first_img “I was in a good position and did not quite have it all yesterday and that really cost me. “You have to be right on your game for 72 holes here, I played a five-hole stretch in five over and that was really it. I played nicely again today, if I just limit the mistakes from yesterday I am right there. “It’s frustrating. Sometimes you hit a good shot and all of a sudden it’s off the green; it is what it is and you have to embrace it. It’s Augusta and you’re going to get some good bounces, you’re going to get some bad. It will all even out in the end. “My misses have been wide and that’s the thing that I need to sort out. A perfect example is the 11th yesterday. Instead of just missing it in the right rough you miss it 20 yards in the trees and you don’t have any shot. “And then all of a sudden you chip it out and then you put your third in the water and it’s tough.” As for his preparation, McIlroy added: “This is the first year I have not come here beforehand and I quite like that because you can over think it. “If you’re here for three or four days in advance it almost gets too much. It was nice to play the week before (in Texas) and not come and have a round, because apart a slight change on the 14th green, it hasn’t really changed. And the course is so different from Wednesday night to Thursday morning anyway that it almost isn’t worth it.” The 23-year-old Northern Irishman carded a closing 69 at Augusta, 10 shots better than his third round, to finish the week two over par, meaning he has yet to finish better than 15th in five attempts. “I know I’ve played good enough golf here to win, it’s just a matter of stringing it all together,” McIlroy said. Frustration was the overriding emotion for Rory McIlroy as his bid for a first Masters title ended just as the leaders teed off in their final round.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Indian great Yuvraj Singh, a destructive left-handed batsman and a handy left-arm spinner, on Monday brought down curtains on his cricket career and announced retirement from all formats of the game. Singh, the hero of India’s 2011 World Cup triumph, made the announcement in a press conference in Mumbai. As soon as he made the announcement, wishes poured in from his co-players from around the world. His former teammate Rohit Sharma also tweeted but unlike others, he apparently raised questions on the BCCI’s way of handling Yuvraj Singh’s retirement.In his tweet, Rohit said, “You don’t know what you got till its gone. Love you brotherman You deserved a better send off.” Yuvraj Singh too responded to Rohit’s tweet. “You know how I feel inside! Love u brothaman you go be a legend.” Yuvraj Singh said in his reply to Rohit Sharma’s tweet.During his press conference, Yuvraj Singh did speak about not getting a farewell match. Singh revealed that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had told him that if he failed the Yo Yo fitness test, he would be given a farewell match. However, he passed the test and never got a farewell match.”I was told that if you are not able to pass the ‘Yo-Yo’ test, I would get a farewell game. I did not tell anyone in BCCI that I have to play the last match. Agar main accha tha, potential tha toh main ground pe se chale jaata. (If I was good enough, I would have retired from the ground). Aur mujhe is tarha ki cricket khelna pasand nahi hai, ki mujhe ek match chahiye (I don’t like to ask for a game, I have never played the game with that mindset),” Yuvraj said during the press conference.”Toh maine us time bola ki mujhe retirement match nahi chahiye, ‘Yo-Yo’ test pass nahi hoga toh main chup chhap ghar chale jayunga… ‘Yo-Yo’ test pass kiya and then rest is not my call (Then i said i don’t need retirement match, if i don’t pass the Yo-Yo test, i would go home…. i passed the test and then rest is not my call),” he said.Yuvraj Singh made his international debut for India in 2000. During his 19-year-old career, he played 304 ODIs for India and scored 8,701 runs at an average of 36.55. In the 58 T20I matches he played for the country, Yuvraj Singh scored 1,177 runs at an average of 28.02. In Tests, Yuvraj could not perform up to his potential, and scored just 1900 runs in 40 matches he played. His last appearance in the blue jersey came in an ODI against West Indies in 2017. last_img read more

first_img– Govt explores alternative sentencingA study conducted on a group of prisoners locally has revealed drug-related offences were found to be the second leading cause for incarcerations.This was revealed at a high-level meeting between local stakeholders and a team of international experts on exploring alternatives to incarceration, including the establishment of drug treatment courts in Guyana.During the opening ceremony on Wednesday at the Marriott Hotel, Head of the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU), Michael Atherly, explained that the study conducted by the Centre of Latin American Studies of Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), in collaboration with the Guyana Government, assessesA section of the participants at the meeting between local stakeholders and a team of international experts at the Marriott on Wednesdaythe role drug use plays in the execution of crimes leading to imprisonment, among other things.Atherly noted that the study produced data from 900 inmates, who responded to more than 250 questions.“The findings revealed that drug-related offences were the second leading cause for incarceration, with 21.3 per cent of inmates overall being imprisoned for drug possession or dealing. The findings… awakened us to the realisation that the mechanism of incarceration for dealing with our youth, poor and underprivileged drug-hooked offenders was providing little or no opportunity for breaking the revolving cycle of drugs, crime and incarceration,” he noted.According to the CANU boss, this study clearly highlights the need to act now in implementing alternative sentencing.On this note, Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan pointed to the need to shut this revolving door by not only finding alternatives to incarceration but also rehabilitation for drug offenders, whom he said, are clogging the streets, courts and prisons.“I can immediately see drug users coming out of the habit, through what I now understand the court will order as their treatment, detoxification and stabilisation periods of treatment and so on. I could also see that, with treated people, recidivism rates will also fall and not only with drug offences but other offence because drug-users support their bad habits by often stealing [and committing other crimes]… So indeed, this court can have that consequential positive effect that crimes, other than drug-related ones, will be reduced,” Minister Ramjattan asserted.He went on to note, however, that Guyana needed support to establish a drug treatment court, which was one of the alternative programmes identified in the National Drug Strategy Master Plan 2016-2020 under the policy to reduce incarceration.To this end, he expressed his gratitude to the international partners who are here to share their expertise and experience, and to walk local stakeholders through the challenges as they prepare to set up a drug treatment court here.Wednesday’s high-level meeting was a collaboration between the Public Security Ministry and the Organisation of American States’ (OAS) Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD).OAS Country Representative, Jean Ricot Dormeus, lauded Guyana for taking a step in this direction.last_img read more