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Djokovic, Federer in blockbuster final

first_imgNEW YORK (AP): The blockbuster US Open final between No. 1 Novak Djokovic and No. 2 Roger Federer today is tantalising for so many reasons. They have built a long and riveting rivalry, with a combined 26 major trophies – a record 17 for Federer, nine for Djokovic. It will be the fourth Federer vs Djokovic meeting in a Grand Slam final, with Federer winning at the 2007 US Open and Djokovic winning at Wimbledon each of the past two years. And it is their 42nd head-to-head match overall, with Federer barely ahead, 21-20. “It’s just a straight shootout,” Federer said, “and I think that’s the cool thing about our rivalry. It’s very athletic.” He explained that he doesn’t feel as if either of them needs to adjust style or tactics too much for their matches, and that, in many ways, they know how to deal with the other’s strengths and styles. “We can both handle … whatever we present to one another,” Federer said. “It’s very even.” At the moment, Djokovic is the best baseliner around, contorting his body this way and that, going from defence to offence in a blink, and maybe the best returner around, too. While so much attention was paid to Serena Williams’ oh-so-close bid to complete the Grand Slam, Djokovic has gone 26-1 at majors in 2015, with titles at the Australian Open and Wimbledon and a runners-up finish at the French Open in between. Brilliant, attacking tennis Federer, 34, is playing a brilliant brand of attacking tennis and serving as well as ever, broken twice in 82 games this tournament. Both should be well rested for today, because both are coming off remarkably easy semi-final victories on Friday that each lasted only about 1 1/2 hours. Djokovic beat defending champion Marin Cilic 6-0, 6-1, 6-2 in the most lopsided semi-final in New York in the Open era. Federer eliminated two-time major champion Stan Wawrinka 6-4, 6-3, 6-1. Djokovic will be playing in his sixth final at the U.S. Open, but the only one he won came in 2011. Federer, a five-time U.S. Open champion, is into his first final at Flushing Meadows since 2009. Each of the following two years, he lost in the semi-finals to Djokovic, each time 7-5 in the fifth set, each time after Federer held two match points. Lately, it’s been Djokovic’s coach, Boris Becker, who has been quoted as criticising Federer, including voicing a distaste for the Swiss star’s latest manoeuvre. The “SABR” – it stands for “Sneak Attack by Roger” – is when Federer races forward on an opponent’s second serve and essentially half-volleys a return while heading to the net. “It’s an exciting shot for him. For the player (on the) opposite side of the net, not so much,” Djokovic said, noting he hasn’t considered trying it. “So I have nothing else to say about that.”last_img read more


January 20, 2020 0

Red Force wary ahead of Regional Super50 clash

first_imgPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, CMC – Trinidad and Tobago Red Force captain Jason Mohammed says the hosts are bracing for a strong challenge from a strengthened Barbados Pride unit but will be going all out to keep their unbeaten record intact, when the two teams meet in the sixth and final round of the Regional Super50 here today. Red Force have been virtually flawless in the tournament, winning four of their five matches – the other was a no-result – to sit comfortably on top of Group A with 22 points. Pride started weakly but with the return of their international players, stormed back into contention for a semi-final sport with two successive wins, and now lie second on 14 points. However, with Jamaica Scorpions only four points behind and clashing with minnows ICC Americas in their final game at the National Cricket Centre, Pride face a must-win scenario. “I think they have strengthened a lot in all the departments,” Mohammed said ahead of the day/night contest at Queen’s Park Oval. “I think they have a very good bowling attack and also they are very strong in their batting. I think we’re going to have to play a good all-round game to get the better of the Bajans and hopefully we can do it.” In their first meeting in the second round, Red Force disposed of Pride by nine wickets at Queen’s Park Oval, after bundling out the visitors for 161. Since then, West Indies Test captain Jason Holder has returned to lead the side, with fellow international players Kraigg Brathwaite, Shai Hope, Carlos Brathwaite, Shane Dowrich and Jomel Warrican, also picked for the final XI. “It is important for us to keep winning and keep our momentum up and we really want to go through at 100 per cent, and hopefully we can go through the tournament [with a] 100 per cent [record]. If we do that, we will come out with the trophy at the end.”last_img read more


January 20, 2020 0

Mercedes’ Hamilton secures pole position for Japanese GP

first_imgMercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain takes off his glove during qualifying for the Japanese Formula One Grand Prix at Suzuka Circuit in Suzuka, central Japan, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. (Kazuhiro Nogi/Pool Photo via APSUZUKA, Japan — Championship leader Lewis Hamilton secured pole position for the Japanese Grand Prix, leading a 1-2 finish for Mercedes drivers on Saturday.Hamilton posted a lap record time of 1 minute, 27.319 seconds to finish 0.332 ahead of Valtteri Bottas.ADVERTISEMENT Vettel was happy to be on the front row after starting the Malaysia GP from the back of the grid and working his way up to a fourth-place finish.“The car is quick and, as last weekend shows, if you start out of position you can still get back,” Vettel said.Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo was fourth fastest — and now starts third — just 0.026 clear of teammate Max Verstappen, who won last week’s Malaysia GP.Kimi Raikkonen was sixth but, like Bottas, will also drop five places on the grid after requiring a new gearbox.Esteban Ocon edged Force India teammate Sergio Perez to finish seventh, while Williams driver Felipe Massa and McLaren-Honda’s Fernando Alonso rounded out the top 10.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ View comments Pasaol ready for ‘unli rice’ after torching UST In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson DAY6 is for everybody It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:36Panelo now believes Esperon on Duterte inclusion on NPA ‘kill list’00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up LATEST STORIES Hamilton’s title rival, Sebastian Vettel, was third but the Ferrari driver will move up to second afterBottas’s penalty for an unscheduled gearbox change. Bottas drops to seventh.Hamilton struggled for pace in the previous race in Malaysia but that wasn’t the case in Saturday’squalifying.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“It’s been a really great day, every lap was fantastic, I never really got a great balance in the past so never did a great qualifying here,” Hamilton said.Hamilton smashed Michael Schumacher’s qualifying lap record, set during Q2 in 2006, by 1.365 seconds to take his 71st F1 pole and first in 10 attempts at this circuit. “It has been a great car in qualifying this year, and qualifying for me is the most enjoyable part of the weekend,” said Hamilton, who had previously secured pole at every current F1 circuit except Suzuka.“It’s incredible for me, 10 years or whatever it is and my first pole at Suzuka,” Hamilton said.With five races remaining, Hamilton leads Vettel by 34 points in the drivers’ championship.Hamilton has won twice before here at Suzuka, in 2014 and 2015, and was runner-up to former Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg in last year’s race. Hamilton also won the Japanese GP with McLaren in 2007 when it was held at the Fuji Speedway.A win in Suzuka would move Hamilton a step closer to a third F1 title in four years with Mercedes and his fourth overall.ADVERTISEMENT How to help the Taal evacuees Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scenelast_img read more


January 19, 2020 0

Pacquiao energized after camp

first_imgCarpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs LATEST STORIES Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Showdown up for SMC-MVP teams ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. With a raging bull of an opponent in the Argentine champ, Pacquiao still aims to score his first knockout win in almost nine years.The senator’s last KO win came on Nov. 14, 2009 when he pummeled Miguel Cotto to earn a 12th-round technical KO triumph.That masterpiece of a performance, held at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, capped Pacquiao’s string of fantastic stoppages of an A-list of opponents that included Brit Ricky Hatton (KO, second round), Oscar Dela Hoya (retired, eighth round) and David Diaz (TKO, ninth round).If Pacquiao is adamant in delaying Father Time, fans will expect no less than another KO win against the offensive-minded Matthysse.ADVERTISEMENT “He (Pacquiao) said that he was happy with the training,” Fernandez told philboxing.com in Filipino. “Most of us are Filipinos aside from Justin (Fortune, conditioning coach), the energy is back within the team.”But Pacquiao is not only expected to win his unprecedented 11th world title and the 60th fight in his storied 23-year career.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’What remains to be seen is how much of that energy Pacquiao has been regained since he will be coming into this fight after a year’s inactivity.Pacquiao’s last fight was on July 2 last year when he lost in upset fashion to Australian Jeff Horn in Brisbane. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Manny Pacquiao conquers highest peak in Maasim, Sarangani province. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/Winchell CamposA day before closing his training camp and flying to Malaysia, Manny Pacquiao declared that he’s happy with how preparations for his fight against Lucas Matthysse transpired.Childhood buddy Buboy Fernandez, who took over Freddie Roach as head trainer for the July 15 fight at Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur, reported that the energy is back in Team Pacquiao ahead of the WBA welterweight championship duel.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ MOST READlast_img read more


January 18, 2020 0

Cassava Market Boost for Farmers

first_imgThe cassava farmers of Liberia, under the National Cassava Sector Coordinating Committee (NCSCC), have been assured of two major cassava markets in the country. National Coordinator of the NCSCC, Mr. Joseph S. Morris, said in an interview that his organization is in discussions with the World Food Program (WFP) and Mary Meal for the inclusion of cassava value added products in the menu of their institutions for their respective school feeding programs. He said consensus has been built between the NCSCC and the two organizations to promote local produce. “The European Union has agreed to support the cassava data collection exercise in three counties, Montserrado, Margibi and Bong,” he said. Mr. Morris indicated that the information will facilitate the making of informed decisions for investment in the Liberia cassava industry. The data collection exercise will be jointly carried out by the NCSCC, the Ministry of Agriculture and the Liberia Institute for Geo-Information Services (LISGIS). The NCSCC Coordinator said the strategy that is being implemented by his organization is sponsored by the European Union (EU) through ZOA/ADRA to encourage the promotion and consumption of local cassava value added products on the Liberian market. “The NCSCC has successfully organized producers, processors and marketers for cassava value added products on the local market and provides training for these stake holders with the monthly technical working group meeting that is held every third Friday in the month at the Ministry of Agriculture in Gardnersville,” he said. The objective is to meet the economic development and poverty reduction goal of farmers in rural areas. “The cassava value added products are showcased in the Liberian Market Place adjacent the Ministry of Education on 3rd Street, Sinkor, where the public can visit to assess and taste new cassava value added products,” he said. Morris noted that the cassava value added market is supported by a team of Liberian cassava processors and caterers who use fresh cassava to process a variety of food items from cassava.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


January 14, 2020 0

City to host Aboriginal tourism forum

first_imgPaulette Flamond, executive director of the Northeast Aboriginal Business Centre says she sees several possible opportunities for cultural tourism in aboriginal communities.The Forum will provide business development training and discussions around marketing opportunities.For more information on the event, please contact the event’s co-ordinator, Jocelyn Schick at 250-793-0272 or Jocelyn@bizzbody.ca Fort St. John is about to receive a lesson on how tourism can relate to Aboriginal Culture.On Jan. 26 and 27, the Pomeroy Hotel & Conference Centre will host an Aboriginal Cultural Tourism Training Forum.- Advertisement -There will be internationally renowned speakers, local entertainers and provincial delegates all taking part in the forum.One of these speakers is New Zealander Te Taru White. Te Taru will be talking about his experience in dealing with his cultural tourism participation of the Maori people of New Zealand.The Forum is being put on by the Northeast Aboriginal Business Centre and Aboriginal Tourism B.C. The forum is expected to enhance B.C.’s tourism industry by supporting regional aboriginal groups and showcasing authentic First Nation and Metis experiences.The training workshop will showcase three themes which relate to businesses that focus on aboriginal cultural tourism. These themes include art and culture, authentic experience as well as nature and beauty.Advertisementlast_img read more


January 12, 2020 0

Leader picked for King Harbor work

first_imgREDONDO BEACH: San Pedro resident Gwen Parker will head up revitalization. By Kristin S. Agostoni STAFF WRITER A longtime Long Beach city official will move up the coast next month to oversee long-awaited revitalization efforts at King Harbor. Redondo Beach City Manager Bill Workman told an audience of harbor and pier leaseholders, boaters and community members Tuesday night he’d picked Gwen Parker to take over for retired harbor director Barry Kielsmeier, who also oversaw the city’s redevelopment and transit functions. The announcement at the Portofino Hotel & Yacht Club came at the start of a three-hour strategy session on how to draw more visitors and improve the infrastructure at 40-year-old King Harbor. Parker, who serves as contract management officer for Long Beach’s Parks, Recreation and Marine Department, accepted the offer just five minutes before the start of the joint City Council-Harbor Commission meeting, Workman said. The San Pedro woman has 17 years of experience in four Long Beach departments, including community development, public works and police. Parker will start Oct. 8 and earn $95,000 to $135,000 annually. “I spent the last few months looking for someone who had the capacity to lead,” Workman said. Leadership and action were common themes during Tuesday’s give-and-take exchange of ideas about reinvigorating the area with public and private funding. Some leaseholders continued to express frustration that King Harbor revitalization plans haven’t advanced much while other oceanfront communities evolve and compete for tourism dollars. A new setback could involve the sale of the 7-acre Redondo Beach Marina, where leaseholder Allan Mackenzie has talked of building a boutique hotel at the current site of the Seaside Lagoon saltwater pool. He would give up the southern tip of his leasehold so the city could build a new aquatics center and adjoining public boat ramp. City leaders didn’t mention Mackenzie’s decision to search for a buyer, and plans to replace or repair the lagoon and build a boat ramp are still being studied. But Mackenzie told the Daily Breeze last week his partnership was reconsidering amid lingering uncertainties over the city’s plans and a citizen-led slow-growth initiative. Too often when blueprints become controversial, “they’re thrown in the corner,” said Les Guthrie of Marina Cove, the city’s largest leaseholder. Guthrie urged the city to ask leaseholders what improvements they’d like to see and which ones they’d invest in. His son, Sean, presented a packet of designs for officials to consider for the area, including new public walkways, outdoor seating areas and an extension carrying The Strand and bike path past Hermosa Beach and into King Harbor. “You’ve got to realize that when you underdevelop this area, you’re asking the rest of the city to subsidize it,” Les Guthrie said. But that’s not to say the city and other leaseholders haven’t made strides. Last year, the Portofino embarked on a major overhaul of its aging hotel rooms and redesigned its boat docks. The city has hired a firm to recommend architectural design standards for the pier and adjoining International Boardwalk. Another consultant will suggest new directional signs for the area. The Catalina Avenue gateway to the harbor and pier is scheduled to get new landscaping, a misting abstract dolphin sculpture and a smoother road surface. Construction on the gateway project should start in January. kristin.agostoni@ hdailybreeze.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


January 3, 2020 0

COMMUNITY NOTICE: DUNKINEELY COMMUNITY LTD CONSIDERING SIX-WEEK COURSE IN UPCYCLING OR INTERIOR DESIGN

first_imgDunkineely Community News: Dunkineely Community Ltd is considering running 2 more courses in April/May after Easter.1) Basic First Aid – a full one day course or held over two days – details to follow. 2) A six week course in either Upcycling or a Follow On Interior Design course with Sile Kelly. (The most popular of these two would run).If you are interested in any of these, please contact the DCL office on 087 3421922 or 074 9737678. Courses will run subject to application for ETB part funding on the Community Education Support Programme. Cllr. Niamh Kennedy will be available for members of the community in DCL office, Dunkineely on Thursday evenings 5:30 – 7:30pm. Mobile: 087 2062336 Email: niamhkennedy@donegalcoco.ieA DEFIBRILLATOR – Is in Killaghtee School, it’s on the wall closest to the road. The following people are trained and key holders:Andrew Walker – 087 2276366Carol Duddy – 074 9737046Norman Henry – 087 9474350Phyllis Young – 087 1300499Clive Vance – 086 8276575 Georgina Armstrong – 087 3921384.There is also a key in the following places: Dunkineely Health Centre, Dunkineely Community Limited Office and Killaghtee School.Dunkineely in Bloom ran very successfully last year with two workshops and over 30 competition entries. If you’d like to make help make bigger and better this year please contact DCL on 074 9737678 or dunkineelycommunity@gmail.comBruckless Community Fellowship has a Family Film Night on Friday 8th March at 8pm showing ‘Heaven is for Real’. Free admission. Dunkineely Community Ltd (DCL) – Has a library of over 500 books from Children’s Literature, Teenage Fiction (The Fault in our stars), Classics (Jane Austen – Pride and Prejudice), Horror, Comedy, Booker-Prize etc. Rent a book from just 20c.Come into the office weekday mornings from 9:30am – 12:30pm and use the Internet (20c per half hour) or print or photocopy documents (20c per page).COMMUNITY NOTICE: DUNKINEELY COMMUNITY LTD CONSIDERING SIX-WEEK COURSE IN UPCYCLING OR INTERIOR DESIGN was last modified: February 23rd, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more


December 28, 2019 0

Jonsdottir Named To MVC Women’s Golf Scholar-Athlete Team

first_imgPrint Friendly Version Sigurlaug Jonsdottir, a junior on the Drake University women’s golf team, has been named to the MVC Women’s Golf Scholar-Athlete Honorable Mention team, the league office announced Thursday, May 2.The junior from Iceland has performed exceptionally, both on and off the course. Jonsdottir, who holds a 4.00-grade point average and is double majoring in math and computer science, received Scholar-Athlete Honorable Mention accolades for the second consecutive year. Jonsdottir finished in the top 20 in six of 10 events this season, including a tie for seventh at the Creighton Classic and the MVC Championship where she broke 80 in each of the three rounds to finish in a tie for 19th. In the first event of the year, Jonsdottir fired a 54-hole career-low 227 (80-73-74) at the Redbird Invitational to finish tied for 14th.The criteria for the MVC scholar-athlete team parallels the CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America) standards for academic Academic All-America® program. Nominees must have at least a 3.20 cumulative grade point average (4.0 scale), while the student-athletes must have reached sophomore athletic and academic standing at their institutions and must have participated in at least 50 percent of her team’s rounds or played at the MVC Championship.last_img read more


December 24, 2019 0

TENSION MOUNTS AMONG DONEGAL’S BRIGHTEST YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS

first_imgSome of the Donegal finalists in this year’s competition for Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur pictured with Danny McEleney of Donegal Local Enterprise Office and Gerry Moan at their training day in the Donegal Local Enterprise Office in Letterkenny.Tension is mounting among some of Donegal’s brightest young entrepreneurs, as the race towards the county final of Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur (IBYE) competition enters its closing stages.The local finals of the contest will take place on September 10th and there is €50,000 to be won in three different categories on the night.However before any of the short-listed finalists can get their hands on the cash, they first have to go through an intensive local mentoring and boot-camp programme.“This is the second year of the competition and we were delighted to see that entries were up this year,” Michael Tunney Head of Enterprise in Donegal Local Enterprise Office said. From those initial entries a total of 25 businesses progressed to the mentoring stages an experience Mr. Tunney said he believes will benefit them all greatly.“All of the finalists in last year’s local competition were so thrilled with the training and assistance they had received, that many said they felt like winners irrespective of who actually took the various titles.“It is a nice incentive for applicants to try and capture the investment prizes, but even if they don’t, taking part in the Business Bootcamps will help them fine tune their business plans, learn new enterprise skills and avail of the highest quality one to one mentoring and business coaching.”Well-known business trainer Gerry Moan is leading the Bootcamp this year, helping the local finalists work on fine-tuning their proposals ahead of the final. “To win you really need to be at the top of your game because there is a significant investment prize in each category and opportunities to progress as well to the regional finals.The Local Enterprise Office in Donegal has €50,000 to invest in three local businesses or start-ups – Best Idea (€10,000 investment prize), Best Start-Up (€20,000 investment prize) and Best Established Business (€20,000 investment prize),” Mr Tunney added.The local finalists will continue their boot-camp mentoring programme ahead of the county final that takes place in Letterkenny on September 10th.EndsCaption Some of the Donegal finalists in this year’s competition for Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur pictured with Danny McEleney of Donegal Local Enterprise Office and Gerry Moan at their training day in the Donegal Local Enterprise Office in Letterkenny.TENSION MOUNTS AMONG DONEGAL’S BRIGHTEST YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS was last modified: September 2nd, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more


December 22, 2019 0