English planning system under threat

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The Masters 2016: Willett Savours Homecoming

first_imgWillett hopes Sunday’s win at Augusta, where he took advantage of a back-nine meltdown by defending champion Jordan Speith to land his first major title, will signal the start of more success.“It’s about the quiet self-belief that I’ve gone about my business,” said Willett, who has leapt from a ranking in the 100s to world No 9 in a year and a half.“I’ve done all the preparation and I’ve worked hard over the last 15 years to try and get in that situation.“You work hard, you never quite believe it’s going to happen – all the practice and all the hours that you put in, you dedicate yourself to what you’re doing, they just pay off.”Reflecting on what has changed in the past 18 months, Willett said he had been able to put a few years of injury behind him and was finally playing the level of golf he was capable of.“A lot of it was injury – I think I got my card in 2008, I’ve been on the tour for a long time now,” he said. “I had a couple of good years when I first started, then I had a couple of torrid years with injuries.“It took a long time to get back from that. You need the six months break and then you need to rebuild everything, do all the rehab work for your body and then obviously do the rehab work for your golf swing and try to improve it.“That’s what set me back and then over the last three years I’d say it’s been a nice progression slowly up there, more so the last 12 to 18 months, it’s been a real upward shift.”It doesn’t look like ending there. Willett’s victory at Augusta has made him a certainty for the Ryder Cup in September, while his place on the Great Britain team for the Olympics is almost assured.All players within the top 15 of the Olympic rankings on July 11 will be eligible, although no more than four players can come from any one country.“That’ll really finish this year – just awesome – going from little man [his son] to the green jacket, to then obviously playing for Europe in the Ryder Cup, it really will be a dream,” he said.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Danny Willett is enjoying being home with his wife and baby while reflecting on a meteoric 18 months that have taken him to the top of the game.The first Englishman to win the Masters in 20 years is back in Sheffield soaking up the adulation with his wife Nicole and their baby son Zachariah, who was born just two weeks ago.last_img read more

Colin Kaepernick to Browns? Hue Jackson claims he wanted it to happen in 2017

first_imgSince becoming a free agent in 2017, Kaepernick has not received a workout from any NFL team. But if Jackson had it his way, he would have brought the QB in that year.”I wanted him,” Jackson said, via the News-Herald. “It just didn’t work out. Obviously, those things do have to work from a finance, draft, whatever all that is. And that wasn’t my decision.”MORE: Team considering Kap projected to lose ‘20% of season ticket holders’ (Getty Images) Former Browns coach Hue Jackson claims he wanted to sign Colin Kaepernick when the quarterback became a free agent in 2017.Speaking with Tony Rizzo and Aaron Goldhammer on “The Really Big Show” last week, Jackson said he wanted the Browns to sign Kaepernick, but claims the final decision was out of his hands. Kaepernick started his protest in 2016 and opted out of his contract ahead of the 2017 season after the 49ers informed him they planned to cut him. Hue Jackson https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/d3/c3/hue-jackson-123117-getty-ftrjpg_19s0k0vl7bxo613cf6357x7u4r.jpg?t=-1369031264&w=500&quality=80Jackson went on to say he also wanted Kaepernick back when he was a rookie, and the coach was on the Raiders.”I’ve known Colin. When I was with the Raiders, we were going to draft him when I was there,” Jackson said. “So, obviously he’d been a really good player in the league. He had tremendous success. He is a guy who has stood for something. I think everybody is seeing exactly where he was coming from. I always thought Colin deserved an opportunity in this league, but he has to want to play. If he really wanted to play, I think he would have a chance again.”Jackson’s comments are interesting when you consider what he said at the time. When asked about Kaepernick in March of 2017, Jackson said the Browns hadn’t discussed the quarterback despite his own recent claims that he wanted to sign him. “We haven’t really discussed Colin,” Jackson said in 2017. “There’s other players at this point that we’ve had a lot of conversations about to see if we can put them on our team. Not saying it won’t come up later on. You have to exhaust everything. But at this point he hasn’t come up.”He also said in August of 2017 he didn’t want to see any players on his team join the protests during the national anthem saying, “I would hope that we don’t have those issues.”As for the Browns, they obviously did not sign Kaepernick ahead of the 2017 season and famously went 0-16 that year. Cleveland played DeShone Kizer, Kevin Hogan and Cody Kessler in games throughout the season at quarterback instead.last_img read more

Chelsea ready to hijack Tottenham’s interest in Bologna starlet with £11m swoop

first_img Amadou Diawara 1 Chelsea are preparing to hijack Tottenham’s pursuit of Bologna midfielder Amadou Diawara.The 18-year-old’s performances in Serie A have attracted attention from clubs across Europe, with Spurs leading the chase to secure his signature.But now, according to Tutto Mercato, Chelsea are readying a £11m bid for the teenager, who has a contract with the Italians until 2020.The Blues are on the lookout for a midfield powerhouse to provide competition for Nemanja Matic and may soon be short in that area if John Obi Mikel leaves in January.Tottenham remain keen on Diawara but were planning to increase their interest next summer rather than in the January transfer window.And that may allow Chelsea to sneak in and persuade Bologna accept their bid for the young Guinea midfielder.last_img read more