Series. Don Drysdale had a streak of 58 innings in 1968. Kershaw’s streak was the longest since Brandon Webb had 42 scoreless innings in 2007.Kershaw retired the first seven batters he faced, and Alexi Amarista singled to left to end any thoughts of another no-hitter in the third inning. The Padres own the worst offense in baseball and with Kershaw throwing so well so early, it was surely on the minds of many people. The Dodgers never trailed.Yasiel Puig doubled on a ball that hit off Padres starter Odrisamer Despaigne in the fourth inning and trickled into left field. With two outs, Van Slyke singled in Puig for a 1-0 lead. The Padres tied the score in the sixth on Headley’s home run, but the Dodgers took back the lead in the bottom of the frame.And Kershaw returned to the mound for the inning and retired the side in a 115-pitch game, his third complete game this season and 14th of his career.“It doesn’t get more competitive than that,” catcher A.J. Ellis said of Kershaw. “You can use every adjective — special, relentless and has the will to win…”And that’s why the streak didn’t matter as much as another Dodgers win to Kershaw. center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more


first_imgEldin Jakupovic was born on the 2nd of October 1984. He is Bosnian-Swiss professional football player, goalkeeper of Hull, and new member of the English Premier League. Jakupovic was born in Prijedor. His family escaped to Switzerland because of the war in BiH.He started his professional career at Grasshoppers from Zurich, and year later, moved to FC Thun. After a success, Jakupovic became a member of FC Lokomotiv Moscow in March 2006. He moved to Aris in September 2011, and finally signed for Hull in 2012.Jakupovic joined Hull City in March of 2012. He defended so impressively on one friendly match that manager Nick Barmby expressed a desire for an emergency signing of contract on an indefinite period. Jakupovic signed a contract with Hull City on 2 years. He slowly progressed in the Hall, whose players, because of the characteristic ocher-black jerseys, are called “Tigers”. He started as the third goalkeeper behind Allan McGregor and Steven Harper. He was waiting for his chance for a long time, and when he finally got it, he was brilliant against the famous Arsenal in the FA Cup in February this year. Sports fans in BiH were able to see his fantastic appearance and after the result 0:0, Hull got another match against the famous Arsenal.Jakupovic has dual citizenship, both BiH and Switzerland. He played for BiH and Switzerland in U-21. Meanwhile he felt neglected, and refused to play for BiH on several occasions.In October 2008, Jakupovic refused the national team of Switzerland, saying that he does not want to play for family reasons. Today he would probably accept the invitation of Bazdarevic. Although he is 32 years old, that is not problem for him, because, goalkeepers have a longer playing lifetime. The teammates of Eldin say that he is a real tiger.(Source: nap.ba)last_img read more