Nadal falls in third-round marathon match to Fognini

first_imgBy Larry FineRafa Nadal ended a sub-par grand slam season on a heartbreaking note when he fell 3-6 4-6 6-4 6-3 6-4 at the U.S. Open to an inspired Fabio Fognini after winning the first two sets at Flushing Meadows on Friday.Clay court specialist Fognini, who was 0-7 on hard courts coming into the U.S. Open, played magnificently from the third set on, picking Nadal apart with groundstroke angles and deft play at the net, where the Italian won 39 of 54 advances.The final set produced spectatcular rallies and winners that had the Arthur Ashe Stadium crowd on their feet well after 1:00 AM as the combatants traded seven service breaks in a row from the third game of the fifth set before Fognini held to end the three hour 46-minute tilt.The defeat ended eighth-seeded Nadal’s streak of 10 years in a row with at least one grand slam singles title after the Spaniard lost in the quarters at the Australian and French Opens, while going down in the second round at Wimbledon.It was Nadal’s first grand slam defeat after winning the first two sets of a match. The only previoius such defeat in his career came in the 2005 Miami finals to Roger Federer.Fognini advanced to a fourth-round match against Spain’s Feliciano Lopez, a 6-2 7-6 6-3 upset winner against 10th seeded Milos Raonic of Canada.last_img read more


Mellower Green playing this Game 5 after 2016 suspension

first_imgMore Taal volcanic quakes recorded despite weaker eruptions Last year, the Warriors also led 3-1 but Green was banned from the pivotal matchup after striking Cleveland star LeBron James in the groin in game four.The visiting Cavaliers won game five with Green watching on TV from a luxury box in the baseball stadium beside the arena, awaiting a celebration that would never come. Cleveland won games six and seven to cap the greatest comeback in NBA Finals history and dethrone the Warriors.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new groundA mellower Green has learned the lessons from that frustration and while not above chatting to a referee, was whistled for fewer flagrant fouls this season.“I don’t really carry it with me. I’m a firm believer in (stuff) happens,” Green said. “I carried the lessons that I learned with me. It has put me in the position I am today. I feel better than I’ve ever felt emotionally. Just having my emotions in place than I’ve ever felt. China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak ‘Can’t fool me twice’Such moments bring questions about Green’s mental improvement, ones Green shrugged off earlier in the series.“You act like I’m just this troubled guy who’s been in a bunch of trouble and can’t control myself,” Green said. “I’ve just been playing basketball. And when you’ve got great teammates like I do who allow me to play with my emotions and be emotional when I’m talking to them, to use my emotions to the better for us, it’s easy.“Not worrying about the officials and all that. I think everyone talks to officials. I talk to them. But going over the edge isn’t going to win me a championship. I think I’m a pretty smart guy and I learned my lesson. So I went over the edge before — fool me once, you can’t fool me twice.”Green had 16 points and 14 rebounds in a losing cause in game four, when play became more physcial than it had been in the series.“We’ll bounce back,” Green said. “We never felt like we were out of the game. We continued to push. We were right there. A couple of shots drop, maybe the game turns. We’ll be fine.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet CLEVELAND, OH – JUNE 09: Draymond Green #23 of the Golden State Warriors gestures to the crowd after a foul in the third quarter against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 4 of the 2017 NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena on June 9, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Jason Miller/Getty Images/AFPGolden State Warriors starting forward Draymond Green won’t be stuck watching game five of the NBA Finals from the stadium next door this year.The outspoken 27-year-old will try to help the Warriors, who lead this year’s best-of-seven series 3-1, defeat the defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday in Oakland to capture the crown.ADVERTISEMENT Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite View comments Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Germany routs San Marino to stay perfect in World Cup qualifying Swing Out Sister back to PH this April MOST READ “So it’s all things that happen bad aren’t that bad, when you take a step back and look at them. It’s something that I learned from and will stick with me for the rest of my life.”And having a game five at home opens a chance at redemption and securing a crown with his work on the court.“We have a golden opportunity going home on Monday to close this thing out,” Green said. “I’ve won one on the road. I want to see how it feels to win at home. We have to come out with some fire and try it get done.“Thank God I get to play in game five.”Green did get whistled for a technical foul in game four Friday for a flailing arm, what was momentarily thought to be an ejecting offense as a second technical. But the scorer recorded a technical foul on Warriors coach Steve Kerr as on Green so when it was discovered, Green was allowed to stay.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more


Tunisia hope ‘Mozart’ pulls the right strings

first_img0Shares0000JOHANNESBURG, January 11 – Tunisia are hoping Youssef Msakni — the creative midfielder called Little Mozart — will pull the right strings at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations as they chase a second title.Qatar club Lekhwiya have reportedly splashed 14 million euros ($18.5 million) to lure the 22-year-old from Tunis-based 2011 CAf Champions League winners Esperance. The Msakni repertoire includes pushing forward with stealth to score often crucial goals, creating chances for team-mates with inventive passes, or expertly executing a set piece.Msakni is a key figure in a team of dogged workers who have not progressed beyond the quarter-finals since a lone title nine years ago at home when they overcame Morocco in the first all-North Africa final.They made last-eight exits in three of four subsequent tournaments, going down to Nigeria in 2006, Cameroon in 2008 and Ghana last year while dropping out after the first round of the 2010 tournament despite not losing.Luck evaded the Carthage Eagles at the draw for the latest Cup of Nations in South Africa as they were grouped with Ivory Coast and Algeria — the top two ranked teams in Africa — plus Emmanuel Adebayor-inspired Togo.Tunisia face neighbours Algeria for the first time at the finals on January 22 at Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace in mining town Rustenburg and a win for either side would install them as favourites to progress with the Ivorians.Coach Sami Trabelsi, who arrived with a bang in 2011 by winning the African Nations Championship for home-based footballers in Sudan, has set his squad a minumum target of reaching the quarter-finals.“This is unquestionably the toughest of the four first round groups, but we are not complaining,” he told South African reporters after the draw in Indian Ocean city Durban.“My players are working really hard and I believe we can go far — maybe even to the decider again,” he said, referring to the 1996 final defeat by hosts South Africa in Johannesburg.Trabelsi needs no introduction to South Africa as he played in the final and has brought often elusive consistency to the national team as coach, although they had a scare en route to the 2013 tournament.After coming from behind twice to hold Sierra Leone in Freetown, Tunisia justified their role as favourites to win the tie, but needed the away-goal rule to scrape through against rivals who played most of the game a man short.Long-serving goalkeeper Aymen Mathlouthi captains the team and will be desperate to atone for an amateurish error that gifted Ghana the winner in a 2012 quarter-final.Trabelsi hopes defender Aymen Abdennour takes good club form into the 22-day tournament, that skilful Oussama Darragi links cohesively with Msakni and that erratic leading scorer Issam Jomaa hits top form.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


‘Souness is WRONG over Rooney… he can still play a role for Manchester United’

first_imgGraeme Souness is wrong to suggest Wayne Rooney is finished in the Premier League, former Manchester United star Mark Bosnich has told talkSPORT.Former Liverpool hero Souness, now a respected TV pundit, has claimed United’s record goalscorer is no longer good enough to play regularly for a top club in England and should move abroad this summer.Read the comments from Souness in full HEREBut Bosnich believes the 31-year-old still has much to offer at the highest level, and has backed him to stay at Old Trafford beyond this season.“It is rather unfair,” he said, when asked what he made of Souness’ comments. “He is making an early call but being an ex-manager and top, top player, he should always stick with the golden rule of never writing off a great player.“He has still got a role to play at Manchester United. It might not be the same role he has had over the years, but there is definitely still a role there for him.“He’s been a victim of his own standards. He has set such high standards in the past and even if he slips just a little behind that, people start having a go at him.“He may want to go to China or somewhere like that but if he wants to stay in the country and stay at Manchester United, I’m sure there is a role there for him.“He’s not playing to a standard where you can turn around and definitely say he’s finished. I think it’s wrong for Graeme to say that he’s finished. I don’t think he is.”last_img read more


Staff urgently needed to re-open Ramelton hospital beds

first_imgUrgent recruitment is required to increase capacity at Ramelton Community Hospital, according to Donegal TD Charlie McConalogue.The Fianna Fáil TD has today called on the HSE and the government to address staff shortages to relieve pressure on the hospital.The hospital has capacity for 30 beds, however only 26 are currently occupied. McConalogue says the re-opening of the remaining four beds could have a knock-on effect of easing overcrowding at Letterkenny University Hospital. Deputy McConalogue commented, “Ramelton provides excellent step down care and should be operating at full capacity, however four beds are closed as a result of staff shortages.“This means people who could be discharged from Letterkenny University Hospital are having to remain there until a bed in another facility becomes available.  This in turn is impacting overcrowding at the hospital.“With Letterkenny University Hospital already experiencing record trolley numbers this year, the re-opening of these four beds would make a real difference and would ease the pressure on an already overstretched system.”McConalogue said the public afford to wait to see the beds at Ramelton Community Hospital reopened. He added: “Staff must be identified and recruited immediately so that Ramelton can operate at maximum capacity. I will be pursuing this matter with the Minister for Health and the HSE at every opportunity.”Staff urgently needed to re-open Ramelton hospital beds was last modified: December 17th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Ramelton Community Hospitallast_img read more


BNP Paribas Open 2015: Sania Mirza-Martina Hingis win title; Mirza hits her highest rank in doubles

first_imgFollowing her title win at the Banque Nationale de Paris (BNP) Paribas Open 2015, Indian tennis player Sania Mirza, on March 23, 2015, jumped to her career-best rank of three in the doubles. Mirza now sits at number three with 6885 points, behind Italians Roberta Vinci and Sara Errani, who share the top spot with 7640 points each.2015 BNP Paribas Open (Women) Sania Mirza in Doubles:Career record: 332-169Career titles: 24 WTA, 4 ITFHighest ranking: 3 (March 23, 2015)Current ranking: 3 (March 23, 2015)From 2003 until her retirement from singles in 2013, Mirza was ranked by the Women’s Tennis Association as India’s Number 1 player, both in singles and doubles. Throughout her career, she has established herself as one of the highest-paid and high-profile athletes in India. Mirza is the most successful female Indian tennis player in history and one of the most popular female athletes in Asia. More than a decade after her debut on the tennis-court, she still carries the torch for women’s tennis in the country.About BNP Paribas Open:The 2015 BNP Paribas Open (also known as the 2015 Indian Wells Masters) was a professional tennis tournament played at Indian Wells, California, in March 2015. It was the 40th edition of the men’s event (27th for the women), known as the BNP Paribas Open and was classified as an ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event on the 2015 ATP World Tour and a Premier Mandatory event on the 2015 WTA Tour. Both the men’s and the women’s events took place at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, United States, from March 11 through March 22, 2015, on outdoor hard court. advertisementlast_img read more


Lionel Messi goes a step ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo

first_imgLionel Messi scores on Argentina return Barcelona: It’s been an ongoing record-breaking race between two of the world’s biggest football stars, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo ever since they broke onto the global stage nearly two decades ago. And yesterday Messi went a step or make that two, ahead of his Portuguese rival. The mercurial Argentine scored a brace in Barcelona’s 5-1 win over Valladolid in a La Liga encounter and in doing so, went past Ronaldo’s club goals record. Ronaldo has scored 606 goals in total for four teams — Sporting Lisbon, Manchester United, Real Madrid and Juventus — in 813 matches. Messi’s two strikes saw him take his goal tally to 608 goals in just 695 matches. And all the goals have come with Spanish giants Barcelona. Though Messi didn’t wish to speak about goal-scoring record after the big win at Camp Nou, Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde couldn’t stop praising his star striker.Related News Lionel Messi’s late penalty helps Argentina hold Uruguay 2-2 Valverde hails Leo “I don’t know what more I can say,” said Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde. “There were wonders coming out of his foot,” said Valladolid’s Michel. “You can only applaud and enjoy it.” Valladolid had threatened to make a game of it when Kiko Olivas benefitted from a rare Marc-Andre ter Stegen error to equalise, after Clement Lenglet had struck in the second minute. But with Messi in this sort of mood, the result never felt in doubt as victory sent Barcelona back to the top of La Liga, after Atletico Madrid were held to a 1-1 draw by Alaves a couple of hours before. Barca’s seven star show Valverde’s side have now won seven consecutive matches in all competitions, a run that began by beating Villarreal on September 24, when Messi returned from injury to make his first start of the season. He has needed time, admitting earlier this month he was still short of sharpness even as goals flew in against Sevilla, Eibar and Slavia Prague. But this display sent a resounding message that Messi is back to his best even if Valverde feels there is more to come: “He is still getting back to full fitness. But he is getting better and better.” Valladolid were unfortunate Messi, 32, was fresh after the postponed Clasico on Saturday meant Barcelona and Real Madrid were given the weekend off. It meant this was the first game at Camp Nou since violent protests broke out across Catalonia after nine pro-independence leaders were sentenced to imprisonment on October 21. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever La Liga weekly round-up: 16 years for Lionel Messi; David Villa to retirelast_img read more


Inttional Expo on Technical Textiles in Mumbai in April 2017

first_imgCoimbatore, Dec 25 (PTI): More than 200 exhibitors are expected to showcase the latest products, machinery, equipment and developments at Technotex-2017, the sixth International Exhibition and Conference on Technical Textiles at Mumbai from April 12 next. With the theme Advantage India: Emerging Global manufacturing hub for Technical Textiles, the main objectives of the three day conference was to make India a manufacturing hub in technical Textiles under the Make in India initiative and project latest developments in the sector, industry sources said.The conference, organised by Ministry of Textiles and FICCI, will aim at technology adaptation and upgradation and also Joint Venture partnerships, project collaborations, transfer of technology, investments and R and D, they said. On display among others will be medical textiles, industrial textiles, Eco textiles, Geotextiles, Home and Packaging textiles and Sports textiles, the sources said. PTI NVM APR APRlast_img read more


Game Time: Everything You Need to Follow Oklahoma State-South Alabama

first_imgGame day! Oklahoma State will go against USA on Friday evening in Mobile, Alabama so put on your treasonous orange attire, and let’s get up for Game 2.We will put everything you need to know about this week’s game into one post like this. From TV times and channels to Vegas lines and our preview pieces, this is your weekly one-stop shop to get initiated with the OSU game of the week.Teams• Oklahoma State: 1-0 (0-0)• South Alabama: 0-1 (0-0)• All-time series: 0-0-0• In Mobile: 0-0-0• Last meeting: 0-0-0Wagering• Line: Oklahoma State -29• First half: Oklahoma State -18• Over/Under: 67Time | Location• 7 p.m. CST• Mobile, Alabama• Ladd-Peebles Stadium (40,600)Television• Channel: ESPN2• Online: WatchESPN.com or WatchESPN app• Announcers: Adam Amin | Dusty Dvoracek | Molly McGrath  ESPN2SuddenlinkCoxDirecTVDish Stillwater36 | 236–209143 Radio• Cowboy Radio Network• TuneIn• Sirius (83)• XM (83)Preview Pieces• OSU’s title hopes could be tied to newcomers• Ramon Richards on what makes OSU different this year• It might be time to recalibrate what OSU can be• Film study: S. Alabama• Is this Troy 2.0?• On OSU’s unselfish receivers• Three things to know about S. Alabama• King of the game vs. S. Alabama• Three and out: Pokes must limit mistakes• Glenn Spencer thinks the defensive issues can be correctedPFB Coverage Tonight• We won’t have anyone at the game tonight, but we’ll have coverage rolling all night on the blog.•  Our postgame show with Kyle Porter and Carson Cunningham will go out on Facebook, Twitter and on the blog and it is tentatively scheduled for 11 p.m.Time to rock!If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!center_img Tulsa32 | 23226209143 OKC–28209143last_img read more


Ronaldo makes history with UEFA nomination

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo Record Ronaldo nomination as Real Madrid dominate UEFA Team of the Year candidates Peter Hanson Last updated 1 year ago 20:13 11/22/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(4) Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid Tottenham 17102017 Getty Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid Real Madrid v Málaga APOEL v Real Madrid Juventus v Barcelona Barcelona Juventus PSG Tottenham Hotspur UEFA Champions League Primera División The Portuguese has made more history in a 50-man shortlist, in which Premier League champions Chelsea remarkably only have one player Cristiano Ronaldo has been named in UEFA’s Team of the Year nominees for a record 14th time as part of an 11-strong contingent from Real Madrid, in a list that also includes fellow usual suspects Lionel Messi and Neymar.Madrid dominated on the domestic and European front last season, clinching a first La Liga title since 2012 and becoming the first team to defend the Champions League.Los Blancos 11/2 to win CL Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Portugal superstar Ronaldo was typically at the forefront of their success, scoring 25 league goals and a further 12 in Europe’s premier competition.Madrid team-mates Karim Benzema, Marco Asensio, Casemiro, Isco, Toni Kroos, Luka Modric, Dani Carvajal, Marcelo, Keylor Navas and Sergio Ramos – who earned the highest percentage of votes in last year’s poll – also made the cut.Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid Atletico Madrid Champions LeagueBarcelona great Messi was prolific despite the Catalans having been mainly overshadowed by their fierce Clasico rivals, while Neymar – who departed Camp Nou for a record-breaking move to Paris Saint-Germain in the last window – is also part of the 50-strong list.Juventus, who won a Serie A and Coppa Italia double while also reaching the Champions League final, also have strong representation.Legendary goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon is joined by Argentina star Paulo Dybala, Alex Sandro, Giorgio Chiellini and Miralem Pjanic, while Leonardo Bonucci – who left Juve for AC Milan – is also included.Chelsea coasted to the Premier League title last term, but Eden Hazard is the Blues’ only representative.UEFA Team of the Year is…L I V E !Supporting @ ICRC ‘s vital work with land mine victims in AfghanistanPick your team https://t.co/FrSI9Vv5zX #TOTY #EqualGame pic.twitter.com/fd3ECqCF94 — UEFA (@UEFA) 22 November 2017 Manchester City’s creative king Kevin De Bruyne is nominated alongside team-mate Sergio Aguero, as are Spurs quarter Harry Kane, Christian Eriksen, Dele Alli, and Davinson Sanchez – who spent the first half of 2017 with Europa League finalists Ajax.Manchester United, who beat Ajax in the Europa League final, are represented by Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Paul Pogba, Antonio Valencia and David de Gea.The Team of the Year is voted for by fans on UEFA’s official website.last_img read more