Nadal’s magical clay court streak ended by Thiem in Madrid

first_imgThiem, the runner-up to the great Spaniard in the 2017 Madrid final, had been the last player to defeat Nadal on clay at the 2017 Italian Open in Rome — 357 days ago.The shock result also means that Roger Federer will reclaim the world number one ranking on Monday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“A player like Dominic has a lot of potential. Whenever he plays really well, it’s very difficult to stop him,” admitted Nadal.“He played well and I didn’t play well. We’re not playing a game where the differences are big or massive. The differences are very small.” In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Shapovalov, who had never won a clay-court match on the main tour before Madrid, will be playing in his second Masters semi-final where he will on Saturday face German second seed Alexander Zverev.Zverev defeated John Isner 6-4, 7-5 to gain revenge for his defeat to the American in the Miami Masters final in April.Zverev has now reached five Masters semi-finals in the last year.Dutchwoman Kiki Bertens continued her remarkable run at the Madrid Open by thrashing French seventh seed Caroline Garcia to reach the womens’ final. The world number 20 will face Petra Kvitova after brushing aside Garcia 6-2, 6-2.Bertens had already stunned world number two Caroline Wozniacki and five-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova earlier in the week.Two-time Madrid champion Kvitova reached the final with a 7-6 (7/4), 6-3 win over Czech compatriot Karolina Pliskova.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Aldin Ayo confirms Brent Paraiso’s transfer to UST Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC MOST READ Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feastcenter_img 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 Five-time Madrid winner Nadal, who will be bidding for an 11th French Open title in Paris later this month, had won his previous 21 matches on clay.That run included him surpassing John McEnroe’s 1984 record of 49 sets won in succession on the same surface during his last-16 duel with Diego Schwartzman on Thursday.However, in their ninth career clash, Thiem put Nadal under pressure almost from the start on Friday and broke for a 4-3 lead in the first set.A double fault and a long forehand allowed Nadal to retrieve the break at 5-5.‘He killed me in Monaco’ADVERTISEMENT It was a brief reprieve as a lazy forehand volley gave Thiem a 6-5 advantage and the set came the Austrian’s way in the 12th game off an ace.Thiem, watched by his girlfriend — and WTA star — Kristina Mladenovic, turned the screw for a 3-1 lead in the second set but Nadal battled back to 3-3.That was as good as it got for the Spaniard as Thiem broke again for 4-3, held to love for 5-3 and secured victory with another blistering forehand.Thiem, who next faces South Africa’s Kevin Anderson for a place in Sunday’s final, joins Novak Djokovic and Gaston Gaudio as just the third man to have beaten Nadal three times on clay.“It takes a really good match to beat Rafa on clay. But I think a very important thing also was today that I went in with the attitude that I can beat him,” said Thiem.“Two weeks ago in Monte Carlo, he killed me love and two. It was very important I went in with a positive attitude, with an attitude to win. I should go into every match like this against him.”World number eight Anderson battled into his first Masters semi-final with a 7-6 (7/3), 3-6, 6-3 win over Serbian qualifier Dusan Lajovic.Anderson, the 31-year-old US Open runner-up last year, hit 15 aces and 35 winners.Canada’s Denis Shapovalov became the youngest player to reach the Madrid semi-finals with a 7-5, 6-7 (6/8) 6-4 win over Britain’s Kyle Edmund.The 19-year-old Shapovalov, ranked at 43 in the world, fired 29 winners past Edmund, a surprise semi-finalist at the Australian Open in January. Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Spain’s Rafael Nadal reacts after losing to Austria’s Dominic Thiem during their ATP Madrid Open quarter-final tennis match at the Caja Magica in Madrid on May 11, 2018. AFP PHOTO / OSCAR DEL POZORafael Nadal suffered his first clay-court defeat in almost a year when the world number one was shocked 7-5, 6-3 by Austria’s Dominic Thiem in the Madrid Masters quarterfinals on Friday.Defending champion Nadal, who came into the tournament having won both Monte Carlo and Barcelona for an 11th time, also saw his record 50-set winning streak on clay ended by the fifth-seeded Thiem.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Lofians ‘Doubtful’

first_imgMany Lofians have expressed doubt over recent information circulating that the Government of Liberia will this year commence the pavement of the Gbarnga-Voinjama highway. These naysayers claim that President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s silence over the construction of the road during her recent trip to Lofa, the first leg of her nationwide tour, clearly indicates that the project will not go on.According to the citizens, pieces of information have been circulating in the county that government has finalized plans to begin the construction of the road this year. The first phase of the project, which begins from Gbarnga to Konia, was expected to have kicked-off earlier this year.The pieces of information were confirmed by the County development Superintendent, Krubo Janka, at a re-union ceremony of citizens of Kpademai in December last year. President Sirleaf also publicly mentioned the commencement of the project this year when she delivered her State of the Nation address on January 27, 2014.The citizens explained most of them were unable to listen to the President when she made mention of the project. They expressed little interest in what government officials say because they often make promises they have no intention of keeping.The Lofa citizens said their leader should have— at the very least— mentioned the project when she was in their presence. This, according to them, would have brought some level of relief to all Lofians because it would now be seen as a fact.Mr. Frederick Jallah of Voinjama City said the Liberian President’s refusal to speak on the matter during her tour of the county cast a shadow of doubt over the entire project. He expressed the opinion that her silence indicated that it may not be possible this year, next year or the remainder of her tenure.Mr. Jallah, who is a cocoa farmer said: “I’m really disappointed with President Sirleaf’s visit to Lofa County. One of the most important things I was anxious to hear during the President’s visit to the county was her position on the issue of the road; this is a major priority for the Lofian people.”He added, “If she had mentioned something about it while in the county we would have been very happy and believed that the project would soon become a reality. We do not trust the leaders that we have in this county. Some of them have repeatedly told us things that do not come to pass; so we don’t listen to them anymore. This is why we wanted to hear evidence of the road project from the President herself.”The anxiety of the Lofians over the construction of the highway is as result of the deplorable conditions of the road both in the dry and rainy season; making it difficult for citizens to move from one place to the next. Business people and farmers spend days and even weeks, especially during the rainy season, on the road trying to get their goods to the markets, but are impeded by the poor conditions of the road.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Local companies should be given priority – former PSC President

first_img…touts local content legislationLocal contractors and companies should be given priority when contracts are being awarded, instead of being stymied by foreign investors, former Private Sector Commission (PSC) President Ramesh Dookhoo says.Former PSC PresidentRamesh DookhooDookhoo stated that the PSC was concerned that contracts were being awarded to foreign companies, while local investors were being sidelined and so the Commission was lobbying for more local content to be placed in contracts of foreign contractors.He indicated that this particular issue has been raised with several Ministers on numerous occasions, but nothing substantial has been done to address it. He explained that the problem started some time ago.Similarly, there are two cases of local companies being marginalised by the Government presently – the Demerara Distillers Limited, which lost its Topco Juice contract, and Guyanese stones suppliers being bypassed as stones for the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) Expansion Project are being sourced from a Surinamese company. DDL’s Topco Juice, which is locally manufactured, was distributed to students under the Government’s school feeding programme, but the contract was taken away and awarded to a Surinamese company that distributes Kool Kids juice. The CJIA Expansion Project contractor, China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) will commence importing stones from Suriname for the US$150 million taxpayer-funded project. Government officials had said the Administration had no part in sourcing the stones, subsequently adding that CHEC used imported stones because local prices were higher. However, critics are arguing that the local stones are of a better quality. “I believe that we do support our local Private Sector and we would want to say that wherever possible, contracts be awarded to them or at least be treated fairly,” Dookhoo said. “The way other countries deal with it is to put in local content legislation.” “You can’t build a hotel in Barbados and buy the furniture from Timbuktu. The tender goes out to the local Private Sector in Barbados first. They have to say I cannot supply it. Guyana will not be doing anything wrong or in contravention to any foreign trade agreement to put measures in place.” Dookhoo noted that the Private Sector has met with experts on local content who are in Guyana because of the nascent oil industry. He divulged that the experts are equipping the Private Sector with the technical support for local content succession. (Jeanna Pearson)last_img read more

Peacemaker stabbed to death

first_imgA D Field, Sophia, Greater Georgetown businessman was on Sunday evening stabbed to death in front of his business place as he attempted to make peace between a man and his reputed wife.Dead is 48-year-old Godfrey Phillips, of Lot 3028 D Field Sophia. He was reportedly stabbed once to his left abdomen and was pronounced dead on arrival at the Georgetown Public Hospital.Based on reports received, the now dead man had already closed his business for the night when he heard an argument. As he ventured out, he saw the suspect arguing with his reputed wife and cautioned them about their behaviour.The suspect of Pike Street, Kitty, Georgetown reportedly became annoyed, whipped out a knife, and inflicted the fatal blow on Phillips.Dead: Godfrey PhillipsAfter committing the act, the suspect and his reputed wife fled the scene, but the Police confirmed that he was later arrested and was being grilled about the heinous crime.At the Turkeyen Police Station on Monday morning, Subrena Phillips, the dead man’s widow, related that she was at home on Sunday evening when she received a telephone call informing her that her husband was stabbed.Without hesitation, she contacted her eldest daughter, who confirmed that her father had been stabbed and had been rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital.She ventured out and on her way to the hospital in the company of her nephew, she received another call – this time from her youngest daughter who informed her that her father was dead.“I still turn up at the hospital and I saw he was already wrapped … I unzipped the holder and I saw his eyes and mouth open …,” she related with tear-filled eyes.She related to Guyana Times what she knew of the incident, “I heard that he went to part some fight between a man and his reputed wife, and he went and tell them to calm down, that it ain’t looking good and is then the man pull out and push the knife.”The suspect, she added, hailed from Kitty, Georgetown, and left the scene after committing the act. The distraught woman stated that she did not know the suspect, but he was known to her children.She told this publication that she and her husband had been married for the past 24 years, and had three children.At the scene, the man’s eldest daughter pointed out the spot where her father collapsed and died.She related that at the time of the stabbing incident, people were in the vicinity of the shop and saw what took place, but they were afraid to speak out. This newspaper understands that a young woman who witnessed the stabbing incident has since given a statement to the Police as they continue their investigations.Phillips’ body was taken to the Lyken Funeral Home to await a post-mortem.last_img read more

Pro-Med Ambulance nominated for Small Business B.C. Awards

first_imgPro-Med Ambulance is one of five nominees in the Best Company category. They’ll be going head-to-head with businesses based out of Kelowna, Vancouver, Whistler and Port Moody in this province-wide competition.Nominated businesses that were successful in rallying the support of their community and gathered the most votes made it through to the top 10, announced in December of 2014.“Small Business B.C. is proud to acknowledge the exceptionally talented, creative and passionate entrepreneurs in our province,” CEO of Small Business B.C. George Hunter writes  “The SBBC Awards provide a platform to showcase the impact that small businesses are having on their communities and the contributions they’re making to the economy and to celebrate the dedicated entrepreneurs who built them.”- Advertisement -This year was the biggest yet for the competition with over 460 nominations received from 70 communities across the province.Winners will be announced on February 26, 2015 at the Small Business B.C. Award Ceremony at the Pan Pacific Hotel in Vancouver – anticipated to packed with 500 small business owners, government representatives and other key influential business representatives.last_img read more

‘Sensational’ Neymar turns on style with hat-trick in PSG stroll

first_imgBut he tore Red Star apart with two goals in the space of two first-half minutes at the Parc des Princes, the first a delightful curling free-kick, before completing his hat-trick from another stunning free-kick late on.“I really liked the effort made by the whole team, but Neymar was sensational,” said Tuchel.“You can feel that he is hungry in every match, that he wants to be decisive, win the ball back, be at the heart of the play.“He is one of the best players in Europe and that is very, very important for us.”Edinson Cavani, Angel Di Maria and Kylian Mbappe also scored as PSG bounced back from a 3-2 defeat at Liverpool two weeks ago to register their first points in Group C.But seeing Neymar play with a smile on his face again is especially encouraging for the French champions.“Winning is the main thing that I want, but when I score goals I am even happier,” said Neymar, who described the game as his and PSG’s best yet this season.Paris have a double-header to come next against Napoli — who beat Liverpool 1-0 on Wednesday — and the Italians will offer a sterner test than Red Star, the 1991 European Cup winners who had been unbeaten in 34 games before arriving at the Parc des Princes.The Serbians grabbed a consolation goal through Marko Marin, but they could not cope with the home side’s front four, a quartet who cost PSG almost 530 million euros ($610 million) in transfer fees alone.Such was the imbalance between the teams that PSG were never likely to be troubled despite playing this game with one end of the Parc des Princes closed, a punishment following incidents in the defeat against Real Madrid in March.– Free-kick double –This time trouble broke out after the match, with several hundred individuals involved in clashes with police outside the stadium, but the night was all about Neymar. He won the free-kick which led to the opener in the 20th minute, the Brazilian getting up to curl a fine strike past Canadian goalkeeper Milan Borjan from 25 yards.Kylian Mbappe combined with Neymar for the Brazilian’s second goal and later found the net himself © AFP / FRANCK FIFEThe hosts scored again two minutes later as Neymar found Mbappe before meeting the return pass with a lovely finish.That was Neymar’s ninth goal in nine games this season between Ligue 1 and Champions League.The former Barcelona forward’s performance was also notable for a brilliant nutmeg on Milos Degenek that created another shooting opportunity just before half-time.PSG had already scored twice more by then, with Cavani finding the net on 37 minutes with the aid of a deflection after some brilliant footwork and Di Maria guiding in a Thomas Meunier cross in the 42nd minute.Neymar produced more magic in the build-up to PSG’s fifth goal 20 minutes from time, finding Juan Bernat, who squared for Mbappe to finish.Red Star supporters were given something to celebrate as Marin, the former Germany winger whose career lost its way after a move to Chelsea, blasted home in the 74th minute.But Neymar had the last word, curling another free-kick high into the net to complete his hat-trick nine minutes from time, taking him into double figures for the season.Tuchel then immediately substituted his star player, who walked off to a standing ovation.The PSG coach will now be desperate for Neymar to keep performing like this.Tuchel added: “It’s easier when you’re in a good mood. He is on form in his game and now he is almost at 100 percent physically.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Neymar celebrates after scoring the free-kick that completed his hat-trick against Red Star Belgrade © AFP / Anne-Christine POUJOULATParis, France, Oct 3 – Paris Saint-Germain coach Thomas Tuchel described Neymar as “sensational” after the world’s most expensive player scored a hat-trick in a sublime display to lead Paris Saint-Germain to a 6-1 rout of Red Star Belgrade in the Champions League on Wednesday.The Brazilian admitted before this game that he still did not feel back to 100 percent after the foot injury which required surgery and saw him miss the last three months of last season.last_img read more

It’s given us BELIEF! Arsenal’s stunning win over Bayern Munich hailed by boss Wenger

first_img1 Arsene Wenger believes beating Bayern Munich will boost the belief of his Arsenal players and the club’s fans.The Gunners kept alive their hopes of reaching the Champions League knockout stage with a 2-0 victory over the German giants at the Emirates on Tuesday night.It was an impressive performance against a Bayern side which had racked up 12 successive wins ahead of their trip to London, and Wenger claims it can serve to increase confidence around the club.“It can strengthen our belief and strengthen the belief of people of around us, our fans,” said the Frenchman.“We won 3-0 against Manchester United, 3-0 against Watford and 2-0 (over Bayern), so it is important we have a good balance between defending well and attacking well.“As long as we defend well and score goals then the balance is right.”Arsenal are now third in Group F, but still need other results to go their way to be certain of reaching the knockout stages.“We had an absolute necessity to win the game and we did it in an intense and disciplined way,” said Wenger.”It was a top-level game between two top-level teams. Bayern had more possession than us, but we decided to make it tight in our final third and catch them on the break.“Overall we have beaten a very strong team and kept a good level focus from the first to the last minute and kept a clean sheet as well.”Wenger added: ”We (still) need a result at Bayern. Now let’s focus on Everton (in the Premier League on Saturday).” Arsène Wenger last_img read more

VIDEO: Comical own goal from Feyenoord in the Eredivisie

first_imgCheck out this comical own goal from Sven van Beek during Feyenoord’s Eredivisie match with ADO Den Haag!Can you think of many worse than this effort? Let us know in the comments section below!last_img

Newcastle secure signing of Ki Sung-yeung from Swansea

first_img targets Newcastle have announced the signing of South Korea captain Ki Sung-yueng, with the midfielder’s move from Swansea to become official on July 1.The 29-year-old has signed a two-year deal and will join on a free transfer when his contract expires. Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer IN DEMAND “He is the captain of his country, a good character and he will be a good addition to the squad.”Ki started out with FC Seoul but is well known to British fans, having joined Celtic in 2009.He spent three seasons with the Bhoys before starting a six-year spell with Swansea that was punctuated only by his loan spell at Sunderland in 2013/14. Latest transfer news on Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti moving on RANKED LATEST center_img The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star targets Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland REVEALED Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Our new signing in our new @pumafootball home shirt 😍— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) June 29, 2018“I’m so pleased I can join the club,” Ki said on the Newcastle’s official website. “I was always pleasantly surprised when I came to St James’ Park to play against Newcastle – there is a great atmosphere and the passion from the fans is a great support to the players.“Everyone knows how big this club is so I’m really looking forward to playing with my teammates and for the fans.”Newcastle announced the move on Friday, with the midfielder following Martin Dubravka into St James’ Park this summer.“I’m pleased to welcome Ki to the club. He is a player with lots of Premier League and international experience and it was an easy decision to bring him here,” United boss Rafael Benitez said. LIVING THE DREAM last_img read more

Ahmed Elmohamady nets against old club Hull to help Villa to opening game win

first_img 3 Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship EFL result goalless 3 impact ROUND-UP Jed Steer prevented Villa from beginning their season by conceding a first-minute goal with a fine save to deny Jarrod Bowen from a tight angle.But the goalkeeper should have done better for Hull’s opener shortly afterwards, failing to punch clear a free-kick which allowed Evandro to hook the ball into the bottom corner, just as a minute’s applause in memory of young Stanley Metcalf drew to a close.Poor defending allowed Villa to equalise in the 14th minute when Elphick, making his first start for the club since January 1 following the departure of John Terry, headed in unchallenged from a corner. Elmohamady didn’t celebrate when he gave his side the lead stalemate But fresh investment has so far staved off that threat and after the new owners backed boss Steve Bruce, goals from Tommy Elphick, Elmohamady and Alan Hutton got Villa’s season off to a flyer.Evandro fired in an early opener for new-look City, who had a summer clear-out under Nigel Adkins, but could not prevent Bruce from tasting victory on his return to East Yorkshire.Playmaker Jack Grealish started for Villa, possibly pouring cold water on reports linking him with a move to Tottenham, but the 22-year-old still struggled to impress ahead of Thursday’s transfer deadline. 3 Ahmed Elmohamady struck against his former club Hull as Aston Villa responded to a summer of uncertainty with a 3-1 victory in their Championship opener.Villa’s financial issues came to light following the play-off final defeat to Fulham at Wembley in May, leaving the club in danger of having to sell prized assets. Leeds lose at Fulham, West Brom held, Charlton’s winless run continues center_img Hutton placed the cherry on top Hull defender MacDonald given all-clear after battle with bowel cancer Cardiff and Preston play out stalemate in Championship early kick-off Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Conor Hourihane then curled a free-kick just over from 25 yards as the visitors started to knock on the door.Bruce’s side got the goal they deserved in the 70th minute through Elmohamady, who fired into the bottom corner following a poor clearance from goalkeeper David Marshall.The winger, who won promotion to the Premier League during his time at Hull, refused to celebrate.City were architects of their own downfall and when their defence stood off Hutton five minutes later, the Scot burst into the box and picked out the far corner to seal Villa’s victory. Bannan penalty helps Sheffield Wednesday strengthen grip on play-off place Elphick bagged Villa’s equaliser Steer prevented Villa from immediately falling behind, redeeming himself with a sprawling save to deny Bowen in the area.Hull produced the best football of a scrappy half hour, a fine one-touch passing move resulting in Fraizer Campbell curling an effort over from distance.Bowen, on his 50th career league appearance, continued to be a threat and had a shot deflected just wide of Steer’s left-hand post shortly after half-time.Villa were furious when Albert Adomah went down under a challenge in the box, but referee Andrew Madley waved away the penalty appeals. REPLY Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack Latest Championship News GREAT NEWS last_img read more