Thiem, pitfall between Djokovic, number one and his 17th big

first_imgDjokovic won’t have something straightforward towards Thiem, an improved tennis participant on onerous courtroom since he’s skilled by former Chilean participant Nicolás Massu, who will play his third ultimate in a serious (he misplaced them towards Nadal in Roland Garros 2019 and 2019). In addition to, you already know what it’s to win Nole. Actually, he did it in his final two clashes, within the Paris semifinals of 2019 and within the group stage of the London Masters in the identical 12 months. He beforehand eradicated him, additionally in France, however within the quarterfinals of 2017. The general stability favors the Balkan 6-4. The Rod Laver will see in motion in a ultimate probably the most profitable participant within the historical past of the Australian Open: Novak Djokovic, seven-time winner in Melbourne and who will attempt to revalidate the title for the fourth time (He did it twice in a row between 2011 and 2013, and in 2016 after having received in 2015). Dominic Thiem would be the final stumbling block between the Serbian, the number one on the earth who will get well to the detriment of Rafa Nadal if he wins, and his 17th Grand Slam, with which he would lower two his drawback in trophies with the Spaniard (19) and three with absolutely the chief, Roger Federer (20). Thiem has loads of motivation and he has nothing to lose and a lot to realize towards Djokovic, who can have all of the stress on him earlier than an viewers that may in all probability assist him, however that can be fairly divided as a result of he went loopy final Thursday with the victory of the Austrian towards Nadal, which was a real recital of energy and preventing spirit. If he wins, Dom can be 150th Grand Slam champion in historical past, a spherical determine, and the primary new champion since Marin Cilic on the 2014 US Open. He would accompany his compatriot Thomas Muster because the second Austrian champion in majors. And he can be the primary tennis participant born within the 90’s who manages to raise a trophy of the very best class, and the one who can be the youngest (26 years and 152 days) for the reason that talked about Cilic title (25 and 354). One other incentive: if it surpasses Nole, it’s going to have received him and Nadal in the identical championship, one thing that solely Stan Wawrinka might do exactly on the way in which to his victory in Australia in 2014.In entrance, Djokovic will wish to save the hitherto unstoppable streak of the Big Three since 2017. Between him, Federer and Nadal have distributed all of the titles. This might be the 13th straight. As well as, if he wins the eighth in Melbourne, he can be the third to reap eight or extra titles in the identical Slam, after the Balearic (12 in Roland Garros) and the Swiss (eight in Wimbledon).Djokovic and Thiem can be measured for the primary time in a ultimate and will in all probability be bareback, as a result of it isn’t anticipated to rain once more this Saturday within the capital of the punished state of Victoria. Meteorologists predict a 10% chance of precipitation and a nice most temperature, above 25 levels with semi-covered skies. Every thing is prepared for an ideal assembly.last_img read more

Sports Briefs

first_imgArsenal to play MLS All-Stars NEW YORK (AP): Arsenal will play Major League Soccer’s All-Stars on July 28 at San Jose, California. The Gunners also said yesterday they will play Mexico’s Chivas of Guadalajara three days later at Carson, California, as part of the two-game US tour. Previous clubs to play the MLS All-Stars include Chelsea (2006 and ’12), Everton (2009), Manchester United (2010 and ’11), Roma (2013), Bayern Munich (2014) and Tottenham (2015). Arsenal visited the New York Red Bulls in the summer of 2014. Manager Arsene Wenger said in a statement his team enjoys “tremendous support across America” and looks forward to “giving our US. fans the chance to see the team play live”. San Jose also hosted the MLS All-Star Game in 2001. Sunderland fire Adam Johnson SUNDERLAND, England (AP): Sunderland have fired winger Adam Johnson after he pleaded guilty to grooming and sexual activity with a 15-year-old girl at the start of his trial. Johnson, who has played 12 times for England, continues to deny two further counts of sexual activity with a child. Sunderland dismissed Johnson ahead of his trial, resuming today at Bradford Crown Court. In a statement, Sunderland announced yesterday that “in light of Adam Johnson’s guilty pleas, the club has today terminated his contract with immediate effect.” The former Manchester City player joined Sunderland in 2012 for US$14.5 million. Payet signs new West Ham contract LONDON (AP): West Ham midfielder Dimitri Payet has agreed a contract which will keep him at the club until 2021. The Premier League club announced the deal yesterday which comes eight months after the Frenchman moved to England from French side Marseille. He has scored six goals in 18 Premier League games with West Ham in sixth place. Payet has played 15 times for France and could be in contention for the national squad at this year’s European Championship, which is being held in his native country.last_img read more

Ali promises to restore lost hope of Guyanese

first_imgPeople’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Presidential Candidate Irfaan Ali said the Party wanted to restore a sense of hope amongst Guyanese – a hope that was lost after the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) coalition’s failure to fulfil promises made to the people on the campaign trail.Speaking at a fundraising dinner on Saturday at his Leonora, West Coast Demerara (WCD) home, Ali told the gathering that the event was not just to raise funds but also to serve as a platform to hear from the people in order to deliver a future that could be benefited from and enjoyed by everyone.A section of the fundraising dinner held on Saturday at Ali’s Leonora, WCD residenceWhile noting that the PPP/C during its time in office, had done much to develop the country and improve the lives of Guyanese, Ali acknowledged that the Party did make mistakes and being on the outside now has clearly highlighted those gaps.“So our commitment to you tonight is filling those gaps, correcting those mistakes and building a future in which all of us can be part of…,” he stated.According to the PPP/C Presidential Candidate, the first thing in this process is to restore the lost hope of the country’s population.“Today, a lot of people, young people, and businesses are feeling a sense of hopelessness and when hope is removed from society, aspirations are removed. That’s why we brought you here, so we can heard from you because we don’t want to give you false promises and false hope, because we have seen what false promises and false hope have done to our country and our people,” Ali asserted.He outlined that the country needed a hope that was built on trust: trust of the people in their government and vice versa. Ali pointed out that if Guyana was a Private Sector company, or a developed state and the coalition Government was a company, it would have been sued for having made promises and creating hope that caused people to invest in a particular way when in fact, it had no interest in fulfilling those hopes and promises. He said this was what the coalition’s manifesto did.“The manifesto of the APNU/AFC created a hope that was built on lies. A hope that was never meant to be achieved, but was meant as a marketing tool to gain votes and this is one of the regions that suffered severely as a result of those false promises,” he contended.According to Ali, Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara) has been mostly affected through the rice and sugar industries. He said rice farmers, millers, thousands of sugar workers, and even communities have suffered immensely because of the coalition Government.“People’s lives have been trampled upon, parents finding it difficult to sending their children to school – all based on false hope and promises. So the hope we are talking about here tonight and in the future must be one in which trust is an important element and I want to encourage you to go through all the PPP/C manifestos and you will see that in all the manifestos, we tried and were successful in the implementation of 80 to 85 per cent of the promises in those manifestos,” he stated.The PPP/C Presidential Candidate went on to promise that should the Party be elected into office, it would ensure that there were frequent Cabinet outreaches so that the Administration would get a feel of the reality on the ground and would be better informed as to how its policies affect the population.“This would be something that you would see in a new PPP/C Government – constant Cabinet outreaches all across this country because in creating this hope, we must be accountable in all the promises we made and that is why we must be very, very careful in what we are promising [in our manifesto].We will not promise anything that we cannot deliver to the people of Guyana and that is something you can trust us on,” he stressed.last_img read more

Liverpool’s Matip ruled out for rest of season

first_img“Matip was able to complete the full 90 minutes of the fixture, but afterwards medical assessment on the thigh revealed surgery is expected to be required to correct the problem,” said a statement on“The operation is likely to end the 26-year-old’s involvement in the remainder of the 2017-18 season.”Matip’s injury adds to manager Jurgen Klopp’s defensive woes as England full-back Joe Gomez is on the sidelines with an ankle injury whilst fellow England international Nathaniel Clyne has not played this season due to a back injury.Klopp is hoping Emre Can will have recovered from a back problem which forced him to miss Germany’s international friendlies and the win at Palace.He is also awaiting an update on Adam Lallana’s leg injury after the England midfielder limped off just three minutes after coming on in the second half of the Palace match.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Liverpool have been dealt a blow with Joel Matip ruled out for the rest of the season © AFP/File / PAUL ELLISLONDON, United Kingdom, Apr 3 – Cameroon international defender Joel Matip is out for the rest of the season, dealing a blow to Liverpool on the eve of their Champions League quarter-final first leg clash with Manchester City.The 26-year-old Germany-born star requires surgery on a thigh he injured during his side’s 2-1 victory over Premier League strugglers Crystal Palace on Saturday, the club said.last_img read more

Bargain Hunter finds holiday deals

first_imgcom/bargain. It is good until Thursday in stores only. LINCOLN LUNCH BURGERS:: A new lunch buddy introduced me to Boulevard Burgers in Woodland Hills. The place specializes in charbroiled, basic burgers that have lots of lettuce, a little sauce and a solid, meaty flavor. Nothing fancy here. Fries are good ‘n’ chunky as are the onion rings. A burger is $3, fries are $2, and you pay 60cents more for the combo that includes a soda. They have indoor and outdoor seating (on the street and on a back patio), which is a nice touch. To see the menu, go to Visit them at 21718 Ventura Blvd. 818-703-6005. BARGAINS IN YOUR INBOX:: It’s that time again when I remind readers they can sign up for the Bargain Hunter Daily Digest. Once a day, Monday through Friday, I e-mail out the day’s blog posts. If you want to sign up, e-mail me at $1 STOCKING STUFFERS:: Avon has a decent selection of stocking stuffers for less than $1, including mini glimmer sticks for the eyes and lips, emery boards, little tubes of lotion, and a glide-on lip treatment with SPF 15. If you choose an Avon rep before shopping, you can have it delivered for almost nothing. SNAPFISH DEAL:: At, get 20percent off your holiday cards featuring pictures of the little ones (they’re so much cuter than we are). Get the coupon code, good until Dec.31, at TEA FOR TWO: The Four Seasons in Westlake Village is having an afternoon teddy bear tea that is free for children who bring in a new teddy bear or toy. The deal is good every weekend in December before Christmas. Adults are $32; kids are normally $21. The tea comes with a tiered tray of tea sandwiches, scones and fruit. Teddies and toys will be donated to Toys for Tots. To make a reservation, call 818-575-3000 and ask for the lobby lounge. COUPONS GALORE:: Brace yourself. A reader e-mailed me a huge list of coupon codes, most of which I have not tested to see if they work. So please keep in mind that some could be expired or not valid. Still, it seems like many of you will be able to save money with codes for Banana Republic, Barnes & Noble, Golf Smith and Yankee Candle. Go to for the full list. SWING HOLIDAY:: With the search for holiday gifts, a perfect tree and a cute holiday dress also comes the quest for Christmas music that is new to your ears but does not drive you batty. Here’s a CD that qualifies on both counts: Duke Ellington’s “Nutcracker Suite,” the jazz master’s take on Tchaikovsky’s classic ballet score, replete with renditions of the “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy,” the “Russian Dance,” the “Waltz of the Flowers” and others. Seriously, folks, this music swings so hard I listen to it in July. has it for $10 under the CD name Three Suites. OLD NAVY 20 PERCENT OFF:: Get a printable 20percent off coupon for Old Navy at www.insidesocal. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat Kingscenter_img bargain. You need to open an account with them to use the deal. OUTSMART THE MAN:: One reader got a great deal on a 46-inch LCD HDTV by outsmarting a retailer that teased a really low price on Black Friday but immediately “sold out” because they had stocked an artificially low number of the product. When he found out the Sharp Aquos HDTV, advertised at Circuit City for $1,299, was sold out, he headed over to Sears. It matched the price and shaved off 10percent of the difference. A clever tactic you too can use. So, my friend, we’re watching the Super Bowl at your house, right? 160Want 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

CONFIRMED: Begovic and Solanke leave Chelsea for Bournemouth and Liverpool

first_img Asmir Begovic and Dominic Solanke have left Chelsea 1 Goalkeeper Asmir Begovic and forward Dominic Solanke have left Chelsea to sign for Bournemouth and Liverpool respectively, the Premier League clubs have confirmed.Begovic, 29, will officially arrive at the Vitality Stadium on July 1 and has signed a long-term deal for the south coast club. He made 33 appearances for the Blues during a two-year stay at Stamford Bridge, and has been sold for a reported £10 million fee.He said: “Being part of a title-winning team at Chelsea was amazing but I felt now was the right time to move on because I want to be playing regular football.“I am coming into an important part of my career and I want to show people what I am capable of.“When I spoke to Eddie Howe I knew AFC Bournemouth was the right club for me and I want to bring my experience to the squad, both on and off the pitch.“I’m really excited to be part of the journey here and hope I can help take the club to another level.”Solanke leaves west London at the expiration of his contract, having failed to agree a new deal with Chelsea.The academy graduate, 19, will also officially transfer on July 1, and a tribunal will be held to determine the fee the Reds must pay for the England youth international.last_img read more

Men’s Basketball Uses Second-Half Defense To Shut Down Murray State

first_imgStory Links Milwaukee 12/3/2019 – 7 p.m. ESTERO, Fla. – The Drake University men’s basketball team ratcheted up the defensive pressure again in holding Murray State to 18 percent shooting in the second half to defeat the Racers, 63-53, in the Bulldogs’ final game of the Gulf Coast Showcase.Drake (6-2) won its final two games of the event to finish with a 2-1 record in the event. “I loved the way we bounced back after our first game, and our last two games we were outstanding defensively and competed for all 40 minutes,” said Drake head coach Darian DeVries. “Offensively, we’re not quite there yet, but we were much better in the first half today.”Murray State, which was one of the top 15 teams in scoring in the nation last season and averaging nearly 80 points per game, was held to a season-low 53 points and shot just 32.1 percent overall in the game. Tevin Brown was MSU’s only double-figure scorer with 15 points.”I thought our guys have done a good job of focusing on the other team’s strengths and trying to take away what they do best,” DeVries said.D.J. Wilkins’ 18 points led the Bulldogs with four three-pointers while Tremell and Anthony Murphy combined for 24 points on 10-of-14 shooting. The trio scored 10 of the Bulldogs’ first 12 points of the game to jumpstart an offense that had struggled recently but shot 44.2 percent in the win.Roman Penn added six assists and two steals. Every Bulldog that checked into the game scored and all but two corralled a rebound. “I told them it was going to take everybody today,” DeVries said. “We had guys come off the bench to contribute and it took everyone to get it done. It was a total team effort.”The two teams began the second half tied at 36-36 after swapping leads early. Then Drake’s defense ended the see-saw game early in the second half as it held Murray State scoreless for almost seven minutes and without a field goal for the first nine minutes of the period. During that span, Drake’s offense was able to build up a nine-point 50-41 lead with 11 of those second-half points coming from Wilkins and the Murphys. MSU drew within six points in the final four minutes, but the Bulldogs answered again with six-straight points to build up a double-digit lead that it maintained for the victory.”They’re a tough, physical basketball team that we had to go toe-to-toe with and I thought our guys stood up the whole time and gutted it out,” DeVries said.The Bulldogs return home for the Thanksgiving holiday to prepare for their next contest, a Dec. 3 date against Milwaukee. Tipoff at the Knapp Center is set for 7 p.m. Watch Live Next Game: Postgame Notes center_img Box Score (PDF) Full Schedule Roster Preview Buy Tickets Live Stats ESPN 1350 Mediacom MC22 Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Raiders’ Hunter Renfrow out for extended period with rib injury

first_imgALAMEDA — Hunter Renfrow, the rookie who has become one of Derek Carr’s most trusted receivers, faces an extended absence with a rib injury sustained against the New York Jets.Renfrow returned home on the team charter following the 34-3 loss, and coach Jon Gruden delivered the bad news Monday at his weekly press conference“Hunter Renfrow hurt his rib,” Gruden said. “He’s going to be out for awhile. Big loss for our team.”According to the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Renfrow had a broken rib …last_img read more

Kerala may have undercounted jumbos

first_imgKerala may have undercounted almost 2,700 elephants in the latest elephant census, the response to a question in the Lok Sabha on India’s elephant numbers indicated.In 2017, the Union environment ministry reported that there were 27,312 elephants on average in the country according to figures collated from 23 States, a decline from the 29,576 elephants recorded as the mean figure in 2012. The exercise was part of the elephant census, conducted once in 5 years under the aegis of Project Elephant.In response to a question on the ‘census of wild animals’, the environment ministry said on Friday that the updated 2017 figures showed 29,964 elephants on average, or a slight increase from 2012’s mean.  The earlier 2017 figures indicated that Kerala had only 3,054 elephants whereas, Friday’s number showed Kerala as having 5,706 elephants. The Andaman and Nicobar islands was the only other region that showed a different number from its 2017 estimate: 25 as opposed to the earlier 19.Direct count methodA scientist associated with the census said that the discrepancy had resulted from Kerala’s insistence in 2017 on using a technique called the ‘direct count’ method. “When word began to get around that the elephant population had declined, they changed tack,” the scientist, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told The Hindu.Dung sightingsBecause sighting animals in the wild is hard, researchers over the years have used several proxies as well as statistical techniques to estimate population. The method in vogue is the ‘indirect count’ method that estimates populations in a region based on sightings of elephant dung. Kerala’s revised figure — as the answer to the Lok Sabha indicates — is likely based on the indirect count.last_img read more

Bill in RS to amend Sikh Gurdwaras Act

first_imgNew Delhi, Mar 15 (PTI) A bill was introduced in Rajya Sabha which envisages to amend 91-year-old Sikh Gurdwaras Act to exclude Sahajdhari Sikhs from voting in the elections to Sikh religious bodies. The Sikh Gurdwaras (Amendment) Bill, 2016 was introduced by Home Minister Rajnath Singh. The Bill proposes to remove the exception given to Sahajdhari Sikhs in 1944 to vote in the elections to select the members of the Board and the Committees constituted under the Act. The Union Cabinet had recently approved the proposal of the Home Ministry to amend the Sikh Gurdwaras Act, 1925, with effect from October 8, 2003. The said amendment was also carried out by a Home Ministry notification dated October 8, 2003, in exercise of the powers conferred by the Parliament under Section 72 of the Punjab Re-organisation Act, 1966. However, the notification was quashed by the High Court of Punjab and Haryana on December 20, 2011, leaving it to the appropriate and competent legislature to decide as to whether or not to amend the Act to that effect. PTI SAP AKK AKKlast_img read more