Djokovic to face wildcard Ward in Wimbledon first round

first_imgDefending men’s champion Novak Djokovic will play British wildcard James Ward in the first round of the Wimbledon championships on Monday as he continues his bid for a calendar year grand slam.Serena Williams, looking to retain her women’s title and match Steffi Graf’s professional era record of 22 major singles crowns, opens up against a qualifier.Djokovic, seeded number one, could face a semi-final with third seed Roger Federer, the seven-times champion he beat in the last two finals at the All England Club.The 29-year-old, the first man to win the year’s first two grand slams since Jim Courier in 1992, is bidding to become the first man to sweep all four majors in the same season since Australian great Rod Laver in 1969.He could face a tricky path though with big-serving Canadian Milos Raonic, seeded six, looming in the quarter-finals.Federer, who missed the French Open through injury after contesting 65 consecutive majors, plays Argentina’s Guido Pella in the first round.Second seed Andy Murray faces an all-British first round against wildcard Liam Broady.Fourth seed Stan Wawrinka, Murray’s prospective semi-final opponent, begins against American teenager Taylor Fritz.American veteran Williams, stuck on 21 grand slam singles titles since beating Spain’s Garbine Muguruza in last year’s final, could face Italian Roberta Vinci in the last eight.Vinci ended her dream of winning the calendar year slam at last year’s US Open.Second seed Muguruza, fresh from winning the French Open, faces Italy’s Camila Giorgi in round one.last_img read more

Allison takes first gold at CYG

first_imgShanette Allison captured Jamaica’s first gold medal at the Commonwealth Youth Games (CYG) in The Bahamas yesterday. The Holmwood Technical High student clocked 13.26 seconds to win the women’s 100m hurdles event. Allison was comfortably ahead of Australia Lateisha Willis, who was second in 13.55, while third went to Katarina Vlahovic of Canada in 13.58. Tarjmar Miller finished a fifth in the men’s 110m hurdles in 14.00. The race was won by England’s Samuel Bennett in 13.71. Tarees Rhoden ended sixth in the men’s 800m final in 1:56.41. Alex Botterill of England won the event in 1.52:22. Kevon Stone will compete in today’s final of the men’s 200m after finishing second in his heat in 21.71 yesterday. The event was won by Joel Johnson of The Bahamas in 21.70. Jamaica are currently 11th on the medal standings with one gold, one silver, and two bronze.last_img read more

Unlike last time, Gilas won’t have element of surprise in 2019 Fiba World Cup

first_img“We know we’re not gonna surprise anybody anymore. We’ve demanded respect in the last World Cup,” said team captain Gabe Norwood.“That’s going to be a big factor. Gabe already told us about it that we’re not going to have that advantage of surprising anyone that’s why we need to be prepared and focused,” said guard Paul Lee in Filipino. “The other teams are already looking at us.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAllen Durham chews out Meralco: Everybody played like sh*tSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsNorwood and Lee were part of the squad that competed in the 2014 World Cup in Spain where the country beat Senegal and gave the likes of Croatia, Argentina and Puerto Rico a run for their money.Gilas, which is grouped with Serbia, Italy and Angola, faces another tall order needing two wins to advance into the next round. OSG petition a ‘clear sign’ of gov’t bid to block ABS-CBN franchise renewal — solon Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Five years ago, the Philippines caught basketball heavyweights off guard in the Fiba World Cup.And with the rest of the world now aware of what Gilas Pilipinas is capable of, the Nationals won’t have the element of surprise working into their favor this time in China.ADVERTISEMENT View comments PVL: Army rallies past Choco Mucho in epic 5-setter WATCH: Robredo repacks relief goods with ‘mocha’ behind her But despite being against all odds, Gilas is up for the task.“At the end of the day, teams are gonna come in and try to run their stuff and we gotta make them feel uncomfortable. I think that is something that we’re capable of,” Norwood said.“We’re tying to make everybody understand that we deserve to be there. This is no fluke. We earned our right to be in the World Cup just like any other team there and I think that once we embrace that, understand that we’ll play with a sense of freedom and confidence that got us in that situation.”ADVERTISEMENT Robredo hits Mocha over false post: Why let gov’t pay a fake news purveyor? Coco Gauff vs. Venus Williams in 1st round of Australian Open MOST READ Roger Federer: Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic ‘will win more’ Lacson on Albayalde, ‘ninja cops’ indictment: The law has a ‘very long memory’ BREAKING: DOJ indicts ex-PNP chief Albayalde for graft ONE: Gina Iniong eager to showcase her best in 1st fight of 2020 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Trader Growth Program Launched

first_imgAn initiative known as the Trader Growth Program (TGP) has been launched in Monrovia. Its aim is to motivate vegetable traders to strengthen their capacity with the ultimate goal of expanding local vegetable production.The TGP is an initiative of the Monrovia Vegetable Sellers’ Association (MVSA) that works in partnership with GROW Liberia, Afriland First Bank and AIM Global.The TGP enables traders to effectively manage a growing business and make them “bankable” in order to access loans from commercial institutions to finance and work with increased numbers of local farmers.The project was launched at Kpakus Plaza, in Gobachop Market, Red Light Community, outside Monrovia in September under the theme, “Improving Skills for Business Growth.” During the ceremony, GROW’s Senior Intervention Manager Kelvin N. Doesieh said the project will be of great use to traders’ businesses.These businesses, he said, will among other things, benefit from business-related hands-on training, coaching and capacity building, which will include financial management, record-keeping, staff management, business formalization, and business planning. It will enable traders to access loans from financial institutions to ensure year-round production, create employment and increase incomes for smallholder vegetable farmers.Doesieh said the role of his organization is to work with all stakeholders, including vegetable traders and farmers, agro-input dealers, and financial institutions to increase the supply of vegetables, especially exotic vegetables such as cabbage, tomato, cucumber, watermelon, lettuce and parsley to meet the demands of hotels, restaurants, supermarkets and private buyers.He said the decision to work with the MVSA on this initiative was the result of a survey assessing the demand and supply of vegetables in Monrovia and its environs, which pointed out seasonal inconsistencies of supply due to lack of improved inputs and limited financial services available to traders.“We have talked to the traders, institutional buyers (including supermarkets, hotels, restaurants, and private buyers), agro-input dealers, and financial institutions and BDS providers,” Mr. Doesieh said.He believes that through this initiative, traders will be able to run better businesses and also improve their eligibility for accessing and managing bank financing.“They will also gain access to improved inputs and embedded extension services to ensure a consistent supply of exotic vegetables to the public,” he added.Doesieh urged vegetable traders to make use of the opportunity and become better businesses.Also speaking was Ernest Momo, Portfolio Manager, Afriland First Bank who urged the participants to take the capacity-building program seriously. He said the bank’s involvement in the program will enable traders to understand the requirements for accessing loans for vegetable production. “Afriland is a bank that responds to agricultural issues in the country, because we provide loans to farmers and traders for business improvement,” Momo said.He said in order for local traders and sellers to qualify for loans, they must be involved in businesses, owning tangible properties and other collaterals for securing the loan, including a business registration card.“Don’t borrow more than your capital from the bank, because it breaks down the success of the business and won’t improve the growth of the business,” he cautioned.Officially launching the Trader Growth Program, William Dennis II, Director of BSC Monrovia, the firm implementing the initiative on behalf of GROW, promised to work with the sellers and traders by providing training to help them manage their capital, prepare financial statements and improve their bookkeeping.Sellers and traders at the event expressed their gratitude to the MVSA and its partners, including GROW, AIM Global and Afriland First Bank, for coming up with strategies that will enable them improve their skills in order to access finance for business expansion to meet the demands of customers year round.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

United, Arsenal in play-off bother

first_imgBut victory for United would take them above Arsenal and although Arsene Wenger’s side have a game in hand at home to struggling Sunderland on Wednesday, defeat is a complication they could do without.Furthermore, with the north London club having lost 1-0 at home to a Swansea City side with nothing to play for on their last outing — ending a 10-game unbeaten run — Sunderland’s visit no longer seems the formality it perhaps once did.United are effectively guaranteed to finish no lower than fourth, having opened up a six-point gap over fifth-place Liverpool with a significantly better goal difference.Manager Louis van Gaal has therefore achieved his minimum objective for the campaign, but he also knows that snatching a podium place from Arsenal’s grasp would give his team a psychological edge going into next season.“I think it (finishing fourth) was a big challenge,” said the Dutchman, whose side halted a run of three straight defeats with a hard-fought 2-1 win at Crystal Palace last weekend.“So, I think we did very good, but it is not good enough because at the end, we want to be champions.“Now, at the end, we want to be third because that is still possible. We can put pressure on Arsenal and that is what we want to do on Sunday.”The two sides have claimed a 2-1 away victory apiece in their encounters to date this season, with United winning at the Emirates Stadium in the league in November and Arsenal prevailing in the FA Cup in March.– Welbeck and Rooney out –It is nine years since Arsenal last tasted success at Old Trafford in the league — a run of seven matches, which included an 8-2 humbling in August 2011 in which Wayne Rooney plundered a hat-trick.But the FA Cup quarter-final success will give Arsenal confidence about returning to a stadium where they have struggled in recent years.“It was a very important win there,” said Wenger, whose side will defend the FA Cup in the final against Aston Villa on May 30.“It was a very positive factor for the development of the team to go there and win. We knew that if we went through, we could get to the final and have a chance to win the FA Cup.“That was very positive because we knew it was a tricky draw. We can be inspired by that because a repeat of that kind of performance could give us some very important points.”United old boy Danny Welbeck returned to haunt Old Trafford by claiming the winner in March — capitalising on an error from Antonio Valencia to score — but he will miss Sunday’s game with a knee injury.Wenger has named an unchanged team in his last five matches, for the first time in his 19-year tenure, but with Jack Wilshere, Theo Walcott and Kieran Gibbs all fully fit again, he may opt to rotate.Welbeck’s former strike partner Rooney, who has a dead leg, is one of several players set to miss out for United, along with key midfielder Michael Carrick (calf) and left-back Luke Shaw (head).But defender Marcos Rojo, striker Robin van Persie and record signing Angel di Maria are all in contention following spells on the sidelines.Goal-shy striker Radamel Falcao will hope to feature on what will be the last home appearance of his disappointing loan spell from Monaco.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000LONDON, May 16- Manchester United and Arsenal’s players will be hoping to avoid the encumbrance of a Champions League play-off tie when they meet at Old Trafford in the Premier League on Sunday.Two points above United in third place (and three points below second-place Manchester City), Arsenal are on course for automatic Champions League qualification, with the team finishing fourth obliged to enter the competition in the play-off round in late August.last_img read more

Wembley loss embarrassing, says Pochettino

first_imgBut Pochettino, whose side are playing their Champions League home games at the national stadium due to the re-development of White Hart Lane, insists his players do not have a psychological block when playing at Wembley.“We can put a lot of excuses out now. Maybe if I want to put excuses out I can say ‘yes [we do have a psychological block]’, but I don’t want to.”Tell me one place better in the world to play than here? It’s where football was born. If we don’t show the quality, it’s our fault.”“There were 85,000 people supporting us today. It’s embarrassing for me and the players too. For me, we must look at ourselves.”Pochettino added: “We cannot blame Wembley. Wembley for me was fantastic.”“It’s not just about Wembley being bigger. We were poor again and now we need to find the answers in ourselves.”Defeat means Tottenham drop down to third in Group E behind Monaco and Bayer Leverkusen with two games remaining.Pochettino’s side travel to Monaco on November 22 before finishing their campaign back at Wembley against CSKA Moscow, and the Spurs boss thinks his side will need to win both games to stand any chance of reaching the knockout stages.“We must win [in Monaco], if not, forget Champions League. We must win both games, if not, bye bye Champions League.”Tottenham are now without a win in six games in all competitions and they face a difficult game on Sunday against north London rivals Arsenal in the Premier League.Mousa Dembele is a doubt for the clash at the Emirates after picking up an ankle injury in the defeat to Leverkusen, while Pochettino could still be without Harry Kane and Toby Alderweireld.When asked if Kane could start against Arsenal, Pochettino said: “The result doesn’t change our idea.“We said yesterday he might be available, but to play from the beginning is difficult.”And when asked if Alderweireld could be back, he responded: “[It’s] difficult.”-By Sky Sports-0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Mauricio Pochettino insists his players do not have a psychological block when playing at Wembley. PHOTO/SKY.LONDON, United Kingdom, Nov 3- Mauricio Pochettino says it was “embarrassing” for Tottenham to lose 1-0 to Leverkusen in front of 85,000 fans at Wembley in the Champions League.Kevin Kampl struck in the 65th minute to inflict Spurs’ second straight defeat at Wembley and leave their Champions League last 16 hopes hanging in the balance.last_img read more

Bicyclist injured when hit by car

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John Phillips160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA FE SPRINGS – A 16-year-old boy was hospitalized after being struck by a car while riding his bicycle at the intersection of Imperial Highway and Carmenita Road about 8 p.m. Tuesday, officials said. He was taken to Whittier Hospital Medical Center in unknown condition, officials said. The cause of the accident and the type of vehicle he collided with were not immediately available. – From staff reportslast_img read more

Wenger eyeing January deals but admits: ‘We are not close to signing anybody’

first_imgArsene Wenger expects to make progress this week in his attempts to strengthen his Arsenal squad following the humiliating FA Cup exit to Nottingham Forest.Wenger made nine changes at the City Ground and his fringe players went down 4-2 to the mid-table Championship side.The Frenchman criticised his team after the holders relinquished their grip on the trophy, with Wenger experiencing defeat at the third-round stage for the first time since taking charge of the north London club in 1996.Wenger insists the Gunners, who last week signed Greek defender Konstantinos Mavropanos, will do further business during the transfer window in an effort to turn things around, but said no deals were imminent.Arsenal transfer news: Who is Konstantinos Mavropanos? Profile on Greek centre-back Wenger has signed“I cannot give you any news on any transfer because we are not close to signing anybody,” he said.“We signed a Greek boy (Mavropanos) who looks quite good in training but apart from that, we have not done anything. Will we be out there to do something? Yes we will.”Asked whether there could be developments this week, Wenger said: “Yes, because we are in the second week of January and, after that, it passes quickly.” 1last_img read more

Master’s College stays undefeated at home with win

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’“There’s times in a game in which we are able to press and keep teams from scoring, but then we have the same problem and have spurts where we can’t score.” The Mustangs (4-3, 0-2 Golden State Athletic Conference) have been outscored 456-477, and their largest losing margin of 18 points came against Cal Sate Los Angeles on Nov.25. “We’ve changed a few things offensively,” Martin said. “We’re spreading the ball more and using more screens, but we need more points off the bench. We need to get Josh (Herman) more touches.” Herman, a freshman guard from Stevenson Ranch, is averaging 2.9points per game, something Martin said can be improved with a few more chances on the offense. The Master’s is also hoping to get more production out of Louisiana-Lafayette transfer Lucian Pesoli. The 6-foot-7 junior forward is averaging 18.9points per game. He was held to eight points against the Vulcans Tuesday night. The Master’s College men’s basketball team snapped a three-game losing streak and remains undefeated at home, but the team is not yet where it wants to be. First-year coach Chuck Martin is trying to rebuild the program by creating a team identified by its defense and ability to spread the ball around the court. The Mustangs showed some signs of that in a 63-57 nonconference win Tuesday night against Hawaii-Hilo. Martin’s team held the Vulcans, a Div.II team, to 29 points and less than 28percent shooting in the second half, and it held onto a six-point lead after coming back from an eight-point deficit at the half. “We’re not quite there yet,” Martin said. “I don’t think we’re far from it, but when you are trying to build a program, you have to have confidence. I think we have that confidence, and the win against Hilo helped boost that. “Lucian has been slowed by a groin pull, but he’s working hard, and I know he can give us what he can when he’s healthy. We also would like to have freshman Thomas Millar back in there to help us out.” Millar, a 6-foot-4 guard who is nursing a stress fracture in his left foot, could help boost the Mustangs offensive performance and help improve the passing game that Martin is trying to establish. Millar might not be ready to play until late December. Martin has seen most of the Mustangs’ scoring come from guard Ryan Zamroz and forward Eric Durso. The Mustangs rallied against Hawaii-Hilo behind a combined six second-half 3-pointers by 6-foot-4 Zamroz, a sophomore, and Durso, a 6-foot-4 junior. Zamroz finished with a team-high 23 points, while Durso had 14 points and 11 rebounds. Coming into Saturday’s game against Concordia of Irvine, Zamroz was second in team scoring with 113 points behind Pesoli’s 132. Durso leads the team with 48 rebounds. ivan.orozco@dailynews.com (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Connolly’s Audi gear up for exciting 2019 after successful Letterkenny test-drive

first_imgAfter a hugely successful Test Drive Event in Letterkenny, Connolly’s Audi Sligo is gearing up for an exciting new year for 191.With the release of several models both new and existing the 2019 Audi range promises to be one that won’t disappoint. The second-generation Audi Q3 arriving in showrooms in late November boasts unparalleled style, versatility and space for enhanced comfort.The all new Audi Q8 which is the newest edition to the Audi range combines the best of both worlds: the elegance of a four-door luxury coupe with the practical versatility of a large SUV. The Audi Q8 is a confident companion for both business and leisure featuring S Line as standard is now available in our showrooms for test drives.Next, the Audi A1 second generation due in Showroom in December offers cutting edge infotainment systems, new driver assistance systems for more safety and comfort. Lastly but certainly not least the most anticipated model release of the year – the Audi A6 is now sporty and elegant in design.Featuring the latest technologies such as HD Matrix LED headlights providing optimum road lighting, 400 customisable functions and 4 choices of suspension.The eight generation A6 is creating innovations with vision, enhancing comfort, and setting new standards in the luxury class. To learn more about any of the cars above or to arrange a test drive call out sales in on 071 9115333 or visit Connollys.ie. Connolly’s Audi gear up for exciting 2019 after successful Letterkenny test-drive was last modified: October 23rd, 2018 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:Connolly’s AudiletterkennyTEST DRIVElast_img read more