Harry Smith

Harry Smith

Harry Smith is the Bestselling author of 6 novels. He lives in Manchester, England with “the wife,” “the kids,” “the dog,” “that cat,” and he occasionally wears pants.

Brittany Lincicome set to make PGA Tour historical past at Barbosal Championship

Brittany Lincicome set to make PGA Tour historical past at Barbosal Championship

Brittany Lincicome is a two-time main winnerWhile all eyes are on the main male gamers on this planet at Carnoustie this week, one feminine golfer shall be doing her bit to encourage younger women to take up the game. For because the 147th Open will get underneath means, Brittany Lincicome shall be lining up alongside the lads on the PGA’s Barbosal Championship in Kentucky. In doing so the 32-year-old American shall be solely the sixth lady in historical past to compete towards males on the PGA Tour. The final was Michelle Wie a decade in the past. Final month Lincicome and Wie have been paired at an LPGA occasion in Arkansas and Lincicome, a two-time main winner, mentioned she tried to ask the Hawaiian about her experiences towards the lads. “She wasn’t very useful,” Lincicome joked, “she mentioned she could not keep in mind, it was so way back.” Annika Sorenstam, Suzy Whaley, Shirley Spork and Babe Didrikson Zaharias are the one different ladies to have competed alongside the lads within the PGA’s 102 years. Lincicome was invited to affix the match’s 132-strong discipline on a sponsor exemption – she represents the mum or dad firm of the Barbosal model. Sponsor exemptions give match backers the choice so as to add a participant of their option to the sphere once they wouldn’t ordinarily qualify. “It is form of surreal, I simply can’t cease smiling,” Lincicome informed the PGA Tour web site. “Clearly I’ve heard many occasions I’d be the primary LPGA or feminine individual to make the lower in a males’s occasion. “I am attempting to dam that every one out and simply exit and play and have enjoyable and play my very own sport and never be too tense or uptight about it.” However her motivation is to encourage the youthful era: “If I can encourage one youngster to choose up the sport of golf and wish to play, I really feel like my job as a professional has been succeeded,” she mentioned. Lincicome has additionally written for the Gamers’ Tribune web site this week about her causes for enjoying. “The extra I thought of whether or not to play on this occasion, the extra I saved coming again to all of the youthful women who I would have the ability to join with and encourage by doing this,” she defined. “I thought of how a chance like this would possibly have the ability to make a distinction in how folks take into consideration our sport sooner or later.”

Our new strip’s a rip-off! Followers fume at £192 price ticket of Man Utd’s newest package

Our new strip’s a rip-off! Followers fume at £192 price ticket of Man Utd’s newest package

Add shorts at £42.95 and £29.95 for socks and the premium package will set diehard followers again £182.85. An additional £10 for a reputation and quantity on the again takes the full to £192.85. Money-strapped dad and mom of followers aged seven to 16 must fork out £49.95 for a jersey, £24.95 for shorts, and £16.95 for socks, a complete of £91.85. United’s regular grownup “reproduction” full strip, the preferred fan alternative, is £66 cheaper, with the jersey £64.95, shorts £34.95 and socks £16.95. The premium package prices £68 greater than a £124 full season ticket at German giants Bayern Munich. An Arsenal genuine dwelling shirt prices £100 and Manchester Metropolis’s top-end model is £89.95. Offended United followers blasted the shirt’s “loopy” price ticket on social media. Phil Robinson wrote: “Over a ton for a shirt? I bear in mind the times they had been about 50 quid… and 42 quid for shorts… wow!” Steve Prosser stated it was “merely not price the fee”, whereas Jean Shaw added: “Disgusting”. And Phil Eckersley fumed: “I really like my membership however that is loopy.” The Adidas package boasts “climachill” expertise and an “athletic match”. The reproduction has an embroidered badge however the genuine model boasts a heat-transfer. United revealed the brand new package through a video on Twitter, that includes Spanish midfielder Juan Mata. Practice-track impressed stripes reference the roots of the membership when it was based as Newton Heath (Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway) Cricket and Soccer Membership. No matter price, some followers had been merely not pleased with the shirt’s look. One stated: “What has Manchester United obtained to do with some sweaty railway lads in Newton Heath? Completely ridiculous.” One other stated: “All three kits this season represents how a lot identification this membership has misplaced. I’m sick.” United’s group managing director Richard Arnold stated yesterday: “There are lots of nice moments on this membership’s improbable historical past and none extra vital than the yr the membership was based, again in 1878. “This shirt from Adidas pays homage to the yr we had been based and marks 140 years of footballing success.”

Tony Bellew column: Tyson Fury, Adonis Stevenson, retirement & psychological energy

Tony Bellew column: Tyson Fury, Adonis Stevenson, retirement & psychological energy

Tony Bellew has gained a world title at cruiserweight and is now recent from two heavyweight wins over David Haye. In his first BBC Sport column, he talks by the combat dilemmas he now faces and psychological toughness. My current wedding ceremony day introduced me an anxiousness I’ve by no means felt earlier than. Was I nervous? No. There was nobody making an attempt to punch me within the face in spite of everything. However after I was ready for Rachael, who I have been with for 17 years, there was an anxiousness nearly, an anticipation which I do not actually get. There was some emotion on the day, I thought of my brother-in-law who we misplaced within the final 12 months and the individuals who cannot be there come into your thoughts. It was only a special occasion the place all the eye is rightly on Rachael and he or she regarded stunning, though she does every single day to me. I’d not be the place I’m now with out her in 1,000,000 years. She can have an enormous say in what I do subsequent however I truthfully do not know with any certainty what the long run holds. Retirement is an possibility, as are different issues. Individuals say I’ve climbed to the highest and it actually has been a climb. I’ve reached some extent the place issues have modified as I am now not combating out of monetary necessity, which has been the case 99% of the time. In my thoughts I’ve had plenty of large fights however in actuality I’ve solely had two – towards David Haye – with mega earnings concerned. I used to be safe money-wise after the primary Haye combat, so what am I combating for now? The underside line is I nonetheless have issues to show. I like the sound of a Tyson Fury combat. I just like the considered gaining revenge over WBC light-heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson, who beat me in 2013. If I face him and win, I would have crushed each man I’ve ever fought in a hoop. I do just like the considered combating Andre Ward and I do know he has not retired correctly, he is nonetheless within the gymnasium. And eventually, there’s the winner from the Oleksandr Usyk and Murat Gassiev World Boxing Tremendous Collection cruiserweight ultimate on Saturday. That bout, with all of the world cruiserweight belts on the road, could be my primary selection in a heartbeat if all the choices paid the identical pot of cash. The unhappy truth is they do not. And that is the place you come again to Rachael and the folks advising me. We weigh up threat and reward. On this recreation, you would be mad to not. If I combat Usyk or Gassiev I may very well be the one British fighter ever to carry all 4 world belts directly. Lennox Lewis did not even do it and I like the sound of it. However that might be a really onerous, damaging combat. It must be the final combat of my profession. If it is Gassiev I envisage having to rise up off the ground, if it is Usyk I’ve to trip by a storm at some stage. If I combat Fury, I might combat once more as I do not assume will probably be onerous to beat him and that one combat might doubtlessly earn 5 instances greater than Usyk or Gassiev. It is simply plain silly to not take into consideration that. Fury is an ideal opponent for me. I nonetheless assume he is an excellent fighter and a very good bloke. However he has by no means confronted somebody faster, stronger and who has this a lot to his recreation. Wladimir Klitschko acquired concerned in a thoughts recreation with him and was crushed earlier than he acquired in there. With somebody like me, Fury is aware of he won’t ever get to me mentally. He is aware of he cannot fiddle me. The one issues he has over me are top, attain and weight. I can fight these. I do know what I get into with heavyweights. Not considered one of them can dictate towards me as a result of, firstly, they do not have toes quick sufficient. Secondly, whereas there are much better athletes and stronger fighters than me, even some who’re faster, they do not have the ring IQ I’ve. It permits me to dictate. ‘Do I want the treadmill ache?’ Cash and offering has been a constant motivator for me. So if one other problem comes, what is going to drive me? Coaching for the Haye combat, I used to be doing treadmill work at 21km/h for 30 seconds on and off. You are doing this possibly 36 instances or extra. I will vomit, spew, no matter is required. With out realising it, I used to be saying to my coach, ‘I am unable to do that anymore’. Sure, I’ve educated for cash however I do know I am coaching to make sure I can get residence safely. So deep down, somebody like me isn’t going to take their foot off the fuel. I had a headache for 4 days after the primary Haye combat. I did not inform anybody, I simply went to mattress and thought it could go. However for 4 days it remained. Then I acquired my mind scan earlier than the second combat and I used to be apprehensive after I went for it. In boxing you get bodily punished and deal in hundredths of a second. If I make the incorrect adjustment a second earlier than I ought to, I get up in an ambulance. Imagine me, you do not even really feel it. The dangers need to be thought-about. I’ve all the time mentioned, I’ll retire from boxing, boxing won’t retire me. Proper now, retirement is practical. If the best combat cannot be discovered then, sure, as a result of what is the level? Do I wish to retire? No. Will I? Sure. Bellew makes use of taxing treadmill classes to organize his physique for 36 minutes of motion on combat night time’Soccer a distinct thoughts recreation to boxing’ Watching England within the World Cup, it’s a must to say the gamers reignited the eagerness for the nationwide workforce. By the semi-final, I used to be making an attempt to type tickets to go if we made the ultimate. The gamers have labored with a psychologist and I can perceive the worth of that in soccer. I feel a number of earlier England groups will need to have been going on the market with half the gamers already crushed by doubt. In boxing, if my opponent was utilizing a psychologist, I would really feel like I used to be already one up. The important thing distinction is in boxing you’ve gotten management whereas in soccer they need to belief and depend on others. I would not prefer it if I used to be feeling mentally good however felt the person subsequent to me had a mindset of ‘please do not let me be the one who messes up’. You all must be on a sure degree and that should be so onerous to realize. Boxing has given me moments which have formed me mentally, taught me a lot and finally modified me. Doubtless, my greatest psychological affect is the sheer disgrace of dropping. After I misplaced to Stevenson in 2013 my coronary heart was damaged. It broke me as an individual. I did not wish to depart the home, even the issues I had promised my now spouse that I would obtain had been all falling aside. It made me extra pushed and I moved to Sheffield to coach 4 days every week. Due to that defeat in Canada I’m a mentally stronger individual in each means. Nothing will break me on the planet of boxing however I can see completely different calls for in soccer. No matter Gareth Southgate has overseen appears to have labored and I do know I and plenty of others will probably be proper behind the England workforce now.

Eden Hazard ought to take into account leaving Chelsea, says Roberto Martinez

Eden Hazard should consider leaving Chelsea, says Roberto Martinez

Eden Hazard has hinted he could depart Chelsea this summer season Eden Hazard ought to take into account leaving Chelsea with a view to further his profession, says Belgium head coach Roberto Martinez. Hazard scored three objectives for his nation on the World Cup in Russia – together with the second within the 2-Zero win over England within the third/fourth place play-off – and contributed two assists to assist Belgium obtain their finest ever end on the event. Hazard hinted after the win over England in St Petersburg that he feels it is likely to be time to maneuver on and Martinez believes he has the standard to play for the perfect groups in world soccer. “It might be the most effective time [for Hazard] to strive one thing totally different,” Martinez advised Spanish radio station Cadena Ser. “He’s a participant who has maturity and a number of management. His play is predicated on expertise. Hazard performed a key function in serving to Roberto Martinez’s Belgium end third on the World Cup “Hazard may carry a brand new mission anyplace on this planet. He’s at the most effective second of his profession. He may slot in any crew on this planet. “Gamers want new challenges and new initiatives. Maybe it is a good time for [Chelsea] and for Eden [to split]. “I might be very stunned if Chelsea did not have huge affords for him proper now.” Fantasy Soccer is again! Fantasy simply bought actual.

World Cup 2018: The players who might have earned a transfer

World Cup 2018: The players who might have earned a move

The times of clubs signing players purely on the idea of a great World Cup are behind us. However a great event can not harm. BBC Sport seems to be at 10 players who may get a transfer following a powerful exhibiting in Russia – and allows you to know their common rating from the player rater our readers used for every sport.

Aleksandr Golovin (Russia midfielder) Club: CSKA Moscow Age: 22 Linked with: Arsenal, Chelsea, Juventus Common score: 6.88 World Cup 2018 highlights: Russia 5-Zero Saudi ArabiaGolovin, who has spent his profession up to now with CSKA, impressed at his house World Cup – scoring one and aiding two of their opening 5-Zero win over Saudi Arabia. That was essentially the most targets a Russian has been concerned in throughout a World Cup sport since Oleg Salenko scored 5 and assisted one in opposition to Cameroon in 1994. He didn’t have a direct hand in some other targets throughout Russia’s run to the quarter-finals however nonetheless impressed.

Hakim Ziyech (Morocco midfielder) Club: Ajax Age: 25 Linked with: Liverpool, Roma Common score: 6.59 Ziyech appeared good within the group levels as Morocco had been one of many unluckiest groups within the event – dropping to an injury-time Iran purpose, an early Portugal purpose and being denied by a 91st-minute Spain equaliser. He created six possibilities within the group stage, greater than some other participant for Morocco. Ziyech has by no means performed exterior the Netherlands, the place he was born, however that would change this summer time.

Benjamin Pavard (France defender) Club: Stuttgart Age: 22 Linked with: Tottenham, Manchester Metropolis, Arsenal, Bayern Munich Common score: 5.69 ‘Superb’ Pavard strike brings France levelPavard, who performed at right-back however can even characteristic at centre-back or in midfield, scored one of many targets of the event in opposition to Argentina with a improbable spinning 20-yard strike. That made him the primary French defender to attain at a World Cup since Lillian Thuram within the 1998 semi-finals. He solely made his worldwide debut in November, having been a German second division participant in 2016-17, and is now a world champion.

Andre Carrillo (Peru winger) Club: Benfica Age: 27 Linked with: Everton, Fulham Common score: 7.37 Carrillo volley offers Peru their first purpose of 2018 World CupCarrillo, who spent final season on mortgage at Watford, scored Peru’s first World Cup purpose since 1982 with a tremendous volley in opposition to Australia. He accomplished 10 of his 15 dribbles – greater than thrice what any of his Peru team-mates managed to attain.

Ahmed Musa (Nigeria ahead) Club: Leicester Age: 25 Linked with: Galatasaray, Al Nassr Common score: 6.61 Ahmed Musa fires Nigeria into leadMusa scored an excellent double in opposition to Iceland – resulting in adoration in Argentina as his targets gave them renewed hope of reaching the knockout stage. He’s now the third high African goalscorer at World Cups with 4. Solely Asamoah Gyan (six for Ghana) and Roger Milla (5 for Cameroon) have managed extra. Musa spent the second half of final season on mortgage with former membership CSKA Moscow however his World Cup exploits could assist him have a profession at Leicester – or get a everlasting transfer away.

Hirving Lozano (Mexico winger) Club: PSV Eindhoven Age: 22 Linked with: Manchester United, Tottenham, Actual Madrid, Barcelona Common score: 7.37 Hirving Lozano scores ‘good’ opener for MexicoLozano was wonderful in Russia, scoring the profitable purpose in opposition to Germany and operating from his personal half to arrange Javier Hernandez’s strike in opposition to South Korea. He had 13 photographs in whole – no Mexican participant tried extra – and created 11 possibilities for his team-mates.

Cho Hyun-woo (South Korea goalkeeper) Club: Daegu Age: 26 Linked with: Liverpool Common score: 7.29 (together with 8.85 in opposition to Germany – the second highest score of the World Cup) World Cup 2018: South Korea 2-Zero Germany – highlightsCho, who has spent his profession thus far with Ok League facet Daegu FC, actually impressed within the group stage – particularly within the win over Germany the place he made six saves and saved a clear sheet. Solely Mexico’s Guillermo Ochoa (17) made extra saves within the group stage than Cho (12). He has beforehand mentioned his dream is to play within the Premier League, however a transfer to Europe could be difficult by the very fact he is because of perform navy service.

Harry Maguire (England defender) Club: Leicester Age: 25 Linked with: Tottenham, Manchester Metropolis, Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea Common score: 6.51 World Cup 2018: Harry Maguire heads within the opener for England in opposition to SwedenThe solely Englishman on this listing – however the second Leicester participant. Maguire was a colossus on the again for England and scored the opener within the quarter-final in opposition to Sweden, in addition to aiding Harry Kane’s winner in opposition to Tunisia. Maguire received the joint second highest quantity of aerial duels within the event (41).

Moussa Wague (Senegal defender) Club: Eupen Age: 19 Linked with: Napoli Common score: 6.03 Wague smashes house to present Senegal leadThe teenage right-back performs for Claude Makelele’s Eupen in Belgium, solely making his aggressive membership debut in 2017. He smashed house one purpose for Senegal in a 2-2 draw with Japan to make him Africa’s youngest-ever World Cup goalscorer.

Yerry Mina (Colombia defender) Club: Barcelona Age: 23 Linked with: Everton, West Ham, Tottenham, Liverpool Common score: 5.98 Mina’s dramatic equaliser takes sport into additional timeCentre-back Mina will not be considered in supervisor Ernesto Valverde’s plans at Barcelona. He had a powerful World Cup, scoring three targets – all headers – together with an equaliser in opposition to England earlier than the Three Lions’ penalty shootout win. No defender has ever scored extra targets at one World Cup than Mina’s three.