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first_imgThe comment was vintage Johnny Miller, raw enough to cause most television producers to wince. Miller was in the NBC Sports booth at Doral in 2004 when he watched Craig Parry hit another beautiful shot to the green. Miller said what he saw. That was his job. He just didn’t say it like other golf analysts. ”The last time you see that swing is in a pro-am with a guy who’s about a 15-handicap,” Miller said. ”It’s just over the top, cups it at the bottom and hits it unbelievably good. It doesn’t look … if Ben Hogan saw that, he’d puke.” Parry got the last word, of course, holing out a 6-iron from 176 yards in a playoff to win. Except that wasn’t the last word. ”I was in Ponte Vedra going back to the Honda Classic, and my phone is blowing up,” said Tommy Roy, the longtime golf producer at NBC. ”It started percolating down in Australia, and you had radio stations demanding Johnny Miller be fired.” Miller could make golf more fun to hear than to watch. ”He doesn’t have a filter. That’s why he’s so good,” Roy said. ”What he’s thinking comes out. And 99.5 percent of the time, that was a great thing for viewers, and for me. And 0.5 percent of the time, it was a problem for our PR department and for me. ”And it was worth it.” Roy was in Wisconsin on Monday night for his first look at Whistling Straits for the 2020 Ryder Cup. It will be the first Ryder Cup since 1989 that doesn’t have Miller in the booth weighing in on good shots and bad with thoughts that immediately become words. He often entertained. He occasionally irritated. He was rarely dull. Miller is retiring after three decades calling the shots for NBC. His last tournament will be the Phoenix Open, the perfect exit for a Hall of Fame player once known as the ”Desert Fox” for winning six times in Arizona. Miller was so good for so long that it was easy for younger generations to forget about that other career he had. Miller to retire from broadcast booth in 2019 Best of: Photos of Miller through the years And to think that was nearly his only career in golf. Miller said he wasn’t interested when NBC first approached him, but then his wife stepped in and told him it would be nice to have a steady paycheck. Even then, it took time for him to realize his audience was in the living room, not the locker room. He made his debut at the Bob Hope Classic in 1990 and it didn’t take long for him to leave his mark. Peter Jacobsen faced an awkward lie to the 18th green with water to the left. ”The easiest shot to choke on,” Miller said. People thought about choking. Miller said it because that’s what he was thinking. ”What came into his brain came out of his mouth,” said Mike McCarley, president of golf for NBC Sports. ”He was the first to really talk about the pressure. It’s the most important element of the game, especially in those really big moments. He was doing it at a time when others weren’t.” It wasn’t just the word ”choke.” Phil Mickelson was getting up-and-down from everywhere at the 2010 Ryder Cup when Miller suggested that if Lefty weren’t such a good putter he’d be selling cars in San Diego. Justin Leonard and Hal Sutton were losing a fourballs match at the 1999 Ryder Cup when Miller blurted out, ”My hunch is that Justin needs to go home and watch it on television.” During the 2008 U.S. Open playoff at Torrey Pines that Tiger Woods won in 19 holes over Rocco Mediate, Miller suggested that guys named ”Rocco” don’t get their name on the trophy, and that Mediate looked like ”the guy who cleans Tiger’s swimming pool.” It wasn’t all bad. Roy, who also has produced NBA Finals and Olympics, said he wants analysts who first-guess, not second-guess. The latter is for talk radio. First-guessing means sharing instincts, and Miller had plenty of them. Woods was playing the final hole at Newport in the 1995 U.S. Amateur when Miller said, ”It wouldn’t surprise me if he knocked this thing a foot from the hole.” And that’s just what Woods did. McCarley remembers how retired NBC Sports chairman Dick Ebersol used to worry whenever Miller called because he thought it was about retirement. McCarley soon inherited that feeling. ”Every time I’d see Johnny’s number pop up on my cellphone, my heart would skip a beat,” McCarley said. ”Two years ago, he made that call I had been dreading.” McCarley kept him working a slightly reduced schedule, but no longer. Miller is 71 and has been on the road for 50 years. His 24th grandchild was born on Sunday. He wants to teach them fly fishing in Utah, perhaps even a little golf. Miller wasn’t sure he would last a week when he started. He never imagined going nearly 30 years. He leaves behind a style all his own. Most loved it. Some didn’t. But everyone listened, and that might be his legacy in the broadcast booth. Roy said what he has heard from viewers he knows is that 70 percent really like Miller, and 30 percent really don’t. ”But they all have an opinion,” he said.last_img read more

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first_imgThe home team actually took the lead through Freddie Hinds’ goal, but soon found themselves 3-1 down by half-time. Crewe then wrapped up the scoring 20 minutes from time. City began the encounter well and took the lead after 14 minutes. Jonny Smith beat his man down the left flank and crossed for Hinds to tap in at the back post. But the Railwaymen were back on level terms soon after as Charlie Kirk cut inside his man and provided the perfect pass for Alex Kiwomya to fire past Jojo Wollacott into the corner. Crewe went in front through Ross Woodcock’s goal, again assisted by Kirk, before scoring a third on the half hour from the boot of Callum Saunders. George Dowling and Jake Andrews were introduced at the break as City looked to get back in the game. A strong start to the second period saw Hinds feed Diego De Girolamo, but his close-range effort was blocked by the defence. Perry Ng completed the scoring on 70 minutes, heading in unmarked from a well-worked corner routine. City Under-23s: Wollacott; Harper, Challis, Lyons-Foster, Nurse; Edwards (Dowling 46), McNulty, Richards (Andrews 46), Smith; De Girolamo (McCoulsky 71), Hinds.last_img read more

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first_imgThe five-time Ballon d’Or winner has scored 23 goals in all competitions this season.Ibrahimovic, 38, has scored three goals since returning to Milan last month.The Swede headed in the second goal on Sunday after setting up the first, but Inter hit back with four second-half strikes.“I showed that I can still make a difference, even at 38,” he said.But Inter striker Romelu Lukaku will be looking to upstage the two other former Manchester United players against Napoli in the other last-four first leg on Wednesday.Gennaro Gattuso’s Napoli, despite their current slump, ousted holders Lazio in the quarterfinals.“There’s a new king in town,” a jubilant Lukaku wrote on Twitter after scoring the fourth goal for Inter in Sunday’s derby.“We run this town.”The Belgian was replying to Ibrahimovic’s pre-derby post saying that “lions don’t compare themselves to humans”.Juventus coach Maurizio Sarri has reason to be worried by his side’s away form, with the defending Serie A champions having lost their last two games on the road.“I hope that someone will help me, it’s something we have to resolve,” Sarri said after the loss to Verona.“Right now we have a difference in performance between home and away.”Juventus are bidding to reclaim the trophy which they held for four seasons until losing to eventual runners-up Atalanta in the quarters last year.Antonio Conte’s Inter are the only one of the four semifinalists to win in Serie A at the weekend, with Napoli crashing to a 3-2 defeat by lowly Lecce.Inter’s victory lifted them ahead of Juventus on goal difference at the top of the table, as they target their first Scudetto since 2010.FIXTURESSemifinals, first legTODAYInter Milan v NapoliTHURSDAYAC Milan v JuventusShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Cristiano Ronaldo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic are set to go head-to-head in Thursday’s Italian Cup semifinal, first leg between Juventus and AC Milan at the San Siro.Both Ronaldo and Ibrahimovic scored at the weekend in defeats as Juventus fell 2-1 at Hellas Verona, while AC Milan threw away a two-goal lead in a 4-2 defeat by city rivals Inter.“It wasn’t the result we wanted,” said the 35-year-old Ronaldo despite becoming the first Juventus player to score in 10 successive league games, just one game short of the Serie A record.last_img read more

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first_imgAfter showing interest on numerous occasions in the past, the Orioles have signed veteran outfielder Michael Saunders to a minor-league contract.The 31-year-old spent time with Pittsburgh and Kansas City this spring and will now try to get his career back on track at Triple-A Norfolk. The addition of Saunders offers the Orioles another lefty-hitting outfield option after the likes of Colby Rasmus, Alex Presley, and Jaycob Brugman joined the organization this offseason.Saunders had an excellent first half of 2016 with Toronto to earn a trip to his first All-Star Game, hitting .298 with 16 home runs, 42 runs batted in, and a .923 on-base plus slugging percentage. However, his career has taken a nosedive since then as he’s batted .191 with 14 homers and an anemic .618 OPS in his last 448 major league plate appearances. This will be his fifth different major league organization since the end of 2016.In nine major league seasons primarily as a part-time player, Saunders owns a .232 average with 81 home runs, 263 RBIs, and a .701 OPS in 2,747 career plate appearances with Seattle, Toronto, and Philadelphia.Upon announcing the Saunders signing, the Orioles made note of his impressive career numbers at Oriole Park at Camden Yards that include a .310 average with 10 homers and 24 RBIs in 84 career at-bats. He leads all active players (minimum 20 games) with a 1.129 OPS at Camden Yards.Of course, he had the benefit of feasting on Baltimore pitching as part of that comfort level, making those numbers less significant.The Orioles also announced they’ve traded right-handed relief pitcher Stefan Crichton to Arizona for a player to be named later or cash considerations. They also traded right-hander Jesus Liranzo to the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for left-handed pitcher Luis Ysla, who will be assigned to Double A Bowie.Crichton and Liranzo were two of four pitchers designated for assignment last week to make room on the 40-man roster.last_img read more

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first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! 5:15 p.m. La Serna wasted little time in jumping on visiting California and with a stellar defense breezed to a 15-6 victory in their Del Rio League boys water polo opener Tuesday. The host Lancers got scoring from eight players and effectively controlled who La Serna coach Jeff Padgett considered to be the Condors’ main threats: Dustin Balke, Eric Bihr and Steve Garcia. David Hingeveld paced La Serna with five goals and goalkeeper Matt Villanueva recorded eight saves. Balke had three goals but managed only six shots, four of them in the fourth quarter when he scored twice. Bihr scored once but was limited to four shots, and Garcia got only one shot and did not score. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John Phillips “Our defense wasn’t designed as simple straight up pressure,” Padgett said. “We had three names in our book as their go-to guys that we wanted to contain, and I thought we did a good job of that.” La Serna improved to 7-9; California slipped to 9-5.last_img read more

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first_imgShare This!The darkness is coming. The daylight hours are getting shorter and shorter as winter approaches. And this, my friends, is reason to celebrate. Nighttime is the best time to be in the theme parks and I’m here to shed some light as to why.Better WeatherLet’s face it, Florida is too hot during almost half of the year. With average temperatures during the day being in, or feeling like, the 90s most of the time, it can be exhausting being in the parks during the day. But once that sun sets there is a glimmer of hope as temperatures decline throughout the evening. Put away the sunscreen, put away your massive shade-providing hat, and let out a sigh of relief as you enjoy more pleasant weather as evening descends.Dazzling Light TreatmentsThe theme parks have always looked their best in their evening attire. Starting with Disneyland in the 1950s with the beloved twinkle lights in the trees of the Sleeping Beauty Castle Courtyard, and there was even a TV special dedicated to Disneyland After Dark.Nowadays the special lighting effects and light treatments at theme park’s newest lands transform the entire experience. Each new land seems to have a better night treatment than the last. Pandora – World of Avatar uses special paint and lights, and even lights that look like plants that glow. Sadly, the intensity of this experience was dialed back due to initial low lighting, but it is still a remarkable sight. Surprising of all is Toy Story Land’s nighttime look, especially Slinky Dog Dash with its special LED lighting throughout the ride. And of course, Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge is otherworldly at night. The reveal of the Millennium Falcon is already jaw dropping in itself, but add in the dramatic lighting at night and it is enough to make you howl like a wookie. Pandora – World of Avatar at night (Photo: @bioreconstruct) Nighttime EntertainmentNighttime entertainment in Orlando’s theme parks is far more than fireworks. Thanks to elements like fountains, lasers, and awe-inspiring projection mapping technology, nighttime shows in the theme parks just keeps getting better. Magic Kingdom reigns supreme with the fireworks spectacular “Happily Ever After”. Cinderella Castle has never had so many incredible looks. But the magic doesn’t end there. Rather than attempting the impossible to rush out of Magic Kingdom right after the fireworks, stick around for “Once Upon a Time” which usually follows “Happily Ever After” (about 45 minutes after). It’s a little odd that “Happily Ever After” comes before “Once Upon a Time” but I’ll just let that one go. “Once Upon a Time” is about 14 minutes of covering Cinderella Cast in Disney movie moments. There are a handful of pyrotechnics, otherwise this show is all about the projection mapping. It is a lot of fun and often half the crowds of the main fireworks show. Epcot has long been captivating at night. With all the delectable dining options it’s the perfect place to partake in a nice dinner before enjoying the park’s nighttime spectacular. Currently Epcot’s nighttime show is “Epcot Forever” while preparations for the next nighttime installment are underway. It is a clever temporary show worth sticking around for as long as you’re not overly tired.Disney’s Hollywood Studios currently offers two powerful nighttime extravaganzas: “Fantasmic!” and “Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular”. While “Fantasmic!” is a little long in the tooth, it still draws a crowd.  It’s hard to turn away from a show packed with Mickey, memorable Disney movie moments, villains, and dayglow monkeys. Generally “Fantasmic!” is the first nighttime show of the night, followed by “Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular”. Even if you are not a major Star Wars fan this production is worth a watch purely from its smart use of projection mapping. But wait, there’s more! Just before “Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular” there is the “Wonderful World of Animation” which is a fun tribute to Disney’s animation accomplishments through the years, and it takes place in the same spot as the Star Wars show. A great way to be entertained for a while. I suggest grabbing either a drink at Brown Derby Lounge or a shake at Tune In Lounge then claim your spot in the park’s center courtyard. Tree of Life Awakenings (Photo by Brian Carey)Disney’s Animal Kingdom has only recently became a park to thoroughly enjoy at night. It is the most relaxing vibe of all the parks at night. Although “Rivers of Light” is an enjoyable show, it is almost rivaled in beauty by the “Tree of Life Awakenings” mini-shows. These delightful, colorful shows take place on the Tree of Life every fifteen minutes. Not an over-the-top production, they are lovely to witness and soothing in a way.The Final HourThe most magical time in the parks is the last hour of operations. The crowds thin out, it’s easy to walk around and just enjoy the atmosphere. If you’ve watched one of the nighttime shows don’t rush out of the park, you’re not going to get very far, very fast anyhow. Either hang back and savor your surroundings, or sneak one or two final rides in.Generally, operating protocol for the rides is to continue to let guests enter the line right up until closing time. So, even if the park closes at 10:00 PM you can get in line at 9:58 PM to wait your turn and be well in the park after closing time. There are some attractions that close before the park’s official closing time, like Kilimanjaro Safaris at Animal Kingdom, so be sure to double check the operating times.Epcot at night (Photo: @bioreconstruct)Tips and InformationWhile crowds tend to die down as the day goes on, so too does staffing. Sometimes security check points and registers at merchandise stores can take a little longer when staffing is reduced late in the day or evening.Not all restaurants and attractions stay open all the way though the operating hours of the park. Be sure to check TouringPlans schedules and information to help you plan accordingly.Even though the sun isn’t beating down on you at night, make sure you still hydrate so you can keep going well into the late hours.last_img read more

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first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorChris BeattieShare the loveHave your say REVEALED: The winger Liverpool boss Klopp wanted ahead of Salahby Chris Beattie10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp wanted to sign another winger ahead of Mohamed Salah last year, it has been revealed.The Times says Klopp originally wanted to sign Bayer Leverkusen youngster Julian Brandt ahead of Salah.Liverpool completed the signing of Salah last summer for around £36million from Serie A giants Roma.In his debut term he went on to score 44 goals in 52 appearances – and won a Puskas Award for his splendid effort against Everton.However, it has since been reported that Salah was not even Klopp’s preferred choice of target.Klopp was very keen on Bayer Leverkusen youngster Brandt. The Germany star has impressed over the past couple of seasons and has attracted the attention of several top European clubs. last_img read more

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first_imgKolkata: The Thai government has appreciated the use of drones by the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) to detect whether there are water patches on the roof tops of highrises which serve as the potential breeding ground for mosquitoes.The drones can find out whether there are empty bottles and unused containers without covers on the roof tops of high rises where access is difficult, said Atin Ghosh, deputy mayor, who had recently attended a workshop on dengue prevention in Bangkok. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaHe was accompanied by Dr Tapan Mukherjee, advisor of KMC’s Health department. Ghosh said the KMC’s drives to detect the larvae at source as a part of anti-dengue measures have also been appreciated by the experts on dengue who had attended the workshop. The experts informed the gathering that though there is provision to fine the errant persons who do not keep their houses clean, the Thai government has failed to implement it because of lack of political Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwaywill. Though fogging is no longer accepted as a proper method to eliminate larvae it is still continuing in Thailand as the government has failed to convince the people about the futility of this age old practice. The Deputy Mayor said in Thailand it is mandatory for a person suffering from dengue to get admitted to the government health care establishments where the prescriptions of World Health Organisation to combat the disease are followed.last_img read more

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