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Sakkari upsets Venus Williams to reach Silicon Valley semis

first_imgDrug tests for gamers as football’s eWorld Cup jackpot climbs ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Maria Sakkari, of Greece, celebrates after winning a point against Venus Williams, of the United States, during the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic tennis tournament in San Jose, Calif., Friday, Aug. 3, 2018. Sakkari won 6-4, 7-6 (2). (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)SAN JOSE, Calif. — Maria Sakkari of Greece upset third-seeded Venus Williams 6-4, 7-6 (2) on Friday night in the quarterfinals of the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic.Sakkari came back from 0-3 in the first set and 3-5 in the second set. She advanced to face American Danielle Collins — with the winner reaching her first WTA final.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Collins, a two-time NCAA champion for Virginia, advanced after former world No. 1 Victoria Azarenka of Belarus retired midway through the second set due to injury.Azarenka led 4-2 in the first set before needing a tiebreaker to win the 72-minutes set 7-6 (4). She grabbed her right leg in the opening game of the second set, lost the first three games and was evaluated by a trainer and doctor before retiring prior to the fourth game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Fifth-seeded Mihaela Buzarnescu of Romania secured the first semifinal spot by beating Australia’s Ajla Tomljanovic 6-1, 7-5. The Romanian will face No. 4 seed Elise Mertens.Mertens, a Belgian, saved two set points in the first set, forced a tiebreak and won four straight games in the second set for a 7-6 (4), 6-3 victory over Johanna Konta. It’s Mertens’ fifth WTA semifinal of the year. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’center_img MOST READ Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’last_img read more

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Should we believe Amari Cooper saying Jon Gruden didn’t want to trade him?

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceAmari Cooper isn’t only a different receiver with the Cowboys. He’s apparently trying his hand at news-breaking now, too.Cooper told The Athletic’s Calvin Watkins Thursday that Raiders coach Jon Gruden didn’t want to trade him, rather that owner Mark Davis spearheaded sending Cooper to Dallas for a 2019 first-round pick in late October. Watkins also included in his story that Cooper said former Raiders general manager …last_img

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Giant Fossil Penguins Lived in Warm Waters

first_img“Giant prehistoric penguins?  In Peru?” puzzled a reporter on Science Daily.  “It sounds more like something out of Hollywood than science,” but a fossil penguin you could look eye to eye with has been found that far north.  “We tend to think of penguins as being cold-adapted species,” said one of the discoverers,” but not all species live in cold waters.  These fossils “seem to contradict some of what we think we know about the relationship between penguins and climate,” she said.    This one was surprising not only for its locale and size (1.5m standing height).  It comes from a stratum considered “tens of millions of years earlier than expected and during a period when the earth was much warmer than it is now.”  See also National Geographic and EurekAlert.Summing up: (1) the fossils are tens of millions of years out of order.  (2) One of the two species was larger than any penguin alive today – as tall as a human.  (3) It had a larger beak: “Both new species had long narrow pointed beaks — now believed to be an ancestral beak shape for all penguins.”  (3) It was found at an equatorial latitude, indicating a richer biodiversity in the past.  (4) Everyone was surprised by these findings.  Conclusion: another victory for evolutionism.    Encore:  (5)… “during a period when the earth was much warmer than it is now” (36 million years ago).  Conclusion: we must take drastic measures because humans are responsible for global warming.(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Lone voter from Gujarat’s Gir forest dies

first_imgOne of the country’s most famous voters, written about routinely for being the lone person to exercise his franchise at a polling booth in Banej in Gujarat’s Gir Somnath district, has died.Mahant Bharatdas Bapu died at a private hospital in Rajkot on Friday, his followers, based out of Veraval, headquarters of Gir Somnath district, said. The Banej polling booth, part of Junagadh Lok Sabha seat, used to be set up during Gujarat and general polls only for Bapu, who used to live alone at a Shiva Temple-cum-ashram in Gir West forest division there. “Bharatdas Bapu was undergoing treatment for a kidney ailment in a private hospital in Rajkot for the past one month. He died on Friday morning. His last rites will be performed on Saturday at an ashram near Jamvala in Gir Forest,” said a follower. As per government records, Bapu had voted in every Lok Sabha and Gujarat Assembly polls since 2007, in the process making Banej possibly the only booth in the country with a cent percent voting record.last_img read more

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INDIANS ON FIELD

first_imgMEDAL WINNERSWEIGHTLIFTING Women’s (48kg): 1. Augustina Nwaokolo (NGR) 175 kg; 2. Soniya Chanu (IND) 167 kg; 3. Sandhya Rani Devi Atom (IND) 165 kgMen’s (56kg): 1. Amirul Hamizan Ibrahim (MAS) 257kg; 2. Sukhen Dey (IND) 252kg; 3. Srinivasa Rao (IND) 248kgWINNERSSQUASHMen’s singles (Rd I): Siddharth Suchde (IND) bt Michael Hopkins (JER); Harinder Pal Sandhu (IND) bt Shopon Pervez (BAN); Saurav Ghosal (IND x11) bt Ian Rukunya (UGA)BADMINTONMixed team pool (Gr D): India bt KenyaTENNISMen’s singles (Rd I): Rohan Bopanna (IND) bt Robert Buyinza (UGA) Women’s singles (Rd I): Rushmi Chakravarthi (IND) bt Pinki Monthla (LES) Mixed doubles (Rd 1): Leander Paes/Sania Mirza (IND) bt Stacey Nykita Roheman/Alberton Richelieu (LCA)TABLE TENNISWomen’s team event: India bt Sri Lanka Men’s team event: India bt VanuatuLAWN BOWLSWomen’s pairs: India bt Cook IslandsARCHERYQualifiers: Women’s individual recurve: Deepika Kumari; Dola Banerjee Men’s individual recurve: Rahul Banerjee; Jayanta TalukdarLOSERSSQUASHMen’s singles: Ryan Cuskelly (AUS x14) bt Sandeep Jangra (IND)LAWN BOWLSMen’s triples: Australia bt India Women’s pairs: Australia bt India SWIMMING Men’s 4x100m freestyle relay final: India finish 6th Women’s 200m freestyle: Surabhi Tipre; Arti Bajarang Ghorpade Men’s 50m backstroke: Balakrishnan M Badrinath; Praveen Tokas Men’s 400m freestyle: Anandrao Mandar; P Gagan Women’s 200m individual medley: Pooja AlvaARCHERYMen’s 400m freestyle: Jignas Chittiboma; CR Srither; Ritul Chaterjee Women’S individual compound: Gagandeep Kaur; Jhano Hansdah; Bheigyabati ChanuTABLE TENNISWomen’s team event: India lose to New ZealandDRAWHOCKEYWomen’s (Gr A): India 1 Scotland 1last_img read more

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The future of Argentina: Spurs star Foyth earning rave reviews

first_imgWednesday night’s Champions League meeting between Tottenham and Inter at Wembley should have been an opportunity for Juan Foyth to line out against fellow Argentines Mauro Icardi and Lautaro Martinez. Instead, the young defender was forced to watch from the sidelines because he had not been included in Spurs’ Champions League squad for the 2018-19 group stage.”That is so painful,” Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino admitted beforehand. “It’s a mistake we made that at this level of football we cannot repeat again. We need to find a solution. 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! “It is painful to have a player like him off the list but we will finish [the group stage] soon and hope that in March we can do a new list and we can include him on it.”Essentially, Foyth’s rapid progress this season even caught Tottenham by surprise. Injured at the time Pochettino was picking his Champions League squad, the 20-year-old was not expected to play a major role in the 2018-19 campaign.However, he has now started Spurs’ last three Premier League games, even netting the only goal in the 1-0 win at Crystal Palace to further endear himself to the north London club’s supporters.Foyth’s emergence, though, is even generating excitement back home. Argentina’s present may not be particularly impressive, but the nation’s future still looks bright. Paulo Dybala stands out as a talent who can lead the Albiceleste to glory in the years to come, with Inter pair Icardi and Martinez also ideally placed to trouble goalkeepers across the world.Now, all of the early evidence suggests that Foyth, while still a novice in the professional game, has the potential to become a key man in his country’s defence in the coming years. Juan Foyth Argentina PSNot that his form will come as much of a surprise. After all, Foyth was born and raised in hometown club Estudiantes of La Plata, a famed breeding ground for tough, uncompromising defenders. Ironically, it was a former Arsenal man, Nelson Vivas, who handed the teenager his debut in March 2017, and he quickly established a regular spot in the heart of the Pincha’s defence as they claimed third place in that year’s Primera Division standings behind Boca Juniors and River Plate.Even with that promising start, which included appearances in the South American Under-20 Championship and Junior World Cup, it still came as rather a surprise when Tottenham signed him for £8 million ($10.2m) last year, as he only had nine professional games under his belt.In his debut season, the youngster featured just twice in the Carabao Cup but a spate of injuries to the Tottenham backline gave him a chance to shine this term.Foyth’s Premier League bow was admittedly inauspicious. The defender gave away two penalties in a 3-2 victory over Wolves and displayed the kind of nervousness that suggested that the enormity of the occasion had got the better of him.Juan Foyth TottenhamBetter was to come, however. Reacting instantly to a rebound following Harry Kane’s header, Foyth converted past Palace goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey to score the winner in a tense derby at Selhurst Park.It was the perfect response to his Wolves nightmare and capped a fine game alongside Toby Alderweireld in the Spurs defence, leaving his manager purring.”He is an intelligent, smart player and he has the potential to be one of the best centre-backs in Europe,” Pochettino enthused at the final whistle.”Of course, he was very disappointed last week [against Wolves], he felt responsible but that’s the job of the coaching staff to work with a player and we laughed about the situation. To improve, you have to make mistakes and that is going to help him.”He has so much potential and only needs time and games to improve. He is a very good prospect for us.”Formerly a midfielder in the Estudiantes youth set-up prior to his conversion into a centre-half, that legacy shines through in Foyth’s comfort on the ball. His distribution and timing on the pass is impeccable, making him the perfect fit for Spurs’ possession-based game. He’s not afraid to dribble out from the back either, as he showed with both Estudiantes and Argentina with a couple of hair-raising slaloms during his breakout season.Juan Foyth Pochettino Tottenham PSFoyth’s talent has also caught the eye of those in charge of Argentina’s national team, currently in a rebuilding process under Lionel Scaloni after the disaster that was the 2018 World Cup campaign.Scaloni called Foyth to the national team in November for the first time, and a sterling showing in Cordoba as Argentina saw off Mexico 2-0 only confirmed his great potential. And he showed no sign of letting up on his return to London, keeping a world-class forward like Eden Hazard firmly under wraps as Spurs took a priceless victory against their neighbours last weekend.If there is one criticism to be aimed at the youngster, it is that he needs to reel in his enthusiasm somewhat. Having conceded a pair of penalties in his Premier League debut, Foyth was extremely lucky not to give away another spot-kick on Saturday for a shove on Hazard in the Spurs box.But it is all part of the learning curve, and with time he will curb that anxiety and keep a cooler head when needed. For the present, he may have to be content with odd appearances deputising for Spurs’ more experienced centre-backs.Time, however, is on his side. With Toby Alderweireld widely tipped to leave north London at the end of the season, Foyth will continue to play ever bigger a part in Pochettino’s plans, having overcome those initial wobbles to show his class at Premier League level.From Argentina’s perspective too, his emergence is more than welcome. Icardi and Martinez might score plenty of goals but the Albiceleste still need to stop them – and while it is still early to draw definitive conclusions, Foyth might just be the right man for the job. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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10 months agoMan Utd boss Mourinho in awe of Robertson energy: Incredible!

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd boss Mourinho in awe of Robertson energy: Incredible!by Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Jose Mourinho admits they couldn’t handle the speed of Liverpool for Sunday’s defeat.Mourinho was full of praise for Reds fullback Andrew Robertson after the 3-1 defeat.He said: “Liverpool play 200mph with and without the ball.“I am still tired to look at Robertson. He makes a 100m sprint per minute! Incredible.”Mourinho did not even attempt to argue against the final result.“The strongest team won, but they won in the period when they were not stronger than us.“In first 20 minutes of the first half there was a huge distance [between the teams]. They were better and stronger, they did everything better than us.” last_img read more

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10 months agoBournemouth boss Howe defends signing Solanke injured

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Bournemouth boss Howe defends signing Solanke injuredby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBournemouth boss Eddie Howe insists new signing Dominic Solanke will prove worth the money.Howe has defended the club’s decision to spend £19m on Liverpool striker Solanke despite the player being injured.He said, “He has a hamstring problem and will be out for most of January. We have done relevant tests and medicals.”Howe added: “He brings a different dynamic to the front-line. He is good in the air, a physical presence. It’s a lot of money across the board to sign players now but look at his international record. He is one of most talented young strikers in country.”Young players see a good culture at Bournemouth and a way of working to bring out the best. We develop them as players and as individuals. We work very hard to improve weaknesses.” last_img read more

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College GameDay Officially Headed To Clemson vs. Notre Dame Next Saturday

first_imgCollege GameDay's next stop will be at the Clemson vs. Notre Dame game.College GameDayMuch to the chagrin of Indiana football fans, ESPN’s College GameDay is officially headed to Clemson ahead of the Tigers’ big contest against Notre Dame next Saturday. The Tigers and Irish will be meeting on the gridiron for the first time since 1979.Indiana fans, including ESPN’s Dan Dakich, had been making a push to get GameDay to come ahead of the Hoosiers’ Big Ten affair against Ohio State. Alabama vs. Georgia, one of the biggest SEC games of the year, was likely also considered.See you in a week, @ClemsonFB and @NDFootball. pic.twitter.com/tzHB1H4ilA— College GameDay (@CollegeGameDay) September 27, 2015Back in 2013, GameDay was on-hand for two of Clemson’s home games. The Tigers beat Georgia in their opener, but lost to Florida State mid-season.last_img read more

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