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Serena overpowers Azarenka to reach semis, Radwanska through

Serena overpowers Azarenka to reach semis, Radwanska through

first_imgBy Martyn Herman and Pritha Sarkar Top seed Serena Williams overpowered Victoria Azarenka in an absorbing Wimbledon quarter-final on Tuesday, recovering from a set down to win 3-6 6-2 6-3.The American, who will face Russia’s Maria Sharapova in the semi-finals, is two wins away from holding all four grand slam titles concurrently – the so-called ‘Serena Slam’ she also achieved in 2002-03.The 33-year-old was second best in the first set against the Belarussian former world number one on Centre Court, but she found an extra gear and dominated thereafter.Three consecutive aces at 4-2 in the third set moved her to within a game of victory and although 23rd seed Azarenka hung on and threatened to break back, Williams would not be denied and stayed on course for a 21st grand slam title.“It was fun out there and I saw Victoria smiling as well, we both really enjoyed it,” five-time Wimbledon champion Williams, who has won 26 grand slam matches in a row, said in a TV interview. Out on Court One, Agnieszka Radwanska made her wealth of grass court experience count as she dispatched American hope Madison Keys 7-6(3) 3-6 6-3 to reach the semi-finals for the third time in four years.The 2012 runner-up, who at 13 is the highest seed left in the bottom half of the draw, needed six set points to seal the first set while the second set slipped from her grasp after a bouncing net cord handed her 20-year-old rival a break in the eighth game.Keys, one of three Americans to reach the women’s quarter-finals along with world number one Serena Williams and Coco Vandeweghe, produced a 106mph thunderbolt to draw level.That was one of 12 aces she fired down on Tuesday which prompted John McEnroe to observe: “That serve of hers is such a big weapon. It can save her”.However, being the tournament’s leading ace lady – with a total of 59 – could not carry her over the finishing line.Poland’s Radwanska inched closer to victory by breaking in the eighth game of the decider and finished Keys off with a forehand winner.She will meet Garbine Muguruza in Thursday’s semi-final.last_img read more

Leicester title challenge dented by West Ham, Liverpool win despite changes

Leicester title challenge dented by West Ham, Liverpool win despite changes

first_imgLeicester City stumbled on their march towards the Premier League title when they drew 2-2 with West Ham United and had goalscorer Jamie Vardy sent off at the King Power Stadium on Sunday.Vardy put Leicester ahead after a lightning counter-attack in the 18th minute with a left-foot shot into the corner of the net before picking up his first booking for a late challenge on Cheikhou Kouyate.He picked up his second yellow card for a dive early in the second half and West Ham gradually came back into the game against Leicester’s 10 men, equalising through an 84th-minute Andy Carroll penalty after Wes Morgan hauled down Winston Reid.Two minutes later Aaron Cresswell scored a stunning goal for the Hammers with a fierce shot from the edge of the box which flew past keeper Kasper Schmeichel, but Leicester equalised with virtually the last kick of the game when Leonardo Ulloa scored from the spot after Carroll fouled Jeffrey Schlupp.Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp made 10 changes from the team that beat Borussia Dortmund in the Europa League and watched his experimental side overcome Bournemouth 2-1 in a low-key game in the south coast sunshine on Sunday.Both Liverpool goals came at the end of the first half, Roberto Firmino ending a superb move with a close range tap-in after 41 minutes before Daniel Sturridge made it 2-0 with a header from a Jordan Ibe free kick.Bournemouth replied in stoppage time when Josh King half-volleyed in from the edge of the box.Before the kickoff flowers were laid on the pitch in memory of the Liverpool 96 fans who died at Hillsborough in April 1989 with the club’s anthem “You’ll Never Walk Alone” played as the short ceremony took place.Arsenal vs Crystal Palace 1-1 (report)last_img read more

Tennis superstar Serena Williams confirms pregnancy

Tennis superstar Serena Williams confirms pregnancy

first_imgBy Frank PingueTennis superstar Serena Williams is pregnant and taking maternity leave through the rest of 2017, expecting to give birth this fall, her spokeswoman said on Wednesday in an announcement that upended a sport the 35-year-old athlete has dominated for the past decade.The confirmation came hours after Williams, due to regain to the No. 1 world ranking next week, set off a day of frenzied speculation with a short-lived selfie posted on social media – posing for a photo in a yellow one-piece swimsuit on Snapchat with the caption: “20 weeks.”Williams deleted the photo shortly after it appeared and waited more than six hours to make any public comment, stoking debate among tennis fans about whether or not she was joking.“I’m happy to confirm Serena is expecting a baby this fall,” Los Angeles-based publicist Kelly Bush Novak said.Bush Novak told Reuters that Williams intended to sit out the remainder of the 2017 season and return next year.Williams, the world’s highest paid female athlete, announced her engagement to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian last December.Days ago she seemed to quell speculation about impending motherhood with an Instagram post praising a newly published guidebook for new mothers by former Destiny’s Child singer Kelly Rowland, adding in the caption: “One of these days I hope to apply this (but for now I’ll stick to my dog Chip).”If Williams is indeed 20 weeks into her term, that would mean she was approximately two months pregnant when she captured her record 23rd Grand Slam tournament singles title at the Australian Open in January.Her victory over older sister Venus Williams broke a tie with Steffi Graf for the most Grand Slam singles championships in the sport’s modern era. Serena Williams has not played since then, citing a knee injury.TECHNICALLY A DOUBLES MATCH?Fans and celebrities reacted with a mixture of awe and glee to Williams’ Snapchat post.“Serena Williams was pregnant when she won her 23rd grand slam tournament at the Australian Open. And did not drop ONE SET. Let that sink in,” wrote Twitter user @noelleharmony.“So Serena cheated,” Trevor Noah, the host of “The Daily Show” on Comedy Central, wrote on his Twitter account. “Because that’s technically a doubles match.”The Women’s Tennis Association congratulated Williams on Twitter before deleting its post.Tennis’ U.S. governing body, the United States Tennis Association, wrote on Facebook, “Join us in congratulating the GOAT and her fiancé Alexis Ohanian on this incredible news!” referring to Williams with the acronym for “Greatest of All Time.”Researchers who study pregnancy in high-performing athletes said her training during pregnancy, the speed of her body’s recovery after giving birth and her will power are the keys to Williams returning to top-level play. James Pivarnik, a kinesiology professor at Michigan State University, said her muscular build could overcome some of the changes that usually impair performance.Other women have left the tour to have children and returned at a high level, although none has done so at Williams’ age. Kim Clijsters of Belgium retired and had a child before coming back at age 26 and winning three Grand Slam titles as a mother.Australians Evonne Goolagong and Margaret Court also won Grand Slam titles after having children.Former No. 1 Victoria Azarenka of Belarus, 27, missed most of the 2016 season to have a baby and is expected to return to the tour this summer.“We’ve seen some other mothers come back … but will she have enough motivation when she sees that little one?” former world No. 1 Hall of Famer Tracy Austin said on the Tennis Channel. “She’s already done so much, does she need more?”For Williams, who commands nearly $29 million in salary and sponsorship earnings, becoming pregnant makes her all the more attractive to corporate sponsors, industry executives said.Williams is the oldest woman to win a Grand Slam singles title and still dominates the tour at an age when most players have retired.Williams, who has played professionally for two decades, first gained the No. 1 ranking in 2002 and has held that spot for more than six years in total.Sister Venus, 36, has won seven Grand Slam singles titles.last_img read more

Djokovic slump continues in Miami

Djokovic slump continues in Miami

first_imgSix-time champion Novak Djokovic’s hopes of turning around his season at the Miami Open ended in the second round when he was defeated 6-3 6-4 by Frenchman Benoit Paire on Friday.The loss snapped a 16-match winning streak in the tournament for the ninth-seeded Serb, who had been eliminated in the second round at Indian Wells but said before the match his right elbow was pain free for the first time in a long while.He had won the tournament in 2014, 2015 and 2016 but missed last year’s event with the elbow injury.The defeat also ended a streak of 21 consecutive victories over players from France for the former world number one.“I’m trying, but it’s not working,” Djokovic told the Miami Herald. “That’s all it is. I mean, obviously I’m not feeling great when I’m playing this way.“Of course, I want to be able to play as well as I want to play. Just it’s impossible at the moment. That’s all.”Djokovic, who lost in the fourth round of the Australian Open and dropped his only match at Indian Wells last week, had not lost in three consecutive tournaments since the end of the 2007 season, when he dropped his final five matches.Paire, who had lost his only other meeting with Djokovic, delivered nine aces to only two for the Serb and won 71 percent of his service points.Juan Martin del Potro survived a battle with Robin Haase to capture his 12th consecutive win, 6-4 5-7 6-2.Del Potro, who defeated world number one Roger Federer to win the BNP Paribas Open last week, needed two hours and nine minutes to advance.Second seeded Croatian Marin Cilic moved into the third round with a 7-5 6-3 triumph over Frenchman Pierre-Hugues Herbert and third seed Grigor Dimitrov rallied from a set down to beat German Maximilian Marterer 4-6 6-2 6-1.David Goffin was unsuccessful in his return from an eye injury, the seventh seeded Belgian falling to Portugal’s Joao Sousa 6-0 6-1.American wild card Michael Mmoh produced another surprise, upsetting 12th seeded Roberto Bautista Agut 7-6(4) 2-6 6-4 in two hours, 43 minutes. Mmoh got the victory despite losing eight consecutive games after being up a set and 2-0.Diego Schwartzman and Milos Raonic also moved on.Argentine Schwartzman, the 13th seed, dominated Chilean Nicolas Jarry 6-3 6-1 while the 20th seeded Raonic, a 2016 Wimbledon finalist, cruised into the third round with a 6-3 6-3 victory over Swede Mikael Ymer that took 66 minutes.The Canadian fired off 16 aces to only four for Ymer and won 78 percent of his first serve points.last_img read more

Hubert Lawrence | Dacres – Jamaican male athlete of the year

Hubert Lawrence | Dacres – Jamaican male athlete of the year

first_imgIn 2018, Jamaica’s Fedrick Dacres walked into the circle to compete in the discus throw on 25 occasions. He emerged victorious 21 times, taking five wins from six starts on the IAAF Diamond League and finished six meets with marks beyond 68 metres. That’s a 2018 campaign no other male Jamaican athlete can match. It’s ironic that in the first season since the incomparable Usain Bolt, that a thrower is the top Jamaican of the year. Schooled on sprints, local fans simply had to admire Dacres as he pumped out victory after victory over the rest of the world’s best. His stunning portfolio peaked with a national record of 69.67 metres in Stockholm, a distance that took him closer to the holy grail of the 70-metre territory. His wins didn’t come cheaply and those nine meets over 68m are a testament to his consistent quality. The foundation has been built on hard work at the University of the West Indies, which often includes sessions where Dacres and his training partners Traves Smikle, Basil Bingham and Isheka Binns each launch dozens of throws in search of gold-medal technique. Eight-win streak Already the first Jamaican to win a throwing event at World Youth and World Junior levels, the Julian Robinson-coached Dacres waved the flag with wins at the Commonwealth Games in April, the Athletics World Cup and at the IAAF North American Central American and Caribbean Championship in July. Last week, with an eight-win streak on the line in the last round of the IAAF Continental Cup, he fought off the forces of physics to stay balanced as he uncorked a 67.97m winner. Of the 10 Jamaicans at the Continental Cup, only he and 100-metre hurdler Danielle Williams managed individual wins. 110 metres hurdler Ronald Levy, a winner at the Commonwealth Games and at the Paris and London Diamond League meets, and the exciting Akeem Bloomfield, who followed his fine collegiate 400-metre running with a super 200-metre clocking of 19.81 seconds in London, laid the base for big campaigns next year, when the World Championship come into focus again, but Dacres was way ahead. Sadly, injury sidelined hurdler supreme Omar McLeod before he could get into full stride. A knee niggle and the analysis of Dacres’ four losses present a note of caution. He was defeated twice by Lithuania’s world champion Andrius Gudzius and twice by Daniel Stahl of Sweden, who was the runner-up when the Worlds were last staged in 2017. They saw his ascent this year and will steel themselves for the confrontation in Doha, where the World Championships will be staged between September 28 and October 6. Simply put, Fedrick is a clear pick for the title of Jamaican male athlete of the year. His super season puts the matter beyond doubt. – Hubert Lawrence watched Dacres win at the Charlie Fuller Memorial at Manchester High in January.last_img read more

Spaceport funds in budget?

Spaceport funds in budget?

first_imgMOJAVE – Antelope Valley legislators are trying to get into the state budget an $11 million loan to help Mojave Airport build a hangar complex and terminal for space tourism. The 40,000-square-foot hangar and a 50,000-square-foot terminal with associated hangars for preflight training are expected to be used first by British tycoon Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic, which is working with Mojave’s Burt Rutan to build a fleet of sub-orbital spacecraft to carry passengers paying $200,000 each. “We have to be competitive with other states to maintain this unique business opportunity in California,” said state Sen. George Runner, R-Lancaster. “In return, we get our money back and hopefully we can be attractive for this industry.” Runner and state Sen. Roy Ashburn, R-Bakersfield, co-authored a letter to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger asking him to include the loan for the East Kern Airport District, which operates the Mojave Airport. A similar letter was sent by Assemblywoman Sharon Runner, R-Lancaster. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsThe request is probably too late to be included in the governor’s May budget revision, but could be one of the items negotiated for inclusion in the final budget, George Runner said. But a consultant to the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee refers to the loan as “millions for a billionaire.” “The proposed research facility would be occupied by Virgin Galactic and its partners for research and development activities,” consultant Jennifer Gress wrote. “In effect, the state would be subsidizing the construction of a building to house operations for a company whose owner has a net worth in the billions.” Mojave Airport General Manager Stu Witt called the consultant’s analysis a disservice to California. “In the first place, the money is not going to Richard Branson – period,” Witt said. “It’s going to the East Kern Airport District. With that money, we will build infrastructure.” In their letter, Ashburn and Runner said traditional funding mechanisms that are available to other local governments such as general obligation bonds and revenue bonds are not feasible because of the small, rural nature of the airport. The senators also wrote that the state is facing intense competition from for the space tourism industry. “For now, we have an advantage over these other locations – we have existing infrastructure in place at the Mojave Airport,” the senators wrote. “But if we want to continue to be the leader in this new industry, California must invest in the airport.” In addition to seeking the funding through the budget process, Ashburn has authored Senate Bill 1671 to authorize the loan. That bill is on hold in the Senate Appropriations Committee. Ashburn calls the request to assist the airport district a “modest loan to help keep this 21st century industry here where it began.” Witt emphasized the request is for a loan, not a grant. Witt said other states are competing to grab a share of the emerging space tourism industry. New Mexico, for example, is putting up $225 million to build a spaceport. Branson has said Virgin Galactic’s space flights will begin in Mojave, and are expected to move to New Mexico when that state’s spaceport is built. “I think the tenants (of the airport) want to know if California is a long-term player in this industry,” Witt said. In her letter to Schwarzenegger, Sharon Runner also pointed out the competition from other states. “Currently, other states are actively working to build their own spaceports to seize upon this emerging commercial space flight industry and technology,” Sharon Runner wrote. “The $11 million loan contemplated under SB 1671 is a minimal upfront investment, which will reap sizeable returns in the future, especially if we can prevent this industry from leaving the state.” james.skeen@dailynews (661) 267-5743160Want 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

Highly-rated Croatia starlet’s future in doubt – Liverpool to pounce?

Highly-rated Croatia starlet’s future in doubt – Liverpool to pounce?

first_img Croatia starlet Ante Coric Liverpool target Ante Coric has been left out of Dinamo Zagreb’s Champions League clash with Juventus this evening, fuelling speculation over his future.The Croatia international is not on good terms with Zagreb coach Zalijko Sopic, who has called into question the 19-year-old’s attitude.Calciomercato have revealed a statement on Coric’s Facebook account has left both the Reds and AC Milan on high alert, as uncertainty grows over his future.The post read: “My life and my dream. That’s what football means to me.“Unfortunately it is a difficult moment from dreams, I am sorry for not playing in a crowded Maksimir tonight.“I’d been waiting for this moment since the very first time I’ve worn this shirt and it’s hard when you know you’ve not been called for a big game.“My heart is with my teammates, I wish them all the best”Coric’s latest exclusion will leave Europe’s top clubs thinking he could be persuaded to leave, with Liverpool expected to renew their interest in the midfielder in the January window. 1last_img read more

Northern Ireland captain Steven Davis targets Swiss success ahead of 100th cap

Northern Ireland captain Steven Davis targets Swiss success ahead of 100th cap

first_img Steven Davis 1 Steven Davis met the Duke of Cambridge last week and will earn his 100th Northern Ireland cap on Thursday, but insists the World Cup play-off with Switzerland is more important than such personal landmarks.Southampton midfielder Davis, 32, will become just the third Northern Irish centurion, following in the footsteps of Pat Jennings and Aaron Hughes when he leads Michael O’Neill’s team out at Windsor Park in the first leg against the Swiss.It is another significant milestone for a player who recently received his MBE at Buckingham Palace, but Davis, one of his country’s most understated figures, would rather his 100th cap slid under the radar.“In all honesty I’m not counting caps,” he said.“I don’t want anything to distract from my or the team’s preparations for the game. That will be at the very back of my mind.“It’s a huge landmark and I’m delighted to reach it, but my focus is solely on the game and hopefully after the play-offs I can look back and say it was a special achievement.“It’s not my personality to be sentimental. It’s more a nice feeling for my family at the game. They can enjoy it more, but your focus automatically is on the game and you are in the zone at that point.”As part of O’Neill’s meticulous preparations, Davis and his international colleagues have been given pamphlets of information on their Swiss opponents since meeting up in Belfast.Yet his skipper had already been made somewhat aware of the size of the task by a member of the Royal Family.“It was great meeting Prince William and a great experience,” Davis revealed.“It’s something you are not used to, but it was great to be in the room with other great people receiving their awards. They have done very well in their own fields, whether it is police, military, ambulance or professors, and it was nice to experience that with my family.“It was a special day for my family and Prince William was very knowledgeable on the game. He talked about the play-offs, knew we were playing the Swiss and said it would be very difficult, but he wished us all the best. It was a memorable day.”Davis, who led his country at Euro 2016, their first major tournament in three decades, was there for his services to football and admitted he was moved by speaking to others being honoured in various fields.“It is very humbling to be there and recognise what people have achieved in their lives,” he added.“I got an award for doing something that I have loved and it’s not something I ever expected, but I’m very proud of. I’ll probably keep in touch with a few of the award winners.“There was a guy from Glasgow who had lost his son and then went on a campaign to raise money for a teenage cancer fund, it was nice to share that experience.”last_img read more

Italian Auto Supplier Chooses Speedway, Indiana for New Headquarters

Italian Auto Supplier Chooses Speedway, Indiana for New Headquarters

first_imgDETROIT (Jan. 15, 2015) – Governor Mike Pence joined executives from Brescia, Italy-based OMR Automotive, a tier 1 automotive supplier for the Fiat Group, in Detroit today to announce the company’s plans to locate its North American headquarters in Speedway, Indiana, creating up to 60 new jobs by 2016.“OMR’s North American headquarters will be in great hands with Hoosiers in the driver’s seat,” said Pence. “Indiana’s motor vehicle industry is prominent around the world. Japanese companies like Toyota, Honda and Subaru helped launch the international automotive presence in Indiana that has multiplied in recent years to now include Italian companies like OMR, proving Indiana is a state that works for the automotive industry.”OMR Automotive will invest $10 million to construct a 43,000 square-foot facility on its 2.5-acre campus located at 4755 Gillman St. in Speedway, which includes the installation of new equipment and advanced manufacturing technologies. The company also purchased an additional 2.5 acres located at 4743 Gillman St. for future expansion. As OMR’s fifth location outside of Italy, the company expects to begin construction on its Speedway facility by April, with operations launching by the end of the year. The operation will house the company’s machining and assembling of automotive components for engines, transmissions and chassis. “Indiana stands out as the ideal place for our North American home base, situated in Speedway, a town known the world over for its legacy in auto racing,” said Marco Bonometti, chairman of OMR. “Our team looked across the region for a place that would maximize growth opportunities for our world-class manufacturing operations, building parts in cars on roads all around the world today. We were impressed with the tax structure and affordable business climate in Indiana, and look forward to a long future here.”Employing more than 1,800 associates in Italy and 1,200 around the world, the company will begin hiring engineering, administration, production line and quality control professionals as well as machine operators and skilled equipment mechanics in Speedway by the end of the year.Established in 1919 and still 100 percent owned by the Bonometti family, OMR is a tier 1 components supplier of engines, suspensions, gears, braking systems, chassis and integrated systems for the automotive industry. With 10 locations in Italy, as well as locations in India, China, Brazil and Morocco, the company is a worldwide supplier for original equipment manufacturers in the Fiat Chrysler Group including Fiat, Lancia, Alfa Romeo, Chrysler, Jeep, Ferrari and Maserati. The company also serves automotive customers including General Motors, Volkswagen, Ford and Toyota.“Given the town of Speedway’s racing history and automotive roots, it is a complete privilege to welcome such a well-known and successful international industry leader to open its first and only headquarters in North America,” said David Lindsey, Speedway Town Council president.The Indiana Economic Development Corporation will provide the Speedway Redevelopment Commission with up to $1,000,000 in infrastructure assistance from the state’s Industrial Development Grant Fund. The town of Speedway and Speedway Redevelopment Commission will consider additional tax abatement.Today Pence is leading a one-day economic development and jobs mission to the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, where he is sharing Indiana’s story as a state that works with executives representing some of the biggest names in the automotive industry. The Indiana automotive industry produced more than 1.1 million cars and light trucks in 2013 and ranks second in the nation for automotive gross domestic product. Vehicle and automotive parts exports remain Indiana’s largest export industry, ranking it in the top five exporting states of motor vehicle parts and accessories in the United States.last_img read more

Scott County Inmate Roster – 9-30-16

Scott County Inmate Roster – 9-30-16

first_imgBooking Date:09-15-2016 – 9:09 pm Booking #:SCJAIL:2016-001015 Booking #:SCJAIL:2016-001020 Booking Date:09-29-2016 – 3:10 pm Charges:IC 35-42-2-1(C)MA ~ BATTERY- RESULTS IN BODILY INJURY TO ANOTHER PERSONIC 35-46-1-15.1(MA) ~ INVASION OF PRIVACY View Profile >>> Booking Date:09-29-2016 – 11:05 am Booking #:SCJAIL:2016-001018 Release Date:09-29-2016 – 11:17 am Booking Date:09-29-2016 – 11:26 am Booking #:SCJAIL:2016-001019 Charges:SERVING TIME ~ SERVING TIME Charges:IC 35-42-4-6 ~ CHILD SOLICATION View Profile >>> View Profile >>> Charges:IC 35-44.1-2-9(FL6) ~ FAILURE TO APPEAR — IF CHARGE WAS A FELONYIC 35-44.1-2-9(MA) ~ FAILURE TO APPEAR WICKER, BERRY Inmates released from the Detention Center within the last 24 hours. WILLIAMS, LARRY Booking #:SCJAIL:2016-001017 Charges:IC 35-44.1-2-9(MA) ~ FAILURE TO APPEAR Booking #:SCJAIL:2016-001016 Release Date:09-29-2016 – 1:17 pm HAMBLIN, LINDA KERRIGAN, WILLIAM Inmates booked into the Detention Center within the last 24 hours. MCINTOSH, EDDIE Booking #:SCJAIL:2016-000977 View Profile >>> Charges:IC 9-30-5-1 ~ OPERATING WHILE INTOXICATED Booking Date:09-29-2016 – 6:12 pm Charges:IC 7.1-5-1-3 ~ PUBLIC INTOXICATION View Profile >>> Booking Date:09-30-2016 – 3:16 am View Profile >>> MAYER, CHARLES ROSE, JOSEPH Booking Date:09-28-2016 – 9:54 pm View Profile >>>last_img read more