Thread Rating:
  • 0 Vote(s) - 0 Average
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
11 on the road as Viktor Fasth made 28 saves. Fasth has started the last two for Edm
NAPLES, Fla. Connor Williams Cowboys Jersey . -- Natalie Gulbis got off to a rocky start and put herself in position for a great finish. That describes her year as much as her third round Saturday in the LPGA Titleholders. Gulbis hooked a 5-iron into the water and made bogey on the par-5 opening hole, and then bounced back for a 7-under 65. That gave Gulbis a share of the lead with Gerina Piller and Pornanong Phatlum of Thailand. They each had a 67. The leaders were at 11-under 205, though it was far from a three-player race for the richest prize in womens golf. Stacy Lewis virtually wrapped up the Vare Trophy with a tournament-record 63, and now has a chance to do so much more. Lewis was two shots behind, along with Shanshan Feng of China (67), Lexi Thompson (67) and 36-hole leader Sandra Gal, whose 74 let so many players back into contention. Michelle Wie, on the one-year anniversary of her peculiar putting stroke, had a 66 and was among three shots behind. A dozen players were separated by four shots going into the final round of the season at Tiburon Golf Club, where the winner gets $700,000 from the $2 million purse. That most likely wont be 16-year-old Lydia Ko, who had a 72 and was nine shots behind in her pro debut. Gulbis hasnt won a tournament since 2007, and it looked unlikely for this year to end that drought. She became ill at her first tournament of the year in Thailand and later was diagnosed with malaria. Gulbis was told to rest for two months, take "medicine I cant even pronounce," and she spent the first part of the year trying to return too early and suffering setbacks. It wasnt until June that she could get through a round of golf and have enough energy left to practice. She didnt qualify for any of the events on the Asia swing, instead spending that time at home in Las Vegas retooling her swing with coach Butch Harmon. But she hit her stride on a warm day along the gulf shores of Florida. Even though the 5-iron was a shock -- she was trying to lay it up on the right side of the fairway, and the water is way on the left -- she quickly piled up birdies and finished with eight of them. "To be in the mix, and to be making birdies, is what you play for," Gulbis said. Five players had at least a share of the lead at one point, and Sunday figures to be a sprint to the finish. Gal made this dynamic leaderboard possible with a double bogey on the second hole, and the 28-year-old German never quite recovered. After making 14 birdies the opening two rounds, she made only one on Saturday. Lewis felt a sense of relief even as the leaderboard was tightening. Suzann Pettersen has to finish nine shots ahead of Lewis to win the Vare Trophy for the lowest scoring average. They started the day tied at par, and Lewis walked off the 18th green knowing she was virtually a lock to become the first American since Beth Daniel in 1994 to win the prestigious award. Lewis had a 63. Pettersen struggled to a 71, and now needs a 17-shot swing on Sunday to overtake Lewis. "Suzann was playing right behind me and I told myself I was not going to look back there all day long," Lewis said. "I wasnt going to look at a leaderboard and I was just going to take care of myself. And thats why I did." Now theres that matter of winning a tournament that gives Lewis another chance to end a long drought. She can take the money title with a win Sunday, which would make Lewis the first American since Betsy King in 1995 to win the Vare Trophy and the money title in the same year. The record day for Lewis started with a 5-iron from 177 yards that she holed for eagle on the third hole, though it still wasnt her best 5-iron of the year. She hit a pretty good one at St. Andrews on the 17th hole of the final round that carried her to victory in the Womens British Open. It was at the Old Course when Lewis realized the golf can take some quick and unexpected turns. She was two shots behind playing the 17th at St. Andrews and wound up winning. So even 11 shots behind going into Saturday, Lewis realized there was plenty of golf left. The final round is shaping up the same way, and it even includes Wie, who hasnt won since the Canadian Womens Open three years ago. It was at the CME Titleholders a year ago where she bent her torso parallel to the ground and turned that into her putting stroke. "Proud creator of the tabletop -- trademark, patent pending," she joked. "But it feels good. It feels good that I found something I created myself." And its working. Allen Hurns Cowboys Jersey . Pistorius mindset when he stood on his stumps in a bathroom and pulled the trigger on his 9 mm pistol in the early hours of Feb. 14, 2013 remains the crux of the South African trial that has captured worldwide attention and is about to start its seventh week of globally televised proceedings. It was initially scheduled to run for three weeks. Tavon Austin Jersey .com) - Nathan MacKinnon scored the winning goal in the shootout as the Colorado Avalanche rallied for a 3-2 win over the Boston Bruins on Wednesday.It comes as little surprise that the Edmonton Oilers have the fewest wins in the NHL coming out of the All-Star break as the struggling franchise heads toward a ninth consecutive season without a postseason berth. The Minnesota Wild, who were expected to take another step forward after reaching the Western Conference semifinals last year, have been one of the leagues biggest disappointments. Minnesota looks to avoid a third straight defeat by winning a fourth consecutive meeting in Edmonton tonight. The Oilers (12-26-9) have the fewest points in the West and possess a minus-49 goal differential that ranks 28th in the league. Former coach Dallas Eakins was fired on Dec. 15 and replaced by Todd Nelson, who needed a training period with general manager Craig MacTavish on the bench for the beginning of Nelsons tenure. Edmonton headed into the break on a high note, though, winning a pair of shootouts following a three-game skid. It beat Florida 3-2 on Jan. 17 and Washington 5-4 last Tuesday for its first back-to-back victories since Nov. 7 and 9. We can definitely take some positives out of this, Nelson said. The guys stuck with it, but there are also things we still have to work on. Our power play has to be better. All in all, I think theres a lot of room for improvement, but were happy with the way the guys stuck with it. Taylor Hall was not on the ice for Tuesdays practice after getting hit in the leg by a shot in Mondays skate. He will not suit up for tonights contest. The Wild (20-20-6) dont have many positives to look back on through the first portion of the season. They lost eight of 10 heading into the break and sit in last place in the Central Division. Minnesota spent plenty of money - Zach Parise and Ryan Suter each signed 13-year, $98 million contracts prior to the 2013 season and Thomas Vanek inked a three-year, $19.5 million deal in the offseason - to revitalize the club, but the results havent come as expected. The Wild barely qualified for the playoffs two years ago and were eliminated by top-seeded Chicago bbefore the Blackhawks bounced them in the second round last season in six games. Dorance Armstrong Jr. Jersey. The playoffs are becoming an afterthought this season, but coach Mike Yeo is trying to push forward. I was really pleased with our battle level, Yeo said after Minnesota rallied from a three-goal deficit in the third period before falling 5-4 in a shootout to Detroit last Tuesday. We made a couple of mistakes. And every time it happened, it seemed to wind up in the net. I give everybody a lot of credit. Minnesota outshot the Red Wings 38-24 and got two goals from Parise and another from Vanek. The mood was fine. No one was hanging their heads, Vanek said after the Detroit game. We were happy with the way we were playing the first two periods. They just got a couple of bounces. Things have gone Minnesotas way in Edmonton in recent years, as theyve won eight of the last nine meetings there. The Oilers won the last matchup 4-3 in a shootout Feb. 11 on the road as Viktor Fasth made 28 saves. Fasth has started the last two for Edmonton and could be in net again against the Wild, who will go with either Devan Dubnyk or Niklas Backstrom after sending Darcy Kuemper to AHL Iowa for a conditioning stint on Monday. Dubnyk started the last four games before the break after coming over from Arizona but was pulled against the Red Wings after allowing four goals on 10 shots. He was 3-0-0 with a 0.97 goals-against average against Edmonton this season as a member of the Coyotes. Oilers Projected Lines Pouliot - Nugent-Hopkins - Eberle Purcell - Roy - Yakupov Hendricks - Gordon - Klinkhammer Fraser - Lander - Gazdic Klefbom - Petry Fayne - Nikitin Ference - Schultz Fasth starts Scrivens Game Notes: MIN was 2-0-1 vs EDM last season MIN has gone 6-1-1 past 8 vs EDM, 3-0-0 in EDM in that span Edmonton: won 2 straight, both in a shootout, 1/10 on PP, won 3 straight just once this season (4 in a row) Eberle (1G, 1A) past 2 games Minnesota: 0-1-1 past 2 games, 7GA, 2/4 on PK Parise (5G, 1A) 4 game PT streak Youth NFL Jerseys CheapDisocunt Football Jerseys China Jerseys Wholesale Authentic Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Free Shipping China NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys Wholesale ' ' '

Forum Jump:

Users browsing this thread: 1 Guest(s)