Tempers flare between Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, Padres manager Andy Green

first_imgBoth managers were ejected from the game before play resumed.More on this after the game. Gibson signaled to both benches as he returned to home plate. Both managers were confused – Green was caught on camera, yelling “What happened?” toward Gibson.When the inning ended, both managers met at home plate with Gibson to get an explanation. As they parted, Roberts was clearly angered by something Green said and charged the Padres manager on the grass near the home dugout.Both benches emptied and Roberts was restrained by Dodgers players and coaches from going after Green further. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img SAN DIEGO >> Dodgers manager Dave Roberts and Padres manager Andy Green were both ejected from Friday night’s game at Petco Park after a confrontation between the first and second innings.After a leadoff double by Jose Pirela in the bottom of the first inning, Dodgers starter Alex Wood appeared to complain to home plate umpire Greg Gibson about Pirela possibly stealing signs and signaling to the Padres batter.last_img read more

Week 9 preview: Wellington can make playoffs by ‘winning one for the Giffer’; Conway Springs playing for district championship

first_imgSept. 6GoddardWellington wins 34-28. •••••Other Sumner County games:Douglass at Conway Springs — Both teams have wrapped up a playoff berth, but this will be for the district championship. Both teams are 2-0. Conway Springs, which has been passing the ball a lot more this year, is still the heavy favorite going in. The Cardinals have experience playing the big games. The Bulldogs don’t. Game night weather: It will be Halloween night, by the way. Trick or treat early and then bring your ghosts and goblins over for a football game. Weather wise, rain is predicted early in the day but it should be clear Thursday night with the low being 41 degrees. It’s just that time of year when people should bundle up. Chaparral at Belle Plaine— The Dragons hope to avert a winless season. Neither team will be making the playoffs so this should be a let it rip kind of game. Oct. 31Winfieldaway Wellington32.60052.714165177 Oct. 25MulvaneMulvane wins 30-14 Overall 2013 season thus far: Wellington:  Game’s significance: Essentially a playoff game. Winner advances to the playoff, loser stays home. Winfield: Winfield 44 Marysville 8Winfield 29 Circle 7Winfield 42 El Dorado 7Rose Hill 27 Winfield 24Winfield 28 McPherson 17Buhler 41 Winfield 13Winfield 20 Mulvane 14Clearwater 18 Winfield 15 Points District scenario: District 12 – This is easy, all four teams are 1-1 so the winners of each game will make the playoffs, and those two teams will be compared head-to-head.  Whichever of the two winners beat the other head-to-head will be the district champion, and the other will qualify as the runner-up.  Wellington holds the head-to-head tie breaker over Clearwater, while Mulvane holds the advantage over Wellington. Clearwater beat Winfield head-to-head and Winfield beat Mulvane. Clearwater is at Mulvane in the other game. For all the playoff scenarios click here. Oct. 4CircleWellington wins 43-0. Oct. 11AndaleAndale wins 65-0. Injury situation: Colin Reichenberger, Wellington’s speedy receiver got six stitches in his leg near his knee cap. How this will affect his performance in the upcoming game is left to be determined. He will be playing. AV-CTL standings:  Wellington wraps up third place in the AV-CTL Div. IV. Neither Winfield or Mulvane are league opponents. They are both in AV-CTL Div. III. Clearwater23.40043.571181162 Sept. 13ConcordiaWellington wins 27-6. Circle05007061302 Series history: Wellington leads this series 36-15-5. The Vikings, though, hold a 2-1 edge in recent history. The Topeka Capital-Journal computerized picks: None available at this writing. Thursday night games messes up everything. League Andale501.000701.00033185 Sept. 27CollegiateCollegiate wins 49-21. Oct. 18ClearwaterWellington wins 21-19 Augusta13.25016.143120258 Wellington leads series 36-14-51920 — Wellington 30 Winfield 71921 — Wellington 0 Winfield 461922 — Wellington 0 Winfield 311923 — Wellington 0 Winfield 701924 — Wellington 20 Winfield 71928 — Wellington 64 Winfield 01929 — Wellington 12 Winfield 01930 — Wellington 3 Winfield 01931 — Wellington 0 Winfield 71932 — Wellington 6 Winfield 61941 — Wellington 18 Winfield 61942 — Wellington 0 Winfield 71943 — Wellington 58 Winfield 121944 — Wellington 34 Winfield 61945 — Wellington 34 Winfield 71946 — Wellington 44 Winfield 21947 — Wellington 7 Winfield 61948 — Wellington 7 Winfield 01949 — Wellington 7 Winfield 71950 — Wellington 65 Winfield 01951 — Wellington 31 Winfield 61952 — Wellington 39 Winfield 131953 — Wellington 26 Winfield 141954 — Wellington 32 Winfield 01955 — Wellington 34 Winfield 131956 — Wellington 37 Winfield 01957 — Wellington 13 Winfield 121958 — Wellington 13 Winfield 61959 — Wellington 13 Winfield 61960 — Wellington 25 Winfield 13.1961 — Wellington 7 Winfield 71962 — Wellington 0 Winfield 01963 — Wellington 27 Winfield 01964 — Wellington 6 Winfield 71965 — Wellington 7 Winfield 01966 — Wellington 13 Winfield 141967 — Wellington 20 Winfield 141968 — Wellington 27 Winfield 01969 — Wellington 16 Winfield 91970 — Wellington 36 Winfield 151971 — Wellington 14 Winfield 01972 — Wellington 19 Winfield 71973 — Wellington 6 Winfield 151974 — Wellington 14 Winfield 81975 — Wellington 7 Winfield 141976 — Wellington 0 Winfield 271977 — Wellington 37 Winfield 71979 — Wellington 10 Winfield 31980 — Wellington 0 Winfield 292010 — Wellington 35 Winfield 192011 — Wellington 28 Winfield 472012 — Wellington 7 Winfield 21 TeamWinsLossPct.WinsLossPct.ForAgainst Wichita Collegiate31.75043.571257137 Central-Burden at South Haven— South Haven has clinched another playoff berth, this time as a district runner-up. The Cardinals should have little trouble with Central that is 2-6. West Elk at Oxford — The Wildcats will have their third winning season since being in eight-man football. West Elk is District and South-Central Border League Champions. This could be a chance for Oxford to finish the season by messing up the Patriot’s perfect record. It would be a great way to start the off-season. The synopsis: Here’s a rally cry Wellington players could use before the Winfield football game.“Win one for the Giffer!”It will be longtime assistant coach John Gifford’s final regular season game Thursday when Wellington travels to Winfield. Gifford, who has been a Crusaders’ coach in one capacity or the other since 1971, will be retiring after this year.His final regular season game will be an important one. Quite simply, it will be a playoff game in itself.Wellington wins it advances to the playoffs for the first time since 2010. If Wellington loses then it is equipment check-out time.Wellington and Winfield have played each other three times since 2010. Before that the series had been dormant for 30 years. And the two teams aren’t scheduled to play in the regular season in 2014 or 2015 either.In those three years, Wellington and Winfield have played some strange football games. In 2010, Wellington got in the playoffs thanks to an interception runback for a touchdown late that gave it enough points to get into the post season that year because of the crazy tie-breaking point system.The past two years, Wellington has played some miserable football against the Vikes, losing more because of turnovers and other miscalculated execution than anything else.This year, Wellington returns to Winfield in hopes of a victory.“This may be the most talented team we will see other than Andale and Collegiate,” said Wellington head football coach Tyler Ryan. “They are very fast and have a lot of talent in the skill positions.”But Winfield has trouble with consistency. After beating Mulvane the week before, Clearwater was able to escape with an 18-15 victory.  The Vikings opened the season like gangbusters rattling off a 4-1 record including a 28-17 victory over McPherson.Yet in the last three weeks, Winfield has struggled losing to Buhler and Clearwater and winning a squeaker against Mulvane 20-14. So it depends what Viking team will show up on Thursday night.Wellington hasn’t exactly been a model of consistency as of late either. After playing a near flawless game against Clearwater, the Crusaders were snake bit against Mulvane. Yes, everyone knows about the touchdown made into an interception. But Wellington also had two other key turnovers, and six false start penalties. The Crusaders, so disciplined against Clearwater, were anything but last Friday.Again Wellington has an opportunity to get into the playoffs. It’s a do-or-die moment. After 17 consecutive years of doing just that, it seems to be a difficult proposition of starting a new streak as of late. That can change Thursday. Follow the game: Twitter: Cueballnewscow. Radio: Adrian Young, play-by-play, KLEY-AM 1130. Television: Sumner Cable TV, Channel 5 (audio). Photos and recaps: Wellington.cc and Sumner Newscow. Norwich at Caldwell — Caldwell is currently 2-6 after a promising start and dreams of returning to the playoffs. Injuries completely decimated this team. Sept. 20AugustaWellington wins 19-10. by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The playoff implications for Wellington this Thursday are easy. Win and the Crusaders are in the playoffs. Lose and they are out. It is as simple as that… In other Sumner County football news, Conway Springs and Douglass are vying for a district championship in Class 3A District 9. All other playoff situations for Sumner County teams have been determined with South Haven qualifying and everyone else already eliminated.WELLINGTON AT WINFIELDWinfield (5-3), Wellington (5-3) Kickoff is at 7 p.m. at Southwestern College.  [email protected] Titans at Burrton — This was the one game Argonia won last year. A&A will have completed a very successful debut season with a win here. 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 (4) 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? 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Their first year of 8 man was 2008 when they finished 5-4. They also finished 5-4 last year. Report Reply 0 replies · active 354 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down WHS fan · 354 weeks ago right there with you CRUSADERS~~~Show them what you are made of…… Report Reply 0 replies · active 354 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down dana tompkins · 354 weeks ago Rough tough stuff!!! go big red Report Reply 0 replies · active 354 weeks ago 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! 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Fraser Valley passes test in Nelson, sweeps Kootenay in B.C. Female Midget Hockey League series

first_imgIf the Kootenay Wildcats didn’t have any bad luck, the club would have no luck at all.
The Cats struggled once again around the net falling twice to league leading Fraser Valley Phantom in B.C. Female Midget Hockey League action this weekend in Nelson.The Phantom scored twice in the opening frame en route to a 5-1 victory Saturday at the NDCC Arena.Sunday, the Cats scored twice by that was not enough as Fraser Valley skated away with a 4-2 win.The two losses drop Kootenay 2-10 and fourth-place in the league. Meanwhile, Fraser Valley continues to be the class of the five-team league as the club has yet to lose in 12 games.Saturday, Fraser Valley scored twice on the power play to open a 2-0 margin after 20 minutes.Mackenzie Wong then scored the first of two in the game in the second to increase the advantage to 3-0.Shea Weighill of Nakusp cut the lead to 3-1 with a goal in the third. But Wong and Marsia Ricci scored to put the game away.Sunday, Kootenay rallied back from a 2-0 deficit to score twice in the third.Christina Bonacci of Trail and Weighill gave the Cats some life against the league’s best team.However, Michelle Toor scored for the third time in the game with 3:12 remaining in the third period to lift the Phantom to the win.Brittany Kimber added an insurance goal just over a minute later.Morgan Flynn and Kayla Keraiff, both of Castlegar, shared the goaltending for Kootenay.The Wildcats have a week to prepare for a three-game tourney weekend in the Fraser Valley.Kootenay opens the set Saturday, December 17 against Vancouver Fusion. Later in the day the Cats meet Prince George Cougars before concluding the tourney Sunday against the Phantom.The Okanagan Rockets, the other team in the league, are also playing in the mini-tourney [email protected]last_img read more

CHANDELIER STAKES QUOTES – Saturday September 26, 2015

first_imgMARIO GUTIERREZ, LAND OVER SEA, SECOND: “Really good. I wasn’t going to make much ground on her. Mike Smith has a really talented filly, and with them being able to get that type of easy lead, I knew it was going to be tough for me to cut it. But I like my chances in the Breeders’ Cup. My filly runs from behind, so I really like our chances. She got the distance – we know now she can run a mile and a sixteenth. I think we’re good. I couldn’t ask for more.” MIKE SMITH, SONGBIRD, WINNER: “It lived up to the expectations. She opens that stride up and she has such a high cruising speed.“Not only does she have the ability but she has the mind to go with it. There are so many horses with that kind of ability but a lot can get to them. She’s so intelligent, she’s so smart and listens to everything I tell her. I got her to fall asleep there on the lead but she fell asleep too much! I had to wake her up a little bit at the eighth pole but after that she jumped back into the bridle and it was over.“She acted up a little bit at the break. I think breaking in front of the crowd the first time made her a little nervous. I was lucky to get away as well as I did but she’s so big and strong that when those horses came together on her it just made her go forward.” JOCKEY QUOTES NOTES: The winning owner is Rick Porter of Lexington, Ky., who races as Fox Hill Farms, Inc. DAN WARD, ASSISTANT TO JERRY HOLLENDORFER, SONGBIRD, WINNER: “It was very exciting. It was just what we wanted. She showed she can go two turns and now we’ve got five weeks (until the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Oct. 30).”center_img DOUG O’NEILL, LAND OVER SEA, SECOND: “She ran a great race. We’re very happy with the way she ran. Songbird is a great filly. She’s got that speed and stamina and when she got out there and was able to settle a little bit, you knew no one was going to beat her. We got beat by a really, really good filly, but I was really proud of our filly. She cut into it a little bit. She tried to make a race out of it, but Songbird was too tough and had too much left. TRAINER QUOTES (On future possibilities): “We’ll huddle up with Team Reddam, but I would think the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Filly would be the next up.”last_img read more

Dumboy Thicker than GB!

first_imgStriker David Paye’s double in the 6th and 41st minutes were enough to defeat Nimba 2-1 and to lift the football trophy of the 2013-2014 National County Sports Meet after 24 years at the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex.Nimba’s only consolation goal came through striker Sawtee Nimely in the 57th minute.Grand Bassa led Group 1; but with the absence of its potent striker Varney Sando owing to a controversial 83th-minute red card in the match against Bong, Bassa went into the game as the underdog.Nimba was the favorite, after they humiliated Grand Gedeh in the semi-finals with goal punchers Sam Jackson, Yan Dahn and Prince Choppy.Confident Nimba, with an unbeaten record in the tournament, introduced their usual 4-4-3 pattern, but skipper Kweku Mensah’s Bassa pulled an upset their so-called frightening system, with a disciplined 4-man defense, headed by towering defender Emmanuel Gileh, while David Paye was upfront.In the end, Grand Gedeh convincingly pinned Bong to win the third place trophy. Nimba bowed to Grand Bassa for second place, and Bassa lifted the soccer trophy for the 2013-14 National County Meet.High-profile personalities cheering Grand Bassa to victory at the game were Deputy Speaker Hans M. Barchue, Senate Pro-Tempore Gbehzohgar Findley, Senator Nyonblee Karnga –Lawrence as well as Representatives Jeh Byron Browne and Gabriel Smith.For her part, the big smile on President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s face told of her unspoken joy for Bassa’s triumph. But as a twin mother, the beam was short.It can be recalled that President Sirleaf, during the reign of Julia Duncan Cassell as president of Barrolle, attended the official program of the dedication of Barrolle and her absence during the IE’s headquarters dedication indicated that Barrolle was her team.Bassa, having hosted the County Meet kick-off last month, proved that dumboy was thicker than GB.VolleyballOn Saturday Nimba County won the volleyball trophy, whipping defending champions Bomi County 3-2. The mountainous grasped the first set 25-22 points, with star player Mohammed Varney serving as the main smasher and blocker, but Coach-Player Gibson Otis Nyanneh’s Bomi rotated the score 25-19. The seesaw battle saw Nimba increased the score 25-18 in their 3rd and narrowly won the fourth set 24-26 points. In the fifth and final sets, Nimba cracked Bomi 15-12 points.Earlier, Margibi won Grand Cape Mount County, in a four-set match to clinch the 3rd place trophy. Cape Mount put on a show in the first set 25-19 points; but lost in the remaining three sets: 25-22points, 25-21 points and 26 and 24 points. The games were played at gym of the Samuel K. Doe Sports Complex.BasketballIn the Basketball edition, on Saturday, Grand Bassa dumped Bong County convincingly to win the golden gigantic trophy. The Gbehzohn boys controlled the floor by four quarters. The Gibi boys, also won the 3rd place trophy, when she flushed Bomi, 83-41 points.KickballYesterday, double kickball champs Margibi bowed to Nimba 8-7 points in the grand final. Diamondlyn Wah was awarded the ‘Best Player of the Match.’Earlier, Nimba County won third the place trophy, when she thumped Gbarpolu 2-1. Gbemee Nyumah was the ‘Best Player of the Match.’AthleticsNimba County completed the 22-events in athletics with 77 medals. The events are 100m (male and female); 200m (male and female); 400m (male and female); 800m (male and female); 1500m (male and female) and 5000m (male and female).Other events include 4x100m (male and female); 4x400m (male and female); high jump, long jump and shot put.Grand Cape Mount emerged 2nd with 37 medals, while Grand Bassa settled third with 32 points.Lucy Massaquoi from Grand Cape Mount, 19, is the Most Valuable Player. She participated in five events; won three gold medals and silver.Over crowdednessAbout 9 persons, especially females fainted on the field despite the spray of water by the Liberia Fire Service owing to the denseness of the spectators. The over crowdedness broke the wire fence, and spread to the perimeter, which was also crowded.Most fans blamed the organizer of the tournament for its inability to sell tickets per the number of seats taking into consideration the numbers of officials and staff’s access passes including players’ access.They also pointed fingers at the various security apparatus, serving as security, including Police, Immigration, AFL, Fire Service, Scout as well as Taekwondo athletes.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Odom still on the mend for Lakers

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 “I think for us to have a great year, I’m going to have to have even a better year than I had in Miami,” said Odom, who averaged 17.1 points and 9.7 rebounds during his lone season with the Heat. Only a year after retiring as a player, Scottie Pippen will get his first taste of coaching over the next 10 days, asked by Phil Jackson to work with Odom in the triangle offense at training camp. Pippen’s official title is consultant. “I want him to feel very good about himself, very comfortable as far as what we’re trying to do,” Pippen said of Odom. “From a coaching standpoint, I want him to understand that he’s the guy that’s really going to have to run this ball team.” Pippen said he discussed with Jackson about serving as a full-time assistant on his staff this season. That could be a future option, but didn’t fit right now. “It was something that we sort of talked about,” Pippen said, “and I think what I’m doing now is going to work out better for both of us and give me an opportunity to sort of ease into it and not really jump in and be all-in and not like it.” The Lakers open the exhibition season with back-to-back games, Oct. 11 and 12, against Golden State in Honolulu. Odom added that he hadn’t considered setting a goal of being back on the court by the time the Lakers return from training camp in Hawaii. Odom missed the final 17 games of last season after tearing his labrum. He wanted to play all 82 games a year ago and acknowledged Monday that it will take a career season from him if the Lakers are to be successful. With Pippen, the Lakers have a coaching staff that includes Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Brian Shaw and former Chicago Bulls guard Craig Hodges. Forward Devean George was asked who would win in a pickup game with the assistants. “They’re too old now,” George said. “They might beat us the first game, but we’ll try to have a series. They won’t last.’ After reporting to camp last year at 230 pounds, Kobe Bryant is a lighter 214 this season. Bryant focused on increasing his speed this summer and the results have been surprising, strength coach Joe Carbone said. Bryant now is as quick as even the NBA’s fastest point guards, Carbone said, with sprint times that matched those of Charlotte Bobcats rookie Raymond Felton, who had the most speed of any player the Lakers worked out before the draft. “I just wanted to be able to run all day,” said Bryant, who likely will have to defend opposing point guards this season. “Run fast and run all day.” Even though he is 28, George said he can remember carrying bags for the Lakers’ veterans like it was yesterday. But with the Lakers having only one player older than 30 this season, George has become one of the elder statesmen overnight. “Me and Kobe were just talking about that last week when we were working out,” George said. “He said, You know what? We’re the Rick Fox and Ron Harpers of the team now.”‘ George is fully healthy after playing only 15 games last season. He was supposed to return in December from ankle surgery but wasn’t activated from the injured list until the end of March. There is also the prospect for George of being a free agent at season’s end. “I kind told myself I wasn’t going to watch a lot of basketball in the playoffs,” George said, “but I ended up watching them all. It kind of hurt not being involved and not playing on the big stage. But for me personally, it was a blessing because I had time to get my body right and deal with my injury and my surgery.” The Lakers signed veteran big man Corie Blount, who last played for Chicago and Toronto in the 2003-04 season. Ross Siler can be reached at (818) 713-3607. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img EL SEGUNDO — With his left shoulder still not fully recovered from surgery in April, Lakers forward Lamar Odom said Monday that he would not rush his return, even if that meant sitting out training camp practices or exhibition games. “I’m really close,” Odom said. “I want to get strong. I want to get back to 100 percent. It makes no sense for me to go out there in the preseason at 80 percent, 85 percent or even 90 percent. It’s a long season … hopefully towards the end of training camp, I’ll be ready to go on the basketball court.” last_img read more

Warriors HQ: Can anyone in the West challenge Golden State?

first_imgWith less than a month left in the NBA’s regular season, the Western Conference playoff picture is becoming clearer, but it’s quite crowded.Warriors beat writer Mark Medina and sports columnist Dieter Kurtenbach break down the potential matchups Golden State will face on their quest for a fifth consecutive NBA Finals berth.James Harden, Chris Paul and the Houston Rockets have provided the stiffest challenge for Golden State so far in the 2018-19 season, and they proved they could push the …last_img read more

Video: South Africa says Thank You!

first_img“Siyabonga! Thank you! We enjoyed your company so much – please come back again …” South Africans from all walks of life send their messages to the thousands of people who visited the country for the 2010 Fifa World Cup.Click arrow to play video.Published on SouthAfrica.info on 14 July 2010.Source: Fly the Flag Fridayslast_img

10 months agoBurnley goalkeeper Nick Pope delighted with winning return

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope delighted with winning returnby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBurnley goalkeeper Nick Pope was delighted to be back in action for their FA Cup win over Barnsley.The Clarets stopper made his first appearance for the club since the Europa League tie in Aberdeen when he kept a clean sheet in the 1-0 FA Cup third round win over Barnsley on Saturday. “It was great to be back out there with the lads and pick up a good result,” he said.“I’ve been back in training a few weeks now so I felt ready to play. The lads came away with a clean sheet and a win.”And Pope is now targeting a return to Premier League action.Asked if he needed a few more games before being considered for a regular starting spot, he said: “You’re asking the wrong guy. Who knows? I’m happy with today and I played a reserve game as well so I’m well on the way. I’m happy with where I am. I feel good.” last_img read more

Commentary The roar likely will never be restored for Tiger Woods

The man who electrified the sporting world when he won the 1997 Masters by a record 12 strokes at the age of 21 is not the player he once was. Tiger Woods is now 35 years old. He is still on pace to break Jack Nicklaus’ record of 18 major victories. However, Woods has gone 11 majors without winning, the longest streak of his career. Heck, he hasn’t won since Sept. 23, 2009. That’s not to say Woods still won’t break Nicklaus’ record. In early March, Nicklaus said it was too early to dismiss Woods’ chances. But that was before the Masters performance Woods turned in this past weekend. Yes, the literal “Tiger roar” returned to Augusta, Ga., as Woods made a Sunday charge on the front nine. In the past, Woods has made clutch putt after clutch putt to run away with the victory while others faded. That didn’t happen this weekend. He missed short putt after short putt. Even after leader Rory McIlroy collapsed, Woods couldn’t capitalize, and finished No. 33 in putting at the Masters. It’s fair to say the aura is gone. The younger players aren’t scared of Woods anymore. Sure, McIlroy buckled. But Jason Day, Adam Scott and the eventual Masters champion, Charl Schwartzel, all of whom are younger than Woods, didn’t blink. The 26-year-old Schwartzel birdied his last four holes on Sunday. How’s that for wilting under Woods’ pressure? Pressure is something Woods also puts on his body. Even his revamped swing involves incredible torque on his left leg. Shortly after he won the 91-hole 2008 U.S. Open, Woods revealed he’d been playing with a torn ACL in his left knee for more than 10 months, and had also suffered a double stress fracture in his left leg two weeks before the U.S. Open. Woods’ surgery to repair his left knee following the tournament was the third on his left knee since 2003. On Monday, Michael Wilbon, co-host of ESPN’s “Pardon the Interruption,” said Woods should play more in order to induce more muscle memory and that Woods can’t afford to take so many tournaments off in between majors anymore. But, it appears Woods has no plans of doing that. Early last month, Woods was asked why he’d only played nine competitive rounds so far in 2011. “Well, because I have a family. I’m divorced,” Woods said. “If you’ve been divorced with kids, then you would understand.” The only court Woods had to appear in following his personal transgressions was divorce court. He split from former wife Elin Nordegren on Aug. 23, 2010 — but he was executed in the court of public opinion. Perhaps he truly has become a family man. Whether it’s an incomplete game, a lost aura, an injury history or family devotion, it’s clear Woods is a different man. What remains to be seen is whether he can break Nicklaus’ record, something that’s always been his No. 1 goal. read more