Azarenka beats error-prone Williams to win BNP Paribas Open

first_imgINDIAN WELLS, Calif. (AP): Victoria Azarenka defeated error-prone Serena Williams 6-4, 6-4 to win the BNP Paribas Open yesterday, returning Azarenka to the world’s top 10 for the first time since August 2014. Clearly the crowd favourite, Williams gave fans little to cheer about on a 918 (328C) day in the California desert, while making 33 unforced errors. After getting broken to trail 3-0 in the second set, Williams returned to her seat and smashed her racket. Trailing 5-1, Williams won three straight games and held two break points on Azarenka’s serve in the last game. But Williams ended the match with three straight errors. It was Azarenka’s first victory over the top-ranked Williams since the Cincinnati final in August 2013. She will move up seven spots to No. 8 in the WTA Tour rankings today. Azarenka, who won here in 2012, hit just 10 winners and had 20 unforced errors in the two-hour match. She connected on 60 per cent of her first serves and broke Williams’ serve three times. Williams converted just one of 12 break chances. Williams was back at Indian Wells after ending her 14-year boycott last year, and the crowd, including Queen Latifah, was eager to support her. One fan held up a sign reading, “Go Serena. We straight outta Compton,” in a nod to the gang-infested Los Angeles suburb where the Williams sisters learnt to play tennis. But there was none of Williams’ trademark fist-pumping and screams of “Come on!” She hit just 22 winners. Azarenka and Williams met for the 21st time in their careers, with Williams now owning a 17-4 edge. The only player she has faced more in her career is older sister Venus, who watched grim-faced from a box after losing early in her return to Indian Wells for the first time since 2001. Williams was warmly welcomed back last year only to withdraw with a knee injury before her semi-final. She got emotional while accepting the runner-up trophy, tears welling in her eyes, after tournament officials thanked her and Venus for ending their boycotts. “Thank you so much for the cheers,” Williams said. “I can’t tell you how much it means to me.” Azarenka was gracious in victory, thanking Williams for her hard work that motivated the Belarussian to raise her game. Williams playfully stuck out her tongue as she walked past Azarenka posing with the winner’s crystal trophy on her way off the court.last_img read more

Guerrero scores twice on Peru return after doping ban

first_imgThe Swiss federal tribunal, Guerrero’s last legal recourse, overturned a ruling by the Lausanne-based Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) that saw him suspended for 14 months.As well as allowing Guerrero to participate in the June 14-July 15 showpiece, it has also given the player hope of seeing his ban reduced or annulled as it ruled the CAS decision “unjustified”.Guerrero has played just a handful of matches for his Brazilian club Flamengo since he was initially banned on November 3, a ruling that forced him out of Peru’s two-legged World Cup play-off with New Zealand.But the former Bayern Munich star displayed no obvious signs of rust against Saudi Arabia in St Gallen, Switzerland, as his two goals sealed a convincing win after Andre Carrillo had fired the South Americans ahead on 21 minutes.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Paolo Guerrero’s availability at the World Cup is a huge boost for Peru © AFP / Fabrice COFFRINIST. GALLEN, Switzerland, Jun 3 – Paolo Guerrero scored twice in a 3-0 friendly win over Saudi Arabia to cap an emotional week for the Peru captain who was cleared to play at the World Cup after his long legal battle against a 14-month drugs suspension.The 34-year-old striker won a last-ditch legal appeal on Thursday to appear at the tournament in Russia despite being banned after testing positive for traces of cocaine following a World Cup qualifier against Argentina last October.last_img read more

Cape Town libraries go online

first_img25 October 2005Cape Town is on its way to becoming the first city in South Africa to offer free internet access at every public library.Already, three years since the launch of the city’s groundbreaking Smart Cape access project, the number of residents who have signed on to use this service has topped 26 000.Five hundred access stationsSmart Cape, which aims to provide computing facilities with free internet access to all the citizens of Cape Town, was launched in July 2002 as a pilot project at six libraries: Wesfleur, Brooklyn, Delft, Grassy Park, Guguletu and Lwandle.The following year Smart Cape won the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s $1-million Access to Learning award, which has contributed to extending the project.By the end of 2005, people will be able to connect to the internet at all 99 of the city’s libraries. Each library will have five computers installed, which means there will soon be 500 access stations around Cape Town.Making a differenceAnyone can use one of the Smart Cape computers; all you need is to be a member of one of the city’s public library. And to be a member of a library you need only be a resident of the city.Mymoena Sharif, the city’s e-governance manager, says people are using the computers for a variety of tasks – not just to surf the web. They type letters, write up their CVs, work on admin for their businesses and do research for school projects. And, of course, they send e-mail: all users are given an “@smartcape.org.za” address.She says the PCs have made a real difference to each library’s community and that the impact is still being monitored.Ultimately, one of the aims is to close the “digital divide” that separates people who have access to computers, technology and the internet, and all the benefits and opportunities that go with that, from those who have no such access.That’s quite a challenge, given the size of the gap that exists in South Africa and in other developing countries. In 2002 the city undertook an assessment of the digital divide in Cape Town, which revealed that 67% of the people who were interviewed had never used a computer.Open sourceAs Sharif says: “If the city wants to succeed in offering people internet access, it must be offered free. Citizens, especially previously disadvantaged citizens, are not going to spend R10 for 30 minutes at an internet cafe when that money is needed to put bread on the table.”She says the city is determined to close the gap and bring information technology to all. This is a quest that makes her particularly enthusiastic about Smart Cape’s use of open source software, a remarkable feature of the project and one that is allowing the city to reach many more people.Open source software brings many benefits – one of them being that it is free or at least much cheaper than commercial, proprietary software. For example, the Smart Cape access stations use a Linux-based operating system as opposed to proprietary software, which would have come with costly licensing fees.The city’s use of open source software has saved it a lot of money. But, unfortunately, the most frustrating expense – and one that lies outside the city’s control – is that of connectivity; in other words, Telkom charges.This is one of the challenges facing Cape Town in its quest to become a truly “smart city”. But it is already the home of a rapidly growing technology industry, and there has been a conscious decision to position the city as South Africa’s IT hub.Source: CITYWORKS Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Wizards’ Wall expected to miss 2 weeks with knee injury

first_imgStronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. His brother’s keeper Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next John Wall #2 of the Washington Wizards drives to the basket against Hassan Whiteside #21 of the Miami Heat in the second half at Capital One Arena on November 17, 2017 in Washington. Rob Carr/Getty Images/AFPWASHINGTON — Washington Wizards guard John Wall is expected to miss about two weeks with inflammation in his left knee, the team announced Saturday.Wall, 27, underwent an MRI, coach Scott Brooks revealed Friday following the day’s practice session, which the point guard missed. The four-time All-Star received platelet-rich plasma and viscosupplementation injections Saturday in Washington in the hope of reducing the inflammation that has caused discomfort for the past two weeks.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohortcenter_img Dr. Richard D. Parker with the Cleveland Clinic Marymount was consulted about the injury. Parker performed a procedure in May 2016 to remove calcific deposits in Wall’s left patella tendon. Brooks said Wall’s current injury did not appear related to that procedure.Washington is 1-1 this season without Wall, who also missed a game because of a shoulder injury.“I’m fine with John missing two weeks if this is going to make him better,” center Marcin Gortat said Saturday. “Two weeks are not two months. We can cover for him for two weeks and then he’s going to come back stronger, better, healthy and then hopefully we can go from there. That said, he’s our leader.”Backup Tim Frazier replaces Wall in the starting lineup with Tomas Satoransky moving into the rotation. Acquired by Washington from New Orleans during the offseason, Frazier is averaging 3.2 points and 3.9 assists in 16.6 minutes. He has 42 career starts including two this season and 35 with the Pelicans during the 2016-17 campaign.“Next guy has to step up. That’s it,” said Frazier, who had eight assists in each of his two starts this season. “Obviously we can’t be John, an All-Star, our leader, our best player, but we just got to step up and be the best we can and get as many wins as possible.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “We felt like this was the best thing,” Brooks said before the Wizards hosted the Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday. “We figure this is the early part of the season, and we’re in no rush. Give him the best chance to come back.”The injury occurred when Wall made knee-to-knee contact with another player during Washington’s Nov. 7 loss to Dallas, according to the team statement. Wall, who averages 20.3 points and 9.2 assists, previously said fluid on his knee built up after he received IV fluids to deal with illness and migraines before the Wizards hosted Atlanta on Nov. 11.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 shutoutWall sat out Sunday’s 100-91 loss at Toronto, but returned to play his usual starting role in matchups against Milwaukee and Charlotte. He had 31 points and 11 assists over 41 minutes in Washington’s 129-124 overtime loss to the Hornets on Wednesday, but then didn’t participate in Friday’s practice.“We had it drained and it actually felt pretty good,” Brooks said. “He played terrific in Milwaukee and then last game he had one of his best games of the season. . But after the game, the swelling came back.” LATEST STORIES CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:55Cops raid Manila office of Bayan, nab 3 activists for guns, explosive01:29Police 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City View commentslast_img read more

10 months agoThornley exclusive: Phelan perfect for Solskjaer at Man Utd

first_imgThornley exclusive: Phelan perfect for Solskjaer at Man Utdby Andrew Maclean10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLife as Manchester United manager has started well for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Two wins from two matches. 8 goals. Paul Pogba in fine form. A palpable excitement now reverberating through Old Trafford.A sizeable task lies ahead of Solskjaer to lead United into the top-four, but it is one that will be helped considerably by the presence of assistant manager Mike Phelan.That is according to former United winger Ben Thornley, who works as analyst for MUTV and has intimate knowledge of the club’s inner sanctum.Phelan has spent fourteen of his 23 years as a coach at United, five of which he served as Sir Alex Ferguson’s number two.It is a role the 56-year-old now fills for Solskjaer, who has two stints at Molde and an ill-fated spell at Cardiff City on his coaching resume.And Thornley thinks Phelan’s experience and coaching nous will greatly benefit the Norwegian in what will be the biggest six months of his management career to date.He told TribalFootball.com: “I feel as though Mike Phelan is a guy that was at the club a long time before his departure and he worked as a coach under Sir Alex Ferguson. [He’s] a very, very trustworthy man, a very calming influence in the dressing room.”He’s not somebody who screams and shouts he knows the club inside and out and he’s a very knowledgeable coach. I think the club can only benefit from having somebody like Mike Phelan and his experience amongst the ranks.”Solskjaer will try and make it three wins from three when United host Bournemouth on Sunday afternoon. With Arsenal facing league leaders Liverpool, United could potentially close to gap to fifth place to just three points by the end of the weekend. TagsOpinionAbout the authorAndrew Maclean FollowShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

24 days ago​West Ham lose Fabianski for rest of 2019

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​West Ham lose Fabianski for rest of 2019by Freddie Taylor24 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham United have suffered a significant blow with the news that goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski will be out for the rest of the year.The number one shot stopper at the club suffered a hip problem during a 2-2 draw with Bournemouth at the weekend.Scans show that he tore a muscle in his hip, which means that he will be out for at least the rest of the year.The 34-year-old has been in great form, managing four clean sheets in the league in seven games this term.The Evening Standardsays backup keeper Roberto will be the man called on to take Fabianski’s place.The 33-year-old arrived on a free transfer from Espanyol this summer to serve as the club’s no.2 keeper. last_img read more

Indian Brook awash in scandal

first_imgAPTN National NewsA Nova Scotia First Nation is mired in scandal.Indian Brook First Nation’s chief and band council are facing allegations they’re withholding financial information from band members.APTN National News reporter James Hopkin has more on the story.last_img

Mbappe names his World Cup favourites

first_imgKylian Mbappe believes that Brazil, Germany and Spain will be the leading contenders for glory in Russia and added it will likely be the final chance for Belgium’s golden generation to win the World CupThe Paris Saint-Germain forward is currently preparing himself for his first appearance in world football’s biggest stage and recently brushed off concerns over a reported ankle injury ahead of France’s Group C opener against Australia.When pressed on who he believes will be the favourites to win at Russia, the 19-year-old admitted that he felt that France are not among the top candidates.“Brazil, Germany and Spain are at present three teams that are a little ahead of us,” said Mbappe, as stated on Goal.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.“After, there is Belgium. For them it’s now. With their generation, I think it’s the last chance.”In his first season at PSG, the teenage striker scored 21 goals in 44 games and was included in the France World Cup squad on the back of his impressive performances.Les Bleus will also be facing Peru and Denmark in Group C.last_img read more

Rangers is up to Steven Gerrards call for warriors Europa League

first_imgAhead of Ranger’s game to defend their first-leg win against FC Ufa, Jon Flanagan, Ranger’s full-back says that the team is up to answer Steven Gerrard’s call to his squad to perform at their best.Gerrard, who is about to face his first decisive test as the manager of Rangers, had said that the team will need to play like ‘“heroes and warriors”’ to secure a place at Europa League group stage.The manager’s words were earlier reported by The Scottish Daily Mail. In response to that, Flanagan had said, “Definitely, all the lads are on board. We know how big this game is and we all want to secure that Europa spot.“When Stevie signed he said he wanted to secure European football. We are one game away now, so hopefully the lads can come together for one big push to get it over the line.Steven Gerrard, Michael OwenOwen reveals why Liverpool didn’t offer Gerrard a new contract Manuel R. Medina – September 6, 2019 According to Owen, the Reds wanted to sell Gerrard two years before he left the club and that’s why they didn’t offer him a contract renewal.“When I spoke to the gaffer before I signed, he had the idea of European football. He had the same conversation with all the other signings.“We are all together as one and we want to be in this European competition.“You cannot beat a European night during the week, those nights are fantastic and you travel all over the world. I have been lucky to have travelled far and wide with Liverpool, so I know what it is about and how big the competition is.“To be one game away from that to secure it, is massive and we need to win. As I said, it has got to be one last big push.”last_img read more

Queiroz says Iran is not favorite against China

first_imgThe Iran coach Carlos Queiroz wants to take some pressure away from his footballers as they take China in the Quarterfinals of the 2019 AFC Asian Cup.Iran and China will face off in the 2019 AFC Asian Cup Quarterfinals on Thursday.And for the Persians’ head coach Carlos Queiroz, his team is not favorite in this fixture.“We are not favorites as I feel there are never favorites in a game like this,” he told Fox Sports Asia.“We are proud to be here for a game which is the most important game of our lives because it is the next game, and that is always the most crucial for both players and coaches.”“The game versus China is a new game, a new adventure, and one in which we can try to do our absolute best,” he explained.Cristiano Ronaldo, PortugalAli Daei wouldn’t be upset if Ronaldo breaks his scoring record Andrew Smyth – September 13, 2019 Iranian legend Ali Daei wouldn’t be upset to lose his record as international football’s all-time record scorer to the “great” Cristiano Ronaldo.“However, what is key is to remember all the lessons we have learned – both when we have won and when we have lost – and put them to good use,” said the Portuguese coach.”Even as a favorite, Iran has not had it easy.The team trashed Yemen 5-0, then defeated Vietnam 2-0 only to draw goalless against Iraq.On the Round of 16, they beat Oman 2-0.“This is just like a cup final as they are games which do not have a history, they do not have a past,” Queiroz highlighted.“You cannot lose a game because of history or statistics. This type of cup final match is very different to those we faced in the group stage and I believe the experience my players have will count for something in the game.”last_img read more