Newsmaker No. 8: Fowler

first_imgRickie Fowler wasn’t the PGA Tour’s Player of the Year He didn’t win a major in 2015. He didn’t do enough to challenge Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy and Jason Day for “Big Three” consideration. He did, however, deliver the most spectacular performance of the season during a breakout year that recast him as one of the game’s most formidable and deserving young stars. The key word there is “deserving,” because even some of Fowler’s peers apparently didn’t believe he was worthy of all the hype he received before delivering three impressive victories this year. Fowler began redefining himself with his spectacular finish at The Players Championship in May, winning with one of the boldest Sunday charges you’ll ever see. Named early that week with Ian Poulter as the most overrated players in the game in a magazine player survey, Fowler delivered the most eloquent answers to all his critics. He hit more clutch shots coming down the stretch at TPC Sawgrass than most players will hit in a year, more than some will hit in an entire career. Fowler won The Players with a birdie at the fourth playoff hole, sticking a gap wedge to 4 feet and 8 inches at the famed 17th. He played the island hole three times that Sunday and birdied it all three times, twice in the playoff. He birdied 15 and eagled 16 in regulation, and then birdied both 17 and 18 to get into the playoff with Sergio Garcia and Kevin Kisner. “Obviously, he’s not overrated,” Kisner said afterward. “I think he proved that.” Top 10 Newsmakers of 2015: The full list Golf Channel analyst Brandel Chamblee liked the manner in which Fowler answered his critics. “I cannot remember a more in-your-face victory,” Chamblee said. Butch Harmon, who began working as Fowler’s swing coach about 16 months before the victory, wondered who voted Fowler most overrated. “They must feel silly now,” Harmon told Sky TV. The Players wasn’t Fowler’s lone statement. A year after recording top-five finishes in each of the major championships, Fowler broke through to win on three large stages in 2015, just not major championship stages. That’s about all Fowler didn’t do while proving himself a formidable closer this year. He closed out memorably in all three of his victories. After winning The Players, Fowler won the Scottish Open in July with birdies at three of the final four holes. He beat the strong field assembled in Scotland a week before the Open Championship. Two months after that, Fowler came from three shots behind Henrik Stenson on the back nine at the Deutsche Bank Championship to win a FedEx Cup event. “It’s been a good year as far as being able to get the door knocked down,” Fowler said. “Last year, I put myself in positions to win, and this year I finally took care of business. I’ve been able to rack up a few trophies.” Harmon knew what The Players would do for Fowler. “He got so much confidence at The Players, not only in what he’s doing, but in what he can do in competition,” Harmon told USA Today. “He believes in himself now. The beauty of Rickie now is he knows how good he is. He knows all the hard work he’s done has paid off.” Fowler will be looking to make his mark next on the majors after reaching most of his goals in 2015. “The only goal I didn’t get was winning a major,” he said. “I guess we’ll keep that one on the list for next year.”last_img read more

Ebola confirmed in NYC doctor as WHO warns about Mali

first_imgIn US Ebola developments today, joy over a nurse’s hospital discharge was tempered with concerns about a hospitalized doctor in New York City who battled the disease in Guinea, as the global response geared up to battle an especially worrisome situation with Mali’s first case.Late yesterday New York City’s health department announced that a health worker who returned from West Africa reported a fever and was taken by a special emergency medical service team to Bellevue Hospital, one of several in New York equipped to manage Ebola cases.A few hours later New York health officials announced that initial tests on the man’s samples were positive for Ebola, and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said that its confirmation tests were positive for the disease as well. The illness is the fourth detected in the United States and the second linked to exposure in West Africa.The patient has been identified as Craig Spencer, MD, MPH, a 33-year-old physician from Columbia University who worked with Doctors without Borders (MSF) in Guinea. The CDC said he returned through New York City’s JFK Airport on Oct 17 and participated in enhanced screening for all travelers returning from West Africa’s outbreak countries.At a media briefing today, New York authorities said public health officials are tracing the man’s contacts and that three close contacts have been quarantined, according to the New York Times. His fever was 100.3°F when he reported it yesterday at 11:00 am, and he is in stable condition. Spencer’s doctors are discussing experimental options for treating his infection.Hazardous materials crews descended on Spencer’s apartment to begin decontamination, and public health teams traced his movements in the days before he became ill, the Times reported. Spencer told investigators he started feeling sluggish on Tuesday, when he visited Manhatten’s High Line park and ate at a restaurant. On Wednesday he went for a 3-mile jog, took the subway to Brooklyn, went bowling in Williamsburg, and took a taxi back to Manhattan.Mary Bassett, MD, MPH, New York City’s health commissioner, said that, out of an abundance of caution, health officials are working to identify anyone who had contact with Spencer from Oct 21 at 7:00 am, when he first started feeling slightly unwell, the Times reported.Health officials have emphasized that Ebola spreads only through contact with bodily secretions and that patients don’t transmit the virus until they have symptoms.In a statement late yesterday, MSF said Spencer is the first of its 700 staff deployed so far to West Africa to get sick with Ebola after turning to their home countries. Two other MSF workers were infected with the virus and airlifted out of the region for treatment and have recovered.MSF said Spencer followed all of its protocols for staff returning to the United States, including twice-daily temperature monitoring, malaria prophylaxis, staying within 4 hours of a hospital with isolation facilities, and immediately contacting MSF if any Ebola symptoms develop.The organization said he immediately contacted its office in New York after he detected his fever, after which he remained in his apartment until paramedics arrived to take him to Bellevue Hospital. It added that he posed no threat to the public before developing symptoms.The group said self-quarantine is not warranted or recommended when a person is not displaying symptoms.Pham discharged from NIH hospitalAs New York City’s Ebola response kicked into high gear, medical teams at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Clinical Center in Bethesda, Md., announced that the first nurse infected with Ebola, Nina Pham, has recovered from her infection and was discharged from the hospital.Pham is one of two Dallas nurses who took care of the nation’s first Ebola patient, a Liberian man who died from his illness. Two days ago the family of a second infected nurse, Amber Joy Vinson, announced that tests at Emory University Hospital have shown that she is also free of the virus.The NIH said on its Twitter feed during a media briefing today that Pham is free of Ebola after five negative tests for the virus. Pham appeared at the briefing and thanked her care teams at the NIH and at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas.The NIH said she didn’t receive any experimental treatments at its facility. However, according to earlier reports during her hospitalization in Dallas she received convalescent serum from Kent Brantly, MD, who recovered from the disease in August.Pham was first hospitalized in Dallas on Oct 10 after developing a fever. She was one of the 48 identified contacts of the Liberian man who died from the disease, Thomas Eric Duncan. Pham’s infection and that of Vinson exposed lapses in personal protective equipment (PPE) protocols that have now been tightened, the CDC has said, along with gaps in hospital Ebola preparedness.WHO: Mali case poses high exposure risksMeanwhile, the World Health Organization (WHO) said yesterday that Mali’s health ministry has confirmed the country’s first Ebola infection and that samples have been sent to a WHO-affiliated laboratory for further testing. The WHO said the girl’s symptoms and travel history are worrisome and may have exposed others in Mali to the disease.The patient is a 2-year-old girl who came from Guinea with her grandmother. The girl’s first medical visit in Mali was on Oct 20, when she was seen by a health worker in Kayes, a city of 128,000 in the western part of the country near the border with Senegal.The girl and her grandmother were hospitalized the next day, and the girl’s symptoms included fever, a cough, bleeding from the nose, and blood in the stools. Diagnostic tests were negative for malaria but positive for typhoid fever. Further tests of the girl’s samples conducted at Mali’s national lab were positive for Ebola yesterday.The girl has reportedly died from her infection, according to Reuters, which cited an unnamed health official and local radio station reports.An investigation found that the grandmother traveled from Mali to a funeral in Kissidougou, Guinea. The WHO said it is seeking to confirm media reports that the child’s mother had Ebola symptoms before she died.On Oct 19 the two returned to Mali, with the child bleeding from her nose before they left Guinea, suggesting the girl was symptomatic during travel in Mali. The pair took public transportation to Bamako, Mali’s capital, where they remained for 2 hours before continuing on to Kayes. The WHO said multiple exposures occurred while the girl had visible symptoms. “The WHO is treating the situation in Mali as an emergency,” the agency said.The girl is being treated in isolation, and so far the investigation has identified 43 close and unprotected contacts, including 10 health workers who are also being monitored in quarantine.Mali has acted quickly, and the WHO and the CDC were already in Mali helping with Ebola preparedness efforts, the group said. The staff is now assisting with a surge response to the first Ebola detection in Mali.Mali is the third West African country outside of the three main outbreak nations to report Ebola related to the outbreak. The WHO recently announced that virus transmission had ended in the other two countries, Nigeria and Senegal.Congress members question preparedness, quarantine proceduresThe two latest developments, especially the New York case, spilled over in a 4-hour US House of Representatives Oversight and Government Reform committee hearing on coordination of the US multiagency response. Today’s hearing was especially contentious, compared with the tone of other recent Congressional hearings, coming just a few weeks before midterm elections.Some of the House members contended that Spencer’s infection shows that tightened travel screening steps aren’t working and asked why outbreak workers and others aren’t required to spend the 21-day fever monitoring period oversees, rather than in the United States.Rabih Torbay, senior vice president of international operations for International Medical Corps, which has 800 health workers in the outbreak region, said the out-of-country monitoring period would make it difficult to recruit and retain health worker volunteers, considered a key tool in battling the outbreak.He added that the extra monitoring would increase volunteer commitments from 6 weeks to 9 weeks, interfering with leave time from work and extending the time away from their families. “We can’t completely wrap ourselves in a bubble here,” he said.Some legislators said reports that Spencer felt sluggish a few days ago raise questions about whether self-monitoring and self-quarantine are effective.Deborah Burger, RN, co-president of National Nurses United (NNU), the nation’s largest nurses union, told committee members that a team is needed to more formally follow and monitor returning health workers. She said it may be unrealistic to expect health workers to monitor their own health, when they are in the patient role. “They’re humans. They’re patients,” she said.House members also grilled defense department witnesses on the risk to deployed military members who are in the outbreak countries. Maj Gen James Lariviere, deputy director for political-military affairs in Africa for the US Department of Defense (DoD), said troops won’t be providing care to Ebola patients and that strict protocols are in place, such as daily fever checks, hand washing regimens, and avoidance of public contact.Michael Lumpkin, assistant secretary of defense for the DoD, said 698 troops are in West Africa now, with the ability to reach inaccessible areas. “What looks to be impossible, they made possible,” he said, adding that the US military is an interim solution until international capacity mobilizes.Rep Elijah Cummings, D-Md., the committee’s ranking member, said he can understand the emotion of the American people about protecting healthcare workers and military members. “That’s serious business,” he said, asking the NNU’s Burger what more needs to be done to train hospital staff and responders. Burger called for mandatory standards for PPE gear and training.Darrell Issa, R-Calif., chairman of the committee, said it’s important to investigate preparedness lapses in the weeks to come, and he compared the Ebola epidemic to the current terror threat. For both, the problem needs to be addressed at the source, and for Ebola, response sights need to focus on Africa, he added.See also:Oct 23 NYC Health media briefing transcriptOct 23 CDC statementOct 24 Times storyOct 23 MSF statementOct 24 NIH press releaseOct 24 WHO statementOct 24 Reuters storyOct 24 US House subcommittee materialslast_img read more

Jeremy Johnson expected to command offense on A-Day

first_imgAUBURN – Rain or shine the expectation is for Auburn’s offense to have a good showing on A-Day.With Jeremy Johnson going through his second A-Day game, and first as the presumptive starter, Auburn coach Gus Malzahn wants to see his quarterback put points on the board and “to have more of a control over the offense.”Said Malzahn, “The bottom line is get the offense in the end zone.”Johnson went a combined 9 for 21 for 130 yards with a touchdown with both the first and second-team units last year, leaving plenty of room for improvement Saturday afternoon.The Montgomery native will be splitting reps with backup Sean White on the first-team and could see time on the second team as well during Saturday’s 48-minute scrimmage.If Johnson were to have the kind of performance Nick Marshall did a year ago, with 236 yards and four scores in the air en route to being named the Offensive MVP, it would certainly silence anyone still foolish enough to believe there’s a quarterback competition on the Plains.Though the quarterbacks won’t be live the defense will be allowed to bring pressure, which is unusual for a spring game.The defense will also have to try and contain a trio of backs in Jovon Robinson, who is aiming for 100 rushing yards, Roc Thomas and Peyton Barber, each of whom are capable of big plays.With Will Muschamp making his return to the home crowd at Jordan-Hare Stadium the defense wants to show its progress this spring.“Very excited because people look at Auburn has an offensive team,” defensive tackle Maurice Swain said. “We want to change their mindset. Auburn started as a defensive team, ever since I’ve been a fan. We’re just trying to get back to it.”Weather could play a big role in the game though.As of 4 p.m. Friday the National Weather Service forecast called for a 30-50 percent chance of rain and thunder for Saturday’s 1 p.m. kickoff.Earlier in the week Malzahn said inclement weather wouldn’t alter the team’s game plan.However, given the growing list of injuries, especially in the secondary where starting corner Jonathan Jones is officially done for the spring following foot surgery, backup T.J. Davis (right ACL) is out indefinitely and Josh Holsey and Tray Matthews are on the mend, it’ll be very important to get through the day unscathed.Whether projected starting left guard Alex Kozan (back) and defensive end/Buck linebacker Carl Lawson (knee) will play is still in question as they were both held out of the two prior spring scrimmages.“They’re being smart, trying to keep me out of harm’s way,” Kozan said. “Hopefully I’ll get to play. But we’ll see what happens.”With so many players expected to be held out there will be ample opportunity for less proven players to make a name for themselves.“Those guys that played just a little bit, this will be their first time to really play and really show what they can do,” Malzahn said. “We got a lot of guys competing for spots next year as far as getting through with spring and who we count on.”Even when injuries were not a concern last year, 12 players got carries and 12 had receptions, many with less proven track records to that point.Marshall, Cameron Artis-Payne and D’haquille Williams have shined during the past two A-Day games, while the defense has seen Justin Garrett and Kenny Flowers earn MVP recognition in recent years and Brandon King and Cameron Toney also had productive days a year ago.Malzahn wants to see how his team responds to playing in front of a crowd and who raises their game in the fourteenth practice of the spring.“There’s been one or two guys that really raise their level,” Malzahn said. “Really hoping to see that because guys react different when you get in front of a crowd and hopefully they react different in a positive way.”last_img read more

Huskies Top Michigan Tech 65-61

first_imgThe St. Cloud State University women’s basketball team came up with a close 65-61 win over Michigan Technological University at the MSU-Moorhead Tournament on Friday night.The Huskies improve to 2-0 on the season. They will play their second game of the tournament at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday against Metropolitan State University of Denver.last_img

Ex-Real Madrid target Mourinho to sign a lucrative contract extension at Chelsea

first_imgJose Mourinho has agreed to extend his current contract with Chelsea until the 30th of June 2019, along with a salary of €10.5 million euros per season without bonuses, with the aim of keeping the Portuguese coach to lead a long-term project at Stamford Bridge. In mid-May, after the elimination of Real Madrid in the semi finals of the Champions League at the hands of Juventus, Florentino Perez contacted Mourinho to offer him the manager’s job at the expense of Ancelotti, but the Portuguese rejected a return to the Bernabeu for his current situation at Chelsea. After being accused of being manager signed to get results over the short-term, Mourinho has already proclaimed this year his intention to remain at Chelsea for “at least 10 years” to overhaul the playing squad and continue with his current project, something which Abrahimovic is in agreement with. CEST Jordi Blanco That occurred a couple of months after the first meeting between the executives of Chelsea, where Mourinho got a promise from the English club to fund a large transfer warchest, said to be of around 100 million euros. That money is designated to improve the current squad, as Chelsea have the Champions League as their primary objective. According to the Daily Mail, Roman Abramovich has been advised to renew Mourinho’ current deal which runs out in June 2017, due to the previously stretched relations which resulted in the Russian owner having to let Mourinho go in 2007.  15/06/2015 Upd. at 13:48 last_img read more

Swans bring the changes

first_imgA breath of fresh air is coming from Casey Fields as Casey-South Melbourne gears up for the Victorian Premier Cricket…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription. By Nick Creely last_img

League divides local footy

first_imgBy RUSSELL BENNETT AN Ellinbank and District Football League split will happen over the next two years, despite league president…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Rate capping impacts services

first_imgBy ANEEKA SIMONIS UP TO $150 million will be ripped from local councils in the next financial year, impacting vital…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Tuam Stadium to host County SFC final

first_imgSunday, Oct 15th:At Tuam Stadium – Minor A football final: Salthill Knocknacarra v Claregalway 2pm (Ref. Anthony Coyne)At Tuam Stadium – Country SFC final: Corofin v Mountbellew Moylough 4pm (Ref. Muiris McGearailt, Linesmen Frank Kinneen & Martin Flaherty)print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Tuam Stadium has been confirmed as the venue for the county senior football final between Corofin and Mountbellew Moylough on Sunday week. The big game throws in at 4pm with Muiris McGearailt as referee. The Minor A final beforehand at 2pm between Salthill Knocknacarra and Claregalway will be refereed by Anthony Coyne. This weekend sees both Intermediate semi finals down for decision as Oileain Arainn and Williamstown head back to Pearse Stadium for their replay while Kilkerrin Clonberne and Claregalway meet in Tuam Stadium. Sunday, Oct 8th:At Pearse Stadium – IFC semi final replay: Oileáin Árann v Williamstown 2.45pm (Ref. Frank Kinneen)At Tuam Stadium – IFC semi final: Kilkerrin Clonberne v Claregalway 3.45pm (Ref. Kieran Quinn)last_img read more