Serena Williams loses in 1st round at Miami Open to Osaka

first_imgSerena Williams returns to Naomi Osaka, of Japan, during the Miami Open tennis tournament, Wednesday, March 21, 2018, in Key Biscayne, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. — The match ended with Serena Williams grinning at the net. She saved her worst shot for last, and after a rare first-round defeat she had to laugh.Still rusty in her return from pregnancy, Williams was unable to overcome a tough opening draw at the Miami Open and lost Wednesday to Naomi Osaka, 6-3, 6-2.ADVERTISEMENT Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters On the final point, Williams thundered forward to attack an easy shot at eye level, whacked the ball six feet past the baseline and responded with a sheepish smile.Not that motherhood has mellowed Williams. She left without talking to the media.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkThe 20-year-old Osaka, who earned her first career title Sunday at Indian Wells, said she was nervous at the start playing her idol for the first time. 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What did Williams say when they shook hands after the match?“She said ‘good job’ and stuff,” Osaka said. “I kind of blanked out, but I’m pretty good she said ‘good job.’”Osaka, who has both American and Japanese citizenship and lives in Fort Lauderdale, raised her profile with last week’s title run and showed no signs of letup and overpowered the erratic Williams. Osaka had the stronger serve and wore down Williams in rallies working her from side to side.The matchup worthy of a final came about because both players were unseeded. Osaka is ranked a career-best 22nd, while Williams’ ranking is 491st after a layoff of more than a year.Another new mother and former No. 1, three-time champion Victoria Azarenka, defeated Catherine Bellis 6-3, 6-0. Seeded players are in action beginning Thursday.ADVERTISEMENT Williams has been eliminated in the first round only four other times, most recently at the 2012 French Open. The latest defeat came at a tournament she has won a record eight times and considers her hometown event.The match was the last for Williams at Key Biscayne, 90 miles south of her home in Palm Beach Gardens. The tournament is moving next year to the Miami Dolphins’ stadium, where Williams helped with the ceremonial groundbreaking Monday.Because of Williams’ ranking, she entered the draw as a wild card, and looked the part. She needed only eight shots to win the match’s first five points, but things became much more difficult after that.Playing her fourth match since returning to the tour, Williams was a step slow to balls in the corners and often late with her swing, while she put barely half her first serves in play. Early in the second set she resorted to her patented scream of “Come on!”, but the outburst failed to turn things around.Osaka was heartened that she provoked Williams to shout at herself.“Sometimes she plays matches where she doesn’t say ‘Come on!’ at all,” Osaka said. “That’s a little bit sad, because it’s like, ‘Do you think she’s trying?’ So I just wanted her say ‘Come on!’ once. I knew then maybe she would be trying a little bit.”Williams tried, but typical of her struggle was an exchange midway through the last set. She scrambled forward to scoop a ball back, retreated to hit an awkward, lunging overhead, and then stood and watched helplessly as a crosscourt forehand from Osaka whizzed past for a winner.Osaka’s serve reached 116 mph, and she was never broken. When Williams pushed her to deuce three times in one game, Osaka closed it out with consecutive aces, and said she drew inspiration from her hero.“Sometimes when I’m in a really hard position when I’m serving, I’m like, ‘What would Serena do?’” Osaka said.That approach has served Osaka well. She’s 14-4 this year and will next face No. 4-seeded Elina Svitolina as the tournament’s new player to beat. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina MOST READ Bucks’ Antetokounmpo leaves game with ankle sprain Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Gianda Youth Form Sports Association

first_imgThe young people of Gianda Chiefdom, in Kpogbahn Statutory District #4, Grand Bassa County, have organized the Mighty Gianda Sports Association, (M-GISA), with Mr. Olu Diggs as the head of its interim leadership.According to Mr. Diggs, M-GISA will foster unity and reconciliation and development in the chiefdom. He noted that the association already has soccer and kickball teams and is considering organizing volleyball and basketball teams.He is calling on the youth of Gianda Chiefdom and those living elsewhere in the district to support the association for its growth.Diggs also urged officers and members, as well as supporters of the association to exhibit a high degree of sportsmanship and dedication for the betterment of M-GISA.He, however, said M-GISA needs materials, including footballs, jerseys and called on organizations and residents in the district to identify with them.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Blizzards Thursday Night Results

first_imgColter Young, won the latest BBC time trial last night, beating out Rob Lavigne by a little over a minute, and third place finisher Pat Ferris another half minute back of Lavigne. Lots more on the go this weekend for the Blizzards, including two challenge cup races in Dawson Creek on Sunday, and Stephen and Pat Ferris will be in Edmonton on Tuesday for the Canada day criterium- Advertisement –last_img

Early morning fire in Taylor

first_imgTAYLOR, B.C. – The Taylor and Fort St. John Fire Departments responded to an early morning fire on 99 street in Taylor.Fire crews received a call just after 7 a.m. about a fire in a garage on 99 street.  When crews arrived on the scene, the garage was fully engulfed.   Crews started by fighting to keep the fire from spreading to the adjacent house.The fire also caused damage to a neighbour’s house.- Advertisement –The house next to the garage also suffered damage – Adam ReaburnThe garage has been destroyed by the fire, and the amount of damage to the two homes in the direct vicinity is still unknown.  Residents were at home in both houses at the time of the fire, and they escaped without injury.The cause of the fire is under investigation.Advertisement The white garage is where the fire started – Adam Reaburn.last_img read more

Barcelona star Xavi announces retirement from international football

first_imgBarcelona midfielder Xavi has announced his retirement from international football.The 34-year-old has been an integral part of Spain’s success in recent years, but has decided to bow out after winning 133 caps.He helped his country to dominate the international scene, with World Cup glory in 2010 sandwiched in between two European Championship titles.Following a disastrous World Cup defence for Spain in Brazil, which saw the holders crash out at the group stage, Xavi has now decided to call it quits to focus on his club career.“I’ve taken the decision to leave the national team. My time there has finished,” he told a press conference on Tuesday.“From now on I’m another fan of the Spain team.“I’m grateful to everybody at the Federation, it’s been a marvellous time for me to be there for so many years and have so much success. I’m leaving very proud and I wish them all the best.”Xavi made his international debut in 2000, the same year as he helped Spain win an Olympic silver medal in Australia.Further success came in 2008 when he was named player of the tournament as Spain won the European Championship in Austria and Switzerland – the country’s first international success since 1964.Two years later Xavi was a key part of the Spain squad that won the World Cup for the first time in their history, and then in 2012 he helped his country retain their Euro crown in Poland and Ukraine.Xavi was also part of Spain’s World Cup squad in Brazil this summer but played in just one game – the humiliating 5-1 opening defeat to Holland – as the defending champions were dumped out at the group stage.That defeat to Holland, which saw Spain concede five goals in an international for the first time since 1963, would turn out to be the last appearance in national colours for Xavi.On whether he had spoken with Spain coach Vicente del Bosque about his decision to retire, Xavi said: “I told him at Euro 2012, he convinced me to continue until Brazil and that was a disappointment for everyone, both at a collective level and a personal level, especially seeing myself left out of the Chile game.“I told Maria Jose Claramunt [national team director], but I haven’t told him personally. I’m grateful for all the support they’ve given me and I think there’s no better coaching team than now.“I wish them the best and I’m happy by the fact that Vicente is continuing.”The pass-master leaves Spain as his country’s second-most capped player, with only current national team captain Iker Casillas ahead of him. Xavi in action for Spain 1last_img read more

Bush veto will set up fight over health care

first_imgThe coalition will devote $3 million to $5 million to the effort, he said. House Minority Whip Roy Blunt, R-Mo., said he was “absolutely confident” the House would sustain Bush’s veto. Blunt and other Republican congressional leaders met with Bush at the White House on Tuesday. Senate Minority Whip Trent Lott, R-Miss., said Congress should be able to reach a compromise with Bush once he vetoes the bill. “We can do this,” Lott said. “But we should not allow it to be expanded to higher and higher income levels, and to adults. This is about poor children.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! In Congress, Democrats didn’t wait for Bush’s veto to begin campaigning against Republicans who oppose the expansion. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee launched radio ads Monday attacking eight GOP House members who voted against the bill and face potentially tough re-election campaigns next year. Democratic lawmakers held a string of events highlighting the issue, including a parade of children bearing anti-veto signs and T-shirts in front of the White House on Monday. By midafternoon Tuesday, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., had hosted three events devoted entirely or largely to the SCHIP issue. He said Democrats would continue to implore 15 House Republicans to switch positions and overturn the veto, but he acknowledged that none had agreed to so far. Gerald McEntee, president of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees union, said a coalition of liberal groups planned more than 200 events throughout the nation to highlight the SCHIP issue. The group, which includes, and several unions, will flood Congress “with hundreds of thousands of calls, letters and e-mails, all demanding that members of Congress vote to override Bush’s SCHIP veto,” McEntee told reporters Tuesday. WASHINGTON – With no ceremony for television cameras, President George W. Bush will veto a bill today expanding a popular health care program for children by $35 billion. The move will set up a veto fight that Bush probably will win but which will give Democrats a campaign issue for next year’s elections. They will argue that the veto shows that Bush and his Republican allies are insensitive to low-income children who are uninsured through no fault of their own. The Senate passed the bill with enough votes to override the veto, with 18 Republicans lining up with Democrats. But the House fell about two dozen votes shy of the number needed to override. Bush argues that the expansion of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program, or SCHIP, is a step toward socialized medicine and would entice people with private coverage to switch to government-financed plans. last_img read more

The most lucrative short sponsorships in club football

first_img =8. Man City – Sponsor: Etihad – Value: £20m-per-year – Click the arrow to see who else features in this list – City are currently three years into a 10-year sponsorship deal with Etihad airways, reportedly worth around £20m-per-year. Part of the agreement includes stadium naming rights, but this could swell in excess of £40m in total. 5. Bayern Munich – Sponsor: Deutsche Telekom – Value: £25m-per-year – Click the arrow to see who else features in this list – Bayern Munich’s association with the German telecommunications giant is worth a hefty fee, with the Bavarian’s pocketing a cool £25m-per-year. With the deal set to expire at the end of next season however, expect to see Bayern collect even more for their next sponsorship agreement. 10 7. Paris Saint-Germain – Sponsor: Fly Emirates – Value: £21m-per-year – Click the arrow to see who else features in this list – PSG only recently extended their deal with the middle-eastern airline for an additional five years in 2013, but the package is thought to be worth around £21m-per-year for the Ligue 1 giants. 10 10. Tottenham – Sponsor: AIA – Value: £16m-per-year – Click the arrow to see who else features in this list – Spurs seems to switch sponsors on a yearly basis, but it is their current deal with insurance service AIA that is the most lucrative in the club’s history. Spurs are currently one year into a five year deal with the company. 4. Barcelona – Sponsor: Qatar Airways – Value: £27m-per-year – Click the arrow to see who else features in this list – Perhaps the greatest sign of changing times in football, not even Barcelona are impervious to shirt sponsorship, with the Catalan giants boasting one of the biggest deals in history with Qatar Airways. While they had promoted both Unicef and the Qatar Foundation on their shirt, the airline deal represented the first time in the club’s history that a corporate sponsor appeared on the front. =8. Liverpool – Sponsor: Standard Chartered – Value: £20m-per-year – Click the arrow to see who else features in this list – It may no invoke the nostalgic pangs of ‘Carlsberg’ or ‘Crown Paints’, but Liverpool’s recently extended deal with the Standard Chartered bank is worth its weight in gold. The sponsorship is valued at a reported £20m-per-year and will run until the end of next season. 10 10 10 10 1. Man United – Sponsor: Chevrolet – Value: £53m-per-year – By far and away the biggest shirt sponsorship in football though is Manchester United’s staggering deal with American motoring giants Chevrolet. The world-record agreement sees the Red Devils received £53m-per-year and runs for seven years. 10 6. Real Madrid – Sponsor: Fly Emirates – Value: £24m-per-year – Click the arrow to see who else features in this list – Signed in 2013, Real Madrid’s £24m-per-year deal with Fly Emirates runs until the summer of 2018. When it was initially signed, it was ranked as one of the most valuable deals in football, but that has since been eclipsed. 10 10 3. Arsenal – Sponsor: Fly Emirates – Value: £30m-per-year – Click the arrow to see who else features in this list – For a generation of Arsenal fans, the club’s association with Emirates has been long and (financially) rewarding. The airline sponsor both the club kits and the stadium and following an extension in 2012, will run until the conclusion of the 2018/19 season. 2. Chelsea – Sponsor: Yokohama Rubber (starting summer 2015) – Value: £40m-per-year – Click the arrow to see who else features in this list – The Blues’ new deal with the Japanese manufacturer storms straight into the number two spot, with the club pocketing a cool £40m-per-year. The contract is reportedly worth double that which current shirt sponsor Samsung paid and is believed to be worth £200m in total. 10 Money talks in football and nowadays the size of your club is largely dictated by it’s commercial pulling power.As an example of their growing ambitions not just on the pitch, but in the boardroom, Chelsea have agreed a staggering £200m shirt sponsorship deal with Japanese company Yokohama Rubber.But how does the Blues’ bumper deal match up to the rest of football’s big deals?We decided to take a look but comparing annual shirt deals.Click the arrow to see the most lucrative…Source: Club websites, reportslast_img read more

Job Vacancies: McCallion group has range of vacancies to fill

first_imgThe McCallion Group are delighted to announce that they have a number of new positions to fill.Due to continued growth and success, the renowned Buncrana construction group are now expanding their commercial and contracts teams.They are now recruiting for the following positions: ● Procurement Manager● Senior Quantity Surveyor● Project Quantity Surveyor● Site Quantity Surveyor ● Groundworks Quantity Surveyor● Buyer● Project ManagerDo you want to be part of a team of highly skilled professionals and to work in a fast-paced and cutting-edge environment?Please contact the HR Department directly on for further information before Friday 17th August 2017. Job Vacancies: McCallion group has range of vacancies to fill was last modified: August 3rd, 2018 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:buncranaconstructionjobsMcCallion GroupVacancieslast_img read more

Juventus prepare to unveil Cristiano Ronaldo at their stadium on Saturday

first_imgThe Real Madrid star is said to be in talks to leave the Bernabeu and seal a shock £88million switch to Italian champions Juve.Ronaldo, 33, has hinted he could leave Real before only then to sign new contracts, but this time the rumours appear to be legitimate as multiple sources claim he is nearing a stunning move to Turin.Portugal’s early exit from the World Cup has reportedly prompted the superstar to consider his future – with claims he wants one last challenge before bringing his record-breaking career to a close.Ronaldo is Real Madrid’s greatest goalscorer, the top striker in Champions League history, has won five European titles and has the most caps for Portugal.He is looking to leave the LaLiga giants after nine seasons – winning two league titles and four Champions League crowns – and his £88m move would smash Juventus’ previous £75.3m transfer record when they signed Gonzalo Higuain from rivals Napoli in 2016. Portugal’s early World Cup exit has made Ronaldo think about his future Ronaldo won his fifth Champions League with Madrid in May 2 2 And, according to reports from Sport Mediaset in Italy, Juve are so confident the deal will be wrapped up that they are already making plans to officially announce his arrival on Saturday.It is claimed Ronaldo could be unveiled to fans at the Allianz Stadium.Ronaldo is expected to sign a four-year contract worth £26million per year, or a cool £500,000 a week, with the Serie A champions. Cristiano Ronaldo could be unveiled as a Juventus player as soon as Saturday, according to reports in Italy.last_img read more

How the Kobs players rated against South Sudan

first_imgThe Kobs team that started against South Sudan on Wednesday (photo by FUFA Media)LUGOGO – The Uganda Kobs required a late Mutapha Kizza penalty to defeat their South Sudan counterparts 1-0 in the 2019 U23 AFCON Qualifiers at the StarTimes Stadium on Wednesday afternoon.In a game that Uganda dominated in terms of possession, they failed to create several clear-cut chances and this is how the players rated:Said Keni 6.5: The Proline shot-stopper was rarely called into action but when needed, was at hand to collect almost everything that required his attention.Mustafa Mujjuzi 4.5: Was taken off early in the second half as the team searched for an opening. The Captain looked less comfortable in a back three as opposed to playing as one of the two center-halfs he is used to.Mustafa Kizza 7.0: Took care of his defensive duties all day and sent in several decent crosses before converting the winner in added time.Bashir Asiku 6.5: Led the team well as if he was the skipper and always looked comfortable in possession.Geoffrey Wasswa 7.0: Always comfortable in possession, made a few runs into the opposition half, took care of his duties and was involved in the move that led to the goal.Shafik Kagimu 5.0: As per his standards, the URA FC skipper had an average show throughout the game.Lawrence Bukenya 6.5: Never lost possession of the ball for the entire 90 minutes and dictated the temple of play superbly.Allan Okello 6.5: Tried as much as he could to create for the team especially in the first 70 minutes but tired as the match wore on.Julius Poloto 6.0: The evergreen Poloto did not have the best of games but was always comfortable on the ball and also tried to make things happen in the opposition half on several occasions.Joel Madondo 5.0: Looked fazed on his competitive debut and aside from the header early in the first half, rarely looked like he would score in his first match.Steven Mukwala 6.0: Mukwala looked a shadow of the striker who is used to terrorizing defences for the underage teams. Was brought down in the area for Kizza’s penalty but aside from that, he didn’t have the desired impact.SubstitutesJoseph Semujju 4.0: Came on for Mujuzi but had little impact on proceedings.Duncan Sseninde 5.0: Injected pace and trickery into the game but with less impact in the final third.Comments Tags: 2019 U23 AFCON Qualifiersuganda kobslast_img read more