Leander Paes-Andre Begemann in final of Tashkent Challenger

first_imgLeander Paes earned himself a shot at his third ATP Challenger level title of the season by reaching the final of the USD 125000 Tashkent event with partner Andre Begemann, here on Thursday.The third seeded Indo-German duo annihilated local pair and giant-killers Sanjar Fayziev and Jurabeck Karmov 6-2 6-0 in the semifinals of the hard court event.Paes and Begemann needed only 42 minutes to win the match, in which they broke their rivals five times. (Also read: Did Sania Mirza call Leander Paes a ‘toxic’ person?)Paes had won Biella event with Begemann and the Busan tournament with Sam Groth early in the season.The veteran Indian is yet to win a title, an ATP World Tour this season, but he has two runners-up finishes – Winston-Salem and St Petersburg.last_img read more

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Modern fullback needs technique and pace, says Matteo Darmian

first_imgManchester United’s Matteo Darmian believes a greater emphasis on attack has changed the role of the fullback, meaning the modern defender needs lung-busting endurance and intense focus as well as great technique.Darmian has shown his own technical skill by alternating between right and left back at Old Trafford, an ability he honed as a youngster and continues to work on every week.The Italian was converted from a central midfielder to right back at the AC Milan academy, where he was mentored by his idol Paolo Maldini, the master technician, and Brazilian Cafu, known for his pace and energy down the flanks. (Also read: Jose Mourinho defends Manchester United’s performance)The 27-year-old clearly applies a great deal of thought to his position and believes the role of fullback has changed since he started playing.”Now a great full-back isn’t just one who stops every attack, but also gets forward wherever possible because the attacking demands have increased,” he told the club website (www.manutd.com)”We need to help our strikers and wingers more than before, but we have to be focused also behind, because defending is still the most important thing. Those duties mean it is important that you are smart and focused all the time.”Good technique helps and, of course, more and more it is important that you are a strong runner because you have to get up and down the pitch.”If you look around at the best full-backs in the world today, they all have those attributes.”advertisementDarmian believes the best fullbacks around are Real Madrid’s Marcelo, Dani Alves of Juventus and Bayern Munich’s David Alaba as well as his own United team mate Antonio Valencia, a former winger.With Valencia almost a fixture on the right flank for United, Darmian has had to fight for the left back position with Daley Blind and Luke Shaw, who limped off during United’s League Cup quarter-final win over West Ham United last week.”For me it is quite easy to change sides from right to left,” said Darmian, who has started six of United’s last eight games.”When I was younger I did work hard on my left foot to make it stronger and, even now, I think it is important to do that during the week because it is my weaker side and I know that I have to keep improving it.”Sixth-placed United host fifth-placed Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.last_img read more

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Video: Deadline day – 10 players who need a move

first_imgTransfer news and rumours LIVE: Man Utd want Boateng on Bayern loan ‘I’m not confident’ – Mourinho concedes defeat in pursuit of Man Utd deadline day signings Chelsea capture Kepa for world-record £72m fee Dembele airs Pogba ambition while ruling out deadline day move to Arsenal Completed Premier League 2018-19 transfers – arrivals, departures & contracts expiring for all 20 clubslast_img

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Wales Women vs England Women: TV channel & stream

first_imgEngland Women continue their World Cup qualifying campaign when they face Wales Women at Rodney Parade in Newport on Friday.Phil Neville’s side are currently second in the group, with a game still in hand. Wales, meanwhile are top of the table and one point ahead of the Lionesses after defeating Russia 3-0 at home in June. England’s last match saw them beat Russia 3-1 away from home and they will be hoping for a similar result to take them back to the top of the group to continue their unbeaten run in qualifying.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! The two sides last met in April for the reverse fixture ending in a 0-0 draw.  Game Wales Women vs England Women Date Friday, August 31 Time 7:45pm BST / 2:45pm ET TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United Kingdom (UK), the game can be watched live on TV on BBC 2 or live stream the game via BBC iPlayer.  UK TV channel Online stream BBC 2 BBC iPlayer Squads & Team News Position Wales Women players Goalkeepers Skinner, Clark, O’Sullivan Defenders Dykes, Ingle, Griffiths, Roberts, Rowe, Evans Midfielders Hughes, Fishlock, Ladd, James Forwards Lawrence, Harding, Morgan, Ward, Nolan, Vincze, Green Potential Wales starting XI:  O’Sullivan; Dykes, Ingle, Ladd; Roberts, Harding, Fishlock, Rowe, James; Green, Ward. Position England Women players Goalkeepers Telford, Bardsley, Earps Defenders Blundell, Daly, McManus, Bronze, Bright, Williamson, Houghton, George, Greenwood Midfielders Walsh, Christiansen, Nobbs, Scott, Staniforth Forwards Kirby, Parris, Mead, Lawley, White, Taylor, Duggan Potential England starting XI:  Telford; Bronze, McManus, Bright, Daly; Walsh, Kirby, Scott; Duggan, White, Parris.Betting & Match Odds England Women are 1/6 favourites to win the match according to bet365, with Wales’s odds standing at 11/1. A draw between the teams is priced at 11/2.Match Preview Phil Neville England 2018The England Women match against Wales is arguably the most crucial game in their World Cup qualification, with both teams taking the top two spots in Group One. Whichever nation wins the game tonight will guarantee qualification to next year’s tournament, with the loser securing a play-off place against a runner-up from another group. England Women’s coach Phil Neville has labelled this fixture a ‘grudge match’, with the reverse game being the only occasion on which England have dropped points.”We know exactly how we’re going to play against Wales,” Neville told reporters ahead of the game. “We’re going to play a different way than we’ve played in the last three or four camps. We’ve got a formula and we’ve been working on it for the last 10 days. We hope to catch Wales by surprise by the new system we’re going to play against them.”Jayne Ludlow, Wales Women’s coach has disagreed with Neville’s comments and has said: “[A grudge match] is the last thing I would want my players to be thinking about in that changing room. They have to focus on their jobs.”The winner of the match qualifies for the Women’s World Cup 2019 held in France.last_img read more

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Sachin Tendulkar receives Asian Awards Fellowship

first_imgIndian cricket star Sachin Tendulkar has been honoured with the Fellowship award at The Asian Awards in London.The master blaster, who is looking forward to the release of his upcoming biographical drama “Sachin: A Billion Dreams”, attended The Asian Awards ceremony on Friday at the London Hilton on Park Lane.The event honours Asian excellence, and past awardees of the Fellowship honour include Indian musician Ravi Shankar, and actors Jackie Chan and Ben Kingsley.Tendulkar’s journey to international stardom through cricket is an interesting tale told through his much-awaited biographical drama, “Sachin: A Billion Dreams”.Produced by Ravi Bhagchandka of 200 Not Out and Shrikant Bhasi of Carnival Motion Pictures, and helmed by Emmy-nominated James Erskine, the film is releasing on May 26.The Asian Awards also recognised late actor Om Puri’s outstanding achievement in cinema, and child actor Sunny Pawar of “Lion” fame as a rising star.last_img read more

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Can have ‘big role’ to play in Champions Trophy: Adam Zampa

first_imgAustralian leg-spinner Adam Zampa has insisted that he can have a big role to play for his side in the upcoming Champions Trophy beginning June 1 in England and Wales.Australia highly depend on their pacers, considering it’s their strength and Zampa knows that skipper Steve Smith may not always play a specialist spinner.However, the 25-year-old believes that the heat-wave that is there in the United Kingdom, could play into his hands.”I am not assuming I won’t play, but obviously with the firepower we have with the ball it comes down to conditions,” news.com.au quoted Zampa as saying.”I am hopeful that the conditions will suit me. You see a lot of dry wickets in England and I think I can have a big role to play,” he added.The entire tournament will be held across three venues, The Oval, Edgbaston and Sophia Gardens, thus meaning that the centre wicket square should deteriorate considerably over the course of the competition, thus assisting the spinners.”I think the general feel is that the wickets will slow up at the back end of the tournament and I am preparing for that, but I’m prepared to play every game,” said the tweaker.Australia begin their Champions Trophy campaign against New Zealand on June 2, followed by games against Bangladesh and England on June 5 and June 10 respectively.Australian squad: Steve Smith (captain), David Warner, Pat Cummins, Aaron Finch, John Hastings, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Moises Henriques, Chris Lynn, Glenn Maxwell, James Pattinson, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade and Adam Zampa.advertisementlast_img read more

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Moto M users receive Android 7.0 Nougat update in India

first_imgMoto M users are now receiving the update to install Android Nougat in India. The update was first spotted by FoneArena and is reportedly 1.25GB in size. To recall, Moto M was launched last year a nd shipped with Android Marshmallow out-of-the-box. Reportedly, the update also brings the Google’s latest released security patch for Android.The new update is OTA and in case you haven’t received it yet , you can find it under the Settings menu of the phone. The Nougat update brings host of new features to the phone like split-screen view, power saver mode, customised quick settings, bundled notifications, direct reply from notification and more.A quick look at the specs of Moto M smartphone:Moto M is a mid-range phone launched by Lenovo-owned Motorola last year in India. The device costs Rs 15,999 and is available in two storage variants. While the base variant comes with 3GB RAM and costs Rs 15,999, the one with 4GB RAM comes at Rs 17,999.First unveiled in China, Moto M is the first smartphone with full metal unibody designed phone from Motorola under the price range of Rs 20,000.Also Read: Moto C Plus review: Buy it only for Stock AndroidThe Moto M sports a 5.5-inch full HD super AMOLED display with 1080p resolution and 2.5D curved glass. The smartphone is fuelled by the octa-core MediaTek Helio P15 processor clubbed with a Mali-T860 MP2 GPU.  The device ships in two storage variants as mentioned above- one with 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage and the other with 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage. The ROM can be expanded up to 256GB via microSD card.advertisementOn the photography front, the smartphone packs in 16MP camera on the back with phase detection autofocus (PDAF) and dual-LED flash. On the front, there is an 8MP camera . The Moto M is backed by a 3050mAh battery and supports fast charging.The smartphone comes with USB Type-C support for charging and also supports NFC. The company has also put in the Dolby Atmos audio technology in the smartphone which as per the company claims offers 360-degree surround sound experience.last_img read more

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Our pick of the month

first_imgWoven magicArtt n Attire, a new store by designer and artist Shilpa Tibrewala brings for you a range of handpicked sarees, dupattas, lehengas and fabrics, sourced from weavers around the country.Simple yet elegant, this is for the modern woman who loves sporting Indian fabrics. At G- 14A, New No- 33,,Woven magicArtt n Attire, a new store by designer and artist Shilpa Tibrewala brings for you a range of handpicked sarees, dupattas, lehengas and fabrics, sourced from weavers around the country.Simple yet elegant, this is for the modern woman who loves sporting Indian fabrics. At G- 14A, New No- 33, 18th Street, Anna Nagar East Tel 8072045293last_img read more

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161 murders in Arunachal in past 3 years: Khandu

first_imgItanagar, Oct 16 (PTI) Arunachal Pradesh recorded 161 murder incidents in the past three years with 26 cases reported in the state capital, Chief Minister Pema Khandu informed the assembly today.Out of the 26 cases in Itanagar, 18 have been worked out while eight were under investigation, Khandu said in reply to a written question by former Chief Minister Nabam Tuki.The chief minister said the police is committed to maintain peace and tranquility in the state and apart from normal crime prevention and detection strategies, foot patrolling, vehicle patrolling, mega patrolling were being carried out regularly besides establishments of nakas and check gates.?Permanent and temporary pickets are set up at various critical junctures for vehicles, arms and drug checking besides, both human and scientific intelligence have been mounted to develop crime prevention strategies and also to set better system to tackle law and order situation in the state,? he added.The chief minister added that 24 companies of CRPF and two companies of ITBP have been deployed in the state while two battalions of Arunachal Pradesh police comprising 1,319 personnel and five battalions of IRBn (3,857 personnel) along with 5,434 state civil police are maintaining law and order in the state.To strengthen law enforcing agencies in the state, two new Class C police stations have been established at Palin under Kra Daadi district and Thrizino in West Kameng district, he said. A total of 32 posts of deputy superintendent of police (DSP) along with 87 posts of inspector, 23 sub inspectors, 357 constables, 220 drivers, 763 constables (civil), 155 IRBn constables, 304 MTS, 155 head constables and 107 posts under sports quota have been sanctioned by the government and recruitment process have been initiated, Khandu added. PTI UPL JMadvertisementlast_img read more

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Another day at work for Rohit Sharma: Flying kiss and an ODI double century

first_imgRohit Sharma celebrated his third double century in one day internationals and his wedding anniversary in style as his wife Ritika Sajdeh cheered on from the stands. Rohit, who hammered an unbeaten 208 off 153 balls, smashed his 16th hundred of his career.Rohit had got off to a poor start as India captain when he was dismissed for 2 in Dharamsala and then had to see his team go down by 7 wickets. However, he was in sublime form today and flew a kiss to his wife who was increasingly nervous as Rohit neared the milestone.Rohit has been in a sublime form this year and has already amassed over 1200 runs in the 50-over format in 2017.This was Rohit’s sixth ODI hundred of 2017 – the joint most with Virat Kohli, who is the leading run-scorer in the format.LIKE A BOSS! THIRD double century in ODIs. The first man to scale Mt.200 on three occasions in ODIs. Stand up and Salute @ImRo45 #TeamIndia #INDvSL pic.twitter.com/7GrZKtv2DA- BCCI (@BCCI) December 13, 2017Rohit, standing in as India captain in Kohli’s absence, had a nightmarish time in Dharamsala. He was dismissed for 2 and India were bundled out for 112 before Sri Lanka romped home with seven wickets to spare.However, it was a different story on Wednesday as India fought back in typical style in Mohali on a flat pitch. He was watchful in a 115-run stand with Shikhar Dhawan before opening up when Shreyas Iyer joined him in the middle.Rohit loves the Sri Lankan bowling attack – before this innings, he had hammered two hundreds in the five-match ODI series in Sri Lanka and marked a Test comeback with a stylish century in Nagpur.advertisementRohit and Kohli have led India’s charge in ODIs this year. While Kohli is the leading run-scorer with 1460 runs, Rohit is a not too distant second in the list.Rohit was in fine form in late 2016 before an injury ruled him out of international cricket for seven months. He returned to competitive cricket during the IPL and made 333 runs from 17 matches as Mumbai Indians lifted the trophy for a record third time.Rohit was an automatic choice to partner Shikhar Dhawan in the Champions Trophy and he made an immediate impact with scores of 91, 78, 12 and 123 not out as India stormed to the final. However, he was dismissed for a duck in the title clash against Pakistan.Rested for the bilateral series against West Indies, Rohit returned for the Sri Lanka tour with scores of 54, 124 not out and 104. Against Australia, he carried on from where he left off in Sri Lanka and smashed successive scores of 71, 65 and 125 as India won the series 4-1.Later in the year, Rohit turned his attention on New Zealand and set up India’s victory in Kanpur with a scintillating 147.last_img read more

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Cheteshwar Pujara breaks Sachin Tendulkar’s record, fastest to 3000 Test runs in India

first_imgCheteshwar Pujara became the 10th Indian cricketer to compete 3000 runs in Test matches in India. He reached the milestone in 32 matches and took just 53 innings reach the feat, breaking Sachin Tendulkar’s record who had taken 55 innings to breach the 3000-run mark at homeThe list is headed by Sachin Tendulkar, who has scored most runs in India with 7216 from 94 Test matches, followed by Rahul Dravid (5598 from 70 Tests), Sunil Gavaskar (5067 from 65 Tests), Virender Sehwag, VVS Laxman, Dilip Vengsarkar, Gundappa Viswanath, Mohammad Azharuddin.On day two of the second Test at the VCA Stadium in Nagpur against Sri Lakna, he became the third and only Indian  to complete 1000 runs in Tests in the calendar year of 2017.The Lankan bowlers finally found their past  his defences on day three, when Shanaka castled him on 143 (which he had managed in 362 balls). Pujara though finished on 1068, and second in the list behind South Africa’s Dean Elgar. Sri Lanka’s Dimuth Karunaratne is ranked third in list.Elgar has scored 1097 runs from 20 innings in 11 Test matches, while Karunaratne has amassed 1000 runs from 23 innings in 12 Test matches.Pujara took just 16 innings, the fastest yet this year, to reach the 1000-run mark. He has slammed three hundreds and six fifties.last_img read more

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Habs Beat Rangers, Force Game 6

first_imgMONTREAL — The Montreal Canadiens are not ready to concede the Eastern Conference title to the New York Rangers.Rene Bourque scored three goals and the Canadiens chased star goalie Henrik Lundqvist from the game as they defeated the Rangers 7-4 on May 27 to stave off elimination.The Rangers, who lead the best-of-seven series 3-2, will have another chance to earn a trip to the Stanley Cup final in Game 6 on May 29 night in New York.“I think you’re starting to see us playing Montreal Canadiens hockey,” Montreal forward Max Pacioretty said. “I don’t think you’ve really seen it in this series just yet.“It was great to see a little taste of it. I think we still have more. I think we still have little things to work on. And it should be a fun one going back there.”Alex Galchenyuk, Tomas Plekanec and Pacioretty also scored for Montreal, which outshot the Rangers 28-27.Derek Stepan, playing with a guard on his helmet to protect a broken jaw suffered from a Brandon Prust hit in Game 3, returned to the lineup to score twice for the Rangers. Chris Kreider had a goal and three assists and Rick Nash also scored.“It was just a strange game,” Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said. “It was a different game from what we’ve seen so far in the series, but now we’re going home.”It was the third time in these playoffs that the Canadiens have faced elimination. As they did after falling behind 3-2 to Boston in the conference semifinals, they came up with their best hockey to stay alive.Pacioretty feels that being under pressure helps his team focus. “There’s a lot of distractions and noise in this city and I think that when we let it affect us and we don’t worry about ourselves and what we can control we get away from our game a bit,” he said.“Now that we’re in desperation mode and our backs are against the wall, we’re just worrying about what we can control. When we get four lines buzzing like that and play the way we’re capable of we have a lot of success. Hopefully we can do that next game.”The Rangers weren’t facing the same desperation and spent the game trying to play catch-up. Going 1-for-7 on the power play didn’t help.Neither did getting an ordinary game from the often extraordinary Lundqvist. He let in four goals on only 19 shots before he was pulled at 8:58 of the second period in favor of Cam Talbot.“I pulled him because I thought at that time we needed a little momentum shift, and I thought it might catch everybody’s attention,” Vigneault said. “It did for a while. Obviously it didn’t work out.”Montreal’s Dustin Tokarski, starting a fourth game since Carey Price was injured in the series opener, allowed four on his first 14 shots, but then made some big saves in the third to preserve the win.It prompted a bold observation from Bourque. “Everybody talks about how (Lundqvist) is a great goalie: Has he been better than (Tokarski) this series?” Bourque asked. “I don’t think so.“(Tokarski) made some big saves for us too. We had a couple bad bounces but our power play was the difference. We got some traction, got a couple goals in tight.”Bourque’s second goal proved to be the winner and came just after the Rangers came back to tie the game at 4-4 in the second period.“Everybody was ready for this game,” Bourque said. “We knew the situation. It was just a see-saw battle back and forth. (Dale) Weise made a great play to me. I called for the puck and somehow it got through. It was nice to get in there.”Bourque has been a different player in the postseason than he was while scoring only nine goals in 63 games in the regular season. “It’s easy to sit back and get down on yourself after giving up that lead, but coming out right away and putting that in the top corner, that’s the difference in the game,” Pacioretty said. “It was a huge boost for us.”At 10:41 of the third, Rangers defenseman John Moore was given a major penalty and was ejected for a blindside, open ice hit on Dale Weise that was similar to Prust’s hit on Stepan.Weise was wobbly when he got up and went for treatment, but returned to the bench late in the period. The NHL player safety department announced that Moore will have a hearing on May 28 to see if further discipline is in order.“The league will do what it has to do,” Vigneault said of the hit. “John is not the type of person who would try to hurt someone, but it was a late hit.” There was no mention of Bourque, who took a slashing major at the end of the game.It was a night of strange bounces and spotty goaltending, even if New York’s best chance of the game had Carl Hagelin’s shot stopped by the end of Tokarski’s stick midway through the first period.The Rangers did a good job of canceling the initial rush Montreal gets from its pregame buildup in winning the opening two games of the series, but Ginette Reno’s O Canada fired up the crowd and the team.Only 22 seconds in, Kreider was sent off for tripping and the Canadiens converted when Galchenyuk tipped in P.K. Subban’s point shot from the edge of the crease at 1:48.Stepan made it 1-1 at 10:44 of the first on a 30-foot shot off a rush that fooled Tokarski. Plekanec restored the lead with a similar goal at 12:24 as he swiped the puck between two defenders and had it beat Lundqvist.The second period had plenty of scoring. Pacioretty got it started on a nice pass from Brendan Gallagher at 3:44 and Bourque gave Montreal a three-goal lead when he spun and scored from close range. That chased Lundqvist.Nash whipped a puck at the Montreal net and had it go in off defenseman Andrei Markov’s skate 9:48, Stepan got his second in a mass scramble in front of Tokarski at 12:06.Kreider tied it on a power play at 14:12 on a tic-tac-toe play after Subban lost his stick. The Bell Centre went quiet, but got loud again when Bourque got his second at 15:10 as he beat Talbot from 10 feet.Several hats were thrown on the ice after Weise sent Bourque in alone to get his third of the game 6:33 into the third period. David Desharnais scored into an empty net during a New York power play at 15:43.There was some nastiness at the end between New York’s Derek Dorsett and Montreal’s Mike Weaver.Asked if he had been head-butted, Weaver said: “Ah, so many things happened I don’t really know. I was more concentrating on where the puck was. I wasn’t really worried about what he was doing.”The Canadiens scored seven goals in a playoff game for the first time since beating the Hartford Whalers 7-4 on April 27, 1992.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Kyrgios Makes Last Eight in Aussie Open

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares MELBOURNE, Australia — He upset Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon, and followed up Jan. 25 by beating the guy who ousted Roger Federer at the Australian Open. Next up for Nick Kyrgios is a quarterfinal against Andy Murray at Melbourne Park.It’s about to get very noisy on Rod Laver Arena.The 19-year-old Kyrgios came back from two sets down and saved a match point to beat Andreas Seppi 5-7, 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (5), 8-6, becoming the first Australian man to reach the last eight in the national championship since Lleyton Hewitt in 2005, and the first male teenager since Federer in 2001 to reach two Grand Slam quarterfinals.He was on a secondary court for his night match, and his first words to a crowd that had chanted and screamed like soccer fans: “Thanks mate. Feels so good.”Murray, a two-time Grand Slam champion and three-time Australian Open finalist, overcame racket-smashing Grigor Dimitrov 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-3, 7-5 to secure a quarterfinals spot at his 16th consecutive major.In a 3 ½ hour-match filled with stunning shots from both players, and which finished after midnight, Murray rallied from 2-5 down in the fourth set to close out against the 23-year-old Bulgarian who has been dubbed “Baby Fed” by those who compare his style with Federer’s.“I did get quite lucky at the end. A few net cords went my way and that was the difference, really,” said Murray, who angrily screamed at himself after a double-fault when he was serving for the second set, and again after losing the tiebreaker. “The momentum was switching both ways all the time. Once I got momentum I just tried to keep it going.” Dimitrov, who beat Murray at Wimbledon en route to the semifinals last year, shattered his racket by spiking it on court as he dropped his last service game.Federer went out in the third round — the 17-time Grand Slam winner’s earliest exit at the Australian Open in 14 years — in an upset loss to Seppi, who appeared on course to reach the quarterfinals for the first time in 40 majors when he had match point in the fourth set against Kyrgios.That’s when Kyrgios said his own experience kicked in: he’d come back from 0-2 at Wimbledon — he saved nine match points in the second round against Richard Gasquet — where he also beat then-No. 1 Nadal en route to the quarterfinals.“It’s crazy,” he said. “When I saw I had finally won the match it was incredible — it was the best feeling I ever had. It’s just massive confidence.”Nadal is growing in confidence in his comeback from a long-term injury layoff, with momentum in his 7-5, 6-1, 6-4 win over towering Kevin Anderson swinging on two games at the end of the first set.Nadal fended off five break points to hold, and then broke the 2.03-meter-tall (6-foot-8) South African’s serve to trigger his winning roll. He will next face No. 7 Tomas Berdych, who had a 6-2, 7-6 (3), 6-2 win over Bernard Tomic.“The chance to be in the quarterfinals after a tough period of time for me is a fantastic result,” Nadal said. “I was playing better than the days before. The way that I improved my level is not the most important thing; obviously the victory is.”No.2-ranked Maria Sharapova won the last eight games of her 6-3, 6-0 victory over No. 21-seeded Peng Shuai to advance to a showdown with Eugenie Bouchard.Seventh-seeded Bouchard won nine of the first 10 games against Irina-Camelia Begu, but lost seven of the next nine. After serving a double-fault on set point to end the second, Bouchard took a short break before returning to complete a 6-1, 5-7, 6-2 win.“I gave myself a good, long hard look in the mirror,” Bouchard said. “I said, ‘Genie, this is unacceptable.’ I really kind of kicked myself in the butt a little bit.”Bouchard made the semis or better at the first three Grand Slam tournaments last year, losing to eventual champion Sharapova in the French Open semifinals.Sharapova noted that Bouchard was the most consistent player at recent Grand Slams.“She’s playing really well, confident tennis. So aggressive,” the five-time major winner said. “I have a tough match ahead of me, but I always look forward to that.”French Open finalist Simona Halep beat Yanina Wickmayer 6-4, 6-2 to set up a quarterfinal against No. 10 Ekaterina Makarova, who had a 6-3, 6-2 win over Julia Goerges.(JOHN PYE, AP Sports Writer)last_img read more

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Are You Ready For Some A-Roid!

first_imgTAMPA, Fla. — Alex Rodriguez feels fine after his first week of workouts, and will leave the decision of when he makes his spring training debut to New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi.The Yankees begin exhibition play March 3 against Philadelphia at the Phillies’ camp. “I’ll talk to Joe first,” Rodriguez said Sunday. “If I’m in the lineup, I’ll play, yeah. So far, so good. No setbacks.”Girardi said he’ll announce March 2 whether Rodriguez will be in the lineup for the spring opener. “Just making sure he’s physically ready to play,” Girardi said.Suspended for violations of baseball’s drug agreement and labor contract, Rodriguez missed all of last season and is trying to return as his 40th birthday approaches in July.Girardi and General Manager Brian Cashman say Chase Headley will be their starting third baseman and Rodriguez will compete for at-bats at Designated Hitter.Rodriguez has been working out at third and first base, and could see limited time at both. He is using his infield glove at both positions while breaking in a new first baseman’s glove.“I’m not worried about today,” Girardi said. “The real tests come in the games, and that’s what we’ve got to see.”The three-time AL MVP has not played a full season since 2007 because the suspension, operations on both hips and other injuries.Yankees Co-chairman Hank Steinbrenner shook hands and talked briefly on March 1 with Rodriguez, who was changing fields for defensive drills. Steinbrenner said last week that he’s looking ahead and not back with Rodriguez.Girardi did announce that Adam Warren will start the March 3 game. Nathan Eovaldi will pitch in the March 4 exhibition home opener with the Phillies and Esmil Rogers will start March 5 against Pittsburgh.(MARK DIDTLER)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Germany Seeks 2024 Olympics

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares FRANKFURT— Hamburg’s bid to host the 2024 Olympics was approved unanimously by members of Germany’s national Olympic body on Saturday.With no abstentions, 410 officials at the German Olympic Sports Confederation (DOSB) general assembly ratified the decision by its board to put forward the northern port city as a candidate over Berlin’s rival bid.The vote was taken after 2 1/2 hours of speeches from various officials, including German interior minister Thomas de Maiziere and Hamburg mayor Olaf Scholz.“It can’t be that everyone enjoys looking at Olympic Games but doesn’t trust us to organize them. We can do it,” Scholz said.DOSB president Alfons Hoermann said the decision was a “turning point” for German sports, and that Hamburg’s bid will be orientated toward the International Olympic Committee’s reforms for more transparency.“We want to be an example for an Olympic and Paralympic future,” said Hoermann, who praised Hamburg’s “fascinating and compact Olympic concept.”Berlin mayor Michael Mueller said the German capital would support Hamburg’s bid despite its own disappointment of losing out.“It still hurts,” Mueller said of Monday’s decision.Hamburg’s bid still has to pass a referendum later this year in the city, which has a population of about 1.7 million. A recent poll commissioned by the committee had 64 percent of Hamburg’s residents backing an Olympic bid. Opponents were already campaigning against it.The DOSB has until Sept. 15 to officially present Hamburg as a candidate to the IOC. Boston and Rome have already announced bids for the 2024 Games and Paris is also expected to join the field. Other possible contenders include Baku, Azerbaijan; Budapest, Hungary; and Istanbul, Turkey.The host city will be selected in 2017. Hamburg will likely bid for the 2028 Olympics if it misses out on the 2024 Games.Germany has not staged an Olympics since the 1972 Summer Games in Munich.Munich failed in a bid for the 2018 Winter Olympics and dropped a planned bid for the 2022 Winter Games after it was rejected in a referendum.last_img read more

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All-Star Snub For A-Roid

first_imgNEW YORK — Less than three months after making his major league debut, Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant is an All-Star, one of two rookies selected along with Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson.But there was no room on the roster for Alex Rodriguez, enjoying a renaissance in his return to the New York Yankees following a season-long drug suspension.Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal also was a first-time selection July 6 for the July 14 game in Cincinnati. Grandal became the third All-Star this year who served a drug-related suspension for conduct connected to the Biogenesis of America clinic. Seattle slugger Nelson Cruz and St. Louis shortstop Jhonny Peralta were elected by fans to start.Albert Pujols of the Angels will start at first base for the AL in place of Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera, who injured a calf muscle July 3.Pittsburgh’s Andrew McCutchen will start in the NL outfield instead of Miami’s Giancarlo Stanton, who broke his hand on June 26.The 23-year-old Bryant made his big league debut April 17 and began Monday with a .279 average, 12 homers and 49 RBIs.“Obviously, I’ve been at some All-Star Games, but I don’t think anything can compare to making the major league All-Star team,” he said. “It is kind of weird right now. We have a game in an hour, so I’m trying not to get too excited and whatnot, but obviously it’s pretty cool.”He’s open to participating in the Home Run Derby. “It’s all happened so quick. I’ve just been having so much fun with this, my baseball career,” Bryant said. “Right now, it’s a pretty special feeling for me.”Pederson, who also expects to be in the derby, had 20 homers but was hitting just .234. He was especially pleased fellow players elected him. “They respect the way I play the game,” he said.A record six Royals were picked for the game, with players electing pitcher Wade Davis, and AL manager Ned Yost of Kansas City selecting reliever Kelvin Herrera. They join Royals outfielders Lorenzo Cain and Alex Gordon, catcher Salvador Perez and shortstop Alcides Escobar, who were elected on July 5 as starters.“The one thing that Kelvin did that a lot of these guys didn’t do was pitch in Game 7 of the World Series last year,” Yost said. “That was kind of the deciding factor for me.”Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas is among the five players on the AL fan ballot for the 34th and final roster spot. Rodriguez is not.The three-time MVP, who turns 40 on July 27, has 16 home runs and 47 RBIs for the Yankees after missing last year because of a drug suspension“We spent a lot of time debating his name,” said Yost, who preferred the versatility of an extra infielder or outfielder. “We felt we were covered in the DH. … We wanted to get Alex Rodriguez on there and couldn’t.”The league that wins the All-Star Game gets home-field advantage in the World Series.Rodriguez is hitting .284 during a season in which he passed Willie Mays for fourth on the career home run list and topped 3,000 hits. But Texas’ Prince Fielder, who was elected by players, joined Cruz as the only DHs on the AL roster.“As I’ve said all season, my number one goal is helping the Yankees win a championship. I’m excited that we’re in a good position to get there,” Rodriguez said in a statement.“Of course it would have been an honor to represent the American League next week, but I’ll have fun cheering on the guys who were put on the team and watching them protect home field.”Yankees reliever Dellin Betances was elected by players, and first baseman Mark Teixeira was picked to fill Cabrera’s roster spot. But this will be the first All-Star Game with no Yankees starters since 1999.St. Louis tops the NL with five players. Peralta was elected to start along with outfielder Matt Holliday, who isn’t sure when he’ll be activated from the disabled list.Catcher Yadier Molina and reliever Trevor Rosenthal were elected by players, and NL manager Bruce Bochy of San Francisco picked pitcher Michael Wacha.Cincinnati closer Aroldis Chapman was elected by players and is the second member of the hometown Reds on the NL roster. Third baseman Todd Frazier was elected to start.Pittsburgh pitcher A.J. Burnett, in his 17th and what he says will be his final season, became an All-Star for the first time. At 38, he’s the oldest player headed to the game.“It’s cool,” Burnett said. “We were hoping it would happen but like a lot of things in baseball it was out of our control.”Washington outfielder Bryce Harper, a three-time All-Star at age 22, is the youngest. Harper said Monday he won’t participate in the Home Run Derby because his father isn’t available to pitch to him following shoulder surgery.There are 16 All-Stars born outside the 50 states, including six Venezuelans, five Dominicans, three Cubans, one Canadian and one Puerto Rican.AL starting pitchers include Seattle’s Felix Hernandez, Detroit’s David Price, Chicago’s Chris Sale, Houston’s Dallas Keuchel, Oakland’s Sonny Gray and Tampa Bay’s Chris Archer.Among the NL starting pitchers are Washington’s Max Scherzer, San Francisco’s Madison Bumgarner, the Dodgers’ Zack Greinke, the Mets’ Jacob deGrom, Pittsburgh’s Gerrit Cole and Atlanta’s Shelby Miller.“New team. New league. It’s just getting a look at everybody,” said Scherzer, who left Detroit to sign a $210 million deal with the Nationals. “Everybody’s getting their first look at me and the things I’ve done. I’m sure they’ll make adjustments the rest of the year. That’s why it’s going to be a difficult challenge for me.”Joining Moustakas on the ballot for the AL’s final spot are Boston shortstop Xander Bogaerts, Detroit outfielder Yoenis Cespedes, Minnesota second baseman Brian Dozier and Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner.The NL ballot includes pitchers Johnny Cueto of Cincinnati, Jeurys Familia of the Mets, Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers and Carlos Martinez of the Cardinals along with Colorado shortstop Troy Tulowitzki. Voting runs until July 10.(RONALD BLUM, AP Baseball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Yanks Back in 1st; top Jays 4-3

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares TORONTO, CANADA — Carlos Beltran hit a huge home run in the eighth inning, Andrew Miller escaped a big jam in the ninth and the New York Yankees stopped Toronto’s 11-game winning streak, beating the Blue Jays 4-3 Friday night.Miller struck out Ben Revere and Troy Tulowitzki with runners on second and third to close out the victory. The win moved the Yankees a half-game ahead of Toronto and back into first place in the AL East.David Price took a 3-0 lead into the eighth before New York rallied. He left after Chase Headley’s RBI double and Beltran then greeted reliever Aaron Sanchez (6-5) with a pinch-hit, three-run homer.Ivan Nova (5-4) wound up with the win. Dellin Betances pitched the eighth and Miller finished for his 26th save, fanning Tulowitzki to end a 12-pitch sequence.A one-out walk and single, plus a wild pitch by Miller with one out put the Blue Jays in position in the ninth.Tulowitzki kept fouling off pitches during the tense at-bat, which included several mound meetings between Miller and catcher Brian McCann. Tulowitzki swung and missed at a full-count pitch, silencing a sellout crowd at Rogers Centre.Toronto, which swept a three-game series in the Bronx last weekend while giving up a total of one run, had gone 33 innings without allowing a run to the Yankees broke through.That shutout streak is the longest the Yankees have gone without scoring against a single opponent, eclipsing 31-inning streaks against Detroit in 1934 and the Washington Senators in 1913.The Blue Jays failed to win a franchise-best 12th game for the fifth time in team history. Toronto has won 11 straight twice this season, also doing it in June.Price won with seven shutout innings at Yankee Stadium last weekend. He was in control this time, too, in the opener of a three-game set before the Yankees scored four times.Beltran’s homer stopped a 25-inning scoreless streak by Toronto’s bullpen. Blue Jays relievers hadn’t allowed a run since the ninth inning of an Aug. 2 win over Kansas City.All three Blue Jays runs came in the third. Tulowitzki hit an RBI grounder, Jose Bautista doubled home a run and Edwin Encarnacion hit a sacrifice fly.TRAINER’S ROOMYankees: Manager Joe Girardi said DH Alex Rodriguez will likely sit out either Saturday or Sunday.Blue Jays: Encarnacion returned at DH after missing the previous four games with a sore left middle finger.last_img read more

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Inside Job: Mets Beat Phils, 9-4

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares NEW YORK — Matt Harvey felt dehydrated and Daniel Murphy had a sore quadriceps. Still, many New York Mets were smiling in the clubhouse as they packed up for their road trip late Sept. 2.That’s what a comfortable lead in September can do for a tired team.Ruben Tejada hit an inside-the-park homer and drove in four runs to back Harvey as the Mets returned to their winning ways against the Philadelphia Phillies with a 9-4 victory.“Really excited about the way that we’re playing,” third baseman David Wright said.Yoenis Cespedes and rookie Michael Conforto had conventional home runs for the NL East leaders, who remained 6 1-2 games ahead of second-place Washington.They won for the 14th time in 16 meetings this season with the last-place Phillies, who snapped a 10-game losing streak to the Mets with a 14-8 rout Sept. 1.Travis d’Arnaud doubled twice and singled, and Cespedes also had three hits — one night after he homered to stop an 0-for-16 slide.Handed a 6-0 lead, Harvey (12-7) pitched into the seventh inning in soupy weather and won his fourth straight decision. He was touched for nine hits, equaling a season high, and four runs but struck out nine and walked only one.“I thought he threw the ball very well. He had a rough inning,” Mets Manager Terry Collins said. “He’ll be ready for his next start (at Washington). That’s what counts.”Harvey was unavailable to reporters because he was in the trainer’s room. He felt weak during the game and dehydrated, a Mets spokesman said, and wasn’t sure yet if he would travel with the team to Miami.Before the game, Collins acknowledged Harvey will likely be skipped in the rotation once more to limit innings during his first season back from Tommy John surgery.The right-hander improved to 6-1 in eight career starts versus the Phillies, who have lost 25 of 31 against the Mets and dropped nine consecutive series to them since May 2014.The only bad news for New York was the injury to Murphy. The team said the first baseman was removed as a precaution in the fourth with “mild discomfort” in his left quadriceps.Murphy spent time on the disabled list in June with an injury to the same quad. He will remain in New York to get checked out on the day off Sept. 3 and then is expected to meet the Mets in Miami.“I’d characterize it as probably just a shade less than 100 percent,” said Murphy, who hit an RBI double. “Saw our guys swinging the bat really well today, and with Harvey going with a six-run lead, felt like it was probably wise to maybe get out of there, especially with rosters expanded.”Prized rookie Aaron Nola (5-2) was no match for Harvey in their first meeting. Making his ninth major league start, Nola gave up nine hits and a career-high six runs in four innings — his shortest outing yet.The 22-year-old righty had won five straight decisions since a 1-0 loss to Tampa Bay in his debut.“My body and my arm felt good the first inning and things kind of just unraveled. I missed a couple spots and they really made me pay for it,” Nola said.With a runner on second and two outs in the second inning, Tejada hit a shallow pop fly down the right-field line. Domonic Brown charged and reached down but could not make the catch, and the ball bounced by him as he flipped head over heels over a low retaining wall.Second baseman Cesar Hernandez finally chased down the ball in the corner, and Tejada slid home safely without a relay throw to the plate.“Things just seem to happen when we play the Mets,” Phillies interim manager Pete Mackanin said. Darnell Sweeney homered off Harvey, and pinch-hitter Erik Kratz had a two-run double for Philadelphia.(MIKE FITZPATRICK, AP Baseball Writer)last_img read more

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