Djokovic laps up the love after Australian Open success

first_imgMELBOURNE, Australia (AP):In five previous Australian Open wins, Novak Djokovic had never felt so much love.After maintaining his perfect record in six finals at Melbourne Park – and extending his old friend Andy Murray’s streak to five losses from five championship deciders Down Under – Djokovic had hundreds of Serbian fans singing and chanting his name so loudly he could barely hear questions in a TV interview.While Djokovic was still celebrating his 6-1, 7-5, 7-6 (3) victory last night, equalling Roy Emerson’s record of six Australian titles, Murray was rushing for the airport to catch a flight back to Britain to reunite with his pregnant wife.”I never experienced this much crowd and this much love,” Djokovic said. “I’ve had the fortune to win this trophy now six times, but I never experienced such support.”Djokovic has won the last three Grand Slam titles and four of the last five, to lift his career haul to 11 – equalling Rod Laver and Bjorn Borg in fifth place on the all-time list.”I don’t take anything for granted, even though I won last four out of five Grand Slams, played five finals, it’s phenomenal,” said Djokovic, reflecting on a period of time in which he was married, became a father and only lost one match in five major championships – the final of the French Open.’BEST TENNIS OF MY LIFE'”No doubt that I’m playing the best tennis of my life in the last 15 months,” he said. “Everything is going well privately, as well, so I feel like I’m at the point in my life where everything is working in harmony. I’ll try to keep it that way.”His next objective is a first Grand Slam title on clay to complete his collection. Djokovic has reached three finals at Roland Garros, but never won the French Open.After getting on his hands and knees and kissing the court at Rod Laver Arena and going to the stands to hug Boris Becker, his coach since 2014, Djokovic paid tribute to Murray in his post-match speech.”You’re a great champion, great friend, a great person who is very professional and committed to this sport,” he said. “So I’m sure in the future you’ll have more opportunities to fight for this trophy.”As a father himself, he didn’t want to delay Murray’s departure.The 28-year-old Scotsman had his share of distractions in Australia. His wife, Kim, is due to have their first child in February and didn’t travel with him. Kim’s father, Nigel Sears, was in Australia as coach for Ana Ivanovic, but became ill and had to be rushed to a nearby hospital by ambulance while Murray was on court in his third-round match. After a night in hospital, Nigel Sears was well enough to return home, which meant Murray could stay in Australia and try to refocus on winning the title.”It’s been a tough few weeks for me away from the court,” Murray said in his post-match speech, before turning his attention to his wife.”You’ve been a legend the last two weeks. Thank you so much for all your support,” he said, choking back tears and waving as he walked away from the microphone. “I’ll be on the next flight home.”A little more than a half-hour later, at 11:15 p.m. local time, Murray said he was aiming for a 1 a.m. flight.”It’s been hard, regardless of today’s result,” he said. “I’m proud I got into this position – just quite looking forward to get home now.”Murray became only the second man to lose five finals at one major – Ivan Lendl lost five and won three US Open finals in the 1980s.Djokovic had won 10 of his previous 11 matches against Murray and was 21-9 in their career meetings – including four finals at the Australian Open.Again, he was just too good.last_img read more

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Homeboyz take Super Cup lessons into KPL

first_img0Shares0000Kakamega Homeboyz head coach Paul Nkata shouts instructions from the touchline during their SportPesa Super Cup match against Singida United on June 10, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 13- Kakamega Homeboyz head coach Paul Nkata will take charge of his first league match on Wednesday afternoon when the side takes on Ulinzi Stars at the Afraha Stadium in Nakuru.Nkata was hired by the club at the beginning of last week after the firing of Mike Mururi and as he prepares to take on the final 17 matches of the season, he hopes the lessons his boys picked from the SportPesa Super Cup. Homeboyz finished fourth in the Super Cup after losing both their semi-final and third place play-off matches on penalties, incidentally on the same venue they play the soldiers on Wednesday.‘It was a good opportunity for me to have a look at my players and get to know them more. I am happy with how we performed because we didn’t lose a game in 90 minutes. It is going to be a very good starting point for me and I am hopeful the performance can spur us into the league,” Nkata said.The soldiers won the first leg 1-0 in Kakamega picking their first ever win against the side and Homeboyz will be coming in breathing revenge with Nkata hoping to start his tenure positively with a win.Of their last seven meetings, Homeboyz has won twice, lost once while the rest of the fixtures ended in draws. Their last visit to Nakuru last season ended in a 1-0 win.Kakamega Homeboyz players during their SportPesa Super Cup match against Singida United on June 10, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluFour points separate the two teams in the standings, Ulinzi at fifth with 28 while Homeboyz are 10th with 24 points.  Ulinzi come into the tie on the backdrop of back-to-back losses while Homeboyz have won two of their last three league fixtures.Meanwhile, at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos, a titanic battle awaits as AFC Leopards clash with third placed Sofapaka.Batoto ba Mungu are enjoying brilliant form under new coach John Baraza, winning four of their last five games to push to within three points of leaders Gor Mahia, though they have played four matches more.Baraza, who has managed to spin results off the side after a shaky start to the season, expects a huge battle against Ingwe but he says his charges have pumped up confidence after their recent run of wins.“I think we are now playing better and the team work has improved. The confidence that comes with winning has also enabled us to keep our consistency but we know we face a very tough team in AFC,” Baraza acknowledged.Sofapaka head coach John Baraza was well suited for the occasion on his first match in charge against Sony Sugar on April 15, 2018. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaFixtures between the two sides have been tight and over their last 19 league meetings, Sofapaka have won nine of those, losing seven while the remaining ended in draws. Batoto ba Mungu have won all the last four meetings between them including the first leg 2-1 victory late February.AFC under new head coach Rodolfo Zapata have been unbeaten, but the side has picked up four consecutive draws before breaking the run with a 2-0 result against Thika United in their last league assignment.In other fixtures to be played in midweek, Kariobangi Sharks will be at the Camp Toyoyo Ground taking on Nzoia Sugar in another top drawer fixture.Nzoia at sixth and Sharks at eight have a similar run of form, picking two wins and two draws over their last four games.KPL Midweek fixtures (All games kick off 3pm)AFC Leopards v Sofapaka (Machakos), Ulinzi Stars v Kakamega Homeboyz (Nakuru), Kariobangi Sharks v Nzoia Sugar (Camp Toyoyo), Wazito v Gor Mahia (Kisumu).0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Rodney King wounded in street corner shooting

first_imgSAN BERNARDINO – Rodney King, whose 1991 beating by Los Angeles police led to deadly rioting the next year, was shot on a street corner but his wounds were not believed to be life-threatening, police said Thursday. King, 42, was hit in the face, arms, back and torso by birdshot fired from a shotgun. He was shot “possibly two or three times from a distance,” then bicycled about a mile and a half mile back to his home in neighboring Rialto and called local police shortly after 11:30 p.m. Wednesday, Rialto police Sgt. Craig Crispin told The Associated Press. King and others at the home appeared to be drunk and few cooperated with officers by providing information, Rialto police Sgt. Don Lewis told The (Riverside) Press-Enterprise. King was taken to Arrowhead Regional Medical Center in Colton. His condition Thursday was not immediately known. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat Kings“They are nonlife-threatening wounds,” San Bernardino police Lt. Scott Paterson told the AP. No arrests were made and other details of the shooting were sketchy. There was “speculation” that the shooting may have involved some kind of domestic dispute but “we’re not sure about that yet,” Paterson said. King, who is black, was videotaped being beaten by white Los Angeles police officers after he was stopped for speeding in 1991. Four officers were acquitted of most criminal charges in 1992, triggering rioting in Los Angeles and neighboring cities that left 55 people dead and caused $1 billion in property damage. King sued the city over the beating and obtained a $3.8 million settlement.last_img read more

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‘Tonight will be first step of Klopp becoming a Liverpool LEGEND’, says ex-Red

first_imgStephane Henchoz is backing Jurgen Klopp to take the first step on the road to becoming a Liverpool legend on Wednesday night.The Reds face Sevilla in the Europa League final and Henchoz is expecting Klopp to mastermind a victory which would give him the first trophy of his Anfield career. A win in Basel would make the German a part of an elite club as the sixth boss to lead Liverpool to a European trophy, joining the famous Bill Shankly and Bob Paisley, Joe Fagan, Gerard Houllier and Rafael Benitez.Henchoz, a UEFA cup winner under Houllier in 2001, told talkSPORT: “Jurgen Klopp has done a massive job this season.“People love him. His character goes very well with the Liverpool people.“He is enthusiastic on the touchline and that is what Liverpool fans want to see. And I think tonight will be the first step of Jurgen Klopp becoming a legend at Liverpool.”Liverpool will secure Champions League qualification with victory in Basel, and Henchoz says that would be huge for the club.“Winning the trophy is obviously massive but qualifying for the Champions League next year could be so important to try and attract players this summer,” said the former Switzerland international, who spent six years at Liverpool and made more than 200 appearances for the club.Tune into talkSPORT to listen to LIVE commentary of Liverpool v Sevilla on Wednesday night, kick-off 19:45last_img read more

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‘He’s thieving from this club’ – Chelsea fans on ‘world-class fraud’ Ivanovic

first_imgChelsea lost their first pre-season friendly 2-0, being beaten by Austrian side Rapid Vienna.It was far from the perfect start for Antonio Conte, although little should be read into the result seeing as the majority of the team selected are not first-team players.However, there were key figures starting, such as John Terry, Diego Costa and Branislav Ivanovic.But judging by comments from Blues supporters, Ivanovic should not be a first-team player – or a Chelsea player at all!He struggled against Rapid, showing the poor form which characterised his 2015/16 season, and the majority of fans want him sold before the start of the coming campaign.You can see some of the best reactions to the  ‘world-class fraud’s’ performance below… Branislav Ivanovic 1last_img read more

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KNOCK AIRPORT EXTENDS OFFERS TO TURKEY FOR DONEGAL HOLIDAY-MAKERS

first_imgKnock Airport.Management at Knock Airport have announced that due to massive interest from Donegal holiday-makers they’ve decided to extend their holiday offers to Turkey.Last week Sunway Holidays have announced a new summer charter service to Turkey from Ireland West Airport Knock.The news was met with a frenzy of excitement from potential customers and the airport was inundated with responses to the new routes. That prompted management to extend the offers even further.Ireland West Airport Knock announced that leading Irish Owned Tour Operator, Sunway Holidays, will operate a weekly charter service next summer to Izmir in Turkey.Donegal holiday-makers regularly fly out of Knock Airport, and Turkey is a hugely popular destination that will no doubt attract more passengers from the county to fly from the airport.Sunway Holidays will operate direct services to Izmir every Saturday from September 12th to October 24th. Sunway are 100% Irish owned and the largest Tour Operator to Turkey from Ireland.This is welcome news for holidaymakers from the North West as the airport adds another European destination to its network.Turkey is a great value holiday destination and has so much to offer to visitors; stunning natural beauty, picturesque historical and archaeological sites, wonderful tourist areas and a tradition of hospitality and competitive prices.It’s not surprising why this country has become one of the world’s most popular tourism destinations.Featured resorts like Kusadasi, Bodrum, Bitez, Gumbet & Altinkum offer a great base from which to visit the many famous landmarks. Some of the world’s most amazing natural sites are literally on your doorstep. Turkey has over eight thousand kilometres of coastline, in excess of 350 blue flag beaches and marinas offering a variety of water-sports.Welcoming the news, Joe Gilmore, Managing Director, Ireland West Airport Knock said ‘We are delighted to add Turkey to our list of sun destinations for 2015.“Its great news to be introducing new services with Sunway, Irelands largest tour operator, and a 100% Irish owned company, providing even more choice of sun destinations for the people of the West, North West and Midlands regions of Ireland.“We are looking forward to working with Sunway and the trade in the region in promoting this service in the coming months’ Commenting on this new service, Tanya Airey, Managing Director of Sunway Holidays “Sunway is delighted to reintroduce the many wonders of Turkey to the West of Ireland.“Kusadasi, the most popular resort, is one of the largest and best known of the Aegean Sea holiday resorts in Turkey and has been the most popular resort for Irish tourists for many years.“It is a port city built along the shores of a bay and offers an abundance of activities including historical and religious excursions, shopping, water sports, excellent restaurants, bars and nightclubs.“Kusadasi also has two waterparks making it an appealing destination for families also”For further information on package holidays to Turkey visit www.sunway.ie or call (01) 2311800 or contact your local travel agent.KNOCK AIRPORT EXTENDS OFFERS TO TURKEY FOR DONEGAL HOLIDAY-MAKERS was last modified: March 12th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:BusinessFeaturesnewslast_img read more

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HEALTH MINISTER TRAVELS TO ARRANMORE TO GET ‘DIRECT EXPERIENCE’ OF HEALTH SYSTEM

first_imgArranmore IslandMinister for Health Leo Varadkar has visited Arranmore Island – the first time a Health Minister has visited the island in living memory.The reason for the visit was to assess its health facilities and see how island residents deal with health issues.Minister Varadkar said: “I wanted to see at first hand how island residents manage their health needs, and to assess the State’s ability to meet those demands. As Minister for Health I am trying to get direct experience of our health service, and this is a good opportunity to see how people are cared for in unique circumstances.” Arranmore has a population of 514, largely Irish speaking, which rises to 2,000 in the summer months when Gaeltacht students, migrant workers and tourists visit.The visit coincides with an HSE review into island health services, which involves residents and professionals living and working on Arranmore and other islands.Fifty per cent of the Island population is over 65 years of age, half of whom live alone.Health Minister Leo VaradkarMany of those in employment commute daily to work on the mainland. The main source of employment on the island is sheep farming, fishing, construction, and providing home care.There is a dedicated health centre with GP services three days a week. The island GP is resident and has practiced on the island for 30 years. The locum GP has also worked on the island long term. The Public Health Nurse works Monday to Friday and travels to the island daily. The primary care centre is located 15 km away on the mainland. Access to the multidisciplinary team is on a needs assessment basis and visits are made to the island when required.Out of hours emergency services on the island are provided through 999 and facilitated by the RNLI service located at the Arranmore lighthouse. Community groups organise sporting, recreational and entertainment services for all residents which includes meals on wheels and services to promote mental health.HEALTH MINISTER TRAVELS TO ARRANMORE TO GET ‘DIRECT EXPERIENCE’ OF HEALTH SYSTEM was last modified: October 2nd, 2015 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)last_img read more

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POLAND/UKRAINE 2012: IS SEAMUS COLEMAN JUST TOO GOOD FOR TRAP?

first_imgHE was a nominee for young player of the year in England just a few months ago.And some soccer pundits in the English press reckon he’s work €7M if another club wanted to take his services from Everton.But Killybegs lad Seamus Coleman didn’t even make the bench at Lansdowne Road for the play-off clash with Estonia. Some pundits here – including Eamonn Dunphy – are asking the question: “Does Giovanni Trapattoni want skillful players in his particular system of play?”Johnny Giles and Liam Brady appeared to agree on RTE’s coverage of the match.Seamus himself is too honest to talk about it all.But his delight at the team’s qualification for Euro 2012 must be tinged with worry when he didn’t make the bench for the Estonia games. Let’s hope Trap follows Mr Dunphy’s advice…and makes sure he’s on the plane to eastern Europe next year.© 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldaily POLAND/UKRAINE 2012: IS SEAMUS COLEMAN JUST TOO GOOD FOR TRAP? was last modified: November 15th, 2011 by BrendaShare 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:POLAND/UKRAINE 2012: IS SEAMUS COLEMAN JUST TOO GOOD FOR TRAP?last_img read more

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ALL-IRELAND MINOR FOOTBALL FINAL: DONEGAL PUTTING IT UP TO KERRY

first_imgDonegal fans on Hill 16 for today’s double header against Kerry.Donegal 0-06 Kerry 0-08Donegal trail Kerry by two points at half time in the All-Ireland Minor Football Final at Croke Park on a scoreline of 0-08 to 0-06.Donegal, making their first ever appearance in a minor final, took an early lead against the favourites when Brennan tapped over the first point of the game. The Kingdom hit back with two points to lead by a single score after five minutes but Declan Bonner’s youngsters bounced back and led by 0-03 to 0-02 when McGonagle put over the bar from 50 metres.After keeper Shane Ryan reacted brilliantly to deny a Donegal goal, Kerry put over two unanswered points to lead by 0-05 to 0-03 after 15 minutes.Both sides exchanged points to keep two between at the break.     ALL-IRELAND MINOR FOOTBALL FINAL: DONEGAL PUTTING IT UP TO KERRY was last modified: September 21st, 2014 by johngerardShare 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:allcrokedonegalfintalFootballIrelandKerryparklast_img read more

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Mike Dean’s records for and against Arsenal and Tottenham

first_imgArsenal 2-0 Tottenham (18/11/2017)Tottenham 0-1 Arsenal (16/03/2014)Arsenal 5-2 Tottenham (26/02/2012)Tottenham 2-1 Arsenal (02/10/2011)Tottenham 0-0 Arsenal (08/02/2009)Tottenham 2-2 Arsenal (21/04/2007) 5 He also faced accusations of enjoying a Spurs goal back in Arsenal’s 5-2 win in 2012 when he appears to jump while a deflected Louis Saha shot bounced over the line, when the easy explanation is Dean is attempting to see when the ball has crossed the line. huge blow Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Dean gives a penalty to Tottenham and Arsenal players can’t believe it. Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade North London derbies Mike Dean has officiated Mike Dean’s record for and against Tottenham shining 5 Mike Dean has been appointed as the referee for this Sunday’s north London derby and the reaction has been mixed, to put it politely.Some Arsenal fans are convinced the official, 50, supports rivals Tottenham Hotspur despite him listing his favoured club as Tranmere Rovers with the Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL). Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move 5 RANKED Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury MONEY Latest Football Stories Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Mike Dean gives a decision against Tottenham in Arsenal’s 2-0 win last season. center_img BEST OF REVEALED REVEALED REPLY no dice In his penultimate game officiating Tottenham he sent off Cardiff City star Joe Ralls. Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Dean was then seen wheeling away continuing with his arms in the position of a ‘play on’ signal before then pointing several times to the centre spot, indicating a goal.But this was enough for some rival fans to consider him ‘celebrating’. 5 Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Their belief stems from several incidents involving Dean where they feel he is celebrating a Spurs goal.In Tottenham’s 3-1 victory over Aston Villa during the 2015/16 season, the official played on despite Mousa Dembele being fouled by Ciaran Clark, which allowed the Belgian to score. Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ ADVICE Meanwhile, Gunners fans appear to conveniently be forgetting last season’s 2-0 victory over Tottenham when the referee gave them a soft free-kick when Davinson Sanchez challenged Alexis Sanchez and appeared to win the ball, and an offside goal. The power of narrative.So, let’s stick to the facts and the figures.How have things gone for both clubs when Mike Dean has officiated their Premier League matches? Find out below. Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won 5 Mike Dean’s record for and against Arsenallast_img read more

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