Kerber stuns Serena to win Aussie title

first_imgMELBOURNE, Australia (AP): Serena Williams put up both hands after sending a forehand long and high over the baseline in the first set. She wanted nothing to do with yet another unforced error in her Australian Open final against Angelique Kerber. For the second time in as many majors, Williams fell short of equalling Steffi Graf’s Open-era record of 22 Grand Slam singles titles. No. 7-seeded Kerber had never played in a major final and had lost five of her six previous career meetings with Williams, but she responded with a stunning 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 upset win over the six-time Australian Open champion. Williams had won the title every previous time she’d reached the final at Melbourne Park, and was overwhelming favourite to continue that streak against Kerber, who joked she was “one leg in the plane to Germany” when she faced match point in her first-round win over Misaki Doi. “I mean, every time I walk in this room, everyone expects me to win every single match, every single day of my life,” Williams said in her post-match news conference. “As much as I would like to be a robot, I’m not.” The 28-year-old Kerber used acute angles to keep Williams guessing, tossed in two drop shots for a crucial break in the long sixth game of the third set, and continually tried to pass the 21-time major winner or forced errors at the net. And she had five service breaks — two in the first, and three in third set — against the top-ranked Williams, who hadn’t dropped a set in the previous six rounds. “My whole life I was working really hard and now I’m here and I can say I’m a Grand Slam champion,” said Kerber, who had only reached the semi-finals twice at the majors and hadn’t been beyond the quarterfinals since Wimbledon in 2012. “It sounds really crazy and unbelievable.” She is the first German woman to win the Australian title since Graf in 1994, and is projected to rise to No. 2 in the rankings next week. It took her 33 majors to win the title — sixth on the list for longest waits that is topped by 2015 U.S. Open champion Flavia Pennetta’s 49. Williams admitted previously she became nervous and was stalled for a while trying to get to 18 major titles, to equal Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova’s career marks in second spot in the Open era. For three majors, Williams didn’t reach the quarterfinals, but when she finally won her 18th, it triggered a roll of four straight major titles. Now she’s on 21.last_img read more

Mighty Gor slay Simba to retain Super Cup

first_imgWith the win, Gor not only earn their second consecutive title and a trophy but a chance to travel to Goodison Park in England to face English Premier League side Everton FC in a friendly match next month.Spurred on by a full to capacity Afraha Stadium roaring in deafening decibels, Gor Mahia couldn’t have asked for better push to win their second consecutive Super Cup.And they repaid the loyal fan-base with a goal just six minutes into the match when Kagere’s venomous strike from inside the box after controlling a Francis Kahata cross slipped through keeper Aishi Manula’s fingers and into the net.Gor, just as has been their norm controlled the game from the first whistle, the midfield base of Ernest Wendo and Humphrey Mieno giving the team the much stability it required.Simba’s first chance of the game fell on Rashid Juma in the 11th minute, the pint-sized winger trying his luck from distance but the effort went high.Gor Mahia’s Godfrey Walusimbi tracks down Simba SC’s Rashid Juma during the SportPesa Super Cup final at the Afraha Stadium in Nakuru on June 10, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluJuma once again asked questions for Simba in the 28th minute when he took on a run on the right before sighting some shooting space, sending in a low strike that was well handled by keeper Shabaan Odhoji.Gor continued to dominate the game with Simba doing all they can to tame the rhythm. The game became charged moment after moment, indicating the high octane nature of the tie.There was push and shove in the 35th minute when skipper Harun Shakava went in to charge at the Simba backline after Erasto Nyoni had strongly charged on Jacques Tuyisenge from the back, the Rwandese forward needing a stretcher to carry him off the pitch.From the resultant freekick, George Odhiambo’s effort went straight to Manula and the keeper almost made an error spilling the ball on the face of a rushing Kagere, but he managed to bounce back and pick the ball.Gor should have gone to the break two up when Godfrey Walusimbi picked out Kahata’s intelligent run into the box but the midfielder’s shot under pressure from Nyoni went inches wide wit keeper Manula well beaten.Gor Mahia’s Godfrey Walusimbi is challenged by Simba SC’s Erasto Nyoni during the SportPesa Super Cup final at the Afraha Stadium in Nakuru on June 10, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluIn the second half, Gor kept the pressure and were rewarded 10 minutes in when an unmarked Tuyisenge slid in to connect a cross from Mieno which found the Simba backline napping, Manula in goal left in no man’s land.Simba then made changes as they sought to go all out attack, Juma coming off for Marcel Kaheza while defender Mlipili Yusuf came on for Hussein Mohammed.Despite the attacking changes, Gor didn’t fluff their pre-match game plan and Tuyisenge almost caught Manula off with a cross from the right which was headed goalward but the ball rolled off the crossbar.Coach Dylan Kerr then made a tactical change, midfielder Humphrey Mieno coming off for Innocent Wafula. The change meant Philemon Otieno went into midfield while Wafula slotted straight at right back.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Gor Mahia players celebrate after winning the SportPesa Super Cup with a 2-0 result over Tanzania’s Simba in the final at the Afraha Stadium in Nakuru on June 10, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAKURU, Kenya, Jun 10- Hacked and battered by the entire Simba defense in the first half Rwandese forward Jacques Tuyisenge put the icing on the cake as Kenyan Premier League champions Gor Mahia beat their Tanzanian counterparts Simba SC 2-0 at the Afraha Stadium in Nakuru on Sunday to retain their Sportpesa Super Cup title.Tuyisenge added on to compatriot Meddie Kagere’s first half goal as the record Kenyan champions made a statement as one of the best in the region with an assured display clinching the trophy with a flawless run after keeping a clean sheet in all their three matches.last_img read more

Arsenal plotting summer deal for £15m-rated Inter Milan midfielder

first_img Marcelo Brozovic Arsenal have reignited their interest in Marcelo Brozovic after being told Inter Milan are willing to sell.The midfielder was the subject of interest from the Emirates in January after some eye-catching performances in Serie A this season.The Croatia international is currently on loan from Dinamo Zagreb until the summer, when his move to the San Siro will be made permanent.But, according to Tuttosport, once that has taken place Inter are immediately ready to cash in on Brozovic.The previous loan deal meant the Italian club had to buy the 23-year-old permanently – but they are keen to ship him out to fund a move for Sampdoria star Roberto Soriano.Brozovic is likely to command a fee of around £15m and there is also interest from Juventus. 1last_img

World class? Comparing the players in each position for Man City and Man United

first_img 5. Central midfielders – Having signed Paul Pogba, and with Michael Carrick, Morgan Schneiderlin, Marouane Fellaini and Daley Blind vying for a place, Mourinho, on paper, has the stronger midfield. The Portuguese coach’s chief issue will be getting the best out of Pogba at both ends of the pitch. If Yaya Toure rediscovers his consistency, though, Guardiola will have a strong three of Toure, Fernandinho and new signing Ilkay Gundogan. Fabian Delph, whose debut campaign was interrupted by injury, could also be an interesting option. Time may be up for Fernandinho, though. 3. Right back – Guardiola looks to have the stronger options at right back. Bacary Sagna stepped up with ease in the absence of Pablo Zabaleta last season, who has failed to re-establish his position in the first team, and the former is expected to retain his place. For United, Antonio Valencia has a habit of popping up at key moments in the final third, delivering inviting crosses into the box – as seen with his late ball to the head of Zlatan Ibrahimovic to score the Community Shield winner. Defensively, however, he is vulnerable. Matteo Darmian, likewise, looks unconvincing, struggling to settle in the Premier League. Jose Mourinho would be wise to focus on Timothy Fosu-Mensah. 9 9 2. Centre backs – Both sides are looking to establish new centre back partnerships in the new season. Manchester City welcome John Stones to the fold and United introduce Eric Bailly. With the fee paid for both (£47m and £30m respectively), their managers will view them as instant starters. Bailly will line up with Chris Smalling, but Mourinho may also look to Daley Blind and Phil Jones. When Vincent Kompany returns to fitness for City, it’s anticipated that Nicolas Otamendi could lose his place. City sorely missed their captain last season, with no other player stepping up to take on the role as leader. And there are few better players in this position for Stones to learn from. 9 9 9 4. Left back – Luke Shaw would slot into the finest of teams, and Mourinho will be delighted the 21-year-old has a full pre-season under his belt, recovering from his terrible leg break. Marcos Rojo, behind Shaw in the pecking order, is far from convincing, but will prove useful in the Europa League. Ashley Young, meanwhile, can also provide cover on either wing at full back. For City, Zabaleta and Clichy are reliable options. Though with both aged 31, Guardiola should be searching for a young replacement. 9 7. Right attack – Mkhitaryan stands out, but Leroy Sane could be one of the most exciting players of the new season. Both arrive in the Premier League off the back of excellent 2015/16 Bundesliga campaigns, so it’ll be interesting to see how quickly they settle. Behind Sane will be Jesus Navas, whose work rate will be popular with Guardiola. Jesse Lingard, meanwhile, may not yet be a starter under Mourinho but given his knack at popping up with a vital goal, will feature heavily from the bench and in cup competitions. Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho mean business.The two managers have been splashing the cash all summer as they get to work on rebuilding the tired squads of their predecessors.Both Manchester City and Manchester United have spent in excess of £150m, so far, in the current transfer window.Paul Pogba has become the world’s most expensive footballer by returning to Old Trafford in an £89m deal, while John Stones has sealed a £47m move to the Etihad.And there have been plenty more arrivals.So this has got talkSPORT thinking. How do the squads of City and United match up? Who has the stronger options in each position?With this in mind, we’ve decided to carry out a comparision of the options for Guardiola and Mourinho heading into the new season. Check out our assessment by viewing the slideshow above. 9 1. Goalkeeper – to check out our full comparison of Manchester City’s and Manchester United’s squads, by position, click the arrow above, right – Jose Mourinho should have few concerns as far as his goalkeeping situation goes, with David De Gea committed to the club as their no.1 and Sergi Romero a fine backup. For Pep Guardiola, however, he may be assessing his options between the posts. Joe Hart was shaky for England in the Euro 2016 finals and his manager has been speaking about a need for improvement. Hart’s confidence has taken a clear hit and it wouldn’t be a surprise if Willy Caballero is given a run if his poor form continue. United certainly have the stronger goalkeeping setup. 9. Centre forwards – This is where the magic really happens for City and United. Aguero and Ibrahimovic will lead the line for their respective sides, with youngsters Kelechi Iheanacho and Marcus Rashford developing under the guidance of two of Europe’s finest centre forwards. The emergence of Iheanacho suggests it’s game over for Wilfried Bony at the Etihad. Mourinho, meanwhile, is under pressure to ensure Rashford continues his progression in the senior squad. 9 9 8. Left attack – After the disappointment of Zlatan Ibrahimovic taking his number nine shirt, Martial may have a little competition with the experienced centre forward. He looks set to remain first choice on the left flank, and will be out to improve his goal scoring figures in his second season in the Premier League. Memphis Depay, on the other hand, faces a make or break campaign. Should he continue as he did last term, he could be on his way out of the club next summer. For Manchester City, neither Raheem Sterling nor Nolito scream world class, but they’re certainly capable of delivering. All eyes, particularly, will be on Sterling. The England international has an awful lot of critics to silence. 6. Attacking midfielders – With Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva – both capable in a no.10 role or starting from wide – at Guardiola’s disposal, City are the more creative force. It’ll be key to keep the pair fit. Wayne Rooney is no longer the goal threat he once was, being pushed further back, and doesn’t match De Bruyne and Silva in a playmaking position. Ander Herrera might be the favoured choice, but as club captain Rooney may be the first name on Mourinho’s team sheet. last_img read more

Study names Cleveland High, SOCES model schools

first_imgTwo San Fernando Valley high schools were cited Monday as models for how best to teach poor and minority students and those who struggle with English. Cleveland High School of Reseda and the Sherman Oaks Center for Enriched Studies were among 10 California high schools featured in an independent study on why some schools succeed – and why some fail. In “beating the odds” in English and in math among students who have historically performed poorly, both schools were among those lauded for their systematized curriculum and highly tuned instruction. “It’s not just about trying harder – putting gas into the engine,” said Merril Vargo, executive director of Springboard Schools, a nonprofit think tank in San Francisco that authored the report. “It’s about tuning. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “If we’re going to make good teaching the norm, we’ve got to be more systematic.” The report, “Challenged Schools, Remarkable Results: Three Lessons From California’s Highest Achieving Schools,” is part of a three-year study of best practices in California schools co-sponsored by the National Center for Educational Accountability. The study cited the failure of many students to test well on standardized reading and math exams, the “discouraging” performance of poor and minority kids and a 50 percent dropout rate in urban schools pupils. Successful schools, according to researchers, employ a fixed curriculum, frequent testing and ongoing training toward “best practices” from the blackboard to the principal’s desk. Last year, the 4,000 students at Canoga High boosted their state Academic Performance Index scores by 69 points. In addition, the API score for Latinos doubled to 126 points, despite some two-hour commutes by bus. Cleveland High Assistant Principal Cindy Duong said that the California Distinguished School should be nominated for a National Blue Ribbon Award. A few years ago, the school failed to meet federally targeted test scores. “We hit a homer,” said Duong, whose students are 56 percent Latino, 9 percent black, with nearly 70 percent who get free or discount lunches. “Our teachers put in a lot of work teaching to the standards. We do a lot of rah-rah here. “All the reason that people say that education should be doomed – and we’re showing that there are no barriers to success.” Duong said a combination of high student expectations, long teachers’ hours and a willingness to try new teaching methods turned the school around. The California Best Practices Study included five schools from Southern California, including the Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies, El Monte High School in El Monte and the Bolsa Grande High School in Garden Grove. Researchers said teachers who used a standard curriculum and then compared results with other teachers performed better than those who didn’t. “One week of green hair was my reward for these kids,” said Robert Weinberg, principal of Sherman Oaks CES magnet, who dyed his hair as a reward for average API scores of 820 for nearly 1,800 students. The school is now among the top 35 high schools in California. “It’s a matter of really looking at the bottom kids and taking care of them. It’s a matter of really pushing for excellence.” Dana Bartholomew, (818) 713-3730 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

More you know …

first_imgAs bad as things have been for Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger these last few months, he still has a good shot at winning re-election next year, if only because of the candidates who may face him. Among Democrats, there are two groups of potential gubernatorial challengers: Hollywood celebs, like Rob Reiner and Warren Beatty, and Sacramento pols, like Treasurer Phil Angelides and Controller Steve Westly. According to the latest Field Poll, both groups have their problems. As for the celebs, most people know who they are; they just don’t like them. Reiner and Beatty both have even lower approval ratings than Schwarzenegger. But for the politicos, the results were just the opposite. Voters were much less negative about the experienced pols, but they also were far less likely to know anything about them. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Funny how that works. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgTwo goals in four minutes after just six minutes of play left Finn Harps chasing their tails against Wexford Youths at Ferrycarrig Park tonight.The Donegal team’s season has all but ended but the two early goals practically gifted Wexford the three points in this encounter.Daragh Walshe popped up after just two minutes of play and again another four minutes later to make it 2-0 for the home side Thomas McMonagle gave Harps a life-line when he netted just before the break in the 43rd minute.But just when it looked like Harps were beginning to set out their stall for the second half, Wexford struck again.This time it was Graham Delaney who got o the scoresheet when he made it 3-1 in the 48th minute.Harps pushed but with the influential Mickey Funston in midfield and Kevin McHugh up front, they were lacking any penetration. With just two games left, Peter Hutton and the Ballybofey outfit need a couple of strong performances to stop the whispers of dissent from turning into shouts. EARLY GOALS LEAVES DARK CLOUD OVER SUNNY SOUTH-EAST FOR HARPS was last modified: September 28th, 2013 by StephenShare 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:finn harpswexford youthslast_img read more

Watch out for this Irish Water email scam

first_imgIrish computer users are being warned to be on the lookout for an Irish Water online scam targeting people for their credit and debit card details.Internet security firm ESET Ireland warns that a ‘classic scam’ is having a revival and is deceptively convincing with Irish Water graphics.People are receiving emails asking account users to update their account details. Clicking on a link in the email leads to a forged log-in page, where the victim first hands over their Irish Water log-in details and is then asked to enter all the details of their credit or debit card.Users are tricked into handing over personal information before being redirected back to the real Irish Water website.ESET Ireland recommends users should avoid clicking on any links in such fraudulent emails, as they can lead to counterfeit or infected websites, that can spread malware or cause financial damage.Irish Water has provided customers with guidelines on how to watch out for fraudulent emails: Watch out for this Irish Water email scam was last modified: September 7th, 2017 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:emailIrish WaterscamTechnologylast_img read more

Breaking: Man dies while diving off coast of Inishowen

first_imgA diver has died following an incident off the coast of Donegal.The diver was airlifted from a boat off Inishowen around 1pm yesterday afternoon.The man is in his 30s but it has not been confirmed if he is local. It has now been confirmed the diver passed away in hospital.Malin Head Coastguard received a report of a diver who was unconscious on a dive boat north of Malin Head.The diver was rushed to Letterkenny University Hospital by the Rescue 188 helicopter for treatment but was pronounced dead on arrival.Breaking: Man dies while diving off coast of Inishowen was last modified: May 14th, 2019 by StephenShare 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:deathdiverRESCUE 118last_img read more

With Hertl out, another Sharks forward proves he can handle bigger role

first_imgLOS ANGELES — Barclay Goodrow has played a variety of roles for the Sharks since he began to establish himself as an every game NHL player two years ago.Perhaps none have been as important as the one he’s in right now.With Tomas Hertl missing his third straight game with a lower body injury, Goodrow was back as the Sharks’ second line center for their game against the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center on Monday.So far, coach Pete DeBoer has liked what he’s seen. Goodrow didn’t have a …last_img