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Paul & Brendan take Gold

first_img3rd Shuichi Kodaka (18) 35pts4th Fumiaki Matsuura (17) 34pts5th Peter Skinner (10) 32pts6th Mark Williams (7) 32ptsThe worst thing about playing Pattavia is still the road from the 331, but in all other respects the course is getting better and better with the greens now holding and about fifty percent slower, which means a ball above the pin may now stay on the green if it does not go in.  The rest of the course also continues to improve as the scores on the day attested and the CSS went down a stroke.Gold Medalists – Paul Young & Brendan Dunne.Sammy Chan joined us for the first time and made a big impression, taking the win by a comfortable three shots as he closed off his round with a remarkable fourteen points from the last four holes to finish with a gross 35 for the back nine.Danny Greer.Adrian Cook had a very good round to finish in second place after he had closed out his day with 23 points from the back nine.Shuichi Kodaka just stayed ahead of playing partner Fumiaki Matsuura in third after trading places throughout the round.  Peter Skinner won a count back over Mark Williams with a better 17 to 14 to take fifth place.Shuichi Kodaka and Fumiaki Matsuura shared the multi-pool rollover pot in the second division section of the 2s whilst Sammy Chan added to his day’s haul with the sole one in the first division.Wednesday, Dec. 16, Pattana B & C – StablefordCSS 13Division 1 (0–14)1st Mark Williams (7) 36pts2nd Sammy Chan (8) 35pts3rd Garry Barling (8) 35pts4th Mike Dabanovich (12) 34pts5th Paul Young (14) 34ptsDivision 2 (15+)1st Phil Cass (15) 37pts2nd Stephen Beard (23) 35pts3rd Keith Smith (18) 31pts4th Terry Hodgkiss (23) 30pts5th Mike Hill (20) 30ptsMark Williams.A good turnout for the very popular Pattana Golf Club meant the formation of two divisions with the cut being strangely made by the organiser at 14 and below, which resulted in him not winning the second division and thus saving the cost of blowing the horn.  But following an audit by the ethics committee, it was discovered that the cut had been set prior to the start of the day’s rounds.Phil Cass won the second division with a solid one under handicap round, leaving Stephen Beard in second but well clear of the rest of the chasing pack led by Keith Smith in third and then followed by a count back for fourth, which Terry Hodgkiss won with a better 15 to 14 to leave Mike Hill in fifth.The first division was a much closer affair which Mark Williams won by a single point ahead of a countback for second place between Sammy Chan and Garry Barling, Sammy edging it with a better 18 to 16 having had another solid inward half.There needed to be another count back to determine fourth place which Mike Dabanovich won by 17 to 15, leaving Paul Young in fifth spot.There were no 2s in the second division but David Dines slipped in a very nice one from three feet on the 2nd on the C course to sweep the first division pot clean.Friday, Dec. 18, Pattaya C.C. – Gold & Silver MedalsDivision 1 (0-15)Gold – Paul YoungSilver – Peter SkinnerDivision 2 (16+)Gold – Brendan DunneSilver – Shuichi KodakaMonthly MedalsDivision 1 (0–15)1st Paul Young (14) net 722nd Adrian Cook (13) net 733rd Peter Skinner (10) net 744th Garry Barling (8) net 74Division 2 (16+)1st Danny Greer (26) net 702nd Keith Smith (18) net 733rd Brendan Dunne (30) net 754th Shuichi Kodaka (18) net 77Sammy Chan.The end of the year medal event also doubles as the finals for the Gold and Silver medals, with the contenders this year coming from the previous twelve monthly medals with the first and second places qualifying in both divisions, always cut at 15 and below for the first division.Paul Young took the first division Gold Medal with Peter Skinner just pipping Mark Williams, by a two, for the Silverl.The second division Gold Medal was won by Brendan Dunne, just seeing off the challenge of Shuichi Kodaka who had to settle for the Silver after holding off both Mike Hill and Hal Hart by two strokes.In the December monthly medals Paul Young also won the first division, with Adrian Cook a very close second and Peter Skinner in third after he won a count back over Garry Barling with a better 35 to 38.The second division winner was the very surprised Christmas pudding runner, Danny Greer, winning his first medal in over 15 years of glorious attempts and very happily ringing out the old year on the announcement.Keith Smith took second place with Brendan Dunne in third and Shuichi Kodaka in fourth place.Once again there were no 2s in the second division and none either in the first division.Note: If you would like to play with The Haven group, you can contact 038 710 988 or call in to The Haven Hotel, 185 Soi 13, situated between Beach Road and 2nd Road.  All transportation to the course is arranged and you do not need to sign up prior to the day, but you should be there by 8.15 on a Monday, Wednesday, and Friday on the days that you wish to play.  If you would like to leave your golf clubs at The Haven, there are usually lockers available at a nominal charge.  A schedule of courses to be played can be found on our web site at www. thehaven-hotel.com. IPGC Golf from The HavenMonday, Dec. 14, Pattavia C & A – StablefordCSS 711st Sammy Chan (8) 39pts2nd Adrian Cook (13) 36ptslast_img read more

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A tale of two flights

first_imgRound over, after waiting for all the groups to come in, it was results recorded and into transport for the trip back to BJ’s where it was a late results show.  With so many groups and the distance to the course it was no surprise we were a bit late, still better late than never.There is no reason I can see but every week one of the flight’s plays a blinder and the other plays much less well.  The previous week the A Flight had been miles better than the B Flight, this week it was just the opposite.  In the A Flight the winner was Henry Wong with 33 points while in second was Bob Watson, who was surprised to be second with 32.  We then had a count back on 31 points that saw Colm Mullen in third, Richard Kubicki in fourth and Gerd Riedlar just missing out.The B Flight was won by Mick O’Brien with 37 points ahead of Tom McDowell in second with 35.  Dave Cooper was third with 34 points and in fourth came Barry Elphick with 33.Near Pins: Henry Wong (2), Mike O’Brien (2), Tom McDowell, Frank PilkingtonLong Putt: Gerd Riedlar, Dick Warberg, Don Carmody, Derek BrookFriday, Feb. 20, Pleasant Valley – StablefordOn Friday the Tropical Golf Group gathered at BJ’s Holiday Lodge in preparation for the trek out to Pleasant Valley.  It had been quite a while since we had played this course so some were trying to remember the course layout while others were wondering what the conditions would be like after the nearby PSC Monthly was rained out the day before.Landis Brooks (left) with Takeshi Hakozaki.Pleasant Valley is one of the shorter courses, but tight fairways and numerous water hazards, including many forced tee carries, make the course challenging.  Nerves of steel on the tee can make or break a round, and rumor has it the drink stops were doing a brisk business selling used golf balls, with many soon returning to the hazards from whence they came.  If that didn’t make the course challenging enough, the on and off again rain on the back nine bested all but the most determined golfers.  Still, the rain finally stopped for good and the scores trickled in.When the counting was done one golfer stood head, shoulders, and an extension ladder above the rest.  Landis Brooks (9) posted an incredible 43 points – a full eight strokes ahead of the nearest competition.  On a tough course, under tough conditions, Landis shot 74 off the stick.  Take a bow!Further down, the mere mortals had a three-way count back, all at 35 points.  When all the tie-breaking was done it was Takeshi Hakozaki (13) over Mike O’Brien (22), followed by Graham Buckingham (22).Near Pins: Tom Herrington, Landis Brooks, Graham Buckingham, Paul WeatherleyLong Putts:  Landis Brooks, Graham Buckingham PSC Golf from Tropical Golf GroupTuesday, Feb. 17, Greenwood B & C – StablefordWe had a few extra players today, so with a bit of reorganization we headed off to Greenwood.  After a quick change we got to the first tee and were told we were playing the B & C Nines, not a bad nine but starting on C1 is always a bit tricky.  On this day the normal, strong wing was around so life was always going to be a bit difficult. The course was as is normal at Greenwood, a bit rural but better in some respects for it.  The fairways are a bit up and down condition wise, but well playable, and the rough is as one would expect here.  Now the greens are not bad and were fine to putt on, so on a windy day we had a great round.Mick O’Brien (left) and Henry Wong (right) with one of B.J. Holiday Lodge’s finest.last_img read more

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Stanton leaves on top

first_imgIt has been a very busy weekend as we found ourselves mesmerized by the unusual, but fabulous, Chambers Bay golf course, home to the 2015 U.S. Open.  Getting up at 6:00 AM to watch a good 4 hours of live golf was well worth it, and a dozen or so of us did just that.  We also now have a PVR so have recorded the final day to play over and over again.  I think now it is plain to see why we play “ball in the hole” and no “gimme’s” as we watched Dustin Johnson hand it on a silver platter to Jordan Speith by missing a 2 foot putt for the trophy.Phil Smedley congratulates John Hutt and Darren Stanton.Today was another winner at Green Valley as the course was in perfect condition.  We saw John Hutt continue his purple patch and come in with 32 Stableford points to tie Stephen “Scooter” Dunn for second place.  The winner was TGC resident Darren Stanton in his last round of golf in Pattaya for a while as he shifts back to Sydney to replenish the coffers.  If you recall, Darren won our Monthly Medal in March and this win was perfect timing to end his holiday in Thailand.  Don’t you just love a happy ending?Tuesday, June 16, Parichat Links (white tees) – StablefordThis was an invitational tournament provided by the Parichat management, so four of us went out to play Pattaya’s newest track, Parichat International Golf Links.  For a course that has just opened, it was in remarkably good condition and shows loads of potential.  The temporary clubhouse was just fine and the new hotel/clubhouse facility already has the foundation pilings down.  The staff went out of their way to make us feel at home and the buffet dinner provided was top quality.The golf course was very interesting, but hidden water will make your first round there a challenge.  Do not let that get you frustrated, this is a unique layout for Pattaya and a welcome addition to the courses here.  It is actually quite a different style and I enjoyed it very much even though I played poorly.Tee boxes were Siam quality and fairways reminded me of Kabinburi, they were so pristine.  They have a summer promotion for 1,400 baht which includes green fee, caddy fee and buggy and yes, all 18 holes are now open, so give it a try, it’s a bargain!Friday, June 19, Phoenix (white tees) – Mountain/Ocean1st Kenny Aihara (2) 35ptsT2nd Peter Thomas (18) 32ptsT2nd John Hutt (23) 32ptsPhoenix was the easy destination for today’s competition and a nice (fairly) cool day was ahead of us.  A couple of weeks ago we really had some stifling hot weather, but now the heat is manageable and humidity is down as well.Today Phil got a break from the driving and we hired 2 vans from Khun Sangket to take us up near Buddha Mountain.  Phoenix is in such a beautiful setting and those stunning views always impress the new visitors, but unfortunately we take it all for granted.  We are lucky to live in the best golf destination in all of Asia, are we not?There are 3 guys on top of the leaderboard that surely think so.  John Hutt once again came through and continues to amaze.  We don’t call it age, we call it experience!  Well played mate.  Another Englishman, Peter Thomas, made a return to the podium to share that second place with John, but it was the famous Kenny Aihara, now down to a 2 handicap, who stole the thunder with a nifty 35 on the card.  Must be all of that broccoli Ken!Note: The Golf Club is located on Soi LK Metro.  Just call 085 434 3377 or see our website www.golfclubpattaya .com and for more information mail us: pattaya4golf@gmail.com and see updates at www.facebook.com/golfclubpattaya… all handicaps welcome! PSC Golf from The Golf ClubMonday, June 15, Green Valley (white tees) – Stableford1st Darren Stanton (21) 33ptsT2nd Stephen Dunn (0) 32ptsT2nd John Hutt (23) 32ptslast_img read more

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‘Old Boys’ lead the way

first_imgBoth Paul and Larry came in with 40 points each this week.  Paul had a brilliant front nine and scored 23 points while Larry did his trick on the back nine and scored 23. Larry won the day on count-back and both will be on the chopping block again.Larry Emerson, left, with Paul Kraft.Coming in with 37 points in third place was Dale Murphy.  He is normally near the top but he could not keep up with the winners today.  Richard Hall was next with 35 points as the rest of the field faded away.It seems that the two-man scramble went well as most of the golfers are looking forward to the next one.  We will plan one in the near future and make sure most of us are here to participate. PSC golf from The Three Sisters BarIt seems that we can’t hold the oldsters down: Paul Kraft and Larry Emerson again headed the group on May 11 at Pattaya C.C. and showed the younger players that they can still hit a golf ball.   last_img read more

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Tough courses lead to low scores

first_imgThe Haven of Golf SocietyMonday, Jan. 15, Pattavia (white tees) – Stableford CSS 74Division 1 (0–16) 1st Allan Hanlon (13) 35pts2nd Mark Cooper (11) 34pts3rd Steve Evans (10) 29pts4th Alan Pilkington (8) 29pts5th Christer Olsson (16) 29ptsDivision 2 (17+)1st Shuichi Kodaka (19) 35pts2nd Hal Hart (20) 31pts3rd Phil Stevenson (24) 31pts4th Dave LeHane (18) 30pts5th Patrick Scullion (18) 30ptsA very tough week of golf started out at the always difficult Pattavia where once again the greens were found to be at their fiercest, having been shaved down to billiard table speeds. It was therefore unsurprising that the CSS for the day moved out on this occasion to 74.The field was split on the day at 16 and the first division was led in by Allan Hanlon whose one under handicap return was just enough to see off the late challenge of Mark Cooper.  Steve Evans then won a three-way count back for third with a best 16 points to leave Alan Pilkington in fourth with 15 and Christer Olsson in fifth with 14.Dave Edwards.The second division was dominated by Shuichi Kodaka with a solid one-over handicap return that was enough to win by four ahead of a count-back for second place which Hal Hart won over Phil Stevenson with a better 18 to 15.  They were followed in by another count-back for fourth and fifth which Dave LeHane won with a better 16 to 15.  This left Patrick Scullion with his first podium placement of his trip.There were no 2s in the second division but Bruce Hilde birdied the 203 yard 17th  to sweep the pot in the first division.Wednesday, Jan. 17, Greenwood A & C (white tees) – StablefordCSS 73Division 1 (0–15)1st Dave Edwards (12) 36pts2nd Mark Cooper (11) 34pts3rd Mark Lang (7) 34pts4th Adrian Cook (12) 34pts5th Graham Davis (6) 33ptsDivision 2 (16+)1st Phil Stevenson (24) 35pts2nd Christer Olsson (16) 32pts3rd Billy Riley (28) 31pts4th Dave LeHane (18) 30pts5th Shuichi Kodaka (18) 29ptsAnother hard day was experienced by the group when they took on the two Greenwood nines that include the toughest C course and once again the CSS for the day was one above the standard par.The first division was won by Dave Edwards, playing his last game before returning to a not so sunny England, after he had the equal best score of the week at level handicap.Mark Cooper then won a three-way count back for second place with a better 13 to 12 over the last six to leave Mark Lang in third place.  Adrian Cook took fourth after scoring just 14 on the back nine.  That left Graham Davis to claim the last podium step another shot back in fifth.Shuichi Kodaka.The second division was taken by Phil Stevenson after a solid one over return to finish three in front of second placed Christer Olsson, who in turn was one ahead of third man Billy Riley.Dave LeHane and Shuichi Kodaka rounded out the placements in fourth and fifth respectively.Once again there were no 2s in the second division but Dave Edwards slipped one in as did Bruce Hilde again to share the first division pool.Friday, Jan. 19,Mt. Shadow (blue tees) – StablefordCSS 75Division 1 (0–13)1st Mark Cooper (11) 36pts2nd Adrian Cook (12) 33pts3rd Allan Hanlon (13) 31pts4th Dave Cadwallader (13) 30ptsDivision 2 (14+)1st Christer Olsson (16) 34pts2nd Billy Riley (28) 31pts3rd Shuichi Kodaka (18) 30pts4th Dave Paul (18) 27ptsOnce again scoring was at a premium at Mountain Shadow, with the CSS for the moving out to 75 but remaining a counting competition.The first division was won by Mark Cooper who rounded of a very successful week of golf with the equal best score of the week to win by three from Adrian Cook in second, Allan Hanlon in third and Dave Cadwallader in fourth.The second division was claimed by Christer Olsson, taking his third podium of the week by three ahead of Billy Riley who again found that five over handicap was enough to take second place in the lower division.  Shuichi Kodaka finished third another shot behind and Dave Paul was fourth three more back.Mark Cooper, David Dines and Bruce Hilde all shared the first division ‘2’s pot whilst Dave LeHane cleaned out the multi-rollover in the second division.last_img read more

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Pattaya hosts 17th World Chinese Badminton Championships

first_imgThe Thai–Chinese Friendship Association in collaboration with TAT and the FYC Badminton Club recently staged the 17th World Chinese Badminton Championships at the Eastern National Sports Center in Pattaya from November 19-21.More than 3,000 badminton players, many of Chinese descent, from a total of 16 countries and of all abilities attended the event and competed in 30 separate categories over the three days of competition.Badminton players take part in the 17th World Chinese Badminton Championships at the Eastern National Sports Center in Pattaya on Friday, November 19. This mega event is designed to help strengthen relations and cultural ties between Thailand and China and a highlight at this year’s competition occurred on the final day when all the athletes were invited to join in the Loy Krathong festivities taking place around town.Organizers hope that by hosting events of this nature and magnitude it will further cement Pattaya’s place as a regional sporting hub within Asia.last_img read more

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Back off Serena!

first_imgI’m fed up with White America . . . I was thinking about our sister Serena and how White folk, White media, White men have always attacked her physique as they have Michelle Obama. They have spoken and printed that Serena looks like a man, is built like a man but they have actually printed that Michelle Obama is a man and have provided alleged scientific proof. Do you hear me? So what does that say Obama is?Can’t go there now, because I’m discussing Serena who is pushing through this U.S. Open to take home No. 4 of 4 Grand Slams this year. She is constantly brought under the scrutiny of White men who apparently are intimidated by her prowess. They relentlessly pounce on her, describing her in negative terms, insulting her appearance, comparing her natural grunts and moans while playing as animalistic etc.Yet they clap and applaud Kim Kardashian’s every move, who basically for all intensive purposes bought a body to imitate the natural body Serena and a majority of Black women inherit at birth.It’s just so disrespectful to hold high someone because they have a fake purchased body, did a sex tape to launch interest in her and now takes exhibitionist selfies-short of light porn, all day. Meanwhile a profound athlete whose body is sculpted out of the rigorous workouts and commitment to her sport is ridiculed and taunted as looking manly.The worst insult came when they graced the 65 year-old Caitlin Jenner on the cover as an old newly transgendered woman and referred to the airbushed image on Vanity Fair’s cover as that of a beautiful woman and in the same weekend referred to Serena as unattractive and masculine.To add insult to injury, we have to look at the endless stream of racist commentary from the sportscasters, of whom Mary Carillo, Chris Evert, and Darren Cahill have been the main offenders.If they’d relinquished their egos and racism long enough to be honest athletes then they will admit that the Williams Sisters are game changers. They have transformed the game of women’s tennis. Venus and Serena have brought power and speed to bear in ways that used to be limited to and only associated with the men’s game. The sisters have upped the physical aptitude requirements for champions with their power serves, speed, and willingness to chase down and make impossible shots.Serena Williams of the U.S., right, talks with her sister Venus Williams of the U.S., left, as they prepare to serve during a doubles match against Oksana Kalashnikova of Georgia and Olga Savchuk of Ukraine at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Wednesday, June 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)Is that a bad thing? All the nasty innuendos and cyber bullying is grounded in racism. We know that it’s racist, elitist and sexist. If they were men they would be held high and be given some sort of acknowledgment. If the Williams were White (women) they’d be hailed as the Amazons of the 21st Century, if they had not come from Compton they’d be accepted.Instead they get Russian tennis chief Shamil Tarpischev who was rightly fined for rudely referring to the bodies of Venus and Serena as “the Williams brothers” and declaring, “It’s frightening when you look at them.” I can think of some White women who look pretty scary but who says that publicly in the very public positions these people hold?White people do, because they are very comfortable with talking about and criticizing Blacks or any other marginalized people without consequences. Have you really listened to the statements that Donald Trump has made about, women, and Hispanics?Three years ago Darren Cahill was asked about how Venus and Serena had changed the game, his response can be easily dissected as elitist, and racist—his response, “They have opened the doors to people from all walks of life.”As for the female commentators, you’d think there’d be some camaraderie there but no instead Mary Carillo and Chris Evert have perhaps been the worst with Carillo exhibiting a love hate position on Serena. According to Carillo in the Williams’ early years, their winning game was attributed to their powerful bodies never intelligence or skill and accused of “lacking strategy,” “not thinking about their shots,”and relying on their “natural athleticism.”You have to pay attention always to the subtlety of racism because we have become so accustomed to it that we let these people get away with it. We allow them to tell us that we’re playing the race card. When there is nothing further from the truth. We are fighting for our right to be fully self-expressed as we express ourselves. So dig, when the sisters came to the court winning, their success was credited once again to “natural athletic ability.” The refusal to recognize or attribute their wins to growth, maturity and strategy was either pure jealousy, or racist and or both.The Williams Sisters were represented as hyper-masculine, unattractive women overpowering dainty White female tennis players, although there are more than a few who are hardly dainty. These descriptions about Black bodies as “naturally athletic,” “more powerful,” “more wild,” “less thoughtful,” and “less strategic” and Black female bodies as “(un)naturally strong, invulnerable, and unattractive” are not new.It’s such a fundamental key to Western ideology of White racial superiority that they perpetuate generation after generation. How do you critique an alpha female athlete? I could go on and on about the many disrespectful and or verbal abuse targeted at and endured by Venus and Serena Williams but for the record, this must stop.I know that you recognize this unacceptable and outrageous display of racism. Listen given their accomplishments, where are their endorsements? And in particular Serena’s? She’s a bad sistah, and because she’s built tough, she pushes through and pass it all disrupting the well-bred tennis spaces with her height, dark skin, powerful body and colorful audacious attire, her refusal to be other than herself and conform to the white way of managing emotion by her willingness to show it.So what about John McEnroe whose anger outbursts are legendary and yet he was not ridiculed or held under the same scrutiny. When she did a victory dance after a win against Maria Sharapova in 2012, America media accused Serena of doing the Crip Walk failing to provide basic facts that would have alleviated concerns over the dance being gang related. The Crip Walk originally had gang ties. However, it hasn’t been relegated to gangs since it got nicknamed “the C-walk” and became a mainstream phenomena years ago. It was so mainstream that even Justin Timberlake did it at a 2007 show at the Staples Center.I am rooting for her and look forward to her 4 out of 4 Grand Slam this year. Conclusion . . .to the haters, leave Serena alone! Back off and respect her! And finally, we have to be there for all our people. We have to stand up in their behalf when they’re disrespected, abused or treated unfairly. We have to be there before they’re shot down by police or anyone else. Our lives do matter. Kai EL’Zabarlast_img read more

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WATCH what happens when Warriors fan calls LeBron ‘crybaby’

first_img*Christmas Day the Cleveland Cavaliers played the Golden State Warriors and lost 89-83. But something real interesting happened during the game that’s go the internet buzzing and it’s hilarious. A woman sitting courtside decided she wanted to call LeBron James a “crybaby.” Only  problem was for dumb-ass she didn’t she didn’t see him standing right in front … Continue reading WATCH What Happens When Warriors Fan Calls LeBron ‘Crybaby’ →last_img

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Newton, Panthers reflect on Charleston church shootings

first_imgCam Newton (AP Photo/File)SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) _ NFL Most Valuable Player Cam Newton and some of his Carolina Panthers teammates took a break from training camp to remember the victims of last year’s Charleston church shootings.Newton, along with fellow co-captions Luke Kuechly, Thomas Davis, Ryan Kalil, Greg Olsen and Charles Johnson visited a local museum in Spartanburg, South Carolina on Monday night to view artist Dr. Leo Twiggs’ paintings that honor the victims of the shootings and those who rallied behind the church and the victims’ families in the aftermath of the tragedy.The series of nine paintings is called “Requiem for Mother Emanuel” after the church where nine people were killed on June 17, 2015. The paintings are currently on display at The Johnson Collection art gallery just minutes from where the Panthers are holding training camp.“It takes you back to that day when you heard the news and what you were doing, knowing how tragic it was and knowing there were a lot of people whose lives have been changed in one instant,” Davis said. “He did a phenomenal job of capturing that.”Panthers coach Ron Rivera, who attended the gallery along with assistant coach Steve Wilks, called the gallery a “powerful statement.” He felt that with his players representing the Carolinas it was something they needed to see.“It really is a tremendous piece,” Rivera said.The Panthers took a vested interest following the shootings.Newton traveled to Charleston to meet with the families of those killed in the shootings and help in the healing process. Panthers owner/founder Jerry Richardson donated $100,000 to the victims’ families to help cover burial costs and to build a memorial in the city.“Based on what has happened in our society today that type of a statement was important for us to make,” Rivera said. “You could see the impact that the exhibit was making on the guys and the expressions as the curator at the art gallery was talking about each piece individually.”Davis said each of the players had different interpretations of the paintings. For Davis, who is African-American, the depiction of the Confederate flag in the paintings really struck home.“That stood out to a lot of us,” Davis said. “… I think it was powerful for the state to actually take that flag down because of what it represented.”Davis said the exhibit helped put things in perspective for players.“It makes you take a closer look at it,” Davis said. “It makes you dive deeper into what happened and why it happened and what was able to come out of it.”___AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFLlast_img read more

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Bengals at Steelers game features matchup of dynamic duos

first_imgPittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) celebrates running back DeAngelo Williams touchdown with teammate wide receiver Antonio Brown (84) during the second half of an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins in Landover, Md., Monday, Sept. 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Mark Tenally)CINCINNATI (AP) — When the game’s on the line, Bengals and Steelers fans know where the ball’s most likely going.Both teams have dynamic duos with years of experience making the game-turning, highlight-reel plays.For the Bengals, it’s Andy Dalton and A.J. Green. For the Steelers, it’s Ben Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown. In their season openers, the duos were at their dynamic best.Green had 12 catches for 180 yards and a touchdown during Cincinnati’s 23-22 win at the Jets. Brown had eight catches for 126 yards and two touchdowns in Pittsburgh’s 38-16 win at Washington.They’ll share the stage on Sunday in Pittsburgh, where both defenses know what it’s all about: Stopping those two.Cincinnati Bengals’ A.J. Green (18) catches a pass in front of New York Jets’ Darrelle Revis (24) during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016 in East Rutherford, N.J. Green scored a touchdown on the play. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)“First off, Ben and I both have really talented receivers,” said Dalton, who came into the NFL along with Green in 2011.“And then it just comes with time. I’ve been with A.J. my whole career, he’s been with Antonio for seven years now. So it’s just part of the chemistry and building it.“When you’ve got talented players, you get that chemistry. When you’re both trying to be good at what you do, you’re going to have big plays.”Each does it their own way.Brown has a sense of what Roethlisberger is going to do when the elusive quarterback escapes the rush. That’s when the two get creative and use an instinctiveness developed during many hours of practice.“You put in a lot of time and a lot of hard work, a lot of film, a lot of communication,” Brown said. “We’re always looking to get better. We never dwell on what we did in the past.”Brown has caught 375 passes in the past three seasons, an NFL record for a three-year span.“He’s just got a motor,” Bengals cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick said. “You rarely see him tired. I’ve played him for five years, and I’ve never seen him bent over or nothing like that. That shows you what type of shape he’s in and what condition he has. I just feel like the guy is a great player, man.”Brown was in the middle of the ugly ending to the teams’ playoff game at Paul Brown Stadium last season. Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict hit him in the head after an incompletion, leaving Brown with a concussion.The personal foul helped move the Steelers in range for a last-minute field goal and an 18-16 victory. Brown had to miss the Steelers’ next playoff game, a loss to eventual Super Bowl champion Denver.He looked as good as ever in the opener.“After the play breaks down, he breaks off on the other side of the field and Ben sees him,” Kirkpatrick said. “Now, that’s a 20-yard gain, where you had him stopped if it was a normal play.”The Bengals’ duo gets it done a different way. Dalton gets rid of the ball quickly and looks to Green in the biggest moments, knowing that as long as he gets the ball near him he’s likely to come down with it.“My nickname for A.J. Green is Inspector Gadget,” Brown said, referring to his ability to make acrobatic catches.“He’s got those long arms, almost to his knees. There’s no catch he can’t make. He always can change the outcome of a game with his big-play ability.”Dalton and Green form the most productive quarterback/receiver duo in NFL history for the first five seasons of a career. They had 395 completions for 5,789 yards, the most for any tandem in the first five seasons together. Their 40 touchdown connections are tied with Miami’s Dan Marino and Mark Clayton for the most to start a career.“From day one, it starts with me and Andy,” Green said.Notes: Steelers LB Ryan Shazier (knee) was limited in practice Thursday, but defensive coordinator Keith Butler was optimistic that Shazier will play. WR Markus Wheaton (shoulder) practiced for the second straight day and should make his season debut after sitting out the opener.___Online: AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and AP NFL Twitter feed: www.twitter.com/AP_NFLlast_img read more

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