Fowler, Spieth make Reed earn his 1st major championship

AUGUSTA, Ga. — After the final putt disappeared into the cup, Rickie Fowler waited outside the scoring room at Augusta National.

Once again, he was congratulating someone else on winning their first major championship .

For Fowler, the wait goes on.

“I was ready to go win,” he said. “Unfortunately, I was one shot short.”

This has become a familiar lament for Fowler, who now lugs around the unwanted baggage as the best player without a title in one of golf’s biggest events.

He had his best chance yet on a stirring Sunday at the Masters, making six birdies over the final 11 holes — including an 8-footer at the 72nd hole that finished off a 14-under 274 .

It’s a score that would’ve been good enough to win most years.

But Patrick Reed had one less stroke on his card, claiming the green jacket by sinking a short but testy par putt at No. 18 .

“Glad I at least made the last one to make him earn it,” Fowler said.

Jordan Spieth did his part, too, to make Reed earn it.

The 24-year-old Texan turned in one of the greatest closing rounds in Masters history, shooting an 8-under 64 that pushed him into the mix after he started the day with a daunting nine-shot deficit.

Spieth thought it would be a nice, stress-free day out on the course.

Instead, he horned his way into one of the greatest duels this place has ever seen, actually grabbing a share of the lead by sinking a 35-foot birdie putt at the 16th hole .

“Are you kidding me,” Spieth mouthed to his caddie.

Reed, playing in the final group, answered with a birdie at the 14th.

Spieth’s hopes ended at the 18th hole after his tee shot clipped a tree, falling to the ground just 177 yards away. He pulled off two dazzling shots to give himself a shot at saving par. But an 8-foot putt slid by the edge of hole — his only bogey of the day.

“I was pretty gutted at the finish,” Spieth said. “I hit a tee shot that wasn’t that bad. It just caught the last little branch of that tree. Obviously, I want to go back to that tee shot right now. But it was a phenomenal day.”

Spieth sure knows his way around Augusta National, where he won in 2015, finished second two other times, and now has a third-place showing on his resume. His worst performance in five …read more

Source:: Nationalpost


Q1 Earnings Preview: Blockbuster Priced In; But Risk Of Disappointment Has Never Been Greater

During the past month of surging market volatility and spectacular, confidence-sapping rollercoaster moves in the S&P, the one backstop bullish market commentators have used time and again is that Q1 earnings season will be spectacular, an offset to all other bad news.

And, indeed, thanks to the passage of Trump’s corporate tax cuts in late Q4, analyst estimates for first quarter earnings have been revised higher by the most on record amount. According to Factset, the Q1 bottom-up EPS estimate has increased by 5.4% (to $36.24 from $34.37) during this period. On a year-over-year comparable basis, expectations for Q1 profits have risen from an expectation of 12.2% growth on Jan. 1 to 18.4% now, an increase of 6.2 percentage points as analysts have factored in the new tax law.

How significant is a 5.4% increase in the bottom-up EPS estimate during a quarter? How does this increase compare to recent quarters? On average, the bottom-up EPS estimate usually decreases during a quarter. During the past five years (20 quarters), the bottom-up EPS estimate has recorded an average decline of 3.9% during a quarter. During the past ten years, (40 quarters), the bottom-up EPS estimate has recorded an average decline of 5.5% during a quarter. During the past fifteen years, (60 quarters), the bottom-up EPS estimate has recorded an average decline of 4.1% during a quarter.

In fact, Q1 of 2018 has marked the largest increase in the bottom-up EPS estimate during a quarter since FactSet began tracking the quarterly bottom-up EPS estimate in Q2 2002. The previous record for the largest increase in the bottom-up EPS estimate was 4.8%, which occurred in Q2 2004.

Still, while on the surface, Q1 will be a clear upward outlier, the reality is that most of it (and according to Morgan Stanley, more than all) has already been priced in. Which is a risk because as Reuters reports, while in Q1 corporate America will post its biggest quarterly profit growth in seven years, rising by just over 18% Y/Y…

… even the smallest disappointments could add to further upset the fragile market.

And as noted above, investors have counted on corporate profits – the standing silver lining to the broader market – to provide support as the market endured dramatic swings in recent weeks over concerns about a trade war with China, tougher regulations for high-flying technology companies, …read more



‘Buckle up, baby’ and watch the new trailer for Solo: A Star Wars Story

“I have a good feeling about this.”

Everything in the new trailer for Solo: A Star Wars Story is deliberately off, which seems to fit the tale of how one guy became a hero despite constantly doing the wrong thing.

It begins with something unusual for a Star Wars film — the riff of an electric guitar. We see Corellia, Han Solo’s industrial home world, and the shipyards that are constructing Imperial Star Destroyers. It’s a hardscrabble life, one our hero (if you can call him that at this point) is eager to escape.

The May 25 film, from director Ron Howard, has some heavy lifting to do. Alden Ehrenreich is taking on the iconic role originated by Harrison Ford, Donald Glover is slipping into the part of Lando Calrissian, taking over for Billy Dee Williams, and a host of new characters are being introduced.

There’s the scarred crimelord Dryden Vos (Paul Bettany); The femme fatale Qi’ra (Emilia Clarke); the low-grade hoodlums Val and Tobias Beckett (Thandie Newton and Woody Harrelson); and the fearsome droid L3-37 (Phoebe Waller-Bridge.)

Beckett tells the young Solo that once he chooses this life of crime, he can’t go back. That, as we know, turns out to be wrong, too.

But Solo seems to relish its wrongness. To savor it. We already know the rest of the story. But we’re getting a look back at just how misguided Han and Chewie once were. And we’re seeing just glimpses of pasts we never imagined. Who is the furry love-interest that Chewbacca embraces? And what became of that relationship?

The best laid plans of Wookiees and men oft oft go astray.

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Source:: Entertainment Weekly


‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ Trailer: Ron Howard Takes Us Back to a Galaxy Far, Far Away — Watch

It’s been nearly four months since the last “Star Wars” movie was released, and you know what that means: time for a new “Star Wars” movie. “Solo: A Star Wars Story” is but a month away from its surprise Cannes premiere, meaning that fans of that galaxy far, far away won’t have to wait much longer. Watch the newest trailer below.

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Ron Howard directed the film, much to the chagrin of original helmers Phil Lord and Chris Miller, who were fired months into production. That wasn’t the only problem onset, as an anonymous cast member recently confirmed that an acting coach was indeed brought on to helm Alden Ehrenreich step into the large shoes once worn by Harrison Ford; for all that, reaction to the first teaser and trailer appears to have put the hype train back on track for devoted fans.

Read More:‘Solo’ Actor Says Phil Lord and Chris Miller ‘Weren’t Prepared’ for ‘Star Wars,’ Alden Ehrenreich ‘Just Not Good Enough’

Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover, Thandie Newton, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Joonas Suotamo, and Paul Bettany co-star in the film. Disney will release “Solo: A Star Wars Story” in theaters on May 25.

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Wheeler up Wednesday, aligning Mets’ long-awaited rotation

WASHINGTON — The New York Mets have waited years for this rotation.

Zack Wheeler will be recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas to start Wednesday against the Miami Marlins, finally aligning the five-man rotation New York has hoped to use for years.

Mets manager Mickey Callaway announced the right-hander’s upcoming start Sunday. It would be the first time Noah Syndergaard, Jacob deGrom, Steven Matz, Matt Harvey and Wheeler make a rotation turn together. New York fans have hoped to see that five-man group since Matz debuted in 2015, but the pitchers never been healthy and effective at the same time.

The 27-year-old Wheeler was sent down to Triple-A at the end of spring training. Other candidates to make the start included Seth Lugo and Robert Gsellman, both of whom are performing well in the bullpen.

Wheeler was solid in his first start for Las Vegas on Friday, allowing one earned run and three hits over five innings.

He is filling Jason Vargas’ spot in the rotation. Vargas (broken right hand) threw a simulated game on Saturday.

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Source:: Nationalpost


Bernie Williams, Advocate Who Lost Relatives To Murder, Speaks At Last Day Of MMIW Hearings

Bernie Williams, who has been an advocate for women in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside for 30 years, wipes away tears after testifying at the final day of hearings at the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, in Richmond, B.C., on April 8, 2018.

VANCOUVER — A longtime advocate for missing and murdered Indigenous women told her own story of abuse on the last scheduled day of public hearings for a national inquiry Sunday.

Bernie Williams, who has fought for women on Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside for 30 years, said her abuse began at age three.

“At the age of 11 to 12 years old, six of us girls were sold into the sex trade work,” said Williams, who is now 60.

“As many of you know, I don’t wear shorts very often, because I have cigarette burns all through my legs right up to my back. … This is what we endured. We were just kids.”

Public hearings now over

Metro Vancouver’s hearings on Sunday were the last that were scheduled for the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, though others will continue to testify in private.

The inquiry was established by the federal government in 2015 to investigate the disproportionately high number of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls in Canada, and to give family members a chance to have their stories heard.

Williams, who says she lost three sisters and her mother to murder, told the commissioners she’s tired of seeing elders at food banks and unanswered calls for things like health, healing and wellness centres.

“Why has it taken over 4,000 women and girls’ names to secure and still keep asking the same questions,” she said.

She said it’s time to stem a tide of lateral violence — in which people in need fight amongst one another instead of against systemic problems.

Audrey Siegl of the Musqueam First Nation described for the inquiry a close and loving relationship with her grandmother, who raised her, but also said she was punished harshly to prepare her for the toughness of the world.

“I don’t cry for me. What happened, happened. But what had to happen to my grammy that, tiny little me, she was able to do that to tiny little me,” Siegl said.

Inquiry has asked for more time

Chief Commissioner Marion Buller has said the inquiry needs more time, telling The Canadian Press on Friday that the inquiry has enough material to produce a report but it will only scratch the surface of the issues.

Commissioners asked the federal government last month for a two-year extension.

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Source:: The Huffington Post – Canada Travel


Jazz top Lakers to clinch playoff spot in crowded Western Conference

LOS ANGELES — Donovan Mitchell scored 28 points to help the Utah Jazz clinch a playoff berth with a 112-97 win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday.

Utah is the fourth team in the crowded Western Conference to lock up a post-season spot, with five teams still in the running for the other four positions before the regular season ends Wednesday.

Mitchell also had nine rebounds and eight assists, and Joe Ingles had 22 points on 9-of-12 shooting along with 10 assists. Jae Crowder added 18 points off the bench.

Josh Hart had 25 points for Los Angeles, which has lost six of eight. Julius Randle had 17 points and seven rebounds.

A basket by Royce O’Neale put Utah up 98-76 in the opening four minutes of the fourth quarter. The shot marked Utah’s largest lead of the game.

Mitchell threw a full-court pass to a streaking Ingles for a layup and a 66-56 lead with 5:44 remaining in the third. Utah led 82-67 when O’Neale made a 3-pointer with 2.2 seconds to go in the quarter.

Tyler Ennis made a scoop shot that pulled Los Angeles within 32-30 during the second quarter, but Utah regained a 12-point lead with help from two 3-pointers by Crowder. The Lakers closed the half on 6-2 run and trailed by only six.

The Jazz started the game on a 7-0 run and extended the lead to 19-4 with Mitchell’s 3-pointer in transition. Los Angeles answered with a 10-0 spurt and closed within four with less than two minutes left in the first quarter.


Jazz: Beat the Lakers 117-110 on April 3. … Five players scored in double figures. … Derrick Favours had 10 points and 13 rebounds.

Lakers: Three of the five starters did not make a field goal in the first half. … Kyle Kuzma did not play due to a mild left ankle sprain.


Jazz: Host Golden State on Tuesday.

Lakers: Host Houston on Tuesday.

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