Serena Williams wins 3rd straight in singles at Hopman Cup

first_imgPro wrestling interviewer ‘Mean Gene’ Okerlund dies ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles03:47PH’s Charly Suarez boxing lightweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Watched on by her daughter Alexis Olympia, the sweet-hitting Williams found her groove through an array of powerful forehand winners to overwhelm the 97th-ranked British player.The one-sided contest took a surprising turn when Boulter broke Williams early in the second set but she was unable to consolidate on serve. Williams was made to work before putting the foot down in the tiebreak.Earlier, Cameron Norrie upset Frances Tiafoe 7-6 (4), 6-0. It ended a miserable tournament for the 20-year-old Tiafoe, who won just one set in his three matches.The No. 91-ranked Norrie was impressive in Perth, highlighted by defeating Greece’s No. 15-ranked Stefanos Tsitsipas in his opening match.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ The 37-year-old’s hopes for a record third Hopman Cup title ended when the United States were eliminated after losses to Greece and Roger Federer-led Switzerland.Williams slowly built momentum in her first tournament back since melting down at the U.S. Open Final in September as she eyes a record-equaling 24th Grand Slam singles title in Melbourne.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“It was definitely good to play three singles matches here, and the mixed (doubles),” Williams said.A sluggish Williams started slowly in victories over Maria Sakkari and Belinda Bencic, but breezed through the first set against a beleaguered Boulter in just 24 minutes. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk View comments Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Serena Williams of the United States stretches during her match against Britain’s Katie Boulter of the Hopman Cup in Perth, Australia, Thursday Jan. 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Trevor Collens)PERTH, Australia — Serena Williams stepped up her Australian Open preparations with a straight-sets victory over Britain’s Katie Boulter on Thursday to complete an unbeaten Hopman Cup campaign.Williams cooled off after a strong start but prevailed with a 6-1, 7-6 (2) victory in 78 minutes to level the tie between the United States and Britain in Group B.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Fabregas, Morata put Chelsea on cruise control

first_img0Shares0000Chelsea’s Spanish midfielder Cesc Fabregas celebrates scoring his team’s first goal during the English Premier League match against Everton at Stamford Bridge in London on August 27, 2017LONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 27- Chelsea lifted Antonio Conte’s spirits ahead of the crucial final days of the transfer window as goals from Cesc Fabregas and Alvaro Morata sealed a comfortable 2-0 victory over woeful Everton on Sunday.Conte has spent the last few weeks grumbling about Chelsea’s failure to land his top transfer targets, and with the window closing next week, the Blues boss is hoping to bolster his depleted squad with several signings. Against that troubled backdrop, it was essential Chelsea signed off before the international break with three points to keep in touch with Premier League pace setters Manchester United.The champions achieved that aim with ease as Fabregas opened the scoring in the first half at Stamford Bridge before Morata bagged his second goal since his club record £58 million ($74 million) move from Real Madrid.Conte’s men have now won two in a row following their shock opening-day defeat against Burnley, but they won’t have many less demanding victories than this one against a lethargic Everton side who barely broke sweat.Although Morata scored again, the Spain striker was a diffident figure for long periods and Conte knows Chelsea’s hopes of more silverware rest on him being given extra options to juggle the demands of a gruelling season.Everton’s first league defeat of the season was a frustrating end to what had been a positive week for Ronald Koeman’s men after they drew at Manchester City and qualified for the Europa League group stages.Back from suspension, Fabregas came in for Tiemoue Bakayoko and was immediately in the thick of the action when Everton midfielder Idrissa Gueye escaped with a yellow card after catching the Spaniard with a crude studs-up lunge.Quickly monopolising possession, Chelsea threatened an early goal as William’s penetrating run teed up Morata in the penalty area.But Morata opted to pass and the chance was gone when Pedro lifted an ambitious bicycle kick over the crossbar.David Luiz took a direct approach moments later, bringing Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford into action for the first time with a low strike from just outside the area.Pedro followed suit with another long-range effort that had Pickford sprawling to his right to save.– Killer blow –Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata (left) vies with Everton’s defender Mason Holgate during their English Premier League match at Stamford Bridge in London on August 27, 2017Chelsea’s relentless pressure was rewarded in the 27th minute.Fabregas flicked a pass to Morata and timed his run perfectly to receive the Spaniard’s headed return ball in stride, nudging in front of Leighton Baines to guide a deft finish past Pickford for his first goal of the season.Although Everton had a draining Europa League assignment at Hajduk Split on Thursday, even that couldn’t completely excuse a desperately uninspired display.It was only a matter of time before Chelsea made them pay again and it was Morata who delivered the killer blow in the 40th minute.After referee Jon Moss played the advantage following a foul on Victor Moses, Cesar Azpilicueta had time and space to whip over a pin-point cross and Morata punished the flat-footed Everton defence with a header beyond Pickford from 10 yards.Pedro almost made it three just after half-time with a curling effort that whistled wide before Everton finally carved out a chance.Sandro Ramirez had only Thibaut Courtois to beat when he raced onto Wayne Rooney’s pass, but the striker’s miscued shot was in keeping with his side’s limp performance.Normal service was soon resumed as Chelsea peppered Pickford’s goal, with Pedro shooting wide and Moses firing too close to the keeper.Despite Chelsea’s commanding position, Conte remained typically hyperactive on the touchline.A calmer head will be required when he returns to the transfer maelstrom.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Roberto Martinez highlights Everton progress after League Cup win

first_imgEverton manager Roberto Martinez believes their Capital One Cup first-leg victory over Manchester City is an indicator of their progress.Romelu Lukaku’s late header, just minutes after Jesus Navas’ first goal since September 2014 had cancelled out Ramiro Funes Mori’s opener, gave the hosts a slender advantage heading to the Etihad Stadium in three weeks.A first home victory in five matches was more than deserved after a performance which saw them negate and dominate Manuel Pellegrini’s star-studded side for long periods.“It is more than happiness. You are very, very proud of the performance,” Martinez said.“We had to face a really good team and we carried on our defensive intensity.“You lose a player like Tom Cleverley at half-time and you have to adjust and then losing Romelu with a knock on his ankle and finishing the game playing with 10 men but we kept the ball really well.“We played eye-to-eye against a very good Manchester City side and after conceding that goal on a really good counter attack, the winning mentality we showed to get that [winning] goal was really impressive.“That character we showed tonight was a big difference.“We showed how far we have come since August. It shows what we have got in the dressing room.“We are not getting carried away. We know we have a huge challenge in front of us and are looking forward to the second leg but the performance means more than just a win in the semi-final of the League Cup.”The only downside were injuries to Lukaku, Cleverley and Seamus Coleman, the latter who is expected to be out for three to four weeks with a calf strain.“Romelu had a knock on his ankle. We are going to assess him. I don’t know if he will be available for the weekend (the FA Cup tie against Dagenham & Redbridge) but I don’t think it is too serious.“Tom and Seamus are very similar, Seamus with his calf is probably the most serious, those things are between three to four weeks.”last_img read more

Orange diocese settles 4 sex suits

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityThe diocese will pay $6.685 million to the four plaintiffs, making an average payout of $1.7 million per person. That figure is significantly higher than earlier settlements in the Orange County diocese and in Los Angeles, where plaintiffs received about $1.1 million and $1.3 million, respectively. Attorneys for the bishop said they had not reached the settlement to avoid Brown’s contempt of court hearing, scheduled for Tuesday. Brown will insist on going forward with the hearing to clear his name, said Peter Callahan, the bishop’s attorney. SANTA ANA – The Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange said Friday it will pay nearly $7 million to settle four sexual abuse lawsuits, including one that has the bishop facing contempt of court proceedings for sending a monsignor out of the country before he could testify. The lawsuits, the first of which was to go to trial Oct. 15, involved allegations against three lay teachers at Mater Dei High School and Santa Margarita High School, as well as a lay musician at a neighborhood parish. The case against a coach at Mater Dei High School had put Bishop Tod D. Brown in the extremely unusual position of having to sit for the contempt of court hearing. If the hearing goes forward and Brown is found to be in contempt, he could face a range of sanctions, from a verbal reprimand to fines to jail time. “The settlement of these civil cases represents the moral obligation for the church for such behavior by adults in positions of responsibility,” Brown said in a statement. 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

Union back at the table

first_imgPALMDALE – Five months after reaching agreement on a contract that ended a yearlong impasse, negotiators from the Palmdale School District and the teachers union are set to start negotiations again with both sides optimistic about avoiding a new deadlock. While the last contract offered no raise, the Palmdale Elementary Teachers Association is asking for a 5 percent pay hike for the 2006-07 school year. The cost of providing health benefits also was a stumbling block the last go-round, but this time PETA is proposing health benefits packages that are less costly to the district and offer more choice to members. “Teachers are working to address district solvency. We are excited about that,” said Pauline Winbush, director of certificated personnel. “We are moving in a good direction together. We will take a look at budgetary issues together as a group as well.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2District officials said they were still reviewing budget figures and it was too soon to say whether the district can afford to give a 5 percent salary increase to teachers, who number more than 1,000. “This time it will be good. The negotiating team has been working well together. We have developed a relationship that will be good,” PETA President Simone Zulu said. The first round of negotiations will begin around mid-June. Palmdale teachers voted by a 4-1 margin in February in favor of a new contract proposal that offered no raise but removed language about limiting health insurance payments, which union members found objectionable in previous versions. The objectionable provision had opened the possibility that teachers would have to pay part of their health insurance premiums in 2007-08. Teachers overwhelmingly voted in June 2005 to reject a proposed contract that offered no raise and said that in the 2007-2008 academic year, the district would pay for health insurance coverage up to the highest rate that was offered the previous year. Teachers wanting coverage above that amount would have had to pay out of their own pocket, choose an insurance plan that costs less, or negotiate a higher maximum contribution. The district has set $15,550 as the maximum it will pay annually for health insurance for nonteaching workers and management staff. Both sides acknowledged then that they delayed the inevitable of having to deal with rising health costs, but said settling the contract will give them more time to research cost-saving alternatives, officials said. “The district didn’t give teachers an opportunity to help in that area. That’s one thing we said we were going to do,” Zulu said. karen.maeshiro@dailynews.com (661) 267-5744160Want 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

A TALL ORDER FOR CHEF MARTIN

first_imgWhat would be the last thing you would expect to come across after reaching the summit of Mount Errigal?Okay Ronan Keating, a mermaid or Shergar would be probably high up on the list of answers.But so too would ‘Fat Chef Slim’ Martin Anderson. The well-known chef will be cooking stew on top of the famous Donegal mountain next Sunday, April 15th.The charity trek and cook is in aid of the Donegal Mountain Rescue Team and donations of €5 will get you a bowl of Martin’s famous stew and a bread roll!The food will be dished out from noon which means Martin should be setting off from sunrise!All are welcome.  A TALL ORDER FOR CHEF MARTIN was last modified: April 10th, 2012 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)last_img read more

QPR linked with Boro star Friend

first_imgQPR are interested in Middlesbrough defender George Friend, as are Crystal Palace and Reading, according to Sky Sports.The 26-year-old’s contract is due to expire next year and his representatives are hoping to negotiate a new deal.Meanwhile, Fulham, Palace, Swansea and West Brom are interested in QPR defender Nedum Onuoha, as are clubs in Turkey, Goal.com say.It is claimed that Rangers boss Harry Redknapp wants to discuss a new contract for the 27-year-old but that Onuoha could look to move on amid ‘uncertainty’ over his role following the recent signings of Rio Ferdinand and Steven Caulker.A source is quoted as saying: “Nedum is happy at QPR and figured prominently last season, but he won’t accept sitting on the bench this season, and he knows there is interest elsewhere.”Onuoha played an important role for QPR last seasonAnd the Evening Standard say Redknapp is considering a move for French striker Andy Delort.Brentford are also apparently interested in the 22-year-old, who plays for Tours in the French second division and scored 24 league goals last season.See also:QPR wanted Sanchez, report claimsFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Is LeBron up for a rivalry or not?

first_imgLakers stock report: Since LeBron James signed with Los Angeles in July, the Lakers’ goal — like every other team in the league — has been to … The Lakers are on the hunt for the Warriors’ Western Conference throne, but first they have to beat the champs in Tuesday’s highly-anticipated Christmas Day matchup.Here’s everything you need to know about the game.When/Where: Oracle Arena, 5 p.m (ABC)Lakers projected starters: Kyle Kuzma, LeBron James, Brandon Ingram,Ivica Zubac, Lonzo Balllast_img

New global plan to fight TB

first_imgThe new global TB plan was launched in Pholoshong Primary School in Alexandra. (Image: Bongani Nkosi) The fight against TB has been re-energised in South Africa and around the world with a new campaign launched recently in Johannesburg.International leaders of the Stop TB Partnership launched the “Global Plan to Stop TB 2011-2015” in Alexandra, the densely populated township in the north of Johannesburg, on 13 October 2010.Although there is an existing global TB plan in place, launched in 2006 and due to expire in 2015, the most recent campaign is meant to add new vigour to it, focusing on “setting new and more ambitious treatment targets for the next five years”.The new drive is about “putting a platform in place” for the facilitation of global efforts meant to eradicate TB, said Stop TB Partnership executive director Rifat Atun.The partnership is hoping to raise US$46.7-billion (R316-billion) for various global TB-fighting initiatives between 2011 and 2015.Although billions of US dollars have already been raised, more money is needed to treat the 30-million TB patients across the world, Atun said.According to the partnership, 10-million people in the world run the risk of dying from TB in the next five years. This includes 4-million women and children. “We need to stop these unnecessary deaths,” he said.“This plan will take us further towards universal access” of TB care, Atun said. “TB is curable – it’s unacceptable that it still remains a worldwide scourge.”It takes six months or slightly more to cure TB if a patient completes his or her treatment – a point the South African health department has been emphasising to its patients.The plan “will impact everyone in the world”, said the partnership’s Judith Mandelbaum-Schmid.The funds raised by the initiative will go towards beefing up TB care and vaccine research.There is still no vaccine that prevents pulmonary TB, which is the most common form of the disease, according to the partnership. But “if we execute this plan, we’ll be able to produce at least four vaccines”, Atun said.Many countries still rely on the outdated diagnostic method of testing human sputum for bacteria. Part of the plan is that new, hi-tech methods will be investigated over the next five years.Private and public sector investments will be critical for the plan’s success.Business involvementCorporates have been urged to invest in the plan. John Tedstrom, the president of the Global Business Coalition on HIV/Aids, gave assurance that international groups such as Chevrolet will be involved in new investments for vaccine research.“Business will be part of the solution,” said Tedstrom. “The re-launch of this plan is something that’s desperately needed.”UN agencies offer back-upUN health agencies, the World Health Organisation (WHO) and UNAids, firmly support the new strategy. Their senior officers attended the launch in Alexandra, where they publicly endorsed it.UNAids’ deputy director Paul De Lay said the agency “stands strongly behind the plan”. “We’ll do everything in our power to ensure that this plan is implemented.”Because HIV weakens the immune system, affected individuals are most susceptible to TB, which attacks as an opportunistic disease. De Lay decried the “terrible link” between TB and HIV/Aids at the launch.The new plan has been endorsed by various international role-players, said WHO’s Dr Mario Raviglione. “It is telling the world what needs to be done and how much money is needed to stop TB.“WHO is fully committed to supporting this plan,” said Raviglione.For those living with TB and HIV this “global plan means hope”, said Carol Nawina Nyirenda, who represents affected communities throughout Africa.SA ideal for launchAlthough South Africa has one of the highest TB rates in the world, the country is making progress in eliminating the disease, said Qedani Mahlangu, MEC of Health and Social Development in Gauteng.In the last year Gauteng, the country’s smallest yet most populated province, has achieved an 82% TB cure rate among patients on treatment.The national HIV Counselling and Testing policy, introduced by the government in April, integrates testing for both HIV and TB, and for diseases such as diabetes. The Gauteng provincial government reported that by July this year more than 300 000 people had been tested.“We’re delighted to have the global plan launched in South Africa … especially in Alexandra,” Mahlangu said.“TB is a global problem and it requires a global solution,” Atun said.last_img read more