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Andy Murray beats Mikhail Youzhny at Wimbledon 2013

first_imgAndy Murray survived some nervous moments to beat Mikhail Youzhny and reach the quarter-finals on another day of drama at Wimbledon.The second seed won 6-4 7-6 (7-5) 6-1 to make the last eight for the sixth year in a row at the All England Club.He is now the only Briton remaining in the singles after Laura Robson lost to Estonia’s Kaia Kanepi on Court One, and will face Spain’s Fernando Verdasco on Wednesday.Murray had arrived on Centre Court as the crowd were still digesting Serena Williams’s surprise loss to Sabine Lisicki, but the Scot was not about to suffer a similar fate.He was in danger of being drawn into a lengthy battle in an edgy second set, but came through in the tie-break and wrapped things up after two hours and 37 minutes.A straightforward afternoon seemed to be unfolding when Murray played a terrific game that included a deft half-volley, a deadly backhand lob and a brilliant forehand pass, to lead by a set and a break. What followed was distinctly unimpressive, however, with his second serve coming under attack from the Russian 20th seed.When Murray double-faulted to drop serve for the second game in succession and then fell 5-2 behind, he was under real pressure for the first time in the tournament.Youzhny, playing in the last 16 at Wimbledon for the eighth time, had his chance to level when he served for the set, but after seeing off two break-back points he could do nothing about a Murray forehand on the third.The Scot was still searching for consistency, and another double-fault saw him change ends 4-2 down in the tie-break, but the most delicate of drop shots shifted the momentum.Murray cracked a cross-court backhand winner on set point and, after Youzhny received treatment on his shoulder, the third set was a one-sided affair.The Russian tamely handed over his serve in the second game and Murray broke for the fifth time before sealing victory with a blistering forehand and a serve-volley. “It was a tough match, the first couple of sets especially, but once I got ahead in the third I concentrated hard on not letting him back in like I did in the second set,” Murray told BBC Sport.“I don’t take anything for granted. I know how hard these tournaments are to win. There are no guarantees here and I don’t come into them thinking I am going to win.“I think a few rounds ago I was more nervous, but today I felt calmer before the match.“I just concentrate on each game. Serena lost today; Roger has lost and Rafa has lost, so you cannot take anything for granted.”last_img read more

Autopsy on Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs scheduled for Tuesday

first_imgThe Angels’ game against the Texas Rangers was postponed on Monday, following the shocking news. The Rangers confirmed that the series will resume on Tuesday at 7:05 p.m. central time, following a moment of silence for Skaggs.The Rangers also announced the proceeds from their 50-50 in-game raffle on Tuesday would go to benefit the Angels’ Baseball Foundation, the club’s charity fund.General Manager Billy Eppler, Manager Brad Ausmus and team president John Carpino were scheduled to meet the media at Globe Life Park in Arlington at 4:30 p.m. central time. The press conference will be carried live by Fox Sports West.More to come on this story. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error ARLINGTON, Texas — An autopsy on Tyler Skaggs is scheduled for Tuesday, a day after the Angels pitcher was found dead in his room in the team hotel.The Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s office will perform the autopsy. It’s unclear how long it would take to release the results, and what information would be included.The Southlake, Texas, police department on Monday announced that foul play had been ruled out as a cause for the 27-year-old’s death. Police later added that suicide “does not appear” to be the cause.A police spokesman on Tuesday said results of their investigation would not be available for four to six weeks.last_img read more

Six Devon teams head to national golf final

first_img8 Jun 2016 Six Devon teams head to national golf final Six Devon golf club teams have played their way into the national final of an England Golf team championship.They all won through a regional qualifier at Woodbury Park Golf Club, Devon, and will take part in the final of the English Club Team Championship on Monday, 8 August during England Golf Week at Frilford Heath Golf Club, Oxfordshire.The successful six are:Downes Crediton Golf Club (pictured), represented by David Taylor, Fran Shrubsole, Quintin Payne-Cook and Elizabeth MapsonBovey Tracey Golf Club, represented by Fred Egbeare, Robert Starling, Sheelah Ayliffe and Dawn CottamWoodbury Park Golf Club, represented by David Skinner, Peter Baldwin, Kate Blake and Ellen NortonFingle Glen Golf Club, represented by Jeff Maynard, Richard Stevens, Anne Woodger and Michelle UnderwoodTeignmouth Golf Club, represented by Hannah Stephens, Anthony Stephens, Lorna Brown and Stephen BrownTorquay Golf Club, represented by Malcolm Swift, Di Swift, Iain Rowlands and Sally SpokesThey will meet qualifiers from three other regional events at the national final. It will be a feature of Golf Week, staged by England Golf to create a national grand finale for a host of handicap and team championships.Click here for full scoreslast_img read more

Inside Conditions…The age of “thuggery”

first_imgAubrey BruceAs I sit down to pen this, my first Black History Month work of 2014, I will in good faith, not in bad taste or laziness write a few more syllables, words, sentences and paragraphs’ regurgitating the supposed “benevolence” of  Branch Rickey.“Rickey [the legendary] Major League Baseball (MLB) executive [was] elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1967. Mr. Rickey was born on December 20, 1881 and died on  December 9, 1965.  The time of his birth and death is significant, very significant to the body of communiqué.Rickey’s claim to fame was that “he [broke] Major League Baseball’s color barrier by signing African American player Jackie Robinson and for drafting the first Afro-Hispanic superstar, Roberto Clemente.Rickey played for the St. Louis Browns and New York Highlanders from 1905 through 1907. After struggling as a player, Rickey returned to college, where he learned about administration from Philip Bartelme. Returning to MLB in 1913, Rickey embarked on a successful managing and executive career with the St. Louis Browns, the St. Louis Cardinals, New York Yankees, Brooklyn Dodgers and Pittsburgh Pirates. The Cardinals elected him to their team Hall of Fame in 2014.” (Wikipedia)Most of us should be asking the question as to why there was a color barrier in place requiring it to be broken in the first place?  Was it Branch Rickey or President Barack Obama that said; “It’s time to do away with workplace policies that belong in a “Mad Men” episode.”August 28, 1945 was the day Rickey signed Jackie Robinson to a minor league baseball deal but at that time many “mad men” remained at the core of our social and economic system, running our government, our country’s corporations and our sports teams who continued to implement and maintain “indentured servants” practices that continue until this day.As far as sports ownership and management goes Blacks may have exited the end zone of racial bias in the corporate  and sports world but a “touchback” has been declared because they have not been afforded many opportunities to return the “kickoffs of opportunities” into the “red zones” of success.I have decided to take a break.   turn on “Morning Joe” the MSNBC television program semi-dedicated to the Republican Party, right wing “killo-sophy,” oops, I meant philosophy.   This is the “super preservative” gun carrying, flag waving, disenfranchising and war mongering faction of our society that incessantly ridicules Black Americans and all that we stand for.After the previous couple of weeks ridiculing a few Black athletes, the “panel” moves on to discussing the death of actor Phillip Seymour Hoffman.I met Hoffman on September 11, 2002 at the Lennox Lounge in Harlem.  I, along with former Pittsburgher, bassist Chris Sullivan, along with Long Island native and long time Harlem resident, jazz/pop vocalist Barbra Sfraga.We were doing a tribute to the victims of 911. Sfraga and I performed the Donny McClurkin song; “We Fall Down But We Get Up.”After the set, Hoffman who was hanging out with comedy legend Jackie Mason told me how moved he was. Jackie Mason wrote on a piece of paper that I was an awesome talent.  I still have a laminated copy of that autograph.I am saddened by the death of Mr. Hoffman because such a brilliant talent has now been silenced, forever.  Had the suspected drug allegedly ingested by him been legal, he could have left the shadows of iniquity and the drug that secretly pleased him and killed him may have been administered under a supervised conditions, do you remember Michael Jackson?No one will be calling Mr. Hoffman a ruffian.However, Seattle Seahawk defensive back Richard Sherman was labeled a “thug” by all of the “conservative” media outlets because he dared to exude an air of confidence after a hard fought victory against the San Francisco 49ers to advance to Super Bowl XLVIII.Sherman’s performance on the field was legal, it was his braggadocio that wasn’t.CNN.com had this to say about Mr. Hoffman.  “Philip Seymour Hoffman was a rare breed in Hollywood. The actor could disappear into — and transcend — any role He seemed to care more for his craft than celebrity. Hoffman died of an apparent drug overdose at the age of 46. He had the booming voice of a deity but often played schlubs and conflicted characters. He could be heartfelt and giving, as with his male nurse in “Magnolia” or rock critic in “Almost Famous,” or creepily Machiavellian, such as the gamemaster in the latest “Hunger Games” movie.”My ear is pinned to the wall am I losing my hearing?  I am not hearing nor am I reading the word; “thug.” reflecting on his death.“In 1884 Sigmund Freud treats his depression with cocaine, and reports feeling “exhilaration and lasting euphoria, which is in no way differs from the normal euphoria of the healthy person…You perceive an increase in self-control and possess more vitality and capacity for work…. In other words, you are simply more normal, and it is soon hard to believe that you are under the influence of a drug.” [Quoted in Ernest Jones, *The Life and Work of Sigmund Freud, Vol.1, p.82]Was Freud a hooligan? It was declared legal over 113 years ago that it was okay for Whites to use drugs but it was forbidden for people of color.  In 1901 The Senate of the United States of America [adopted] a resolution, introduced by Henry Cabot Lodge,” to forbid the sale by American traders of opium and alcohol “to aboriginal tribes and uncivilized races.” These provisions are later extended to include “uncivilized elements in America itself and in its territories, such as Indians, Alaskans, the inhabitants of Hawaii, railroad workers, and immigrants at ports of entry.”  (Lectlaw. com)In 1901 Branch Rickey was 20 years old.  His opinions were already formed. The opinions about Black athletes must be reformatted for anything or anyone to be changed.Aubrey Bruce can be reached at: abruce@newpittsburghcourier.com or  412.583.6741last_img read more

Back to the grind stone for Nelson Leafs, first up Murdoch rival Beaver Valley Nitehawks

first_img“I thought we started the season not in as good as shape as other teams so we spent the past week doing some dry land training and working on lots of skill development,” said Leaf coach Chris Shaw when asked about the mini-training camp one month into the season. “We adopted the lunch pail mentality and I feel it’s starting to pay off and will go a long way to making us a better team.”First up is a team the Leafs is Beaver Valley, a divisional rival who doubled Nelson 6-3 in the first meeting between the two clubs at the NDCC Arena.Saturday Nelson plays host to the 2-4 Golden Rockets at 7 p.m. before concluding the Thanksgiving weekend with a 1 p.m. contest Sunday against 4-7 Princeton Posse.“An 0-4 start is not what we wanted but it’s still early in the season and if we have a good weekend we can move right up the standings and prove to the league this will be a competitive hockey team,” explained Shaw, assuming his role behind the bench as head coach after serving a three-game suspension.The Leafs defence will be bolstered by the return of rugged rearguard Tyler Parfeniuk. The Kelowna product has been out of the lineup with an injury since game one of the season.However, while Parfeniuk resumes play, the news is not as good for winger Cody Abbey. Shaw said the medical staff is taking a cautious approach to make sure Abbey’s injury does not get any worse.Shaw said Marcus Beesley gets the start in goal tonight of the Leafs in Fruitvale. However, tonight’s backup Darren Hogg should see action in one of the two home games.LEAGUE NOTES: Castlegar winger Ryan Aynsley has been voted the player of the month for the Kootenay Conference. The Kelowna product is tied for the league lead in scoring with Thierry Martine of Osoyoos, each with 20 points. Aynsley shot up the scoring ladder with a six-point game last month against Grand Forks. Brandon Formosa of the Sicamous Eagles earned the honour in the Okanagan Conference. . . .The Nitehawks will be without the services of Tyler Collins and Bryan Hinchcliffe. The KIJHL handed the players three and four game suspensions, respectively for fighting and misconduct penalties. Cale Wright of Fernie was given three games for a match penalty while three Revelstoke Grizzlies’ players — Derek Grimm (1), Cody Larsen (3) and Braeden Monk (1) were also disciplined by the league. sports@thenelsondaily.com By Bruce Fuhr,The Nelson Daily SportsBelieve it or not, for as bad a start the Nelson Leafs experienced the club is only four points out of second in the Neil Murdoch standings and eight behind division leading Castlegar Rebels.And now, thanks to a quirk in the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League schedule, the Leafs have played fewer games than every other team in the Murdoch Division.Nelson, idle since September 29th, gets a chance to make a comeback when the team plays three games in three days, starting tonight in Fruitvale against a team higher in the standings — the Beaver Valley Nitehawks.last_img read more

Jamboree event highlight of Terry Walgren Tournament

first_imgThe Terry Walgren Youth Soccer Tournament attracted players and teams from throughout the Kootenay and Okanagan regions along with some participants from south of the 49th parallel. Part of the weekend was reserved for players under the age of 12 playing in a Jamboree style event.Host Nelson, with 21-plus players on the roster, entered a pair of teams into the Jamboree.During the Jamboree, there are no scores or points kept, just a lot of determination and skill by all players.The Jamboree event prepares the players for the Rep category, which youth soccer players enter for the next years.Some of the players on the Nelson squad included, Logan Martin, Joey Wall, Chase Colgur, Albie Drysdale, Van Keywood, Ryder Collins, Ethan Knight, Logan Wright, Ilya Sherstobitoff, Markus Rentke, Evan Ouchi, Amani Kaufmann, Yannick Holt-Lachance, Oliver Gyr, Charlie Morrison, Jacob De Zwart, Peyton Wilkinson, Tanner Jackson, Kaden White,  Emil Metcalfand Gabriel Makortoff.last_img read more


first_imgTHE $75,000 PASADENA STAKES WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDERRace 8 of 9                                                                                                          Approximate post time 4 p.m. PST CONQUEST FARENHEIT: Originally based with trainer Mark Casse at Woodbine, this Kentucky-bred colt by Scatt Daddy pressed the pace in the 6 ½ furlong turf Baffle here on Feb. 20, prevailing by 1 ¾ lengths as the 7-5 favorite in his second start for Miller.  A sharp second at 4-5 in the one mile turf Summer Stakes (Grade II) three starts back at Woodbine on Sept. 18, he’s been favored in all four of his lifetime starts and looks like the probable Pasadena favorite as he stretches back out to two turns.    Additionally, he achieved a Pasadena-best 92 Beyer Speed figure in winning the Baffle.  Owned by Rockingham Ranch or Littlefield, he’s 4-2-1-1 with earnings of $110,045. ZAKAROFF: A respectable fifth two starts back in the 1 1/16 miles California Derby on Jan. 21, this Kentucky-bred gelding by California-based Slew’s Tiznow stretched out to 1 1/8 miles on Golden Gate’s synthetic Tapeta to win the Grade III El Camino Real Derby by a half length on Feb. 18 at odds of 48-1.  With many options before them, Zakaroff’s connections appear to have chosen a prudent path in trying grass for the first time in the Pasadena.  A graded stakes winner on synthetic, Zakaroff can be expected to handle the turf well as he cuts back in distance a furlong.  Ridden to victory in the El Camino Real Derby by Kyle Frey, he’ll get the first-time services of Joe Talamo on Sunday.  Owned by longtime Specht client Antone Metaxas, Zakaroff is the leading money earner in the field with $148,120 accumulated from an overall mark of 6-2-1-1. ARCADIA, Calif. (March 16, 2017)–With eight out of the 10 runners engaged coming off recent wins, Conquest Farenheit, Zakaroff, Cistron and undefeated Taco all figure prominently in Sunday’s $75,000 Pasadena Stakes, for 3-year-olds at one mile on the Santa Anita turf.With trainer Peter Miller’s Conquest Farenheit and Steve Specht’s Zakaroff both coming off last-out stakes wins, John Sadler’s Cistron, comes off a gutty allowance win over the course.  Throw in Efren Loza, Jr.’s Taco, unbeaten in four starts, his most recent triumph a minor turf stakes at Sam Houston Park, the Pasadena looms a completely wide-open affair and quite possibly the best betting race on the nine-race program. TACO: Unbeaten in four starts, two at Gulfstream, one at Fairgrounds in New Orleans and most recently a 1 1/16 miles turf stakes Sam Houston Park on Feb. 25, this Kentucky-bred colt by Gio Ponti looms the biggest question mark in the field in what will be his Southern California debut.  Based at Gulfstream Park West (formerly Calder), Taco would appear to have the right style in what appears to be a speed-laden lineup as he’s rallied from off the pace in all four of his wins.  Owned by Kathleen Amaya, Raffaele Centofanti and Daniel Alonso, Taco has earnings of $82,800. CISTRON: A gate to wire winner one mile turf allowance winner here on Feb. 5, he made the lead two starts back when third, beaten three quarter of a length in the one mile turf Eddie Logan Stakes two starts back on Dec. 30.  Triple Crown nominated, this Kentucky-bred colt by The Factor broke his maiden at a mile turf three starts back on Dec. 4 and appears on edge for Sunday’s Pasadena.  Owned by Hronis Racing, LLC or Little Red Feather Racing, Cistron could be hard pressed to make the early lead if Conquest Farenheit opts for a similar trip.  With an overall record of 5-2-0-2, he has earnings of $80,889. Big Sky Logan–Corey Nakatani–120Taxman’s Quest–Flavien Prat–120Ritzy A. P.–Victor Espinoza–120Ky. Colonel–Mike Smith–120Taco–Jesus Rios–124Cistron–Tyler Baze–122Monster Man–Rafael Bejarano–120Conquest Farenheit–Norberto Arroyo, Jr.–120Zakaroff–Joe Talamo–124Bird Is the Word–Kent Desormeaux–120First post time for a nine-race card on Sunday is at 12:30 p.m.  Admission gates will open at 10:30 a.m.  For scratches, changes and complete morning line information, please visit santaanita.com.last_img read more