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Golf Trophies for Rising Stars

Rising Star Golfers To Look Out For in 2017

Bennion Kearny publishes a number of highly acclaimed golf books for players of all ages and standards. However, we're going to do something different here, and make some predictions as to the rising stars of golf in 2017. Names you should watch out for include... Murray Grayson Murray Grayson, who hails from North Carolina is a name to remember for this season. Although not necessarily a big name, he comes with big credentials and impressive stats. Having played on the Tour last season he led the birdie average and top 10 finishes. There is not much this guy can´t do, he hits a long ball, strikes the irons crisply, and has an eye for the hole when he gets it in there. He should be a rookie winner this season on the PGA Tour. Trey Mullinax Alabama State University have a knack for rolling out PGA Tour winners and they have done it again with the impressive Trey Mullinax. An all-American and twice national champion he has a game that is bound to get attention from the critics, when he tees it up on the PGA this season. Long and straight with a deadly wedge game, he is sure to keep the Alabama tradition alive. It wouldn´t be a surprise if he is a major player in the US majors this season. Brian Campbell Not the most exciting player to watch, perhaps, but Brian Campbell who turned pro in 2015 and enjoyed a very consistent first professional season on…

José Mourinho book: The Rise of the Translator

Jose Mourinho Book – Chapter 1: The Dream is Over

While the Carnation Revolution certainly broadened Mourinho’s horizons, the family, as a whole, were to suffer somewhat and Félix [his Father] even considered uprooting to a club in Spain. For a centre-right family like the Mourinhos, it was a disconcerting period. Mourinho’s mother, Maria dos Santos, a popular primary school teacher in Setúbal, came from privileged stock. Her uncle, Mário Ledo, was one of Portugal’s leading providers of the Portuguese staple of sardines – with bases in Setúbal, Oporto, and the Algarve. Thriving under the immense patriotism and self-sufficiency ideal of the Salazar regime, Ledo was one of Setúbal’s wealthiest men. He even provided land for, and funded the building of, the Estádio Bonfim, Setúbal’s multi-purpose stadium, in 1962. In an era before excessive wages for footballers, there was no understating just how important the financial security provided by Ledo was for the Mourinho family. However, in 1972, Uncle Ledo died, of natural causes, and his business was expropriated by the state. In tandem with the unprecedented event of a Communist mayor coming to power in Setúbal, the Mourinhos were rocked. The family lost their holiday homes, complete with maids and servants, scattered across the coast and were forced to move into a smaller house. For Mourinho, though, this has to be put into context: “From my childhood, I had friends at the top of the social classes and friends who lived with great difficulties. This made me be prepared for everything in life and to know how to co-exist,…

Cyclists in the peloton | mechanical doping

The Hidden Motor | Prologue

There was a time when almost everyone was just dying to take apart Fabian “Spartacus” Cancellara’s bicycle. A conspiracy theory, in 2010, claimed that the vigorous Swiss had won both the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix with the help of a motor hidden somewhere in his bicycle, and not on his own merit. Even now, the internet still abounds with clips showing Cancellara speeding away from Tom Boonen on the Kapelmuur in the final lap. Large, red arrows pointing towards the Swiss’ handlebars, combined with frames so enlarged they become vague, near Impressionist smears, suggest that Spartacus used so-called ‘mechanical doping’ or, in other words, activated his mysterious motor.1 The question, therefore, is – would we uncover the Swiss’ big secret were we to cut up his bicycle? When a racing cyclist performs so splendidly that he outraces his competitors with apparent ease, as Cancellara did in 2010, is it any wonder that both friend and foe want to figure out the secret to a rider’s success? And, aside from speculation about hidden motors, what about more likely suppositions regarding illicit substances? Especially when we take into account the abundance of doping scandals in the 1990s. Whatever the case, when a supreme performance is delivered, to many people, mysterious forces appear to be at work. * Mysterious Forces at Work in Sport was a book that was published way back in 1941. Its author, sports journalist Joris van den Bergh, described how people in many different branches of sport are…