LPGA Tour leaderboard International Crown 2014 winner results schedule


On the final day of the 2014 International Crown, the LPGA Tour Leaderboard turned out to be anything but what was expected heading into the nation vs nation event. The United States and Korea, which combine to dominate LPGA golf throughout the season, were expected to do the same in the first annual Crown, and end up facing each other in the finals. Sure enough, they were seeded number one and number two respectively heading into the event. But the results after three days have been a shocker.

Spain found oreads atop the LPGA leaderboard in the end, winning the International Crown 2014, with Sweden coming in second place. The results were a far cry from the expected final matchup between the USA and Korea.

One day after losing both its opening matches against bottom seeded Taiwan, the top seeded United States team switched pairings and found itself with vastly different results. Cristie Kerr and Lexi Thompson teamed up to defeat Spain in the second round by a score of three with two holes remaining, while the team of Stacy Lewis and Paula Creamer defeated the other half of the Spain team by a score of two. That added up to four points total, meaning that the USA is was one point behind Thailand on the LPGA leaderboard heading into Day 3. But after splitting its matches again in the third round, the United States was bounced out of the International Crown entirely as Thailand and Spain advanced out of Pool A instead. South Korea managed to escape into Day 4 by the skin of its teeth, edging in via the fifth place wildcard.

With the LPGA Tour International Crown 2014 now finished, the next stop on the schedule is the LPGA Classic starting August 7th in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Final PGA leaderboard Canadian Open 2014 winner results schedule golf


The PGA leaderboard at the RBC Canadian Open 2014 golf tournament is topped by slew of players from the United States heading into Round 4, with a Canadian golfer tied for fifth and still vaguely within striking distance – but in the end the tournament resulted in a surprise winner. The open, which isn’t considered a world major but is the most prominent annual mens golf tournament in Canada, has attracted some major names on the schedule this weekend even as other big-name players have opted to take the week off after coming off the British Open.

Fairly prominent USA golfer Jim Furyk was all alone atop the PGA leaderboard for the bulk of the Canadian Open, but Tim Clark caught up with him today to become the winner at minus seventeen. Furyk ended up in second place at minus sixteen. Justin finished third at minus thirteen. Several other golfers finished at minus eleven, out of contention.

In other notable names on the Canadian Open PGA leaderboard this weekend, Miguel Angel Carballo missed the cut after shooting even par through the first two rounds. Popular golfer John Daly was also sent packing after shooting plus-six through the first two rounds, along with the likes of Stuart Appleby (plus one) and Justin Leonard (plus two).

With Round 4 of the Canadian Open 2014 in Quebec now complete, the next stop on the PGA leaderboard is the Barracuda Championship starting on July 31st in Reno, Nevada.

Round 2 LPGA Tour leaderboard 2014 International Crown schedule today


Team USA has bounced back from its opening round clunker with a strong day two, but is it enough? The LPGA schedule takes an unusual turn this week as it shifts to the International Crown 2014, a series of matches between women’s golf teams broken down by nations. Gone are the usual LPGA leaderboard rules this time around, in favor of match style play between four-person teams from eight different countries – and the first day results have been shocking. The tournament formalizes the LPGA rivalry that’s been unofficially brewing for some time between the United States and South Korea, who represent the top two seeds in the field. The tournament features an unusual start and end time on TV.

In a series of surprise developments yesterday, the USA team of Paula Creamer and Cristie Kerr lost to Chinese Taipei (Taiwan) by four stokes, while their teammates Stacy Lewis and and Lexi Thompson also lost. However a new set of pairings saw the Americans rebound in the second round of match play, with Kerr and Thompson winning by three stokes over Spain, while Lewis and Creamer are up by two shots over Spain with two holes to go and can finish no worse than a tie.

A first round defeat by Team USA could make for a stunning upset for the top seeded United States golfers, making for an upside down LPGA leaderboard for the remainder of the tournament. The Republic of Korea national team is the second seed and consists of third ranked Inbee Park, ninth ranked So Yeon Ryu, eighteenth ranked Na Yeon Choi, and twenty-third ranked I.K. Kim. The Koreans have split their second day matches. The tournament takes place in Owings Mills, Maryland.

Today’s LPGA Tour 2014 International Crown live golf action has a start time schedule of 11:30am eastern time on TV channel The Golf Channel, airing live for four hours before switching over to the RBC Canadian Open in the afternoon.

Day 2 Canadian Open leaderboard PGA golf tournament schedule TV time


The professional golf universe has headed north of the border for the RBC Canadian Open golf tournament which is taking place in Ile Bizard, Quebec. The open has attracted some number of PGA Tour golfers and European golfers despite taking place just one week after the British Open, while various big names in the golfing world have opted to take the weekend off instead. Despite the mixed international popularity of the event, the Canadian Open will receive three hours of live TV coverage per day. The Canadian Open leaderboard is topped by three Americans and one native Canadian golfer.

Michael Putnam and Tim Petrovic atop the Canadian Open Leaderboard heading into Round 2, tied at six under after each shooting an opening round of 64. One stroke behind them at five under are Kyle Stanley and Canada’s own Taylor Pendrith, who is classified as an amateur for the tournament. A whopping eleven players are two back at four under, making for a crowded leaderboard and a competitive weekend going forward.

While the PGA is listing the RBC Canadian Open as an event on its calendar, don’t expect the results today to have much resemblance to the typical PGA leaderboard. Acclaimed veterans like Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods have stayed home, as has British Open winner Rory McIlroy. Instead the biggest name United States golfers in the field are the likes of Stuart Cink, Justin Leonard, Brandt Snedeker, and occasional major winner John Daly.

Among the notable golfers from Canada in the 2014 Canadian Open field are Stephen Ames, Kevin Stinson, and Bill Q. Walsh. Will one of the natives win the tournament this weekend, or will someone from south of the border steal away the victory in Canada’s biggest annual golf tournament?

Today’s RBC Canadian Open golf tournament has a start time schedule on live television of 4:00pm eastern time on TV channel The Golf Channel, lasting for three hours until 7:00pm eastern time.

Steve Jobs wins: Apple takes first steps toward IBM acquisition


Steve Jobs once flew a pirate flag over Apple headquarters to signify his defiance toward the computer establishment and, specifically, industry leader IBM. Now his successor Tim Cook has struck a wide reaching deal with what’s left of IBM, which has exited the personal computer business entirely and now focuses on selling solutions to corporate enterprise customers. The move gives IBM the legitimacy of being able to sell its products for use on the popular iPhone and iPad, while it gives Apple a free ride into the enterprise space where it’s long struggled. But more importantly, it means Steve Jobs wins, because it’s the first step toward Apple acquiring IBM itself.

The deal essentially makes IBM the world’s most powerful third party developer of iPad and iPhone apps, and ensures that IBM can hang onto its relevant position in enterprise as corporate computing increasingly shifts from desktop and laptop PCs to tablets and smartphones. If the partnership works out well, Apple’s next logical move will be to bring IBM entirely in house, both to ensure greater integration between hardware and software – something which Apple’s operating philosophy is based on – and in order to edge the Android based competition out of the IBM mix. That means an Apple-IBM merger at some point down the road, and based on relative market cap, it would be Apple doing the acquiring.

Steve Jobs might not love the idea of IBM’s nerd herd of employees setting up shop in Apple’s headquarters. But he’d have relished in the notion of the decidedly non-geek Apple having grown so powerful as to be able to buy IBM outright. Apple’s current market capitalization is currently about three times that of IBM’s. But Apple has nearly enough cash on hand to acquire the $197-billion-valued IBM entirely in cash alone. That wouldn’t happen, but the cash position would allow for a relatively easy buyout, and one which IBM’s shareholders would likely support, all things considered.

Such a move would dwarf Apple’s comparatively pea-sized three billion dollar buyout of Beats by Dre, and would represent by far the biggest gamble in Apple history. But adding IBM’s enterprise and corporate customer base would give Apple the kind of instant, massive, and firmly entrenched boost to its iPhone and iPad sales that the rise of Android has made difficult over the past two years. Then again, Steve Jobs did once comment that he couldn’t see a reason to buy a particular company if he could just keep hiring away its employees. In a similar vein, Apple may not need to spend the money to buy IBM when it can simply sit back as IBM promotes Apple’s hardware products in enterprise as it promotes its own software products.

What would Steve Jobs do? At this point it doesn’t matter. Apple-IBM is Tim Cook’s call now, and at the least, he’s shown that he’s willing to make moves that no one is sure whether Jobs would have made or not. But the mere fact that IBM now needs Apple would have been enough to make Jobs want to fly that pirate flag once again.

Tony Dungy no Christian, just anti-gay homophobia and discrimination


With his comments this week, Tony Dungy has finally and fully exposed the fact that he’s no Christian. After years of being a prominent member of the largest anti-gay hate group in Indiana, publicly campaigning against the basic civil rights of homosexuals, and somehow getting away with it all while regularly being praised as a good man, the former NFL coach and current TV football analyst has finally put his foot in his mouth in a manner that even many of his fellow Christians can’t quite stomach.

Tony Dungy raised eyebrows this week when he said that he wouldn’t have drafted openly gay football player Michael Sam due to the “distraction” that it would cause for the team. Nevermind that such sentiment has already been disproven in the real world over the past year. Sam’s teammates all knew he was gay during his senior year of college, in a conservative state no less, and there was never an issue. Sam’s time on the St. Louis Rams squad thus far has proven uneventful as well. And when openly gay Jason Collins signed on with the Brooklyn Nets last season, there wasn’t even a whiff of distraction; by the time the Nets marched into the postseason, the issue was such a non-issue that it barely even earned a mention.

But it’s not just that Tony Dungy is factually wrong in his assertion that Michael Sam would have been a distraction to the team. It’s that Dungy went so far as to state that he wouldn’t have given the kid a job on the team, effectively discriminating against a capable employee due to his sexual orientation. It’s one thing for Dungy’s dark heart to harbor prejudice or hatred toward gays who aren’t doing him any harm. It’s another to take job opportunities away from them, to tell gay folks that they’re not allowed to earn a living or feed their families. That kind of discrimination and intentional hardship goes far beyond anything that remotely resembles Christianity.

As has so often been the case in American discourse, powerful bigots who actively discriminate against other groups of people have tended to get a free pass, partly because the media largely fails to report on mere harmful actions, when words are more salacious. But when that bigot graduates from discrimination to actually bragging about that discrimination, the dialog can take a sudden turn. Donald Sterling has been discriminating against minority tenants living in his rental properties for decades, but the nation only demanded he exit the stage when he got caught using the kind of hurtful words which went along with his discriminatory (and illegal) actions. Phil Robertson of Duck Dynasty has fought against the basic civil rights of gays for decades, but the tide only turned against him when he began bragging about his hatred and falsely using Christianity to try to justify it.

Tony Dungy, ever careful with his words, wasn’t stupid enough to go down in a heap of inflammatory words as Robertson did. Instead, Dungy tried to shroud his bigotry and discrimination in perverted logic, effectively opining “I’m not saying the gay kid shouldn’t be allowed on a team, I’m just saying that no team should have allowed him on it because he’s gay.”

It’s the kind of faux-logic which bigots love hearing, because while it’s completely nonsensical, it allows them to pretend that their own bigotry isn’t really bigotry. This comes from the same Tony Dungy who, during his tenure with the Indianapolis Colts, looked the other way while one of his players Marvin Harrison was allegedly committing gang murders and was under investigation for years. Apparently that didn’t count as a distraction. This is the same Tony Dungy who actively campaigned for Michael Vick, a convicted felon fresh out of prison and a lightning rod for controversy at the time, to be given a fresh chance in the NFL. That, in Dungy’s convoluted rationale, didn’t serve as a distraction either.

And now the question must be asked: was Tony Dungy only siding with those players because they happened to go to the same kind of church that he did? If so, that means he didn’t care whether they were good people, whether they deserved the opportunities being given to them, or whether their presence on a team would cause harm or distraction to his teammates or not. He only cared about backing those who labeled themselves “Christian” as if it were a brand name, instead of the code of being a good person that Jesus originally laid out.

It’s clear now that Tony Dungy, who publicly advocates discriminating against the civil rights and employment rights of gays, is simply a homophobic bigot who hides behind Christianity in a way that rings fully false. If NBC were to fire him from his commentator job, his fellow bigots would simply try to turn him into a martyr. Instead, the only hope that Dungy has of seeing the light is if actual Christians – the ones who subscribe to the principles of tolerance and dignity which come straight from the New Testament – are willing to step up and call him out for the blasphemy he’s committing.

In any case, there’s a notable bit of irony in the fact that while Michael Sam is behaving himself in a professional manner in the NFL and hasn’t been a distraction to his team at all, Tony Dungy has created a major distraction by falsely accusing Sam of being a distraction. By Tony Dungy’s own logic, he should by fired by NBC for creating such a messy distraction for his employer. Fortunately for Dungy, he’ll likely get to keep his job. But it’s well past time for legitimate Christians to dump him from the ranks of the supposedly religious.

LPGA Tour: Stacy Lewis, Paula Creamer, USA losing to Taiwan: results


The USA golf teams led by Stacy Lewis and Paula Creamer are both losing to Taiwan today in their opening round matches at the LPGA Tour International Crown 2014 golf tournament, setting up a potential shocker as the United States was the top seed heading into the first-ever such event. Stacy Lewis and Lexi Thompson are one behind the Chinese Taipei team of Yani Tseng and Phoebe Yao after fourteen holes, meaning they’ve got their work cut out for them if they want to fight back and win the match. But that’s far from the biggest hole in which Team USA golf has dug itself so far today in the results column.

The team of Paula Creamer and Cristie Kerr has performed so poorly that they didn’t even get a chance to complete their match against Candie Kung and Teresa Lu before being mathematically eliminated due to being four behind with three holes left. The loss, combined with the potential loss by Stacy Lewis and Lexi Thompson, means that the number one seeded United States women’s golf team could be bounced out of the first-ever International Crown early.

Such a development would set up second seeded South Korea as the new favorite in the International Crown, while leaving the United States team to lick its wounds for two years before the second International Crown takes place in 2016. This can’t be the kind of result that the LPGA Tour was hoping for when it set up the event, which aimed to draw additional interest in women’s golf by putting national pride at stake among audiences around the world. The LPGA was presumably looking for a final round showdown between the United States and South Korea, the two nations which currently dominate the tour. But the hopes of that are fading fast unless Stacy Lewis and company can pull out a miracle.

On eve of new 2014 MacBook Pro release date, old MBP still packs punch


The new 2014 MacBook Pro release date is several week or a few months away, depending on how one reads the tea leaves surrounding the recent slew of price cuts from third party retailers and the progress on Intel’s upcoming new Broadwell microprocessor. But there are always going to be those who end up buying an existing MacBook Pro on the eve of the new model, for various reasons ranging from ignorance to bargain hunting to necessity. And in this case, “that guy” who just bought an old MBP ahead of the new MBP release date is me.

In my case I’m about to hit the road for a few months, and I didn’t want to be dragging my three year old MacBook Pro along with me. It’s gotten a bit too slow to keep up with my needs, I don’t want to put any more money into it, and its expired AppleCare warranty means that it’s a liability if it dies while it’s still in my possession. It’s been the best laptop I’ve ever owned, but it was time for a change. And I just couldn’t wait any longer for the new 2014 MacBook Pro release date to arrive, because not only did I not want to travel with my old one, I didn’t want to try to be setting up a new one from the road. So I swallowed hard, found the best discount I could, and bought a 2013 MacBook Pro knowing that the 2014 MacBook Pro will arrive before the proverbial paint is dry on mine. As it’s turned out, I couldn’t be happier.

My “new” fifteen inch MacBook Pro is so much faster than my old one that if I were to quantity the difference, it would be in whole number multiples. That’s largely because I opted for a solid state internal drive instead of a hard drive. My previous MBP had a hybrid drive, which was faster than a regular hard drive but nowhere near as fast as a solid state drive. I thought long and hard about putting a solid state drive into my old MacBook Pro and trying to get another year out of it, but I knew that doing so would merely speed up the data accessing speed, and not speed up other components like processing speed or bus speed.

This new MBP is half as thick as my old one, feels like it weighs less than half as much, and offers far longer battery life. It offers very little in terms of perceptual “newness” as it looks more or less exactly like a sleeker version of my old one. Apple really is past due when it comes to changing up the styling and look of its MacBook Pro line, but if that’s the biggest complaint I can come up with, Apple must be doing something right.

The catch comes later this year when Apple rolls out the new 2014 MacBook Pro, and I spend a day or two moping about how mine is no longer the current model, asking myself if I should have simply waited. My educated guess is that the release date of the new model comes somewhere between September and November, depending on Intel’s Broadwell progress. In the long run I’m not sure if I made the right call, but I would generally advise readers to wait for the release date of the new model unless they’re in an unusual situation like I was. The cool part: even though my old MBP was three years old, I was able to sell it for about half of what I paid for it, confirming once again the long term value play when it comes to Apple products in comparison to its competitors.

Dave Matthews Band tour 2014 dates offer dual live set: concert review


Dave Matthews Band found a way to shake things up live in concert yet again on Friday night, this time by playing things a bit more conventional than usual. The band has long been known for live shows which defy convention, shunning most of their biggest hits on any given night in favor of jamming out on extended versions of various deep album cuts, with no two setlists much resembling each other from one night to the next. And that unusual approach became even more unique when the band announced that it would serve as its own opening act for its summer tour, playing an hour of acoustic songs before returning for its main plugged-in set. And when DMB first took the stage, there was no clear indication of how the night might go.

The opening set was as stripped down as a seven-instrument band can be, complete with Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds on acoustic guitar and Stefan Lessard switching off between acoustic bass and upright bass. The first song was out of left field, a cut from Matthews’ lone solo album of a decade ago, and an oddity for the full band to be opening with. But it was well suited to the format, and predictably dissolved into a slow-burn jam session. Then came the bigger surprise: the second tune of the evening opened with the familiar snare hit of Ants Marching, one of the band’s earliest hit songs. There were other unconventional choices for the set, including a nicely polished cover of Paul Simon’s Slip Sliding Away. But before the hour was up the band had performed its two biggest radio hits, What Would You Say and Crash Into Me. Suddenly the band known for not bothering to play its hit songs with regularity was now playing them in rapid succession, but doing so in an acoustic format which made them feel fresh.

Perhaps feeling that the opening hit parade was enough to scratch that particular itch, the main electric set saw Dave Matthews Band wander deeper into its own library. From ballads like The Stone, to up tempo numbers like Belly Belly Nice, to jam sessions disguised as songs like #41, to peculiar tunes like Raven and Gaucho, the setlist managed to touch on nearly every studio album the band has released. But rather than feeling like a nostalgia tour, some of the songs served to show off the evolution which the band’s live act has undergone over the years. Tim Reynolds (who has been performing with the band on and off for more than two decades but still doesn’t appear to be an official member) handled the bulk of the soloing on his electric guitar on #41, whereas in past years that might have been handled on keyboard by the departed Butch Taylor, or on flute and saxophone by the late LeRoi Moore. Six years after his death, the band has recovered admirably from the loss of one of its founding members, partly because they lucked into getting Jeff Coffin from the Flecktones, and partly due to the sheer musicianship of the surviving members.

For all the improvising, jamming, and outright musical wandering that Dave Matthews Band ventures into during its concerts, nothing about Friday night’s show felt disorganized or out of place. Those who were seeing Dave Matthews Band for the first time may have been shocked to hear cover songs like the 1959 ballad Long Black Veil or Peter Gabriel’s Sledgehammer, but devoted fans are aware that those are two of the band’s favorite live cover tunes. The band has always seemed comfortable performing the former, but on this evening managed to confidently nail the latter after a few years of trying. The appearance of the “Lovely Ladies” – three backing vocalists who used to tour with the band regularly a decade ago – late in the set was perhaps the most surprising moment of the evening. But even that wasn’t about venturing into new territory as it was about taking something older from the band’s history and making it new again in a new way.

When it was all said and done Friday night, Dave Matthews Band had performed three hours of live music, played more of its hit songs than usual, and walked fans through a highlight reel of what it’s always done best live. When a band hasn’t released a new record in a few years and isn’t yet working on its next one, and there is therefore nothing specific to promote, live shows are always a wildcard. For a band that never seems to be willing to do anything in a normal way to begin with, they’ve managed to shake things up by being more conventional than their audiences are accustomed to.

LPGA leaderboard: winner, results Marathon Classic golf tournament


The LPGA leaderboard had four golfers within one stroke of the lead today heading into Round 4 of the Marathon Classic golf tournament in Sylvania, Ohio with fifty-seven players are under par four the tournament in total, making for a low scoring and competitive weekend so far despite the fact that the biggest names on the LPGA Tour are mostly absent from the leaderboard. In the end it was teenager Lydia Ko who pulled out the victory after having been two strokes behind earlier in the day.

Lydia Ko was the winner, but here are the rest of the results: Ko narrowly managed to avoid having to go to a playoff when So Yeon Ryu missed a potential tying putt on the final hole, leaving her alone in second place on the LPGA leaderboard for the weekend at fourteen under, one shot back. Cristie Kerr had been tied for the lead at one point but ultimately finished three shots back at minus twelve. Three players finished four shots back at minus eleven: Kelly Tan, Katherine Kirk, and Lee-Anne Pace. Mo Martin, who came out of nowhere to win the Women’s British Open, finished five shots back at ten under for the tournament.

Stacy Lewis, the world’s number one ranked golfer heading into the tournament, finished nine shots back at six-under. Michelle Wie, who won the Women’s U.S. Open earlier this summer, shot plus-eight in the first two rounds and missed the cut. While the tournament has failed to live up to the billing of the Stacy Lewis vs Michelle Wie matchup that promoters were hoping for, it still nonetheless produced some competitive golf.