World’s top five golfers to play in RBC Heritage meet on Hilton Head Island

first_imgWASHINGTON: World’s top five golfers will be playing next week’s RBC Heritage tournament to be held on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, the organisers have confirmed.For the second straight week, the top five in the world will be competing as golf resumes its schedule from the COVID-19 pandemic shutdown that began in March. After missing this week’s Charles Schwab Challenge, American superstar Tiger Woods will also be skipping the RBC Heritage event. The Charles Schwab Challenge, which is to end on June 14, wasWorld’s top five golfers to play in RBC Heritage meet on Hilton Head Island the first PGA event back, with protocols that included mandatory testing for players, caddies and essential personnel when they arrive. All 487 tests were negative. Even without Woods on Hilton Head Island, the field for next week’s event is historically strong with 114 PGA Tour winners, including the top five players Rory McIlroy, Jon Rahm, Brooks Koepka, Justin Thomas and Dustin Johnson.Because of this year’s condensed schedule due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the PGA Tour expanded fields and next week’s event will feature 154 players, 22 than normal field. The RBC Heritage tournament will take place between June 18-21 and there will be no spectators at this year’s event. IANSAlso watch: #NewsMakers: Fmr Vice Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal (Retd) Pranab Barboralast_img read more

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Water polo promotes new co-head coach

first_imgTwo brains are better than one · After leading the men’s water polo program solo for 21 seasons, Jovan Vavic is promoting long-time assistant and former player Marko Pintaric to a co-coaching position. Daily Trojan file photoThe men’s water polo team has consistently been a dominant force in the pool and is now adding a second head coach to their ranks. Marko Pintaric, recently named co-head coach of the men’s water polo program, adds to this intense atmosphere, joining head coach Jovan Vavic by the pool.During the spring, Pintaric was in full control of the men’s team. While head coach Jovan Vavic would most likely be yelling at the women’s team he also coaches, Pintaric, nicknamed “Pinta” by his players, would be ripping a male athlete, even though they won’t play a game until September. This shows a fundamental aspect of the program: Even during offseason, it is still important for each player to give 100 percent during practice.“During the offseason, all the guys enjoy Pinta’s style just as much as Jovan’s, and we are all eager to get better and get ready for the upcoming season,” junior James Walters said.Though Pintaric may yell, he also brings an aura of understanding to each practice, as he has been on the receiving end of all the yelling himself. Before Pintaric was on the coaching staff, he played collegiately for the Trojans in 1997 and 1998. He scored an iconic buzzer beater goal from half the length of the pool to win the 1998 National Championship and was named National Player of the Year. He graduated with a degree in communication and went on to pursue a master’s degree in the same subject.Pintaric, who hails from Zagreb, Croatia, explained that one of the biggest benefits of playing under Vavic is the connection he has with the international players. Only someone who has been a student athlete at USC can understand the difficulty of the task. Since he has experienced both sides, Pintaric has picked up little shortcuts that can help players succeed  in school and water polo.“You face adversity being a student athlete at USC,” Pintaric said. “You are competing with the best kids in the world in the classroom and in the pool. You have to not only be eligible, but you’re also working to win a national championship.”Another perk of playing under Vavic was how much Pintaric learned from him about his coaching philosophy. Pintaric said that Vavic is the most diligent coach he has played for and he has picked up on many of his habits. Vavic is not known to let any pass — let alone practice — slide without scrutiny, and his contagious work ethic was passed along to Pintaric.“Pinta, as a coach, is very good at ironing out all the kinks, especially the little things that we don’t see,” Walters said. “He helps us see things in new ways, like with shooting, passing and different variations of defense.”Since Pintaric began coaching in 1999, his specialty has been coaching the goalies, even though he himself never played the position. The first goalie he coached was still a close friend, as they were on the team together the previous year.“Coaching goalies was completely unknown to me,” Pintaric said. “The position has taught me to look at water polo from a different angle, which has helped my learning curve in any aspect of the game, not just coaching the goalies.”In this year’s Olympics alone, Pintaric has three goalies who he has previously or currently coached participating, representing the United States, Australia and Brazil. In 2012, he had four who represented the United States and Australia.Pintaric tells his players that they must have the right combination of willingness to work hard and love for the game. He encourages them to correct their mistakes and to remember their goals. Pintaric is also constantly looking for new ways to improve his players. He finds that watching endless games of water polo and talking to great goalie coaches has helped him find a technique that works for him.“Their goals are constantly there during training, not just to do well at USC, but to better themselves as humans and to do the best they can,” Pintaric said.Though Pintaric is now co-head coach, he says that Vavic is still the ultimate coach. The program has a meticulous, efficient formula for how the coaching is delegated and it would be unwise to tinker with it too much. However, Vavic has always asked his assistant coaches questions and been open to their advice.Between editing film for the team to watch and administrative responsibilities such as recruiting, Pintaric has proved his ability as a coach. Pintaric said that though this title change will not have many tangible effects, it means that Vavic fully trusts him and thinks he is ready to lead the team.“Being a co-head coach is a very great honor for a prestigious university like USC,” Pintaric said. “My contribution to the team will be more standing time and involvement in the athletics of the game.”The former Trojan knows where his loyalties lie.“I will always consider myself a Trojan,” Pintaric added. “I have been here for 18 years as a water polo player, a graduate student, a graduate assistant, an assistant coach and now as co-head coach.”last_img read more

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Clippers have questions, no answers for defensive woes

first_imgLOS ANGELES >> J.J. Redick kept repeating the phrase “I don’t know.”The Clippers had just played their best defensive game in months, and asked why it took so long for the Clippers’ defense to get back on track, the shooting guard could issue only a non-answer.“I don’t know. I don’t know. There’s just … you try to figure these things out,” he said Monday. “You talk with each guy. You have group discussions, team meetings. I don’t know. I don’t know what’s been wrong.“I think the frustrating part, to me, is that we were a top five defense last year, had proven this year that we can be a top defense, and we’ve just been awful. We’ve just been awful on that side of the basketball.” • First 16 games: 42.5 percent opponent field goal percentage• Next 20: 46.4 percent opponent field goal percentage• First 16 games: 23.3 free-throw attempts, 9.9 offensive rebounds, 19.6 assists, 97.1 points allowed per game.• Next 20: 25.9 free-throw attempts, 10.5 offensive rebounds, 23.1 assists, 107.8 points allowed per game.• First 16 games: Seven teams scored 100 points or more against the Clippers• Next 20 games: Fifteen teams scored 100 points or more against the Clippers.• First 16 games: 16.2 turnovers forced• Next 20: 12.4 turnovers forcedAs the numbers show, it’s not just one area where the Clippers are worse — it’s virtually everywhere. And, it’s not just one problem that’s developed — the Clippers are doing a lot of things not as well.They’re not preventing ball movement, they’re giving up too many easy baskets, they’re fouling too much, not paying attention as much to things like rebounding.“You just have stretches where you’re stuck in a rut and it feels like nothing is going right,” Redick said.But Monday against the Suns, the Clippers got back on track — albeit against the NBA’s 25th-ranked offense.The Suns shot 38.2 percent from the field, the lowest of any Clipper opponent since Nov. 9. The 2-of-15 3-point shooting was the worst any team has done from distance against them this season.“Our half-court defense reminded me of earlier in the season when we were just flying around, covering for each other. Our rotations were phenomenal tonight — as good as they’ve been in a couple weeks,” Redick said. “That, to me, was why we won.”This, maybe more than any other stretch this season, is the perfect time to build off Monday’s performance. The Clippers play only two teams with top 15 offenses in the next 10 games, a prime opportunity to recapture what they were doing so well early this season.If they can’t do it, if they continue to struggle, it’ll only lead to more questions. And, no one, Redick included, will know how to answer them. Redick’s not wrong. The Clippers were a top defense this season. And since then, they’ve been, in his words, “awful on that side of the basketball.”During their 14-2 start, the Clippers dominated the NBA mostly because of their effort on the defensive end. In the 20 games that followed, the Clippers won only eight times. Again, it was mostly because of their defense.Here are the befores and afters:• First 16 games: 98.2 points allowed per 100 possessions (2nd in the NBA)• Next 20: 108.5 points allowed per 100 possessions (23rd overall)center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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