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IAAF World Championships moved

first_imgRelatedPosts Ex-IAAF boss bags two-year jail term Ex-IAAF boss, Diack faces four-year jail term Ex-IAAF boss Diack’s trial to start June 8 Athletics’ world championships have been postponed until the summer of 2022 and the global governing body is seeking new dates for the event in Eugene, Oregon that was originally scheduled for 2021. “100% Oregon will be held summer 2022,” a World Athletics spokesman said. World Athletics had earlier said in a statement: “We are now working with the organisers of the world athletics championships in Oregon on new dates in 2022 for our world athletics championships.” The championships had been scheduled for August 6 to 15, 2021. World Athletics said it also was in discussions with the Commonwealth Games Federation and the European Championships. The European Championships are currently scheduled for August 26 to 30 in Paris this year, while the next Commonwealth Games are set for July 27 to August 7, 2022 in Birmingham. World Athletics announced its plans for rescheduling the world championships after the International Olympic Committee and Japanese officials said the new dates for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics will be July 23 to August 8. The Games had been postponed for a year because of the coronavirus pandemic that has killed thousands of people around the world.Tags: Athletics World ChampionshipsIAAFlast_img read more

Disciplinary Committee chastises GFF for violating constitution

first_imgIN a shocking turn of events, the Guyana Football Federation (GFF) three-member disciplinary committee ruled that the Wayne Forde-led executive committee’s decision to move the STAG Elite League from eight teams was ultra vires their powers and unconstitutional.Attorneys Sanjeev Datadin (Chairman) and Natasha Vieira, along with Dr. Clement McEwan make up the GFF’s Disciplinary Committee.National champions Slingerz FC along with their usual rivals Alpha United, as well as the Georgetown Football Club (GFC) and Pele football club, refused to participate in the second edition of the STAG Elite League, calling it (the league) illegitimate since they felt that the GFF unconstitutionally added two teams (Topp XX and Victoria Kings).A call was made by the aforementioned clubs for arbitration, stating that instead of a back and forth between them and the GFF, good sense should have prevailed; especially for Slingerz FC and Alpha United, who were named as the clubs representing Guyana at the CFU Club championship which was a qualifier for the CONCACAF Champions League.But the GFF refused, and resorted to sanctioning the two clubs (Slingerz and Alpha United) and would further write to CONCACAF, detailing that the they (the Clubs) were not in ‘good standing’ with the Federation; a needed requirement for participation at the CFU Club Championship.The Disciplinary Committee noted that “it follows therefore that for the Executive Committee to sanction the Complainants for non-participation could not be a code or rule violation. Their objection was on principle; a principle which we have found to be with legal foundation.The Executive Committee was not entitled to punish an Elite member for non-participation in a Tournament which they had exceeded their legal authority to convene.”“The Executive Committee was not entitled punish an Elite Member for non-participation in a Tournament which they had exceeded their legal authority to convene” the Disciplinary Committee said in their letter to the GFF and abovementioned clubs.It was also ruled that the GFF Constitution can only be amended by Congress and the Executive Committee had no authority to unilaterally amend the Constitution in any manner whatsoever.The GFF will hold its congress next month, where several matters will be brought to the floor by the members, and the Elite League fiasco would be high on the agenda.last_img read more

AKS Offers Eagles ‘Total Comfort’ ahead Zambia Clash

first_imgOkon Bassey in UyoThe Akwa Ibom State government has expressed optimism that the Super Eagles will emerge victorious in this weekend encounter with the Chipolopolo of Zambia.The State Commissioner for Youths and Sports, Mr Monday Uko, said in Uyo on Tuesday that the necessary logistics have been put in place for the Super Eagles to win the match.“God has delivered them (Chipolopolo) into our hands, and this time around I believe the goals could be as many as 4-0,” Uko posited According to him, with the expected win during the Eagles clash with Chipolopolo, the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium would continue to be Nigeria’s fortress against visiting teams in crucial encounters.Meanwhile, Eagles handler, Gernot Rohr, has urged fans to turn out massively to ensure Nigeria takes the maximum point at the end of the crucial encounter with Zambia on Saturday.He ruled out injury worries, stressing that the players were highly motivated for the big game.Rohr who supervised the first training session of the team at the training pitch of the Ibom Le Meridien Hotel and Golf Resort further stressed that Eagles would be drilled twice daily (morning and evening) before the clash on Saturday.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

New-look wide receiver corps emerging for Syracuse in spring

first_img Published on April 8, 2013 at 1:26 am Contact David: dbwilson@syr.edu | @DBWilson2 Syracuse’s passing attack is undergoing an overhaul. With a brand-new quarterback, three new starting offensive linemen and a pair of new starting wide receivers, the days of Ryan Nassib, Marcus Sales, Alec Lemon and Justin Pugh are gone.In their place is a new-look group. Three quarterbacks vie to replace Nassib. An inexperienced group of wide receivers join Jeremiah Kobena and Jarrod West to form an all-new starting group.For stretches of the spring this group has been stagnant — on Sunday it failed to find the end zone for nearly half of practice. Other times it has flashed potential. West, Kobena and Quinta Funderburk, a highly touted transfer from Arkansas who sat out last season, all made spectacular catches and scored touchdowns.“Those guys have done a tremendous job filling in for Marcus and Alec,” quarterback John Kinder said. “I think the same as us quarterbacks, they’ll begin to grow and progress as we continue and they get more repetitions, they’ll get better and better.”West provided depth behind Sales and Lemon a year ago as the third wide receiver on the depth chart. Kobena, who has been primarily used as a kick returner in the past, missed the middle part of last season with an injury.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textKeenan Hale, Christopher Clark and Alvin Cornelius III — all seldom used a year ago —add to the depth for a unit that lacks the top threats it had last year in Lemon and Sales.“I feel like we have a real talented group, probably one of the talented groups I’ve ever played with, even playing with Alec and Marcus and how good they were,” West said. “Just the depth from the No. 1 guy to the last guy in the room is real good.”West sits atop the group, but Kobena, now a junior, has been getting the majority of the first-team reps alongside him.Kobena showed flashes of potential during his first two seasons with Syracuse. He was a fixture in the return game, averaging nearly 20 yards per kick return last season, and helped the Orange stretch the field. He hauled in just six catches, but two went for touchdowns, including a 50-yarder against Northwestern.“He gives you a lot of speed and he can make tough catches and stuff,” West said. “So when he’s healthy we’re a lot stronger group.”When the Orange came out of its break, quarterback Terrel Hunt took a sack, but learned from his mistake. Next time SU’s defense brought the blitz, the quarterback got the ball out quickly and rifled a pass to Kobena on a slant, who turned and darted to the end zone untouched.But Funderburk is the most intriguing. The sophomore began his career as a four-star wide receiver recruit at Arkansas with incredible body control and gobs of potential. After struggling to get on the field as a freshman for the Razorbacks, Funderburk transferred to Syracuse where he’s now expected to be a big-play threat for an offense that lost its top two from a year ago.“He’s a big-play receiver, I would say,” Kinder said. “He has the ability to make big plays and we’re going to take some shots with him.”Despite the lofty expectations, Funderburk has primarily worked with the second unit, behind West and Kobena. But on Sunday he made a play that turned heads.Quarterback Charley Loeb lofted a pass to the back corner of the end zone. Funderburk leaped up above the defense to snatch the ball out of the air and kept his feet in bounds for the touchdown. In one play, Funderburk showcased all the attributes that made him such an intriguing prospect — the body control, the hands, the concentration and the size.“Quinta’s done some good things; I think he’s starting to mature as a player,” head coach Scott Shafer said. “He’s got a long way to get where we want him to be, but it was nice to see him make the catch today in traffic.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Mr. O’Neill, ‘the floor is yours’

first_imgBig job, bigger questions · No one, including O’Neill, is denying the fact that the USC job is going to a huge challenge given recent allegations and the prospect of santions looming. | Photo courtesy of USC Sports Information It started off with a bang.USC Athletic Director Mike Garrett introduced new men’s basketball coach Kevin O’Neill at a Varsity Lounge press conference Monday, saying, “Kevin, the floor is yours.”O’Neill’s first public comments as the coach of a program under intense scrutiny from the NCAA?He pointed over to his wife, 32-year-old Roberta. “There won’t be any questions about recruiting, I trust,” O’Neill said. “I can recruit, obviously.”All joking aside, O’Neill, 52, made a favorable impression in his first step on a long road back for both him and the USC basketball program.Former coach Tim Floyd had made inroads in raising the national profile of what had long been a largely irrelevant program, but, facing a looming NCAA investigation this offseason, he decided to resign. The one-paragraph resignation e-mail sent to Garrett came June 9, less than a month after Floyd was accused of delivering an envelope of cash to the handler of former USC basketball player O.J. Mayo.Since then, the inquiries grew louder and louder, leading Garrett and Senior Vice President of Administration Todd Dickey to deliver unprecedented video statements posted on USC’s official website.Many wondered where USC would find its next coach, considering both the likelihood of NCAA sanctions that could limit postseason play and/or scholarships and the sheer lack of talent left on the roster, as only nine scholarship players remain after a mass exodus of both current players and incoming recruits.Well, Garrett and USC found him, toiling as an assistant coach and special assistant to the general manager for the NBA’s Memphis Grizzlies, just one year removed from spending the 2007-2008 season as the interim head coach at Pac-10 rival Arizona.“We’ve been through a lot, and, in looking at different potential candidates all over the country … I came to the conclusion that I really felt elated about the fact that this is the kind of person who was available,” Garrett said.Reports say that Garrett first offered the job to Pittsburgh head man Jamie Dixon, the former protégé of UCLA coach Ben Howland. After Dixon said no, both NBA Finals analyst (and former NBA head coach) Jeff Van Gundy and current UNLV coach Lon Kruger reportedly rebuffed offers from USC as well.Nevertheless, Garrett — who has caught much flak for his coaching hires over the years, including the notion that Pete Carroll was his fourth choice to become the football head coach in 2000 — insisted that O’Neill was indeed his first choice for the job.“Everyone I talked to was not shying away from USC,” Garrett said. “It was not a selling job, it was more of a find the right fit.“I think Kevin was my first choice because when I started talking to him, he’s the one that I wanted to have. He’s the guy that fit what I needed. It was a natural fit,” Garrett said.But O’Neill himself doesn’t come without controversy.He’s known as a Bob Knight-lite, a fierce competitor who sometimes lets his emotions get the best of him. Many of his former players have expressed distaste with his methods. He’s never been a player’s coach; rather, he’s been labeled as more of a defensive-minded, let-the-offense-flow kind of guy.The still-fiery O’Neill attacked those conceptions Monday.“I’m a different coach than I was the first time I was in college. I really don’t apologize for how I coach at all. I coach hard, I’m aggressive … but it’s like anything else. Over 20 years, you do change a little bit.“I’m not for every player, and that’s all there is to it. Every coach isn’t for every player,” O’Neill said. “But, I’ve been in a multitude of players’ weddings, and pro and college guys don’t invite you to be in their weddings unless they like you a little bit.”O’Neill further defended his coaching style. “I’m a great defensive coach. But what people think is that if you’re a defensive coach, you don’t coach offense, or if you’re an offensive coach you don’t value defense. I value the whole game.”USC returns only one player who averaged more than 18 minutes per game last season: senior guard Dwight Lewis. Junior guard/forward Marcus Simmons and sophomore forwards Nikola Vucevic and Leonard Washington will be the only other returners who contributed last season.Despite that, O’Neill said he expects to compete immediately. “I think we’ve got a good core group of guys,” O’Neill said. “It would be my expectation that, when we hit the practice court, that we’re thinking about nothing short of being in the NCAA Tournament.“This is a competitive group, and I think these guys will play good basketball every single day, I think they’ll work hard, and I think they’ll surprise some people.”As for the ongoing NCAA investigation, it didn’t seem to bother O’Neill much.“I really didn’t care what had happened, and we didn’t get into detail because that’s not my place,” O’Neill said. “I was taking the job no matter what. I wanted the job from the beginning because it’s USC. The fact that there’s an investigation going on never changed my view of the university at all.”Reports have said the earliest any NCAA sanction could come would be October. Until then, the program is left to hope they won’t be too short-handed this season.“We’re in limbo, we don’t know,” Garrett said. “They’re in the process, so are we, and we’re working to get to the point where we can finally come to a resolution.”Garrett stressed, though, that O’Neill — with 12 years of experience as a head coach at the college or pro levels, including stints with Marquette and the Toronto Raptors — was the right man to lead the program out of the shadow of investigation and into a new image.“He’d be a great coach for us any season, let alone what we’re going through now,” Garrett said. “I know he’ll guide us the way we should be guided.”last_img read more

Women’s lacrosse steadily improving

first_imgThe SportsCenter Top 10 plays list is one of the ultimate pinnacles in all of sports. In fact, if I had to list the 10 things I would want to accomplish in sports if I were an elite athlete, making ESPN’s Top 10 list would definitely be one of them — somewhere between striking out Barry Bonds and getting my name engraved on the Stanley Cup.So when I read in the press release from earlier this year that the new offensive coordinator for the USC women’s lacrosse team had once graced that trademark ESPN segment as a player, I knew she was legit.She’s Alyssa Leonard, a former star from the Northwestern women’s lacrosse dynasty, who snuck in at No. 10 on the list with a brilliant behind-the-back shot.But the most impressive parts? She scored it against USC. And only four months before being hired to coach the school she just schooled. The highlight occurred on April 26 last year, when the Wildcats took down the Women of Troy 12-7, during Leonard’s senior season. By late August, she was hired to be a part of USC’s staff.It’s not unusual for USC women’s lacrosse coaches to come from Northwestern, the powerhouse that has won seven national championships since 2005. USC’s head coach Lindsey Munday hails from Northwestern, as did Hilary Bowen, the former offensive coordinator for whom Leonard took over. If the goal is to be the best, you might as well learn from the best.While USC lacrosse is still a couple years from breaking into the upper echelon of national programs, the team has made tremendous progress in only its third competitive season. This year is no exception, as the Women of Troy look like legitimate contenders for a conference championship and an NCAA tournament bid.The 2015 season has featured a seven-game winning streak for the Women of Troy, a program record. The streak included three wins over Mountain Pacific Sports Federation rivals, propelling the team into second place in the conference standings — San Diego State, which hosts the Women of Troy on the last day of the season, sits in first at 4-0.The seven-game winning streak was sandwiched by three tough losses. The Women of Troy open the season against none other than Northwestern inside the Coliseum. USC nearly shocked the lacrosse world and had the Wildcats trailing by seven goals at the start of the game. Northwestern rallied to tie the game in regulation, however, and ultimately pull out a 12-11 win in overtime. The heartbreaking comeback was followed by a tough 7-4 loss at Stony Brook, USC’s worst offensive output of the season. The seven-game winning streak started after the Stony Brook loss and ended this Monday at Boston College after USC fell to the Eagles 16-12.There’s obviously still room for improvement for the team. No. 6 Northwestern, No. 9 Stony Brook and No. 3 BC are the only three ranked teams USC has played this year. Despite the seven-game winning streak, the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association national poll does not have the Women of Troy in the Top 20 because of their struggles against ranked opponents. But the overall performance of the team over the season shows noticeable improvement both from last season and as a program in general.Though the old saying goes that close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades, I think there is something to be said about the fact that USC has played some of the best teams in the country competitively.The Northwestern game in particular shows the potential of the club, even though part of that can likely be attributed to a slow start by the Wildcats in their season opener on the road. Compared to the last time Northwestern faced USC in the Coliseum, when the Wildcats won 18-5 two years ago during USC’s first game in program history, it’s obvious that the program has come a long way in just those three short seasons.The overall numbers on the season also tell an important story about the progress of the team. Not only are the Women of Troy close in games that they’ve lost, but they’re also dominating in games that they’ve won.The Women of Troy are averaging 13.3 goals per game, more than two points better than the 11.5 averaged the year before. USC is also holding opponents to only 7.7 goals a game, about another two-goal improvement from the 9.6 goals a game surrendered last year.The toughest part of the MPSF schedule still remains for the Women of Troy. The three teams to beat USC in conference play last year — Colorado, Denver and Oregon — all have yet to play USC this year. Additionally, USC’s matchup with Stanford, the one ranked MPSF team, is set for later next month.But the Women of Troy look to be in good position to finish in at least sixth place in the conference standings and make the MPSF tournament. The Women of Troy were bounced in the first round of the tournament last year but look capable of running with every team in the conference this year. Winning the tournament would earn USC its first ever NCAA tournament bid, which would be another huge step forward for the national reputation of the program. The Women of Troy are absolutely heading in the right direction, and it’s only a matter of time before they get there. This year’s team still needs to prove it can finish against the best competition for it to be a possibility this season, but the potential to do so definitely seems to be there.Like any program, the eventual goal of the team is to legitimately compete for national titles every year. USC has the resources to do so, as well as arguably the best coaching staff in the county.Munday and Leonard both won two national championships as players at Northwestern, with Munday adding another three as an assistant coach for the Wildcats, so they know what it takes to get there. As cool as seeing herself on SportsCenter must have been, I can bet those two national championship rings rank just a little higher on Leonard’s Top 10 career sports accomplishments.last_img read more

Neymar wary of Messi threat

first_imgNeymar is not looking forward to facing Barcelona team-mate Lionel Messi when Brazil takes on Argentina in Beijing on Saturday.The two South American rivals will meet at the Beijing National Stadium this weekend for the first time since November 2012, with Neymar’s Brazil having picked narrow wins over Colombia and Ecuador since their World Cup campaign on home soil ended.Ahead of a fixture that will likely be treated more seriously than a standard friendly, Neymar warned of the threat Messi can pose.”Playing alongside him is a great honour; he’s the best player in the world,” he explained to reporters in the Chinese capital.”Playing against him is not pleasant.”We hope that he has a bad day and doesn’t see much of the ball. We all realise that we can’t give him time to think or start his mazy runs.”We basically can’t let him do anything, but we do have to win the game.” The fixture has attracted criticism in certain quarters for the amount of travelling required from the players.Neymar feels Dunga’s new-look Brazil squad are still in the process of adjusting as he attempts to rejuvenate the country’s fortunes in his second spell in charge.The 22-year-old is eager to spring what could be classed as a surprise result by winning the Superclasico de la Americas.”It’s difficult to say who is the favourite because Argentina have played together for some time and Brazil are reinventing the team,” he added.”They are two great teams who will do their best to win. I don’t know if they’re more favourites than us but if so I hope to surprise the world.last_img read more

Karim Benzema charged over Valbuena sex tape blackmail allegations

first_imgKarim Benzema has been charged over his alleged involvement in a sex tape blackmail plot against fellow France international Mathieu Valbuena.The prosecutor said the Real Madrid star has been charged with “complicity in attempted blackmail and participation in a criminal association planning an offence punishable by at least five years imprisonment (in this case blackmail).”Benzema, 27, is not allowed to have any contact with Lyon midfielder Valbuena after being charged.Both men were previously expected to be named in France’s squad for two upcoming friendly matches in the next few days, but coach Didier Deschamps now has an unexpected complication to handle.Benzema was arrested on Wednesday morning in France and questioned over the scandal which also saw former France striker Djibril Cisse taken into custody last month.Cisse was released after being questioned by police but Benzema was referred to the investigating judge in the Versailles courthouse after spending the night in custody. News agency AFP says Benzema, who plays with Valbuena for the France national team, emerged from the headquarters of the judicial police at Versailles at around 9am CET on Thursday.”Karim Benzema was taken to the courthouse to be brought before a judge who will decide later on in the procedure,” said a public prosecutor. “The judge will decide at the end of this presentation the status of Karim Benzema in the procedure, particularly his possible indictment or his placement under the status of assisted witness.”AFP are reporting that Benzema has recognised that he intervened in the blackmail affair and now the striker has been formally charged.What is Benzema’s alleged involvement?A source close to the investigation divulged information to AFP. The source said: ” Karim Benzema has recognised that he intervened with Valbuena at the request of a childhood friend approached by three crooks who had a sex tape in their possession. He said that he agreed with a childhood friend about what he would say in order that his team-mate would negotiate exclusively with him. “AFP also adds that Benzema said he wanted to help his friend without thinking that he was doing wrong by Valbuena. Benzema is thought to have discussed the matter with Valbuena in October when France met up for matches against Armenia and Denmark.What does this mean for France?Didier Deschamps is expected to soon announce his squad for friendlies against Germany and England on November 13 and 17 respectively. However, Benzema has been prohibited from meeting with the victim, his team-mate Valbuena.The France squad is expected to gather at Clairefontaine on Monday. So eight months before Euro 2016 takes place on French soil, it appears Les Bleus will be without their star striker for two important preparatory games.As hosts, France did not play any qualifying matches so the two matches against Germany and England are key to their preparation.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

UCL Preview: Vitoria and Guardiola want focus, Simeone expects tenacity and Enrique is remaining calm

first_imgRUI VITORIA EXPECTS A SOLID PERFORMANCEWe have to play well defensively as we’re facing one of the best teams in the world, one of the favourites to win the competition and a side who set up the same home and away. Nicolas Gaitán is a doubt and only before the match will I know if I can count on him. We didn’t win there, but tactically we did well and were very organised. However, we know Bayern are tactically very versatile with lots of resources at their disposal, so if they don’t achieve what they want playing one way they’ll try something else. We had 5,000 fans in Munich and tomorrow the supporters will be even more important.PEP IS FOCUSEDWe are focused on tomorrow’s match. We intend to defend well, score a goal and qualify for the next round. Regarding Benfica’s absentees, we have had the same problem ourselves. For example, Javi Martínez was out for five months and we had to play without genuine central defenders during that time, so that’s football. The teams know each other well as they just played last week, but tactically we know what to do. A player’s mentality and character will be clear to see in front of 60,000 fans. We have to play well in order to get a result. SIMEONE EXPECTS MORE TENACITYBeing Atlético means being tenacious, competitive, never giving up and overcoming difficulties. We know there are better teams than us. But we know we can compete against Barcelona.We try to improve what we are doing [against Barça] game after game. We will try to find an angle and see if we can get at them and win.The excitement and enthusiasm around this match is fantastic, but I don’t think the Barcelona players will be surprised by the atmosphere because they are used to it.Koke is a very important player for us. He has great vision. The team has had a freshness and an energy about it of late, and that’s down to having a player like him in midfield.LUCHO IS KEEPING CALMWe are treating this like any quarter-final – I don’t feel it’s the biggest match of our season. We have a small advantage and we will try to win here too to make sure of the result. This team was made for matches like this. Yes, it’s always difficult against Atlético, but it’s all about doing things well, which is what we try to do every match. We’ll need to play really well.There is always room for improvement. It’s not fair to think that victories or defeats are because of two or three players. I’m just as guilty for any defeats because I am the coach. I’m very happy with Arda Turan’s performances and Gerard Piqué is fine.Tomorrow will be difficult like any UEFA Champions League tie, particularly so against Atlético since they know us so well. There is no doubt we are going to compete. We love to see the Vicente Calderón full but if there’s any team able to play in this atmosphere it is Barça. I hope we can see a great spectacle.   –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

British Open daily fantasy golf picks, sleepers, fades, strategy

first_imgThe Open Championship presents an outstanding opportunity to play some lesser known golfers. Each year, this major features a field with several golfers who star on the European Tour but remain rather unfamiliar to those who primarily follow the PGA Tour. The result of this unfamiliarity is a lack of PGA DFS ownership on a group of players that has historically performed quite well at the British Open.While golfers stationed on the European Tour don’t regularly hop over to the PGA Tour and dominate, The Open is a different story. Being a links course in the United Kingdom, the tournament is much more of a home game for the European Tour golfers than it is for most of the PGA Tour players. Still, many in daily fantasy golf contests overlook these golfers who lack the name recognition of some of the more popular options in the field. MORE: British Open betting advice | RotoQL Lineup Builder*If you are interested in taking your DFS golf lineup building strategy to the next level, you should consider using a lineup optimizer, and RotoQL offers the best optimizer available in the industry.British Open picks and PGA DFS strategyTarget GolfersBernd Wiesberger is absolutely on fire, but he may not get the ownership he deserves simply due to his lack of presence on the PGA Tour. Wiesberger’s only appearance on the PGA Tour this year was a 76th at the U.S. Open a month ago, but recently he has been going off on the European Tour. Right before his appearance at the U.S. Open, he won the Made in Denmark tournament. After the U.S. Open, he went T16th, T2nd, and then won again last week at the Scottish Open, which is often viewed as a warmup for The Open. The only reason I don’t anticipate heavy ownership on Wiesberger is that I don’t expect enough DFS players to recognize his form because all his recent success has come on the European Tour. If he was a well-known golfer, or the wins had come on the PGA Tour, I would expect his ownership to be through the roof at his price. But Wiesberger is not a big name and has been effectively doing damage in the shadows, potentially leading up to a crescendo at The Open. At a very palatable price, Wiesberger is an incredible option. Although Matt Wallace has never won on the PGA Tour, he has broken out recently and begun to make an impact beyond the European Tour. After winning three times on the European Tour in 2018, Wallace has produced five top-10 finishes this season, two of which were on the PGA Tour. In addition, Wallace has appeared in all three majors that were played on U.S. soil. He missed the cut at the Masters, but then produced a T3rd at the PGA Championship, followed by a T12th at the U.S. Open. It certainly seems that Wallace can hang with the big boys. Coming into this week, Wallace has made seven straight cuts, including three top-five finishes plus two more top-15 finishes. At just below average salary, he may get ignored without an attention-grabbing name or the label of a salary-saver. With piping hot form and low ownership, Wallace makes for an enticing play.Another golfer who has split time between the European and PGA Tours this season is Eddie Pepperell. He hasn’t had quite the year that Wallace has had, and for that reason I expect Pepperell to get even less attention. However, with three top-10 finishes in just 12 appearances, including a T3rd at The Players Championship, overlooking Pepperell could be a mistake. In his past nine tournaments, Pepperell has only missed the cut once, and two of his top-10 finishes have come in his past four contests. Royal Portrush should fit his game quite nicely, as well, and Pepperell has proven he can compete at The Open, making the cut in both tries, including a T6th last year. You can roster Pepperell for a cheap price, extremely low ownership, and legitimate upside.Aaron White graduated from Northwestern University with a B.A. in Economics. He has played DFS professionally for several years and has won featured NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL and golf GPPs on both FanDuel and DraftKings.last_img read more