first_imgBEIJING (AP) — Efforts to dissuade Chinese from traveling for Lunar New Year appeared to be working. Beijing’s main train station was largely quiet and estimates of passenger totals were smaller than in past years. Thursday started the roughly two-week travel rush ahead of the holiday that falls this year on Feb. 12. It’s usually a time when trains and other transportation are packed with migrant workers taking what may be their only chance each year to travel home and see family. At the Beijing station, only about five of 15 security gates were open and the usual lines at ticket windows and passengers camped on the central plaza were nowhere to be seen.last_img read more


first_imgPhoto courtesy of Sports InformationNever say die · Sophomore Robynn Ree led the team at 5-under on Tuesday to help the Women of Troy to a 13-stroke comeback victory.Entering the final round of play Tuesday morning at the ANNIKA Intercollegiate in Orlando, the No. 2 women’s golf team was tied for fourth in the team standings with No. 4 Georgia at 12-under. USC trailed then-leading No. 1 UCLA by 13 strokes to begin Tuesday’s final round of play at the Reunion Resort.In the third round on Tuesday, USC recorded a team score of 12-under and clinched first place at the ANNIKA Intercollegiate for the second consecutive season. Overall, the Women of Troy won the tournament with a team score of 24-under; formerly leading UCLA finished in third place (-20) after shooting 5-over in the final round Tuesday.“We know that every one of these girls is capable of shooting a low round,” head coach Andrea Gaston said. “The hardest part about the game of golf is forgetting what happened yesterday and starting fresh today; getting yourself in the right state of mind to play a great game of golf.”Sophomore Robynn Ree shot a team-best 5-under in Tuesday’s final round. Ree finished the tournament tied for 17th overall with a final score of 4-under.“[Ree] has a great way about her — she’s a fast player, and she’s a smart player,” Gaston said. “She made some really solid adjustments out there and boom, she ended up shooting a 5-under for us.”The Women of Troy’s top-scorer in the tournament was redshirt senior Victoria Morgan, who finished at 7-under; this score tied her for eighth overall in the tournament’s individual leaderboard.“[Our team] knew that if we each individually just played our own games, then we had a chance to win,” Morgan said.  “We all believed in ourselves, but [when we actually won], there was a feeling of utter surprise … I’ve been playing here for four years, and we’ve never come back like this, and I don’t think I’ve seen any other team come back like this.”All five USC golfers finished in the top 25 of the player leaderboard at ANNIKA this week.A 4-under performance from senior Karen Chung in the final round Tuesday propelled her to a 25th-place finish overall in the tournament (-2). Seniors Tiffany Chan and Gabriella Then finished the tournament tied for 17th (-4) along with Ree.“It’s a great feeling knowing that we are the defending champions [of this ANNIKA tournament] now,” Gaston said. “[Winning here] is definitely a very great and exciting way to start off our season.”Following the season-opening ANNIKA Intercollegiate win, the team will next travel to the Glen View Club in Chicago to compete at the Windy City Collegiate Classic on Oct. 3-4.last_img read more


first_img“No, we lost,” he said. “It still goes in the loss column. We learned a few things. We know we can get a lot better.”Then again, sixth-man Jamal Crawford could not deny there was some good that came out of the team’s first setback of the season.“The fact that we fought back is encouraging,” said Crawford, whose team plays host to Houston on Saturday night at Staples Center. “To get down 17 in this environment against the champs and still have resolve and still have the lead in the fourth quarter shows a lot of character on this team.” Even Jordan had to go along with that.“Yeah, I think we can compete with not just them, but anyone,” he said. “Like I said before, they are a great team with a lot of great guys who have been together for a while and so have we. They have probably one of the best crowds in the league and I’m proud of the way we came in. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Considering they were down by 17 points in the second quarter to the defending champion Golden State Warriors on Wednesday at Oracle Arena in Oakland, where just two nights earlier the Warriors demolished Memphis by 50 points, one would think the L.A. Clippers might look at their eventual 112-108 loss as a moral victory of sorts.Not necessarily.“It would have been encouraging if we won,” shooting guard J.J. Redick said. “We are not the ‘Bad News Bears.’ We are a team that has championship aspirations and for us to do that, we have to win.”Center DeAndre Jordan was asked if he was encouraged by the showing by the Clipper (4-1). He shot that down.center_img “We have a lot of work to do, but we will be all right.”The Clippers went up by 10 points at 97-87 on a basket by Crawford with 7:56 to play. The Warriors (5-0) outscored them 25-11 down the stretch.The rivalryGolden State’s Klay Thompson scored 16 points on 7-of-18 shooting Wednesday. Afterward, he talked about this budding rivalry and how he expects their games to be hotly contested.“It’s going to be like that every time we play these guys,” Thompson said. “There are a lot of improved guys on their team, so it was good. Whoever it is, who’s out there, we don’t like to lose on our home court, so it would have been a tough loss.”Paul injuredPoint guard Chris Paul left Wednesday’s game with 13.3 seconds left because of a groin issue.“I don’t know, I’ll find out,” coach Doc Rivers said, when asked to assess the extent of the injury. “I don’t think it’s severe.”Scouting the RocketsSaturday will be the first time the Clippers see the Rockets since Houston beat the Clippers in seven games in the Western Conference semifinals. Houston’s Game 7 victory in Houston came after the Clippers blew Game 6 at Staples Center.The Rockets started 0-3 this season but have since beat Oklahoma City and Orlando. Houston, which plays Friday at Sacramento, is being led in scoring by James Harden. He’s averaging 23.8 points, but he’s shooting just 29.4 percent — 16.4 percent from 3-point range.Harden has shot 55 3-pointers, making only nine.last_img read more


first_imgWater at Wellington Golf Club this morning. (Bobby Wilson photo).Sumner Newscow report — You might have heard. Wellington and Sumner County got some rain this past 24 hours. This is a picture of the amount of rain that covered hole #14 at the Wellington Golf Course. Wellington received 2.6 inches of rain this since yesterday afternoon. August total is now 9.8 inches.As you might have heard, Mulvane got the brunt of the storm getting 5.99 inches. Follow us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more


first_imgFormer Dallas Stars head coach Jim Montgomery spoke publicly for the first time since he was fired by the team on Dec. 10 for “unprofessional conduct.” In an interview with TSN’s Pierre LeBrun, Montgomery revealed his battle with and recovery from alcoholism. He said the team was justified in its decision to remove him as head coach.”When I looked in the mirror, people wonder why I’m thankful for the Dallas Stars and (general manager) Jim Nill for what they did even though I understand that I disappointed Jim Nill, the staff I worked with and the players especially. I let them down,” Montgomery reflected. “That firing was deserved. I wasn’t doing the right things. “I felt I was being a hypocrite. I was asking my players to do the right thing and yet I wasn’t. I think it’s important to know that as I did before I went through all of this undertaking, of understanding science and what alcohol does to you.”MORE: Stars players react to Montgomery’s firingOn Dec. 10, Nill wouldn’t go into specifics for why Montgomery was fired when speaking with reporters at a press conference. Montgomery told LeBrun that he was warned a couple of times by Nill and his wife about getting himself in trouble due to alcohol. “That’s when you know the disease is progressive because in my 20s and 30s, I didn’t think it was but in my 40s, when I look at it now, never did I believe it was a problem because I’m going to fix this myself,” Montgomery said. “I had fixed everything in my life myself and I could not fix my problem with alcohol and I needed to go get help.”Montgomery said it took getting firing by the Stars for him to realize he was an alcoholic. He said since college, he would drink once a week.”You celebrate your victories on Saturday night and went hard, partied hard,” Montgomery described. “I didn’t have any problems with alcohol until I was 38. I got a DUI at a coaches’ retreat in Florida and that was the first time that drinking had led to me having problems, although there were several nights previously that I know I drank too much. That DUI led me to do some soul-searching.”Since his firing, Montgomery has been going to intensive therapy in Dallas and has a daily program, which he calls “conditioning to my sobriety.””I’ve sought that help and that’s why I talk about that daily conditioning allows me to have a sober life and my life is much better,” Montgomery detailed. “I tell you that a lot of people have told me that your life is going to get better and now that I’m coming up on six months, it does get better.”I’m just thankful for all those reasons for the Stars letting me go.”MORE: NHL enters Phase 2 in return-to-play protocolMontgomery described what it was like for his family the day he got fired by Dallas. “The day I was let go by the Stars, incredible shame and guilt to have my family name, to tell your wife who has warned you that you lost your job because of this,” Montgomery said choking up. “My two oldest children are boys, 10 and eight, and I have to tell them you lost your job, not because the team was losing but because of your own actions and behaviors and your addiction to alcohol is really, really hard.”In two seasons with the Stars, Montgomery led the team to a 61-43-10 record taking Dallas to the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs last year, losing to the eventual champion St. Louis Blues. Right now, Montgomery is focusing on his recovery and his family but is optimistic he’ll return behind the bench.”I am hopeful to coach again,” Montgomery said. “It’s my passion. It’s what I love to do. I don’t control the opportunities that are going to come my way and I do not worry about the future. I just focus on right now and what I control.”last_img read more