KILDEER, Ill. – Lydia Ko surged into contention at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, shooting a 6-under 66 in the second round to move two strokes off the lead Friday. The 21-year-old New Zealander shook off an opened 74 at Kemper Lakes to reach 4 under and give herself a shot to win her third major. First-round leader Sung Hyun Park (72), 2016 winner Brooke Henderson (71) and So Yeon Ryu (69) were tied for the lead at 6-under 138. Carlota Ciganda (69) was one stroke back, with Ko, Moriya Jutanugarn (72) and Annie Park (69) at 4 under in the third of the LPGA Tour’s five majors. Michelle Wie (74) was 1 over. Top-ranked Inbee Park (76) missed the cut at 5 over 149. Ko got a confidence boost when she won the LPGA MEDIHEAL Championship at Lake Merced near San Francisco in late April. The victory was her 15th on the tour and first in nearly two years for the former top-ranked player. She finished third at the Meijer LPGA two weeks ago and tied for ninth last week in the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship. Full-field scores from the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship KPMG Women’s PGA Championship: Articles, photos and videos Her opening 74 left her simply hoping to make the cut. But now, she has a chance win another major to go with the 2015 Evian Championship and 2016 ANA Inspiration. ”I think I had a bit of confidence coming into this week because of the two top-10 finishes these couple weeks, and I felt like I was driving it pretty good and rolling it good,” Ko said. ”And I was able to do one of the two things (Thursday) and one of the two today, so hopefully I’ll be able to put it a bit more together over the weekend. But I think confidence is a huge thing for me, where the swing itself is not too different. ”If I’m out there playing with confidence, I’m just able to execute the shots a little better.” She seemed pretty comfortable on a day when the temperature hit the low 90s. The scorching heat combined with a breeze to help dry a course hit hard by rain this week. It made for faster greens, which certainly didn’t hurt Ko’s short game. She started the round on a strong note with birdies on four of the first nine holes and three in a row on the back, starting with a 20-foot putt on the par-5 11th. She followed that with a neat one on the par-4 No. 12, when her shot from the rough bounced off the stick and into the cup. ”I think those four birdies in the front nine today helped with the confidence,” she said. ”You want to be playing the best you can, but I tried to think small and not get too ahead of myself.” Ryu, the 2011 U.S. Women’s Open and 2017 ANA Inspiration champion, did her best to keep up, playing in a group with Ko. ”Lydia made everything, so she just made everything (look) easier,” she said. ”So I was like, ‘Well, if she can do that, maybe I should do that, and then I started to make birdies on the back nine.”’ Ryu finished with birdies on three of the final five holes, including a difficult par-3 No. 17 that has water on three sides of a wide and contoured green along with some deep bunkers. Not a bad way to wrap up a round on her 28th birthday. ”It’s going be nice and quiet for the celebration,” said Ryu, planning to spend it with her mom and sister, who recently got a job in Chicago. ”Hopefully, all that happy energy could (carry over) to the golf course for the next two days.”
AVONDALE, Ariz. – Charging from third to first with a strong inside move after a restart with three laps left, Brett Moffitt clinched his spot in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Championship 4 with a dramatic victory in Friday night’s Lucas Oil 150 at ISM Raceway.While Noah Gragson and Grant Enfinger battled for the lead and swapped side-to-side shots on Lap 148 of 150, Moffitt powered his No. 16 Hattori Racing Enterprises Toyota down to the frontstretch apron and cleared Gragson and Enfinger off the second corner.Moffitt pulled away to win his fifth race of the season by .456 seconds over Gragson, who qualified for the Championship 4 on points, as Enfinger faded to fourth and out of the playoff picture. Moffitt took the checkered flag in his first start at ISM Raceway and claimed the sixth victory of his career.RELATED: Who’s in the Championship 4? | Race resultsGragson was leading with seven laps left when Riley Herbst’s spin brought out the fourth and final caution of the evening. The subsequent restart gave Moffitt the opportunity he needed to win the race. Adding to the urgency, Enfinger could have qualified for the Championship by winning, leaving Moffitt and Gragson to fight a close battle for the final spot on points.“I wasn’t sure if I wanted a caution to come out or not, but in hindsight I did,” Moffitt said. “Where we were sitting we were locked into Homestead mathematically. When that caution came out, I was kind of nervous. I didn’t know what was going to happen. Then when the 18 (Gragson) took the top (lane for the restart), I really didn’t know what the hell was going to happen.“I was just hoping the 98 (Enfinger) got rolling to where he didn’t stack up the inside, and fortunately he got a good restart, and I dove down to the apron. Our truck was really good running the actual apron through (Turns) 1 and 2 all night long. I made a lot of passes there. I stuck it down there and went for it and was able to clear off (Turn) 2 and drive away.”After running the spec Ilmor NT-1 engine at Texas last Friday, Moffitt returned to the Mark Cronquist-built Toyota engine at Phoenix, despite a NASCAR gear rule change designed to even out the performance of the two types of power plants.“It’s Joe Gibbs 299th engine win with Mark Cronquist,” Moffitt said. “They put our backs against the wall (with the rule change), but the s.o.b. won again.”Toyota drivers Moffitt and Gragson joined GMS Racing teammates Johnny Sauter and Justin Haley in the Championship 4. Sauter had qualified with a win at Martinsville, and Haley earned his spot with a victory at Texas.Two-time series champion Matt Crafton was eliminated from the playoffs after an 11th-place finish. Crafton lost his chance for victory when his crew had trouble with the right front tire on the No. 88 Ford’s final pit stop.RELATED: Crafton on one of his worst seasonsHarrison Burton matched his career-best finish with a third-place run.
Seven Days,Vermont Business Magazine Seven Days, Vermont’s free, independent newsweekly, today released the 500th episode(link is external) of Eva Sollberger’s video series, Stuck in Vermont. Since 2007, Sollberger has been documenting Vermont people, places, events and traditions in her videos, which are published each Thursday on sevendaysvt.com(link is external). Her Stuck in Vermont stories have been viewed nearly four million times on YouTube. Since 2012, Sollberger and her videos have also appeared weekly on the WCAX local news.For her 500th episode, Sollberger wrote, directed and starred in a 22-minute musical, featuring several well-known locals, including actor Rusty DeWees, Vermont cartoonist laureate Alison Bechdel, Burlington police chief Brandon Del Pozo, Festival of Fools creator Woody Keppel and VPR’s Friday Night Jazz host Reuben Jackson. The video can be viewed on sevendaysvt.com(link is external), and on the Stuck in Vermont YouTube channel. It will be broadcast in its entirety Sunday, August 20, on the WCAX news program “You Can Quote Me.” Many members of the production’s sizable cast and crew attended an invitation-only premiere at Hotel Vermont on Thursday, August 17; the Burlington boutique hotel has sponsored Stuck in Vermont since 2013. General manager Hans van Wees addressed the crowd of 75, along with Cindy Morgan of New England Federal Credit Union, also a current Stuck in Vermont sponsor. Representatives from past sponsoring entities — Coldwell Banker Hickok and Boardman Realty and the Vermont Department of Tourism — also praised Sollberger before the screening.Steve Cook, deputy commissioner of tourism and marketing for the State of Vermont, said he has heard from numerous people who have visited and even moved to the state after discovering Sollberger’s videos.Before the screening, Seven Days associate publisher Cathy Resmer noted that the national Association of Alternative Newsmedia recently honored Sollberger with its top multimedia prize at its July convention. Over the past two years, the New England Newspaper and Press Association has recognized her work with five first-place awards. Sollberger also won last year’s Best Video award from the New England Society of News Editors.Resmer detailed the astounding amount of work that goes into each episode. “From finding and vetting the stories, to setting up the shoots, to packing and schlepping the cameras, mikes, gimbals and lights, to shooting the footage, to editing … Keeping this up year after year after year requires incredible drive, stamina, persistence and passion,” she said.In a letter to Sollberger, Gov. Phil Scott echoed that praise. “I commend you for your exceptional drive and dedication to documenting Vermont culture,” he wrote. “Stuck in Vermont serves as a celebration of values Vermonters have always held dear — our cherished independence and strong sense of community — and it serves the public by being made available, for free, to anyone with an internet connection.”All 500 of Sollberger’s Stuck in Vermont videos can be viewed at sevendaysvt.com(link is external).Da Capo Publishing Inc., dba Seven Days, was founded by Pamela Polston and Paula Routly in 1995, and is now owned by Polston and Routly, as well as associate publishers Don Eggert, Cathy Resmer and Colby Roberts. In addition to its seven free publications, the Burlington-based company also produces several annual events, the Stuck in Vermont(link is external) video series and hosts a ticketing website(link is external), job board(link is external) and dating service(link is external). Its editorial staff has received numerous journalism awards from entities including the Association of Alternative Newsmedia, the Parenting Media Association, the Vermont Press Association and the New England Newspaper and Press Association, which in 2017 named Seven Days the best large-circulation newsweekly in the region.Seven Days has been named Business of the Year by both the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Burlington Business Association. In 2013, Editor & Publisher selected Seven Days for inclusion in its annual feature, “10 Newspapers That Do It Right.” In 2015, Polston and Routly were inducted into the New England Newspaper Hall of Fame. The same honor was bestowed on Seven Days’ consulting editor, Candace Page, in 2017.Source: August 18, 2017 – Burlington, Vt. – Seven Days
WLAF’s Charlie Hutson slips down memory lane this morning with a cold, snowy photo of Freeman Park on January 3, 2014. It was 14-degrees in La Follette that morning. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 01/03/2019-6AM)Share this:FacebookTwitter
NBCUniversal(LOS ANGELES) — On Monday’s episode of NBC’s The Voice, artists from Blake Shelton, Kelly Clarkson, John Legend and Nick Jonas’ teams went head-to-head in the first night of the battle rounds.Each coach enlisted the help of a guest adviser during rehearsals: Bebe Rexha for Team Blake; Dua Lipa for Team Kelly; and Ella Mai for Team Legend. Nick enlisted his brothers, Joe and Kevin Jonas.The coaches also got one chance each to either steal an artist from someone else’s team, or save a team member from being stolen. The show added twist this season, which was that judges had to act before the artist stepped off stage — a rule that would prove costly to Kelly.Here are some of the highlights:Classic rocker Todd Michael Hall and country rocker Joei Fulco, representing Team Blake, teamed up for Tina Turner’s “The Best.” Legend marveled at Todd’s “insane” high notes; and Jonas dubbed it a “fun, perfect performance.” Blake had a tough choice, but ended up picking Fulco, who he felt had “so much talent” and “a certain charisma. She moves on to the knockout rounds.Kelly attempted to steal Hall, but was confused by the rules, thinking she had to wait until after Hall stepped off the stage. By the time she pressed her button, Blake had used his only save to keep Hall on his team.Team Kelly’s Chelle, 19, battled 16-year-old Anaya Cheyenne on “Scared to be Lonely,” by Clarkson’s team guest advisor, Dua Lipa. Clarkson, addressing the camera during rehearsals, said the match would comes down to which singer displayed the most attitude. Shelton and Legend both thought Anaya won the battle hands-down, but Nick called it a draw. Kelly went with Anaya, calling the teen a “perfect, coachable artist.” She moves on to the knockout rounds, while Chelle was sent home.Team Nick’s Joana Serenko and Roderick Chambers followed, going head-to-head on an R&B-flavored take on the Billie Eilish hit “When the Party’s Over.” Nick liked the idea of delivering a popular song heard in a new way and predicted it would be the best performance of the battle rounds. He was absolutely correct, as the performance drew a standing ovation from the coaches. Kelly called the battle “flawless,” with Blake adding the two were “more in sync than anyone else.” Nick, calling it “the toughest decision I’ve ever had to make in my life,” chose Roderick for his ability to take direction.Joana’s time on the show isn’t over yet though, as Legend used his one-and-only steal to get her. John explained that he couldn’t pass up on her “style and grace,” adding that she was “a formidable contender.”Then it was Legend’s own Mike Jerel and Zach Day taking the stage to trade vocal licks on Miguel’s “Adorn.”Afterwards, Nick called it a “true battle,” that was “exhilarating to watch.” Kelly thought Mike’s performance was “fearless,” and surprised by Zach’s. While John felt both artists brought the confidence he wanted to see, he thought Mike’s “swagger” won the night. He advances to the knockouts, and Zach heads home.Team Blake’s Levi Watkins, 14, and Jamal Corrie squared off on OneRepublic’s “Counting Stars.” The two Alabama natives had already formed a bond while auditioning for the show, and were a natural combination. The challenge went to Levi, who needed to match Jamal’s incredible range. Levi pulled it off, while Jamal seemed to lose focus while concentrating on his dance moves. Legend said he was waiting for the teen to mess up, but he never did. Blake couldn’t overlook Jamal’s pitch issues and declared Levi the winner, noting there was a lot from him we haven’t heard yet. He moves on to the knockouts, while Jamal was sent packing.Michael Williams, 18, and Allegra Miles, 17, representing Team Nick, went head-to-head on Sam Smith’s version of Whitney Houston’s “How Will I Know” to close out the show. Nick hoped it would give the young artists a chance to show their vulnerability, and boy, did it. Kelly commented afterwards that she was “in love with Allegra’s voice,” calling it a “finale tone.” Blake said it wasn’t a battle, but a great duo. Nick picked Allegra, calling her an “inspiring vocalist” and a “storyteller,” sending her to the knockouts. However, he saved Michael as well.The Voice returns Monday, March 30, at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.