AUSTRIALIA OPEN: Injured Murray Suvives Rublev

first_img.Dan Evans stuns Marin CilicAndy Murray reached the third round of the Australian Open courtesy of a 6-3 6-0 6-2 win over Andrey Rublev, but not without suffering a big injury scare.World number one and number one seed Murray cruised through the first set before then inflicting a bagel on the young Russian.But in the second game of the third set, Murray went down in pain, clutching his right ankle.The Scot called for a trainer and appeared to quickly overcome the injury after having treatment, but he looked concerned when it happened, with wife Kim also looking on nervously.The British number one chose not to request any medication from the tournament physio but soon after told his box, “my foot is killing me”. “It’s a little sore, but not too serious,” he said. “I definitely rolled it a little but I’ll put some ice on it and I could move okay towards the end so that was positive.“I can put weight on it, it’s just a bit sore, so hopefully it will be fine.”Murray plays American Sam Querrey in the third round in Melbourne.“It’ll be a tough one,” Murray added. “He has a big game – big serve and takes lots of chance with his forehand, so it’ll be a tricky one.“Obviously he beat Novak at Wimbledon last year so I’ll have to be on my game to get the win.”Meanwhile,Britain’s Dan Evans stunned seventh seed Marin Cilic at the Australian Open as compatriot Andy Murray also progressed to the third round.Evans earlier fought back to win 3-6 7-5 6-3 6-3 and cause a major upset against former US Open champion Cilic.It is the second time the 26-year-old British number three has beaten a player ranked in the world’s top 10.Murray will face American world number 32 Sam Querrey in the third round, while Evans will take on Australian 27th seed Bernard Tomic.Birmingham’s Evans had earlier required the third of three match points to finish off the seventh seed on his own serve.“To come through in the last match point was pleasing for me,” he said.“I struggled with the shade on the court and his pace on the ball was coming through pretty quick, but when the sun went down I got into the match.”It is the fourth time Evans has progressed to the last 32 of a Grand Slam – he reached the third round of the US Open in 2013 and 2016, and at Wimbledon in 2016.He struggled with an eye problem early in Wednesday’s match and lost his composure as Cilic breezed through the first set in 31 minutes.However, the Briton grew more confident, frustrating the 2014 US Open champion and forcing him to make a slew of errors.The final two sets were a tussle, with service breaks from both players, but Evans held his nerve to win.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Domestic violence cases up 79 percent in Treasure Coast amid pandemic

first_imgAs the nation is being forced to comply with Stay-At-Home orders in order to combat the spread of the novel coronavirus, domestic violence cases have increased, especially in the Treasure Coast, reports say.Compared to the same time frame last year, between March 6 and April 6, domestic battery cases have increased 18 percent in Palm Beach County, and in the Treasure Coast and Okeechobee counties, domestic violence cases have increased by 79 percent.Martin County Sheriff William Snyder said the increase in cases could be due to a mixture of alcohol abuse, and couples staying home under conditions they are not used to.However, officials at Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse in Palm Beach County, say their hotline calls have stayed about the same.Jennifer Rey, Program Services Director of AVDA says the reason the hotline calls are not going up is most likely because the victims perpetrator is in the home 24/7.Rey said during this time everyone is suppose to stick together.“If you know that something is going on or you suspect it please call law enforcement and have them investigate.”If you are a victim call Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse (Palm Beach County) at 1 (800) 355-8547 or SafeSpace (Treasure Coast counties) at 1 (800) 500-1119.last_img read more

Manchester City youngster makes Celtic loan move

first_img Jason Denayer [left] in action for Manchester City Under-21s 1 Celtic have taken young defender Jason Denayer on a season-long loan from Manchester City.The 19-year-old Belgian, who joined City following two years in the Anderlecht youth team, is rated highly at the Etihad Stadium and has been likened to fellow countryman Vincent Kompany.Now he will look to make a positive impression in the SPL with champions Celtic in his first experience of competitive senior football.His arrival at Parkhead came shortly after Aston Villa’s Bulgarian international winger Aleksandar Tonev sealed a season-long loan switch.The duo could make their debuts against St Johnstone on Wednesday.last_img read more

COUNCIL TO UPGRADE WEATHER PLANS AS ANOTHER FREEZING WINTER FORECAST

first_imgDonegal is to brace itself for a repeat of last year’s freezing winter temperatures including huge falls of snow.That’s according to the latest long-range winter weather forecast which is predicting more of the same for the coming months.Both Donegal County Council and a number of town councils including Letterkenny are already making provisions to cope with the big freeze. Last year salt and grit reserves dropped to critically low levels as temperatures also plunged to a record minus 16 in some places.Reserves got so bad that Donegal County Council was forced to limit salt and gritting to just primary road routes while many secondary routes remained untreated for days.The situation left many rural householders virtually trapped in their own homes for days on end because the road conditions were impassable.Councillors have already discussed this winter’s situation and have ordered extra allocations of salt and grit. Extra storage facilities have also been sourced to store the salt.Letterkenny Town Council has discussed the matter on three occasions and have ordered two snow ploughs to have on standby.Other machinery, normally used to cut grass, will also be fitted with snow clearing equipment.More than 100 salt bunkers will also be located across the town.Other towns including Buncrana, Donegal Town and Falcarragh are making similar plans. EndsCOUNCIL TO UPGRADE WEATHER PLANS AS ANOTHER FREEZING WINTER FORECAST was last modified: August 31st, 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)Tags:Donegal County Councilletterkennylong range forecastsnowlast_img read more

St. Bernard’s, Fortuna play home openers as prep football hits Week 2

first_imgFollowing a successful opening week for six of the nine Humboldt-Del Norte League teams, Week 2 is when coaches look to see some of the biggest improvements take place.A pair of H-DN teams, Fortuna and Little 4 champion St. Bernard’s, play their home openers on Friday and Saturday, respectively, to lead the slate of local games taking place during a very busy Humboldt County football weekend.But, as is happening all throughout Northern California, Mother Nature has also impacted this week’s …last_img read more

Rand leapfrogs Nigeria’s naira as Africa’s top currency

first_img12 August 2016The South African rand has regained its position as Africa’s top currency,leapfrogging the Nigerian naira this week.This comes after four major events in recent months: the Brexit vote, theSouth African municipal election results, the rand gaining more than 16% againstthe dollar since the start of 2016, and the naira losing more than a third of its valueafter Nigeria’s central bank removed a currency peg in June.South Africa’s economy was at $301-billion (R4-trillion), while Nigeria’s grossdomestic product (GDP) was $296-billion (R3.9-trillion), Bloomberg reported. Thesefigures are based on GDP at the end of 2015, published by the InternationalMonetary Fund.The momentum that took the naira above the rand two years ago was now longgone, according to the Bloomberg article.Business Day Live reported that at 9.05am on 12 August‚ the rand was at R13.4267 to the dollar from R13.4065 at the previous close. It was at R14.9591 against the euro from R14.9303 previously‚ and at R17.3839 against the pound from R17.3670 previously.Despite the positive news on the rand, Bloomberg said its reign as top currencymay not last long as the naira may bounce back.The rand got a major push following Britain’s vote on 23 June to exit theEuropean Union, which made investors turn to emerging markets. But the SouthAfrican local elections on 3 August, particularly its dramatic results, haveencouraged investors even further.Local electionsThe local government elections – whereby the African National Congress lost afew major metros to the opposition Democratic Alliance because of a substantial dipin support, and the Economic Freedom Fighters grew its support – benefitted therand, stated the Financial Times. Investors are encouraged by the notion that pressure will be put on the ruling party to introduce economic reforms that will boost growth and cut unemployment.The election results were seen as a positive by investors because it meantPresident Jacob Zuma’s power was dwindling, Luis Costa, CitiGroup’s strategist, told Financial Times. Events such as the axing of former finance minister Nhlanhla Nenewere less likely to be repeated. “The implications of this week’s election outcomeare market-friendly.”In another interview with Bloomberg, Costa said: “It will keep Zuma in a verysecondary stance when it comes to making economic policy decisions at least overthe next quarter.”Investors had been encouraged by significantly lower energy prices over thelast three months and steadiness in iron ore, platinum and gold, Costa added. “Thatin general produces a very nice dynamic in terms of trade for South African assets.”Investors treading cautiouslyDespite the good news, Reuters reported early on the morning of 11 Augustthat the rand’s rally against the dollar had paused, with investors treadingcautiously after Statistics South Africa released data on local mining andmanufacturing.According to Stats SA, mining production decreased by 2,5% in June 2016compared to the same period in the previous year, with the most negativeperformers being manganese ore, diamonds, nickel, copper and other non-metallicminerals. Coal, however, remained on a high.In May 2016, mineral sales rose 17,4% compared to the same period in 2015.In the meantime, use of production capacity by large manufacturers was 81,6%in May 2016 compared with 80,3% in May 2015, an increase of 1,3%.Sources: Bloomberg, Statistics South Africa, Reuters and SouthAfrica.info reporter.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website?See Using SouthAfrica.info materiallast_img read more

a month agoWoodward’s ‘positive’ address: Why Man Utd fans deserve to hear this before any shareholder

first_imgWoodward’s ‘positive’ address: Why Man Utd fans deserve to hear this before any shareholderby Chris Beattiea month agoSend to a friendShare the loveCOMMENT: It wasn’t addressed to them. It may not have even been for them. But these days, Manchester United fans will take what they can get from the club.There was a little bit of spin. A bit of political PR. But overall it hit the right note. Ed Woodward’s update to shareholders stopping in it’s tracks any credible claims that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s position was in doubt. Indeed, such was the detail and the vice-chairman’s tone that no-one on the call, or later reading the transcript, could claim any confusion about what the club and their manager are working towards. New, youthful arrivals. Promotion from the academy. Even the conscious plan to make room for their youngsters by sending senior players away on-loan. These were all planks in this current project highlighted by Woodward.That the support had to wait for a shareholders’ conference, however, is a shame. This morning, the club is in a better position than it was on Sunday afternoon in the aftermath of the humbling at West Ham. As is the manager, the players and Woodward. Indeed, even the fans should be happier with it finally articulated by the board’s representative of what United – as a club – is trying to do. Before it would be Solskjaer, or perhaps some intelligent guesswork from the likes of Gary Neville, the former club captain. But now the average supporter has Woodward on record about transfer plans, their youth policy and expectations of Solskjaer.Why Woodward only chooses to speak to shareholders, only he knows. Those whom have a piece of the club aren’t all fans. Indeed, some have driven nations to the brink of bankruptcy. Others are banned from certain countries. And the vast, vast majority have never held a season ticket.Woodward could do himself a big favour by speaking to the support once a month via MUTV, the club’s in-house TV channel. As stated, United – and indeed Woodward, himself – are better placed today after Tuesday’s conference call. It’s clear from Woodward’s tone that he and Solskjaer have a strong working relationship. Never has the vice-chairman name-checked a manager as much to shareholders as he did yesterday with the Norwegian. And cleverly – significantly – it was done as a veiled public vote of confidence.”It’s important we are patient while Ole and his team build for the future,” Woodward said. “We will continue to focus on the long-term strategy and won’t be influenced by short-term distractions.”For “distractions”, read results – particularly away from home. The defeat at London stadium was listless, but so long as Solskjaer’s young team heed the lessons from such a poor performance it can be still be a positive part of the rebuild.Which is exactly what is underway, as Woodward explained: “We remain focused on our plan of rebuilding the team and continuing to strengthen our youth system, in line with the philosophy of the club and the manager.”This is reflected in the recent addition of three exciting first team players, key player contract extensions and the talent we have coming through our academy.”Everything articulated by Woodward here is what we’ve seen from United on the pitch this season. Daniel James, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Harry Maguire have all done enough to suggest they’ll be long-term players for the club. David de Gea and Marcus Rashford have been convinced to sign new deals. And we’ve seen Solskjaer bring through Mason Greenwood – and rewarded with the winner against Astana.And touching on this drive to give the club’s academy talent a real shot was, for this column, the real highlight of Woodward’s address. This was straight from the bootroom. Transfer and youth policy wrapped up in one. It was the sort of inside info you’d only get in an ex-manager’s biography. But here it was, all laid bare…”We are optimistic for the future,” declared Woodward. “The sale and loaning of players this summer has also allowed the manager to involve more of our young players and provide a firm foundation for the culture, ready for building the next trophy-winning squad.”So it’s been a deliberate effort. A genuine clearout. Not something for scribes to throw together under a screaming headline – but club policy. This United squad is undergoing an official overhaul.But that won’t stretch to the front office. As mentioned, there was some political PR performed by Woodward – and all centred around the director of football search. It was padded out with flowery words but basically, as this column has warned, it’s off. “Regarding the speculation around a head of football, we are continually reviewing and looking at the potential to evolve our structure on the football sides,” Woodward stated. So nothing imminent. Indeed, as we’ve stated here, it never really was.But that’s a topic for another day. The wash-up from this shareholders’ address was that it was one to give clarity to what the club is doing. It’s support for the manager. And confirmation of a genuine youth policy.For the United fan, there’s now no second guessing. It’s just too bad they were made to wait for a shareholders’ conference to learn all this. TagsOpinionAbout the authorChris BeattieShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

The 5 Teams With The Best Odds Of Reaching The College Football Playoff

first_imgA general view during the first quarter of the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Clemson Tigers at Raymond James Stadium.TAMPA, FL – JANUARY 09: A general view during the first quarter of the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Clemson Tigers at Raymond James Stadium on January 9, 2017 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Tim Bradbury/Getty Images)Alabama, unsurprisingly, has the best odds of reaching this season’s College Football Playoff. Bovada released College Football Playoff odds for the 2016 season and the Crimson Tide are at the top. Nick Saban’s team has 3/2 odds to make this year’s playoff. Alabama is trailed by:Oklahoma – 7/4Michigan – 9/5Clemson – 2/1Ohio State – 2/1Top odds to make CFP (per @bovadaLV) Alabama 3/2#Sooners 7/4 Michigan 9/5 Clemson 2/1 Ohio State 2/1Other Big 12: #OkState 7/1, TCU 17/2,— Eric Bailey (@EricBaileyTW) July 22, 2016The odds for the other top teams:LSU – 3/1Tennessee – 13/4Florida State – 7/2Notre Dame – 4/1USC – 4/1Florida – 7/1Oklahoma State – 7/1Who are you picking to reach this season’s College Football Playoff?The season starts in a little more than a month.last_img read more

Godin praises Atletico team

first_imgAtletico Madrid’s Diego Godin refuse to carried away with his own stellar performance in their semi-final victory against Arsenal and instead chose to praise the efforts of the team as they made their third final in the past eight yearsThe Uruguayan defender produced a magnificent display for Atletico as they kept their 12th consecutive home clean sheet against an Arsenal side that was desperately trying to find a way back into the tie for their departing coach Arsene Wenger.However, Los Rojiblancos were able to hold on and will now meet Marseille for the final of the Europa League on May 16 at Lyon.“My job is to defend and to organise others,” Godin told BeIn Sports (via Football-Espana).Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“Tonight we were able to defend well but I only want to speak about us collectively and not individually and tonight the work rate was very important.“Our concentration was really strong and we helped each other out but our performance was well-balanced because we also had a danger in attack.“We have always said we want to win another European trophy this season and we have the same attitude as in the Champions League, these competitions are of the same importance.“We know we are capable of winning the final and we hope our fans, who were magnificent tonight, will show again why they are the best in the world.”last_img read more

Courtois still not certain about his future

first_imgChelsea managed to win the FA Cup in yesterday’s final game against Manchester United but a lot of things in this club are unclear – and one of them is Thibaut Courtois’ future.The Belgian keeper admitted that he will see after the World Cup where he will continue with his career but he is not certain whether it will be with the Blues or not – and he also wants the club to spend more money in case he will stay.The former Atletico shot-stopper spoke about his future as he said, according to Talk Sport:“Like I said in the last weeks or months, I think we’ll see after the World Cup whether I am a Chelsea player for next year.”Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“We’ll see what is going to happen after the World Cup.”“I think if we want to aim for the top, we should do the same – obviously within the limits of what’s possible as well.”“I think that the transfer market has gone pretty crazy. Nowadays you pay £80million for a defender I think – that’s crazy figures.”last_img read more