Upsets continue as heat rises: Muguruza, Konta out of Aussie Open

first_imgView comments OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “It feels amazing. I was ready to leave on Monday and then they told me I’m in, so I was obviously excited,” Pera said. “I was checking the tickets to fly back. I’m happy I didn’t buy one.”Pera will next play No. 20 Barbora Strycova, who beat Lara Arruabarrena 6-3, 6-4.Also advancing were No. 8 Caroline Garcia and No. 26 Agnieszka Radwanska, who next plays Hsieh.Lauren Davis beat Andrea Petkovic 4-6, 6-0, 6-0 and has a potential third-round match against top-ranked Simon Halep, who was playing Eugenie Bouchard later Thursday.Former No. 1-ranked Karolina Pliskova advanced to a third-round match against No. 29 Lucie Safarova.Sam Querrey was the latest of the leading U.S. men eliminated when he lost his second-round match 6-4, 7-6 (6), 4-6, 6-2 to 80th-ranked Marton Fucsovics. No. 8 Jack Sock and No. 16 John Isner went out in the first round.The 13th-seeded Querrey was one of 10 American players — men and women — to reach the second round from the 32 who started the main draws.No. 5 Dominic Thiem rallied from two sets down to defeat 190th-ranked American qualifier Denis Kudla 6-7 (6), 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-3. No. 21 Albert Ramos beat another American, wild-card entry Tim Smyczek 6-4, 6-2, 7-6 (2).No. 19 Tomas Berdych beat Guillermo Garcia-Lopez in four sets. Spain’s Garbine Muguruza waves as she leaves Rod Laver Arena following her second round loss to Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)MELBOURNE, Australia — Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza struggled with the heat and Hsieh Su-wei’s game before losing 7-6 (1), 6-4 on Day 4 as the upsets intensified at the Australian Open.No. 3-ranked Muguruza follows Venus Williams and U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens out of the tournament in the first week, leaving only three major winners still in the women’s draw — and two of them could meet in the third round.ADVERTISEMENT Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Muguruza had five double-faults, including one to give No. 88-ranked Hsieh a match point, and made 43 unforced errors. She needed a medical time out in the first set, and accidently hit a ball into a line judge in frustration.“She’s definitely a very tricky opponent — today she played well,” said Muguruza, acknowledging that the heat was bothersome but it wasn’t the hottest conditions she’d experienced in Australia. “I could have done things better, but at the end, she deserves to win.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkThe 32-year-old Hsieh is a former top-ranked doubles player who only had one previous win over a top 10 player and whose career-high singles ranking peaked at 23 in 2013.Considered one of the contenders for the title after Serena Williams opted against defending her Australian title, Muguruza had a troubled preparation. She retired with cramps in the second round at the Brisbane International and withdrew before her quarterfinal at Sydney because of a right thigh injury. MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Warriors beat Bulls for 14th straight road wincenter_img 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 Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina With a forecast high of 39 Celsius (102 Fahrenheit), Maria Sharapova appeared to be in a hurry to get off the Rod Laver Arena court ASAP, winning the first set in 23 minutes.The five-time major winner advanced 6-1, 7-6 (4) over No. 14-seeded Anastasija Sevastova.“It’s a warm day. I did my job in two sets against someone that’s been troubling in the past for me,” said Sharapova, who missed last year’s tournament while serving a 15-month doping ban. “I think I deserve to smile out there after that victory.”Ninth-seeded Johanna Konta, the 2016 Australian Open semifinalist, fended off three match points before losing to U.S. lucky loser Bernarda Pera 6-4, 7-5.No. 123-ranked Pera is making her Grand Slam debut and, after losing in the last round of qualifying, didn’t even know she had a spot in the main draw until Margarita Gasparyan withdrew with an injury.ADVERTISEMENT Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

ALJA: Minister Nagbe and Others Must Resign or be Dismissed

first_imgThe Association of Liberian Journalists in the Americas (ALJA) says the recent elections of the Ministers of Information Cultural Affairs and Tourism (MICAT), Eugene Nagbe, and Labor, Nato Lighe, Sr. as well as other political appointees in the Johnson-Sirleaf Administration to senior posts within the ruling Unity Party (UP), constitute a flagrant violation of the Liberian government’s Code of Conduct, according to a release signed by ALJA president Moses Sandy.The Association said the elevation of Ministers Nagbe and Neto, as well as Director Bangole, to high profile positions in the UP would pose serious conflict of interest for them in the execution of their statutory duties in government. ALJA wondered what will be the disposition of Minister Nagbe, who is the Liberian Government Chief Spokesman, and his peers when confronted with critical national matters that hinge on the interests of the government and the UP as well as opposition political parties.ALJA maintains that the elections of these government officials to positions in UP undermine the principle of good governance and universal best practices. The Association in a press release issued on July 24 called on President Sirleaf to swiftly correct the political blunder. Ministers Nagbe and Lighe were recently elected UP Secretary General and Deputy Vice Chairman respectively. The MICAT boss and the other party executives were elected at the recently held convention in Gbarnga, Bong County. During the Convention, the General Services Agency (GSA), Deputy Director for Administration, Cole Bangole, was also voted Vice Chairman for Inter-Party and NEC Affairs. ALJA called on President Sirleaf to muster the political will to request the three senior public officials to immediately resign from their elected posts within the ruling party, or be dismissed from government because their recent elections contravene Section 5.1(A) of the nation’s Code of Conduct, which regulates the activities of political appointees in government. Section 5.1(A) of the Code of Conduct states “All officials appointed by the President of the Republic of Liberia shall not: (a) engage in political activities, canvass or contest for elected offices; (b) use government facilities, equipment or resources in support of partisan or political activities; (c) serve on a campaign team of any political party, or the campaign of any independent candidate.” The Code of Conduct was legislated and passed into law in 2014. The law which seeks to control and minimize malfeasance in Liberia’s public sector, was signed by President Johnson-Sirleaf.Article 90(c) of the Liberian Constitution states, “The Legislature shall, in pursuance of the above provision, prescribe a Code of Conduct for all public officials and employees, stipulating the acts which constitute conflict of interest or are against public policy, and the penalties for violation thereof.”ALJA described as inconceivable President Sirleaf’s decision to sit by and allow her government officials to proceed with the gross violation of the law she helped create, during the UP convention in Gbarngba. The President is the principal signatory of the Code of Conduct. The Association said Minister Nagbe’s ascendency to the position of Secretary General would create a serious credibility problem for the Johnson-Sirleaf Administration during the 2017 electoral period if the situation is not promptly revisited by the President. The Association said 2017 would be a critical era in Liberia’s quest for a peaceful and stable society; and the administration must exert every effort to curtail acts such as the UP’s recent gross violation of the Code of Conduct. Meanwhile, ALJA is urging the concerned public officials and all political appointees in the Liberian government to avoid tendencies that are contrary to peaceful coexistence in Liberia. ALJA is a conglomeration of current and retired Liberian journalists residing in the Americas. The Association was founded in 1998 and it seeks to foster peace and unity among its members. ALJA is also dedicated to the advancement of press freedom through media development and training, and the principle of good Governance in Liberia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

The Vertical Slam asks District of Taylor for sponsorship

first_imgTAYLOR, B.C. – The Vertical Slam made a presentation at the District of Taylor council meeting on Monday.Laurie Cardinal and Jada Rogers from the Vertical Slam made a presentation about the event, which is set to take place at the Big Bam Ski Hill on June 10th, 2017. The registered non-profit society hosted the event last year to help promote and raise money for the Big Bam Ski Hill. The first Vertical Slam took place last June, and despite rainy weather saw 460 participants take to the hill for the 2, 5, and 10 kilometre footrace courses.A second Vertical Slam was scheduled for last September, but had to be postponed due to a lack of registration to cover the costs of the event.- Advertisement -Organiser Laurie Cardinal says that for the upcoming Vertical Slam, the event will also feature a seven kilometre obstacle course in addition to the 10 kilometre hiking course. Jada Rogers says that this year, the group plans to raise money for the School District’s hot lunch program, and instead will be renting the hill for the event. Rogers also stressed that their organization is separate from the Big Bam Ski Hill, and said that for that reason, the group has dropped the ‘Big Bam’ portion of their name.The Vertical Slam is looking to raise approximately $15,000 to cover their race cost and fundraising goals.last_img read more

President search hits snag

first_img“It’s not unusual to have bumps along the way,” Castro said. “With human nature being what it is, and different groups having the vested interests they’re looking out for, what folks should be keeping in mind is that this is for the entire college and community. “It is for the well-being of the students and the college, not just any one particular group,” she added. Exacerbating the politics of the presidential search process is the shrinking number of candidates who can fill these kinds of leadership positions. There are currently 32 community colleges searching for a president, said Diane Woodruff, vice president of the Community College League of California. “We are seeing a much smaller pool of candidates, and we have an unusually large number of openings,” Woodruff said. “The baby-boomers are retiring but the pool of qualified candidates is smaller than it has been in the past.” Considering the good reputation that Rio Hondo has earned statewide, Woodruff was surprised that the search process had resulted in such rancor. “I think this may be a little unusual,” she added. “But I know that a lot of times, the board will go back out \ again. “Maybe Rio Hondo will decide to do that if the open forum doesn’t work out,” Woodruff said. “It is the board’s authority to make the final decision, but they should also want a candidate who will be able to work with the faculty and staff as well.” Coincidentally, Newman attended a conference this weekend that addressed the shortage of qualified candidates for presidents of community colleges. “It’s a horrible problem – people are getting fired at other colleges and then they’re showing up someplace else,” Newman said. “We’ve really got to stop that. The qualified ones are those who stay at a college for 10 to 12 years and then retire, and they aren’t leaving their jobs anytime soon. “We just are having a hard time finding quality folks.” So far, the RHFA, the California School Employees Association Chapter 477 that represents the campus’ classified staffers, the Associated Student Body and the Academic Senate have passed votes of “no confidence” in the ability of Rio Hondo trustees to choose a new president. None of those groups expect to participate in Wednesday’s forum. And the board has scheduled a special closed-session meeting after the forum to discuss the appointment of a new superintendent. “I just wish them the best of luck,” Woodruff said. “It’s a wonderful college, and I hope they find someone good who will be able to work with the board and the faculty and the staff.” (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3051 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! It was demoralizing, and it invalidated the hours the committee spent poring over applicants’ qualifications, said Jim Newman, president of the Rio Hondo College Faculty Association. “All we asked for was to be included,” Newman said. “At first, they said they would include us, but in a typical smoke-filled, backroom-politics kind of way, they jerked it away from us. That’s why we’re upset.” And there was no indication the board could do such a thing, Newman said. But it is fully within the board’s right to do so, said Consuelo Rey Castro, board president at Pasadena City College, which is also searching for a president. That’s why she and fellow PCC board members said they have made it crystal clear to their search committee that its recommendations are just that – recommendations. Ultimately, the board will decide who will fill the post. WHITTIER – Between the increased numbers of California community college presidents who are retiring, the small pool of candidates qualified to replace them and the local politics of appointing a new leader, it seems Rio Hondo College already had two strikes against it when it started looking for a new president. And with just a couple of days left before the college holds an open forum Wednesday with its top finalists for president, three of the campus’s most important constituents – students, faculty and staff – have thrown in the towel and are refusing to participate in the process anymore. What went wrong? According to faculty, staff and students who were on the 20-member search committee, the process irreparably broke down when the board decided to interview an extra three candidates from the pool of people it had disqualified, along with their two recommended candidates. last_img read more

Gordon Strachan signs two-year contract extension with Scotland

first_img1 Gordon Strachan will take charge of Scotland’s World Cup qualifying campaign after signing a two-year extension as manager.Strachan had taken time to consider his future after Scotland finished fourth in their European Championship group, behind Germany, Poland and play-off contenders Republic of Ireland.But the vocal backing of an 11,000-strong travelling support in Scotland’s final qualifier, a 6-0 win against Gibraltar, helped persuade Strachan to stay on.A statement from the governing body read: “The Scottish FA is delighted that Gordon has agreed to remain in charge after the unwavering support demonstrated by the Scotland fans throughout the European qualifying campaign.”Strachan said: “It is an honour and a privilege to manage my country and, in a way, that has made the disappointment of not qualifying for Euro 2016 all the more profound.“None the less, the reaction from the supporters throughout the campaign, and in particular from those who travelled to Faro in their thousands, is an experience that will live with me for the rest of my life. It was a recognition that the players’ efforts had been appreciated.“That appreciation and goodwill has also been apparent in the messages of support I have received this week, from emails and letters to chats in the street.”Strachan, who watched Scotland Under-21s draw with Iceland on Tuesday night, will now begin work on preparing his squad for a group involving England, Slovakia, Slovenia, Lithuania and Malta.“I want the best for our country and for those players and I believe we can make Scotland proud in the upcoming qualifiers,” the 58-year-old said.“For that reason, I am delighted to have been asked to continue in my role and I look forward to working with my backroom staff and the players to improve on the previous campaign and look forward to the World Cup qualifiers with optimism.”Strachan will again be assisted by Mark McGhee, who took over as Motherwell manager on Tuesday, and former Fir Park boss Stuart McCall.SFA chief executive Stewart Regan added: “The board of the Scottish FA has been consistent in our belief that Gordon should continue the good work that has been apparent in many performances and results throughout the previous campaign.“Similarly, the supporters and the players have been overwhelming in their view that Gordon is the national coach to lead us into the World Cup qualifying campaign.“The mutual respect and stability that exists is essential to our future success and we all look forward to planning for Russia 2018.” Gordon Strachan last_img read more

Top 21 Premier League players of the season so far, according to statistics

first_img gameday cracker Etheridge saved two penalties in his first two games this season. 11= David Silva (Manchester City) – WhoScored rating = 7.59 from three games10. James Milner (Liverpool) – WhoScored rating = 7.60 from four games9. Kieran Trippier (Tottenham Hotspur) – WhoScored rating = 7.64 from three games7= Jose Holebas (Watford) – WhoScored rating = 7.65 from four games7= Troy Deeney (Watford) – WhoScored rating = 7.65 from four games West Ham United are struggling and are yet to get a single point, despite a summer overhaul, which will have supporters worrying, while Manchester United and Arsenal have both lost two matches.But who have been the best players in the opening games? have taken a look at the statistics from and found out the top 21 rated footballers, so far. 5 Latest Premier League News 6. Pedro (Chelsea) – WhoScored rating = 7.72 from four games5. Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) – WhoScored rating = 7.75 from four games4. Marcos Alonso (Chelsea) – WhoScored rating = 7.78 from four games3. Eden Hazard (Chelsea) – WhoScored rating = 7.84 from four games2. Sergio Aguero (Manchester City) – WhoScored rating = 7.91 from four games Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT The Brazilian has starred for Spurs this season and has three goals to his name. Hornets captain Deeney is leading their early season form with some inspiring performances 5 REVEALED Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won tense Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury possible standings Sergio Aguero, Marcos Alonso, and Mohamed Salah have been among the best Premier League players so far this season. shining Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? REVEALED Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card silverware 5 16. Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) – WhoScored rating = 7.47 from three games15. James Tarkowski (Burnley) – WhoScored rating = 7.51 from four games14. Benjamin Mendy (Manchester City) – WhoScored rating = 7.52 from four games13. Roberto Pererya (Watford) – WhoScored rating = 7.56 from four games11= Lucas Moura (Tottenham Hotspur) – WhoScored rating = 7.59 from four games Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won no dice smart causal Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars 5 20= Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) – WhoScored rating = 7.44 from four games20= Daryl Janmaat (Watford) – WhoScored rating = 7.44 from four games18= Roberto Firmino (Liverpool) – WhoScored rating = 7.45 from four games18= Andrew Robertson (Liverpool) – WhoScored rating = 7.45 from four games17. Neil Etheridge (Cardiff City) – WhoScored rating = 7.46 from four games The Premier League season is only four games old but we’re already witnessing an intriguing start.Liverpool, Chelsea, and surprise package Watford have won all their matches so far, while Manchester City dropped points to newly-promoted Wolverhampton Wanderers. huge blow Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade 5 1. Sadio Mane (Liverpool) – WhoScored rating = 8.00 from four gameslast_img read more


first_imgThe winners of free double passes to the Neil Delamere show at An Grianan Theatre are Aoife Desmond, Crossroads, Killygordon and Graham Toal, Woodland, Ballybofey.Neil DelamereThe winners can claims their tickets by calling to An Grianan in plenty of time for Saturday night’s show and tell them Donegal Daily sent you!And for those who didn’t win, there will be tickets for plenty of other shows coming up. THE WINNERS OF THE FREE NEIL DELAMERE TICKETS ARE …… was last modified: May 24th, 2013 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:Neil Delamerelast_img read more

Volleyball Falls In Four Sets At SIU

first_img Next Game: Watch Live Wichita State 9/30/2016 – 7:00 PM CARBONDALE, Ill. – Twenty-four hours after a grueling five-set win to open Missouri Valley Conference play, the Drake University volleyball team suffered a 3-1 loss at Southern Illinois on Saturday, Sept. 24, evening.Drake (10-6, 1-1 MVC) dropped the contest by set scores of 25-16, 27-29, 25-17 and 25-21. Makena Schoene (Seattle, Wash.) led the Bulldogs with 12 kills on 34 attempts with four blocks. Kyla Inderski (Urbandale, Iowa) and Odessa Cody (Chicago, Ill.) each added eight kills, but the Bulldogs only managed to hit .157 in the loss. Freshman Elle Tubbs (Clinton, Iowa) made her first start for the Bulldogs and notched six blocks.SIU (11-5, 2-0 MVC) was paced by four players in double figure kills with Abby Barrow’s 13 leading the way.SIU set the tone early in the match as a 6-0 run gave the Salukis an 18-12 lead that would later balloon to nine points en route to an easy 25-16 win in in the opening set. The second set was much more closely contested as neither team led by more than four points throughout. Facing set point with a 24-21 deficit, Drake rallied for three-straight points from Tubbs, Kameo Pope (Belle Plaine, Iowa) and Cody to tie the match, 24-24. The Bulldogs staved off set point once again and closed the set with three-straight points to take the extended set, 29-27.However, following intermission, the Salukis retook control of the match by jumping out to an 11-3 lead. Drake briefly pulled within five points, but would get no closer as SIU took the set, 25-17. SIU went on to lead the fourth set from start to finish, but not without another challenge from the Bulldogs. Facing match point at 24-18, Drake scored three-straight points to pull within three points, 24-21, but could get no closer as an attack error sealed the set and match for SIU.The Bulldogs return home to the Knapp Center next week to continue MVC action against perennial MVC powers Wichita State and Missouri State. The Bulldogs’ weekend begins against Wichita State on Friday, Sept. 30 at 7 p.m. followed by an Oct. 1 match against Missouri State at 7 p.m. Both matches will be broadcast on The Valley on ESPN3.Print Friendly Version Box Score (PDF) Preview Buy Tickets Live Statscenter_img Full Schedule Roster Box Score (HTML) Story Links The Valley on ESPN3last_img read more

Men’s Basketball To Host Year Of The Fan Open Practice Saturday

first_imgThe Drake University men’s basketball will welcome fans to the Knapp Center on Saturday, Oct. 22, for an open practice as part of the year-long Year of the Fan Celebration.The Bulldogs open practice will start at 10 a.m. on the main court of the Knapp Center. Fans wishing to attend the practice should park in Lot 4 (located at 25th and Clark/Tennis Center) and enter through the north entrance of the Knapp Center. Print Friendly Versionlast_img


first_imgHave you lost the cutest puppy ever?This little pup was found in the Lismonaghan area of Letterkenny this afternoon.He appears to be a golden retriever or labrador and has a red collar.If you own it or know of its owner, please email YOU LOST THE CUTEST PUP EVER? was last modified: August 10th, 2015 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)last_img read more