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Federer in Australian Open semi-finals

first_imgTwo points into the final game of his Australian Open quarterfinal against Roger Federer on Tuesday, Stanislas Wawrinka steadied himself to try and return a forehand smash.Roger Federer returns to Stanislas Wawrinka during their quarterfinal match at the Australian Open in Melbourne on Tuesday. APWawrinka playfully threw his racket up over his head in a mock attempt to return it. Forget it, the ball sailed past him and Federer won the point.It was that kind of match for Wawrinka. Federer faced just one break point, winning all 13 of his service games, got 77 per cent of his first serves in and polished off his Beijing Olympics doubles gold medalist teammate 6-1, 6-3, 6-3 in 1 hour, 47 minutes.”When it’s clicking it’s really a good feeling, and I don’t ask too many questions,” Federer said of his outstanding serve.All facets of Federer’s game were working Tuesday as he advanced to the semifinals, where he’ll meet either Novak Djokovic or Tomas Berdych.Still in the realm of probability for the defending champion is a final against Rafael Nadal and a chance to prevent the Spanish lefthander from winning his fourth consecutive Grand Slam. No man has held all four major titles since Rod Laver in 1969.Nadal plays fellow Spaniard David Ferrer in one quarterfinal Wednesday, while Andy Murray takes on Alexandr Dolgopolov in the other.Federer is not looking ahead to Nadal just yet.””It’s normal to follow Rafa in a big way because he’s going for something particularly very special,” Federer said. “My focus is not playing him in the finals quite yet. He still has to win a few matches against really tough players ahead of him. I got my hands full … I’m not quite there.”advertisementTop-seeded Caroline Woznacki is nearly there, advancing to a semi-final against China’s Li Na. The 20-year-old Danish player was under intense pressure early against French Open champion Francesca Schiavione before beating the Italian veteran 3-6, 6-3, 6-3.Li advanced to the semi-finals for the second year in a row at Melbourne Park after beating Andrea Petkovic of Germany 6-2, 6-4.The other women’s semi-finalists will be decided Wednesday when second-seeded Vera Zvonareva plays Petra Kvitova and U.S. Open champion Kim Clijsters takes on Agnieszka Radwanska.Wozniacki rallied from a set and a break down to beat Schiavone and ensure she’d maintain the No. 1 ranking after this tournament.Schiavone dominated the opening set and a half before the effects of her previous match kicked in. She beat Svetlana Kuznetsova in a three-set match lasting 4 hours, 44 minutes, a record for a women’s Grand Slam singles match.”Maybe in the third set I felt a little bit something physically, but it’s not an excuse,” Schiavone said. “I think I gave the best that I could do.”Wozniacki described Schiavone as a “fighter.””She started off really, really well and I didn’t feel like I had the right timing,” Wozniacki said. “So it was difficult for me in the beginning, but I fought back and I’m so happy that I’m standing here as the winner.”The match point was contentious – first called out by a line judge. An overruled by chair umpire Eva Aseraki forced Wozniacki to ask for a video ruling, which confirmed the initial call ended the match.Schiavone knew the match was over even before the replay – “I saw the ball was out, was no chance,” she said.Li, who lost the 2010 semi-final in two tiebreak sets to eventual champion Serena Williams, came to Melbourne after winning the title at a tune-up event in Sydney and is on a 10-match winning streak.”I’s good for me. I mean, the second time in the Grand Slam semi-final, always in the Australia Open, and also before I played well in Sydney,” she said. “Hopefully I can do better in this year, and everyone will see me again.”Li was the first Chinese woman to win a WTA tour event, and the first to enter the top 10. Her run to the Wimbledon quarterfinals in 2006 was the best for a Chinese player in a major at the time. Now her return to the semis is a first.No Chinese woman has won a major, but Petkovic thinks that can change here.”I think she played really well. I think she’s going to win the tournament,” Petkovic said. “She moves very well, she has a great footwork. She takes the ball very early. She plays flat and deep. She has this sneaky aggressive play, I would call it.”advertisementlast_img read more

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Exclusive: Star archer Tarundeep Rai eyes Olympic glory after rich haul at South Asian Games

first_imgTarundeep Rai has been one of India’s finest archers, doing the country proud on innumerable occasions. He was the first one to win a silver for India at the Asian Games. Tarun also played a key role in India’s dominance in the recently-concluded South Asian Games, winning a hat-trick of gold medals. (South Asian Games: India finish with record-breaking 308 medals) The ace Indian archer turns 32 today and spoke exclusively to indiatoday.in and spoke about his desire to do well for India at the Rio Olympics after disappointing at the London Games.Excerpts:Sudeer Mahavadi: India did incredibly well at the South Asian Games recently, winning 308 medals in all. How do you rate this performance ?Tarundeep Rai: Well India has been dominating the SAF Games right from its inception. Yes the increasing medal tally, especially the gold medals in each edition, shows that India has improved by leaps and bounds and that is a positive sign for archery.Sudeer: It was particularly good to see you come back with a vengeance as you have been in and out of the Indian team.?Tarundeep: Yes certainly I am delighted with my performance. But I should also admit that since I started, this sport has come a long way. You see quite a few youngsters taking up archery. I remember when I strung a bow for the first time, very few showed interest in this sport. People in fact hardly knew it. We hardly had good equipment.But now almost all of us have world class equipment. So the competition levels are growing, day-by-day in archery. Many aspiring and talented juniors are coming up. I must say this is one of the reasons why I couldn’t make it to the team on some occasions. Well, I had some injury issues as well in between. But on top of that I always feel happy when some juniors come up and beat us.advertisementSudeer: You represented India twice at the Olympics and you must be hoping for selection for the coming Rio Games?Tarundeep: Obviously. I have been working hard for that. Except in the Olympics, India has done well everywhere. I will give my 100% not just to participate in the Olympics for the third time, but to win medals for our country. In London, I missed a great chance. If I am in the team, I won’t disappoint now.Sudeer: As a seasoned archer, how do you describe India’s performances over the last four five years?Tarundeep: Well, there has been a big improvement as I mentioned earlier. Archers from India have huge potential to win an Olympic medal. If you look at the graph of Indian archers over the last four years there has been considerable growth.Sudeer: Do you agree we have still got to go a long way when it comes to Asian Games and Olympics?Tarundeep: First, it can’t be denied that there is a huge demand for this sport all over. Everybody is improving day-by-day in world archery.  So we also need to improve. We all have the potential to win Olympic medals. The only thing is, we must deliver at the right time. And I believe that day is not very far.Sudeer: It is good that the compound bow has been included in the last Asian Games. If it gets included at the Olympics in future how good will it be for archery?Tarundeep: That will be really awesome. We are all praying for that. Indian archers have really been outstanding in this discipline over the last couple of years. In fact, a lot of youngsters are getting more attracted to the compound bow, as archers enjoy some advantages. You release the arrow with the trigger, unlike in recurve. The weight of the said bow is lighter. For sure, India can certainly hope for some medals.Sudeer: Are the archers happy with the facilities they have these days. What support do they still need?Tarundeep: Yes I would say. As far as I am concerned I have no complaints. I am getting what I need for archery from Olympic Gold Quest (OGQ). My state, Sikkim, has always supported me. I am sure the archers are encouraged by all organisations nowadays. Even the federation is doing a great job now, holding quite a few events. There is hardly any rest we get.Sudeer: Today you turn 32 and you share your birthday with Bombayla Devi. Was there any occasion when you celebrated together, during a tournament perhaps ?Tarundeep: No such plans. Yes it may have happened on some occasions when Bombayla and I were involved in a tournament, that we celebrated together. I have a three-year-old son. And I hardly get time to spend with my family. I am blessed to have a supporting wife, my parents and siblings. They take care of everything when I am away. Pursuing archery is very, very difficult, I think. I live away from my family.  I am very, very happy with my wife because she understands me and my archery.advertisementSo that’s why she sacrifices so much to take care of all the responsibilities of our family and our child. This allows me to focus on archery without worry. In recognition of her sacrifices, I hope to really celebrate my birthday after I win an Olympic  medal.Sudeer: Your future ambitions?Tarundeep: To be a good father to Nusam Singh Rai, because I am unable to take him to a doctor when he gets sick. That is the first ambition. I want to be a good husband to Anjana Bhattarai, because I am not able to be with her when she feels lonely. To be a good son to my parents because I couldn’t be home when they actually needed me. To be a caring sibling to my little sister and dashing brother is also very important.Besides that, I would like to start my archery academy in Sikkim. I long to contribute to the sport’s growth in my home state, so that many, many Sikkimese brothers and sisters will come up and win Olympic medals for their motherland….Jai hind.last_img read more

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Olympiakos Hoop Coach Bartzokas Quits

first_imgATHENS – After his favored Olympiakos team lost to arch-rival Panathinaikos in the quarter-finals of the Greek Basketball League tourney, coach Giorgos Bartzokas has stepped down.Bartzokas, who led Olympiakos to the European championship in 2013 and won Euroleague Coach of the Year, couldn’t win any domestic titles and was surprised by Panathinaikos, said he had to resign because the pressure was too great and fans were turning against him.Olympiakos lost 77-76 in a game played in an empty arena because of penalties established on the team. He will be temporarily replaced by his assistant, Milan Tomic.Reports in the Greek media have Serbia and Greece coaches, Alexander Djordjevic and Fotis Katsikaris, as frontrunners for Bartzokas’s post.Bartzokas began working as a basketball coach at the age of 22, while he was still also playing club basketball. He was the assistant coach of Panagiotis Giannakis for several years in Maroussi.In 2006, he signed on as the head coach of Olympia Larissa. That same year with Olympia, he managed to reach the playoffs of the Greek Basket League for the first time in the club’s history. The team finished in 7th place, and repeated their playoffs qualification the next year, during the Greek Basket League 2007-08 season.In 2009, Bartzokas became the head coach of Maroussi. In 2010, he was named the Greek League Coach of the Year. He became the head coach of Panionios in 2010.Bartzokas became the head coach of the Greek Euroleague club Olympiakos, in June 2012. With Olympiakos, he won the 2012-13 season championship of the Euroleague, becoming the first Greek coach in history to win this title. He was also named the Euroleague Coach of the Year in 2013.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Scottish batsman hits 25-ball 100 in T20 cricket

first_imgScotland batsman George Munsey scripted history after smashing a century off just 25 deliveries while playing for Gloucestershire 2nd XI.In an unofficial Twenty20 game between Gloucestershire 2nd XI and Bath CC, Munsey ended up firing a fierce 39-ball 147.Munsey’s partner GP Willows also struck a quick century off 53 balls. However, it was the former who stole the show. With the help of their No. 3 batsman Tom Price, who made a 23-ball 50, Gloucestershire 2nd XI posted an unbelievable 326/3 from their 20 overs.The Scotland batsman’s impressive innings featured five fours and 20 sixes, including an over in which he slammed six sixes, with the entertaining knock lasting around 50 minutes. 147 runs 39 balls 20 sixes6 sixes in an over@CricketScotland’s @GeorgeMunsey smashed a 25-ball for @Gloscricket Second XI yesterday!READ https://t.co/HIDwmBzpKr pic.twitter.com/f2X8yU5q7X ICC (@ICC) April 22, 2019The knock had echoes of another rapid hundred in an unofficial game, with Surrey’s Will Jacks also having raced to a 25-ball century, recently, in a T10 warm-up v Lancashire. His knock also included six sixes in an over.Gloucs 2nd XI won the game by 112 runs.Also Read | Oman bowled out for 24 off 17.1 overs! Scotland win in just 3.2 oversAlso Read | India should promote women’s Test cricket: Australia skipper Lanninglast_img read more

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Mourinho: Why can’t Liverpool make a third CL final?

first_img  Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web Jose Mourinho has tipped Liverpool to reach a third successive Champions League final next season following their victory over Tottenham on Saturday.An early Mohamed Salah penalty and a late strike from substitute Divock Origi secured the win for Liverpool over their Premier League rivals in Madrid. It is the sixth European Cup/Champions League in the club’s history and a first since 2005. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? It is also a first trophy in charge for manager Jurgen Klopp, who joined the club in October 2015.The scenes of celebration at the Wanda Metropolitano were in sharp contrast to the previous year, when Liverpool were beaten 3-1 by Real Madrid in the final in Kiev.Mourinho believes this could be the start of a new era of success for Klopp’s side and sees no reason why they cannot reach a third successive Champions League final next year.However, the Portuguese is not so confident about his former club Chelsea, who will return to the Champions League next season.The Londoners also ended the campaign with a trophy following their 4-1 victory over Arsenal in the Europa League final in Baku last week . But Mourinho fears their impending transfer ban, as well as the expected departure of Belgian forward Eden Hazard, will hamper their chances of success in the competition.”It is difficult for Chelsea because they don’t have the possibility to be in the transfer market,” Mourinho told beIN Sports . “Why can’t Liverpool do three finals in a row? Why Liverpool, with this good team, with this good spirit, with this good empathy. The club, the manager, the players, the fans. Why not a third?”Mourinho did also stress that the Reds would face intense competition for the trophy next year including from Manchester City, who pipped them to the Premier League title by just a point following a thrilling title race.“I was writing here the teams that want to win the Champions League. Juventus, Bayern, PSG, Manchester City, Barcelona, Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid,” Mourinho added.“You have seven or eight teams. Lots of teams want to do it, but only one can do it.”last_img read more

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I won’t be seen around the scene once I am done: Virat Kohli on his post-retirement plans

first_imgI won’t be seen around the scene once I am done: Virat Kohli on his post-retirement plansIndia vs Australia: Virat Kohli was responding to a query on whether he would consider playing in the Australian Big Bash league after retiring or if the BCCI lifts the bar on its players.advertisement Press Trust of India SydneyJanuary 11, 2019UPDATED: January 11, 2019 14:05 IST Virat Kohli is in no mood to play cricket in T20 leagues around the world once he retires (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSIndian players are not allowed to feature in T20 leagues around the worldRetired cricketers such as d e Villiers and Brendon McCullum are regularly seen playing in T20 leaguesKohli said he won’t pick up his bat again once he retiresRetired cricketers plying their trade in T20 leagues might be a global trend right now but India captain Virat Kohli says he wouldn’t even be “seen around the scene” the day he is “totally spent” to pick up the bat again.Responding to a query on whether he would consider playing in the Australian Big Bash league after retiring or if the BCCI lifts the bar on its players, Kohli said he would certainly not be around for such a stint after retirement.”Look I don’t know whether that stance is going to change in the future. As far as I am concerned, playing more cricket when I am done, I don’t think I am in that zone to be honest,” the 30-year-old said ahead of the opening ODI against Australia on Saturday.Retired cricketers such as AB de Villiers and Brendon McCullum are regularly seen playing in T20 leagues such as the IPL and Big Bash but Kohli says he isn’t interested in joining the bandwagon.”I have played enough cricket in the last five years and I cannot comment on even the first thing I do when I retire because I don’t feel like I am going to pick up the bat again,” he said.”I will be spent, the day I finish I will be totally spent and that’s the reason I am going to stop playing cricket. So I don’t see myself coming back and playing again. Once I am done, I will be done, and I won’t be seen around the scene,” Kohli said.advertisementWhat’s India Captain @imVkohli’s retirement plans? #TeamIndia #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/xGxBOxMSdEBCCI (@BCCI) January 11, 2019The skipper was all praise for his team’s batting line-up and said the line-up looks strong heading into the ODI World Cup starting May 30 in England.”In the last 12 months, our ODI batting has been very strong and openers are a very big factor in that. There was a phase in the middle when we addressed the issue of middle overs and from 25-40 overs we tried to change our batting style,” he said.”Where our batting is at the moment, the team management and I are very comfortable because we have results in ODI cricket and performances have been very good as well.”In fact, Kohli felt the Indian team is perfectly balanced in every aspect.”The bowling has been balanced too. In one-day cricket, any team can beat you on any given day. But as a team you have to give your best and take your strongest eleven. And we feel as a one-day team we are on the right track, and are on our full strength,” he said.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byPTI Tags :Follow Virat KohliFollow India vs AustraliaFollow ODI seriesFollow Virat Kohli retirementlast_img read more

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Nova Scotia Launches Cannabis Consultation

first_img For more information or to complete the survey visit www.novascotia.ca/cannabis. Copies of the survey will also be available at Access Nova Scotia Centres starting Oct. 12. They can be mailed in or dropped off at those locations once they have been completed. Cannabis will be legal in Canada by July 2018 and Nova Scotians are being asked to share their thoughts. An online survey was launched today, Oct. 6 and runs to Oct. 27. The province is asking for input on key issues including the legal age to purchase and use recreational cannabis, where it can be purchased, and where it can be used. “As the federal government moves toward legalizing cannabis, our top priority is to protect the health and safety of Nova Scotians,” said Justice Minister Mark Furey. “We want to hear from Nova Scotians as we develop a well-regulated legal market that encourages responsible use and minimizes organized crime.” Within the federal legal framework, each province and territory is responsible for making decisions and creating rules and laws around the sale and use of recreational cannabis within its borders. While the federal legislation sets limits, such as minimum age or maximum possession limits, the prov¬inces and territories can add additional restrictions. The online survey asks for feedback on the following: age 19 as the legal age of purchase and use the sale of cannabis through a Crown corporation like the Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation where recreational cannabis can be used drug-impaired drivinglast_img read more

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When Brad Pitt made Kendall Jenner nervous

first_imgLos Angeles: Supermodel Kendall Jenner has revealed why she slipped out quickly from brother-in-law Kanye Wests recent Sunday Service. She was too nervous on spotting Hollywood hunk Brad Pitt at the Service.”He was there. I think he’s been a couple times, but that was the first time that I was there when he was there. And, I literally left early,” Jenner confessed to Jimmy Fallon, on his popular show, “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”, according to a report in “hollywoodlife.com”. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: PriyankaPitt surprised all when he turned up at West’s Service on September 1. Although the “Once Upon A Time In Hollywood” actor has been to West’s Service before, this was the first time he was around on the same day that 23-year-old supermodel Kendall was around.”I just saw ‘Once Upon A Time In Hollywood’ and it was so good and he just gets better with age so I was like ‘I gotta go. Isn’t there a saying ‘don’t ever meet your superheroes?’ I just love him so much I’m going to leave it at that,” she explained to Fallon.last_img read more

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Alliance with BJP inevitable says Uddhav

first_imgMumbai: Amid reports that ruling BJP and Shiv Sena are hardening their positions on sharing of seats to contest the assembly polls, Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray on Saturday said, in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, that the saffron alliance is “inevitable” and it will return to power once again. Speaking at a function here, Thackeray lavished praise on Modi for nullifying Article 370, and gave a call for construction of grand Ram temple in Ayodhya and introduction of Uniform Civil Code. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”PM Modi has provided leadership and direction to the country which has immense capacity to progress and develop. I thanked Modi for abrogating Article 370 (which provided special status of Jammu and Kashmir) and the ‘Chandrayaan-2’ mission… Now the nation awaits the construction of a Ram mandir in Ayodhya and (introduction of) Uniform Civil Code,” said Thackeray. “Kashmir is an integral part of India and it will remain so. Modi has proved this in deed and not just in words,” he added. Thackeray said the country was also proud of ISRO scientists for manoeuvring the ambitious moon mission.last_img read more

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Sudanese military forces must withdraw from Abyei Security Council says

In a presidential statement issued today, the Council strongly condemned “the Government of Sudan’s taking and continued maintenance of military control over the Abyei area and the resulting displacement of tens of thousands of residents of Abyei.”The statement, read out by Nelson Messone, the Permanent Representative of Gabon, which holds the rotating monthly presidency for June, added that Sudan’s military presence in the area constitutes “a serious violation” of previous agreements. Violence and looting broke out in Abyei town after the northern troops took control of the area last month, displacing an estimated 45,000 people. “The Council calls on the Sudanese Armed Forces to ensure an immediate halt to all looting, burning, and illegal resettlement,” the statement said. “The Council stresses that all those responsible for violations of international law, including humanitarian and human rights law, as well as those who ordered those acts, will be held accountable.”A previous Council statement condemned an attack by Southern forces against a convoy of the UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS), and today’s statement condemned two additional attacks last month.Noting that supply routes have been blocked and a bridge in Southern Abyei was destroyed by the Sudanese Armed Forces, the Council called “on all parties to respect humanitarian principles and allow all humanitarian personnel timely and unfettered access to vulnerable individuals and communities affected by the fighting.”The presidential statement echoed remarks made by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who last month called on “both parties to cease their military operations, withdraw all forces and armed elements from the Abyei Area, and desist from further acts of aggression, including attacks on UN peacekeepers.”The recent violence is taking place just weeks before Southern Sudan formally separates from the rest of the country, following a referendum held in January. 3 June 2011The Security Council today demanded that the Government of Sudan withdraw immediately from Abyei, the disputed area which is contested by both north and south Sudan. read more

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