Tennis News Dominic Thiem Beats Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer Stays Alive In ATP Masters Title

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Tennis News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. London: Dominic Thiem produced a scintillating display of attacking tennis to beat Novak Djokovic and qualify for the last four at the ATP Finals on Tuesday, leaving the Serbian facing a shootout against Roger Federer. In the standout match so far at London’s O2 Arena, the Austrian fifth seed took the fight to the world number two, recovering from losing the first set to triumph 6-7 (5/7), 6-3, 7-6 (7/5). Earlier, Federer put himself back in the mix at the end-of-season event with a 7-6 (7/2), 6-3 win against Italian debutant Matteo Berrettini in their round-robin clash. Federer and Djokovic will face off on Thursday in a repeat of this year’s Wimbledon final to determine who else will progress from Group Bjorn Borg.Thiem was forced to play high-stakes tennis against the 16-time Grand Slam winner, taking the breath away with some of his inside-out forehands and single-handed backhands Forced to play at his limit, he hit 50 winners compared with Djokovic’s tally of 27 but also racked up 44 unforced errors. “This was really one of these special matches, what I’ve practised all my life for, all my childhood for,” Thiem said. “Really epic one in an amazing atmosphere, beating a legend of our game. And also I’ve qualified for the semi-finals, which is the best. Coming back from 1-4 (down in the deciding tie-break) was a little bit of luck, but it was an unbelievable match and one I’ll never forget. Novak is the best player in the world and I had to do something special.”In a captivating first set the players swapped a break apiece but Djokovic, a five-time ATP Finals champion, edged the tie-break. Undaunted, Thiem broke his opponent at the first opportunity in the second set and, with Djokovic’s error count climbing, went on to level the match. Thiem also drew first blood in the decider but cracked in the sixth game as Djokovic levelled the match and appeared to have engineered a switch in momentum.Roger Federer put himself back in the mix at the end-of-season event with a 7-6 (7/2), 6-3 win against Matteo Berrettini in their round-robin clash and he will face Novak Djokovic. (Image credit: Getty Images)The Austrian successfully challenged at 30-30 in the 10th game after his forehand was ruled out, preventing a match point for Djokovic and he toughed it out to level at 5-5. He then broke Djokovic to love to earn a chance to serve for the match but stumbled and the decider went to a tie-break. Still the drama was not finished. Thiem slipped to 4-1 down but battled back to win it on his second match point when Djokovic dumped a forehand into the net.Federer stays aliveThird seed Federer had put himself under the cosh by losing his opening round-robin match to Thiem. The six-time champion was not at his fluent best on Tuesday but ultimately had too much for his Italian opponent. The Swiss upped his game to take the first set tie-break comfortably and broke immediately at the start of the second set to leave the big-serving Berrettini with too much to do. Federer was asked after his win against Berrettini whether his defeat to Djokovic at Wimbledon had left emotional or mental scars. “We’ll find out, but I think it’s all flushed away from my side,” said the Swiss. “A lot of water has gone under the bridge since then.”Also Read | Roger Federer Loses To Dominic Thiem, Faces Early Exit From Year-Ending ATP FinalsDjokovic is hunting a sixth ATP Finals title to pull level with Federer’s record and is also seeking to pip Rafael Nadal to the year-end number one ranking. On Monday, top seed Nadal lost his opener in Group Andre Agassi to defending champion Alexander Zverev while Stefanos Tsitsipas beat Daniil Medvedev.last_img read more

Afghanistan can upset anyone, warns Simmons

first_imgLUCKNOW, India, (CMC) – Newly-appointed West Indies head coach, Phil Simmons, has warned his charges of the threat posed by his former side Afghanistan, and says execution and consistency will be crucial to success in the upcoming series.West Indies arrived here this week for a six-match limited overs series – three Twenty20 Internationals and One-Day Internationals – but are aware that even though Afghanistan are one of the youngest international sides, they will be dangerous in familiar subcontinent conditions.“It’s a positive thing that I know much about the rivals but they are a young and energetic side who can upset anyone,” cautioned Simmons who stepped down as Afghanistan coach following the ICC World Cup back in July.Over the last many years, they have become quite a confident unit. They will be playing on home turf; it’s not going to be easy for us. We have to make sure we are ready for what comes to us while facing an aggressive opposition.“On both the occasions when Afghanistan beat West Indies, I was their coach, and this time I would like to see things in the reverse order. It would be important to see how the West Indies boys execute plans.”He added: “If we really need to come up in the ladder, we need to have a consistent showing in all the series. We have a new captain (Kieron Pollard) and let’s see what changes he wants to make for the good.”Simmons was named as West Indies coach earlier this coach, returning for his second stint in four years after the first one ended in acrimony.Under his guidance, the Caribbean side captured the T20 World Cup in 2016 but in his absence they have slumped to number 10 in the format – below the Afghanis now ranked eighth – and number nine in ODIs.Simmons, who has penned a four-year contract, said he hoped to see the return of a winning culture during his tenure.“It’s a big responsibility on my shoulders after three years and it is different too,” said Simmons, who played 26 Tests and 143 ODIs during his career.“I would love to start with what is necessary for now. As a coach I have a goal for myself and I want my team to be a consistent winning unit. West Indies should win more matches instead of losing more matches.”He added: “We have won the World Cup twice and finished runners-up once and now all the stakeholders need to work hard to get things right once again.“It’s about getting the balance right, discipline right. Once we have all this, we can hope for a turn-around in fortunes for West Indies cricket.”West Indies take on Afghanistan in the first ODI here next Wednesday.last_img read more

Grossman: Hack writes letter to freshman self

first_img Published on April 26, 2017 at 10:58 pm To my freshman-year self:We have a lot to go over about these next four years. Let’s get to it.Understand how lucky you are to accidentally meet the assistant sports editor before school starts. Most of your best friends at The Daily Orange won’t start for months, or even next year.When you finally land that first women’s soccer assignment, don’t believe the SID’s email about the 7:10 a.m. media opportunity at Hookway Field. Go back to bed. You don’t even know where South Campus is. Busses don’t start running until 7:20 a.m. The SID won’t even be there when you finally arrive, anyway. You will just get drenched by a small monsoon as you decide if it’s right to interrupt their practice for your first-ever interviews. Don’t try emailing the head coach and players afterward, either. They won’t respond.You’re not too cool or too good to cover women’s soccer. Don’t act like it. All you’ve done is start a San Francisco Giants blog no one’s heard of. (They’ll hear about it eventually, and you’ll wish they hadn’t.)AdvertisementThis is placeholder textDon’t get on the Nob Hill bus. It won’t take you to the women’s ice hockey game downtown.Despite Paul showing up to his first softball game coverage with six pens, two notebooks and a clipboard, don’t resent him for it. You could use a lesson about preparation. Plus, you’re about to spend more time with him over the next four years than you thought you’d ever spend with one person.Unfortunately your best lede is a single letter, and you didn’t even write it.Speaking of softball, don’t write a feature about how many consecutive road games the team plays and get the number wrong. There are only more fact-checking nightmares to come.Relish the baskets you make during Media Cup warmups. It’s the only scoring you’ll do in four years.As you head into sophomore year — sorry the best year of college is already behind you — make more time to cover the field hockey team. Maybe attend more than a couple of games. But hell, they won’t win the national championship for another year anyway.Still make time to go Derek Jeter’s last game in New York. That’ll be worth missing a field hockey game for.Working on the national college football beat will instill the belief that you can actually do this thing. Enjoy it.That phone number you’re ticked about not getting at Race? Things will work out with her.Apply to work in-house as a copy editor. It’s one of the best choices you’ll make (and in some respects, one of the worst).Props for taking a second try at that softball story about consecutive road games. But seriously, don’t get the number wrong again. Count the friggin’ doubleheaders.Climbing The D.O. ranks is laborious and no position better personifies that than assistant sports editor. But the first semester of junior year will be your most formative as a journalist. Just don’t go MIA during the summer. Matt and Sam won’t appreciate that.Interviewing Ian McIntyre, Quentin Hillsman and John Desko will be the most fun you’ll ever have dealing with Syracuse head coaches. Jim Boeheim’s version of fun, as you’ll learn next year, is not most people’s.Always appreciate greatness. Simultaneously watching Connecticut win its fourth consecutive title and SU women’s basketball play in the national championship is the coolest journalistic experience you’ll have in college.The prospects of a Mark Coyle profile sound great, but don’t get too worked up over it. His sights are already set on Minnesota.Congratulations on getting the men’s basketball beat for senior year. Now spend a little more time preparing for it and a little less time watching the Giants lose in September and October.Stay sharp around Boeheim. Don’t apologize for calling him Jim instead of coach, even when he belittles you for it. When Boeheim openly condemns the “intrepid Daily Orange” for incorrectly predicting three blowout losses against Duke, tell him he’s wrong.Digest every corner of the country The D.O. affords you the opportunity to see. Take pictures, eat good food and take pictures of the good food. That Ford Escape is going to roam about 4,814 miles of highway (sorry, Mom and Dad) en route to New York City, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Louisville and elsewhere for men’s basketball games.Lastly: Regret nothing, find humor wherever you can and have the time of your life.Connor Grossman is a senior staff writer at The Daily Orange, where his column will no longer appear. He can be reached at and on Twitter @connorgrossman.– 30 – Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Kevin Boateng keen on summer exit from AC Milan

first_imgAC Milan and Kevin-Prince Boateng are preparing for a parting of the ways this summer, with the Ghana international seeking a way out of San Siro.While Boateng has been one of the most positive additions on the whole during Massimiliano Allegri’s three-year reign as Milan coach, his performances in 2012-13 have been largely underwhelming.Boateng would also prefer to be used in an offensive role, but he has been utilised in a number of positions by Allegri in his 33 appearances this season, leading the 26-year-old to become disillusioned by his coaches’ rotation policy.As a result, Goal understands that the Rossoneri will encourage bids in the region of €15 million for the midfielder.Manchester City officials have monitored Boateng on more than one occasion this season, but both Malaga star Isco and Shakhtar’s Fernandinho, with whom talks are said to be at an ‘advanced stage’, are seen as more viable options this summer.Former club Tottenham are said to have maintained interest in the player they originally signed from Hertha Berlin in 2007. Boateng played only 14 games in two years at White Hart Lane before moving on to Portsmouth, but he remains fond of London. If Boateng’s valuation can be met, then both the club and player are keen on an amicable separation at the end of the season.last_img read more

Man accused of murdering Lu Verne bank employee pleads not guilty

first_imgLU VERNE — A Johnson County man accused of murdering an Algona woman at a bank in the Kossuth County town of Lu Verne has pleaded not guilty. 35-year-old Valentino Williams of Coralville was charged with first-degree murder and first-degree robbery in the December 4th killing of 43-year-old Jessica Weisharr of Algona. Williams is accused of shooting Weisharr multiple times outside of the Security State Bank. Weisharr died at the scene. Prosecutors say Williams was on parole, drove across the state in a rental car, and fatally shot Weisharr during the bank robbery. Williams was scheduled to have his arraignment hearing next Monday in Kossuth County District Court, but online court records indicate that he filed a written plea of not guilty to the charges on Wednesday. District Judge Don Courtney scheduled Williams’ trial to start on February 11th. If convicted of first-degree murder, Williams would face life in prison without the opportunity for parole.last_img read more

EPL splashes cash as Arsenal sign Aubameyang

first_imgLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | England’s Premier League clubs have spent more money than ever in a January transfer window, with initial estimates suggesting they had reached the £450 million ($639 million, 514 million euros) mark come deadline day.Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang joined Arsenal from Borussia Dortmund for a club-record fee of around £56 million on Wednesday’s concluding day of business, with Olivier Giroud moving to Chelsea as part of a complicated transfer jigsaw. The previous EPL record for a January window was £225 million in 2011.Prior to Wednesday’s 2300 GMT deadline in England, Tottenham Hotspur announced the signing of Lucas Moura from Paris Saint-Germain but Manchester City pulled out of signing Leicester’s Riyad Mahrez.Top Premier League clubs have splashed the cash in the January transfer window, desperate to qualify for the top four, which guarantees entry into the lucrative Champions League.Aubameyang, 28, signed a contract with the Gunners until 2021, becoming Arsenal’s second big-name signing of the January transfer window after Henrikh Mkhitaryan joined from Manchester United.His arrival will boost Arsene Wenger’s forward options after the departure of Alexis Sanchez to United in a swap deal with Mkhitaryan but raises questions about Alexandre Lacazette’s future with the Gunners. The prolific Aubameyang compared himself to club legend Thierry Henry, telling Arsenal Player he was attracted by the “big history” of the club, who lost ground in the Premier League with a 3-1 defeat by Swansea on Tuesday.– ‘Crazy’ –The Gabon international will be reunited at the Emirates Stadium with former Dortmund teammate Mkhitaryan — a tweet on Arsenal’s Twitter account pictured the two players together with the message “Friends reunited”.Aubameyang posted a message on Instagram apologising for the circumstances surrounding his departure from Germany but describing himself as “crazy”.“Perhaps it was not the best way for me to have decided, but everyone knows that Auba is crazy,” Aubameyang said.“I never had any bad intentions. I will never forget these four-and-a-half years at Borussia Dortmund.”? Erstes BVB-Training für @mbatshuayi!— Borussia Dortmund (@BVB) January 31, 2018Chelsea later announced the arrival of Arsenal striker Giroud on an 18-month contract for around £18 million and Michy Batshuayi’s departure for Borussia Dortmund in a loan deal until the end of the season.Frenchman Giroud, 31, who has struggled to hold down a regular starting spot since joining Arsenal in 2012, said he was delighted to be joining their London rivals.Belgian forward Batshuayi, 24, arrives in Dortmund as a direct replacement for Aubameyang, to complete the three-way puzzle.Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2last_img read more

Every vote is a golden one during the 2019 general elections

first_imgDear Editor,Are votes during the Guyana general elections in 2019 as golden as I think they are or should be?I understand that the Chief Justice in a recent ruling stated that the current House-to-House Registration is legal and at the same time, no name should be taken off the current voters’ list. I guess that would be with the exception of all deceased persons since the last general elections in 2015. I just need some clarification on the following:For someone not registering during the current House-to-House Registration cycle, but whose name is on the current voters’ list from 2015, will they be allowed to cast their vote?I happen to know a bedridden patient at the Palms called “The Geriatric Home” on Brickdam, and from a recent visit, I jokingly inquired from the individual if she will be voting? She responded with laughter that she would love to vote, but is not sure what provisions would be made for her and others in that condition to exercise that right. Does she actually have any voting rights as a senior citizen?Is it GECOM or the Government’s responsibility to put in a place a system for having those senior citizens cast their respective vote? Why not have a special day allotted for such an exercise similar to the Disciplined Forces? What about the homeless persons on the streets, do they have any voting rights?From inquiries, I was told that prisoners have no voting rights. Is that accurate? This election in 2019 is huge and why not make an exception and have prisoners cast their votes? Again, set aside a special day for GECOM personnel to visit all prison locations and let those votes come in.Yours faithfully,T Pembertonlast_img read more

New trash fee to fund roving garbage trucks

first_imgBy the end of the year, roving trash trucks will begin cruising the streets of Los Angeles looking for the mattresses, couches, desks and other junk dumped at the curb by residents. Under a new program approved by the City Council on Wednesday, apartment dwellers and landlords will each pay half of a $1.28 per unit monthly bulky item pickup fee. The fee will raise more than $8 million a year, which covers the expense of new Bureau of Sanitation trash trucks and 25 more drivers to respond to discarded furniture calls and make regular sweeps of neighborhoods with a lot of dumping problems. “It’s tough to raise rates, but this will affect a true quality-of-life issue,” said Councilman Tom LaBonge, who proposed the program three years ago. “This is something that will change Los Angeles.” Now, single-family homes and small apartment complexes served by the Bureau of Sanitation pay for bulky item pickup through their trash bill. But larger apartment complexes hire private haulers, who don’t collect furniture or they charge extra for the service. As a result, some apartment residents – particularly those moving out – leave their furniture on the curb. Sometimes bulky items sit for weeks until a neighbor calls the city’s 311 line to request a pickup. Sarah Fanciullo of Panorama City said people often dump mattresses and sofas in an empty lot next to her house. “It looks like we don’t care,” she said. “It makes our street look trashy.” Councilwoman Wendy Greuel said dumped furniture is one of the top complaints she hears from constituents. “We all know the areas where people dump things and there are days of the month where people move out and there’s a higher propensity to dump things,” she said. And bulky items have a magnetic effect as well. “You start with a couch, and if you don’t pick it up in a week or so, pretty soon there’s a fridge there, and a desk,” Councilman Tony Cardenas said. “Out of all the furniture dumped, you could make a whole apartment unit.” The city will hold public hearings in the coming months before enacting the new fee. The program should take effect Oct. 1, and tenants will see a 64-cent charge on their Department of Water and Power bill. Landlords will cover the other 64 cent-per-unit monthly charge. In the meantime, residents can report the discarded bulky items by calling 311. (213) 978-0390 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

Dyke reveals FA never considered sacking England boss Hodgson

first_imgGreg Dyke has told talkSPORT the Football Association never considered sacking Roy Hodgson after England crashed out of the World Cup at the group stages.The Three Lions suffered a terrible summer in Brazil, crashing out after just two games following defeats to Italy and Uruguay, and then stumbling to a goalless draw with Costa Rica in their final match. Unsurprisingly, it led to calls for Hodgson to be sacked after two years in charge but the FA and Dyke were quick to stand by the beleaguered boss.And the FA chairman said: “We took that decision in Brazil that we thought Roy has got two years left on his contract and we thought he was the right person to take us on.“But obviously we are looking at what happened in Brazil. We are looking at all of the ways we could have done better. Someone described it to me as a disaster, but it wasn’t a disaster. It was very disappointing, but a disaster is losing 7-1 at home to Germany.“This wasn’t a disaster but I think the conclusion is it’s marginal the difference between going through and not going through. A couple of goals and we would have gone through. However, it was disappointing and we’ve got to do better in the future.”Hodgson again came under pressure following a woeful 1-0 friendly win over Norway earlier this month, but restored some pride with an impressive 2-0 victory in the opening Euro 2016 qualifier in Switzerland.And reflecting on the start to the qualification campaign, Dyke added: “I thought that night as I went home, ‘there is a god after all’, because you could feel the pressure building on Roy from all sorts of places, from the fans and the media.“But suddenly that pressure went because that’s the hardest game in our group and we won it. However, we still have to win the rest to qualify. But I think there’s a quiet confidence that we will be there in France in two years time and our job is to do well.”last_img read more

A defender who can defend! Reliable stopper on Spurs wish list

first_imgLet’s be honest, Tottenham’s defence needs reinforcing and one player identified to fix the back is Hector Moreno. Here, talkSPORT’s Transfer Spotlight runs the rule…Name: Hector MorenoDate of birth: 17/01/88Born: Sinaloa, north west MexicoClub: EspanyolPosition: DefenceInternational: 57 Mexico caps, one goalWhat’s the latest?Despite injury ruling him out of action midway through the World Cup, Tottenham have been linked with Mexico and Espanyol defender Hector Moreno. Manager Mauricio Pochettino worked with him during his time in charge of the Spanish club.Did you know?1) The defender came through the ranks at Mexican side Club Universidad Nacional and was promoted to the first team in 2007 after winning the U17 World Cup two years earlier with Mexico. He was signed by AZ Alkmaar in 2007.2) Moreno worked with Louis van Gaal during his time with the Dutch club and by the end of the 2008/09 season he was a regular feature in the side as the club finished the campaign as Eredivisie champions.3) Espanyol came calling in 2011 and with the help of a Mexican investment fund, signed Moreno for around €4.5m. He played 39 games under Mauricio Pochettino over the course of his first year at the Barcelona-based club.4) Along with his usual spot in the heart of the defence, Moreno has played as a holding midfielder at youth level for Mexico. He is a reliable stopper, whose errors are rare (imagine that, Spurs fans) and is powerful in the air.5) The defender has played for Mexico since U17 level, and made his senior debut at the age of 19 in October 2007. He was part of the Mexico squad at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa and 2014 in Brazil where he played every group game before breaking a bone in his shin against the Netherlands in the last 16. The injury ruled him out for between four and six months. And Jay Rodriguez, out since April with a knee problem, is also said to be a transfer target…What is being said?We’ve received a proposal for Hector. There’s a club that could be interested, but we don’t have an official document to certify it. It’s a foreign club– Espanyol president Joan Collet in JuneVideo evidence: Tottenham transfer target Hector Moreno 1last_img read more