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The Latest: Li (-8) takes 3-stroke lead on 2nd day of PGA

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first_imgHaotong started the day at minus-3 and birdied the first two holes. He gained another stroke on the fifth hole and then had back-to-back birdies on Nos. 9 and 10 before parring his way through the rest of the round. ___Li Haotong is the first player to reach 8 under par at the PGA Championship.The sun already was forcing its way through the marine layer Friday morning, with calm conditions at Harding Park. Li, the 25-year-old from China, opened with two birdies and then made a 15-foot birdie at the fifth hole. He added back-to-back birdies on Nos. 9 and 10. He shot 67 on Thursday.Of the 11 players who shot 66 or better in the opening round, Brendon Todd is the only one who plays in the morning. He had a 65 and was tied with Jason Day for the 18-hole lead. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditSAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Li Haotong has taken a three-stroke lead into the clubhouse at the PGA Championship.Li shot a 5 under par 65 on Friday in the second round at Harding Park in San Francisco. When the 25-year-old from Shanghai finished up, he was three strokes ahead of four golfers. Among them were first-round leader Jason Day, who had yet to tee off for his second round.Also in that group was Tommy Fleetwood, who was 5 under for the day. Associated Press DeChambeau snapped his driver — which he nicknamed the Kraken — during Thursday’s opening round at TPC Harding Park. He replaced the shaft and finished his round without further incident.On Friday, DeChambeau lipped out on short putts on back-to-back holes on the front nine. After missing a 10-foot birdie putt on No. 11, he tapped in for par. He missed a 15-footer for par on the 12th hole and then tapped in for a bogey that dropped him to even par on the day.DeChambeau picked up a stroke when he birdied the 13th and was 3 under for the tournament through five holes on Friday.___More AP golf: apnews.com/tag/apf-Golf Friday also is cut day at the first major of the year. Among those in need of a low score to make it to the weekend are Phil Mickelson and Jordan Spieth.Li hasn’t had a top 10 in any of the eight tournaments he has played around the world this year. He also is coming off a disastrous Presidents Cup debut in which he played only the minimum matches.Li is sponsored by WeChat, the Chinese social media company that President Donald Trump has threatened to ban in the United States. ___In the first round, it was his driver. On Friday, it was Bryson DeChambeau’s putter that gave him fits. August 7, 2020 The Latest: Li (-8) takes 3-stroke lead on 2nd day of PGAlast_img read more

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Possession-based formation changes put stress on Syracuse’s outside midfielders

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first_img Published on October 2, 2018 at 10:13 pm Contact David: ddschnei@syr.edu With just over seven minutes remaining in the second overtime period on Sept. 13, Syracuse and Kent State were knotted at one. After Victoria Hill’s ball upfield was intercepted near the halfway line, only four SU players were behind the ball. According to the Orange’s 4-5-1 formation when defending, there should have been nine — all four defenders and five midfielders.Kent State’s Maddie Holmes gathered the ball in the center of the field and found Vital Kats at the top of SU’s penalty area, who slid it to Isabelle Mihail. Mihail fired a first-time strike that clattered the underside of the crossbar and into the net, ending the game and giving the Golden Flashes a 2-1 victory. Kate Donovan and Molly Nethercott, the right midfielder and right back, were responsible for marking Mihail, but neither was close enough to apply any pressure.Mihail’s game-winner exposed that Syracuse’s (3-9, 0-4 Atlantic Coast) most effective formation leaves the Orange completely vulnerable when it breaks down.When the Orange are on the attack, its wingers push up the field to make a 4-3-3 formation. When it loses the ball, the wingers must track back and mark the opposing wingers, creating a 4-5-1 formation. In the 103rd minute against Kent State, SU failed to keep that shape, costing it the game.“I think you can see when it breaks down, and we’ve conceded because of it,” freshman midfielder Meghan Root said. “It’s really important to quickly transition back into (the 4-5-1) after we lose the ball.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe effectiveness of the two formations relies almost entirely on the outside midfielders. When SU gains possession of the ball, the left and right midfielders must get wide and up the field, acting as a second and third forward. But when the ball is lost, they have to dart back and mark the opposing outside midfielders. In order to play the position, you have to be ready to run, midfielder Sydney Brackett said.“There’s no time to rest,” Brackett said.While SU has looked unsteady when transitioning from offense to defense at times, it also has success employing the two formations.The Orange succeeded in keeping its shape against Louisville on Sep. 23, Root said. Despite losing 1-0, SU held the Cardinals, who averages 2.5 goals per game this season, scoreless until they broke through with 9 seconds left in the game. In his post-game speech, SU head coach Phil Wheddon praised Syracuse for always having bodies behind the ball, Root said.In a 1-0 win at Northeastern on Sept. 2, the Orange’s defense held the Huskies scoreless despite surrendering 15 shots — six on target. SU’s defensive shape was compact and consistent throughout the game, Brackett said.“We just parked the bus in the bottom of the circle (outside the penalty area),” Brackett said of SU’s victory over Northeastern. “We had our four defenders and our five midfielders communicating and staying on their marks.”To execute the two formations successfully, you have to have the right personnel, Wheddon said. Players must be fit enough to run for 90 minutes. They must be intelligent enough to know when to be attack-minded or conservative. They must communicate and not get caught in transition.“We looked at the players that we had and said, ‘What system makes the most sense for these players?’” Wheddon said. “We decided on this. It’s a well-known tactic.”While the system may be the best option for the Orange, Wheddon said, players consistently drew back to the Louisville and Northeastern games as the only examples of 90-minute performances. For now, Wheddon and Syracuse’s players are comfortable using the scheme and have belief it will lead to results, he said.“For us right now, playing with five in the midfield and transitioning into a 4-3-3 seems to make the most sense,” Wheddon said. Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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