Baghdatis slump continues in Cincinatti

first_imgMARCOS Baghdatis recorded his eleventh first round exit in twelve tournaments as he suffered 6-3, 6-2 defeat to Frenchman Julien Benneteau in the opening round of the Cincinnati Masters.The 28-year-old Cypriot who is currently ranked 50th in the world, will play next at the Winston-Salem Open, which starts next Monday, before he heads to the final Grand Slam of the season at the US Open.Baghdatis has made two previous appearances in Winston Salem. In 2011 he reached the quarter-finals, while last season he was eliminated in the first round by Thomaz Bellucci after retiring in the second set due to back problems.last_img

Inspired Ivanovic stuns Serena in Melbourne

first_imgBy Nick MulvenneyAn inspired Ana Ivanovic blew the race for the Australian Open women’s title wide open with a stunning upset of overwhelming favourite Serena Williams in the fourth round on Sunday.The 14th ranked Serb played the match of her life to come from a set down and secure the biggest shock of the tournament so far with a 4-6 6-3 6-3 victory over the world number one.Fourth seed Li Na and Italy’s Flavia Pennetta, who both won fourth round matches earlier on Sunday, will have considerably more to play for in their quarter-final now the 17-times grand slam champion has been removed from their path.Ivanovic, who will meet teenage sensation Eugenie Bouchard of Canada in her quarter-final, said she held nothing back against the top seeded American.“It’s amazing, when I came onto court I was just hoping to play as well as I could,” she said. “I just went out there swinging at the ball and I did it really well.”Williams admitted to not feeling her best but offered no excuses.That was until she realised coach Patrick Mouratoglou had told reporters about a back injury she sustained before her third round match.“So he’s the one that’s snitching?” she said to laughter.“I don’t want to blame anything. I feel like Ana deserves all the credit. I feel she played unbelievable today. I think she went for her shots.“It’s not like I gave her the match. I tried to fight the best I could today.”Defending men’s champion Novak Djokovic was next up on Rod Laver Arena, and there was no chance of a similar upset at the hands of his friend Fabio Fognini, the Serb blowing the Italian away in straight sets.Williams was riding high on a winning streak of 25 matches going back to the start of last year’s U.S. Open and had never even lost a set to Ivanovic in four previous meetings.When Williams took the first set on Sunday it looked like the 32-year-old, who had lost just once in Melbourne in 52 matches after taking a 1-0 lead, would continue her march towards a sixth Australian Open title.She looked a little lethargic in the opening stanza but has so often been able to count on her physicality and superior mental strength through such encounters without needing to be at her best.Ivanovic won the French Open in 2008 but has done precious little in her sport’s four majors since then and looked destined to become the latest in a string of former world number ones who failed to present a sustained threat to the American’s dominance.In the second set, though, the 26-year-old started to take the game to Williams, attacking her serve with success very few have managed and dictating the back court with her forehand.Her tally of 20 forehand winners to two for Williams told its own tale but, most importantly, once ahead in the deciding set Ivanovic kept her head to keep Williams at bay before serving out to love for the match.“I actually believed,” said Ivanovic, who last reached the quarter-finals of a grand slam in 2012 at Flushing Meadows.“I had some confidence coming into today’s match. I really did certain things extremely well and I kept her under pressure I felt throughout the whole match.“I just stayed in the moment physically. I didn’t think much about the occasion and who I was playing, because it can get overwhelming.”China’s Li earlier gave Ekaterina Makarova not so much as a sniff of an upset as she set up meeting with Pennetta by demolishing the Russian 6-2 6-0 in just under an hour.The former French Open champion, who reached the final here last year and in 2011, briskly saved two break points in the first set, another couple at 3-0 up in the second and sealed the win with a backhand volley at the net to serve out to love.Pennetta’s journey to her first Australian Open quarter-final was a bit more complicated and she took 53 minutes longer than the Chinese to beat ninth seeded German Angelique Kerber 6-1 4-6 7-5.Li had her own particular reason for being delighted to face the Italian.“She’s one day older than me, so for once I don’t have to play a younger player,” beamed the 31-year-oldlast_img read more

Five SP Hunters debutants named

first_imgJoe Joshua becomes Hunter No. 67, Brendon Nima (68), Gairo Kapana (69), Daniel Tapol (70) and Junior Rop (71) have been named in the starting line-up.On the extended bench are Nicky Hasu and Joe Frank who become Hunters 72 and 73 respectively, if named in the final 18 man travelling team.Adex Wera will lead the side for the first time and will be playing his 101st ISC game for the SP Hunters.Junior Rau will sit out this game after the QRL Judiciary handed out a one match suspension for a dangerous throw in the final Round 24 game against CQ Capras last season.Woods Kawage and Shane Haro were unfortunate to miss out due to injuries sustained in the Tri- oppose sessions against Central Dabaris and Gulf Isou two weeks ago.The 20 man squad is:1. Joe JOSHUA2. Brendon NIMA3. Bland ABAVU4. Adex WERA – Captain5. Gairo KAPANA6. Charlie SIMON7. William MONE8. Moses MENINGA9. Patrick MOREA10. Enock MAKI11. Ila ALU12. Daniel TAPOL13. Junior ROPInterchange14. Nick HASU15. Butler MORRIS16. Dilbert ISAAC17. McKenzie YEI18. Wawa PAUL19. Stanton ALBERT20. Joe FRANK(Two to be omitted)Coach Michael Marum will finalise the 18 man team on Thursday. They travel to Brisbane on Friday March 8.The Captains Run will be held on Saturday and the game against Tweed Heads Seagulls kicks off at 2.05pm on Sunday, March 10th, at Piggabeen Sports Complex.The game will be televised live on TVWan+.(Gairo Kapana has been named in the season opener’s starting lineup)last_img read more

Can Kojo Prove Prophetic against Meteors on Saturday?

first_imgNational U-23 head coach Thomas Kojo is an optimist in the face of what others would describe as a burden, and I admire him for that.Losing 2-0 to Ghana’s Black Meteors last Sunday at the Tamale Sports Stadium in the first leg of the Rio 2016 Olympic qualifiers, Kojo told journalists in Ghana that he is hopeful of qualification. Kojo will be inspiring his boys for the return leg at the same venue on Saturday, May 2. Kojo said his team’s overall output in the first encounter was good except few mistakes. “We have a good side. All our plans went well except…few mistakes that led to the two goals.  “Technically, we got what we wanted. Our approach, not hundred per cent though, overall we are impressed.” I am not sure Kojo is arguing that losing 2-0 was the objective of the match but it made sense to speculate that he had had the premonition of losing more than two goals. News reports indicated that Kojo adopted the 4-5-1 system. “The 4-5-1 system is both defensive and offensive,” Kojo admitted. It means that in the first leg, he had four players at the defense, five in the midfield and one on the top. Clearly, concentrating on defense with a player on the top would not threaten their opponents and it was the reason that Black Meteors had a field day, with their domination. But Liberia’s best period game in what a reporter described as, “during the dying embers of the game.” That was after Jr. Lone Star broke away from the 4-5-1 system and began to attack. Though the system may have prevented more goals against Jr. Lone Star, it did not help to threaten the Ghanaians. And though striker Sporo Somah, Prince Saydee, Herron Berrian and goalkeeper Allengton Sembeh proved outstanding, playing the 4-5-1 will hurt Jr. Lone Star on Saturday. Fact is that now the team must score 3-0 to qualify, and with the Ghanaians enjoying a comfortable 2-0 lead, Kojo’s hope to qualify sounds anything but a big HOPE. Another difficulty Kojo encountered was blending the foreign based players with the locals. His reason? “I never had the time to see them play together,” Kojo said of Sporo, Herron and Cooper. Then of course during the game when Jr. Lone Star could not make use of the few chances they created.“We created some good chances but we were robbed by poor finishing; we will indeed work on our scoring techniques,” was Kojo’s promise, all within a week? Kojo’s positive outlook on the two-tie game in Ghana should give his boys the fighting spirit beyond Saturday’s game.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Capital FM crowned 2016 Standard Chartered Trophy champions

first_imgCapital, the Road To Anfield champions finished the tournament unbeaten to produce the Most Valuable Player Jeffrey Ooko and Golden Boot winner Solomon Okeyo who sunk in 10 goals in matches.The Best Mix of Music team entered the global tournament as underdogs after being drawn in the Group of Death alongside Ghana, Singapore and USA.Kenya who featured stars Okeyo, Ooko, skipper Lassie Atrash, Alex Isaboke, Kristian Malumbe, Shaffie Soud and Ali Athman started their campaign on a low, holding Ghana to a goalless draw then thrashed United States of America 3-1 before demolishing Singapore 4-0 with Okeyo scoring all the goals to send his team to the quarter-final.In the last eight, Capital edged out India 3-1 with Ooko coming to the Kenyan side’s rescue when he cancelled out India’s leveller before Okeyo netted his sixth goal of the tournament to kill the game.The semi-final was not an easy ride either as Capital were made to sweat before finding the tempo to whip Hong Kong 3-0 in a match where Ooko sent his side ahead before Okeyo notched a brace yet again.In the decider, Capital who were coached by Liverpool Academy coach Jay opened the scoring with Okeyo but the speedy Koreans responded immediately from a wonderful build-up but Okeyo was at it again to double the lead when he danced past the defender then left the keeper for dead.Okeyo turned the provider this time setting up Ooko who sealed the win with a clever shot far post.“We are happy to win the tournament. It means a lot to the team. I thank the management for this far they have brought us here. We promised the country, Capital FM and Standard Chartered that we will win the tournament and here it is,” Atrash underscored.Before the match, the team watched the Liverpool vs relegation threatened New Castle United where the Reds were held to a 2-2 draw at home.Capital Group Limited team who were representing in the 2016 Standard Chartered Final pose for a photo after beating Korea. PHOTO/CFMThe team was managed by Duncan Kikata and David Muba.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000“We are happy to win the tournament. It means a lot to the team.” Lassie AtrashLIVERPOOL, April 23 – Kenya ruled the world as the sparkling Capital FM football team produced a dazzling display to upset defending champions South Korea 3-2 in a pulsating final to lift the coveted 2016 Standard Chartered Trophy in Anfield Stadium on Saturday.The win saw Capital FM become the first African team to win the trophy after Postal Corporation of Kenya came close last year where they lost 3-2 to South Korea in the finals.last_img read more

Poland 1-0 Northern Ireland: Ajax star Milik downs Norn Iron in Nice

first_img Poland star Arkadiusz Milik celebrates his game-winning goal against Northern Ireland – Click the right arrow above for more pictures from the Euro 2016 clash… 5 5 Poland fans enjoy the action in the stands – Click the right arrow above for more pictures from the Euro 2016 clash… 5 Northern Ireland fans were in good spirits throughout – Click the right arrow above for more pictures from the Euro 2016 clash… 5 Kyle Lafferty attempts an outrageous overhead kick – Click the right arrow above for more pictures from the Euro 2016 clash… 5 Kyle Lafferty and Steven Davis attempt to rally their team-mates – Click the right arrow above for more pictures from the Euro 2016 clash… Northern Ireland’s opening game of Euro 2016 ended in a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Poland in Nice.The first match of Group C was always likely to be a low scoring affair given the Green and White Army’s defensive shape but they may now rue their inability to transition into an attacking unit.Arkadiusz Milik scored the only goal of the game in the second half but despite dominating play looked like they could be caught out on the counter and Michael O’Neill’s men couldn’t get forward enough to capitalise.Northern Ireland went out with five at the back from the off and attempted to frustrate as swarms of green shirts looked to crowd out their opponents.Poland, though, quickly sought to get the ball down the flank and cross towards the huge frame of Robert Lewandowski.Just five minutes in there was chaos in the box with Norn Iron bodies blocking everything they could, while Arkadiusz Milik swung and missed when the ball dropped to him tantalisingly 12 yards out.Sloppy in possession, Northern Ireland failed to hold onto the ball for long with Grzegorz Krychowiak mopping up and kickstarting Polish attacks.Bayern Munich striker Lewandowski was well marshalled by West Brom’s Gareth McAuley but a menacing turn after 20 minutes was only just dealt with, while a Lukasz Piszczek’s volley, from 36 yards, was blocked well.When Northern Ireland did manage to swing the ball into the box, Jonny Evans’s thumped pass was easily gathered by Wojciech Szczesny, despite a rough challenge from isolated lone striker Kyle Lafferty.A swerving Lewandowski shot nearly deceived Michael McGovern, but the Hamilton Academical shot-stopper was able to claim it at the second attempt, while Milik should have done better with a shanked attempt.The physicality of the Green and White Army appeared to rock the Poles, with Kamil Glik, Jakub Blaszczykowski and Krychowiak, all receiving heavy hits.And McGovern was at his best to tip Kapustka’s swinging left-foot shot away from the top corner and over the bar.The introduction of Stuart Dallas, who replaced Paddy McNair, looked to boost O’Neill’s men but just six minutes into the second half they found themselves 1-0 down.Krzysztof Maczynski’s threaded pass to Blaszczykowski saw the right winger slip a neat pass inside to Milik who, from just inside the penalty area, was able to slot the ball past McGovern.Connor Washington was brought on for Shane Ferguson as Northern Ireland looked to level the scores but it looked more likely they would concede again as the Poles attempted to punish their opponents and improve their goal difference.Szczesny had to be quick off his line to deny Queens Park Rangers striker Washington when he burst through on goal, while Lafferty’s overhead kick following a juggling act on the edge of the box flew wide.And Steven Davis nearly got on the end of a smart free-kick but the training ground routine didn’t quite work and got away from the Southampton star as he attempted to shoot.A missile from Krychowiak had McGovern scrambling with just three minutes remaining but Milik’s strike early in the second half was all it took, in the end, for Poland to defeat Northern Ireland and claim three points in their first Group C clash.last_img read more

Italy v Republic of Ireland: Euro 2016 live stream commentary on talkSPORT

first_img 2 Every Goal, Every Game, Every Day The group stages of Euro 2016 come to a conclusion with Italy facing Republic of Ireland in Group E.Italy have already guaranteed themselves top spot in the group, although they may be slightly regretting that as it means they will face Spain in the Round of 16 on Monday.Ireland however, must win if they are to claim one of the best third-place spots and make the last 16.Martin O’Neill’s men drew their opening game against Sweden but were at the hands of a 3-0 drubbing against Belgium, which has severely damaged their chances of making the last 16.Only a win will do and assistant manager Roy Keane has urged the Irish to go hard on their Italian rivals, saying: “My advice would be to take them out. We’re not here to make friends.”LIVE on talkSPORT: Italy v Republic of Ireland – click here for live commentary from the Stade Pierre Mauroy, Lille at 8pm (BST) on June 22, 2016.Here’s how Group E stands: 2center_img Confirmed team news:Italy XI: Sirigu, Barzagli, Bonucci, Ogbonna, Bernardeschi, Sturaro, Thiago Motta, Florenzi, De Sciglio, Zaza, ImmobileSubstitutes: Buffon, Chiellini, Darmian, Candreva, Pelle, De Rossi, Eder, Parolo, Insigne, El Shaarawy, Giaccherini, MarchettiRepublic of Ireland XI: Randolph, Coleman, Duffy, Keogh, Ward, Hendrick, McClean, McCarthy, Brady, Long, MurphySubstitutes: Westwood, Clark, O’Shea, Whelan, McGeady, Keane, Walters, Christie, Meyler, Hoolahan, Quinn, Givenlast_img read more

Man City to sign ‘New Neymar’, Chelsea plotting £50m Lukaku bid and MORE GOSSIP

first_imgHere are the top transfer-related stories in Friday’s newspapers…Sunderland want £2million compensation from the Football Association for manager Sam Allardyce to take charge of England. (Sunderland Echo)Manchester City are set to beat the lines of Barcelona, Real Madrid, Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain to the signing of 19-year-old Brazilian ace Gabriel Jesus – dubbed the ‘new Neymar’. (Manchester Evening News)Chelsea are considering a £50million offer for Everton striker Romelu Lukaku. The Toffees want £65million for the Belgium frontman. (Liverpool Echo)Tottenham are ready to give midfielder Eric Dier a new five-year deal worth £70,000 a week. (Daily Telegraph)Watford are interested in Lille midfielder Sofiane Boufal, who found the net 11 times in Ligue 1 last season. (Watford Observer)West Brom are preparing an improved bid for Leicester midfielder Jeffrey Schlupp after having a £9million offer rejected. (Leicester Mercury)Former Chelsea forward Andre Schurrle is close to signing for Borussia Dortmund in a £25m move from Wolfsburg. (Bild)Here are the latest talkSPORT.com headlines:?Jose Mourinho admits it ‘wouldn’t be a surprise’ if Manchester United don’t bring in Paul Pogba, and reveals he has two alternatives lined upChelsea FC transfer news: Huge money striker bid and defender updateChelsea FC transfer report: Blues could turn to Romelu Lukaku after £62m bid for Alvaro Morata rejectedMario Balotelli latest: Inter Milan plot surprise move for Liverpool flopLiverpool transfer report: Reds preparing bid for Aston Villa defender Jordan AmaviTRANSFER ALERT! West Ham launch one last bid to sign AC Milan striker Carlos BaccaPep Guardiola on Manchester City target Leroy Sane: ‘We are interested, but there is no deal in place’Liverpool FC transfer news: Georginio Wijnaldum set for medical after £25m deal agreed with NewcastleCrystal Palace FC transfer news: Al-Ahli striker Moussa Sow a loan target for Eagleslast_img read more

‘Asphalt’ is where drivers learn road

first_img“That’s the collision that actually kills you,” one officer says solemnly. Parents of crash victims speak candidly about their children’s mistakes, some very matter-of-factly, and some heart-wrenchingly emotional. But it’s all real. “It takes an average of 303 feet – the length of a football field – to stop a car,” Hahn said. “That includes the time it takes to perceive, then put on the brakes, then actually stop.” Parents are also reminded of their responsibilities, which include increased insurance premiums and juvenile court appearances – all seemingly minor in light of the possibility of a fatal crash. “It’s aimed at making everybody think,” Hahn said. Two of the concepts introduced in the program are commentary driving and maintaining a visual horizon. “Commentary driving is something parents should do with their kids on a regular basis,” she said. “Basically you’re driving and talking about what you’re doing to the person in the passenger seat.” Hahn said the concept of a visual horizon is being aware of what’s ahead of you so that you can spot and handle dangerous situations if they come up. “Unfortunately, most drivers don’t look far enough ahead to do this,” she added. The first session of Smart Start was held with a small group Friday night. The next class is scheduled for 6 p.m. April 21 and will be held at the CHP headquarters at 28648 The Old Road. Classes will be held twice a month and will be free; parents need only call to put themselves on a reservations list. Fliers will be available at the Department of Motor Vehicles and through drivers’ education classes at the local high schools. Information on the program can be obtained by calling the CHP at (661) 294-5540.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventAnd plenty of time for questions and answers. “It’s a two-hour course for both the new drivers and their parents or guardians,” said CHP spokeswoman Wendy Hahn. “Some of the stupid moves people have done in the past are illustrated and we have a chance to stop and discuss these incidents with them.” “Reckless driving is the number one cause of death among young drivers,” she continued. “Sixty-six percent of all fatalities involve teens, even though they only make up 4 percent of drivers. And 65 percent of teen passenger deaths occur when another teenager is driving.” The program debuts just months after restrictions on provisional licenses were tightened so that young drivers must have their licenses at least a year before they can have minors as passengers, as opposed to six months. That was coincidental, she said. Although the presentation is aimed at young drivers, there are lessons drivers of every age can take away. The film includes interviews with law enforcement officers who explain that there are actually three collisions in every “accident” – the vehicle collision, the human collision when a person’s body strikes the inside of the car and the internal collision when organs are shaken up violently. SANTA CLARITA – Parents and teens applying for their first drivers’ license are invited to a free screening of a true-life horror movie, courtesy of the California Highway Patrol. The blood is genuine. The only actor is a young man in scrubs who walks through the morgue and tells viewers that what they are about to see is the real thing. The fourth sequel to the classic driver’s education movie “Red Asphalt” is just part of Smart Start, a new program sponsored by the California Office of Traffic Safety in response to the alarming rate of traffic deaths among younger drivers. Along with the film, various driver behavior scenarios are presented, some with actual footage of drunk drivers behind the wheel or pranks that end with tragic consequences. last_img read more

‘He will not be involved for a while’ – Klopp confirms Liverpool ace’s injury

first_img Shaqiri reported back to pre-season training carrying a calf injury Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January JIBE Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Solskjaer gives Pogba fitness update and calls him world’s best all-round midfielder Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:52Loaded: 8.81%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:52 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen deals LATEST Lampard appears to aim dig at Mourinho for handling of Salah and De Bruyne at Chelsea 1 LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Tottenham issue immediate ban to supporter who threw cup at Kepa The former Stoke player returned to the club’s Melwood training ground this week and assessment by medical staff has given Klopp a headache as he steps up his pre-season preparations.“Shaq is still injured from the national team and it will take a while until he is in again,” Klopp told liverpoolfc.com. “He has a tear in his calf, so he will not be involved for a while.”The 27-year-old, a £13million buy last summer, has plenty to prove to Klopp after fading in the second half of Liverpool’s superb 2018/19 campaign. Liverpool update ‘Champions Wall’ after ending 2019 as European and world champions REVEALED Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January TROPHY latest Xherdan Shaqiri is racing to be fit for the start of the new campaign having reported back to Liverpool’s pre-season nursing an injury.Jurgen Klopp, the Liverpool manager, has confirmed Shaqiri faces ‘a while’ on the sidelines as he fully recovers from a calf problem sustained playing for Switzerland against England last month. targets Getty Images – Getty punished The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star New job Former Crystal Palace and West Brom manager Pardew takes over at Dutch strugglers Having enjoyed a two-month, nine-match purple patch from late October – in which he scored six goals – he fell out of favour in 2019 as the Reds finished runners-up in the Premier League and won the Champions League.Shaqiri made just 11 appearances after the turn of the year, only four of which were starts.His current absence leaves Klopp short in attacking options for pre-season, with Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah not back on Merseyside yet due to their involvement in the Africa Cup of Nations. boost Fans go wild as Liverpool celebrate their Champions League victory with bus parade Similarly, Brazil’s Copa America campaign means Roberto Firmino remains absent from training.Champions League hero Divock Origi – now in the final year of his contract with a new deal offered but not yet signed – is the manager’s only senior forward after the departure of Daniel Sturridge.Youngster Rhian Brewster will be part of the first-team squad full-time this season after recovering from serious ankle and knee injuries, while Harry Wilson, who impressed on loan at Derby, will get a chance in pre-season.last_img read more