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  • July 11, 2019
    RALEIGH, N.C. -- Raffi Torres stint in the Carolina Hurricanes training camp is over.The physical left winger was one of nine players dropped from the Hurricanes roster Thursday, a day before their final exhibition game against Washington.Carolina invited Torres to camp on a professional tryout, with general manager Ron Francis in August defending the decision as a low-risk move.Torres hasnt played a regular-season game in the NHL since 2013-14. He was suspended last October for 41 games -- the longest suspension in NHL history for a hit on another player -- and fined $440,000 for his illegal check on Anaheims Jakob Silfverberg during a preseason game.Torres didnt serve any penalty minutes in two preseason games this year.The moves leave the Hurricanes with a 32-man roster. TROON, Scotland -- Heres an updated weather forecast for the next four days at the 145th Open Championship: It might rain. It might not be the kind of light, fluffy rain that feels refreshing on a lazy afternoon, either. It might be hard, heavy droplets pounding down from the heavens that force everyone to run for cover. Or it might not even feel like its barreling down from the sky, instead swept up by the wind and forming the type of sideways rain that so often permeates this golf tournament. It might do this for an extended period of time every day. It might keep going, too, day and night, through the end of the weekend, until a rain-soaked, waterlogged champion is eventually awarded the Claret Jug.Or it might not.The reality is that predicting the weather here remains a bigger mystery than trying to extricate oneself from the Coffin Bunker. Its more inconsistent than a 20-handicappers putting stroke (and sometimes uglier). It might be nasty all morning then warm and sunny all afternoon. It might rain for five minutes, then turn to sun, then to wind. Wash, rinse, repeat. In perhaps the most quizzical scenario, it might be totally calm on the first tee and completely bonkers on the ninth green. At the same time.That was the case last year, when much of Saturdays round at the Old Course was suspended due to overly windy conditions on the far end of the course, while thousands of spectators spent the day reveling in sunshine and a light breeze throughout the town of St. Andrews. With all due respect to Bob Dylan, there were more questions than answers blowin in the wind.Royal Troon sports similar physical characteristics to St Andrews, in that the outward nine holes all face to the east, meaning players make the turn at the furthest part of the property from the clubhouse, then literally turn around and head inwardly west, into what is the prevailing wind.As for the official weather outlook, heres the beginning of the forecast for each of the four tournament days:Thursday: Fine and mainly dry with some sunshine throughout the day...(Well, that doesnt sound too bad.)Friday: Mostly cloudy with rain at times ...(A bit vague, but we can work with this.)Saturday: Details remain uncertain at present...(Hey, nothing like a little honesty.)Sunday: Like SSaturday, details remain uncertain.dddddddddddd.(OK, lets call it brutal honesty.)What we do know -- or at least, what we think we know -- is that this weeks weather wont be the worst in recent Open Championship memory.The worst Open weather Ive ever played in was 2002 at Muirfield, Colin Montgomerie said this week, echoing the sentiment of anyone else in that field. That was horrific.The third round that year was contested in pouring rain, heavy wind and chilled temperatures. The lasting image of that day was Tiger Woods, in the thick of his prime, posting his lone birdie on the 17th hole then dramatically raising his arms and taking a sarcastic bow on his way to shooting an 81.I regret scoring 74 on the second day, because that put me out late in the awful weather, Monty said with a smile. But that was the worst ever. I had lost circulation by the fifth hole. I had sent in for -- I was with Callaway -- you know these big, big mitts in July. Whats going on? It was crazy.For those who werent around 14 years ago, the tournament which provided the worst conditions that youll remember was a major, but not this one.Just three years ago, the second round of the PGA Championship at Oak Hill Country Club was plagued by a furious storm that never halted play.Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano refused to hit the tee shot on 18, because there was standing water on the teebox, let alone the greens, Jordan Spieth remembered. But they werent blowing the horn. We couldnt even see the fairway, it was raining so hard. But we played through it.Even Shane Lowry, from the not-so-warm-and-sunny country of Ireland, agreed with this assessment. I was one of the first groups out on Friday morning, and it was just brutal weather, he said. That was probably the worst rain and the worst wind I played.That might not happen this week. There might not be any sideways rain or enough wind to barely keep the flagsticks in the holes. We might not witness any world-class players shooting 81, then bowing sarcastically to the crowd. The weather might not be as ugly as possible.Then again, it might. Hey, its still early. And as they say, details remain uncertain. Cheap Jerseys China NFL Jerseys Cheap NBA Jerseys Wholesale NHL Jerseys Wholesale MLB Jerseys Cheap Soccer Jerseys China Wholesale NCAA Jerseys Wholesale Football Jerseys Wholesale Basketball Jerseys Wholesale Baseball Jerseys ' ' '