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Some words from the coach inspire Naomi Osaka’s quarterfinal win

first_imgNadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title “I mean, I was just trying to stay calm. Was trying to tell myself, ‘she’s one of the best players in the world. I just have to stay in there, and hopefully I’ll get a chance,’” Osaka said. “I did, so I just kept trying to roll with it.”The 21-year-old Osaka will play either Lesia Tsurenko or Anett Kontaveit in the semifinals, and now could rise as high as No. 3 in the world rankings next week — which would be a high for a player from Japan — and a confidence boost ahead of the Australian Open, which starts Jan. 14.Jeremy Chardy beat Japanese qualifier Yasutaka Uchiyama 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (4) to be first through to the semifinals, where he’ll meet either No. 2-seeded Kei Nishikori or 2017 champion and six-seeded Grigor Dimitrov, who play later Thursday.Jo-Wilfried Tsonga got an easier path through to the quarterfinals than expected, avoiding a second-round contest with 17-time major winner Rafael Nadal, who withdrew from the tournament with a thigh muscle strain on Wednesday.Tsonga had a 7-6 (5), 6-3 win over Taro Daniel. The No. 77-ranked Daniel was the lucky loser from qualifying who got a spot in the main draw when Nadal pulled out.ADVERTISEMENT No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom View comments Naomi Osaka of Japan plays a shot during her quarter final match against Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia at the Brisbane International tennis tournament in Brisbane, Australia, Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Tertius Pickard)BRISBANE, Australia — Naomi Osaka responded to some courtside coaching advice in the most emphatic way, conceding just five points in the second set on her way to a 3-6, 6-0, 6-4 win over eighth-seeded Anastasija Sevastova in the Brisbane International quarterfinals on Thursday.The U.S. Open champion was clearly under pressure in the first set, when she made 15 unforced errors and had fewer winners than Sevatsova, who broke her serve twice.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “You go from the challenger to the guy that is supposed to win — it’s not easy,” Tsonga, the 2008 Australian Open finalist, said of the difference. It was the first time in almost a year that Tsonga recorded back-to-back wins at the elite level after spending most of 2018 out following knee surgery in April.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Nikola Vucevic, Orlando Magic clobber Chicago Bulls Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum LATEST STORIES After Sevatsova clinched the first set with a backhand drop shot from the baseline, a disconsolate-looking Osaka went to a courtside chair at the changeover.Whatever her coach Sascha Bajin, a former hitting partner for Serena Williams, told her during an animated courtside conference worked.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissShe finished with 11 aces to four, converted all four of her break-point chances in the second and third sets and appeared far more confident in her own game.Osaka didn’t go into details in an on-court interview about what Bajin told her, but conceded it sharpened her focus. MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruptionlast_img read more

Who needs a school bus?

first_imgVirtual field Web sites are giving students and teachers a chance to travel to other cities and countries without leaving the classroom. Educators say while field trips are not dead, teachers are searching for unique ways to expose students to the outside world. With tight budgets, and even tighter classroom time, education officials said funding cultural or enrichment trips is not a priority, they said. Lynne Kennedy, associate superintendent for Baldwin Park Unified School District, said that in the current era of cutbacks and with more requirements to teach, schools are looking at the most efficient way of “maximizing dollars.” District officials said field trips must be grade-level appropriate. If they branch into other subjects, that is even better, Kennedy said. Instead of hitting the road, teachers are surfing the net for “virtual reality” field trips. A trip to Washington’s Lincoln Memorial, analyzing early human cave art in France, or peeking in at sleeping pandas at the Los Angeles Zoo can now all be done in the comfort of any classroom through the Internet. With one field trip per year, Linda Oaks, a third-grade teacher at Rorimer Elementary School in La Puente, said through virtual field trips her students have “traveled” to Mount Vernon, George Washington’s Virginia estate, the Monterey Bay Aquarium and seen alligators interacting at the zoo. It is not realistic “to go to Mount Vernon,” Oaks said. Day trips are a challenge, Oaks said, because of securing reasonably priced transportation and raising enough money overall. “It has to be special and it has to be nearby,” she said. “We don’t want to repeat something they could go to in the future grades.” Schools may also limit the number of trips taken in a school year or restrict it to places where admission is free. Costs vary if using district buses instead charter buses, but often, time restrictions associated with district buses means schools have to use more expensive charter bus option. Maria Ott, superintendent of Rowland Unified, said the decline in field trips dates to the early 1990s. While state revenue picked up again in the late 1990s, the rebirth of field trips was not fully realized, she said. Teachers say that virtual trips are not the same as seeing a site or a monument firsthand. Viewing a painting in person at the Huntington Library is different from seeing it online, Ott said. But virtual field trips, like the one taken to ancient Egypt to see mummies, have enhanced lessons in class, said Robyn DiJerlando, a sixth-grade teacher at Sandburg Middle School in Glendora. “This is special. I only use them in addition to other tools, like artwork or videos,” DiJerlando said. Others say that virtual trips help students realize that the White House is more than just the familiar exterior facade seen in movies or in the news and that in studying biomes, the world’s ecological communities, the tundra is the coldest community. Officials doubt that virtual field trips will replace the day field trips completely. Many said they see virtual trips as an extension of classroom learning and giving kids a visual picture of what they read in textbooks. “It brings it alive, and makes learning more proactive,” Oak said. (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2108160Want 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

Man Utd pegged back by Sheffield after dramatic comeback

first_img0Shares0000Manchester United forward Mason Greenwood (left) celebrates his goal against Sheffield United© AFP Paul ELLISSHEFFIELD, United Kingdom, Nov 24 – Manchester United and Sheffield United shared the spoils after a dramatic 3-3 draw at Bramall Lane on Sunday, with the home side scoring a late equaliser after three goals from the visitors in seven minutes.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team, outplayed for 70 minutes by the promoted side, trailed 2-0 after a first-half goal from John Fleck and a second-half effort from Lys Mousset. Chris Wilder’s team were hungrier and more incisive but from nowhere United were back in the game, with 19-year-old Brandon Williams scoring in the 72nd minute.Manchester United suddenly looked full of ideas and incisive running, with the game turned on its head.Sheffield United’s French striker Lys Mousset (left) celebrates scoring against Manchester United© AFP Paul ELLISSolskjaer threw on Mason Greenwood to replace Andreas Pereira, meaning they were now operating with an attacking quartet of Greenwood, Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Daniel James.Just five minutes after Williams’ strike, Greenwood equalised, finishing from close range after Rashford’s cross.With the home side rocking badly, United poured forward again and Rashford swept home.But the drama was still not over, with Oliver McBurnie controlling the ball and firing past David de Gea to level at 3-3. The goal stood after a VAR check.0Shares0000(Visited 17 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Teams look to pass summer test

first_imgVALENCIA – OK, football kids, your long break is over. Barely a week since the last day of school, the summer football season begins with the much-anticipated annual Hart passing tournament at College of the Canyons today and Sunday. Locals Hart, Valencia and Saugus are scheduled to participate in the 16-team, 7-on-7 touch-football festival, along with annual powers Westlake of Thousand Oaks, Birmingham of Lake Balboa, Crespi of Encino, Palmdale, Centennial of Bakersfield and Agoura. The event is an especially important early test for Valencia junior quarterback hopefuls Jimmy Baughman and Graham Wilbert, competing to replace graduated Michael Herrick – not an easy task since Mississippi-bound Herrick is California’s all-time career passing yardage leader after leading the Vikings to the Southern Section Div. II semifinals last year and the final the year before. While the graduation of Herrick will be difficult to overcome, Baughman and Wilbert both are considered top prospects. The good news is that most of Valencia’s other key offensive starters are back, including star running back Shane Vereen, who is the Foothill League’s fastest player. As a junior, Vereen rushed for 1,650 yards, caught 52 passes and scored 34 touchdowns. He’s also a top cornerback. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Other key returnees include receivers Nick Hale, Jordan Turbyfill and Taylor Sellnow and linebackers Keith Klemens and Michael Lien. For now, Hart’s No. 1 quarterback is Alex Pettee, who passed for 536 yards and six touchdowns as a backup last year – including a televised victory over nonleague rival Westlake last year when starter Tyler Lyon wasn’t available because of a shoulder injury. Pettee eventually might receive competition for the starting spot from promising junior B.R. Holbrook, who isn’t ready because he’s recovering from leg surgery. An important order of business for Hart is to develop a receiving corps because there’s little experience in that area – especially now that returning standout Taylor Embree has announced plans to move out of state. Michael Vairo, who caught eight passes last year, heads the list of receiver prospects. Linebacker Patrick Larrimore, a promising junior who is the Foothill League’s biggest linebacker at 6 feet 3 and 230 pounds, makes his return after missing nearly all of last year because of a mysterious nerve injury in his leg. Chris Hickok, who did a nice job replacing Larrimore in the starting lineup last year, also is back, and the two form one of the league’s top linebacker duos. Also back for Hart is junior running back Delano Howell, who figures to have a breakout season after battling a recurring ankle injury last year. He’s considered Hart’s top running-back prospect over the past five years – since Tim Gregory. Saugus figures to give a long look at quarterback Nick Gauthier, who played in the final two games last year. Key receiver/defensive back Kyle Monson returns, along with top linebackers Justin and Ryan McKillop. Expected to make his Saugus debut is promising sophomore running back Ryan Zirbel, a star at the frosh level who could develop into the program’s most dependable tailback since fourth-year coach Jason Bornn signed on. (661) 257-5218160Want 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

Sam Allardyce watches England victory in a pub on his own with a burger

first_img The England players celebrate after their victory against Panama Allardyce managed England on one occasion – against Slovakia in 2016 Sam Allardyce was caught on video tucking into a burger on his own while watching England beat Panama in a pub.The former Three Lions boss, who was dismissed from the role in September 2016, watched as his country smashed six past the hapless Panamanians on Sunday afternoon. 2 John Stones scored twice either side of a stunning effort from Jesse Lingard.But the star of the show was undoubtedly Harry Kane, as the Tottenham Hotspur skipper scored a hat-trick to put him at the top of the Golden Boot charts.And Kane’s appetite for goals was matched by his former boss back home.center_img 2 In the video below posted on Twitter, Allardyce can be seen taking a huge bite before turning back to the England game.Check it out below! Sam Allardyce watching England vs Panama in a pub, on his own, with a Big Mac he’s brought in with him, is just outstanding 🍔👏 #ENGPAN— Man On (@ManOnToday) June 24, 2018last_img read more

Does this suggest John Terry could actually join Man United?

first_img 2 Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? But given his history with Mourinho, bookies are taking no chances and have slashed the odds on Terry joining United.Ladbrokes are now offering just 10/1 that he makes the sensational move.Ladbrokes spokesman Alex Apati, quoted in the Daily Mirror, said: “He’s no stranger to a reunion, so we’re not yet ruling out a sensational move from Mourinho for his former Chelsea skipper.” How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures tense REVEALED Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade REVEALED Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury John Terry won five Premier League titles with Chelsea, as well as five FA Cups and the Champions League Earlier this week, talkSPORT’s Adrian Durham raised the possibility of John Terry joining Manchester United.The former England and Chelsea captain is a free agent, having left Aston Villa at the end of the season. England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Latest Premier League Newscenter_img silverware smart causal John Terry impressed in the Championship for Aston Villa last season 2 possible standings gameday cracker According to our Drivetime presenter, Terry would be an upgrade on the current options United manager Jose Mourinho has at centre-back.United shipped seven goals in their opening three Premier League games of the season and Mourinho has admitted his defence is a major cause for concern.It would be a huge shock if the 37-year-old did move to Old Trafford.Terry has always insisted that he will never play for another Premier League team due to his love for Chelsea.He spent 22 years at the London club, emerging through their academy to become their most successful player of all-time. Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card huge blow Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT no dice shining last_img read more

Good start among goals of Carroll

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Even last year, Arizona surprised the Trojans for a half. The Wildcats led 3-0 and trailed 14-3 at the half before USC outscored Arizona 35-6 in the second half. “They gave us problems last year,” Carroll said. “We struggled with them. The focus of their team is their defense and aggressiveness.” Moala to start Fili Moala will start at defensive tackle for the second consecutive game although LaJuan Ramsey (sprained ankle) should be available. Parking changes There is going to be more parking available for the rest of USC’s home games. Unlike for last month’s home opener against Arkansas, Staples Center will offer parking again. Fans can park in Lot 2 (on 11th and Georgia streets) and take a shuttle that drops them off at Exposition Blvd. and Figueroa St. The lot opens four hours before kickoff and shuttles run until an hour after the game’s conclusion. How will USC respond? Last year in similar games, the Trojans (4-0, 2-0) struggled with Stanford in a 31-28 victory but routed Arizona State 45-7. “It’s all about buying in to your philosophy,” Carroll said. “It’s never about who you play. I want to put together a heck of a football game and get off to a good start. It is a game we need in order to get back on track and balance our attack on the offensive side of the ball.” Parking is also available at the Los Angeles County Autopark at 318 W. Adams Blvd. (the corner of Adams Blvd. and Grand Ave.). Shuttles run to the Coliseum two hours before kickoff and return an hour after the game. Both facilities charge $10 for parking. Ticket time By Friday afternoon, there were less than 2,000 tickets available for today’s game and USC expects a sellout., Looking ahead While USC plays Arizona, Notre Dame is off before hosting the Trojans next week in South Bend, Ind. Irish coach Charlie Weis said he’s already prepared for USC, but isn’t sure if he can stop the Trojans. “There are pros and cons,” Weis said. “As far as game-planning, I like it because by this time I have already watched a bunch of Southern Cal tape. Before we get through the middle of the week, I will have watched everything I have needed to watch. Now the question is whether or not you can come up with enough good stuff to stop them. “Finding out what they do isn’t as big a problem as what you’re going to do against them.” Notre Dame is 4-1. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img The schedule might give USC a break today but Trojans coach Pete Carroll never does. After two rough road games, it seems hosting Arizona is a bit of a breather, but Carroll believes playing the Wildcats (1-3, 0-1) is a true test of the No. 1-ranked Trojans’ mental toughness. last_img read more

Underclassmen critical to Canyon’s 5-1 start

first_img “It’s been a matter of everyone just coming together,” Kingsbury said. “All of us are helping out and doing what we can to get better every day. I just want to do all I can to help the team.” Most of Canyon’s top juniors were part of last year’s undefeated junior-varsity team. “I think people are finally going to have to start watching out for a lot of us,” DiLuigi said. “Kingsbury really had a breakout game last week, because he catches the ball, plus does all the little things.” McMartin came through with perhaps the biggest hit of the season last month, laying out a Simi Valley receiver stretching to catch a pass over the middle. The football popped into the hands of Mike Montano for an interception. “Yeah, that was a loud hit, but I’ve come to expect that from Blake McMartin,” DiLuigi said. “He hits hard.” Canyon lost to Simi Valley that night, breaking a streak of 19 consecutive nonleague victories. The team has rebounded with three wins by average margin of 30.3 points. “I think we learned from that loss,” DiLuigi said. “It was a horrible feeling to lose, but since then, it’s made us play much harder.” Gerry Gittelson, (661) 257-5218 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! CANYON COUNTRY – Canyon High, the area’s only Foothill League team without a returning starting quarterback or NCAA Division I college prospect, is enjoying characteristic success. Coming off three consecutive 10-win seasons, the Cowboys (5-1 overall, 1-0 Foothill) are winning this year with a group of upstarts playing varsity football for the first time. Newcomers such as juniors J.J. DiLuigi (running back), Chris Kingsbury (receiver/defensive back), Blake McMartin (defensive back), Christopher Chapman (kicker) and Ben Longshore (punter), and sophomore A.J. Wallerstein (offensive line) have played major roles entering tonight’s league game against Saugus (2-4, 0-1) at College of the Canyons. DiLuigi has emerged as one of California’s most productive running backs, rushing for 772 yards (6.5 average) with 20 touchdowns. He has eight receptions and is averaging 41.7 yards on seven kick returns – when opposing kickers have been daring enough to kick his way. “I’m very pleased with J.J. DiLuigi,” coach Harry Welch said. “He’s worked real hard.” Kingsbury (19 receptions, 22.9 average, three TDs) has come on strong since top receiver Richie Wirthlin broke his hand. Kingsbury had seven receptions for 160 yards and two TDs (and a 55-yard punt return) in a 45-10 victory over Burbank last week. Kingsbury also has an interception and is averaging 23 yards on punt returns. “I like Kingsbury’s quickness and his ability to change directions,” Welch said. “He’s a real athlete, and he’s tough. He’s unquestionably one our most improved players, and he’s been a real pleasant surprise.” McMartin, also a top baseball player, has one interception and is among the league’s hardest-hitting defensive players. Chapman has converted 27 of 29 PATs, and Longshore – also the backup quarterback – is averaging 34.9 yards on punts. Perhaps Canyon has the right mix of experienced leaders and first-year starters eager to make an impression. last_img read more


first_imgA man who tried to stab his brother-in-law up to a dozen times during a mass for his own brother has been found guilty of assault causing harm.Martin Ward was found guilty of assault causing harm after he stabbed his brother-in-law.Martin ‘Mattress’ Ward stabbed Michael McDonagh in the grounds of the Church of the Irish Martyrs in Letterkenny on June 26th, 2012. Letterkenny District Court heard today how Ward, 33, tried to stab Mr McDonagh up to a dozen times through the window of his carMr McDonagh, his wife Ann and their children arrived at the second anniversary mass for Mrs McDonagh’s late brother Charlie who had drowned.However just seconds after leaving his wife off to the front door of the church, Mr McDonagh was attacked.He claims that the attacker was his brother-in-law Michael Ward who struck him in the face and then stabbed him in the face and back.The father-of-six eventually struggled out of the passenger seat of the Ford Galaxy car and ran to a nearby shop where the shop-owner locked him in a room until the Gardai arrived.Mr McDonagh claimed the issue had arisen following a previous dispute the accused had with his brother John Joe.The victim said he feared for his life saying he still finds it difficult to get over his ordeal.“It’s hard to get asleep at night thinking about someone stabbing you through a window,” he said.Mr McDonagh’s wife Anne said she saw her husband being stabbed and then saw her brother running out a gate of he church grounds.Garda Shane Lavelle received call at 9.45am and went to interview Mr McDonagh who said he had received three or four stab-wounds.McDonagh claimed the knife was a black-handled camping knife with serrated edge.Garda Lavelle said he saw two puncture wounds to the victim’s right hands, wounds to his face and a puncture wound to his back.The accused Martin Ward, of 45 Ard Na Ri, Letterkenny, claimed he was nowhere near Co Donegal on the day of the alleged stabbing.He claimed he was hunting hares and rabbits with a friend in Thurles where he was living.He also claimed his car had broken down and couldn’t drive at more than 20mph without the car letting off smoke.“If I was there that day the whole family would have seen me,” he said.He even claimed he didn’t know where the Church of the Irish Martyrs was.However Garda Inspector Michael Harrison said he was at his sister’s wedding, another niece’s wedding and his brother’s first anniversary mass in the same church.Inspector Harrison asked Ward what the background to the case was?He claimed it was over drink but then admitted when probed by the Garda that he had ben stabbed by the victim’s brother John Joe McDonagh.“John Joe stabbed me but we sorted it out. I was sorry to see Michael stabbed but you have the wrong man,” he said.However Judge Paul Kelly said on the balance of evidence he found the case against the accused proved.The court then heard the accused has previous convictions for burglary, public order, assault, criminal damage and road traffic offences.Some of the sentences had been suspended within the circuit court to include the time of the current offence.Judge Kelly put the case back to the circuit court for sentence.Inspector Michael Harrison objected to bail and the accused was remanded in custody until the current sitting of the circuit court which starts tomorrow.MAN FOUND GUILTY OF TRYING TO STAB BROTHER-IN-LAW DURING MASS was last modified: January 28th, 2014 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:Church of the Irish MartyrsdonegalGARDA INSPECTOR MICHAEL HARRISONGarda Shane LavelleletterkennyMARTIN WARDMICHAEL MCDONAGHstabbinglast_img read more

Listen: Mick McGrath outlines hopes and challenges after election as County Chairman

first_imgMick McGrath has vowed to give ‘commitment’, ‘hard work’ and ‘development’ after being elected as the new Donegal GAA Chairman tonight in Ballybofey.The Ballyshannon man – pictured by Geraldine Diver – succeeded Sean Dunnion in the Chair at a low-key convention that was completed in just over two hours at Jackson’s Hotel.“It is a great honour for me, my family and my club to be elected as County Board Chairman,” McGrath said in a quick address to delegates that lasted just 80 seconds. “All you will get is what you expect from me – commitment, hard work and continued develop of the association.“I will pay special attention as always to the involvement of youth and to youth games, which is a vital seed going forward.”McGrath is the only new face at the top table and added: “Sean will be a hard act to follow. I hope when I step down that I will have given the same time, effort and energy that Sean has given.”After his election, Mick spoke to Chris McNulty. Listen to the full interview below … Listen: Mick McGrath outlines hopes and challenges after election as County Chairman was last modified: December 10th, 2017 by Chris McNultyShare 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:Aodh RuadhBallyshannondonegal county boardDonegal GAAMick McGrathSean Dunnionlast_img read more