Fourth seed Alexander Zverev had his bid for a maiden grand slam title come to a crushing end on Wednesday when Borna Coric rallied for a 6-3, 5-7, 6-7(1,) 6-7(4) victory in the second round of the U.S. Open.The two 20-year-olds may be part of tennis’s next generation but the German and Croat have gone toe-to-toe on court since they were youngsters.The clash was not even the first time the two have met at Flushing Meadows with Coric beating Zverev in the U.S. Open junior boys semi-finals on the way to winning the title in 2013.As professionals Zverev and Coric have met once, where the Croat came out on top with a three-set victory in the opening round at Cincinnati in 2015.Despite crossing paths over the years Zverev insisted that the two players do not have a history — yet.”We played two times (as professional), so…I don’t know, is that a history?” said Zverev. “I think Rafa (Nadal) and Roger (Federer) have a history. Or Novak (Djokovic) and those guys have a history.”I don’t think we have a history.”If they do not have history Zverev and Coric most certainly have a burgeoning rivalry.”It’s that NextGen thing, you know, what ATP is promoting,” said Coric. “I don’t see it as a big rivalry.”I think we all have our paths, our careers. We need to go in our way.”Zverev, winner of five titles this season including a warmup tournament in Montreal where he defeated Roger Federer in the final, looked poised to settle the score when he grabbed the opening set.advertisementReuters PhotoBut the 61st-ranked Coric battled back to win three close sets, the last two in tie-breaks, to leave the German swinging his racquet in frustration.”It’s upsetting. The way I played was upsetting,” said Zverev. “The tournament so far is upsetting for me.”Zverev’s frustration was grounded in the fact he missed an opportunity to go deep onto the tournament with Andy Murray out with injury and world number one Nadal and five-time U.S. Open champion Federer both in the top half of the draw.”I know that I could have done some big things here. I know that I could have done something that I haven’t done before,” Zverev said.”I was the highest-ranked player in the bottom half of the draw after Andy retired.”The draw is pretty open in the bottom part. I felt like I should have been the favored there.”I just played a very, very bad match, so it’s unfortunate. But that’s how it is.”
South Australia’s best Touch Football talent will take to the fields at City Touch on Friday night for round one of the 2013/14 TFSA League. The 10 round competition will be played until early next year before finals take place in February. Five teams will take part in the Men’s and Women’s divisions – Defence Health Eagles, South West Wolves, Eastern Stingrays, Northern Vipers and Central Scorpions, with four teams – the Scorpions, Wolves, Vipers and Stingrays – to play in the Mixed division. The Eastern Stingrays will be hopefully of claiming back-to-back TFSA League Regional Champions titles after winning the Men’s and Women’s Open titles in the 2012/13 season. The Stingrays defeated the Scorpions in both the Men’s and Women’s divisions, while the Scorpions were one touchdown winners over the Vipers. To keep up-to-date with all of the latest news from the 2013/14 TFSA League, please visit the TFSA website and social media pages: www.touchsa.com.au www.facebook.com/touchfootballsa www.twitter.com/touchfootballsa Instagram – search for ‘Touch Football South Australia’ Related Links2013/14 TFSA League
Liverpool goalkeeper coach Achterberg leaves door open for Lonergan stayby Paul Vegas12 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool goalkeeper coach John Achterberg has lifted the lid on signing Andy Lonergan.A goalkeeping shortage ahead of a tour of the United States brought Lonergan, a long-serving goalkeeper of the second tier, on board, literally, with the Premier League title hopefuls as they jetted across the Atlantic.Lonergan’s professionalism was understood to have impressed Reds officials, who handed him a short-term contract to keep him on.”Lonergan has come in to do this job because of the injury [to Alisson],” Achterberg told the Liverpool Echo. “He has done a good job and he works really hard every day. That is a good step for us this year. We will have to look at the end of the season to decide what we will do.”But just how has a soon-to-be 36-year-old journeyman of the lower leagues ended up signing for a team who collected 97 Premier League points the season previous?Achterberg adds: “We had, at that time, agents dropping names and then actually someone came to Michael Edwards (sporting director) with his name.”We were not thinking about signing another goalkeeper but we were short because Kamil Grabara went to Huddersfield and then I think Ali was on holiday and Caoimhin Kelleher broke his wrist, so we were really short.”Then, Andy had said to the club he would come in on non-contract terms and train to stay fit and that was a winning situation for us and him. Then he worked hard, got fit and he was waiting for something to happen somewhere, he had a few shouts to move and that didn’t come off so he stayed training with us.”Then Ali got injured and Simon Mignolet was leaving quickly, it was all done in a week so we were really short. Then we were looking at what was available as the [transfer] deadline had gone and Andy had done really well.”He played some games and had done well. If we were bringing in someone who hadn’t trained with us, then they would have to get up to speed really well. Andy had been training with us and was up to speed. So it made sense to keep him on and he has helped us. He is a good guy and he has fitted in well.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Urban Meyer.It’s not something football related.Pete Thamel of Sports Illustrated wrote this feature on the state of Urban Meyer’s Ohio State football program, published today.The story talks about Meyer’s mindset heading into the season, why he likes that Michigan and Jim Harbaugh have been all over the news (and his team hasn’t) and more.The thing the 52-year-old three-time national champion is most-excited about, though, is something away from the gridiron. It’s family related.Meyer’s oldest daughter, Nicki, and her husband, Corey (a graduate assistant for Ohio State) announced earlier this summer that they’re expecting their first child in December.From SI.com:The biggest smile on Meyer’s face Monday—even bigger than when he found out Ohio State got commitments from two top receivers for the 2017 class—came when he was asked about becoming a grandfather. His daughter, Nicki, and her husband, Buckeyes staff member Corey Dennis, are expecting their first child in December. “Mama’s feet haven’t touched the ground now,” Meyer said of his wife, Shelley. “She’s out of her mind excited.”By the baby’s birth, it’ll be clear if the hushed optimism around the Buckeyes translates into loud results like in 2014. Imagine the grin on Grandpa Meyer’s face in December if the uneventful off-season translates into a quiet juggernaut on the field. At first glance, the talent is certainly there for that scenario to unfold.Nicki and Corey posted this on Instagram earlier this summer, announcing the news.You can bet on that kid being into football.Ohio State opens its 2016 season on Sept. 3 against Bowling Green at Ohio Stadium.
TORONTO – North American markets largely pushed higher Friday after a choppy session, capping off a tumultuous period that has seen Canada’s main stock index drop more than five per cent since last week and eight per cent from its all-time high.In Toronto, the S&P/TSX composite index was down 31.08 points or 0.21 per cent to 15,034.53, after losing nearly 280 points and gaining more than 45 points throughout the day.On the commodity-heavy TSX, defensive buys into the health-care and utilities sectors helped offset losses in the influential energy and materials sectors.In New York, stocks staged a late rally, with the Dow Jones industrial average finishing the session up 330.44 points or 1.38 per cent to 24,190.90 — after briefly sinking as low as 500 points.Meanwhile, the S&P 500 index was up 38.55 points or 1.49 per cent to 2,619.55, and the Nasdaq composite index was up 97.33 points or 1.44 per cent to 6,874.49.Both the Dow and S&P 500 lost more than five per cent for the week, as the Dow recorded 1,000-point drops on Monday and Thursday.The late rally across U.S. equity markets Friday could bode well for the next opening of markets on Monday.How stocks trade in the 30 minutes leading up to the close of markets — often called the most important half hour of the day — “typically sets the tone for the next trading session,” said Ian Scott, an equity analyst at Manulife Asset Management.Still, the defensiveness that stock markets have seen this week likely means that investors aren’t ready to fully embrace buying into the unusually large dips seen recently, as they have in the past. “It may keep drifting for a while,” Scott said.Financial analysts regard corrections as normal events but say the abrupt stock market rout that began last Friday might have been triggered by a combination of events that rattled investors. Those include worries about a potential rise in U.S. inflation or interest rates and budget disputes in Washington.Statistics Canada’s weaker-than-expected jobs report released Friday, in which jobs fell by 88,000 in January to give the labour market its steepest one-month drop in nine years, is also likely adding additional downward pressure on the TSX.“There’s going to be questions about whether that’s tied in the minimum wage increases we’ve had in Ontario,” Scott said. “The Canadian index is probably likely to take longer to rebound than the U.S. indices will, just given that the risk that NAFTA is going to be abolished seems to be increasing with time rather than decreasing.”In currency markets, the Canadian dollar closed at an average trading value of 79.31 cents US, down 0.15 of a U.S. cent — continuing a sharp drop that has seen the loonie rocked by global equity volatility.The Canadian dollar tends to move on several types of data — particularly commodity prices, which also saw their fortunes reversed this week by the heightened levels of volatility in the market place.When oil prices fall, the loonie typically follows suit, especially against the greenback as oil prices are denominated in U.S. dollars. The March crude contract was down US$1.95 to US$59.20 per barrel on Friday.Elsewhere in commodities, the March natural gas contract was down 11 cents to US$2.58 per mmBTU. The April gold contract was down US$3.30 to US$1,315.70 an ounce and the March copper contract was down five cents to US$3.03 a pound.
VICTORIA – Victoria, B.C. has landed the top spot on Christie’s global list of hottest luxury housing markets.The real estate arm of the famed auction company says strong year-over-year sales growth and high domestic demand for housing catapulted the Vancouver Island community to lead a list of cities around the world on the annual list.Trailing Victoria on last year’s list are San Diego and Orange County, Calif., followed by Washington D.C. and Paris.Christie’s says the Victoria market earned such a high ranking because it is seeing an influx of buyers from the United States and China and sales rates that rival frenzied and neighbouring markets Toronto and Vancouver.It says the average time it took to sell a luxury property in Victoria last year was only 32 days, down from 41 days in 2016, making it one of the most fast-paced markets in the world.Christie’s also listed Toronto in the ninth spot on its list of most luxurious global cities for prime property and Muskoka, Ont. in the second position for its rankings of the hottest secondary home markets.
“We suspect it is the wind that is causing the outage in connection with trees,” said Gammer.When its too windy branches connect with powerlines and even trees may have fallen oven or are resting on lines, suspects Gammer.To stay up to date with the progress of restoration Gammer directs customers to visit the BC Hydro website under ‘Power Outage’ then continue to either the ‘View List’ by clicking; HERE. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – With large sections of the city and surrounding areas without power BC Hydro shares, they are working to restore power.Bob Gammer, Community Relations for BC Hydro, says there is no estimated time of restoration of service at this time, yet crews are on the scene starting to do their work, have been assigned or are on route.BC Hydro crews are looking for all signs of trouble, likely trees on lines and looking for those types of faults they need to clear off before they can restore power, shared Gammer.
New Delhi: A Delhi court on Monday reserved its order on issuing summons to Congress Lok Sabha member Shashi Tharoor in a defamation complaint filed by the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Rajeev Babbar. Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Samar Vishal said that he will deliver the order, on whether to summon Tharoor or not, on April 22. The court was hearing a criminal defamation complaint against Tharoor for his comment that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is “a scorpion seated on a Shiv-ling”. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ Babbar has filed the complaint alleging that Tharoor made the statement with mala fide intention, which not only denigrates the Hindu deity but is also defamatory. Babbar requested the court to initiate proceeding against Tharoor under Section 499/500 (defamation) of the Indian Penal Code. Speaking at the Bangalore Literature Festival on October 28, 2018, Tharoor had said: “Modi is like a scorpion sitting on a Shiv-ling. You cannot remove him with your hand and you cannot hit it with a ‘chappal’ (slipper) either.” Babbar said he was hurt by the comment as it is not only baseless, but also misleading and defamatory. He also told the court that he considers Modi an inspiration, and has the highest regards for the Prime Minister.
Mumbai: The key Indian equity indices opened on a negative note on Monday. At 9.33 a.m, the Nifty50 on the National Stock Exchange traded at 11,256.55, lower by 22.35 points or 0.20 per cent from the previous close of 11,278.90 points. The BSE Sensex traded at 37,454.25, lower by 8.74 or 0.02 per cent, from the previous close of 37,462.99 points. It opened at 37,491.30 and has so far touched an intra-day high of 37,505.66 and a low of 37,319 points.
Carla Suarez Navarro must feel a little embarrassed right now. In the U.S. Open quarterfinals match, she lost against No. 1 seed Serena Williams 6-0, 6-0.Williams has been looking great so far at this year’s Open. If she can get two more wins she’ll be queen of the tournament again, her fifth title at the event and 17th major championship overall.Tuesday night, Williams left 18th seed Suarez Navarro of Spain scoreless. Williams won 53 of 71 points and dominated throughout the match. The first set only took 19 minutes and the rest of the match’s pace was set from there on.Williams will play China’s Li Na in Friday’s semifinals.