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2:13 pm. Rings Final Standings

1. Eleftherios Petrounias, Greece, 15.000
2. Nikita Simonov, Azerbaijan, 14.900
3. Adem Asil, Türkiye, 14.900
4. Artur Avetisyan, Armenia, 14.800
– Vinzenz Höck, Austria, 14.800
6. Courtney Tulloch, Great Britain, 14.700
7. Salvatore Maresca, Italy, 14.566
8. Ibrahim Cola, Türkiye, 14.500

2:10 pm. Eleftherios Petrounias GRE SR: Planche to inverted planche with a pushup to maltese, excellent. Saltos to iron cross, palms open, solid. Inverted hang with a swing up to maltese, back giant to handstand, pretty excellent, front giant to planche down to iron cross, front giant to handstand, tiniest adjustment, but SO minor, double double with the tiniest bounce. Well, THAT will be golden! And it is! 15.000 (6.3, 8.700)

2:08 pm. Ibrahim Colak TUR SR: Maltese, swings up to planche, out to iron cross, saltos to maltese, little adjustment, through to iron cross with his signature grin, front giant to handstand, pretty solid, back giant is a bit weaker with some shaking and swinging, piked double front with a small hop. 14.500 (5.9, 8.600)

2:05 pm. Vinzenz Höck AUT SR: Wasn’t typing for this routine but it was hit from what I saw! 14.800 (6.1, 8.700)

2:01 pm. Salvatore Maresca ITA SR: Maltese, front giant to inverted cross, doesn’t QUITE make the handstand super clean, saltos to maltese, opens to iron cross, excellent handstand before the dismount, holds it for 20 years, full-twisting double layout, hips are a little closed and he lands a bit short. 14.566 (6.2, 8.366)

1:59 pm. Little pause for part two of warmups!

1:56 pm. Nikita Simonov AZE SR: Rolls up through to planche at the start, down to inverted hang then out to maltese, front handstand to inverted cross, saltos through to maltese, planche to iron cross, his control looks really nice overall, inverted pike to front giant to handstand, clean hold, full-twisting double layout with a GREAT landing. This was excellent. 14.900 (6.2, 8.700)

1:53 pm. Adem Asil TUR SR: Maltese, inverted cross is a tiny bit shaky, to saltos into a maltese, planche, slight adjustment, down to iron cross, front giant to handstand, another slight adjustment, double double dismount, chest down but otherwise landed well, small hop. 14.900 (6.3, 8.600)

1:50 pm. Artur Avetisyan ARM SR: Inverted cross with minor sway in his back, clean down to maltese, saltos to handstand, front giant through to maltese out to iron cross, planche, back giant to handstand, a little arched, full-twisting double layout with a tiny hop. 14.800 (6.1, 8.700)

1:47 pm. Courtney Tulloch GBR SR: Planche through to maltese, inverted hang out to maltese, saltos to handstand, iron cross, good handstand work, clean full-twisting double layout, landing looked stuck! 14.700 (6.0, 8.700)

1:43 pm. Athletes have marched out for rings! Warmups now and then we should be underway shortly.

1:30 pm. Medals time for pommels! Will be back for rings soon, 15 minutes or so?

1:24 pm. Pommel Horse Final Standings

1. Rhys McClenaghan, Ireland, 15.300
2. Loran de Munck, Netherlands, 14.933
3. Marios Georgiou, Cyprus, 14.800
4. Matteo Giubellini, Switzerland, 14.600
5. Filip Ude, Croatia, 14.533
6. Levan Skhiladze, Georgia, 14.233
7. Oleg Verniaiev, Ukraine, 14.200
8. Ilia Liubimov, Israel, 13.133
9. Gagik Khachikyan, Armenia, 12.466

1:21 pm. Filip Ude CRO PH: I forgot there were nine in this final and almost missed this omg. Russian elements looked pretty solid, and the rest was hit, just had a big muscle up into the dismount! 14.533 (5.8, 8.733)

1:18 pm. Rhys McClenaghan IRL PH: Huge scissor to handstand to start, so clean, this is what form looks like tbh, Russians on the handle, to circles on the other handle, Russians between the handles, good form on basically everything throughout, travels without issue, starts to lose hip and leg form slightly in the Russians at the end of the horse but brings it back cleanly into the dismount. 15.300 (6.5, 8.800)

1:15 pm. Levan Skhiladze GEO PH: Scissor work was fine, nice height in his circles throughout, Russians also with good clearance, travels without issue, gets a little floppy near the end and really has to force himself into the dismount, but good fight and a hit! 14.233 (5.8, 8.433)

1:12 pm. Loran de Munck NED PH: Scissors to handstand, clean and controlled, nice one-arm swing, tiny bit of closed hips at one point but for the most part he seems to have the tightest form in the field so far, slight form break in his legs while circling, clean transition to the Russians, could point his toes but overall very nice stuff. Excellent up into the dismount. Great routine and moves to first! 14.933 (6.5, 8.433)

1:08 pm. Gagik Khachikyan ARM PH: Clean scissor work through to circles, goes a bit too aggressive on the one-arm swing and it looks like he gets higher than he meant, completely loses his leg form and comes off. NOOOOO. Also loses leg form on the Russians on the handle. Gets a little more confident as he moves through but then loses it, minor leg and hip form throughout and then some MAJOR leg form near the end but stays on throughout. Hit the dismount. Rough set. 12.466 (6.1, 6.366)

1:05 pm. Warmups for the second half! Let me pay attention to them so I don’t miss the first competitor again.

1:03 pm. Marios Georgiou CYP PH: Okay all-around champion!! Still cannot believe that. Scissors to handstand down to scissors into circles on the handles, clean work, hip and foot form gets a little loose as he moves further into things, and his legs were pretty close to the horse going into the Busnari but he gets it up and kills it, the rest is good, he’s very happy with that. 14.800 (6.2, 8.600)

12:58 pm. Ilia Liubimov ISR PH: Clean scissor work, one-arm swing, hip form could be cleaner but that aside his form is pretty decent, just had a break in his rhythm at the end that caused him to come off, nothing dramatic, just like, not fully on his game with his hand placement from the looks of it. Back on basically for the dismount. 13.133 (5.8, 7.333)

12:55 pm. Oleg Verniaiev UKR PH: Good handstand into the scissor work, some slight leg form coming down and then his hips are a little closed in his subsequent circle work. Russians look pretty solid. Right at the end he had a moment where it looked like he almost didn’t clear the handles on one of his circles and while pushing up to compensate his legs came apart and he came off. Back on just for Russians and then the dismount sequence. Bummer, that could’ve been huge. 14.200 (6.7, 7.500)

12:54 pm. Matteo Giubellini SUI PH: I somehow missed this entire routine? Watching without sound so need to pay better attention lol, truly thought it was still warmups. Just saw the replay and had some leg form going into the dismount but otherwise looked really smooth! 14.600 (6.1, 8.500)

12:51 pm. Warmups are underway for pommel horse!

12:37 pm. Medal ceremony for floor now! Will be back soon for pommels.

12:31 pm. Floor Exercise Final Standings

1. Luke Whitehouse, Great Britain, 14.866
2. Artem Dolgopyat, Israel, 14.833
3. Krisztofer Meszaros, Hungary, 14.600
4. Unai Baigorri, Spain, 14.233
5. Léo Saladino, France, 14.066
6. Jake Jarman, Great Britain, 13.966
7. Nicolau Mir, Spain, 13.666
8. Jim Zona, France, 12.933

12:29 pm. Luke Whitehouse GBR FX: Triple back! Little bounce. Think either a back 2.5 or front double full to double front, little bounce forward. Piked double front, big hop forward. Stuck the side pass. Double double, maybe a bit low but mostly good on the landing. Hit the next pass, I AGAIN missed the entry, and then a triple full with a step and a wobble. Mostly great stuff. And he goes into first!!! 14.866 (6.5, 8.366)

12:25 pm. Jake Jarman GBR FX: Double double layout is massive but goes a bit too hard on it and the landing isn’t GREAT, big step back OOB. Hit the next pass into a front layout, I keep missing the beginnings!!! Double double with a hop back. Hit the triple down the side with a hop back. Front full to randi, then finishes with a 3.5 with a hop forward. Scrappy form and landings throughout, he can do it better, but still a hit. 13.966 (6.3, 8.066, -0.4)

12:21 pm. Nicolau Mir ESP FX: HUUUUUUGE double double, bounce on the landing but that was massive, has he done a triple double? He could. Next pass was combined twists that he came out of a bit short and had to step back on. Arabian double front half-out for the third with a hop IIRC. Double full down the side, I am HATING them switching camera angles mid pass! 2.5 to front layout, solid, and then finishes with a triple full, some ankle form in the air but gets the landing. 13.666 (5.5, 8.266, -0.1)

12:17 pm. Artem Dolgopyat ISR FX: Double double layout, good landing, chest maybe a bit forward. Front full to piked double front, good. 2.5 to double front I think? We had a weird camera angle, he took a step forward out of it. OOB maybe. I didn’t see the next pass but he did a front layout out of it and hit. Double double was great in the air and on the landing. Arabian double front half, great landing. He’s jazzed. 14.833 (6.4, 8.533)

12:15 pm. Break for the second half of warmups now!

12:12 pm. Léo Saladino FRA FX: Triple double, tiny bounce on the landing. Front full to double front, a bit cowboyed and has to force the landing but holds it up. Double double, chest down and a small bounce. Double full down the side, a little deep there. 2.5 to front layout, small hop back. Triple full, another little bounce, a bit scrappy in this routine overall but good fight! 14.066 (5.9, 8.166)

12:08 pm. Unai Baigorri ESP FX: Randi down the side to start, little bounce. 2.5 to front layout to front full, some leg form but overall a solid pass, hop at the end. 1.5 to front double full, lots of air. Triple full down the side, casual. Good flair work. Set into the double double was kinda low but he got the landing. 14.233 (5.8, 8.433)

12:04 pm. Jim Zona FRA FX: I didn’t see his first pass but he hit! Looked like something simple into a front layout but wasn’t paying attention. Double front for the second pass was a little deep. Back layout down the side. 1.5 to front full. 2.5 is a bit deep with a lunge forward. Not a ton of D here but he got through it. 12.933 (5.1, 7.833)

12:01 pm. Krisztofer Meszaros HUN FX: Front full to piked double front, solid landing and clean in the air. 2.5 to double front, little bobble on that landing but overall fine. I missed the entry for the third pass, looked like a full-in or something but I might be 100% incorrect. 1.5 to front double full, some leg form on the randi after, and then a triple full with a hop back. 14.600 (6.3, 8.300)


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Title: 2024 European Championships | Senior MAG Event Finals Day 1 Live Blog
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Tiger Woods missed the PGA Championship cut but his legacy played on

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Tiger Woods has always played to win. Since turning professional in 1996, he has won 82 tournaments, including 15 major championships. Perhaps, more astonishing than the victories and majors is the 142-event made cut streak that lasted over a seven-year period from 1998 to 2005, when he was the most dominant golfer that the game has ever seen.

Woods never said he was the greatest. He didn’t need to. “There is no sense in going to a tournament if you don’t believe that you can win it,” he once said.

Yet, coming into the PGA Championship at the Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Kentucky, Woods was circumspect about his chances of hoisting his fifth Wanamaker Trophy. Asked about the state of his game, he admitted that he was rusty and that the barrage of injuries had taken a toll on his body. “I can still hit shots,” he said on Tuesday. “It’s getting around is more of the difficulty that I face day-to-day and the recovery of pushing myself either in practice or in competition days.”

When the tournament began on Thursday, Woods, who was making his 23rd appearance in the PGA Championship, performed like the part-time player that he has become over the last several years. On his way to a 1-over par 72, the 48-year-old World Golf Hall of Famer hit a smattering of good shots but hardly kept pace in a first round that saw a record 64 players shoot under par scores.

“It’s just the competitive flow,” he said after the round. “It took me probably three holes to get back into competitive flow again and get a feel for hitting the ball out there in competition, adrenaline, temperatures, green speeds. These are all things that normally I adjust to very quickly, and it just took me a few holes to get into it.”

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Tiger Woods holds the Wanamaker Trophy after winning the 82nd PGA Championship on Aug. 20, 2000, at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Kentucky.

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By Friday afternoon, the tournament had been temporarily upstaged by the early morning arrest of Scottie Scheffler, the game’s No. 1 ranked player, for allegedly disobeying a police officer’s order at the entrance to the Valhalla Golf Club. Looking invincible like the Woods of old, Scheffler settled down after the shock of being handcuffed and hauled off to jail to shoot a 5-under par 66 to go into the weekend with a chance to win his second major of the year after taking the Masters last month. As Scheffler went off to answer questions about spending time in a Louisville holding cell, Woods was starting his round and would need a good one to avoid missing just his 15th cut in 93 major appearances.

Starting his second round two shots off the projected cut of 1 under par, Woods went seven over par in his first four holes to guarantee that he would miss the cut. It’s hard to imagine a worst scenario for a player already battling competitive rust and old age in a game dominated by much younger players. Here he was looking ahead to the next tournament, the next opportunity to show that he could still play at next month’s U.S. Open at Pinehurst, but stuck for five hours on a golf course where he had solidified his legend 24 years earlier in an epic duel with Bob May at the 2000 PGA Championship.

Back then when Woods was in the morning of his career, he turned the Jack Nicklaus-designed Valhalla Golf Club into a theater with a two-act play and May as his benevolent antagonist. In the final round in 2000, they matched each other shot for shot, creating a drama unprecedented in televised golf history. Then in the three-hole aggregate playoff, Woods survived to win by one stroke. That victory at Valhalla was the third leg of the Tiger Slam, which climaxed when Woods won the 2001 Masters.

But these are different times in the game of golf. In 2000, the PGA Tour was in the beginning of a period of monumental growth as an outsized talent with a mixed racial heritage was transforming what had long been identified as a country club sport played mostly by white people. To many, Woods was the game and the PGA Tour was his home. Now, no longer the masterful player capable of holding your attention for hours on Sunday with his feats of excellence, Woods has become a senior statesman in the game and a defender of what he has helped to build in the sport over the last 30 years.

As the biggest name on both the PGA Tour Policy Board and the PGA Tour Enterprises Board, Woods has become one of the most powerful figures in negotiations between the PGA Tour and Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF), which funds LIV Golf. During what is turning out to be a slow and painful exit from competitive golf, Woods is helping to set the direction of the future of the game.

At Valhalla, he took on his new role.

“We’re trying to make the PGA TOUR the best it can be day-in and day-out,” he said Tuesday. “That’s one of the reasons why we have arguments and we have disagreements, but we want to do what’s best for everyone in golf and the TOUR.”

About the PGA Tour’s negotiations with LIV Golf, he said, “we’re making steps and it may not be giant steps, but we’re making steps.”

Easily missing the cut at the PGA Championship after a six-over par 77 on Friday, Woods didn’t take any steps toward reclaiming a place at the top of the pecking order of the best players. At Valhalla, he still commanded the biggest galleries like he did when he won there 24 years ago. Back then, he was looked upon by many as the savior of the game, who gave an inspiring and life-changing sermon on Sunday afternoons with his golf clubs.

That seemingly ubiquitous presence on Sundays is waning, but his star still shines brightly over these players still playing on the weekend on a stage he set for them.


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Title: Tiger Woods missed the PGA Championship cut but his legacy played on
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Three Olympic All-Around Champions Headline U.S. Classic Field

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Simone Biles

Gymnastics fans are in for a massive treat at the U.S. Classic this weekend in Hartford, where the three most recent Olympic all-around champions – Gabby Douglas (London 2012), Simone Biles (Rio 2016), and Sunisa Lee (Tokyo 2020) – will headline a field of 50 senior athletes that also includes Olympic and world medalists Skye Blakely, Jade Carey, Jordan Chiles, Kayla DiCello, Shilese Jones, Joscelyn Roberson, Leanne Wong, and Lexi Zeiss.

The U.S. Classic acts as the final chance to earn a spot at the U.S. national championships, but with nearly all of the athletes we’ll see here already qualified, this year’s competition will be more of a practice round for the more important meets in the lead-up to the Olympic Games, with both nationals and trials coming up over the next month.

With this in mind, I’d expect many of the top competitors to show up not fully prepared, but ready to tackle some of the routines they’re hoping will make them contenders for the team next month, but I also wouldn’t be surprised to see a few of them show up looking to make a statement with their readiness and ability to stun this early on. This tactic doesn’t always work, as we sometimes see the U.S. Classic winners not even make the major international teams they’re after, but the Olympic year is always a little different, and I think we’ll be in for a few big all-around treats this year as well.

My expectations will remain on the low side, however, as the U.S. Classic is typically where we also see the most uncharacteristic mistakes as athletes are often shaking off the dust and trying to fight through early season nerves while also sometimes attempting new skills that don’t always go as planned. But again, while this competition could work in favor for some of the athletes on the bubble of potentially being named to the Olympic team, a weak performance here will not count anyone out.

For the few who do need to qualify to nationals, senior gymnasts must earn a 51.000 all-around score, a 39.000 three-event score, or a 26.400 two-event score, while juniors must earn a 49.500 all-around score.

The U.S. Classic and the associated Hopes Championships will be held at the XL Center in Hartford, Connecticut, beginning on May 17 with with the Hopes Championships and the junior women’s competition, and concluding on May 18 with two sessions of senior competition. Complete streaming details are available thanks to USA Gymnastics, and a full list of competitors is below.

Simone Biles
Skye Blakely
Ly Bui
Jade Carey
Dulcy Caylor
Jordan Chiles
Chloe Cho
Norah Christian
Nicole Desmond
Kayla DiCello
Amelia Disidore
Gabby Douglas
Tatum Drusch
Reese Esponda
Addison Fatta
Kieryn Finnell
Jayla Hang
Cambry Haynes
Jazmyn Jimenez*
Madray Johnson
Shilese Jones
Katelyn Jong
Sunisa Lee
Myli Lew
Kaliya Lincoln
Eveylynn Lowe
Nola Matthews
Konnor McClain
Tayor McMahon*
Annalisa Milton
Malea Milton
Zoey Molomo
Marissa Neal
Jazlene Pickens*
Brooke Pierson
Hezly Rivera
Joscelyn Roberson
Simone Rose
Lacie Saltzmann*
Audrey Snyder*
Izzy Stassi*
Ashlee Sullivan
Tiana Sumanasekera
Trinity Thomas
Brynn Torry
Sabrina Visconti*
CaMarah Williams
Leanne Wong
Kelise Woolford*
Lexi Zeiss

*Not yet qualified to nationals

Harlow Buddendeck*
Charleigh Bullock
Lavi Crain
Ally Damelio
Celia Frith-Carvalho*
Sadie Goldberg*
Greta Krob*
Jaysha McClendon
Caroline Moreau
Claire Pease
Lila Richardson*
Alessia Rosa*
Kylie Smith
Maliha Tressel
Tyler Turner
Trinity Wood*

* Not yet qualified to nationals

HOPES 13-14
Iyla Adkins
Ashley Andrews
Elisabeth Antone
Tiraia Ballard
Brooke Bazan
Addison Blosser
Lyla Brewer
Emmy Cunningham
Eva Doherty
Mavie Fitzgerald
Alessandra Gaines
Blake Green
Leah Higgis
Isla Lazzari
Anslee McCauley
Annabel Melnyk
Amia Pugh-Banks
Quinlyn Rollins
Simone Seed
Ansley Stevens
Sage Stiggers
Finley Young
HOPES 11-12
Giana Carroll
Laynie Cotton
Alden Dante
Elsie Flores
Gillian Haddad
Avery Haines
Charlotte Henk
Hadassah Kahlig
Sapphire Martin
Amariah Moore
Jazzy Saravia
Mattie Mae Young

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Title: Three Olympic All-Around Champions Headline U.S. Classic Field
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Century Scrambling to Fill Second 24H Spa Entry

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Century Motorsport has been left scrambling to find a replacement driver lineup for a second Bronze Cup entry for the CrowdStrike 24 Hours of Spa after the original driver combination fell through, according to team principal Nathan Freke.

In addition to its full-season Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe powered by AWS Endurance Cup effort for Darren Leung, Toby Sowery and reigning Formula E world champion Jake Dennis, Freke revealed to Sportscar365 that the team successfully managed to acquire a second entry for the Belgian endurance classic.

A four-man lineup, set to compete in Bronze Cup, had been in place as part of a deal agreed in December, only for plans to fall through at late notice.

“Basically, we pulled all sorts of strings to get an entry because it was full,” Freke said.

“At the last minute they basically bailed out because one of the drivers has got some business issues and they’ve sort of forfeited the entry.

“But the entry’s been paid and it’s in. So, just the fact we pulled so many strings to try and get an entry, it just seems a shame to forgo it, really.”

Freke stated that the team is pushing “full throttle” to ensure a two-car presence at Spa, with the aim of putting together another lineup eligible of competing in Bronze Cup.

Century is set to make its first outing in the 24H Spa, having won the British GT Championship with Leung and Dan Harper last year.

Former racer turned team principal Freke described Century’s participation in the event as “the next logical thing” after it has been a consistent presence in British GT since it debuted in 2009.

It ran Ginetta machinery in GT4 for the first number of years. After a first venture into GT3 with the British brand in 2017, it switched to running BMW a year later.

“It’s been on our to-do list for quite some time now,” Freke said about the 24H Spa.

“We obviously had a very successful last year. We did the GT World Challenge with Darren [Leung], and it just seemed like the time is right.

“We need to make that step, and we did Dubai at the start of the year. Obviously finished first in Pro-Am and third overall and it’s just the next logical thing for us to do.

“And I guess because I put some pressure on SRO to get the entry, A, I don’t want to lose face, and B, I don’t want to squander the opportunity because next time you do the same thing, it’s not going to swing your way probably, because you’ve already called your favours in, if you like.”

Although Century is debuting in the 24H Spa this year, Freke says the team will be banking on its experience in the Hankook 24H Dubai.

“We’ve done Dubai since 2016. We’ve run two cars regularly there, albeit not GT3s. We actually ran three cars in Dubai [this year] with two GT3s and a GT4.

“So structural-wise and logistics-wise, it’s something we’re not unused to. Yes, it’s a big undertaking, and yes, Spa is a more prestigious race, but ultimately, a 24-hour race is a 24-hour race.

“The objective is to keep the car reliable, keep the mechanicals running well, obviously keep the drivers out of any incidents and just do a tidy job on the rest of it.

“So from a team point of view, I think we’re more than ready for it.”


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Title: Century Scrambling to Fill Second 24H Spa Entry
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