Top-ranked Ariya ready as LPGA season opens in Florida

Miami (AFP) – World number one Ariya Jutanugarn of Thailand will try to follow up on a season where she swept the awards when the 2019 LPGA campaign tees off Thursday in Florida. The Tournament of Champions at Lake Buena Vista features celebrities and winners from last season in a new event, but the 23-year-old from Bangkok comes in as a favorite after taking a break with family on the beaches of southern Thailand. “(I) feel a little bit still tired, but getting a lot better. Feel fresh. Something new,”…

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Dou leads by 3 at Web.com season opener

After a 2018 season to forget, Zecheng “Marty” Dou is in position to start the new year on a much more positive note. Dou shot a 5-under 67 in the third round of the Bahamas Great Exuma Classic, turning a two-shot deficit into a three-shot lead heading into the final round of the season opener on the Web.com Tour. Dou earned a PGA Tour card via the Web.com circuit in 2017, but his debut on the big stage last year didn’t go as planned. The 21-year-old missed the cut or…

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Fulham sign ex-Liverpool winger Ryan Babel from Besiktas until end of season

Own goals from Fulham’s Joe Bryan and Denis Odoi saw Burnley come from behind for a vital win. Own goals from Fulham’s Joe Bryan and Denis Odoi saw Burnley come from behind for a vital win. Own goals from Fulham’s Joe Bryan and Denis Odoi saw Burnley come from behind for a vital win. Fulham have signed Dutch international forward Ryan Babel from Turkish club Besiktas on a permanent deal running until the end of the season, the Premier League club said on Tuesday. Babel makes a return to the…

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Tour Down Under: CCC start season successfully through Bevin and Mareczko

It may be a team with a new sponsor rather than a new team, per se, but CCC Team’s first outing in their new guise – the squad was formerly known as BMC Racing – was a successful one on stage 1 of the Tour Down Under on Tuesday, with Paddy Bevin spending the day in the break and picking up a number of bonus seconds before Jakub Mareczko sprinted to third place on the stage. Related Articles Bevin escaped with Team Sunweb’s Michael Storer, Jason Lea (UniSA-Australia) and Artyom…

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IPL 2019: Rajasthan Royals appoints Paddy Upton as head coach for upcoming season

Paddy Upton was previously associated with Rajasthan Royals. (Source: BCCI) Rajasthan Royals have secured the services of Paddy Upton as the head coach for the upcoming season of Indian Premier League. The 50-year-old, who had previously served Royals for three years as the coach between 2013-2015, will once again take the charge of the franchise for the entire 2019 season. Under his guidance, Royals made it to the semifinals of the 2013 edition, and also managed to reach the finals of the Champions League in the same year. The franchise…

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Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald still undecided on return for 16th season

Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald still has not made a decision about whether to return for a 16th NFL season. Kliff Kingsbury says he’s working closely with and leaning heavily on GM Steve Keim to identify potential candidates for his first staff. “We don’t care if we know them, let’s make sure we get the right coaches for us right now,” Kingsbury said. Fitzgerald told ESPN’s Adam Schefter via text message this week that he is taking some time to collect his thoughts after a grueling season in which…

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Hull wins LET season opener; Is major breakthrough on the horizon?

English women didn’t wait long to build on the momentum they created last year. Charley Hull won the Ladies European Tour’s season opener in Abu Dhabi Saturday, going wire to wire to claim the Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Open. Hull’s fast start begs a large question: Is she poised to follow Georgia Hall’s breakthrough and win a major this year? Hall won the Women’s British Open in her native England a year ago, taking the trophy at Royal Lytham & St. Annes. This year’s Women’s British Open will be played…

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Mike McCarthy to sit out 2019 season, hopes to coach in 2020

GREEN BAY, Wis. — Former Packers coach Mike McCarthy said he plans to coach in the NFL again. It just won’t be next season. McCarthy, 55, said Wednesday that he will sit out the 2019 season. “I’ll be locked and loaded and ready to go for next year,” McCarthy told ESPN. Adam Gase, who was fired by the Dolphins on Dec. 31, is expected to be named the next head coach of the New York Jets, sources told ESPN. McCarthy pursued only one job, the New York Jets‘ head-coaching position,…

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World Golf Championships events not in Scott’s 2019 season plans

(Reuters) – The grandiosely-named World Golf Championships (WGC) have, in some eyes, never really been more than glorified PGA Tour events and now one former major champion at least is thinking of totally eliminating them from his schedule. Former world number one Adam Scott said on Wednesday that he would play only WGC events that fitted his schedule, and that this year none of them were in his plans. The four major championships — U.S. Masters, U.S. Open, British Open and PGA Championship — remain the game’s gold standard and…

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Latour to start season at Tour Down Under

Pierre Latour will take the reins of the AG2R La Mondiale team next week at the Tour Down Under and again at the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race on January 27, despite dealing throughout the winter with back injuries suffered in a crash at the Clásica San Sebastián in August. Related Articles Latour was caught up in a high-speed crash during the final 20 kilometres of the 2018 Clásica San Sebastián after a touch of wheels at the front of the bunch caused many more behind to fall. The…

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