Serena’s French Open seed denial stirs fresh debate

first_imgMaria Sharapova also spoke up in support of her longtime rival last week.“It’s a tough call, I would like to see that change,” Sharapova said. “I think that would be nice.”At Wimbledon, which runs from July 2-15, the All England Club could elect to seed Serena using its unique system that favors grass-court specialists, given she is a seven-time champion.But at Roland Garros, an event she has won three times, organizers are not ready to take such a step with the French Tennis Federation (FFT) reaffirming the seedings will reflect the latest WTA rankings.Tournament organizers have been equally unmoved in the past when faced with similar situations.Victoria Azarenka was unseeded at last year’s Wimbledon in her first Grand Slam since giving birth in late 2016, while Kim Clijsters was in a similar position at the 2009 US Open.However, that didn’t stop Clijsters, who needed a wildcard just to compete in New York, from going on to lift the second of four career Grand Slam titles.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations MOST READ Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Devance to miss PBA All-Star; Rosario, Pogoy skip Mindanao, Visayas legs View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial LATEST STORIES FILE – Serena Williams returns a shot to Naomi Osaka of Japan during the Miami Open Presented by Itau at Crandon Park Tennis Center on March 21, 2018 in Key Biscayne, Florida. Matthew Stockman/Getty Images/AFPThe decision by French Open organizers not to grant Serena Williams a seeding on her long-awaited Grand Slam return has prompted a renewed focus on the sport’s policy towards female players and parenthood.“French Open is punishing Serena Williams for having a baby” read a USA Today headline, arguing an exception for the 23-time major winner should be made for Thursday’s draw.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. But it does not guarantee them a seeding, leaving Serena vulnerable to an encounter with leading title contenders as early as the first round.At Miami, Williams ran into Indian Wells champion Naomi Osaka in her opening match and was easily beaten.‘Grace period’ needed“She has won this title so many times (eight) that she needs protection,” Miami tournament director James Blake said after the WTA refused to alter its rules despite conceding that they would be “further reviewed” going forward.“It’s not as if she left because of injury and lost her passion for the game,” Blake said. “She had a kid, which we should all be celebrating, so when she comes back there should be a grace period where she can still be seeded.”ADVERTISEMENT At 36, the American is looking to regain her top form following the birth of her daughter last September. After sitting out of competition for over a year, she no longer had a ranking upon her return to the WTA circuit in March.She has played just four matches this season across appearances at Indian Wells and Miami. But her results, far from convincing, have only been good enough to climb to 449th in the world rankings.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownWith a ranking so low, no player would typically even be able to take part in qualifying for the main draw. That is unless benefiting from a wildcard or using a protected ranking, which has at least allowed Williams direct entrance into the field.It is a system that lets a player retain, for a transitional period, a former ranking upon return from a long absence — between six months and two years — due to injury, illness or pregnancy. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hourslast_img read more

Jake Watson wraps up 2019 National Finals Rodeo with great performances

first_imgThen to finish off the National Finals Rodeo, in the tenth go-round, Watson would place in second with 89.5 points. Watson was able to receive a score in the third go-round where he managed to earn a tie in fifth place with 87 points and $5,500. Then for the eighth go-round, Watson was back in the Winner’s Circle after placing in first with a score of 89.5 points on Calgary Stampede’s Stampede Warrior. – Advertisement -Despite a good performance in the fifth go-round, Watson placed tied for ninth in the sixth go-round. Then in the fifth go-round, Watson greatly improved his performance where he managed to place in first with a score 92 points, winning the round, and earning a pay of $26,230.77. center_img Following the eighth go-round, Watson would place fifth in the ninth go-round with a score of 83.5.Advertisement LAS VEGAS, N.V. – Local cowboy Jake Watson, of Hudson’s Hope, was competing in the saddle bronc event at the 2019 National Finals Rodeo, from December 5 to the 14, in Las Vegas. Watson has placed sixth in saddle bronc with season earnings of $236,406.last_img read more

A number of power outages in the North Peace

first_imgJust over 500 BC Hydro customers are without power this evening.Some of the outages remain under investigation and some have bee caused by trees down across power lines.  Here are the areas affected.199 Customers South of the 256 RD and West of the 277 RD – Power should be back on by 6am Feb 4- Advertisement -35 Customters South of 189 RD – Power should be restored by 2am Feb 4267 Customers North-South-East-West of the Alaska Highway – Power should be back on by 1am Feb 4For more up to date information visit www.bchydro.com/outagesAdvertisementlast_img read more

Choice on 49er coach is in doubt

first_imgThat season-long riveting men’s basketball drama at Long Beach State, starring Larry Reynolds as the beleaguered coach and Vic Cegles and F. King Alexander as the monitoring arbiters, took a dark turn last Saturday night when the 49ers stumbled ignobly against Hawaii at the Walter Pyramid in front of a crowd so unusually large that, for a pleasant change, you couldn’t even count it on your fingers. As you might know by now, Mr. Reynolds is in the final year of a contract that Messrs. Cegles and Alexander, ominously, failed to extend in the offseason, much to the discomfort of Mr. Reynolds. It is a harsh reality of the corporate world, not to mention the athletic one, that a person is almost a certainty to be detached if he nears the end of his contract without hearing a peep from management. I suffered similar ignominy in my dazzling career in sports talk radio, where on two occasions I was greeted by chilling silence by those who decide such matters and eventually was shown the front door and unceremoniously kicked out of it. Naturally, Vic Cegles is taking the high road when you ask him the status of Larry Reynolds. “An evaluation will be made at the end of the season,” is the 49er athletic director’s standard reply. F. King Alexander echoes the same spiel, adding, “So many things must be considered when making such a decision.” And one of those things, perhaps the one that might decide Mr. Reynolds’ eventual fate, is the team’s home attendance, which has diminished ominously during his incumbency, as have, of course, season ticket sales. The 49ers are supposedly averaging around 1,800 a game this season, up from the recent past but still not enough to keep red ink from staining the school’s most high profile athletic program. When one speaks to Vic Cegles and F. King Alexander, one gets the distinct impression that both men feel their university’s basketball team has the potential to one day become a perennial mid-major fixture like a Gonzaga. And one also gets the feeling they’re not sure such a dizzying level ever will be attained under the leadership of Reynolds, a quiet, soft-spoken gentleman who comprehends the reality of his situation and has handled it throughout this season with typical low-key grace and dignity. It is a curious irony that Mr. Reynolds finds himself in such an unsteady state during a season when his senior-laden team has, for the most part, comported itself well and played an entertaining brand of basketball. If ever Mr. Reynolds was going to be given the foot, it seemed as though it would have been far more fitting after the 2004-2005 season when he finished 10-20 to run his three-year log in Long Beach to 21-63, a record that under normal conditions would have resulted in certain banishment. But conditions weren’t exactly normal at the time because the AD at the school was Mr. Bill Shumard, the great visionary who had plucked Reynolds out of Division II Cal State San Bernardino and who had become blindly obsessive in his belief that he hadn’t made a disastrous miscalculation despite the numbers that indicated otherwise. Jerry West once told me the worst sin an administrator can commit is to not acknowledge a mistake, and allow stubbornness to distort reason. And so Mr. Shumard stubbornly went against those many patrons in these parts passionately advocating a change, and brought Reynolds back amid an atmosphere of mounting community indifference. And, to a certain extent, Mr. Shumard has been vindicated, as Larry Reynolds rose from the doldrums to show that he can coach a Division I team that can actually win more games than it loses. But, still, despite such success, the Pyramid turnstiles haven’t exactly been clicking extravagantly, and Larry Reynolds, a most decent man, can’t shake that image of having a disconnect with so many in the local sporting populace. And, one still must not forget that internal problem that cursed Mr. Reynolds’ team a couple of weeks ago that resulted in the three-game suspension of two players, Kejuan Johnson and Mark Dawson, and the departure of the assistant head coach, Reggie Howard. One idly wonders what will ensue from an NCAA investigation into the matter. “All I can do is go out every day and do my job and not think of the other things,” says Larry Reynolds. And he has been doing his job and doing it well. But whether he will keep it still seems doubtful with increased expectations from his new bosses and with continued below expectations at the box office. Doug Krikorian can be reached at doug.krikorian@presstelegram.com. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img What exacerbates Larry Reynolds’ predicament even more is that both Cegles and Alexander are former basketball players who were starting guards in college – Cegles at Bucknell and Alexander at St. Lawrence University – and both possess a keen understanding of the game. And both also arrived here from schools where the sport was the dominant feature of the athletic landscape, as Cegles came from Temple where John Chaney routinely churned out successful teams and Alexander from Murray State which was such a hardwood hotbed that a coach once was ushered out for winning “only” two-thirds of his games. Reynolds’ future wouldn’t be precarious if his 49er teams had been victorious at such a rate, as they’ve now gone 57-82 during his tenure that began with three losing years before he finally turned it around at 18-12 last season. His 49ers are 18-7 at the moment and atop the Big West standings at 9-2, but the prevailing feeling among those who make it their business to know such esoteric phenomena is that Larry Reynolds must win his conference’s postseason tournament, as well as an NCAA game to stand any chance of retaining his position. And, even if he consummates such an unlikely parlay, there is no ironclad guarantee he will be tendered a new contract, although I’m sure he will be if Long Beach State goes on to win the NCAA title, the likelihood of which is approximately equivalent to spotting Bigfoot in your backyard, or being abducted by a space alien and transported to another planet. last_img read more

Liverpool suffer late defeat at Napoli

first_imgIt puts Napoli top of Group C with four points from two games, with Paris Saint-Germain a point behind after thrashing Red Star Belgrade 6-1 earlier.Liverpool, last year’s runners-up, had been top of the group after their 3-2 win over Paris Saint-Germain two weeks ago with Napoli held 0-0 at Red Star.But Jurgen Klopp’s side now drop to third.The visitors never really settled into the game and suffered an injury blow when midfielder Naby Keïta went down early with a suspected muscular problem and was stretchered off in tears.The Guinean — making his first Champions League appearance for the club — had been the only change in Klopp’s side from last weekend’s draw at Chelsea.Keita took the place of Jordan Henderson, who came on after the Guinean’s injury after 20 minutes.Ancelotti oped for a 3-5-2 attack with Nikola Maksimovic coming into the back line.Captain Marek Hamsik started next to Fabian Ruiz and Allan in midfield, with Arkadiusz Milik preferred to Dries Mertens up front alongside Insigne and Callejon.The hosts defenders pinned back Liverpool’s strike force of Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane.Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson had his work cut out on his return to Italy after his move from Roma last summer.Napoli’s top Serie A scorer Insigne came close twice early, with Alisson comfortably saving a Milik header just before the break.The hosts kept up the pressure after the break with Insigne crossing for Milik, who lashed towards goal on 50 minutes, but Joe Gomez came to the rescue after Alisson spilled the ball.Gomez again did well to clear a goalbound Callejon effort off the line with Dries Mertens rattling the woodwork with Alisson well beaten with eight minutes to go.But Insigne finally shook off Virgil van Dijk to score the winner to deafening applause from the 40,000 crowd.The victory maintained new Napoli coach Ancelotti’s record of having never lost in the Champions League against Liverpool with four wins now and a draw.Ancelotti’s AC Milan beat Liverpool in the final to lift the title in 2007.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Napoli’s Insigne slides home the winning strike for Napoli in the 90th minute after latching onto Jose Callejon’s low crossNAPLES, Italy, Oct 4 – Lorenzo Insigne stuck late as Napoli snatched a 1-0 win over an outclassed Liverpool in a Champions League Group C game the hosts dominated in the Stadio San Paolo on Wednesday.Carlo Ancelotti’s side had piled the pressure on Liverpool before finally finding a way through on 90 minutes when Jose Callejón broke down the right crossing for Insigne who beat Alisson in the Liverpool goal.last_img read more

Mourinho drops hint on becoming PSG caoch

first_img0Shares0000Mourinho drops hint at managing PSGLONDON, United Kingdom, Feb 19 – Jose Mourinho has hinted he would like to become Paris Saint-Germain manager by saying he can imagine himself working in Ligue 1.The former Manchester United boss has previously been linked with the French giants who have dominated their domestic game in recent years, winning the title in five of the last six seasons. Thomas Tuchel is currently in charge at the Parc des Princes but, like many of the club’s recent managers, he is likely to be judged by their Qatari owners on how PSG perform in the Champions League and they won 2-0 at Old Trafford in last week’s last-16, first leg tie.“I can imagine myself as a coach in Ligue 1,” Mourinho told beIN Sports.“I am a man who has worked in four different countries. I like to know other cultures. Working in a new championship would be a fantastic experience.”With PSG the country’s only realistic Champions League contenders at present, it is widely felt the capital club would be Mourinho’s destination should he manage in France.The 56-year-old was sacked by Manchester United in December after two-and-a-half years in charge.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Poland 2-1 Republic of Ireland: Robert Lewandowski sends Martin O’Neill’s men into Euro 2016 play-offs

first_img Robert Lewandowski 1 Robert Lewandowski continued his incredible goalscoring form to send the Republic of Ireland into the play-offs as Poland won in Warsaw.Grzegorz Krychowiak opened the scoring for Poland but the home side were immediately pegged back through a Jon Walters penalty.The Bayern Munich man got the winner just before half time before John O’Shea saw red late on as Poland went through as Group D runners-up.Martin O’Neill’s side will however have to face the perils of the play-offs if they are to join England, Wales and Northern Ireland in France next summer.It was an even start with so much at stake for both teams but it was Poland who sent the national stadium into lift-off as Krychowiak scored with a 22-yard shot after dropping deep from the corner and firing through a crowd of bodies.But 90 seconds later Ireland were level when Shane Long won a penalty after a wild high-foot.Walters stepped up and fired the ball home to silence the Warsaw crowd.A minute later Poland had the ball in the net again as Pawel Olkowski fired in after some drastic Irish defending – but this time it was ruled offside.However, on the stroke of half time the hosts were in front, and unsurprisingly it was Robert Lewandowski who got the goal.Krzysztof Maczynski crossed in from the right before the Bayern Munich forward exploded with a thunderbolt of a header to put his side in pole position with his 15th goal in six games.Long was stretchered off only 10 minutes into half time with a nasty looking ankle injury which allowed Robbie Keane to enter the fray.Poland had a great opportunity to extend their lead but backup goalkeeper Darren Randolph spread himself brilliantly to deny Kamil Grosicki one-on-one.At the other end Richard Keogh had a golden chance to send Ireland to France with 10 minutes left as he found himself unmarked eight yards out, but his header was straight at Lukasz Fabianski.And it got worse in injury time when Lewandowski broke away as Ireland piled forward, meaning O’Shea needed to bring the forward down and in doing-so picked up his marching orders for a second yellow card.last_img read more

INTO PRESIDENT SAYS DONEGAL SCHOOLS ARE AT BREAKING POINT

first_imgThe President of the Irish National Teachers’ Organisation has said Donegal’s schools have reached breaking point with 3,948 pupils in supersize classrooms of 30 or more.Many Donegal classrooms are overcrowdedBrendan O’Sullivan was visiting the county yesterday to attend meetings of the Raphoe/Convoy and Stranorlar INTO branches.He stressed that these numbers are plainly unacceptable. “Ireland has the second highest class sizes in Europe. The Minister for Education has presided over an increase in the number of pupils needed to retain teachers in 2, 3, and 4-teacher schools – increases that are ongoing as we speak and are in year two of a three year cycle of increases.“It is therefore not true to say that the Minister for Education has protected class size. It is a matter of choice for the Minister and the Government, they have made the choice to increase class sizes in small schools and an increase in the pupil teacher ratio for all schools is on the menu of cutbacks to primary education being considered in the upcoming Budget.“The choice being considered is to make savings on the backs of small children in primary schools.”The President went on to say there are other choices: the government could consider taking less than €3.1Bn out of the economy, use part of the promissory note to achieve savings and consider taxes on financial transactions. Brendan called on the Minister and the Government to protect primary education in the Budget and ensure that our primary school children will not be taught in even larger classes than presently after October 15th next. INTO PRESIDENT SAYS DONEGAL SCHOOLS ARE AT BREAKING POINT was last modified: October 8th, 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:Brendan O’SullivandonegalINTOovercrowded classroomslast_img read more

DONEGAL SCHOOL GOES INTO ORBIT WITH STAR WARS SPACE INVADER APP

first_imgPupils of Malin Head National SchoolA Donegal national school and the Letterkenny Institute of Technology have joined ‘Forces’ to make a Star Wars Space Invaders App.Over the last three weeks 5th and 6th class students at Malin Head National School, with the support of the Electronic and Mechanical Engineering Department at LYIT, have developed the App that can be played on Android smartphones and tablets.This project has introduced these primary school students to the world of programming and to app development. Diarmuid Walsh, School Principal, Malin Head N.S said , “5th and 6th Class pupils in St Mary’s National School have participated in an enjoyable introduction to programming with the guidance of LYIT Electronic Engineering lecturer Martin Bradley.The set of Star Wars at Malin Head.“The three workshop sessions allowed the pupils to engage in a variety of problem solving and critical thinking activities. The children involved in this project installed the game they designed and developed onto their own portable Android devices. This has been a fantastic learning experience.”The ‘Star Wars Space Invaders App’ has many characteristics.When the App is opened, the user will hear, “Welcome to the Malin Head National School Star Wars App”. Additionally, when the app is running on android devices, the Star Wars theme tune is playing in the background. By moving your finger on the app the Character BB8, who plays the ‘goodie’ in the film, moves and when you tap BB8 he fires bullets at Kylo Ren, who plays the ‘baddie’ in the movie.A firing sound can be heard when each bullet is fired.  The score, from each game, is recorded at the bottom which can be reset at any time. The app also contains a photograph of Malin Head, as well as, the Malin Head National School crest.Martin Bradley, Lecturer, LYIT added, “This project was a fun educational experience for the students and I was delighted to get an opportunity to connect with the students in such an engaging way. It provided the school students with a chance to get to grips with understanding programming and how to develop an app, and who knows, maybe some of these students will have their own Apps available on the Google Play Store in the future.”May the Force be With You!DONEGAL SCHOOL GOES INTO ORBIT WITH STAR WARS SPACE INVADER APP was last modified: May 20th, 2016 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

TWO MORE ARRESTS DURING INVESTIGATION INTO ARSON ATTACKS

first_imgTwo more men arrested by Gardai in connection with a spate of arson attacks across Inishowen were last night still being quizzed by Gardai.The young men, aged 20 and 21, were arrested in the Buncrana area yesterday afternoon.Two men have been charged under the direction of DPP with criminal damage which entailed possession of petrol bombs with intent to damage property. Of the original 5 men arrested 2 have been charged while the remaining 3 will be the subject of a file to the Director of Public Prosecutions.Both men who have been charged are on bail to appear before Buncrana District Court on Thursday 8th September 2011 at 10.30am.EndsTWO MORE ARRESTS DURING INVESTIGATION INTO ARSON ATTACKS was last modified: August 26th, 2011 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

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