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BMW CHAMPIONSHIP at Crooked Stick Golf Club: Gardner Heidrick Pro-AM

 

CARMEL, INDIANA — Wednesday’s Gardner Heidrick Pro-Am golf tournament was suspended after 9 holes due to an hour and 43 minute rain delay.

Just before the noon hour, winds were blowing close to 50 mph around the area.

Tiger Woods and his morning grouping were on the 17th hole when play was officially suspended at 11:32 a.m.

All but two of the morning groupings played at least nine holes.

(courtesy of PGA Tour & FedEx)

The 26 groups that played during the afternoon were limited to just nine holes. The afternoon tee-off times were moved to a 1:15 p.m. start instead of the scheduled 12:30 p.m.

Woods and his group and four other groups tied for first place at 8-under4 par.

NOTES

* Crooked Stick Golf Course is located in the North Indianapolis suburb of Carmel.

* The course was built by Pete and Alice Dye, the famous golf course architects.

* The Golf course has hosted some big-time events: 1991 PGA Championship, 1993 U.S. Women’s Open, 2005 Solheim Cup and now the 2012 BMW Championship.

* Crooked Stick is a private club course. There is an initiation fee and then a monthly fee from then on out. There are around 230 members, and the waiting list is about six months. Non-members can play with members on designated guest days and during certain tournaments. There is also a guest fee.

* Famous members include: Pete Dye, Alice Dye, Peyton Manning, Dallas Clark and Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay.

 

Bengals lose to Baltimore; make AFC playoffs as sixth seed with Clements as key figure

 

Nate Clements Bengals in 2011 (photo by Jeffrey Beall via wikipedia commons)

Eventhough the Cincinnati Bengals lost their final game to the Baltimore Ravens, the team still will be amongst the top 6 in the AFC Playoffs next weekend as the sixth seed.

The Bengals received help on Sunday when the Jets, Raiders and Broncos all lost but they earned the wildcard spot in a head-to-head tiebreaker over the Tennessee Titans, the only other AFC team with that same record of 9-7. The Bengals beat the Titans at Tennessee in November, 24-17. That’s why every game in the NFL is important.

They’ll be traveling to Houston to play the 10-6 Texans who they lost two three weeks ago in the final seconds.

Bengals QB Andy Dalton, who is from the Houston area, is 3-0 in Reliant Stadium home of the Texans. He played there during his college career at TCU.

Cincinnati defied all the odds playing with a rookie QB and won 9 games even after trading away veteran signal-caller Carson Palmer to the Oakland Raiders.

One of the reasons the Bengals made the playoffs was the play of former Ohio State defensive back Nate Clements, who they signed in the off-season to release Johnathan Joseph who bolted for Houston after the team had a losing season in 2010.

The 32-year-old native of the Cleveland suburb of Shaker Heights, had never made the playoffs as his career has taken him to Buffalo and San Francisco after being drafted in the first round at #21 by the Bills in 2001.

Clements felt the Bengals, even being a young team had a chance at the playoffs and he was right.

The 2011 free agent signee who has been a standout player in the Cincinnati secondary this season, missed only one game with a hamstring injury he suffered in practice on December 1.

After sitting out the December 4 Pittsburgh game, he has been back at the Left cornerback spot the past three games against Houston, St. Louis and Arizona.

Clements was not fully healed for the December 11 game vs. the Texans, and he had just one tackle in very limited action. But returned to his big-play capabilities on December 18 at St. Louis, and also on December 24 vs. Arizona.

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Clements has made big plays all season:

* On October 16 against Indianapolis, he blocked a 52-yard FG attempt by Adam Vinatieri with 5;43 to play. Also in the opening quarter of the game, he forced a fumble by Colts TE Dallas Clark.

* On October 30 at Seattle, Clements stopped a two-point try by stripping the ball from WR Ben Obomanu in the end zone.

* On November 6 at Tennessee with under four minutes to play, and the Bengals up 21-17, Clements separated TE Jared Cook from the ball and recovered it at the Titans 20. From there, the Bengals scored a field goal for the final margin of 24-17.

* On November 27 vs. Cleveland, with the score 20-20, Clements ripped the ball away from WR Greg Little for an incompletion which would’ve given the Browns a first down. It forced the Browns to kick a 55-yard field goal which missed and the Bengals started their game-winning drive on their 45-yard line.

* On December 18 at St. Louis, Clements was responsible for making four, huge third down plays that caused the Rams to punt on three of them and kick a field goal on another.

* On December 24, against Arizona, his second-quarter interception against John Skelton set up the Bengals TD drive for a 17-0 lead.

With Right cornerback Leon Hall going down with an injury a few games ago, the free agent signing of Clements has been huge for Cincinnati’s defense.

 

 

Colts rally late for 17-13 win over Bengals in I-74 series

 

CINCINNATI, OHIO — The Indianapolis Colts and Cincinnati Bengals are linked together by an hour and a half drive or 110 miles on Interstate 74.

Preseason scheduling has made this a nice rivalry over the years, as the two teams have met 19 of the past 20 years in regular season tuneup game.

Though the two teams are not division rivals, but they are conference rivals.

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The Bengals had outplayed the Colts the entire game in all stat categories. But the Indianapolis third-string players outplayed the Bengals’ as quarterback Dan Orlovsky threw a 7-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Taj Smith with 1:08 to go in the game and the Colts won their first preseason game in two years.

Taj Smith (photo courtesy of Syracuse athletics)

Smith had been tough to stop all game catching 8 passes for 140 yards. He was the go-to receiver with starters Reggie Wayne, Dallas Clark, Pierre Garcon, Anthony Gonzalez and Austin Collie not playing.

With 38-year-old Kerry Collins at the helm, the Colts offense struggled.

The preseason game at Paul Brown Stadium only drew 39,797 fans which seats 65,000.

The Bengals had several bright spots. The defense played well for the second straight game; backup quarterback Bruce Gradkowski was at one point in the game 10-for-10, finished at 14 of 17 for 90 yards and backup running back Cedric Peerman, rushed for 57 yards on 14 carries.

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MEGASPORTSNEWS.COM GAME COVERAGE

Peyton Manning leads Colts back to the top of the AFC South with win

Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts got their inconsistent offense rolling Monday night with a 30-17 win over a team that beat them earlier in the season, the Houston Texans.

Manning threw for two touchdowns and Mike Hart ran for a career-high 84 yards, Jacob Tamme scored his first NFL touchdown. Manning was 26 of 45 for 268 yards.

Peyton Manning (file photo)

The 5-2 Colts have won three straight games have vaulted themselves into sole possession of first place in the AFC South Division for the first time in 2010. The defending American Football Conference champions evened the series with Houston (4-3) despite playing on offense without tight end Dallas Clark, wide receiver Austin Collie and running back Joseph Addai.

The Colts built a 17-3 halftime lead and held off the stubborn Texans who play everybody tough.

Texans talented quarterback Matt Schaub struggled for most of the game, finishing up 22 of 38 for 201 yards with one touchdown and one interception.

compiled from staff, Indianpolis Colts & NFL news