Federer joins Djokovic, Sharapova in 2nd round in Australia

first_imgRaymar Jose filled with mixed emotions as he faces old coach The five-time major winner recovered from an early break in the second set and closed out her 6-1, 6-4 victory over Tatjana Maria with an ace.“It’s been a couple of years since I’ve been back here — obviously I wanted to enjoy the moment,” the 2008 Australian Open champion said after blowing kisses to the crowd.Former No. 1-ranked Kerber, the 2016 Australian Open winner, continued her resurgent run with a 6-0, 6-4 victory over Anna-Lena Friedsam to extend her streak to 10 consecutive wins.“Something is going on with Australia and me,” said former No. 1-ranked Kerber, who the Sydney International last week for her first title since the 2016 U.S. Open.Djokovic tweaked his service motion while recovering from an injured right elbow, and used it to good effect in a 6-1, 6-2, 6-4 win over Donald Young.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Djokovic lost in the second round here last year, but won five of the previous six Australian Open titles.“Obviously I wanted to start with the right intensity, which I have,” Djokovic said. “I played perfect tennis, like I never stopped.”Wawrinka, who had six months out after surgery on his left knee, beat Ricardas Berankis 6-3, 6-4, 2-6, 7-6 (2).No. 4-ranked 4-Alexander Zverev, No. 5 Dominic Thiem, No. 7 David Goffin, No. 19 Tomas Berdych advanced, but No. 20 Roberto Bautista Agut lost to Fernando Verdasco and former Wimbledon finalist Milos Raonic lost to Lukas Lacko.No. 13 Sam Querrey restored some order for the U.S. men with a 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 win over Feliciano Lopez.Madison Keys reversed a trend, becoming the only one of the four American women who contested the U.S. Open semifinals four months ago to reach the second round in Australia.No. 17-seeded Keys, the U.S. Open runner-up, advanced with a 6-1, 7-5 win over Wang Qiang and will be one of four American women in the second round.Top-ranked Simona Halep had to save set points at 5-2 down in the first set, and badly twisted her left ankle early in the second, before beating teenage wild-card entry Destanee Aiava 7-6 (5), 6-1.Halep next plays 2014 Wimbledon finalist Eugenie Bouchard.“It’s always really cool to go up against the best in the world,” Bouchard said. “I want to … go out there and do some damage.” Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Carpio 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 awardcenter_img Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View comments Wimbledon champion Garbine Mugurza, No. 6 Karolina Pliskova, No. 8 Caroline Garcia, No. 9 Johanna Konta, No. 16 Elena Vesnina, No. 26 Agnieszka Radwanska, No. 28 Mirjana Lucic-Baroni and No. 29 Lucie Safarova advanced.Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova lost 6-3, 4-6, 10-8 to Andrea Petkovic.Sharapova was banned after testing positive for the drug meldonium when she was here in 2016, and finished last year ranked No. 60 following a return to Grand Slam tennis at the U.S. Open.Sharapova will next play No. 14-seeded Anastasija Sevastova, who beat her at last year’s U.S. Open.“I felt like I have got a lot of things out of the way physically and emotionally and mentally last year with — there was a lot of firsts again for me, playing the first tournament, first Grand Slam, and just different feelings and what it would be routinely,” Sharapova said. “But it felt pretty routine today.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Russia’s Maria Sharapova blows kisses to the crowd after she won over Germany’s Tatjana Maria during their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)MELBOURNE, Australia — Roger Federer picked up where he left off at the Australian Open on a day when Maria Sharapova and Novak Djokovic helped ensure there were all kinds of comebacks.Defending champion Federer beating Aljaz Bedene 6-3, 6-4, 6-3 in a night match, his first on Rod Laver Arena since clinching a career-reviving title here last year. The 19-time major winner has been met on court after wins here previously by tennis greats Laver, John McEnroe and Jim Courier.ADVERTISEMENT On Tuesday night, he got something different. Comedian Will Ferrell stepped out of the crowd and, slipping into character as Ron Burgundy from the movie Anchorman, conducted the post-match interview.As usual, the 36-year-old Federer stayed classy.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSix-time champion Djokovic and 2014 Australian Open winner Stan Wawrinka earlier made successful returns from injury layoffs with victories in their first matches since Wimbledon.Sharapova barely missed a beat in her first match in Melbourne since a failed doping test here in 2016 resulted in a 15-month ban from tennis. LATEST STORIES Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompsonlast_img read more

PBA D-League: Balanced Wangs-Letran clobbers AMA

first_imgOSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Michael Cañete held the fort for the Titans with 20 points and 11 rebounds, while Kris Porter chimed in 13 in the loss.The Scores:WANGS BASKETBALL-LETRAN 93 — Quinto 19, Batiller 15, Calvo 12, Fajarito 11, Mandreza 10, Trinidad 8, Publico 6, Vacaro 4, Balagasay 3, Ambohot 3, Muyang 2.AMA ONLINE EDUCATION 75 — Cañete 20, Porter 13, Escalambre 11, Casiño 10, Antonares 6, Manalang 6, Garcia 4, Ng 3, Parcero 2, Bragais 0, Carpio 0, Paras 0, Raflores 0, Salonga 0.Quarters: 16-13, 44-35, 67-52, 93-75.ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Edmund upsets No. 3 Dimitrov, new Brit in Aussie Open semis LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ Carpio 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 Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next JP Calvo added 12 points, eight rebounds, and two assists, Christian Fajarito tallied 11 markers and nine boards, and Alex Mandreza had 10 in the victory.Wangs coach Jeff Napa couldn’t be happier with how his retooled team performed in its conference-opener.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“I’m happy with the results, but I have to say that there’s still a lot of things we could work on as a unit,” he said.The Couriers slowly built a 12-point cushion, 38-26, in the second quarter before opening the floodgates and never looking back, leading by as much as 21 points numerous times in the fourth frame. View comments PBA IMAGESWangs Basketball-Letran gave a glimpse of what the future holds for the Knights in the NCAA as it easily dispatched AMA Online Education, 93-75, for its first win in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup Tuesday at Pasig Sports Center.Bong Quinto led the balanced attack for the Couriers with 19 points, 10 rebounds, and six assists, while Bonbon Batiller got 15 markers, five boards, and three dimes.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Let investigations take its natural course – Chairman

first_imgGECOM audit…no word on implementing recommendationsGuyana Elections Commission (GECOM) Chairman James Patterson is maintaining that investigations into procurement malpractice at the entity he heads will be allowed to run its natural course.There had been concerns about the political will at GECOM to face the Auditor General’s damning findings. At a press conference on Friday, Patterson indicated that they would sit back and let the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) do her job.“As far as I know, he (Auditor General Deodat Sharma) made his way to the DPP. Further, I know not. It stays where it is, whatever is dealt with. If we have to comment… let it take its natural course. He took it to the DPP and it should be her call how to deal with it.”This still leaves the question of what GECOM may be doing to address loopholes in the system that allowed the infractions to occur in the first place. But despite being asked what changes have been made in procurement at GECOM, Patterson could not say. Chief Elections Officer Keith Lowenfield was also reticent on the subject.“What I know about the audit report is that the Commissioners, based on all that the Auditor General would have said, the Commissioners here deliberated, and they made some recommendations. And I haven’t heard anything from then to now, other than let’s go to the Police,” Lowenfield said.When Auditor General Deodat Sharma conducted his audit in 2016, it had uncovered a number of discrepancies. The discrepancies were regarding the purchase of 50 VHF communication radios by GECOM for close to $100 million.Concerns were raised over the extraordinarily high cost of the equipment. The investigation’s scope included contracts, inventories and spending for the May 2015 General and Regional Elections.Besides the radios, some of the things that the State’s auditors were looking into were the purchase of a quantity of toners, pliers and batteries. Based on reports, the radio sets were purchased for use during the 2015 General and Regional Elections, particularly in the outlying regions of Guyana; however, they were never put into use after it was discovered many of them were not working.Later, information surfaced that while the electoral body would have collected quotations from a number of suppliers, it handed the contract for the supply of the equipment to Mobile Authority, a company owned by a Water Street, Georgetown businessman.But media reports later surfaced that some of the equipment purchased was obsolete and was not covered by warranty. As a matter of fact, sections of the Guyanese media reported that the Australia-based manufacturer, Barrett Communications, through its European office, distanced itself from the purchase.The company had made it clear that it had ceased to produce the equipment more than five years ago. Barrett said it had also tendered through the Advanced Office Systems for the supply of new radio equipment for the 2015 elections; however, GECOM subsequently cancelled the order.The People’s Progressive Party (PPP) had previously called for the release of the findings, in addition to questioning the deafening silence of GECOM’s then Chairman, Dr Steve Surujbally and the Chief Elections Officer, Keith Lowenfield, on the matter. Both were in power at the Commission when the purchases were made.The Auditor General also found that prior to the 2015 elections, the entity engaged in contract splitting in order to avoid Cabinet scrutiny. There are reports that one recommendation included GECOM implementing internal control systems to oversee payment vouchers.last_img read more

Lazers Edge Mini Stock Invitational this weekend at Taylor Motor Speedway

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Lazers Edge Mini Stock Invitational is taking place this weekend, July 12 and 13 at the Taylor Motor Speedway.According to event organizers, in this invitational, the Mini Stocks will duke it out under the lights for points bragging rights.Also making an appearance this weekend will be the Bombers, Minisprints, and the IMCA Modifieds.- Advertisement -On both nights, racing starts at 6:00 p.m. with the Minisprints followed by all other classes at 7:00 p.m.Admission is $10.00 for adults, $5.00 for students and seniors, and children 5 and under are free.Available will be free parking, concessions, and wheelchair access.Advertisement The Lazers Edge Mini Stock Invitational is taking place the nights of Friday, July 12 and Saturday, July 13 at the Taylor Motor Speedway.For more information, you can visit the Taylor Speedway’s Facebook page.last_img read more

Dreher drives for success at upcoming LPGA event

first_imgLocal golfer Kirby Dreher has a challenging four days ahead of her.Starting Thursday, Aug.25 and ending on the 28, Dreher will be competing in the CN Canadians Women’s Open, Canada’s only LPGA tour event.- Advertisement -The 76-hole tournament is being played at the Hillsdale Golf & Country Club in Mirabel, Quebec. The tournament will include 156 players which will be reduced to the lowest 70 scores and ties after two rounds of play.Dreher will play in group 38, beginning her first round at 12:50 p.m. on the tenth tee. Her group will also include fellow competitors Jennie Lee and Jenny Shin.This is not the first time Dreher has teed off at the Quebec course, as she has played Canadian Women’s tour events there before. However, after playing a few practice rounds, she says the course is much more challenging this time around, being much longer off the tee and the greens being significantly faster.Regardless of the course conditions, she says she just has to go out, follow her game plan, not get caught up in the emotional aspect of golf and most importantly, enjoy the experience.Advertisement She says she feels confident entering the tournament, as her swing feels good, she’s hitting the ball straight and she will have the support of her family throughout her entire time on the course. Dreher’s caddy will be her brother; someone who she said knows her game quite well, which will benefit her on the course.Dreher wants to thank everyone from her home town of Fort St. John for their support.For more information on the golf tournament or for a list of the results, check out the tournament’s official website.last_img read more

The Warm Up with Jon Richardson and Matt Forde – Saturday, February 27

first_imgA light-hearted look at the weekend’s action with comedy duo Jon Richardson and Matt Forde.last_img

Pats deal with unknown: a playoff loss

first_img There was befuddlement, though, at how a disciplined group that thrived under the pressure of three Super Bowls victories could come unglued with a chance for a fourth. Five turnovers plus an opportunistic opponent equaled a 27-13 divisional playoff win for the Denver Broncos on Saturday night. Coach Bill Belichick said Sunday there were “very questionable calls” and that he was “surprised that was the playoff crew” of officials, but didn’t blame the loss on those calls. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita “They played better than we did,” Belichick said on a conference call. Now comes a long offseason of soul-searching about how a budding dynasty ended with a dud. “When you lose, you want to go down fighting, you want to go down playing your best,” New England quarterback Tom Brady said, “and we didn’t do that.” The Patriots didn’t do that for most of the regular season. Still, they had a chance to become the first team to win three consecutive Super Bowls, something seven other teams who won two straight — including Joe Montana’s 49ers and Terry Bradshaw’s Steelers — failed to do. And, like the Patriots, none of those seven made it back to the title game the next year, either. “You can’t win ’em all,” said linebacker Willie McGinest, although Brady had done just that in his other 10 playoff games. “It’s not going to stop us from doing what we normally do, fighting hard in the offseason, getting guys back to the way we used to be and make another run.” The runs the Patriots made in the first 10 games of the season looked more like limps. Rodney Harrison was the strong safety, the emotional and tactical heart of the defense. Matt Light was the veteran left tackle who protected Brady. Both had their seasons ended by injuries — Harrison’s knee and Light’s broken leg — in the third game. The Patriots played two games without both of their top two running backs, Corey Dillon and Kevin Faulk. Pro Bowl defensive end Richard Seymour missed four games and linebacker Tedy Bruschi missed the first six before returning from a mild stroke. At midseason, the Patriots were 4-4. Belichick’s father Steve died after the 10th game. After the 11th, the Patriots were 6-5 with four losses by at least 10 points. “We’re sitting at 4-4, not a very good football team and losing a ton of guys to injuries and Coach losing his father,” Brady said. “In a lot of ways it’s been a very rewarding year just because we overcame things.” They went 4-1 in their last five games but two of those wins were over the New York Jets and one was over Buffalo — the weakest teams in the AFC East where New England’s 10-6 record was enough to win the division. Then they won the wild-card playoff game 28-3 against Jacksonville, the team that last beat the Patriots seven years ago before their 10-game playoff winning streak began. The Jaguars were 12-4 this season but their schedule was weaker than the one the Patriots played. Denver was different — a 13-3 team unbeaten at home in the challenging AFC West. “I think the last few weeks you’re just going on vapors. Your tank’s on empty,” Brady said, “but you just keep finding a way because you realize it’s all worth it if you make it to the Super Bowl.” But the coordinators for their three championships — Charlie Weis on offense and Romeo Crennel on defense — left for head coaching jobs. Players insisted those departures didn’t hurt the team. Now Eric Mangini, who succeeded Crennel, is considered a top candidate for the New York Jets top job. “For selfish reasons we always want a guy like Mangini back,” Seymour said, but “you have to move on.” The Patriots did that well in the secondary when rookie cornerback Ellis Hobbs and free agent safety Artrell Hawkins took over for sidelined players. The offensive line also protected Brady with two rookies on the left side and Russ Hochstein filling in when starter Dan Koppen was lost for the season in the ninth game. But did that harm the inconsistent running game, or has Dillon, a nine-year veteran, lost a step one year after setting a single-season team rushing record? And although McGinest said, “we don’t make any excuses,” did Asante Samuel really interfere with Ashley Lelie in the end zone, a questionable penalty that led to Denver’s first touchdown? There will be a longer offseason than usual to ponder those questions. Belichick said he’s already planning for next season, but acknowledged Sunday that, “it’s been a long year.” Brady did lead the NFL with a career-high 4,110 yards passing and played a bigger role with so many players hurt. And Adam Vinatieri joined Denver’s Jason Elam as the only two kickers in NFL history to score at least 100 points in each of his first 10 seasons. But how did such clutch players fail in such a big game? Brady, now 1-4 against Denver, threw a game-changing interception that Champ Bailey returned 100 yards. Vinatieri missed a 43-yard field goal, breaking a string of 25 successful fourth-quarter kicks. Deion Branch, last year’s Super Bowl MVP, said before the game that Belichick had drummed into his players that the Patriots weren’t champs this season because the title came last season. The coach turned out to be right. “In a lot of ways this kind of invigorates you,” Brady said. “You hate to end the season this way. Hopefully, we’ll come back stronger next year. I know it’s a long ways away. It’s just disappointing.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — There were no crutches in sight, only ex-champs in a somber locker room. The Patriots were just about the healthiest they’d been the whole season. In the locker room, they didn’t blame their mistake-filled flop on questionable calls by officials. last_img read more

Panel explores alcoholism

first_imgPASADENA – The embellishments author James Frey used to enhance his rehab memoir “A Million Little Pieces” are similar to the distortions addicts use to mask their addiction, said Dr. Drew Pinsky, the nationally syndicated radio talk show host and expert on chemical dependency. Speaking Tuesday at a conference on alcoholism at Las Encinas Hospital, where he heads the chemical dependency unit, Pinsky offered his opinion that Frey had either failed to come to terms with his disease or wrote an outright fiction. The Pasadena physician based his conclusions on his own experiences treating addicts. “When you treat alcoholics you have to learn how to speak fluent alcoholic,” said Pinsky. Pinsky, who is widely known for his work on KROQ’s radio show “Love Line,” wants to see a greater awareness of alcoholism so that people shake off the stigma and seek treatment before problems spiral out of control. Joining Pinsky at the conference was Tahra Goraya, executive director of Day One, a substance-abuse prevention organization in Pasadena. She outlined the economic toll alcoholism has taken on society. Citing a 2003 survey published by the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services, Goraya said problems associated with alcoholism – crime, lost productivity and health care – have cost the county $7.4 billion. The cost to the nation is $185 billion. Alcohol abuse leads to about 4,000 deaths each year in L.A. County and plays a role in half of the homicides and one-third of suicides, the study shows. The two biggest barriers to fighting the disease are a lack of awareness about treatment and the stigma surrounding alcoholism, Goraya said. gary.scott@sgvn.com (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4458160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa AnitaHis point had less to do with literary criticism and more to do with the rationalizations and confabulations that alcoholics and other addicts use to hide their problems from themselves and those who seek to treat them. Society, too, seems unable to fully come to terms with the magnitude and scope of the disease, Pinsky said. “I personally believe drug and alcohol problems are the problems of our time,” Pinsky said. He went on to talk about the genetic and biological factors that contribute to alcoholism, a chronic illness he believes too few medical professionals know how to recognize or to treat. He referred to one alarming study that shows the risk of alcoholism increases five-fold in anyone exposed to alcohol before age 15. The same tendency, he added, can be found in other mammals, be they rats or dogs. last_img read more

RTE newscaster backs ‘Broc’ to take Mayorship!

first_imgA young man seeking to become the next Mayor of Dunkineely has enlisted the backing of RTE newscaster Brian Dobbo Dobson.Emmet ‘Broc’ Brosnan is a well-known face in the local community in the south-west Donegal community.But now that he has enlisted the A grader newsman onto his team, Broc could well be headed for bigger things. Of course, the blatant backing of Brosnan means that Broc will be unable to conduct any interviews for the Six One news during his campaign.But this boy is going straight to the top.Don’t rule out him running for Donegal County Council next!RTE newscaster backs ‘Broc’ to take Mayorship! was last modified: August 8th, 2016 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) Tags:Brian DobsonBroc BrosnanDunkineelyRTElast_img read more

Liverpool’s Mo Salah still unsure whether he will start Egypt’s first match

first_imgMo Salah has revealed that, despite feeling “better”, he is still uncertain whether he’ll start Egypt’s first game of the 2018 World Cup.The Pharaohs’ star man was injured in a clash with Sergio Ramos during the Champions League final, which his Liverpool side lost 3-1 to Real Madrid. 1 As a result, he became a massive doubt for his country’s campaign in Russia, though is now fighting to start their opening game against Uruguay on June 15.“Now I’m better,” Salah told Marca, “I hope to play the first game against Uruguay.“But that will depend on how I feel when it approaches,” he clarified.“It’s the first time in 28 years that we qualified. It was not normal because we won the African Cup seven times.“It was common to win the African Cup, but we didn’t qualify for the World Cup.”When asked about his nation’s aims for the tournament, the Liverpool winger declared: “I think we have a great team and a great coach [Hector Cuper], we want to qualify for the next round and do well.”last_img read more