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Houston Open: Sam Burns shades out Jason Day to retain lead as Dustin Johnson looms in behind | Golf News

first_imgThe Australian quickly recovered from that, though, with birdies at the third, fifth and eighth before making more forward progress at the 12th and 16th.He looked well placed to claim the overnight lead when he hit his second shot to 15 feet at the last but an aggressive birdie putt saw him race his ball six feet past the hole and he then missed the putt back as he dropped alongside Mexican Ortiz, whose 67 included four birdies and one bogey.Austria’s Sepp Straka is fourth on seven under following a 66, one ahead of Johnson, whose round provided further evidence that he is shaking off the rust in his first tournament since the US Open. Get a NOW TV Sky Sports Pass Catch your favourite sport with a NOW TV Sky Sports Day Pass – one-off payment just £9.99 Get the best prices and book a round at one of 1,700 courses across the UK & Ireland Burns, 24, who is chasing his first PGA Tour victory, made a faltering start with bogeys at the second and third but he was firmly back on track when he followed a birdie at the fourth by chipping in from 87 feet for an eagle at the par-five eighth.The American failed to build on that as he bogeyed the ninth and 11th but a strong closing stretch saw him birdie the 13th, 14th and 16th before he parred the 18th after a fine up-and-down from off the front of the green.Day, 32, whose last victory was in May 2018, started the day two behind Burns and also made an early slip when he bogeyed the second. Dustin Johnson is warming up nicely for The Masters next week after two solid rounds in Houston Dustin Johnson is warming up nicely for The Masters next week after two solid rounds in Houston

Patriots players ‘pulling for’ reinstated receiver Josh Gordon

first_imgJosh Gordon is getting yet another chance, and he has the full support of his squad as he prepares to get back on the field.The Patriots wide receiver was reinstated by the NFL on Friday after he was suspended indefinitely in December for violating the terms of his reinstatement under the league’s substance abuse policy, and his teammates are looking forward to welcoming him back. Antonio Brown’s new helmet fails test; receiver reacts with harsh tweet “We are excited,” captain Matthew Slater said, via NBCSportsBoston. “I’ll say this: Football is number two. We want to see him first and foremost doing well as an individual, doing well as a man, and we want to support him however we can. We’re just going to take this one day at a time, which is all any of us can do. And we’ll see what tomorrow brings and then we’ll let the day after that worry about it when it comes around.”Gordon has struggled with sobriety throughout his NFL career and has been suspended numerous times for violations of the league’s substance abuse policy, but Slater is confident he is getting the help he needs. Related News “I think having support is always a good thing, no matter who you are, no matter what life has brought your way,” Slater said. “I think support is good, and hopefully he finds that he has support here. I think that’s really all I can say about it now. What’s good, what’s not good remains to be seen.”While he won’t be permitted to play Aug. 22 when New England hosts the Panthers, Gordon can rejoin the Patriots on Sunday.”Obviously we’re excited because we’re pulling for him. We love him,” safety Duron Harmon said, per ESPN. “We always want the best for him, more than anything. He’s a part of this team, a brother of ours. We’re looking forward to seeing him on Sunday.”center_img Gordon, 28, caught 41 passes for 737 yards and four touchdowns for the Patriots last year after being traded from Cleveland to New England before the start of the season.Initially taken by the Browns in the supplemental draft in 2012, Gordon has been in and out of the league in that span and has missed 61 games due to suspension. Andrew Luck sighting: Colts quarterback warms up ahead of Week 2 preseason gamelast_img read more

World Juniors 2020: Calgary Flames, USA Hockey netminder Dustin Wolf making a name for himself

first_imgCALGARY — When the puck drops in the Czech Republic for the 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship tournament on Boxing Day, the Calgary Flames will have just one representative at the event. That lone player: 18-year-old Dustin Wolf. The American goaltender was one of the last selections at the 2019 NHL Entry Draft and is quietly becoming one of the Flames’ — and the NHL’s — top prospects.Originally from Tustin, Calif., an Orange County suburb on the outskirts of Los Angeles, Wolf starred in local leagues as a teen. He moved up the coast in 2017 to join the Western Hockey League’s Everett Silvertips as Carter Hart’s understudy. Wolf’s latest challenge is the upcoming World Junior tournament. One of three goaltenders headed to selection camp — along with Florida Panthers prospect Spencer Knight and Vegas Golden Knights prospect Isaiah Saville – Wolf is hoping to make an impression and help the team win when they travel to the Czech Republic over the holidays.“I want to go into camp and show how much I’ve improved since the Summer Showcase and try to make it a tough decision for who they start,” he said, agreeing that the incumbent Knight may have the lead for the American starting job. “He’s obviously a first-round pick for a reason. Awesome guy, great goaltender, but obviously you’re fighting for a job and you want to play as many games as you can. Whatever it takes to [win] a gold medal, that’s what it’s going to be.”Needless to say, Flames brass is excited to see what Wolf can do on the international stage. For the first time since Johnny Gaudreau captured gold in 2013, the C of Red may be spending the holiday season cheering for the red, white and blue. WJC 2020: Analyzing Canada’s roster | Alexis LafreniereNow in his third season in the WHL and second as Everett’s starter, Wolf has emerged as one of the WHL’s top performers. Heading into the holiday break, he is among the leaders in wins (17), shutouts (five), save percentage (.941) and goals-against average (1.91) in all of Canadian junior hockey. With the pressure of his draft year off, the backstop is allowing himself to focus on hockey.“Just being able to go and play now, not having any worries about what people think of you, [you’re] just going out there and playing your game,” Wolf told Sporting News following a recent victory over the Calgary Hitmen. “When you come out with a win there’s a plus to it. We’ve got a great team right now and hopefully, continue that moving forward.”🎥 WHL Highlight of the Night 🎥November 2, 2019 @NHLFlames prospect @dwolf2332 of @WHLsilvertips#WHLHoN pic.twitter.com/f5rpttPz4F— The WHL (@TheWHL) November 3, 2019Just six months ago, Wolf was one of the sentimental stories of the draft.Highly touted due to his numbers and Everett’s strong season, he unexpectedly slid to the seventh round — 214th overall and fourth from the very end of the entire draft — and was still in attendance at Rogers Arena in Vancouver for the pick. Tears flowed and a big grin was there too as he was selected by the Flames, an organization whose captain is the undrafted Mark Giordano and most iconic players include late draft selections like Theoren Fleury who taken in a round that no longer exists.“Obviously I didn’t expect to stay until the last four picks in the draft,” said Wolf. “But I couldn’t have asked for anything better than to come to Calgary. I’ve got nothing but good things to say about them and they’ve supported me through everything thus far.”It’s pretty much been a dream come true and still a lot of work to do, but a step in the right direction.”The 2010s: Crosby named NHL Athlete of the Decade | NHL All-Decade Teamlast_img read more