Typically only insomniacs turn on the television to watch golf at 4 a.m. in a desperate effort to go back to sleep.
On Thursday, golf junkies were actually waking up intentionally to do just that.
The start of ESPN’s live 11-hour coverage of the first round of the British Open at Royal Liverpool just happened to coincide with the major championship return of Tiger Woods. And the man who moves golf’s needle the way The Beatles once did rewarded the diehards with an encouraging performance.
Two men told police they were robbed at gunpoint after stopping with a flat tire early Wednesday.
Rooney Dupuy, 27, of Texas, and Antwaun Fambro, 28, of Arkansas told police they were driving on Morgan Road around 1:30 a.m. to get to Gate 1 of Fort Gordon on Gordon Highway when they had a flat tire. The men had previously attempted to enter the base’s Tobacco Road entrance after returning from downtown but found it closed.
HRABOVE, Ukraine — A Malaysia Airlines passenger plane carrying 295 people was shot down over war-torn eastern Ukraine on Thursday, Ukrainian officials said, and both the government and the pro-Russia separatists fighting in the region denied any responsibility for downing the aircraft.
As plumes of black smoke rose up near a rebel-held village of Hrabove, an Associated Press journalist counted at least 22 bodies at the wreckage site 40 kilometers (25 miles) from the Russian border.
South Carolina has been picked as the favorite to win the 2014 Southeastern Conference Eastern Division title, according to the media attending the annual SEC Media Days in Birmingham.
The Gamecocks received 1,895 points to outdistance Georgia (1,777) for the top spot in the East. Florida (1,362) and Missouri (1,263) were picked third and fourth respectively, while Tennessee (893), Vanderbilt (619) and Kentucky (395) round out the Eastern Division.
Two incoming members of the Fort Gordon command staff accepted the sword of responsibility Thursday from retiring Command Sgt. Maj. Ron Pflieger.
Pflieger, who will officially retire from the Army in January after 32 years of service, relinquished his duties of the U.S. Army Cyber Center of Excellence and Fort Gordon during a Change of Responsibilities ceremony at the post’s Barton Field. His retirement ceremony followed.
HOYLAKE, England — Tiger Woods is back at the majors.
Seems like he was never away.
After a shaky start to the British Open, Woods ripped through Royal Liverpool on Thursday much as he did eight years ago when he won the claret jug for the third time. A 30-foot birdie from the fringe of the 11th green got him going. Four more birdies in the next five holes carried Woods to a 3-under 69, leaving him just three shots behind Rory McIlroy.