Williams sisters lose at Wimbledon

first_imgby Stephen WilsonWIMBLEDON, England (AP)—Venus and Serena Williams were eliminated in the fourth round of Wimbledon on Monday, the first time in five years that neither sister will play in the quarterfinals at the All England Club.Defending champion and four-time winner Serena was the first to go, beaten 6-3, 7-6 (6) by Marion Bartoli of France, cutting short the American’s return to Grand Slam tennis after nearly a year out with serious health problems. DEFENDING CHAMP ELIMINATED—Serena Williams returns a shot to France’s Marion Bartoli during their match at at Wimbledon, June 27. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus) Older sister and five-time champion Venus was ousted 6-2, 6-3 by Tsvetana Pironkova—the exact same score of the Bulgarian’s win in last year’s quarterfinals.“Definitely not our best day,” Venus said. “I think we both envisioned seeing this day going a little bit different.”Venus and Serena have won nine of the last 11 titles at Wimbledon, and have faced each other in four finals.In 2006, Venus lost in the third round and Serena missed the tournament. This is the first year that, when both sisters were in the draw, both lost before the quarterfinals.The last time the sisters lost on the same day at a Grand Slam was in 2008, when they fell in the third round at the French Open.“Obviously it’s not something planned,” Venus said. “We rarely lose on the same day.”After winning last year’s Wimbledon, Serena missed nearly a year after foot surgery and subsequent blood clots in her lungs. She returned two weeks ago at Eastbourne for the first time since then. Venus also returned at Eastbourne after a five-month layoff with a hip injury.Venus was clearly off the top of her game Monday, committing 16 unforced errors and converting only one of four break points. She was broken four times.“I didn’t seem to get the ball in,” Venus said. “She took her opportunities. I just didn’t put the ball in the court, simple as that. Unfortunately, I seem not to have my good days against her. But she played well.”The 33rd-seeded Pironkova, who lost in the semifinals here last year to eventual runner-up Vera Zvonareva, played steady tennis against Venus and never cracked.“I beat her two times, two consecutive years—it feels amazing to play such a champion on this legendary court,” the Bulgarian said after holding serve and stroking a backhand winner down the line on her second match point. “When I come here I just feel so relaxed. I really like the atmosphere here.”Serena saved four match points before the ninth-seeded Bartoli closed out the contest by hitting a service winner into the corner. It was Serena’s earliest exit at Wimbledon since a third-round loss in 2005.“I never came here thinking I would lose,” she said. “That’s my attitude. You win some and you lose some. Today just happened to be the one that slipped under me.”But Serena said she was satisfied getting as far as she did after such a long time away from the game.“I think I did really well just being able to come back and play and win some matches, and just really play tough,” she said. “Even today I lost, but I was able to kind of hang in there and play tough. And I can only get better. That can potentially be really scary, because I can only go up from here and I can just do so much more.”Bartoli made the Wimbledon final in 2007, losing to Venus.Serena had 20 unforced errors Monday to go with 29 winners, and managed to convert only one of five break points. Bartoli served 10 aces, two more than Williams, and kept down her errors to 17.It was the first time Bartoli has beaten the American after straight-set defeats in their previous two matches.“Beating Serena is almost like a dream come true,” Bartoli said. “Even though she didn’t play for almost one year, she’s probably one of the greatest champions in women’s tennis.last_img read more

Manning too much for Steelers… Defense to be tested versus Jets

first_imgSIDELINED—Steelers safety Ryan Clark, left, who has sickle cell trait that makes playing at altitude dangerous, watches as Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning throws before the start of the game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Sept. 9, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey) Despite missing an entire season with a neck injury, Peyton Manning looked like the Peyton Manning of old as he led the Denver Broncos to an opening season 31-19 upset over the Steelers Sunday.The new Steelers offense looked a whole lot like the old. They controlled the game through ball control, keeping Manning on the bench most of the second half, but they still had to settle for field goals instead of touchdowns which, combined with a key interception at the end of the game, cost them the game. When Manning was on the field he was very effective, connecting on 19 of 26 passes for 253 yards. However, the Steelers still had a chance to win the game trailing 25-19 but a critical interception thrown by Ben Roethlisberger ended the game. It was obvious that Mike Wallace, 4-47, needed training camp because he was seldom open. However, Heath Miller, 4-50, saved them time after time but for some reason Ben stopped going to him. Injuries to offensive linemen Marcus Gilbert and Ramon Foster didn’t help, as Mark Legursky and rookie Mike Adams did a fair job in replacing them, but Adams did have problems keeping his man off Ben.The running game was very ineffective with Isaac Redman and Jonathan Dwyer combining for 63 yards on 20 carries.The defense missing its best player James Harrison, plus Pro Bowler Ryan Clark was not as dominant as they were last year when they were the best in the NFL, but no defense is against Manning. With Harrison and Clark returning this week, look for the defense to be much more effective against the New York Jets.The Jets had huge question marks on offense and a big debate as to who the starting quarterback was going to be going into training camp. Their starter last season was Mike Sanchez, but they acquired Tim Tebow doing the off season from Denver, thus opening the door for Manning to go to the Broncos. Well, Sanchez responded in the season opener by putting up the most points by any NFL team in the opener, 48 against the Buffalo Bills, in the best game of his career.Sanchez was 19 of 27 for 266 yards and a quarterback rating of 123, as he distributed the ball to a variety of receivers. Led by Stephen Hill, 5-59, and Santonio Holmes, 4-68, with Shonn Greene leading the ground game with 94 yards on 27 carries.Sanchez will be determined to show that this wasn’t by chance, that he is an elite quarterback, which means the Steelers defense will be thoroughly tested this week. But when it’s all said and done the Steelers defense should be even stronger this year than the number one rated unit of last season.Despite the retirement of key line reserve Chris Hoke, the Steelers line is stronger this year than last. Joining Pro Bowler Casey Hampton is fellow Pro Bowler Brett Kesiel who was also named defensive captain, and young upcoming star Ziggy Hood. But what really makes this line tough is the young backups Cameron Heyward, Steve McClendon, Al Wood and Aloameda Ta’ Amu. There’s no better overall line in the NFL.The Steelers are noted for their linebackers and this year they have one of the best groups ever. Harrison, a five time Pro Bowler, is as good as any in the league. He’s joined by LaMarr Woodley who is challenging Harrison and Ray Lewis for the title of the best in the game. And inside they don’t miss a beat in Lawrence Timmons and veteran Barry Foote. But again the depth is the key with youngsters Chris Carter, Jason Worilds, Adrian Robinson, Brandon Johnson and third round draft pick Sean Spence, who may miss the season with an injury, filling in when a starter is hurt or during downs where extra linebackers are needed.The secondary used to be the Steelers Achilles hill, but not anymore. In Troy Palumalu and Clark there’s not a better pair of safeties in the league. At the corners Ike Taylor has become a top flight defender and second year player Keenan Lewis is expected to have an outstanding season, with Curtis Brown, Cortez Allen, Myron Rolle and Ryan Mundy giving them solid backups.The game against the Jets is a must win because in the strong AFC North Conference they can’t afford to start off at 0-2. Even though the Jets have a good team and should make the playoffs this season, they are not as good as the Steelers who should once again be a Super Bowl contender.last_img read more

Derochie, Sookro help Hawks outlast Rebels 7-6 to square Murdoch

first_imgBy The Nelson Daily SportsChris Derochie and Ryon Sookro combined for nine points to spark the Beaver Valley Nitehawks to a 7-6 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League playoff victory over the Rebels Saturday in Castlegar.The win evens the best-of-seven Murdoch Division Final at 1-1. Game three is Monday in Fruitvale.Beaver Valley held period leads of 3-1 and 5-2. The Hawks increased the margin to 7-3 in the third before the Rebels scored three times to make the score close.Colton Donselaar and Sookro each scored twice to pace the Hawks with Derek Lashuk, Keanan Patershuk and Mason Spear added singles. Derochie finished the game with five assists.Spencer Brodt scored twice for the Rebels with Stuart Walton, Jamie Vlanich, Tyler Robinson and Jesse Knowler each scoring singles.Michael Vlanich faced 38 shots to register the win in goal for Beaver Valley. Cole Buckley survived 38 minutes in goal before being replaced by backup Alex Ross.Special teams proved to be the difference as Beaver Valley scored four times on the power play. The Rebels scored once on the power play and with Knowler beating Vlanich with a shorthanded tally.Friday, Castlegar scored five times in the opening period to dump the Hawks 6-2.Knowler, Erik Wentzel, Walton, Jamie Vlanich, Diego Bartlett and Tyler Anderson scored singles for the winners. Tyler Collins and Dallas Calvin replied for the Hawks.Buckley had a much easier time in the Rebel goal to register the win. Zach Perehudoff played two periods before being replaced by Vlanich in the Beaver Valley goal.AROUND THE LEAGUE: Creston Valley is proving to be a much tough opponent that the Fernie Ghostriders hoped for as the Thunder Cats dumped the Eddie Mountain Division champs 5-2 Saturday in Fernie. Five different players shared in the scoring for Creston. . . .Osoyoos Coyotes hold a 2-0 lead in the Okanagan Division final while defending KIJHL Champ Revelstoke Grizzlies lead the Kamloops Storm 2-0 in the Shuswap Division [email protected]last_img read more

Bear Mountain Wind Park gets first blade

first_imgThe Bear Mountain Wind Park in Dawson Creek is one step closer to reality, after it received its first blade for a tower this week.The 41 metre-long blade was shipped all the way from Thunder Bay, Ontario via train cars. Top sections of the 78-meter towers were manufactured in Saskatchewan and traveled by a flatbed truck.The project started taking form last year, when concrete foundations were poured and electrical connections were installed.- Advertisement -Once it is completed this November, it will be the first operational Wind Park in BC. It is expected to generate 102 MW of power. The Wind Park is owned by Calgary-based AltaGas and was initiated by Peace Energy Cooperative.last_img

Loew rejects Ozil’s accusations of racism

first_img“The players with an immigration background have always enjoyed playing for us and nothing has changed,” added Loew who has been head coach since 2006.Arsenal midfielder Ozil retired from international football on July 22 with a stinging three-page statement, in which he directly accused DFB president Reinhard Grindel of racism.This is the first time Loew has commented on the Ozil saga.– No contact –“His advisor called me to inform me that Mesut would issue the third part of his statement,” added Loew.“The player himself did not call me, which normally players have done in the past.“Mesut has still not called and for the last two weeks I have unsuccessfully tried to reach him.“I am sure there will be a chance for a personal conversation in the future.“He has chosen this path – I have to accept that.”Ozil and Ilkay Gundogan, who were both born in Germany to Turkish parents, sparked a political storm on the eve of the World Cup by meeting Turkey president Recep Tayyip Erdogan.When Erdogan’s office put out pictures of the meeting, the pair’s loyalty to Germany was hotly questioned, sparking fierce debate about integration, and they were attacked by German far-right politicians.Ozil walked away from the German set up after the World Cup, complaining of facing “racism and disrespect” and specifically took aim at Grindel.Sami Khedira is the biggest name casualty in the Germany squad to face France and Peru next month with the Juventus midfielder axed by head coach Joachim Loew. © AFP/File / BENJAMIN CREMEL“In the eyes of Grindel and his supporters, I am German when we win, but I am an immigrant when we lose,” Ozil wrote damningly.Following Germany’s World Cup debacle, finishing bottom of their group in Russia, Loew announced on Wednesday that assistant coach Thomas Schneider has been demoted to chief scout.The axe has also fallen on Sami Khedira, 31, who was part of the team which won the 2014 World Cup.The Juventus midfielder is the biggest name casualty in the new squad, which included Gundogan, as well as his Manchester City team-mate Leroy Sane, who was dropped for the World Cup.Loew says ‘the biggest mistake’ he made in Russia was to assume Germany could reach the knock-out stages by playing possession football.– ‘Almost arrogant’ –“That was almost arrogant. I wanted to take our game to the limit and perfect it,” admitted the 58-year-old.“I ended up taking too many risks and after the first game (a 1-0 defeat to Mexico) we had our backs to the wall.”Loew’s new squad has a mix of “experience and youth” with his 2014 World Cup winning stars Mats Hummels, Jerome Boateng, Tony Kroos, Thomas Mueller and Manuel Neuer included despite below-par performances in Russia.Paris Saint-Germain centre-back Thilo Kehrer, 21, Hoffenheim left-back Nico Schulz, 25, and Bayer Leverkusen forward Kai Havertz, 19, are called up for the first time.Sane, Leverkusen defender Jonathan Tah and Freiburg striker Nils Petersen, who were cut from the provisional World Cup squad, all return.In May, Loew signed a four-year deal to take him through to the next World Cup, but admits Germany’s woeful performance in Russia puts him under huge pressure to turn things around — starting against world champions France.“We are all being specially observed and put under pressure, I am aware of that,” said Loew.“However, I am still convinced of our class and quality. The World Cup squad was very, very good, but we did not perform.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Germany head coach Joachim Loew admits he had been ‘almost arrogant’ with some of his decisions in Russia as he outlined the reasons for Germany’s World Cup debacle © AFP / Christof STACHEMUNICH, Germany, Aug 29 – Joachim Loew has rejected Mesut Ozil’s accusations of racism within the German FA (DFB) as the head coach gave his analysis of Germany’s World Cup debacle on Wednesday.“Mesut made allegations of racism, but I can clearly say that in the DFB, there have never been racist comments,” Loew said while announcing his squad to face world champions France in Munich on September 6, then Peru three days later.last_img read more

Beware of Holiday Frauds

first_imgPhoto by karenwarfel via Pixabay.com CC0 Public DomainBy Barbara O’Neill, Ph.D., CFP®, Rutgers Cooperative Extension, [email protected] families are a frequent target for holiday scams. With the holiday season in full swing, so are various frauds associated with it. Frauds tend to follow current events whether they are natural disasters like hurricanes, floods, and tornados or seasonal events like income taxes and end-of-year holidays. Unfortunately, the holidays can bring out the worst, as well as the best, in people as thieves, both in person and online, steal victims’ money and/or identity.Below are some common holiday scams to caution service members about:Online ScamsBeware of e-mails asking you to provide personal information to receive a package. These are often phishing schemes to obtain personal identification information (PII) to commit identity theft. Don’t click on links from unknown sources.Beware of “too good to be true” sales offers for relatively inexpensive high-end goods and electronics that request personal identification information. Fake retailer websites, may send shoddy merchandise or nothing at all and steal victims’ PII.Beware of phony web sites with “off” logos and spelling and grammar mistakes and sales offers that require wire payment.Use an application like Norton SafeWeb to warn you about unsafe websites.Look for contact information on retail websites. For example, a phone number and physical location rather than a PO box or sole e-mail address. Another indicator of a reputable retailer is a “Terms and Conditions” link for return policies.Beware of offers for “too good to be true” holiday season travel. The accommodations that are offered may be substandard or non-existent. Always deal with reputable travel agents and tour package providers.Make sure that online orders are secure by looking for https:// in the website URL of an online merchant.Postal ScamBeware of postcards for “undeliverable” packages. Some of these scams request PII or are a ploy to make expensive phone calls. For example, callers may be directed to the “hotbed” fraudulent area codes of 284, 809, and 876 in the Caribbean.ShoppingUse a credit, instead of a debit card, for large purchases. Not only can you receive rewards, but the credit card company may be able to reverse charges for shoddy or damaged goods. With a debit card, check, or cash, your money is gone.Carry a minimum amount of cash, plastic, and personal information when shopping or traveling during the holidays and make sure that your wallet or purse is secure at all times and not left unattended (e.g., on the back of a chair).Charitable DonationsNever provide donations and/or credit card information to telephone charitable solicitations. Some are outright scams and many have such high administrative expenses that very little money actually goes to the charitable cause.Donate money only to charities you know that are registered with the IRS. Check their 990 form at GuideStar.Beware of phony charities that sound like legitimate ones (e.g., National Cancer Society instead of American Cancer Society).Beware of phony charities that make highly emotional appeals for disabled police, firefighters, and military veterans.Package DeliveryAvoid having unattended packages left for delivery on your doorstep. Some criminals actually follow delivery trucks to steal victims’ holiday packages.Require a signature for package delivery. If no one is at home, request that the package be given to a trusted neighbor or held at the nearest package pick-up depot.Gift CardsInspect gift cards before you buy them to make sure that they have not been tampered with (e.g., having the activation code scratched off). Thieves who steal these codes can often use a gift card before the rightful owner.Buy gift cards that are kept behind a store counter or near the cash register so clerks can keep an eye on them to discourage tampering.Get a gift card receipt for each gift card that you buy and include the receipt with gift cards as proof of activation and payment so recipients can obtain a replacement, if necessary.last_img read more

10 months agoHuddersfield join race for Liverpool striker Dominic Solanke

first_imgHuddersfield join race for Liverpool striker Dominic Solankeby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveHuddersfield Town have joined the race for Liverpool striker Dominic Solanke.Sky Sports says Huddersfield will battle Crystal Palace to snap up Liverpool forward Solanke.The Terriers were keen on the 21-year-old earlier this season and want to sign him on loan.But Palace, who sit 14th in the Premier League table, will challenge Town for the signature of Solanke, who is yet to make an appearance for the Reds this term. Rangers boss Steven Gerrard is also watching developments. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

7 days ago​Leeds look to increasing capacity at Elland Road to 50,000

first_imgTagsEnglish ChampionshipAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your say ​Leeds look to increasing capacity at Elland Road to 50,000by Ian Ferris7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeeds United are planning to expand Elland Road stadium to 50,000 if they get promoted to the Premier League, reports, www.sportspromedia.com/.The announcement was made by the club’s managing director, Angus Kinnear, during a civic reception to mark the team’s 100th anniversary.The planned extension will take place on the West Stand, matching the East Stand in terms of height, with Kinnear wanting the venue to “compete with other stadiums in the Premier League and in Europe.”But any move to take Elland Road’s capacity from just over 37,000 to 50,000 is dependent on a top-flight return for Leeds, according to the Yorkshire Post’s Graham Smyth.Last season, they had the second highest average attendance in the Championship with 34,033, second only to eventual playoff winners Aston Villa. last_img read more

1st Heritage Class Shuttle Tanker Joins Teekay Offshore

first_imgImage Courtesy: TeekayTeekay Offshore has taken delivery of Beothuk Spirit, the first of its three Heritage Class shuttle tankers, from Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) shipyard in South Korea. Currently, the 147,000 dwt Beothuk Spirit, which flies the flag of Canada, has a market value of USD 104.61 million, according to data provided by VesselsValue.Named in August this year, the three newbuildings will provide crude transportation services in East Coast Canada.Beothuk Spirit’s sister vessels, Norse Spirit and Dorset Spirit, are scheduled for delivery in November 2017 and in early 2018, respectively.The 75,000 gross ton vessels will operate at Hibernia, Terra Nova, White Rose and Hebron offshore oil fields located in St. John’s, Newfoundland & Labrador.The tankers will replace two in-charters and one owned vessel currently servicing a 15-year, plus extension options, contract with a group of companies that includes Chevron Canada, Exxon Mobil, Husky Energy, Mosbacher Operating, Murphy Oil, Nalcor Energy, Statoil and Suncor Energy.last_img read more