A lucky fan has won the chance to have dinner, or work out, with NFL superstar Tom Brady by bidding nearly a million bucks in an auction that benefits victims of the coronavirus. After placing the winning bid of $800,000 at a fundraising auction, the winner also receives opening game tickets and memorabilia such as Brady’s jersey and cleats from his first game for Tampa Bay.The celebrity ‘All In Challenge’ fundraiser will help feed people who have lost jobs and who are in need during the coronavirus pandemic. The fundraiser raised $21.5 million in 13 days.Brady has signed with the Buccaneers after 20 years and six Super Bowls with the New England Patriots.Other auction items include a round of golf and dinner with twice NFL Super Bowl winner Peyton Manning, which attracted a $525,000 bid, and a day of activities with Hall of Fame basketball great Magic Johnson that had a high bid of nearly $100,000.The identities of the leading bidders were not immediately available.
Officials in Texas have arrested a grandmother and her boyfriend after authorities found a 6-year-old child tied up in the couple’s shed.The incident was reported Sunday in Dallas, Texas.Authorities say they arrived to the home around 11:30 pm after receiving a tip that a child in the household may be, being abused.The child’s grandmother 53- year-old Esmeralda Lira, told authorities the child was with his mother, however, a man who lived on the property told police that the boy was actually in the shed and directed them to the area.When investigators opened the shed, they found the child with his hands tied behind his back.During a police interview, Lira told authorities that the child was put in the shed as a punishment and that it was only a one time thing. Lira’s boyfriend 64-year-old Jose Balderas, told authorities that the child had been confined to the shed for at least two weeks for stealing food. The child then told police that the abuse had been going on since he “got out of school for this Corona thing.”Both Lira and Balderas have since been arrested and are facing charges of endangering a child. They are each being held on a $100,000 bond.
Although some states are still under a lockdown, President Donald Trump said Friday that he has deemed churches and other houses of worship “essential” and called on governors across the country to allow them to reopen this weekend.“Today I’m identifying houses of worship — churches, synagogues and mosques — as essential places that provide essential services,” Trump said.President Trump warned governors that they “need to do the right thing and allow these very important essential places of faith to open right now, for this weekend.” And he warned that if governors don’t abide by his request, he will “override” them.For months the reopening of religious services have been a controversy, and now that many states are starting to reopen, Trump and the White House administration believe it is safe to reopen churches in accordance with the CDC guidelines.Following Trump’s announcement, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new guidelines for communities of faith that include taking steps to limit the size of gatherings and considering holding services outdoors or in large, well-ventilated areas.
25 Jun 2013 Evans bounces back to win Berkshire Trophy Ryan Evans (Wellingborough, Northamptonshire) put the disappointment of not qualifying for the Amateur Championship behind him by winning the Berkshire Trophy at The Berkshire. A closing round of 69 over the Red Course for 279 left him a stroke ahead of Vaughan McCall from New Zealand and two clear of Ryan Fricker (Yelverton, Devon). Evans, a member of the England ‘A’ squad, won the South of England Amateur Championship at Walton Heath last year and has been in good form this season, finishing tied second in the St Andrews Links Trophy and joint third in the French Open Amateur Championship. So a win was on the horizon when he arrived at The Berkshire and an opening 68 over the Red left the 26 year old a shot behind McCall. He was still a shot behind McCall at halfway after both fired 72 over the Blue Course but the Kiwi was joined at the top of the leaderboard by Robbie Busher (Salisbury & South Wilts, Wiltshire), who signed for a best-of-the-day 67 after an opening 72. At that stage Evans was sharing third spot with 2012 British Boys champion Matthew Fitzpatrick (Hallamshire, Yorkshire), who shot 68, but a 70 back on the Red in Round Three saw Evans one ahead as McCall who returned another 72, while Fitzpatrick and Busher fell back with 74 and 78 respectively. The final round was again over the Red with Fricker who returned the best card with 68 for third place, while Evans and McCall both shot 69, leaving the Englishman one clear and the champion. Leading final scores: 279 R Evans (Wellingborough) 68 72 70 69 280 V McCall (New Zealand) 67 72 72 69 281 R Fricker (Yelverton) 73 69 71 68 283 D Timms (Mid Kent) 68 74 70 71 286 T Lawton (Wilmslow) 70 75 68 73, J Shufflebotham (Prestatyn) 69 75 73 69, J Kemp (Woburn) 74 68 72 72 Image copyright: The Sports Journalist
Surrey golfer Karen Kuhler swept through to the England Golf women’s Grand Medal Final when she won her regional qualifier by five shots.Karen scored net 68 – four under par – at Tyrrells Wood in Surrey to lead the 10 qualifiers from the South Region Medal Final.She will be joined in the Grand Medal Final at Peterborough Milton Golf Club on June 28 by: Nancy O’Connor (Sundridge Park), Nicola Smith (Sittingbourne & Milton Regis), Gill Pates (Addington Palace), Kirsty Galbraith (Mid-Kent), Pat Morecroft (Nizels), Dinah Henson (West Byfleet), Michele Desmond (Knole Park), Susan Jones (Chestfield) and Fiona Pullar (The Wildwood).All the regional finalists had returned the best four scores at their club in the England Golf Medals during 2013.Karen was playing in the second group out and set an early target which was never threatened. She described her round as “interesting” because it included a triple bogey, three double bogeys, 12 pars and a birdie. “I didn’t really play a bad shot, but I don’t know the course that well and got the wrong club on the bad holes. It was a very good day,” she said.She has played golf for 40 years and has been as low as nine. But, when her three children were young she didn’t play much and is currently working her way back down from 17 handicap. Last year she reduced from 15 to 13 and another cut is on the way after the regional final. “Now the children have all finished school I’m playing more,” said Karen.This was the second of six Regional Medal Finals. The East final has already taken place and the other dates are: Midlands North at Shrewsbury, Shropshire, on 3 May; Midlands South at Tadmarton Heath, Oxfordshire, on 13 May; North at Houghton-Le-Spring, Durham on 21 May; South West at Forest Hills, Gloucestershire on 25 May.South Region Medal FinalQualifying scoresPar 72 CSS 7568 Karen Kuhler (Walton Heath)73 Nancy O’Connor (Sundridge Park); Nicola Smith (Sittingbourne & Milton Regis)74 Gill Pates (Addington Palace); Kirsty Galbraith (Mid-Kent)75 Pat Morecroft (Nizels); Dinah Henson (West Byfleet); Michele Desmond (Knole Park); Susan Jones (Chestfield)76 Fiona Pullar (The Wildwood) 28 Apr 2014 Karen leads South qualifiers for Grand Medal Final
It was tense, it was tight – but England came through to win the weekend international against France by 14-10 at Formby Golf Club in Lancashire.“It was very tense, as we said it would be, and I am so proud of the boys,” commented England team captain, Kevin Tucker. “They have been a pleasure to be with, they are a fantastic set of lads.“All credit to the French team – they came back hard this afternoon, as we knew they would. It’s never easy to win an international match and the experience will do my lads a lot of good, especially our four debutants, Scott Gregory, Josh Hilleard, Bradley Moore and James Walker.”The team – which received good luck wishes from Masters champion Danny Willett – went into the final singles session with a two-point lead and, to begin with, they seemed set to race to the title.But the determined French team had other ideas and, after each side claimed an early win, the afternoon turned into a dogged battle, with a series of close games.Ashton Turner (pictured right) led the way for England with his biggest international win to date, playing four under par for 12 holes and beating his opponent 7/6. But, as he remarked: “At the end of the day it’s one point for the team and that’s what matters.”Alfie Plant and Bradley Moore were next to score, each putting half a point on the board after tenaciously holding on. Plant was one down after 16 but birdied 17 to get back to all square and then halved the 18th. Moore lost the 16th and 17th to birdies to be one down with one to play – but won the 18th.Behind them, Paul Kinnear and James Walker were making ground. Kinnear had to wait until the 10th to get ahead in his game, but once there, he stayed there and was certain of at least half a point when he got to two up after 16.Walker was never behind in his game and gradually worked his way to three up after 12. He held on to that score through 15 – and another half, at least, was assured.Scott Gregory – playing in the last match – provided the guarantee that England would reach the necessary points total. Early on, he was either one down or all square in his match but he forged ahead with three consecutive birdies from the 13th. It meant, he too, was three up with three to play, and England was certain of victory in the international.In the end, all three players won their matches: Gregory by 3/1, while both Walker and Kinnear were one up.It was a special moment for Kinnear, who was playing at his home club and said: “To win is fantastic and especially for me, at my home club. You see the members out there watching and you want to prove how good you are. I haven’t had my A game here this week but I haven’t been beaten in the singles and to get 1½ points is massive.”This biennial international began in 1934 and England have now won 29 of the matches so far, conceding just five. The French team were last successful in 2010 in Chantilly.Masters champion Danny Willett played in the 2008 match and sent his good luck message to the team last night. Tucker commented: “They were very pleased to receive it and it was very good of the Masters champion to send it.”The full team was: Jamie Bower of Meltham, Yorkshire; Scott Gregory of Corhampton, Hampshire: Josh Hilleard of Farrington Park, Somerset; Paul Kinnear of Formby, Lancashire; Bradley Moore of Kedleston Park, Derbyshire; Alfie Plant of Sundridge Park, Kent; Ashton Turner of Kenwick Park, Lincolnshire; and James Walker of The Oaks, Yorkshire.Images © Leaderboard PhotographyClick here for full scoresClick here for the Sunday foursomes report 15 May 2016 England beat France in tense finale
England’s Caitlin Whitehead powered away to win her first major title with a three-shot victory in the girls’ European Young Masters at Hauger Golf Club in Norway.The 15-year old from Cumbria put her foot down over the last three holes, playing them in one-under, to break clear of the charging Spanish player, Carolina Lopez-Chacarra.Whitehead finished on three-under par, while her challenger faded over the closing holes with bogeys on 16 and 18, dropping back to level par for the 54-hole event.“I’m really pleased,” said Whitehead, from Carus Green Golf Club. “I’ve been playing well all season and been quite consistent but hadn’t managed to win many tournaments. So I’m happy to have finished one off.”Whitehead is only the second English player to win this title, after Lily May Humphreys was successful in 2017.The championship was played on a hilly course in hot temperatures, only relieved by a breeze in the final round – which added to the challenge.Whitehead opened with one-under, to be two off the pace. She took the lead with her second round of three-under 69, which included an eagle three on the third.“I hit 17 greens in regulation which made it a bit harder to make a bogey and a lot easier to make a birdie. I just had to rely on my putting,” she said.“I haven’t held the lead in a tournament with a round to go so I was just trying to treat it as another round. If I played well, I played well; if I didn’t I didn’t. As long as I did my best, that was all I could do.”The first tee nerves weren’t too bad but the tension ramped up over the closing holes. Whitehead had been concerned with the progress of her playing partner, but with three holes left she realised she had been caught by Lopez-Chacarra, playing in the group in front.“I knew I needed to be one-under for the last three holes to have a chance, but when she bogeyed the 16th it gave me a bit of a buffer,” said Whitehead.However, she took no chances. She chipped and putted for a birdie on the long 16th and parred the last two holes to take the title. “I really enjoyed it, it was really good,” she said.Lopez-Chacarra tied for second place with Sweden’s Ester Fagersten. Tags: European, Norway, Young Masters 29 Jul 2018 Caitlin powers away to win European Young Masters Images courtesy the European Golf Association
But the first domino that fell into place was Bosh—and if he went elsewhere, the other two stars almost surely would have as well.It went down like this: Bosh told Wade he wanted to play in Miami, which immediately convinced the 2006 NBA finals MVP to spurn Chicago’s offer and stay with the Heat. About 48 hours later, Wade got a call from James, telling him it’d be a South Beach three-for-all.However long Bosh stays with the Heat, he may never have a more significant assist.“I think it was more of a collective effort,” Bosh said. “I know these two guys. They have to make their own decisions. There was no point where we asked each other to, ‘OK, we’re going to talk and we’re all going to go here.’ We have to play in the best positions for our families, for ourselves, and for our careers.“And Miami was the obvious choice.”Not until Bosh made up his mind, it wasn’t.Wade was absolutely torn by the decision between Chicago and Miami, so much so that he asked family members to write down their top choices—and that didn’t even break the tie between his hometown and the city where he’s starred for seven years. He told the Heat the only way he would stay put is if they landed Bosh or James.Bosh had a half-dozen offers, but knew the only way he’d get to play with two superstars was by coming to Miami. So he took his leap of Heat faith.“When Chris told me that,” Wade said, “it all just came together.”James eventually completed the trifecta—three of the top five choices from the 2003 draft—that will surely be the talk of the NBA for years to come.In Miami, the start of the free-agent period was called “We Want Wade” week, including a move by officials to ceremonially rename the county from Miami-Dade to Miami-Wade. By week’s end, the Heat got Wade and a whole lot more.“There’s no question about it, they become the favorites along with Boston to win the East,” Orlando coach Stan Van Gundy said. “The East has certainly gotten better. It’s not getting any easier. You have three guys, All-Stars, in the prime of their career. That’s a heckuva team to match up against.”The possibilities are endless, already getting scrawled on the white boards in Heat coach Erik Spoelstra’s office.Wade at shooting guard, James at small forward, Bosh at power forward. Each routinely sees double-teams, and that will continue. But unless the NBA starts allowing Miami opponents to play with at least six guys, then Wade, James and Bosh all can’t have two defenders draped around them at once.That’s where Bosh could flourish, those around him say.“When Chris was in high school, he didn’t even say he was the best player on his team,” said Georgia Tech coach Paul Hewitt, who had Bosh on his team for one year before the then-teenager jumped to the NBA. “And they went 40-0 and won a national championship. That’s who he is. It’s not about who gets credit for what.”Playing in Toronto wasn’t exactly been a path to superstardom for Bosh. The Raptors—who have ravenous fans in their own city—simply haven’t drawn much attention in the United States, mainly because of a lack of postseason success (Bosh has never reached the second round of the NBA playoffs) and that they’re just not on television as much as the glitzier clubs.That’ll change now. Oddsmakers in Las Vegas already are saying the Heat are favorites to win the 2011 NBA title.“Just with us coming together, it’s going to be out there,” Bosh said of the immediate pressure to win. “So we just have to be prepared for that and we have to stay behind each other, keep each other standing tall and just support each other and that’s all it’s about. When you’re having tough times, you rely on your friends; you rely on your teammates to pull you out of it.”Bosh might only seem like the “other guy” in this Heat star cluster.No, he doesn’t have the MVP trophies like James and the championship ring like Wade. Make no mistake: He can play.Bosh is one of only three players with at least 10,000 points, 4,500 rebounds and 600 blocked shots over the last seven seasons, joining Kevin Garnett and Tim Duncan. He’s averaged a double-double in three of his seven years, and coming off a season where he put up career-highs of 24.0 points, 10.8 rebounds and 52 percent shooting.And James is already letting Miami know, this team isn’t being built as a one- or two-man operation.“This is not just all about D-Wade and C.B. and LeBron,” James said. “It’s about the whole team. It’s about the whole organization, starting from the top to the bottom.”Bosh has been at the bottom for too long, never getting remotely close to an NBA title.In Miami, thanks to his decision, he’s got that long-awaited chance to finally see the top.“We just have to take that chance,” Bosh said. “And we were not afraid to be great. So we’ve jumped in the water. Now it’s time to swim.” MIAMI (AP)—In Chris Bosh, the Miami Heat got a power forward and a power broker.Sure, Heat president Pat Riley pulled together the deal, Dwyane Wade had a county renamed in his honor and the anticipation of LeBron James’ decision turned into a drama unlike anything the NBA has likely ever seen. SOUTH BEACH THREE-FOR-ALL—LeBron James (6), Dwyane Wade (3) and Chris Bosh (1) show off their Miami Heat jerseys at American Airlines Arena in Miami, July 9. To the right is Miami Heat owner Micky Arison.
While Clemente died 13 years before Walker was born, the two will be forever linked by the night of Dec. 31, 1972— when Clemente’s plane, jammed with relief supplies for Nicaraguan earthquake victims, crashed off the waters of San Juan. Walker’s father, Tom, was one of the last to see Clemente alive and had been minutes away from climbing aboard the plane himself.“I can remember it like it was yesterday,” said Tom Walker, a major league pitcher for six seasons from 1972-77. “We left the airport, and it was the last time I ever saw Roberto Clemente. He saved my life by not letting me get on that plane.”Walker is currently one of the NL’s hottest hitters, going 16 of 36 (.444) since Aug. 24. He has seven hits in his last two games, and has homered in four of his last five despite playing on the majors’ worst team. His average is the third highest among all rookies with at least 300 at-bats. PITTSBURGH (AP)—When Pirates second baseman Neil Walker takes the field at PNC Park, he needs only to glance over his shoulder at the 21-foot Roberto Clemente Wall in right field for inspiration.Walker, one of the majors’ top rookies, grew up in Pittsburgh hearing countless stories about one of baseball’s greatest outfielders and a man whose influence in his native Puerto Rico extends far beyond the diamond. TOP ROOKIE—Pittsburgh Pirate Neil Walker rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run against the Chicago Cubs in the third inning during a baseball game in Chicago, Sept. 1.
by Genaro C. ArmasHERSHEY, Pa. (AP)—In Class AAA, the referees overseeing the 120-pound bout got showered with a chorus of boos after overturning Brashear senior Godwin Nyama’s potential match-winning takedown of Canon McMillan’s Connor Schram with 20 seconds left in regulation. Nyama (38-2) became the first City League wrestler to win a PIAA championship.A replay on the video board appeared to show Nyama had the points on the returning state champ. The bout went into overtime, and nearly everyone in the Giant Center switched their allegiance to Nyama, who considered himself the underdog.“It’s Canon-Mac, it’s a powerhouse, you know?” Nyama said. “The ref always goes on their side. The crowd saw it, the other ref saw it. I just stayed positive and kept going.”They swooned after Nyama lifted Schram off the mat near the edge of the circle before taking him down with 22 seconds left for a 3-1 victory. Nyama jumped into the arms of coach Nate Geller, who lifted him in the air for several seconds.Nyama denied Schram (25-1) a PIAA title and an undefeated season.Nyama said he told himself before the match that he couldn’t “let the ref decide the call. I wasn’t going to let the ref take away my state championship. I knew (the first takedown) was getting waved off before his coach went over. So I stayed positive and kept pushing the action.” BIG TAKE DOWN—Brashear’s Godwin Nyama, left, takes down Canon McMillan’s Connor Schram during their Class AAA 120-pound finals match at the PIAA high school wrestling championships March 10, in Hershey, Pa. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)