Raiders’ season reaches new depths in embarrassing loss to 49ers

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceSANTA CLARA — If you didn’t think a miserable Raiders season could get any worse, think again.Somehow, the Raiders stooped to even lower lows against one of two teams that entered Week 9 with a worse record than their miserable 1-6 mark. The Raiders made a quarterback starting his first career regular season game look like a potential future Hall of Famer, and in the process cemented themselves as the worst team in …last_img read more

Amazing Grace in fourth European win

first_img8 October 2012South Africa’s Branden Grace captured his fourth European Tour title of 2012 on Sunday with a two-shot victory in the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, played at Saint Andrews, Carnoustie and Kingsbarns.“I’ve really dreamt of this moment my whole life,” he said after securing victory.“I had goosebumps thinking this morning about Louis [winning The Open Championship at Saint Andrews in 2010] and the possibility of holding a trophy here myself.“It was a tough day, but the putter started working and that’s all I needed to do.”Select companyThe win puts the 24-year-old South African in select company, namely Seve Ballesteros, Ernie Els, Nick Faldo, Miguel Angel Jiminez, Martin Kaymer, Bernhard Langer, Lee Westwood, Tiger Woods and Ian Woosnam, who also managed to win four events in a single year on the European Tour.With his win on Sunday, though, Grace achieved something never before done: he became the first graduate of the European Tour Qualifying School to win four times in the year after his graduation.He also became the first South African to win the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship and maintained an enviable record of always winning when leading or sharing the lead heading into the final round of a tournament.Four-shot leadHaving opened with a remarkable 60 on the Kingsbarns course, Grace followed that up with rounds of 67 and 69 to lead by four shots with a round to go on 20-under-par 196.In the final round, however, Denmark’s Thorbjørn Olesen managed to draw level with Grace with seven holes to go. The South African, though, responded superbly, sinking birdie putts of 10, 12 and 14 feet on the next three holes to pull clear.He went on to card a 70 and finish on a tournament record 22-under-par 266, two shots clear of Olesen. Sweden’s Alexander Noren claimed third on 18-under-par 270, with Joel Sjoholm in fourth on 16-under-par 272.Course recordSouth Africa’s George Coetzee was on fire in the final round, equalling the Saint Andrews course record with a superb 10-under-par 62, which moved him up to a share of fifth place with Fredrik Andersson Hed, Victor Dubuisson, Stephen Gallacher, Raphael Jacquelin, Lee Slattery and Danny Willett on 15-under-par 273.The winner’s cheque of €617 284 (approximately R7.05-million) was the largest of Grace’s career. It also helped to lift him up to third place in the Race to Dubai rankings, trailing only world number one Rory McIlroy and Justin Rose.Just behind Grace is 2012 Open champion Ernie Els, Italy’s Francesco Molinari and Louis Oosthuizen. Like Oosthuizen and 2011 Masters’ champion Charl Schwartzel, Grace is a product of the Ernie Els Foundation, and Els himself believes Grace will become the third former member of the Foundation to win a Major title.Meteoric riseHis rise in 2012 has certainly been meteoric. He began the year ranked 265th in the year and is now ranked 37th in the official world golf rankings.Grace’s other European Tour victories this year include the Joburg Open and the Volvo Golf Champions in January and the Volvo China Open in April.More recently, in September, he returned to South Africa to play in two winter events on the Sunshine Tour and won the Vodacom Origins of Golf Final for his second title of the year on The Links at Fancourt.Besides his third place in the Race to Dubai standings, he’s also a clear leader atop the Sunshine Tour standings, almost R800 000 clear of second placed Louis Oosthuizen.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Lokesh Rahul, Faiz Fazal fifties script India’s 3-0 whitewash over Zimbabwe

first_imgIndia took four wickets in four balls and swept the one-day international series 3-0 against Zimbabwe with a crushing 10-wicket win on Wednesday. (Scorecard) Zimbabwe captain Graeme Cremer won his first toss of the series and chose to bat in the third ODI. At 104-3 it looked the right decision before the hosts collapsed to 104-7 in the 34th over. (Match Highlights) Zimbabwe was all out for 123 in 42.2 overs and India easily reached 126-0 in only 21.5 overs.India’s only change from its eight-wicket win on Monday in the second ODI saw newcomer Faiz Fazal replace Karun Nair, while Zimbabwe made five changes.Fazal hit an undefeated 55, and fellow opener Lokesh Rahul was 63 not out, as India won with nearly 30 overs to spare.Vusi Sibanda was top scorer for Zimbabwe with 38. Jasprit Bumrah took 4-22 in 10 overs for India.India won Saturday’s first ODI by nine wickets. (Match in Pictures)last_img read more