Ian Woosnam: Golf Hall of Fame spot is ‘long overdue’

Dame Laura Davies’ admission to http://www.packersshop.us.com/Jarrett_Boykin_Jersey the World Golf Hall of Fame is entirely justified but it is impossible to fathom why another great British name continues to be ignored. What does Ian Woosnam have to do to gain recognition from the Florida-based organisation? The Welshman was not on the list announced for the ‘Class of 2015′ inductees and it seems his name wasn’t even considered. At a meeting in Augusta last week the committee chose Davies, Mark O’Meara, David Graham and the legendary architect AW Tillinghast for Hall of Fame status. Masters Archive – Woosnam wins in 1991 They were picking from a shortlist that didn’t include Woosnam’s name. This is despite the diminutive Welshman being a former world number one from a fine era in the game’s history. Woosnam has only the one major title – the 1991 Masters – but is among golf’s most prolific winners. In his pomp he was beating the likes of Seve Ballesteros, Greg Norman, Sir Nick Faldo and Sandy Lyle. Quite rightly all of that illustrious quartet are in the Hall of Fame, as is Colin Montgomerie, who has no majors but eight European Tour Orders of Merit. Woosnam won Cheap Johnathan Franklin Jersey the Dutch Seniors Open earlier this month. It took the 56-year-old’s tally of career victories to a handsome 51. A genuinely global player, he’s triumphed from Augusta to Australia, from Singapore to Scandinavia and many points in between. He is also a winning Ryder Cup captain after his European team won by a record-equalling 18? to 9? points in 2006. Woosnam must be genuinely puzzled that he has been overlooked yet again. Graham won 38 professional titles and O’Meara has 34 to his name. Yes, each won two majors but in terms of longevity and impact on the game Woosnam beats both of them. The image of his celebratory fist pump after holing the winning putt at the Masters endures to this day. It was emblematic of a glorious period for European golf and was one of the most popular wins in the tournament’s history. “Woosie”, as he’s universally known, has often had the knack of making headlines. Who could forget his despair at discovering the extra driver in his bag at the 2001 Open at Lytham? His caddie’s error cost him a two-stroke penalty as he led the championship at the start of the final day. Somehow he remained composed enough to finish tied third behind David Duval. Davies attended an investiture after being made a Dame for services to golf And the current oversight isn’t just a case of Woosnam being denied due recognition for his superb career. There are http://www.chargers.us.com/Jeromey_Clary_Jersey golfing implications as well. Hall of Fame membership provides entitlement to play the American Champions Tour. The Oswestry-born Welshman remains a fine player, as his recent Dutch win shows. If eligible Hall of Famers enjoy unbridled access to the lucrative US circuit, it is wrong that he has been denied a straight pass to the…




Rams have banged-up secondary for Chiefs

All season, the St. Louis Rams have trusted in http://www.saintsofficialonline.com/ERIK-LORIG-JERSEY-CHEAP.html a young secondary. They could be really young this week. Cornerbacks Janoris Jenkins and Trumaine Johnson are both questionable for Kansas City, and backup Brandon McGee was ruled out Friday with plantar fasciitis, a foot injury that worsened during the week. Plans are uncertain for St. Louis (2-4), which had three rookies in the defensive backfield at times last week including nickel back Lamarcus Joyner. Rookie E.J. Gaines has been starting in place of Johnson all year, learning on the job, and undrafted Marcus Roberson could step in for Jenkins. ”We’ve got plenty of them, we’re going to line ‘em up and play,” coach Jeff Fisher said Friday after practice. ”Can’t tell you exactly who’s going to play right now, but they’re going to play.” The Chiefs (3-3) appear to be a good opponent to place extra trust in the kids, since they’re ranked 30th in the NFL in passing with an average of 199.7 yards. ”I’m here now, I’m not really looking in the past,” said Roberson, who left Florida early but wasn’t taken due to injury concerns. ”We’re all in the NFL, we’re professionals and we have to be ready to step up. ”There’s no excuses and that’s pretty much it.” Defensive coordinator Gregg Williams has plenty of confidence in Roberson, who’s been diligent off the field. ”He’s in here and we’ve got three secondary coaches,” Williams said. ”He’s a good kid, smart, tough.” Jenkins injured his right knee in the first half of a victory over Seattle. He finished the game, but has not practiced this week. Johnson has yet to make his season debut from a knee injury, but was a full participant Friday. He said he was ready and that there was still some stiffness DeAngelo Hall Authentic Jersey the difference from this time a week earlier was ”night and day.” ”With me, it’s time to go out there and make some plays and get some confidence back,” Johnson said. ”It’s all good. Set to go.” Jenkins, Johnson and safety Rodney McLeod are all in their third season, but only Jenkins has been a full-time starter throughout. Safety T.J. McDonald, who was full go Friday after missing practice Wednesday with a concussion, is in his second year. ”That’s what we’ve built our team off of, young guys that can play,” McLeod said. ”That’s why they’re in this league.” The Rams built an 18-point lead on the Super Bowl champion Seahawks and hung on to win 28-26 despite getting outgained 463 yards to 272. Seattle ran 68 plays; the Rams just 49. ”We’ve addressed that,” Fisher said. ”We’ll look at doing some, maybe, possibly, some different things.” Backup offensive lineman Tim Barnes (shoulder) hasn’t practiced all week and also was ruled out. Kicker Greg Zuerlein (illness) did not practice but is probable. Safety T.J. McDonald, running back Benny Cunningham, wide receiver Kenny Britt, outside linebacker http://www.saintsofficialonline.com/THOMAS-MORSTEAD-JERSEY-CHEAP.html Jo-Lonn Dunbar, guard Rodger Saffold, backup defensive lineman Ethan Westbrooks…




Kreider and Jagr traded jersey

New York Rangers refused to give up, even Ryan Griffin Jersey when they faced a two-goal deficit midway through the third period. The Devils (3-2-1) got power-play goals from Jaromir Jagr, Adam Henrique and Jon Merrill but it wasn’t enough to prevent a third straight defeat. Cory Schneider made 21 saves. Kreider and Jagr traded power-play goals in the opening period. New Jersey started strong and pressed the attack during an early power play. Henrique, Mike Cammalleri and Patrik Elias had good scoring chances denied by Lundqvist. http://www.nflpanthersofficial.com/SUPER-BOWL-QUINTIN-MIKELL-JERSEY With Jagr in the penalty box for hooking, Kreider buried the rebound of Ryan McDonagh’s point shot at 7:34. It was the Rangers’ first power-play goal of the season, ending an 0-for-17 drought through the first six games. Kreider was then whistled for hooking, setting the stage for Jagr’s goal at 13:40. Damien Brunner fired a shot that sailed wide right of the net, and bounced off the lively backboards right onto Jagr’s stick. The 42-year-old former Rangers star knocked in his first goal of the season, the 706th of his career. The Devils’ power play clicked again in Robert Griffin III Jersey the second period when Henrique, playing in his 200th NHL game, made it 2-1. Jagr set up Henrique, who beat Lundqvist to the short side from the left faceoff dot at 14:55. The Devils’ special teams play was excellent in the middle period as Elias came close to scoring on a short-handed breakaway. Merrill added the Devils’ third power-play goal with a blast from the right point 36 seconds into the third period. New York scored the next two to erase its deficit. http://www.falconsshop.us.com/Devin_Hester_Jersey “It’s real good to scrounge your way back and win it in overtime against a good team,” Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said. “We just stayed with it.” Share on Facebook



Dolphins’ Landry says SEC prepared him for NFL

Rookie receiver Vonta Leach Youth Jersey Jarvis Landry says the NFL’s not much different from the Southeastern Conference, and his rapid progress with the Miami Dolphins suggests he might be right. The former Louisiana State star was promoted to the first team on the depth chart this week, solidifying his status after he was one of three starting wideouts in the past two games. Landry’s ascent is especially impressive because receiver was the Dolphins’ deepest position in training camp. Among those he overtook was Brandon Gibson, a six-year veteran with 211 career catches. ”I’m not satisfied,” Landry said. ”I continue to work like somebody is in front of me. Who takes the field first doesn’t matter. It’s about the guy who makes the plays.” Landry has become that kind of guy. He enters Sunday’s game at Jacksonville ranked second on the team to Mike Wallace with 22 catches for 232 yards, and scored his first career touchdown in Game 5 against Green Bay. Landry has been targeted as often as Brian Hartline, a 1,000-yard receiver each of the past two years and with better results. For the Dolphins, who have endured a succession of draft busts in recent years, Landry is a rare rookie. But he came into the NFL confident he could succeed. ”That’s me,” he said. ”That’s one of the edges I play with.” While Landry benefited from self-assurance, some doubted his speed when the Dolphins took him in the second round. But he has showed explosiveness on kickoff returns with runbacks of 74, 54 and 35 yards, and ranks second in the league with an average D.J. Hayden Authentic Jersey of 31.2 on 15 returns. Playing for the Dolphins isn’t much different than playing for LSU, Landry said. And that doesn’t surprise him. ”The SEC got me ready for the game speed and the caliber of guys I would face week in and week out,” he said. Even so, Landry said his rookie season has been an education. ”I’m just always constantly learning and picking up on little things, even from defensive guys,” he said. Landry was part of the most prolific receiving tandem in LSU history. The other half of that duo, his close friend Odell Beckham Jr., missed the start of the season with a hamstring injury but has three touchdown catches as a rookie with the New York Giants. ”I’ve been talking to him,” Landry said. ”On FaceTime we talk as much as we can about how crazy it has been, and how fun it is. We’re both thankful for the opportunity.” New teammate Wallace has Louisiana ties, too – he’s a native of New Orleans. He and Landry have quickly bonded. ”That’s my brother, man,” Wallace said. ”We work hard in the weight room. We’ve got to bring the pain to them before they get to us. We’re going to do that throughout the year, try to impose our will.” Landry said he’s learning to match Wallace’s intensity on game day. ”Us Louisiana…




Trading Percy Harvin was right move

Former Seattle Seahawks Brad Nortman Jersey wide receiver Sidney Rice, who made an appearance in the team’s locker room Wednesday, said he believes trading Percy Harvin was the right thing to do. “I was surprised, but at the same time, it may have been the best thing for the team,” Rice said. “It’s tough losing a guy like Percy. He’s one of a kind. The league has never seen a player like Percy Harvin. “But there are certain things you’ve http://www.nhlshoponline.us.com/nhl-jerseys/anaheim-ducks_c-1729.html got to do to get the ball in his hands and it’s tough. It takes away from what this team was built upon and that’s Marshawn Lynch. I think now they will get back on track. I think it will end up being the best thing for both Percy and Seattle. I’m sure there’s no bad blood.” Rice and Harvin played together in Minnesota in 2009-10 before Rice signed with Seattle in 2011. They were teammates again last season in Seattle. Rice decided to retire before the start of training camp this season because of numerous injuries over his seven-year career, including several concussions. He missed the second half of the 2013 season after undergoing knee surgery http://www.panthersshop.us.com/Cam_Newton_Jersey and did not get to play in the Super Bowl. However, he was one of the most popular players on the team and was at every practice and game down the stretch last year. Rice now owns five Wingstop restaurants in the Pacific Northwest. He had a message for his buddies, who are a surprising 3-3. “I just told them to keep up their pace and get back to Seahawks football,” Rice said. “If they do, they’ll be back to where we were last year. “This is a week-by-week game and http://www.nhlshoponline.us.com/nhl-jerseys/chicago-blackhawks_c-1709.html it’s a tough sport. Everybody is going to give their best shot to this team coming off the Super Bowl win. They have a target on their back. But losing two in a row is not a big deal. They still have a lot of football to play and the main focus now in on the [NFC West] division.” Share on Facebook




Only greatness will do for J.J. Watt

HOUSTON — He walks in, the best defensive http://www.officialushockey.com/jussi-jokinen-jersey football player on the planet, and takes a seat in a small media workroom inside NRG Stadium. J.J. Watt is wearing Houston Texans gear and white sneakers with “Mega Watt” scribbled in red on the back. He puts his iPhone, sans a case, in his lap, clasps his massive hands together, looks at the floor and then raises his head, his icy blue eyes ablaze, his chiseled face expressionless. “I owe you a huge apology,” I say, taking a seat an arm’s length away from him. “I’m very sorry.” Watt didn’t ask for an explanation. “That’s all right,” he says. No, it isn’t. Watt and I had never sat down for a one-on-one interview before last week. We spoke once by phone midway through his second year in the NFL, in 2012. By that time, Watt had convinced his defensive coordinator, Wade Phillips, that he could take calculated risks on the football field because he had the talent, the work ethic and the drive to make them work. And Phillips had figured out that not only did Watt see the field better than any defender he had ever coached, but Watt played the defensive end position better than anyone, too. The end of the 2011 regular season had been Watt’s coming-out party, and the playoffs were his confirmation. His 2012 season ranks among the greatest ever by a defensive player: 20.5 sacks, 16 passes defensed, a team-high 107 tackles, 39 tackles for loss, 42 quarterback hits, 4 forced fumbles and 2 fumble recoveries. “He had the best year anybody’s ever had,” said Phillips, who during 37 seasons in the NFL coached Reggie White, Bruce Smith and DeMarcus Ware in their primes. “You put in tackles, assists, tackles for loss, hits on the quarterback, knockdowns and sacks, he had everything.” Only one of the 50 media members who voted for the Associated Press Defensive Player of the Year award didn’t vote for Watt. It was Nick Bonino Ducks Jersey a huge mistake. Several weeks before the votes were due, I’d written a column on Denver linebacker Von Miller and how he should win the award over Watt and San Francisco’s Aldon Smith. Last week, I explained to Watt that in my attempt not to be a hypocrite, I’d made a regrettable decision that cost Watt becoming the unanimous choice for the award. “I understand,” Watt said. “It’s really bothered me,” I said. “No worries,” Watt said. “I appreciate it. Thank you.” “It was a great season you had,” I said. “Thank you very much,” Watt said, his shoulders and expression relaxing. “[Miller] had one, too.” Last Wednesday night, the 67-year-old former coach sat in the newsroom of Comcast SportsNet in downtown Houston, his white hair a striking contrast to the black sport coat he wore. Having been fired after the Texans went 2-14 last season, Phillips is filling the void of not coaching this season by talking football on local television and…