Ostapenko first unseeded woman to win French Open since 1933

first_imgPhoto: © pixabay Latvia’s Jelena Ostapenko became the first unseeded woman to win the French Open tennis title since 1933.The 20-year-old came from a set down to beat world number four Simona Halep – 4-6, 6-4, 6-3.Ostapenko began the fortnight ranked 47th in the world – and had never won a tour-level title. Today, Rafael Nadal goes for a record 10th French Open title.He takes on world number three Stan Wawrinka – who knocked out Britain’s Andy Murray in the semi-final.last_img

Clippers rookies key overtime victory over Oklahoma City

first_img Game 4 photos: Luka Doncic, Mavs shock Clippers in overtime What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 “Want them to play hard, play together. I’m coaching them hard. Doc is up there the first half, he coached them hard. It’s just in our system to win games.“Those guys did a great job doing the things we needed them to do for us to win a basketball game.”It was the Mann and Coffey Show largely because the Clippers exercised caution with the postseason a couple days away. Said Rivers, via Zoom, before the game: “I’m just going to go with rest tonight and go hard in practice the next couple of days.”Those resting included stars Leonard and Paul George, along with Lou Williams and Marcus Morris Sr. Also unavailable: Montrezl Harrell, who, a league source confirmed Friday, is being made to quarantine for seven days, a duration that will stretch until Monday. Sidelined as well: Patrick Beverley (strained left calf) and Landry Shamet (sprained left foot).That left the Clippers (49-23) with only eight players — enough with Cassell taking the reins on the sideline in the third quarter, which L.A. opened on a 13-2 run to turn a 12-point deficit into a 50-49 lead with 8:50 to play in the period.After the Thunder reserves pulled back ahead midway through the fourth quarter, Joakim Noah (nine points, six assists and five rebounds) found Patrick Patterson (17 points) for a 3-pointer that put the Clippers ahead again, 81-80. A few more lead changes and the game went to overtime, tied 87-87.Coffey’s presence with the starting unit gave the Clippers their 33rd lineup in this unprecedented 72-game regular season. Joining Coffey on the floor at tipoff: JaMychal Green (13 points), Reggie Jackson, Rodney McGruder and Ivica Zubac — the only regular starter of the group, who played only 11 minutes, his fewest in the bubble.Now the Clippers — who finished the season with a .681 winning percentage, fourth-best in franchise history — turn their attention to the postseason. They’ll begin their pursuit of the franchise’s first NBA title, without knowing if and when they’ll have all their personnel to help with what they hope is an historic push.“A coach’s job is to always be worried,” Rivers said. “So I guess that would be the extent of it. Other than that, I don’t ever worry too much about it. It is what it is.“Nothing I can about it. Things don’t go the way they’re planned. In this case, that’s been the case, but you make do of it and we gotta get going. We gotta get our rhythm during the playoffs as quickly as possible.”Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “That moment was awesome,” Mann said. “He was just telling me, ‘You’re one assist away, don’t force it, but go get it.’”Still, Mann’s 25 points, 14 rebounds and nine assists — all career bests — made him just the second rookie in team history, along with Griffin, to record such a stat line, and just the fifth player in the franchise history overall.Mann — whose 3-pointer in the waning seconds of a 126-103 victory over New Orleans on Aug. 1 was the Clippers’ 25th of the game, establishing a franchise record — also scored nine of the Clippers’ final 20 points in a closely contested overtime period.And in his first NBA start, Amir Coffey responded with a career-high in points (21) and steals (four) against the Thunder (44-28), who also rested starters entirely or for most of the game.“We expect the same things from our young guys that we expect from our stars of our team,” said Clippers assistant coach Sam Cassell, who took over for Coach Doc Rivers after halftime. Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum The Clippers’ reserves got all the run, had all the fun — and then some — in a 107-103 overtime victory to close the regular season Friday before they begin play in their Western Conference first-round playoff series Monday against Dallas.With the second-seed secured, the result of Friday’s seeding finale was academic. But that didn’t matter to a pair of 23-year-old rookie guards, who capitalized on the moment with career efforts.Terance Mann had his first NBA double-double and came an assist shy of joining Lamar Odom and Blake Griffin as the only Clippers rookies to record a triple-double.PreviousThe Los Angeles Clippers and the Oklahoma City Thunder kneel during the national anthem prior to an NBA basketball game Friday, Aug. 14, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Mike Ehrmann/Pool Photo via AP)Los Angeles Clippers’ Terance Mann (14) drives the ball as Oklahoma City Thunder’s Darius Bazley (7) defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Aug. 14, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Mike Ehrmann/Pool Photo via AP)Oklahoma City Thunder’s Darius Bazley, left, and Los Angeles Clippers’ Joakim Noah (55) battle for a pass during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Aug. 14, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Mike Ehrmann/Pool Photo via AP) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Clippers’ Joakim Noah (55) rebounds as Oklahoma City Thunder’s Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (2) watches during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game Friday, Aug. 14, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Mike Ehrmann/Pool Photo via AP)Los Angeles Clippers’ Amir Coffey (7) dunks against the Oklahoma City Thunder during the third quarter of an NBA basketball game Friday, Aug. 14, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Mike Ehrmann/Pool Photo via AP)Oklahoma City Thunder’s Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (2) handles the ball as Los Angeles Clippers’ Ivica Zubac (40) defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Aug. 14, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Mike Ehrmann/Pool Photo via AP)Oklahoma City Thunder’s Steven Adams (12) wins the tip-off against Los Angeles Clippers’ Ivica Zubac (40) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Aug. 14, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Mike Ehrmann/Pool Photo via AP)Devon Hall #14 of the Oklahoma City Thunder drives the ball against Rodney McGruder #19 of the LA Clippers during the third quarter at The Field House at ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex on August 14, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)Joakim Noah #55 of the LA Clippers on the floor during the fourth quarter against the Oklahoma City Thunder at The Field House at ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex on August 14, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)Oklahoma City Thunder’s Mike Muscala (33) and Los Angeles Clippers’ Joakim Noah, left, battle for position during the third quarter of an NBA basketball game Friday, Aug. 14, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Mike Ehrmann/Pool Photo via AP)Terance Mann #14 of the LA Clippers drives the ball during the fourth quarter against the Oklahoma City Thunder at The Field House at ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex on August 14, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)Los Angeles Clippers assistant coach Tyronn Lue, left, shakes hands with Oklahoma City Thunder’s Chris Paul during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Friday, Aug. 14, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Mike Ehrmann/Pool Photo via AP)The Los Angeles Clippers and the Oklahoma City Thunder kneel during the national anthem prior to an NBA basketball game Friday, Aug. 14, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Mike Ehrmann/Pool Photo via AP)Los Angeles Clippers’ Terance Mann (14) drives the ball as Oklahoma City Thunder’s Darius Bazley (7) defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Aug. 14, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Mike Ehrmann/Pool Photo via AP)NextShow Caption1 of 12Los Angeles Clippers’ Terance Mann (14) drives the ball as Oklahoma City Thunder’s Darius Bazley (7) defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Aug. 14, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Mike Ehrmann/Pool Photo via AP)ExpandHe said he knew he was close in the fourth quarter, when his teammates alerted him to their running tally. During one timeout late in the game, Mann said he got advice from Kawhi Leonard (who recorded his first career triple-double this season with 33 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists in a 122-117 victory over Miami). For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory Clippers’ Paul George: ‘If I make shots, this series could be a little different’ last_img read more

Alisson: ‘I dream of winning the World Cup’

first_imgAlisson BeckerKampala, Uganda | XINHUA |  In the past 14 months, Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker has collected more trophies than most players could only dream of in an entire career.A UEFA Champions League medal in June 2019, was followed by a FIFA Club World Cup triumph six months later. In between, the 27-year-old helped Brazil clinch the Copa America title as tournament hosts.Then, in June this year, Alisson was a part of the Liverpool team that secured the club’s first Premier League crown in 30 years.However, there is one piece of silverware that the former Internacional and Roma shot-stopper has yet to win, and it is the one that he covets most.“I dream of winning the World Cup, of being there [Qatar] in 2022. But we have the Copa America [in 2021] ahead and the [South American World Cup] qualifiers,” Alisson said during an interview broadcast on Brazil’s Bola da Vez television program.“The most important thing is to be included in every squad and win every game we play so that we can achieve our goal of qualifying for the World Cup,” he added.Alisson has been capped 44 times for Brazil and is the undisputed first-choice goalkeeper of Selecao boss Tite, ahead of Manchester City’s Ederson. Share on: WhatsApp He said Tite had instructed Brazil’s players to concentrate, first and foremost, on performing well for their clubs.“Tite says the national team is a consequence of what we do for our clubs during the season and how we take care of ourselves in our daily lives,” Alisson said. “Our preparation has an influence on everything.”“I hope to be a part of every possible national squad while I’m playing. Each match for Brazil is like my first. It’s a big responsibility, given Brazil’s rich football history.”****XINHUAlast_img read more

Delray Beach residents say homes flooded after city took their sandbags

first_imgSome residents in Delray Beach are reporting that they experienced flooding in their homes after the city removed the sandbags they purchased and placed around their homes to help protect them from the rising waters during king tide.On resident in particular, CJ Johnson, told our news partners at CBS12 that he purchased $6,000 worth of sandbags to protect his and his neighbors’ homes. Johnson says he placed the bags in the roadway by the Intracoastal which is across the street from their homes.City officials later came out and removed the bags from the roadway“My sandbags would’ve stopped all of this and they took them away,” Johnson said.While Johnson and other residents believe the city is responsible the for damage because they removed the bags, City of Delray Beach spokeswoman Gina Carter says the sandbags caused damage to the road and would have not protected their homes from flooding.“The sandbags that were placed on the roadway by one of the residents caused a good deal of damage to the road which now needs to be repaired. It is not sound, from an engineering perspective, to put so much weight the edge of a older road. In short, the sandbags could not stay and were not providing any substantive protection to those residents from their most common flooding issue, namely ground water,” said  Carter.“Placing sandbags on a small section of roadway can not provide protection from flooding, especially if it is actually caused by ground water. In other to truly address their ground water flooding issue the homeowners would need to raise their homes,” said Carter.Eugenia DePonte, who has lived in the area for almost 30 years says he has noticed the flooding is getting worse, she continued.“It seems to be getting worse, particularly during a hurricane,”DePonte said.The city says they have plans to build a seawall to help prevent flooding, however, residents say they need a fix while that is in process.last_img read more

Close call for the defending champion

first_img7 May 2015 Close call for the defending champion Julie Brown, the defending English senior women’s champion, held on to her hopes of a title double by the skin of her teeth today.The number one seed eased through her first round match at Woodhall Spa, but she faced a battle royal in the quarter-finals before finally winning through on the 19th.Her opponent, Jackie Foster of Hertfordshire, was five up after 12 and Brown had to stage a remarkable fightback to secure her place in the semi-finals.“I just called on all my knowledge and just stuck in there,” said Brown, who was a winner on the Ladies European Tour before reverting to amateur status (Image © Leaderboard Photography).“I just kept plodding along and thought that if I kept hitting fairways and greens I might put some pressure on.”She won the 13th and 14th, halved the 15th, and then won the next three holes to get the match back to all square on the last. A textbook par on the 19th brought her back from the brink and into the semi-final, where she will meet Jo Galway of Sussex.Brown, from Staffordshire, is the only senior international left in the field after a day of surprises which saw top players take a tumble.Galway played her part. She beat former champion Janet Melville this morning and in the afternoon defeated Joan Pullen, a fellow Sussex player. Pullen was the giant-killer of the first round, beating British senior champion Cath Rawthore 3/2.Galway, a former Sussex champion who is playing this event for only the second time, said: “Tomorrow I shall go out and play my golf, just get on with it – and hope I can do the same as today!”Leicestershire’s Helen Lowe notched up two impressive wins today. She beat former champion Caroline Berry of Cheshire in the first round and then went past Lulu Housman, a senior international from Middlesex.Derbyshire’s Lindsey Shaw, the number two seed, edged through her morning match against Karen Jobling of Yorkshire, winning with a birdie on the 18th. But she got the measure of the greens in the afternoon and defeated yet another international, Chris Quinn of Hampshire.Shaw remarked: “Chris is a very good player, but I was just playing well today. I was three up at the turn and I kept my nose ahead. I’m absolutely delighted and tomorrow I’m just going to keep on trucking!”The semi-finals are: Julie Brown (Trentham) v Jo Galway (Pycombe); Lindsey Shaw (Chevin) v Helen Lowe (Scraptoft)Please click here for full scores from the championship match play and the second flightlast_img read more

Sourav Ganguly: MS Dhoni has communicated decision on future with captain, selectors

first_imgAdvertisement bn1yoNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs3gtwWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Eadsvt( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 7dyrWould you ever consider trying this?😱11rCan your students do this? 🌚2nxltcfRoller skating! Powered by Firework BCCI president Sourav Ganguly believes MS Dhoni has already communicated about his future plans with skipper Virat Kohli. One of India’s most finest captains ever, Dhoni, has reached the twilight of his decorated career. But after representing his beloved country for 15 consecutive years, ‘Captain Cool’ decided to take an indefinite sabbatical from cricket after the Cricket World Cup this year. As usual rumours and speculations about his retirement skyrocketed since he also refused to return; but president Ganguly is sure that Dhoni has already spoken with Kohli on his plans.Advertisement Picture Credit: Cricket Country“He’s (MS Dhoni) had communication with the captain, I am sure he has had communication with the selectors, and I don’t think this is the platform to discuss about it,” Ganguly said in an event.However, ever since his age caught up with him, critics have strongly disapproved Dhoni’s performance even before the Cricket World Cup in England this summer. The wicketkeeper came under heavy criticism for his poor strike rate and that he wasn’t contributing enough with the bat. But according to BCCI, experience matters the most and therefore Virat Kohli took the opportunity to extend Dhoni’s mentorship for a while.Advertisement Even the board president reckons that it will take years to find someone of Dhoni’s calibre. In his words, “You won’t get another MS Dhoni very, very soon, but what he does — whether he wants to play, whether he doesn’t want to play, is up to him.”The 38-year-old, took the throne in 2007 and cemented his place as India’s new leader, winning the inaugural World T20 in South Africa that year. That victory and his composure instilled a faith in the team which would enjoy a sensational four years of international success, ultimately lifting the ODI World Cup at home four years later.Advertisement Read Also:Game Of Boards: Is a Super Series between the top 4 cricketing nations a good idea?Top 5 Best Cricket Catches in 2019  Advertisementlast_img read more