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By Bernie McGuire

DUBAI (Reuters) – Tiger Woods will discover just how far his game has slipped when he joins Lee Westwood and Martin Kaymer in a mouth-watering matching of golf’s top-ranked three players in the Dubai Desert Classic starting Thursday. Woods was overtaken by Briton Westwood at the end of last year and then the mercurial 26-year-old German Kaymer, the U.S. PGA champion, in January at the summit of golf’s world rankings. The American’s swing as well as his private life fell apart last year following allegations of multiple infidelities which cost him his marriage and a chunk of the 2010 season. Dubai marks Woods’ second tournament of the year and his suspect technique will be right back under the microscope after he finished 44th last week in the Farmers Insurance Open after closing rounds of 74 and 75. Westwood, for one, cannot wait for the chance to go head to head against a man who had dominated the sport virtually unchallenged since the late 1990s until his fall from grace last year, picking up 14 Majors along the way. Woods has won the Desert Classic twice, in 2006 and 2008. It is the first time in 17 years that the world’s top three ranked golfers have competed in a regular European Tour tournament. ‘FANTASTIC DRAW’ “It’s a fantastic draw for the tournament and for the people watching,” Westwood told reporters Tuesday as he looked forward to Thursday’s midday three-ball. “That’s what people like to see. Certainly at other events where you draw the three main champions together — in the PGA Championship — that’s always exciting.” Mohamed Juma Buamain, vice-chairman and CEO of Golf in Dubai, said ticket sales were up 30 percent compared to last year when Woods elected not to compete in Dubai following the turmoil that overtook his private life. Westwood leapfrogged past the 35-year-old American to World No. 1 last October and it is the first occasion that he has since played in the same event as Kaymer and Woods, let alone the same three-ball. “Having a player like Tiger who has dominated the World rankings over the last 15 years and also the No 1 and No 2, and playing in the same three-ball is great for the European Tour,” said Westwood. The Briton himself is not exactly in the best of fettle having missed his first halfway cut in over a year last week in the Qatar Masters.]]]]> ]]>

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Warren Central Vikings ranked No. 4 by Mississippi Gridiron and MaxPreps

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The Warren Central Vikings take the field. (photo by Ced Tllman)

The Warren Central High School Vikings football team is now ranked No. 4 in the state by Mississippi Gridiron and MaxPreps.

The Vikings have a 7-0 record after an off week last Friday. Two of the wins were forfeitures due to COVID-19 cancellations. They have already surpassed last season’s 6-6 record and they continue to improve each week under head coach Josh Morgan.

Not only are the Vikings ranked high in the state of Mississippi, but they are also ranked No.2 in class 6A right behind Oak Grove, ranked No. 1 in both 6A and the state by Mississippi Gridiron.

The last time the Vikings were on the field two weeks ago, they defeated Madison Central 8-0. WC will be back at home this week as they will be playing against Clinton High School in another district game.

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Vicksburg natives Butler and Harris shined in the NFL Sunday

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Tennessee Titan Malcolm Butler and Indianapolis Colt Demichael Harris (Butler photo by Chipermc - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=83245134; Harris photo via social media, used with permission)

Vicksburg natives Malcolm Butler and DeMichael Harris had impressive games Sunday for their NFL teams, leading to victories for both.

Butler, who is a former VHS standout, led the Tennessee Titans in tackles yesterday as they finished with a 42-36 overtime win over the Houston Texans. He finished with a total of eight tackles, the most for the team.

Harris, who is a former St. Aloysius player, got his chance to get on the field for the first time in the NFL when the Indianapolis Colts defeated the Cincinnati Bengals in a close 31-27 win. He finished the game with three catches and 29 yards in his first game as a player on the active roster.

In less than a month, both Harris and Butler will play each other when the Titans and the Colts are scheduled to meet Nov. 12.

 

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Williams, Riggs, Jefferson lead their teams in touchdowns Friday

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Three Warren County athletes led their teams in touchdowns on Friday night in district games.

Vicksburg High School freshman running back Alex Jefferson led the Gators in touchdowns in their last game against Ridgeland High School. He finished the night with 2 rushing touchdowns in the 49-32 loss.

St. Aloysius running back Brennan Williams led the Flashes in touchdowns in their big 43-28 win over Washington School. He had 3 touchdowns on Friday, including a 75-yard kick return in the opening of the second half.

Porter’s Chapel Academy quarterback Jace Riggs scored the most touchdowns for the Eagles on Friday in their 48-13 loss to Glenbrook. Riggs had a passing touchdown along with a 3-yard touchdown run.

Warren Central had an off week so there were no recorded stats for the Vikings last week.

 

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