Welcome to the New Era?

first_imgIt’s a funny thing, this business of defining time periods by separate eras. We never quite know when one is ending and the next is beginning – not while that transition is happening, at least. There is no specific date on the calendar, no handy color-coded chart to help us immediately understand exactly what we’re witnessing at the time. Dinosaurs didn’t just show up on earth one day and declare it the Jurassic period; more recently, historians can’t pinpoint one singular action that ended the Renaissance. And in a transition of slightly less global significance, we might not know for years whether Sunday afternoon, when the final putt of the Open Championship was tapped into the final hole, was the exact moment when the golf world shifted from the Tiger Woods Era to the Rory McIlroy Era. It sure felt that way, though. Ultimately, history will decide if McIlroy’s third career major victory officially ushered us into this new era in the game. But in a week where Woods – who won the last time this tournament was held at Hoylake – finished 68 spots behind his youthful pal, this one appears earmarked as a milestone moment. Call it a changing of the guard or a passing of the torch or a textbook example of out with the old and in with the new, but the facts clearly outweigh any hyperbole. In the time since Woods’ last major victory, McIlroy has three of ‘em. As Woods continues to slide down the world ranking, McIlroy continues to climb. With Woods seemingly growing more frustrated with his on-course performance, McIlroy appears unburdened by any demons from his past. Years from now, we’ll very well look back on this one in the same manner that we review the 1960 U.S. Open. In a tournament that is often considered a crossroads of the generational gap, Ben Hogan was upstaged by 30-year-old Arnold Palmer defeating 20-year-old Jack Nicklaus by two strokes. Hogan would never again win a professional tournament. This latest transition period, however, likely won’t prompt such a dramatic fade, just as it won’t provoke the sudden spike that occurred when Woods won the 1997 Masters. He will win again – and he could very well win multiple major championships from the age of 38 and beyond. Instead, this has a more similar feel to the latter part of the career of the man Woods is chasing. Nicklaus was 38 when he won his 15th major title – one more than Woods owns now. That was in 1978, but two years and exactly zero wins later, the Jack Nicklaus Era had given way to one led by young upstarts like Tom Watson and Seve Ballesteros. When the Golden Bear was able to win the 1980 U.S. Open and follow it with a PGA Championship two months later, he was impinging on the next generation’s era rather than extending his own. By the time he won his 18th and final major at the 1986 Masters, his personal era was long a thing of the past. Woods prides himself on being a golf historian and so he knows all of this already. He understands that one generation giving way to the next doesn’t necessarily mean the older players will be shut out from ever winning again. Woods also realizes that although McIlroy’s early accomplishments might not be level with those from the early part of his own career, they are eerily reminiscent. The accolades, at least, if not the consistency. “The way he plays is pretty aggressively,” Woods analyzed Sunday, comparing him favorably with Phil Mickelson. “When he gets it going, he gets it going. When it gets going bad, it gets going real bad. It’s one or the other.” Rory joined Jack and Tiger as the only players in the Masters era with three major titles by the age of 25. He’s now just a green jacket away from becoming the sixth player in history to win the career grand slam, all of which should feed into this transition period. While the festivities at Augusta National have often been hailed as Tigermania, the circus will appear more like Rorymania next April, when he attempts to join that exclusive club. If that’s not enough to sound the alarms of change, then try this: Mickelson, with five major titles and more than three dozen other PGA Tour wins, is on the short list of the greatest players of all-time. He’s certainly inside the top 15, arguably amongst the top 12, pushing toward the top 10. Well, McIlroy owns three majors at an age that’s eight years younger than Mickelson when he won his first. That’s just another on a long list of reasons why the transition to a new era felt complete on Sunday. It’s not an exaggeration to state that golf has apparently entered a new time period. Every generation has eventually succumbed to the next one, but rarely has that process taken place in such an abrupt manner. History will tell us whether that’s true. Years from now, though, don’t be surprised if we look back on these days as the beginning of what’s forever remembered as the Rory McIlroy Era.last_img read more

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Playtika delivers food packages to vulnerable people amid pandemic

first_imgPlaytika delivers food packages to vulnerable people amid pandemicMobile developer to distribute thousands of packages per week across Eastern Europe and Israel Haydn TaylorSenior Staff WriterTuesday 24th March 2020Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareCompanies in this articleplaytikaIsraeli mobile developer Playtika has turned its resources towards helping vulnerable people during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Playtika has tasked its catering staff to provide hot meals to local non-profit organisations, while its other employees have created food care packages for people unable to leave their homes. The company will deliver over 2,500 food packages and hot meals per week across its Eastern European sites, along with 500 food packages per week in Israel. Related JobsSenior Game Designer – UE4 – AAA United Kingdom Amiqus GamesProgrammer – REMOTE – work with industry veterans! North West Amiqus GamesJunior Video Editor – GLOBAL publisher United Kingdom Amiqus GamesDiscover more jobs in games Additionally, the company is offering entertainment and learning resources to staff who are home with their children. “In many of our sites around the world, we are fortunate to be able to treat our staff to in-house catering — for us, it is important that not only this food does not go to waste, but that our suppliers don’t lose out as a result of the current situation, which would have a knock-on effect on their staff, and their families,” said Playtika COO Oran Piekarski.”As this initiative helps out people who need support now more than ever — the decision was not a difficult one for us to make.” Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Daily Update and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesPlaytika IPO raises $1.88bnShare price exceeds expectations, mobile publisher begins trading on Nasdaq Global Select Market todayBy James Batchelor 3 months agoPlaytika considering IPO as Chinese acquisition plans collapseMobile games firm seeks listing in unspecified market, according to the company that failed to buy itBy James Batchelor A year agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.last_img read more

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Czech wagon builders consolidate

first_imgTRINITY Rail GmbH, a European subsidiary of US firm Trinity Rail Group, has announced it is to end production of wagons at the Thrall Vagónka Studénka workshops in the Czech Republic. Blaming ’weaker than anticipated demand’, Trinity Rail GmbH President Chris Schmalbruch said wagon building would be consolidated at Trinity’s plant at Arad in Romania. Trinity’s forging business, based at the same Studénka site, will ’continue to operate as an on-going business’ as a subcontractor for the production of metal forgings. The number of staff at Studénka is to be reduced from 820 to 370.H Vagónka Cesklast_img

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Liverpool’s Naby Keita close to a return to full training

first_imgNaby Keita out of Liverpool’s Premier League clash with Southampton LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 04: Naby Keita of Liverpool in action during the FA Community Shield match between Liverpool and Manchester City at Wembley Stadium on August 04, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Brunskill/Fantasista/Getty Images) LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 04: Naby Keita of Liverpool in action during the FA Community Shield match between Liverpool and Manchester City at Wembley Stadium on August 04, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Brunskill/Fantasista/Getty Images)Guinea midfielder Naby Keita is close to a return to full training, Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp confirmed on Friday.Keita has been out of action with a hip injury since August causing him to miss Liverpool’s UEFA Super Cup win against Chelsea and three subsequent Premier League matches.Keita will miss Liverpool’s game against Newcastle United at Anfield on Saturday and the away trip to Napoli in the Champions League on Tuesday.However, Klopp expects Keita to be available for training following the trip to Italy.“Naby is close, much closer than Ali. I think he could be in training when we come back from Napoli next week,” Klopp said.Klopp also added during the pre-match press conference that goalkeeper Alisson Becker’s recovery from a calf injury will be assessed on a daily basis with no return date set.“The target was always after the next international break [that] he could be ready, but we don’t know. So, as I said, there is no pressure and hopefully everything will be fine for the rest of the season, that’s the plan,” Klopp said.Liverpool is currently top of the Premier League with four wins out of four games, two points ahead of defending champions Manchester City.Related Liverpool manager says Naby Keita fit for Newcastle clashcenter_img AFCON 2019: Naby Keita returns to Liverpool after sustaining injurylast_img read more

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Daigo Higa stripped of WBC flyweight title after weigh-in

first_imgDaigo Higa was stripped of his WBC flyweight belt Saturday after failing to make weight on the eve of his title defense against Nicaragua’s Cristofer Rosales.Higa, who is 15-0, was scheduled to defend his title on Sunday against Rosales (26-3) on the same card as WBA titleholder Ryota Murata, who is set to face Italian Emanuele Blandamura at Yokohama Arena. The 22-year-old Higa weighed in at 51.7 kg, exceeding the flyweight limit by 900 grams. He had been aiming for a Japanese record 16th straight knockout. KEYWORDS Daigo Higa, Cristofer Rosales center_img IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMESlast_img

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Ulriksen sparkles at Crystal Bay

first_img3rd Jesper Rasmussen (19) 31ptsB Flight (21+)1st Tore Eliassen (21) 39pts2nd Susan Gaarde (27) 33pts3rd Odd Holm-Hansen (24) 31ptsLong Putts: A9 Henning Olsen, C9 Jan LovgreenNear Pins: A5 Henning Olsen, A8 Susan Gaarde, C4 & 7 Henning OlsenCrystal Bay’s C & A layouts were the challenge on Monday.  The course was in good shape with quickish greens but was got stuck behind a slow group of Western golfers in front and were forced to endure a round of 5 hours and 20 minutes.We had two flights today with the cut at handicap 20 and a full bag of pins to shoot for.  Jan Ulriksen won the A Flight with a fine 41 points, four up on Don Richardson in second who was himself six points clear of Jesper Rasmussen in third.Tore Eliassen topped the B Flight with 39 points while Susan Gaarde took second on 33 and Odd Holm-Hansen filled third spot a further two points back.Thursday, Dec. 31, Pattaya C.C. – StablefordA Flight (0-20)1st Patrice Bardy (18) 34pts2nd Mike Allidi (2) 33pts3rd Doug Maiko (16) 32ptsB Flight (21+)1st Dave Richardson (30) 32pts2nd Karl Beter (30) 30pts 3rd Torben Sorensen (25) 28ptsPattaya Country Club was the venue for the last game of the year.  Even though the course was busy we were off the first tee 25 minutes early and the condition of the layout was the best we have seen it yet, with the greens on the back nine improving every month.We had a small field in two flights with the cut at handicap 20 and no near pins.  The scores were not very good with the white tees being placed back on the blue locations on a lot of the holes,Patrice Bardy took the A Flight with 34 points, one ahead of Mike Allidi in second while Doug Maiko took third with 32.Dave Richardson’s 32 points was enough to win the B Flight, with Karl Beter coming second on 30 and Torben Sorensen third with 28. PSC Golf from the Café KronborgMonday, Dec. 28, Crystal Bay A & C – StablefordA Flight (0-20)1st Jan Ulriksen (18) 41pts2nd Don Richardson (14) 37ptslast_img read more

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Grounds for a grumble

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Warriors take to the country

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Chiefs sweep Kootenay Ice in weekend BCMMHL action

first_imgHome ice didn’t pay off this weekend for the Kootenay Ice in BC Major Midget League action in the West Kootenay.The Vancouver Northeast Chiefs skated away with a pair of one-side wins Saturday in Nelson and Sunday morning in Trail.The Chiefs, third overall in BCMMHL standings with a 15-7-2 record, out scored the Ice 16-4 in the two-game series.Vancouver dumped Kootenay 9-1 Saturday at the NDCC Arena in Nelson before rallying from a 3-0 deficit to beat the Ice 7-3 Sunday at the Cominco Arena in Trail.Kyle Johnson scored three times for the Chiefs in the opener while Parker Colley had four assists. Blake Sidoni of Trail scored the lone goal for the Ice, which trailed at the period breaks 3-0 and 7-0.Sunday, Kootenay led 1-0 after one period on a goal by Aigne McGready-Bruce of Nelson.Kootenay then scored twice early in the second period.Sidoni, with his second in two games, and Matthew Alderson of Trail put Kootenay up by three goals five minutes into the middle frame.But the Chiefs rallied to score four times in the final 11 minutes of the period before putting the game away with three goals in the third period.Devon Stafford scored three times to lead the Chiefs.Solomon Burk of Castlegar and Jason Mailhiot of Trail tended goal for the Ice.Kootenay, dropping to 3-18-3 on the season, hosts cellar–dwelling Thompson Blazers Saturday (5:45 p.m.) and Sunday (9:45 a.m.) at the NDCC Arena.The Blazers enter the game with one win in 22 games.last_img read more

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Luiz says Sarri has been angrier after wins than after Chelsea lost to Spurs

first_imgCHELSEA defender David Luiz has revealed manager Maurizio Sarri has been left angrier after wins than their defeat to Tottenham.Sarri’s men were beaten for the first time this season, as they lost 3-1 at Wembley on Saturday, meaning Spurs leapfrogged Chelsea into third place, with the Blues dropping to fourth.7 Manager Sarri admitted he was not pleased with any of his players as they lost their London derbyCredit: AFP or licensorsGoals from Dele Alli, Harry Kane and Son Heung-min gave Spurs a commanding lead before Olivier Giroud pulled one back five minutes from time.Luiz came under fire for two of the goals – with the Brazilian turning his back as Kane fired Spurs’ second, then Son breezed past the centre-back with ease to net the home side’s third.In a post-match interview Luiz, 31, revealed Sarri was not happy with his team’s performance, but revealed he has seen his manager more upset after his side have won.Luiz said: “(Sarri) has been, many times, angrier when we’ve won. It’s true. Nobody is happy. Of course the coach is not happy.Tottenham 3-1 Chelsea: Spurs thrash the Blues at Wembley with Heung-min Son the standout performer Most read Chelsea news Racing TipsHOT OFF THE PRESSDon’t miss The Sun’s each-way thief and NAPs for today right hereDEIDRE’S CLASSIC PHOTO CASEBOOKSingle mum Penny avoids telling her date about baby PoppyMYSTIC MEGJuly 27: Passion is full-on and might ask a lot of you - but is worth the effortMIXED DOUBLESTennis legends Boris Becker and Bjorn Borg set sail with partners in IbizaHIT & RUN ‘MURDER’Woman, 38, ‘killed in hit & run’ after getting into van as man arrestedBLADE SHUNNERSAshley Banjo reveals Dancing On Ice could ditch studio audience in 2021ICE CREAM OF THE CROPNadiya Bychkova reveals sensational body while relaxing on holidayMOVING FASTWhite Lines’ Laura Haddock goes house-hunting with boyfriend Tom Rhys Harries7 Luiz was at fault for two of Spurs goals as the defender received criticism from fansCredit: PA:Empics Sport7 Chelsea conceded three goals for the first time this season as they also suffered their first league defeatCredit: ReutersN’Golo Kante is being wasted and is class above Jorginho — Alan Shearer’s verdict on Chelsea’s flagging midfieldBy ALAN SHEARERWHY Maurizio Sarri is not playing N’Golo Kante in front of his back four baffles me.Without the little French dynamo in that hole, tidying up, tracking runners, it leaves the Chelsea central defenders David Luiz and Antonio Rudiger massively exposed — as Spurs showed to such devastating effect on Saturday night.Leicester City won the league with Wes Morgan and Robert Huth as their centre-half pairing. Decent defenders but neither are particularly quick.But their deficiencies were expertly covered up by Kante — the best defensive midfielder in the world bar none. Jorginho is not in the same class.Kante is wasted playing where he did against Spurs, higher up the park and to the right. He is not an attacking midfielder.I know Sarri worked with Jorginho at Napoli and trusts him in that holding position but he had a poor night at Wembley.READ MORE ABOUT WHY SHEARER THINKS CHELSEA ARE FAILING KANTE“He always tries to do his best for us, and we try to do our best for him. Of course, he’s not happy like every single player is not happy.“But I think it’s good for us to understand, to remind us that the Premier League is never easy. It’s not easy to win any game.“Like I said, we didn’t play well. We played really badly, we didn’t have the same intensity as in the other games.“The good thing is that we have another game next week, so an opportunity to recover and gain some points.7 Son breezed past Luiz as the Brazilian came charging at the forwardCredit: AFP or licensors7 Luiz was left looking silly as Son would cut inside the defender and go on to score Spurs’ third of the gameCredit: AFP or licensors7 Son netted his first league goal of the season to help Spurs climb to third in the leagueCredit: Alamy Live News“Then, soon, we have City, a tough team, the top club in the table. So we can try and make the gap a bit smaller then.”As Chelsea let in three goals for the first time this season, Sarri expressed disappointment with his side’s defensive display – but refused to single out an individual player.Sarri said: “The defensive phase today was a disaster. I am not talking about the defensive line but the (entire) defensive phase.“The offensive players pressed very badly, the midfielders defended not very well and the defensive line, as a consequence, was a disaster.Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri lays in to his players and says they have ‘a lot of problems’ after Spurs loss 7 Chelsea drop to fourth in the prem with their next league fixture another London derby, as they host FulhamCredit: EPA“The defensive phase of the team was a disaster. In the first 25 or 30 minutes, we had big problems to exit from our half.“We lost a lot of balls and, against Tottenham, it is very dangerous to lose a lot of balls in your half. In the short counter-attack, they are probably the best in Europe.”MOST READ IN FOOTBALLBRO MESSAGEBobby Charlton’s touching tribute to Jack revealed as he misses funeral serviceFRESH OUTFITMicah Richards pokes fun at Roy Keane backstage at Sky Sports studiosFALL OF TROYDeeney calls Sky reporter ‘cheeky b******’ after he asks about retirementSHOTS FIREDDenis Irwin’s son trolls Liverpool fans with savage Steven Gerrard tweetPicturedC’MON THE LADSRamos’ becomes dad again as wife gives birth to FOURTH son Maximo AdrianoVideoROY MEANKeane says ‘that’s why they never win anything’ as Villa celebrate staying upPicturedHARRY’S HEROES Kane says goodbye to Tottenham team-mates Vertonghen and VormLive BlogUNITED LATESTMan Utd transfer news LIVE: All the gossip and updates from Old TraffordLive Bloggunners newsArsenal transfer news LIVE – Latest updates from the EmiratesRED LETTER DAYKeane and Neville urge Man Utd to invest big after securing Champions Leaguelast_img read more

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