Tough first round for Aussie champ Djokovic

first_imgMELBOURNE, Australia (AP): Six-time Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic drew a difficult first-round opponent in Fernando Verdasco, and Roger Federer’s fall in the rankings complicated his chances at Melbourne Park after he ended up in same quarter as top-ranked Andy Murray, No. 5 Kei Nishikori and No. 10 Tomas Berdych. The official draw for the season’s first major was held yesterday and delivered an awkward opponent for second-seeded Djokovic. Verdasco had an upset win over fellow Spaniard Rafael Nadal in the first round here last year, and had five match points before losing to Djokovic in the semi-finals at Doha last week. Six-time women’s champion Serena Williams, aiming for an Open-era record 23rd Grand Slam singles title, drew a challenging first-round opponent in Swiss teenager Belinda Bencic who was seeded 12th last year and also had No. 9 Johanna Konta, No. 17 Caroline Wozniacki and No. 6 Dominika Cibulkova in her quarter. Top-ranked Angelique Kerber, who beat Williams in the final here last year to win her first Grand Slam title and also won the U.S. Open to finish the year at No. 1, is set to play Lesia Tsurenko in the first round. Tsurenko withdrew from her semi-final later Friday in Hobart, citing a viral problem which forced her to pull out of the Brisbane tournament the previous week. She said she hoped to be OK for the Australian Open. Federer had surgery on his left knee last February after reaching the Australian Open semi-finals and, after ending his record run of 65 consecutive majors by skipping the French Open, spent the second half of 2016 on the sidelines recovering after a semi-final exit at Wimbledon. The 17-time Grand Slam winner slipped to No. 16 in the year-end rankings, and dropped a further spot this week to be seeded 17th after Grigor Dimitrov beat Nishikori in the Brisbane International final last Sunday and moved up to No. 15.last_img read more

Black hopes struggling Bolts ‘get better’ during long break

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Black, though, is confident his team can figure out its early struggles with two-time Best Import Allen Durham leading the way.Durham wasn’t an exactly an instant remedy for Meralco in his first few games with the team with the Bolts going 2-3 to begin the 2016 Governors’ Cup but the Bolts eventually gained momentum to earn the fourth seed and go into the finals.It was also in 2016 that Durham hurt his nose but nonetheless won the individual honor en route to the championship round.“We struggled a little bit before with AD, especially when he broke his nose,” said Black. “If I remember it correctly, he broke his nose at the beginning of the conference and as he got better, he started to heal, we started to get better as a team.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMeralco, long considered as a championship caliber team in the PBA Governors’ Cup, has hit a little bump at the start of the conference.The Bolts fell to 1-2 after their disappointing 80-72 loss to Alaska Friday at Mall of Asia Arena, and head coach Norman Black expressed his concern.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins 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 DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Uzbekistan’s Istomin pockets Asian Games gold, flies to US Open Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil “It’s always a concern when you’re losing but its part of the job,” said Black, who led Meralco to two straight finals appearances in 2016 and 2017 only to lose to Ginebra in both occasions.Black, though, is looking forward to nearly a month-long break between his team’s loss to the Aces and their next match against Phoenix.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Meralco has one of the weirdest schedules in the PBA due to the league taking a break to occupy Fiba World Cup Asian Qualifiers but Black hopes to use the long layoff to improve the Bolts.“We have, whew, three weeks off, three and a half weeks off, but before that we had three games in one week,” said Black. “Scheduling was not perfect but at the same time we just have to get better during the break.”last_img read more

Spring Athletics Kicking Off At NPSS

first_imgFORT ST JOHN, BC- The North Peace Secondary School Athletics Department is about to kick into gear for the upcoming spring sports season.Currently, the badminton and rugby teams are practising and preparing for upcoming competitions that begin later this month.As well, try-outs are set to kick off for track and field and this weekend the girl’s high school soccer team is in Vancouver for the UBC High School Tournament which will be their first meet of the season.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Grove family terrorised by gunman

first_imgA family of Grove Housing Scheme, East Bank Demerara (EBD) is now traumatised after they were attacked by a lone gunman during the wee hours today.Marcia Fredericks, 49, was standing in her yard at around 03:00hrs calling a taxi to take her young nephew to Parika. It was at that time that the suspect, who was masked, jumped the fence and grabbed the woman by her hair.The perpetrator forced the woman into the house and began to hit her on the head with a gun, as he demanded cash. The  ordeal lasted a few minutes. The suspect, who escaped on foot, managed to steal a cell phone.The Guyana Police Force was contacted however ranks only showed up until around 06:00hrs.Police at the scene of the incident this morningMore details in the Tuesday, August 20, 2019 edition of the Guyana Times.last_img read more

Bandari hit Nakumatt to cement third spot

first_img0Shares0000Bandari FC skipper Shabaan Kenga attempts to go past Nakumatt’s Faina Jacobs during a Kenyan Premier League clash at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on April 29, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluMACHAKOS, Kenya, Apr 29- Abdallah Hassan struck a brace as Bandari cemented their hold on third spot in the Kenyan premier League standings with a 2-1 win over Nakumatt FC at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on Sunday afternoon.Hassan’s goals in either half in between Boniface Mukhekhe’s penalty saw the dockers extend to 22 points after 13 matches while Nakumatt’s winless run stretched to 10 matches. Bandari who drew at home against Zoo Kericho in midweek came determined to get back to winning ways and they were off to a flier with Hassan striking the back of the net within the first 10 minutes of the game.However, the determined Nakumatt who are seeking to get off the basement of the standings made a response in the 22nd minute from the penalty spot after Bernard Odhiambo handled inside the box. Mukhekhe stepped forward to send Farouk Shikhalo the wrong way and restore parity.On the other end, Bandari almost went back into the lead with a free kick from a favorable position but David King’atua’s left foot curler went over.It wasn’t a half of many chances and the only other opportunity at goal that was presented was a William Wadri shot off a Hassan pass that went over.In the second period, the visitors once again started faster off the blocks and just six minutes in, they came close with a Collins Agade shot which was however well collected by Lucas Indeche.-Hassan double Bandari FC’s Abdallah Hassan reacts after scoring his first goal against Nakumatt FC in a Kenyan Premier League clash on April 29, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluBut they got into the lead in the 62nd minute with Hassan dribbling his way into the box and unleashing a bullet of a shot from his left foot that bounced against the inside of the upright before going in.Almost immediately, Nicholas Mejja came close to scoring against his former employers with a scorching freekick from range but it went over.With 10 minutes left on the clock, Bandari had a chance to seal the win off a counter attack but Wadri could not beat Indeche one on one while Shabaan Kenga took too many touches off the rebound allowing the Nakumatt players to fall back and recover.The hosts piled pressure in the final minutes of the game but they could not get back on level terms, the loss sinking them further in relegation.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

‘It would be a Christmas miracle!’ Manchester United fans want this to happen at Old Trafford

first_img1 Carlo Ancelotti with Sir Alex Ferguson Manchester United fans have had a mixed reaction to the news Carlo Ancelotti would be open to becoming their manager in the future.“Of course, for every manager, they would all think of managing Manchester United,” he told the Independent.Current boss Louis van Gaal is hardly endearing himself to the demanding support with his side’s drab performances this year, and some want the Dutchman ousted.But do they really want the Italian to take charge? talkSPORT takes a look at the reaction on Twitter…last_img read more


first_imgThe rival to Highland Radio’s domination of the Donegal airwaves says it stands over all of its claims in its bid to win the radio license for the county.DLFM, fronted by former Highland boss Charlie Collins, submitted its application to the Broadcasting Association of Ireland recently.Both applications belonging to Highland and DLFM were made public on the BAI’s website on Wednesday. But within hours of the move Highland boss Gerry Rabbitt was threatening legal action against DLFM for the contents of its application.Mr Rabbitt is refusing to elaborate any further on those threats or what they pertain to.But DLFM last night issued a statement saying they stand over their application but will not comment on unspecific claims made by Highland.The statement, issued on behalf of DLFM by Charlie Collins said “DLFM has submitted a comprehensive application to the BAI for the North Donegal Broad Format Radio Franchise Services. “The contents of this application are fully correct and supported by empirical evidence, where relevant. This application is currently being considered by BAI as part of a competition process.“Therefore, DLFM is not prepared to comment on the unspecific claims that have been advanced by Highland Radio in connection with that application other than to categorically refute such claims.”It will be known in the coming weeks who has won the license to rule the North Donegal airwaves from September next and remain there for ten years.COLLINS SAYS DLFM STANDS OVER SUBMISSION AS RADIO BID HOTS UP was last modified: November 1st, 2013 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:Charlie CollinsDLFMGerry RabbittHighlandlast_img read more


first_imgFROM NEIL DOHERTY AT PARKHEAD: CELTIC will take a slender 2-1 lead into the second leg of their tie with HJK Helsinki after a first leg 2-1 win in the UEFA Champions League third qualifying round first leg.And the Hoops will be disappointed – they dominated the game and should have scored far more.Ramus Schuller scored for the visitors just after the break, against the run of play. But whereas in the past Celtic might have folded, the refused to fall back and came back within five minutes as Gary Hooper equalised.Charlie Mulgrew then headed the winning goal on the hour to give Celtic the advantage going into the return tie in Finland next week.The Hoops had dominated the first half, with Hooper hitting the side-netting after just 14 seconds.There was a superb atmosphere at Celtic Park and the returning James Forrest was on fire – heading just wide after 14 minutes. Joe Ledley then had three chances to score, missing the first – and a second shot from him a few minutes later forced Helsinki keeper, Ville Wallen, into a great save.His drive a few minutes later was blocked.After Helsinki took the lead just after the re-start, Celtic upped their game and Kris Commons – a changed man this season – saw his shot come off the post.The came Hooper’s great goal, set up by the brilliant Samaras who flighted a wonderful cross from the left flank.And just seven minutes later, Mulgrew headed home from a corner to give the Hoops the lead. Mulgrew almost added a third a few minutes later but his shot went wide.The Hoops had a good game tonight; there were some bright points.But we all hope they’ve just done enough so that we can progress to the next stage.“With the amount of chances we created I feel we can score away from home,” Lennon told BBC Radio Scotland. “The most important thing would be to try and keep a clean sheet.”“I’m pretty pleased with the performance,” added Lennon.“It’s obviously bitter-sweet with the away goal but to come away with a victory is pleasing.“They played very, very well and created a lot of chances. I was pleased with the fitness, they kept going and that was excellent.”CELTIC (4-4-1-1): Forster; Matthews, Wanyama, Mulgrew, Izaguirre; Forrest, Brown, Ledley, Samaras (Lustig 87); Commons (Stokes 63); Hooper (McCourt 87)Subs not used: Zaluska, Kayal, Rogne, F. TwardzikHJK HELSINKI (4-1-3-2): Wallen; Sorsa, Lindstrom, Lahti, Sumusalo; Perovuo; Mannstrom, Vayryen (Okkonen 74), Savage; Schuller (Pohjanpalo 84), Makela (Sadik 59)Subs not used: Sahlgren, Kansikas, Hakanpaa, PelvasMan of the match: Charlie Mulgrew THE HOOPS REPORT: CELTIC WIN TO TAKE SLENDER LEAD IN CHAMPIONS LEAGUE BATTLE was last modified: August 2nd, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:THE HOOPS REPORT: CELTIC WIN TO TAKE SLENDER LEAD IN CHAMPIONS LEAGUE BATTLElast_img read more


first_imgDONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUEREPORTS SATURDAYDowntown CupFintown Harps AFC 1 Glenea United Reserves 1 In cold wintery conditions the first half remained scoreless at Pairc Acla, Glenea coming close a few times but Stephen McGrath doing well in the Fintown nets. Gary McHugh had a shoot on target with 10 minutes left in the first half but the Glenea keeper pulling off a great save. The second half was much the same until the final five minutes of the game when Fintown’s Brian Delaney scored after a cross from the wing by Aaron Thompson. In the final minute of injury time Glenea’s Ryan McFadden scored the equaliser to share the points.Referee: Marty CurranGlencar Inn Saturday Division TwoTullyvinney Rovers 1 Keadue Rovers Reserves 2Keadue Rovers had a good win over Tullyvinney in this fixture which was reversed from Tullyvinney to Keadue on account of an unplayable pitch. It was an ideal day for football. Keadue had the brighter start and David Ward had an effort pushed over the bar on five minutes. Tullyvinney’s first chance came on sixteen minutes when their striker was put through and he lobbed the keeper but the ball went just wide. In the twentieth minute, following good work from Donal Rodgers, Alan Rodgers shot just wide from a good position in the box. Halfway through the first half Tullyvinney took the lead when, following a good ball down the left, a good cross into the box was missed by both defenders and forwards but following in at the far post, David Gardener shot from an awkward angle high into the net. On thirty five minutes Adam Neely’s headed effort for the home side was saved while after that Tullyvinney could’ve been two up when a headed effort hit the crossbar. By the end of the half play was opening up at both ends and on the stroke of half time Keadue equalised when Adam Neely shot to the net after good work from Donal and Alan Rodgers. At the start of the second half Keadue upped the tempo from the off creating a few openings but not converting them. Donal Rodgers was unlucky on fifty six minutes when he lobbed the keeper from long distance but the ball went just over the bar. Tullyvinney were content at this stage to hit on the break and both teams made a number of substitutions. Keadue took the lead on seventy three minutes when a cross from the right was fumbled by the Tullyvinney keeper and Donal Rodgers was on hand to fire home from a few yards out. Tullyvinney did push forward in the last fifteen minutes but the home keeper wasn’t forced into any saves and the Keadue rearguard stood firm to hold out for a good win.Best for Tullyvinney were David Gardener and Dermot Shields. Best for Keadue were Conor Greene and Adam Neely. Referee: Kevin Doherty.SUNDAY Brian Mc Cormick Sports Premier DivisionLifford Celtic 2 Cranford United 0This game was switched to Cranford Park due to the inclement weather. Cranford started brightly with Kyle Black and Arthur lynch unlucky before Kevin Mc Brearty crossed for Ross Porter to hammer home between a number of home defenders to give Lifford the lead. The second half brought more pressure from Cranford but the Lifford defence, which was well marshalled by David O Herlihy, held firm. On a swift breakaway 1-0 became 2-0 when Alan Gethins broke clear to score. The home team had a number of chances to get back into the match after this but Lee White made some fine saves. Mark Neeson and Alan Gethins were best for Lifford with a team effort from the home side. Referee: Marty Mc Garrigle.Watson Hire Division One Kerrykeel ’71 F.C. 1 Drumoghill F.C. 3Drumoghill FC left Rab’s Park with all three points with a good win over Kerrykeel ‘71 with the home side only having themselves to blame. Kerrykeel played against a strong wind in the first half and dealt well with it playing some good football stopping Drumoghill from playing and using the long ball. On the stroke of half time Drumoghill took the lead when Brian Coll’s free kick found its way into the bottom corner. It was two nil on forty six minutes when a high ball over the Kerrykeel defence wasn’t dealt with and Liam O’Donnell finished well. Kerrykeel had a few half chances fall to Johnny Friel and Paddy Mc Grenaghan before Drumoghill got their third on sixty eight minutes, O’Donnell again on target after a poor ball out from the Kerrykeel defence. Kerrykeel got one back on seventy five minutes with Paddy Mc Grenaghan heading home a Fergal Friel cross. Kerrykeel threw everything at Drumoghill in the closing stages and Marty Mc Ateer hit the post in the dying seconds but Regan in goal was in fine form.Team performances from both sides. Referee: Ed MooreDONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUERESULTSSATURDAYDowntown CupFintown Harps AFC 1 v 1 Glenea United ReservesArranmore United P v P Ramelton MarinersOld Orchard Saturday Division OneSt. Catherines Reserves P v P Orchard F.C.Glencar Inn Saturday Division TwoTullyvinney Rovers 1 v 2 Keadue Rovers ReservesSUNDAYBrian Mc Cormick Sports Premier DivisionLifford Celtic 2 v 0 Cranford United (Reversed)Watson Hire Division OneKerrykeel ’71 F.C. 1 v 3 Drumoghill F.C.Castlefin Celtic P v P Cappry RoversDONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUEFIXTURESSATURDAY 11-01-2014 K.O. 2 p.m. (Unless Stated)Downtown CupGlencar Celtic v Arranmore United (K.O. 1p.m.)Milford United Reserves v Donegal Town ReservesCurragh Athletic v Fintown Harps AFCRamelton Mariners v Erne WanderersMulroy Celtic v Orchard F.C.Gweedore United Reserves v Keadue Rovers ReservesOld Orchard Saturday Division OneCastlefin Celtic Reserves v St. Catherines ReservesGlencar Inn Saturday Division TwoTullyvinney Rovers v Cranford United ReservesStrand Rovers v Donegal Town ReservesSUNDAY 12-01-2014Brian Mc Cormick Sports Premier DivisionGlenea United v Lifford CelticSt. Catherines v Cranford UnitedKilmacrennan Celtic v Milford UnitedGweedore Celtic v Donegal TownRathmullan Celtic v Curragh AthleticWatson Hire Division OneCastlefin Celtic v Keadue RoversKerrykeel ’71 F.C. v Bonagee UnitedCappry Rovers v Gweedore UnitedEany Celtic v Dunkineely CelticDrumoghill F.C. v Lagan HarpsCT Ball Division TwoBallybofey United v Copany RoversDeele Harps v Glenree UnitedDrumbar F.C. v Whitestrand UnitedConvoy Arsenal v Raphoe TownDunlewy Celtic v Letterbarrow CelticDONEGAL LEAGUE – ALL THE REPORTS, RESULTS AND FIXTURES was last modified: January 5th, 2014 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:Donegal Leaguelast_img read more

Adios Adelphia

first_img 160Want 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 MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 But enough is enough. These incidents only portray Adelphia as a company in decline that can’t even provide basic service. In fact, the company is on the verge of being gobbled up by other cable operators. It’s time for the city’s leaders to take a firm hand on the franchises, and it can start by expediting approval of the planned transfer of Adelphia to Time Warner Cable, which brought the failed company in a complex deal with Comcast. That’s the one way the city can help make sure customers get the service they’ve paid for. Que es la problema? That’s a question that Los Angeles’ cable customers are no doubt asking about Adelphia. In the past two weeks, the troubled cable franchise has angered thousands of its local customers with poor service. First, Ventura and Los Angeles counties viewers lost their service just in time for the popular new series “Lost.” A few days later, thousands of “Desperate Housewives” fans were forced to watch the show in Spanish. And reports continued to trickle in of other programs broadcast en espaol. Adelphia blames the snafus on the Topanga Fire last week that damaged cable equipment. Angelenos have a right to ask, what’s the problem? Adelphia has long been a thorn in the side of Los Angeles, what with the bankruptcy, the failure to pay millions in franchise fees and the feeling among many Angelenos that the cable operator provides poor service. last_img read more