Shane answers the doubters

first_img LEARNING EXPERIENCE “When you have two jockeys competing strongly, the fans get involved and that plays a big role in everything. You have to stay focused to be successful or you won’t make it. But he (Halledeen) will learn from this experience,” Ellis added. Ellis’ who surpassed 1,000 winners this year (now 1,033), is sixth on the all-time list for local riders. He, along with all-time leading jockey Winston ‘Fanna’ Griffiths, are the only riders still active locally who have won all five classics. However, he is disappointed that Caymanas Track Limited or the Jamaica Racing Commission failed to acknowledge his 1,000 winners milestone. “My career has been very good and I thank all supporters and fans who have been there throughout. No matter the criticism, they remained die-hard Shane Ellis fans and I love those people. Not that I do not love the people that criticise me, because when they criticise me it helps me to get better. “But what I was surprised about and very disappointed with was that I went past a 1,000 wins this year and they didn’t recognise it,” he commented. Ellis graduated as an apprentice jockey in 1996 with high expectations and it was no surprise when he won his first classic and first championship in 2000. The ‘Canterman’ has ridden 14 classic winners to date, including four 1000 Guineas with RAY OF HOPE 2000, LATONIA 2004, SAINT CECELIA 2009 and NIPHAL 2011. Two 2000 Guineas – ROYAL IMAGE 2008 and WILLIE GOLDSMITH 2013. Three Derby wins – AWESOME POWER 2001, TYPEWRITER 2012 and RELAMPAGO 2014. His Oaks wins came aboard LATONIA 2004, SAINT CECELIA 2009 and RAEVEN RANAE 2013) and he won the St Leger with TYPEWRITER 2012 and RELAMPAGO 2014. He has also had success in the Superstakes with PITTACUS 2003 and TYPEWRITER 2014. It may be a surprise to many that when Shane ‘Canterman’ Ellis topped this year’s jockeys’ championship with 83 wins, it was only the second title for the Caymanas Park favourite. The son of former three-time champion Winston Ellis, the ‘Canterman’ has a well-deserved reputation having won all of the major trophies at Caymanas Park in his two decades of riding. Ellis, who has had riding experience in Canada, and Trinidad and Tobago, says he has never really focused his attention on winning jockeys’ titles, just the big races and getting as many wins as possible each year. And at the start of the 2015 season, his focus was very much the same, until midway through the year when observers realised he was Robert Halledeen’s (second with 71 wins) main threat for the championship. “At the start of the season, I wasn’t even thinking about the championship. I was thinking about winning classics. But as time went by, I was always close to the leaders and people were saying that I cannot win the championship. So I had to prove a point to the fans who doubted Shane Ellis,” he told The Gleaner. But although he answered the critics, there are those who now say the two-time champion jockey cannot repeat the feat in 2016, and he is determined more than ever to make it two-in-a-row next year. “I was focused this year and next year, I will be even more focused. I can do it again,” he insisted. Dane Nelson (before he left for Canada), Omar Walker, and Halledeen all held the lead at various times. Ellis, however, took charge in the last four months of the year to hold off a late challenge from Halledeen.last_img read more

Ronaldo handed five-match ban for ref push

first_imgRonaldo was also fined Sh466,875 ($4,500) and has 10 days to appeal the ban.Should any appeal fail, Ronaldo will miss Wednesday’s Super Cup, second leg and Madrid’s first four La Liga games of the season against Deportivo la Coruna, Valencia, Levante and Real Sociedad.Madrid had already signalled their intent to appeal Ronaldo’s second yellow card shown for diving eight minutes from time when he went down inside the area under pressure from Samuel Umtiti.“Ronaldo’s sending-off annoys me because even if it is not a penalty, the card is harsh,” said Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane after the game.“We will see if we can do something so that he is available on Wednesday.”Ronaldo was only on the field for 24 minutes as he was introduced as a second-half substitute and fired into the top corner 10 minutes from time to give Madrid a 2-1 lead.He received his first yellow card for removing his shirt in celebration before being shown the 10th red card of his career two minutes later.“Once shown the red card, said player (Ronaldo) pushed me lightly as a sign of his disapproval,” de Burgos Bengoetxea wrote in his referee’s report.According to the RFEF’s rules, such offences are met with a suspension of anything between four and 12 games, but previous cases also resulted in four-game bans.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000And then just two minutes later referee Ricardo de Burgos brandished a second yellow for simulation in the penalty area.Madrid, Spain, Aug 14- Cristiano Ronaldo was hit with a five-match ban by the Spanish football federation (RFEF) on Monday for pushing the referee after being sent-off in Real Madrid’s 3-1 Spanish Super Cup, first leg win over Barcelona.The World Player of the Year received an automatic one-match ban for his dismissal on Sunday and an extra four games for his reaction towards referee Ricardo de Burgos Bengoetxea.last_img read more

Carn pupils set to star in new production of Bugsy Malone in Colgan Hall

first_imgThe Carndonagh Musical Society are set to return to the Colgan hall stage with their 2019 production, Bugsy Malone, this April.Running from the 10th-14th of April, the production will mark the group’s first ever youth production, while a talented cast of over fifty young Inishowen performers, aged 9-19, are set to storm the stage.The 2019 production is directed by Aideen Doherty, with choreography by Jessica Peoples (Zona Dance Company) and musical direction by Maeve Byrne. Tickets are on sale from Monday the March 25 in Doherty’s Newsagents (Fintan’s), The Diamond, Carndonagh. Adults €12 and Children €8. The show runs nightly from Wednesday, April 10th to Sunday, April 14th. Doors open 6.45pm with curtain up at 7.30pm sharp. Booking is essential.For further information, see Carndonagh Musical Society on Facebook or contact carndonaghmusical@gmail.comCarn pupils set to star in new production of Bugsy Malone in Colgan Hall was last modified: March 24th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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:Bugsy Malonelast_img read more

Brand South Africa encourages youth involvement in NDP

first_imgCharl and Ella van der Merwe spoke about their Write Project, which supplies disadvantaged communities with stationeryMeyerton, Saturday 14 September 2013 – South African youngsters are taking matters into their own hands to help ailing communities in all nine provinces of South Africa, and their efforts are not going unnoticed.Brand South Africa teamed up with the President’s Award for Youth Empowerment – which this year celebrated its 30th anniversary – to organise three Youth Dialogue and Action Workshops to acknowledge those individuals playing their part. The most recent of the Brand South Africa Play Your Part – National Development Plan Outreach workshops was held at the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in Meyerton, in Gauteng, on 14 September.The purpose of the workshops was to expose President’s Award participants to The National Development Plan (NDP) which was presented to Parliament last year by the Minister in the Office of The President, Trevor Manuel. The aims of the NDP, its broad objectives, and practical ways that young people can be involved in the realisation of its Vision 2030 were a common theme at each of the workshops.Kids from across South Africa took time out to help Meyerton High School At each, delegates were also involved in service projects, which included a literacy project, a second-hand clothing distribution project and refurbishing desks for an under-resourced school. Marius Gwebu, from Barberton Correctional Services, was on hand to help the youngsters work on the desks for Meyerton High School, and about 150 desks were refurbished by the participants and their parents. Gwebu belongs to an initiative in Barberton that restores desks at the correctional facility for schools in Mpumalanga.Leo Makgamath, the programme manager for civil society at Brand South Africa, who worked on a few desks, took the opportunity to interact with the youngsters. He spoke to them about shaping their future today and not waiting for tomorrow. Lerato Funeka helped Makgamath with some of the desks and the 22-year-old spoke with pride about restoring old desks for Meyerton High School, which he attended.“I believe that I’ve been through a lot with that school and the projects that are being done through the President’s Award will not only help with desks but will also help with books in the library, among others,” he said.Leaders of todayMakgamath said that the youth were not leaders of tomorrow but rather leaders of today. An Mpumalanga project stood out for him, he added. It involved a group of 32 children and teachers, who planted food gardens in impoverished areas that were not only used for the schools, but for the community at large. Apart from their feeding schemes, the group also cared for the elderly in the community by clothing them, feeding them and cleaning their homes for them.Another project that stood out for Makgamath was a stationery drive run by two Tshwane residents. Charl and Ella van der Merwe run the Write Project, which involves collecting stationery from affluent communities and distributing this to disadvantaged youth. Makgamath said it was initiatives such as these that broke the boundaries between groups and encouraged social cohesion among different races and social classes. This, he said, was laying the foundation for a cohesive nation.Ahead of the workshop, Brand South Africa’s chief executive office, Miller Matola, said: “We have been impressed by the quality of questions and input, coming from the young people who attend these Dialogue and Action Workshops. It shows that many of our youth are serious about understanding the NDP and becoming involved in its implementation. South Africa has recently improved in terms of innovation on the World Economic Forum Innovation Pillar. Young people are ideally placed to participate in a knowledge-based economy, which is the trajectory South Africa is pursuing.”The NDP offers a long-term strategy of eliminating poverty and reducing inequality by 2030. According to the plan, South Africa can realise these goals by drawing on the energies of its people, growing an inclusive economy, building capabilities, enhancing the capacity of the state, and promoting leadership and partnerships throughout society.The President’s Award for Youth Empowerment has over 15 000 active participants drawn from schools (both state and independent), community youth groups, residential youth facilities and correctional services. The aim of the awards programme is to provide a holistic framework for purposeful self-development of young people between the ages of 14 and 24. These awards are affiliated with the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Association and the patron-in-chief is President Jacob Zuma.Through these awards, Youth Dialogue and Action Workshops have been running since 2008, encouraging participants from a broad diversity of socio-economic and cultural backgrounds to engage with themes relevant to their lives as young South Africans. The chief executive officer of the President’s Award, Martin Scholtz, said the programme demanded young people take responsibility for their own development and the development of those around them.“Engaging young people in their role in the realisation of Vision 2030 is critical. The award programme is about action and we are excited to make the link between what award participants are already doing on the ground and the objectives of the NDP, through these Dialogue and Action Workshops. The NDP is not a government initiative – it’s a citizen’s initiative,” said Scholtz.This dialogue was the third in a series in which youth have interacted with representatives from the President’s Awards, the NDP and Brand South Africa. The first two were held in East London and Cape Town on 31 August and 7 September, respectively.last_img read more

All About Larsen Trusses

first_img Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details. A Larsen truss is a type of wall truss used to build a thick wall — thick enough to provide room for above-average amounts of insulation. It was developed in 1981 by John Larsen, a builder in Edmonton, Alberta.In honor of the 30th anniversary of the Larsen truss, the time has come for a definitive article on the invention. This report includes an interview with the inventor of the Larsen truss, a history of its use, and a discussion of its advantages and disadvantages.A Larsen truss is usually site-built. Because the truss is not required to bear any roof load, its components are light. The original Larsen truss consisted of two parallel 2x2s connected by small rectangular gussets of 3/8-inch-thick plywood. The gussets measured 6½” x 8¼” each and were spaced 24 inches apart. A completed Larsen truss looked like a ladder with rectangular plywood rungs.Although early Larsen trusses were 8¼ inches deep, they can be built to a variety of depths. Many builders have made 12-inch-deep Larsen trusses.Larsen trusses are designed to be attached to the exterior surface of the wall sheathing of a new home. In most cases, these homes were framed with conventional 2×4 or 2×6 studs. Larsen trusses can also be used in retrofit work, in which case they are installed on top of the existing siding.Many builders confuse Larsen trusses with wall trusses. If a truss is designed to bear the roof load, it is not a Larsen truss; it’s a wall truss. For example, some builders create double-stud walls with the inner studs bearing the roof load. They may connect the two rows of studs with gussets in order to allow the outer studs to cantilever off the foundation. Such trusses are properly called wall trusses, not Larsen trusses.“Larsen trusses are installed on the… Start Free Trial Already a member? Log incenter_img This article is only available to GBA Prime Memberslast_img read more

The Key to Improving Global Cybersecurity is Data Science

first_imgAI: How it’s Impacting Surveillance Data Storage Tags:#cybersecurity#data science Related Posts Ryan Ayers is a researcher and consultant within multiple industries including information technology, blockchain and business development. Always up for a challenge, Ayers enjoys working with startups as well as Fortune 500 companies. When not at work, Ayers loves reading science fiction novels and watching the LA Clippers. How Data Analytics Can Save Lives Ryan Ayers Cybersecurity is of increasing importance to enterprise and public leaders. In their efforts to mitigate cybercrime, organizations are increasingly leveraging data to protect sensitive information. Now, the world’s computer scientists are levering big data technology to stay ahead of hackers. But, the key will be to improve global cybersecurity.Statistical research, among other data science techniques, is generating impressive advancements in cyber defense. Time is of the essence in this regard. As the Internet of Things (IoT) expands the digital universe, cybercriminals are leveraging this increasingly prominent attack vector to compromise information networks.Data on the front lines of cyber defense.Historically, the media represented hackers as mischievous teens with a penchant for wreaking havoc. More recently, however, the media — as well as the general public — increasingly recognize that hackers are cunning craftsmen who compromise networks for profit.On the other side of the coin, ethical hackers acquire the same skills as cybercriminals to protect sensitive enterprise data. In addition, data scientists develop programs that detect unusual traffic to thwart the work of cybercriminals.Although cybersecurity is a global problem, the United States experiences the most incidents of cyber breaches.According to the Center for Strategic and International Studies, U.S. organizations were attacked by cybercriminals over 100 times in 2018. The intrusion events represented the most significant number of breaches in any single country in the world.Due to the rise of cyber breaches, many organizations employ ethical hackers to protect their sensitive data. White hat hackers start their work by learning what information needs protection. Furthermore, they develop theories as to what hackers could do with that information. Ethical hackers also assess an organization’s current cybersecurity resources and practices.Ethical hackers are using varying tools to discover and repair network vulnerabilities.Their toolkit includes software designed especially for cybersecurity. As an example, information security specialists use the NMAP tool for port scanning and identifying operation systems. They also use Nikto or Metasploit to scan for Web server attack vectors.Increasingly, cybersecurity specialists use big data analyses to test for network aberrations. Data, however, is not the only new resource in the ethical hacker toolkit.The latest in high-tech cyber defense.A growing digital universe generated by innovations such as social media and the IoT has provided hackers with an increasing amount of valuable bounties. Today, expert hackers collaborate with criminal syndicates and even government agencies to compromise organizational networks.Digital malicious actors are skilled at finding any and every vulnerability in a network. Hackers easily bypass advanced security measures that enterprises believe will keep their information safe. Resultingly, security vendors are working on creative technologies to stymie cybercriminals.One company is working on what could become the evolution of the firewall. Illusive Networks specializes in using virtual and augmented reality to create facsimiles of enterprise networks.The idea is that the faux digital networks will contain malicious actors by providing a harmless twin environment. Once hackers have entered this false environment, they will continue their efforts to compromise the network and eventually give up, or administrators will kick the intruders out of the system.The technology is a new branch of cybersecurity called deception technology. Illusive Network officials express that their innovation can map potential attack vectors, help administrators patch vulnerabilities and provide real-time forensic reporting.Skilling up for the fight.Professionals across many industries and fields leverage data to improve operations. However, select professions are only open to individuals with mathematics or statistics training. These professionals help organizations solve intricate information related problems. They also analyze data generated by emerging innovations such as deceptive technologies. What’s more, they work with security vendors to develop new, powerful cybersecurity resources.The National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine gathered to discuss cybersecurity in 2018. The main topic was the rapidly growing threat that’s emerging because of security gaps in the Internet of Things.According to symposium literature, malicious actors have executed notable cyber attacks using IoT devices. Standard technologies such as firewall and encryption are designed to stop these intrusions. However, cites the group, IT professionals need new countermeasures to discover and react to malicious activity. The conversation about securing the IoT and neutralizing cyber threats is an ongoing discussion among IT security experts.Data scientists are developing amazing technologies to protect the world’s information. Time, however, will tell which side will emerge as the victor.One day, data scientists may succeed in creating impenetrable information networks. For now, researchers are looking to innovations such as deceptive technologies as the next best alternative to bulletproof security. Soon, malicious actors could face myriad obstacles, making network intrusion a trivial pursuit. Leveraging Big Data that Data Websites Should T… Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You…last_img read more

12 killed in Odisha landslip

first_imgTwelve persons, including five children, were killed and four went missing after heavy rain in the wake of cyclone Titli triggered a landslip in Gangabada panchayat of Gajapati district of Odisha, reports reaching here on Friday said.The 12 bodies have been recovered from the spot by locals. The deceased were members of five families. The 16 persons from Baraghar village, around 50 km from district headquarters town, Paralakhemundi, had taken shelter in a cave atop a nearby hill. As communication lines were down in the district due to the cyclone and the road to the village blocked by fallen trees, news about this incident did not come out till Friday evening. Even the administration had no news about it, till a local news channel reached the spot. The Gajapati Superintendent of Police (SP) has since left for the spot.last_img read more

Jump from space makes Felix Baumgartner world’s first supersonic skydiver

first_imgFelix Baumgartner stood alone at the edge of space, poised in the open doorway of a capsule suspended above Earth and wondering if he would make it back alive. Twenty four miles below him, millions of people were right there with him, watching on the Internet and marveling at the wonder of the moment.A second later, he stepped off the capsule and barreled toward the New Mexico desert as a tiny white speck against a darkly-tinted sky. Millions watched him breathlessly as he shattered the sound barrier and then landed safely about nine minutes later, becoming the world’s first supersonic skydiver.”When I was standing there on top of the world, you become so humble, you do not think about breaking records anymore, you do not think about gaining scientific data,” Baumgartner said after the jump. “The only thing you want is to come back alive.”The tightly-orchestrated jump meant primarily to entertain became much more than that in the dizzying, breathtaking moment – a collectively shared cross between Neil Armstrong’s moon landing and Evel Knievel’s famed motorcycle jumps on ABC’s “Wide World of Sports.”It was part scientific wonder, part daredevil reality show, with the live-streamed event instantly capturing the world’s attention on a sleepy Sunday at the same time seven NFL football games were being played. It proved, once again, the power of the Internet in a world where news travels as fast as Twitter.The event happened without a network broadcast in the United States, though organizers said more than 40 television stations in 50 countries – including cable’s Discovery Channel in the US – carried the live feed. Instead, millions flocked online, drawing more than 8 million simultaneous views to a YouTube live stream at its peak, YouTube officials said.More than 130 digital outlets carried the live feed, organizers said.It was a last hurrah for what some have billed as a dying Space Age, as NASA’s shuttle program ends and the ways humans explore space is dramatically changing. As the jump unfolded, the space shuttle Endeavor crept toward a Los Angeles museum, where it will become nothing more than an exhibit.Baumgartner, a 43-year-old Austrian, hit Mach 1.24, or 833.9 mph, according to preliminary data, and became the first person to reach supersonic speed without traveling in a jet or a spacecraft. The capsule he jumped from had reached an altitude of 128,100 feet above Earth, carried by a 55-story ultra-thin helium balloon.Landing on his feet in the desert, the man known as “Fearless Felix” lifted his arms in victory to the cheers of jubilant friends and spectators who closely followed at a command center. Among them was his mother, Eva Baumgartner, who was overcome with emotion, crying.”Sometimes we have to get really high to see how small we are,” an exuberant Baumgartner told reporters outside mission control after the jump.About half of Baumgartner’s nine-minute descent was a free fall of 119,846 feet, according to Brian Utley, a jump observer from the FAI, an international group that works to determine and maintain the integrity of aviation records.During the first part of Baumgartner’s free fall, anxious onlookers at the command center held their breath as he appeared to spin uncontrollably.”When I was spinning first 10, 20 seconds, I never thought I was going to lose my life but I was disappointed because I’m going to lose my record. I put seven years of my life into this,” he said.He added: “In that situation, when you spin around, it’s like hell and you don’t know if you can get out of that spin or not. Of course, it was terrifying. I was fighting all the way down because I knew that there must be a moment where I can handle it.”Baumgartner said traveling faster than sound is “hard to describe because you don’t feel it.” The pressurized suit prevented him from feeling the rushing air or even the loud noise he made when breaking the sound barrier.With no reference points, “you don’t know how fast you travel,” he said.Coincidentally, Baumgartner’s accomplishment came on the 65th anniversary of the day that U.S. test pilot Chuck Yeager became the first man to officially break the sound barrier in a jet. Yeager, in fact, commemorated that feat on Sunday, flying in the back seat of an F-15 Eagle as it broke the sound barrier at more than 30,000 feet above California’s Mojave Desert.At Baumgartner’s insistence, some 30 cameras recorded his stunt. Shortly after launch early Sunday, screens at mission control showed the capsule, dangling from the massive balloon, as it rose gracefully above the New Mexico desert. Baumgartner could be seen on video, calmly checking instruments inside the capsule.The dive was more than just a stunt. NASA is eager to improve its blueprints for future spacesuits.Baumgartner’s team included Joe Kittinger, who first tried to break the sound barrier from 19.5 miles up in 1960, reaching speeds of 614 mph. With Kittinger inside mission control, the two men could be heard going over technical details during the ascension.”Our guardian angel will take care of you,” Kittinger radioed to Baumgartner around the 100,000-foot mark.After Baumgartner landed, his sponsor, Red Bull, posted a picture to Facebook of him kneeling on the ground. It generated nearly 216,000 likes, 10,000 comments and more than 29,000 shares in less than 40 minutes.On Twitter, half the worldwide trending topics had something to do with the jump, pushing past seven NFL football games. Among them was this tweet from NASA: “Congratulations to Felix Baumgartner and RedBull Stratos on record-breaking leap from the edge of space!”This attempt marked the end of a long road for Baumgartner, a record-setting high-altitude jumper. He already made two preparation jumps in the area, one from 15 miles high and another from 18 miles high. He has said that this was his final jump.Red Bull has never said how much the long-running, complex project cost.Although he broke the sound barrier, the highest manned-balloon flight record and became the man to jump from the highest altitude, he failed to break Kittinger’s 5 minute and 35 second longest free fall record. Baumgartner’s was timed at 4 minutes and 20 seconds in free fall.He said he opened his parachute at 5,000 feet because that was the plan.”I was putting everything out there, and hope for the best and if we left one record for Joe – hey it’s fine,” he said when asked if he intentionally left the record for Kittinger to hold. “We needed Joe Kittinger to help us break his own record, and that tells the story of how difficult it was and how smart they were in the 60’s. He is 84 years old, and he is still so bright and intelligent and enthusiastic”.Baumgartner has said he plans to settle down with his girlfriend and fly helicopters on mountain rescue and firefighting missions in the U.S. and Austria.Before that, though, he said, “I’ll go back to LA to chill out for a few days.”advertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

Nadal wins record-breaking 10th French Open

first_imgSpain’s Rafael Nadal celebrates with the trophy after winning the final against Switzerland’s Stan Wawrinka.   –  Reuters Nadal hails best season, incredible era June 11, 2017 Spain’s Rafael Nadal celebrates with the trophy after winning the final against Switzerland’s Stan Wawrinka.   –  Reuters COMMENT RELATED Playing in his 22nd Grand Slam final, Nadal triumphed in Paris without dropping a set for a third time. Published on null SHARE SHARE SHARE EMAIL Rafael Nadal coasted to a record 10th French Open title on Sunday, demolishing Stan Wawrinka in a brutally one-sided final which also earned the Spaniard a 15th Grand Slam crown.Nadal, 31, triumphed 6-2, 6-3, 6-1 to become the first man in history to win the same major 10 times. His collection of Slams now stands just three behind great rival Roger Federer, a staggering statistic coming just a year after he quit Roland Garros with a wrist injury.Playing in his 22nd Grand Slam final, Nadal triumphed in Paris without dropping a set for a third time. He also lost just 35 games in total and only six in the final, his most comprehensive victory since allowing Roger Federer four games in the 2008 final.“It’s really incredible. To win La Decima is very, very special,” said Nadal. “I am very emotional. The feeling I have is impossible to describe. It’s difficult to compare with other tournaments but the nerves and adrenaline I feel, it’s like no other place.”Nadal was joined on the presentation by his uncle Toni, his coach since boyhood, who is stepping down at the end of the year. “Without my uncle I would not have won 10 trophies,” said Nadal who will rise to two in the world rankings on Monday. “For me to be here for many years is difficult to describe. I come back and see people I have a good relationship with and it’s very special.‘Rafa, just too good’“It’s difficult for me to compare this to any other event. You are always going to be in my heart.”Wawrinka, bidding for a fourth Grand Slam title, hailed Nadal as an opponent and sportsman. “Rafa, I have nothing to say — you were too good,” said third seed Wawrinka. “You are a great example and it’s always been an honour to play against you.”It was the 22nd Slam finale for Nadal; just the fourth for Wawrinka, the oldest man in the championship match in 44 years. Sunday was also the first time since 1969 that the Roland Garros final had featured two men over 30.Despite having spent more than five hours on court getting to the final, 2015 champion Wawrinka had the first break point in the third game. The 32-year-old couldn’t take it and it proved to be the only break point he earned all afternoon.From there, it was all downhill.Nadal was unable to convert four break points in the fourth game. No matter as he broke through for 4-2 and then went to set point in the eighth game after a relentless forehand barrage sapped the will out of Wawrinka.A backhand which sailed long gave Nadal the first set with the Spaniard having crunched 10 winners to Wawrinka’s four while committing half the unforced errors.Nadal forced Wawrinka into another forehand error to break for 2-0 in the second set before the Swiss halted a run of seven games lost with a hold for 1-3.But the song remained the same, Nadal taking the set in the ninth game, just moments after Wawrinka, who knocked out world number one Andy Murray in the semis, had destroyed a racquet in utter frustration.First game of the third set and Nadal broke again as the man who stunned him in the 2014 Australian Open final suffered further damage.Nadal was soon a double break to the good for 4-1, held for 5-1 and then claimed a huge slice of history when Wawrinka limply dropped a backhand into the net. tennis × COMMENTSlast_img read more

Conte lauds hard-working Morata

first_imgChelsea v Brighton & Hove Albion Morata ‘commitment’ leaves Chelsea boss Conte purring Dom Farrell 02:33 12/27/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) AlvaroMorata - cropped Getty Images Chelsea v Brighton & Hove Albion Morata Brighton & Hove Albion Chelsea Premier League Antonio Conte The Blues lacked cutting edge in their 0-0 draw at Everton and the striker returned to make the difference against Brighton Antonio Conte hailed a tireless performance from Alvaro Morata after the Spain striker’s 10th Premier League goal of the season set in motion a 2-0 win over Brighton and Hove Albion.Morata toiled for scant reward as Chelsea were rebuffed during a frustrating opening 45 minutes but he gleefully headed home a pinpoint Cesar Azpilicueta delivery – the sixth time his countryman has supplied an assist to him this season – within a minute of the restart.Marcos Alonso further added to the Spanish flavour with Chelsea’s second, while Cesc Fabregas was easy on the eye in midfield as the reigning champions closed to within a point of Manchester Untied in second. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “Morata is our number nine and is important,” Conte said, as quoted by BBC Sport.”Today he played a good game with and without the ball, his commitment was great. But I’m happy with the commitment of all my players.”Morata was absent through suspension as Chelsea had 25 shots without success in a 0-0 draw at Everton last time out and Conte feared his team were on course for similar frustration as Brighton held firm at halfway.#CHEBHA— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) December 26, 2017″In the first half we had the right chances to score but didn’t take them,” he said, having lost defender Andreas Christensen to illness before the match. “For this reason it becomes difficult because your opponent stays with 10 players behind the ball.”In the second half we settled very well and created many chances. It was a good performance with good intensity.”It’s the same performance against Everton – against Everton we showed 25 times we had shots on goal but today we scored twice. We are in a good moment of form and just continue this way.”This time last year, Chelsea had the title race in the palm of their hand, but Conte is happy to concede runaway leaders Manchester City have altered the terms of battle this time around.”This season is different to last season,” he added, with City in a position to go 15 points clear at the summit if they beat Newcastle United on Wednesday.”Last season a lot of times we won games and were a bit lucky – like against West Brom here, Sunderland. This season sometimes we could have more luck.”We have great respect for Manchester City because they are doing an extraordinary thing.”Brighton pushed gamely to get back into the match through Glenn Murray and Shane Duffy late on, but forthcoming matches against Newcastle, Bournemouth and West Brom are likely to have a greater bearing on their fate.”We need to figure a way of getting the goals we need,” said their manager, Chris Hughton.”We’re very conscious of the division we’re in. What we will do is work as hard as we can coming up in January to strengthen the squad in areas that can strengthen us.”last_img read more