USU Football To Host Family Fun Day August 18

first_imgJune 25, 2018 /Sports News – Local USU Football To Host Family Fun Day August 18 Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailLOGAN, Utah-Per a Monday announcement, Utah State’s 13th annual Aggie Football Fun day is slated for August 18.The event will be on Merlin Olsen Field at Maverik Stadium with the fun for fans starting at 11:00 am MDT.This commences with a special State of the Aggies event at the West Stadium Center Champions’ Club.At this event, USU football coach Matt Wells, men’s basketball coach Craig Smith and Utah State vice president and director of athletics, John Hartwell will provide an update on the football and men’s basketball programs as well as the Aggies’ athletic department at large.The south concourse hosts games and activities at 1:00 pm MDT while Utah State’s football team will conduct a situational scrimmage at 2:00 pm MDT.For this event, both the south and west gates of Maverik Stadium will be open and all seating is general admission.For Aggies fans who would like to purchase season tickets at this time, the south ticket office at Maverik Stadium will open at 1:00 pm.Fans may also purchase mini-season plans and single-game tickets at this time.After the scrimmage, fans can get autographs from their favorite Aggies as well as participate in on-field activities. Brad James Tags: Aggie Football Fun Day/Craig Smith/John Hartwell/Matt Wells/Maverik Stadium/Season Tickets/USU Footballlast_img read more

Cops: 2 Dead from Apparent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning in Holbrook

first_imgThe owner of a Holbrook auto detailing shop and his employee were both found dead Thursday night from apparent carbon monoxide poisoning, Suffolk County police said. Police responded to Super Auto Detail on Lincoln Avenue after 54-year-old Porfiro Alvarez’s concerned relatives were unable to enter the business because it was locked. The family hadn’t been in contact with Alvarez since Tuesday evening, police said. Alvarez, of Freeport, was found lying next to his 1989 GMC van, which had apparently been left running. The ignition was on and heat set on high, police said. The van’s gas tank was empty when police arrived. Alvarez’s employee, 25-year-old Jose Rufino Gonzalez, of Bellport, was found lying on a mattress in the back of the van, police said. “It appears that Alvarez and Gonzalez, who occasionally slept at the business, were apparently overcome by the carbon monoxide fumes that emanated from the van,” police said in a news release. Both men were pronounced dead at the scene by the Suffolk County Medical Examiner’s office, police said. Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York last_img read more

Ellsworth, MDI, GSA tennis players make All-PVC teams

first_imgELLSWORTH — Tennis players from Ellsworth, Mount Desert Island and George Stevens Academy were chosen Friday to All-Penobscot Valley Conference teams.For the Ellsworth boys, the doubles team of Keegan Gray and Will Morin was chosen to the All-PVC first team in Class B. Norman Jodrey, who qualified for last month’s state singles tournament, was a second-team selection.Ellsworth also had multiple selections on the girls’ side, where Miriam Nelson and Brianna Abbott were first- and second-team singles choices, respectively. In doubles, Kaitlin McCullough and Emma Whitney were second-teamers.MDI’s Regitze Jacobsen was a first-team selection to the Class B girls’ team after making the singles tournament semifinals. Jacobsen was also chosen as Girls’ Player of the Year in Class B after going undefeated in team singles play.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textGSA’s Kent Fang won Boys’ Player of the Year in Class C and earned a first-team singles selection in the process. The Eagles’ Chris Bennett and Lars Hooper were chosen in second-team doubles play, and Quinn Stabler received honorable mention.For the GSA girls, senior Julianna Allen was a first-team singles selection. Courtney Bianco and Chloe Politte were second- and third-team singles selections, respectively.This year’s state title matches were held Saturday at Lewiston High School. Falmouth (Class A, 16-0), Yarmouth (Class B, 15-1) and Waynflete (Class C, 13-3) won boys’ titles, and Lewiston (Class A, 16-0), Lincoln Academy (Class B, 15-1) and Mattanawcook Academy (Class C, 16-0) claimed girls’ championships.last_img read more

Leading amateurs join LETAS finale

first_img Leading England amateurs will join the professionals tomorrow when the WPGA International Challenge starts at Stoke by Nayland, just outside Colchester. The 54-hole tournament is the final tournament on this year’s LET Access Series and has an international field of 96 players. It includes 15 players who have received invitations based on their ranking on the England Golf women’s order of merit. Rebecca Hembrough, the England Golf Women’s Performance Manager, commented: “It’s great to link up the amateur and professional games in this way and this is a fantastic opportunity for the players, who are very excited.” The amateurs include internationals Gemma Clews (Delamere Forest), Eloise Healey (West Lancashire) Sophie Keech (Parkstone), Inci Mehmet (Royal Mid Surrey), Sophie Lamb (Clitheroe) and Bethan Popel (Long Ashton). They will be joined by Charlotte Austwick (Fulford), Lianna Bailey (Kirby Muxloe), Penelope Brown (Worthing), Rochelle Morris (Woodsome Hall), Georgina Mundy (Corhampton), Emily Slater (Woodhall Spa), Bel Wardle (Prestbury) and Olivia Winning (Rotherham). Other amateurs in the field include England Golf regional squad player Becca Earl (Bishops Stortford) who has won two events on this season’s WPGA one-day series. Di Barnard, Tour Director of the LET Access Series, said: “We are pleased that England’s elite women amateurs will once again compete alongside both the WPGA professionals and LETAS players and delighted to have the continued support of the PGA and England Golf in providing this playing opportunity at the WPGA International Challenge. “The Stoke by Nayland Gainsborough Course is a fabulous test of golf and we look forward to another exciting event this year.” The tournament runs until Saturday, October 10 and entry is free. The tournament is set to display an exciting finish to the LET Access Series, with a €30,000 prize fund and the all-important points for the LET Access Series ranking.  Current leader Olivia Cowan will be aiming for a record four wins on LETAS this season and hoping to secure her place as the LETAS 2015 Order of Merit winner. Fellow German, Isi Gabsa will be looking to catch Olivia with another strong performance, as she lies 2282.79 points behind her fellow countrywoman. For the remaining cards, Natalia Escuriola of Spain is in 3rd position (22972pts), Sweden’s Johanna Gustavsson in 4th (20538.33pts) followed closely by Finland’s Krista Bakker in 5th (19232.62pts). Those looking to move into the top five places with a good performance this week are Finland’s Oona Vartiainen, England’s Kym Larratt and Scotland’s Michele Thomson. Click here for more information.  Caption: Sophie Keech (Image © Leaderboard Photography). 7 Oct 2015 Leading amateurs join LETAS finale last_img read more

Black winemakers to benefit from new agro-processing incentive

first_imgThe Department of Trade and Industry’s Agro-Processing Support Scheme aims to stimulate investment in the agro-processing sector, and black winemakers in particular are being urged to apply.Ntsiki Biyela, winemaker at Stellakaya cellar. (Image: Rodger Bosch)Small businesses in the agro-processing sector have until 31 January 2018 to apply for financial support from the Department of Trade and Industry’s (the dti’s) Agro-Processing Support Scheme (APSS), for the current application window.The R1-billion grant, which was launched in June 2017 by Minister of Trade and Industry Rob Davies, aims to stimulate investment in South African agro-processing and beneficiation enterprises. From a national development perspective, the agro-processing sector is among the sectors identified by the Industrial Policy Action Plan (IPAP) and the National Development Plan (NDP) for its potential to spur growth and create jobs, due to its strong backward linkages with the primary agricultural sector.The five sectors that can benefit from the scheme are food and beverage value addition and processing; furniture manufacturing; fibre processing; feed production; and fertilizer production.In particular, the dti is urging black winemakers to apply to the APSS.Giving black winemakers an opportunity to get financial support through this incentive is part of the objective of the dti to change the structure of the economy, said Chief Director: Strategic Partnerships and Customer Care at the dti, Tsepiso Makgothi. “The wine industry remains largely concentrated and entry and active participation [of black winemakers] is limited. They’re now given an opportunity to get into the mainstream of the economy, because the incentives are available as part of transformation.”On why black winemakers did not have access to incentives previously, Makgothi said: “In the past [they] were left out due to barriers to entry, as well as because they were still too small to meet some of the stipulated requirements of the then manufacturing incentives.”However, the APSS funds are not reserved for a single group or sector. “We don’t keep money for one certain group. What if we have money available only for black winemakers, but they don’t apply?”The dti will be identifying specific focus areas annually to drive transformation, Makgothi added.What is the APSS?According to Minister Davies, the APSS “will be a cost-sharing grant towards funding agro-processing projects and it will be capped at R20 million over a two-year investment period, subject to availability of funds”.The scheme will support brownfield and greenfield investments; encourage investment in both upstream and downstream support services; and provide for the expansion of infrastructure to be used by farmers and agro-processors.Benefits of the scheme include:a 20% to a 30% cost-sharing grant to a maximum of R20 million over a two-year investment period, with the last claim to be submitted within six months after the final approved milestone;an additional 10% grant for projects that meet all economic benefit criteria such as employment, transformation, geographic spread and local procurement; andthe maximum approved grant may be utilised on a combination of investment costs such as new machinery and equipment, tools and forklifts; new commercial vehicles; buildings and competitiveness improvement interventions, provided the applicant illustrates a sound business case for the proposed investment activities.An applicant must submit a completed application form and business plan with detailed agro-processing/beneficiation activities, budget plans, and a projected income statement and balance sheet for a period of at least three years. The project/business must exhibit economic merit in terms of sustainability.National awarenessCreating an awareness of the scheme nationally is important to encourage applications.The dti used the Africa Big Seven Food Forum and Saitex, which took place at the Gallagher Conference Centre in Johannesburg in June 2017, to launch the APSS. “We normally identify an activity [or event] that relates to the scheme to host the launch of a new programme. We then explain [the scheme] to the people to build an awareness,” Makgothi said.“We have an awareness programme throughout the country,” Makgothi added. Thus far, she has travelled to the Free State and Mpumalanga to build awareness of the APSS, while other officials have travelled to other provinces.“We work with officials of the Department of Economic Development in every province, together with those of other government departments and provincial agencies,” Makgothi explained. “They are based in the province and know companies that could benefit from the incentive scheme.”Presentations are held by Makgothi and her team nationwide. This is part of the pre-application process aimed at helping companies with their applications. “The companies can ask us questions [during presentations].”In addition, Makgothi said, companies have the opportunity to pitch during the pre-application process. “We correct them if they are wrong in some areas of their pitching; we provide pre-application support. After they have sent in their applications, we can no longer get involved until the application has been evaluated by an Adjudication Committee and a decision communicated to the company.”One of the things the dti looks at during a pitch is the equipment a company has and the type of equipment required to be more competitive.The dti team also “builds capacity within the programme so that [applicants] will have people within the province to assist them when we are not there”, Makgothi added. The department, which is based in Gauteng, has regional offices in the Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal and the Western Cape.Farming and the droughtDrought is an ever-present threat to the agriculture sector, so the APSS team works closely with the National Cleaner Production Centre South Africa (NCPS-SA).The centre, an initiative of the dti, promotes the implementation of Resource Efficiency and Cleaner Production (RECP) methodologies to assist businesses to lower costs through reduced energy, water and materials usage and waste management. It then advises the companies on how they could reduce their cost of business, by implementing these competitiveness improvement interventions.“When a company implements these activities, we can provide funding to them,” said Makgothi.She gave an example of how water can be saved with technology: “Like if you clean vegetables with water, instead of throwing water away, there’s technology that can capture the water for it to be used again. Perhaps the water can be used for crops. Companies become more profitable.”Makgothi said the dti can also give financial assistance to business owners to buy technology that will assist with saving water.Meet MakgothiMakgothi brings a wealth of experience to her work and sees herself as an all-rounder. “Wherever I’ve gone, I’ve learned something new.”Makgothi was employed in the pharmaceutical industry, working on product development, in Germany and quality assurance in Lesotho before coming back to South Africa.In South Africa, she headed up the quality assurance division of Alliance Pharmaceuticals before being drawn back to product development at the dti’s The Enterprise Organisation TEO, now known as the Incentive Development and Administration Division. Three years later, she became Chief Operating Officer (COO) of TEO; six years later, she managed four different schemes as the Chief Director for the dti’s competitiveness cluster.Makgothi began her current role when the last scheme came to an end in 2015 – and is passionate about growing small businesses, watching them get funding, expand their business and even enter the export sector.“It’s very fulfilling when someone comes up to me with gratitude and says, ‘You may not remember me, but I’m so-and-so of this company. You helped my company grow.’”For more information on the APSS and to apply for this incentive, visit the dti website the dtiWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Ohio Agriculture Comments on H2Ohio🎙

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ohio Governor Mike DeWine yesterday announced the details of his H2Ohio plan. Dusty Sonnenberg was there and visited with several Ohio Agriculture leaders. More on H2Ohio can be found here.Adam Sharp, Ohio Farm Bureau Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Chris Henney, Ohio Agribusines Association Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Tadd Nicholson, Ohio Corn & Wheat Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Bob Short, Ohio Soil and Water Conservation Districts Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.last_img read more

Williams wins at US Open to stay in No. 1 hunt; Konta out

first_imgVenus Williams, of the United States, serves to Viktoria Kuzmova, of Slovakia, during the first round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Monday, Aug. 28, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)NEW YORK — Venus Williams stayed in the crowded hunt for the No. 1 ranking — even though she had no idea that she has a shot at that spot.Johanna Konta, a Wimbledon semifinalist just last month, dropped out of that chase with a first-round exit as the U.S. Open got started Monday.ADVERTISEMENT The No. 9-seeded Williams overcame a mid-match lapse to pick up a 6-3, 3-6, 6-2 victory in Arthur Ashe Stadium against Viktoria Kuzmova of Slovakia, a 19-year-old qualifier who is ranked 135th.It was the first tour-level, main-draw match of Kuzmova’s career, and the 967th for Williams, who won the title at Flushing Meadows in 2000 and 2001, in addition to her five Wimbledon championships. Williams is in her 19th U.S. Open; she reached the final in her 1997 debut, about eight months before Kuzmova was born.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I had no idea what she looked like, who she was, anything. But she played amazing. She played well, served well, competed well. Definitely a match I had to earn,” said Williams, who at 37 is the oldest woman in the field. “I definitely wasn’t expecting or planning on dropping sets today. But things happen. That’s why we play the match, because you have to win the match. So it’s just all about regrouping. It’s the first round. You figure out what’s going on.”She was up a set, plus a break in the second at 2-0, when she faltered. Kuzmova broke for 2-1, then pulled at even at 3-all before taking three games in a row to force a third set. But Williams righted herself there, breaking for a 2-0 lead, then digging out of a love-40 hole with five consecutive points for 3-0 and was on her way. Canelo-GGG to MayMac fans: We’ve got a real show for you SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Read Next WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses View comments Konta, who lost to Williams in the Wimbledon semifinals, figured to be Britain’s best chance for a deep run these two weeks, because the country’s top male player, Andy Murray, withdrew on Saturday with an injured hip.Instead, she was among a crop of seeded players on the way out the door at a tournament already missing several top names, including the biggest in women’s tennis: Williams’ older sister Serena, who is expecting a baby.“We always coach each other, pretty much,” Williams said.While the most anticipated matchup of Day 1 was scheduled for Monday night — five-time major champion Maria Sharapova’s first Grand Slam action since her doping suspension, against No. 2 seed Simona Halep — the afternoon was filled with quite a few seeded players joining Konta on the way out.For every victory by someone such as Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza or 2014 U.S. Open champion Marin Cilic, there was a surprise or two.The men’s seeded losers included No. 21 David Ferrer, who was the runner-up at the 2013 French Open, No. 25 Karen Khachanov and No. 32 Robin Hasse. On the women’s side, there as No. 21 Ana Konjuh, No. 24 Kiki Bertens and No. 32 Lauren Davis. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:58Trump blames media, Democrats for impeachment during Kentucky rally00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Williams entered the U.S. Open as one of eight women with a chance to rise atop the WTA rankings by tournament’s end.Not that it was foremost on her mind. Indeed, she said she was unaware of that possibility.“I just want to win, and if you get the win, you get the ranking,” said Williams, who was already at No. 1 in 2002.Before the American’s match was over, that number of ranking contenders was reduced to seven, because the No. 7-seeded Konta was bounced by 78th-ranked Aleksandra Krunic of Serbia 4-6, 6-3, 6-4.“I don’t take anything for granted,” said Konta, who was a semifinalist at Wimbledon just last month. “I think it would be quite obnoxious of me to come in here expecting I have a right to be in second week.”ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Gameslast_img read more

Sourav Ganguly bids adieu to competitive cricket

first_imgSourav Ganguly.India’s most successful captain – the man who single-handedly galvanised a bunch of talented players into a winning side – won’t play again. The God on the off-side has announced his retirement from competitive cricket. Sourav Ganguly made this announcement during an exclusive interview with Headlines Today executive editor Rahul Kanwal.  Breaking his silence on the IPL controversy, he said, he was playing Ranji only to stay fit for the league. And he doesn’t see any possibility of playing IPL again. So he’s hanging up his boots. Speaking to Headlines Today, he said: “I have already retired from international cricket. I was playing Ranji cricket only to stay fit for IPL. I see no possibility of playing IPL any more. And now I don’t see any point in playing competitive cricket again.” But he expressed disappointment at not finding a place in 10 IPL teams in which 70 Indians were selected. “I had the runs. Players of my age, Gilchrist, Dravid and Laxman are still actively involved. I haven’t been able to put the finger in the button why I was left out. Cricketing logic and past form suggests I should have been picked. There are several reasons I could have been dropped, but not for cricket.” So there will be no resurrection for the man, who like a phoenix has sprung surprises, every time people thought his innings was over. But Ganguly doesn’t feel betrayed by Shah Rukh Khan. “SRK spoke to me about a possible role as KKR mentor. I don’t think KKR needs a mentor. I see no role there. The team already has enough expertise in Whatmore and Akram. I wanted to play and not mentor the team. I didn’t see myself in the sort of a role Kumble has chosen.” To put it more succinctly, he said: “We are in a profession, where we get selected. Opinions differ. But I thought I deserved a place.” But such is his love for the Kolkata outfit that he was disappointed over how the team has been handled, especially over the past two seasons. “I agree KKR didn’t do well. We had the acumen to deliver, but suffered a confidence problem. I felt there was panic every time we lost. There was panic among the owners, panic among the players. But you need continuity in a team to deliver like Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians. When we don’t win 3 seasons in a row, there’s an opportunity to rebuild. I understand KKR felt they deserved better and when they got an opportunity to rebuild the team, they wanted to bring in some fresh faces.” His passion for the game won’t die. His IPL dream flickered when Kochi wanted him after the auctions. But the franchises put a spanner in the works. And Ganguly was left in the cold again. “I was very disappointed when the franchises stalled the repurchase. The rules of the IPL have been changed in the past. Every rule in sport should give an opportunity to play, not keep them out. Whether it’s Sourav Ganguly today or some other player sometime.” Ganguly junked the theory floated by some franchises that he brings baggage with him and indulges in politics. “I have played cricket, 5 years as captain and 8 years under different skippers. I have helped in building what Team India is today. And this doesn’t come by playing politics.” And the man who along with Sachin was part of one of the most destructive opening pairs in history won’t swing the willow again. Rather, he will still be part of the game, but not on the field. “I am mentally preparing myself for an administrator’s role at some stage. I would love to be part of the Cricket Association of Bengal at some point of my life. I also would love to coach the Indian cricket team as well.” Cricket Association of Bengal is home turf. But the Bengal Tiger could also eye the chair of the Indian Cricket Board. Nothing is impossible for the unputdownable Dada.advertisementlast_img read more

Joel Embiid, 76ers spoil DeMarcus Cousins’ home Warriors debut

first_imgUS judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Philadelphia 76ers’ Mike Muscala, right, celebrates with Joel Embiid (21) after the 76ers defeated the Golden State Warriors 113-104 in an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)OAKLAND, California— Warriors coach Steve Kerr figured it would be a tough challenge for DeMarcus Cousins to keep up with Joel Embiid at this stage, given Cousins has just returned from almost a yearlong absence recovering from a serious Achilles tendon injury.Embiid had 26 points and 20 rebounds to spoil Cousins’ home debut with the Warriors, and the Philadelphia 76ers snapped Golden State’s NBA-best 11-game winning streak with a 113-104 victory Thursday night.ADVERTISEMENT Stephen Curry scored 41 points with 10 3-pointers to go with six assists, and Cousins contributed seven points, six rebounds and six assists.Kevin Durant hit a 3-pointer with 4:52 remaining to trim the deficit to 102-96, but Draymond Green fouled moments later and received a technical for arguing.Durant finished with 25 points on 11-for-24 shooting but missed seven of his eight 3-point tries.Curry’s baseline 3 with 2:46 remaining cut Philadelphia’s lead to 106-101, and he hit another with just more than a minute left to make it a six-point game.Curry shot 14 for 27, 10 of 18 on 3s, and knocked down a long 3 midway through the first while doing a scissor-kick in the air before throwing his arm up to celebrate moments later.ADVERTISEMENT “For those of us in the sports world Jackie Robinson probably represents Black History Month as well as any person that possibly could, the impact he made and the adversity he faced and the success he had and the roads he paved for so many people in this country was very inspiring,” Kerr said.TIP-INS76ers: F Wilson Chandler injured his right quadriceps in the third and didn’t return. … The Sixers are 14-5 against Western Conference opponents, the top mark for any East team facing the other conference. … Redick has scored in double figures in 59 straight games dating to March 26, 2018, vs. Denver. … The 76ers’ previous victory in the series was a 104-97 win on March 2, 2013, at Philly. … Philadelphia made 19 free throws to have its streak of games with 20 or more snapped at 34.Warriors: Thompson was named an All-Star reserve, his fifth straight selection. The Warriors have at least three All-Stars in four straight seasons for the first time since 1960-63. … Durant has 20 or more points in 37 of the last 39 games. … Green had 10 more assists to give him 92 assists to 16 turnovers in his last 10 games, including 68 assists and 12 turnovers in the past seven. … F Jonas Jerebko shared a photo of new daughter, Celine, born at 7:50 a.m. Wednesday to join big sister, Izabel. He planned to head back to the hospital after the game to see the baby and wife, Johanna.UP NEXT76ers: At Sacramento on Saturday night.Warriors: Host the Lakers on Saturday night, when former Golden State center JaVale McGee will receive his championship ring.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Philadelphia hadn’t won a game in the series in nearly six years. Ben Simmons also scored 26 points and JJ Redick added 15 points for the Sixers, who grabbed 16 offensive rebounds to give them 10 or more in five straight games and 11 of 15.“It’s a fantastic win. This group — myself included — we have not beaten Golden State,” 76ers coach Brett Brown said. “To do it on the road, to do it in front of their fans against a team that is this good and had won that many in a row, it is a good night.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesEmbiid missed all five of his 3s and committed eight turnovers but also had five assists and two steals.“I wanted that matchup,” Cousins said. Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals? PLAY LIST 01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes View comments SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Derrick White’s career night leads Spurs past Nets Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town LATEST STORIES MOST READ PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war “Shots didn’t fall in the second half,” Curry said. “They didn’t get frazzled by any of our runs.”Golden State’s Alfonzo McKinnie hit all five of his shots for 11 points making his first career start in his 56th game after Klay Thompson was a late scratch because of an illness.The Warriors will try to get back on track at home Saturday against the Lakers, who left Oracle Arena on Christmas night with a 127-101 win despite losing LeBron James in the third quarter to a left groin strain. James returned from a 17-game absence Thursday night against the Clippers for his first game since the injury.Cousins went 3 for 10 and played 25 minutes in his sixth game overall since coming back from surgery to repair a ruptured left Achilles tendon he hurt last January with New Orleans.“Obviously I’m still not where I want to be,” Cousins said. “… I’m working my tail off. Just be patient.”The Sixers went ahead 95-84 late in the third on Embiid’s basket, outscoring Golden State 42-26 in the quarter.Golden State, which has a double-digit winning streak for the sixth consecutive season and is coming off a 5-0 road trip, shot 46.6 percent and was 11 of 38 from deep.The Warriors had their 10-game winning streak against the Sixers snapped, along with a six-game unbeaten run in the series at Oracle.HONORING JACKIEKerr wore a Jackie Robinson T-shirt before the game on what would have been the Hall of Famer’s 100th birthday and ahead of Black History Month.last_img read more

FRENCH OPEN 2019: Serena Williams tries again for 24th major

first_imgPDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war MOST READ 2019 Match Record: 19-52019 Singles Titles: 1Career Singles Titles: 3Grand Slam Singles Titles: 2 — Australian Open (2019), U.S. Open (2018)Last 5 French Opens: 2018-Lost in 3rd Round, 2017-1st, 2016-3rd, 2015-Did Not Play, 2014-DNPADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. FILE – In this June 2, 2018, file photo, Serena Williams of the United States, returns a shot against Germany’s Julia Georges during their third round match at the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena, File)Women to watch at the French Open, where play begins Sunday:___ADVERTISEMENT Age: 292019 Match Record: 28-82019 Singles Titles: 2Career Singles Titles: 27Grand Slam Singles Titles: 2 — Wimbledon (2011, 2014)Last 5 French Opens: 2018-3rd, 2017-2nd, 2016-3rd, 2015-4th, 2014-3rdAces: Pulled out of Rome with a left calf issue. … Is third on tour in aces this year, but also has hit by far the most double-faults.Topspin: Since getting to the 2012 semifinals at Roland Garros, only has been past the third round once. Her strong lefty strokes and recent form on clay could mean that changes this year.___SLOANE STEPHENS Grand Slam Singles Titles: 1 — French Open (2018)Last 5 French Opens: 2018-Won Championship, 2017-Runner-Up, 2016-4th, 2015-2nd, 2014-RUAces: Among the WTA’s top 10 in break points converted and first-serve percentage in 2019. … Pulled out of Italian Open with hamstring problem, but said she was sure she’d be OK for Paris.Topspin: Tries to defend a Grand Slam title for the first time. Her movement and defense-to-offense skills have carried her to three of the past five finals at Roland Garros.___KIKI BERTENSRanked: 4Country: NetherlandsAge: 272019 Match Record: 26-10 Aces: After going 1-6 against top-10 opponents in 2018, she is 6-4 in those matches in 2019. … Played cricket while away from the tour for nearly two years after the 2014 U.S. Open.Topspin: After major breakthroughs at the Australian Open in January and when she collected the title at the Miami Open in March, seems poised to show big improvement on her 2-5 career record at the French Open.___SERENA WILLIAMSRanked: 10Country: United StatesAge: 372019 Match Record: 7-22019 Singles Titles: 0Career Singles Titles: 72Grand Slam Singles Titles: 23 — French Open (2002, 2013, 2015), Australian Open (2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2015, 2017), Wimbledon (2002, 2003, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2015, 2016), U.S. Open (1999, 2002, 2008, 2012, 2013, 2014)Last 5 French Opens: 2018-4th, 2017-DNP, 2016-RU, 2015-W, 2014-2ndAces: Back in the top 10 this year after dropping out of the top 400 while away from the tour to have a baby. … After missing about 1½ years of majors, reached two Grand Slam finals in 2018. … Pulled out of last two tournaments because of injured left knee.Topspin: Comes to Paris with only one clay-court match since last year’s French Open. There’s also uncertainty about the status of her knee. So while she’s always considered a favorite, no matter the site or surface, when she is healthy, it is hard to know what to expect from her this time around.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 2019 Singles Titles: 2Career Singles Titles: 9Grand Slam Singles Titles: 0 — Best: SF, French Open (2016)Last 5 French Opens: 2018-3rd, 2017-2nd, 2016-SF, 2015-1st, 2014-4thAces: Ranks in the tour’s top two in aces and service points won this season. … Hit 20 aces in one match. … At past three clay events, went semifinals-title-semifinals.Topspin: Has the game and the confidence to go far in Paris. Many in tennis think she is ready to play well deep into the second week at a major tournament.___PETRA KVITOVARanked: 6Country: Czech Republic Japanese sumo vs Trump’s WWE: big differences in clash of big men Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport ___ASH BARTYRanked: 8Country: AustraliaAge: 232019 Match Record: 24-52019 Singles Titles: 1Career Singles Titles: 4Grand Slam Singles Titles: 0 — Best: QF, Australian Open (2019)Last 5 French Opens: 2018-2nd, 2017-1st, 2016-DNP, 2015-DNP, 2014-1stcenter_img DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View comments Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony PLAY LIST 00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP NAOMI OSAKARanked: 1FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsCountry: JapanAge: 21 Aces: After going only 5-4 on clay last year, heads to Paris with a 7-1 mark on the surface in 2019. … Withdrew with injuries from tournaments in Stuttgart (abdominal muscle) and Rome (thumb).Topspin: Big hitting carried her to two Grand Slam titles in a row on hard courts. Clay presents different challenges.___SIMONA HALEPRanked: 3Country: RomaniaAge: 272019 Match Record: 23-82019 Singles Titles: 0Career Singles Titles: 18 Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too LATEST STORIES Ranked: 7Country: United StatesAge: 262019 Match Record: 14-92019 Singles Titles: 0Career Singles Titles: 6Grand Slam Singles Titles: 1 — U.S. Open (2017)Last 5 French Opens: 2018-RU, 2017-DNP, 2016-3rd, 2015-4th, 2014-4thAces: Recently hired coach Sven Groeneveld, who has worked with such past French Open champions as Maria Sharapova and Ana Ivanovic.Topspin: Run to last year’s final in Paris showed that Stephens is capable of winning a Grand Slam championship on clay to go with her hard-court title from the U.S. Open.last_img read more